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Mix Smart: Pro Audio Tips For Your Multitrack Mix (Mastering Music) Paperback – June 15, 2011

ISBN-13: 978-0240814858 ISBN-10: 0240814851 Edition: 1st

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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: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #991,952 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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This is an introduction to audio mixing for beginning sound engineers.
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A lot of info is presented in each book, so it can get pretty dense at times for absolute beginners.
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This book covers literally every key plugin/effect you will be dealing with in a final mix.
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5 of 5 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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By JPfromOH VINE VOICE on August 9, 2011
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Alexander Case's Mix Smart: Pro Audio Tips for Your Multitrack Mix provides exactly what the title and subtitle say. Case writes in an easy-to-read style, but covers numerous technical details of audio mixing, effects, balancing techniques, and so on. Throughout the book he provides suggested parameters within a mixing engineer might experiment with things such as compression, detuning, hard and soft clipping, and virtually everything else that is possible with today's mixing technology. Note, though, that the focus is on dealing with and being creative with tracks that have already been recorded--this is not a book that deals extensively with microphone placement, recording studio setup, and so on. The book's appendix material is also valuable, the suggested listening list perhaps less so than some of the rest, but the wave form discussions, conversions of rhythmic values into clock time at various tempi, pitch-to-frequency chart, and all the rest is well explained and bound to be useful at some point in the mixing process. The book will be helpful to experienced users as well as to those who are just getting their feet wet using Audacity or some other software on their laptop. Highly recommended!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Slopedawg on March 1, 2012
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I bought this book about a month ago for the class I am taking with the author. I have read about half the book now and I can say that the descriptions on the topic of compression and expansion are better than any other audio text I have. I am hearing and altering dynamics processors in a whole new way. The whole experience has been pretty mind blowing; learning that a compressor is much more like an EQ that functions with time, rather than just a leveling device.

Buy it, read it, apply it!!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Brad Swanson on August 25, 2011
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Mix Smart offers a wealth of information for engineers, producers and musicians across a wide spectrum of audio expertise. For a musician just getting started with audio, it provides solid foundation of concepts through simple, no-nonsense descriptions and real world applications. For a seasoned professional, it provides compelling explanations of concepts that we've all experienced but may not understand completely or utilize efficiently. For engineers at all levels, the concept specific chapters, extensive appendices and index make it a great reference tool as we work in the field and try to make sense of other books, articles, and technical documents that we encounter.

As many reviewers have already described, this book carefully emphasizes "strategies, not recipes", but doesn't hesitate to provide meaningful starting points and possible problem-solvers within discussion of each topic. The opening two chapters introduce ideas on a macro-level and walk the reader through a sample rock mix session. Most of the subsequent chapters focus on specific tools and effects employed in audio, and provide first a thorough study of the technology and possibilities within these tools, and then application specific suggestions for mixing. Each chapter carefully balances conceptual ideas with specific recommendations, all carefully organized to be a useful cover-to-cover read or as a reference volume to answer specific questions during a mix session. The culminating chapter includes sage advice for continued skill development, and encouragement to use the techniques and technologies for good, not evil.
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