Have you ever asked “what exactly is Dolby Atmos? or “how do mixers learn to produce content in the format? If you have then The Dolby Institute, in partnership with the Conservatory of Recording Arts and Sciences, has launched the first free online training curriculum focused on Dolby Atmos.
EDM or Electronic Dance Music is not a style we cover often on Pro Tools Expert. Luckily the team Slate Slate Digital has produced a very cool free tutorial showing you how to use Slate's Virtual Mix Rack (VMR) in EDM mixing. Steven Slate takes us through an in the box mix of a club track and shows us some ideas to add depth, warmth, and fatness to the track using Slate Digital plug-ins.
In this final free video tutorial in the series, James and Steve talk about editing your multi-track session where the tracks contain playlists. This is an area of editing that is full of potential pain points. Following the steps that Steve lays out will help you avoid the potential pitfalls when the artist or producer says "Can I just cut the 3rd verse."
In part 5 of this free video tutorial series, James and Steve talk about how to keep your session tidy and how to prepare it for transit to another mixer. They talk about how Steve would expect to find unwanted or un-used tracks and how you can use the Track Comments box to leave notes for whoever is next to work on the track.
In part 4 of this free video tutorial series, Steve Genewick and James Ivey discuss tuning and how to make sure your tuned vocal and instrumental part stay locked to their processing partner software. Steve shares some of his best practices when it comes to moving files in Pro Tools with Autotune or Melodyne attributes.
There is a bit of a theme running through all these free video tutorials with Steve Genewick and James Ivey, and that is always assume that someone else is going to work on your session. You will be hearing this mantra a lot in these videos. James and Steve start off by discussing track labelling and some best-practice ideas for how to make your DAW session (in this case Pro Tools) as agile as possible with some tips that will make your working life easier.
Soundly, which is a cloud-based sound effects library and management tool has revolutionised the audio courses at The Los Angeles Film School, enabling the students to have a much bigger pool of sound effects, and be much more creative when working on their projects, as well as having access to sound effects when now at school.
In this video, the third in the series for Production Expert, Technical Editor James Ivey continues his drum kit recording course by adding 3 more mics to his recording set up.
The Women's Audio Mission are running WAMCon 2017 hosted by iZotope on November 3rd and 4th 2017 in Boston. WAMCon is an interactive recording arts conference for women where you will learn to record, mix, produce and master from the best in the business featuring immersive workshops with top women music producers, engineers, and podcast professionals like Susan Rogers (Prince), Leanne Ungar (Leonard Cohen), Chiquita Paschal (Gimlet Media) and more!
Slate Digital's Marketing Director Sean Halley leads you through a feature-length tutorial mixing a full pop production using plug-ins from the Slate Digital Everything bundle.
In this free tutorial for Pro Tools Expert, Technical Editor James Ivey talks about some of his tips and tricks for getting a great recorded acoustic guitar sound even when you have limited equipment.
In this free video tutorial for Pro Tools Expert, with the support of Universal Audio, Technical Editor James Ivey gets back to an old school way of working using the Universal Audio Apollo Twin MK2 and with the help of Singer-Songwriter Richard James Poll. Our James Ivey tries to record and mix a song in one take committing everything you are hearing to "tape" in just one pass with no overdubs and no mixing. I chose the processing for both the guitar and vocal along with two different reverbs and sticks to those choices, just like recording engineers of old.
In this free tutorial from our friends at Universal Audio, Daniel Keller looks at some of the mix issues we can fix using our ears and good old fashioned EQ.In the never-ending quest for the perfect mix, EQ is one of the oldest tools we have, and still one of the most powerful. Used in moderation, EQ can add clarity and definition to a crowded soundscape. Used with precision, it can remove offending sounds we wish we hadn’t captured. As a strategic tool, a bit of EQ can make all the difference needed to separate duelling guitars, scoop the mud from your drums or make a vocal shine.
In this free tutorial from Production Expert, Eli Krantzberg shows you how to get the very best from the new McDSP 6034 Ultimate Multi-Band Compressor.
Following our coverage of the Women's Audio Mission, based over in the San Francisco Bay area offering great opportunities for women to get into audio and tech sectors, we are very pleased to tell you about the #NormalNotNovelty initiative from Red Bull Studios, which is a series of female-only workshops they have been developing over the last 8 months, will tour the UK this September.
The Women's Audio Mission has just opened a new training facility in Oakland California. It is hoped that this new space will serve over 3,000 young woman and girls by 2020. Find out what WAM is doing in the San Francisco area, how brands like Audient are helping them and how you could get involved too.