'If there was ever a single book that could give aspiring audio engineers an accurate look at the career, “Push the Right Buttons: A Practical Guide to Becoming and Succeeding as an Audio Engineer and Producer” is it.'
Take a deep dive into real-world productions and learn techniques, equipment, and problem solving. Discover how to build, navigate, and sustain complex relationships with directors, producers, talent, and clients. Explore studio and film set etiquette, procedures, and best practices. The author, who has spent four decades in the business, shares audio engineering tricks and advice. Get a breakdown of recording basics, nuanced editing techniques, digital audio concepts, time management, and more. The curtain is pulled back and the magic revealed in Push the Right Buttons: A Practical Guide to Becoming and Succeeding as an Audio Engineer and Producer.
•Paperback version 585 pages.
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Step by step, the author explains how to balance creativity with professionalism while building a career in the recording arts. Music production, television and film sound design, live sound, advertising, broadcasting, and other audio production fields are explored. The book describes common pitfalls to avoid while streamlining a career.
This author takes a deep dive into actual real-world productions by detailing techniques, equipment, and problem solving. Readers will discover how to build, navigate, and sustain complex relationships with directors, producers, talent, and clients. Studio and film set etiquette, procedures, and best practices are explored. The author also gives audio engineering tricks and advice from his four decades in the business, from recording basics and nuanced editing techniques to digital audio concepts and time management.
About the Author
Neil Kesterson has been a sound designer for film, video, television, radio, audiobooks, theatre, games, web, and multimedia since 1985. His very first sound design job was to recreate the Bell X-1 rocket plane breaking the sound barrier, of which pilot and aviation legend Chuck Yeager said was the most realistic depiction of the historic event he had ever heard.
His work has been heard on most major television and radio networks, in theaters, on video, and in arenas. Some projects of note include the television shows Treme and White Lotus on HBO; Mad Dogs on Amazon; Valley of the Boom on NatGeo; Chicago Fire and Law & Order: SVU on NBC; Girl from Plainville on Hulu; and Mind Games and The Crossing on ABC.
Documentaries include A&E Biography: The Monkees; The Lincolns in Kentucky; Nick Nolte: No Exit; and The Johnny Cash Anthology.
Motion pictures include War for the Planet of the Apes; Uncle Frank; 8-Bit Christmas; Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days; Strange Wilderness; and Hide and Seek.
Other projects of note include "The Dick Vitale Alarm Clock"; comedy albums for Greg Warren and Mike Macrae; and live radio broadcast work for the NCAA, The Triple Crown Radio Network, and NPR. Awards include those from the International Broadcasting Awards, Telly Awards, Silver Microphone Awards, the American Advertising Federation, and an Emmy nomination.
The author lives in Lexington, Kentucky and is the owner of Dynamix Productions, Inc. The web site is www.dxaudio.com.