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Any recommendations on books about "mixing"?

Postby Kevin Nolan » Tue Feb 23, 2021 11:10 am

Wondering if there are any recommendations on excellent books on "mixing"? I'm looking for one book - a bit like Bob Katz book on Mastering - that covers the subject comprehensively and that is widely respected.

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Re: Any recommendations on books about "mixing"?

Postby RichardT » Tue Feb 23, 2021 11:27 am

Try Mike Senior's book Mixing Secrets for the Small Studio. I learned a huge amount from it.
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Re: Any recommendations on books about "mixing"?

Postby Hugh Robjohns » Tue Feb 23, 2021 11:47 am

That was going to be my suggestion too.
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Re: Any recommendations on books about "mixing"?

Postby Dr Huge Longjohns » Tue Feb 23, 2021 12:23 pm

I'd highlly recommend Zen and the Art of Mixing by Mixerman. I have read a gazillion books on mixing and, for me, the problem is that most of them tell you how to work the equipment (how to set up a compressor, how to eq a kick drum etc etc) but don't tell you how to actually make a mix that makes you tap your toe or sing along ie the real musical/performance aspects of the process which, imho, are far more important than whether you use and LA2A or 1176 on the third acoustic guitar overdub.

Bob Katz's mastering book is actually a great book on mixing too because he too talks about musicality eg using a compressor to enhance the rhythmic groove.
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Re: Any recommendations on books about "mixing"?

Postby desmond » Tue Feb 23, 2021 1:37 pm

Here's another left-field one - "Mixing With Your Mind"

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Re: Any recommendations on books about "mixing"?

Postby Kwackman » Tue Feb 23, 2021 1:43 pm

Not a book, but worth taking a look at Eddie's tutorials (he's from this parish), he's also available for one-on-one teaching.
https://samplecraze.com/tutorials/
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Re: Any recommendations on books about "mixing"?

Postby blinddrew » Tue Feb 23, 2021 5:21 pm

Just another +1 for Mike Senior's book - and the companion 'Recording' volume.
He's also produced a set of videos that go with it and take you through the steps discussed in each chapter.
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Re: Any recommendations on books about "mixing"?

Postby Trent in WA » Tue Feb 23, 2021 6:05 pm

Another vote for the Senior book here. It is remarkably good. One thing I like about it, comparatively speaking, is that a lot of mixing books encourage you to take a kitchen-sink approach to mixing, whereas Senior's approach has you asking, at each step, "Is this processing necessary?" That's only after you've set the basic balance for your tracks. I wish I'd read it and his companion book on recording before launching into the pandemic album project I've been working on – it would've saved me a lot of time.
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Re: Any recommendations on books about "mixing"?

Postby CS70 » Tue Feb 23, 2021 7:07 pm

+1 for Mike’s book, with the caveat that I haven’t read any other! But that is a brilliant book.
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Re: Any recommendations on books about "mixing"?

Postby Kevin Nolan » Tue Feb 23, 2021 10:58 pm

Thank you for the fabulous recommendations - I'll follow them all :-)

Mike Senior's book is clearly the winner here - thanks for pointing this out !!

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Re: Any recommendations on books about "mixing"?

Postby worshiptuned » Wed Feb 24, 2021 1:36 pm

Kevin Nolan wrote:Thank you for the fabulous recommendations - I'll follow them all :-)

Mike Senior's book is clearly the winner here - thanks for pointing this out !!

Cheers!

I do agree on Mike Senior's, it's the best of all!!!.

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Re: Any recommendations on books about "mixing"?

Postby Eddy Deegan » Thu Feb 25, 2021 1:19 am

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Kevin Nolan wrote:Thank you for the fabulous recommendations - I'll follow them all :-)

Mike Senior's book is clearly the winner here - thanks for pointing this out !!

Cheers!

I do agree on Mike Senior's, it's the best of all!!!.

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Re: Any recommendations on books about "mixing"?

Postby worshiptuned » Thu Feb 25, 2021 10:31 am

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Re: Any recommendations on books about "mixing"?

Postby Rich Hanson » Thu Feb 25, 2021 10:34 am

Kudos for accepting your mistake and apologising, so well done for that :clap:

Given the number of times I see people doubling down in that type of situation rather than accepting they made a mistake, it's refreshing to see the correct response.
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Re: Any recommendations on books about "mixing"?

Postby worshiptuned » Thu Feb 25, 2021 11:02 am

Rich Hanson wrote:Kudos for accepting your mistake and apologising

I certainly made a mistake :roll: and I am ready to apologise again if the above apology is not enough
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