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The Bruce Swedien Recording Method

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Authors: Bill Gibson and Bruce Swedien

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Table of Contents

Foreword
By Quincy Jones
Acknowledgments
Editor's Note
Introduction
The Foundation Of My Recording Method
The Evolution Of My Recording Process
Fundamental Standards and Concepts
Sonic Fantasy Versus Sonic Reality
Digital Or Analog?
Punctuality And Dependability
First Session In Chicago
Frame Of Reference For Beginners
Microphones
AKG C 414 XLII
(B&Amp;K) 4006 And 4011
Kantola Nu-47
Neumann U 47
Neumann U 48
Neumann U 47 Fet
Neumann U 87
Neumann M 49
Neumann M 50
Neumann M 149
Neumann M 150
RCA 44bx
RCA 77DX
Royer R-121, R-122, And R-101
Shure SM7
Telefunken 251
Telefunken U 47s
Other Important Microphones
Ribbon Microphones
Ribbon Characteristics
Ribbon Applications
Overshoot
Ringing And Distortion
Off-Axis Response
Care Of Ribbon Microphones
Mic Technique Considerations
Timbre
Critical Distance (DC) In Microphone Use
Linearity
Directionality
Common Stereo Miking Configurations
Carefully Design The Sound Field
Other Tools I Use in My Work
Consoles
Monitors
Processors
Acoustic Support
The Impact Of Five Decades Of Technology On Music
Painting With Sound
Transients
Technical Insights, Creativity, And Reality
The Acusonic Recording Process
The Recording Revolution
Philosophy Of Tracking
Succeeding As A Music Recording Engineer
It's About The Music
Recording Vocals
The Importance Of Microphone Choice
Technical Aspects Of Human Voice Recording
Choosing A Microphone For Solo Vocals
Recording Instruments
Secondary Pickup
Drums
Percussion
Bass Guitar
Acoustic Guitar
Electric Guitar
Piano And Keyboards
Brass
Strings
Orchestra
About Bruce
Ed Cherney
Matt Forger
Bernie Grundman
John Klett
Ramsees Mechan
Art Noxon
Brad Sundberg
Bea Swedien
John Van Nest
Mixing
Starting The Mix
Mixing Is Like Arranging
The First Thing
Less Is More!
The Console Matters
Meters
Technical Issues
Starting The Mix
Mixing Drums
Mixing Vocals
Solo Buttons
Mute Buttons
Courage
Leakage (Secondary Pickup)
De-Essers And Presets
Setting Up The Stereo Field
Using Effects
Recommendations For Young Talent
When The Mix Is Done
Fundamental Standards and Concepts
Rooms
Binaural Hearing
Acoustical Support As It Relates To Music
Michael, Joe Williams, and J-Lo
Michael Jackson:
Joe Williams With Count Basie: Consistent Benchmark
Jennifer Lopez
At the Console With Bruce
Appendix a: More Than One for the Road
Equipment For Jennifer Lopez Project:
Appendix B: Discography
Appendix C: Honors and Awards
Appendix D: About the DVD-ROM

The Bruce Swedien Recording Method is an incredibly timely and timeless reference for anyone interested in capturing and mixing the best possible music recordings.

From the Michael Jackson albums (Off the Wall, Thriller, Bad, Dangerous, Invincible, and HIStory), to many Quincy Jones hits (The Dude, Back on the Block, Q's Jook Joint, and many more), to classic greats from Count Basie, Duke Ellington, the Brothers Johnson, and Natalie Cole, Bruce Swedien's impact on popular music has been undeniable. Engineers at all levels still use Swedien's recordings as a standard by which they judge the sonic validity of their own work.

In The Bruce Swedien Recording Method, Swedien explains many of the techniques he has used to get award-winning drum, bass, guitar, keyboard, vocal, string, and brass sounds.

Throughout this book, Swedien consistently pinpoints the most important considerations in the recording process, with such insights as: You don't listen to the equipment, you listen through the equipment... Nobody ever walked out of the studio whistling the console... The sound has to be so good to start with that it gives you goosebumps – the list goes on and on!

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The Bruce Swedien Recording Method is an incredibly timely and timeless reference for anyone interested in capturing and mixing the best possible music recordings.

From the Michael Jackson albums (Off the Wall, Thriller, Bad, Dangerous, Invincible, and HIStory), to many Quincy Jones hits (The Dude, Back on the Block, Q's Jook Joint, and many more), to classic greats from Count Basie, Duke Ellington, the Brothers Johnson, and Natalie Cole, Bruce Swedien's impact on popular music has been undeniable. Engineers at all levels still use Swedien's recordings as a standard by which they judge the sonic validity of their own work.

