Audio Mixing Boot Camp

Audio Mixing Boot Camp
Hands-On Basic Training for Musicians

By Bobby Owsinski Pro Audio Textbook & Online Video Item: 00-37741
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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 online media filled with lessons, templates, and examples specifically developed to take your mixing chops to the next level.

Sample Pages


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

Additional Information

Series: Boot Camp
Author: Bobby Owsinski
Format: Book & Online Video
Page Count: 160
Item Number: 00-37741
ISBN 10: 0-7390-8239-6
ISBN 13: 978-0-7390-8239-3
UPC: 038081422787

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