Set Downbeat to Playhead Position – Logic Pro X keyboard command of the day

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

  Set Downbeat to Playhead Position

I can’t locate any specific documentation for this. The command is found in the Smart Tempo Editor. I currently don’t do anything with beat mapping.

Work in the Smart Tempo Editor – Logic Pro X

You can make adjustments in two different ways: by playing the file or selection and tapping the D and T keys on your computer keyboard to indicate downbeats (D) and beats (T), or by editing beat markers in the main display. When tapping in a selection, only the downbeats or beats in the selected area are changed.

 

 

⇧ SHIFT  –  ⌃ CONTROL  –  ⌥ OPTION  –  ⌘ COMMAND

Show/Hide Instrument Name – Logic Pro X keyboard command of the day

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

  Show/Hide Instrument Name

I don’t seem to be able to find what, exactly, this is Showing/Hiding…

Hmmm.

⇧ SHIFT  –  ⌃ CONTROL  –  ⌥ OPTION  –  ⌘ COMMAND

6 Tips for Widening the Stereo Image of a Mix

6 Tips for Widening the Stereo Image of a Mix

by Daniel Dixon, iZotope Contributor July 23, 2019

Ozone 8 stereo imager
Getting stereo imaging right is no easy task. Just when you think you’ve achieved wonderous mix width, you pull up a reference track and find that your music seems narrow in comparison. Worse yet, when you fold your mix into mono it shrinks down even further.

Add Region to Loop Library… ⌃⇧O – Logic Pro X keyboard command of the day

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

  Add Region to Loop Library…    ⌃⇧O

I should experiment with this. I have a lot of recordings that I could “cut up” and create “licks” from.

Create your own Apple Loops – Logic Pro X

You can create Apple Loops from your own audio and software instrument recordings. When you create an Apple Loop from a region, it’s added to the loop library and appears in the Loop Browser, so that you can use it in other projects.

 

 

⇧ SHIFT  –  ⌃ CONTROL  –  ⌥ OPTION  –  ⌘ COMMAND

Show/Hide Beat Mapping Track Only – Logic Pro X keyboard command of the day

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

  Show/Hide Beat Mapping Track Only

I have not figured out the difference between “Show/Hide Beat Mapping Track” and the “… Only” version of the command…

In the Arrange window the Beat Mapping track is toggled. In the Audio Editor (Track) there is a difference. The “only” version of the command places the Beat Mapping track above the audio. The other version shows the Arrangement, Marker, Signature, and Tempo tracks as well.

Beat mapping overview – Logic Pro X

Beat mapping lets you map notes that don’t follow a strict tempo with beats in the ruler. When you play the project, the project tempo adjusts so that the beat-mapped notes are aligned with beats in the ruler.

 

 

⇧ SHIFT  –  ⌃ CONTROL  –  ⌥ OPTION  –  ⌘ COMMAND

6 Tips for Recording Interviews in the Field

6 Tips for Recording Interviews in the Field

by Nick Messitte, iZotope Contributor July 1, 2019

6 tips to get the most out of your next interview or tape sync project.
Recently, I stepped away from my mixing duties to report a piece for WHYY, an NPR station based out of Philadelphia. The gig got me out of the studio, recording interviews in a variety of locations, and dusting off a bag of in-the-field tricks that might be of some benefit to you.

If this sort of work intrigues you—interviewing people in the field for radio and podcasts and the like—read on. We’ll cover the right tools for the job and some good techniques for getting a quality sound.

Classical Music: Recording, Mixing, and Mastering Fundamentals

Classical Music: Recording, Mixing, and Mastering Fundamentals

by Jett Galindo, iZotope Contributor July 3, 2019

Recording, mixing, and mastering classical music requires different techniques than most modern productions.
Classical music is known for its nuanced sonics—from the wide dynamics all the way to its vast range in the frequency spectrum. With that comes a unique set of challenges for sound engineers when recording, mixing, and mastering classical music.

Creative Ways to Use LFOs on Synths and Beats

Creative Ways to Use LFOs on Synths and Beats

by DJ Pangburn, iZotope Contributor July 3, 2019

LFO on the Roland Jupiter-6 synthesizer
Everyone has a soft spot for a synthesizer filter sweep or a tremolo effect on a guitar track. Thanks to LFOs (low frequency oscillators), these wooshy filter sweeps and pitch modulation (vibrato) effects are easy to execute. But LFOs have other creative uses.

