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Pro Tools 12.3 Receives Major Upgrade

With the announcement of ProTools123 Avid has opened the gates to a world of new possibilities in Audio Production. Along with the new Commit features, there are also enhancements to Editing, Mixing, and a host of production features. Let's not waste any time and get right to the most requested feature in Pro Tools history, Commit. If you want to learn these tips in person at our training facilities, make sure to sign up for our Avid Certified Pro Tools Training Classes:



Microphone And PreAmp Guide For Singers

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Regardless of musical “genre”, the vocal parts can be one of the most challenging to get to sound right. Since the vocals carry the storyline of the song, there is a lot of emphasis placed on making sure they sound “right” from beginning to end. In this article, 3-Time Grammy Award winning engineer, John Frye, will help us take a look at different things you should be know when recording vocals and discuss tips to help you achieve a better overall vocal sound. We will discuss concepts such as mic selection, eq & compression techniques, and overdubs

Turn on the radio to any station and you will hear people singing. Regardless of the musical genre, I can assure you that at some point a singer sang into a microphone and it was recorded by an engineer. This journey has been taken by countless individuals since the dawn or audio recording. No matter how advanced the recording medium or technology has become, the basic formula remains the same. Singer sings into a microphone, which feeds a pre-amp to amplify the signal, possibly processing such as compression or eq, then the signal is recorded to tape (Pro Tools for us).




It’s never been a better time to be a song creator.

There is more music being listened to by more people than anytime in history. More opportunities to monetize your music without being chosen by the traditional sources. More possibilities to have more people be changed by what you have to say, by what your ideas are, by how fearlessly you can create.


Pro Tools Drum Replacement Techniques Part 2

For those who find SoundReplacer’s non realtime processing limiting there are a few other alternatives. TL Drum Rehab is a sample triggering RTAS plug-in designed for the real-time replacement and enhancement of drum tracks, it features multiple velocity sample layers and an integrated sample library and browser. Drum Rehab generates its triggers when placed on a tracks insert slot, the main advantage of Drum Rehab over SoundReplacer is that it allows you to choose and tweak your replacement samples in context whist hearing the other elements of the mix.

Note: TL Drum Rehab is a mono plug-in only



Using Sidechain Routing in Pro Tools - Help Techniques

If you are looking for a simple concept that is guaranteed to improve your mixes and take your productions to the next level, look no further! In this tutorial we will discover techniques used by the world’s top mixing engineers, which are all based around a single concept so simple to understand you will be able to use it to improve your mixes immediately.

In the previous tutorial Compression and EQ Techniques for Mixing Vocals I discussed some of the standard features of the compressor, a device used to reduce the difference between the louder and quieter parts of a signal (dynamic range), now were going to dig a little deeper and learn about a circuit found in compressors called the ‘side-chain’. However in order to unlock these techniques we’re going to have to understand the signal flow first. In the simplified diagram below we can see the basic signal flow through a compressor.

A compressor is simply an amplifier that reduces the volume of anything that passes above a user defined level (known as the ‘threshold’). It is controlled by a signal passing through a part of the compressor called a ‘level sensing circuit’ (LSC), which tells the compressor how it should act. You could think of the LSC as the compressors brain!

It is important to realize that the ‘level sensing circuit’ is placed on a parallel path (known as the ‘side-chain’) to the signal that is being compressed and the signal passing through the LSC never reaches the output of the compressor, it is simply just used to control the compressor’s amplifier.




This in depth tutorial describes how to use Melodyne pitch correction including auto and manual correct methods, using the Melodyne Editor and understanding it's integration within a Pro Tools session.


The ability to correct pitch has become a necessary tool in the arsenal of any contemporary audio engineer. Without question, the most common application of pitch correction is in the manipulation of vocal performances. The lineage of these techniques can be traced back to the 'Vocoders' (Voice enCODERS) developed by Bell Laboratories in the 1920's. Originally designed as a method of encoding speech for telecommunication transmission, Vocoders became widely used in music and film production throughout the 1970's. This process of pitch manipulation transforms the human voice in a synthesized robotic tone. The Vocoder is currently seeing a resurgence in popularity due to its recent use by such artists as Coldplay and Daft Punk.


Creating A DJ Mixtape In Pro Tools

How to Create a DJ Mixtape in Pro Tools

The following tutorial discusses how to create a DJ style mix using Pro Tools. Learn about track selection, how to use “Mixed in Key” to choose tracks that are harmonically compatible, dealing with tempo changes, using the Camelot System, removing unwanted audio, elasticizing clips, importing audio, etc.

We also will discuss sequencing the mix, volume and automation techniques, creating a submaster, tape slow-down effects, limiting and dynamics. and bouncing the DJ mix. This tutorial covers most of the critical aspects to create a professional quality Mixtape!

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