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Tips On Organizing And Bouncing Aux Buses In Logic Pro 9

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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!

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Article: Recording and Mixing Mid/Side Tracks

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Dirk Ulrich’s (Brainworx’s lead developer) article on how to record and mix M/S tracks got posted on the Universal Audio blog. The article will walk you through how to record and EQ a Mid-Side (M/S) recording session using the Brainworx® bx_digital V2 EQ Plug-In (there’s a demo for that). The piece includes links to demo files (drums, vocals, acoustic guitar and bass) you can use in your favorite DAW, plus tips on setting up your microphones and DAW for Mid/Side mixing. Don’t miss this.

Vocals On Varispeed: Vocal Doubling Plugin-Free

Varispeed, according to our beloved manual: “Varispeed provides a way to speed up or slow down the entire project, similar to the original varispeed feature of tape machines. The most practical use for this option is checking how a project might sound at a faster or slower tempo, and for practicing and/or recording a performance at a lower speed“.

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Mid Side Processing: Solo The Sides – Part 3

In part three of the Solo The Sides series, we’ll take a close look at all Logic Pro stock plugins that affect the stereo image of your mix, and listen to the side information only, one plugin at a time. If Mid Side processing confuses you still, run through these examples a few times. Next time you solo the sides of your favorite track for some mixing inspiration, it should be a lot easier to recognize what effect types were used in your reference track. All examples are Apple Loops. I used the free Brainworx bx_solo plugin to solo the side information.

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The Prelisten Audio Channel Strip

A small yet useful tip: When browsing Loops in your Loop Browser while your project is running, you’re not limited to the volume slider at the bottom of the Loop Browser to have the loop sit better in your project.

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Logic Pro uses the Prelisten audio channel strip for monitoring. It’s automatically created in every project, and you can always find it next to your highest-numbered audio channel strip.

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How To Work The Stereo Base With The Direction Mixer

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This time we’ll look at how to get more precise control with the Direction Mixer in Logic Pro. You can use the Direction Mixer to spread the stereo base of left/right recordings. Setting the Spread Value to 0.0 will give a summed mono signal, a setting of 1.0 will give the original left/right stereo image, and a setting of 2.0 will extend the stereo base further. There’s only 20 steps going from summed mono to a fully extended stereo base, which is somewhat of a rough scale.

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Mid Side Processing: Solo The Sides – Part 1

Whenever you find yourself stuck in a rut mixing a production, and you feel you’ve run out of ideas, listening to your favorite record with headphones may point you in the right direction again. For an even deeper understanding of what’s going on in a stereo mix, and what tools the pros may have used to accomplish a good mix, put on your favourite track and listen to the side information only with a mid side processing plugin.

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How To Enhance Transients With Enveloper

Transients, or the attack phases of sounds, are very important in music. A transient is what makes a snare snappy, a kick punchy, andsoforth. Those first signature milliseconds are telling you : ‘Smack, I’m a snare, and I’m loud’ … or : ‘I wish they’d hit me harder’ …Compression is still a good way to work those transients, like it’s always been. But there’s a quicker way to alter the initial phase of a sound with Enveloper. And it’s level-independent.

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