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MIXING – MASTERING – MUSIC PRODUCTION – AUDIO REPAIR – ARTIST STORIES

This is an excellent resource. Lots of good advice. It’s not all product-specific information.

Mixing Vocals: What Makes a “Professional” Vocal Sound

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Mixing Vocals: What Makes a “Professional” Vocal Sound:

When learning how to mix music, beginner engineers can often become discouraged when comparing their work to professional mixes. They know the tools (EQ, compressor, etc.) and how to use them, but for some reason they don’t get the same results. However, knowing what’s actually happening in the sound of a professional mix can help clear things up. In no domain is this more obvious and important than in mixing vocals.

Homework and course work.

I keep finding these things in my mailbox, on the web, wherever. I have the tools needed. I have lots of recordings (not exactly controllable), and a desire to make mixes with better sounding vocals. Particular attention needs to be paid to the live vocals I have.

Added the video series to the iZotope binder.

MIDI Out Toggle (option-O) – Logic Pro X keyboard command of the day

Logic Pro X keyboard command of the day. #LogicProX

Very little documentation about this one (and the counterpart MIDI In Toggle – option-I)

Wound up opening the Event List to see if anything happened when I toggled. Yes!

At the top right of the Event List are 2 buttons that look like MIDI DIN plugs – one with an “in” indicator, one with an “out” indicator. Toggling MIDI In and Out changes the state of these buttons.

From the glossary of the Logic Pro X User Manual.

“MIDI In button
The button used to turn on Step Input mode in the editors. See alsoStep Input function.”

Excerpt From: Apple Inc. “Logic Pro X User Guide.” iBooks. https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/logic-pro-x-user-guide/id960809726?mt=11

Unfortunately there is no MIDI Out button description there. The roll-over help is informative, hard to get it to stand still so it can be copied.

MIDI Out Button (option-O)

Play MIDI events when they’re clicked, selected, or added.

MIDI In button (option-I)

Add notes without recording in real time — using your MIDI keyboard, for example

There are some very deep technical things that talk about using SYSEX faders in the environment to do extreme control of MIDI devices. Not ready to dive in there yet. The environment could provide a solution for resetting all of the lights on my X-Touch controller.

Forgot the MIDI In side of things…

MIDI In button

The Marquee Tool – Logic Pro X

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I keep trying to use the marquee tool to make things easier. I keep forgetting.

Watched this video – 6 Reasons to Use the Marquee Tool – made some notes.

My notes follow – better to read the article that accompanies the video.

2018-12-21 – watch

Make selection of region or file

Marquee at bottom of region – Set Marquee tool for command-click

Use to remove chunks of empty space as opposed to Strip Silence – highlight, press DEL

Split Region – double click on region at proper location for split

Select region and press play!

Create new track, highlight region, option-drag to new track

Click on automation line gives 4 nodes for simple drag

Selection-based processing – use marquee as opposed to ‘Split Region’ (cmd-T) on either end of the section of the region

Save as Template… Logic Pro X keyboard command of the day

Logic Pro X keyboard command of the day. #LogicProX

I use this command a fair bit. I tweak my template when I learn new methods or choose a new primary tool. No need to map it to a keyboard command, but it’s good to know where it is in the File menu.

My template editing consists of creating a new project from the template, making changes, then doing a save as template using the original name (click on the template file name in the mini-Finder to get it filled in) and over-writing it.

Multiple busses. Multiple sends for monitor mixes.

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Multi-Bus Template

Logic Pro X – EFFECTS SENDS – Post Pan, Post Fader, Pre Fader, Sends on Faders, Independent Pan – YouTube:

Logic Pro X – EFFECTS SENDS – Post Pan, Post Fader, Pre Fader, Sends on Faders, Independent Pan

For today’s work I reinforced my understanding of sends, faders, panning, and such for Logic.

Modified the multi-bus template to add HP1 and HP2 to bus labels for in-ear/monitor mixing.

I am reminded that Outputs (sends) are assigned to busses. Logic creates AUX channels (with strips) as destination for the busses. Keeping this distinction in mind helps understanding the audio path.

