I was looking at magazines yesterday at Borders and came across one that I think it a must have for anyone working on their recording chops.
There is a mag called MusicTech that puts out these large, very well done, mags just full of tip[s and techniques related to recording. I don’t know if they have a monthly mag or not. I don’t think so, but they do these “MusicTech Focus” issues for $20 that are designed around a particular app. For example, there was one on Recording Guitars a while back that I got. It’s all related to recording as a guitarist. Micing amps, going direct, mixing, eq settings, effects, plugins, etc… A great resource I thought! There is a ProTools one on the shelves now that I want to get too. They usually come with a dvd full of stuff as well.
Anyway, there is one out there now, a 200+ page beast called “Musictech Masterclass Vol 1” and its all recording based. Lots of DAWs and other programs covered. One particular thing that drew me to it is they have a tutorial on mixing drums in ProTools. And on the dvd is a huge project folder that you copy to your machine and then actually mix the drums tracks yourself along with the tutorial. Talk about a true hands on experience!!! $33 is the sticker price on the book (in the magazine section) but I found it on eBay for $23 shipped. So I grabbed it. Lots of Sonar stuff in there too. Cubase. Ableton. Logic. Etc… And most of the stuff talked about is cross-useful to other DAWs anyway.
I think this is a great buy and it’ll be on the back of my toilet very soon!