Friday, April 30, 2021

 Every month we have an awesome time with the ๐—›๐—ฆ๐—ฆ ๐—ฆ๐—ผ๐—ป๐—ด ๐—–๐—ผ๐—ป๐˜๐—ฒ๐˜€๐˜๐˜€. This month we are switching it up a bit! 

Normally, the talented community gathers together once a month to submit original songs and at the end of the month we all listen to the submissions together. (๐˜๐˜ต'๐˜ด ๐˜ข ๐˜ญ๐˜ฐ๐˜ต ๐˜ฐ๐˜ง ๐˜ง๐˜ถ๐˜ฏ by the way...) 

There is one winner chosen and they receive a ๐—™๐—ฅ๐—˜๐—˜ mix and master from Robert McClellan of Home Studio Simplified on their winning submission. But wait, here's the cool part, the mix is done LIVE so everyone can benefit from it and even ask questions in real time, 

So, how will this month differ from others? Glad you asked! This month we are having a ๐™ˆ๐™ž๐™ญ ๐˜พ๐™ค๐™ฃ๐™ฉ๐™š๐™จ๐™ฉ! 


Recently, the community released a collaborative song called "The Crossroads". Your mission, should you decide to accept it, is to mix the song for yourself! You'll have full access to the multitracks and once your mix is completed, whether you win or not, you can add this to your portfolio. (And yes, even if you don't submit a mix, you can have the multitracks)

Speaking of winning... this is the first contest with an actual prize! The winner will receive a plug-in bundle from the awesome folks over at ๐—ž๐—ถ๐—น๐—ผ๐—ต๐—ฒ๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐˜๐˜€

Although the winner will be notified via email, be sure to ๐—ฆ๐—จ๐—•๐—ฆ๐—–๐—ฅ๐—œ๐—•๐—˜ to the YouTube channel and ๐—ฐ๐—น๐—ถ๐—ฐ๐—ธ ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐—ฏ๐—ฒ๐—น๐—น notification so you'll be aware of when the results go live as well!

Enter the competition here: The Crossroads - Mix Competition

Enter your email in the form and submit it, shortly after you'll receive an email with the download link to the multitracks. Once your masterpiece is done, come back to the form and sign in to upload your tracks. Best wishes!



Official Rules:

• Submit your email so we can deliver the multitracks to your inbox

• Once your mix is finished, upload it to the G-Drive folder below

• Label your entry as “Your Name – Crossroads Contest“

• Make sure your mix is downloadable so when can repost it later, if you win.

• This is a mixing contest and NOT a remixing contest. All arrangements and production should be left as is. Any entries with alterations in the production, will be disqualified

• Sample replacement is okay if you feel it is necessary, just remember that your choice of sounds may hurt you as much as they may help you.

• “Mastering” is optional. You aren’t being judged on how loud your mix is, rather how musical and emotional it sounds.

•If you aren’t going to master the song, it’s best practice to have the peaks at a reasonable level (-3 to -6dBFS) so it’s not too quiet.


๐—›๐—ฎ๐˜ƒ๐—ฒ ๐—ณ๐˜‚๐—ป ๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ฑ ๐—ฒ๐˜…๐—ฝ๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐—ถ๐—บ๐—ฒ๐—ป๐˜, ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฎ๐˜ ๐—ถ๐˜€ ๐˜„๐—ต๐—ฎ๐˜ ๐—บ๐—ถ๐˜…๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ด ๐—ถ๐˜€ ๐—ฎ๐—น๐—น ๐—ฎ๐—ฏ๐—ผ๐˜‚๐˜!


-FAQ-

๐—ช๐—ต๐—ฒ๐—ป ๐—ฑ๐—ผ๐—ฒ๐˜€ ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐—ฐ๐—ผ๐—ป๐˜๐—ฒ๐˜€๐˜ ๐—ฏ๐—ฒ๐—ด๐—ถ๐—ป -The contest begins May 1st, 2021 - As soon as your email is provided you will receive the multitracks within a day or two. You have 27 days to mix the song so the sooner the better!

