Need big gang vocals for your track but you only have one vocalist? In this article learn about a trend called the Millennial Whoop, which appears to be taking over pop music and in a video tutorial we explain a production concept we refer to as “The Room Of People Singing Happy Birthday” and show you how to get gang vocal results just like you hear in the charts today, but with a single microphone and one vocalist. This is an especially cool production technique for home studio producers.
In this video with the support of Universal Audio, Paul Drew shares his thoughts and ideas when it comes to mastering the track Thought of Love by Rooftop Renegades. In this final part in the series, Paul shows us how he uses the SSL Bus Compressor to glue to mix together then he reaches for the new Brainworx bx_masterdesk, which he uses as a “one stop” mastering processor.
Process Audio Have released their first plug-in. Sugar is a multi-band processor which adds polish, warmth, weight or sizzle and unlike some other plug-ins which offer similar processes this gets the balance between ease of use and control just about right, you could even say it hits the sweet spot between speed and control.
In this free video tutorial, brought to you with the support of Plugin Alliance, Production Expert team member Julian Rodgers continues his look at DS Thorn. A very capable synthesizer plug-in which offers a wealth of sequencing and arpeggiation options with comprehensive modulation and effects. In this second look Julian turns his attention to the filters, including the clever Harmonic Filter.
In this free video tutorial, brought to you with the support of Plugin Alliance, Production Expert team member Julian Rodgers takes a look at DS Thorn. a very capable synthesizer plug-in which offers a wealth of sequencing and arpeggiation options with comprehensive modulation and effects. In this first look Julian concentrates on the oscillators and the ways in which they offer far more options than just sawtooth and square.
Destructive phase issues caused by timing differences between mics don’t always sound obvious, and how should you go about correcting them when you have the tools? Hear the difference and see how to approach this in this free demonstration tutorial.
Here’s an excellent free tutorial video on exporting audio stems from Studio One guru Marcus Huyskens, one of the world’s leading Studio One trainers.
Learn how to recreate a convincing “ambient drum mic” track to compliment your drum mixes in your DAW using Eventide’s brilliant Tverb plug-in. In this free video tutorial we show you how to achieve this mix trick along with a technique which adds punch and energy to this “virtual drum room channel” using Eventide’s Omnipressor dynamics processor.
In this free extract from the fascinating Lifeboats series from PureMix in which 6 different engineers mix the same song, giving an unprecedented look into the difference in approach, Grammy award winning mixer Mick Guzauski illustrates the point that the simple things are the most important things.
Ever wanting to learn from a pro using iZotope RX on a real project? Well now you can. In this video produced by iZotope, watch as The Walking Dead's dialogue editor Doug Mountain shows how he used RX to clean the production sound of The Walking Dead to clean up ambient sounds like crickets, and make space for foley in the mix.
I’m a big fan of the Sonnox Dynamic EQ. it’s flexible, sounds great and the user interface just lets you get on with the job. Part of the reason why I like it so much is because dynamic EQ makes much more sense to me than multiband compression, which is limited and in most cases is difficult to use. Here are three things about the Sonnox Dynamic Eq which I think make it one of the best out there.
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.
In this free extract from the fascinating Lifeboats series from PureMix in which 6 different engineers mix the same song, giving an unprecedented look into the difference in approaches, Grammy award winning mixer Andrew Scheps uses iZotope’s Trash distortion plug-in to set up a subtle but powerful parallel treatment for the drums in “Lifeboats”.
How would you approach the recording of these drums? You’ve got 18 mics to choose from and 16 available inputs on the audio interface. The best ideas you share in the comments will be tested and included in a future Production Expert video. Let’s hear your amazing drum recording techniques!
We all learn something from seeing experienced mixers work. The approaches of different mixers varies but it is difficult to pin down exactly how much the differences in the results is down to the techniques used compared to the differences between the music being mixed.
That is the idea behind the Lifeboats Series. One track mixed by six different people. That way the differences between the results are purely differences in the mixing, Its the same track!
Mono instrument tracks are easy to deal with but they can sound a little “lifeless” in a mix. Now we all know that there are plug-ins and hardware units that can create a massive stereo image from our mono signal, but this is often at the cost of mono compatibility. I was recently switched on to a technique using Inductor based EQ that can create an interesting stereo image with no fancy plugins or M/S trickery. Let me show you how it works.
It is fairly well known that Apple would always rather you buy a computer from them as a completed system. However, this is not always the most cost effective approach for us the computer buying public. Thanks, in part of Apple making the RAM of the new Mac Mini a user serviceable upgrade you can now take advantage of after market RAM and give your machine top spec without the top spec price tag. The team at OWC show you how to upgrade the RAM in your 2018 Mac Mini.
In this premium video tutorial, Pro Tools Expert team member Julian Rodgers considers five different mechanisms employed by hardware compressors to achieve the results they do. Each method belongs to a different period of the history of the developments of audio technology and each sounds different. Hear the differences in sound in in how they work.
Using drum samples to augment your acoustic drum recordings is nothing new but sometime you just want to add some much need raw power to your mix and this is where the use of whats called one-shot samples can really help by creating a punch and consistency to the track that was perhaps missing from the original.