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Old 02-05-2009, 01:25 AM   #1
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Default Announcing: Home Recording for Beginners

I'm pleased to be able to announce the publication of my new book Home Recording for Beginners.



This is designed specifically to meet the needs of the complete (or almost complete) novice to both digital recording and REAPER. The attached link will give you a PDF file which explains its content and design in detail:

http://www.cockos.com/~glazfolk/HR.pdf

If you're an experienced, intermediate level user or above then this is NOT the book for you - you'll almost certainly find it too basic. Not trying to put anybody off, but I'd hate anyone to fork out their money with false expectations.

In brief, it helps the new user understand just about everything they need to know to get started, including a 30 day introductory crash course using REAPER, with step by step exercises and sample files. At the end of this course, you certainly won't know everything you'll ever need to know but you will know enough to progress with confidence, and to identify those areas you will need to focus on.

The book also explains about different equipment, what you need, what you don't need as well as a guide to setting up your home studio.

Some reading this will know the dramas and grief I have had with LULU. For this reason, I'm pleased to say that Course Technology are publishing this. The main downside is that there's no downloadable PDF, hard copy only. The up side is that you can get it at real world and on-line bookstores anywhere - Google the book title (in quotes) together with the name francis (not in quotes) and you'll see what I mean. RRP is about $35 but don't expect to pay more than $25 to $27 if purchasing on-line.

I'm hoping that as well as helping some of the newer users, this book will also really help to promote Reaper to a huge audience outside the existing community. If you've got any questions about it, it's better t post them here rather than to PM me ... my message box is always getting full.
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Old 02-05-2009, 02:21 AM   #2
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Nicolas,

Congratulations on publishing this little gem. I wish i had a resource like this when i started out recording and mixing a couple of years ago. I bought ReaMix a while back and am still very impressed by it!

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Old 02-05-2009, 03:12 AM   #3
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Yes, well done for this too.

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This book guides beginners step-by-step, through the fundamentals of home recording, using the computer as the recording medium. The emphasis is on practical instruction, delivered over the course of 30 lessons in easy-to-understand language and logical sequence and with real examples for the reader to try out. Essential technical knowledge and theory are introduced and explained along the way as it becomes relevant and necessary.

It also takes the reader through what they will need (equipment and cost) if they wish to progress to creating a serious home studio. The book is not software-based, but examples are shown using REAPER, a low-cost Digital Audio Workstation. A 30-day evaluation copy of REAPER is provided on the accompanying CD.
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Congratulations Geoffrey! Looks like another fine publication.

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Old 02-05-2009, 04:47 AM   #5
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good one, nicholas!
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Old 02-05-2009, 05:04 AM   #6
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Hey Nic,
What about the previous publications?
Will they also be re-released as hardcopy?
At least the ReaMix?

I have to proclaim that all of your work really helps a lot.
At least up to now :-)
Thanks.
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Old 02-05-2009, 05:31 AM   #7
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nick-4-noobs!

Many congratulations mate.

Can we get this up as a sticky in newbieland?
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Old 02-05-2009, 05:33 AM   #8
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It is to bad you couldn't get a publisher with SOME experience with audio technology books

Just from looking over the description, as well having both your other Reaper related books, I think this will be my new "I want to get into this what do I do?" tip. Having more audio books than I can mention from my first Radio Shack "Recording Great Audio" to "The New Audio Cyclopedia" I have a few criticisms for most basic audio books.

One of my criticisms is that in trying to convince the reader that this stuff is not that hard, the reader gets a false sense that they know more than they actually do. What is often implied is "OK you have read this book now go make the next top 40 record" I fell like I know less about audio now than I did when I was in Jr. High (and had no perspective), not because I know less, but because now I know what I don't know. It looks like this book tries to keep things in perspective.

This book seems to give a game-plan for using the knowledge. The hands on approach (thanks to reaper) should be far more valuable for the reader than just having the facts. (not to mention that it helps the reader answer the question "is recording really for me?" before spending hundreds of dollars)

Congratulations, I hope it is a success!!

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Old 02-05-2009, 06:23 AM   #9
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Nice one, Nicholas.

Sounds like another good'un to me.
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Hey Nic,
What about the previous publications?
Will they also be re-released as hardcopy?
At least the ReaMix?

I have to proclaim that all of your work really helps a lot.
At least up to now :-)
Thanks.
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Thanks HoJo ... you can get a hard copy of ReaMix from LULU (see link in my signature(

... and thanks everybody else for your kind words
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Old 02-05-2009, 12:58 PM   #11
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CONGRATULATIONS!!! Finally out!!!

Your efforts are most appreciated.

Cheers,
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BTW - Nice little PDF outline too.
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Old 02-05-2009, 01:41 PM   #12
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CONGRATULATIONS!!! Finally out!!!

Your efforts are most appreciated.

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... and I should add thank you for all your help with this, and to Spike Mullings!
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Buying it! I buy all your books! They are great!

