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i'm thinking about getting this book. i have read most of the other commonly recommended ones. this one isn't listed in's recommended books list. however, i've heard some really good isolated feedback on it. if it wasn't so expensive, i'd have already bought it. however, i wanted to make sure it's really worth the $70.

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anonymous Thu, 06/03/2004 - 01:23

Hi felix,
i've got the book and I can say that it's pretty interesting reading in most parts of it. The title describes it well, because by the way this guy talks it really is obvious that he uses his mind a lot and actually meditates when mixing :) :) (Very spiritual I thought). I agree with the approach as I find it easier my self, to get the right sounds and balances when mixing very relaxed, having your eyes closed concentrating deeply and all that sort of stuff....However I think Michael does go into some stuff in the book, that I don't quite understand (or believe ??) sometimes, but I can't give you the correct examples because I just went thru it quickly first time. I'm surely gonna read it for the 2nd time . coz it's a great book after all!! Most of the stuff makes a lot of sense. I think it's worth the money.

droog Thu, 06/03/2004 - 06:08

hello, everyone,

nice to be back to the new-look RO

i was so impressed with mike's "stav word" articles, that i asked him to engineer the basic trax for my record (still in production, so no soundbytes available, but examples of his work include the pretenders' brass in the pocket, elton john's blue eyes and tunes from t.rex, mccartney etc)

being a home-educated recordist, i have read most of the audio education materials, both in print and on the web, and i think mike has a rare combination of understanding the material and enthusiasm for teaching

suffice to say, when hired to engineer, he went out of his way to teach me as well, so that i could continue on my own

in other words, you could do a lot worse

anonymous Fri, 06/04/2004 - 11:39

hey felix,
i just bought this book. i liked it alot, but i know 70bucks is kinda steep. i have read thru it twice so far. it opens up many different ideas that will be helpful. while i have not had a chance to apply his recording, and micing techniques yet, I can tell you that the mixing ideas, speaker placement and over mindset approaches in this book have made a difference in my mixdowns. i found that they translated better when i listened to them on other systems.
hope this is helpful.

anonymous Sat, 06/05/2004 - 17:05

If you have mixed for awhile then you will be doing alot of the book already. It's a good starter book for getting someone to think about placing instruments in their own frequency, aural space and overall having a 3 dimensional plan for a track. He covers top to bottom, side to side and front to back as well as how the standard types of music fit into the sound stage.

Further, he develops grouping strategies for adding fill instruments in heavily ladden tracks. So, if you are starting out, it might shake up some brain cells and get you mixing in a visual as well as sound focused manner.

Although there are generalities i.e. templates he provides, I think it's important to get to a point where the track somewhat builds itself and creativity is expressed vs. some of the repeated methods everyone is complaining about in today's music.

anonymous Wed, 06/09/2004 - 06:37

I bought the book, and it has some neat stuff in it, but I think it may be a bit beyond me at this point.
He alks about a lot of neat little techniques that I wonder how they really translate to the digital world.
You can tell he is a definate analog guy.

I wish he was around so I could get him to clarify some of the more brainy concepts he talks about in the book. Some of it has become a bit of a joke between me and my bass player, who has been assisting me in some of my recording. We'll be getting sounds and if it's taking me a while I'll hear him holler over the talk back "Dude, what the hell are you doing in there?!"
to which I reply "IM CHASING THE F_ING FLAME DAMNIT!!!!!"

some day I'm going to figure out what chasing the flame really means.