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By David Franz | Friday, July 18, 2014

St. Vincent Sound Guru Teaches Course


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 Lauren Harmon | Tuesday, October 01, 2013

Color correcting and adding a soundtrack to GoPro video: Deke's Techniques

Correcting and adding a soundtrack to GoPro videos

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The quadcopter crashes continue in this week’s episode of Deke’s Techniques. Join Deke as he shows you how to navigate the Timeline panel, and improve the contrast, vibrancy, and color balance of your footage with adjustment layers. (They’re not just for static imagery!) Then learn how to import an audio track, manipulate its position on the timeline, and adjust the volume of your clip. Along the way, Deke shares some invaluable time-saving shortcuts. Watch the video below to get started.

By David Franz | Friday, January 20, 2012

A #NAMMchat reminder, plus a two-minute audio summary

The audio channel at is making a lot of noise at the NAMM show this year. NAMM (short for National Association of Music Merchants) is a massive conference and convention for all music-related products and services. In other words, it’s a giant toy store for musicians!

From January 19-22 will be on-site at NAMM unveiling our expanded audio course offerings, meeting new audio folks, connecting with industry leaders, and checking out all the new gear.

If you’re at the show, please come by our booth (#4711) to say hi. If you can’t make it, check out this short demo of what the audio team has been up to:

After the NAMM show, we’ll also be doing several twitterviews (interviews on twitter) with two of our audio authors, Brian Lee White and Bobby Owsinski. We’ll discuss key trends, the coolest news from NAMM 2012, and we’ll answer any questions you might have about NAMM, music technology, or the business in general.

Follow us on twitter @lyndadotcom, and join in on the conversation at these times:

January 24 from 12:30-1:30 PST: Brian Lee White  @brianleewhiteJanuary 25 from 12:30-1:30 PST: Bobby Owsinski   @bobbyowsinski

Simply tweet your questions or comments to @brianleewhite, @bobbyowsinski, or @lyndadotcom with the hash tag #NAMMchat on 1/24 and 1/25.

*Editor’s Note: On January 11th and January 20th the blog mistakenly reported the #NAMMchat dates as January 23 and January 24. The dates of the #NAMMchat will be January 24 and January 25, both at 12:30pm PST as mentioned above. Associates will be standing by to assist any audio lovers who may tune in on January 23rd. Please pardon our error!

Interested in more? • All audio courses on • All Logic Pro courses on • All Pro Tools courses on

Suggested courses to watch next:Audio for Film and Video with Pro Tools 9 • Audio Mixing BootcampiTunes 10 Essential TrainingDigital Audio Principles

By David Franz | Friday, January 13, 2012

An introduction to EQ and filters

Anyone who has worked with audio in any capacity has likely seen a graphic depicting a waveform. These waveform graphics display the amplitude expressed across time, but do you really know how those waveforms are generated and why we express them the way we do?

It’s all about pressure and how sound moves through a medium, like air. Changes in air pressure are picked up by our ears, and our brains translate those pressure changes into sound information.

Brian Lee White explains how air is compressed and rarefied to create waveforms in his Foundations of Audio: EQ and Filters course. Check out his explanation in the video here, and then dive further into learning about using EQ and filters to improve the sound of your waveforms…I mean, music.

For more on how to properly apply equalization (EQ) to improve the overall sound of your mixes, watch the full Foundations of Audio: EQ and Filters course in the Online Training Library®.

Interested in more? • The full Foundations of Audio: EQ and Filters course on • All audio courses on • All courses from Brian Lee White on

Suggested courses to watch next:Foundations of Audio: Compression and Dynamic ProcessingLogic Pro 9 Essential TrainingAudio Mixing BootcampMixing and Mastering with Pro Tools

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 | 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 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®

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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

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