Hal Leonard and MusicPro Guides are proud to announce the first volume in an innovative new series focusing on mixing techniques. With Mixing The Hits of Country
you will learn how to make professional-sounding mixes of today's chart-topping Nashville hits in your own studio. Grammy-nominated engineer Dave Martin has worked in Nashville on sessions for some of country music's biggest stars. Now he guides readers through a comprehensive course that explains, in fully illustrated detail, all the current recording, engineering, and mixing techniques for producing hits in the Nashville mold. What makes this book so revolutionary is that it allows you learn professional techniques by working with multitrack sessions in your studio with your own digital-audio application. Mixing the Hits of Country
includes two DVDs with complete WAV files for every instrument and vocal track to 10 contemporary country hits, including songs by Kenny Chesney, George Strait, Carrie Underwood, Rascal Flatts, Brooks & Dunn, Faith Hill, and more. The choice of songs represents a wide swath of modern country music, and each song offers its own unique facet of the mix. The WAV files faithfully emulate the original artist recordings, and the DVDs are compatible with both PC and Mac platforms and ready to be imported into the digital recording software of your choice. Using these tracks, Dave Martin guides you step-by-step through numerous mixing exercises that are all fully illustrated with screenshots and charts. He discusses why certain sounds and techniques are foolproof and why others are not. Though the course is geared towards digital recording platforms, the concepts also translate to analog processes. The full list of audio tracks included are: "Anyway" (Martina McBride), "Before He Cheats" (Carrie Underwood), "Bless The Broken Road" (Rascal Flatts), "It Just Comes Natural" (George Strait), "My Give a Damn's Busted" (Jo Dee Messina), "Play Something Country" (Brooks & Dunn), "Redneck Woman" (Gretchen Wilson), "Stealing Kisses" (Faith Hill), "Summertime" (Kenny Chesney), and "Would You Go With Me" (Josh Turner).