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PART I: INTRODUCTION. 1. Some Background. 2. Mix Preparation. 3. The Mechanics of Mixing. 4. The Balance Element - The Mixing Part of Mixing. 5. The Panorama Element - Placing the Sound in the Soundfield. 6. The Frequency Element - Equalizing. 7. The Dimension Element - Adding Effects. 8. The Dynamics Element - Compression and Gates. 9. The Interest Element - The Key To Great Mixes. 10. Monitoring. 11. The Master Mix. 11. Mixing In The Box. 12. Mixing In Surround. PART II: THE INTERVIEWS. Joe Chiccarelli. Jimmy Douglass. Benny Faconne. Jon Gass. Don Hahn. Ken Hahn. Andy John. Kevin Killen. Bernie Kirsh. Nathanial Kunkel. George Massenburg. Greg Penny. David Pensado. Elliot Scheiner. Ed Seay. Allen Sides. Don Smith. Ed Stasium. Bruce Swedien. Bob Bullock. Ken Scott. David Leonard. Chris Lord Alge. Andrew Sheps. ADDENDUM 1 - Delay Time Chart. ADDENDUM 2 - Mixdown Formats. ADDENDUM 3 - Surround Information. Glossary. Index.

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A long-time music industry veteran, Bobby Owsinski started his career as a guitar and keyboard player, songwriter and arranger, eventually becoming an in-demand producer/engineer working not only with a variety of recording artists, but on commercials, television and motion pictures as well. One of the first to delve into surround sound music mixing, Bobby has worked on over a hundred surround projects and DVD productions for a variety of superstar acts. Combining his music and recording experience with an easy-to-understand writing style, Bobby has become one of the best-selling authors in the music recording industry with 19 books that are now staples in audio recording, music, and music business programs in colleges around the world, including the best-selling Mixing Engineer's Handbook, Recording Engineer's Handbook, and Music 3.0:A Survival Guide For Making Music In The Internet Age. A frequent moderator, panelist, and program director for a variety of industry conferences, Bobby has served as the longtime producer of the annual Surround Music Awards, and is one of the creators and executive producers for the "Guitar Universe" and "Desert Island Music" television programs. Visit Bobby's production blog at bobbyowsinski.blogspot.com/, his Music 3.0 blog at music3point0.blogspot.com, and his website at bobbyowsinski.com.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Cengage Learning PTR; 3 edition (April 9, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 128542087X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1285420875
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 8.5 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (98 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #26,768 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I found this book very insightful. I use Logic Pro X for my Digital Audio Workstation, and I need all the help I can get when it comes to mixing. So far, I've read another book dedicated to mixing, and I've read a couple of books that just touched on the topic of mixing. There is SO much to know about mixing, I find myself being overwhelmed. It is a tall challenge for any author to teach mixing in its entirety.

I felt that the pace this author went in the book was very good for me. He defines most things in the book, which is very helpful to someone getting into mixing and trying to learn this vast universe of mixing. Additionally, this book has a glossary, unlike many other music books I've read...again, something I really appreciate.

Mixing is also a very subjective art...what might be used by one mixer, may not be used by another. Mr. Owsinski, I think, does a great job of objectively explaining mixing, and then providing some techniques that he found helpful and/or that other mixers have found helpful.

I personally liked how there wasn't a lot of "fluff" in the book. There was some history of how various things progressed, such as delays, reverbs, etc. I found that to be in a good amount, and helpful to what is being used today. Each chapter is "to the point," which is helpful to me since I'm not an avid reader. Additionally, it was not too technical, which I found another book to be that I read.

There are many tools, tips and techniques in the book, as well as explanations of essential mixing items, such as removing noise, delays, reverb, equalization, compression, etc. There is also an explanation of the various important parameters with this tools, such as what "attack" and "release" are with compression, and how they work.
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I've read three excellent books so far, this being the most recent. Mike Stavrou's "Mixing With Your Mind" really opened up my understanding of the importance of listening; make no mistake, however, there is plenty of technical and cerebral information there (the best compressor set-up explanation I've seen), but it laid a foundation that I don't think can be gotten anywhere else, except perhaps if I had been lucky enough to sit alongside of someone like Stav. I can't stress enough what Stav's book brought to the table as both a philosophical foundation and technical knowledge, he has a unique way of painting a picture that is exceptional. I next read Mike Senior's "Mixing Secrets", which took me to an amazing level of practical knowledge in all respects of mixing. Too quantify what I learned from Mike Senior would take a book in itself, trust me, you want his book, and you equally want Bobby Owsinski's. Bobby Owsinski's "The Mixing Engineer's Handbook" is in the same vein as Mike Senior, but with a different slant of approach and technical knowledge, and it brought a rounding of the big picture. I can't say one is better than the other, the value Mike Senior and Bobby Owsinski brought as a whole is the point and these two books complement each other perfectly. Owsinksi's interviews with the "best of the best" in the business he provides in the last section of the book is packed with practical knowledge and the generous sharing of information by those individuals cannot be overstated. It's probably the best "interview" format I've seen, truly practical information and philosophy you can use. A huge thanks to Mike Stavrou, Mike Senior and Bobby Owsinski, these guys love what they do, they're about the love, and it shows.
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Bobby Owsinski's books are such gems. The author has found a variety of great engineers, from a variety of genres, time periods, and styles, and asked them important questions that I would want to ask. He then steps aside and lets their gold drip from the pages. All of the engineers have so many great ideas and tricks, from a variety of perspectives. There are plenty of nitty-gritty technical tricks that can be applied to any piece of gear in any mixing situation. Anyone interested in recording music, from absolute beginners to seasoned professionals, can benefit greatly from his books.
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Bobby has such a wonderful "bedside manner". His explanations are simple, to the point, and thorough. The fact that he polled dozens of first rate engineer/mixers gives this book a diverse look at the art and craft of mixing. This is not just a "here's how I do it" type book, but rather a presentation of many different perspectives on the same tasks.

Mixing is something you have to develop and if you have the benefit of looking over the shoulder of some great engineers, you can learn quite a bit. Having many shoulders to look over here helps tremendously. Don't think you can just take the recipes from this book and become a hit mixer. It takes time and practice. Bobby covers the topic thoroughly and presents the material in an easy to read manner. I'm a fan of his books and use this one to teach mixing.
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Really great book not only for the pro mixing engineers, but also a guy like me who was involved in corporate training and music tracks, and involved with electronic test equipment maintenance, calibration and NBS certification for firms like JBL, Altec Lansing, Western Electric and others involved in audio tracks creation. I also have a very deep interest in high quality home Hi-Fi systems in the early '60's up through today. Always interested in why some music mixes were outstanding and how did they come together to have such sonic beauty. The interviews in the book are great background info on how the top engineers do their job, what they involved and why.
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