Focal Press Book: Understanding and Crafting the Mix - The Art of Recording, 3rd Edition

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The 3rd edition of the book, Understanding and Crafting the Mix - The Art of Recording published by Focal Press provides the framework to identify, evaluate, and shape your recordings with clear and systematic methods. Featuring numerous exercises, this third edition allows you to develop critical listening and analytical skills to gain greater control over the quality of your recordings. Sample production sequences and descriptions of the recording engineer’s role as composer, conductor, and performer provide you with a clear view of the entire recording process. 

The book's author, Dr. William Moylan, highlights a range of popular music to offer insights into making meaningful sound judgments during recording. His unique focus on the aesthetic of recording and mixing will encourage you to apply his expertise while at the mixing desk. A companion website features recorded tracks to use in exercises, reference materials, additional examples of mixes and sound qualities, and mixed tracks.


Dr. William Moylan has worked with leading artists across the full spectrum of jazz, popular, and classical genres. His recordings have been released by major and independent record labels, resulting in wide recognition, including several Grammy award nominations. A leading educator and an active recording engineer and producer for over 30 years, he is a Professor and Coordinator of Sound Recording Technology at the University of Massachusetts Lowell.


List of Figures
List of Exercises to Develop Listening, Evaluation and Production Skills
Foreword by Rupert Neve
Overview of Organization and Materials
Establishing an Accurate Playback of Recordings
Part One.
Defining the Art of Recording: The Sound Characteristics and the Aesthetic Qualities of Audio Recordings
Chapter 1. The Elements of Sound and Audio Recording
The States of Sound
Physical Dimensions of Sound
Perceived Parameters of Sound
Chapter 2. The Aesthetic and Artistic Elements of Sound in Audio Recordings
The States of Sound and the Aesthetic/Artistic Elements
Pitch Levels and Relationships
Dynamic Levels and Relationships
Rhythmic Patterns and Rates of Activities
Sound Sources and Sound Quality
Spatial Properties: Stereo and Surround
Chapter 3. The Musical Message and the Listener
The Musical Message
Musical Form and Structure
Musical Materials
The Relationships of Artistic Elements and Musical Materials
Equivalence and the Expression of Musical Ideas
Text as Song Lyrics
The Listener
Part Two.
Learning to Listen, Beginning to Hear: Acquiring Fundamental Listening Skills and Establishing an Effective Approach to Listening
Chapter 4. Listening and Evaluating Sound for the Aspiring Audio Professional
Why Audio Professionals Need to Evaluate Sound
Talking About Sound
The Listening Process
Personal Development for Listening and Sound Evaluation
Chapter 5. Fundamental Listening Skills
Background Knowledge and Preparation
Self Discovery and Realization: "What is Sound to You?"
Beginning to Hear the Relationships and Qualities of the Mix
Hearing Subtle Qualities
Chapter 6. A System for Evaluating Sound
System Overview
Sound Evaluation Sequence
Graphing the States and Activity of Sound Components
Plotting Sources Against a Time Line
Part Three.
Understanding the Mix: Developing Listening and Sound Evaluation Skills
Chapter 7. Evaluating Pitch in Audio and Music Recordings
Analytical Systems
Melodic Contour
Pitch Area and Frequency Band Recognition
Chapter 8. Evaluating Loudness in Audio and Music Recordings
Reference Levels and the Hierarchy of Dynamics
Program Dynamic Contour
Musical Balance
Performance Intensity versus Musical Balance
Chapter 9. Evaluating Sound Quality
Sound Quality in Critical Listening Contexts
Sound Quality in Analytical Listening Contexts
Sound Quality and Perspective
Evaluating the Characteristics of Sound Quality and Timbre
Chapter 10. Evaluating the Spatial Elements of Two Channel Sound
Understanding Space as an Artistic Element
Stereo Sound Location
Distance Localization
Environmental Characteristics
Space Within Space
Chapter 11. Evaluating the Spatial Elements of Surround Sound
Format Considerations
Surround's Sound Stage and the Listener
Sound Location and Imaging
Evaluating Location in Surround Sound
Distance Localization
Sound Sources and their Environments
Chapter 12. Complete Evaluations and Understanding Observations
Pitch Density and Timbral Balance
The Overall Texture
Relationships of the Individual Sound Sources and the Overall Texture
The Complete Evaluation
Using Graphs for Making Evaluations in Production Work
Part Four.
Crafting the Mix: Shaping Music and Sound, and Controlling the Recording Process
Chapter 13. The Roles of the Recordist and the Aesthetics of Recording Production
The Functional Roles of the Recordist
The Artistic Roles of the Recordist
The Recording and Reality: Shaping the Recording Aesthetic
The Recording Aesthetic in Relation to the Performance Event
Altered Realities of Music Performance
Chapter 14. The Sounds of Recordings: Shaping Musical Ideas and Musical Expression
The Artistic Elements of Sound as Musical Materials
Sound Qualities
Timbral Balance and the Mix
Sound Stage
Noises, Distortions and Unwanted Sounds
Musical Balance
Chapter 15. Preproduction and Preliminary Stages: Embracing Reality and Defining the Materials of the Project
Sound Sources as Artistic Resources, and the Choice of Timbres
Microphones: The Aesthetic Decisions of Capturing Timbres
Equipment Selection: Application of Inherent Sound Quality
Monitoring: The Sound Quality of Playback
Chapter 16. Recording and Tracking: Capturing and Shaping the Performance
Approaching the Recording: Tracking and Recording Sessions
In Session: Shifting Focus and Perspective
An Overview of Two Production Sequences
Editing: Rearranging and Suspending Time
Signal Processing: Refining Sounds and Music
Preparing for the Mix
Chapter 17. Crafting the Mix, and Finalizing the Production
Mixing to Support the Music and the Text
The Mix: Composing and Performing the Recording
Mastering: The Final Artistic Decisions
The Listener's Alterations to the Recording
Concluding Remarks

Focal Press 9780415842815 Specs

SubjectSystematic method for sound engineers to improve the quality of recordings
PublisherFocal Press
AuthorWilliam Moylan
Hard/Soft CoverPaperback
ISBN Number9780415842815
Date PublishedOctober, 2014
Packaging Info
Package Weight2.045 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)9.2 x 7.5 x 1"
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