audio productions

Books for Sound Designers

 A comprehensive list of useful sound design and audio engineering texts

Yamaha Sound Reinforcement Handbook

Master Handbook of Acoustics - Fifth Edition

Mixing a Musical - Shannon Slaton

Sound and Music for the Theatre - Deena Kaye, James LeBrecht

Show Networks and Control Systems - John Huntington

Sound Systems: Design and Operation - Bob McCarthy

Sound Reproduction - Loudspeakers and Rooms

Room Acoustics - Fifth Edition

Fundamentals of Acoustics - Fourth Edition

Audio Engineering: Know it All

Feel free to add more texts and/or provide links to PDF’s of the texts above if you have them! Lets help young designers and technicians like me get access to the education they want


Groundbreaking Producers in the Studio: 

Dr. Dre, Rick Rubin & Eminem, Hans Zimmer and Giorgio Moroder

Images taken from the PBS documentary series “Soundbreaking: Stories from the Cutting Edge of Recorded Music” (2016)

I feel like this explains itself

(This is also the equivalent of the “you had one job” meme)

Youtube link

Today’s Best Tips on Music Production

10 essential tips… 20 mistakes… 30 production secrets and so on, such lists seem to be really popular these days. Although many of them are just full of crap. Especially forget about the longer checklists – even if you could find some good advices there, most tips are just nonsense, like “don’t mix bass with headphones”.

Anyway, to you aspiring producer, here’s a few things I think you should care about:

  • Limiting yourself can help drive creativity. Don’t use all of your instrumental arsenal at once, don’t try to cover all music styles in one track.
  • Listen to different styles of music and try to identify what you like and what you dislike.
  • Analyze your favorite artists’ work in great detail. Theorize with both feet on the ground.
  • Go ahead and copy other artists, but don’t settle there – tweak and add your own style and flavor.
  • Cover, remix and remake your favorite tracks, it’s a good and fun way to learn about music.
  • Use reference tracks, compare your shit to others, but don’t get paralyzed when your track doesn’t bang as loud as them.
  • Learn about synthesis and learn how to sound design different kind of instruments, e.g. strings, plucks, percussion (make synthetic drums using waveforms, a noise generator, filters, envelopes and such).
  • Check your music productions on several systems; from high-end studio monitor speakers to iPhone earbuds.
  • Sleep on it. Let your track mature over night and return to it with fresh ears.
  • Go hardware, get tactile if you are growing tired of a software-based environment. To actually play an instrument or to turn a real knob is really something else.
  • Get inspiration from collaborations with other artists. Just reach out to people you admire – this is globalization, this is the time of teh internetz.
  • Try to keep passionate about creating music, but don’t be afraid to make some demands of yourself, just to push things forward.

We found another tape from this series of psychedelic designs of 1970s-era tape boxes. One of a series of designs made by Capitol Records for reel-to-reel home recording. This one features symbols for celestial bodies with the sun in the center!

☉ ☽ ☿ ♀ ♂ ♃ ♄ ♅ ♁ ♇ 


Fi70 Three-Way Wireless High Fidelity Music System

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Serbian Vocab: Careers

This post is an attempt to add to the small amount of online Serbian language resources, but it is also a way to listen to one of my favourite bands as a successful method of studying.

First, here is a song: Pekar, lekar, apotekar. Its narrator names careers he could have had if he had listened to his father. Instead, he became a musician.

Note that the tone of the song (as is the case with many by this band) is quite ironic and some of the careers named are obviously outdated or used in jest. 

Career terms in order of appearance in the song:

  • Пекар (pekar): baker
  • Лекар (lekar): doctor
  • Апотекар (apotekar): apothecary
  • Колар (kolar): wheeler, wheelwright
  • Столар (stolar): carpenter
  • Књиговезац (knjigovezac): bookbinder
  • Стаклорезац (staklorezac): glazier
  • Видар (vidar): healer
  • Зидар (zidar): builder
  • Критичар (kritičar): critic
  • Политичар (političar): politician
  • Педагог (pedagog): pedagogue
  • Демагог (demagog): demagogue
  • Полицајац (policajac): police officer
  • Пајац (pajac): jester
  • Месар (mesar): butcher
  • Тесар (tesar): carpenter
  • Клесар (klesar): stonecutter, stonemason
  • Ковач (kovač): blacksmith
  • Тровач (trovač): poisoner
  • Млинар (mlinar): miller
  • Винар (vinar): vintner
  • Ветеринар (veterinar): veterinarian
  • Кувар (kuvar): cook
  • Чувар (čuvar): guardian
  • Дактилограф (daktilograf): typist
  • Фотограф (fotograf): photographer
  • Сценограф (scenograf): scenographer, production designer
  • Географ (geograf): geographer

For more songs by Riblja Čorba around this same theme listen to Hoću majko hoću (about someone who spitefully tells his mother he wants to work as a cleaner for the city), and Lutka sa naslovne strane (which takes a very pessimistic look at a model’s upcoming career).

