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  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Focal Press; 1 edition (Feb. 25 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0240815807
  • ISBN-13: 978-0240815800
  • Product Dimensions: 19 x 2 x 23.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 794 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #5,134 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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In the good old days, new engineers learned to mix by interning or assisting; that's less and less the case these days. Think of this book as a textbook alternative to a year of assisting. If you've been figuring out everything yourself or piecing together your workflow based on internet forum posts, this book may bump your work forward by months or years. –Scott Evans, Tape Op Magazine

The advice and guidance contained are relevant to everyone involved in music engineering and production, at all levels and regardless of the size of the studio or its facilities. Novices and grandmasters alike will find plenty of interest here. The emphasis is very much on mastering the correct approaches and techniques, rather than how to use any specific equipment or software, and everything is described in such as way as to make it easily transferable across any DAW platform or even to a traditional console-based mix environment.. The book is structured in a progressive fashion, following a logical mixing workflow, and developing and building on ideas and techniques throughout. The book is very readable, in Mike's familiar, approachable and often humorous style, and with plenty of illustrations, all of which maintain the interest from cover to cover. The text also expands on Mike's own wealth of experience and knowledge with numerous relevant quotes and opinions from over 100 of the world's best-known engineers and producers. Many books have been published about mixing, but in all honesty I'd say Mixing Secrets is easily the most practical, complete and ultimately satisfying that I've read so far. It is eminently readable (even if the spellings have been 'Americanised'!), with the emphasis always on helping the reader to understand when and why to use a particular technique, before explaining how in great practical detail. Although the content is wonderfully disciplined and technically rigorous, the explanations are never intimidating to a beginner, yet remain stimulating to the more experienced reader. The icing on the cake, and liberally covered in cherries, is the dedicated web site, which provides a phenomenal resource of useful material and information. This is a definite must-read for everyone involved in music production at any level - and at a bargain price. --Sound on Sound magazine

The most useful, up-to-date and comprehensive book I've read on the labyrinthine subject of mixing music.. Author Mike Senior is well equipped with his experience as engineer, producer and journalist for Sound-on-Sound magazine to guide any reader, with an intermediate to advanced understanding of the studio recording and mixing process, through four main sections.. Many good examples of current and popular CDs are given through this book to 'reference' each step in the mixing process. Mixing Secrets for the Small Studio is a 'must have' for me that I wil re-read from time to time and I cannot recommend it more. --Music Connection magazine

Mike shares many of his own mixing tips, supplemented by tips and advice from some of the industry's top engineers that range from Chris and Tom Lord Alge to Andy Wallace. At more than 300 pages, it's quite a read, but a highly recommended one. In fact the book is filled with so much great stuff, it's a book that one can read again and again and that can be used as a handy manual during any mixing project. And though there's plenty of information to soak up, Mike has made it very easy to navigate your way through the book and to find the relevant information you need quickly and easily. --GuitarWorld.com

Mixing Secrets by Mike Senior is a great book for studio production, no doubt about it. It's also a great book for extracting concepts that can be used for live audio production. And for the church audio sound tech who might get an email next week saying "we need you to record and produce our first praise music CD," well, you aren't going to find a better book on perfecting a mix. It starts as a book but you will use it as a resource. That's a win-win in my book. --BehindTheMixer.com

I FOUND AN EXCELLENT "MUST HAVE" for anyone pursuing music recording and mixing as a career and life-long hobby...[Senior's] book does not disappoint. He's a great writer and I thoroughly recommend it for newbies and oldbies! --Mavens of Media

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Discover how to achieve release-quality mixes even in the smallest studios by applying power-user techniques from the world's most successful producers.

Mixing Secrets For The Small Studio is a down-to-earth primer for small-studio enthusiasts who want chart-ready sonics in a hurry. Drawing on the back-room strategies of more than 100 famous names, this entertaining guide leads you step-by-step through the entire mixing process. On the way, you'll unravel the mysteries of every type of mix processing, from simple EQ and compression through to advanced spectral dynamics and 'fairy dust' effects. User-friendly explanations introduce technical concepts on a strictly need-to-know basis, while chapter summaries and assignments are perfect for school and college use.

* Learn the subtle editing, arrangement, and monitoring tactics which give industry insiders their competitive edge, and master the psychological tricks which protect you from all the biggest rookie mistakes.

* Find out where you don't need to spend money, as well as how to make a limited budget really count.

