Production Expert | Tutorial – Understanding The Advanced Metering In Pro Tools

Production Expert | Tutorial – Understanding The Advanced Metering In Pro Tools

But before we dig into the 17 different metering options available in Pro Tools, we need to take a brief look at the history of audio metering so help understand how we have got to this point, and a glossary to help understand the different terms used in audio metering. Then we can better understand the 17 options and how to customise them to suit our workflows.

This is a nice and concise set of definitions surrounding metering. Understanding the terminology really helps.

How to move Logic’s additional content to a secondary drive – Logic Pro Music

How to move Logic’s additional content to a secondary drive – Logic Pro Music

One of the strengths of the symlink is that the system treats it as a path to a location. This is why it stays intact even when updating your libraries.

The joys of different file systems.

For the most part the “right” way to deal with the Mac file system(s) is to use aliases. They work like a charm. Except when they don’t.

Symlinks to external drives is a great way to help with massive library locations.

Now if there were enough ports on the laptops. 1TB SSD prices are down low. Mostly depends on the device speeds – USB3 enclosures should allow 100+Mbyte/sec transfers, but it sure is nice to have 300+ MB/sec on an internal SSD. Those orchestral libraries take an eon to load.

I guess for my ideal music machine I want 4TB of superfast SSD, 64GB+ of RAM, 8 cores or more. iMac Pro gets close – could I get rid of the screen and add more storage please?

 

A Philosophical Guide to the Role(s) of an Audio Engineer — Pro Audio Files

A Philosophical Guide to the Role(s) of an Audio Engineer — Pro Audio Files

Record production is a team sport. From writers to producers to artist to engineers to managers and A&Rs, the goal is to create a song, cement it in time, and get it out to listeners. So where does the engineer fit into this picture? What exactly is our role, what are our boundaries and what are our expectations?

De facto producer when one is not present. Yes, that would be a really good starting point.

The Complete Guide to Recording Electric Guitar — Pro Audio Files

The Complete Guide to Recording Electric Guitar — Pro Audio Files

One of the biggest fundamentals of getting great guitar tone is having a taste for great guitar tone. It would be hard to cook something in the French culinary style if you’ve never had French food. Yet, I see a lot of guitarists and engineers approach recording guitar this way.

At the heart of any great tone is great ears. Tools like microphones and amps can help sculpt your tone, but if you haven’t acquired a taste for fine tone, how will you know when you’ve arrived?

It’s not simply a matter of placing a mic in position and pressing record. Great guitar tone is often the culmination of many elements.

This sums up lots of thoughts about electric guitar (and other things run through the amps and pedals). 

My struggle is with DI signal that’s way too distorted when distorted, and way too loud when the volume pedal got pressed (I think it was a wah-wah). Finally figured out something that started to work, but still have a very hard time.

How to Make Your MIDI Sound Less like MIDI — Pro Audio Files

How to Make Your MIDI Sound Less like MIDI — Pro Audio Files

While virtual instruments and sample libraries have come a long way since the early 1980’s, you might find that the musical ideas that you create using MIDI still sound like, well … MIDI. The dynamics, tone and overall feel of music produced using MIDI tends to be lacking in comparison to music created using more traditional means. Here are some tips if you want to make your music sound less like it was created using a digital protocol, and more like an organic, expressive musical performance.

Always good to know how to help the “cheesy” sounds that MIDI instruments sometimes produce. New things in Logic Pro X allow for articulation to help. Miroslav Philharmonik has some decent articulations as well. Music has to breathe at a natural pace.

The latest MIDI specification includes Polyphonic Expression – new things happen! This should help. Like listening to a Disklavier that uses the “extra” performance information.

 

How to Make Your MIDI Sound Less like MIDI — Pro Audio Files

How to Make Your MIDI Sound Less like MIDI — Pro Audio Files

While virtual instruments and sample libraries have come a long way since the early 1980’s, you might find that the musical ideas that you create using MIDI still sound like, well … MIDI. The dynamics, tone and overall feel of music produced using MIDI tends to be lacking in comparison to music created using more traditional means. Here are some tips if you want to make your music sound less like it was created using a digital protocol, and more like an organic, expressive musical performance.

Always good to know how to help the “cheesy” sounds that MIDI instruments sometimes produce. New things in Logic Pro X allow for articulation to help. Miroslav Philharmonik has some decent articulations as well. Music has to breathe at a natural pace.

The latest MIDI specification includes Polyphonic Expression – new things happen! This should help. Like listening to a Disklavier that uses the “extra” performance information.

 

The MIDI 1.0 Specification

The MIDI 1.0 Specification

The newly adopted MIDI Polyphonic Expression (MPE) specification is available for download at the bottom of the Complete MIDI 1.0 Detailed Specification page

Polyphonic Expression. Right up there with Polyphonic Aftertouch – a rare beast indeed.

 

Why restaurants became so loud — and how to fight back – Vox

Why restaurants became so loud — and how to fight back – Vox:

This experience is by no means unique; it’s become a fixture of dining out in America. ‘What did you say?’ ‘Can you repeat that?’ and ‘It’s so loud in here’ are now phrases as common as ‘Can I take your order?’”

I carry a sound meter. I check. I have earplugs in my pocket (-12 dB flat)

Why Start Blogging Again

I read a lot of blogs and news sites.

I find lots of interesting articles, things to learn from.

I am dutifully keeping the important text saved in my working journal.

I need to share my plan of study and work to keep me on my toes.

Stay tuned for a discourse on how to abuse Scrivener as a live notebook.

Is Innovation Dying In DAW Development?

Is Innovation Dying In DAW Development?

Over the years there have been a growing number of Pro Tools users who have felt at some point that Pro Tools has been playing a long game of catch up when it comes to introducing “new” features. When I refer to “new” I mean features that are new to Pro Tools, not innovative new features that haven’t been seen before in other DAWs.

I read a number of blogs as a daily exercise. ProTools Expert is one of them, even though I abandoned ProTools at version 8 (Got Logic Pro X) and never looked back.

I use Studio One (now version 4), Harrison MixBus, and Logic Pro X (with the occasional GarageBand for good measure). I find that I learn *A LOT* about DAWs and recording and mixing when I try to find the similarity between them along with how to do “the same thing”.

I think there’s plenty of innovation left – Cubase, FL Studio, Sonar, LIVE!

It’s all good.

The Reason Why Stradivarius Violins Are Worth Millions – Bobby Owsinski’s Music Production Blog

The Reason Why Stradivarius Violins Are Worth Millions – Bobby Owsinski’s Music Production Blog

I think most of us that play a stringed instrument love instruments of all types, but given a choice, will always pick a vintage instrument over a new one.

I read Bobby’s blog, and listen to his podcasts, all the time. Always interesting and/or useful.

An Advanced Vocal Production Trick You Need to Try – Audio Issues

An Advanced Vocal Production Trick You Need to Try – Audio Issues : Audio Issues: “Here’s a cool vocal mixing trick for when you want a lot of space around the vocal, but you don’t want to clutter everything up with reverb.”

This sounds like a fine thing to do to some vocals.