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Download Alan Parsons' Art & Science of Sound Recording: The Book by Julian Colbeck, Alan Parsons PDF

By Julian Colbeck, Alan Parsons

Publish yr note: First released in 2012
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More than just the ebook of the award-winning DVD set, Art & technological know-how of Sound Recording, the publication takes mythical engineer, manufacturer, and artist Alan Parsons' methods to sound recording to the subsequent point. In e-book shape, Parsons has the distance to incorporate extra technical history details, extra specific diagrams, plus a whole set in fact notes on all the 24 subject matters, from "The short historical past of Recording" to the now-classic "Dealing with Disasters."

Written with the DVD's coproducer, musician, and writer Julian Colbeck, ASSR, the booklet deals readers a vintage "big picture" view of contemporary recording expertise at the side of a virtually encyclopedic record of particular concepts, methods, and gear. For all its heft and authority authored via a guy proficient at London's famed Abbey highway studios within the Nineteen Seventies ASSR, the ebook is additionally written in simple English and is full of invaluable anecdotes from Alan Parsons' personal occupation operating with the Beatles, purple Floyd, and numerous others.

Not simply informative, but additionally hugely exciting and inspirational, ASSR, the booklet is the proper platform on which to construct services within the paintings and technology of sound recording.

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