* Pick up tricks and tips from leading-edge engineers working on today's multi-platinum hits, including Michael Brauer, Serban Ghenea, the Lord-Alge brothers, Tony Maserati, Manny Marroquin, Dave 'Hard Drive' Pensado, Jack Joseph Puig, Mark 'Spike' Stent, Phil Tan, Andy Wallace, and many, many more...

Mike Senior is a professional engineer who has worked with Wet Wet Wet, The Charlatans, Reef, Therapy, and Nigel Kennedy. He specialises in adapting the techniques of top producers for those working on a budget. Since 2007 he has transformed dozens of amateur productions for Sound On Sound magazine's popular 'Mix Rescue' column, proving time and again that you can achieve commercial-grade results with affordable gear -- once you know how!

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Marc J Chabot on Jan. 5 2012
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As an avid reader of Sound on Sound Magazine, I was very much looking forward to reading this book, as Mike Senior's collumns are always amongst my favourite parts of the magazine's monthly offering. I was definitely not disappointed by the book, which explains in clear and easily understandable language, the major Do's and Don'ts of the home studio. That is not to say that this is an introductory tome on the subject however, as Mike does expect the reader to be familiar with a number of aspects of home studio recording and sound in general. I would recommend this book to everyone, and have already told a couple of people to pick it up right away, as they would greatly benefit from its wisdom.

This book is right at the top of my list as one of the best tomes on the subject!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Neal G. Arbic on June 1 2013
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If you could only get one book, this would be it. I hate 5 star reviews because they're like one stars - usually an extreme opinion. But I can't give it 4. I started learning mixing a few years ago and this was the most complete book.

This was the only book to talk about monitoring and what you need.

The only one the dealt with problems faced by someone recording at home instead of a studio.

The only one to recommend software,(both cheap and free) that could produce excellent results.

There is no book that could say it all. If you're serious, you'll have to buy a few books. Just make sure this is one of them and your mixes will improve.
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By iqi616 on July 13 2015
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If you only buy one book on mixing, this is the one to buy. I've been recording for more years than I care to say and I learnt a few things from this book. For those less long in the tooth it gives great instruction in compression, EQ, etc.

But the numerous tips aren't the main reason to buy this book. The reason to buy is that it gives a systematic approach to the whole workflow. It takes the randomness out of the process so that you will spend less time chasing your tail or doing things that will subsequently turn out to have been a waste of time.

The only quibble I have is with his approach to references. Instead of simply reducing the volume of the references to match the loudness of your mix (my preference), his approach is to cobble up a makeshift mastering chain which means in many genres you are comparing a hastily hammered version of your mix to carefully mastered mixes. That criticism aside, this is a five star book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By pq on Oct. 13 2011
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This book has it all in a way I've never seen before. It really opened my eyes to why I have been getting substandard sound dynamics in my mixes all these years. And the author Mike Senior has been interactive and responsive to my email questions. This book is definitely one of the best on the topic
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Thornycrackers on June 26 2012
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I have read a number of books including bobby owsinski's Mixing Engineer's handbook and this one is definitely the most valuable so far. There is a huge wealth of knowledge laid out so that anyone could understand it lots of good examples as well. Thoroughly enjoyed this read.
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This book has not left my side since it arrived. I have been involved in the re cording and touring industry for well over 25 years. Toured with the biggest rock bands and been in the studio with amazing producers. This book brought me back to the old school tape machines and fast forwarded me into the DAW recording world. The tips, knowledge and pro quotes in this book are amazing. Reference material and additional project content really help the lessons come to life. From acoustic treatment to final mix down this is truly your studio reference guide. Mikes delivers the mixing secrets in a humorous educational read that keeps your sites and motivation high. Buy it you will find yourself applying old tricks in the new DAW recording age.
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I just had to write a review after reading this book as I felt it was a helpful guide that meets any home studio owners needs. This book flows nicely from chapter to chapter in terms of the mixing process, beginning with studio construction and ending at the mastering stage. I really enjoyed how top notch producers were quoted throghout to illustrate different points. I also liked how each chapter provides a "cut to the chase" section listing all the main pointers of the chapter.
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By Matthew Bell on May 7 2014
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I found this book to be very informative, easy to read, and it has helped me out a lot. As long as you have a basic knowledge of recording, EQ, compression, effects, filters etc. I'd recommend this book. Even if you don't have basic knowledge of recording, this is still a very good and informative read, and is absolutely worth every penny.
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