Tim has over 25 years experience as a recording studio engineer, and has engineered for The Rolling Stones, John Lennon, Bon Jovi, Billy Joel, Bob Dylan, KISS, Bryan Adams plus many more. Tim continues to produce and engineer music. 



Tim has written and illustrated two best selling audio books, "Assistant Engineers Handbook" and "Recording Tips For Engineers." Both continue to sell around the world, with translations into German, Chinese and a soon-to-be released Spanish edition.



Tim entered Vancouver's bustling film industry a few years ago  as a utility / boom operator. Tim is now working full time as a production sound mixer. 

Recording Engineer



Tim has engineered on Rolling Stones Dirty Work, U2 Silver and Gold, John Lennon Live in NYC, Aretha Franklin Who's Zoomin' Who, Bob Dylan Empire Burlesque, David Bowie Tonight, Billy Joel Stormfront, Bryan Adams Into the Fire, Bryan Adams Waking Up The Neighbours, Bon Jovi Slippery When Wet, Bon Jovi New Jersey. Plus hundreds of jingles, dance mixes, movie and television soundtracks. 

In the early 80's while working at Right Track Studios in New York, Tim started collecting notes about recording studio etiquette. He spent twelve years assembling information and writing Assistant Engineers Handbook. Using a laptop computer given to him by Bryan Adams and Bob Clearmountain, he self published it in 1995. it has gone on to sell close to 50,000 copies, mainly to audio schools and recording institutes. Individual orders still come in around around the globe

Today Tim runs Black ink Publishing and works as a production sound mixer in Vancouver's bustling film film industry. He still records and mixes bands, and is presently working on 

his first record in..., well, ever.  



Recording Tips for Engineers 4th ed 2018

Recording Tips for Engineers provides the knowledge you need to rise to the top. From years of experience working with big name rock stars, Tim Crich shares his expertise and gives you all the essential insider tips and short cuts. Great for engineers of all levels, this humorous, easy-to–read guide is packed with simple and practical advice using real-life studio situations. The bulleted lists and clear illustrations will save you valuable time and allow for fast in-session reference. 

- Tips on proper microphone choice, set-up, and placement

- Full sections on equalization and compression methods

- Guidance on recording drums, guitars, and vocals

- Advice on creating professional mixes

- Best ways to take control of your recording environment

- New to this edition:

Expanded sections on documentation, sound characteristics and DAWs

More information on studio acoustics and signal flow

Even more tips, tricks and how-to’s for every engineer from beginner to veteran.


"What an accomplishment... Hands down Tim Crich writes the best manuals in the business."
Simon Andrews, Owner, Right Track Studios

"Crammed with everything you need, and I mean everything. Simple explanations with brilliant illustrations, every conceivable studio tip and trick, a few 'rock star' anecdotes and, as usual, Tim's humor is great."
Bob Schwall, Battery Studios

"Loaded with recording gems, all at a glance. No other book has so much useful information right at your fingertips. A major companion to Tim's Assistant Engineers Handbook."
Mark Hermann, Recording Engineer

"This book gives many time saving shortcuts and quick creative solutions that most engineers take years to acquire through practice. I would highly recommend the book - I haven't seen anything quite like it and I think it's what a lot of people really want!"
Chris Puram, Recording Engineer

"I've learned a lot from Tim's book, and it's fun to read."
Bruce Bartlett, Recording Engineer

"This book deserves to be read by all recording engineers and kept in the studio as a handbook to reach for on a daily basis."
Mike Collins, Recording Engineer


Assistant Engineers Handbook 2nd ed 2014

The definitive guide to working as an assistant engineer in today's professional digital/analog recording studio. Required reading in audio schools throughout North America.

- A student favorite. Tens of thousands sold since 1995.

- Over 300 pages of non-technical tips, tricks, and how-to's, including studio etiquette, that every assistant engineer needs.

- Packed with proven recording studio secrets.

- Key priorities for before, during and after the session.

- Complete details on basic tracks, overdubs and mixing.

- Now fully digital. Essential details on set-up and breakdown of all digital and analog equipment.

- Best ways to complete all studio paperwork.

- Fully illustrated. Totally indexed for instant reference.

- Schools automatically receive a 40% discount. 

- Much much more.


I’ve done a lot of sessions with Tim, and he was always great.
Bob Clearmountain - Producer, Recording Engineer

Assistant Engineers Handbook is filled with the information, techniques and standards which any assistant engineer must have to make themselves indispensable. All done with a great sense of humor. Absolutely brilliant.       Frank Filipetti - Producer, Recording Engineer

No one is more qualified to author recording studio manuals than Tim Crich.
It’s a “must read” for anyone seriously considering a career in audio engineering.
Jim Vallance - Songwriter, Studio Owner

Full of solid information. Good job, Tim.
Recording Magazine

Incredibly practical. Assistant Engineers Handbook is mandatory reading in all of our recording engineer programs.
Tony Cottrill, Head Lecturer, SAE, Nashville

additional editions

Assistant Engineers Handbook 1st printing


Assistant Engineers Handbook 1st ed.


Recording Tips For Engineers 1st ed.


Recording Tips For Engineers 2nd ed.


Recording Tips For Engineers Chinese 2nd ed.


Recording Tips For Engineers German ed.


Recording tips for Engineer 3rd ed.


Recording tips for Engineer Chinese 3rd ed.


Recording tips for Engineer 4th ed. Bound


Production sound mixer



Tim has been mixing full time since finishing the first season of "The Good Doctor" in early 2108, where he worked as sound utility/second boom. (See resume below)  Tim offers good gear, good rates and good attitude.

