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Understanding and Crafting the Mix The Art of Recording

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ISBN-10: 0240807553

ISBN-13: 9780240807553

Edition: 2nd 2007 (Revised)

Authors: William Moylan

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Understanding and Crafting the Mix gives you clear and systematic methods for identifying, evaluating, and shaping the artistic elements in music and audio recording. The exercises throughout help you to develop critical listening and evaluating skills and gain greater control over the quality of your recordings. William Moylan takes an inside look into a range of popular music, including recordings by The Beatles, offering you insights into making meaningful sound judgements during recording. Sample production sequences and descriptions of the recordist??'s roles as composer, conductor and performer provides you with a clear view of the entire recording process. The foreword has…    
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Book details

List price: $36.95
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Group
Publication date: 11/27/2006
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 424
Size: 7.50" wide x 9.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 2.222
Language: English

Listing of Exercises
Overview of Organization and Materials
Establishing an Accurate Playback of Recordings
Defining the Art of Recording: The Sound Characteristics and Aesthetic Qualities of Audio Recordings
The Elements of Sound and Audio Recording
The States of Sound
Physical Dimensions of Sound
Perceived Parameters of Sound
The Aesthetic and Artistic Elements of Sound in Audio Recordings
The States of Sound and the Aesthetic/Artistic Elements
Pitch Levels and Relationships
Dynamic Levels and Relationships
Rhythmic Patterns and Rates of Activities
Sound Sources and Sound Quality
Spatial Properties: Stereo and Surround Sound
The Musical Message and the Listener
The Musical Message
Musical Form and Structure
Musical Materials
The Relationships of Artistic Elements and Musical Materials
Equivalence and the Expression of Musical Ideas
Text as Song Lyrics
The Listener
Understanding the Mix: Developing Listening and Sound Evaluation Skills
Listening and Evaluating Sound for the Audio Professional
Why Audio Professionals Need to Evaluate Sound
Talking About Sound
The Listening Process
Personal Development for Listening and Sound Evaluation
A System for Evaluating Sound
System Overview
Sound Evaluation Sequence
Graphing the States and Activity of Sound Components
Plotting Sources Against a Time Line
Evaluating Pitch in Audio and Music Recordings
Analytical Systems
Realizing a Sense of Pitch
Recognizing Pitch Levels
Pitch Area and Frequency Band Recognition
Melodic Contour
Evaluating Loudness in Audio and Music Recordings
Reference Levels and the Hierarchy of Dynamics
Program Dynamic Contour
Musical Balance
Performance Intensity versus Musical Balance
Evaluating Sound Quality
Sound Quality in Critical Listening Contexts
Sound Quality in Analytical Listening Contexts
Sound Quality and Perspective
Evaluating the Characteristics of Sound Quality and Timbre
Evaluating the Spatial Elements of Reproduced Sound
Understanding Space as an Artistic Element
Stereo Sound Location
Distance Location
Environmental Characteristics
Space within Space
Surround Sound
Complete Evaluations and Understanding Observations
Pitch Density and Timbral Balance
The Overall Texture
Relationships of the Individual Sound Sources and the Overall Texture
The Complete Evaluation
Using Graphs for Making Evaluations and in Production Work
Crafting the Mix: Shaping Music and Sound, and Controlling the Recording Process
Bringing Artistic Judgment to the Recording Process
PartThree Overview
The Signal Chain
Guiding the Creation of Music
The Aesthetics of Recording Production
The Artistic Roles of the Recordist
The Recording and Reality: Shaping the Recording Aesthetic
The Recording Aesthetic in Relation to the Performance Event
Altered Realities of Music Performance
Preliminary Stages: Defining the Materials of the Project
Sound Sources as Artistic Resources, and the Choice of Timbres
Microphones: The Aesthetic Decisions of Capturing Timbres
Equipment Selection: Application of Inherent Sound Quality
Monitoring: The Sound Quality of Playback
Capturing, Shaping and Creating the Performance
Recording and Tracking Sessions: Shifting of Focus and Perspectives
Signal Processing: Shifting of Perspective to Reshape Sounds and Music
The Mix: Composing and Performing the Recording
The Final Artistic Processes and an Overview of Music Production Sequences
An Overview of Two Sequences for Creating a Music Recording
Editing: Rearranging and Suspending Time
Mastering: The Final Artistic Decisions
The Listener's Alterations to the Recording
Concluding Remarks
CD Contents and Track Descriptions