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Mixing Audio: Concepts, Practices and Tools Paperback – December 7, 2007

ISBN-13: 978-0240520681 ISBN-10: 0240520688

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 584 pages
  • Publisher: Focal Press (December 7, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0240520688
  • ISBN-13: 978-0240520681
  • Product Dimensions: 9.6 x 7.5 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (82 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #693,490 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"This book is a wonderful, no nonsense guide to audio mixing for beginners and advanced mixing engineers and producers. The accompanying DVD holds hundreds of audio examples that add an invaluable depth to the reading. Let's face it, you can't just write about audio mixing, you must provide examples and this book delivers tons of them.This type of book has long been missing from the arsenal of books about audio mixing and production. Most books are either too detailed with no real appeal to readers, or too specific and within a year or two would be considered terribly outdated. However, Audio mixing covers some universal concepts in a way that would make it relevant through the years.I highly recommend this book to any aspiring or working mixing engineer/producer. I believe the straightforward writing style (while not always with the best grammar), the range of topics covered and the all revealing audio examples make this book a great choice."--Yuvalgerstein.com

About the Author

Roey Izhaki (Author) Roey Izhaki has been involved with mixing since 1992. He is an academic lecturer in the field of audio engineering and gives mixing seminars across Europe at various schools and exhibitions. He is currently lecturing in the Audio Engineering department at SAE Institute, London.

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Thought I knew my stuff until I read this book.
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Furthermore, he explains very well the history and concepts behind various mixing practices.
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I would highly recommend this book to anyone mixing now or wanting to learn.
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57 of 60 people found the following review helpful By Big Electric Cat on January 5, 2008
Format: Paperback
I have been recording in various project studios for about 10 years. I've bought a huge number of books on the subject and have - I hope - become reasonably competent at tracking. Every book I've bought has been strong on tracking advice such as mic placement and acoustic treatment. I have always felt let down in the area of mixing advice.

I have never been good at mixing. Reading books didn't seem to help much. While it is easy to understand written instructions on how to mic a guitar cabinet or build a bass trap, it is a different matter to read and understand advice on compression, EQ, or reverb treatments.

This book plugs the gap in my knowledge nicely. A major plus point is the included DVD with audio files which demonstrate to your ears what a compressor sounds like. You can hear individual tracks before and after treatment with processors and effects.

It is written in the here and now, referencing modern mix engineers such as Andy Wallace and Nigel Goodrich and uses modern recordings like as Nirvana's Nevermind and Red Hot Chili Peppers Blood Sugar Sex Magic. It also references electronic music and Hip Hop.

It's a huge book, a bit text-book like, but certainly readable. The reason I couldn't give it 5 stars is because every fifth page seems to contain a glaring grammatical error. I have never seen so many obvious mistakes in a published book before. I can only surmise that the book wasn't proof-read perhaps due to its technical nature or in haste to get it to press.
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35 of 35 people found the following review helpful By Smurf on October 15, 2008
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As a home studio owner and pro musician of 40 years I am always on the lookout for that "next bit of info" that will push me to yet again improve...and this book was it. I have looked at this book for month's and thought..."Man, is it REALLY worth the $$?"

Now, as I look at my bookshelf full of "Mixing & Mastering & Studio Tips & Tricks" books, I can honestly say that this is the best book I have bought over the years.....period. Read what everyone else has wrote here in their reviews, and you got the gist of it, this book is the bomb!

Even if you "know it all", I recommend this book for 3 chapters, Compression, Reverb, and Gates-Expanders. Written so that ANYONE can understand it, but deep enough to make us old timers go "WHOA..." And the DVD, full of example audio clips and 4 full mixes that are tore apart at the end of the book, just drive the information home.

All of the reviews are correct(including the "eglash" in places), if you are serious about your Sound and Audio in general, this is the book to own. If you REALLY want to understand what the Ratio control does, on anything that uses one, this is the book to own. If you really want to improve your Engineering & Mixing Skills, this is the book to own. If you are using a computer to do audio, this is the book to own. If you use Cubase, Music Studio, Pro Tools, Audacity, or the Kristal Audio Engine, this is the book to own. It is worth every penny!

Can you tell I like the book?! I am on my 2nd read thru!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Adam McClure on March 18, 2008
Format: Paperback
This book might be the next mixing bible. For Amazon's price this book is a bargain and everybody should pick it up. My only gripes are that I wish there was more practical applications and tricks included in the text and I wish that it would have been proof-read better (lot's of grammatical errors). The real meat of the book is the tools section which goes over all the commonly used mixing tools. The chapters on compression and EQ is what really sealed the deal for me. I would say this book is a great companion to The Mixing Engineer's Handbook. It doesn't give as many tricks as the other book but it makes up for it with very detailed explanations of the mixing tools. It goes over every control for all of the tools and why or why not you would want to use those controls. I've learned a lot from this book and can't wait to put what I have learned into practice! This book will be within an arms reach of my computer at all times!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By J. Kerr on September 9, 2008
Format: Paperback
I learned so much reading this book. I basically devoured it from cover to cover. If you have any interest in the subject of mixing audio and don't know where to start, this is the first (maybe the only) book you'll need.

There are a few typos, and grammatical errors abound. However, once you accustom yourself to his dialect it's like anything. If you've ever had a college professor with an accent or strong dialect then you'll know, you can either hang with it or miss out on a lot of valuable information.

That's what this book is chock full of. In my opinion it's worth it's weight in gold. Izhaki gives detailed explanation of the uses and science behind the most commonly used, and often misunderstood mixing tools. Time based effects (delay, reverb), dynamics based processors (gates, limiters, expanders, and a powerfully insightful chapter on compressors), and frequency filters (EQ) are all covered in great depth, including tips and tricks for how to get the most out of them by using them in combination.

Examples from many stellar recordings from the late '90s are given, Nirvanah, Radiohead, and Massive Attack tracks are just some to be examined. In case you aren't familiar with the tracks referenced in the text he also provides a CD of tracks he's mixed that illustrate the same principles.

You can't go wrong with this publication.

Just wish he'd pay me to proof read the next edition.
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