Certain books on audio engineering, mixing, and production have stood the test of time and proven themselves to be ‘must-haves’. If you’re looking to start or add to your library, here are some of my favorites. Check them out.


The Mixing Engineers Handbook

The Mixing Engineers Handbook by Bobby Owsinski

This is an excellent introduction to mixing for anyone. Bobby communicates the concepts and techniques of mixing in a easy-to-understand manner and includes allot of practical, no-nonsense mixing tips.

The book also includes several interviews with top-engineers.

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Mixing Audio

Mixing Audio: Concepts, Practices and Tools by Roy Izhaki

This is also an excellent book. It comes with a DVD with some audio on it so you can work through some exercises that Roy has presented in the book.

I like Roy’s approach, too. I appreciate his gifting as an instructor. He has managed to take some very abstract mixing concepts and explain them very clearly.


Understanding and Crafting the Mix

Understanding and Crafting the Mix by Bill Moylan

I would consider this book advanced. It takes allot of time and attention to get into it but the lessons will help you sharpen your listening and mixing skills right away.

I’d recommend this if you have experience mixing and are looking to develop your skills further.


Understanding Audio

Understanding Audio by Daniel M. Thompson

This is an essential book to have on your bookshelf if you are doing anything with audio. Everything from understanding sound, gain staging, basic acoustics, and more is covered very well here.


  1. Great List to work from, Thanks Chris!!