If you’re like me and passionate about the art of mixing audio, you know that really good resource material on this topic is elusive. Sure, every once in a while I run across a well written article on mixing guitars or drums, but I found a book a few weeks ago that should be required reading for anyone who mixes music. We’re talking that this book should be considered in the same sentence as the Yamaha Sound Reinforcement Handbook.
“Mixing Audio”, by Roey Izhaki is the most complete resource on the art of mixing music that I’ve ever seen. Content spans from basic (the four-band division of the frequency spectrum) to advanced (dynamic equalization) and there are tips and trick all along. There’s a great balance between the science (such as stabilizing the mix) and the art (mixing vision and creative aspects), theory (how exactly the attack on a compressor works) and practice (how to add punch to a kick using the attack). Along with 584 pages of discussion, there are tons of illustrations and over 2000 audio tracks on the included DVD to demonstrate every concept.
Finally, the icing on the cake is 4 sample mixes at the end of the book, their dedicated chapters that outline every plug-in and processing used on each track, and more than 1000 audio samples provide a demonstration of how everything is put into practice for the creation of a professional sounding mix.
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I’ve never seen anything like this book. While it was written from a studio mix perspective, there are so many take aways for live audio and so it is rocking my world. Putting the knowledge you’ll learn into practice will still require years of experience, but this book is the best reference I’ve ever seen on the topic.
Do me a favor and go to Amazon right now and order. Seriously. Go now. I’ve seen it for as much as $50 at Borders so the Amazon price is quite a deal!