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Audio Mixing Boot Camp
Hands-On Basic Training for Musicians
By Bobby Owsinski
Item: 00-37741
UPC: 038081422787
ISBN 10: 0739082396
ISBN 13: 9780739082393
PRICE: $29.99
Series: Boot Camp
Category: Pro Audio Textbook
Format: Book & DVD
If you're creating your first mix and don't know where to begin, or your mixes aren't as good as you'd like them to be, Audio Mixing Boot Camp is here to help. Built around a series of hands-on mixing exercises designed to show you how to listen and work like a pro, best-selling author Bobby Owsinski reveals the tips, tricks, and secrets to all the different facets of mixing, including instrument and vocal balance, panning, compression, EQ, reverb, delay, and making your mix as interesting as possible. You'll cut years off the time usually needed to become proficient in the art of mixing with this book, which is specifically designed to accelerate learning. See how the pros handle the critical balance between the bass and drums. Learn where, when, why, and how EQ should be used on virtually any instrument. Become proficient at using effects in just the right way for each particular mixing situation. And master the key to fat and punchy sounding mixes: compression. Audio Mixing Boot Camp also features an accompanying DVD-ROM filled with lessons, templates, and examples specifically developed to take your mixing chops to the next level.
TITLE COMPOSER
CHAPTER 2: SESSION SETUP
Prepping Your Mix
Make a Session File Copy
Arrange Your Tracks
Panning Guitars
Exercise Pod -- Panning Guitars
Stereo Instruments
Panning Keyboards
Exercise Pod -- EQing Shakers and Triangle
CHAPTER 8: ADDING REVERB
Reverb Basics
Typical Reverb Parameters
Exercise Pod -- Modulation on Strings
Modulation on Other Instruments
Exercise Pod -- Modulation on Drums
CHAPTER 11: INTEREST
Insert Section Markers
Exercise Pod -- Panning the Background Vocals
Exercise Pod -- Timing Reverb Pre-Delay
Emphasizing the Most Important Element
Flangers and Phasers
Chorus
Tremolo and Vibrato
Parameter Settings
Exercise Pod -- EQing the Background Vocals
Equalizing the Electric Guitar
Exercise Pod -- EQing the Electric Guitar
Equalizing the Acoustic Guitar
Exercise Pod -- Improving the Listening Environment
Basic Monitor Setup
Exercise Pod -- Speaker Placement
Organ
Synthesizers
Exercise Pod -- Balancing the Keyboards
How to Listen
Loops
Exercise Pod -- EQing the Acoustic Guitar
Tremolo / Vibrato
Welcome to the Audio Mixing Bootcamp
Exercise Pod -- Balancing the Lead and Background Vocals
Equalizing the Drums
Adding Delay to the Drum Kit
"Grenade" by Bruno Mars
Exercise Pod -- Compressing Loops
The Haas Effect
Exercise Pod -- Visualize Your Mix
The Musical Elements of an Arrangement
"Born This Way" by Lady Gaga
"Power" by Kanye West
Exercise Pod -- Compressing the Lead Vocal
Compressing Other Instruments
Compressing Loops
CHAPTER 9: ADDING DELAY
Delay Basics
Typical Delay Parameters
BIBLIOGRAPHY
INDEX
PREFACE
The Bass
Exercise Pod -- Balancing the Bass and Drums
The Vocals
Background Vocals
Subtractive Equalization
Juggling Frequencies
The Magic High-Pass Filter
EQing Various Instruments
Exercise Pod -- Adding Delay to the Guitar
Adding Delay to Keyboards
Exercise Pod -- Adding Delay to Keyboards
Delete Empty Tracks
Exercise Pod -- Panning the Keyboards
The Major Parameter Controls
Developing the Groove
Deactivate and Hide Unused Tracks
Reorder Your Tracks
Color-Code the Tracks
Correctly Label the Tracks
Pseudo-Stereo
Exercise Pod -- Pseudo-Stereo Panning
Panning Vocals
Exercise Pod -- Panning the Lead Vocals
Timing a Reverb to the Track
Timing the Decay
Exercise Pod -- Timing Reverb Decay
Timing the Pre-Delay
Finding the Groove
Exercise Pod -- Finding the Groove
Establishing the Groove
Exercise Pod -- Establishing the Groove
Set Up Subgroups
Set Up Your Effects
Assign the Channels
CHAPTER 6: COMPRESSION
Compression Basics
Compressor Controls
Reverb Setup
The Two-Reverb Quick-Setup Method
The Three-Reverb Full-Setup Method
Finding the Most Important Element
Exercise Pod -- Finding the Most Important Element
Emphasizing the Most Important Element
Exercise Pod -- Emphasizing the Most Important Element
Insert Compressors and Limiters
Ratio
Adding Reverb to Instruments
Making a Mix Element Interesting
Exercise Pod -- Prepping Your Mix
Prepping Yourself
Play Something You Know
Threshold or Input
Attack and Release
Gain, Make-Up Gain or Output
Adding Reverb to the Drum Kit
Exercise Pod -- Adding Reverb to the Drum Kit
Exercise Pod -- Making an Element Interesting
CHAPTER 12: THE MASTER MIX
Mixing with Subgroups
Gain Reduction Meter
Adding Reverb to the Bass
Exercise Pod -- Mixing with Subgroups
Take Notes
Make Yourself Comfortable
Exercise Pod -- Prepping Yourself
CHAPTER 3: MIXING BASICS
The Side Chain
Bypass or In
Compressor Operation
Setting the Compressor
Exercise Pod -- Adding Reverb to the Bass
Adding Reverb to the Vocal
Exercise Pod -- Adding Reverb to the Lead Vocal
Exercise Pod -- Adding Reverb to the Background Vocals
The Master Level Meters
Types of Meters
The VU Meter
Exercise Pod -- Listening in Mono
Exercise Pod -- Panning the Bass
Exercise Pod -- EQing Bongos and Congas
Modulation on Strings
Exercise Pod -- Modulation on Keyboards
Modulation on Vocals
Exercise Pod -- Modulation on Lead Vocal
Exercise Pod -- Modulation on Background Vocals
Exercise Pod -- EQing the String Section
Equalizing Horns
Exercise Pod -- EQing Horns
Equalizing Percussion
Low Frequencies in the Center
Panning the Drums
Exercise Pod -- Panning the Drums
Panning the Bass
Exercise Pod -- Listening on Multiple Monitors
Listening in Mono
Phase Coherency
Balances
Exercise Pod -- EQing the Drums
Equalizing the Bass
Exercise Pod -- EQing the Bass
Equalizing the Vocal
Guitars
Exercise Pod -- Balancing Guitars
Keyboards
Piano
Exercise Pod -- Adding Delay to the Drum Kit
Adding Delay to Other Instruments
CHAPTER 10: MODULATION EFFECTS
Modulation Basics
CHAPTER 1: MONITORING
The Listening Environment
Determining the Listening Position
Standing Waves
The Peak Meter
A Brief History
How Much Compression Do I Need?
