Hal Leonard Publishes The Bruce Swedien Recording MethodSeptember 19, 2013
Hal Leonard has announced the release of The Bruce Swedien Recording Method, which sheds light on the legendary audio engineer’s methods, including new insight into his recording and mixing processes. Bruce Swedien has undeniably left an impact on the recording industry, having recorded and mixed Michael Jackson’s albums (Off the Wall, Thriller, Bad, Dangerous, Invincible, and HIStory), as well as albums for Quincy Jones, Count Basie, Duke Ellington, the Brothers Johnson, and Natalie Cole.
The Bruce Swedien Recording Method takes readers through the methods and techniques that Swedien has used to record timeless drum, bass, guitar, keyboard, vocal, string, and brass sounds. This book/ DVD combination package explains his microphone placing, recording/ mixing workflow, and much more. The included DVD shows brand new footage of Bruce Swedien in his studio, giving viewers a visual guide as to what a veteran recording/ mixing professional does during a session, and how he imparts his distinctive sonic qualities to make albums shine.
“For someone who wants to learn how to record great music, there’s no one better to emulate than Bruce Swedien. Pay attention to how he records music, but just as important, pay attention to why he records music and to the care and love that go into how he works,” writes Quincy Jones in the book’s foreword.
About the Author
Five-time Grammy winner – and thirteen-time Grammy nominee – Bruce Swedien recorded and mixed the best-selling album in the history of recorded music, Michael Jackson’s Thriller, yet he was first publicly recognized in 1962 with a Grammy nomination for Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons’ “Big Girls Don’t Cry.” Swedien has also been awarded ten Grammy certificates and two ASCAP composer awards, and has been nominated for five TEC Awards. His standard of excellence was established early in life as the child of active symphony musicians. Long renowned as the best in the business, Swedien resides in Florida with his high school sweetheart, Bea, and has a world-class studio on his property along with an amazing collection of new and classic microphones. He generously shares his recording techniques and philosophies in his master class, “In the Studio with Bruce Swedien.”