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Automation plays a major role in the mixing process. And one of the most common parameters automated within a mix, is the volume on a lead vocal track. To put Studio One into Automation view I hit the A key. And as you can see, the display in my track column changes. I will increase the size of the lead vocals waveform view. And when I click and hold on my list of available parameters to automate, I have Volume and Pan. I'll choose Volume. And the blue line lets me know that I'm able to now enter automation data. You'll notice that as I enter automation data, I'll click right here on Measure five.
The automation state changes from Off to Read. That means that Studio One will read the automation data that I'm inputting with the mouse on playback. Let's zoom in, and I'll give you an example. I'll take Studio One out of Snap mode, because my automation points are not necessarily going to fall on the grid. (MUSIC) I can enter in some automation data here, in my first phrase. (MUSIC) >> I'll hone in on this word a, and as I click and hold the Break Point, you'll notice that I have a little window that's showing me where my cursor is, as in terms of bars beats, and the amount of Db that I'm increasing the volume, plus 4.8.
(MUSIC) And even the word that's is a little quiet. I should zoom in a little bit, so I can be accurate. And you simply can click and hold and drag these Break Points wherever you want them. (MUSIC) This is a microcosm of the automation process when it comes to a lead vocal. I would spend the time to go through every phrase and make sure that every word is audible, and that the performance felt very even from start to finish in terms of volume. When it comes to copying and pasting automation, I can use the Range tool. And for this I will put Studio One back in Snap mode. I'll highlight the range Measure 5 to Measure 9, and click D. And as you can see, my automation data copied to the next 4 bar area. Another way to copy automation data is to take Studio One out of Automation view. And let's say that I wanted to cut this phrase, and copy and paste it. I can option drag for copying, to Measure 25. I'll go back to Automation view by hitting a, and the automation data followed the region.
We've just been dealing with automating an audio track. But if I click and hold on my Drums track, which is an instance of impact, I have the ability to add or remove automation parameters. And because impact is a 16 pad drum machine, I'm able to include different parameters to automate from each pad if I choose to do so. All I would need to do to add a parameter is click on it and click Add. And now it's available to me as an automatible parameter.
If I want to remove it, I simply highlight it and click Remove, and close the window. It can certainly shave time off the mixing process if you spend a few minutes thinking about your approach to automation. Copying and pasting data from section to section can be a real time saver. I find that when it comes to working with vocals, especially lead vocals, it's best to work your way through the entire song in a linear fashion.
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