By David Franz | Friday, September 12, 2014
Any time you record audio, there’s a chance you’ll record some unwanted sounds along with the desired material. At lynda.com, we record audio for our courses every day in sound booths, on live-action stages, and on location all over the world. And every one of those setups presents its own audio challenges.
By David Franz | Saturday, September 06, 2014
How do EDM artists like Deadmau5, Skrillex, and Calvin Harris get that giant pumping sound from their synths while keeping their kick drums slamming through the mix? They use a technique called side chaining.
By David Franz | Friday, August 29, 2014
If you’ve ever wondered how the big acts manage their live stage shows using today’s cutting-edge technology, Daniel Mintseris—keyboardist and programmer for St. Vincent and David Byrne, among many other artists—is going to show you.
By David Franz | Friday, July 18, 2014
Did you catch St. Vincent on “The Late Show with David Letterman” last night? Get an inside look at how the band’s explosive, exhilarating sound is put together with a new course by its keyboard player and programmer Daniel Mintseris.
By David Franz | Tuesday, October 30, 2012
Have you ever wondered how dynamic, ribbon, and condenser mics vary in function, price, and utility? Or how a mic picks up sound, and how that mic’s pickup pattern might affect its placement in the recording process? In this blog post, I will explore these questions offering visual examples from our recently released Audio course, Audio Recording Techniques.
By David Franz | Friday, September 28, 2012
You may find the Apple iPad touchscreen useful for many things in your everyday life, but did you know that you could use it to play violin, viola, cello, and upright bass? Even if you use a different Digital Audio Workstation (DAW) for your music production, you might want to consider using Smart Strings in GarageBand for iPad if adding a string part to your songs is something that interests you.
In iPad Music Production: GarageBand, Garrick Chow shows how to play the Smart Strings, including how to play in chord mode and note mode. In chord mode, the chords are made by up to five instruments: 1st violin, 2nd violin, viola, cello, and bass, or any combination of the five. Choose the key of the song and eight chord strips appear, one for every chord in that key.
By David Franz | Monday, July 02, 2012
Ableton Live is an incredibly versatile digital audio workstation that allows you to be really creative in many different ways. One tried and true creative tool that DJs, mix engineers, and live performers have been using for years is delay effect. Delay effects delay or hold a copy of a signal for a user-defined amount of time, and add a sense of depth or dimension to the overall sound of a song when mixed back in with the un-processed signal. Creatively using delay effect can add depth and interest to just about any song, and the family of Ableton Live delay effects is extensive including both modulation-rich effects like flanging, face-shifting, and chorusing, and modulation-free effects like doubling, echo, and slapback.
When applying a Simple Delay effect in Ableton Live, there are a number of parameters that you have to tweak to create your own unique delayed sound. Above, the Feedback control and delay time settings are adjusted to establish number of repeats and how long it takes for the signal to be repeated.
By David Franz | Tuesday, June 26, 2012
It’s a fact that Adobe Premiere CS6 and Audition CS6 tend to play nicely together. It’s this compatibility that makes it very easy and convenient to use these two applications together when working on a video project that has any sort of audio component. While Premiere does have some very basic audio editing functions, Audition is a much more fully-featured application for audio recording, editing, and mixing requirements. So, using Audition specifically for editing and mixing dialog, sound effects, music, and foley, is a good way to improve the sound of your video’s soundtrack.
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