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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 David Niles White | Friday, July 23, 2010

New Creative Inspirations documentary highlights the career of DEVO’s Mark Mothersbaugh

Put on your yellow hazmat suit, strap on your energy dome, and listen up, spuds!

OK, if the last sentence didn’t make any sense, then you missed being part of DEVO’s following. But it’s never too late.

Our latest Creative Inspirations documentary installment, Mark Mothersbaugh, Music Composer, tunes in to one of the founders of the alternative band DEVO. Mark is also a very talented music composer for film, television, and games. We hook up with Mark at Mutato Muzika, the round, bright green building on Sunset Boulevard in West Hollywood, to talk about his life from the de-evolution days, to the 70 films he’s scored, to the new DEVO album—their first in over 20 years. Meet key members of the Mutato family that do everything from write orchestrations for 100-piece orchestras and manage the extensive collection of Mark’s art that is exhibited all over the world.

It’s a unique opportunity to go behind the scenes and meet one of Hollywood’s enduring artistic talents.

By Joe Randeen | Sunday, January 17, 2010

Learn FX send-return in Pro Tools 8

A common way for audio engineers to route effects is via the track’s send output into a common FX return channel. This send-return relationship allows the mixer to share a single effect with multiple tracks, especially ideal for time-based effects like reverb and delay. Plus, it saves on DSP by using fewer plug-ins and sharing effects. Historically, when people wanted to add reverb or echo effects to their mix, they would generally do so by having some sort of echo chamber or a room where they would play a track out of a speaker and then record it at the other end with a microphone.

Using Pro Tools 8 in the studio.

From the course Pro Tools 8: Mixing and Mastering, Brian White shows us how to use this send-return relationship in conjunction with FX in chapter 2, Working with the Pro Tools Mixer > Using sends and creating FX returns. This is a critical skill for Pro Tools users and Brian clearly explains how to master it, including how to best configure the effect plug-in, and how to listen to a preview to make sure the mix is what you want.

By Crystal McCullough | Thursday, July 16, 2009

Pro Tools 8 Essential Training unveils key recording and editing techniques

Pro Tools 8 Essential Training unveils the inner workings of the industry-standard software for music and post-production. Musician, producer, and educator David Franz demonstrates all the concepts and techniques necessary for recording, editing, mixing, and mastering in Avid’s Pro Tools 8. He teaches how to create music with virtual instruments and plug-ins, edit with elastic audio for time and pitch manipulation, create a musical score, and mix with effects loops. This course can help any music producer, sound engineer, or hobbyist become proficient in Pro Tools 8.

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