The Guide to Making Great Mixes and Final Masters on Your Computer
Author: Steve Savage
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Mixing and mastering are the final challenges in creating great recordings. Great mixes require both creativity and a practical understanding of process, while final masters require both a clear sense for purpose and specialized ears for achieving artistic goals. Mixing and Mastering in the Box gives readers the practical tools for accomplishing both of these tasks while highlighting the artistry of the creative process. While much of the information presented in Mixing and Mastering in the Box is applicable to those using analog mixing gear, or a hybrid of digital and analog tools, the book focuses directly on working completely within the Digital Audio Workstation (DAW). Author Steve Savage lets readers in on such topics as the secrets of collaboration and using EQ, compression, delay, reverb, and brickwall limiting to improve the sound of records, each topic illustrated with a myriad of concrete examples. Mixing and Mastering in the Box is the ultimate reference manual for the home recordist and the perfect basic to intermediate text for any DAW (Digital Audio Workstation) training class in mixing or mastering. The book is also ideal for readers who handle their own mixing and mastering or who wish - or are professionally required - to be better informed when collaborating on mixes and masters.
25 Mixing Tips for Modern Electronic Music Production
Author: Roy Wilkenfeld
Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
Discover 25 hand-picked mixing tricks that you can use to gain a cutting edge in your electronic music productions and mixes Take your mixes to a whole new level Take advantage of road-tested mixing techniques used by electronic music professionals and inject them into your music. Get an exclusive peek into 25 definite mixing tricks that will make your music sound better. Learn about five different categories of mixing: Mix Essentials, Mix Clarity, Drum Sweetening, Special Stereo Width and Advanced Mixing Techniques, each category containing 5 different tips! Why use ELECTRONIC MUSIC as your mixing reference? Easy-to-follow, Straight to the point -guide Step-by-step, handbook-style tutorials 25 Mixing Tips in 5 different categories Get a professional sound in your mixes Learn, have fun and take what you learn to the next level! Here's a preview of what you'll learn... Proper Gain Staging Achieve a solid mixer fader balance Musical Side Chain Compression EQ for Clarity Kick Drum Tuning and Processing Parallel Compression Punch for Drums Advanced Stereo Effects Advanced Automation for Special Effects Get your copy today! Take action today: Get rid of your insecurities in mixing electronic music and learn how the pros are doing it!
Author: Mike Senior
Publisher: CRC Press
Discover how to achieve commercial-grade recordings, even in the smallest studios, by applying power-user techniques from the world's most successful producers. Recording Secrets for the Small Studio is an intensive training course specifically designed for small-studio enthusiasts who want a fast track to release-quality results. Based on the backroom strategies of more than 200 famous names, this thorough and down-to-earth guide leads you through a logical sequence of practical tasks to build your live-room skills progressively from the ground up. On the way, you'll unravel the mysteries of many specialist studio tactics and gain the confidence to tackle a full range of real-world recording situations. User-friendly explanations introduce technical concepts on a strictly need-to-know basis, while chapter summaries, assignments, and extensive online resources are perfect for school and college use. * Learn the fundamental principles of mic technique that you can apply in any recording scenario -- and how to avoid those rookie mistakes that all too often compromise the sonics of lower-budget productions. * Explore advanced techniques which help industry insiders maintain their competitive edge even under the most adverse conditions: creative phase manipulation, improvised acoustics tweaks, inventive monitoring workarounds, subtle psychological tricks... * Find out where you don't need to spend money, as well as how to make a limited budget really count. * Make the best use of limited equipment and session time, especially in situations where you're engineering and producing single-handed. * Pick up tricks and tips from celebrated engineers and producers across the stylistic spectrum, including Steve Albini, Roy Thomas Baker, Joe Barresi, Tchad Blake, Bruce Botnick, Joe Chiccarelli, Neil Dorfsman, Jack Douglas, Geoff Emerick, Paul Epworth, Humberto Gatica, Nigel Godrich, Andy Johns, Eddie Kramer, Kevin Killen, George Massenburg, Hugh Padgham, Alan Parsons, Jack Joseph Puig, Phil Ramone, Bob Rock, Elliott Scheiner, Al Schmitt, Bruce Swedien, Butch Vig, Tony Visconti, and many, many more...
