Mac keyboard shortcuts – Apple Support:
Fn–Up Arrow: Page Up: Scroll up one page.
Fn–Down Arrow: Page Down: Scroll down one page.
Fn–Left Arrow: Home: Scroll to the beginning of a document.
Fn–Right Arrow: End: Scroll to the end of a document.
I keep forgetting that the FN key is usable on the laptop. It’s like a magic control key.
Songwriting basics: The music theory you need to write a chord progression to fit a melody | MusicRadar
Learn these golden rules and you’ll be all set to start harmonising in your DAW
This is great fun as well as useful. Listen to the examples – you’ll hear it in your head…
Establishing Project Studio Reference Monitoring Levels:
If you’re serious about recording and mixing you need to set a consistent reference level to which you can always return. Our seven‑step guide explains how to do it.
From Sound on Sound magazine in 2014. Always good to have your room balanced and levels clear and understandable.
How To Create A Reverb That Narrows To Mono As It Decays – Tutorial | Production Expert
In this article, Ufuk Onen shows how to create an effects trick that begins as a wide reverb, then gradually narrows and eventually turns into mono as it fades away.
This sounds pretty neat – like he says, not for everything, but certainly makes for some nice effect.
Custom Launchpad modes for Logic Pro – 9to5Mac:
After exploring some techniques and functionality to bolster performance potential last time around, today we are taking a look at custom Launchpad modes and creating our own bespoke controls for Logic Pro. Continuing our journey towards complete creative hardware dominance over our instruments and tracks in Logic Pro, these custom made templates allow us to quickly and simply throw some widgets around to personalize hardware control over just about every parameter your trackpad can find. Used in combination with Logic Pro’s particularly powerful Learn assignment functionality, Novation’s Components Editor is a simple and effective way of expanding Launchpad hardware control well beyond the factory limitations.
Mike Senior at Cambridge Music Technology.
Snare-drum Multimiking: Four Recommended Microphone Positions To Mix & Match
In this video I demonstrate the sound of four different recommended microphone positions you might use when multimiking a snare drum, showcasing the sound characteristics of each mic position with audio examples. In addition, I discuss how you might go about combining them at mixdown.
His books – “Recording Secrets for the Small Studio” and “Mixing Secrets for the Small Studio” are excellent sources of information.
Recording Secrets For The Small Studio
Recording Secrets For The Small Studio is an intensive training course specifically designed for small-studio enthusiasts who want a fast track to release-quality results. Based on the backroom strategies of more than 200 famous names, this thorough and down-to-earth guide leads you through a logical sequence of practical tasks to build your live-room skills progressively from the ground up. On the way, you’ll unravel the mysteries of many specialist studio tactics and gain the confidence to tackle a full range of real-world recording situations. User-friendly explanations introduce technical concepts on a strictly need-to-know basis, while chapter summaries, assignments, and extensive online resources are perfect for school and college use.
Mixing Secrets For The Small Studio (2nd Edition)
Mixing Secrets For The Small Studio is a best-selling primer for small-studio enthusiasts who want chart-ready sonics in a hurry. Drawing on the back-room strategies of more than 160 famous names, this entertaining and down-to-earth guide leads you step-by-step through the entire mixing process. On the way, you’ll unravel the mysteries of every type of mix processing, from simple EQ and compression through to advanced spectral dynamics and ‘fairy dust’ effects. User-friendly explanations introduce technical concepts on a strictly need-to-know basis, while chapter summaries, assignments, and extensive on-line resources are perfect for school and college use.
7 Sidechaining Techniques Worth Checking Out | Production Expert
Sidechaining was once regarded as a purely functional mixing tool, now sidechain compression has become a key weapon in the creative arsenal of producers across all genres. Here are 7 tips to help you get more from it.
The iZotope tools allow for sidechaining dynamic EQs. This is similar to using a compressor to change dynamics of a frequency band based on external levels.
Livestream Audio Workflow – In Depth How To | Production Expert:
In this article Steven Demott describes his journey into livestreaming and gives a detailed walkthrough of the setup he’s using for high quality online streaming of music performances.
Confused By Reverb? This Might be The Plug-in You Need | Production Expert
If you haven’t checked out FabFilter’s Pro-R reverb you absolutely should because reverb presents some specific challenges to the UI designer. Reverb is complicated. it’s a fact, and broadly speaking there have been two common ways to address this in a UI. Either present just a few controls and let the user dial in a room, hall or whatever, adjust decay time and an HF damping and get on with it (i.e. present simplicity at the expense of control), or present a comprehensive set of parameters and scare off some of the users.
The FabFilter “Beginner’s Guide to Reverb” should be required homework before using any reverb. Most of the controls are available in lots of ‘verbs’ – but the Pro-R interface is sooooo pretty.
The presentation really presses home the points of how the pieces really work…
What Is Frequency-Based Panning? Try It Out With A Free Plugin | Production Expert
Standard pan controls in DAWs and mixers let us position the signal in the stereo panorama regardless of its frequency content whereas spectral panning gives us the ability to divide the signal into frequency bands and pan these bands individually. In this article, Ufuk Onen explains what spectral panning is, the benefits and how to use it using a free plugin.
MSpectralPan | MeldaProduction
MSpectralPan is a powerful panner, which lets you apply panorama to each frequency individually. It is indespensable for mixing and also provides lots of creative potencial.
The Basics of Dynamic EQ (+ 4 Mix Tips) — Pro Audio Files:
In this article, I’m going to take a dive into dynamic EQ and give you some compelling reasons (hint: there’s a great one you can get for free) to consider bringing one into your workflow ASAP.
I have the choice of a couple of different dynamic EQs. I am lucky. I use them all the time in iZotope Nectar and Neutron.
Vocal Production Tips! A Mega List To Check Out | Production Expert
There are many significant junctures capable of enhancing or undermining the quality of a song’s vocals. In this article, iZotope Contributor Philip Nichols shares some common vocal production practices—some to use and some to avoid. Of course, it’s best to start at the source.
A great refresher when doing pre-production work. It really helps to know how you plan to make your recording the best it can be,
Exploring the Neoverb Advanced Panel
by Griffin Brown, iZotope Content Team October 14, 2020
But what if you’re a mild-to-severe control freak (like I am) when it comes to your audio? You might want to dive a bit deeper than the visible tools allow. Thankfully, Neoverb not only lets you do so, but even offers some reverb-warping options you won’t find in many other reverb plug-ins.
I find the screen captures from Insight showing how the sound changes with the reverb settings highly useful. I can hear the differences, but having a different perspective makes it sink in just a little better…
50 Quick Tips for Capturing Great Recordings — Pro Audio Files
All great producers and engineers know that the key to a great mix is a great recording. On that note, here are 50 quick-tips on getting the best results in the studio:
Always good to have some tips…maybe some nibs?
Slicing Loops – Power Up With These Six Tips | Production Expert
The ability to slice audio loops up into their constituent hits and map them across the keyboard for unfettered rearrangement has been a staple music production technique since 1994, when the release of Propellerhead’s Recycle! application changed the sampling game forever.