Adding Reverb to Guitars
Exercise Pod -- Identifying Different Recording Techniques and Eras
What Are You Trying to Accomplish?
Developing the Groove
Exercise Pod -- Adding Reverb to the Guitar
Adding Reverb to Keyboards
Exercise Pod -- Adding Reverb to the Piano
Exercise Pod -- Adding Reverb to the Organ
Compression As an Effect
Limiting
Compressing the Various Instruments
Mix Bus Levels
Exercise Pod -- Setting the Mix-Bus Levels
Mix-Bus Compression
Exercise Pod -- Identifying the Groove
Compressing the Drums
Exercise Pod -- Adding Reverb to Synthesizers
Mix-Bus Compressor Settings
Acoustic Quick Fixes
Electric Piano
Exercise Pod -- EQing the Vocal
Types of Modulation
The Three Main Panning Areas
Equalizing Strings
Modulation on Keyboards
Listening on Several Speaker Systems
Exercise Pod -- Compressing Electric Guitars
Exercise Pod -- Compressing the Acoustic Guitar
Compressing Keyboards
Exercise Pod -- Compressing Keyboards
Exercise Pod -- Adding Reverb to Bongos and Congas
Exercise Pod -- Adding Reverb to Shakers and Triangles
Layering the Mix
How to Know When Your Mix Is Finished
Exercise Pod -- Am I Finished Yet?
CHAPTER 13: THE FINAL MIX
The 6 Elements of a Mix
Exercise Pod -- The Elements of a Mix
CHAPTER 4: BALANCE
Visualize Your Mix
Compressing Vocals
Exercise Pod -- Layering the Mix
GLOSSARY
Exercise Pod -- Identifying Arrangement Elements
Building the Mix
The Drums
De-essers
Exercise Pod -- Using The De-esser
Gates
Timing the Delay to the Track
Other Note Divisions
Exercise Pod -- Timing the Delay
Delay Setup
Equalizing the Piano
Exercise Pod -- EQing the Piano
Equalizing the Organ
Exercise Pod -- EQing the Organ
Basic Listening Technique
Exercise Pod -- What to Listen For
How Loud (or Soft) Should I Listen?
Exercise Pod -- Listening Levels
Exercise Pod -- Balancing Loops
Mixing by Muting
Automation
CHAPTER 5: PANNING
Modulation Setup
Modulation on Instruments
Modulation on Guitars
Exercise Pod -- Modulation on Guitars
Exercise Pod -- Assigning the Drum Channels to a Subgroup
Using the Equalizer
Adding Delay to the Guitar
The Three-Delay Full-Setup Method
Adding Delay to Instruments
Adding Delay to the Vocals
Exercise Pod -- Adding Delay to the Vocals
CHAPTER 7: USING THE EQ
Equalization Basics
EQ Parameters
A Description of the Audio Bands
Exercise Pod -- Balancing the Drums
Checking the Drum Phase
Exercise Pod -- Checking the Drum Phase
Assigning the Drums to a Group or Subgroup
Exercise Pod -- Setting Up the Mix-Bus Compressor
Stay Away from Hypercompression!
Exercise Pod -- The Evils of Hypercompression
Emphasizing the Most Important Elements
Exercise Pod -- Identifying the Most Important Song Element
Putting the Performers in an Environment
Exercise Pod -- Identifying the Tall, Deep and Wide Dimensions
Exercise Pod -- Compressing the Drums
Parallel Compression
Compressing the Bass
Exercise Pod -- Compressing the Bass
Adding Reverb to Strings
Exercise Pod -- Adding Reverb to the String Section
Adding Reverb to Horns
Exercise Pod -- Adding Reverb to Horns
What Does an Amateur Mix Sound Like?
Compressing Guitars
Adding Reverb to Percussion
How Long Should My Mix Take?
The Single-Delay Quick-Setup Method
Setting the Levels
Exercise Pod -- Using a Gate