Everybody in the US knows about the “Food Pyramid.” It’s a diagram that shows the different food groups and how much serving of each group people should eat to maintain a healthy diet. At the top of the pyramid are the sweets and fatty foods that should be low on everybody’s consumption list, but unfortunately, that is exactly what most people are stuffing in their face in great quantities, causing obesity and all other sorts of health issues.
TrainYourEars EQ 2.0 is a new EQ ear training app for Mac and PC that makes EQ ear training for mixing engineers cool and super intuitive. Use it on a regular basis, and the app will help you get better at equalization.
Here’s a list of 9 mix engineering books to consider reading this Christmas season, perfect for some highly valuable off-screen reading time. Several are available in multiple formats: for Kindle, as paperback and/or hardcover or even as an audiobook. Happy reading, and ultimately: Happy Mixing!
A great find by our friends at Pro Tools Expert: Presonus’ “Equalizer Terms and Tips”, a comprehensive article full of EQ tips that covers different types of EQ, EQ ranges, and offers general suggestions as to what frequencies to watch for when shaping the sound of commonly used instruments.
In the following guest post, Andy Cherna of Diffusion Audio dives deeply into re-amping guitar tracks in Logic Pro X. Being a guitar player himself, Andy did some re-amping of the guitar track from the jam session Eli Krantzberg wrote about in his Musicianeer article.
In the following article and video tutorial, Groove3 video instructor Eli Krantzberg gets creative with Low Pass and High Pass filtering by combining the subtractive function and the additive function of both McDSP’s F202 Filterbank plug-in and the Channel EQ in Logic Pro X.
The kind people at iZotope put up the 2014 edition of a free 70 page PDF with tons of free mixing tips, a practical guide that’s useful for everyone who wants to learn more about mixing audio. Don’t miss it.
One of our readers asked the following question regarding setting up a headphone mix in Logic Pro X.
As a long term Pro Tools user who also needs to use Logic Pro X, I’m struggling to create a stereo headphone mix to send to a separate recording room. I am trying to figure out how to do this, so that when I solo or mute a channel in the control room, it doesn’t do the same in the headphone mixes. I tried to create 2 pre-fade sends to separate outputs on my Universal Audio Apollo audio interface but they don’t act like I expect them to. Can you help?
In the first part of his new “Mixing Resolutions” series, Logic Pro Expert team member and Groove3 music software trainer Eli Krantzberg reflects on the catch-22 situation he often finds himself in: How can I improve my mixing techniques by trying new ideas, without having the time to try these new ideas?
Waves has been doing a great job on Youtube lately, and they just put up a new video featuring Tony Maserati showing some of his vocal mixing tips using the Waves C4 Multiband compressor. If you don’t own the Waves C4 plug-in, don’t worry, these vocal mixing tips can easily be applied using Logic Pro’s stock Multipressor plug-in. 10 minutes worth watching.
In this Mid Side Processing Tutorial on Youtube, Dan Worrall explains the concept of mid/side stereo processing using the Fabfilter Pro Q plugin, and discusses its uses using examples with the built-in mid/side processing in FabFilter plug-ins.
Must see video: Full Sail Recording Arts graduate/Hall of Fame inductee Phil Tan walks you through his mix session for Rihanna’s chart-topping hit single, “Diamonds,” talks about his career, and answers questions about his mixing techniques. Runtime: almost an hour.
This EQ tip comes from Fabfilter, the plugin company that added ‘plugins’ to the list of products the Netherlands have been famous/notorious for. In this video, Dan Worrall uses the Fabfilter Pro Q EQ plugin to explain when and how to use linear phase EQ and (normal) minimum phase EQ. The same information applies to using Logic Pro’s Channel EQ plugin vs the Linear Phase EQ plugin, so don’t miss this.
Here’s a fun fact: of all the records that are in today’s Billboard Hot 100, roughly 20 % of those tracks were built on top of an 808 kick – see the 808 kick Spotify playlist I made below. Though it’s specific to certain genres, that’s a solid foundation – considered the fact that The Roland TR-808 drumcomputer was introduced in 1980.
Yesterday, the Audio Undone website posted a nice article on a phase trick called the ‘Out of Speakers’ trick. Basically, this is the effect you get when you’re sitting smack in the middle of your speakers, listening to two identical mono signals coming from the speakers, while one side has been phase-inverted. The effect is quite hallucinatory, and best used as a special effect or short gimmick since it will disappear completely when you fold your mix back to mono. It’s not something you should do to instruments that are important in your mix.
In this article, Emmanuel Deruty (Sound on Sound) has a close look at psychoacoustics and the human ear. He shows that it’s literally crammed with equalizers and dynamic compressors, including a multi‑band compressor. It even includes a filter bank, as well as a highly sophisticated analogue‑to‑digital converter. Having this knowledge has practical consequences for music production: topics like choice of monitoring level, how to deal with bass frequencies in a mix, and how to deal with frequency overlap are all covered in the article. Miss this, and you’ll miss out!
Less than a day ago, Dangerous Music posted a video on Youtube showing top NYC mastering engineer Dave Kutch ( Alicia Keys, The Roots, John Legend, Jennifer Hudson, MNDR, Natasha Bedingfield, and many more) covering some Mid/Side processing techniques for mastering at FLUX Studios in NYC last Friday. Watching this video is 7 minutes well spent.
Got Spotify? If you’re looking for some mixing inspiration from some of the most succesful mixing engineers on planet Earth today, these Spotify playlists may come in handy. Currently, I have published and updated 6 playlists, covering the works of Manny Marroquin, Serban Ghenea, David Pensado, Jaycen Joshua, Phil Tan (Full Sail Graduate, watch an interview and inductee acceptance speech at the Full Sail Hall of Fame ceremony here), and Fabian Marasciullo. I will add more engineers in the future (Toni Maserati, Chris Lord Alge, they’re not there yet, shame on me, I’m working on it!)
When set to MS Mode, the Logic Pro Direction Mixer can decode audio that’s been recorded using a Mid/Side microphone technique. When set to LR Mode, it can pan a regular stereo signal, and easily sum a stereo signal back into mono. Although its interface may suggest otherwise, the Direction Mixer is not a tool for encoding a stereo signal (L/R) into a Mid/Side signal. To illustrate this, I’ll use Mathew Lane’s DrMS.
You probably know the drill by now: You start a new project from scratch in Logic Pro 9. You create some audio tracks, some instruments, some MIDI tracks perhaps. Some of these you assign to aux buses for sub grouping, some of these you put sends on (and a bus is created automatically), and you may also create some aux buses for printing stems. That’s a lot of aux buses with three different purposes. Since you’ve created these as you went along, your aux bus structure has quickly become messy. And what if you decide to delete a track, rendering a bus obsolete? The bus stays dude!