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Well, Apple and Digidesign, tomorrow is April… March 31, 2008

Posted by ConnorSmith in : Digidesign, Leopard, Pro Tools , add a comment

Yet another month passes with no real indication of when Pro Tools LE will be compatible with Leopard.

When will Pro Tools work with Leopard?  No one really seems to know, although the last indication from Digidesign said maybe April.  (more…)

Add Nintendo sounds to GarageBand with this free 8-bit Plugin March 31, 2008

Posted by PJ in : Digital home recording studios, GarageBand, plugins (plug-ins), Virtual Instruments , 5comments

NES GarageBand

If you’ve ever found yourself humming the overworld theme from The Legend of Zelda or have the title track from Battletoads on your iPod, then you should definitely check out the “Magical 8-bit Plug” for GarageBand (or any app that supports AU plugins). (more…)

Video: Introduction to Instrument Tracks in Pro Tools LE March 28, 2008

Posted by ConnorSmith in : Digidesign, Pro Tools, Videos , add a comment

This video will show you how to create, setup and use instrument tracks in Pro Tools LE. I demonstrate with Xpand (which is free). I also show how to create MIDI tracks to use with your instrument tracks. (more…)

Video: Introduction to Instrument Tracks in Logic Studio Pro March 28, 2008

Posted by ConnorSmith in : Logic Studio 8, Videos, Virtual Instruments , 1 comment so far

This video will show you how to create, setup, and use instrument tracks in Logic Pro. First, I show you how to pick instruments from the library browser. Then, I show you two different ways to create instruments in the Mixer window (first with manually inserting instruments, and then by using the channel strip settings). (more…)

I’m back tomorrow March 27, 2008

Posted by ConnorSmith in : General Announcements , add a comment

Sorry everyone for the lack of my posts this last week or so… I’ve been on vacation.  I will be back tomorrow and I have videos and articles coming! (more…)

More Impressions: Acoustica Mixcraft 4 March 24, 2008

Posted by PJ in : Composing, Digital Audio Workstations, GarageBand , 11comments

PJ here and I’m back with more impressions on Acoustica Mixcraft 4 or as we at The Studio Files call it, Garageband for Windows. If you missed it, you can read my first impressions of Mixcraft here. I left off with an introduction of the impressive collection of software instruments included with the program. (more…)

Video: Using Aux Effects Sends in Pro Tools March 24, 2008

Posted by ConnorSmith in : plugins (plug-ins), Pro Tools, Videos , 3comments

This video is just like the recently posted Logic Pro video, but now in Pro Tools.  I show you how to create aux input tracks, and use them with bus sends to apply effects.  First, a reverb, then a delay. (more…)

Make your own acoustic panels: @ Instructables.com March 22, 2008

Posted by Damon Sink in : Digital home recording studios , add a comment

Make acoustic panels for your recording studio or home theater:

This tutorial is pretty sweet, and the Owens Corning panels that they are using are the same thing that you would get in some REALLY expensive custom treatments. I could see The Studio Files team doing a video of this really soon to re-treat the space in one of our mixing rooms (you guys down? :))

Acoustic treatments are often used to help improve the acoustics of a room by taming “flutter echoes,” “room modes,” and other problems which arise from a room’s dimensions and construction.

ART Tube MP Mic Pre-amp for cheap March 20, 2008

Posted by PJ in : Digital home recording studios, Preamp, Studio Setup , add a comment

The ART Tube MP Mic Pre-amp that Connor wrote about in this article is now available at Musicians Friend for the awesome price of $29.99. Here’s the details:

The original Tube MP made pro-caliber tube preamping available to ordinary musicians and home studios. The MP Studio goes a step further by adding a VU meter for better level control and ART’s OPL (Output Protection Limiter), which controls and maintains the output peak signal to protect hard-disk recording systems and soundcards. The VU meter reflects the impact of the OPL circuitry when it is activated, which allows more effective fine tuning of the audio signal. It is a valuable tool for recording in project and home studios and can also function as a DI box with impedance matching and preamplification for line-level sources. Includes a 3-year warranty.

More details, specifications and reviews are available here.

PJ

Video: Setting up Aux Effects Sends in Logic Pro March 18, 2008

Posted by ConnorSmith in : Logic Studio 8, plugins (plug-ins), Videos , 3comments

This video will show you how to setup effects sends using aux tracks and buses. I use a sample of my voice and apply reverb and delay using two different busses and aux effects tracks.

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Sending Large Files over the Internet March 17, 2008

Posted by ConnorSmith in : Computers, General Announcements, Studio Setup , 2comments

PJ’s post gave me the idea to share my experience with sending large files of the internet (Thank’s PJ!).  If you need to send session files, wavs, other sound files, omf interchange files, etc… over the internet, its unlikely your email provider will let you attach such large files (plus you will clog the receiver’s inbox).  Here are the two ways I like to send files. (more…)

Emailing GarageBand Files March 16, 2008

Posted by PJ in : Digital Audio Workstations, GarageBand, Troubleshooting , 65comments

Here’s a helpful hint for anyone wanting to know how to email a GarageBand project. GarageBand files are saved as .band files, but when you try to attach this type of file to an email, the file will be grayed out and you will not be able to select it. The reason this does not work is that .band files are actually saved as folders. So to successfully send a GarageBand file, you would do the same thing you would with a folder – archive it. Simply right click the .band file and select “Create Archive.” This will create a .zip file in the same directory, which can then be attached to an email. That’s it!

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Video: Importing and Exporting OMF, AAF files from Logic Pro March 14, 2008

Posted by ConnorSmith in : Digital Audio Workstations, Logic Studio 8, Videos , 9comments

If you are looking for information on how to transfer between DAWs without OMF/AAF (which if you are using Pro Tools LE, this is for you), click this link to go to the correct article.

This video will show you how to export an OMF interchange (and an AAF) in Logic Pro. Before I get to OMF/AAF, I show you how to export all tracks as audio files. This is a great function to use if you need to transfer from Logic to Pro Tools (since you can’t import an OMF with Pro Tools until you buy the DV Toolkit). Finally, I show you how to import an OMF in Logic (which is basically the same process as importing an AAF). (more…)

Video: Smart tool and Edit Modes in Pro Tools LE March 13, 2008

Posted by ConnorSmith in : Digital home recording studios , 3comments

After you’ve watched the Pro Tools video on edit tools, this video will show you the smart tool (which combines the trim, selector, and grabber tools).  Then, I show you the different edit modes of Pro Tools and how to apply them (Shuffle, Spot, Slip, Grid, and Relative Grid). When you are done watching this video you will know how to use the smart tool and the different edit modes in Pro Tools. (more…)

Video: Using Tools in Pro Tools March 13, 2008

Posted by ConnorSmith in : Editing, Pro Tools, Videos , 1 comment so far

This video will show you how to use all the different editing tools in Pro Tools.  This includes the zoom, edge, selector, grabber, scrubber, and pencil tools.  (I also talk about the multiple types of zoom tools, the time compression/expansion and loop tools, and also the object and separation grabber tools).  Stay tuned, because a video posted later today will discuss the edit modes of Pro Tools (shuffle, spot, slip, and grid/relative grid) and also the Smart Tool (also known as the Super Tool). (more…)

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