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by Matt Ho A few ways to organise your sessions to keep your projects neat We’ve all been there. Creating and creating at the spur of the moment, and not naming tracks until somebody asks - what are these tracks? And then you realised - you only know that they sound good together, and not what each one of them are individually? Well, this is where good…
  • Creative Technology Center, Knowledge base
  • May 23rd, 2022
EQs, or Equalisers, are one of the most often used effects in a processing chain. They are designed to shape the frequency spectrum of an audio stream, by either boosting or attenuating at a frequency (or a range of frequencies). Most EQs are made up of multiple filters you are able to control at varying degrees. Most DAWs come with a stock EQ plugin. We…
  • Creative Technology Center, Knowledge base
  • May 20th, 2022
By Matt Ho 1.Enable looping and disable insertion follows playback If you would like ProTools to loop a certain phrase, enabling loop playback would help your workflow. RIght click on your play button to enable the loop function. Selection follows insertion can also help (so that your loop follows your clip range selection). 2. Understand and pick…
  • Pro Tools, Comp, Comping, Shortcuts
  • May 19th, 2022
by Matt Ho Why you might want to use colours to organise your sessions Ever seen a session with a large number of tracks, but you have no idea what is in it, because somebody else sent it to you to be worked on, or you haven’t opened an idea from 5 years ago? This is where a good colour scheme comes in handy to quickly locate your tracks. Take our…
  • Creative Technology Center, Knowledge base
  • May 18th, 2022
Watch as CTC trainer Shirly Gurten shows a session with the creative plugin Shaper from Ableton Live: Max for Live
  • Creative Technology Center, Knowledge base
  • April 14th, 2022
by Matt Ho Assigning Text to Measure Have you ever added text you want to a finale file, and realized it wouldn’t follow your measure after you repositioned them? That’s because your text tool is defaulting to be assigned to the page, instead of to the measure. Here is an easy way to set that up, so your text is assigned to the measure. Setting a default…
  • Finale Help Document
  • April 14th, 2022
by Maya Wagner and Matt Ho There are 5 different selections of which you can choose from when you invoke the CREATE NEW TRACK command in Logic and they are screenshotted below. The explanation of the 5 selections are as follows: Software Instrument: MIDI IN, AUDIO OUT. Use this if you would like to use a Virtual Instrument on your computer, such as a…
  • Logic Help Document
  • April 14th, 2022
by Matt Ho This sounds like a record starting up or stopping. Quick. Dirty. You can make this faster than your microwave coffee. Select the clip you want to slow down Create a Fade Right click (control-click or 2 finger click) on the fade and select “Slow Down” or “Speed Up”  
  • Creative Technology Center, Knowledge base
  • April 14th, 2022
by Matt Ho  So, you heard about a built in vocoder in logic, and you want to use it when you play live? No worries, let us show you how to set it up! Note: It is recommended that you understand how a Vocoder works before proceeding with this article. During Live Performance Recording For live performance (and live monitoring of what you are…
  • Creative Technology Center, Knowledge base
  • April 14th, 2022
by Matt Ho There are multiple algorithms that you can use to ensure your tracks are locking in as tight as the James Brown Band! Here they are! Slicing Slicing algorithms usually identify transients and snap them to the grid. This technique is especially useful for drum/percussion instruments editing, as it keeps the decay tails relatively natural. It…
  • Creative Technology Center, Knowledge base
  • April 14th, 2022
by Matt Ho So, you have recorded a song with your band? Wanna jump right into mixing and getting the song out? Great - you should probably do these couple of things before moving any faders! Comping You might think you have a slapping performance from the studio in your fifth take, or you really nailed the energy from the first take. However, you might…
  • Creative Technology Center, Knowledge base
  • April 14th, 2022
Got a killer lead vocal, but it is lacking just a little energy? Don't worry, here are a couple of ways to ensure you can get the lead vocal sounding beefier. Natural Doubles (or Octave), Natural Harmonies Nothing beats a good ol' fashioned natural doubling. Have your singer go back on the mic to sing a couple more takes of that chorus, and blend those…
  • Vocal Production, Vocal Technologies
  • April 14th, 2022