Mixing Audio: Concepts, Practices and Tools

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Taylor & Francis, 2011 - Music - 579 pages
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Part I: Concepts and Practices: Music and mixing; Music - an extremely short introduction; The role and importance of the mix; The perfect mix; Some axioms and other gems; Louder perceived better; Percussives weight less; Importance; Natual vs. artificial; Learning to mix; What makes a great mixing engineer?; Methods of learning; Mixing analysis; Reference tracks; The process of mixing; Mixing and the production chain; The mix as a composite; Where to start?; Deadlocks; Milestones; Finalizing and stabilizing the mix; Related issues; How long does it take?; Breaks; Using solos; Mono listening; Bouncing; Housekeeping; Mix Edits; Mastering; Mixing domains and objectives; Mixing objectives; Frequency domain; Level domain; Stereo domain; Depth. -- Part II: Tools: Monitoring; How did we get here?; Choosing monitors; The room factor; Positioning monitors; Meters; Peak meters; Average meters; Phase meters; Mixing consoles; Processors vs. effects; Basic signal flow; Groups; In-line consoles; The monitor section; Solos; Correct gain structure; The digital console; Software mixers; Tracks and mixer strips; Routing; The internal architecture; Phase; What is phase?; Problems; Tricks; Faders; Types; Scales; Working with faders; Panning; How stereo works?; Pan controls; Types of tracks; Panning techniques; Beyond pan pots; Equalizers; Applications; The frequency spectrum; Types and controls; In practice; Equalizing various instruments; Introduction to dynamic range processors; Dynamic Range; Dynamics; Dynamic Range Processors in a nutshell; Compressors; Principle of operation and core controls; Additional controls; Controls in practice; Applications; Tricks; More on compressors; Limiters; Gates; Controls; Applications; In practice; Tricks; Expanders; Controls; In practice; Upward Expanders; Duckers; Operation and controls; Applications; Delays; Delay basics; Types; In practice; Applications; Other modulation tools; Vibrato; ADT; Chorus; Flanging; Phasing; Tremolo; Reverbs; Applications; Types; Reverb programs; Reverb properties and parameters; Reverbs and stereo; Other reverb types; Reverbs in practice; Distortion; Distortion basics; Ways to generate distortion; Drum Triggering; Methods of drum triggering; Other tools; MS; Pitch shifters and harmonizers; Exciters and enhancers; Transient designers; Automation; The automation process; Automation alternatives; Control surfaces. -- Part III: Sample Mixes: Hero (rock); The Hustler (drum n' bass); Temps (hip hop); Donna Pomini (dance).
 

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Contents

Part II Tools
71
Part III Simple Mixes
479
Appendix A The Science of Bouncing
544
Appendix B Notes to Frequencies Chart
550
Appendix C Delay Time Chart
551
Index
561
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Roey Izhaki (Author) Roey Izhaki has been involved with mixing since 1992. He is an academic lecturer in the field of audio engineering and gives mixing seminars across Europe at various schools and exhibitions. He is currently lecturing in the Audio Engineering department at SAE Institute, London.

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