iPad Music Production: Auria
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Grouping faders


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iPad Music Production: Auria

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Video: Grouping faders

Mixing a song often involves first mixing two or more tracks together until they blend well before moving on to other parts of the song. For example, you might first spend your time mixing your drums and then adding your bass before working on your rhythm guitar. Later you might mix your background vocal tracks together before blending them with the lead vocal. Once you have some other tracks mixed to your satisfaction, you are most likely want to keep them that way as you mix other parts of your song. What if those tracks are too quiet or too loud? Ideally, you don't have to move each individual fader up or down again as you develop the rest of your mix.
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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

Grouping faders

Mixing a song often involves first mixing two or more tracks together until they blend well before moving on to other parts of the song. For example, you might first spend your time mixing your drums and then adding your bass before working on your rhythm guitar. Later you might mix your background vocal tracks together before blending them with the lead vocal. Once you have some other tracks mixed to your satisfaction, you are most likely want to keep them that way as you mix other parts of your song. What if those tracks are too quiet or too loud? Ideally, you don't have to move each individual fader up or down again as you develop the rest of your mix.

Auria gives you a couple of options for locking multiple tracks together so you can control their levels with a single fader. In fact, I already mention fader grouping previously, let's take a slightly more in-depth look here. I have the drum tracks and the bass mixed pretty close to how I want them to be in relation to each other. I just don't know how loud I want them to be in relation to the rest of the song, so I'm going to group them together, so I can control their level simultaneously. To do so, I tap the Group button at the top of the screen, then I just tap the faders of each track I want to add to the group. Now you want to be careful to tap quickly, because otherwise you'll accidentally move a fader.

Auria assumes that's what you want to do, and it takes you out of the grouping mode. And when you're done, tap the Group button again. Notice each fader I tap now has a number one label, and if I move one, they all move together. So each track's level will maintain their relative relationship as I increase or decrease the overall volume. Bear in mind that you're still free to adjust the individual tracks in terms of panning, effects settings, and all the other options on the ChannelStrip. You can add additional group by tapping the Group button again and creating the next set.

And now I have the grouped the guitar and vocals together, and you can see they move together and they're labeled too. And once they are grouped together, they're always going to move together. If we need to move one of the faders individually, you have to ungroup them or at least remove one of the faders from the group. To remove the fader from the group, tap the Group button and tap the fader of the track you want to remove. Just be aware that you can't add faders to existing groups. If I wanted to add the bass back to the group now, I'd have to ungroup them all and then regroup them to include the bass. Also note that you can only group Channel Faders, you can't group sub-groups or the master fader, and lastly you can remove all groups quickly by going to the Menu and selecting Clear All Groups.

Confirm that that's what you want to do, and you can see I have now cleared all the groups from my faders and they all move individually again. So that's how to group faders 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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