Veteran musician, audiophile reveals secrets of successful sound mixing


“Mixed Up” is a hands-on guide for the weekend warrior.

Simon Casas is a third generation musician who is passionate about what he calls the “soul chemistry” of sound mixing. After spending a lifetime as a professional musician and sound mixer, he has penned this humorous yet insightful guide that provides not only technical guidance, but solutions to the personality conflicts that can hobble successful work behind the sound board.

Casas began playing music as a child, learning the piano, guitar and eventually the fretless bass -- his signature instrument. His musical chops led him to work with musicians including The Righteous Brothers, Sonny & Cher, Wolfman Jack and many others. In the recording studio, he worked with Freddie Cannon, Dick Marx, Vern Dant, Harvey Miller, among other heavy hitters. He has produced for both radio and television stations and directed sound for a megachurch in the Kansas City area.

Casas’ book stands out on the shelves in that, while it addresses technical issues, it is written for the layman. The author's real-world experience allows him to walk a sound mixer through a successful rehearsal and live performance while warning of potential hazards.

The book also contains chapters that detail solutions for dealing with the quirks of musicians and complaints from audiences. In addition, it contains a chapter focusing on the character qualities necessary to succeed behind the board.

This practical manual belongs in the hands on every serious non-professional who mixes sound.