Zoom Meetings with OBS an iPhone and a green screen

Zoom Meetings with OBS an iPhone and a green screen

With the Covid-19 situation in the spring of 2020, the University of Arizona, along with a lot of the country, sent us all home to work. Quickly our lives turned into hopping from Zoom meeting to Zoom meeting, with the oddball Teams, Slack, Skype, WebEx, Chime, BlueJeans… who am I missing?

Toggle Auto Input Monitoring – Logic Pro X keyboard command of the day

  Toggle Auto Input Monitoring

Use this when doing punch recording. Typically you would have it on so you can hear previous recorded input that switches to “live” at the punch-in location.

You can use the key command to toggle the mode, configure the control bar to have the Auto-Input Monitoring button available (speaker with AUTO underneath), or toggle the setting with the Record button (control-click for menu).

Turn on input monitoring for audio tracks – Logic Pro X Help

You can turn on input monitoring to monitor audio tracks that are not enabled for recording. This is useful for setting audio levels or practicing parts before you commit to recording.

 Punch in and out of audio recordings in Logic Pro – Apple Support

When it comes to judging punch-in and punch-out points during punch recording, you should turn on auto input monitoring (which it is, by default). This setting allows you to hear the input signal only during the actual recording; before and afterward you’ll hear the previously recorded audio on the track. If auto input monitoring is turned off, you can always hear the input signal.

Editing and Mixing 68 Socially-Distant Orchestra Members Into One Composite Performance | Production Expert

Editing and Mixing 68 Socially-Distant Orchestra Members Into One Composite Performance | Production Expert

This is why the Wisconsin Youth Symphony reached out to our studio. They wanted us to put together individual videos of each member of the orchestra so the students could have a “performance.” The students would film on their own at home, send us the files, and our team would create a composite video and mix the audio. The song? Rossini’s William Tell Overture Finale.

FREE Piano Recording Techniques – Get A Great Piano Sound | Production Expert

FREE Piano Recording Techniques – Get A Great Piano Sound | Production Expert

In this series, we are going to look at how to record a wide range of sound sources from a solo vocal through guitars, bass, piano strings, brass woodwind and percussion, before moving onto the drum kit. In part 5 we are going to look at recording a piano.

How to capture live drums with Studio One: a step-by-step guide

 

How to capture live drums with Studio One: a step-by-step guide

Learn how to lay down a rhythmic foundation for your Studio One projects by capturing live drums – even if you’ve only a few mics to hand.

Discard Recording and Return to Last Play Position ⌘. – Logic Pro X keyboard command of the day

  Discard Recording and Return to Last Play Position    ⌘.

The command-period command has been used by many applications to abort/cancel a long running operation. Sometimes I find myself using it to try to stop a bounce or export, to little avail.

I think that I would be happiest doing recording using Logic if I could see the performer. My memory just turned my whole computer into a PortaStudio with 4 tracks on a cassette 😉

Advanced recording commands in Logic Pro – Apple Support

Discard Recording and Return to Last Play Position: Use to delete the recording and move the playhead back to the last play position. Unlike Record/Record Repeat, you need to manually begin a new recording, using any Record command.

 

Record off for all – Logic Pro X keyboard command of the day

  Record off for all

Turns off “Record” for all channels. I can’t seem to find any specific documentation for this.

“Record off for all” is mapped to OPTION+REC button on an MCU. If you press and hold OPTION, then press REC all channels will have Record turned off.

Mackie Control channel strips (1 to 8) – Control Surfaces Help

OPTION
Disable Record Enable button for all tracks.

 

1962 BBC Training Manual | Martin Mitchell’s Microphones

1962 BBC Training Manual | Martin Mitchell’s Microphones

In the 1951 BBC Microphones training manual we saw that the corporation functioned with a small selection of British manufactured microphones, most of which had been in service since the 1930’s.  So when I saw this Manual from 1962 I was curious to see how ‘Auntie’ had moved on into the swinging sixties.

The microphone layouts for orchestra and “dance bands” are outstanding.

What a neat resource.

How To Record Edit And Mix A Choir Remotely For A UK TV Broadcast | Production Expert

How To Record Edit And Mix A Choir Remotely For A UK TV Broadcast | Production Expert

On Thursday, April 16th 2020, Lucy shared an ITV news segment of a moving tribute to our wonderful National Health Service (NHS) workers and those who have lost their lives to COVID-19 here is the UK. Apart from making her tear up just a tad, the main reason she shared it was because it was something she worked on with her husband Phil, the Musical Director of The Lewisham & Greenwich NHS Choir (the one waving his arms about in the video). In this article, Lucy explains how it came about and how they managed to pull it off. Over to Lucy.

