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The Mixing Engineer's Handbook (Mix Pro Audio Series) 1st Edition
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Within each step the author also has put in comments from famous producers like Bruce Swedien, David Sussman, George Massenburg, Joe Chiccarelli and more covering the actual topic. A good thing because you get the feeling that the methods in the book also has a practical use and that they work. And they do! Each step has it's own chapter and is filled with tips and tricks both from the author and the producers.
A chapter explaining the basics of mixing in surround is included in the book too. Though the author is not going into any depths it's good to get started on the topic. Some links to websites about surround mixing are there so maybe there will be more in future releases of this book.
At the end of the book there is a chapter with exclusive interviews with 20! top producers. The interview questions are connected to the 6 steps you learned earlier in the book so it is a very good finish. The questions can be like "Where do you build your mix from?", Do you use a lot of compression?", What's is your approach to panning?", "Do you have any listening tricks?" and lots of others.
Well, what can I say. I have improved my mixing skill a lot by reading this book. It is so great because you know other people are doing successful hitmusic using the methods described in this book. You don't get anything for free without practice but you know you are on the right track!Read more ›
The reality of this book is that the content is based on a series of pretty informative interviews that are transcribed verbatum in 2nd half of the book. The first half of the book is the author's summary of the usable data culled from the interviews, and presented in a organized fashion.
The 6 aspects covered (that comprise a good mix) should certainly help beginners start thinking about mixing in ways that don't ordinarily occur to beginners. In essence, what this book does best is to tap into the experience of very experienced engineers, and then present "what the experts do" in various scenarios.
There are NOT so much specifics as there are general guidlines. It is not so much "step-by-step instructions" or "hard reference" as it is a "starting point." There ARE useful things like where to start the mix from, and tables that show where to find the EQ frequencies that effect different instruments--for example, to bring out the slap sound on a bass guitar. Further guidlines suggest, which effects and settings (in broad terms) to use to emphasize/de emphasize other aspecs.
I'm a beginner, and it has been a good resource for me.
If you are constantly searching the net, or magazines for mix trix, and you want the best collection of these tricks available, stuff people hang out in studios for months, or years to acquire, then this book is for you.
I thought at first that there were too many interviews (nearly half the book) and not enough real tips and guidelines. I was wrong. The first half of the book gives some good starting points and tips (EQ settings, Compression ratios/settings, mixing in effects etc...) What I have found to be almost more valuable are the interviews. They are full of tips and "here's how I achieve this sound" type of comments.
This is only my second day I've really been digging in to this book and applying it to my work. I've already seen drastic improvements. I wish I had found this book when it first came out! This is cetainly not the end all solution to every recording question you may have, but I have found this book to be worth every cent I spent on it.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
the book was delivered timely and it was a good read. it was more interviews about mixing but if should give you a good foundationPublished 4 months ago by Mr. Hill
Very well-written. A bit on the technical side, but it should be.Published 6 months ago by John E. Palmer
my mixes are sounding better and i now have alternate ways of achieving my sound. It is jam packed full of knowledgePublished 24 months ago by audiophyle
Kind of outdated in many areas, though the basics of acoustics and mixing are there. It really needs to be brought up to date with color photos and better details.Published on December 13, 2013 by FIlmmakerDude
This book should be labeled "Mixing for Dummies" it is so simple and straight forward. Its not a bunch of theory that no one understands, but it is full of actual tips. Read morePublished on November 22, 2013 by K-Star
I love all the books, and in this book I have found a lot of interesting tips and have learned a lot. I recomend it.Published on December 29, 2012 by Isabel Victoria Mosonyi
Of all the different books out there about mixing, this one has helped me the most. I imagine the best way to learn to mix would be to stand behind a Swedien, Massenberg, a David... Read morePublished on May 21, 2011 by SC
I bought this book back in 2004 and i still refer to it once in a while. I like the info it gives on delay effects and how to calculate the right number of milliseconds depending... Read morePublished on January 20, 2011 by Jerry So.Cal.