Moses Schneider (SoundOnSound Mag, published in August 2015)
has worked with huge international acts such as Pixies and Nick Cave, big-selling German bands Tocotronic and Kreator, and has made a name for himself as an author. His e-book, The Alternative Workbook — Or How To Pimp Your Practice Room (reviewed in the September 2014 issue), offers some excellent, practical and concise advice for making great rock and pop recordings on a shoestring. Over the course of this month's video, see why Schneider is called the "Einstein of live recording" as he talks about how to get a characterful drum sound — discussing the intriguingly named 'wurst' microphone technique and demonstrating the various creative uses of gates and delays
The alternative workbook is going into its second edition! With two additional chapters by Moses and Gordon Raphael, new photos as well as various audio samples of all mic setups, the e-book is not only something to read, but something to listen to as well.
30 minutes of audio samples which are embedded in the e-book will inspire you to record your own music.
"The first edition is like something you read while sitting on the john - something to flip through, be entertained by, learn from and read. The e-book has a different quality and joins text and sound in one workbook," Moses Schneider explains.
Producer Moses Schneider provides us with new mandatory reading for making live recordings with "the alternative workbook or how to pimp your practice room". From positioning the band members in the recording room to positioning the mics - in the e-book, Schneider explains techniques to produce the best possible recording without great expense, along with descriptions and sound samples. He shares his personal approach to producing and practical experience, including recording Beatsteaks, Kreator and Tocotronic. The introduction is by Strokes producer Gordon Raphael, which took his inspiration from his work with Schneider. More info...