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