How to capture live drums with Studio One: a step-by-step guide

 

How to capture live drums with Studio One: a step-by-step guide

Learn how to lay down a rhythmic foundation for your Studio One projects by capturing live drums – even if you’ve only a few mics to hand.

Set Note Color By MIDI Channel – Logic Pro X keyboard command of the day

  Set Note Color By MIDI Channel

Set the color of each note on a particular MIDI channel to the same color. This command is available in the Piano Roll editor, sub-menu of ‘View’.

I cannot find any method for choosing the color for a MIDI channel. It appears that they are simply assigned the first 16 colors of the Color palette, across the top row.

Change colors in the Piano Roll Editor in Logic Pro – Apple Support

By MIDI Channel: Colors notes to correspond with the MIDI channel.

 

Quantize 1/16 Note – Logic Pro X keyboard command of the day

  Quantize 1/16 Note

Make the grid sixteenth notes. This is usually pretty decent for slow-moving music. Sort of like auto-tune for “fat fingers”.

Logic Pro X: Quantize regions

Quantizing involves the rhythmic correction of audio or MIDI regions to a specific time grid. Any notes not played in time are moved to the nearest position on the grid.

Logic Pro Quantize parameter values – Apple Support

Normal quantization: The 1/1-Note, 1/2-Note, 1/4-Note, 1/8-Note, 1/16-Note, 1/32-Note, and 1/64-Note settings quantize the MIDI region to the equivalent note value.

 

Show/Hide Step Sequencer – Logic Pro X keyboard command of the day

  Show/Hide Step Sequencer

Opens (or closes) the Step Sequencer editing panel in the Arrange window. This does not open or close the Step Sequencer window. You can drag the Step Sequencer out of the edit panel, and have the Step Sequencer open in the edit panel as well, but the two views of the sequencer are basically the same.

Logic Pro Step Sequencer overview – Apple Support

Step Sequencer is inspired by classic hardware step sequencers that have rows of configurable switches or knobs used to generate repeating musical patterns. In Step Sequencer, you create patterns by editing multifunctional steps in the step grid. Each row controls either a sound (which can be a drum kit piece, a note on an instrument, or a range of notes) or an automation parameter (letting you create automation changes over time in the pattern). Each step represents a definable length of musical time–by default, steps are of equal length, but you can change the length for individual rows or steps. You can adjust a wide range of parameters for individual steps, including velocity, pitch, gate time, and more; and edit pattern and row settings including pattern length, row loop start and end points, playback position, and rotation.

Discard Recording and Return to Last Play Position ⌘. – Logic Pro X keyboard command of the day

  Discard Recording and Return to Last Play Position    ⌘.

The command-period command has been used by many applications to abort/cancel a long running operation. Sometimes I find myself using it to try to stop a bounce or export, to little avail.

I think that I would be happiest doing recording using Logic if I could see the performer. My memory just turned my whole computer into a PortaStudio with 4 tracks on a cassette 😉

Advanced recording commands in Logic Pro – Apple Support

Discard Recording and Return to Last Play Position: Use to delete the recording and move the playhead back to the last play position. Unlike Record/Record Repeat, you need to manually begin a new recording, using any Record command.

 

Open Event List… ⌘7 – Logic Pro X keyboard command of the day

  Open Event List...    ⌘7

Opens the Event List window, as opposed to showing the event list using the “Show List Editors” command and selecting Event. You can drag the Event List editor out to create an event list window. You can have multiple Event list windows.

You also create multiple event list windows if you use the ‘Open Event List’ command multiple times.

Logic Pro Event List interface – Apple Support

The Event List shows all the events in your project, such as MIDI note events or region start events, in a vertical list format. You can use it to make precise edits, and for other tasks better suited to numeric rather than graphic edits. You can display all events or limit them by category

Set Step Color by Row Color – Logic Pro X keyboard command of the day

  Set Step Color by Row Color

Set the color of the selected step to the color of the row. Akin to setting region colors according to track colors.

Everything old is new again. Step Sequencing. NB each cell in a sequence can be a sequencer.

Logic Pro Step Sequencer overview – Apple Support

Each pattern region or cell functions as an independent step sequencer, with its own configuration and settings. You can copy and move pattern regions like other regions in the Tracks area, while pattern cells can be copied, moved, triggered, and queued like other Live Loops cells. You can modify pattern region and cell parameters in the Region inspector or Cell inspector, respectively.

 

Stems In Music Production – Everything You Need To Know | Production Expert

Stems In Music Production – Everything You Need To Know | Production Expert

The main thing to bear in mind is that you’ll need to duplicate some resources here. On a regular mix you only need one of every effect, say reverb and one delay. But when stemming you need one of these for every stem, routed to the relevant stem bus. Otherwise, you’d have the effects of all the different stems on one stem, and the point is to separate things. So if you’re creating four stems you’ll need four sets of effects busses. You can imagine how quickly this will start to take up system resources if you’re printing a lot of stems, and especially if you’re working in 5.1 or 7.1

Simple enough to create effects tracks for each stem. Just have to remember to do it when mixing the project.

In the Logic Pro X world, if you’re using summing stacks, you might simply want to insert the effects on the stack and use the mix control knob to adjust the levels appropriately. If the recipient of the stems insists on separate effects tracks per stem, well, OK…that’s just not that hard to do.

A good practice would be to create a track for the effects bus (need to do this anyway if you want to bounce the stems) and place it right along with the summing stack in the arrange area.

Record off for all – Logic Pro X keyboard command of the day

  Record off for all

Turns off “Record” for all channels. I can’t seem to find any specific documentation for this.

