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FREEWARE TOP TEN -- AFFORDABLE CROSS-PLATFORM SOFTWARE -- GLOSSARIES -- FORUMS -- PRODUCER INTERVIEWS

MIXING SECRETS FREEWARE TOP TEN

I've made more than 200 software recommendations in these resource pages, but if you're short on time then here's a shortlist of my own favourite freeware sources:

AFFORDABLE CROSS-PLATFORM SOFTWARE

I've tried to mention appropriate cross-platform software options in every chapter page, but here are some of my overall top tips -- they're not all freeware, but they are all excellent value:

JARGON-BUSTING GLOSSARIES

FORUMS & NEWSGROUPS

  • Gearslutz
    A good deal of pro-level chat and some great Q&A forums with high-profile producers. Plus, there's now a dedicated newbies area.

  • Home Recording
    Another active forum, with a dedicated newbie zone.

  • Pro Sound Web
    A popular forum aimed more at high end practitioners and techies.

  • Rec.Audio.Pro
    Masses of archive material here, much of it deeply techy.

  • Recording.Org

  • Sound On Sound
    A very active forum which includes regular contributions from Sound On Sound magazine's staff and contributors.

INTERVIEWS WITH PRODUCERS & ENGINEERS

Here are some of the best free on-line magazine interview archives on the net:
  • Sound On Sound Magazine Article Archive
    Includes all the magazine's articles since about 1996, although you have to be a subscriber to view any articles published within the last six months. (If you can't wait to read something that recent, bear in mind that a three-month e-subscription costs very little.)

  • Mix Magazine Article Archive
    Another good collection of on-line articles, including the only interview I've found with Andy Wallace.

  • Gearslutz Expert Q&A Archive
    Preserved for posterity here are Q&A sessions Gearslutz carried out on their forum with a couple of dozen big names. Although these aren't as focused as published interviews, they're nonetheless very revealing, and provide insights into the working methods of some engineers it's difficult to find out about from elsewhere (such as Mike Shipley and Russ Elevado).

Video interviews are also becoming an increasingly valuable resource. Here are some freeware recommendations:
  • RecordProduction.com Video Archive
    A fabulous collection of more than 300 interview videos with dozens of world-famous names. (Make sure not to miss out page two!)

  • Waves Video Archive
    Despite the ostensible focus on Waves products, these interviews are also of general interest, and feature leading lights such as Manny Marroquin, Tony Maserati, Dave Pensado, JJ Puig, and Chris Lord-Alge.

  • Art & Science Of Sound Recording
    There are a few free video interviews available here, and the payware video downloads also feature some good interview footage too, amidst the general tutorial content.

  • Gearslutz Video Links Page
    There are some reasonable interviews with producers here, but they're scattered amongst links to many other more general-purpose studio-related videos, so you have to sift a little.

  • Pensado's Place
    A cable TV show presented by world-renowned mix engineer Dave 'Hard Drive' Pensado, featuring candid interviews with many current A-list engineers.

In addition to these free information sources, there are also a number of interview resources that I'd highly recommend:
  • Howard Massey's Behind The Glass Volume 1 & Volume 2
    Probably the best books of collected technical interviews out there, in my opinion. What's particularly good is that Massey often asks the same questions of several different producers, and the differences in their responses is fascinating.

  • Maureen Droney's Mix Masters
    Although some of this material is also available from the Mix Magazine Article Archive, it's nevertheless a great collection of interviews.

  • Bobby Owsinski's Mixing Engineer's Handbook
    The mix-engineer interviews in the second half of the book are worth the entry fee on their own.

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