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Product Details

  • Paperback: 290 pages
  • Publisher: Thomson Course Technology; 2nd edition (May 1, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1598632515
  • ISBN-13: 978-1598632514
  • Product Dimensions: 10.9 x 8.5 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (63 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #253,141 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About This Edition of The Mixing Engineer's Handbook

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  • The must-have book for anyone interested in making a professional studio-quality mix.

  • Provides completely updated information on all advancements in the field since the previous edition came out in 1999, including hypercompression, mixing for Internet distribution, tips for MP3 encoding, streaming audio, which codecs to use and why, de-essing, gating, and much more.

  • Features a new section on the bass/drum relationship and how to make what is generally considered the hardest part of the mix easy.

About the Author

A longtime veteran of the music industry, Bobby Owsinski has produced and composed for records, DVDs, motion pictures, and television shows. One of the first to delve into surround-sound music mixing, Bobby has worked on more than 200 surround projects and DVD productions for such diverse acts as Elvis, Jimi Hendrix, The Who, Willie Nelson, Neil Young, The Ramones, and Chicago, among many, many others. Currently a principal in the music production house Surround Associates and content creator 2B Media, Bobby has also penned several hundred articles for many popular music and audio trade publications and has authored books that are now staples in audio-recording programs in colleges around the world. A frequent moderator, panelist, and program director of a variety of music and professional audio industry conferences, Bobby has served as the longtime producer of the annual Surround Music Awards and is currently an executive producer for the Guitar Universe and Desert Island Music television programs. He is also a partner in the popular Asia Los Feliz restaurant in Los Angeles, and he serves on the board of directors of the Media Entertainment Technology Alliance.

More About the Author

Producer/engineer Bobby Owsinski is one of the best selling authors in the music industry with 24 books that are now staples in audio recording, music, and music business programs in colleges around the world, including the Deconstructed Hits series, Social Media Promotion For Musicians, The Mixing Engineer's Handbook, Music 4.0: S Survival Guide For Making Music In The Internet Age, and more.

He's also a contributor to Forbes writing on the new music business, his popular blogs have passed 5 million visits, and he's appeared on CNN and ABC News as a music branding and audio expert. Many of his books have also been turned into video courses that can be found online at lynda.com, and he continues to provide  presentations, workshops and master classes at conferences and universities worldwide.

After having taught thousands of entrepreneurs the principles of branding and social media in his coaching courses, Bobby has written his his first book outside the music industry entitled Social Media Promotion for Small Business and Entrepreneurs.

Visit Bobby's music production blog at bobbyowsinski.blogspot.com/, his Music 3.0 music industry blog at music3point0.blogspot.com, his Forbes blog at forbes.com/sites/bobbyowsinski/, his podcast at bobbyoinnercircle.com, and his website at bobbyowsinski.com.

Customer Reviews

If you think you don't know where to start, get this book!
Kendal A. Osborne
The book is written very well and I found it very easy and enjoyable to read which makes it worth every penny.
Kevin L. Shannon
I would highly recommend this book to anyone who needs some practical direction in the world of audio mixing.
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26 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Dairy Air on December 4, 2009
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Don't purchase this book if you're looking for technical info or a step by step manual. It's a series of interviews with prominent music engineers. It is interesting to read the interviews of engineers but doesn't attempt to explain a process. Definitely not helpful for a newbie but maybe a good read for a seasoned pro.
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20 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Juan2daPaab on February 2, 2008
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The second half of the book is basically a repetition of the first half. After reading the first half of the book, you have to re-read through most of what you already read just to acquire maybe an additional 10% of content in the second half. The author could better written the content into a singular, continuous read.

