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Jan. 28 2003 0872887235 978-0872887237 1
Secrets of the top recording engineers revealed at mixdown! Learn the evolution of mixing, regional mixing styles, the six elements of a mix, rules for arrangements and principles of building your mix! Learn the secrets of EQ and "magic frequencies" along with adding effects, EQ'ing reverbs, sonic layering of effects, calculating the delay time and much more! This book extensively covers stereo mixing with an expansive chapter on mixing in 5.1 surround. Plus, it includes an incredible third section filled with interviews with the top engineers in the field such as George Massenburg, Allen Sides, Bruce Swedien and over a dozen more!

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Improved mixing skill Aug. 8 2000
By Johan
This book takes you through the six (6) steps on how to succeed with a great mix. * Balance - the volume level relationship between musical elements * Frequency Range - having all frequencies properly represented * Panaorama - placing a musical element in the sound field * Dimension - adding ambience to a musical elememt * Interest - making the mix special
Within each step the author also has put in comments from famous producers like Bruce Swedien, David Sussman, George Massenburg, Joe Chiccarelli and more covering the actual topic. A good thing because you get the feeling that the methods in the book also has a practical use and that they work. And they do! Each step has it's own chapter and is filled with tips and tricks both from the author and the producers.
A chapter explaining the basics of mixing in surround is included in the book too. Though the author is not going into any depths it's good to get started on the topic. Some links to websites about surround mixing are there so maybe there will be more in future releases of this book.
At the end of the book there is a chapter with exclusive interviews with 20! top producers. The interview questions are connected to the 6 steps you learned earlier in the book so it is a very good finish. The questions can be like "Where do you build your mix from?", Do you use a lot of compression?", What's is your approach to panning?", "Do you have any listening tricks?" and lots of others.
Well, what can I say. I have improved my mixing skill a lot by reading this book. It is so great because you know other people are doing successful hitmusic using the methods described in this book. You don't get anything for free without practice but you know you are on the right track!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Bobby Owsinski's book is great for the beginners. But regarding the new elecronic era, as a professional I could not get what I wanted, especially regarding the mixing of non-standard sounds and effect processing. Because in our age the mixing business is evolving through an area where electronics is the fighting arena. That's why I give three stars, good for beginning but not for pros.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Source Of Reference Nov. 28 2001
This book does not tell you specific mechanics of how to do a mix: after all, that's the signature of the engineer. Rather, it explains the mechanics of the tools you'll be using to do your mixes. In addition, it's filled with interviews with a variety of top-notch engineers in a variety of different musical genres. You'll find that the insight that they provide will become invaluable when applied to those genres in which they specialize. Lots of tips and tricks reside in these pages as well as a variety of methods whether they are considered to be generally acceptable techniques or not. Covers a wide scope and provides a good knowledge base for the beginner/intermediate without bias to particular techniques.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars THE Book on Mixing Aug. 27 2001
By A Customer
"Mixing Engineer's Handbook" teaches what the engineer greats of various genres do to get great mixes. It has really helped me understand different approaches to mixing, as well as taught quite a few nice tips and tricks. I learned a lot from it, even though I have been recording and mixing professionally for over 10 years. In my bookshelf there are a LOT of books abour recording and mixing, and this one clearly stands out as the best. Another good book I'd like to recommend is "Professional Microphone Techniques", which also features a a nice chapter on EQing. The interviews have also been a great help when making purchase decisions for new studio gear.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Pretty good "conceptual" material. Feb. 15 2001
By A Customer
It is not a real "handbook" in the traditional sense of the word (i.e. a handbook used by mixing engineers), but rather conceptual ideas that point out the key elements of mixing for the beginner.
The reality of this book is that the content is based on a series of pretty informative interviews that are transcribed verbatum in 2nd half of the book. The first half of the book is the author's summary of the usable data culled from the interviews, and presented in a organized fashion.
The 6 aspects covered (that comprise a good mix) should certainly help beginners start thinking about mixing in ways that don't ordinarily occur to beginners. In essence, what this book does best is to tap into the experience of very experienced engineers, and then present "what the experts do" in various scenarios.
There are NOT so much specifics as there are general guidlines. It is not so much "step-by-step instructions" or "hard reference" as it is a "starting point." There ARE useful things like where to start the mix from, and tables that show where to find the EQ frequencies that effect different instruments--for example, to bring out the slap sound on a bass guitar. Further guidlines suggest, which effects and settings (in broad terms) to use to emphasize/de emphasize other aspecs.
I'm a beginner, and it has been a good resource for me.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book. My copy is worn out . May 4 2004
By Jim
It is worth buying just for those two or three magic tricks you may have been missing from your mix. But its also a fun read, full of interviews that give you a broad spectrum of opinions and war stories from some of the industry's best. Good nerdy discussions/debates on things like modern compression techniques. This book can really fill in the gaps for you and get you caught up with the big boys at the mixing console.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good book to have.
The highlight of this book would be the interviews of each mix engineer. I felt I got more out of the conversations between the author and the various engineers than anything else,... Read more
Published on Nov. 4 2010 by Cody
3.0 out of 5 stars A Decent Book If.......
Many people will tell you that there is no one way to mix a project, and I agree after having read The Mixing Engineer's Handbook. Read more
Published on Jan. 30 2006
5.0 out of 5 stars Incredible
It hit the spot. Exactly what i was looking for.
Published on June 1 2004 by Vinny Troia
5.0 out of 5 stars After going back through the book, changed to 5 stars!
Upon deeper inspection of the contents of this book, I had to change my review. I am finding this book absolutely phenomenal. Read more
Published on Sept. 25 2003 by Cameron Straatsma
5.0 out of 5 stars Getting Golden Ears
This book is really about the things that top mix engineers say they pay attention to most in mixing. Read more
Published on Feb. 1 2003 by Michael Rempel
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent and to the point
Real world advice from a working professional. Actually, many working professionals... the book draws heavily from a couple dozen interviews of some of pro audio's heavy hitters... Read more
Published on Feb. 3 2002 by Steve Keller
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Source Of Reference
This book does not tell you specific mechanics of how to do a mix: after all, that's the signature of the engineer. Read more
Published on Nov. 28 2001 by "gdatlanta"
4.0 out of 5 stars Ain't a handbook.
This book has 2 parts.
One for mixing basics and things treated with half deepness in the matter. Read more
Published on Nov. 22 2000 by Marcos Danilo Parra O.
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