Concepts, Practices, and Tools
Author: Roey Izhaki
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Category: Technology & Engineering
Mixing Audio: Concepts, Practices, and Tools, Third Edition is a vital read for anyone wanting to succeed in the field of mixing. This book covers the entire mixing process – from fundamental concepts to advanced techniques. Packed full of photos, graphs, diagrams, and audio samples, it teaches the importance of a mixing vision, how to craft and evaluate your mix, and then take it a step further. The book describes the theory, the tools used, and how these are put into practice while creating mixes. The companion website, featuring over 2,000 audio samples as well as Pro Tools/ Multitrack Audio Sessions, is a perfect complement to the third edition. The new edition includes: A new 'Mixing and The Brain' chapter that provides a cognitive/psychological overview of many aspects related to and affecting mixing engineers (and, to a narrow extent, listeners). Updated figures and text reflecting recent software updates and trends.
How to Mix Like a Pro with 12 Powerful Edm Mixing Secrets
Author: Screech House
Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
LOUDER MIXES, HIGHER QUALITY, LESS WORK INSTANTLY CREATE HIGH QUALITY EDM SONGS THAT WILL BLOW PEOPLE AWAY! ANY OF THIS SOUND FAMILIAR? "Why is my song so quiet?" "I don't know what it is, but I can't make my song sound the way it should." "How do you get it to sound like that? I tried so much!" "How do I put different sounds together without messing up my mix?" "I tried everything, but my tracks always sound less powerful." Let's face it: getting a loud, clean and powerful mix can be frustrating... REALLY frustrating. Unless you're a pro, this is the number one problem everybody keeps struggling with. IT'S TIME TO CUT THE CONFUSION ABOUT WHAT IT TAKES TO MAKE HIGH-QUALITY EDM TRACKS Steal my mixing shortcuts and save 10 years of struggling to get to that elite level. Get immediate results by modelling my mixing secrets. Save thousands of dollars, because you DON'T need expensive hardware and software. WHAT YOU WILL LEARN FROM THIS BOOK Discover the 12 most common mixing mistakes. Learn how to avoid making these mistakes and use them as powerful mixing strategies. Find out how to apply the mixing strategies and get these massive benefits. BUT WHAT'S MOST IMPORTANT Get to see the bigger picture of EDM mixing by understanding the fundamental concepts. Learn what works immediately without having to put in more effort. Get incredible results by cutting right through all the unnecessary fluff and overcomplications. THESE ARE THE REAL DEAD-SIMPLE SECRETS OF THE PROS You won't find this material anywhere else, yet for only the price of burger, your songs can get to the exact same level as the pros. And the good news is: it's actually really easy! But you have to act today and click that BUY NOW button, because I don't know how much longer this offer will last. If it's gone, it's gone and so are all these mixing secrets. FREE SAMPLE PACK WITH EVERY PURCHASE As a special gift, you'll also get a FREE high-quality hardstyle sample pack to kickstart your EDM production. This is my way of saying "thank you" and showing appreciation to the Screech House community. PROOF I WALK THE TALK Inside the book there are links to my popular website and YouTube channel. You can also listen to some real mixing results as proof that I walk the talk. Just click the links in the book to see these powerful strategies in action. DOWNLOAD YOUR COPY RIGHT NOW Are you ready? Then let's crank up your mix right away and we'll meet on the inside of this book! :-) - Cep (Music producer & creator of Screech House) EDM Mixing Guide How to Mix Like a Pro with 12 Powerful EDM Mixing Secrets By Cep from Screech House
Practical Techniques to Take Your Mixes to the Next Level
Author: Amos P. W. Clarke
56 Down-And-Dirty Practical Mixing Techniques To Take Your Recordings To The Next Level Flip to any page, read the technique, and apply itIt's really that simple. This is not a book that trawls relentlessly through the world history of mixing before providing any useful advice. It simply gets straight into the business of giving you real tried and proven mixing tips that actually work. And there's plenty to keep you busy. The book covers processing such as compression, equalization, panning, parallel compression, transient manipulation, harmonic distortion, delay based effects and much more. The real value is how combinations of processing work to create magic in your mixes. Clear Explanations For Each Tip: What It Is, Why It Works, And How To Do ItThe book is formatted consistently so that each tip has a clear explanation of what it will achieve, why it works and how to do it. You can get straight to it and start applying the techniques immediately into your own mixing projects. The focus of the book has been to keep it practical and informative. This is a 'how-to' manual that is clear, concise and an easy read. The book also includes a short glossary at the rear. Add Professional Level Techniques To Your Mixing ArsenalThese mixing tips have been developed by the author based on over 10 years working professionally in production, recording and mixing.They are a collection of his most loved and utilised techniques, based on his own research, knob-twiddling, and discussions with other engineers. These are guaranteed to be effective in adding professional level expertise to your work-flow. Get A Mixing Break-throughThis book contains mixing techniques that could create the mixing break-through you've been looking for! Do you need solid, punchy drums; a lead vocal that really sits solidly and clearly in the mix; more definition and clarity to your entire mix? All these and more are ready and waiting.
