There’s a lot of stuff I l read and listen to, that maybe could be helpful or interesting for you as well so I thought I would share.
Last updated 23-March-2022
I’m putting what I either think is great or what I am currently using at the top of this list.
Book – “Decoding Greatness” by Ron Friedman – This book is excellent at giving a blueprint for reverse engineering. I find that all that is in it can be applied directly to my music and it verifies what I had already known about deconstructing music, then applying my own style or combinations to it.
Book – “Mastering Audio, the art and the science, third edition” by Bob Katz – This is a somewhat technically difficult book to read, but if you’re mastering your own music or just want to mix better, this one is invaluable. Not probably a starter book, but excellent for producers. I find myself going to this one when I am mastering a bunch of tracks and want a nice refresher on what I should be doing. It keeps me in line, so to speak.
Book – “Composing Electronic Music: A New Aesthetic” by Curtis Roads – This one is good and taught me about a lot of frequency-related items such as where the “air band” is and where harshness could be found in mixes. I used this to great advantage with my equalization techniques. I go back to this one again and again.
YouTube – “Kush After Hours“ – Gregory Scott from Kush Audio gives incredibly helpful advice in his semi-regular YouTube series of talks. His videos have helped me out a lot. Here are some of the good ones for me:
–> Techniques to make it easier to build a mix.
–> Compression as an art form.
–> Using mono to make better music and clean up masking/phase issues.
–> Why balanced mixes suck.
–> Copying other artists is good.
–> There’s so much more – seriously just listen to them all and pick out what you like (see below).
Website – “The Mystery School” – This is a $10 per month school online that is for creative people. It really gets me out of my creative ruts and it helps to know others are doing the same. I’d recommend you check it out for at least a month because it is only $10 and offers a lot. After you get what you need out of it, quit the subscription. That’s what I did.
YouTube – Christian Henson’s channel – Christian Henson is owner of Spitfire Audio and on his weekly videos he either gives a tutorial, a monologue, or some kind of useful video. He’s incredibly funny and down-to-earth – check out some of his monologues that he often does outdoors. This is a particularly great channel if you are into scoring music for film as he has a few videos about that.
YouTube – Rick Beato’s videos are immensely helpful as are his books and courses.
Deadmau5’s advice is quite priceless. See the video below.
Books – Austin Kleon’s trilogy of creative books, “Steal Like An Artist,” “Show Your Work,” and “Keep Going” – I’ve read the Kindle versions and they’re great. I’m listening to the Audible versions and they really motivate me and keep me going on my music. I’ll definitely come back to these and re-read or re-listen to them.