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The Mixing Engineer's Handbook [Paperback]

Bobby Owsinski
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25 April 2006
Secrets of the top mixing engineers are revealed in this second edition of the bestselling Mixing Engineer's Handbook. In this edition, you will learn about the history and evolution of mixing, various mixing styles, the six elements of a mix, the rules for arrangement and how they impact your mix, where to build your mix from, and mixing tips and tricks for every genre of music. You will also learn the secrets of EQ and the "magic frequencies," along with tips and tricks for adding effects, EQ'ing reverbs, effects layering, calculating the delay time, and much more. A lot has changed in the recording industry since the last edition was published seven years ago, so the new edition provides completely updated information on tips for a loud mix, hypercompression, mixing for Internet distribution, warning signs of an amateur mix, MP3 encoding, streaming audio, audio codecs, de-essing, gating, surround sound mixing, and more. There is also a completely new chapter on how to get the most from mixing inside your computer, as well as a new section on the bass/drum relationship and how to make this difficult part of the mix easy. The book wraps up with insightful interviews with the top engineers in the fi eld, including George Massenburg, Allen Sides, Bruce Swedien, Elliot Scheiner, Andy Johns, Nathanial Kunkel, and several others. Join the tens of thousands of engineers who have used this book to master the art of mixing.


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  • Paperback: 260 pages
  • Publisher: Course Technology Inc; 2nd Revised edition edition (25 April 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1598632515
  • ISBN-13: 978-1598632514
  • Product Dimensions: 27.6 x 21.5 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 242,836 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
By NB
Format:Paperback
This book is a distillation of interviews by the author with numerous influential experts in the field of studio mixing. The interviews themselves are included for completeness. It starts off well, suggesting it is going to be an in-depth, topic-by-topic consideration of all you need to know. Indeed the book's structure suggests that's how it will pan out. Sadly, it does not maintain this style and becomes increasingly inconsistent as you progress. A prime example of this, and there are several others, is the section on compression, where the author begins by explaining that compression is used to control dynamics and thus make the sound more even - so basic stuff - then launches straight into technical suggestions of specific ratio settings without any explanation of what might be a ratio, a threshold, knee settings and all the gubbins that make compression so complex an issue. Basic, then suddenly technical, like somebody ripped out a few pages in between - or perhaps that the author did not have a clear idea of his book's mission.
This pattern of inconsistency turns the book from a promise of instruction into essentially an anecdotal indulgence. It's worth reading, but only out of specialist interest and only if you already have at least a grounding in mixing technologies.
A further warning - the unflinching bias toward studio-based hardware solutions (a declining sector, as the author himself notes) makes this book of limited use to composers and producers who do everything in a software-based Digital Audio Workstation like Cubase, Sonar or Reason etc.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Must Have 4 Aug 2010
By Nick
Format:Paperback
I have read this book cover to cover a couple of times within the first month of receiving it. After many years of mixing without any guidance this book is both an invaluable introduction to how the professionals do it, full of useable tips, and a good resource to keep handy whilst you are mixing because it is written almost in note form. Whilst that may sound odd for a serious book, it really helps when locating parts and issues on the spur of the moment and getting just the right amount of information to get you going in the right direction. The interviews at the end are all very engaging and bring a useful perspective to the whole art of mixing.

This should be the first must-have book on mixing in your collection. However, it will leave you hungry for more and the next step along is something more in depth. For that I highly recommend Mixing Audio: Concepts, Practices and Tools by Roey Izhaki, Focal Press.
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5.0 out of 5 stars All becomes clearer 12 Sep 2008
Format:Paperback
A great book with very insightful writing. If you have been struggling to get over a learning plateau in home recording this definitely helps. I have been using Logic Pro for 3 years and this book definitely helped. The guest sections in the book make very good reading too and it is not written in too 'techy' a manner.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A classic textbook 13 Dec 2013
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One of the books to buy if you want to understand this subject. About half of the book contains chapters detailing the techniques necessary to understand how to mix sound, but the second half contains interviews with some industry experts who give you the fruits of their experience. For a subject that is more practical than theoretical, you will probably want to buy more than one book about mixing, but this one should be included.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Mixing Engineer's Handbook 8 Sep 2013
By my tune
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very good book learned so much things from this book would be buying more books good price very good book
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great 13 Mar 2013
By Kitt11
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Bought as a gift for boyfriend who has dj'd for years but is going back to basic's to learn technical bits of mixing and making music - he thought it's a great place to start!
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This book is brilliant! Bought as a birthday present for a music student who said it has everything they need to improve their technique, learn new skills and increase their... Read more
Published on 24 Nov 2011 by aliem
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There is a lot of useful stuff in this book however there is very little about mixer set ups.
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First of all im not mixing engineer , im just amateur singer, guitar/bass/kyes player.I recording my songs and my ideas to my home studio PC. Read more
Published on 3 Jan 2011 by RussDiggy
5.0 out of 5 stars great book!
this is a great book to get to know the basics of mixing and mastering, highly recomended!
Published on 24 April 2010 by Rune Gaasodden
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This books is both well written, and really inspiring.

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