By Scott Fegette | Thursday, August 21, 2014
It’s hard to make a living as an independent songwriter in today’s music industry—and even more so if you’re not already established in the field.
When budgets are already tight, it’s tempting not to register with a PRO (performance rights organization) if you aren’t anticipating enough (or any!) radio play that could net you a royalty check.
But here’s a reality check for you: If you’re a serious songwriter, you really do need to register with a PRO if you ever expect to see a dime for your work.
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 Scott Fegette | Monday, June 16, 2014
The Ableton Push is a super-flexible songwriting tool and its Drum sequencer view is particularly helpful for building out beats quickly. But when you add a third-party drum plug-in to a MIDI track, Push only gives you its general melodic keyboard interface, not the super-handy Push drum pad and sequencing interface. If you want to use a third-party drum module like NI’s Battery or Toontrack’s Superior Drummer with Push’s drum-programming interface, you’ll need to follow a few simple, but often-overlooked steps.
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.
By Colleen Wheeler | Wednesday, June 13, 2012
Over the past several months our growing Audio segment has been adding key courses that aim to teach both the foundations of good audio practices as well as important audio software skills. This week’s featured five free movies were compiled with some help from our content manager for Audio, and lynda.com go-to Pro Tools author, David Franz, and focus on movies that are all centered around a very specific theme: improving the way you interact with your music, and the quality of the sound you create.
1. Recording audio in Pro Tools
In this excerpt from chapter four of Pro Tools 10 Essential Training, the aforementioned David Franz shows you how to create a new audio track in Pro Tools. While David takes you step-by-step through the process, you’ll also hear his real-world practical reasons for why one might choose one setting over another. Bonus: You get to hear David play the guitar.
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