In The Bruce Swedien Recording Method, Swedien explains many of the techniques he has used to get award-winning drum, bass, guitar, keyboard, vocal, string, and brass sounds.

Throughout this book, Swedien consistently pinpoints the most important considerations in the recording process, with such insights as: You don't listen to the equipment, you listen through the equipment... Nobody ever walked out of the studio whistling the console... The sound has to be so good to start with that it gives you goosebumps – the list goes on and on!

Key Digital Print Features

We've built a new way to enjoy electronic print that you're sure to love.

  • Fast Loading Desktop and Mobile Experience (even with cellular connections!)
  • Auto-resume across devices
  • Quick search, note taking and bookmarking for easy reference
  • Responsive book design, so things look great on mobile too
  • * Internet connection required *

thesoundofillinois
Submitted 7 months ago

A Great Window Into the Mind of A Genius

This book and its accompanying videos really help you to wrap your mind around the genius of Bruce Swedien. Bruce spares neither detail nor his opinion when talking about his process. His passion for music and the process of recording it is second to none and incredibly contagious. Despite the credits, awards, and collaborations under his belt, Mr. Swedien speaks with a humility and sincerity that is very refreshing. Bruce's words will inspire you to become a great engineer while also giving you the information on how to make it a reality. Get your notebook ready as he provides you with critical information about gear (especially microphones), his personal engineering journey, and pearls of wisdom that he has acquired over his lasting career. All in all, this book gives great insight into Bruce Swedien: the Engineer and Bruce Swieden: the Man. I believe you'll see that they are one in the same and are equally important in creating the legendary figure that is so revered in the world of music. While I would certainly be honored to meet Bruce, this book and video series is truly the next best thing.


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Forzato
Submitted 10 months ago

The Master of Mixing

If you want to know how to not only mix properly write down to the science it all starts on day 1 at the recording stage. Unfortunately in an age where many of us are recording at home, we have lost the art of actual recording. Nobody knew what mic works with a singer, what would be the best way to create depth and natural reverb with placement. Most people think billie jeans kick was using a drum machine, you'll find out how he actually recorded it. Bruce created records with very little effects yet they sound incredible. This book is not just for pop, r&b but also classical artists. Although he explains all his tricks and techniques very technical even a dedicated beginner should be able to understand the concepts. You know with a mentor like bruce that you are on the right track to recording better mixes when his mentors included Bill Putnam (founder of universal audio) & Quincy Jones.

I am a: Hobbyist, Musician, Producer, Beat Maker, Audio Engineer, Sound Designer, Game Designer, Mastering Facility, Sound for Film/TV, Ableton Live, Acid, Bitwig Studio, FL Studio, Cakewalk Sonar, Cubase, Digital Performer, Logic Pro, Mixcraft, Nuendo, Pro Tools, Reason, Reaper, Studio One, Samplitude


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kirill
Submitted 2 years ago

This is the Bible of Sound recording, mixing and producing.

This is the Bible of Sound recording, mixing and producing. The Book is a must for everyone who wants to reach a success in music production. I had studied sound producing for fifteen years before I read this great book. But this book instantly guides you what a great mix is all about. It has everything you want to ask about mixing. Great man!

I am a: Professional, Musician, Producer, Audio Engineer, Sound Designer, Mastering Facility, Sound for Film/TV, Cubase, Nuendo


Ease of Use
 
 
 
 
 
Quality of Videos
 
 
 
 
 
Value of Training
 
 
 
 
 
Access to Videos
 
 
 
 
 

thesoundofillinois
Submitted 7 months ago

A Great Window Into the Mind of A Genius

This book and its accompanying videos really help you to wrap your mind around the genius of Bruce Swedien. Bruce spares neither detail nor his opinion when talking about his process. His passion for music and the process of recording it is second to none and incredibly contagious. Despite the credits, awards, and collaborations under his belt, Mr. Swedien speaks with a humility and sincerity that is very refreshing. Bruce's words will inspire you to become a great engineer while also giving you the information on how to make it a reality. Get your notebook ready as he provides you with critical information about gear (especially microphones), his personal engineering journey, and pearls of wisdom that he has acquired over his lasting career. All in all, this book gives great insight into Bruce Swedien: the Engineer and Bruce Swieden: the Man. I believe you'll see that they are one in the same and are equally important in creating the legendary figure that is so revered in the world of music. While I would certainly be honored to meet Bruce, this book and video series is truly the next best thing.

