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The Return February 11, 2011

Posted by ConnorSmith in : Chit Chat, General Announcements , add a comment

Hi Everyone!

Well… it’s been quite awhile since I’ve been active on TheStudioFiles.com.  It was a busy year – full of world travels and tons of audio work.  Luckily, my schedule will now allow me to return to TheStudioFiles.com and resume articles, videos, Q&A’s, and general tech support.

In other news, Avid has gone through some major changes and upgrades while I’ve been gone.  Most notably – we have the release of Pro Tools 9 along with a new line of interfaces for all lines of Pro Tools.  As you’ll see in upcoming articles, I’ve actually just upgraded to HD Native on an Avid 16×16 analog HD I/O – and I love it.

So – sorry for the hiatus – but I’m back!  I look forward to another great year with The Studio Files.  If there’s anything in particular you’d like to hear about or see in upcoming articles/videos, please let me know in the comments or via email.



How to delete loops on the Korg Kaossilator December 4, 2010

Posted by PJ in : Digital home recording studios , 2comments

Here is a quick tip for all of you Kaossilator fans out there.

To delete the last loop or phrase you played hold down the LOOP REC/PLAY button and then press and hold the SCALE button.

The screen will display the beat you are currently on in the loop while the SCALE button is held down. For example, for an 8 beat loop you would hold LOOP REC/PLAY and SCALE from the beginning of beat 1 til the end of beat 8.

P.S. Check out this awesome hack that doubles the length of your loop (although IMO you should hook this puppy up to your audio interface and use Garageband or Logic to record your loops!)

RIP Digidesign: 1984-2010 April 2, 2010

Posted by Damon Sink in : Digidesign, Digital Audio Workstations, Digital home recording studios , 1 comment so far

OK. Now that I’ve got your attention–

Avid has decided to retire the Digidesign name. No big surprise really. Read more here:

[EDIT: Looks like they took down the announcement–maybe a little premature since the Digi brand is so strongly embedded. Especially with DUC, etc. –Damon]

Music for Film in Logic Pro February 23, 2010

Posted by PJ in : Composing, Digital home recording studios, Logic Studio 8, Projects , 6comments

Hello everyone!!

In this article I will cover how to use Logic Pro to compose music for film. I’ve been using Logic for over 2 years now and recently I was asked to help write music for a short film.  Naturally my program of choice was Logic (I’m still on version 8 but this article should apply to 9 as well).  So here I would like to share my experience and provide an intro tutorial for working with video in Logic.

First, we need to get the video into Logic. This can be done easily by navigating to Options – Movie – Open Movie.


Build a Pro Band Website in Minutes: Bandzoogle February 7, 2010

Posted by Damon Sink in : Music distribution, social media , 1 comment so far

Build a Pro Band Website in Minutes. No Web Design Skills Needed.

Hey everyone. I checked this out briefly and it looks pretty cool. The design templates integrate your photos with included “Photoshop” effects. It looks like they have lots of customizable options to help you make a unique statement.

Anyone using Bandzoogle?


Apple – Logic Studio 9.1 is now rebuilt, 64 bit. January 12, 2010

Posted by Damon Sink in : Apple, Digital home recording studios , 1 comment so far

Apple – Logic Studio

This is the holy grail for some users, but make sure you do your homework. There is a laundry list of as yet still non-64 bit compatible features:

• Firewire streaming of video
• Digital Cinema Desktop
• AAF import and export
• EuCon control surface support
• Automap of parameters with control surfaces
• OMF import and export
• Conversion to MP3
• Recycle (REX) file support
• ReWire support
• Vienna Symphonic Library Tool
• Logic Node processing
• AKAI format sample import

The Vienna Symphonic Library item is a show stopper for me just yet. But hopefully these third party issues will be resolved in short order. The OMF conversion and ReWire will be a pretty big deal for some folks as well.

Anyway. If you take the plunge, be sure to give us a full report!

