In this free tutorial, brought to you with the support of Avid, Pro Tools Expert team member Julian Rodgers shows his favourite tricks he’s learned while using the Avid Dock.
Backing vocals often get lost in the mix, an easy way to represent them without increasing the volume is to spread them into the edges of the stereo field. In this example we’ve got 4 backing vocals, bused to a sub mix, two of which are panned hard left and right. These sound reasonable enough but they could do we some extra stereo reach to sit better in the mix. This is easily achieved with the S1’s Width control.
In a new format we are producing videos offering tips and solutions to common problems in under a minute. In this free video tutorial we show you how easy it is to accurately measure the tempo of audio in Pro Tools.
In this free video tutorial, brought to you with the support of Waves, we show you how to shape the dynamics of your lead vocal tracks in seconds using dual compression in Waves MV2 Plug-in. In a previous video I showed you a way to mix your lead vocal tracks with two compressor plug-ins, Waves CLA-2A & CLA-76, in this video we show you an alternative way to dual compressor your vocals using this, waves MV2.
In a new format we are producing videos offering tips and solutions to common problems in under a minute. In this free video tutoria we show you how easy it is to create reverse reverb using an AudioSuite plug-in.
In this video we demonstrate this popular vocal mix trick on a lead vocal track in which some of the notes in the performers lower register sink beneath the density of the mix where their loud notes poke out too much. Learn how two compressors together can really help to “spread the loud”
No sound from Pro Tools on your Mac? Here are somethings to try to get things working, in under a minute.
The Pro Tools Dock acts as a very worthwhile, tactile extension of the free iOS PT | Control app and how, once you have understood that the Dock and the app are inseparable parts of the same system, the whole concept makes far more sense. Find out more in the first of a series of tutorials brought to you with the support of Avid on the Pro Tools Dock.
I’d like to see a show of hands… Who uses Waves H-Delay? It’s a personal favourite of mine - I’ve yet to find a better plug-in for delay. There are those types of mixes when reverb seems to do more harm than good, especially on lead vocal tracks as medium to long reverb tails can quickly “blur the lines” of definition within the bigger picture of the mix. A fantastic alternative to use instead, or with a small blend of reverb, is delay as you can stamp a subtle tone or shimmer to a lead vocal without the effects bloating out the mix. We show you how in this quick tip video.
Hawkeye from SPL is a comprehensive metering plugin which offers unique features like bit-depth analysis and high frequency monitoring.
In this free video tutorial, brought to you with the support of Plugin Alliance, Pro Tools Expert team member Julian Rodgers uses the bit monitor in Hawkeye to demonstrate how bit depth changes through the Pro Tools mixer.
In this premium video tutorial, Pro Tools Expert team member Julian Rodgers looks the new 304E and 304C plug-ins from Avid. These are cosmetic updates for the old Joe Meek plug-ins. They sound the same, have the same controls and in sessions using one of the old green plug-ins these should be substituted to give the same sounds as before.
The Louder Than Liftoff Chop Shop EQ is a simple, powerful EQ which combines a high and low pass EQ with a tilt style focus filter as well as some other tricks. In this free video tutorial, brought to you with the support of Plugin Alliance, Pro Tools Expert team member Julian Rodgers uses the Lo-Rider feature of Chop Shop to add weight to the kick drum in a session.
Typically when working with multiple instances of console emulation plug-ins we work through a mix on a track-by-track basis only viewing one set of EQ controls at a time, not anymore. The bucket view in Waves CLA MixHub enables us to view up to 8 channels at a time making EQ in plug-in form feel more realist and true to analog console workflows of old.
In this premium video tutorial, Pro Tools Expert team member Julian Rodgers looks at pre and post roll, an essential feature of Pro Tools which makes tracking faster and easier. With these techniques you can take hands on control of your pre and post roll settings. Find out more in the video tutorial.
30 bands of EQ? Surely that’s overkill? Watch this free video to hear how Waves GEQ CLassic quickly improves the overall tonality of a dull sounding mix. Does Waves GEQ have some of that mix bus magic we’ve been looking for in this series??? Watch and find out…
In this premium video tutorial our resident loudness guru Mike Thornton takes us through how to use the the TC Electronic LM1n loudness metering plug-in. The advantages of the LM1n is that it doesn’t take up much screen real estate and the LM1n’s simpler display also makes it ideal for multi-skilled staff and for use in other sectors like mastering for music streaming and albums.
The Louder Than Liftoff Chop Shop EQ is a simple, powerful EQ which combines a high and low pass EQ with a tilt style focus filter as well as some other tricks. In this free video tutorial, brought to you with the support of Plugin Alliance, Pro Tools Expert team member Julian Rodgers uses the Chop Shop to bracket and thicken the guitars in a session, controlling the high end while adding a little weight to the bottom end.