- 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: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (74 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #512,694 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Mixing Engineer's Handbook, Second Edition Paperback – May 1, 2006
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About This Edition of The Mixing Engineer's Handbook
From the Publisher
- 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.
Top Customer Reviews
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.
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!
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Love this book! Picked up all kinds of tricks and techniques. Definitely worth it!Published 5 months ago by Bill Haber
I have a home studio and am putting out a self produced CD. This book has been a godsend for that process. It cuts the trial and error. There are very applicable recommendations. Read morePublished 16 months ago by light
This book will change the way you look at mixing. Such an important piece of studying material for any aspiring engineer.Published 20 months ago by Uncaster