2nd Edition

Mixing Secrets for the Small Studio

By Mike Senior Copyright 2019
    444 Pages 132 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    444 Pages 132 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Discover how to achieve release-quality mixes even in the smallest studios by applying power-user techniques from the world's most successful producers.

    Mixing Secrets for the Small Studio is the best-selling primer for small-studio enthusiasts who want chart-ready sonics in a hurry. Drawing on the back-room strategies of more than 160 famous names, this entertaining and down-to-earth guide leads you step-by-step through the entire mixing process. 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. User-friendly explanations introduce technical concepts on a strictly need-to-know basis, while chapter summaries and assignments are perfect for school and college use.

    ▪ Learn the subtle editing, arrangement, and monitoring tactics which give industry insiders their competitive edge, and master the psychological tricks which protect you from all the biggest rookie mistakes.

    ▪ Find out where you don't need to spend money, as well as how to make a limited budget really count.

    ▪ Pick up tricks and tips from leading-edge engineers working on today's multi-platinum hits, including Derek "MixedByAli" Ali, Michael Brauer, Dylan "3D" Dresdow, Tom Elmhirst, Serban Ghenea, Jacquire King, the Lord-Alge brothers, Tony Maserati, Manny Marroquin, Noah "50" Shebib, Mark "Spike" Stent, DJ Swivel, Phil Tan, Andy Wallace, Young Guru, and many, many more...

    Now extensively expanded and updated, including new sections on mix-buss processing, mastering, and the latest advances in plug-in technology.

    Table of Contents

    Part 1 Hearing & Listening

    Chapter 1 Using Nearfield Monitors

    Chapter 2 Supplementary Monitoring

    Chapter 3 Low-end Damage Limitation

    Chapter 4 From Subjective Impressions To Objective Results

    Part 2 Mix Preparation

    Chapter 5 Essential Groundwork

    Chapter 6 Timing and Tuning Adjustments

    Chapter 7 Comping and Arrangement

    Part 3 Balance

    Chapter 8 Building the Raw Balance

    Chapter 9 Compressing for a Reason

    Chapter 10 Beyond Compression

    Chapter 11 Equalizing for a Reason

    Chapter 12 Beyond EQ

    Chapter 13 Frequency-Selective Dynamics

    Chapter 14 The Power Of Side Chains

    Chapter 15 Toward Fluent Balancing

    Part 4 Sweetening to Taste

    Chapter 16 Mixing with Reverb

    Chapter 17 Mixing with Delays

    Chapter 18 Stereo Enhancements

    Chapter 19 Master-buss Processing, Automation, and Endgame

    Chapter 20 Conclusion

    Appendix 1 Music Studios and the Recording Process: An Overview

    Appendix 2 Who's Who: Selected Discography

    Appendix 3 Quote References

    Appendix 4 Picture Credits


    Mike Senior is a professional engineer who has worked with Wet Wet Wet, The Charlatans, Reef, Therapy, and Nigel Kennedy. He specializes in adapting the techniques of top producers for those working in small studios and on a tight budget. He has transformed dozens of amateur productions for Sound On Sound magazine's popular "Mix Rescue" column, proving time and again that you can achieve commercial-grade results with affordable gear—once you know how!