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