Mix Smart: Pro Audio Tips For Your Multitrack Mix (Mastering Music) 1st Edition

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After you've recorded the perfect song, you're only halfway there! Mixing is where the magic really happens and getting the perfect mix is a challenge. One of the most elusive arts of the recording practice, mixing can take a lifetime to master - this handbook jump-starts your skills and fast-forwards your progress!

Breaking the mix down by different effects - EQ, distortion, compression, expansion, pitch shift, delay, reverb, and more - and applying them to some of the most important instruments in pop music, Mix Smart will arm you with the skills and techniques you need to tap into your musicality and express it through multitrack mixing, putting true professional quality mixing within your reach.

*Future proof, ear-opening strategies will empower your inner-musician, giving you the knowledge you need to develop your mixing skills - from basic to advanced *Breaking the mix down by different effects, with detailed strategies for the most important pop instruments showing you how to create the perfect combination *Bonus Website, www.recordingology.com, packed with samples and example tracks, so you can practice as you learn *Mix Smart Quick Start summaries at the end of each chapter get you to work faster *Demystifies the technical, making the tools of the mix rig accessible - analog and digital, outboard and in the box, stereo and surround *For everyone who mixes - studio, live, music, film, games, and broadcast

The recording studio is your musical instrument, and it's time you really learned how to play. Alex Case shows you not just how to mix well, but how to Mix Smart!

About the Author

Alex Case is an Associate Professor of Sound Recording Technology at the University of Massachusetts. An active member of the Audio Engineering Society, and a Fellow of the Acoustical Society of America, Case is an engineer, educator, and author who speaks frequently on audio and acoustics across the United States and internationally. With degrees in Mechanical Engineering, Music, and Acoustics, Professor Case lives and works at the intersection of art and science.
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Product Details

  • Series: Mastering Music
  • Paperback: 324 pages
  • Publisher: Focal Press; 1 edition (June 15, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0240814851
  • ISBN-13: 978-0240814858
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 7.4 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,043,264 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Alex Case has dedicated his professional life to the study of aesthetics, perception, signal processing, electro-acoustics and room acoustics for the creation and enjoyment of recorded music.

An Associate Professor of Sound Recording Technology, Case leads classes, sessions and research with undergraduate and graduate students at the University of Massachusetts Lowell.

An active member of the Audio Engineering Society, and a Fellow of the Acoustical Society of America, Case is an engineer, educator, and author who speaks frequently on audio and acoustics across the United States and worldwide. With degrees in Mechanical Engineering, Music, and Acoustics, Professor Case lives and works at the intersection of art and science.

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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Brian Connors VINE VOICE on August 24, 2011
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I'm not sure "tips" is adequate to describe what this book is about. This book is an in-depth examination of how the mixing process works, what different pieces and types of equipment do, and how to make things sound like they're supposed to when they don't. You can't underestimate the value of a good ear, but the nice thing about having access to all this information is that you can get a lot more consistency to your results that way, just like in science and cooking.

The book is largely organized by effects, interestingly enough, with a chapter each on all the major ones (reverb, delay, compression, distortion, etc), so it's probably useful for more than just studio work (especially if you're a guitarist or vocalist with a complex signal chain between your instrument or mic and the board). It's profusely illustrated with spectral graphs and flowcharts, as well as an extended playlist in Appendix D showing exactly what to look for in a great number of well-known songs. (Too bad the licensing for a CD or DVD of the playlist would probably be ridiculously expensive...) Interestingly, the book is software agnostic, not mentioning big players like ProTools, Logic, or Audacity in favor of general principle discussion; this certainly is an effective way of dealing with the problem of platform dependence, though it does require you to be reasonably familiar with your tools on a basic level. I'm not inclined to count this as a bad thing.

On the whole, you don't need this to be a good audio engineer, but let's be honest -- if you make a point to study this material, you've got a better than average shot at being a great one.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Bruno VINE VOICE on August 11, 2011
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I have been a audio engineer (in part) professionally for 10 years and as a hobby for almost 20 years now. I do audio work (voice/music) in my job as one of my many hats that I wear as a computer animator. I also do music creation and recording as a hobby with several of my friends during my spare time. I am 100% self taught in regards to my audio knowledge...However, the problem with this is it tends to have a a Swiss cheese effect in my overall ability.

Everything discussed in this book is something I have a lot of experience with, but it's the sum of all it's parts when it comes together that makes the final track. I still lack the refined ability of making "perfect" final mix downs. It truly is an art form that can take many many years to master and it is way beyond just buying expensive equipment and getting your levels all balanced. It always seems like I am missing crucial bits of information to get my tracks perfect. I could tell within 30 minutes of going through this book it would be capable of taking me much further to that goal then every before.

I suppose I fell into the groove of looking for recipes for plugin chains for my individual tracks and final mixdowns. I am always looking for the plug and play magic that will just step my game up and it never comes! You certainly can find recipes if you dig enough to any settings you want given certain circumstances. However, I was shocked and edified when I read the concept of this book is not to teach recipes but teach strategies since no 2 situations are the same! Therefore, recipes are useless since every track and recording is unique. He is absolutely right! I am officially done with the recipes 100% I suppose I do this already to an extent.. I use the recipe and tweak it a tiny bit to my ear.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on April 6, 2012
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This is an introduction to audio mixing for beginning sound engineers. Case teaches sound recording at the University of Massachusetts Lowell and writes about audio engineering. In this book, he explains the steps involved in making mixes that work. Topics covered in the book include mix-room setup, balance, equalization, distortion, compression and limiting, expansion and gating, delay, pitch shift, and reverb. Case stays away from assuming that readers will be using any specific technology or software, so instead of giving software-specific instructions, he discusses the bigger picture of why you might want to use a given technique and what its acoustic effects will be. This separation from specific technologies ensures that the material in the text will not be instantly outdated with the next software release but will be useful for years to come. The book is amply illustrated with tables and diagrams to make technical points clear. End material includes lengthy appendices on processing, musical acoustics, automation, and listening.

I found this book easy to understand and thorough in its treatment. The text can be a bit dry sometimes, but it's not meant to be light reading. It is filled with information and excellent advice for creating and improving your mixes. It's a great reference that you can read once, or return to again and again as you hone your skills. In general, Case's explanations about the different available alternatives and ways to get the sound you are looking for are easy to follow and informative. Case's summary of balance, for example, is a great way to start when approaching a mix for the first time: "The pop music vocal and the snare sit pretty loud in the mix, dead center. Kick and bass are also in the center, likely at a lower level.
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