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