Template Mixing and Mastering

by Billy Decker and Simon Taylor

Audio production is an incredibly rewarding craft. To take the raw, basic tracks of a fledgling idea and shape them into one glorious stereophonic sound wave is an amazing feat. The transformation from analogue to digital dominance has brought many advances in sound quality and new techniques, but producing digital music with only a standard computer and DAW can be problematic, time-consuming and sometimes disappointing without the right approach and skills. In Template Mixing and Mastering, renowned mix engineer Billy Decker tackles the challenges of in-the-box production through his innovative template approach.

He shares his passion and knowledge from over twenty years of industry experience, including:
an introduction to templates and a step-by-step guide to their set-up
discussion of drum replacement technology
channel and setting information for each of the drum, instrument and vocal sections of his template is discussed along with the master channel
his methodology of mixing and mastering
professional advice and best practice

Featuring the full template used on sixteen No 1 records!

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This book is a gift of gratitude to anyone that wants to take a step into out-of-this-world sounding songs.

Rodney Atkins – multi-million selling recording artist

This book is accessible and engaging, with plenty of pithy one-liners that make serious and thought-provoking points. Essential reading for anyone interested in improving their mixing skills, and streamlining their working methods.

Paul Tingen – Sound on Sound Magazine

Some absolute gems of advice to pick up here. The brilliant and clear way everything is presented and the actual (hallelujah!) settings for your template laid out for you, make this essential for any mix engineer, or anyone striving to be one.

Andy Jones – Computer Music Magazine

The book is also an excellent reference for identifying frequencies a pro mixer will often cut or boost on certain instruments; I always nodded my head at Billy’s choices. Throughout the book there are a lot of thoughts and practices that will help a mix engineer keep their focus, searching for “feel” as opposed to “perfection.” There really is a lot of information packed into these 126 pages.

Larry Crane – Tape Op Magazine

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