The Studio FIles

for Windows VST: Antress Modern Plugins January 4, 2010

Posted by Damon Sink in : Digital home recording studios, Mixing, plugins (plug-ins) , add a comment

Antress Modern Plugins

…Sometimes it’s just better for the PC users. If anyone wants to try some of these (Antress Modern Plugins) out and give us some feedback, I’ve heard really great things.

Oh, and did I mention that they are FREE!?!

I am in the process of re-deploying my dual core PC to run some sample libraries and Vienna Ensemble Pro, so I could install them with that outboard rig. Check it out and let’s see.

Happy New Year everybody. We’ve got some cool stuff in store for the new decade, so stay tuned!

The Studio Files

Warm the Cockles of Your Mix (or tracks) December 23, 2009

Posted by Damon Sink in : Mixing, plugins (plug-ins), Project Studio , add a comment

OK. No idea what “cockles” are, but I just wanted to pass along a bit of Christmas cheer. One of the plug-in companies that I really love is PSP, and they have a stellar deal on their classic EQ bundle going on right now. If you have been thinking about treating yourself to some new eq toys this holiday, I can’t think of a better way to do it at this price.

Check it out here:


And have a great holiday.


Video: Zoom Tools and Zooming in Pro Tools LE December 18, 2009

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

This is a short introduction to the different ways to zoom in Pro Tools LE

Pro Tools a…z Mode?? December 14, 2009

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

I’ve noticed a few people ending up on the site while searching for this^^

Those buttons (located at different parts of both the edit and mix window) turn on/off keyboard focus, which is an editing mode that greatly reduces the need for modifier keys (like ctrl, option, and command).  Each editing command is set to a single keystroke.

Try checking out this page for an article explaining keyboard focus


Click here for a few more related articles and videos (more…)

Sending Your Music to Another Engineer 101 December 13, 2009

Posted by ConnorSmith in : Digital Audio Workstations, Studio Setup , 2comments

The availability and low cost of DAW-based recording sessions allows nearly everyone to record their own music right in their living room. While you can just mix and release your music yourself, its often really beneficial to send your session file out to a more experienced mixing (and/or) mastering engineer. In this article, I’d like to discuss some ways to prepare your session file for that engineer. I mix a lot of projects via “distance” like this, and getting a session organized and ready can really help to speed up the nitty-gritty, leaving much more time for the artistic and creative decisions.

While this article is aimed at artists and music producers who are passing files to an engineer, these techniques will also make over-the-internet collaborations much easier. AND – these are things that will help a lot even if you are seeing the project through until the end. ?Good session organization is applicable in any recording situation, analog or digital.


Enhance your mix: Simplify December 8, 2009

Posted by ConnorSmith in : Digital home recording studios , 15comments

If you were a carpenter, it would be a bad idea to limit yourself to only using a hammer when building a house.  However, limiting yourself in audio processing options is an awesome way to improve your mix skills.  Especially in a world of DAWs, where processing power is essentially limitless, it’s easy to get carried away (more…)

Digidesign Pro Tools Teaser? December 1, 2009

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

There has been a TON of speculation on what is going on with Digidesign/Avid/Pro Tools.  (We have even had a few threads about it)

Its not much, but DigiTechSupport (after an 80+ page thread at the DUC) posted:

“You should, however, start to see some (more…)

AOTD: DSD November 23, 2009

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We haven’t done one of these in awhile –

DSD: Direct Stream Digital (more…)

Book Review: Sound Reinforcement Handbook November 9, 2009

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

In my opinion, this book is a must-buy for any audio engineer, whether you are in live sound, studio recording, etc.  This book is also known by names like “The Yamaha Book” (and similar names), as this was originally written for Yamaha.

What? A technical book written in 1987 (last updated in 1990) is a necessity??

Answer – yes!  This book is chock full o’ great information.  Although it is technically (more…)

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