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Zen and the Art of Recording

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In this book, the third in the Zen and the Art Of series, Mixerman distills the inescapable technical realities of recording down to understandable and practical terms. Whether musician or self-taught recordist, whether at home or in a full-blown studio complex, you'll discover a definitive blueprint for recording within the current realities of the business, without ever losing focus on the core consideration--the music itself. 
As Mixerman writes: "The moment you start to think in musical terms, your recordings will improve a hundredfold." This enhanced multimedia e-book edition brings recordists deeper into the concepts covered in the text. It features over an hour's worth of supplemental videos in which Mixerman demonstrates various recording techniques in a number of recording spaces. The clips provide invaluable insight into what to listen for when choosing gear and placing mics, and Mixerman walks us through all of this in well over an hour of clips. This multimedia eBook is an absolute must-have for anyone who enjoys recording music and wants to get better doing it.

In the absence of an opportunity to apprentice in a major recording studio, this book is the next best thing. A way to learn from the best. --William Wittman (Cyndi Lauper, Joan Osborne, The Fixx)Mixerman has done it again! With his signature humorous and entertaining style, he imparts a world of invaluable information for the aspiring recordist and musician in an easy to absorb (not overly technical) common sense manner. --Ron Saint Germain (300+ million in sales, U2, Whitney Houston, 311)Zen and the Art of Recording describes an approach rather than a recipe. This is important because in the real world nothing works the same way every time. This is an excellent overview of the issues to be considered along with a broad variety of proven techniques for addressing them. --Bob Olhsson (Stevie Wonder, Jackson Five, Marvin Gaye) Mixerman is a Los Angeles based producer, mixer, 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 The Mixerman Radio Show (

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  • PDF | 291 pages
  • Mixerman(Author)
  • Hal Leonard Books (October 1, 2014)
  • English
  • 8
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  • By Aaron Miller on October 30, 2017

    Mixerman is an engaging writer and I enjoyed reading the book. I got some insight and tips out of it (IE record aggressively, take lots of notes, take your time in capture and don't plan on 'fixing it later') but I'm choosing between recording vocals on an SM58 that kinda smells like beer, an SM58 that was probably used as a hammer at one point, or an SM58 covered in lipstick stains. I don't have the luxury of choosing between a Neumann U67 vs. a Telefunken 251 and running it through high quality analogue compressors and mixing desks. He's writing to his experience, which is great, but it's of limited use to a home studio engineer.

  • By Rock on May 14, 2017

    The Kindle edition includes 13 videos, 7 videos contain useful information, and he wasted 6 videos trying to be funny. People buying this book want useful info, not a comedy act. They should charge less for the kindle edition.

  • By Steven S. Dandrea on November 26, 2014

    If you've read Mr. Sarafin's other works, you know his style by now. Straight-shooting, cut to the chase, no b.s., practical advice from a guy who's actually DONE it.What I like about Mixermans approach is that he focuses on the subjective side of music, as in, how the music makes you FEEL, as opposed to examining its precise frequency content. For sure, there is a place for objective technical advice, and Mixermans dispenses this when necessary, but the book doesn't read like a classroom textbook, and to me, that is a major plus. When I first fell in love with music, I don't remember if it sounded "dark" or if the low end was perfectly balanced, or any of that. I DIDNT NOTICE THE PRODUCTION! It stayed out of the way and let the song shine through. I think the best production is the kind you don't notice, you just really connect with the song. Mr. Sarafin doesn't explicitly state this in this book, but if I had to wager, I'd bet he'd agree.Do yourself a favor and pick this one up for your collection. And if you haven't already, pick up his other 2 titles as well.

  • By Tim Ricke on February 5, 2017

    Very insightful and honest! No sugar coating, just honesty!Loved it!!

  • By Mixboy2105 on August 13, 2016

    Essential reading for all audio students!

  • By jaredtheman on August 25, 2017

    This is foremost a book for aspiring professional recordists. It's a book mentoring you through the transition from amateur recordist to professional. It also contains a lot of information about recording, including some invaluable maxims and insider tips that can help even us amateurs record better music.Mixerman uses a charmingly informal tone, which makes reading this book very easy. He does tend to repeat himself and go on tangents, though it's sometimes a worthy repetition or diversion.If you're like me and you wanted to know how to record your own music more effectively, this book will definitely help you but it's not FOR you. Take what you can from the glut of information provided in the book, and the stuff that doesn't seem like it pertains to you, the amateur or musician-first-who-just-wants-to-record-good-music...well, take that with you too. It might help out someday.

  • By Attila Juhasz on February 24, 2017

    I'm somewhat disappointed. I don't really know who's this book for. Probably for beginners, but I have to say, I'm only a hobbyist, more than halfway through this book at the moment, and I can count on one hand the amount of new information I have read.Maybe I had too high hopes, and wanted to learn some big secrets or tricks that I haven't seen anywhere else, but this book is not about that. It's pretty basic stuff. Somewhere a little rushed, somewhere appropriately goes into details.The style of the author is not for me either, but that's my problem.All in all, if you are at the very beginning of your recording career, pick this book up, you are going to learn a lot about things and methods used in an everyday recording situation, but if you are a little more advanced, I'm not sure you will gain a lot of knowledge from this book. Maybe you find it as an entertaining read, at least.

  • By Calvin Wells on November 19, 2014

    Another great title by Mixerman! Seriously, Mixerman is a very highly skilled recordist (and mixer, and producer) that is also a very skilled writer. With those skills, he is able to communicate a lot of valuable and detailed information related to various aspects of recording. All of Mixerman's books are worth far more than the retail price. If you've read any of Mixerman's other titles (Zen and the Art of Mixing, or Zen and the Art of Producing), you'll know that what I'm writing in this review is true. There's a lot of depth to these books, so repeated readings will yield more and more useful information.Full disclosure: I've met Mixerman a time or two, so there's a bit of a personal connection here. However, that also makes me very familiar with Mixerman's work as a long-time, successful, professional in the music biz, and I can attest that he knows his stuff.I highly recommend Zen and the Art of Recording.

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