Mix Smart: Pro Audio Tips For Your Multitrack Mix

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Overview

After you've recorded the perfect song, you're only halfway there! Mixing is where the magic really happens and getting the perfect mix is a challenge. One of the most elusive arts of the recording practice, mixing can take a lifetime to master - this handbook jump-starts your skills and fast-forwards your progress!

Breaking the mix down by different effects - EQ, distortion, compression, expansion, pitch shift, delay, reverb, and more - and applying them to some of the most important instruments in pop music, Mix Smart will arm you with the skills and techniques you need to tap into your musicality and express it through multitrack mixing, putting true professional quality mixing within your reach.

*Future proof, ear-opening strategies will empower your inner-musician, giving you the knowledge you need to develop your mixing skills - from basic to advanced
*Breaking the mix down by different effects, with detailed strategies for the most important pop instruments showing you how to create the perfect combination
*Bonus Website, www.recordingology.com, packed with samples and example tracks, so you can practice as you learn
*Mix Smart Quick Start summaries at the end of each chapter get you to work faster
*Demystifies the technical, making the tools of the mix rig accessible - analog and digital, outboard and in the box, stereo and surround
*For everyone who mixes - studio, live, music, film, games, and broadcast

The recording studio is your musical instrument, and it's time you really learned how to play. Alex Case shows you not just how to mix well, but how to Mix Smart!

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780240814858
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 6/29/2011
  • Pages: 324
  • Sales rank: 1,149,477
  • Product dimensions: 9.10 (w) x 7.50 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Alex Case is an Assistant Professor of Sound Recording Technology at the University of Massachusetts. An active member of the Audio Engineering Society, and a Fellow of the Acoustical Society of America, Case is an engineer, educator, and author who speaks frequently on audio and acoustics across the United States and internationally. With degrees in Mechanical Engineering, Music, and Acoustics, Professor Case lives and works at the intersection of art and science.

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Table of Contents

The Mix Mindset
Music Balance
Mental Balance
Mix Smart

Mixing techniques
A basic mix
Mix Automation
Summary

Audio Signals
Amplitude
Time
Timbre

Equalization
Devices for spectral modification
Technique
Non EQ equalization
Summary

Compression
Narrowing Dynamic Range
Production Strategies
Learning to hear compression
Summary

Expansion and Gating
Increasing dynamic range
Parameters
Production strategies
Summary

Delay
Parameters
Production strategies
Summary

Pitch Shifting
Parameters
Production strategies
Summary

Reverb
Parameters
Production strategies
Summary

Future Proof Mix Skills

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    BOOK REVIEW by Bill Treadwell Big Bear Computer Club February 1

    BOOK REVIEW
    by Bill Treadwell
    Big Bear Computer Club
    February 19, 2012
    Bernard, Sheila Curran (2011) Documentary Storytelling: Creative Nonfiction on Screen - 3rd Edition. Focal Press Burlington, MA
    ISBN-978-0-240-81241-0
    Big Bear Computer Club Rating System 1 TO 5 Bears, 5 Bears Being Best

    The third edition of Documentary Storytelling is a very thorough, methodically organized, comprehensive writing documenting the “how to” in the documentary filmmaking industry. Bernard presents a culmination of best practices that can guide you through all of the nuances of promoting, funding, and producing a documentary film with impact.
    Change a few words around and some chapter titles; you can gain an enlarged scope morphing into writing biographical historical books using screen scripting techniques. For example, Barnard wrote, “Ideally, there is positive collaboration between the expert and the filmmaker that serves to enrich the film.” This statement can be morphed to say …there is a positive collaboration between the expert and the author that serves to enrich the book, which was the intent of this reviewer to glean while reading Documentary Storytelling.
    Documentary Storytelling is chucked full of documentary films that were used to clarify and drive documentary filmmaking techniques home. In fact, you feel, at times, that you experience these documentaries through Bernard’s literary examples rather than seeing the actual film. You are enriched with actual documentaries that have been made and provided their storyline demonstrating each documentary’s intent, purpose, and focus. Peppered throughout her writing, Bernard says in several ways that the documentary films are to be created from an honest integrative perspective without stretching or obfuscating the truth. When it comes to truth, there is usually more than one side to a story.
    Given that the intent of the Documentary Storytelling is to provide the ins and outs with rules and procedures on how to go about doing all phases of creating documentary films, Bernard has an out, “Storytelling is an art, not a science. Go with your gut. If the film is great, who cares what ‘rules’ you broke.” So, there is plenty of room to be creative within the guidelines Bernard provides ranging from story basics, timing, acts, and voice narration to planning, research, shooting and editing.
    Are you creating just another documentary or is it something that people will want to talk about? Documentary Storytelling can help you organize a film that people will talk about.

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