How to Record Voice-Over Audio at Home | iZotope Home Studio Tips – YouTube

How to Record Voice-Over Audio at Home | iZotope Home Studio Tips – YouTube

If you’re a content creator, post-production pro, or home studio warrior, recording quality voice-over from home is a challenge. Follow along as re-recording mixer and field recordist Alex Knickerbocker takes you through the process of recording quality VO from home.

Nectar 3 – It’s not just for vocals anymore 😉 Anything that you would treat “like a voice” can be quickly dialed-in.

Try it on a lead clarinet or saxophone…

Multiband Compressors vs. Dynamic EQs: Differences and Uses

Multiband Compressors vs. Dynamic EQs: Differences and Uses

Multiband compressors and dynamic EQs are some of the most useful tools available to audio engineers. They allow for dynamic control of defined frequency ranges, providing some of the functionality and benefits of both EQs and compressors. Their ability to correct “problem” frequencies in a detailed and generally transparent way makes them extremely helpful for balancing a single sound or a full mix.

Useful comparison from iZotope to help us choose between these somewhat similarly behaving tools.

Skim | SourceForge.net

Skim download | SourceForge.net

Skim is a PDF reader and note-taker for OS X. It is designed to help you read and annotate scientific papers in PDF, but is also great for viewing any PDF file. Skim requires Mac OS X 10.6 or higher.

I have used Skim for a while (years) but not very heavily. I always wanted a way to share annotations with PDF files in Preview just because it’s the default reader.

I have decided for the time being that Skim will be my default reader/annotator. Why? Search works very well compared to the anemic (and sometimes broken) search in Preview.

Search the “Logic Pro X User Guide” for ‘add a control point’. In Preview we get the words found on 47 pages. In Skim we get the 5 locations where the string occurs. That’s exactly what I want.

Bookmarks in Skim can be session-only, or remembered. Very handy.

The multi-pane window interface – table of contents on the left (or search results) and annotations on the right, with separate search criteria. Document remains in the middle. Very much like the interface in Scrivener, which I use for all of my notebooks and workbooks.

Now if I could get Scrivener to open PDF files in Skim I would be happy. In the interim I have created a script and assigned it to a key command that will open the Preview document in Skim for me.

I feel like I have accomplished something useful today.

Mastering Bass With Low End Focus

Mastering Bass With Low End Focus

Low End Focus is a new module in Ozone 9 Advanced designed to take the low end of your track and minimize muddiness, increase clarity, and address common low end issues that may not be easily mitigated with traditional tools, such as EQ or Dynamics. Learn more about the new module in the video below.

3rd Party Plug-In Control Surface Parameter Lists – Logic Pro Help

3rd Party Plug-In Control Surface Parameter Lists – Logic Pro Help

Since Logic 9, we have CSParameterOrder.plist files for Logic’s native plug-ins. These can be made for 3rd party plug-ins as well. These lists allow you to reorder or remove parameters as they appear on a supported control surface.

Useful discussion of using parameter lists to change the order of controls when working with control surfaces. The default controls for EQ are great, but many plugins need better arrangements.

I’m still dealing with Smart Controls – a whole different story.

Recall Screenset 5 5 – Logic Pro X keyboard command of the day

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

  Recall Screenset 5    5

Think of Screensets as workspaces. You can display windows, position them, zoom tracks as needed for a part of a workflow and save everything in place.

Create, recall, and switch screensets – Logic Pro X

You position windows in a layout that suits the way you work. This layout of various windows, including their display size, zoom levels, position, and other settings, is called a screenset. Once defined, you can save, and freely switch between different screensets, much as you might between different computer displays.

 

 

⇧ 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.

What Is Soft Saturation and How Is It Used?

What Is Soft Saturation and How Is It Used?

by Nick Messitte, iZotope Contributor July 25, 2019

Soft saturation has many different applications, learn a few here!
You may have noticed Neutron 3’s EQ sports a parameter called “soft saturation.” The effect is subtle—if your ears aren’t catching it, you may not be sure what it’s doing. Soft saturation is meant to give you something akin to analog warmth. But how does soft saturation achieve this feat? Moreover, how and when should you use soft saturation?

What Is Soft Saturation and How Is It Used?

What Is Soft Saturation and How Is It Used?

by Nick Messitte, iZotope Contributor July 25, 2019

Soft saturation has many different applications, learn a few here!
You may have noticed Neutron 3’s EQ sports a parameter called “soft saturation.” The effect is subtle—if your ears aren’t catching it, you may not be sure what it’s doing. Soft saturation is meant to give you something akin to analog warmth. But how does soft saturation achieve this feat? Moreover, how and when should you use soft saturation?

