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Mixing Engineer's Handbook

ISBN-10: 1598632515
ISBN-13: 9781598632514
Edition: 2nd 2006 (Revised)
Authors: Bobby Owsinski
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Description: Secrets of the top recording engineers are revealed at mixdown in this second edition of the bestselling Mixing Engineer?s Handbook. Users will learn the evolution of mixing, mixing styles, the 6 elements of a mix, rules for arrangement and from  More...

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List price: $34.99
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: Course Technology
Publication date: 4/27/2006
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 312
Size: 8.50" wide x 11.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.902
Language: English

Secrets of the top recording engineers are revealed at mixdown in this second edition of the bestselling Mixing Engineer?s Handbook. Users will learn the evolution of mixing, mixing styles, the 6 elements of a mix, rules for arrangement and from where to build their mix. They will also learn the secrets of EQ and ?magic frequencies? along with adding effects, EQ?ing reverbs, sonic layering and effects, calculating the delay time, and much more! The new edition includes completely updated information hypercompression, mixing for Internet distribution, avoiding an amateurish mix, MP3 encoding, streaming audio, codecs, de-essing, gating, and much more. There is also a completely new chapter on how to mix inside the computer, and a new section on the bass/drum relationship and how to make this hard part of the mix easy. The book wraps up with insightful interviews with the top engineers in the field such as George Massenburg, Allen Sides, Bruce Swedien, Eliot Scheiner, Greg Penny, Nathaniel Kunkel, and many more!

A long-time music industry veteran, Bobby Owsinski started his career as a guitar and keyboard player, songwriter and arranger, eventually becoming an in-demand producer/engineer working not only with a variety of recording artists, but on commercials, television and motion pictures as well. One of the first to delve into surround sound music mixing, Bobby has worked on over a hundred surround projects and DVD productions for a variety of superstar acts. Combining his music and recording experience with an easy-to-understand writing style, Bobby has become one of the best-selling authors in the music recording industry with 19 books that are now staples in audio recording, music, and music business programs in colleges around the world, including the best-selling Mixing Engineer's Handbook, Recording Engineer's Handbook, and Music 3.0:A Survival Guide For Making Music In The Internet Age. A frequent moderator, panelist, and program director for a variety of industry conferences, Bobby has served as the longtime producer of the annual Surround Music Awards, and is one of the creators and executive producers for the "Guitar Universe" and "Desert Island Music" television programs. Visit Bobby's production blog at bobbyowsinski.blogspot.com/, his Music 3.0 blog at music3point0.blogspot.com, and his website at bobbyowsinski.com.

Introduction
Mixing in Stereo
Some Background: The Evolution of Mixin
Mixing Styles: LA Versus New York Versus London
The New York Style
The LA Style
The London Style
Other Styles
The Mechanics of Mixing
Hearing the Final Product
The Overall Approach
Tall, Deep, and Wide
The Six Elements of a Mix
Element 1: Balance-The Mixing Part of Mixing
The Arrangement-Where It All Begins
Arrangement Elements
Bob Seger's "Night Moves"
Alanis Morissette's "Thank U"
Garth Brooks' "Two Pina Coladas"
Rules for Arrangements
Limit the Number of Elements
Everything in Its Own Frequency Range
Where to Build the Mix From
What Type of Program Material?
Level-Setting Methods
Element 2: Panorama-Placing the Sound in the Soundfield
Phantom Center
The Three Points of Panoramic Interest
The Center and the Extreme Hard Left and Right
Big Mono
Panning Outside the Speakers
Tricks and Tips
Panning in Dance Music
Panning in Mono (Yes, That's Right!)
Panning for Clarity
Element 3: Frequency Range-Equalizing
What Are You Trying to Do?
Magic Frequencies
EQ Methods
Alternate Method
Easy-to-Remember Golden Rules of Equalization
The Relationship Between Bass and Drums
Tricks and Tips
General Tips
For Snare
For Drums
For Kick
For Bass
For Fatter Guitars
For Vocals
Element 4: Dimension-Adding Effects
EQing Reverbs
Sonic Layering of Effects
Calculating the Delay Time
Tape-Based Delay
Re-Amping
True Tape Flanging
The Vintage Method
The DAW Method
Tricks and Tips
For Fatter Lead or Background Vocals
For Out-of-Tune Vocals
For Electronic Keyboards
For Fatter Guitars
Tommy Lee "Thunder Drums"
Robot Voice
Exploding Snare
Element 5: Dynamics-Compression and Gating
Dynamics Controllers
Compression
Limiting
De-Essing
Gating
Why Add Compression?
Compression to Control Dynamics
Compression as an Effect
The New York Compression Trick (Parallel Compression)
Compression on Individual Instruments
Compression on the Mix Buss
The SSL Mix Buss Compressor
Setting the Compressor
Amount of Compression
Tricks and Tips
For Snare
For Drums
For Piano
For Vocals
For Bass
For Guitar
Element 6: Interest-The Key to Great (As Opposed to Merely Good) Mixes
The Direction of the Song
Develop the Groove and Build It Like a House
Find the Most Important Element and Emphasize It
Monitoring
Basic Monitor Setup
Check the Distance Between the Monitors
Check the Angle of the Monitors
Check the Mounting of the Monitors
Check the Setting of the Monitor Parameters
Check the Position of the Tweeters
Check the Console
Mixing Volume
Listening in Mono
Phase Coherency
Balances
Panning
Choosing a Monitor
Things to Listen for in a Monitor
Listening Tricks and Tips
The Master Mix
Competitive Level
Hypercompression
Mastering
Purpose of Mastering
Things to Remember Before Mastering
Mix-Down Formats
Analog Tape
Digital
Mixing for Internet Distribution
MP3 Encoding
Streaming Audio
Alternative Mixes
Stems
Mixing in the Box
Driving the Desk or Gain Staging
Headroom
Interview with Gannon Kashiwa, Digidesign's Professional Products Market Manager
DAW Controllers
Mixing in Surround
Surround Basics
A Bit of History
Types of Surround Sound
The LFE Channel
Bass Management
Other Types of Surround
Why Is Surround Better Than Stereo?
Surround Mixing
Differences Between Surround for Picture and Surround for Music
Surround Mixing Schools of Thought
"Audience" Versus "Middle of the Band"
What Do I Put in the Center Channel?
No Center Channel
Isolated Elements in the Center Channel
The Center as Part of the Whole
What Do I Send to the LFE (Subwoofer) Channel?
Do I Need to Use a Bass Manager?
Surround to Stereo Compatibility
Surround Master Recorders
Surround Master Track Assignments
Data Compression Used in Surround
SRS Circle Surround
SDDS (Sony Dynamic Digital Sound)
Surround Encoders During Mixing
Dolby Digital Encoding
Surround Master Media Prep
Slate the Master
Print a Test Tone
Other Things That You Should Document
The Interviews
Joe Chiccarelli
Lee DeCarlo
Jimmy Douglass
Benny Faccone
Jerry Finn
Jon Gass
Don Hahn
Ken Hahn
Andy Johns
Kevin Killen
Bernie Kirsh
Nathanial Kunkel
George Massenburg
Greg Penny
David Pensado
Elliot Scheiner
Ed Seay
Allen Sides
Don Smith
Ed Stasium
Bruce Swedien
John X
Glossary
Delay Chart
Index

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