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By Colleen Wheeler | Wednesday, June 13, 2012

This week’s featured five: Creating, tweaking, and listening to audio

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.

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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.

By David Franz | Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Foundations of Audio: Tips for creating groove-based, rhythmic echoes

Well-timed long delays (echoes) are an excellent way to fill in part of a song’s rhythm track. Examples of echo effects can be heard in current electronic music, classic rock, reggae, and many other genres. Where would U2 be without the sound of The Edge’s delay pedals? Where would Steel Pulse be without their delayed snare hits?

The reason echo effects work so well is their ability to stay in-time (locked to the tempo of the song) and their ability to create interesting rhythms that add dimension to the overall sound of a song.

When creating delay effects with long echoes, you can define specifically when echoes are heard in rhythm with the entire song. For instance, you can set echoes to repeat every quarter note or every eighth note. Or, you can get more complicated and create a unique rhythmic pattern by placing the echoes on multiple subdivisions within the groove of the song.

By David Franz | Thursday, March 15, 2012

New Get In the Mix interactive audio exercise files

Get in the Mix downloadable exercise files in Foundations of Audio: EQ & Filers courseAs part of our focus on audio training expansion, the lynda.com audio segment is pleased to announce the release of a new type of interactive exercise file that brings the author directly inside your Digital Audio Workstation.

In all of our new Foundations of Audio courses, we are now including Get In The Mix interactive exercise files (affectionately called GITMs) that are available to all lynda.com members. GITMs are native, high-fidelity project files purpose-built for your Digital Audio Workstation (DAW). The author uses instructional video and audio tracks to walk you through the session or project, referencing listening examples in the DAW timeline. The author shows you how to effectively use digital signal processing plugins such as compressors, EQs, and delays, by leveraging the DAW’s built-in mix automation capabilities. The result is that you can watch as the authors turn the knobs and tweak the settings of plugins in your DAW in real time. Simply download the relevant GITM .ZIP file from the lynda.com website (located in the exercise files tab on the course’s page), open up the 24-bit session file in your DAW, and press play to follow along with the instructor as they demonstrate how to master a variety of audio production techniques.

GITM files are currently available for Pro Tools and Logic Pro users, and we are looking into rolling out GITM files for additional DAWs in the near future. The GITM sessions are free to any lynda.com member and include, in addition to the author-led training, musical material at the end of each session/project file in the form of practice tracks that you can experiment with on your own.

In addition to the Get in the Mix sessions that all members have access to (about 6-10 GITMs per course), Premium members of the lynda.com Online Training Library® also have access to all of the raw audio example files (WAVs) that are used throughout the GITM-equipped course. These raw audio files include listening examples and real-world audio demonstrations that illustrate production concepts, and can be imported and played within any DAW.

For those who don’t want to use the Get In The Mix files within a DAW, just watch the Foundations of Audio course movies within the lynda.com course player like normal. The course movies designated “Get in the Mix” will automatically play the author’s tutorial demonstration, and you can still stop, start, and rewind as necessary (What’s the difference in a nut shell? GITM exercise files are interactive and play in your DAW; watching the course movies designated “Get in the Mix” in the standard lynda.com player just gives you the instruction—no DAW needed.)

Here’s an example of a Get in the Mix movie from chapter four of the Foundations of Audio: Compression and Dynamic Processing GITM-equipped course:

Now—dig in, try them out, and let us know what you think of the new GITM files!

Interested in more? • All audio courses on lynda.com • All courses from Brian Lee White on lynda.com • All Logic Pro courses on lynda.com • All Pro Tools courses on lynda.com

Suggested courses to watch next:Foundations of Audio: EQ and FiltersFoundations of Audio: Delay and ModulationFoundations of Audio: Compression and Dynamic Processing

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 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®

By Joe Randeen | Wednesday, February 10, 2010

In the lynda.com studio: Scott Hirsch

Scott Hirsch working on his upcoming title in a lynda.com recording booth.

Last week we had the pleasure of Scott Hirsch joining us in the lynda.com studio to record a Logic Pro 9 course. Scott is a sound designer, editor and mixer for film and video, musician, and audio engineer. His credits include audio post production work on films like the Sundance Film Festival 2010 short The Visitors, and recording, mixing, composing, and playing with bands such as The Family Band, Hiss Golden Messanger, and The Amateurs. In addition, he’s taught at audio engineering schools and is a certified Digidesign and Apple audio instructor and authored the book, Pro Tools 7 Session Secrets: Professional Recipes for High-Octane Results (Wiley), Scott truly has passion for audio/music and that clearly came across when I sat down and talked to him about his work.

Scott and I shared about that moment in our history when we knew first realized what we wanted to do in life.

“The moment I overdubbed my first track, I knew I was hooked,” said Scott. For me it was very similar: It was the first time I tracked in the studio. Scott and I both cut our teeth on tape. It’s wild to think how different it would have been, had we access to the power of tools like Logic, as we do today. Not only is Logic a powerful DAW (digital audio workstation) but it is an amazing song creation tool.

Scott is a very talented instructor and I anticipate that there will be quite a number of those moments from members watching this upcoming tutorial, in addition to a few potential ah-ha! moments from those already familiar with Logic. His nine-plus years of teaching digital audio have brought indispensable knowledge and boundless creativity to his students. I found his enthusiasm and knowledge infectious. When I got home after our talk, I couldn’t help but fire up Logic and take a look at some of topics he had been recording that day in the studio.

Keep an eye open for Scott’s new titles coming out soon.

Senior Training Producer Kirk Werner, Scott Hirsch, Acquisitions Manager/Audio Joe Randeen.

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