๐—ช๐—ต๐—ฒ๐—ป ๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ฑ ๐˜„๐—ต๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ ๐˜„๐—ถ๐—น๐—น ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐˜„๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ป๐—ฒ๐—ฟ ๐—ฏ๐—ฒ ๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ป๐—ผ๐˜‚๐—ป๐—ฐ๐—ฒ๐—ฑ -Entry process will close on May 28th, 2021 @ midnight! Winner will be announced through email and a Facebook post, the week of June 4th!

๐—ช๐—ต๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ ๐—ฐ๐—ฎ๐—ป ๐˜„๐—ฒ ๐—ต๐—ฒ๐—ฎ๐—ฟ ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐˜„๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ป๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ด ๐—บ๐—ถ๐˜… -The winning mix will be posted on the Facebook page as well as shared on the YouTube channel, after the winner has been announced.

๐—›๐—ผ๐˜„ ๐—ถ๐˜€ ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐˜„๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ป๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ด ๐—บ๐—ถ๐˜… ๐—ด๐—ผ๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ด ๐˜๐—ผ ๐—ฏ๐—ฒ ๐˜‚๐˜€๐—ฒ๐—ฑ -This track is a previous release from a couple of months ago. The winning mix will be shared on all HSS social accounts with full credit given to the contestant.

๐—œ๐—ณ ๐—บ๐˜† ๐—บ๐—ถ๐˜… ๐—ถ๐˜€ ๐˜‚๐˜€๐—ฒ๐—ฑ ๐˜„๐—ถ๐—น๐—น ๐—œ ๐—ฏ๐—ฒ ๐—ฐ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ๐—ฑ๐—ถ๐˜๐—ฒ๐—ฑ -Besides the accolades and interview you’ll get with HSS, you will most certainly be credited for your work if the track is used/released in the future. Consider winning this competition the same thing as a normal mixing gig. You get compensation for your work (plugin bundle) and you will also receive the credit if the song is released.

๐˜ผ๐™ฃ๐™ฎ ๐™ค๐™ฉ๐™๐™š๐™ง ๐™ž๐™ฃ๐™ฆ๐™ช๐™ž๐™ง๐™ž๐™š๐™จ ๐™˜๐™–๐™ฃ ๐™—๐™š ๐™ข๐™–๐™™๐™š ๐™ฉ๐™ค ๐™๐™ค๐™ข๐™š๐™จ๐™ฉ๐™ช๐™™๐™ž๐™ค๐™จ๐™ž๐™ข๐™ฅ๐™ก๐™ž๐™›๐™ž๐™š๐™™@๐™œ๐™ข๐™–๐™ž๐™ก.๐™˜๐™ค๐™ข


Wednesday, April 28, 2021

New Cakewalk by BandLab Features!



BandLab integration:

  • The File > Browse BandLab Projects and File > Publish to BandLab commands are now key bindable

Tempo track:

  • Option to not update BPM display in the Tempo track header during playback/recording. To prevent the BPM display from updating during playback, right-click the Tempo track and disable Update BPM Display During Playback. Tip: Disable Update BPM Display During Playback if you want to use tap tempo during playback.

Plug-in menus:

Plug-in menus now support keyboard navigation:

  • HOME / END
  • PAGE UP / PAGE DOWN
  • Press any alpha-numeric key to go to the first plug-in beginning with that character; press the same character again to go to the next plug-in, etc.

 

Waveform outlines

You can now optionally show waveform outlines in the Clips pane.
To show/hide waveform outlines, click the Track view View menu and select Display > Show Waveform Outlines.

Known issue: Waveform outline may not display correctly wherever there are tempo changes or clip mute regions, resulting in incomplete waveform outlines and/or vertical lines. The number of tempo changes, muted clip regions, zoom level and vertical waveform size all affect the severity of the issue. This will be fixed before the final release.

