Posts Tagged ‘Audio’

Remixing a song in Apple Logic Pro

Published by | Friday, December 23rd, 2011

Remixing a song is a skill that requires a lot of musical and technical know-how.  Two of the most important elements to consider when beginning to create a remix are determining the original tempo of the song you’re remixing and lining up the vocal stem track to the beat.

Apple’s Logic software provides a handy plug-in called the BPM counter that helps to determine the tempo of a piece of music. Check out how to use it:

Often, remixers receive vocal stem tracks that don’t clearly align with the tempo grid when they’re imported into a project. That is, it’s unclear from the raw stem file where the downbeat is in comparison to the vocal performance. Check out how to align a vocal track with the tempo grid of a project:

In Remixing a Song in Logic, renowned remixer and author Josh Harris takes us through all of the remixing steps as he literally remixes a song in front of our eyes and ears. He covers all facets of the remixing process—aligning the vocals, working with loops, programming bass and synth parts, adjusting the remix arrangement—all the way to mixing and mastering the final version.

Check out Remixing a Song in Logic in the Online Training Library®, and look out for new training on the leading digital audio workstations coming soon.

Interested in more?
• All Logic courses in the Online Training Library®
• All audio courses in the Online Training Library®

Pro Tools 10 new features

Published by | Friday, December 2nd, 2011

Pro Tools, the industry standard digital audio workstation, offers users a number of new features in its latest version, Pro Tools 10, including clip gain, real time fades, the ability to bounce your songs directly to your iTunes library, and the ability to share your music directly from Pro Tools with SoundCloud.

Avid has included some new plug-ins and made enhancements to its existing plug-ins, even adding a new plug-in format called AAX. There are also new importing and exporting features, audio engine and disk performance enhancements, extended system capabilities, added support for more file formats, and some interface and nomenclature changes.

Check out this introductory video to Pro Tools 10 New Features and then peruse all of seventeen videos in the course for free in the Online Training Library®.

See you back here next Friday for more training on the leading digital audio workstations including both Logic Pro and Pro Tools.

Interested in more?
• All Pro Tools courses in the Online Training Library®
• All audio courses in the Online Training Library®
• All courses from David Franz in the Online Training Library®

Suggested Courses to watch next:
Audio Mixing Bootcamp
Mixing and Mastering with Pro Tools
Music Editing for TV and Film in Pro Tools
Pro Tools 9 Essential Training

Logic Pro’s ES P polyphonic synthesizer: Introduction

Published by | Monday, November 28th, 2011

For the next several months, we’ll be releasing new training bi-weekly on the virtual instruments found in Logic Pro and Pro Tools. In this week’s post, we’ll dig deeper into the instruments found in Logic Pro.

From the newly released chapter of Virtual Instruments in Logic Pro, author Brian Trifon shows off Logic’s ES P polyphonic synthesizer and what it’s capable of. Check out the ES P Polyphonic Synthesizer introduction video here, then log in and dive deeper into learning the instrument and creating amazing music with it.

Check out Virtual Instruments in Logic Pro in the Online Training Library® today, and look out for new training on virtual instruments for Pro Tools and Logic Pro users coming soon!

Interested in more?
• All audio courses in the Online Training Library®
• All courses from Brian Trifon in the Online Training Library®

Suggested courses to watch next:
Logic Pro 9 Essential Training
• Pro Tools 9 Essential Training
Ableton Live 8 Essential Training
Jason Bentley’s Twilight Remix: Start to Finish

Determining the right listening position in your studio

Published by | Friday, November 18th, 2011

If you’re an aspiring mix engineer, or even one with years of experience, Bobby Owsinski’s Audio Mixing Bootcamp course has something for you. Built around a series of hands-on mixing exercises designed to show audiophiles how to listen and work like mixing pros, this course reveals the tips, tricks, and secrets to all of the facets of mixing music, including instrument and vocal balance, panning, compression, EQ, reverb, and delay—all with the intent of making your mix sound as interesting as possible.

In the first movie of chapter one, Determining the listening position, Bobby shows how to properly set up your listening environment so that you can improve the quality of your mixes.

Determining the listening position
| Audio Mixing Bootcamp | by Bobby Owsinski


Wanna know how and why you can use EQ to make your tracks sound better, how to optimize your listening environment to create better mixes, or how to use compression to make your tracks more punchy? If you answered yes to any, or all, of these questions then Audio Mixing Bootcamp is the course for you.

