Dan Alexander Audio reveals the origins and history of vintage recording gear, told by the man who coined the term. It discusses the products of 22 manufacturers, illustrated with over 450 never-before-published photographs in full-color and reprints of original manufacturers’ sales brochures from the author’s collection.
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Dan Alexander has been involved in music throughout his adult life. Songwriter, guitar player, dealer in vintage recording equipment and musical instruments, studio owner, engineer and producer, he is the former chief janitor of three guitar stores and nine recording studios, and has been a member of eight bands. Dan is the proud father of two adult children. He lives in Los Angeles, California.
There is a genuine wealth of fascinating information and for anyone with any interest at all in vintage audio equipment, or the history of the professional recording industry, this book is an absolute ‘must‑read’. There’s masses of intriguing material for vintage gear fans here — some I’ve not seen anywhere else. Highly recommended.
Author Dan Alexander has compiled a fascinating book that is part autobiography, part audio manufacturer history and a complete reference guide to rare and vintage audio equipment. . . . With information from personal sales binders not usually made public, and with forwards written by Sylvia Massy, Shelly Yakus and others, this is an amazing history that is bound to start the conversations all over the world amongst many audio enthusiasts about the provenance of certain pieces of classic gear and vintage consoles still in use today! A great book to have on hand to settle vintage gear questions!
This is a man who has seen it all, has shaken hands with the devil time and again. No one is more opinionated, more aggressive, more passionate or persuasive than Dan about audio. He holds the secrets we only wish we knew.
Dan Alexander has been the most knowledgeable purveyor of vintage audio equipment in the world for decades.
Dan Alexander is one of the most knowledgeable people in the audio industry, not limited to microphones, but all recording gear, recording technique and guitars as well. The extent of his influence on the world of vintage recording equipment cannot be overstated. I know this book will be an invaluable source of information.
[T]here is a lot of very cool stuff in this book. There are interesting stories, photos of gear, copies of old advertisements, and datasheets....The point of this book is to talk about a time and a place and a movement in the audio world, and if you didn't live through it and want to know what it was like, Dan Alexander did live through it and he was central to it and he wrote about it for you.
The author’s evolution is on display in this book, and goes hand in hand with the early evolution of audio… [T]he author’s personal journey makes it a wonderful fun read for everybody. Oh, and don’t forget all the great pictures.
A Vintage Odyssey is a must for sound engineers, producers, studio owners, gear fanatics and those simply interested in pro audio history.
Sept/Oct 2020 - Studio Expresso, an eZine for audio professionals, interviewed author David Alexander about his book for their September/October 2020 issue.
4/29/2021: Reverb writer Tony Bacon gave a nice review of the book.
5/2021: Fretboard Journal featured Dan Alexander on an episode of their podcast, The Truth About Recording and Mixing. Link: https://www.fretboardjournal.com/podcasts/the-truth-about-recording-mixing-ep-8/
5/17/2021: The Working Class Audio podcast featured author Dan Alexander on an episode titled “Vintage Recording Gear, Guitars, Radical Parents, Bill Putnam, and The Drain of The Studio Business.” Link: https://player.fm/series/working-class-audio-1281928/wca-335-with-dan-alexander-vintage-recording-gear-guitars-radical-parents-bill-putnam-and-the-drain-of-the-studio-business