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.
Fantastic, with a caveat
The information in this book is incredible. I have and will continue to recommend this book to anyone interested in recording. This book is invaluable because I don’t know any other author who offers this caliber of advice for musicians recording themselves, or any other source focused on the mindset for working on your own music with passion and focus.
However, I also feel that this audiobook doesn’t quite live up to the standard of Mixerman’s other audiobooks. The tracks of this audiobook are too long (most are a couple of hours long) and too vaguely titled (e.g. Track 1, Track 2, etc.) to be used for quick reference. Having taught survival skills, I can tell you that survival guides need to provide quick reference to important topics. Furthermore, I feel like there was something of a missed opportunity for more audio examples. While the audio examples regarding phase coherency were excellent, it would be great to have audio examples providing examples on other topics (especially distortion and compression) too.