Well of course I have to have a link to a case study of driving a  choir over the internet…

Select Next Take or Comp ⌥⇧↓ – Logic Pro X keyboard command of the day

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

  Select Next Take or Comp   ⌥⇧↓

Unheard of in my days of making music. Now, choose the best parts and put them to good use. The differences between performances and productions…

Comping overview – Logic Pro X

Imagine a scenario in which you have recorded multiple performances of a vocal solo over the same section of a project. You can select the best parts from the different performances and piece them together into a single master take. This is the process of “making a composite take”—commonly referred to as comping—and is achieved by using the Quick Swipe Comping feature. You can also drag or cut the contents of take folders.

 

 

⇧ SHIFT  –  ⌃ CONTROL  –  ⌥ OPTION  –  ⌘ COMMAND

Record Repeat – Logic Pro X keyboard command of the day

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

  Record Repeat

The description makes it sound like a “cycle” recording, but that would be better described by multiple takes. Use this command to not make a new take, but to simply delete the current recording and start recording anew.

I expect that this would be a very handy command to program into Logic Remote. Using Logic Remote to control recording is an excellent idea, and remarkably useful for doing self recordings. No need to sit in front of the computer to drive the DAW, just be in the recording position and use a tool in your hands or next to you.

Advanced recording commands – Logic Pro X

Record/Record Repeat: Use to delete the recording, move the playhead back to the recording start position, and start recording again.

 

 

⇧ SHIFT  –  ⌃ CONTROL  –  ⌥ OPTION  –  ⌘ COMMAND

Set Punch In Locator by Rounded Playhead – Logic Pro X keyboard command of the day

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

  Set Punch In Locator by Rounded Playhead

Sets the punch in point at the nearest bar. I cannot really tell where the rounded playhead will be when using the SMPTE ruler.

Punch In/Out is such a wonderful thing to have. Take that! magnetic tape 😉

⇧ SHIFT  –  ⌃ CONTROL  –  ⌥ OPTION  –  ⌘ COMMAND

Has The Home Recording Studio Dream Become A Nightmare? Are You Tired Of Fighting Technology? | Production Expert

Has The Home Recording Studio Dream Become A Nightmare? Are You Tired Of Fighting Technology? | Production Expert

I did something this week that I rarely do these days, I went to another studio to produce some vocals. Why would I go to another studio? I could have walked up to the end of my garden (yard for my American cousins) which takes all of 30 seconds on a long commute, and had the talent come to me. However, on this occasion, I had been asked to produce a track in a local studio, it had been booked, and all I had to do was turn up and do the magic.

Toggle Allow Quick Punch-in – Logic Pro X keyboard command of the day

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

  Toggle Allow Quick Punch-in

The magic of the modern recording process – digital editing – the zero-crossing.

Logic allows for 1000 tracks now, so any conceivable limit (128 tracks required to quick-punch 64 tracks) is gone.

Quick punch-in and out are probably best used by a producer/engineer while “the talent” is playing. If you are self-engineering auto punch is probably more useful.

Autopunch can be controlled very easily from the MCU using the DROP button (need to find out why drop).

I have mapped a few of the Autopunch commands into Logic Remote for my iPhone. That’s handy. Adding an iPad to the set of active tools in the studio becomes more and more important.

Punch in and out of audio recordings – Logic Pro X

A useful and common recording practice is to switch in and out of recording mode while listening to the previously recorded material, sometimes referred to as “punching in on the fly.” This helps you fix mistakes or create alternate takes for a particular section. To ensure the transition between playing and recording occurs without any audible gaps, you must turn on Quick Punch-In mode.

 

 Use the Mackie Control Drop button – Control Surfaces Help

To activate Punch view, press the SHIFT and DROP buttons.

 

⇧ SHIFT  –  ⌃ CONTROL  –  ⌥ OPTION  –  ⌘ COMMAND

Unpack Take Folder to New Tracks ⌃⇧⌘U – Logic Pro X keyboard command of the day

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

  Unpack Take Folder to New Tracks    ⌃⇧⌘U

“Comping” using “takes” is an alien concept to me. I grew up in a world of live performance. The only “takes” I know about are the many (many, many) times I would practice a piece of music in order to perform it flawlessly when time to play.

It’s a brave new world. Saves a lot of time. Probably gets a better product.

Record multiple audio takes – Logic Pro X

When you’re recording, you can record multiple versions, or takes, of a phrase or section in quick succession. Take recording can be helpful especially when you’re improvising a lead or solo part and want to capture several versions while you’re feeling inspired.

 

 

Unpack take folders – Logic Pro X

You can unpack take folders using the original channel strip for all new tracks, or you can unpack take folders using different channel strips for each new track. Both methods replace the selected take folder—or take folders—with new audio tracks for each take and each comp. You can also unpack take folders to new track alternatives, which keeps all the takes on the same track, but as separate track alternatives. The first audio track or track alternative reflects the active comp, followed by the takes and remaining comps in the order they appear in the take folder’s pop-up menu.

 

 

⇧ SHIFT  –  ⌃ CONTROL  –  ⌥ OPTION  –  ⌘ COMMAND