With Black Friday around the corner, we are all no doubt salivating at the prospect of plentiful new inexpensive plug-ins to slap across all our Logic tracks in the hopes that a new shade of lipstick will make our music beautiful. It’s a rabbit hole we all fall down to some degree or another.
I’d like to share with you an article I recently wrote with some mixing tips that start from a different perspective. Rather than looking at each track as a raw unfinished piece of the puzzle waiting to be painted and made up before the whole can be considered complete, top-down mixing takes a less is more approach. It’s a different mindset where we try and use as little additional processing as necessary. rather than trying to use as much as possible.
We see lots of articles on compression techniques and feature lists for both hardware and software refer to a blend mode or a control to mix the compressed signal with the dry signal as parallel or “New York” compression. The idea of parallel compression is that a blend of the sustain of the compressed signal and the attack of the dry signal combine in manner to give a result that is the best attributes of both signals. Prior to boxes with a dedicated parallel function, the technique to do this was to “mult” (split) the signals, and then mix them back together again on separate console strips. It is widely accepted that this technique was first used in one or more reknown studios in New York. The problem is that it isn’t authentic New York compression, there’s a missing detail that makes all the difference.
Trackpads are great in that they do so much more than a simple mouse does. You can use gestures with different combinations of multiple fingers to pinch, tap, scroll, & swipe. AudioSwift 2 is an app that enhances these basic functions, optimizing them for use as a control surface with various DAWs, including Logic Pro X. If you don’t have an iPad Pro or a Slate Raven, you can still join the party and participate in the tactile world of touch control!
Us Logic Pro X users are a disparate bunch. We come in all types, sizes, shapes, genders, and musical persuasions. But we all have one thing in common. We are all hostages in a grayscale universe, captives in our colorless paradise ruled by Apple. We all desire more color in our digital lives. Welcome LPX Colorizer from Creationauts
e-Instruments has come up with a sample set for the classic 1974 Wurlitzer electric pianos. And in case you are wondering, yes; it feels great to play! Weighing in at a solid 4.5GB, Session Keys Electric W is more than just a stunning sample set. Like their other keyboards, there are two sample sets to choose from. In this case, one is sampled from the instrument’s direct output. The other is captured from the instruments built-in speakers and recorded with various microphones.
I was pleasantly surprised to find an assortment from their huge library of offerings. The content includes very inspiring apple loops, regular wav or aif loops, one-shots, and multi-samples. Many can easily be used for inspiration or as the jumping off point to creating various styles of modern EDM.
It’s much easier to fire up Logic, or whatever your DAW of choice is, and play around with some new plug-ins than thinking about the larger questions that are constantly there in the background. Nagging away at us, even if we are not really consciously aware of them. The more time we spend denying these realities, the more time we waste not being our best creative selves and getting the most out of the time we put in in front of our workstations.
Logic Pro Expert Contributor, Chris Vandeviver, reviews the newest offering from innovative upstart Mastering the Mix. In this review, Chris examines Animate, a unique plugin that takes expansion to a whole new level.
Groove From Mars is a comprehensive free collection of midi groove templates from 25 of the world's most legendary drum machines and sequencers. With these grooves, you'll be able to quantize your midi clips with the unique feel that each of these machines has to offer.
Do you use an audio interface with a talkback button? Save your button pushing energy for more important tasks with this free plug-in. Muteomatic from SoundRadix does the Talkback button pressing for you!
Eventide has released the SP2016 reverb plug-in, based on their hardware model released in the 80’s. The hardware unit was one of pro audio’s first rack-mount multi-effects processors This newly released plug-in version features great sounding rooms and plates. See it in action as we put it to work in Logic on various tracks.
Fellow colleague and sometime logic-pro-expert contributor Edgar Rothermitch has just released his latest GEM (graphically enhanced manual) covering the recent Logic Pro X 10.4.2 update. For those of you living under a Logic rock who may not be familiar with his work, Edgar simply does the absolute best third party manuals on the planet.
We’ve been getting reports of some issues with how Logic Pro 10.4.2 implements the ARA2 protocol, some may consider it a bug, others not, however if you are not careful you may lose hours of work.
ARA , or Audio Random Access, has been around for several years. Logic users were always on the outside looking in, while users of Studio One, & Sonar were enjoying the party. Logic users are now finally invited. Our invitation has arrived with the release of Melodyne 4.2 by Celemony.
The new smart tempo multitrack sets have a feature whereby you can exclude specific tracks in the set from contributing to the tempo analysis. There seems to be a bug with this feature though. Check out this free video to see the workaround.
Apple has just released Logic Pro X v. 10.4.2. Version 10.4.1 was a rapid response release, focused primarily on squashing bugs introduced in version 10.4. This new version is a bona fide update, replete with new features as well as bug fixes and workflow enhancements. Learn all about it here!
Groove3 viewer David Zarzecki contacted me with a really nice tip involving Logic and EZ Keys. Learn how to playback the EZ Keys song track through other instruments in Logic without having to export.
Ever wonder how different the Logic Compressor models really are? Mastering engineer Holger Lagerfeldt decided to answer that question. His findings are now available in a succinct, yet in-depth PDF.
Here’s something that is 100% transparent, uses almost 0 CPU and in certain cases, can save you hundreds of dollars in repairs, downtime and even worse, hearing damage. Cerberus Audio Ice9 Automute is instanciated on one’s master bus and acts as if one had fuses installed in one’s studio monitors.
Each member of the Logic-Pro-Expert team offers a bit of insight on which interface they currently use with Logic Pro X. Whether you are shopping right now, curious about what key features may become something you’d want in the future or just keeping track on what’s available out there, this article is sure to provide some interesting and useful information.
Our friends at PureMix produce lots of excellent content for Pro Tools users. In their new Jumpstart series they are giving a little extra love to the Logic Pro X community.
In this exclusive pureMix.net Quickstart Series, Logic Pro X Expert, Scott Griffin, guides you from the first time you open the program through to using powerful features such as flex time and flex pitch.
Just imagine you can have the power of 1073 EQ’s with the SCHEP 73 emulations throughout your entire mix. Gotta love that!.
We had a Logic related question come in recently from listener George Majerus via the pro tools expert podcast. It’s a subject that I’ve seen come up over and over in various forums and discussions. Thank you, George, for asking about time stamps and bouncing in mono. Let’s explore the answers: