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Start making music with the powerful, intuitive controls in Studio One and these lessons from producer and remixer Josh Harris. Josh begins with a tour of Studio One's Start Page, the creative hub of the program, where you set up your artist profile and audio devices. He then shows you how to set up and start recording a new song, including punching in and using track layers. The course then moves into editing audio and MIDI, where Josh explains the most important of the editing functions: comping, trimming and time stretching audio, quantizing MIDI, and editing MIDI velocities. He also covers mixing with effects and chains, showing how to speed up the process with presets and automation, and explores Studio One's unique feature set used to master your recordings. The course wraps with tips to connect with your audience and share your music with the world, including publishing to SoundCloud, promoting songs on the Nimbit Store, and using PreSonus Exchange.
I've gone ahead and built out the mix and the arrangement a bit further. And I'd like to take you on a brief tour of what I've done before we bounce down the final mix. I went ahead and did some further automation on the lead vocal. Click a and you can see that automation data there. Click a to turn it off. And I went ahead and organized the track order a little bit differently. I added a crash symbol here at the top. I named these tracks. Since this is an impact track, the kick and the snare are on the same track, so I called it the kick snare and I named the second drum track hats.
You'll notice that there is a rhythm guitar left and a rhythm guitar right. What I did was I took the back 8 bars of the 16 bar guitar phrase. And I pasted it down onto another track. In other words, we had a guitar part going from measure 5 all the way to measure 21. I took measures 13 to 21, dragged them down to a separate track, called rhythm guitar right, slid them all the way over and created a stereo track. So, in essence, we have 8 bars of guitars that are Copied and Pasted.
Giving us two rhythm guitar parts instead of one. I also fully comped the lead guitar part which I will actually call lead guitar. And it leads off the song and takes us into the first verse. Now, keep in mind, this is kind of an abbreviated arrangement. This is 25 bars. And I'm using this as a shell to explain mixing and automation and just to get you up and running in Studio One. So, most likely, when you're at this point, working on your song, you'll probably be at three to four minutes in length.
As we take a look at the Mixer, you'll notice that I hid all these extra impact tracks that really were serving no purpose on the Mixer because impact is multi-output instrument. I had the option of having all these different outputs on the Mixer, so that I have control over them. For example, the impact kick is on its own channel, the impact snare is on its own channel and these are both coming from our second instance of impact called impact two. So, the Mixer looks a lot cleaner now. I've organized it from lead vocal, kick drum, snare drum, hats, crash, bass, all the way over to guitars at the end. And the Master Fader has been pulled down, so that I'm not clipping when I play back, and eventually bounce the mix down. I've also added EQ compression and limiting to the lead vocal, so that it sits in the mix a little bit better.
I'd like to take a moment and let you all know that I am mixing this in headphones. So, if you're on speakers and not in headphones, it's very possible that this mix might sound a little bit off, but for the purposes of this movie, I wanted to mix the song in headphones. I'll go ahead and close the Mixer window now. And I'll hit Cmd+E, which will bring up a window with bouncing options. My file is pathed. Studio One defaults to calling the bounce mix down, and I will call this Song in A Minor. You'll notice that I have Audio Format options, WAV file, AIFF, FLLC, OGG, or MP3, I'll leave it on WAV, leave my resolution at 16 bit, 48k sample rate. And I'm choosing in my Export Range to stay between the loop markers. Instead of between the song start and end marker or between any markers that might be in the songs.
In other words, let me close this window for a moment. This is my bounce range, left to right locators. And in fact, I'll pull this over a couple of bars because there's some effects on the keyboards and maybe even some guitars that I don't want to get cut off right at measure 25. So, let's pull up the window again, Cmd+E. And again, I need to enter the song name because I closed the window prior to bouncing. So, I'm bouncing between the loop and I'm choosing Main as my output.
I will leave the Close After Export box checked and I will leave the Real-Time Processing box unchecked because I'd like to do an offline bounce. Everything looks good in this window. I'll click OK and you'll watch Studio One give me a progress bar as it completes an off-line bounce. And there's our song. We'll now take a listen to the finished bounce in Quick Look by pressing the Space bar. (MUSIC) I'll hit the space bar to close the window.
I hope this movie gives you insight into how to setup your final mix and prepare Studio One for exporting it.
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