I get a lot of questions everyday in my mailbox asking me what I do when I start a mix. Now there is no right or wrong when sitting down to mix: Mixing is very personal. When i say personal, i mean that everyone has their own “thing” when it comes to mixing. Some engineers go straight to mixing the drums while some go straight to the vocals. Again there is no right or wrong way when it comes to mixing. These are the steps I basically take when approaching a new mix. Continue Reading…
Avid has revealed details of Pro Tools 11. Avid has decided to focus on adding functionality that will please existing users time time around. rather than adding all the “bells and whistles”. Lead story, Pro Tools 11 features a new audio engine that offers 64-bit support and is said to enable you to work with many more virtual instruments and effects than ever before.
Also implemented is speedier bouncing of final mixes and new metering options for Pro Tools HD users. You can also work directly with HD video. Head on after the break for prices. Continue Reading…
This comes from a question from YouTube user DanObscur. He asked if I could show how to use three accessible tools in Logic. By default you are allowed 2 but I am going to show you how to use 3!! This is a poweruser tip as a lot of mixer do you 3 tools at any given time. Because time is everything!!
If you have questions like DanObscur, just ask and I will answer as best I can!!
This will show you how to group tracks in Logic Pro. Grouping tracks is a good idea because it allows you to manipulate an entire region/section in your song while keeping the relative adjustment (i.e. volume levels) between each track. Also a good idea when you are working with stems in a session and need to group parts of your session by stemm.
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So this is a continuation of the last videos which was a twitter questions showing you how to create a melody/arp just like Avicii. This video will take that a step further and show you how to layer all your sounds together to create a luscious, thick sound.
There may be a part 3 coming up showing compressions techniques, and panning using the stereo field.
3rd Party plug-in used in this video: Sylenth1
Propellerhead has announced some details of Reason 7.
At first glance, it seems that this new version brings subtle tweaks compared to those in Reason 6.5. MIDI Out is the headline feature, with a new device incorporated into Reason’s rack that allows the DAW to communicate with external MIDI hardware.
It seems Propellerhead has also made some tweaks to Reason’s audio tracks and mixer. It appears that audio clips can now be quantised and edited using warp markers, similar to those used by Ableton Live. Reason 7 also allows audio clips to be automatically sliced and converted to REX format for use with devices like the Dr Octo Rex Loop Player.
Propellerhead has also announced details of a new rack device called the Audiomatic Retro Transformer. This appears to emulate the textural qualities of vintage hardware, although full details of the effect are yet to be unveiled.
Finally, Propellerhead has updated and expanded Reason’s Factory Sound Bank – promising a soundset that’s suited to modern genres. Reason will also now import a wider range of audio files, including MP3, WMA and ACC formats.
Reason 7 is expected some time in the second quarter of 2013.
This video comes from a twitter questions from @Thay_T who wanted to know how to create a arp like Avicii. This video will show you how to do just that, and you will realize that i does not take much to create something catchy! We start from a chord progressions, then create a rhythm from that progression, then we add some top end for some melody.
Watch Part 2 to learn how to layer your sounds to get a huge sound using what we have used in this video.
So you like black? Want to go on a music stealth mission? Well, Korg has hooked you up! The latest offering is a new version of the microKEY series, which falls somewhere between a full-size MIDI controller keyboard and the ultra-portable nanoSERIES. It aims to give you slightly more control than laptop keyboard options, while still offering a small desktop footprint with a beautiful all black finish (or get the version with some red thrown in there). Continue Reading…
Here’s a top 5 list of budget USB audio interfaces you should be using. Many of us want to record live audio from a microphone, and those microphones on our laptops just don’t cut it. We need external mics to record, and to process those microphones we need a high quality I/O.
However, it is possible to get pretty good results without shelling out anywhere near as much: a reasonable quality interface can now be yours for under $350 (depending on how many inputs/outputs you will want).
You’ll find evidence of this on the following list. For this kind of money you can expect at least a couple of inputs and outputs (perhaps even more) and 24-bit quality. MIDI I/O is another feature to look for if you’re planning on hooking up an external synth or two.
Before you buy an interface, make sure that it has the input and output types that you require. All of our recommendations operate over USB and are Mac/PC compatible – some will work with your iOS device, too.
For now, though, here – in no particular order – is a selection of the best budget audio interfaces that we’ve used and liked. Head on after the break to our Top 5 picks. Continue Reading…
So I showed you the drum loop editing video, and after the drum loop editing come the synth loop editing. Here it is. Lear what you can do to get creative with your synth groove lines, by reversing and repeating sections within the loop to make it more interesting for your listeners to listen to.
If you didn’t watch the drum audio loop editing video, click here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_7yVF-wQ_xo
This video will display how you can get creative with your stock drum loops in Logic Pro and make them sound less like a “loop” and more like a “song.” The loop used in this video is a stock Logic drum loop that is stagnant; but, with a little rinsing, reversing and repeating, we will create something unique, original and most all of all , exciting for our listeners.