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On Recording - A Manifesto

by Chris Schlarb

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Joey Wright
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Joey Wright What a joy to listen to this beautifully written and produced audio book. It’s as inspirational as it is nerdy but most importantly has a love for music at its core. I’ve also listened to a million audio books so the more informal and fun collage of recording techniques kept me entertained the whole time. Will listen to this many more times.
Sean Conrad
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Sean Conrad Stokin' up a big fire of inspiration!
raffaele melina
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raffaele melina Chris l’ho già detto è uno di quei Geni , brillanti, sempre positivo, equilibrato, uno di quelli che vorresti vedere tutti giorni e dirgli buongiorno…. La sua musica? Di qualità superiore.
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IWAN MORGAN Great audio book, I love the focus on intention rather than obsessing on recording gear.
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Introduction 04:06
Part One 22:28
Part Two 23:58
Part Three 19:12
Part Four 18:18
End Credits 01:27


On Recording is a compact and direct guide to mobilizing creative energy, no matter the size of your studio, budget, or project. Through his friendly but candid prose, author Chris Schlarb outlines concrete steps for determining the tools, approaches, and strategies to bring to a recording environment. In a book that’s small enough to slip into your back pocket, On Recording distills decades worth of on the job learning. Part “how to” and part creative manifesto, it’s an essential volume to have on hand in your recording space. 

Chris Schlarb is an inveterate musician, composer, and record maker from Long Beach, California. He has produced and mixed over 100 albums including multiple Billboard and iTunes chart-topping records. In addition to his own label, BIG EGO Records, his work has been released by Asthmatic Kitty, Joyful Noise, Astral Sprits, Trouble In Mind, Jealous Butcher, Harding Street Assembly Lab, Monte Bre, and olFactory record labels. 

His most recent Psychic Temple double album, Houses of the Holy debuted at #40 on the Billboard Rock Album charts. His previous record, Psychic Temple III was chosen by Aquarium Drunkard as one of the best albums of the decade. Chris and his wife, Adriana, opened BIG EGO Studios in 2015.


released February 3, 2023

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Chris Schlarb Long Beach, California

Chris Schlarb is a musician, composer and producer based in Long Beach, California.

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