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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 29, 2014

    Mixel Misadventures Episode 2: Flying Lessons

    ((Sorry I didn't post what the Murp from "The Dress" looked like. Couldn't think of anything.))<p>(Flain is seen relaxing against a Pipe Tree. Flurr, covered in bandages, limps as Dargea follows him.)<p>Dargea: Wait a minute! You told me you would teach me how to fly!<p>Flurr: (Angrily) You're impossible to teach. (Limps away)<p>Flain: Hey, what's going on?<p>Dargea: Flurr tried to teach me how to fly, but he could not. None of the winged Mixels were able to.<p>Flain: I can teach you!<p>Dargea: Really?<p>Flain: Yeah.<p>Dargea: I do not see a pair wings on you.<p>Flain: I'm still going to.<p>Dargea: Very well, then.<p>***<p>(Flain and Dargea stand next to a ledge.)<p>Flain: You know the basics, right?<p>Dargea: Yes I do, though I never went beyond that.<p>Flain: There's this ledge. Try to fly off of it. If you fall, it's a six-foot drop, so there's no major in<_>jury.<p>Dargea: (Jumps off ledge, flapping his wings, and faceplants. Repeats this over and over again.)<p>Flain: (Getting a little frustrated) Okay, let's try a different approach.<p>***<p>(They now are standing on top of a mountain in the Electroid Kingdom.)<p>Dargea: Are you sure the Electroids agreed that you and I can be here?<p>Flain: They're cool with it. Anyway, you're gonna jump off this mountain. I think the ledge was too safe. This will probably get you to feel like you NEED to fly.<p>Dargea: Okay...<p>(After a moment's hesitation, he jumps off. The camera stays focused on Flain as he watched. You hear cries of pain coming from Dargea, and Flain's expression changes to where it states "Ouch >_<".)<p>Dargea: AH! OW! OUCH! WHAT THE NIXELS LAND IS DYNAMI- (Explosion) AAAAAHHHHH!<p>***<p>(Dargea crawls back up, coughing. He was covered in ashes, thorns, and sc<_>ars.)<p>Dargea: Ouch...what is next?<p>Flain: (Thinks for a moment) How about we mix? It's a theory, but if I fly for you when we mix, then you would know how to fly, too!<p>Dargea: "A theory"? That is reassuring.<p>(Flain pulls out a red and gold cubit, and he and Dargea touch it.)<p>MIX!<p>(The Mix that resulted looked like Flain stood, but it was dark purple with red eyes and a silver head flame and beak. It also had Dargea's wings. The dominant Mixel was Flain.)<p>Flain/Dargea Mix: (Jumps off the mountain and attempts to fly.) Wha- I can't fly! I CAN'T FLY!<p>***<p>(The Mix crashes onto the ground, making Flain and Dargea de-mix.)<p>Dargea: Anything else?<p>Flain: I give up...

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  • Posted July 2, 2014

    As a project studio operator, Mixing Secrets has been the single

    As a project studio operator, Mixing Secrets has been the single resource I can point to that got me over the hump and into the territory where I can begin seriously competing with established professionals - all while remaining on a humble budget. Mike Senior gives the novice the fundamental information necessary to understand and execute all basic mixing tasks as well as many advanced mixing ones. Where an advanced technique is not included the fundamental knowledge to understand it has nonetheless been provided. In other words, as a result of working through this book, articles on arcane mixing techniques become easy to digest, even if they aren’t described in the book.  

    More importantly, his pedagogy is extremely sound. He takes a complicated, non-intuitive, subjective, and non-linear process and gets the student through it as if it were simple, obvious, linear, and objective, all the while providing the student with the necessary caveats to understand where the process has been simplified to make it easier to learn.  Therefore the student, as he gains experience, can incorporate a more fluid approach as necessary, skipping between various mixing tasks instead of doing them in the preset order that Mike lays out for beginners.

    The book has immense re-readability. The “Cut To The Chase” pages at the end of each chapter highlight the section’s important points. I recommend tabbing them with post-it notes for quick review. Additionally, reexamination of any chapter reveals situation specific tips that become increasingly relevant as the student gains experience.

    For a person with a limited budget who is willing to put in the time to work through Mike’s lesson plan, Mixing Secrets is an invaluable resource. It is a book designed to scale with your budget. As you become successful enough to justify more expensive equipment, Mixing Secrets will be there to help you make the most out of your time and effort. Additional value is derived by providing a firm and comprehensive foundation of mixing fundamentals. After reading Mixing Secrets, books and articles on more advanced topics become easier to grasp, even if they are written poorly.

    I recommend this book all the time to audio professionals who are looking for a good resource for their students, and I recommend it to any hearty bootstrapping project studio operator who wants to make the best use of his time and money while laying a strong foundation for his future development. It takes time to meticulously work through Mike’s lesson plan, but I can’t call that a downside since there are no shortcuts in the pursuit of excellence.

    There are, however, ways to maximize the effectiveness of your efforts, and this is the best I know when it comes to mixing.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 24, 2012

    One of the best instructional books about any subject

    The title of this review says it all. This is one of the best, most enjoyable and concise instructional books I've ever read about any subject. To be honest, mixing is a pretty dry subject. This book actually makes it fun! But more importantly, it covers very minute and important details regarding frequencies, compression, reverberation, parallel compression....etc..etc in a very easy to understand AND in depth manner. I'll be honest, I hated mixing and really didnt have a natural aptitude for it. After reading this book, I look foreward to it and have a lot more confidence in my ability to tackle a lot of problems and issues that would have completely stumped me before. Buy this book, it is, in every sense of the expression, a no brainier if you want to learn more about mixing your own recordings.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 29, 2011

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