Antares has released Auto-Tune Access, making vocal tuning more accessible, easier to use, and less expensive, than ever before. When I first saw a demo of this at NAMM I had my suspicions that this was too good to be true. After all, how accurate can it be when there are literally just two controls, with three settings each? After testing it out, I have to say that the results are simply stunning. I don’t know how they’ve tweaked their detection and processing algorithms, but this thing just works!
Deciding how long a reverb tail to use in your mixes encompasses a lot of variables. What is the tempo of the song? How busy are the parts? Are there a lot of open spaces between phrases, or are they densely packed together? Do you want to convey a sense of an intimate closer space, or a larger distant space? These are just some of the considerations that play an important role in communicating the intended emotion of the music. In this video I use Logic’s ChromaVerb with tempo synced decay and pre-delay values, to create a lush enveloping reverb on a lead vocal focused pop ballad.
Neyrinck have announced that there is an update of their V-Control Pro software which brings support for Avid’s legacy Pro Control and Control 24 control surfaces to more DAWs.
With over fifteen years of experience touring and recording with some of the biggest names in rock, Christian Matthew Cullen has brought his not inconsiderable experience, as a performer and sound programmer, to the table and created a pack of twenty channel strip presets for Logic’s Vintage B3 Organ, for both Logic and MainStage.
Vienna Symphonic Library have a great special on until the end of March 2019 on their Synchron libraries. They are offering a discount of up to 35% on their entire collection of Synchron Series products. Including, strings, brass, percussion, piano, and drum libraries. The current special includes eleven products in total. They also offer “Synchron-ized” libraries, containing re-edited samples from their Vienna Instruments series, customized and mapped for the new Synchron Player.
In this video, sponsored by SynchroArts, you can see how a few simple mouse clicks in VocAlign Project auto aligns dub tracks with a guide track. In this case, I used the lead vocal as the timing reference to correct the phrasing of the harmonies, which were originally recorded along with another lead vocal take that had different phrasing.
n this video, sponsored by Universal Audio, I have Montreal session drummer Jean Nadeau in my studio to lay down some drum tracks. We set up sends on the five drum mics to Aux 1, using Ocean Ways Studio reverb and Oxide Tape. And then to Aux 2, using the Neve 33609 and Elysia Mpressor for a drum crush bus. Both Aux channels are printed to Logic Pro X independently of the five drum tracks.
Creating compelling chord charts is not something limited to the select few Logic gurus blessed with score editor chops. You don’t need to be a notation expert to put together nice looking lead sheets.
In this video, I’m going to show you a fun little workflow that allows you to create interesting and original bass sounds quickly and simply, with minimal fuss.
Universal Audio’s Century Tube Channel Strip is the perfect first step in getting a warm and fluid brush sound. Close drum mics don’t generally need as much gain as quieter sources like acoustic guitars, or even vocals. This is the perfect scenario to take advantage of the Century Tube Channel Strip’s gain staging. Engaging the pad and then boosting the Level knob results in a nice thick warm tone. Combine this with a nice steep low mid roll off and a subtle 10k boost in the EQ section, along with a few dB of sweet vintage opto compression and you are halfway towards your final drum sound. Add on Universal Audio’s Pure Plate reverb, and you’ve got a sound with real personality and vintage charm.
One of the many features, I think, that makes this phaser particularly remarkable is its ability to have the all-pass filters react to a variety of sources other than the usual LFO shape(s) most phasers use. Here I'll explore its ability to have the all-pass filters react to the envelope from an external signal.
In this video, brought to you by Universal Audio, my buddy Morey Richman and I are going to look at recording three separate 12/8 based guitar parts in the same song. Each part uses the Suhr PT 100 guitar amp in Unison mode, along with the Korg SDD 3000 delay plug-in.
Preference Manager is a fantastic little free app from a company called Digital Rebellion. It does exactly what the name implies. It allows you to backup and manage your Logic (and Pro Tools) preferences.
Apple has released a new update to Logic Pro X. Version 10.4.4 fixes the recent bug where auto backups were not being created as expected. There are other under the hood bug fixes as well.
One of the endearing and ubiquitous qualities of Rhodes sounds is the ability to use the tremolo knob to pan the sound from side to side. We’ve heard it on a million records and love it. It creates a nice wide moving stereo spatial effect that adds a sheen of polish and sophistication to the sound. For an interesting variation, why not modulate the reverb’s position in the stereo field instead of the source?
During the month of January, Creationauts is offering an exclusive 25% discount off the regular price to Logic Pro Expert readers. Instead of $39.99, you get it for $29.99. If you want to try it out first there is a full featured trial version available.
In this video, brought to you with the support of Universal Audio, my buddy Morey Richman and I put the Suhr SE 100 guitar amp and the EP-34 Tape Echo to work on a couple of guitar parts. Each with subtly unique and colorful tape delay settings. Combined they create a thick and rich unique sounding guitar tone.
Would you like to be able to use older Digidesign control surfaces to control Logic Pro X, Cubase or Nuendo? You maybe able to quite soon We have news from Neyrinck that should make this possible.
The thing I probably record the most these past years, however, is my own voice. Doing VOs for the various videos I do here and for groove3. And after years of trying various mics of varying pedigrees, I have settled on the humble Audio Technica 4040. If I had to choose just one mic, this would be it. Not just because it suits my voice better than all my others, but it also seems to be a general all-around good sounding mic that is usable in most situations I throw at it.
With all the virtual flyers reaching our inboxes every day, it can be difficult to block out the “noise”, and zero in on what might be of real value to us. So we thought it might be fun to ask each of the logic pro expert team to choose a single plug-in that they can’t (or wouldn’t want to) live without. In other words, to cut through to the bone of what is really important to each of us. Perhaps that might be of value to you as you are contemplating your own potential purchase choices?
UJAM has just released a line of virtual bassists. Mellow, Royal, and Rowdy. As with their virtual guitarists and drummers, these instruments ship with a fantastic library of phrases in a variety of styles that can easily conform to your own chord progressions. And, as with their other instruments, they are designed to get a variety of tones with minimal fuss. UJAM have sure got the right formula for striking the balance between complexity and ease of use. Which is no small feat! They provide just the right amount of detail. Too much, and it becomes daunting to understand. Too little, and it’s dismissed as a toy. With these, we get a library of fantastic sounding tweak-able grooves. Plus something new!
Creationauts have given us a fantastic tool with LPX Colorizer. It can be used to subtly enhance the look of Logic without changing it completely. Of course, it can change it completely too, if that’s what you want to do with it. But the more I use this app, the more I realize that I appreciate the ability to add highlight and contrast to make different elements in the GUI stand out better, without changing the overall look of Logic.
In this video, sponsored by Universal Audio, we look at using the Lexicon 480L on a pop vocal duet. Using Lexicons Random Spaces algorithm, we use the Lexicon’s unique pre-echo, spin, and wander controls to work to craft a unique and compelling vocal space to help the vocals sit nicely in a relatively dense arrangement.
Apple has just released version 10.4.3 of Logic Pro X, as well as a GarageBand update; bringing it to version 10.3.2.