I'm Mixerman, aka Eric Sarafin. I have multiple gold and platinum sales awards as a mixer, producer, and recordist, and I’ve written several popular books on the recording arts. The stated goal of this book is to convert recording decisions into musical ones, and technical decisions into practical ones. Not only do I explain the musical strategies for making a Killer Record, I also break the technical information down to its core so that you can get it out of your way. The best part? So long as you have what you need to make a record, I can help you make it a Killer Record, and you don’t have to purchase anything beyond this audiobook. You have what you have and what you have is going to change. It doesn't matter whether you make hip-hop or country, electronica or metal, indie rock or power pop, there are certain truths that are universal to all music. You are operating within a set of limitations both musically and technically, and that's where your creativity will shine.
This field manual is chock full of recording strategies designed to keep recording a fun and focused process. You will return to this manual time and time again to help you overcome any impediment - technical or musical - that might prevent you from achieving the results you seek, regardless of your recording environment, regardless of what equipment you're using, and regardless of your current skillset. You can make a Killer Record under nearly any circumstance. It just requires the right mindset.
The Art of Inspiration
I’ve been making records for over 30 years and this book isn’t aimed at me as a professional. What I get from this book (from all of Mixerman’s books) is inspiration. The topics covered here range from simple to complex and nothing that I’ve never experienced before but what I get out of it is a reminder of the classification and organization of concepts. No matter how experienced one might be, it’s never a bad thing to have a refresher to refocus one’s attention toward the essentials and what’s most important. This book is that refresher course and one worth taking. Having bought the print version, I prefer the audio book narrated by Mixerman himself—great read.