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Mixing Audio: Concepts, Practices and Tools Paperback – 7 Dec 2007

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Product details

  • Paperback: 584 pages
  • Publisher: Focal Press; 1 edition (7 Dec. 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0240520688
  • ISBN-13: 978-0240520681
  • Product Dimensions: 24.3 x 19 x 2.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 70,540 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"This book is a wonderful, no nonsense guide to audio mixing for beginners and advanced mixing engineers and producers. The accompanying DVD holds hundreds of audio examples that add an invaluable depth to the reading. Let's face it, you can't just write about audio mixing, you must provide examples and this book delivers tons of them.This type of book has long been missing from the arsenal of books about audio mixing and production. Most books are either too detailed with no real appeal to readers, or too specific and within a year or two would be considered terribly outdated. However, Audio mixing covers some universal concepts in a way that would make it relevant through the years.I highly recommend this book to any aspiring or working mixing engineer/producer. I believe the straightforward writing style (while not always with the best grammar), the range of topics covered and the all revealing audio examples make this book a great choice."--Yuvalgerstein.com

About the Author

Roey Izhaki (Author) Roey Izhaki has been involved with mixing since 1992. He is an academic lecturer in the field of audio engineering and gives mixing seminars across Europe at various schools and exhibitions. He is currently lecturing in the Audio Engineering department at SAE Institute, London.


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As a record producer and University Lecturer on Music Technology and Production, I have read most of the limited supply of books that there is out there are on the art of mixing. Although there are a seemingly endless supply of books that cover the engineering side of things (microphones, placement, technique etc.) very few engage with the subject of mixing which is clearly a highly subjective and challenging concept to cover. As such, most of the ones that I have read leave alot to be desired.
What a delight it was then to start reading Roey Izhaki's 'Mixing Audio'. Very well written and highly engaging right from the first chapter, it is clear just how much time has gone into this publication and I was delighted by just how readable it is.
Excellent sections on the process of mixing, monitoring, software mixers, plug-ins, equalisation, gates, compression, limiting, reverbs, distortion etc. etc. are complimented by just the right amount of technical detail and demonstrated throughout on the accompanying CD. More importantly though, rather than just discussing these tools, full and comprehensive advice on how to properly utilise them is provided and backed up with audio examples.
For anyone wanting to invest in a book on this subject matter, then I really can't recommend this book highly enough. Simply superb.
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I have been recording in various project studios for about 10 years. I've bought a huge number of books on the subject and have - I hope - become reasonably competent at tracking. Every book I've bought has been strong on tracking advice such as mic placement and acoustic treatments. I have always been let down when it comes to mixing advice.

I have never been good at mixing. Reading books didn't seem to help. While it is easy to understand written instructions on how to mic a guitar cabinet or build a bass trap, it is a different matter to read and understand advice on compression, EQing, or reverb treatments.

This book plugs the gap in my knowledge nicely. A major plus point for me is the included DVD with audio files which demonstrate to your ears what a compressor sounds like. You can hear individual tracks before and after treatment with processors and effects. It is written in the here and now, referencing modern mix engineers such as Andy Wallace and Nigel Godrich and uses modern recordings like Nirvana's Nevermind and Red Hot Chili Peppers Blood Sugar Sex Magic. It has dance and hip hop elements too, but those are not my main interest.

It's a huge book, a bit text-book like, but certainly readable. The reason I couldn't give it 5 stars is because every fifth page seems to contain a glaring grammatical error. I have never seen so many obvious mistakes in a published book before. I can only surmise that the book wasn't proof-read perhaps due to its technical nature or perhaps in haste to get it to press.

I am based in South Korea and ordered this book from Amazon.com. The book price was far cheaper and the express delivery was about half the price of Amazon.co.uk - despite the distance between the USA and South Korea being greater.

Rip off Britain is alive and well.
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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.
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Quite simply, this book is essential for anyone who wants to improve the quality of their musical productions and attain a professional standard of mix. For bedroom producers, it will shave years off the learning process, which for most involves gleaning bits of information piecemeal from internet forums and magazines, an approach that can engender as much confusion as it can clarity.

The book presents a perfect blend of theoretical knowledge and practical application. Divided into three sections, the first, 'Concepts & Practices,' provides the reader with an understanding of some general issues, principles and approaches related to mixing such as the nature of our aural perception, the use of professional mixes for reference, the frequency, level, stereo and depth domains along with a discussion of general objectives and good-practice techniques.

The second section, 'Tools,' covers all of the topics one would expect such as monitoring, meters, signal flow, gain structure, phase, panning, equalizers and reverbs, along with an excellent sub-section on dynamic range processors covering compressors, limiters, gates and expanders; the chapters on compressors, equalizers and reverbs are alone worthy of the price. The author also covers effects such as delays, distortion, chorus, phasing and flanging, along with other areas such as mid/side processing and automation. Each topic is covered with the perfect degree of depth and balance in relation to theory and application.

The final section, 'Sample Mixes,' puts it all into practice as the author walks you through four full mixes from start to finish, covering a rock track, a hip-hop track, a techno track and a DnB track.
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