Ease of Use
 
 
 
 
 
Quality of Videos
 
 
 
 
 
Value of Training
 
 
 
 
 
Access to Videos
 
 
 
 
 

Forzato
Submitted 10 months ago

The Master of Mixing

If you want to know how to not only mix properly write down to the science it all starts on day 1 at the recording stage. Unfortunately in an age where many of us are recording at home, we have lost the art of actual recording. Nobody knew what mic works with a singer, what would be the best way to create depth and natural reverb with placement. Most people think billie jeans kick was using a drum machine, you'll find out how he actually recorded it. Bruce created records with very little effects yet they sound incredible. This book is not just for pop, r&b but also classical artists. Although he explains all his tricks and techniques very technical even a dedicated beginner should be able to understand the concepts. You know with a mentor like bruce that you are on the right track to recording better mixes when his mentors included Bill Putnam (founder of universal audio) & Quincy Jones.

I am a: Hobbyist, Musician, Producer, Beat Maker, Audio Engineer, Sound Designer, Game Designer, Mastering Facility, Sound for Film/TV, Ableton Live, Acid, Bitwig Studio, FL Studio, Cakewalk Sonar, Cubase, Digital Performer, Logic Pro, Mixcraft, Nuendo, Pro Tools, Reason, Reaper, Studio One, Samplitude

Ease of Use
 
 
 
 
 
Quality of Videos
 
 
 
 
 
Value of Training
 
 
 
 
 
Access to Videos
 
 
 
 
 

kirill
Submitted 2 years ago

This is the Bible of Sound recording, mixing and producing.

This is the Bible of Sound recording, mixing and producing. The Book is a must for everyone who wants to reach a success in music production. I had studied sound producing for fifteen years before I read this great book. But this book instantly guides you what a great mix is all about. It has everything you want to ask about mixing. Great man!

I am a: Professional, Musician, Producer, Audio Engineer, Sound Designer, Mastering Facility, Sound for Film/TV, Cubase, Nuendo

Ease of Use
 
 
 
 
 
Quality of Videos
 
 
 
 
 
Value of Training
 
 
 
 
 
Access to Videos
 
 
 
 
 

The Bruce Swedien Recording Method is rated 4.9 out of 5 by 3 .
Rated 4.5 out of 5 by from A Great Window Into the Mind of A Genius This book and its accompanying videos really help you to wrap your mind around the genius of Bruce Swedien. Bruce spares neither detail nor his opinion when talking about his process. His passion for music and the process of recording it is second to none and incredibly contagious. Despite the credits, awards, and collaborations under his belt, Mr. Swedien speaks with a humility and sincerity that is very refreshing. Bruce's words will inspire you to become a great engineer while also giving you the information on how to make it a reality. Get your notebook ready as he provides you with critical information about gear (especially microphones), his personal engineering journey, and pearls of wisdom that he has acquired over his lasting career. All in all, this book gives great insight into Bruce Swedien: the Engineer and Bruce Swieden: the Man. I believe you'll see that they are one in the same and are equally important in creating the legendary figure that is so revered in the world of music. While I would certainly be honored to meet Bruce, this book and video series is truly the next best thing.
Date published: 2020-03-23
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from The Master of Mixing If you want to know how to not only mix properly write down to the science it all starts on day 1 at the recording stage. Unfortunately in an age where many of us are recording at home, we have lost the art of actual recording. Nobody knew what mic works with a singer, what would be the best way to create depth and natural reverb with placement. Most people think billie jeans kick was using a drum machine, you'll find out how he actually recorded it. Bruce created records with very little effects yet they sound incredible. This book is not just for pop, r&b but also classical artists. Although he explains all his tricks and techniques very technical even a dedicated beginner should be able to understand the concepts. You know with a mentor like bruce that you are on the right track to recording better mixes when his mentors included Bill Putnam (founder of universal audio) & Quincy Jones.
Date published: 2019-12-22
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from This is the Bible of Sound recording, mixing and producing. This is the Bible of Sound recording, mixing and producing. The Book is a must for everyone who wants to reach a success in music production. I had studied sound producing for fifteen years before I read this great book. But this book instantly guides you what a great mix is all about. It has everything you want to ask about mixing. Great man!
Date published: 2018-12-08
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