>Acoustics and Psychoacoustics. By David Howard and Jamie Angus. ISBN: 978-0-240-52175-6
A really interesting read delving deep into the fundamentals of sound; explaining in detail from how we physically hear sound and how we perceive it and how sound is generated by different instruments and how to model them.
Music Technology Workbook. By Paul Middleton and Steven Gurevitz. ISBN: 978-0-240-51970-8
This book basically explain DAW's and treat some of the major Brands. It also goes into the technicalities of recording and mixing etc. I suppose there's a CD coming with the hard copy of the book.
Just started a new movement. I call it Xenon-phobia...
I'm gonna read every book mentioned in this thread. I just finished Bob Katz's book and it was amazing, I learned so much from it. Next up: Dance music manual by Rick Snoman.
Funny. I read Bob Katz' book years ago, and I really hated it. It jumped from "This is a compressor" to "these are the mathematical logarithmic formulas for calculating the phasing coefficient of your spectral frequency" (or whatever) with very little information on how to actually "master" (which I realized after I finished isn't really what the book is about). I also felt like it was just a platform to rant about his hatred of the loudness wars, and his stupid K-system standard that he's pushing.
I guess I just felt irritated because it was a really expensive book, and I already understood the simple stuff, and the crazy mathematical stuff was way over my head. (I went to Art College!)
I think I gave it to someone because looking at it pissed me off so much.
However, I'm glad someone got some use out of it.
I think one of the biggest barriers of making a track are mindsets, so self development books also helps a lot.
I recommend The Confidence Gap by Russ Harris, really good book to help out when u are feeling lazy, lack of inspiration and not being capable of doing it.