Mix Bus Strategies - The Definitive Guide
"Simply put... Get this book; because if you're serious about music production and you want to make great music then you need it!"
Not only does this book contain over 180 pages of highly targeted and focused mixing skills, knowledge and techniques all illistrated with screen shots. It also comes with 17 videos (over 3.5 hours) and 130 audio examples (over 1.2 hours) that accompany the book and provide further explanation, clarification and real world examples.
180 page Ebook (PDF)
3.5 hours of video (17 lessons)
1.2 hours of Audio (130 Audio Examples)
Module 1 - Prep (pages 11-30):
Understanding the way different processes work can give you a deeper understanding of how and when to apply them. In this first section Eddie takes you through and explains some fundamental and vital processes like getting the right headroom with 'gain structuring', summing, the 'pan law', frequency smearing, crossovers, metering and much more. Essential knowledge put into concise and easy to understand practical examples.
Module 2 - Mix Bus Effects & Dynamics (pages 31-46):
Covered in this section is; which effects can you use on the Mix Bus and which should you avoid at all costs. How to apply the correct effects and how to correctly apply them without causing damage to your mix is of course vital to making great sounding mixes. Everything from EQ, mutliband compression, harmonic distortion and even delay can be used to make your mixes sound better at the Mix Bus stage.
Module 3 - Compressor Topologies (Pages 47-70):
Picking the right compressor to use on the Mix Bus is a common question and normally mis-understood. Eddie explains how to pick the right one and what the right settings are for the type of song, depending on the tempo, the dynamics and the genre. Using compression effects on the Mix Bus is a fine art and you'll learn how to maintain 'Transient Integrity' to keep your tracks punchy whilst taming the peaks to get a clear and balanced mix.
Module 4 - Energy (Pages 83-92):
We can measure frequencies / pitch but how do we measure the energy of the track? You can have a super balanced and well presented track but if it has the wrong energy or even no energy at all then it will come across as boring or stale. Here Eddie talks about the energy of a mix and he looks at the many processes you can use to manipulate the energy of your tracks at the bus mixing stage to add presence and excitement to your mixes.
Module 5 - Poor Practices (Pages 93-115):
In this section Eddie gives you his 'don't even go there' tips and advice. Many decisions have to be made during the mixing phase of making a track and one of the best ways to get great mixes is to avoid making bad mixing decisions in the first place. You'll learn why avoiding clipping, low frequencies tripping compressors and some stereo widening effects is super important to getting great mixes.
Module 6 - Master Bus Processing (Pages 116-182):
In this last main section Eddie takes you through the different setups and approaches to Master Bus processing. Do you want the processing you apply to be transparent, are you looking to get that silky smooth and professional polish, or perhaps you want a nice airy sounding mix? Setups for any genre and approaches are also covered here giving you all the knowledge you need to give your track that profesional finish.
It took Eddie around 11 months to put this incredible learning resourse together and his expert knowledge and years in the industry working with the likes of the Pet Shop Boys, Busta Rhymes, Spandau Ballet, DJ Shadow (to name a few) really shines thorugh. And if you need any further clarification that Eddie knows what he's on about he also writes articles for Sound On Sound magazine.
"A true and insightful masterclass from a highly skilled professional"
More Info about what you get inside 'Mix Bus Strategies - The Definitive Guide'...
Accompanied with 17 videos and 130 audio files this book is aimed at those that like to get their hands dirty with working exercises peppered with solid physics.
For the first time ever an entire book has been dedicated in exploring and revealing some of the music industry’s secrets on how producers manage the elusive MixBus or Master Bus.
Inside you will find chapters that cover very specialized techniques and processes, each accompanied with before and after audio examples with clear and concise large screen grabs for easy reading. In addition to all detailed descriptions and analysis, each chapter includes clear screen shots from a range of recommended VST software plug ins, showing you every setting, parameter and slider position, plus every single audio example discussed in the book is included (24 bit stereo WAV files), ready to open up in your favourite audio editor and DAW for full analysis. Each process example is carefully analyzed, explaining exactly how each parameter you adjust is altering the audio, ensuring you completely understand how to use the different techniques to professionally construct your Master Bus dynamics.
To help the reader with basic principles of audio production an additional 17 videos have been provided that cover all the basic and advanced processes covered in the book.
Containing indepth tutorials on the secrets of constructing the Master/MixBus Bus Dynamics this book has chapters devoted to various current popular genres, notably Hip Hop and EDM, plus extensive examples covering all types of mixbus textures from transparent (pre mastering) to silky smooth for film, from airy to hard hitting; all types of mixbus dynamics are explained in detail!
The main focus is on the practical skills and tips that you need to make quick progress, and throughout the book Eddie Bazil demonstrates various techniques using an array of dynamic processes utilising plugins, both free and paid for, where he takes a real-world stereo mix and reworks the mix at the master bus to illustrate exactly the texture he is talking about, and all this on top of the standard MixBus Processes. But he’s also backed this up with plenty of useful theory that will help you keep learning and experimenting for years, including detailed videos that highlight both the processors used and how to use them.
The book’s main aim is to help you in understanding the processes and processors producers and mastering engineers use to work the Master Bus/MixBus, be it for transparent mastering or for genre specific processing.
Whether you are into Hip Hop or EDM this book is aimed solidly at constructing bespoke mixbus textures for various genres and mediums available.
Accompanied with tons of top quality source files (24/44.1 WAVs) and with before and after audio examples the book is structured so you can follow all the exercises and achieve the same results.
This E-book is not exclusive to any software, and can be used as a tutorial for any audio editor and/or sequencer.
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Eddie’s professional musical career started during his teens, when he became a programmer for some of the most notable Electro/New Wave and Dance/Rap bands of the time, including AON, DJ Shadow, Juice, Pet Shop Boys, Spandau Ballet, C Campbell, Bobin, Paul Dee, Jets Orchestra, DJ Krush and many more. His career and experience progressed as he became a popular remixer and producer, working on projects with Busta Rhymes, SFP, Bobin, Dee, DJ Krush, DJ Shadow, Sleeveless, Greensleeves, 9 Bar and Gam Productions, with many of his tracks achieving top chart positions. He is currently involved in various production, remixing and sound-design projects, as well as sharing his knowledge by teaching workshops and providing online tuition through Samplecraze. Eddie has also been a contributing writer for Sound on Sound, and has published several books on audio technology.
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