Mixing Audio 2e: Concepts, Practices and Tools

Paperback | September 29, 2011

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Your mix can make or break a record, and mixing is an essential catalyst for a record deal. Professional engineers with exceptional mixing skills can earn vast amounts of money and find that they are in demand by the biggest acts.

To develop such skills, you need to master both the art and science of mixing. The new edition of this bestselling book offers all you need to know and put into practice in order to improve your mixes. Covering the entire process --from fundamental concepts to advanced techniques -- and offering a multitude of audio samples, tips and tricks, this book has it all.

Roey Izhaki teaches you the importance of a mixing vision, how to craft and evaluate your mix and then take it a step further. He describes the theory and the tools used and how these are put into practice while creating mixes.

Packed full of photos, graphs, diagrams and audio samples,Mixing Audiois a vital read for anyone wanting to succeed in the field of mixing.

New to this edition:
* Multitracks provided to help practice mixing
* Fully updated with current plug-in and software version and information 
* Companion website with a multitude of new samples including more macro-mixing samples 
* A new sample mix: Rock n' Roll

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Your mix can make or break a record, and mixing is an essential catalyst for a record deal. Professional engineers with exceptional mixing skills can earn vast amounts of money and find that they are in demand by the biggest acts.To develop such skills, you need to master both the art and science of mixing. The new edition of this best...

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Your mix can make or break a record, and mixing is an essential catalyst for a record deal. Professional engineers with exceptional mixing skills can earn vast amounts of money and find that they are in demand by the biggest acts.To develop such skills you need to master both the art and science of mixing. The new edition of this best ...

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.
Format:PaperbackDimensions:600 pages, 9.75 × 7.5 × 1.5 inPublished:September 29, 2011Publisher:Taylor and FrancisLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0240522222

ISBN - 13:9780240522227

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Table of Contents

Introduction

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)

Appendices

Appendix 1: Notes and frequencies
Appendix 2: Delay time chart

Editorial Reviews

"This introductory guide to music mixing provides theoretical and practical information on the technical aspects of sound engineering, as well as discussion of the creative aspects of the art. Beginning with a section on concepts and principles, the bulk of the work focuses on specific tools and their uses, while a final section provides walk-throughs of simple mixing projects based on music genres. Chapters include numerous illustrations and an emphasis on technical versus creative lessons is stressed throughout. " -- Reference and Research Book News "Praise for the first edition: Absolutely first rate. The standard of writing by Roey Izhaki, as well as the examples on the CD are just superb."-- Mark Mynett, Senior Lecturer, Department of Engineering & Technology, School of Computing & Engineering, University of Huddersfield "This book has become indispensable for me, and now resides on my desk, often open in front of me when I¿m mixing! If you only get one book on mixing, make it this one. So far it¿s the only one I¿ve got, and I find it more than comprehensive. I¿m on my second read through to pick up all the things I missed first time around!" -- Ben Trigg, Musician and Studio Owner, Musicians' Republic