Thank you very much!
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Old 02-05-2009, 04:01 PM   #14
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Congratulations, Nicholas! I have have REAmix and I use it all the time. Well done!
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Congrats sir!

Well done!

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Congrats sir!

Well done!

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... and I should also thank you too, kind sir, for helping me out with the stuff about impedance!
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Hey Nic.

Yes, I know I can get them from Lulu. In fact I already ordered both your other publications. But in the end, even Lulu only printing it out via Laser or something. And I would like to have a real offset-printed book...

But thanks anyway, I really enjoy following your instructions.
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... and I should also thank you too, kind sir, for helping me out with the stuff about impedance!
Viagra, right?
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Hey Nic.

Yes, I know I can get them from Lulu. In fact I already ordered both your other publications. But in the end, even Lulu only printing it out via Laser or something. And I would like to have a real offset-printed book...

But thanks anyway, I really enjoy following your instructions.
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Ah, sorry, now I understand what you mean.

I hope to be updating ReaMix some time over the next few months. Would be nice to publish it nicely, wouldn't it?
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Woohoo congrats nicholas!! I'll have to order a copy of this... (since I'm a total noob)

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Hi Geoff-

Congratulations! I'm sure it's as helpful and well-written as your other books!

I wonder if you've talked with your publisher about offering it in Kindle or another downloadable e-book format (MobiPocket, etc.)? I've put the .pdf version of ReaMix and your User Guide on my Kindle already so I can carry them with me wherever I go. Kindles still aren't available outside the US, AFAIK, and maybe the fact that they're not offering it as a .pdf answers my question, but as much as I like hard copies, it's also very handy to have a whole library in a portable package!

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... and I should also thank you too, kind sir, for helping me out with the stuff about impedance!
I hope what little I had time to do was helpful. I had wanted to go a bit farther with the electrical side of things for you, but alas... life gets in the way. *sigh*

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Kindles still aren't available outside the US, AFAIK
That might explain why I've no idea what a kindle is!

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I wonder if you've talked with your publisher about offering it in Kindle or another downloadable e-book format (MobiPocket, etc.)?

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I think that would be a good idea, though I don't think I have that much influence over them. But yes, it's worth a shot ... and thanks for your encouraging words!
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Nicholas has had another baby! Hooray!

I hope you have many more



Tell me though, have you managed to explain in simple terms what the difference between a sound card and an Interface is?
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That might explain why I've no idea what a kindle is!
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kindle

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I'm waiting till 11th of June
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O.K., I'll take the bait ... what happens then?
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Probably Kindle2 being released.

Congratulations on that release. I'll recommend it to anyone asking for an introduction to recording themselves.
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Are any retailers offering an e-book version?

If not, can we pay you directly for one?
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Are any retailers offering an e-book version?

If not, can we pay you directly for one?
Paul,

Unfortunately for contractual reasons I'm not able to offer an ebook. I have already made a suggestion to this effect to the publisher, though, and am waiting for a response.
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Okay, thanks.

Since I've got both your other books, too, could you maybe describe what this one covers outside the scope of those two?

Thanks, and sorry if redundant,

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O.K., I'll take the bait ... what happens then?
REAPER 3 Power is showing as a pre order on Amazon; available from the aforementioned date it seems.

I've got 2 Sonar books in the same series. It'll be nice to have the REAPER version (which I imagine will look dog eared pretty fast)
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REAPER 3 Power is showing as a pre order on Amazon; available from the aforementioned date it seems.

I've got 2 Sonar books in the same series. It'll be nice to have the REAPER version (which I imagine will look dog eared pretty fast)
Yes it's in draft form for now and very much a work in progress ... depends on when the software is finished.
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Okay, thanks.

Since I've got both your other books, too, could you maybe describe what this one covers outside the scope of those two?

Thanks, and sorry if redundant,

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Hey Paul -

There's a fairly detailed account here:
http://www.cockos.com/~glazfolk/HR.pdf

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Yes it's in draft form for now and very much a work in progress ... depends on when the software is finished.
That's very cool, congratulations! I have several of Scott's books in the SONAR Power! series. Do you have a link? I didn't see it on Amazon with a quick look.

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That's very cool, congratulations! I have several of Scott's books in the SONAR Power! series. Do you have a link? I didn't see it on Amazon with a quick look.

-Thanks!

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Thanks Susan, of course it's still vapourware but here is a link. You might be interested to see it says something about kindle as well ...

http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/AS...ayetechsystems
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Hi nicholas-

Re Kindle: I clicked the "Please tell the Publisher" link!

BTW, I found it right away searching for "Reaper Power", but "Reaper" just brought up a whole bunch of cheap novels!

Thanks-

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You can now "look inside" Home Recording for Beginners on amazon.
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Yes it's in draft form for now and very much a work in progress ... depends on when the software is finished.
Good luck with it; I imagine it's about as easy to coordinate as birds mating mid air!!!
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