Secondly, while reading the book I could not help but feel that the author was lacking personal knowledge in mixing and was merely regurgitating the information acquired from the interviews.
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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful By jmcdaniel_ee on November 21, 2006
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This book has some good info that I will use about the basics of mixing. The author interviewed a wide variety of well-known, professional mix engineers and compiled the responses by topic--therefore it showcases a variety of approaches and points of view. However, the other half of the book contains the interviews in full, therefore half the information contained in this book is almost redundant. I still think I will benefit from it in my library, just don't be disappointed when you find out you really need only half of the pages in this book. I have a general disdain for using filler material in music as well as in books.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By AK on August 29, 2011
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I am a serious producer who knows a fair amount about mixing already and I was looking to buy this book for deeper instruction and to have as a reference manual for my studio when mixing projects. The title on this book is misleading... it is hardly a mixing handbook. The interviews are interesting but are not practical for really applying to one's projects. They may give ideas or insights, but that's about it. I wouldn't waste your money on this book. Buy one of the others that are more technical. If you are like me and are just looking to consume every bit of information about mixing that you can get your hands on, it may be an ok buy. Hope this review helps.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By J. Staker on January 5, 2010
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If you are not already a reasonably skilled mixing professional, I seriously doubt you will get much practical use from this book.
This is NOT a HANDBOOK as the title says. This is an ADVANCED commentary for polishing up an already good mix, assuming you have enough experience to make one. It is a series of interviews of various mixing professionals, giving a few hints about individual ways of going about things. A good portion of the book is CHIT CHAT that isn't all that helpful. Notice that the title says "Mixing ENGINEER'S handbook" It is accurate to assume you are an engineer if you're going to benifit from this book. Otherwise it will sit on your shelf collecting dust and make you look cool to your friends for having it there. So make sure you have enough traffic thru your music book library to justify the price tag (if you're paying full price):) I gave it 2 stars, but it might be worth 3 if your girlfriend is really impressed that you asked for it for Christmas.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By P. Black on August 19, 2006
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This book is a definite must have if you are getting started in audio recording. I produce hip-hop & R&B beats on a Protools set up. This book has helped me turn hollow sounding music into a full sounding production. The question and answer section of the book gets some of todays best mixing engineers thoughts behind mixing. If your mixes dont sound the way they should and your seriously interested in making professional sounding music then read this book.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By James Graves on March 7, 2008
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I have a home studio and make electronic music. This book was well worth the money. Good stuff on delays, reverb, compression, eq characteristics, where to put these things in the effect chain, headroom, monitoring, surround sound.

If you're making music at home with digital technology this book is a solid reference guide. Very practical and to the point.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Kendal A. Osborne on December 30, 2007
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Alright, so, after a while of mixing things on my own, I figured that I had a pretty good idea of what mixing entails. Well, I was in for a surprise. I had heard good things about this book, and I thought to myself, "Hmm...might be a cool book to just further my learning." The book arrived and I dove in, hoping to find a few tips and some insight from several acclaimed mixers and producers. Little did I know, I was in the middle of a gold mine.

This book is awesome! It has virtually everything you ever wanted to know about mixing. Tons of thoughts and SPECIFICS on EQs, Compression, balance, panning, and all kinds of great information. Owsinski gives specific ideas and settings for frequency slotting and balance. For example, on page 33 there is a chart that has "magic frequencies", or "sweet spots" in the frequency spectrum for different instruments, i.e, "Horns: Fullness at 120Hz, Piercing at 5kHz" or "Conga: Ring at 200Hz, slap at 5kHz".

MANY times you will get books that have a bunch of mediocre information and their key point is "you just have to play around with it until you find that sweet spot" or "it's all up to you". What's great about this book is that it gives you a STARTING POINT plus is has a TON of thoughts on specific subjects by some (some...try 22!) of the most renowned mixers in the business including Allen Sides, Don Hahn, Bruce Swedien, Elliot Scheiner, John X, and Ed Seay. In the later chapters of the book, he has strictly the interviews of mixers in their entirety. The interviews are mostly about their philosophies and methods on mixing as a WHOLE. The specifics are left embedding into the chapters.

So, if you think you know it all, get this book! If you think you don't know where to start, get this book! It will rock your world and change your entire way of thinking, at least, it did for me! 5 stars!
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