Guerrilla Home Recording: How to Get Great Sound from Any Studio (No Matter How Weird or Cheap Your Gear Is)
ISBN: 0879308346

Explains some concepts that we might have heard but not quite sure why. E.g. Why it might be better to mix a track (reverb, echo etc) vs the “professional” way of leaving everything clean until final mix.

There’s also audio principles and theory, explained in a non-technical way.

Chapter 2 covers basic audio principles, like dB (decibels) and dynamic range (difference between highest and lowest range; should not be too far), equipment and effects, signal chain, compression, equalization etc.

P55. Why we should try to record at the maximum level at source (because if we boost it later, any “noise” introduced later along the signal chain may get boosted as well).

Chpt 7 on recording drums, bass, clean electric/ distortion/ acoustic guitars.
P129. Typical pan settings for drums.

P184. Suggests that at mixing stage, also listen at lower sound levels. Gave example of how vocals may sound buried when the track is played loud but at lower vol if might sound OK (which can be confirmed by listening and checking). Also, headphones Vs speakers mixing.

P191. What is Mastering. “… process of making slight EQ adjustments to an entire mix, optimizing the dynamics for maximum impact, and making EQ and dynamics adjustments so your mixes are more uniform and balanced from one song to the next.”
Mastering for levels, EQ (he uses Steinberg’s Loudness Maximizer plug-in).