The Difference Between VCA and Sub-Groups in Mixing

The Difference Between VCA and Sub-Groups in Mixing

by David Bawiec, iZotope Contributor July 24, 2019

VCA and sub-groups are useful tools in your mixing practice, but serve different purposes.
VCAs and sub-group busses can be easily confused. Here’s your primer on the difference and when it makes sense to use one vs. the other.

The examples are from Logic Pro X. In a simple sense Logic implements Folder Stacks as a VCA and Summing Stacks as a Sub-Group. By using the stacks you get convenient “tracks” in the Arrange/Tracks window.

Toggle Vertical Auto Zoom – Logic Pro X keyboard command of the day

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

  Toggle Vertical Auto Zoom

Available as a button in the track displays. I zoom in and out (vertical and horizontal) a bit. I should do it more. I haven’t really spent the time learning zooming, but have found a great use for keypad numbers (I rescued them from jumping to numbered marker positions).

The 3 saved zoom settings are KP1,KP2, and KP3. Setting them is accomplished with ⌃KP1, ⌃KP2, and ⌃KP3. This makes the workflow so much easier!

Zoom windows – Logic Pro X

 

When you zoom in or out, the top-left (and selected) event or region remains in the visible area of the screen. If no selected region or event is visible, zooming is centered around the playhead. If the playhead isn’t visible, the current center of the window is retained.

 

 

 

⇧ SHIFT  –  ⌃ CONTROL  –  ⌥ OPTION  –  ⌘ COMMAND

Command    Key Touch Bar
- Global Commands
Zoom Window ⌃⌘M

- Various Windows
Set Zoom Tool
Zoom Horizontal Out ⌘←
Zoom Horizontal In ⌘→
Zoom Vertical Out ⌘↑
Zoom Vertical In ⌘↓
Recall Zoom 1 1
Recall Zoom 2 2
Recall Zoom 3 3
Save as Zoom 1 ⌃1
Save as Zoom 2 ⌃2
Save as Zoom 3 ⌃3
Zoom to fit Selection vertically and horizontally, store Navigation Snapshot
Zoom to fit Selection horizontally, store Navigation Snapshot
Zoom to fit Selection vertically, store Navigation Snapshot
Zoom to fit Locators, store Navigation Snapshot ⌃⇧Z
Zoom to fit All Contents, store Navigation Snapshot ⇧⌘F12
Toggle Zoom to fit Selection or All Contents Z
Toggle Horizontal Auto Zoom
Toggle Vertical Auto Zoom

- Main Window Tracks
Individual Track Zoom In ⌃⌥⌘↓
Individual Track Zoom Out ⌃⌥⌘↑
Toggle Individual Track Zoom ⌃⌥⌘Z
Toggle Zoom Focused Track ⌃Z
Reset Individual Track Zoom ⌃⌥⌘⌫
Individual Track Zoom Reset for All Tracks
Waveform Vertical Zoom x 1 (Normal)
Waveform Vertical Zoom x 2
Waveform Vertical Zoom x 4
Waveform Vertical Zoom x 8
Waveform Vertical Zoom Out ⌘-
Waveform Vertical Zoom In ⌘=
Toggle Waveform Vertical Zoom

- Smart Tempo Editor
Zoom All ↑

- Tools Menu
Zoom Tool Y

8 Tips for Automating Neutron 3

8 Tips for Automating Neutron 3

by Nick Messitte, iZotope Contributor June 27, 2019

8 Tips for Automating Neutron 3
I’m a fan of unconventional automation—of manipulating parameters other than the fader or the pan pot. Perhaps an EQ curve, or the apparent width of a sound source, deserves the automated treatment.

Now that Neutron 3 has arrived, we have ample opportunities to automate a whole host of variables in one CPU-friendly channel strip plug-in. So I thought it wise to dive into things we can automate in Neutron 3 for creative and utilitarian effect.

I like the “drums in the chorus” idea for variety.

8 Tips for Automating Neutron 3

8 Tips for Automating Neutron 3

by Nick Messitte, iZotope Contributor June 27, 2019

8 Tips for Automating Neutron 3
I’m a fan of unconventional automation—of manipulating parameters other than the fader or the pan pot. Perhaps an EQ curve, or the apparent width of a sound source, deserves the automated treatment.

Now that Neutron 3 has arrived, we have ample opportunities to automate a whole host of variables in one CPU-friendly channel strip plug-in. So I thought it wise to dive into things we can automate in Neutron 3 for creative and utilitarian effect.

I like the “drums in the chorus” idea for variety.

9 Tips for Using Sculptor in Neutron 3

9 Tips for Using Sculptor in Neutron 3

by Nick Messitte, iZotope Contributor June 24, 2019

The new Sculptor module in Neutron 3
Neutron has a brand spanking new module called Sculptor, so we thought we’d give you some concrete uses for when and how to implement Neutron 3’s newest family member. 

I’m looking forward to the conceptual de-esser.