After years of research and creative writing, Mark Edward Lewis’“Audio Mixer’s Secret Handbook: Live Audio Alchemy” was released in January of 2013. The first in a series of 3 books that will include studio mixing and mixing with samples, this first book covers the intricacies and the non-intuitive skills that every live sound mixer should have to get the sound that they’ve always dreamed of.
Whether lay or pro, Lewis designed a handbook – not a book – in order to be a troubleshooting-guide-for-mixers. Covering nearly all the common and not-so-common ailments that mixers face, the book set up for the reader to be able to quickly reference solutions for problems in seconds. Short on theory and extra-long on practical fixes, Lewis also throws in his “cheats” to help the up-and-coming mixer get the biggest bang for the equipment they must use: from making bad gear sound great, to microphone placement, to proper use of gain structure and equalization-to-fix-problems.
Live Audio Alchemy also has pages upon pages of information regarding how to deal with diva artists, the crew, the musicians, and even how to navigate the sometimes treacherous waters of church media. Putting proven concepts behind leadership skills and integrity, Lewis puts forth strong practical applications that will help every mixer’s career in live sound reinforcement.
But the book isn’t all practical, it also has large sections on why his fixes work. Chapters such as “Compression/Expansion: Combustion in the Piston of a Mix,” “Feedback Your Friend,” “Sound Reinforcement: the Lost Distinction” and many others. It also has a healthy Glossary, and it has appendices that cover quick-grab EQ settings, sound check test order, attributes of various microphones and other reference data not found in any other single volume.
Now as an E-Book, the 230+ page handbook can be easily taken to the console and referenced. For those who have previously purchased the book, the E-Book can be made available at the store for $1.99 (use the coupon code found as the first word of page #41 on the book).
The back cover of the book reads as follows:
“Can’t Get that Killer Mix?
Gear Not Working Right?
Band Manager Breathing Down Your Neck?
Audio Mixer’s Handbook: Live Audio Alchemy is the perfect companion for the new or experienced live audio mixer. This handbook contains hundred of real world solutions for the most common problems mixers face including personnel problems, equipment issues and mixing balance, compression, equalization and placement issues. This handbook isn’t filled with high-flying theories or head knowledge, it focuses on practical applications and how to get your mixes to turn heads in as little time as possible.
The secrets found in this handbook, known by few, will turn your hard coal mixes into gold. use them to the fullest, and your employers will want you back again and again. The first section of this handbook includes a lightning fast “troubleshooting” guide alphabetized by Crisis that will cure nearly all of the problems that arise before, during and after a mix. This section alone will have you looking like a pro when you start solving problems that no one else can!
In this booklet you’ll learn how to:
Create a punchy, snappy, clean mix even with little gear
Solve common equipment problems
Master stage microphone placement
Use your mixing console to its fullest potential
Manage your sound team and be a mixer that is respected
Understand the secrets behind making great mixes
Have your mix sound and have you look like a professional
Make the most of your Church or Club situation
Deal with diva artists and employers so the demand YOU for their high paid work
and much, much more!”