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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!

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Home Recording For Musicians

By: Craig Anderton

This is the guide to mastering today's recording technology. Full of useful information on every step of the recording process, there's something for everyone, from the novice to the professional. Beekman Publishing, ©1996, 256 pp.


The Billboard Guide To Home Recording

By: Ray Baragary

The complete do-it-yourself reference to recording techniques and equipment options. Provides a step-by-step approach to producing high-quality tapes, demos, and CDs in a home studio. Includes information on recorders, mixers, microphones, and signal processors; recording basic tracks and overdubbing; expanding the home studio with MIDI; the development of General MIDI standards; and the use of computers in sequencing. Watson-Guptill Publishing, ©1996, 272 pp.


The Audiopro Home Recording Course

By: Bill Gibson

This MixBooks publication will familiarize musicians with the fundamentals of studio recording using explanations and examples that are easy to understand and enlightening for the beginning and intermediate student. Accompanied by two CDs full of information and audio examples and hundreds of illustrations to make learning as painless as possible, AudioPro includes all the basics on the mixer, signal processing, microphones, guitar/sounds, acoustic drums/percussion and synchronization/drum machines, plus, an invaluable glossary of the most common terms used in recording. Comes with two compact discs. Mix Bookshelf, ©1996, 264 pp.

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