Mixing Audio: Concepts, Practices and Tools
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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I recently received three books from Focal press that deal with the art of mixing audio.
This book is a wonderful, no nonsense guide to audio mixing for beginners and advanced mixing engineers and producers. The accompanying DVD holds hundreds of audio examples that add an invaluable depth to the reading. Let's face it, you can't just write about audio mixing, you must provide examples and this book delivers tons of them.
Audio mixing covers the basic concepts and practices including popular conceptions and misconceptions about mixing music, such as 'louder perceived as better', 'mixing analysis', 'the importance of the mix' and so on. The author dives deep into technical details but in a friendly non-intimidating way that helps demystify some difficult concepts.
The next part of the book explains the tools that mixing engineers use and goes into great detail in explaining the sound stage, effects plugins, phase, panning and many other issues that are usually left unknown or vague for beginners. Following along and listening to the audio examples embedded in each chapter is an ear opening journey into audio mixing, but the best part of the book comes at the end where the author presents full mixes of projects from the home demo stage to the final mix and final master. Taking the readers through each mixing decision (with examples of course) and revealing some mixing tips and tricks that could take months for mixing engineers to develop and master, The four full mixing projects cover different music genres and demonstrate the different mixing approaches on each of them.
This type of book has long been missing from the arsenal of books about audio mixing and production. Most books are either too detailed with no real appeal to readers, or too specific and within a year or two would be considered terribly outdated. However, Audio mixing covers some universal concepts in a way that would make it relevant through the years.
I highly recommend this book to any aspiring or working mixing engineer/producer. I believe the straightforward writing style ( while not always with the best grammar ), the range of topics covered and the all revealing audio examples make this book a great choice.
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Music and mixing
The role and importance of the mix
The perfect mix
Some axioms and other gems
Percussives weigh less
Natural vs artificial
Learning to mix
Principle of operation and core controls
Controls in practice
More on compressors
Methods of learning
The process of mixing
The mix as a composite
Where to start
Finalizing and stabilizing the mix
Mixing domains and objectives
The room factor
Mechanical and bar meters
Basic signal flow
The importance of signal flow diagrams
The monitor section
Correct gain structure
The digital console
Tracks and mixer strips
The internal architecture
Working with faders
Types of tracks
Beyond pan pots
The frequency spectrum
Types and controls
Equalizing various instruments
Introduction to dynamic range processors
Dynamic range processors in a nutshell
The course of history
The sound of compressors
Other modulation tools
Reverb properties and parameters
Reverbs and stereo
Other reverb types
Reverbs in practice
Ways to generate distortion
Methods of drum triggering
Pitch shifters and harmonizers
Exciters and enhancers
29 Its Temps Pt II Hip HopUrbanGrime
Donna Pomini Techno
The Hustle DnB
Horns and brass
Notes to Frequencies Chart
Appendix B Delay Time Chart