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The Mixing Engineer's Handbook, Second Edition

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At last - all the tricks of the top recording engineers revealed at mixdown! With this book you'll learn: the evolution of mixing; mixing styles such as L.A. vs. New York vs. London; the six elements of a mix; rules for arrangements; and from where to build your mix.
Paperback, 290 pages
Published May 1st 2006 by Thomson Course Technology (first published November 1st 1999)
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John
Apr 15, 2010 John rated it really liked it
Such a genius idea: interview a group of professionals and then edit together a book of their responses grouped by subject. Then devote an entire chapter to each person and you have a bit of essential reading for anyone with their eyes on the industry.
Marlon
Nov 24, 2008 Marlon rated it really liked it
Shelves: music
Thanks to this book, my indie rock band, an isotope, was able to independently and successfully produce a six track EP a few months ago.

If you know nothing to very little about mixing sound in a recording studio environment, then this is the book for you. It explains things specifically like, how the mics should be set up on the amps, to figuring out what frequencies to boost in order to add more "punch" to the kick drum, to tweaking the reverb to make a single guitar sound fuller.
nick messitte
Mar 30, 2009 nick messitte rated it really liked it
i know it's not fiction, but this book is thoroughly useful, and the interviews with various mixing technicians couldn't be more helpful. It's amazing--you can read about how a famous engineer mixed the strings on a whitney houston album (as in, how he panned the strings, the amount of delay added to make it stereo, the model of reverb tank used, the specific compressor added to the mix buss), and then you can listen to the song and actually hear what he's talking about!!! It's a wonderful first ...more
Morgan Dusatko
Jun 01, 2015 Morgan Dusatko rated it it was amazing
This is the best book I've ever read.
Justin Daab
Dec 15, 2016 Justin Daab rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Really great practical guide to the more complex parts of creating a radio ready final mix.
Andrei_k
For pros only. This book is awesome but only if you're planning to become a professional mixer. It's almost most useless for amateurs. The second part which is consisted of the interviews with famous mixers is pretty boring because all those guys talk pretty much the same.
Charles Yan
Sep 12, 2016 Charles Yan rated it really liked it
A lot of great content on basics of mixing and sound engineering, with insights from a lot of legendary engineers who have worked with artists from Count Basie to Snoop Dogg. After a while, a lot of techniques start to get a little repetitive, especially with regards to monitoring levels, compression, EQ, etc... of course not everybody's going to do it the same, but people don't do it extremely differently either. The variation in equipment used, frequencies sought out to be cut or boosted in ce ...more
Mikael Lind
Dec 08, 2014 Mikael Lind rated it liked it
Some really good tips here, but often, I miss a more general approach. The book sometimes goes into extreme details to help the reader get the best sound out of the snare drum, but then when it comes to the piano, it tells you nothing more than that with this and this EQ, you can get a similar sound as Elton John. I was hoping for a bit more than that!

This book could work very well for you if you're mixing typical best-selling pop/rock music. If you're mixing the new Radiohead, Sigur Rós, Brian
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Fabio
Jun 09, 2008 Fabio rated it really liked it
Shelves: music
A valuable tool for the novice/amateur engineer. As there's no real way to learn mixing other than experience and mentoring, this book puts in you hands tons of suggestions, opinions, best practices and tricks from those who do it to earn a living, including many "golden ears" from past and present days. No magic spells, but a lot of rules of thumb to use as a starting point to get better results.
Roy
Apr 13, 2008 Roy added it
This book is full of good advice from pro engineers about how to achieve certain results in a recording studio. Since I have owned and operated a recording studio, and worked in many others over the years, I find the advice and information in this book invaluable for my daily projects. I only hope to one day understand or have half the skill of these renowned engineers interviewed in this book!
Ясен В.
Feb 27, 2012 Ясен В. rated it liked it
Shelves: non-fiction, sound
I had higher expectations for this book. 2.8/5

There is a lot of great information in it, but sometimes the text goes into too much detail, hiding the forest for the trees.

Some chunks of the interviews that take up most of the second half of the book appear in the first half as well.
Michael Castaneda
I bought this in 2004 and I'm just using it now.
Alex Harris
Sep 22, 2013 Alex Harris rated it it was amazing
Consistently useful reference guide. If it ever run out of new things to try I just flick through this!
Franklin Taggart
Jan 09, 2008 Franklin Taggart rated it it was amazing
Excellent resource. Will keep on hand for much future reference.
Christopher
Mar 30, 2007 Christopher rated it liked it
a good starting point, but not a crutch by any stretch. it's far too general to ever use as a reference manual.
Joe
Jun 22, 2012 Joe rated it really liked it
this thing is aptly named! this is the recording engineers bible. it really is!
Nathan Mendel
Feb 13, 2010 Nathan Mendel rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio
Interviews were very cool. Tips were at least moderately useful. May become more useful as I gain experience.
Craig?
Jul 02, 2008 Craig? rated it it was amazing
my new bible.
Mike
Sep 17, 2008 Mike rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good place to start, not enough practical application for my money. Mixing Audio by Roey Izhaki is sure to be the industry standard.

Mark
Jan 01, 2009 Mark rated it it was amazing
Great Book! It gives you a foundation in the mixing styles of some of the great production artists of this past century.
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