Teach Yourself Mixing

Everything You Need To Know To Start Mixing Now!

Alfred's Teaching Yourself Mixing is a step-by-step approach for successfully mixing music; creating digital and analog mixes. Covers EQ, panning, compressors, expanders, reverb, delay, vocal tuning, and other effects.


  • Using compressors and limiters to control dynamics
  • Signal processing with effects like reverb and delay
  • Adding clarity to mixes with EQ
  • Imaging techniques through pan and gain settings
  • Signal paths, bussing, effect sends and returns
  • Working with automation
  • Editing tracks to achieve a better mix
  • Final stereo mix-down techniques for pro-sounding results

Upon completion of this book, you'll understand the basic concepts of mixing and be able to produce professional-sounding recordings with skill and confidence every time!


Teach Yourself Mixing is a 96-page book divided into nine chapters.

In Chapter One the author, David Terry, makes it very clear that this book is not the "mixing bible", but rather a resource to give the reader a basic understanding and techniques necessary to generate a good sounding mix. That the process is a well-balanced blend of the technical and artistry.

Chapter Two is about the listening environment; acoustic treatments, monitoring, mixing platform and getting used to your room.

Chapter Three - Equalization, including EQ, EQing techniques and ear training.

Chapter Four - Dynamics Processors, including compression and compressors, expanders and noise gates.

Chapter Five - Creating Space with Reverbs, Delays, etc.

Chapter Six - Other Effects, including modulation, distortion and stereo image enhancement.

In Chapter Seven - Before You Start Your Mix, there is some discussion on the other, non-mixing, aspects of music production such as editing, vocal tuning and sound replacement.

Chapter Eight discusses the management and organizational process of setting up the mix and preparing the groups, buses and FX returns.

Chapter Nine, the last chapter, is all about the actual mix — deciding on an approach, working with low, mid-range and high frequency ranges, building a foundation, and automation.

Besides explaining everything in simple, easy to understand terms, the graphics and images used throughout the book are universal — so you don't have to worry about software/hardware exclusivity.

If you are new to the world of multi-track mixing, Teach Yourself Mixing is going to give you the basic knowledge you'll need to get started. If you're a self-taught sound engineer, Teach Yourself Mixing is going to help dispel erroneous information, setting the record straight without forcing you into a mold or "cookie-cutter" approach to mixing.