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In his first book, "The Daily Adventures of Mixerman", the author detailed the frustrating and often hilarious goings on during the process of recording a major-label band. Musicians, engineers, and producers laughed and cried at the crazy goings-on they'd never imagined - or recognized all too well. Now Mixerman turns his razor-sharp gaze to the art of mixing and gives followers and the uninitiated reason to hope - if not for logic and civility in the recording studio then at least for a good sounding record. With a firm commitment to art over technology and to maintaining a grasp of each, Mixerman outlines his own approach to recording success, based on his years mixing records in all genres of music for all kinds of artists, often under trying circumstances. As he states in his introduction to the new volume, even if you're not a professional mixer, even if you're a musician trying to mix your own work or a studio owner in a smaller market, you have your own set of pressures to deal with while you're mixing'. Regardless of what those pressures are, it's important to identify and recognize them, if for no other reason than so you can learn to completely ignore them. But how? That's where the Zen comes in.

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Mixerman is a Los Angeles based producer, mix specialist, and author who reaches a vast audience interested in the recording process and the music business through his popular blog The Daily Adventures of Mixerman and his web radio show (both at

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Cool book from the author of the very funny (for anyone ever involved in any recording project anyway) "Daily Adventures of Mixerman".
Food for thought in a perfect and necessary complement to tool-oriented books (like Roey Izhaki's "Mixing Audio: Concepts, Practices and Tools", one of the best from my point of view) : a must-read for anyone involved in a recording-project involving a mix, be they artists, musicians, producers or engineers.

For non-mixers : learn to stop being irrationnal about the mix, what you can and what not to expect from the mix and how best to interact with your mix engineer. Plus, gain a better understanding of the mix as the endgame, and thus how to optimize your productions.

Thanks Mixerman !
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Valuable info for many levels of mixerpeople. 21 novembre 2015
Par Daniel Albrecht - Publié sur
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This is the 2nd one of Mixerman's books I've read, and I can testify that there's a lot of good info here. But I think you have to really see the context of where he's coming from. Is he opinionated? Yes, very - and he'll tell you the same. He's also someone who does this for a living and does it well. I feel these books are geared a little more for those considering mixing professionally. So if you're a home recordist who basically does this stuff for fun (like me), keep that in mind. Don't let some of the ideas scare you off. Keep it in proper context. Sure, when you're in a pro environment, a $4000+ SSL compressor is a great tool to have in your arsenal. And if you're a hobbyist with deep pockets, hey - go for it. But you can apply the same basic theory with a vst plug. This is really a marriage of art and science. There's no recipe book, and there's no "right" way. But there are some ideas that he shares that can certainly help make your job easier if you apply them. He's a good writer - he writes like he talks. And the Kindle version features links to videos that illustrate certain points better. If you get some bit of info out of a book that gives you one of those aha moments, to me, that's worth far more than the price of admission. I've received many from MM's books.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Remarkably helpful look into high-level professional mixing workflow, art, and attitude. 5 novembre 2010
Par D. Kim - Publié sur
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This is not your usual textbook-style, technique and theory book. Whereas most mixing books focus on the analytical, left-side of the brain, Zen and the Art of Mixing focuses on the "big picture".

Quick foreword:

I received this book the first day of release(pre-ordered) and I just finished it. Why did it take so long you wonder? Well, this is one of those rare books where every page is oozing with insights and wisdom! I wanted to take my time so I wouldn't miss anything. That's not to say his writing is archaic or requires you to solve puzzles to understand. In fact, it's quite the opposite! Mixerman's writing style is just as personable and enjoyable as his first book, The Daily Adventures of Mixerman. And just like the first book, Zen and the Art of Mixing continues to impart the elevating experience of making you feel as if you're actually IN it.


I started recording and mixing in 1999. My first gig, like many others, was recording my band's first album. I was the most technically savvy person in our group so I asserted myself into the position of engineer. I was immediately hooked! The group has dissolved since then, and many other groups along the way, but engineering has only grown and matured. Before I knew it, I was on the forums regularly, trying to find guidance on this elusive and all-encompassing musical path. I've read plenty of books, threads - watched countless tutorials - carefully invested in quality gear - and spent endless hours in front of my DAW.

There have been many milestones in my journey... those "ah-HA!" moments where you find yourself propelled into a higher plane of engineering art--when a concept or principle suddenly "clicks" and you're forever changed from that point forward. Zen and the Art of Mixing will set a new milestone in your craft. I whole-heartedly recommend this book to not only engineers, but also artists, producers, and the less common music listener who is interested in what lies behind the curtain of a musical production.


So much is covered in this relatively small book, it's quite astounding actually. From a Utilitarian point-of-view, it is very effective and efficient. I can easily take this book with me wherever I go. And I do.

I won't discuss every topic in the book, but I will mention one particular area of confusion that has been clarified for me.(of many)


Mixerman carefully lays out his workflow in mixing for all to see in Chapter 3 - The Mechanics. This is uncut, uncensored, and VERY eye-opening. At least it was for me as I'm very compulsive and tend to work more effectively when I have a lay of the land. Mixerman goes from the beginning of a mix, to the end, in order. Oh, and how lovely it feels to find some order in this madness we call mixing. A lot of the workflow, I'm already quite familiar with, but as fragmented pieces. After reading The Mechanics, I am no longer fragmented and there is a sense of clarity and calm in my approach to mixing. Zen indeed.

