One of my resolutions for 2019 was to make more music and thus far it’s all going rather well. One of my new projects is with our very own Paul Drew of Studio One Expert. Paul and I have been working together on a couple of tracks with bass player Dan Hawkins and on a recent session, we had a true 21st Century production epiphany. We discovered a means of working together that is almost as good as being in the same room at the same time. Let me explain.
Chord Composer from Intuitive Audio is a chord generator plug-in which allows you to create fully customizable chord progressions, based on varying amounts of input from the user. It’s part chord progression “generator” and part chord progression “builder”. In this video, I test it out to see how it works in terms of the different ways it can generate chord patterns and rhythms based on varying degrees of user input.
Are you a singer, but not an instrumentalist and been frustrated with your ability to make music. Well hope may be at had. There is a kickstarter campaign for a product called the Dubler Studio Kit which was fully funded to the tune of £40,000 in less than one hour. In this article we look at how it works and how it could help you in your music making.
In this video, sponsored by SynchroArts, I’ll show you one of the ways I like to work in Warp Mode to correct not only sibilance but other problems with unpitched audio like breaths and harsh consonants. You can fly through a track in minutes cleaning up and polishing a vocal. removing, or better yet, attenuating, all sorts of unintended audio artifacts.
Last week Emma talked about developments to EQ the gender imbalance in the film industry. It’s no secret that there is a gender gap in the tech side of the music industry as well. Women make up just 5% to 7% of audio engineers and producers, according to reports by the Audio Engineering Society. Some organizations report numbers as low as 3%. That is a lot of ground to make up, however, I’m feeling inspired and optimistic. Here’s why…
The MIDI Manufacturers Association (MMA) and the Japanese MIDI association AMEI have been working behind the scenes on the next gen MIDO protocols and have announced that they have finalised the core features and name for the next generation MIDI protocol: MIDI 2.0.
Next time you use one or a combination of these common DAW features we’ve listed in this article just remember how lucky we are these days to have such great tools at our disposal. The aspirations of audio engineers back in the analogue recording era really did help pave the way for the features we rely on and take from granted in our DAWs today.
Primarily, I’d use the original Insight in post production and mastering. I might refer to it from time to time for mixing, but not as often as in other cases. This has changed with Insight 2, as the suite provides several improvements that make it a killer companion for mixing duties for me. In this article I will outline its killer features…
Synchro Arts has launched Revoice Pro 4, which they claim to be the ultimate toolbox for timing and pitch adjustment, with over 70 new features and improvements over the previous version.
This podcast extra interview was recorded at the press launch of the new Universal Audio Apollo x series of interfaces held at the stunning AIR studios in London. James Ivey say down with producer, engineer and owner of Flux studios in New York City, Fab Dupont to talk about his roll in the event, the new Universal Audio Apollo x range and a string of other music and recording related subjects, like, “Why are the drum room mics outside the booth”?
RX 7 is here, there is no more waiting. RX 7 Advanced has new Dialogue Contour and Dialog De-reverb modules, new AudioSuite plug-ins and multi-channel support up to Dolby Atmos 7.1.2. RX 7 Standard has new machine learning powered features like Music Rebalance and Repair Assistant and RX Elements gets a streamlined version of Repair Assistant. We have exclusive demos and you can find out we think of iZotope’s latest release of RX.
iZotope today has released RX Post Production Suite 3, a bundle which includes two brand-new product updates, RX 7 Advanced and the long-awaited Insight 2, as well as Neutron 2 Advanced, RX Loudness Control, and bonus content from Pro Sound Effects and Groove3.
If you are happy to keep restating modern music production cliches you might want to do your homework first.
If your experience with audio processors is mainly using plug-ins, it can be a challenge when you encounter an analog hardware device. There's no menu full of one-size-fits-all, celebrity engineer presets to get you started. The truth is if you want to grow as an engineer you're better off without presets. It forces you to jump into uncomfortable territory, do some research and use your ears to make decisions about what you like, or don't like, and if it works, or doesn't in any given situation. In this feature, we're going to explore hardware advantages and dig into the workings and setup of the revered 1176 compressor.
The studio patch bay is where the signal flow is born, or dies - your patches have the power to make or break the session. But fear not! Understanding all those inputs and outputs and how they work together is a formidable undertaking but the tips in this free tutorial will help cut through the confusion and put you in good shape the next time you navigate difficult signal flows.
Learn how Production Expert team member Kevin Becka chose to mic up a vintage drum kit with a combination of great vintage mics together with some modern mics. Listen to the great sound he was able to capture in Blackbird's Iconic Studio A ISO 3.
This is a series of 5 videos produced for Avid, Giles Martin the award-winning music producer, composer and arranger in his own right, as well as the son of the legendary 5th Beatle and producer Sir George Martin, talks about what it takes to be a producer, working on a Cirque du Soleil and Beatles spectacular, remixing The Beatles, working on the Grammy-award winning documentary movie, ‘The Beatles: Eight Days a Week: The Touring Years’ and producing Paul McCartney.
Not got a lot of time but want to learn something new? Then In this article, we have 7 more great 2 minute tips from iZotope including Adding Impact by Removing Mix Elements; Pan Background Vocals with Visual Mixer; Make Beats Sound Lo-Fi; Use a High Pass Filter to Shape Low End; Add Transient Power to Snares; Enhance Bass Guitar and Cut Through the Mix with Distortion. At 2 minutes each these are just the ticket for a busy engineer.
There is currently a massive buzz around the new microphone modelling platforms, and like it or loth it, mic modelling or virtual microphones are here to stay. We take a look at the latest offering from the team at Antelope Audio to find out if you can use nothing but their microphone modelling platform in a studio recording session.