Two awesome books!

Discussion in 'Microphones (live or studio)' started by therecordingart, Mar 10, 2005.

  1. therecordingart

    therecordingart Well-Known Member

    Jul 28, 2004
    I just wanted to let the fellow newbies know about two very awesome books out there. The Mixing Engineer's Handbook and The Recording Engineer's Handbook.

    I bought The Recording Engineer's Handbook a few weeks ago, and my sessions since have gotten a LOT better. Then last night I bought The Mixing Engineer's Handbook, read about half of it, and then started mixing a band that I recorded the past few days....and holy $*^t! It's still not a grammy winning mix, but it exceeds the expectation of where I thought I'd be in a few years from now!

    Now I know that if I had to....I can fix something in the mix. Also, I can now fully understand why a lot of people say that it's not the gear, but the guy behind the board. I don't think I'm going to be making any purchases for a while because I've got a lot of learning ahead of me. The overall quality of my recording sounds better with what I've done in the mix....and now my gear isn't sounding so awful.
  2. Chappy

    Chappy Guest

    I've had the Mixing Engineer's Handbook for a while and love it. And this past weekend I bought the Recording Engineer's Handbook, and man it's freakin' awesome. I keep reading the same things over and over again. Another great book is "mixing with your mind." It's kind of expensive and you can only buy it from the website, but it awesome. It's kinda out there but it does have some really cool tricks and techniques.
  3. therecordingart

    therecordingart Well-Known Member

    Jul 28, 2004
    Before getting the mixing engineer's handbook i was using compression, eq, delay, without fully knowing how to use them properly. They are supposed to be used as tools to form your vision of a finished product, but instead I was using them more as effects that laid on top of tracks and sounded cheesy. I was creating my own mixing mixes have taken a 180 in one day....and I still have a lot more to learn.

    I'll be posting some mixes that I've done this weekend.....and you can compare them to others on my website.
  4. cleamon

    cleamon Guest

    I couldn't agree more. My mixes have improved a 1000 fold. Here's my initial post on this book:

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  5. chye

    chye Guest

    where did you by the book at. could you get it at barnes and nobles or do you have to get it on the net..... I would like to by this book asap!!!!! im ok at mixing but i do it by ear.. i rather know what im doing though instead of just doing somethin that sounds ok to me.... you understand???? let me know where you bought the book and how much... i would really appreciate it. thank you
  6. george745

    george745 Guest

    I know com has it for $25 or so and I know they have it at the borders by my house. So I'm sure you can find it around. I haven't got it yet but I'm planning to soon.
  7. theholotrope

    theholotrope Guest

    Totally agree with you guys on the mising handbook. Simple guidelines with short interviews of how the pros do it. Just an amazing book, a must have for any newbie.


    click here for the link chye:
    Mixing Handbook
  8. maintiger

    maintiger Well-Known Member

    Dec 3, 2003
    Whittier, California, USA
    I have the 'mixing engineers handbook' and its certainly a good and useful book. Have read it a few times. Another good book I have is 'mastering audio' by bob katz. On songwriting '88 songwriting wrongs and how to right them' by pete and pat luboff is invaluable.
  9. Johnjm22

    Johnjm22 Guest

    I also have the mixing engineers handbook and find it quite useful. But more than anything I enjoyed the interviews with the pro engineers. It was so interesting to hear how these guys with years of experience went about mixing. I also found it interesting that alot of these guys had completely different methods, and approches.
  10. Cucco

    Cucco Distinguished Member

    Mar 8, 2004
    Tacoma, WA
    Great post Art!

    I agree, these books are indespensible. I agree with Xavier too, Bob Katz's book is essential. I find it to be more a book of what NOT to do, but very helpful nonetheless.


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