Your complete guide to recording, mixing, and mastering. An Audio Engineering reference covering everything you need to know about home studio design, speakers, microphones, microphone positioning, how to optimally set up any laptop for use as a Digital Audio Workstation, all manner of microphone techniques for pre-EQ, stereo mic'ing, MIDI recording and editing, and mastering. Includes a guide to recording industry contracts. No matter how experienced or new you are to the field, this guide is guaranteed to offer you something. Learn how to use whatever microphones you do have to approximate the sound you really want. Learn how to mic up a complete drum kit using one, two, or twenty microphones. Learn how to manage singers, and get the best performance. Learn how to set up a drum kit or guitar to get 'that' sound you have heard on your favorite recordings. Learn how to use compressors creatively and effectively, not just to manage dynamics, but to get 'that' sound you are after. Learn the facts about the loudness wars, and mixing for radio. Learn what matters and what doesn't. Learn how to interpret technical specifications for all manner of studio gear with a grain of salt. In this way you will learn what you need to know. You will learn how best to invest your home recording budget. This guide is based on the 'sound' principles of TROONATNOOR.