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Bug fixes

Stability

  • Crash closing Cakewalk after opening Upload Projects dialog

BandLab integration

  • Upload Settings fail to persist after closing and reopening Cakewalk
  • Upload Track Mixdowns to BandLab causes mixdowns to be muted unexpectedly

Tempo track

  • Cannot click/create a node and drag immediately / crashes occasionally

UI

  • Regression: Unable to move punch point ends on timeline
  • Cut/Copy/Paste does not work with envelopes when nodes are lasso selected
  • Increase plug-in type text color contrast in plug-in menus
  • Changing the Track's output MIDI channel does not update Arpeggiator UI
  • Keyboard Shortcut for Record Arm does not work for Synth Audio Output tracks
  • Quick Group engage of Console Emulator fails to load modules as expected

Arranger

  • Incorrect sections and arrangements combo box colors in Arranger Inspector
  • Copy of Arranger section not working as expected in some projects

Automation

  • Latch Write Automation becomes stuck when quick grouping
  • Quick-group latch automation results in overwrite automation faders until saving and re-opening the project
  • Envelope related time selection issues
  • Clicking on a automation node does not clear selected tempo nodes & vice versa

Misc.

  • Changing Preview Bus in Browser is not respected by files played previously
  • Bounce to clip(s) not working with Arpeggiator if MIDI event channel doesn't match Arpeggiator MIDI Channel
  • Track templates cause project image in Browser to disappear unexpectedly
  • Regression: Adding synth tracks when current track is in a folder causes tracks to be incorrectly created

New features

Note: Screenshots may not reflect actual UI in latest build.

Integrated BandLab library access

The 2021.04 release introduces a major update to BandLab integration, with support for downloads and uploads and tracking revision state directly from within Cakewalk. Subsequent uploads to BandLab of a modified project are automatically tracked as revisions to the parent project. There is also support for importing clips and  MIDI tracks from BandLab projects. The brand new Library view (File > Browse BandLab Projects) now allows you to  navigate your projects on BandLab and set revision and song properties directly from within Cakewalk .

Here are some of the benefits of BandLab library integration in Cakewalk:

  • Easily publish Cakewalk projects, stems and mixes to your BandLab library
  • Quickly open BandLab projects in Cakewalk
  • Collaborate easily by sharing audio tracks via the BandLab cloud
  • Bring projects started on mobile into Cakewalk for VST effects and advanced editing
  • Fly in vocals or other parts for a Cakewalk project from iOS and Android
  • Curate your music as playlists that you can play anywhere from your mobile device

To publish the current project to your BandLab library, select File > Publish to BandLab or choose Export | BandLab from the export module on the toolbar.

When publishing to BandLab, a project may be uploaded as  a new project, or as a revision to an existing BandLab project.  BandLab projects always point to the latest revision. 

Use the Upload Settings to pick the combination of project assets you wish to upload to the BandLab project. Tracks and buses are mixed down prior to uploading to BandLab.

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To open a BandLab project, select File > Browse BandLab Projects. You may open as a new Cakewalk project or import into an existing project. Note that revisions are only tracked if you open as a new Cakewalk project. Use the Download Settings options to select the types of assets from the BandLab project you wish to download and open. 

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Note: The Help button in the Browse BandLab Projects dialog box will not launch the correct help topic until Cakewalk 2021.04 has been officially released.

IMPORTANT: Cakewalk is no longer compatible with projects downloaded via BandLab Assistant. As of version 2021.04, BandLab Assistant should no longer be used for project integration.

If you have multiple BandLab user accounts and would like to sign in as a different user, select Help > Sign Out from BandLab, then select Help > Sign In to BandLab to sign in with a different account.

 

Tempo track

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The new envelope based  Tempo track replaces the Tempo view and provides an overview of the project tempo. 

In the Tempo track, tempo changes are represented by envelope shapes. You edit the project’s tempo map the same way you edit automation envelopes. If a project has a single fixed tempo, the Tempo track shows a straight horizontal line. You create tempo changes by adding envelope nodes and editing their values. You can expand the Tempo track to give yourself more room to work, and adjust the range of values for the Tempo track.

To show the Tempo track, do one of the following:

  • Click the Track view View menu and select Tempo Track Show/Hide
  • Select Views > Tempo or press ALT+SHIFT+5 (this also opens the Tempo Inspector)

The Tempo track automatically zooms vertically to fit the tempo range each time the tempo envelope is modified.

