If you’re new to mixing and aren’t sure what to do, or your mixes aren’t anywhere near where you’d like them to be, then The Music Mixing Workbook is exactly what you need. Written by Bobby Owsinski, author of the award winning and highly acclaimed Mixing Engineer’s Handbook (the standard reference book for mixing in schools around the world), The Music Mixing Workbook features hands-on exercises that teach you all the things that make a mix sound great, as well as all the things to avoid along the way.
Designed to meet the needs of anyone relatively new to or confused about the once mysterious process of mixing multiple music elements together, the book features 175 different exercises covering every operation needed to complete a modern professional-sounding mix, complete with tips and tricks that come directly from the A-list pro mixers.
The easy-to-follow exercises can be used with any DAW application or hardware console, and on any genre of music.
Although the reader can easily use the Workbook with any current mixes they may be working on, most of the exercises are built around professionally recorded tracks featuring a wide variety of mix elements that are available for free download.
Among the many topics covered in the book include:
- DAW vs. console channel signal flow
- Basic monitoring setup to optimize your playback environment
- Balancing mix elements using a never-miss technique
- Panning techniques for various mix elements
- Multiple EQ strategies for powerful and distinct tracks
- Compression, gates, and saturators and how to use them
- Reverb, delay and modulation effects and how to layer them like the pros
- Master mix techniques, and much more
According to author Owsinski, “Over the more than 20 years that the Mixing Engineer’s Handbook has been available, I’ve received numerous requests for more detailed hands-on mixing training that goes beyond that book. I believe these exercises will help anyone to better understand the music mixing process and learn how to create higher quality mixes faster than ever before no matter what style of music or DAW they work on.”
The Workbook is meant to be used in conjunction with Owsinski’s popular Mixing Engineer’s Handbook to provide the practical training behind the many concepts involved with mixing.
The Music Mixing Workbook can be purchased on Amazon, and also on the Apple iBooks store. Distribution to colleges and universities is through Ingram and Kortext. A table of contents and book excerpts can be found at www.bobbyowsinski.com/mixing-workbook.