Below I’ve listed a bunch of general vocab related to jobs and job searching, as well as more specific careers.

Some general terms and phrases related to work:

  • Посао (posao): job
  • Каријера (karijera): career
  • Професија (profesija): profession
  • Рад (rad): work / Радити (raditi): to work
  • Студент/студенткиња (student/studentkinja): student
    • Универзитет (univerzitet): university
    • Факултет (fakultet): faculty
    • Учити (učiti): to study, learn, teach
  • Незапослен/незапослена (nezaposlen/nezaposlena): unemployed
  • Пензионисати (penzionisati): to retire
    • Бити у пензији (biti u penziji): to be in retirement
  • Тражити посао (tražiti posao): to look for a job
  • Запослити (zaposliti): to hire
  • Отпустити (otpustiti): to fire someone
    • Добити отказ (dobiti otkaz): to get fired

Here’s a long list of professions and their translations. They’re all in singular form, and I’ve only included a few feminine forms for the sake of simplicity.

  • Глумац (glumac): actor / Глумица (glumica): actress
  • Уметник (umetnik): artist / Уметница (umetnica): f. artist
  • Сликар (slikar): painter
  • Историчар (istoričar): historian
  • Библиотекар (bibliotekar): librarian
  • Уредник (urednik): editor
  • Фризер (frizer): hairstylist
  • Кројач (krojač): tailor
  • Новинар (novinar): journalist / Новинарка (novinarka): f. journalist
  • Писац (pisac): writer
  • Песник (pesnik): poet
  • Музичар (muzičar): musician
  • Певач (pevač): singer / Певачица (pevačica): f. singer
  • Плесач (plesač): dancer
  • Режисер (režiser): director, stage manager
  • Директор (direktor): director
  • Продуцент (producent): producer
  • Кореограф (koreograf): choreographer
  • Учитељ (učitelj): teacher / Учитељица (učiteljica): f. teacher
  • Професор(profesor): professor
  • Таксиста (taksista): taxi driver
  • Возач (vozač): driver
  • Пилот (pilot): pilot
  • Поштар (poštar): postman, mailman
  • Ватрогасац (vatrogasac): firefighter
  • Конобар (konobar): waiter, bartender / Конобарица (konobarica): f. waiter, bartender
  • Благајник (blagajnik): cashier / Благајница (blagajnica): cashier
  • Надзорник (nadzornik): foreman
  • Инжењер (inženjer): engineer
  • Механичар (mehaničar): mechanic
  • Електричар (električar): electrician
  • Биолог (biolog): biologist
  • Хемичар (hemičar): chemist
  • Научник (naučnik): scientist
  • Ботничар (botiničar): botanist
  • Медицинска сестра (medicinska sestra): nurse
  • Психијатар (psihijatar): psychiatrist
  • Психолог (psiholog): psychologist
  • Фармацеут (farmaceut): pharmacist
  • Оптичар (optičar): optician
  • Бабица (babica): midwife
  • Болничар (bolničar): paramedic
  • Војник (vojnik): soldier
  • Зубар (zubar): dentist
  • Адвокат (advokat): lawyer
  • Судија (sudija): judge
  • Преводилац (prevodilac): translator
  • Рачуновођа (računovođa): accountant
  • Статистичар (statističar): statistician

I listened to the audio of the EWP’s production of N2N and I love how much having an all Asian cast adds so many little nuances to the story without having to actually change anything, particularly with:

  • the stigma regarding mental illness in a lot of Asian cultures and how much more painful that makes Diana’s story.
    • This also adds a whole new layer to the fact that Dan tries to ignore his depression for so many years, in favour of helping Diana.
  • the whole “all Asians are smart” stereotype in relation to Natalie’s stress over her grades and academic future. It sheds a whole new light on to why she would stress about Yale as much as she does, especially with the fact that a lot of Asian households do value academic success very highly.
  • the neglect towards Natalie and the focus on Gabe in relation to the elephant in the room about how a lot of Asian cultures still value sons over daughters. This adds an entirely new layer to Natalie’s pain regarding being ignored by her mother and so many lines in Superboy and the Invisible Girl
    • “He’s a hero, a lover, a prince/She’s not there”
    • “He’s the one you wish would appear/He’s your hero, forever your son”
    • “I love you as much as I can

This show works so wonderfully with an all Asian cast and manages to address so many harmful stereotypes/sheds light on a lot of issues within Asian communities without having to change ANY aspect of the show and just… this is why diversity is important. A diverse cast can add a whole new interpretation to a show that might have never otherwise addressed it because it wouldn’t have originally been written with that kind of narrative in mind. I doubt Tom Kitt and Brian Yorkey were attempting to make statements regarding the stigma of mental illness, pressure of academic success, and gender inequality in Asian cultures when they first wrote Feeling Electric, but thats what an all Asian cast contributes to the show. Diverse casting can help a show as much as it can help the actors.