Open Instrument – Logic Pro X keyboard command of the day

Logic Pro X keyboard command of the day. #LogicProX @StudioIntern1

  Open Instrument

EXS24 command. Very large topic. Some day if I decide to do sampling or make sample-based instruments I will dive in. This should also include Alchemy.

 

EXS24 mkII overview – Logic Pro X

EXS24 mkII is a software sampler. It plays back audio files, called samples, that you load into it. These samples are combined into tuned, organized collections called sampler instruments. Because sampler instruments are based on audio recordings, they are ideally suited to emulating real instruments such as guitars, pianos, and drums.

 

 Alchemy overview – Logic Pro X

Alchemy is an easy-to-use, yet powerful sample manipulation synthesizer. It offers numerous real-time performance controls and an extensive preset library.

 

⇧ SHIFT  –  ⌃ CONTROL  –  ⌥ OPTION  –  ⌘ COMMAND

5 Ways to Use Visual Mixer in Your DAW Sessions

5 Ways to Use Visual Mixer in Your DAW Sessions

by Daniel Dixon, iZotope Contributor July 11, 2019

Visual Mixer is a powerful tool in any session.
Did you know iZotope has free plug-ins? Visual Mixer is one of them. Follow along with this article by downloading the Neutron 3 Advanced demo, which includes Visual Mixer. Once the demo ends, Visual Mixer is yours forever!

What Is an Ideal Mastering Signal Chain?

What Is an Ideal Mastering Signal Chain?

by Oscar Zambrano, iZotope Contributor July 10, 2019

Ozone 8 is a great starting environment to build a mastering signal chain.
If you’re an iZotope blog regular, you’ve probably read a lot of mastering tips and tricks for EQs, compressors, limiters, imagers, and every other processor around. But what about choosing an order for these things? While signal chain composition isn’t discussed much, it’s an integral step in mastering.

5 Mixing Tips for Better Snare Drums

5 Mixing Tips for Better Snare Drums

by Daniel Dixon, iZotope Contributor July 8, 2019

Snares should sound punchy, but not overwhelming. What’s a happy medium?
It takes lots of practice to get a snare mix right. After vocals, snares are one of the most commanding sounds in modern mixes, but also prone to become sharp with careless processing. In this article, I’ll share five tips I use to bring snare drums to life, and help them cut through the mix in a pleasing way.

How to Make Your Kick Drum Go Boom

How to Make Your Kick Drum Go Boom

by DJ Pangburn, iZotope Contributor May 28, 2019

Learning how to give a kick drum a greater depth and boom takes time and effort. It’s just not something that comes right away, unless one happens to be a naturally born electronic music or hip hop producer.

I like learning how to get different sounds with step-by-step exposition of what is going on and how things affect the sound.

I recently purchased

Sasquatch Kick Machine 2 | Boz Digital Labs

 

Sasquatch 2 is a CPU-friendly kick drum enhancement plug-in that enables you to custom-tailor the sound of any kick drum, acoustic or electronic, with exhaustive creative possibilities, ranging from subtle to extreme and beyond.

which gets to booming kick drums (and then some) in short order. Great fun working on interesting sounds.

8 Tips for Mixing Bass in Home Recording Studios

8 Tips for Mixing Bass in Home Recording Studios

by Nick Messitte, iZotope Contributor May 23, 2019

It’s not uncommon to find yourself in a mixing situation with low-end issues. This is especially true in home studios. Maybe the room’s geometry swallows the bass or exaggerates the low-end. It’s safe to say no acoustician had any input whatsoever into the construction of your apartment.

6 Times to Automate EQ for Effect

6 Times to Automate EQ for Effect:

For mixing engineers and producers alike, it pays to become intimately acquainted with the virtues of automation. Swooping sounds from left to right, enhancing emotion with level boosts, or fixing complicated problems with real-time adjustments—all of these moves separate the quotidian from the marvelous.

But riddle me this: how often do you think about automating EQ? Perhaps not as often as you should, for automating EQ can create both dramatic and transparent effects. Whether creating something truly bespoke for your mix, or cheating an element forward/backward for the master, a bit of active, automated EQ sculpting can be a serious boon, if done well.

Here are some instances where you can employ the practice.

7 Creative Automation Tips for Music Producers

7 Creative Automation Tips for Music Producers:

Earlier this year, we discussed mix automation basics, detailing how the process works and why it benefits your music. If you still need clarification on these points I suggest taking a look at the article, because in this post we’ll be diving deeper into automation with seven creative tips, applicable to all genres.

Get the Most from DAW Automation: 3 Creative Approaches

Get the Most from DAW Automation: 3 Creative Approaches:

In the early 1970s the recording industry changed drastically with the introduction of mixing consoles that could record and play back fader movement. Leading up to this, mixing multitrack tape recordings was a group effort. For larger sessions of 16 or 24 tracks, up to four people could be needed behind the desk just to manage faders.

Digital audio workstations (DAWs) sophisticated the entire automation process, providing creators and engineers with the ability to control nearly every parameter with precision. In this article, I’ll show you three ways to use automation for more expressive, stand-out music.

What Is Mix Automation? Everything You’ve Been Too Afraid to Ask

What Is Mix Automation? Everything You’ve Been Too Afraid to Ask:

In this article, I will try to answer all the questions you’ve always had about mix automation but were too afraid to ask. We’ll go over what automation is, why you’ll want to use, and the basics. To learn three creative applications of using automation in a DAW, check out this article.

Automation in the Audio Mastering World: Leveling up Your Ozone 8 Skills with Tasteful Automation

Automation in the Audio Mastering World: Leveling up Your Ozone 8 Skills with Tasteful Automation:

Automation isn’t just for mixing engineers. Neither is automation strictly limited to volume rides. Whether you’re working in the analog or digital world—or relying on a hybrid audio mastering setup—there are a handful of circumstances where time-based adjustments on your mastering chain can help you achieve your desired results. Let’s look into a few practical examples of automation being used in recent mastering sessions.

Beat Making 101: How to Make a Beat

Beat Making 101: How to Make a Beat:

In this article, we’ll discuss how beats are constructed and how to get into beat-making. We’ll break down the essential aspects of a standard beat, listening techniques, exercises to develop your abilities, and various resources to use in the learning process.

iZotope – Pro Audio Essentials

iZotope – Pro Audio Essentials:

Pro Audio Essentials is a game-based course for music producers to practice and improve their audio skills. This unique learning experience uses audio games, ear training, and videos to build the production skills that music makers use every day when recording, mixing, and mastering.

Simple FM Synthesis: Sine Waves and Processors

Simple FM Synthesis: Sine Waves and Processors:

In this article, we’ll show how FM synthesis and some simple processors and can be used to take a few sine waves to an expressive and grungy bass patch. We’ll cover the steps we take, why we’re performing them, and create a sample patch along the way.

I started my synthesizer “lust” the first time I heard a Moog – 1969 – no way I could afford to play in that arena.

In 1985 I got a Casio CZ-101, and software to be librarian and programmer. That’s where I learned about ADSR. Then I got a Yamaha TX81Z – DX7 was out of reach. Learned how to program that with software, again. Thanks Opcode!

I donated my CZ-101 to CRAS. I traded my TX81Z in for an electric guitar and an amplifier. I have many FM synthesizer tools inside my computer these days, so I don’t miss the 30 year old hardware that requires maintenance. I jumped for joy when I got my hands on the KORG Legacy instruments – finally an M1 and a Wavestation all for me.