Archive for July, 2009

Mixing Audio: Concepts, Practices And Tools

July 30, 2009 Leave a comment

mixing-audio-bookI’ve been feeling kind of bad ever since the negative post I made about Ableton’s Live. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t like that software, but I figured I needed to say something good about the stuff I actually do like.

Mixing Audio: Concepts, Practices, And Tools

I’ve read many recording, mixing, editing types of books and I can honestly say this book is the best I’ve read so far. He goes into the details of mixing basically with a fine tooth comb. Nothing is left out that I’ve seen.

It even comes with a DVD to illustrate what he means by subjects like standing waves, flutter echo, and many other ideas that baffles most new producers and engineers.

The DVD has a bunch of different mixes of the same audio files that I found particularly fastenating. I’m not finished with it yet, but from chapter one to nine at least it’s been a really good experience.

There’s a lot in there that I already knew, but there was so much more that I didn’t.

The next book I’m going to read is Bruce Swedien’s autobiography.

Propellerhead’s Reason 4

July 30, 2009 Leave a comment

propellerhead-reasonTrying to pick which instrument is my favorite in Reason is a real challenge. One week it’s Dr. Rex and the next it’s Malstrom. Then, I start thinking about why I like Thor so much and it gets me thinking about Redrum, Subtracter, and NN-XT.

Is there anything not to like about Reason?

In the 90’s people used to say the same thing about Appetite For Destruction by Guns ‘n Roses. They used to say they had a new favorite track every week. I believe I can say the same thing about Reason. True, the sequencer could stand upgrading, but all in all, it’s one superb piece of software.

Dr. Rex plays samples like notes after you run them through Recycle. That gives you thousands of instrument and sound possibilities.

It makes me wonder what the next version is going to be like. They’ll probably redo the sequencer part, which is needed, but how can they improve on the racks modules they have right know? It’s going to be super creative to beat what they have now.

Categories: Editing, Recording

Sony’s Acid Software

July 29, 2009 Leave a comment

sony-acid-7Sonic Foundry was really on to something when they developed this software. Since then, their software has been imitated by some of the very best in the software industry *cough* (Adobe) *cough*. This was actually the first music production software I ever tried. I was really disappointed when Sonic Foundry sold out. To Sony no less, just when they were gaining momentum.

I guess everybody has a price.

Anyway, all I did with this software before I got ProTools was play with it. I made up songs out of samples and loops until ProTools.

I still have a copy of it on my hard drive but I find I use it less and less nowadays. Usually because when I do remixes of stuff I’ve already done, Frooty Loops is my first choice. But I still like the software and I kinda feel bad that I don’t use it much anymore.

Categories: Editing, Recording

Ableton Live

July 29, 2009 1 comment

ableton-liveI hear so many people raving about Ableton Live. I just don’t get it. Is it really that cool? Because the five or so days I spent using it I didn’t really like it too much.

I figured it would just be DJ’s and Hiphoppers going on about it, but it’s people from my own elk now. These guys used to be die hard Protoolers back in the day. What’s happened. And could you at least tell me one thing cool about Ableton Live? Because I don’t even see one.

The interface is the craziest thing I’ve ever seen. And it’s not very user friendly. Is it just about the samples and digital instruments that it comes with?

I can understand if it is, but Cubase comes with some great VSTi’s. In fact, I like Adobe Audition better than Ableton Live.

I have the newest software, and I really can’t get into it. There’s something about their built in instruments and the way that they sound that’s really off putting. It doesn’t sound “live” at all.

It actually sounds like it could’ve came from the 80’s and looking at the interface, it looks that way too.

Comments are welcomed. 🙂

Categories: Editing, Personal, Recording

Propellerhead’s Recycle Problems

July 28, 2009 Leave a comment

propellerhead-recycle-boxI got Propellerhead’s Recycle a couple of days ago, and I’m finding it hard to understand. Is it so easy that it’s just going over my head? I’ve read the quickstart that comes with the manual, but whenever I do what they’re telling me, I get stumped.

So I went online to find something similar to the Ask Video Tutorials you can get with Reason, but I’m not having any luck. I’ll probably take the weekend to try to figure it out.

I really should have came up with better questions before I got this one. But people I’ve been recording have really been at me to get it. Especially the hiphop guys. They really swear by this. But after I got it, I noticed none of them have volunteered to help me with it.

Those rapping bastards. Silly silly rapping basturds.

So, I know the main thing you can do is save to rex files, but can you also save to aiff or wav? The reason I ask is I don’t have many software packages that can import rex files. Which is a damn shame, but you work with what you’ve got.

DAW’s Have Come A Long Way

July 28, 2009 Leave a comment

001DAW’s have come a long way in the 10 years I’ve been recording. My first rig was a Digi 001 which was THE SHIT back then. Now It’s not much. The 003’s are out in a rack or console version. I still have the 001 and would you believe I still record with it at times.

A lot of people like to bring Protools projects they’ve been working on to me to mix so it’s always a good idea to keep at least a small Protools system around. But I usually end up going through many different systems (FL Studio and Reason etc.) before I give them back.

Many of the projects they bring me have audio problems, mainly the low and high mids need a lot of work. Sometimes there isn’t any of those frequencies at all. The one thing that I learn over and over is it really helps to have someone from the outside to come in and lend you a fresh pair of ears.

Whether they give us good or bad input, it almost always help make the mix better.

Through the years, I’ve learned a lot about recording and mixing. And these software packages have given me an education that I could not afford any other way.

Categories: Editing, Personal

Melodyne Tutorial : Tutoral Of Melodyne

July 28, 2009 1 comment

melodyneMelodyne is a software that I thought I wouldn’t like. But it only took a few minutes to quickly fall in love with it. People praise Autotune and say it’s the best thing since sliced bread, but those people haven’t given Melodyne a chance. It’s a lot better program than Autotune, and the next version will be revolutionary.

Melodyne promises in the next version, you’ll be able to seperate whole mixes by frequency. What does that even mean? Well, you’ll be able to put a cd in your computer, start up Melodyne and take out all vocal tracks, where you can use them in remixes. Same thing with guitars and drums and anything else in the mix. The impossible is impossible till it ain’t.

I for one can’t wait till it comes out.

Here’s an awesome tutorial of Melodyne to show what it can do…

Categories: Editing, VST Plugins

Adobe Audition 3.0

July 27, 2009 Leave a comment

audition3I’ll admit, this software has been sitting on my hard drive forever. I usually use Cubase and Protools for editing. It’s a shame, because it’s pretty good software. My favorite thing about Audition is the time-stretch features. It’s alot like Sony’s Acid in that way.

It automatically makes a loop the same tempo as your project.

There are other features I like and some I don’t like. It’s dead simple to work with music files, that makes it a good solution for newbies, but some of the heavy lifting that I like my programs to have isn’t there. And sorry to say, that’s the reason I won’t be using it in most of my projects.

But it’s perfectly good for small stuff or if you’re beginning.

The one major beef I have with it is it’s compatibility with VSTi’s. Does anybody know a way around this?

It’s majorly frustrating. How can a big software company bill this as “professional software” when it doesn’t support VSTi’s?

Categories: Editing, Recording

The First Post

July 27, 2009 Leave a comment

This is the first post of my Pro Audio Blog. With this blog, I’m going to write about many different subjects about pro audio. Some of these are  software, sample cd’s, techniques, and facts about recording audio.

I’m a part-time producer myself. I usually work with rock bands as well as hiphop acts.

I’m going to write my first “real” post shortly, so keep in touch.

Categories: Personal