The Recording Engineer’s Handbook, 3rd Edition

  • Bobby Owsinski
  • ISBN-10: 1285442016  |  ISBN-13: 9781285442013
  • 400 Pages
  • Previous Editions: 2009, 2005
  • © 2014 | Published
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Bobby Owsinski's The Recording Engineer's Handbook has become a music-industry standard, and this fully updated edition once again offers the most comprehensive and up-to-date introduction to the art of audio recording. Written with special emphasis on today's technology and the evolving marketplace, THE RECORDING ENGINEER'S HANDBOOK, THIRD EDITION, includes a complete overview of recording as it's done by most musicians and producers today--in the home studio. In the book's first section, Recording, you'll learn everything from how microphones work to specific techniques for recording drums, individual instruments, vocals, and much more. In the second section, The Interviews, you'll benefit from the wisdom and down-to-earth practical advice offered by a host of recording professionals, including legends like Al Schmitt, Eddie Kramer, Frank Filipetti, and many others. Learn the art of recording from renowned author, teacher, producer, and engineer Bobby Owsinski, and, in the interviews, explore the creative processes behind not only today's hits but also the classic cuts we've enjoyed for years. Pick up your copy of THE RECORDING ENGINEER'S HANDBOOK, THIRD EDITION, and see why this book has become a standard text on audio recording in college courses all over the world.

Features and Benefits

  • Covers the basics of how microphones work.
  • Discusses miking techniques, including stereo miking.
  • Covers basic recording and overdubbing.
  • Includes discussion of surround sound techniques.

Table of Contents

1. How Microphones Work.
2. Common Microphones.
3. Basic Recording Equipment.
4. DAW Microphone Placement FundamentalsRecording.
5. Microphone Placement Fundamentals.
6. Basic Stereo Techniques.
7. Preparing the Drum Kit for Recording.
8. Recording Drums.
9. Miking Individual Instruments.
10. Recording Basic Tracks.
11. Recording Overdubs.
12. Surround Miking Techniques.

What's New

  • Features updated techniques, with more complete and concise explanations than in the previous edition.
  • Covers recording techniques for instruments not covered in the previous edition.
  • Features a new layout, to better integrate into school curriculum.
  • Has been edited and condensed for a lower page count.

Meet the Author

Author Bio

Bobby Owsinski

A long-time music industry veteran, Bobby Owsinski started his career as a guitar and keyboard player, songwriter and arranger, eventually becoming an in-demand producer/engineer working not only with a variety of recording artists, but on commercials, television and motion pictures as well. One of the first to delve into surround sound music mixing, Bobby has worked on over a hundred surround projects and DVD productions for a variety of superstar acts. Combining his music and recording experience with an easy-to-understand writing style, Bobby has become one of the best-selling authors in the music recording industry with 19 books that are now staples in audio recording, music, and music business programs in colleges around the world, including the best-selling Mixing Engineer’s Handbook, Recording Engineer’s Handbook, and Music 3.0:A Survival Guide For Making Music In The Internet Age. A frequent moderator, panelist, and program director for a variety of industry conferences, Bobby has served as the longtime producer of the annual Surround Music Awards, and is one of the creators and executive producers for the “Guitar Universe” and “Desert Island Music” television programs. Visit Bobby's production blog at, his Music 3.0 blog at, and his website at