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Gifts for Radio Production Personnel

Hal Leonard publishes a pair of audio production books

It’s Christmas time — so how to reward (and encourage) a radio station’s production personnel? Why not the gift of books? And who better to provide relevant material than Hal Leonard Books.

“The iPad in the Music Studio” is subtitled “Connecting Your iPad to Mics, Mixers, Instruments, Computers and More,” and would look to be self-explanatory. A release further explains, “This new book is designed to increase the spontaneity and creativity of musical productions by opening up the world of the iPad to musicians, recordists and DJs.”

Authors Thomas Rudolph and Vincent Leonard examine possible iPad use in professional and home studios. Some items discussed include: hardware to link microphones and instruments for live multi-track recording; controlling desktop software with the iPad; using the iPad and iPhone with mixers; the iPad and guitar EFX software and hardware; and DJ equipment and apps; using the iPad to publish and distribute your music on social media.

The book uses QR codes to link to demo videos. It discusses in depth useful apps. Price: $19.99

For those not quite at the iPad level — perhaps with a more traditional view, there is “Zen and the Art of Mixing,” by the aptly named Mixerman.

For Mixerman, production is not so much an activity or a job, but a state of mind. That’s pretty heavy, man, as they used to say back in the day.

A release is a bit more practical: “Mixerman distills the inescapable technical realities of recording down to understandable and practical terms. Whether musician or self-taught recordist, whether at home or in a full-blown studio complex, you’ll discover a definitive blueprint for recording within the current realities of the business, without ever losing focus on the core consideration — the music itself.”

It adds, “Mixerman provides personal lessons to musicians, engineers, songwriters, DJs, studio owners, and anyone else who wants an insider’s look at how records are made.”

This is third in the Mixerman series. For those into iPads, the whole Mixerman series is available as eBooks. Price: $24.99.