Bass Rider is an innovative, easy-to-use plugin that rides bass levels automatically.Continue Reading
Finland based composer and sound designer Ari Pulkkinen seems to be one of the most listened to composers in the world right now with over 250 million people who have heard his original Angry Birds theme. Pulkkine’s catchy theme was also recently performed by the London Philharmonic Orchestra which was part of a music festival in the city.Continue Reading
This is a commercial about the Bob Dylan Box Set “Original Mono Recordings”. It satirizes the “scientists” back in the 60’s who used to say that “this whole stereo stampede is nothing but a flim flam, to trick teenagers into paying more for records”. The album came out in October 19, 2010.Continue Reading
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“.Continue Reading
A documentary about Grammy-nominated songwriter and producer Benny Blanco, the man behind hit songs from Katy Perry, Ke$ha, Taio Cruz, Britney Spears, Wiz Khalifa, Mike Posner, Justin Bieber, Sean Kingston and others. Featuring artist Neon Hitch and songwriter Claude Kelly. A film by Jeremy Gillam.
A little studiotime with Benny:
Sometimes a solution to a problem is so simple, it makes you feel you totally forgot about the basics of sound design. Today, I needed a synth to be snappier, and as I was pondering what plugin to pick (Compression? Enveloper? Or even go multiband?) I decided to check the synth’s envelopes.Continue Reading
Blowing stuff up equals fun. The Logic Pro Clip Distortion plugin lets you add warmth/bite and blow up material without having to think about things like threshold, attack, release, and ratio. In many cases, especially where control over transients is not really needed, distortion is a great alternative to compression.Continue Reading
This morning, before the usual craving for coffee entered my mind, I thought to myself: “what’s the fastest way to program a couple of measures of a four-to-the-floor kick, without using the mouse?”Continue Reading
Logic Pro 9.1.5 is on the streets. Highlights:Continue Reading
For today, I have a quick tip that will gain you some time, especially in the long run.Continue Reading
Before I forget: Last week I upgraded to a brand new, smoking Two 2.66GHz 6-Core Intel Xeon Mac Pro. I did a complete reinstall of all my plugins and a clean install of Logic Studio. Installing Logic Studio only took about 40 minutes (all discs!). How, you may wonder? By using Disc Images. I knew these would turn out to be handy one day… I mounted all images at once, and skipped the verification process.
Read more about making disc images of your install discs right here.
When you’re using a sample library where articulations are plenty, you’ll be forced to deal with many keyswitches. Sometimes, the sustain pedal triggers a different articulation too, forcing you to use Hyperdraw. Here’s a quick way to control the sustain pedal with its own ‘keyswitch’ – by using Transformer. I’ll use Scarbee Jay Bass as an example.Continue Reading
Suppose you have the Arrangement Window open…
Last night, a good friend of mine asked me this: “Hey, I had this track mastered by two different engineers, I want to load them up in Logic Pro to compare the two versions. I want to be able to A/B switch between those tracks in real time, with just one click.”Continue Reading
Playing a musical instrument can be challenging, especially for beginners. Trying to follow along with sheet music and having to turn the pages while playing only adds to the difficulty. Tonara has developed an iPad app that helps eliminate this burden while providing additional innovative features to assist musicians.Continue Reading
Today, Waves introduced H-EQ.Continue Reading
In this film composer Howard Goodall looks at melody’s basic elements. Why are some melodic shapes common to all cultures across the world? Can successful melodies be written at random? If not, what are the familiar melodic patterns composers of all types of music have fallen back on again and again, and why do they work?Continue Reading
Before I begin this review I must admit that I’m kind of late to the ‘make music on the iPad’ train, although I’ve kept my eye on it since the development of music making apps really started taking off for the iPad. Playing with apps like these on the iPad lets you break free from your usual working environment, i.e. it’s an escape from sitting behind your DAW all day long juggling plugins and softsynths with a mouse, occasionally twisting your torso to reach for outboard gear. I never go out to play with my DAW for half an hour to check out a couple of presets of a synth, or make something from scratch. Half an hour always turns into hours so I consider my DAW environment to be a working environment. The iPad is a far more playful environment to just be loose and fool around on. So, hello Sunrizer!Continue Reading
In the last couple of months I’ve noticed that the Waves H Comp Hybrid Compressor has become one of the first compressors I choose when I need to shape the dynamics of a sound, and give it some character.Continue Reading
Learning how to equalize sonic material is an ongoing process. It takes hours and hours of practice before you’re at the point where you’re comfortably identifying areas by their number (250Hz, 2Khz, 6Khz etc) before even touching your equalizer.
EQ sweeps, Spectrum Analyzers and Ear Training software are tools to help you become better at equalization. For the iPhone, Quiztones (Appstore, $4.99) is a great addition to the Ear Training software category. Using this tool will sharpen your ears and frequency recognition skills, and improve your mixing and equalization abilities.Continue Reading
While I was on vacation, support.apple.com published a new article on July 18th. It covers Core Audio Overload messages, and the article explains what this message means and some strategies to help avoid it. In the Workflow Strategies section, two tips caught my eye:Continue Reading
In my blog’s statistics, which I check frequently, I see a lot of search queries like ‘what does Enveloper do?’ or something in that area. For a quick demonstration of what Logic Pro’s Enveloper does, try this approach:Continue Reading
The midrange of a mix is really where it’s at. It is the most important band. The rest is all ear candy.Continue Reading
Lately I’ve been programming drums by dragging .WAV files directly into the Arrange Window. This method certainly has its limitations and drawbacks, but it doesn’t require me to set up an instance of the EXS24 sampler, Ultrabeat or a third party plugin before I can begin programming.Continue Reading