iPad Music Production: Auria
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Creating subgroups


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Video: Creating subgroups

In the previous movie, we looked at how to group faders together, which makes it easy to adjust the overall volume level of specific tracks while maintaining the relative levels with each other. But one limitation of this technique is that each track is still affected by its individual ChannelStrip settings. For example, if I have the drums group together, I can still go in and adjust the individual Compression or EQ for each drum track. Now this isn't a good or a bad thing, but what if you want the ability to apply EQ, Compression, and other effects on all the drums at once. To do so, you need to create what are called subgroups.
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2h 41m Beginner Feb 28, 2013 Updated Jul 19, 2013

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Auria is the first major digital audio workstation designed specifically for the Apple iPad, and in this course, author and professional musician Garrick Chow demonstrates how to use its recording, editing, and mixing tools to create great-sounding music. First, Garrick reviews the hardware you'll need to start capturing audio, from microphones to cables and input devices. He then demonstrates how to record anything from a single audio track to a complete multitrack capture of a live band performance, or import audio from other iPad apps with Audiobus. He also shows you how to edit your tracks by adding splits and trims, apply effects, and use automation to create a final mix. Plus, learn to take snapshots so you can save your mix in different states along the way. Last, Garrick reviews the options for exporting your project from Auria in several formats to share it with the world.

This course will be updated regularly as new features are added to Auria, so check back often. Working with a different app? Check out other installments in this series, including iPad Music Production: GarageBand and iPad Music Production: AmpliTube.

Topics include:
  • Creating a new project
  • Importing audio
  • Using external audio inputs
  • Recording tracks
  • Using Auto-Punch
  • Overdubbing a track
  • Trimming regions and adding fades
  • Using auxiliaries
  • Using automation
  • Creating snapshots
  • Exporting your project
Subject:
Audio + Music
Software:
Auria
Author:
Garrick Chow

Creating subgroups

In the previous movie, we looked at how to group faders together, which makes it easy to adjust the overall volume level of specific tracks while maintaining the relative levels with each other. But one limitation of this technique is that each track is still affected by its individual ChannelStrip settings. For example, if I have the drums group together, I can still go in and adjust the individual Compression or EQ for each drum track. Now this isn't a good or a bad thing, but what if you want the ability to apply EQ, Compression, and other effects on all the drums at once. To do so, you need to create what are called subgroups.

You create a subgroup by routing the signal from specific tracks to one of the eight subgroup channels here on the right. These are the pale blue color channels. If you are using a first-generation iPod, you'll only find four subgroups. Now, once your selected tracks are routed together, you can apply global effects and adjust their levels with a single subgroup fader just as if they were grouped together. So let's create a drum subgroup. To do so, I tap on the subgroup display on the first track, that displays a menu of all the subgroups, and I'll choose Subgroup1, and you can see 1 now appears in the display, and I'll do the same for the other three drum tracks, and now if I scroll over to Subgroup1, notice I can solo it and hear all the drums.

(music playing) And the single subgroup fader affects the volume of all the drums relative to each other with just one move. Each subgroup also has its own PSP MasterStrip for adding effects. So, for example, if I wanted to add a little reverb to all of the drums, I could open up the FX and choose ClassicVerb and make my adjustments.

(music playing) Adding an effect to all the tracks at once gets you a much different sound than adding the same effect to each individual track. You'll also notice that the main part of the MasterStrip is configured differently than the ChannelStrip. Instead of the Expander, EQ, and Compressor, we have the EQ, the BussPressor, which is a bus compressor, and the Limiter.

These are essentially the same tools as of the regular channel strip, but they've been optimized for stereo group processing. Again, be sure to check out our courses on EQ and Compression for full details on how to work with modules like this. Oh, and I should also mention that you can name your subgroups, too, just like you can name regular tracks. I'll just double-click on the track's name, and let's call this DrumSub, you can see it says, DrumSub here, and if I scroll over I can see it still says 1, but if I tap the Menu, you can see it now says DrumSub.

Note that the faders and other channel settings still affect the individual tracks, but those tracks are now getting routed to the subgroup and not to the main mix. Any adjustment you make to that track that's part of a subgroup affects the subgroup first and the subgroup routes its output to the main mix. You can also add tracks to your subgroups at any time by clicking the SubGroup menu and selecting any of the available SubGroups. Now you can't add the same track to multiple subgroups, but if you need to do so for some reason, you could go to the Edit window, select the region or regions on that track, and then copy and paste them onto another track. I'm just not going to do that right now.

And to remove items from a SubGroup, just click the SubGroup menu and choose the L/R or left and right setting, which is the default setting, and that routes the track to the main mix. So that's working with SubGroups in Auria.

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Q: This course was updated on 7/19/2013. What changed?
A: We added new videos, and re-recorded some other ones, to reflect changes to Auria, including time stretching and the ability to take snapshots of your mixes. We also included information on how to deal with anticipated updates to Auria and make sure our training is always up to date.
 
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