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Basic Mixing Techniques [Paperback]

Paul White
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Jan. 1 2006 Music Sales America
(Music Sales America). In music recording, the quality of a mix is every bit as important as the quality of the performance, and potential hit singles have been ruined by poor mixing. This helpful guide blows the lid off the secrets of mixing and explains in easy and illustrated terms how you can create a professional-quality recording with even the most basic equipment.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Finally a book that's practical and applicable. March 8 2001
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Get this book! This little book (literally - it's a little bigger than a palm pilot) is five chapters packed with 175 pages, including the glossary. It is worth more than books twice its size, with twice the content. I started in music doing rap, hiphop and electronica so I got my experience from doing talent shows, contests, and parties and later in college playing gigs in a band, and later going totally digital on a PC. I never went to school for this stuff, so what I wanted was some indepth tips and techniques to polish my sound. Most other books are extremely intellectual and contain very little practical-wise for someone who already has some experience. You'll learn all the correct words and terminology for what you've already done from experience. Now you can take a written test and pass with an A. But it won't help you recording wise. Also typical books will only give advice on your standard pop or rock recordings. I'm doing techno which pretty much goes by its own rules. No reverb on the bass track? Yeah right! This book gives you practical techniques, tips and advice on a whole lot of stuff!! Effects techniques, recording vocals, balance, mix automation and little tricks for getting around little shortcomings your gear may have. And it gives you alternatives for different styles of music. First I was a little nervous when I saw how little it was. And it came a big 'ole box. I was like, "oh no, I wasted my money again." But believe me this book delievers!! It gives new meaning to "put it in da mix!"
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the problem with music recording and mixing is that everything is open to interpretation. unlike say... earth science where this is gravity (9.8) and it's constant and unbreakable, music has no strict rules. as such, this book is very informative but does not and can not give strict detail.
what i was looking for was a sort of cookbook that gives me different genres of music and there typical basic mixing position s from which i could create a derivative mix. what i got was a book that gives you enough information to let you make those pan, balance, eq, and effects decisions for yourself.
what i got was much better than what i was looking for!
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5.0 out of 5 stars I found it very useful. April 29 2003
Format:Paperback
When my friends decided to make a band as a joke, I decided I'd pick this up. When a few of my friends decided to each learn a musical instrument at the same time, we thought it'd be fun to get together and make some really awful music under the guise of a fake band name. Yes, we're awfully bored an awful lot. After some thought, I thought I'd learn drums and perhaps some mixing on the side. With the help of this affordable little handbook, I was able to not only play some [bad] drums, but [bad] remix it when I was done. What could be better than that! Obviously, with my incredibly low expectations, I found this book to be very good. I guess that probably doesn't help much though, huh.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not the holly grial April 16 2003
Format:Paperback
Well, I find that this book is really easy to read, and it probably is a good book if you know little about mixing, but to someone who has some knowledge on the subject, almost everything will sound familiar (at least). Also, if you're looking for a "cookbook" go find some other book, as this one hasn't fast and hard mixing rules.
Overall, it's a good book, but after reading so many positive reviews, I was expecting something else...
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not the holly grial April 16 2003
Format:Paperback
Well, I find that this book is really easy to read, and it probably is a good book if you know little about mixing, but to someone who has some knowledge on the subject, almost everything will sound familiar (at least). Also, if you're looking for a "cookbook" go find some other book, as this one hasn't fast and hard mixing rules.
Overall, it's a good book, but after reading so many positive reviews, I was expecting something else...
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