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Recording Music on Location

Capturing the Live Performance, 2nd Edition

By Bruce Bartlett, Jenny Bartlett


322 pages

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Recording Music on Location provides an exceptional collection of information regarding all aspects of recording outside of the studio. Featuring clear explanations on how to achieve professional results, this book is divided into two distinct sections: popular music and classical music. Whether you record in the local rock club, jazz café, or in an orchestra hall, Bartlett offers sage advice on each stage of the process of location recording. Packed with hints and tips, this book is a great reference for anyone planning to venture outside of the studio. Audio examples, tracking sheets, weblinks, and downloadable checklists are available on the companion website at

This edition has been thoroughly updated and includes new sections on iOS devices, USB thumb-drive recorders, and digital consoles with built-in recorders, along with updated specs on recording equipment, software, and hardware. This edition will also show you how to prepare recordings for the web and live audio streaming, and covers spectral analysis, noise reduction, and parallel compression. A new case study will go in depth on classical-music recording.

Table of Contents

Part 1: Popular Music Recording

1. Gear for Live Recording

2. Recording Techniques from Simple to Complex

3. Before the Session: Planning

4. At the Session: Setup and Recording

5. After the Session: Mixing and Editing

6. A Real-World Example: Recording a Blues Band in a Club

7. Web Audio and Streaming

Part 2: Classical Music Recording

8. Microphone Specifications

9. Overview of Stereo Microphone Techniques

10. Stereo Recording Procedures

11. Troubleshooting Stereo Sound

12. Stereo, Surround, and Binaural Microphones and Accessories

A. Stereo Imaging Theory

B. Specific Free-Field Stereo Microphone Techniques

C. Stereo Boundary-Microphone Arrays

D. Binaural Techniques

E. Surround-Sound Microphone Techniques


About the Authors


Bruce Bartlett

Weaverville, North Carolina, USA

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Bruce Bartlett has been a recording engineer, audio journalist and microphone engineer for over 30 years. A member of the Audio Engineering Society and Syn Aud Con, Bruce has presented several papers on microphone design. He has written about 1000 articles and 8 books on audio topics. Bruce is a composer as well. He currently runs his own microphone company ( and recording studio, including live, on-location recordings.

Jenny Bartlett is a technical writer.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
MUSIC / Business Aspects
MUSIC / Recording & Reproduction