Mixing Secrets for the Small Studio

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Paperback, Elsevier Science Ltd, 2011, ISBN13 9780240815800, ISBN10 0240815807

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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!

* 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...

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Publisher: Taylor & Francis Group
Publish Date: Feb 25, 2011
ISBN-13: 9780240815800
ISBN-10: 0240815807
Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 352
Written in: ENG
Shipping Weight (in pounds): 1.65
Product in Inches (L x W x H): 7.5 x 9.0 x 0.75
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The best book on mixing audio that I've found
9/14/2011

Customer review by SilentSky

5.0 stars by SilentSky

I've been recording audio in one form or another for about 15 years. Mixing Secrets is without question the best book on the subject of mixing that I've found in that time. Mike Senior has been writing the well-liked "Mix Rescue" column in Sound On Sound magazine since 2006, so he's an expert at taking a sometimes lackluster recording and crafting it into a mix that's something far greater than what it was before. With all of that experience comes a wealth of practical knowledge on mixing. Some of the many highlights of this book include his lengthy discussion of monitoring, mix preparation (the work you should do BEFORE you mix), how to achieve a balance in your mix using dynamics processing and EQ, and sweetening with effects. Mike also writes with a very humorous and entertaining style that constantly reminds you that mixing is fun! You're not reading a textbook here. He also includes a "Cut to the Chase" section at the end of each chapter that sums up the most important points, and gives you an assignment for that chapter, so you'll have some homework to do (did I say this wasn't a textbook?). In conclusion, this is the book that I WISH I had when I first started recording and mixing. If you're new to mixing, get this book. If you're not new to mixing, get this book--you'll still learn a lot.

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A must have for home studio recordists
1/20/2013

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While I'm still in the process of reading it, so far the information is very helpful. Whether you're a pro or amateur, it's an excellent reference book to have close at hand.

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One of the best instructional books
5/24/2012

Customer review by walt68

5.0 stars by walt68

The title of this review says it all. This is one of the best, most enjoyable and concise instructional books I've ever read about any subject. To be honest, mixing is a pretty dry subject. This book actually makes it fun! But more importantly, it covers very minute and important details regarding frequencies, compression, reverberation, parallel compression....etc..etc in a very easy to understand AND in depth manner. I'll be honest, I hated mixing and really didnt have a natural aptitude for it. After reading this book, I look foreward to it and have a lot more confidence in my ability to tackle a lot of problems and issues that would have completely stumped me before. Buy this book, it is, in every sense of the expression, a no brainier if you want to learn more about mixing your own recordings.

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