Today, Waves introduced H-EQ.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
Staying organized by using colors improves workflow, all the way up the final stage of production: making stems. However, there’s a small caveat I learned about this week.Continue Reading
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.Continue Reading
We’ll look at fading groups with one fader object, have two Transformer objects do all the dirty balancing work, and control the Transformer object’s operation values with faders while we’re at it. This way, a simple fade can be turned into a very powerful part of your arrangement. Read on and master those group fades…Continue Reading
The Air Display application turns an iPad into a wireless computer monitor with a touchscreen. Avatron, maker of the app, was founded by a former Apple software engineering manager, and a team of veteran Mac OS X programmers. I’ve been test-driving Air Display some more recently, to see how it would work together with Logic Pro. My findings are below, along with some images of the iPad displaying various Logic Pro plugins and windows.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
9.1.4 is on the streets.
Support for opening projects imported from GarageBand for iPad, and many improvements regarding editing Take Folders.
Every now and then, support.apple.com has some pretty good posts with how to’s, troubleshooting tips and video’s for Logic Pro users.Continue Reading
Logic Pro’s Space Designer has a limited choice of gated Reverbs, so sometimes it’s best to just make your own. We’ll cover how to make a gated Reverb the classic way, by compressing the Reverb and cutting it off with a Noise Gate. We’ll throw in a Transformer object to finish it off 2011 style.Continue Reading