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Mixing Audio 2e

2nd Edition

By Roey Izhaki

© 2012 – Focal Press

582 pages

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About the Book

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

Reviews

"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

About the Author

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.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
TEC001000
TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / Acoustics & Sound