The Sound of the 1970s and 1980s

More like the 80s

NAD integrated amplifier, Dual turntable, recordings from 1950s, 1960s. All vinyl, all the time…

The simple answer was “Boston Acoustics”, not me, I know there are tools that will “warm it up”.

I went “B&W”. No one was saying “Bowers and Wilkins” in the U.S. Too much like “Evelyn and Crabtree” (or the other way around, fun nose trinkets).

Modern “flat” speakers are sooooooooo flat compared to anything from the 1980s at a real person’s budget.

Devil’s in the details, watch out for “re-masters”.

So the saxes, the Evanses, the odd-rhythmists, they need warm. Yup. A transistor needs help. So does the computer 😉

MJQ – Django – Rudy Van Gelder re-master (he surely didn’t record it?)

Needs warms. Cold, wintry sound without help.

My attempt is flat speakers proceeded by iZotope “Vinyl” to get me vintage gear, with a T-Racks 5 “Saturator-X” at the front. It’s pretty close to the home stereo. Maybe a little “room”.

The new graphic EQ for the home stereo might be Audio Hijack with a bunch of plugins in front of the audio. It works for me, since that’s what I heard and what I know deep in my ears.

I need to build the amusing “Hey Dingus” command of “Play me some Bill Evans on a 1960’s stereo” – how’s that for a graphic EQ? The AREQ?

Ahh, the magic happens.

I need to add some room! not where it was recorded, but where it is heard. T-Racks 5 – CSR Classik – Room. Reflections only.

I want to be in the room where a performance happens!

The VIrtual Orchestra: String Basics – KeyboardMag

The VIrtual Orchestra: String Basics – KeyboardMag:

Many film and TV scores live or die on how well the strings are conjured. Fortunately, the state of the art of sampled string libraries is finally approaching a level of illusion that can convince all but the most refined ears. As much as we’d all love to play a keyboard and sound like a symphony orchestra, it almost always takes the patient construction of multiple tracks and an understanding of real orchestration to create authentic string passages.

I need to translate into Miroslav Philharmonik 2 or Logic’s “Studio Strings”.

A good morning (or two) exercise.

Arranging Sampled Strings – KeyboardMag

Arranging Sampled Strings – KeyboardMag:

“Use separate patches for each instrument, as this fights playing strings like an organ and forces you to think of all of the parts separately, as an arranger working with real string players would.”

I’m so glad I went to Feedly to find MusicTech feed today. In the list of similar was Keyboard Magazine. It’s not just about playing keyboards and pianos, it’s about using keyboards.

I’m always on the lookout for arranging tips for “virtual” ensembles, including how to size and “sound” the groups of instruments.

Handy hints. Examples in score!!!!

7 Mistakes Audio Engineers Make When Setting Up a Home Studio – Audio Issues : Audio Issues

7 Mistakes Audio Engineers Make When Setting Up a Home Studio – Audio Issues : Audio Issues:

Setting up a studio can be expensive. All too often, engineers blow their entire budget on gear and forget to buy cables to hook it all up.

I found out about TS vs. TSR (balanced vs. un-balanced) cables 15 seconds in to installing by JBL LSR305 monitors. Balanced cables everywhere except for the guitar cables.

I have “little or no acoustic treatment”, but! Wall behind monitors has non-flat surface, reflections are “different”. Ceiling has coved corners, so angles are odd. Right wall has bookcase with assorted things on it. Back wall is bookcases with assorted things. Front left corner is bare. When doing room correction with ARC2 I can actually hear the corner being weird. With Sonarworks Reference I can see the odd curves in the correction model.

My speakers are isolated with yoga blocks. Fantastic stands. $10/pair. Currently using one pair per side.

No sub-woofer here. The <40 Hz response on the JBLs is enough to get me happy bass. Got rid of the sub-woofer in my TV room as well. Nothing useful there. If I want big bass I’ll just go to a club, throw the -20 dB earplugs in, and let my body be pummeled. 😉

Good tips

Mackie Control Markers

All about markers, especially creating them from the MCU.

Press the “Marker” button and hold. The secrets of the V-pots are revealed.

I use “Large Marker” mode to listen to new tracks.

Easiest to “quote” the relevant pages from the Control Surfaces manual


Mackie Control Marker button

Mackie Control Marker button overview

Press the MARKER button to activate one of three marker modes: Small Marker mode, Large Marker mode, and Temporary Marker mode. You can use these modes to create or delete markers and jump to markers in your project.

Note: The Marker and Nudge modes are mutually exclusive; activating one deactivates the other.

Small Marker mode: Press the MARKER button to activate Small Marker mode. Small Marker mode is useful if you want to jump to markers while using the V-Pots for other purposes. In this mode, pressing the FAST FWD or REWIND button moves the playhead to the next or previous marker. Pressing the MARKER button again reverts to the default behavior of the FAST FWD and REWIND buttons. (See Mackie Control transport buttons overview.)

Large Marker mode: Hold down the SHIFT button, then press the MARKER button to show three create options on the LCD, assigned to the three rightmost V-Pot buttons. (See Large Marker mode.)

Temporary Marker mode: Hold down the MARKER button if you want to enter Marker mode temporarily to quickly perform a few marker functions. Press one (or more) of the V-Pot[…]”

Excerpt From: Apple Inc. “Logic Pro X Control Surfaces Support.” iBooks

— Action

V-Pot 1 to 5
— Displays the first five markers by name. Pressing a V-Pot button moves the playhead to the corresponding marker. When the playhead position is inside a marker, the lower line displays INSIDE, and the V-Pot LED ring is lit.

V-Pot 6
— Cr w/o—Creates a marker, without rounding to the nearest bar.

