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Trimming audio, creating fades, and changing region gain


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Video: Trimming audio, creating fades, and changing region gain

At some point during the recording process, you will need to trim your audio tracks, as well as create fades and maybe even do region gain changing. I'll use the guitar one track, as an example, for all three of these functions. If I'd like to make the individual track larger, I simply move my cursor over here to the bottom of the track, click and hold, and I can expand its size. Right now, my tool is the Range tool. I need to select the Arrow tool to highlight my region, and as you can see, a blue border pops up. On the left side, in the upper left hand corner, you'll notice that my cursor turns into a little index finger, allowing me to click and hold and create a fade.
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  1. 2m 20s
    1. Welcome
      49s
    2. What you should know before watching this course
      30s
    3. Using the exercise files
      1m 1s
  2. 12m 56s
    1. Navigating the Start page
      1m 32s
    2. Setting up your artist profile
      2m 11s
    3. Configuring your audio devices
      2m 51s
    4. Working with external devices
      2m 18s
    5. Exploring other options
      4m 4s
  3. 19m 53s
    1. Creating a new song
      2m 46s
    2. Navigating the Browser
      2m 1s
    3. Navigating the Transport
      1m 44s
    4. Dragging and dropping instruments, loops, and effects
      2m 59s
    5. Configuring and recording an instrument track
      1m 23s
    6. Configuring and recording an audio track
      2m 39s
    7. Punching in
      1m 56s
    8. Recording to track layers
      2m 35s
    9. Navigating the Inspector
      1m 50s
  4. 31m 40s
    1. Quantizing MIDI
      3m 21s
    2. Editing MIDI
      2m 21s
    3. Consolidating MIDI regions
      2m 7s
    4. Converting MIDI to audio with Track Transform
      2m 50s
    5. Taking advantage of the Studio One editing tools
      3m 55s
    6. Arranging bundled content
      3m 53s
    7. Comping your takes
      3m 25s
    8. Trimming audio, creating fades, and changing region gain
      3m 42s
    9. Tuning audio with Melodyne
      4m 34s
    10. Creating Folder Tracks
      1m 32s
  5. 19m 18s
    1. Navigating the Mixer
      2m 52s
    2. Setting up and routing FX and buses
      4m 23s
    3. Working with FX chains and presets
      3m 8s
    4. Recording and writing automation
      3m 34s
    5. Exporting your mix
      5m 21s
  6. 19m 59s
    1. Preparing songs for mastering and navigating the Project page
      5m 14s
    2. Utilizing EQ, compression, and limiting
      5m 23s
    3. Making changes to your original mix during mastering
      3m 25s
    4. Exporting the finished product
      5m 57s
  7. 8m 13s
    1. Publishing to SoundCloud
      2m 51s
    2. Uploading your song to Nimbit
      1m 59s
    3. Accessing user-generated content with PreSonus Exchange
      3m 23s
  8. 1m 8s
    1. Next steps
      1m 8s

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Up and Running with Studio One
1h 55m Beginner Mar 25, 2013

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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.

Topics include:
  • What is Studio One?
  • Creating a new song
  • Setting up your artist profile
  • Adding instruments, loops, and effects
  • Recording your tracks
  • Editing MIDI
  • Tuning audio with Melodyne
  • Mixing and mastering
  • Distributing your music
Subjects:
Audio + Music DAWs Mixing Music Production Mastering
Software:
Studio One
Author:
Josh Harris

Trimming audio, creating fades, and changing region gain

At some point during the recording process, you will need to trim your audio tracks, as well as create fades and maybe even do region gain changing. I'll use the guitar one track, as an example, for all three of these functions. If I'd like to make the individual track larger, I simply move my cursor over here to the bottom of the track, click and hold, and I can expand its size. Right now, my tool is the Range tool. I need to select the Arrow tool to highlight my region, and as you can see, a blue border pops up. On the left side, in the upper left hand corner, you'll notice that my cursor turns into a little index finger, allowing me to click and hold and create a fade.

I'll undo that. The same thing if applicable on the right side of the region, where I'm also able to create a fade. And because there's an adjacent region across fade is automatically created. I'll undo that. In the middle, if I click and hold this little box in the center, I'm able to pull the gain of my region down and as you can see the size of my audio file is shrinking. I'll undo that. So, let's take a listen to this guitar track because I'm going to create a fade in between the punch in and the punch out point to make sure that it's seamless when we listen back to it.

(MUSIC). A little bit of an abrupt stop there. So, I will create a slight fade, and let's listen back. (MUSIC). That's a little smoother to me. And I'll do the same edit on the punch out point, so that the punch out point doesn't sound abrupt. Click and hold, and a little cross-fade is created. Now, you'll see a little window as I click and hold, letting me know how long my fade is, on one side and how long it is on the other. (MUSIC).

Excellent. That sounds good. I'll go to the end of the guitar track now, move the play head and expand my view, and let's say I wanted to extend this a little bit. I simply move my cursor to the lower right hand corner of the region, and I'm able to click and hold and drag. And I'll move it right there. Take a listen. (MUSIC). And I'll most likely do a little fade there just for good housekeeping.

Listening back. (MUSIC). Excellent. You'll notice there's a lot of silence at the beginning of guitar one. There's actually four bars of silence before the part came in. I'll put Studio One in snap mode by hitting the N key. And I'll trim the audio to the grid. I'll undo snap and zoom in because it's possible oh, the part starts after the downbeat of the phrase, so I'm okay actually leaving it in snap mode. So, as you notice, I was moving my cursor to trim and it's following the grid in 16th note denominations, because that's how my grid is set.

So, I like things to start on the down beat of the bar. So I'll leave the left side of the audio region right at the downbeat of measure five, as opposed to moving it over here, closer to where the actual performance begins. This makes it easier if I want to copy and paste from section to section to have things starting at the downbeat of a measure. The best part about all the functions that I just completed, is that they were all done within the audio region itself, which really helps create a good work flow process.

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