For example, the first part of a new mix, Discovery and Framing. Discovery is the initial step of purely gathering information. Framing is the following step of constructing a rough mix, keeping in mind, the fine-tuning will come later. In other words, the logic is that, in order to make detailed/specific mixing decisions, one has to at least have an foundational rough mix. How many times in our youthful engineering days have we opened up a brand new mix, and prematurely dove into nitty gritty minutia of things, only to find ourselves revisiting those fine-level mixing decisions over and over again? A great recipe for exaggerating the already deterring effect of chasing one's tail. Oh how I wish someone would have pointed out this obvious step as plainly as MM does, because it IS a step... but for some reason, I hadn't given it much thought. What I mean is, I was already doing my own discovery and framing in my workflow, but I didn't consciously recognize it. In other words, knowing the step explicitly has given me the ability to consciously maximize my own initial discovery and framing phase. Less tail chasing!

Below are the sections in The Mechanics--you can get an idea of the workflow order.

Discovery and Framing
Phase Coherency
Monitoring Levels
Bring in the Parts!
Electric Guitar
Acoustic Guitar
Piano and Keyboards
Science Experiments
Referencing Other Mixes
Rough Mixes
Makethe Mix Sing,Pop,and Gel
The Vocal
Finding Compromise
The Payoff
Refining and Enhancing
Finishing Your Mix
Mix Notes
Printing the Mix
Saying Goodbye Is Hard to Do


Zen and the Art of Mixing has set a new standard for mixing books. I will proudly say, it has unlocked, organized, and affirmed my mixing potential. What I hope to communicate in this review is... there really is NO book on mixing quite like this one. I'm not referring solely to the "big picture" perspective MM takes, but more importantly, his genuine and unabashed writing style that captures his 20+ years of mixing professionally AND his "take no prisoners" attitude in regards to his mixing beliefs. In other words, where other authors may tip-toe around, dryly/technically explain, or even entirely omit certain topics, Mixerman fiercely discusses every taboo or controversial topic and actually picks a side, explains his reasons, and even invites you to join him. For example, MM discusses the benefits to summing analog(OTB), and how digital summing is essentially "broken". I fully agree with him on this from my recent experiences mixing with a summing box. I have to say, it is so refreshing to read something so "real" and "unadulterated", especially in a field that is dominated by scientific measurements/specs/numbers/data.

Finally, I have yet to disagree outright with anything Mixerman discusses and that may or may not change down the road(as MM even said for himself) as I grow in my craft, but right now, I'm enjoying the next level of mixing that has been ignited by MM's writings. And MM encourages his readers who do disagree to engage him in the forums for some healthy debates. :)

Zen and the Art of Mixing should have a spot on every mixing engineer's bookshelf. In practical terms, no other purchase will come close to improving your mixes for under $20, so buy it NOW.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Honest, Philosophical, Comprehensive 17 octobre 2014
Par Wally & Fran - Publié sur
Format: Format Kindle Achat vérifié
This book was recommended to me by the guy that we hired to mix our past four albums. What I noticed and appreciated within the first few pages was the honesty. Mixerman doesn't claim to have all the answers. He simply shares from his experience. And his experience speaks quite loudly. Secondly, I say this book is philosophical because it doesn't tell you what EQ settings to use, for example, but instead it focuses on what matters, namely the song itself, and helps equip the reader to make the track the best it can be, making the song 'sing' (as he puts it). Finally, this book is comprehensive in that it deals with most (I am guessing) of what happens in the life of a mixer, from dealing with clients, to mix gear, to mixing techniques. I heartily recommend.
5.0 étoiles sur 5 Great book! 10 juillet 2013
Par fernando - Publié sur
Format: Broché Achat vérifié
I never hear about him until I start my career on this field. Is a great book! the way he talks and explain about mixing are really helpful for anyone who wants to understand the love involved in this art. If you take this book as your manual of mixing your are taking the wrong track, For me was more like a really good experience on a lots of ways... like: "learning with my teacher" or "having a beer with my old friend talking about mixing and music in general having both a lot of experience on the field". You will take your own path through music production reading this book or not, but on one hand you have a real opportunity learn how be more close to your dream on the music production. :) Take the blue pill or take the red pill?. You want to know something about this and this book is one of them (about music)
5.0 étoiles sur 5 A perfect read for anyone involved or interested in the subject 15 juin 2013
Par Cookie29 - Publié sur
Format: Broché Achat vérifié
I invested in basic digital recording gear for my home computer. I know how to use it but don't really know how to make the result sound professional / to my particular liking. Youtube videos and forums threads were confusing the mess out of me.

I read this book over a two week period during my busy schedule. The author easily tuned me into his personality and seems like a great guy. I feel like I learned ALOT from reading this book and it has boosted my overall confidence in working with music production in my home.

I've already started reading another book on the subject but I really enjoyed this one. I'd recommend it to a friend and also to anyone unsure if the book is worth reading. It is absolutely worth adding to the collection.
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