Give Your Mix a Commercial Sounding Finish Without Buying More Gear
Author: David S. Eley
Review via email from Earle Holder, award winning Mastering Engineer at HDQTRZ Mastering Studios, Mastering Engineer for Public Enemy, and creator of the 'Har-Bal' Harmonic Equaliser: "Hello David I have always believed that one is never too old to learn something new. I purchased your material because it appeared that you have a real passion for your craft as do I. I thought your tutorials were well written and easily understood. The area that I read where you stated that you were mastering a project for an individual over a three year period was priceless. I was easily able to relate to your dilemma of constantly improving your craft and the need to go back and redo the previous masters because you were constantly learning and becoming more proficient. There is plenty of business to go around so I support my fellow mastering engineers who appear to be honorable. Both of your books were a breath of fresh air and I will be sure to tell others who are getting started in this wonderful field to purchase your books. Cheers" Earle Holder Chief Mastering Engineer HDQTRZ Mastering Studios Some reviews via social media: Jacob Longoria via Twitter: "Your information has taken me from trying to figure it out, to getting it done with repeat clients. Thank you!" Christian Ghahremanian via FaceBook: "Hi David! Ive already purchased your second book, thx. I just write to you to say thanks! I really love dynamic stuff and I admire Bob Katzs effort for his K-Measurement - but I always had problems to hold the pressure at 0... no matter which K-standard I were trying to use... After reading your books and refreshing all the stuff Ive already learnt years ago, I finally dont have a problem anymore to master considering Ks standard, and my works sound great now!.. Thanks David that youve written books like this...they are really educating and well written - good job! BR Christian Ghahremanian" And many more great reviews on the author's website. Message from the author: Most people don't have access to racks of high end mastering equipment, you're probably one of them. Websites like YouTube and SoundCloud are fuelling an explosion in the amount of DIY producers uploading their music to the internet. This is great for audio mastering engineers as it means there's plenty of work to go around, but some artists struggle to afford to pay for professional mastering every time they want to upload a new track for their fans to listen to. This book explains and demonstrates how to achieve a commercial sounding finish using software found in any typical home/project studio. You may wonder if that's possible but I know it can be done. I started an audio mastering business using nothing more than standard plugins and clever techniques. Customers loved my work and kept coming back. Over time as my business built up, I was able to buy more expensive equipment, but I still stick to the original techniques that I know will get a commercial sound, no matter what tools are used. Here's why: About the first 90% of getting that commercial sound is technique. The final 10% is the tools you use. So before you go and buy the most expensive compressor and EQ, it's a lot more financially worthwhile to instead invest some 'time' rather than money into learning the techniques used to get a commercial sounding finish. It can be done with what you already possess. Is this book for you? 1.Containing hot topics like how to get it REALLY loud and still sound spacious and dynamic. 2.Reveals how a mix should sound to produce a commercial volume and radio quality master. 3.Explains how psychoacoustic manipulation can be used to spread sound all around the listener. 4.Provides you with everything you need to know to get your final sound as big as your fattest tune in your iTunes library - never have to pay for mastering again. Pro Audio Mastering Made Easy is a product of David S Eley Ltd."
Author: Amos P. Clarke
Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
Overview A great song is much more than good lyrics or a catchy tune and far more than a great mix or a professional master. Many small studios attempt to craft great songs through mixing, mastering and using the latest plugins. They can find themselves distracted by the lure of special FX, EQ moves, and advanced compression techniques in their attempt to create sonic perfection. However, sonic perfection has little value if the very structure - the arrangement and organisation of song elements - is ignored. This book takes an in-depth look at how to create a great song arrangement using a vast range of techniques including pattern manipulation, repetition, and tonal character. The book covers many more techniques, principles and rules for creating great song arrangements, always with the goal of keeping the audience interested, engaged and wanting more. The book gets deeply into the application of Builds, Transitions, and Hooks, while addressing the issues of Groove, Pace, and Complexity. It focuses on the importance of establishing Lead elements in a song and their impact on song listenability. Also discussed, is the principle of arranging musical elements based on their tonal character and how careful placement in the panoramic soundstage can 'open up a mix', providing incredible depth and clarity. Summary Song Arrangement for the Small Studio is a well-crafted handbook that provides plenty of relevant theory, explanatory diagrams, relevant song examples, and practical steps for applying it in your own song production projects. It's the perfect resource for mixing engineers that want to go beyond plugins and mixing techniques and take their song productions to the next level.
