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The links for my own books are to pages with downloadable samples, critical comments, and so forth... plus discount sales where available. -- Jay

Audio for Video and Film

Producing Great Sound for Film & Video

My own book on soundtrack creation has been a category best-seller at Amazon since its publication, is used in film schools around the world, and is now in an expanded third edition. It covers everything from dealing with sound while scripting, through boom and wireless techniques, to editing and mixing. Click the title for more details, critical comments, samples, and links to discount sales.


Audio Postproduction for Film & Digital Video

Aimed at more experienced filmmakers, this new second edition includes techniques for both Hollywood-style film tracks and faster video documentary/commercial ones. Extensive chapters on working with field recordings, editing dialog, finding and editing music, and sound effects. About a third of the book is dedicated to processing and mixing, with lots of detail and useful tips. Click the title for details, critical comments, samples, and links to discount sales.


Dialog Editing for Motion Pictures

Video and film sound evolved with very different editing methods. Film style, thoroughly detailed in John Purcell's book, is much better for telling long stories shot in short takes. Video style (see my books) can be more powerful for documentaries and voice-over pieces, and it's faster. Modern audio software makes both available all the time. I recommend his book as well as mine: we each explain tricks and techniques the other never covers. Besides, he's as good and clear a writer as I try to be.


Practical Art of Motion Picture Sound

David Lewis Yewdall covers the entire film sound process, mostly from low- and mid-budget theatrical releases... but stuff shot on movie film instead of video. This wide-ranging topic means he can't get as deeply into specific techniques as my Audio Post book or Purcell's editing one, but you can learn a lot from his extensive experiences in that world.


Sound for Film and Television

Tomlinson Holman -- the "TH" of THX -- has written the bible of how major feature soundtracks are put together. It's more technical (and dryer) than Yewdall, but definitely how the big boys do it. Covers the entire process from microphones to release prints.


Total Recording

David Moulton is a a Grammy nominated engineer and audio educator. This thick book explains how to get the best results from just about every gadget and person in a music studio. A lot applies to film and video as well. If you've got the time and commitment, you can also benefit from the listening exercises in Moulton's separate Golden Ears audio training CDs. Not Available at Amazon; link is to publisher.


ARRL Handbook

The American Radio Relay League updates this 1,200 page encyclopedia every year, with a CDROM containing articles on just about every aspect of audio and radio electronics. It's unabashedly technical, but deep and reliable -- and you don't need the latest version to learn a lot.



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How to Build a Small Budget Recording on a Budget
Sound Studio Construction on a Budget

Two books by F. Alton Everest, exploring the practical end of acoustics in great detail. They might not represent the latest thinking in high-end pop music recording, but they're right on the money for post suites and announce booths. You'll find a lot of formulas, but also detail drawings and product recommendations.


Media and Production


Radio Live! Television Live!: Those Golden Days When Horses Were Coconuts

Robert L. Mott's Radio Sound Effects -- recommended in a column a few years ago -- is out of print. Here's his latest effort: fun reading about live sound effects technique, and some fascinating history of our industry from a guy who started out making noises and ended up writing comedy routines for Dick Van Dyke.


Copywriter: A Life Making Ads and Other Mistakes.

For close to 20 years Ray Welch dominated New England advertising awards. He was the Woody Allen of the industry, writing self-deprecating (but hilarious and strategically spot-on) ads, and later becoming one of the area's most effective voice-over announcers. He was also one of the most well-liked personalities in the community -- I should know, I was there -- and a great story-teller. These are his stories. They're all funny. Many of them also reveal truths of ad agency life, the kinds of people attracted to that business, and the thinking that goes into a great campaign. The book reads the way I remember that life. Except Welch obviously had a lot more fun.


VO: Tales and Techniques of a Voice-Over Actor

Everything Harlan Hogan writes is true: the techniques, the way the business works, the friendships that form between actors competing for the same jobs, the life. It's actually two books, interleaved. Chapters alternate between sage (and hard-earned) advice on polishing voice-acting performing and job-getting skills, and some of the things Harlan had to go through to learn these lesions. If you're an announcer, engineer, or sharp producer, you'll chuckle over the war stories. If you're trying to break into the business, you couldn't have a better teacher.


Perceptual Theory 


Music, the Brain, and Ecstacy

Fascinating and well-written book; a must for any sound designer. Robert Jourdain starts with the biology of how we perceive sound; analyzes what makes music interesting; explains why composers are driven do; and concludes with why music makes us feel good. I leared a lot about myself and some of my colleagues, and why we hear differently than the general public... our skills aren't necessarily talent, but an accident of biochemistry.



Spaces Speak... Are You Listening?

Dr Barry Blesser is considered one of the fathers of digital audio, inventing the first practical studio digital reverb (EMT 250, in 1976); and continuing to invent, teach, consult, and occasionally offer advice to people like me. A culmination of his thinking on the acoustics of public spaces, and how they affect society. Not light reading (published by MIT Press), but very rewarding. I didn't know whether to list this book under 'acoustics', 'perceptual theory', or 'sound design'... let's just call it 'seminal'.



The Responsive Chord.

The late Dr. Tony Schwartz was one of the first to ask "how does a sound track actually influence our behavior". Since he was also a noted sound designer specializing in radio and television advertising, he was also in a good position to test his theories. Some of the examples are dated -- being the original proposal of the Resonance Theory of communication, it's more than thirty years old -- but the entire book is still thought-provoking.


Most recent book by Carla Rose
My wife wrote this. It's not about sound, but it's good anyway.  

Teach Yourself Adobe Photoshop CS3 in 24 Hours

Published posthumously; this edition edited and fully revised by Kate Binder.