9 Tips for Producing and Mixing House Music

9 Tips for Producing and Mixing House Music

by Daniel Dixon, iZotope Contributor July 3, 2019

We’ve already covered tips for mixing jazz, rock, and hip-hop. Today, we’re diving into house music.

Covering a wide range of styles within the genre—from classic anthems to vocal cuts to minimal, techy jams—these tips will be of service to house producers, engineers, and even DJs.

5 Ways to Boost Bass in a Mix

5 Ways to Boost Bass in a Mix

by Daniel Dixon, iZotope Contributor July 1, 2019

Learn how to boost bass in a mix with these five tips
Some songs seem to have a physical presence that sets them apart from the rest. This powerful sound and physical feeling are often created by a careful treatment of low and mid-range frequencies. Today, I’ll cover some tips for boosting bass and adding weight to a mix.

Toggle Current Track Automation Trim Mode – Logic Pro X keyboard command of the day

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

  Toggle Current Track Automation Trim Mode

Heavy use of automation required. I have to remember that the DAW is where things are produced and polished. Coming from the ‘live’ side of things I am usually oblivious to the tools available for making changes to a ‘recording’ after the fact.

I really do need to pay attention to automation.

Choose automation modes – Logic Pro X

Trim: Offsets the value of the existing automation (Volume, Pan, Send levels) by adjusting it up or down by the amount you move the fader or control. Works in combination with Touch and Latch automation modes.

 

 

⇧ SHIFT  –  ⌃ CONTROL  –  ⌥ OPTION  –  ⌘ COMMAND

Toggle Channel Strip Solo S – Logic Pro X keyboard command of the day

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

  Toggle Channel Strip Solo  S

Toggle the solo state of the selected channel strip. Where to Solo can be confusing. Soloing a channel strip allows all tracks that are assigned to the channel strip to play. Soloing a track affects the selected track(s).

Mute and solo channel strips – Logic Pro X

You can also listen to a channel strip signal alone (solo), silencing all other channel strips. Soloing channel strips is useful when you want to work on a track or region individually; for example, when you’re editing regions on the track, re-recording a part, or adjusting volume curves.

 

Solo tracks – Logic Pro X

You can solo a track, silencing all tracks that are not also soloed. Soloing tracks is useful when you want to work on a track individually, or work on a few tracks, without hearing the other tracks in the project.

 

 Mute and solo regions in the Tracks area – Logic Pro X

You can solo multiple regions by clicking them, then click-holding one of the selected regions with the Solo tool. Playback starts from the position of the pointer until you release the mouse button.

 

⇧ SHIFT  –  ⌃ CONTROL  –  ⌥ OPTION  –  ⌘ COMMAND

How to Mix Vocals to a 2-Track Instrumental – Produce Like A Pro

How to Mix Vocals to a 2-Track Instrumental – Produce Like A Pro

MAX MCALLISTER
MAY 25, 2019

Mixing vocals to a 2-track instrumental is something every engineer will encounter at some point. It’s especially common in hip hop/pop, where artists routinely download pre-mixed instrumentals online and bring them to a studio to record. The challenge with learning how to mix to a 2-track beat is getting the vocals to sit in a space that feels right. The following are some tips and ideas to consider when approaching a mix like this.

6 Tips to Improve the Tonal Balance of a Mix

6 Tips to Improve the Tonal Balance of a Mix

by Daniel Dixon, iZotope Contributor May 22, 2019

The balance of level and frequency is what gives a mix it’s emotion and power, while a lack of balance can leave mixes sounding like demos. For new engineers, tonal balance can be a major challenge to get right. That’s why today we’re looking at five tips to improve the tonal balance of your mix.

Create a Massive Synth by Layering Multiple Sounds

Create a Massive Synth by Layering Multiple Sounds

by DJ Pangburn, iZotope Contributor May 21, 2019

In crafting sounds, many synthesists probably return again and again to their favorite original patches or even presets, tweaking the parameters here and there, before adding different effects to mix it up. While familiarity with certain pieces of kit, from the sounds to the processes used to maximize them, is always welcomed, it also helps to mix things up a bit.