By Joe Randeen | Thursday, March 11, 2010
I first got to know Scott a number of months back when he and I started to work out the details of the Logic Pro 9 Essential Training course. Up until the time that he came out to our studios, we had never met in person. Phone, instant message, and email was it.
During this time, it quickly became apparent that Scott was not new to training. In fact, he’s been teaching on audio/DAW subjects for 10 years now. He’s extremely adept at conveying the essentials as well as putting them into practical applications.
By Joe Randeen | Wednesday, February 10, 2010
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.
By Joe Randeen | Sunday, January 17, 2010
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 Joe Randeen | Thursday, January 7, 2010
Judging by the sales numbers I’ve read about all over the web, quite a few of you got iPhones this Christmas. There are a ton of ‘fun’ things you can do with your iPhone; there are apps galore and more coming every day.
Here’s the part I have to remind myself not to forget: It’s a PHONE.
One of the first things I did when I got mine last year was to create some custom ringtones. By creating different ringtones for individuals and groups of people, I can easily identify who is calling without having to look at the display screen. This is especially helpful when driving or when I am just too lazy to get off the couch to get the phone.
You can purchase ringtones via iTunes, but creating them is not all that difficult. In theiTunes 9 Essential Training tutorial above, Garrick Chow shows us how to create our own custom ringtones. After you watch this video, go back and watch the entire course and get to know the power within iTunes 9. Let us know what you think.
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