Musician’s Survival Guide to a Killer Record

Musician’s Survival Guide to a Killer Record


People LOVE This Book


"I'm so pleased that there's finally a guide for musicians that tells them, 'You can do it with the gear that you already currently have available to you.' Or how about, "The biggest reason that recording is so difficult is that people believe their tools will solve their recording problems." The answer is all about coming to terms with what is desired creatively and understanding how to use what is available with judicious decisions and real listening skills. I think I'll be buying cases of this book and handing it out as people enter my studio."

Larry Crane

Editor of TapeOp Magazine

"A clear and concise explanation of all aspects of the process, delivered with wry wit in an un-glossed fashion. I was surprised at how many false assumptions I've been operating under, while making life more complicated than necessary. Thank you for this book, Mixerman. Wish I'd had it 20 years ago."

Jeff O.

Amazon Verified Review

"This book is full of useful information presented in a humorous and matter of fact way that makes it very easy to read. A must read for those of us trying to make a killer record!"


Amazon Verified Review

"It was so refreshing to have a clear, no-nonsense, stripped-down, straight-to-the-point guide on how to produce the most musical record possible given your technical and physical limitations. A joyous read."

Samuel L.

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How Can This Book Help Me?

Musician’s Record
It takes many years to excel at recording (whether at home or in a commercial facility), and if you desire to become a professional recordist then that’s what’s required. But if you’re a musician who wants to garner a reaction to your song, then you don’t have time for that. You need to make a Killer Record right now. But how? First, stop thinking like a recordist.

If you’re a musician, and you record, this book will prove an invaluable resource (I encourage you to read the reviews. People love this book). I explain all the things that I’ve learned as a high-level professional recordist, mixer, and producer over the course of decades, but as they relate to you as a musician, your songs, and the long view of your recording career.

The Goal
The stated goal of this book is to help the modern musician to convert recording decisions into musical ones, and technical decisions into practical ones. Not only do I explain the musical strategies for making a Killer Record, I also break the technical information down to its core so that you can strategize based on your recording reality. So long as you have what you need to make a record, I can help you make it a Killer Record. This is the only additional gear you’ll require to greatly improve the quality of your records.

I’m a Musician Too
I was in precisely your position at the early stages of my career. I was a musician, frustrated that I could write a good song, only to feel the record itself fell short of it’s potential. Over the course of my decades recording, I noticed that the performance and arrangement had a far greater impact on the sound than anything I did on the engineering side. The more musical my decisions, the better my results.

What’s In It?

My Survival Guide is chock full of recording, mixing, and producing strategies designed to keep recording a fun and focused process.

Read it straight through, then return to this Field Manual to help you overcome any impediment—technical or musical—that might prevent you from achieving the results you seek. You can make a record that you’re proud of, regardless of your recording environment, regardless of what equipment you’re using, and regardless of your current skillset. It just requires the right mindset. Enjoy, Mixerman

Larry Crane, the Editor of TapeOp Magazine buys cases of this book to give to his recording clients. Why would he do that? Because it makes his life easier when his clients are knowledgeable. And he doesn’t lose work. They gets work,. because they understand when to go to him and when they can handle it themselves, and the product comes out better every time. So, even if you’re a recordist or a mixer, you want this book available in your studio for your clients to read.

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