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Video – Using the Waves Eddie Kramer Vocal Channel

a screenshot of the waves eddie kramer vocal plugin in logic pro x

Logic Pro X contains a plethora of great sounding EQ, compressor, delay, reverb, and other plug-ins useful for vocal processing. A great deal of control and creative possibility is available in shaping the sound of a track. It can however be time consuming experimenting and zeroing in on the optimal signal flow and settings. The idea behind Waves’ signature series vocal processing plug-ins is to do a lot of the work in advance for you, while still offering a degree of creative control.

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Review: iLoud Micro Monitors from IK Multimedia

a picture of the iLoud Micro Monitors by IK Multimedia

IK Multimedia creates products we need and want before we know that we need and want them. Their now ubiquitous iOS hardware and software broke new ground. The subject of this review is IK Multimedia’s new iLoud Micro Monitor system. They’re a fresh take on near field monitors, designed for use on the go as well as in the studio.

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Review – iRig HD 2

the all new iRig HD2

I’m not a guitar player, and I’m blown away with the new iRig HD 2 from IK Multimedia! They’ve always been great at straddling that line between consumer, prosumer and professional. And this new I/O wins on all three levels.

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Logic Pro from A to Z – T is for Tremolo

Logic Pro from A to Z - T is for Top Ten Toggles

The sort of cyclical variation of volume associated with tremolo effects can be generated via a plug-in, or easily be set up directly in a synth’s programming. It is often desirable to build tremolo directly into a synth patches programming in order to maximize internal routing, signal flow, and processing possibilities. Here I’ll look briefly at the plug-in, and then show you how to use the EXS 24’s modulation matrix to quickly and easily construct an internal tremolo routing.

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Logic Pro from A to Z – S is for Split, Splice and Splay

Logic Pro from A to Z - S is for Split, Splice and Splay

Songwriters write about separation all the time. In fact, Paul Simon once famously wrote about fifty ways to leave one’s lover. A friend of mine once quipped, “I don’t know why anyone would need or want more than one”; but that’s another article. Unlike unhappy lovers though, us Logic Pro users have and need many ways of splitting, separating and other wise pulling apart our notes, regions, and arrangements in order to realize our musical goals. Here I’ll look at ten different ways Logic Pro has of separating, splitting, and splicing our work; all towards creative ends.

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Logic Pro from A to Z – P is for Presents

Logic Pro from A to Z - P is for Presents

Plenty of plug-in promotions have peppered these pages over the past month. This is a great time of year to be purchasing software. We all have a wish list we hope Santa will fill, and this post is directed to the Santas in our lives out there. Partners and significant others, this is for you. Logic Pro Expert readers, forward the link to this post to your wives, girlfriends, boyfriends, husbands, partners, etc. This is for them.

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Boz Digital Labs +10DB Review

01 Kik Drum

2014 is a great year to be a DAW owner. New plugins of all sorts keep coming fast and furious (and so do audio plugin reviews.) Some are hardware emulations, some are hybrids using existing technology to enhance older paradigms, while some are completely new and unique. And the prices are lower than ever. Enter multi platinum producer David Bendeth and Boz Digital Labs; one of the crop of great new up-and-coming plug-in developers. They have just released a new plug-in called +10DB (the DB stands for David Bendeth), a faithful recreation of the rare and sought after Compex Vocal Stressor.

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Bad Cat Pack – Review

bad cat samples review

The Bad Cat Pack is a collection of samples (6 Sample Packs Bundled Together £42 – 33% Discount) put together with loving care and attention to detail by Marcus Huyskens of the Bad Cat Media Group. What makes these instruments of particular interest is that they not only sound great and feel great to play, but are also created with sound design in mind. The interface and controls provided are set up to allow simple and intuitive shaping of the sound with extremely imaginative and pleasing results. They are all beautifully recorded with great mics and preamps, and are set up with plenty of velocity layers and round robin samples. I’ll describe each briefly, and then show you them in action.

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Slate Digital Virtual Mix Rack – Review

01 VMR

You are probably thinking – do we need yet more emulations of hardware processing at this point? If you aren’t, you probably should be, because it is a perfectly valid question. Steven Slate and Fabrice Gabriel have added new Neve EQ, SSL EQ, 1176 compressor, and VCA compressor emulations to the party with the release of Virtual Mix Rack. The answer of course isn’t a simple yes or no. It depends on what you may already have in your plug-in collection, and what your needs are aesthetically.

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Logic Pro from A to Z – O is for Opening Corrupt Logic Pro Projects

Logic Pro from A to Z - O is for Opening Corrupt Logic Pro Projects

Overcoming obstacles that block our workflow is an important part of being a DAW user. One of the biggest obstacles is dealing with crashes. Fortunately there are many safeguards built in to Logic Pro to avoid losing your work; some obvious, some not so much. Here I’ll show an emergency hidden last resort workflow for recovering from a corrupt Logic Pro project that won’t open. This comes by way of my good friend L. Leon Pendarvis (aka Pen), one of the musical directors of Saturday Night Live, who unfortunately had to stare this situation down the hard way with his colleagues in preparation for a recent show.

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Logic Pro from A to Z – N is for New

Logic Pro from A to Z - N is for New

Nearly every creative step in any DAW requires the creation of something new. A track, a plug-in, a send routing, a preset change, etc. And Logic Pro of course has myriads of functions for creating new things. Projects, tracks, regions, templates, controller assignments, groups, zones, screensets – to name just a few! In this post I’m going to share one of my favourite workflow routines to force Logic Pro to create new channel strips the way I want them.

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Logic Pro from A to Z – M is for MIDI

Logic Pro from A to Z - M is for MIDI

Many of you might be thinking, MIDI? Really? It’s been around for over thirty years. What more is there to say about it? Well, the fact is that almost all modern DAWs, Logic Pro X included, deliberately blur the lines between the previously separate realms of audio and MIDI. Now more than ever. MIDI grooves, timing, and note events are easily extracted from audio these days. So, the new thing about MIDI is that it is less separate from audio than it ever has been since it was invented. Here I’ll look at converting audio to MIDI note data in Logic Pro X.

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