Mixing Audio: Concepts, Practices and Tools

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Taylor & Francis, 2008 - Music - 562 pages
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Mixing remains one of the most illusive arts of recording practice and can take a life time to master. Looking at practices, concepts, tools and mixing instruments the author provides a comprehensive insight to the art and science of mixing.

Whether a hobbyist of professional this book covers basic concepts to advanced techniques as well as tips and tricks and is a vital read for anyone wanting to succeed in the field of mixing.

The book is accompanied by the website www.mixingaudio.com, featuring a sample chapter, illustrations, audio and a user forum.

* Rounded, extensive and complete coverage of music mixing
* Includes a DVD with over 700 audio samples and 4 sample mixes
* Covers new topics and mixing trends such as computer centred mixing
 

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Consistent reference, especially during a time period when everyone locally was trying to hide useful information. Thanks to this book, I've seen some of their mistakes lol Read full review

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Something every person working with mixing should read. Very informative and well written. Read full review

Contents

Music and mixing
3
The role and importance of the mix
4
The perfect mix
7
Some axioms and other gems
12
Percussives weigh less
14
Importance
15
Natural vs artificial
16
Learning to mix
18
Principle of operation and core controls
276
Additional controls
289
Controls in practice
297
Applications
314
Tricks
324
More on compressors
329
Limiters
337
Gates
340

Methods of learning
23
Mixing analysis
24
Reference tracks
25
The process of mixing
29
The mix as a composite
33
Where to start
34
Deadlocks
41
Finalizing and stabilizing the mix
42
Related issues
45
Breaks
46
Mono listening
47
Bouncing
49
Housekeeping
54
Mastering
56
Mixing domains and objectives
59
Frequency domain
62
Level domain
66
Stereo domain
69
Depth
72
Tools
75
Monitoring
77
Choosing monitors
81
The room factor
84
Positioning monitors
88
Meters
93
Mechanical and bar meters
94
Peak meters
95
Average meters
96
Phase meters
98
Mixing consoles
99
Buses
100
Basic signal flow
102
The importance of signal flow diagrams
109
Groups
114
Inline consoles
122
The monitor section
128
Solos
131
Correct gain structure
135
The digital console
137
Software mixers
141
Tracks and mixer strips
142
Routing
147
The internal architecture
150
Phase
164
Problems
165
Tricks
169
Faders
178
Scales
180
Working with faders
182
Panning
185
Pan controls
187
Types of tracks
195
Panning techniques
199
Beyond pan pots
203
Equalizers
206
Applications
207
The frequency spectrum
210
Types and controls
215
In practice
233
Equalizing various instruments
250
Introduction to dynamic range processors
264
Dynamics
266
Dynamic range processors in a nutshell
267
Compressors
272
The course of history
273
The sound of compressors
275
Controls
341
Applications
353
In practice
357
Tricks
361
Expanders
367
Controls
368
In practice
371
Upward expanders
373
Duckers
376
Applications
379
Delays
382
Types
386
In practice
391
Applications
395
Other modulation tools
399
ADT
400
Chorus
401
Flanging
403
Phasing
404
Tremolo
406
Reverbs
408
Types
413
Reverb programs
421
Reverb properties and parameters
424
Reverbs and stereo
438
Other reverb types
441
Reverbs in practice
447
Distortion
455
Ways to generate distortion
458
Drum triggering
464
Methods of drum triggering
465
Other tools
469
Pitch shifters and harmonizers
474
Exciters and enhancers
475
Transient designers
477
Automation
479
Automation engines
480
Automation alternatives
483
Control surfaces
484
Sample Mixes
487
Hero Rock
489
Drums
490
Bass
495
Rhythm guitar
496
Distorted guitars
497
Lead guitar
499
29 Its Temps Pt II Hip HopUrbanGrime
503
Bass
506
Other tracks
507
Vocals
511
Donna Pomini Techno
517
Beat
518
Sound FX
523
Bass
524
Vocal
525
The Hustle DnB
530
Ambiance reverb
531
Motif elements
536
Pads
539
Horns and brass
540
Risers
541
Strings
543
Notes to Frequencies Chart
544
Appendix B Delay Time Chart
545
Index
555
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About the author (2008)

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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