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Zen and the Art of Producing by [Mixerman]
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4.8 out of 5 stars 4 customer reviews

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About the Author

MIXERMAN is a Gold and Platinum Award-winning mixer and producer. He has made records with Ben Harper, Barenaked Ladies, Lifehouse, the Pharcyde, Hillary Duff, and Australian phenomenon Pete Murray, to name a few. He is well known on the Internet for his popular 2002 blog and his forum at thewombforums.com. He currently has two books published by Hal Leonard, including The Daily Adventures of Mixerman and Zen and the Art of Mixing.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 577 KB
  • Print Length: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Hal Leonard (1 July 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00BFUO0DC
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars 4 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #603,260 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Having read 'Zen and the Art of Mixing' by Mixerman I expected at the least an entertaining read but also an informative one. I was not disappointed. Mixerman's years of experience allow him to give practical advice, but this is not mundane step by step 'how to' type instructions, it is much more than that. This book provides an in depth and interesting view of the practicalities and philosophies involved in producing music in the modern industry. I don't expect to ever produce more than my own personal home studio projects but value the insights that this enjoyable book has given me.
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i was informed by the person i bought this book for that he has read some of it and enjoying it so far and would recommend it to people in the music industry
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My boyfriend enjoyed this book, if you know any producers I'm sure they'd enjoy it too.
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By SD on 18 Sept. 2014
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Not a bad book for a mad mixer!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good read, great info 28 Oct. 2012
By Susan W - Published on Amazon.com
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I read the previous book, Zen and the Art of Mixing, and loved it/learned a lot. Great stuff. I bought this one early on and enjoyed it immensely. He says early on that he probably should have titled it something like "Zen and the Art of Producing Bands" b/c that's what it's about. Either way, great book and I really learned a lot of vicarious lessons.

One thing that I did find odd - he's deliberately chosen "her" as the default pronoun throughout the book. Everything is "If the recordist wants to make it 0db, let her" or "Don't let the manager do that - tell her no", etc. It's just weird and each time I read "her" it just seems forced and takes me out of the stream of reading that I'm in. It's not that "her" is incorrect nor am I trying to be sexist; it just comes across as a deliberate "writing technique" instead of just flowing inline with the book.
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best Guide to Music Production Available 23 Sept. 2013
By Dan - Published on Amazon.com
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Zen and the Art of Producing is probably the best book I've ever come across on the topic of music production (I've read quite a few). With his witty, signature style more matured than ever, Mixerman takes the reader on a journey through the process of producing a record, complete with all of the "under-the-hood" thought processes and potential trappings that present themselves along the way. It, at once, teaches you limitless creativity and practical boundaries. And that is to say nothing of the treasure trove of leadership guidance presented on these pages. I would give this book a 10/10 for the provided leadership lessons alone.

Simply put, if you're interested in producing recorded music, there is no book I've ever come across that I would more highly recommend!
5.0 out of 5 stars Invaluable Resource for Working Producers 17 July 2015
By Colin McDonald` - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Zen and the art of producing was and is a critical resource for me. I produce about 20 records a year, and mix and engineer a ton more. I first stumbled upon Eric through Pensado's Place, which if you haven't heard of that, go check it out now...I'll wait.
Ok, now that you're back, this book is down right fantastic.
Practical advise about producing a record, both the obvious, and the VERY subtle. Everything you need to know about preparation, pre-production, everything you need to know about producing records, is in this book.
Eric's style is to the point, and entertaining as hell. Super knowledgeable, and most importantly, experienced.
Give this book a read, and you'll shortly pick up the rest of the Zen series.
5.0 out of 5 stars must read 1 Nov. 2012
By swerve13drums - Published on Amazon.com
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the 3 books this guy has written are fantastic. He's been in the trenches a long time and he tells it like it is.
If you play, record, mix or produce in any capacity, you'll get much more than entertainment here. You'll swear he's been standing behind you at some of your own sessions. And you may be interested to find that some of your own preferred production methods are fully relatable to Mixerman's best practices.
A very important read, far and away the best I've ever come across.
Read all three of his books and come to know what he knows about making records, and everything that goes with it.
4.0 out of 5 stars Title a little misleading, but good book 28 Jan. 2013
By Mike L - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Early in the book the author states he was going to name the title something along the lines of "how to manage bands" ...I think that is a more accurate title. The book has alot of great information and is well written in plain language. I found it a good read.

As far as actual "Producing", I feel it was more about managing bands in the studio, then "Producing" music. Then again, in this day and age, people have different ideas on what being a Producer or "Producing Music" means.

Much of the book seemed dedicated to managing bands in the studio.
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