Paperback: 208 pages
Publisher: Cengage Learning PTR; 1 edition (February 22, 2011)
Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 8 x 10 inches
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Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
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Due to the author personally handling the situation with the files at the publisher's site, I have updated my review. See the comment below for the link to retrieve the files, which have presets, raw audio files, and mp3's to compare your mixing to that of the author. Mr. Wood logically progresses through the essential Waves audio plug-ins in a literal and pragmatic approach. He provides explanations and suggestions without personalizing the mix recommendations, too, much. By this manner, he encourages the reader to not simply copy his technique and, at the same time, discourages simple knob tweaking; that's why you are interested in this book, right!!! If you wish to weed through the veritable sea of Waves, then this is a great place to start.
There was some useful information about the plugins. But I wish it went a little more in depth. Great read for beginners that want to mix along with it as they can really see how pluging effect their sound.
I found this book to be a good overview of the Waves plugins. I am familiar with VST effects (intermediate level) but was new to the Waves Gold package. This book did a good job of describing why you might want to use one Wave plugin over another (there is a bit of overlap). Custom example settings for the Waves plugins were also included. The book also helped by providing some useful mixing tips that can be applied even with other non-Waves plugins.I was able to find the audio files up on the publisher's website. The audio files were out of sync as the other review stated. I use Cubase and was able to toggle these audio files to musical timebase and everything lined up fine. Perhaps it would be better if they were all set to the same tempo to begin with to avoid any confusion.Overall I feel that this was a very good value and am pleased with the purchase. Between this book and the Wave manuals I feel that I am now fully capable of using the Waves plugins to their full potential.John
This book is great for the plugin novice but you will need to supplement the info online. I recommend reading it from the beginning up to and including the bundle you have purchased. Read the brief description of the plugin (which cannot possibly be thoroughly explained in the short paragraphs devoted to each plugin) then watch the waves mastering tutorial for that plugin online (they average about 7 mins each). Then play with that plug in on one of your own audio files. This really worked for me. I also downloaded the companion files (audio + presets) so that I could go through the author's thinking process regarding how to mix a track and that was really helpful too. I knocked off one star because the info is really brief and basic, and it was really painful to listen to the audio track provided even once, let alone 60 times (sorry Barry!!!).
I just finished the book and I must say this one I wish I could of read years ago. With so many plug-ins in the mercury bundle, it was beyond a time-consuming process to go through the manual for each and everyone. Not only did I get a clear idea of how the EQ, compression, effects, and other plug-ins compared and contrasted, the workshops gave me very profound insights on their practical applications...where and how to better use them. This is a must read for any Waves owner or anyone who is looking to purchase a bundle, but ambivalent on which to purchase. I got more than a bargain in less than 2-3 days and learned a lot. A big thanks to the author for the efforts to put this one together. -Matt
I am a songwriter that creates music `in the box'. This is a very valuable book for those who want to learn plugging and particularly waves plugging. There are so many `brainy' audio courses out there, that divert you from what is important when you track and mix in a DAW, that is using out own ears. If you want to learn Waves Plug-ins, and you are overwhelmed with complex work flows and ideas the structure of this book can help you sort things out. By so generously providing the `necked' audio tracks, along with pre-sets and workflows. I am able to go from the simple bundles that are for starters and implement effective mixing ideas to a song. Later on if you are able to upgrade to more costly waves bundles, one can do a mix with more sophisticated/different flavored plug-ins and workflows to get a different/better? Results. Using the same raw audio for different mixes when implementing different bondless of plug ins, is a great idea.Most important when mixing is NOT to touch any buttons if we are not sure what it does to the sound. Barry Wood successfully provides us with tools and work habits that will last a life time. A must buy then go to waves.com and see the 2 webinars that he just did for waves users. Your music will change forever. I am hopeful that this will become the standard for teaching.[...] Waves Native Power Pack
Barry writes in a very clear and simple way. Along with promoting Waves Plugins he talks about the art of mixing and mastering ones tracks. His breakdown of how plugins work and how one could and should use them is extremely helpful to anyone using a DAW to record their music. You can download the files to hear the examples he talks about. All in all a great product and very useful for those wanting to improve their engineering chops.Waves Plus-Ins Workshop -- Mixing by the Bundle
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