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The Art of Mixing: A Visual Guide to Recording, Engineering, and Production 2nd Edition

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About the Author

David Gibson has engineered and produced albums in a wide range of styles of music - acoustic rock, jazz, rock, new age, heavy metal, rap, hip-hop, and electronica. He has been teaching, engineering, and producing groups in major 24-track studios since 1982 and is the founder of Globe Institute of Recording and Production in San Francisco. Gibson has also done recording for James Brown's band, Bobby Whitlock (Derek and the Dominos), the Atlanta Rhythm Section, and Hank William's Jr.'s band, as well as having worked with members of the Doobie Brothers, Lacy J. Dalton's band, Herbie Hancock's band, and It's a Beautiful Day. Gibson is also the inventor of the patented "Virtual Mixer" mixing plug-in which uses 3D visuals to control a mix.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 344 pages
  • Publisher: Artistpro; 2 edition (March 28, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1931140456
  • ISBN-13: 978-1931140454
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 8.2 x 10.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (54 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #148,506 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I will agree with most of the reviews that this book's images helped in conveying stereo field information, however, I have two problems with this book:
1) The images are exremely redundant and take up half of the already slim 124 pages (where does the publisher get 144 from?)
2) The book's content does not justify the price.
Contrary to someone elses comment, I found the book to be exremely lacking in the area of compression. On the other hand, it did have some useful info on equalization settings.
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For the pros and home-musicians alike, this book gives a surprisingly clear view of virtually all aspects of recording and mixing in the studio. For me, having read the book, I suddenly understood why my mixes were only so-so and certainly not good enough for record companies (especially the section on compression is great!). This book provides highly valuable insight, which means that you still have to practice a lot to really improve your skills, but that practicing becomes much more pleasurable having read this book.
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When I recieved the book I began to glance through the pages. Four hours later, I finally put it down, complete with highlighting items I thought were important. That night, I mixed and mastered my latest composition and compared it to a previous mix I "thought" was good. Day and night.
This book has no pork...only the necessary items to raise your mixing abilities to a semi-pro level. And it does so in a wonderful graphical form unlike the countless "engineering" books I've poured through (and I've got an engineering degree). Make no mistake, you need to know the numbers, but the perspective Gibson provides is worth every penny!
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I am a recording engineer in Atlanta and I have worked at a couple of up scale studios. The studios always had interns come in from AIM (Atlanta Institute of music) so they could get some experience in the real world. I bought this book off the shelf because of all the simple to understand graphix inside. For instance, using the different colored and varying size balloons to explain how to place the instruments in a 3-d field in the stereo relm was amazing.

I still have an intern from time to time and I make it required reading. The students always have a much more practicle understanding about the mix process. This is the best book I have found for this task.
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By A Customer on February 24, 1999
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First a bit of praise. Gibson does make a few good points and the visual diagrams used to illustrate mix density are very enlightening indeed. On the down side, the material covered is repetitive and somewhat basic. My biggest gripe is the price tag, the book is worth maybe half the price. Beginner to Intermediate level. For a more intermediate to experienced level book, I would recommend 'Sound Advice' by Wadhams.
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I'm about halfway through this book and I can already understand why my mixes so far have sounded crowded and muddy. The visual presentation of the material makes the concepts crystal clear right away.
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By A Customer on April 10, 2001
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gibson's book is kind of a one trick pony. you instantly get what he's going for and, to be fair, it's a neat idea to visualize music this way. but, if you're serious at all about mixing or even listening to music, you immediately realize that you knew all of this already. my advice would be read this in a bookstore for about 3 minutes and then get Bobby Owsinski's book Mixing Engineers Handbook for some truly useful info.
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By Dad of 3 on November 27, 2003
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This answered many questions for me about mixing. How to eq guitars, drums, vocals, bass; how to use compression, etc. The visualizations are cool, and a quick way to identify with the way you might want to mix different song. The pictures show panning positions, volumes, etc. It is genious because the only other way to explain it is to sit right here by me and listen through my monitors at something I've recorded. It's still up to you to train your ear and try some things. If you don't have monitors, none of this will make sense to you, but is still a good reference with specific examples and settings. This is really everything you need if you have been recording and want to get better mixes than you have been. Whether you use Cakewalk, or multitrack and rack/stomp box effects you can learn how to do it the right way from this. It's saved me a bunch of money because I found that I have everything I need and don't need maximizers and other expensive equipment and plug ins that do simple things you could do if you knew how to use what you have.
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