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Dan McAvinchey is a composer/guitarist living in Raleigh, NC.

He believes every musician or composer has the power to release their own record.


His CD release on Guitar Nine was entitled "Guitar Haus".

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Books for Home and Project Studio Recording

Short of quitting your job and attending one of the many fine recording schools around the country, the best way to get a handle on modern recording techniques and how to apply them to your recording project is to read up on everything you can find on the subject. After that, nothing beats hands-on application of what you've learned followed by creative experimentation (after you've learned the rules, the next step is to break as many as possible).

A lot of what goes on in the studio can be confusing at first, and not many of us have friends who also happen to be recording engineers. Good books on recording, while tough to find, can be an affordable introduction to the process of making records. You may also simply have a strong desire to learn a little more about what goes on in the control room of a commercial studio. Following are reviews of several excellent books on the subjects of studio recording, studio construction, MIDI, and home recording. Good luck!

Note: All books reviewed may be purchased through our association with Amazon.com Books -- simply click on the book cover to order.


Modern Recording Techniques

By: David Miles Huber, Robert E. Runstein, Miles Huber

A manual, reference, and teaching tool, offering thorough coverage of each topic, this book will be useful for recording workshops, sound engineers, musicians and electronic musicians, producers, multimedia developers, audio for video professionals, universities, schools, and audio enthusiasts in general. Includes a glossary, up-to-date bibliography, and an extensive index. Butterworth-Heinemann, ©1995, 496 pp.


Rock Hardware

By: Tony Bacon

This richly illustrated book (over 200 full-color photos) examines the tools of rock music--guitars, drums, keyboards, brass, recording gear, and more--from a 1990s perspective. Handsome color photos and absorbing text detail the design intricacies of classic and contemporary landmarks in rock's fascinating instrumental history. Tony Bacon is co-author of the award-winning Steve Howe Guitar Collection as well as The Ultimate Guitar Book. Take an exciting journey through the wild and wonderful world of rock's instrumental and technological history. Miller Freeman Books, ©1996, 144 pp.


Recording Techniques for Small Studios

By: David Mellor

A good introductory text for the home studio enthusiast. It covers all the important aspects of the recording process, including microphone techniques, recording different instruments and vocals, four-track recording, MIDI vs. multitracking, EQ, signal processing and effects, mixing techniques, and much more. Includes a glossary of terms. PC Publishing, ©1993, 190 pp.

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