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Video: Using BOOM in Pro Tools 8 January 31, 2009

Posted by ConnorSmith in : Digidesign, Pro Tools, Videos , 5comments

This video is a quick introduction to using Boom (Digidesign’s new drum machine in Pro Tools 8).  I show how to select different kits (as well as individual drums), program hits, and change the speed.

Video: Using Mini Grand in Pro Tools 8 January 31, 2009

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This is a quick introduction to Mini Grand (Digidesign’s new grand piano virtual instrument in Pro Tools 8).

Video: The T-Pain vocal effect with AutoTune January 31, 2009

Posted by ConnorSmith in : Digital Audio Workstations, plugins (plug-ins), Videos , add a comment

One plug-in and the quick turn of a knob, and you have that world-famous T-Pain/Cher/computer voice effect.

Video: Editing out Plosives in Vocals January 31, 2009

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This is a great technique to know when a pop filter fails to do its job.  With a little EQ, a gigantic plosive can be squelched to a fraction of its former self.

Video: Organizing a Session Before Mixing January 31, 2009

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Once you are done tracking a session and are ready to mix, its a good idea to spend a few minutes doing some organization and routing.  This video will show you how to color code tracks (in Pro Tools 8), how to create aux tracks and sum like-instruments together, and how to create a mix bus with an aux track.

AOTD: 1/30/09 January 30, 2009

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FET – Field Effect Transistor

This is an electronic component which relies on an electric field to control the (shape, and therefore) flow of a channel.  Essentially, the FET is the solid-state equivalent of a tube.  the JFET (Junction Field-Effect Transistor) and MOSFET (Metal–Oxide–Semiconductor Field-Effect Transistor) are commonly used in audio circuits.

Pro Tools 8: Your Keyboard=Friend, Part 1 January 29, 2009

Posted by ConnorSmith in : Digidesign, Editing, Pro Tools , 4comments

Part of the reason Pro Tools is well loved in the industry is because of its excellent implementation of keyboard-based functions.  Keyboard Focus mode is an obvious example of this (where each key on the keyboard is a hotkey for a task, eliminating the need for modifier keys).  In a sort of slightly random method, I am going to run through some of my most-used commands and give some suggestions on when to use them.  Also – if you have a function you’d like to know more about, post in the comments, and I can help. (more…)

When/What to upgrade? Part 1 January 28, 2009

Posted by ConnorSmith in : Digital home recording studios, Project Studio, Studio Setup , add a comment

As a home/project studio owner, upgrades and equipment purchases need to be as effective as possible (as we often don’t have the biggest of budgets…).  Knowing when to upgrade and what piece of gear (or software) to upgrade first can be a huge benefit.

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iLife ’09 announced at Macworld, GarageBand ’09 coming late January! January 12, 2009

Posted by PJ in : Chit Chat, Digital home recording studios, GarageBand, General Announcements , add a comment

I had a feeling this would be announced this week and now it is confirmed for release in late January.

Apple announced Tuesday an update to the media suite iLife during their Macworld 2009 keynote presentation.  Here is an early list of some of the new features announced.

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Macworld 2009 next week, new GarageBand coming? January 3, 2009

Posted by PJ in : Apple, Chit Chat, GarageBand, Logic Studio 8 , add a comment

So I may have jumped the gun back in August, speculating the announcement of iLife or GarageBand ’09 during the October Macbook event.  But with Macworld 2009 only days away, GarageBand ’09 may soon become a reality.

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Use the Official Playstation Bluetooth Headset with GarageBand January 3, 2009

Posted by PJ in : Computers, Digital home recording studios, GarageBand , add a comment

This one is for all my gamers out there that want to maximize the potential of their Official Playstation Bluetooth headset.  Not only can you use the headset with your Playstation 3 console and Bluetooth enabled cell phone (such as the iPhone) but you can also use it with virtually any application on Mac or PC (such as GarageBand) that utilizes a microphone.

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Is your iPhone interfering with your audio equipment? January 2, 2009

Posted by PJ in : Apple, Troubleshooting , 1 comment so far

I have a 1st gen iPhone that absolutely wreaks havoc on speakers whenever the phone sends or receives data, which is done automatically every few minutes.  The result is a buzzing, screeching pulse that is the electronic equivalent of nails on a chalk board.  Whether its $10 Dell speakers or some nice studio monitors, none are safe from the wrath of the iPhone.

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