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By David Franz | Friday, December 30, 2011

Improving sound with compression in Foundations of Audio: Compression and Dynamic Processing

Compression is a tricky effect to master when mixing and mastering. Sometimes compression is meant not to be heard; that is, to be transparent. Other times, it’s certainly meant to be heard as it’s used to push a signal into harmonic distortion.

Recording with compression is an even more delicate art: Where a heavy hand can ruin an amazing recording, a light touch can control and enhance very dynamic performances.

In this free video, Brian Lee White (author of Foundations of Audio: Compression and Dynamic Processing) explains the setup and signal routing for recording bass with hardware and software compressors, as well as the benefits and pitfalls of doing so.

Check out Foundations of Audio: Compression and Dynamic Processingin the Online Training Library® today, and look out for new training on the leading digital audio workstations coming soon!

Interested in more? • All Pro Tools courses in the Online Training Library® • All Logic Pro courses in the Online Training Library® • All audio courses in the Online Training Library® • All courses from Brian Lee White in the Online Training Library®

Suggested courses to watch next:Audio Mixing BootcampMixing and Mastering with Pro ToolsMusic Editing for TV and Film in Pro ToolsLogic Pro 9 Essential Training

By David Franz | Friday, December 23, 2011

Remixing a song in Apple Logic Pro

Remixing a song is a skill that requires a lot of musical and technical know-how.  Two of the most important elements to consider when beginning to create a remix are determining the original tempo of the song you’re remixing and lining up the vocal stem track to the beat.

Apple’s Logic software provides a handy plug-in called the BPM counter that helps to determine the tempo of a piece of music. Check out how to use it:

Often, remixers receive vocal stem tracks that don’t clearly align with the tempo grid when they’re imported into a project. That is, it’s unclear from the raw stem file where the downbeat is in comparison to the vocal performance. Check out how to align a vocal track with the tempo grid of a project:

In Remixing a Song in Logic, renowned remixer and author Josh Harris takes us through all of the remixing steps as he literally remixes a song in front of our eyes and ears. He covers all facets of the remixing process—aligning the vocals, working with loops, programming bass and synth parts, adjusting the remix arrangement—all the way to mixing and mastering the final version.

Check out Remixing a Song in Logicin the Online Training Library®, and look out for new training on the leading digital audio workstations coming soon.

Interested in more? • All Logic courses in the Online Training Library® • All audio courses in the Online Training Library®

By David Franz | Thursday, December 15, 2011

Music Editing for TV and Film in Pro Tools

Ever wanted to know how music gets edited into TV shows and movies? In Music Editing for TV and Film in Pro Tools, Skye Lewin shows you how putting music under picture is both an art and a science.

In this course, Skye will discuss how to edit and maneuver audio in Pro Tools, edit music to picture, create alternate audio edits, conform an edit to a picture if the scene has shifted, perform special effects, and use QuickTime to present edit revisions. He also discusses ways to utilize navigation, viewing, editing techniques, and key commands to speed up your editing process so you can focus more time on being creative.

The video used for demonstration in this course is a short film entitled Eli, starring David Anders (Alias, Heroes, 24, Once Upon A Time) and the music used is from composer Simon Hunter (CSI, Burn Notice, Iron Man trailer, Fast 5 trailer).

Watch here as Skye shows his techniques for creating an alternate music edit for a particular scene in the film:

Check out Music Editing for TV and Film in Pro Tools in the Online Training Library® today, and look out for new training on the leading digital audio workstations coming soon!

Interested in more? • All Pro Tools courses on lynda.com • All audio courses on lynda.com

Suggested courses to watch next:Audio for Film and Video with Pro Tools 9Mixing and Mastering with Pro ToolsJason Bentley’s Twilight Remix: Start to FinishPro Tools 9 Essential Training

By David Franz | Friday, December 02, 2011

Pro Tools 10 new features

Pro Tools, the industry standard digital audio workstation, offers users a number of new features in its latest version, Pro Tools 10, including clip gain, real time fades, the ability to bounce your songs directly to your iTunes library, and the ability to share your music directly from Pro Tools with SoundCloud.

Avid has included some new plug-ins and made enhancements to its existing plug-ins, even adding a new plug-in format called AAX. There are also new importing and exporting features, audio engine and disk performance enhancements, extended system capabilities, added support for more file formats, and some interface and nomenclature changes.

Check out this introductory video to Pro Tools 10 New Features and then peruse all of seventeen videos in the course for free in the lynda.com Online Training Library®.