V-Pot 7
— Create—Creates a marker, rounded to the nearest bar.

V-Pot 8
— Delete—Deletes the marker above the current playhead position.

A recommended workflow for creating or deleting markers is to use the Jog/Scrub Wheel. Turn the wheel to move the playhead to the required project position, and then press the appropriate V-Pot to create or delete a marker.

For coarse placement, use the wheel to move the playhead.

For fine placement, press the SCRUB button, then use the wheel to precisely position the playhead. (This technique is only appropriate if creating or deleting an unrounded marker.)

For more information about using the Jog/Scrub Wheel, see Mackie Control Jog/Scrub wheel.

Large Marker mode is ended by pressing the MARKER button again.

Excerpt From: Apple Inc. “Logic Pro X Control Surfaces Support.

Logic tutorials for Logic Pro X, 9, Pro 8 and Pro 7 and more

Logic tutorials for Logic Pro X, 9, Pro 8 and Pro 7 and more:

Logic tutorials for Logic Pro X, 9, Pro 8 and Pro 7 and more

I need to take a look through the tutorials here and keep an eye out for really useful ones.

I should also start a section that links to my “favorite” tutorials.

Keyboard Skin

I got this wonderful present from my sweetie – a command keyboard skin

My education will continue. I have a goal to understand why the keys are grouped by color-coding. I understand the red one for the big “R” of record. What wonders do the others hold.

Part of the reason that I want to become very familiar with keyboard commands is to be able to re-map my extended keyboard without screwing myself up.

I like markers. I use them. Typically I use buttons on my X-Touch to move between them, or the nifty “Go to next marker and set locators (⌥. – option-period)

Markers by numbers? Just don’t use it. Why waste 20 keyboard commands on marker movement (keypad 1-9 and ⌃0-⌃9). I also don’t do a lot of step-editing of notes with velocity changes, so there’s lots of things I can do.

Go to Marker Number 2 (𝍖 2) – Logic Pro X Keyboard Command of the Day

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

𝍖 2 – keypad 2

𝍖 key was hard to find

Markers by numbers. 20 of them! The idea and concept of jumping around in audio by a number makes no sense to me. Jump to arrangement position (chorus, verse), del signo, even bar numbers for reading a score.

I use markers. I listen to mixes and drop markers where I want to go look. Best for me for listening is to listen on headphones and use the X-Touch (MCU) for transport and inserting markers. Don’t look at the tracks at all.

I posted an entry with the excerpt from the manual – Mackie Control Markers

NB – I have removed all 20 of the keypad go to marker commands. I will eventually find a suitable set of commands to place there. Why waste 20 good key commands? If I want to get to a marker by number I can just use “Go to Marker Number (⌥/ – option-/) and enter the number. I am more likely to use next/previous marker with the set locators feature (Go to next marker and set locators) – option-comma and option-period (⌥, and ⌥.) think left/right


Exporting and Moving Takes or Comps to New Tracks – Logic Studio Training Wiki

Exporting and Moving Takes or Comps to New Tracks – Logic Studio Training Wiki:

Active takes can be moved to a new track by selecting “Move active Take to New Track” from the take folder drop down menu. An active comp can also be exported by choosing “Export active Comp to New Track” or moved to a new track by selecting “Move active Comp to New Track”.

Hacking around in Logic Pro X

@StudioIntern1 #LogicProX

Did I learn anything? Possibly. I think I solved the poster’s dilemma.

Lots of what looks like tracks, but only 4. Exporting only exports 4. Mixer only says 4. Arrangement view says 69.

If you are curious about how my hacking mind works read the thread down to the potential solution.

Who knows if I am right.

Delete but Keep Similar Regions/Events – Logic Pro X Keyboard Command of the Day

Logic Pro X Keyboard Command of the Day – #LogicProX @StudioIntern1

I will guess this morning. I think this is a command found in the event list portion of Logic Pro X. Hmmm. The keyboard command editor says this is only available as a keyboard command. I sure wish there was a way to get a list of all of those commands. Haven’t found it yet.

No luck.

I have posted the question to the Logic Pro X discussion board at Apple…will see what, if anything, comes of it.


Logic Pro | A New Abecedarian, A is for Alternatives

Logic Pro | A New Abecedarian, A is for Alternatives: #LogicProX @LogicProExpert

An objective look at some of the pros and cons of project alternatives are in order at this point:

I was very happy to see the first A-Z of Logic Pro. Still have PDF copies of the entries.

A new series has started.

BTW – I use alternatives heavily. Have been for years.


Show/Hide MIDI Effects – Logic Pro X Keyboard Command of the Day

Logic Pro X keyboard command of the day. #LogicProX

No preset keyboard command.

Located using the “Edit Keyboard Commands” (option-K)

Hovering over the command in the list Logic offers further information “also available as menu item ‘MIDI Effects’ in a local menu”.

The local menu referenced is the Channel Strip contextual menu (pop-up). When a MIDI channel is selected in the mixer, either external or instrument, the control-click on the channel strip reveals the “MIDI Effects” entry. When checked the MIDI effects appear in the channel strip between the EQ thumbnail and the Input selector. For external MIDI tracks there is just a blank space, no effects can be added. For instruments you can add MIDI effects.

You can create your own MIDI effects by adding a “Scripter” effect.

With Scripter, you can use JavaScript to create your own custom MIDI processing
effects, including slider controls for real-time interaction.

For detailed information about using Scripter, including code samples,
see the MIDI plug-ins chapter of the Logic Pro X Effects or
MainStage 3 Effects manual.

// example: simple pass through and MIDI monitor

function HandleMIDI(event)

Latest online help is for version 10.3 – Logic Pro X Effects – Scripter plug-in