Template Changes – multi-bus

I should document changes to my most used template – multi-bus – I am beginning to keep comments in the Project notes.

2019-01-06
Removed tracks for all of the AUX except MixBus. Tracks get added automation is used on an AUX.

Rename output channels properly

Fix mixer windows in screenset 3 for audio.
Fix mixer windows in screenset 4 for MIDI

2018-12-22
Headphone and monitor mixes added (HP1/2)
stock plugins (O8 and Insight2

Screenset 1 is overview with notes, tracks, mixer.

Screenset 2 is Tracks (Arrange window)

Screenset 3 is Mixer (sized for typical audio) and transport

Screenset 4 is Mixer (sized for MIDI instruments with settings)

Managing Ear Fatigue | FAQ Friday – Warren Huart: Produce Like A Pro – YouTube

Managing Ear Fatigue | FAQ Friday – Warren Huart: Produce Like A Pro – YouTube:

Our featured question of the week is: When working with music full time, how do you manage ear fatigue?

Produce Like a Pro on YouTube – excellent source of materials with thoughtful commentary.

MIDI file scale generator

I’m a bit old-fashioned. I wrote a “scale” generator way back when so I could play a MIDI file of a Major/minor scale sequence.

These days I use “MIDIplayer X” to play my scales. The classic ‘t2mf’ is used to create the MIDI file from a shell script…

 

 
#!/bin/bash
# SCALE="C" SCALEM="a" N1=60

let N1=N1+0
let N2=N1+2
let N3=N1+4
let N4=N1+5
let N5=N1+7
let N6=N1+9
let N7=N1+11
let N8=N1+12

let NM1=N1-3
let NM2=N1-1

cat >$SCALE-$SCALEM.txt <<EOF
MFile 0 1 24
MTrk
0 Meta Text "$SCALE major scale"
0 On ch=1 n=$N1 v=64
12 On ch=1 n=$N1 v=0
24 On ch=1 n=$N2 v=64
36 On ch=1 n=$N2 v=0
48 On ch=1 n=$N3 v=64
60 On ch=1 n=$N3 v=0
72 On ch=1 n=$N4 v=64
84 On ch=1 n=$N4 v=0
96 On ch=1 n=$N5 v=64
108 On ch=1 n=$N5 v=0
120 On ch=1 n=$N6 v=64
132 On ch=1 n=$N6 v=0
144 On ch=1 n=$N7 v=64
156 On ch=1 n=$N7 v=0
168 On ch=1 n=$N8 v=64
180 On ch=1 n=$N8 v=0
190 Meta Text "$SCALEM minor scale"
200 On ch=1 n=$NM1 v=64
212 On ch=1 n=$NM1 v=0
224 On ch=1 n=$NM2 v=64
236 On ch=1 n=$NM2 v=0
248 On ch=1 n=$N1 v=64
260 On ch=1 n=$N1 v=0
272 On ch=1 n=$N2 v=64
284 On ch=1 n=$N2 v=0
296 On ch=1 n=$N3 v=64
308 On ch=1 n=$N3 v=0
320 On ch=1 n=$N4 v=64
332 On ch=1 n=$N4 v=0
344 On ch=1 n=$N5 v=64
356 On ch=1 n=$N5 v=0
368 On ch=1 n=$N6 v=64
380 On ch=1 n=$N6 v=0
392 Meta TrkEnd
TrkEnd
EOF

t2mf $SCALE-$SCALEM.txt >$SCALE-$SCALEM.mid

I assure you that weird characters in file names can be odd.

 

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.

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

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

whee!

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.

@StudioIntern1

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)
{
event.trace();
event.send();
}

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

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

 

Establishing Project Studio Reference Monitoring Levels |

Establishing Project Studio Reference Monitoring Levels | Sound on Sound

In essence, what I’m talking about is establishing a reference listening level in the control room, to use as a reliable base from which to make aural decisions. The good news is that this is very simple to achieve, and doesn’t require any major investment in new equipment, although it’s certainly easier and more intuitive if you have a well‑designed monitor controller and a simple SPL meter.

Today was a good day to re-calibrate the studio monitors.

The mains are JBL LSR305, waveguide at ear level. On top of those are the M-Audio AV40 pair (serve well for typical people listening, no bottom to speak of).

