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