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Suggestions for Digidesign regarding Pro Tools LE April 29, 2008

Posted by ConnorSmith in : Digidesign, Project Studio, Troubleshooting , 14comments

Many people would agree that Digidesign needs to make some fairly significant changes to the Pro Tools LE market in the near future in order to keep the product competing with the many other fine native DAWs. Unfortunately, many of these suggestions are flamed in forums, presented within language of “poor taste”, etc… Well here is your chance to present your suggestions. (more…)

Fix for Audio Glitch: GarageBand, Logic & OS 10.4.11 April 22, 2008

Posted by PJ in : Digital Audio Workstations, Digital home recording studios, GarageBand, Troubleshooting, Virtual Instruments , 2comments

After recently installing Software update 10.4.11 for OSX, I found that some of my Logic and Garageband software instruments produced a crackling, distorted sound during playback and recording. Audio from other sources (iTunes, Quicktime, etc) seemed to be working fine. Oddly enough, the quickest solution was to turn OFF AirPort while using Logic or GB. I’ve since installed an older version of the AirPort software and after repairing permissions and rebooting – everything seems to be in order. For anyone having similar problems, try the two solutions mentioned above and let us know how things work out. I’ll keep you all posted on an update. 

Update: It has been reported on the Apple Support forums (thread here) that the July 2008 Airport update does indeed fix this problem.  The update (for OSX Tiger only) can be found here. 


New Video Ideas: Let us know what you are looking for. April 2, 2008

Posted by ConnorSmith in : General Announcements, Troubleshooting, Videos , 2comments

If you would like to see a video on a specific topic, please let us know!

The Studio Files is here (more…)

Studio Help Files: Email Questions April 2, 2008

Posted by ConnorSmith in : General Announcements, Project Studio, Troubleshooting , 1 comment so far

I’ve been getting a lot of questions via email. I thought I might post some of them here (with the answers) in case someone else is having the same problem. Feel free to email me questions, or for a faster response, post in the comments of an article (if that article deals with your question) or just in the comments on the “About” tab above.


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!


Upgrade My Studio: Part 1 March 10, 2008

Posted by ConnorSmith in : Project Studio, Studio Setup, Troubleshooting , add a comment

When you have the opportunity to upgrade your studio, there are a lot of options. You could get a new computer, an new audio interface or sound card, mics, preamps, monitors, converters, cables, and plug-ins–the list is endless. So how do you decide which parts of your set up will give you the greatest benefit if you commit to investing more money? Every decision like this is unique, and needs to be approached thoughtfully and pragmatically. To help out, I am going to post some common studio “issues”, and some possible solutions.


Working with phase (and polarity) March 9, 2008

Posted by ConnorSmith in : Project Studio, Studio Setup, Troubleshooting , 4comments

Phase and polarity. It is important to understand the differences between them, as they are often confused. They can “look” the same, but its important to remember that phase has an element of time associated with it. Phase is how far along a waveform is in its cycle; if a waveform is combined with an identical waveform that is 180 degrees out of phase, they will cancel each other. Polarity deals with two points of electronics that have a positive and negative charge. By switching those points, the waveform becomes “inverted”. Confusing? Look at the pictures below, a visual always helps. (more…)

Solving problems in your studio March 4, 2008

Posted by ConnorSmith in : Project Studio, Studio Setup, Troubleshooting , 4comments

The internet is an extremely valuable tool for home or project studio owners. A lot of problems can arise in a studio: compatibility issues, hardware problems, computer problems, error codes, improper clocking, cable setups, software updates/authorization, plug-in installation, mysterious pops and clicks, virtual instrument problems, mix problems… etc etc etc. Learning how to fix any issues that your studio experiences is a valuable skill.

So what are your options for solving these problems? Obviously, you want to solve any problems as fast as possible. Problems in your studio hinder creativity, but can also cost you a lot of time and money (especially if these things happen when a client is working). I am going to cover some ways on how to get accurate and fast information for all your troubleshooting needs.


Use a backup when doing live recording! February 21, 2008

Posted by ConnorSmith in : Live Sound, Studio Setup, Troubleshooting , 3comments

Today I answered 2 posts in different forums. Both were from unfortunate engineers who didn’t have a backup for their live recordings.

Their systems crashed, corrupted what audio they did have, and now they have nothing. Apparently these were both for paid jobs, and now the client will have no product.

Never, never, never, ever do any sort of live recording (paid or unpaid) without at least one backup. If possible, I would suggest always having a “duplicate” backup (some sort of exact copy) as well as an additional stereo backup (such as a handheld recorder or extra pair of mics). Here are some ideas on how to make backups:


Creating Your Home Studio January 29, 2008

Posted by ConnorSmith in : Project Studio, Studio Setup, Troubleshooting , 2comments

When putting together home studios, many people consult forums and other sources about equipment purchases and setup. If you are starting to put together a recording setup, I would suggest asking yourself these questions first:

1) When all is said and done, what would I like to be able to accomplish in this studio? (i.e. tracking full bands, tracking solo artists and rappers, composing beats and loops, film scoring, mixing… etc etc.)

2) Do I have any equipment now that could be incorporated into the new setup?

3) Do I have any preferences? (Such as, Mac vs. Windows, Computer Recording vs. Multitrack recorder, etc.)

4) What sort of room will I setup in? What are the dimensions?

5) What is my budget?


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