3. Music Production Books
"Mixing with your mind" by Michael Paul Stavrou
McCartney, Bowie, Queen, Crowded House, Jeff Beck. The impressive list of artists that Paul Stavrou has mixed for goes on.
You won't find the usual stereotypical mixing advice in this book. What you'll find however is how to use the force to pull off true Jedi mixing feats. The Art of Mixing section (Chapter 11) alone is worth the price of the book but I found the chapters on mid-tuning your monitors and compression illuminating.
Unconventional, maybe, but it will get you thinking and improve your mixes if you apply the techniques.
"Mixing Secrets for the Small Studio" by Mike Senior
This book is aimed at mixing engineers and music producers who work in small studios and want to achieve commercial-standard mixes. It shows you how to compensate for a studio with less-than-desirable acoustics so that your mixes can stand up against the competition.
You'll find my review of the book via the link above should you want to know more.
"Dance Music Manual" by Rick Snoman
This book is great for new and intermediate electronic music producers because it gives you a broad overview of the whole electronic music production shebang. You'll find sound design, mixing, effects, music theory, arrangement, rhythm, gain structure and more covered inside.
If you're completely new to electronic music production and don't know where to start then I recommend you grab a copy of this book right now and work through it. You'll be able to talk shop when you're done!
"Big Studio Secrets for Home Recording and Production" by Joe Dochtermann
Discover the recording secrets of the big studios with "Big Studio Secrets for Home Recording and Production" by Joe Dochtermann, and apply it to your own home studio productions to achieve better results.
This is a comprehensive book in practical language perfect for beginners who want an overview and intermediate producers or home studio owners who want a refresher course.
"Righting Wrongs in Writing Songs" by Danny Cope
Uncover the most common songwriting issues and mistakes with "Righting Wrongs in Writing Songs" by Danny Cope, and make your songwriting more informed and productive.
You'll find the fundamentals of good songwriting covered and learn where you can make your songwriting more effective. Save yourself a lot of time by eliminating bad habits and getting the basics of songwriting right.
"The Recording Engineer's Handbook" by Bobby Owsinski
Get the great reference of multiple microphone techniques for a large range of instruments and more in "The Recording Engineer's Handbook" by Bobby Owsinski.
This book has been around for a while. I think it should have a place on the bookshelf of every recording engineer, producer and musician.
"Mixing, recording and producing techniques of the pros" by Rick Clark
"Mixing, recording and producing techniques of the pros" by Rick Clark reveals exactly what the title says it does. Enough said!
Get into the mind of a range of music professionals and take notes so you can use it to hone your own craft. Standing on the shoulders of giants!