Books on mixing and mastering

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dakta
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Post 20 Sep 2021

Hi all, not quite first post here but nearly.

Been using reason since 2002 but got stuck at version 5 (ah the good old days of reasonstation and reasonfreaks!), recently made the upgrade only a hobbyist with a cheap keyboard and headphones but eager to up the quality a bit.

Recently bought some M-audio monitors, as I realised getting sound perfect in headphones meant it would be rubbish listening everywhere else!

Just wondering if anyone knows of any (preferably paperback) books I can read on the subject of mixing and mastering and any other useful polishing and production techniques that would apply well within the reason 12 environment?

chow!

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Post 20 Sep 2021




I've also got this on order but it's been on pre order for nearly two years

VST 2.4 MIDI It's definitely on the list of todos
What MIDI tools are you itching to use

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Post 20 Sep 2021

I bought one a few years ago that seems like a well rounded guide. And that is:

Mixing Secrets for the Small Studio - Mike Senior

Looking at an Amazon listing for the book, it gets 4.7 stars from over 1,000 reviews, so take that as you will. :thumbs_up:

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Post 20 Sep 2021

I found this one very helpful, especially the illustrations of the concepts.


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Post 21 Sep 2021

Another Vote for Mike Senior
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Post 21 Sep 2021

Plus one on Mike Senior
Mixing Audio by Roey Izhaki, as well
The Now Sound of MIDI Thru 🧂

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Post 21 Sep 2021

For mixing, that one from Mike Senior is of great value. Plus it has an amazing assortment of projects for you to mix available online and you don't even need to have the book to get them!

For mastering, I have to say Bob Katz Mastering audio is the bible, imho!

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Post 21 Sep 2021

Thanks everyone, it looks like we have a clear consensus!

I did find one aimed at reason 5 on amazon but it only had 2 reviews and it was 1 star and 5 star :/

I'll take a look at this, ultimately for my best projects ill probably top it off with a professional service as I find the authors ear to be a tad biased once time invested, but I do need them to be at a certain standard to do even that! :D

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Post 21 Sep 2021

dakta wrote:
21 Sep 2021

I did find one aimed at reason 5 on amazon but it only had 2 reviews and it was 1 star and 5 star :/
Mixing and mastering are not exclusive to Reason. People were mixing and mastering albums before daws existed and the basis of the craft are the same. One thing that is good about Mike Senior's book is that he doesn't focus much on the DAW itself so you can apply what you learn in any DAW you use.

The same applies for most of Mastering Audio. The book is huge, and again, is more focused on process, context, and not much on this or that tool, this or that plug, this or that daw, as it shouldnt. It's regarded as one of the most important books of its kind.

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Post 21 Sep 2021

"Mixing and mastering are not exclusive to Reason"

*faints* really?

I'm not opposed to a non-reason book, but if there was a reason focused book it'd be fantastic because obviously it'd be talking from a perspective of tools I had to hand.

Not essential as I will be looking at the recommendations though it would be a nice to have.

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Post 21 Sep 2021

There's not much point in any professional authors doing Reason specific books on mixing and mastering as the skill set is very easily transferable between the real and virtual worlds and although the tools are different the techniques are essential the same.

If you're looking for some handy utility's checkout selig devices( gain & leveler ) both are very handy devices
VST 2.4 MIDI It's definitely on the list of todos
What MIDI tools are you itching to use

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dakta
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Post 24 Sep 2021

Thanks Billy I'll take a look at that. Will also order the book above once payday comes!

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Post 24 Sep 2021

No worries..
VST 2.4 MIDI It's definitely on the list of todos
What MIDI tools are you itching to use

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Post 24 Sep 2021

I found this book to be a good one on the subject.
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dakta
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Post 24 Sep 2021

Thanks for the recommendation - the reviews really rave about it.

Do you find it helped a lot?

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Post 24 Sep 2021

dakta wrote:
24 Sep 2021
Thanks for the recommendation - the reviews really rave about it.

Do you find it helped a lot?
I don't have the book, but I watched the videos 3-4 years ago and it was an eye opener for sure.

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Post 25 Sep 2021

Power Tools for Reason 3.0 by Peff has a nice mastering chapter.

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Post 25 Sep 2021

WOO wrote:
24 Sep 2021
I found this book to be a good one on the subject.
Here is the video version


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