For 4 weeks we are running a community tip competition again as we have 4 very special silver iLoks to give away. So far we have selected two winners, Gadi Raz for a clever Applescript to delete muted clips and Marco Bernado for working out a way of exporting Pro Tools First sessions into Pro Tools. You have been continuing to send in your tips and so here is another selection of them.
Parallel Processing Workflow - William Bowser
What I like to do when I'm parallel processing a track is first do my normal eq and compression if needed. I then put two tracks into my session. These two tracks are my parallel track and my main track buss for said instrument/sound (guitar main buss, string main buss, vox main buss etc.).
Next you put the actual track between the two new tracks so that it shows the main buss, the track and the parallel track (which you should name xxx parallel).
Now make the buss tracks output the same as the track output. Now you need to remove the output of the instrument track (the one you stuck in between the buss and the parallel) and make it go into the buss track on its left.
Next make the parallel track do the same thing by also making go into the buss track on the left. Finally make the output of the instrument track go into the parallel track.
Now when you hit play the instrument/vocal will be loud and that's fine because next you're going to solo all three tracks. Now do your parallel processing as needed on the parallel track and adjust it louder or lower as needed. Now if you look at your buss track it is louder dB/RMS wise then when you started so what you do here is lower it to match the tracks volume that you can visually see.
When you compare them you will have all the benefits of the processed track and parallel track with the added "umph" but at the same volume as you initially intended for the original track (adjust by ear as needed from the buss track of course). Thats my cool track trick for perfect parallel processing!
Plugin Tricks - Russell Featherstone
Here's a couple of my favourite tips that impact mixes;
- Using Slate Revival on an Aux, put shimmer to full and blend with a vocal / voiceover - adds clarity and presence. Thickness and shimmer can also be blended on separate Aux's on the full mix.
- Using a combination of Waves Centre and Izotope Ozone can really help a mix - I like to HP filter the sides removing rumble and bring mono audio more centre with the imager.
- Effects - using an HP filter 600Hz and a LP filter 10kHz helps effects blend better in a mix
Moving Rooms - Mikko Saarinen
Whilst listening your mix on your monitors, try standing in another room. I have found that this has given me some nice perspective during many mixes.
- Working "fast", or switching to another task or song, helps you out if you feel like you've gotten stuck with the material.
- I like to mix sometimes while standing, makes me feel the mix . . also its easier to dance to it, if it really rocks.
Robotic Voice Effect - Brian Bauer
If your looking for a robotic voice, that feels almost like artificial intelligence, you can layer different flange and distortion or guitar effects. What I've found works well to really give it that mechanical sound is quickly highlight and delete space between phrases once your other effects and alignment are finished. Then adjust the end of each clip to give it a varying gated feel so that each one feels right for that phrase.
At the end if the decay of a phrase is just not dropping out right or you hear the click of the transition from the clip to silence you can put a positive audio (log) tapered fade then go into the fade editor and manually adjust the curve of the fade with your mouse to make it more effective for the clip. Using the appropriate shortcuts you can accomplish all this fairly quickly.
The first time I used this on a voice that had been recorded on a phone with some breath and signal to noise issues. I did the edit in less than 30 minutes, effects and all with no template.
What Do I Need To Do To Try And Win A Silver iLok?
- Send us your tips and tricks that help you in your productions. Use the Contact Us page please.
- Take a look at the community tips that are on the site to see the kind of thing we are looking for, and also to make sure we haven't covered the tip already.
- Each week we will pick out one winner for the next 2 weeks as we only have 4 iLoks and 2 have been won already.