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Why All DAW Users Should Use a Kensington Expert Mouse February 25, 2009

Posted by ConnorSmith in : Computers, Editing, Reviews , 14comments

This is one serious mouse.  This is the single greatest improvement to work speed and fluidity I’ve seen in my setup. (Perhaps with the exception of a fast computer). (more…)

Video: Editing out Plosives in Vocals January 31, 2009

Posted by ConnorSmith in : Digital Audio Workstations, Editing, Videos , add a comment

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.

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…)

Line 6 JM4 Looper: First Impressions September 17, 2008

Posted by Ben Rivet in : Digital home recording studios, Editing, Live Sound, Preamp, Reviews , 4comments

Hey all,

Your man about town here with a first (second) look at the Line 6 JM4 Looper.

Close up

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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…)

Video: Drum Editing in Digidesign Pro Tools LE March 12, 2008

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

This is a new video, and the problem seems to be solved.

Once you’ve watched our videos on grouping tracks and the introduction to keyboard focus, you are ready to learn drum editing in Pro Tools. I show two types of edits The first is a multi-track edit to fix the timing across all the drums. The second replaces a bad snare drum hit.

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Video: Drum Editing in Logic March 11, 2008

Posted by ConnorSmith in : Editing, Logic Studio 8, Videos , 5comments

Now that you learned how to group your tracks together in Logic Pro (by watching the video posted right below this one) you are ready to edit drums. I cover two types of drum editing. First, I show you how to edit multitrack drums (with a group) to fix timing issues/errors. Then, I show you how to disable the group to edit individual tracks to remove pops, clicks, false hits… etc.

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Video: Track Groups in Logic March 11, 2008

Posted by ConnorSmith in : Editing, Logic Studio 8, Videos , add a comment

This video shows the process of grouping tracks in Logic Studio Pro. Specifically, I show you how to group your drum tracks together to prepare them for editing. The next video in this series will show you how to edit drums once you group them. Later today, I am going to post that video, so be sure to check back.

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5 Small tips (with big impact) for your recordings February 22, 2008

Posted by ConnorSmith in : Editing, Mixing, Project Studio , 5comments

Home and project studios often have the goal of making their recordings sound just as good as those of the “big studios”. Obviously this is a very hard thing to accomplish, but there are a lot of little things you can do to make your recordings sound more and more professional. Here are 5 tips to get you going:

1. Timing: Keeping it in the groove

Just about all major releases you hear on the radio have at least one thing in common: impeccable groove and timing. Most often, these songs are tracked to a click, and edited in detail until no spots stick out as “mistakes”. (more…)

Drum Editing: part 1 February 9, 2008

Posted by ConnorSmith in : Editing, Project Studio , 9comments

To see our recent video on drum editing in Logic, click here.

To see our recent video on drum editing in Pro Tools, click here. 

I received a question from Alex H. via email. Lets try to get it answered:

I recorded a song last weekend, and I laid down the drums for each part, because we wanted an improv feel to a few parts, so we could choose takes. Now, I’m familiar with blending different takes with crossfading, but that doesn’t work here. For example, I need the end of the verse to completely finish playing, while at the same time, the chorus begins. Crossfading doesn’t work because it’s cutting off what would be the natural sound of the drums, were I to have played both parts on one take. I know I can always make two tracks, and have one end as another begins, but that will double my track load. In DP, if you layer the tracks, it only plays the one on top. Any ideas? Ideally, I’d just place the end and start of the tracks over each other, and DP would play both.

Let’s talk through some possibilities.

EDIT: Expect a video to be posted on this soon. Its really really hard to explain without some quality visuals.

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