Production Sound Mixer

Sound mixer               Kamayah Mobley Story. (MOW) Jun 6 - Jun 30, 2019

                                                Intuition Productions

                                                Director: David Winning 

                                                Producer: Moe Bardach, Charles Cooper, Harvey Kahn

Sound mixer               Family Under the Christmas tree. (MOW) Apr 1 - Apr 22, 2019

                                                Front Street Pictures/Hallmark

                                                Director: Paul Miller 

                                                Producer: Harvey Kahn, Charles Cooper, Anne Carlucci

Sound mixer               Cinderella Christmas. (MOW) Mar 8 - Mar 31, 2019

                                                Blue Ribbon/WB/Netflix

                                                Director: Michelle Johnson 

                                                Producer: Harvey Kahn

Sound mixer              Ruby Herring Mysteries. (MOW) Nov 26 - Dec 14, 2018

                                                Front Street Pictures/Hallmark

                                                Director: Paul Ziller 

                                                Producer: Harvey Kahn, Charles Cooper

Sound mixer               Time for me to come home. (MOW) Sept 23 - Oct 15, 2018

                                                Front Street Pictures/Hallmark

                                                Director: David Winning 

                                                Producer: Harvey Kahn

Sound mixer               Christmas Reunited (MOW) Sept 4 -Sep 22, 2018

                                                Front Street Pictures/Hallmark

                                                Director: Steven Monroe 

                                                Producer: Harvey Kahn

Sound mixer               Christmas Lost and Found (MOW) Aug 13 - Aug 31, 2018

                                                Front Street Pictures/Hallmark

                                                Director: Michael M Scott 

                                                Producer: Harvey Kahn

Sound mixer               One Day. (Short) Jul 8 - Jul 8, 2018

                                                Director: Natalie Moon 

                                                Producer: Cliff Holkanson

Sound mixer               Critters. A new binge. (Web series) Jun 19 - Jun 24, 2018

                                                Director: Jordan Rubin 

                                                Producer: Harvey Kahn, Jonathan Stern

Sound mixer               Victory on East Hastings. (Independent ) Jun 5 - Jun 13, 2018

                                                Director: CR Avery 

                                                Producer: Steven Drake

Sound mixer               Roomies for life. (Pilot) May 7- May 26, 2018

                                                Director: Joshua Fletcher Marsh, 

                                                Producer: Michael Guba

Sound mixer              Trans Kids. (Documentary) May 1 - May 2, 2018 

                                                Director: Edward Peill 

                                                Producer: Victoria Germain

Sound mixer               Cornelia Oberlander. (Documentary) April 25, 2018

                                                Director: Trevor Bode 

                                                Producer: Trevor Bode

Sound mixer               Herstory: a simple act. (Short) April 20 - April 23, 2018

                                                Director: Camille Hollit French 

                                                Producers: Paul Benelick, Robert Colbourne

Sound mixer               Toke is Cheap. (Short) Mar 10 - Mar 18, 2018

                                                Director: Kerry Van der Grien, 

                                                Producer: Dylan Collingwood

Sound mixer               Blood Money. (Independent) Feb 18 - Feb 19, 2017 

                                                Director Malcolm Goodwin 

                                                Producer Bryce McLaughlin

Utility sound / Second boom

Utility Sound/            Good Doctor. Season 1  (TV Series) Sony Pictures 

2nd Boom                        Jul 26 2017 - March 1, 2018

                                               Director: Various, 

                                               Sound mixer: Dave Griffiths

Utility Sound/            Altered Carbon. Season 1  (TV Series) Netflix

2nd Boom                        Nov 14, 2016 - July 30, 2017

                                               Director: Various, 

                                               Sound mixer: Patrick Ramsay

Utility Sound/            Siren (Pilot) ABC

2nd Boom                        Sep 30, 2016 - Oct 22, 2016

                                               Director: Scott Stewart

                                               Sound mixer: Patrick Ramsay

Utility Sound/            Arrow. Season 5  (TV Series) Warner Bros / CW

2nd Boom                        July 13, 2016 - Sep 16, 2016

                                               Director: Various 

                                               Sound mixer: Greg Hewitt

Utility Sound/            Arrow. Season 4  (TV Series) Warner Bros / CW

2nd Boom                        July 13, 2015 - April 21, 2016

                                               Director: Various 

                                               Sound mixer: Patrick Ramsay

Utility Sound/            Night at the Museum 3 (Feature) Twentieth Century Fox

2nd Boom                        Feb 17, 2014 - May 16, 2014

                                               Director: Shawn Levy 

                                               Sound mixer: Chris Duesterdiek

Utility Sound/            The interview (Feature) Sony Columbia

2nd Boom                        Oct 10, 2013 - Dec 13, 2013

                                               Director: Seth Rogan, Evan Goldberg 

                                               Sound mixer: Chris Duesterdiek

Utility Sound/            Big Eyes (Feature) Weinstein Co.

2nd Boom                        Jul 8, 2013 - Aug 24, 2013

                                               Director: Tim Burton 

                                               Sound mixer: Chris Duesterdiek

Utility Sound/            The Company You Keep (Feature) Voltage

2nd Boom                        Sep 19, 2011 - Nov 25, 2011

                                               Director: Robert Redford 

                                               Sound mixer: Chris Duesterdiek

Utility Sound/            Tucker & Dale vs Evil (Feature) Independent

2nd Boom                        Jun 9, 2009 - Jul 15, 2009

                                               Producer: Roseanne Milliken 

                                               Sound mixers: Chris Duesterdiek, Garell Clark

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