Create and customize Drum Machine Designer kits in Logic Pro X – Apple Support

Create and customize Drum Machine Designer kits in Logic Pro X – Apple Support

Create custom Drum Machine Designer kits with more than 2000 kit pieces patches from the Logic Pro sound library or use your own samples.

This is the starting point for making kits and tapping your way to entertainment…

5 Ear Training Exercises To Help You Listen Like A Mastering Engineer | Production Expert

5 Ear Training Exercises To Help You Listen Like A Mastering Engineer | Production Expert

When you think of the most important tool in a mastering engineer’s arsenal, what comes to mind? An equalizer? A compressor? Top-notch conversion, monitoring, or room acoustics? These are all certainly very important, but without a great set of ears behind them, they’re virtually worthless. In this article, Ian Stewart from iZotope looks at how with 5 exercises and some practice we can train our hearing to be like a mastering engineer.

5 Different Ways to Use Software Compressors – Audient

5 Different Ways to Use Software Compressors – Audient

If you asked a room full of audio engineer students what a compressor does, you’d probably get a wide range of responses. “It’s the thing that makes tracks louder!” one may claim. “It’s that plugin David Guetta uses to make his synths pump!” another might say. Is there a single answer? Technically speaking, compressors simply reduce the dynamic range of a signal. Depending on their settings and application, however, compressors can be incredibly useful in a variety of situations. For this tutorial, we’ll be using Ableton’s stock compressors, but any basic software compressor will do. Here are 5 common uses of compressors:

Crop Regions outside Locators or Marquee Selection ⌘\ ⌘3⃣ – Logic Pro X keyboard command of the day

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

  Crop Regions outside Locators or Marquee Selection ⌘\  ⌘3⃣

undocumented command. There are many fine points about regions and how to work with them. They are only documented in the Logic Pro 9 manuals. Time to read Chapter 13 of the Logic Pro 9 manual.

Logic Pro 9 User Manual: Selecting Regions

This action removes all unselected areas from regions which are partly marquee-selected.

 

 Logic Pro 9 User Manual: Creating Your Arrangement

Once you have added your audio and MIDI regions to the Arrange area, you can edit and reorganize them to create an overall arrangement, or project. Most arranging and editing techniques work identically for both audio and MIDI regions. Apple Loops are also handled in a similar fashion. Where handling differs, variations are pointed out in the appropriate sections of this chapter. Note that all operations described with a pluralized heading (regions, for example), apply to one or more selected region(s).

 

⇧ SHIFT  –  ⌃ CONTROL  –  ⌥ OPTION  –  ⌘ COMMAND

9 Tips for Using Reverb with Drums

9 Tips for Using Reverb with Drums

by Nick Messitte, iZotope Contributor August 20, 2019

Some of the reverbs we’ll be working with today
Your drums sound narrow, dry, and small. You need them to sound bigger, so you send them to a concert-hall reverb. That’ll do the trick, right? Probably not. Now all you have are small, narrow drums surrounded by a lot of incongruous reverb.

Mix Busses 101: When, Why, and How to Group Tracks into a Bus

Mix Busses 101: When, Why, and How to Group Tracks into a Bus

by David Bawiec, iZotope Contributor August 21, 2019

What’s a mix bus? Learn here!
We’ve got your guide to everything mix bus-related. Learn how they work, the difference between a group, aux bus, or master bus, when you should route your tracks to a group bus, and how to do it the right way.

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.