KUTX » Matt Kivel: “The Tower”

KUTX » Matt Kivel: “The Tower”:

Although he first got his start providing bass and vocals for LA indie outfit Princeton, Matt Kivel is also a hell of a songwriter in his own right. Since his decision to go solo in 2013, Kivel has put out four albums and he recorded his upcoming record from a temporary home right here in Austin. last night in america features minimalist arrangements and instrumentation performed entirely by Kivel himself. This latest offering is a haunting and endearing meld of Americana, folk, lo-fi and ambient, begging for another listen immediately after the first.

My “other” song of the day podcast from Austin, Texas. I really like the soundstage. Kind of reminiscent of some Michael Hedges recordings.

Pre-release. Added it to the music library, so when it comes out it will be available for me to listen to,

Shawn James: “Orpheus”

Shawn James: “Orpheus”:

Blues busking troubadour Shawn James turns to the Greeks on “Orpheus.” This is his take on the mythology of one who played lyre and had a voice no one could resist.

KCRW does it again. I have found dozens of artists thanks to shows like “Morning Becomes Eclectic”.

Each day I listen to the KCRW “Song of the Day” podcast. Today is one of the days I stopped what I was doing and went off the “the music store” to get an album.

Input Metering – Logic Pro | OMG, I Can Do That in Logic Pro X? Part 2

Logic Pro | OMG, I Can Do That in Logic Pro X? Part 2:

This is a very important feature that is not mentioned in the official Logic Pro X User Guide or any other Logic book, the option to monitor the level of your connected Audio Interface directly on the Track Level Meters in Logic.

Interesting bit of knowledge – watch the signal from the audio devices.

Waveform Vertical Zoom x 8 – Logic Pro X keyboard command of the day

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

  Waveform Vertical Zoom x 8

Normally I use the control buttons at the top of the tracks area – waveform, width, height. I would probably have a better experience if I used the keyboard commands to size the region and adjust the waveform size.

Image courtesy of David Nahmani at https://www.logicprohelp.com – he literally wrote the book(s).

Scroll and zoom in the Tracks area – Logic Pro X:

 

You can zoom in to make precise edits and see more detail in the Tracks area, or zoom out to view more of your project. You can also zoom the amplitude of the waveforms in audio regions in the Tracks area.

 

 

 

⇧ SHIFT  –  ⌃ CONTROL  –  ⌥ OPTION  –  ⌘ COMMAND

- Main Window 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 ⌃⌥⇧⌘⌦

Logic Pro X: Change the waveform display

Logic Pro X: Change the waveform display:

You can switch the waveform from its usual view to one that shows the structure of the recorded digital data. This view is useful when you are eliminating clicks and pops from your recordings, for example.

I’m not sure we should show people the “misguided” view of digital samples over time, but it is kind of interesting to look at it.

Delete File(s) ⌘⌫ – Logic Pro X keyboard command of the day

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

  Delete File(s)    ⌘⌫

In the Project Audio window. Deletes the audio from the project, and possibly from the system. The warning

You can’t undo this operation! Be aware that other projects may also use these files.

is real. Be sure you know where the audio file is before you delete it.

I copy all audio files into my projects in order to preserve the originals. If I create a project from scratch I always save a copy of the project (with audio) and place it in the “vault”.

Don’t simply discard your audio files. Know why you are getting rid of it, and understand how you can possibly work on a project in the future if the audio file is removed.

⇧ SHIFT  –  ⌃ CONTROL  –  ⌥ OPTION  –  ⌘ COMMAND

Open Tempo Operations… – Logic Pro X keyboard command of the day

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

  Open Tempo Operations…

Finely tuned control over tempo curves. This appears to be a much more controlled way to “draw” tempo changes, and certainly makes sense if you don’t want abrupt tempo changes.

Tempo Operations overview – Logic Pro X:

You use Tempo Operations to create tempo changes, and edit existing tempo changes. The window automatically displays the area you’ve selected for editing. Changes are displayed graphically in real time, as the tempo curve is processed, so you can see the results of your edits.

 

 

⇧ SHIFT  –  ⌃ CONTROL  –  ⌥ OPTION  –  ⌘ COMMAND

Understanding compressor circuit types in Logic

Understanding compressor circuit types in Logic:

Logic’s built-in Compressor plug-in includes a range of different circuit types. In this tutorial, we illuminate the original compressors they’re based on, and the best ways to use them.

Always good to visit the progenitors.

Set Locators by Previous Marker and Enable Cycle ⌃⌥, – Logic Pro X keyboard command of the day

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

  Set Locators by Previous Marker and Enable Cycle    ⌃⌥,

Today it’s like we have a theme. Yesterday we reviewed “Go to Previous Marker”. I had a lot to say about using markers for making notes, keeping track of places where work needs to be done, etc.

I need to get better at describing/defining “arrangement” – things like Intro, Chorus, Verse, Bridge – and create the Arrangement track as well. The Arrangement probably won’t change much during mixing. Markers will probably change or be added to after every mix review.

