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Welcome to the companion website for Understanding and Crafting the Mix, 3rd edition by William Moylan! This text provides the framework to identify, evaluate, and shape your recordings with clear and systematic methods. Featuring numerous exercises, this third edition allows you to develop critical listening and analytical skills to gain greater control over the quality of your recordings. Sample production sequences and descriptions of the recording engineer’s role as composer, conductor, and performer provide you with a clear view of the entire recording process.

Dr. William Moylan takes an inside look into a range of iconic popular music, thus offering insights into making meaningful sound judgments during recording. His unique focus on the aesthetic of recording and mixing will allow you to immediately and artfully apply his expertise while at the mixing desk. This companion website features recorded tracks to use in exercises, reference materials, additional examples of mixes and sound qualities, and mixed tracks.

New to this edition:

  • Coverage on basic listening skills and techniques, with integrated, practical exercises
  • A chapter on surround-sound productions
  • Fully updated content reflecting current production concepts and workflows

What You Will Find on this Website

Audio Tracks
The core set of tracks to illustrate many key concepts of the book. These tracks have been referred to throughout the text by track number.
Listen … Files
A listing of all the text’s circled side bars, with direct links to individual downloads of the audio tracks.
List of Exercises
For your convenience, a listing of all exercises present in the text, with the full text of the exercises available.
A selection of templates and graphs from the text to help you use the concepts of the book in recording analysis and production work
Instructions for Establishing Accurate Playback
Contains instructions for establishing accurate playback for stereo, with links to the appropriate audio tracks.

Dr. William Moylan has worked with leading artists across the full spectrum of jazz, popular, and classical genres. His recordings have been released by major and independent record labels, resulting in wide recognition, including several GRAMMY award nominations. A leading educator and an active recording engineer and producer for over 30 years, he is a Professor and Coordinator of Sound Recording Technology at the University of Massachusetts Lowell.