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Mixing Secrets for the Small Studio (Sound On Sound Presents...)

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Having produced for around 8 years but never really getting a formal introduction to mixing, this book completely shifted my perspective. I've also enjoyed experimenting with some ideas from the book, like the aforementioned "fader stability. In the end, this may not have been exactly the right book for me, but I don't want to discount its value. I’ve read it several times, and maybe I’m missing something, but he seems to say one thing, contradict himself, then contradict himself again? Where an advanced technique is not included the fundamental knowledge to understand it has nonetheless been provided.

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. 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. In the good old days, new engineers learned to mix by interning or assisting; that's less and less the case these days. The main idea behind the whole thing is to teach ways of making your final work much more professional without relying on expensive equipments. And all the while, what he's saying is presented in a way that invites you to try his methods, all of which are quite sound (no pun intended, but there it is).There is a lot of good info in this book, but was completely taken aback by the overwhelmingly high reviews it got. The book is structured in a progressive fashion, following a logical mixing workflow, and developing and building on ideas and techniques throughout. Secondly, although he states the book is a “step by step primer” some information is so conspicuously absent, I was shocked. 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.

Mike Senior is a professional engineer who has worked with Wet Wet Wet, The Charlatans, Reef, Therapy, and Nigel Kennedy. After starting to dabble in doing some home recordings and simple mixes, I skimmed this book over a period of several months.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. After a few solid chapters on monitor selection and room treatment, the book deconstructs mixing into a linear process (acknowledging that in reality, no mix process is linear), that starts at a coarse level, then works its way to fine details: setting up sessions; getting basic balances; EQ and compression basics and advanced techniques; bus compression; automation and rides. He was the young "balance engineer" for The Beatles on Revolver through Abbey Road, with a spell off for later White Album and Let It Be.

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