Stories from a South African Childhood
Author: Trevor Noah
Publisher: Spiegel & Grau
Category: Biography & Autobiography
#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • The compelling, inspiring, and comically sublime story of one man’s coming-of-age, set during the twilight of apartheid and the tumultuous days of freedom that followed NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY Michiko Kakutani, New York Times • Newsday • Esquire • NPR • Booklist Trevor Noah’s unlikely path from apartheid South Africa to the desk of The Daily Show began with a criminal act: his birth. Trevor was born to a white Swiss father and a black Xhosa mother at a time when such a union was punishable by five years in prison. Living proof of his parents’ indiscretion, Trevor was kept mostly indoors for the earliest years of his life, bound by the extreme and often absurd measures his mother took to hide him from a government that could, at any moment, steal him away. Finally liberated by the end of South Africa’s tyrannical white rule, Trevor and his mother set forth on a grand adventure, living openly and freely and embracing the opportunities won by a centuries-long struggle. Born a Crime is the story of a mischievous young boy who grows into a restless young man as he struggles to find himself in a world where he was never supposed to exist. It is also the story of that young man’s relationship with his fearless, rebellious, and fervently religious mother—his teammate, a woman determined to save her son from the cycle of poverty, violence, and abuse that would ultimately threaten her own life. The stories collected here are by turns hilarious, dramatic, and deeply affecting. Whether subsisting on caterpillars for dinner during hard times, being thrown from a moving car during an attempted kidnapping, or just trying to survive the life-and-death pitfalls of dating in high school, Trevor illuminates his curious world with an incisive wit and unflinching honesty. His stories weave together to form a moving and searingly funny portrait of a boy making his way through a damaged world in a dangerous time, armed only with a keen sense of humor and a mother’s unconventional, unconditional love. Praise for Born a Crime “[A] compelling new memoir . . . By turns alarming, sad and funny, [Trevor Noah’s] book provides a harrowing look, through the prism of Mr. Noah’s family, at life in South Africa under apartheid. . . . Born a Crime is not just an unnerving account of growing up in South Africa under apartheid, but a love letter to the author’s remarkable mother.”—Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times “[An] unforgettable memoir.”—Parade “What makes Born a Crime such a soul-nourishing pleasure, even with all its darker edges and perilous turns, is reading Noah recount in brisk, warmly conversational prose how he learned to negotiate his way through the bullying and ostracism. . . . What also helped was having a mother like Patricia Nombuyiselo Noah. . . . Consider Born a Crime another such gift to her—and an enormous gift to the rest of us.”—USA Today “[Noah] thrives with the help of his astonishingly fearless mother. . . . Their fierce bond makes this story soar.”—People “[Noah’s] electrifying memoir sparkles with funny stories . . . and his candid and compassionate essays deepen our perception of the complexities of race, gender, and class.”—Booklist (starred review) “A gritty memoir . . . studded with insight and provocative social criticism . . . with flashes of brilliant storytelling and acute observations.”—Kirkus Reviews
Learning to Make Musical Choices
Author: Wessel Oltheten
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Category: Technology & Engineering
In Mixing with Impact: Learning to Make Musical Choices, Wessel Oltheten discusses the creative and technical concepts behind making a mix. Whether you’re a dance producer in your home studio, a live mixer in a club, or an engineer in a big studio, the mindset is largely the same. The same goes for the questions you run into: where do you start? How do you deal with a context in which all the different parts affect each other? How do you avoid getting lost in technique? How do you direct your audience’s attention? Why doesn’t your mix sound as good as someone else’s? How do you maintain your objectivity when you hear the same song a hundred times? How do your speakers affect your perception? What’s the difference between one compressor and another? Following a clear structure, this book covers these and many other questions, bringing you closer and closer to answering the most important question of all: how do you tell a story with sound?
Author: Paul White
In music recording, the quality of a mix is every bit as important as the quality of the performance, and potential hit singles have been ruined by poor mixing. Basic Mixing Techniques blows the lid off the secrets of mixing and explains in easy and illustrated terms how you can create a professional-quality recording with even the most basic equipment.