Interested in more?
• All audio courses in the Online Training Library®
• Courses by Bobby Owsinski in the Online Training Library®

Suggested courses to watch next:
Mixing and Mastering with Pro Tools
• Pro Tools 9 Essential Training
Digital Audio Principles

Music Editing for TV and Film in Pro Tools

Elastic Audio: throwback to DJ record manipulation, but better

Published by | Friday, April 9th, 2010

Author Brian White has just released a new training video on one of ProTools most powerful editing tools, Pro Tools 8: Time Manipulation with Elastic Audio.

In this excerpt from Chapter one, Understanding Elastic Audio, Brian draws an analogy to the days of vinyl and tape:

“Elastic Audio allows users to stretch or shrink slices of audio within the edit window, effectively slowing down, speeding up, or changing the rhythmic feel of an existing recording, all while preserving the original pitch. So, when I think about the origins of time manipulations, I think back to tape and vinyl, how DJs could slow down or speed up a record to match the tempo of the previous song, or how you could speed up or slow down the tape playback. The problem with this is that while it changed the tempo, it also changed the pitch.”

Brian wrote an interesting two-part Elastic Audio review on his blog last October. If you missed it there, check it out here and here.

For more tips from Brian, check out his weekly ProTools column at authors at NAB in Las Vegas this week

Published by | Wednesday, April 7th, 2010

This Saturday marks the start of the NAB conference in Las Vegas. The conference brings audio, video, and film professionals together for five days of inspiring keynote sessions, demos of the latest cutting edge equipment, and hundreds of vendors in the vast exhibit hall.

There are quite a few authors who will be speaking at NAB this year, and it’s not too late to register for tickets. authors speaking at NAB include Robbie Carman, Mark Christiansen, Abba Shapiro, Rich Harrington, Larry Jordan, Scott Bourne, Jeff Greenberg, Trish Meyer, Chris Meyer, and Jeff Foster. Look for them on the NAB sessions calendar.

Scott Hirsch discusses his new title: Logic Pro 9 Essential Training

Published by | Friday, March 12th, 2010

I first got to know Scott a number of months back when he and I started to work out the details of the Logic Pro 9 Essential Training course. Up until the time that he came out to our studios, we had never met in person. Phone, instant message, and email was it.

During this time, it quickly became apparent that Scott was not new to training. In fact, he’s been teaching on audio/DAW subjects for 10 years now. He’s extremely adept at conveying the essentials as well as putting them into practical applications.

I’m happy to announce that the Logic Pro 9 Essential Training course that Scott was recording in February is now live.

In the studio: Scott Hirsch

Published by | Wednesday, February 10th, 2010

Scott Hirsch working on his upcoming title in a recording booth.

Last week we had the pleasure of Scott Hirsch joining us in the studio to record a Logic Pro 9 course. Scott is a sound designer, editor and mixer for film and video, musician, and audio engineer. His credits include audio post production work on films like the Sundance Film Festival 2010 short The Visitors, and recording, mixing, composing, and playing with bands such as The Family Band, Hiss Golden Messanger, and The Amateurs. In addition, he’s taught at audio engineering schools and is a certified Digidesign and Apple audio instructor and authored the book, Pro Tools 7 Session Secrets: Professional Recipes for High-Octane Results (Wiley), Scott truly has passion for audio/music and that clearly came across when I sat down and talked to him about his work.

Scott and I shared about that moment in our history when we knew first realized what we wanted to do in life.

“The moment I overdubbed my first track, I knew I was hooked,” said Scott. For me it was very similar: It was the first time I tracked in the studio. Scott and I both cut our teeth on tape. It’s wild to think how different it would have been, had we access to the power of tools like Logic, as we do today. Not only is Logic a powerful DAW (digital audio workstation) but it is an amazing song creation tool.

Scott is a very talented instructor and I anticipate that there will be quite a number of those moments from members watching this upcoming tutorial, in addition to a few potential ah-ha! moments from those already familiar with Logic. His nine-plus years of teaching digital audio have brought indispensable knowledge and boundless creativity to his students. I found his enthusiasm and knowledge infectious. When I got home after our talk, I couldn’t help but fire up Logic and take a look at some of topics he had been recording that day in the studio.

Keep an eye open for Scott’s new titles coming out soon.

Senior Training Producer Kirk Werner, Scott Hirsch, Acquisitions Manager/Audio Joe Randeen.