The room is 3.2m wide, 4.4m long, 2.4m tall – I calculate a tad more than 34 cubic meters. The suggested reference level is 74 dB.

Fired up Logic with pink noise at -20 db, pushed the outputs to 0, measured on my trusty iPhone SPL meter (been using it for 4 years, I trust it).

I put a Behringer Monitor2USB monitor controller into the audio path about a year or so ago. Volume knob is top-dead-center – marked 50.

73.9 dB on the LSR 305, 71 dB on the AV40. The JBL volume is excellent. Nudged the AV40 volume knob a bit past TDC and got to 74 dB. OK.

All of this is run through IK Multimedia ARC 2 room correction software. I AudioHijack the system output and send it through the plugin. Separate settings for the AV40, JBL Main, and JBL Center. Center is a tighter pattern right in front of the monitor, with Main being measured 4 feet from the monitors in a pattern for 2-3 people listening.

Master audio output from the Mac is set to -13.5 dB which gets me music playing at about 74-76 dB all the time.

Right now I’m running the Apple Music playlist “Classic Acoustic” for some change of pace. Normally I will play my “Mix Test” playlist to test the world.

The Blues Walk Lyle Lovett and His Large Band Lyle Lovett Rock 2:25
Cryin' Shame Lyle Lovett and His Large Band Lyle Lovett Rock 2:30
PowWow Unleashed Conspirator Electronic 5:46
Accent Unleashed Conspirator Electronic 6:44
Hidden In Snow TGWTDT - 6 Track Sampler Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross Soundtrack 5:20
The Great Gig In the Sky Dark Side of the Moon Pink Floyd Rock 4:47
Poulenc: 4 Short Prayers Of St. Francis Of Assisi, FP 142 - 1. Salut, Dame Sainte Poulenc: Mass In G, Motets Robert Shaw: Robert Shaw Festival Singers Classical 2:26
Quatre Petite Prieres De St. Francois D'Assise The Anniversary Album 1978-1988 Chanticleer Classical 7:31
Tunes For Archbishop Parker's Psalter Thomas Tallis: The Complete English Anthems The Tallis Scholars Classical 7:53
Bernstein: West Side Story - Something's Coming Empire Brass Plays Music Of Bernstein, Gershwin & Tilson Thomas Empire Brass Classical 2:40
Bernstein: Mass - Simple Song Empire Brass Plays Music Of Bernstein, Gershwin & Tilson Thomas Empire Brass Classical 4:24
Hovhaness: Symphony No. 4 - 3. Andante espressivo West Point Symphony Eastman Wind Ensemble Band 7:47
Come Together JAZZIZ - 2004-11 - The Key Players 4 Lynne Arriale Trio Jazz 6:12
A Night In Tunisia JAZZIZ - 1998-03 Lynn Arriale Trio Jazz 4:36
My Favorite Things JAZZIZ - 2004-11 - The Key Players 4 Jean-Michel Pilc Jazz 4:32
Concrete And Steel Recycler ZZ Top Rock 3:49
Parce Mihi Domine Officium Jan Garbarek - Hilliard Ensemble Jazz 6:43
"Two for the Road" - Country Album Now Hear This! - The Winners of the 12th Independent Music Awards [Explicit] JP Harris and the Tough Choices Alternative 2:54
It's Only A Paper Moon Kisses On The Bottom Paul McCartney Pop 2:35Whiskey Lullaby A Hundred Miles Or More: A Collection Alison Krauss Feat. Brad Paisley Country & Folk 4:21

Trust me – the Trent Reznor track clearly “breaks” the room. The correction just can’t handle all the bass 😉 I follow that up with Pink Floyd which happily produces “master hiss” as remembered from the album and the CD.

It all just sounds GOOD.

Production Expert | Has The Home Studio Dream Become A Nightmare?

Production Expert | Has The Home Studio Dream Become A Nightmare?

This article is not an advert for easy-to-use plug-ins or indeed a polemic against complex software. Neither am I arguing that a professional studio is better than a home studio, both have their merits.

A thoughtful look at DIY vs. bespoke. I know where the “real” studios are. I plan to use them. But I do love working at my desk at home.