The Missing Manual
Author: David Pogue
Publisher: "O'Reilly Media, Inc."
Whether you're a professional musician or a mere novice, Apple's GarageBand software has everything you need to produce commercial-quality recordings entirely on your own. Just imagine how many thousands of singers and instrumentalists remain undiscovered because they lack the capability to produce viable demos. Well, no more. Now there's no need to assemble a backup band or book time at a professional studio--GarageBand has it covered. And GarageBand 2: The Missing Manual gives you the know-how you need to make it all happen. It's an authoritative, witty guide to constructing digital recordings with GarageBand. Written by the master of the Missing Manual series, and a musician himself, David Pogue, this top-selling book shows you how to maximize the program's entire set of tools. Pre-recorded loops, sampled sounds, live recordings--they're all explained in easy-to-understand language. It also shows you how to apply professional-sounding effects like reverb or chorusing, and then export the finished product to iTunes, where you can download your work to an iPod, export it as an MP3, or burn it onto CDs. Now revised to reflect GarageBand's latest features, this book's second edition also addresses how to: use GarageBand's eight-track capabilities display music notation in real time enhance timing and pitch for better quality recordings change the tempo and key of recorded instruments tune guitars with GarageBand before recording So if you're chasing a dream or just having fun, GarageBand 2: The Missing Manual is the only resource you need to make the finest musical recordings possible.
Author: Paul Edwards
Publisher: Chicago Review Press
Examining the dynamics of hip-hop from every region and in every form—mainstream and underground, current and classic—this compelling how-to discusses everything from content and flow to rhythm and delivery in relation to the art and craft of rap. Compiled from the most extensive research on rapping to date, this first-of-its-kind guide delivers countless candid and exclusive insights from more than 100 of the most critically acclaimed artists in hip-hop—including Clipse, Cypress Hill, Nelly, Public Enemy, Remy Ma, Schoolly D, A Tribe Called Quest, and will.i.am—unraveling the stories behind their art and preserving a wealth of the genre’s history through the words of the legends themselves. Exhaustively detailing the many complex aspects of rapping—such as utilizing literary tools and devices to strengthen content, battling, imagery, similes, metaphors, analogies, slang, performing both live and in the studio, word play, controversial content and punchlines, and constructing beats, singles, and freestyling—with emphasis on enunciating and breathing for unique vocal style, this remarkable book will benefit beginners and pros alike with its limitless wealth of rapping lore and insight.
The Power of Radical Self-Love
Author: Sonya Renee Taylor
Publisher: Berrett-Koehler Publishers
A global movement guided by love Humans are a varied and divergent bunch with all manner of beliefs, morals, and bodies. Systems of oppression thrive off our inability to make peace with difference and injure the relationship we have with our own bodies. The Body Is Not an Apology offers radical self-love as the balm to heal the wounds inflicted by these violent systems. World-renowned activist and poet Sonya Renee Taylor invites us to reconnect with the radical origins of our minds and bodies and celebrate our collective, enduring strength. As we awaken to our own indoctrinated body shame, we feel inspired to awaken others and to interrupt the systems that perpetuate body shame and oppression against all bodies. When we act from this truth on a global scale, we usher in the transformative opportunity of radical self-love, which is the opportunity for a more just, equitable, and compassionate world—for us all.
A Step-By-Step Workbook
Author: James Henry,Tara L. Zaugg,Paula J. Myers,Caroline J. Kendall
Publisher: Plural Pub Incorporated
Category: Health & Fitness
This is a self-help workbook that is intended for use by patients or by anyone who is bothered by tinnitus. It accompanies the two Progressive Tinnitus Management books -- the Counseling Guide and Clinical Handbook for Audiologists. This third edition of the workbook has been extensively revised and expanded to include new sections describing key components of Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT).. A DVD and CD are included with the workbook. The DVD contains four interactive videos, all of which are captioned. The first two videos show the education that is provided to patients during the first and second sessions of PTM Level 3 Group Education (this video is different from the one for the PTM clinical handbook-the workbook version is designed for individual viewing at home while the handbook version is designed for group viewing in the clinical setting). The third and fourth videos on the DVD provide demonstrations of two relaxation techniques-deep breathing and imagery. These relaxation videos can be used to supplement the Level 3 Group Education. The 76-minute audio CD contains a tutorial of how sound can be used to manage tinnitus, followed by samples of different sounds. Clinicians can use the CD to supplement the PTM counseling.