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Discover how to achieve release-quality mixes even in the smallest studios by applying power-user techniques from the world's most successful producers.

Mixing Secrets For The Small Studio is a down-to-earth primer for small-studio enthusiasts who want chart-ready sonics in a hurry. Drawing on the back-room strategies of more than 100 famous names, this entertaining guide leads you step-by-step through the entire mixing process. 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. 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.

  • Learn the subtle editing, arrangement, and monitoring tactics which give industry insiders their competitive edge, and master the psychological tricks which protect you from all the biggest rookie mistakes.
  • Find out where you don't need to spend money, as well as how to make a limited budget really count.
  • Pick up tricks and tips from leading-edge engineers working on today's multi-platinum hits, including Michael Brauer, Serban Ghenea, the Lord-Alge brothers, Tony Maserati, Manny Marroquin, Dave 'Hard Drive' Pensado, Jack Joseph Puig, Mark 'Spike' Stent, Phil Tan, Andy Wallace, and many, many more...

    Mike Senior is a professional engineer who has worked with Wet Wet Wet, The Charlatans, Reef, Therapy, and Nigel Kennedy. He specialises in adapting the techniques of top producers for those working on a budget. Since 2007 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!

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    Product Details

  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Focal Press; 1 edition (Feb. 25 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0240815807
  • ISBN-13: 978-0240815800
  • Product Dimensions: 19 x 2 x 23.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 680 g

    Table of Contents


    Part 1: Hearing & Listening

    Chapter 1: Using Nearfield Monitors Chapter 2: Supplementary Monitoring Chapter 3: Low-End Damage Limitation Chapter 4: From Subjective Impressions To Objective Results

    Part 2: Mix Preparation

    Chapter 5: Essential Groundwork Chapter 6: Timing & Tuning Adjustments Chapter 7: Comping & Arrangement

    Part 3: Balance

    Chapter 8: Building The Raw Balance Chapter 9: Compressing For A Reason Chapter 10: Beyond Compression Chapter 11: Equalizing For A Reason Chapter 12: Beyond EQ Chapter 13: Frequency-Selective Dynamics Chapter 14: The Power Of Side Chains Chapter 15: Towards Fluent Balancing

    Part 4: Sweetening To Taste

    Chapter 16: Mixing With Reverb Chapter 17: Mixing With Delays Chapter 18: Stereo Enhancements Chapter 19: Buss Compression, Automation & Endgame