The Music Mixing Workbook

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Format: Softcover

ISBN:  9781946837110

If you're new to mixing and aren't sure what to do, or your mixes aren't anywhere near where you'd like them to be, then The Music Mixing Workbook is exactly what you need. Written by Bobby Owsinski, author of the award winning and highly acclaimed Mixing Engineer's Handbook (the standard reference book for mixing in schools around the world), The Music Mixing Workbook features hands-on exercises that teach you all the things that make a mix sound great, as well as all the things to avoid along the way.

Designed to meet the needs of anyone relatively new to or confused about the once mysterious process of mixing multiple music elements together, the book features 175 different exercises covering every operation needed to complete a modern professional-sounding mix, complete with tips and tricks that come directly from the A-list pro mixers.

The easy-to-follow exercises can be used with any DAW application or hardware console, and on any genre of music.

Although the reader can easily use the Workbook with any current mixes they may be working on, most of the exercises are built around professionally recorded tracks featuring a wide variety of mix elements that are available for free download. 

Among the many topics covered in the book include:

  • DAW vs. console channel signal flow
  • Basic monitoring setup to optimize your playback environment
  • Balancing mix elements using a never-miss technique
  • Panning techniques for various mix elements
  • Multiple EQ strategies for powerful and distinct tracks
  • Compression, gates, and saturators and how to use them
  • Reverb, delay and modulation effects and how to layer them like the pros
  • Master mix techniques, and much more


The Workbook is meant to be used in conjunction with Owsinski's popular Mixing Engineer's Handbook to provide the practical training behind the many concepts involved with mixing. ©2021, 254 pages

Music-industry veteran Bobby Owsinski is an in-demand producer/engineer working not only with a variety of recording artists, but also on commercials, television, and motion pictures. He is an expert on surround sound music mixing and has worked on surround projects and DVD productions for superstar acts including Jimi Hendrix, the Who, Willie Nelson, Neil Young, Iron Maiden, the Ramones, and Chicago, among many others. Bobby is also one of the best-selling authors in the music recording industry, with 25 books that are now staples in colleges around the world, including The Mixing Engineer's Handbook, The Recording Engineer's Handbook, and Social Media Promotion For Musicians. He's also a contributor to Forbes, his popular blogs have passed 7 million visits, and he's appeared on CNN and ABC News as an audio and music branding expert. Many of his books have also been turned into video courses that can be found online at, and he continues to provide presentations, workshops and master classes at conferences and universities worldwide. Bobby's blogs are some of the most influential and widely read in the music business. 


Chapter 1 - Mixing Basics

A Brief History

Basic Signal Flow

Typical Analog Console Signal Flow

Typical DAW Mixer Signal Flow


Chapter 2 - Monitoring

The Listening Environment

Determining The Listening Position

Acoustic Problems Quick Fixes

Basic Monitor Setup

How To Listen

Basic Listening Technique


Chapter 3 - Session Setup

Prepping Your Mix

Prepping Yourself


Chapter 4 - Mixing Mechanics

The Overall Mixing Approach

Developing The Groove

Emphasizing The Most Important Elements

Putting The Performers In An Environment

The 6 Elements Of A Mix

Additional Ear Training Exercises

The Parts Of A Musical Arrangement


Chapter 5 - Balance

Building The Mix

The Mix By Ear Method

The Mix By Meters Element

Mixing By Muting


Chapter 6 - Panning

The Three Main Panning Areas

Big Mono

Panning Stereo Instruments


Chapter 7 - Dynamics Processors


Compression Basics

Compressor Operation


Compressing The Various Instruments

Parallel Compression




Chapter 7 - Using The EQ

Equalization Basics

EQ Parameters

A Description Of The Audio Bands

The Magic High-Pass Filter

Using The Equalizer

Subtractive Equalization

Juggling Frequencies

EQing Various Instruments

The Principles Of Equalization


Chapter 9 - Adding Reverb

Reverb Basics

Timing The Reverb To The Track

Reverb Setup

Adding Reverbs To Instruments

Layering The Mix


Chapter 10 - Adding Delay

Delay Basics

Typical Delay Parameters

The Haas Effect

Timing The Delay To The Track

Delay Setup

Adding Delay To Other Mix Elements


Chapter 11 - Modulation Effects

Modulation Basics

Types Of Modulation

Parameter Settings

Modulation Setup

Modulation On Instruments

Modulation On Guitars

Modulation On Keyboards

Modulation On Vocals

Modulation On Strings

Modulation On Other Mix Elements

Chapter 12 - Creating Interest

Developing The Groove

Finding The Groove

Establishing The Groove

Emphasizing The Most Important Element

Finding The Most Important Element

Emphasizing The Most Important Element

Making The Mix Element Interesting

Using Saturation


Chapter 13 - The Master Mix

Mixing With Subgroups

Individual Fader Levels

The Master Level Meters

Types Of Meters

Mix Buss Levels

Mix Buss Compression

Mix Buss Compressor Settings

Mix Buss Limiting

Stay Away From Hypercompression

How Long Should My Mix Take?

How To Know When Your Mix Is Finished


Chapter 14 - Building The Mix In Order

Visualize Your Mix

The 10 Steps To Creator A Mix

Step 1: Prep Your Tracks

Step 2: Insert Master Buss Processing

Step 3: Insert The High Pass Filter

Steps 4 and 5: Set levels And Set Compression

Step 6: Tweak The Master Buss

Step 7: Begin EQing

Step 8: Add Effects

Step 9: Automate

Step 10: Tweak The Buss Processors

On Your Mixing Journey