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The Art of Mixing: A Visual Guide to Recording, Engineering and Production [Paperback]

David Gibson
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28 Mar 2005
Get ready for an in-depth exploration into the aesthetics of what makes a great mix! David Gibson's unique approach to mixing gives you a visual representation of the dynamics of the sounds involved in creating a musical mix. Through this three-dimensional, colorful explanation, you are introduced to a framework that will help you understand everything that an engineer does-- enabling you to not only recognize what you like, but how to achieve it in your studio. Expand your recording techniques by learning what your recording equipment does and how it all works together in a simple, visual manner. From bluegrass to big band, new age to heavy metal, classical to hip-hop, jazz to rap, and alternative rock to techno, Gibson has mapped out everything that can be done to create various effects in all standard mixes. Once you have a perspective on what can be done, you have the power to be truly creative on your own: to make art out of technology.

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  • Paperback: 344 pages
  • Publisher: artistpro.com LLC; 2nd Revised edition edition (28 Mar 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1931140456
  • ISBN-13: 978-1931140454
  • Product Dimensions: 27.7 x 21.7 x 2.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 143,522 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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David Gibson has engineered and produced albums in a wide range of styles of music ? acoustic rock, jazz, rock, new age, heavy metal, rap, hip-hop, and electronica. He has been teaching, engineering, and producing groups in major 24-track studios since 1982 and is the founder of Globe Institute of Recording and Production in San Francisco. Gibson has also done recording for James Brown?s band, Bobby Whitlock (Derek and the Dominos), the Atlanta Rhythm Section, and Hank William?s Jr.?s band, as well as having worked with members of the Doobie Brothers, Lacy J. Dalton?s band, Herbie Hancock?s band, and It?s a Beautiful Day. Gibson is also the inventor of the patented ?Virtual Mixer? mixing plug-in which uses 3D visuals to control a mix.

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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful
Format:Paperback
The book presents mixing for in a digestable way. Lost by EQ? Can't describe what you are trying to achieve? Know words like 'fat' and 'sparkle' but don't understand where to start adjusting these things. Not too sure how to place instruments in the mix? No?
Well this book is probably just right for you. I was in that situation and it has answered a whole heap of questions and solved many problems I had in trying to sort out a mix. Whilst I am mixing heavy metal oriented music this book covers it all, from classical to hip-hop, pop and dance to alternative. Its all here and you certainly will feel that the slightly high price tag is worth it by the time you are halfway through...not the fattest book on the subject - thankfully! It gets the point across and loads and loads of great graphics help make things easy to understand...I cannot say enough about this book...get it! It will do much more good for your mixes than you can imagine....and Im a complete novice at mixing...
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Art Of Mixing 17 Nov 2003
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
It's certainly enough to get you started for the first few months without having to spend hours trawling through esoteric tomes of technical know-how.
As a complete beginner to mixing, it went into enough detail for me to understand the basics (and more) of the subtle use of EQ, panning, sound placement, effects etc so that I could get on with using the knowledge I got from it to do what I wanted to do which was making music, instead of being overly worried by the mixing process.
It's a book I intend to re-visit and re-read.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A "must read" for those new to mixing. 8 May 2003
By Greedo
Format:Paperback
I wouldn't award 5 stars lightly, but this book really is a "must read" for anyone new to this area (in my opinion). I don't know if Gibson was the first to place volume, frequency, and panning on the three axis, and to represent this visually, but the results are extremely enlightening. I now feel like I understand what I am trying to achieve in terms of placing different sounds/instruments in a mix, and the boundaries that I am operating in. Additionally, Gibson's descriptions of effects such as delay and reverb are extremely useful. If you want to learn how to mix, buy it!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A great beginner's guide 16 Nov 2004
Format:Paperback
I found this book to be a great beginner's guide - clear, well illustrated and very approachable. It doesn't bog down the reader with technical jargon and scientific detail. Using visuals to explain sound is an innovative and practical approach. I think however, that to become a good engineer, further, more detailed books would need to be read after this one. It's a great start though.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Best Beginner's Book to Mixing! 11 Aug 1999
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
When I read about this book in Sound On Sound, I thought it sounded like the book for me. I'm a beginner to mixing and this book has shown me how to get things sounding how they would in a professional mix! The way things are shown to the reader visually rather than in a lot of tech-talk, makes for such a refreshing look on this subject.
If you're looking for a good way to learn about mixing, then this is the book for you!
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars VISUALS FOR THE EARS 26 Aug 1999
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
I would highly recommend this book to anyone who wants to get the most out of recording and mixing. After reading the book and putting the words and pictures into practise I could immediately see the difference in my recordings. The whole text is easily absorbed and unlike many instruction books does not need to be constantly referred to as the writer gets the message across in a clear and exciting way. Anyone who wants to improve their understanding of the world of musical sounds should make this a "MUST READ BOOK"
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