Understanding Attack – The Attack Principle

If you’ve automated almost anything, you’ve encountered what Kevin calls the “Attack Principle”. Understanding these tiny dynamics can help your mixes become more crisp and clear. Not understanding¬†this can leave you “chasing your tail” for hours.

What do I use to De-ess a vocal?

I know you’ve had this problem. You get the vocal sounding bright enough, then you notice that the “S” sounds and “T” sounds are making your ears bleed. The solution to this problem could be a de-esser. I’ll show you how to use one in an upcoming post. Finding the right de-esser is the trick… Continue reading What do I use to De-ess a vocal?

Where did my F keys go?

Make sure the box is unchecked if you want your pro tools shortcuts back

Are you wondering why your F1, F2, F3 function keys are not working since you upgraded?¬† I mean F1 used to mean “shuffle mode” in Pro Tools, now it dims my screen.¬† I used to have a fancy shortcut programed for F8, now it starts iTunes. The cure could be as simple as a system… Continue reading Where did my F keys go?

Surgical EQ on a vocal track- how to use notch eq to correct proximity effect

Justin from YouTube was having trouble getting a vocal EQ’d.¬† He used a High Pass filter on the vocal, but he said that it thinned out the vocal too much. Justin sent me a sample of the vocal so that I could assess what the problem was.¬† What we discovered was that he recorded the… Continue reading Surgical EQ on a vocal track- how to use notch eq to correct proximity effect

Repairing a sustained note in Pro Tools 8

Learn the difference in a note cycle and a vibrato cycle in this video. I was dealing with the pitch on a fiddle track at the very end of the note. The repair came off beautifully. Let me know how you’d fix a note like this.

Repairing recurring vocal parts or guitar riffs by creative editing

Let’s say you have a guitar riff or a repeating vocal part and one of them is perfect and the others not-so-much. Or, maybe the very first one is weak and you want to fix it by “flying” one of the more perfect ones… Watch this video to see if this is not the EASIEST… Continue reading Repairing recurring vocal parts or guitar riffs by creative editing