Zen and the Art of MIXING

Zen and the Art of MIXING

by Mixerman

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Overview

When I think back to my best mixes--regardless of their commercial success--in each and every case, I can only describe the experience as one in which I was working from deep within, outside of any external forces. I wasn't thinking; I was doing. I wasn't scared of what anyone would think. I wasn't scared of failure. All my decisions were made with confidence, and once a judgment was made, I didn't second-guess myself. I allowed the music to guide me, and I based all of my mix decisions on nothing more than one simple criterion: Are the song and production doing what they're supposed to be doing?

That sounds nice, huh? I mean, that's the headspace you want to be in when you're mixing! The problem is, you can't get there if you're focused on all the wrong things, and we're all susceptible to distraction and self-doubt. Great mixing involves trusting yourself, first and foremost. And I can promise you, that trust is downright infectious to everyone on your project.

Great mixing isn't about manipulating sound. It's about the decisions you make in regards to the music, the balances, and how you use the arrangement to push the listener forward through the song. This is accomplished thought concrete strategies and techniques. You can spend the next decade mixing two songs a day to get there. Or you can get Zen & the Art of MIXING 2021, and I'll explain the thinking behind great mixing. And then watch your confidence soar.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780960040513
Publisher: Mixerman Publishes
Publication date: 10/30/2020
Pages: 302
Sales rank: 329,688
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.68(d)

About the Author

Mixerman here. My friends call me by my given name, Eric Sarafin. I've worked with many gold and platinum selling national and international acts, including The Pharcyde, Ben Harper, Spearhead, Jeff Lorber, Tone Loc, Lifehouse, Barenaked Ladies, Amy Grant, Pete Murray, and Foreigner, and that's just to name a few.
I gained notoriety as Mixerman when I published my diary The Daily Adventures of Mixerman, which was posted online to the delight of over 150,000 fans. Since that time I've written a number of books on the recording arts, including this one.

Table of Contents

Preface

Acknowledgments

Intro

Pressure

Comprehension

Steps to Enlightenment

Mixerman's 10 Steps to Better Mixing

Communication & Compromise

Caveats & Definitions

Chapter One

Mix & the Mixer

The Great Mix

Song, Production, & Performance

Sing It Loud!

Fullest Potential

The Production

Replacement, Tuning, & Timing

Confidence Is an Attitude, Too

Your Musical Brain

Third-Party Mixers

Chapter Two

Arrangement & Focus

Function

Prosody

Mixing Is an Illusion

Planes of Space

Panning-Left to Right

Frequency-Up & Down

Equalizers (EQs)

Low End

Lower Midrange

Upper Midrange

High End

Contrast-Sparse to Dense, Bright to Dark

Reflectivity or Reflection-Far to Near

Balance-Front to Back, Large to Small

Forward Motion

Relativity

Visualizing Space

Chapter Three

Process

Discovery & Framing

Phase Coherency

Organic Drums

Bass

Monitoring Levels

Bring in the Parts!

Underdubbing

Parts

Electric Guitar

Acoustic Guitar

Piano & Keyboards

Percussion

Science Experiments

Referencing Other Mixes

Rough Mixes

Make the Mix Sing, Pop, and Gel

Automation

The Vocal

Finding Compromise

The Payoff

Refining & Enhancing

Finishing Your Mix

Mix Notes

Versions

TV Mix

Instrumental

A Capella

Stems

Wrapping Up the Session

Chapter Four

Gear

The Room Itself

Converters

Monitors

Monitor Varieties

Compressors

VCA Compressor

FET Compressor

Valve or Tube Compressor

Optical Compressor

Operation

Ratio

Threshold

The Knee

Attack and Release Times

Auto Release

Audible Compression

When to Apply Compression

Compression in Series

Multiband Compressor

Limiter

Sidechain

Parallel Compression

De-essers

2-Bus Compressor

Mastering Plugin / Brickwall Limiter

DAW

Tuning Plugins

Reverbs & Delays

Analog Reverbs & Delays

Motion Plugins

Chapter Five

Communication Breakdown

Declining Projects

Problem Clients on Attended Sessions

Establishing Trust

Pick & Choose Your Battles

Communication

Mix Notes (The Reprise)

Mix Notes by Committee

"More Me" Syndrome

Confidence

Money

It's Their Record

Chapter Six

Mastering

The Loudness Wars (A History)

How Do You Know It's a Good Job?

Retaining Your Influence

Putting Up the Good Fight

Stems Mastering

Mastering Your Own Work

Chapter Seven

Bits

Convert Weakness into Strength

Kismet!

Modules

Patterns

Factory Work

Art vs. Commerce

The Price of Mixers

Your Reel

Mixing Can Take Time

Outsmarting the Band

Shootouts

Break Time

Oversaturation and Hypersensitivity

Drugs

Filtered or Radio Vocal / Double Vocal

Programmed Drums

Storage

Conclusion

Customer Reviews