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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.


Becoming a Computer Musician

By: Jeff Bowen

This book introduces and explains the principles of using computers for exploration, composition, and production of music. The book shows how easily and successfully computers and music can be integrated for hobby, educational, and professional applications. Included CD-ROM includes special Windows and Mac versions of major music software, a sample from Peter Gabriel's interactive CD-ROM, and much more. Sams, ©1994, 258 pp.

Sound Studio Construction On A Budget

By: F. Alton Everest

This book will teach you everything you need to know to build an audio studio for a lot less money than you thought possible. Everest presents full instructions for ten projects. McGraw-Hill, ©1997 300 pp.


How to Run a Recording Session

By: Jayce De Santis

This book will take the recording musician, first timer, or experienced pro through the often puzzling process of a recording session. Written in completely non-technical language, the book gives a new and in-depth understanding of everything involved--from choosing songs and a studio, to planning the actual session, to what to do with the final recorded output of the session. The roles of all the 'players' are explained; you learn the functions and responsibilities of the producer, the engineer, the sidemen and the artist. You can certainly save a lot of time and avoid 'first-timers' frustration by grabbing a copy of De Santis' work. Mix Bookshelf, ©1997 116 pp.

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