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Mixing Audio: Concepts, Practices and Tools

Mixing Audio: Concepts, Practices and Tools

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By (author) Roey Izhaki

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  • Publisher: Focal Press
  • Format: Paperback | 600 pages
  • Dimensions: 188mm x 244mm x 24mm | 1,261g
  • Publication date: 1 March 2014
  • Publication City/Country: Oxford
  • ISBN 10: 0240522222
  • ISBN 13: 9780240522227
  • Edition: 2, Revised
  • Edition statement: 2nd Revised edition
  • Illustrations note: 296
  • Sales rank: 107,709

Product description

Your mix can make or break a record, and mixing is an essential catalyst for a record deal. Professional engineers with exceptional mixing skills can earn vast amounts of money and find that they are in demand by the biggest acts. To develop such skills, you need to master both the art and science of mixing. The new edition of this bestselling book offers all you need to know and put into practice in order to improve your mixes. Covering the entire process --from fundamental concepts to advanced techniques -- and offering a multitude of audio samples, tips and tricks, this book has it all. Roey Izhaki teaches you the importance of a mixing vision, how to craft and evaluate your mix and then take it a step further. He describes the theory and the tools used and how these are put into practice while creating mixes. Packed full of photos, graphs, diagrams and audio samples, Mixing Audio is a vital read for anyone wanting to succeed in the field of mixing. New to this edition: * Multitracks provided to help practice mixing * Fully updated with current plug-in and software version and information * Companion website with a multitude of new samples including more macro-mixing samples * A new sample mix: Rock n' Roll

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Author information

Roey Izhaki (Author) Roey Izhaki has been involved with mixing since 1992. He is an academic lecturer in the field of audio engineering and gives mixing seminars across Europe at various schools and exhibitions. He is currently lecturing in the Audio Engineering department at SAE Institute, London.

Review quote

"This introductory guide to music mixing provides theoretical and practical information on the technical aspects of sound engineering, as well as discussion of the creative aspects of the art. Beginning with a section on concepts and principles, the bulk of the work focuses on specific tools and their uses, while a final section provides walk-throughs of simple mixing projects based on music genres. Chapters include numerous illustrations and an emphasis on technical versus creative lessons is stressed throughout."--Reference and Research Book News "Praise for the first edition: Absolutely first rate. The standard of writing by Roey Izhaki, as well as the examples on the CD are just superb."--Mark Mynett, Senior Lecturer, Department of Engineering & Technology, School of Computing & Engineering, University of Huddersfield "This book has become indispensable for me, and now resides on my desk, often open in front of me when I'm mixing! If you only get one book on mixing, make it this one. So far it's the only one I've got, and I find it more than comprehensive. I'm on my second read through to pick up all the things I missed first time around!" -- Ben Trigg, Musician and Studio Owner, Musicians' Republic

Table of contents

Introduction Part I: Concepts and Practices Music and mixing Music - an extremely short introduction The role and importance of the mix The perfect mix Some axioms and other gems Louder perceived better Percussives weight less Importance Natual vs. artificial Learning to mix What makes a great mixing engineer? Methods of learning Mixing analysis Reference tracks The process of mixing Mixing and the production chain The mix as a composite Where to start? Deadlocks Milestones Finalizing and stabilizing the mix Related issues How long does it take? Breaks Using solos Mono listening Bouncing Housekeeping Mix Edits Mastering Mixing domains and objectives Mixing objectives Frequency domain Level domain Stereo domain Depth Part II: Tools Monitoring How did we get here? Choosing monitors The room factor Positioning monitors Meters Peak meters Average meters Phase meters Mixing consoles Processors vs. effects Basic signal flow Groups In-line consoles The monitor section Solos Correct gain structure The digital console Software mixers Tracks and mixer strips Routing The internal architecture Phase What is phase? Problems Tricks Faders Types Scales Working with faders Panning How stereo works? Pan controls Types of tracks Panning techniques Beyond pan pots Equalizers Applications The frequency spectrum Types and controls In practice Equalizing various instruments Introduction to dynamic range processors Dynamic Range Dynamics Dynamic Range Processors in a nutshell Compressors Principle of operation and core controls Additional controls Controls in practice Applications Tricks More on compressors Limiters Gates Controls Applications In practice Tricks Expanders Controls In practice Upward Expanders Duckers Operation and controls Applications Delays Delay basics Types In practice Applications Other modulation tools Vibrato ADT Chorus Flanging Phasing Tremolo Reverbs Applications Types Reverb programs Reverb properties and parameters Reverbs and stereo Other reverb types Reverbs in practice Distortion Distortion basics Ways to generate distortion Drum Triggering Methods of drum triggering Other tools MS Pitch shifters and harmonizers Exciters and enhancers Transient designers Automation The automation process Automation alternatives Control surfaces Part III: Sample Mixes Hero (rock) The Hustler (drum n' bass) Temps (hip hop) Donna Pomini (dance) Appendices Appendix 1: Notes and frequencies Appendix 2: Delay time chart