“Record off for all” is mapped to OPTION+REC button on an MCU. If you press and hold OPTION, then press REC all channels will have Record turned off.

Mackie Control channel strips (1 to 8) – Control Surfaces Help

OPTION
Disable Record Enable button for all tracks.

 

Settings: Chords and Grids ⌃⌥⇧C – Logic Pro X keyboard command of the day

  Settings: Chords and Grids    ⌃⌥⇧C

Open the Score Editor settings in “Project Preferences” to the ‘Chords and Grids’ section.

Chord settings

  • Root Font field: Defines the font for the chord symbol’s root note.

  • Extension Font field: Defines the font for the chord symbol’s extensions.

  • “Follow staff size” checkbox: Displays chord symbols according to staff size.

  • Slash Note Position pop-up menu: Defines the position of the slash note.

  • Accidental Scale field: Changes the accidental size, in relation to the font size setting: positive values result in an increased size, negative values in a diminished size of chord symbol accidentals.

  • Language pop-up menu: Choose which language to use for accidentals and other chord symbols.

  • Alignment pop-up menu: Determines the general horizontal alignment of chord symbols—with an Align parameter set to def (default)—in relation to their bar position.

Grid settings

  • Font field: Sets the general grid font.

  • Grid Scaling: Reduced field: Sets the size of the first chord grid when added in the Score Editor.

  • Grid Scaling: Normal field: Sets the size of the second chord grid when added in the Score Editor.

  • Grid Scaling: Enlarged field: Sets the size of the third chord grid when added in the Score Editor.

  • Chord Scaling: Reduced field: Sets the size of the chord on the first chord grid when added in the Score Editor.

  • Chord Scaling: Normal field :Sets the size of the chord on the second chord grid when added in the Score Editor.

  • Chord Scaling: Enlarged field: Sets the size of the chord on the third chord grid when added in the Score Editor.

  • Show Fingering checkboxes: Select to show the fingering numbers on the chord grid symbols in the Score Editor.

  • Minimum Number of Frets field: Defines the number of frets (four, five, or six) on chord grids.

  • Barre buttons: Define the Barre style on chord grids, whether Tie or Block.

  • Thumb buttons: Define the representation of the Thumb fingering marking on chord grids. It can be represented by a 5 or a T.

  • Left-Handed checkbox: Changes the chord grid orientation for a left-handed user.

Chords & Grids settings in Logic Pro - Apple Support

 

These settings define the font, position, and scaling of chords and grids, and other settings.

 

 

Open General Preferences… – Logic Pro X keyboard command of the day

  Open General Preferences...

Opens the Preferences settings window with the “General” tab selected. If you use the command-comma key command to open the Preferences settings window it will open with the most recently selected tab.

Not really a candidate for its own keyboard sequence, but you can if you need to.

Overview of preferences in Logic Pro – Apple Support

In Logic Pro, you can define and modify preferences that apply to all projects. You do this in the Preferences window. These preferences are automatically saved whenever you quit the application. A general preferences file, named com.apple.logic10.plist, is found in the ~/Library/Preferences folder. A separate preferences file for control surfaces, named com.apple.logic.pro.cs, is stored in the same location. You can’t edit either file directly. Any changes must be made in Logic Pro. If you delete a preferences file, a new one is created the next time you open Logic Pro. All preferences are reset to their default values.

 

Nudge Region/Event Position Left by Nudge Value ⌥← – Logic Pro X keyboard command of the day

  Nudge Region/Event Position Left by Nudge Value    ⌥←

Moves the starting position of the event to the left by the Nudge Value. Quick way to get things lined up to be sample/frame/beat aligned. I typically show the toolbar and set the nudge value there. Just a simple reminder of the settings.

Move regions in the Logic Pro Tracks area – Apple Support

You can nudge regions (move them in small increments) left or right using key commands. To nudge regions, you first set the nudge value, then move selected regions by this value. Alternatively, you can nudge regions by a set value.

 

– Control Surface Install Window – Logic Pro X keyboard command of the day

  - Control Surface Install Window

This is a grouping header in the Key Commands window. First time I have had one come up in my random selection of commands. Kind of amusing, too. There are only two commands contained within the group.

Command    Key Touch Bar
- Control Surface Install Window
Scan for Selected Models
Add Selected Models

Add a control surface to Logic Pro – Apple Support

Some control surfaces such as Mackie Control are detected automatically when you open Logic Pro. You can add other devices that are not detected automatically using the Setup window. Installation is covered in the setup section for your particular device. Some devices may require different or additional steps, but in most cases you only need to select the name of the device you want to use with Logic Pro, then add it. When you add a control surface device, it is represented by an icon in the Device area of the Control Surface Setup window.

 

Next note will be flat ⇧B – Logic Pro X keyboard command of the day

  Next note will be flat ⇧B

When using the Step Input Keyboard pressing shift-B indicates that the next note input will be flat. Shift-3 for sharp.

Use step input recording in Logic Pro – Apple Support

Step input allows you to insert MIDI notes when you’re not recording in real time. You can use step input to create note runs that may be too fast for you to play or to replicate sheet music that’s too difficult for you to play.

Power to the People: Simple DIY Mastering with Ozone

Power to the People: Simple DIY Mastering with Ozone

by Jett Galindo, iZotope Contributor June 29, 2020

Today’s innovations in music technology have empowered everyday creators to explore more complex production techniques. One thing, however, has remained a seemingly intimidating task for many: mastering. To the non-mastering engineer, it’s a discipline still shrouded in mystery, with many “how-to” resources overwhelming the everyday reader with technical jargon and difficult-to-digest techniques. And within the fast-growing DIY community, there still lies the challenge of not having easy access to state-of-the-art listening environments or professional mastering studios.