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Compression: When and How to Use It in Nectar, Neutron, and Ozone

In previous articles, we covered different types of hardware compressors and why their behavior matters in this hybrid/digital world. We also covered typical mistakes engineers make in using compression. This article expounds on compression in a specific way: we are diving into the various compressors available in the iZotope ecosystem and relating them to real-world applications.

by Nick Messitte, iZotope Contributor December 9, 2019

Q. When should I use mono reverb as opposed to stereo reverb?

Q. When should I use mono reverb as opposed to stereo reverb?

Another nifty trick for chart-targeted pop and EDM productions is to widen a reverb effect until it gives that ‘outside the speakers’ illusion, and then use just a small amount of it to expand the apparent width of your mix as a whole. Although such a reverb will have such dreadful mono-compatibility that it may pretty much vanish in mono, that’s rarely a great loss in practice, because the reverb serves no musical function. Better to lose some reverb in mono, than an important musical line!

Mike Senior, “Sound on Sound”

Freeware Of The Week #27 | Mike Senior on Patreon

Freeware Of The Week #27 | Mike Senior on Patreon

However, the freakiest of the lot comes courtesy of Melda, in the form of their MFreeformPhase plug-in, which allows completely variable frequency-selective phase adjustment via an EQ-like graphical interface. So, for example, if you don’t like what comb-filtering is doing to the low midrange, you can adjust the phase relationships there without affecting the rest of the spectrum.

Frequency Phase Alignment…

Meta Messages In Logic

Meta Messages In Logic

In addition to standard MIDI messages, Logic uses two special message types to carry out certain operations and to communicate among its various components. In the Logic Notes column in SOS December 2002 we had a look at Fader messages, which are used for track-based automation. Here we’ll examine Meta messages, which have several functions within Logic. One thing to keep in mind as you read this is that these special message types only travel within Logic — they never venture down the MIDI pipeline to confuse your gear or other MIDI applications.

The Wayback Machine takes us to 2003 to get a description of Meta messages and what the are good for in Logic – even today, sixteen years later…

9 Tips for Mastering Your Own Mix

9 Tips for Mastering Your Own Mix

by Nick Messitte, iZotope Contributor October 21, 2019

Growing up, I was always told by amateurs and pros alike—you can’t master a song you’ve mixed. It was interesting then to see engineers like Luca Pretolesi and Don Gehman break that rule. Could I do both too?

With technology like Ozone 9 and the improved Tonal Balance Control, I find it’s more possible than before—provided I follow concrete rules of thumb. The following are the rules I live by when I’m asked to master my own mixes, which is more and more often these days.

4 Uses for Vintage Modules in Ozone

4 Uses for Vintage Modules in Ozone

by Ian Stewart, iZotope Contributor October 9, 2019

With the arrival of Ozone 9, the powerful Vintage modules—previously only available in Advanced versions—are now part of Standard. Whether these modules are brand new to you, or you’ve had them in your back pocket for a while, but have been unsure about how and when to use them, this article is for you!

4 Tips for Using Upwards Compression in Neutron

4 Tips for Using Upwards Compression in Neutron

by Nick Messitte, iZotope Contributor September 18, 2019

In an earlier article called “Expanding on compression” I covered unusual forms of dynamic processing, including upwards compression. Neutron 3 offers the ability to implement upwards compression, so I thought it would be useful to cover it further.

How Mix Assistant Helped Me Mix an Album in 5 Days

How Mix Assistant Helped Me Mix an Album in 5 Days

by Nick Messitte, iZotope Contributor September 18, 2019

Neutron 3 Advanced sports a feature called Mix Assistant. Its aim is simple: to give you a good static mix and let you get to the fun parts of mixing faster.

9 Great Reference Mixes for Modern Pop

9 Great Reference Mixes for Modern Pop

by Nick Messitte, iZotope Contributor September 19, 2019

This article concerns itself with the genre of modern pop, but therein lies a problem: pop is a curious music, as it’s the only genre that is not a genre by definition. Whatever is popular, that is pop. “A Fifth of Beethoven,” Frozen’s “Let It Go,” and “Old Town Road” sound nothing alike, and yet they are all pop.

5 Signs of Over-Processing in a Mix

5 Signs of Over-Processing in a Mix

by Daniel Dixon, iZotope Contributor September 19, 2019

We spend a lot of time showing folks how to use plug-ins across their mix. But with every video tutorial and list of tips we publish, there is a caveat: be careful not to get carried away.

10 Mai Tai Percussion Presets – Presonus Blog

10 Mai Tai Percussion Presets

We’re still in September, it’s still Studio One’s 10th anniversary, and so once again the Friday Tip is 10 Tips! This week, the accent is on percussion—which is an essential part of any decent mix. We’re going to get down and dirty in percussion-land, so load the Mai Tai synthesizer, and let’s get started.

The post 10 Mai Tai Percussion Presets appeared first on PreSonus Blog.

Making Sense of Mac Keyboard Symbols

From OSX Daily

Making Sense of Mac Keyboard Symbols

Full Keyboard Symbol List:
⌘ is command

⌥ is option

⌃ is control

⇧ is shift

⇪ is caps lock

← is left arrow

→ is right arrow

↑ is up arrow

↓ is down arrow

⇥ is tab

⇤ is backtab

is return

⌤ is enter

⌫ is delete

⌦ is forward delete

⇞ is page up

⇟ is page down

is home

is end

⌧ is clear

␣ is space

⎋ is escape

 is eject

Eject is a square with a triangle above a bar…

Audient Tutorial Hub – Tips For Recording On Location

Audient Tutorial Hub – Tips For Recording On Location

Recording audio on location rather than in a studio environment can be an immensely rewarding experience with plenty of benefits, whether that’s the cosy acoustic of a local hall, the epic reverb of a church or even the natural ambience of recording out in the open.

Fine-tuning Automation In Logic – Sound on Sound

This is a very old article from Sound on Sound magazin from September 2005 – 14 years ago. It is a nice introduction to the value of automation, and the incredible power provided in Logic. Just about everything can be automated – even changing the screen set that you are currently viewing.

It is important to read further to be clear about what Logic Pro X can do (like Track Automation and Region Automation) for just one example.

Fine-tuning Automation In Logic

Comprehensive automation is one of Logic ‘s most powerful facets, allowing micro-management of all the settings in your mix.

The 7 Steps of Ideal Mic Placement — SonicScoop

The 7 Steps of Ideal Mic Placement — SonicScoop

Wessel Oltheten, producer, engineer and author of the book Mixing with Impact offers a roadmap to getting better sounds out of your mics, every time. For even more on this subject, look for his new in-depth series on placing mics, starting next month on SonicScoop.

Getting the ideal mic placement means making important decisions before you even move the mic. Here are 7 steps to getting better results in any context.

1. Guess—but don’t just guess.

I start by placing every microphone at the spot where I think the odds are best for it to work well.