|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.