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The Mixing Engineer’s Handbook

Book Description

Thanks to the revolution in affordable recording and mixing technology, more music is being written, produced, and mixed today than ever before. The mixer's art is now a unique blend of time-tested principles and skillful technique using the latest high-tech tools. If you're ready to learn today's art of mixing, this is the book for you. THE MIXING ENGINEER'S HANDBOOK, 3RD EDITION, is the latest update of the most popular book on audio mixing ever written (more than 150,000 copies sold). Popular producer/engineer, author, and teacher Bobby Owsinski covers all the fundamentals, breaking the mixing process down into easily understandable elements. He covers the things you need to know most, including the variety of mixing styles, the six elements of a mix, the rules for arrangement, and how to build a mix. You'll also learn the secrets of equalization and "magic frequencies," along with easy-to-grasp methods for adding effects, EQ'ing reverbs, sonic layering, calculating delay time, and much more. In addition to the solid instruction in today's mixing principles, you'll also find great advice in Bobby's interviews with top mixing engineers and producers. Getting a great mix is no accident; it requires a thorough knowledge of the fundamentals of the art. Read THE MIXING ENGINEER'S HANDBOOK to learn how it's done.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover Page
  2. The Mixing Engineer’s Handbook
  3. Copyright Page
  4. Acknowledgments
  5. About the Author
  6. Contents
  7. Introduction
  8. PART I Mixing Techniques
    1. 1 Some Background
      1. The Evolution of Mixing
      2. Different Mixing Styles
      3. Twelve Ways Studio Mixing Is Different from Live Mixing
      4. Learning How to Mix
    2. 2 Monitoring
      1. The Listening Environment
      2. Monitors: Which Ones?
      3. Basic Monitor Setup
      4. Mixing on Headphones
      5. How Loud (Or Soft) Should I Listen?
      6. Listening Techniques
    3. 3 Mix Preparation
      1. Prepping Your Session
      2. Personal Preparation
    4. 4 The Mechanics of Mixing
      1. Conceptualizing the Mix
      2. The Overall Approach
      3. The Signs of an Amateur Mix
      4. The Six Elements of a Mix
      5. The Intangibles of a Mix
    5. 5 The Balance Element: The Mixing Part of Mixing
      1. The Arrangement: Where It All Begins
      2. Where to Build the Mix From
      3. Level-Setting Methods
    6. 6 The Panorama Element: Placing the Audio in the Soundfield
      1. The Stereo Picture
      2. Beyond Panning for Placement
      3. Panning in Surround Sound
    7. 7 The Frequency Element: Using the Equalizer
      1. The Goals of Equalization
      2. EQ Methods
      3. The Relationship between Bass and Drums
    8. 8 The Dimension Element: Adding Effects
      1. The Six Principles for Adding Effects
      2. Using Delays
      3. Using Reverb
      4. Using Modulation
      5. EQing Effects
      6. Layering Effects
      7. Reamping
    9. 9 The Dynamics Element: Compression, Limiting, Gating, and De-Essing
      1. Types of Dynamics Control
      2. Using Compression
      3. Using a De-Esser
      4. Using a Gate
    10. 10 The Interest Element: The Key to Great (as Opposed to Merely Good) Mixes
      1. The Direction of the Song
      2. Develop the Groove
      3. Find the Most Important Element and Emphasize It
      4. Fifteen Steps to a Better Mix
    11. 11 Advanced Techniques
      1. Cleanup
      2. Adjust the Timing
      3. Pitch Correction
      4. Sound Replacement
      5. Automation
      6. Gain Staging
    12. 12 The Master Mix
      1. Eight Indicators That Your Mix Is Finished
      2. Competitive Level
      3. Mastering
      4. Mixing for Internet Distribution
      5. Alternative Mixes
  9. PART II The Interviews
    1. 13 Bob Brockman
    2. 14 Bob Bullock
    3. 15 Joe Chiccarelli
    4. 16 Lee DeCarlo
    5. 17 Jimmy Douglass
    6. 18 Benny Faccone
    7. 19 Jerry Finn
    8. 20 Jon Gass
    9. 21 Don Hahn
    10. 22 Andy Johns
    11. 23 Bernie Kirsh
    12. 24 Nathaniel Kunkel
    13. 25 George Massenburg
    14. 26 Greg Penny
    15. 27 Dave Pensado
    16. 28 Elliot Scheiner
    17. 29 Andrew Scheps
    18. 30 Ken Scott
    19. 31 Ed Seay
    20. 32 Allen Sides
    21. 33 Don Smith
    22. 34 Ed Stasium
    23. 35 Bruce Swedien
    24. 36 Robert Orton
  10. Glossary
  11. Index