The previous marker is determined by the position of the locators. If the locators are at the beginning then selecting the “previous” marker actually selects the first marker.

All of these navigation tools reinforce my efforts to “map out” what it is I am actually working with. A lot like Dr. Billie Rae Erling’s “look at the piece of music from 50,000 feet and figure out where it is going”.

⇧ SHIFT  –  ⌃ CONTROL  –  ⌥ OPTION  –  ⌘ COMMAND

Go to Previous Marker – Logic Pro X keyboard command of the day

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

  Go to Previous Marker

Markers are handy things. I try to make it a point to create a marker track for a mix, and to place markers at points that stand out to me. During an initial listening pass I simply create a marker so I can return later. It is almost easy to create a marker and enter a bit of text to describe what is of interest, but attempting to type notes during the first listen can make me miss an important point.

Lots of ways to move around using markers. We can have different marker sets as well. I can make notes about a recording, mix it, and add a new marker set at each phase of the mix. A handy way to incorporate feedback in the project with a useful tool – a location in the project.

Navigating between markers is very easy on the X-Touch – press the MARKER button and use the FAST FWD or REWIND buttons.

Mackie Control Marker button overview – Control Surfaces Help:

 

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.

 

 

 

I will be using markers to make notes as I work through “training” videos.

 

⇧ SHIFT  –  ⌃ CONTROL  –  ⌥ OPTION  –  ⌘ COMMAND

- Global Commands
Create Marker ⌥'
Create Marker without rounding ⌃⌥'
Create Marker for Selected Regions ⌥⇧'
Delete Marker ⌥⌫
Open Marker List ⌃⌥⇧8⃣
Open Marker Text
Set Locators by Marker and Enable Cycle ⌃⌥C
Set Locators by Previous Marker and Enable Cycle ⌃⌥,
Set Locators by Next Marker and Enable Cycle ⌃⌥.
Go to Previous Marker
Go to Next Marker
Go to Previous Marker And Set Locators ⌥,
Go to Next Marker And Set Locators ⌥.
Go to Marker Number… ⌥/
Rename Marker ⇧'
Go to Marker Number 1
...
Go to Marker Number 20
Create Arrangement Marker
Show/Hide Marker List
Create Scene Markers (Auto Range)
Remove Scene Markers (Auto Range)

- Views showing Time Ruler
Show/Hide Marker Track ⇧⌘K
Show/Hide Marker Track Only '

Layering Drums: Benefits, Pitfalls, and Techniques

Layering Drums: Benefits, Pitfalls, and Techniques:

Before discussing the advantages of drum layering, it’s worth mentioning that doing so is not always necessary. As we’ll discuss later on, samples layered together have to work together, and ideally should sound like one drum hit (even when soloed).

Friday Tips: Attack that Autofilter!! – PreSonus Blog

Friday Tips: Attack that Autofilter!! – PreSonus Blog:

Studio One’s Autofilter has a sidechain, which is a good thing—because you can get some really tight, funky sounds by feeding a drum track’s send into the Autofilter’s sidechain. Then, use the Autofilter’s sidechain to modulate a track’s audio in time with the beat. Funky guitar, anyone?

Remove Overlaps \ – Logic Pro X keyboard command of the day

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

  Remove Overlaps    \

Removing overlaps is essentially the same as the “Trim Region” commands. If there are no overlapping regions the command changes nothing.

Resize regions in the Tracks area – Logic Pro X:

 

 

Remove overlaps between regions

 

Select the overlapping regions, or select all regions on the track by clicking the track header.

 

Choose Edit > Trim > Remove Overlaps (or press \).

 

Where the selected regions overlap, the length of the left (earlier) region is reduced to remove the overlap.

 

⇧ SHIFT  –  ⌃ CONTROL  –  ⌥ OPTION  –  ⌘ COMMAND

- Main Window Tracks
Trim Region End to Next Region ⇧\
Trim Region Start to Previous Region
Trim Regions to Fill within Locators ⌥\
Trim Region Start to Previous Transient ⌃⇧[
Trim Region Start to Next Transient ⌃⇧]
Trim Region End to Previous Transient ⌃[
Trim Region End to Next Transient ⌃]

Default Syncopation – Logic Pro X keyboard command of the day

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

  Default Syncopation

Alters notation to minimize ties between notes and odd combinations of smaller notes. Reminiscent of “swinging” eighth notes – two eighth notes are played as a dotted eighth and a sixteenth.

Syncopation – Logic Pro X:

Syncopation involves rhythmic patterns that go against the normal rhythm as defined by the time signature. The Syncopation setting helps you produce a cleaner-looking score by displaying syncopated notes with fewer ties or subdivisions.

 

 

Change the syncopation or interpretation of notes – Logic Pro X:

By default, note syncopation and interpretation match the settings chosen in the Region inspector. You can change interpretation settings for individual notes to improve readability.

 

 

⇧ SHIFT  –  ⌃ CONTROL  –  ⌥ OPTION  –  ⌘ COMMAND