See you back here next Friday for more training on the leading digital audio workstations including both Logic Pro and Pro Tools.

Interested in more? • All Pro Tools courses in the Online Training Library® • All audio courses in the Online Training Library® • All courses from David Franz in the Online Training Library®

Suggested Courses to watch next:Audio Mixing BootcampMixing and Mastering with Pro ToolsMusic Editing for TV and Film in Pro ToolsPro Tools 9 Essential Training

By David Franz | Monday, November 28, 2011

Logic Pro’s ES P polyphonic synthesizer: Introduction

For the next several months, we’ll be releasing new training bi-weekly on the virtual instruments found in Logic Pro and Pro Tools. In this week’s post, we’ll dig deeper into the instruments found in Logic Pro.

From the newly released chapter of Virtual Instruments in Logic Pro, author Brian Trifon shows off Logic’s ES P polyphonic synthesizer and what it’s capable of. Check out the ES P Polyphonic Synthesizer introduction video here, then log in and dive deeper into learning the instrument and creating amazing music with it.

Check out Virtual Instruments in Logic Pro in the Online Training Library® today, and look out for new training on virtual instruments for Pro Tools and Logic Pro users coming soon!

Interested in more? • All audio courses in the Online Training Library® • All courses from Brian Trifon in the Online Training Library®

Suggested courses to watch next:Logic Pro 9 Essential Training• Pro Tools 9 Essential TrainingAbleton Live 8 Essential TrainingJason Bentley’s Twilight Remix: Start to Finish

By David Franz | Friday, November 18, 2011

Determining the right listening position in your studio

If you’re an aspiring mix engineer, or even one with years of experience, Bobby Owsinski’s Audio Mixing Bootcamp course has something for you. Built around a series of hands-on mixing exercises designed to show audiophiles how to listen and work like mixing pros, this course reveals the tips, tricks, and secrets to all of the facets of mixing music, including instrument and vocal balance, panning, compression, EQ, reverb, and delay—all with the intent of making your mix sound as interesting as possible.

In the first movie of chapter one, Determining the listening position, Bobby shows how to properly set up your listening environment so that you can improve the quality of your mixes.

Determining the listening position | Audio Mixing Bootcamp | by Bobby Owsinski

Wanna know how and why you can use EQ to make your tracks sound better, how to optimize your listening environment to create better mixes, or how to use compression to make your tracks more punchy? If you answered yes to any, or all, of these questions then Audio Mixing Bootcampis the course for you.

Interested in more? • All audio courses in the Online Training Library® • Courses by Bobby Owsinski in the Online Training Library®

Suggested courses to watch next:Mixing and Mastering with Pro Tools • Pro Tools 9 Essential TrainingDigital Audio PrinciplesMusic Editing for TV and Film in Pro Tools

By David Franz | Friday, November 11, 2011

Virtual instruments in Logic Pro and Pro Tools—introduction

Hi folks! David Franz here, Content Manager for the continually expanding audio channel at lynda.com. Excitement is rising here at the lynda.com HQ as we continue work on a massive rollout of audio courses that you’ll begin to see over the next several months. As part of the rollout, we’re happy to announce a new bi-weekly series about using virtual instruments.

Every two weeks for the next few months we’ll present training on how to use the virtual instruments in Logic Pro and Pro Tools. We’re starting with Virtual Instruments in Logic Pro, a multi-part course authored by gifted composer and sound designer Brian Trifon. In the introduction, Brian will cover all of the virtual instruments that are bundled with Logic Pro. It’s an impressive list of instruments and Brian will show you how to create amazing music with them, after he shows you how everything works. Check out the trailer for what’s to come in the full course, then head to theVirtual Instruments in Logic Pro table of contents to view the whole intermediate-level course.

This course will cover working with oscillators and filters, understanding signal flow, creating custom synthesizer patches, adding effects, synthesizing speech, creating a library of custom sound samples, and much more. The first instruments available now are the ES M Monophonic Synthesizer and the ES E Ensemble Synthesizer.

Check out Virtual Instruments in Logic Pro in the Online Training Library® today, and look out for new training on virtual instruments for Pro Tools and Logic Pro users coming soon!

Interested in more? • All Pro Tools courses in the Online Training Library® • All Logic Pro courses in the Online Training Library® • All audio courses in the Online Training Library® • All courses from Brian Trifon in the Online Training Library®

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