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5.0 out of 5 stars
The best book on Mixing I have ever read..., 9 Nov 2009
Ok, I have just read Colin Spence's review, and I thought it was time to put some support out there for what I consider the best book on the current market about Mixing.
I have read (and bought) all of the other books about the subject I could find on Amazon; 'The Art of Mixing', 'The Mixing Engineer's Handbook', 'Guerilla Home Recording', 'Mixing, Recording, and Producing techniques of the Pro's' etc etc etc ad infinitum. This book is the real deal.
Why is it the real deal? Firstly, it references many different audio systems, both digital and analog, from many different manufacturers, without misleading the reader that any one of them is the panacea to a particular situation. Secondly, the scientific basis of the techniques are described in a clear manner. Thirdly, the DVD of examples is a brilliant accompaniment to the text; the reader/learner can read a paragraph, have a listen and compare the differences. Fourthly, the text has multiple layers; e.g. there is a summary point, clearly labeled, at the end of every other paragraph of text.
I could go on and on about this book. I've read it cover to cover once and am now going back through it to read it again and absorb more. If you are daunted by the length of the book, consider it a reference manual; dip in and out. If you don't like its' introductory statements, cut to the chase and read about what your audio toolset's controls really do.
In summary, reading a book alone is not going to help you become a better mixer. Practice in the application of scientifically established techniques will help. This books lays out that knowledge. It presents an encyclopaedic breadth of factual detail about modern equipment. It also guides the ear by providing audio examples; allowing the novice to learn by reading and hearing simultaneously. Speaking as someone who finished reading MA course textbooks recently, this book has been put together very thoughtfully indeed and is much better than other 'equivalents'. The author's credentials as an employee at SAE are also to be recommended to prospective purchasers.
If I have one request, it is that I would like to see more of the author's thoughts on the way the various uses of Panning, EQ, Compression, FX affect the other elements in the signal path. Dynamic EQing is mentioned, how about the creative use of release times to obviate the need for some reverbs etc etc?