- Paperback: 600 pages
- Publisher: Focal Press; 2 edition (September 29, 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0240522222
- ISBN-13: 978-0240522227
- Product Dimensions: 7.2 x 1.1 x 9.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.9 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (77 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #154,781 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"This introductory guide to music mixing provides theoretical and practical information on the technical aspects of sound engineering, as well as discussion of the creative aspects of the art. Beginning with a section on concepts and principles, the bulk of the work focuses on specific tools and their uses, while a final section provides walk-throughs of simple mixing projects based on music genres. Chapters include numerous illustrations and an emphasis on technical versus creative lessons is stressed throughout."--Reference and Research Book News
"Praise for the first edition: Absolutely first rate. The standard of writing by Roey Izhaki, as well as the examples on the CD are just superb."--Mark Mynett, Senior Lecturer, Department of Engineering & Technology, School of Computing & Engineering, University of Huddersfield
"This book has become indispensable for me, and now resides on my desk, often open in front of me when I’m mixing! If you only get one book on mixing, make it this one. So far it’s the only one I’ve got, and I find it more than comprehensive. I’m on my second read through to pick up all the things I missed first time around!" -- Ben Trigg, Musician and Studio Owner, Musicians' Republic
From the Back Cover
Your mix can make or break a record, and mixing is an essential catalyst for a record deal. Professional engineers with exceptional mixing skills can earn vast amounts of money and find that they are in demand by the biggest acts.
To develop such skills you need to master both the art and science of mixing. The new edition of this best selling book gives you all you need to know and put into practice in order to improve your mixes. Covering the entire process from fundamental concepts to advanced techniques and offering a multitude of audio samples, tips and tricks, this book has it all. Roey Izhaki teaches you the importance of a mixing vision, how to craft and evaluate your mix then take it a step further. He describes the theory and the tools used and how these are put into practice while creating mixes. Packed full of photos, graphs, diagrams and audio samples, Mixing Audio is a vital read for anyone wanting to succeed in the field of mixing.
New to this edition: * Fully updated with current plug in and software version and information * New tips for each element of the mix * Expanded DVD with a multitude of new samples including more macro-mixing samples. * Appendixes and some text elements available via the web site * Sample mixes now include Jazz and Heavy Metal, as well as additional Rock Mixes * Additional screenshots and session files of the sample mixes
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As other reviewers have mentioned, there is NO DVD with the new edition of Roey Izhaki's Mixing Audio. The audio examples are available via a companion website, which requires a login using a hint from the book. The website is found at mixingaudiodvd dot com. If you have issues with the website, you can contact us at Focal Press through our website (focalpress dot com, click on "Contact Us" at the bottom of the page).
I'm sorry there has been confusion about the DVD. Because it's impossible to provide discs with e-books, Focal Press is now providing companion materials via website, wherever possible. We are trying to streamline this process to our greatest ability.
Roey Izhaki has written a great new edition of his already excellent book Mixing Audio, and provided even more audio clips.
In any case, if you're looking for a strong reference book for mixing music, this is one of the best. If you're looking for something more comprehensive than just music production (e.g. mixing for post-production, broadcast, etc.) then this may not be the book for you. This is specifically about music, and perhaps the title could have been altered a bit to reflect that. Mixing music has its own set of constraints that don't apply well to mixing ALL audio. That said, Roey does a great job of getting down to the critical operational details of mixing (the listening examples are very valuable here), which is invaluable. Too many books repeat canned recipes for how to process guitar or drums, without describing the relevant variables (both creative and technical) that the budding engineer needs to learn to listen for. For example, I have seen so many students utterly baffled by all those knobs on a compressor, paralyzed by the fact that they may know that attack and release, set wrong, may lead to something called "pumping and breathing" and yet don't know why it happens, what to listen for, or how to remedy it. This book provides one of the only sources I've seen for the level of step-by-step detail to develop their ears and their conceptual understanding of the process. Highly recommended, especially for the price (compare to other widely used audio production books, like Alten's Audio in Media for 3x as much).
This book is not aimed at people like myself.
So does this book have anything to offer a guy like me?
YOU BET. While author Roey Izhaki sets his sites higher than slacker amateurs recording bedroom demos for fun, that doesn't mean those of us who fit the description won't pick up on a wealth of valuable tips, information, and data to help us create better recordings.
Mixing Audio is essentially a textbook. It's arranged that way. Designed that way. And best used that way. It's darn near exhaustive in its completeness, delving deeply into audio theory, technology, and more.
Izhaki seems to have a broad understanding of music, too, recognizing that you're not going to record that three-piece punk band in the same way you would a six-piece jazz outfit or the pop vocalist. That means this book will have use no matter the kind of music you specialize in, and will help you understand when and how to switch approaches depending on what you're recording.
The author also understands that these days, people are recording on a VAST array of software and equipment. Therefore, his lessons take many approaches into account. So do the charts/illustrations, which cover many popular software suites.
Keep in mind, a lot of this material goes right over my head, delving into highly technical detail that is great for a pro or semi-pro but is maybe too high-end for the casual hobbyist.
But saying that the book is TOO comprehensive would be an absurd complaint, wouldn't it?
Even if we disregard the high-end instruction here, the book is jam-packed with useful insight into concepts and theory that will have you producing better audio.
I'd say that for anyone ready to dive into the world of mixing audio, this book is an essential purchase.