MusicProductionTips (@MgntcSound) | Twitter – busy in the studio – chat over coffee?

MusicProductionTips (@MgntcSound) | Twitter – busy in the studio – chat over coffee?:

Vocal contrast: give the vocals a 1⁄4 note or an 1/8 note delay. When the chorus hits, change it to a 1⁄2 note delay and turn up the feedback a little bit. The vocal will have more depth in the chorus. Back off the high end with an EQ to create depth without the obvious echos.

This works

MusicProductionTips (@MgntcSound) | Twitter

MusicProductionTips (@MgntcSound) | Twitter:

Vocal contrast: give the vocals a 1⁄4 note or an 1/8 note delay. When the chorus hits, change it to a 1⁄2 note delay and turn up the feedback a little bit. The vocal will have more depth in the chorus. Back off the high end with an EQ to create depth without the obvious echos.

These are handy tips. I like them. I keep them in a collection on the twitter…

Scrivener | Literature & Latte

Scrivener | Literature & Latte:

Research within reach Need to refer to research? In Scrivener, your background material is always at hand, and you can open it right next to your work. Write a description based on a photograph. Transcribe an interview. Take notes about a PDF file or web page. Or check for consistency by referencing an earlier chapter alongside the one in progress.

I should provide this link 😉

Compressor – Neutron 2 Help Documentation

Compressor – Neutron 2 Help Documentation:

Simply put, a compressor adjusts dynamic range. Most commonly, it reduces it using downward compression, but as you’ll discover, Neutron is capable of both upwards and downwards compression.

This is the current documentation for the N2 Compressor.

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MV2 Compressor Plugin | Waves

MV2 Compressor Plugin | Waves:

With high and low level compression controlled by a streamlined interface, the MV2 is the simplest, most flexible way to control your sound. With intuitive dual faders for quick dynamic optimization, it’s never been easier to maximize your volume

Equal time for Waves MV2. The catalyst to my “upward compression” search.

Compression – Expansion – and those other things

Today I want to dig in to compression and expansion. I understand compression. I am starting to understand expansion. I really don’t understand the difference between “downward compression” (the typical) and “upward compression” (not so typical).

Waves has a plugin – MV2 – that combines an upward compressor and a downward compressor. Warren Huart (Produce Like A Pro Academy) thinks highly of it.

I am confident that the iZotope Neutron 2 processor can function similarly to the MV2. There are 2 compressors, both of which can do downward compression (positive ratios) and upward compression (negative ratios).

Set Compressor 1 to the negative ratio and “upward” threshold, set Compressor 2 to the positive ration and “downward” threshold. Use the output gain control to adjust.

Now we get to try it in practice.

Expanding on Compression: 3 Overlooked Techniques for Improving Dynamic Range

Expanding on Compression: 3 Overlooked Techniques for Improving Dynamic Range:

“When many engineers say ‘compression’, what they mean is “downward compression.” In other words, bringing down the level of the signal above the threshold that you set on your compressor, to make louder things quieter. But all too often, we forget about upward compression, where quieter sounds are brought up to the threshold point; this technique can be quite handy in certain situations for a more transparent effect (it can also be approximated with parallel compression, if you don’t have an upward-compressor on hand).

Reference pointer for my Compression post coming up.

How to Mix Music Using the Basics – Produce Like A Pro

How to Mix Music Using the Basics – Produce Like A Pro

Like most skills, learning how to mix music begins first by understanding its basic elements.

Source: How to Mix Music Using the Basics – Produce Like A Pro

This one requires addition to my PLAP binder – videos included.

Creative Techniques for Mixing Vocals – Produce Like A Pro

Creative Techniques for Mixing Vocals – Produce Like A Pro

Mixing vocals can be tricky, even when you’re working with a well recorded, talented artist. The following tips are a great place to start in order to achieve better, more professional sounding vocals. How creative you decide to get with your vocal mixes is entirely up to you!

Source: Creative Techniques for Mixing Vocals – Produce Like A Pro