$29.99
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
The Vocals
Background Vocals
Exercise Pod -- Balancing the Lead and Background Vocals
Guitars
Equalizing the Vocal
Exercise Pod -- EQing the Vocal
Exercise Pod -- EQing the Background Vocals
Equalizing the Electric Guitar
Tremolo / Vibrato
Modulation Setup
Modulation on Instruments
Modulation on Guitars
Exercise Pod -- Balancing Guitars
Exercise Pod -- EQing the Electric Guitar
Exercise Pod -- Modulation on Guitars
How Loud (or Soft) Should I Listen?
Exercise Pod -- Panning the Drums
Reverb Basics
Exercise Pod -- Establishing the Groove
CHAPTER 5: PANNING
The Three Main Panning Areas
Low Frequencies in the Center
Panning the Drums
Exercise Pod -- Speaker Placement
How to Listen
Basic Listening Technique
Exercise Pod -- What to Listen For
Equalizing Percussion
Exercise Pod -- EQing Bongos and Congas
Exercise Pod -- EQing Shakers and Triangle
CHAPTER 8: ADDING REVERB
Developing the Groove
Finding the Groove
Exercise Pod -- Finding the Groove
Establishing the Groove
Developing the Groove
Exercise Pod -- Compressing the Bass
CHAPTER 9: ADDING DELAY
Putting the Performers in an Environment
Compressing Keyboards
Timing the Delay to the Track
Set Up Subgroups
Set Up Your Effects
Assign the Channels
Insert Compressors and Limiters
The Side Chain
Bypass or In
Compressor Operation
Setting the Compressor
Adding Reverb to Keyboards
Exercise Pod -- Adding Reverb to the Piano
Exercise Pod -- Adding Reverb to the Organ
Exercise Pod -- Adding Reverb to Synthesizers
Stay Away from Hypercompression!
Exercise Pod -- The Evils of Hypercompression
How Long Should My Mix Take?
Exercise Pod -- Prepping Your Mix
How Much Compression Do I Need?
Adding Reverb to Strings
How to Know When Your Mix Is Finished
CHAPTER 11: INTEREST
Basic Monitor Setup
Automation
Exercise Pod -- EQing Horns
Exercise Pod -- Adding Reverb to the String Section
Adding Reverb to Horns
Exercise Pod -- Adding Reverb to Horns
Compression As an Effect
Limiting
Compressing the Various Instruments
Prepping Yourself
Play Something You Know
Take Notes
Make Yourself Comfortable
Exercise Pod -- Am I Finished Yet?
CHAPTER 13: THE FINAL MIX
GLOSSARY
BIBLIOGRAPHY
Exercise Pod -- Prepping Yourself
Compressing the Drums
Adding Reverb to Percussion
INDEX
Building the Mix
A Description of the Audio Bands
Exercise Pod -- Adding Delay to the Drum Kit
The Drums
Setting the Levels
Exercise Pod -- Balancing the Drums
Checking the Drum Phase
Using the Equalizer
Subtractive Equalization
Juggling Frequencies
The Magic High-Pass Filter
Adding Delay to Other Instruments
CHAPTER 10: MODULATION EFFECTS
Modulation Basics
Exercise Pod -- Checking the Drum Phase
EQing Various Instruments
Types of Modulation
The Master Level Meters
Types of Meters
The VU Meter
Adding Reverb to Instruments
Adding Reverb to the Drum Kit
Exercise Pod -- Adding Reverb to the Drum Kit
Adding Reverb to the Bass
Prepping Your Mix
Make a Session File Copy
Arrange Your Tracks
Exercise Pod -- Adding Reverb to the Bass
The Peak Meter
Delete Empty Tracks
Compressor Controls
Exercise Pod -- Panning the Lead Vocals
Exercise Pod -- Panning the Background Vocals
CHAPTER 6: COMPRESSION
Compression Basics
Listening in Mono
Stereo Instruments
Exercise Pod -- Timing Reverb Decay
Exercise Pod -- Emphasizing the Most Important Element
Panning Keyboards
Exercise Pod -- Panning the Keyboards
Pseudo-Stereo
Exercise Pod -- Pseudo-Stereo Panning
Timing the Pre-Delay
Exercise Pod -- Timing Reverb Pre-Delay
Reverb Setup
The Two-Reverb Quick-Setup Method
Making a Mix Element Interesting
Exercise Pod -- Making an Element Interesting
CHAPTER 12: THE MASTER MIX
Mixing with Subgroups
"Power" by Kanye West
"Grenade" by Bruno Mars
Exercise Pod -- Identifying Arrangement Elements
CHAPTER 7: USING THE EQ
Equalization Basics
EQ Parameters
Adding Delay to Keyboards
Exercise Pod -- Adding Delay to Keyboards
Adding Delay to the Drum Kit
Exercise Pod -- Identifying the Groove
Emphasizing the Most Important Elements
Exercise Pod -- Identifying the Most Important Song Element
Compressing Guitars
Exercise Pod -- Compressing Electric Guitars
Exercise Pod -- Compressing the Acoustic Guitar
Delay Basics
Typical Delay Parameters
The Haas Effect
Visualize Your Mix
Exercise Pod -- Visualize Your Mix
The Musical Elements of an Arrangement
Exercise Pod -- Compressing Loops
De-essers
Exercise Pod -- Using The De-esser
Gates
Adding Delay to Instruments
Adding Delay to the Vocals
Exercise Pod -- Adding Delay to the Vocals
Adding Delay to the Guitar
"Born This Way" by Lady Gaga
Exercise Pod -- Using a Gate
Exercise Pod -- Adding Delay to the Guitar
Exercise Pod -- Identifying the Tall, Deep and Wide Dimensions
What Does an Amateur Mix Sound Like?
