If you want to learn all about audio production you will need to have some great books to get you started. If you are just starting out learning about audio production you will spend most of your time actually experimenting and learning practical skills. This is a subject where a great deal of the learning is done through actually having practical experience. However, there is always room to learn and improve your skills by reading some great books. If you are a beginner here are some great books to get you started learning more about audio production.
1) Audio Engineering 101: A Beginner’s Guide to Music Production by Tim Dittmar
This is an excellent book if you are just starting out learning about audio engineering and production. This book covers the basic principles very well, including choice of equipment and covering essential elements of audio production.
There is a very comprehensive and helpful discussion about the types of microphones which are available and which are the best ties to use for particular situations. The reader does need to be careful with information about audio technology as it is not possible to keep a book up to date about actual products which are available. Having said that, there is a lot of information in the book about the technical aspects of audio equipment, which will give the reader the knowledge to make more informed decisions about which equipment to choose.
This is a very practical guide which is written by someone who actually knows the industry. It is both academic and practical. An excellent balance for anyone looking for a good starter text about audio production.
2) Audio Production and Postproduction (Digital Filmmaker) by Woody Woodhall
This is an excellent text for a beginner and those who want to increase their knowledge about audio production. Woody Woodhall is a very experienced independent sound editor and designer for film and television. He shares his many years of experience in this excellent book.
It is easy to understand and the author discusses many aspects of audio production in tandem with actual practical solutions to working in the industry. It isn’t just a technical text – it is a great overview of how skills can be learned and practical difficulties can be dealt with on actual projects.
You can tell that this book is written by someone who has many years of experience in the industry. As you would expect it covers the basics, but what makes it uniquely valuable is that he also discusses how to deal with problems before they even arise. This kind of insight can only come from someone who has been there and done that. Preventing issues is so much easier than dealing with them when they inevitably arise. This book deals with such things as planning resources and managing a team. These skills are essential when you are working in the field of audio production. You may know the best microphone for the job, but unless you can actually pull everything together this is not going to help you much when you are actually working in the industry.
3) Audio Postproduction for Film and Video: After-the-Shoot Solutions, Professional Techniques, and Cookbook Recipes to Make Your Project Sound Better (DV Expert Series) by Jay Rose
This book doesn’t just have an excellent title – it can really help you with our learning process if you are wanting to improve your audio production knowledge! It is a little more advanced than some books and it does require a basic knowledge of audio production techniques, but if you are looking for something to broaden your knowledge this is an excellent book to add to your collection.
Rather than just talk about broad topics the author is not afraid to get very detailed and specific. You can tell that the author has detailed practical experience in the field and that he communicates very well with the reader.
A very useful feature of the book is that it includes a CD which has pre and post production audio included so that the reader can compare the before and after results.
Read Part Two for my other three top book picks.