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Sound Mixing Tips and Tricks

Eddie Bazil
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Special low internet price £8.95
244 x 172 mm * 96 pages * ISBN 9781906005047

* Clear easy to understand language
* Covers dynamics, effects, compression, EQ, levels and panning
* Written by industry professional
* ‘Before’ and ‘after’ examples
* Audio files available for download
* Glossary of terms

Sound Mixing Tips and Tricks is a clear, concise and detailed guide to sound mixing.

Written in laymen's terms, the book contains mixing tips, secrets and techniques to help you become a better producer, walking you through the essential aspects of exactly what makes a good stereo mix.

Throughout the book, ‘before’ and ‘after’ audio examples are provided from an actual multi-track recording to explain all the principles contained in the book, along with screenshots from music sequencing software.

Topics covered include preparing both yourself and your studio environment, the tools you will need, mixing with dynamics and effects, compression, EQ, levels and panning.

If you are struggling with the concepts of mixing and just can’t seem to get a good sounding mix, this book will give you the foundations you need, quickly and effectively.

Eddie Bazil has been associated with the record industry since his teens when he worked with some of the most notable Electro/New Wave and Dance/Rap bands. He progressed into the remix market and his involvement, both as a programmer and producer, with a number of labels and artistes, has been very fruitful, a number of tracks achieving top positions in their respective charts.

The past three years have seen Eddie move more into the beat production and remix markets.

Contents

1 What is a ‘good’ mix?
Cleanliness.
Clarity.
Separation.
Level.
Balance.
Genre test.
Environment test.

2 Preparing the listening environment
Sound waves.
Distance to side wall and back wall.
Distance to speakers from listening position.
Toe-in.
Tilt.
Listening height.
Seating location.
Calibrating the signal path.
Digital systems.
The procedure.

3 Personal preparation
Ears.
Lighting.
Well ventilated room.
Cleanliness.
No drugs or alcohol.
The task at hand.
Don’t mix in one sitting.
Comfort.
Allocate time and no distractions.

4 The tools
Effects.
Reverb.
Delay.
Feedback.
Chorus.
Flange.
Dynamics.
EQ.
Compression.
Limiter.

5 Headphones and loudspeakers
Stereo Imaging.
Noise.
Filtering.
Mono sounds.

6 Noise
Hums, hisses and rumbles.
Sibilance and pops.
Leave a few seconds of lead in.
Noise filters.

7 Mixing to stereo
The stage environment.
Natural reverberation.

8 The mix
Import the audio tracks.
Create groups.
Group the vocals.
Name channels and parts.
Check the files for noise.
Noise gates.
Correcting ‘bleed’.
Pan.

9 The level and pan mix
Levels (gains).
Panning.
Layering and panning pads.
Panning drums.
Panning vocals.
Backing vocals.

10 Mixing with dynamics and effects
Using compressors.
Using effects.
EQ.

11 Using EQ at the mix stage
EQ ing drums.
Kick and snare.
Other percussive sounds, rides, hi hats.
Lead vocals.
Backing vocals.
EQing an audio sample.

12 Compression in the mix
Multiband compressors.
Compressing drums.
Compressing vocals.
Compression for master stereo mix

13 Effects in the mix
Using reverb for colour.
Using reverb for space.
Impulse responses.
Less is more.

Glossary

Index

 

 

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