Mixing Secrets for the Small Studio (Sound On Sound Presents...)

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Mixing Secrets for the Small Studio (Sound On Sound Presents...)

Mixing Secrets for the Small Studio (Sound On Sound Presents...)

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Bill Cheney and Jim Romney are the men responsible for keeping the amazing legacy of Spectra Sonics, a legendary, if criminally unheralded, pro-audio company alive. Usefully, every chapter concludes with a 'Cut to the Chase' section summarising the key techniques and 'secrets', along with an 'Assignment' section detailing practical exercises to hone new‑found skills. Pick up tricks and tips from leading-edge engineers working on today's multi-platinum hits, including Derek "MixedByAli" Ali, Michael Brauer, Dylan "3D" Dresdow, Tom Elmhirst, Serban Ghenea, Jacquire King, the Lord-Alge brothers, Tony Maserati, Manny Marroquin, Noah "50" Shebib, Mark "Spike" Stent, DJ Swivel, Phil Tan, Andy Wallace, Young Guru, and many, many more.

On the way, you'll unravel the mysteries of every type of mix processing, from simple EQ and compression through to advanced spectral dynamics and "fairy dust" effects. He has transformed dozens of amateur productions for Sound On Sound magazine's popular "Mix Rescue" column, proving time and again that you can achieve commercial-grade results with affordable gear—once you know how! The techniques are backed up by quotes from the top engineers in the music business across a wide variety of genres, instilling confidence in the ultimately subjective choices it suggests. Essential pre‑mix groundwork is covered in three chapters through Part 2, dealing with timing, tuning and arrangement issues. Secondly, although he states the book is a “step by step primer” some information is so conspicuously absent, I was shocked.I FOUND AN EXCELLENT "MUST HAVE" for anyone pursuing music recording and mixing as a career and life-long hobby.

As a student with a classical background in a class full of people with either experience playing electric instruments or experience in music technology, I found myself confused and dragging behind.

User-friendly explanations introduce technical concepts on a strictly need-to-know basis, while chapter summaries and assignments are perfect for school and college use. Regular Sound On Sound readers will already be familiar with Mike Senior's contributions to the ever‑popular Mix Rescue series, as well as his occasional (and usually lengthy!

So while I didn't need to learn how a compressor works, I enjoyed this book and took good things away from it. The EQ, and Compression chapters alone make this book worth the money; but Senior also goes on to give valuable tips on software (some of it free) and hardware without sounding like he's pushing any particular brand. First you’ll discover how to prepare yourself and your studio for truly productive work, but without breaking the bank.So, I decided to review the book based primarily on his “mission statement” if you will, in the introduction. Then he says to add 10 to 20 ms of pre-delay to start, “aiming on the shorter side for a more intimate sounding space, and on the longer side for a more spacious virtual acoustic. Warning: For those readers who get upset when we deviate a bit from matters strictly audio, you should skip ahead to the next microphone review that fits your budget. Obviously that's not rocket science, but again, I'd gotten comfortable in my ways, and de- fossilizing my brain a bit was a good thing. Appropriate audio material can be downloaded from a dedicated section of Mike's own company web site ( www.

Recently, I felt like my mixing had hit a plateau, so I went looking for new ideas to consider at mix time. Mike Senior gives the novice the fundamental information necessary to understand and execute all basic mixing tasks as well as many advanced mixing ones. This is specific to mixing and not the whole process of recording, but is incredible in both its practicality and its readability. Rather, he shows various methods, explaining that not every method would work for every mix and even provides links to find out more about the different schools of thought.

Part 1 of Mixing Secrets begins with a detailed discussion across four chapters on how to choose and use nearfield monitoring, including understanding and working around the limitations of budget equipment, optimising the listening environment, and 'self calibration' using commercial music reference material. He takes a complicated, non-intuitive, subjective, and non-linear process and gets the student through it as if it were simple, obvious, linear, and objective, all the while providing the student with the necessary caveats to understand where the process has been simplified to make it easier to learn. In the end, this may not have been exactly the right book for me, but I don't want to discount its value. If you've never spent time working with seasoned engineers, or you haven't been mixing for long, this book is gold. The final section comprises five chapters dealing with mix sweetening techniques, including the application of reverbs and delays, stereo processing and other effects, bus compression, and the use of mix automation.



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