Bruce Swedien (the engineer and mixer for many of Michael Jackson's albums) released a book earlier this year that we never posted about. I just found out about it through Steve Guttenberg's blog, and he seems to really like it. The book is called The Bruce Swedien Recording Method and it's available on Amazon.
Swedien discusses the importance of studio acoustics, and he prefers to use as little dynamic range compression or equalization as he can on vocals and instruments. Swedien feels that using a lot of compression is an admission you don't know what you're doing. His approach to recording drums struck me as a little unusual, he starts getting the sound first with the kick drum, takes the front head off, and puts a heavy cinder block inside the drum to weigh it down. That's how he gets such a solid drum sound, without bloat or thickening. He also said, "You need a really good drummer," no microphone technique can make a so-so drummer sound great. Swedien feels that listening to music is something you experience, and when it's right you hear it and feel it.
i was lucky enough to assist andy johns, rip miss ya, a few times. the great producers got performances and said fuck the gear, that shit was icing on the cake. if your take or performance is bad, your record sucks. period. i can only hope people who buy this book understand that.