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Mixing and Mastering in the Box: The Guide to Making Great Mixes and Final Masters on Your Computer

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Mixing and mastering, the two final steps in the complex process of sound engineering, require both artistic finesse and technical facility. Even the slightest difference in the way a sound is processed can lead to a shift in the overall aesthetic of a piece, and so sound engineers must work towards an understanding of sound engineering that is particularly oriented towards the artistic and aesthetic. In order to create effective mixes, a sound engineer must maintain a distinct set of artistic goals while drawing on an in-depth understanding of the software involved in the process. Creating final masters requires specialized aural skills and a similarly advanced understanding of the software in order to fine-tune the product with respect to these goals. Mixing and Mastering in the Box addresses the practical and technological necessities of these two final steps without neglecting the creative process that is integral to the creation of high-quality recordings. Savage focuses primarily on creating mixes and masters in the Digital Audio Workstation (DAW), or "in the box," currently a popular platform in the field of sound engineering due to the creative advantages and advanced technological capabilities it offers to its users. However, much of the information presented in Mixing and Mastering in the Box is also applicable to analog mixing gear or a hybrid system of digital and analog tools. This book, which features over one hundred illustrations and a comprehensive companion website, is ideal for beginning or intermediate students in sound engineering with a focus on DAW, recording artists who do their own mixing and mastering, or musicians who wish to be better informed when collaborating on mixes and masters.

Synopsis:

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.

About the Author

An active producer, recording engineer, and music technology instructor, Steve Savage has been the primary engineer on seven Grammy-nominated CDs. He is the author of numerous books, including The Art of Digital Audio Recording: A Practical Guide for Home and Studio (OUP, 2011) and Bytes and Backbeats: Repurposing Audio in the Digital Age (Michigan, 2011).

Table of Contents

Contents

Introduction

Part I - Mixing and Mastering

Introduction to Part I

1. The Starting Point

1.1 Preparing to mix and master

1.2 Where to mix and master

1.3 The tools of mixing and mastering

1.4 Introduction to the "Quick Guide"

2. Quick Guide to Great Mixes and Masters: Five best practices

2.1 Have a concept

2.2 Monitor level

2.3 Monitoring options

2.4 Revise, revise, revise

2.5 Live with your mix or master

3. Quick Guide to Great Mixes and Masters: Four common mistakes

3.1 Poor control of the low end

3.2 Overly bright mixes and masters

3.3 Overly compressed mixes and masters

3.4 Trusting inadequate monitoring

Part II - Mixing

Introduction to Part II

4. Building a Mix: The concepts and tools in detail

4.1 Starting concepts and setting level

4.2 Panning

4.3 Processing: EQ

4.4 Processing: Dynamics

4.5 Processing: Effects

4.6 Processing: What else is in the box?

4.7 The stereo buss

5. Automation and Recall: Fine-tuning

5.1 Online versus off-line automation

5.2 Details of online automation

5.3 Details of off-line automation

5.4 Timeline of automation

5.5 From simple to complex mixes

5.6 Fades

5.7 Advanced automation techniques

5.8 Recall

6. Mixing Piece by Piece: How to approach individual elements

6.1 Drums and percussion

6.2 Bass

6.3 Guitar

6.4 Keyboards

6.5 Vocals

6.6 Horns

6.7 Strings

7. Mix Collaboration: The mix team

7.1 How to communicate about mixes

7.2 Levels of mixer intervention

7.3 Managing remote mixing projects

8. Delivering Mixes: Formats, mix types and multiple mixes

8.1 Digital formats for mix delivery

8.2 Full mixes, TV mixes, and clips

8.3 Multiple versions of a single mix

PART III - Mastering

Introduction to part III

9. Setting Up to Master: Tools and files

9.1 Tools

9.2 Creating a template

9.3 Building the timeline

10. How to Listen for Mastering: From your ear to action

10.1 Level

10.2 Frequency/EQ

10.3 Dynamics and effects

10.4 Consistency

11. Creating a Master: The concepts and tools in detail

11.1 Creating a reference track

11.2 Processing: EQ

11.3 Processing: Level

11.4 Processing: Dynamics and effects

11.5 What else is in the box?

12. The Final Master: Creating and delivering

12.1 Creating a master

12.2 Formats and delivery options

13. Mastering Collaboration: The mastering team

13.1 How to talk about mastering

13.2 Levels of mastering intervention

13.3 Managing remote mastering projects

Addendum I: Notes on surround mixing and mastering

Addendum II: Why mixing and mastering can no longer be separated

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780199929320
Author:
Savage, Steve
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Subject:
Instruction & Study
Subject:
Music | Performance Studies, Applied Music
Subject:
Music-Education and Therapy
Subject:
Music-Theory and Composition
Publication Date:
20140931
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
115 illustrations
Pages:
320
Dimensions:
8.5 x 10.9 x 1 in

Related Subjects

Arts and Entertainment » Music » Instruction and Study » Composition
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Arts and Entertainment » Music » Recording Techniques

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"Synopsis" by , 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.

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