Best Audio Engineering Book

Searching for the best audio engineering books to study, learn, grow, and advance your skills? Look no further, we at Audio Assemble have done the research for you. Below are a list of the best audio engineering books from beginner to advanced, listing the pros and cons of each book. We hand selected the books which contain the most valuable lessons and detailed steps to help you improve your audio engineering career.

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Mixing Secrets for the Small StudioSynopsis

Discover how to achieve release-quality mixes even in the smallest studios by applying power-user techniques from the world’s most successful producers.

This is the definitive authority on Pro Tools – straight from Avid. Learn through hands on tutorials with this Pro Tools 11 updated version.

Pros:

  • Learn subtle editing, arrangement and monitoring tactics
  • Master tricks to protect you from rookie mistakes
  • Find out where you can cut costs
  • Tips on making a limited budget count
  • Review and discussion questions at the end of each section

Cons

  • Suggests expensive equipment

Audio Engineering 101
Author: Tim Dittmar

Audio Engineering 101

Synopsis

This book is a real world guide for starting out in the recording industry. If you have the dream, the ideas, the music and the creativity but don’t know where to start, then this book is for you!

Pros:

  • Covers all the recording processes
  • Includes guide to microphones
  • Basics of: equipment, studio acoustics, principles of EQ/compression, music examples, when/hot to use compression
  • FAQ’s from professionals

Cons:

  • References some basic audio engineering terminology (You may have to “Google” some of these if you don’t know them already)

 

Synopsis

The Mixing Engineer’s Handbook 3rd EditionThe mixer’s art is now a unique blend of time-tested principles and skillful technique using the latest high-tech tools. If you’re ready to learn today’s art of mixing, this is the book for you!

Pros:

  • More than 150,000 copies sold
  • Bobby Owsinski covers all the fundamentals & breaks down the mixing process
  • Learn the six elements of a mix

Cons:

  • Some areas are opinionated (style-preferences)
  • Black and white pictures

Modern Recording Techniques
Author: David Miles Huber

Modern Recording Techniques

Synopsis

Master the tools and day-to-day practices of music recording and production. Learn the ins and outs of room acoustics and designing a studio. Gain techniques for mic placement and running a session. Get a solid grounding in both theory and industry practice.

Pros:

  • Recommended by MusicTech magazine
  • Full of great DIY experiments
  • Overviews the business and what important aspects to consider outside of the pure technicalities.

Cons:

  • Lack of some specific details

Visual Guide to Recording, Engineering, and Production

Synopsis

Get ready for an in-depth exploration into the aesthetics of what makes a great mix! David Gibson’s unique approach to mixing gives you a visual representation of the dynamics of the sounds involved in creating a musical mix.

Pros:

  • Amazingly detailed visuals
  • Tons of helpful images that show panning positions, volumes, etc.
  • Provides you with information on how to use the tools you already have instead of purchasing more tools

Cons:

  • Lacks compression information
  • Gives a general overview with only some specific steps