The 6 Elements of a Mix
Exercise Pod -- The Elements of a Mix
Exercise Pod -- Compressing Keyboards
Compressing Vocals
Exercise Pod -- Compressing the Lead Vocal
Compressing Other Instruments
Other Note Divisions
Exercise Pod -- Timing the Delay
Delay Setup
The Single-Delay Quick-Setup Method
CHAPTER 4: BALANCE
Compressing Loops
The Three-Delay Full-Setup Method
Exercise Pod -- Compressing the Drums
Parallel Compression
Compressing the Bass
CHAPTER 3: MIXING BASICS
A Brief History
Exercise Pod -- Identifying Different Recording Techniques and Eras
What Are You Trying to Accomplish?
Exercise Pod -- Adding Reverb to Bongos and Congas
Exercise Pod -- Adding Reverb to Shakers and Triangles
Layering the Mix
Exercise Pod -- Layering the Mix
PREFACE
Welcome to the Audio Mixing Bootcamp
CHAPTER 1: MONITORING
Keyboards
Piano
Electric Piano
Organ
Equalizing the Acoustic Guitar
Exercise Pod -- EQing the Acoustic Guitar
Equalizing the Piano
Exercise Pod -- EQing the Piano
Modulation on Keyboards
Exercise Pod -- Modulation on Keyboards
Modulation on Vocals
Exercise Pod -- Modulation on Lead Vocal
Exercise Pod -- Balancing the Bass and Drums
Exercise Pod -- EQing the Bass
Parameter Settings
Equalizing the Drums
Exercise Pod -- EQing the Drums
Equalizing the Bass
Flangers and Phasers
Chorus
Tremolo and Vibrato
Assigning the Drums to a Group or Subgroup
Exercise Pod -- Assigning the Drum Channels to a Subgroup
The Bass
Phase Coherency
Balances
Exercise Pod -- Listening in Mono
The Three-Reverb Full-Setup Method
Exercise Pod -- Mixing with Subgroups
CHAPTER 2: SESSION SETUP
Panning Vocals
Typical Reverb Parameters
The Major Parameter Controls
Timing a Reverb to the Track
Timing the Decay
Emphasizing the Most Important Element
Finding the Most Important Element
Exercise Pod -- Finding the Most Important Element
Emphasizing the Most Important Element
Panning the Bass
Exercise Pod -- Panning the Bass
Panning Guitars
Exercise Pod -- Panning Guitars
Exercise Pod -- Listening Levels
Listening on Several Speaker Systems
Exercise Pod -- Listening on Multiple Monitors
Deactivate and Hide Unused Tracks
Reorder Your Tracks
Color-Code the Tracks
Correctly Label the Tracks
Ratio
Threshold or Input
Attack and Release
Gain, Make-Up Gain or Output
Adding Reverb to the Vocal
Exercise Pod -- Adding Reverb to the Lead Vocal
Exercise Pod -- Adding Reverb to the Background Vocals
Adding Reverb to Guitars
Mix Bus Levels
Exercise Pod -- Setting the Mix-Bus Levels
Mix-Bus Compression
Mix-Bus Compressor Settings
Insert Section Markers
Gain Reduction Meter
Exercise Pod -- Adding Reverb to the Guitar
Exercise Pod -- Setting Up the Mix-Bus Compressor
The Listening Environment
Synthesizers
Equalizing the Organ
Exercise Pod -- Modulation on Background Vocals
Modulation on Strings
Exercise Pod -- Modulation on Strings
Modulation on Other Instruments
Exercise Pod -- Modulation on Drums
Exercise Pod -- EQing the Organ
Equalizing Strings
Exercise Pod -- EQing the String Section
Equalizing Horns
Determining the Listening Position
Standing Waves
Acoustic Quick Fixes
Exercise Pod -- Improving the Listening Environment
Exercise Pod -- Balancing the Keyboards
Loops
Exercise Pod -- Balancing Loops
Mixing by Muting