  • To zoom vertically, drag up/down in the tempo scale with the left mouse button
  • To scroll vertically, drag in the tempo scale with the right mouse button
  • To auto-zoom to fit the envelope, double-click the tempo scale

The new Project > Offset Tempo Map command lets you speed up or slow down the entire tempo map.

For additional options, right-click the Tempo track.

Tip: There is a new workspace named Tempo that has a layout suitable for tempo editing.

Note: Your old custom workspaces have no knowledge of the new Tempo track, so you must resave the workspaces if you want to store the state of the Tempo track.

 

Tempo Inspector

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The Tempo Inspector shows a list of all tempo changes defined in the project’s tempo map, and allows you to edit each tempo change BPM, time position, and curve type.

To show/hide the Tempo Inspector, click the Show/Hide Tempo Inspector button image.png at the top of the Inspector pane.

To show both the Tempo Inspector and Tempo track, select Views > Tempo or press ALT+SHIFT+5.

 

PC2A T-Type Leveling Amplifier ProChannel module

PC2A T-Type Leveling Amplifier is meticulously modeled after a legendary vintage electro-optical tube compressor. This compressor, known for its automatic gain control characteristics, delivers vintage sound with incredibly warm and rich compression. It is revered by audio engineers worldwide for its trademark sound, and has been used on countless hit records since the late 1960s. It is one of the true classics in the audio recording industry.

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  Enhancements

Loop current arrangement

You can now loop the current arrangement indefinitely by enabling the Loop Enable/Disable button image.png in the Arranger Inspector.

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Plug-in menu improvements

Plug-in menus have been greatly enhanced to make it easier and faster to find and select plug-ins:

  • Plug-in menus show color coded plug-in types (DX/VST2/VST3/32 bit)
  • Large plug-in menus can now show over 1,000 plug-ins
  • Multiple columns appear when applicable
  • Clearer fonts
  • Supports mouse wheel scrolling
  • Supports keyboard navigation:
    • HOME / END
    • PAGE UP / PAGE DOWN
    • Press any alpha-numeric key to go to the first plug-in beginning with that character; press the same character again to go to the next plug-in, etc.

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Improved automation envelope UI

The appearance of automation envelopes has been updated:

  • Automation envelopes are slightly thinner
  • Nodes are smaller and no longer have a gradient
  • Selected nodes are larger and outlined
  • Ghosted envelopes no longer show nodes

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Show values on automation envelopes

You can now optionally show values on envelopes.

To show/hide values on automation envelopes, click the Track view View menu and select Display > Show Values on Envelopes.

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Track Manager preset support

The Track Manager dialog box now has support for per-project presets.

This is useful if you have a large project and you want to hide all other tracks apart from a certain group of tracks. For example, on a rock project you could have a "Drums only" or "Guitars" preset; on an orchestral project, you may wish to have a "Strings Section" preset that hides all tracks apart from your strings tracks.

Note: Tracks within the Tracks Manager presets are "opted-out" - i.e. it remembers which tracks you want to hide, rather than which tracks you want to show (to avoid not being able to see newly created tracks).

To open the Track Manager, click the Track view Tracks menu and select Track Manager or press the H key.

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Convert MIDI continuous controller (CC) events to/from automation envelopes

You can convert back and forth between MIDI continuous controller (CC) events and automation envelopes. 

The existing Track view Clips > Convert MIDI Controllers To Envelopes command lets you convert all CC events on all selected tracks to automation envelopes. You now also have finer control with the ability to convert an individual CC type on a Piano Roll controller lane. You can also convert MIDI automation envelopes back to CC events. You can also choose to convert only a selected part of your CC events / automation envelope and back again.

Converting MIDI controllers to envelopes:

  1. In the Piano Roll view Controller pane, click the name/label of the CC type that you want to convert to an envelope.
  2. Right-click the highlighted CC name/label and select Convert MIDI to Envelopes.
  3. Cakewalk converts the Piano Roll view controller data to a Track view envelope that controls the same parameter.

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Converting envelopes to MIDI controllers:

This can be useful, for example, if you want to use the Transform tool in the Piano Roll view Controller pane.

  1. In the Clips pane, show the envelope that you want to convert to MIDI controller events.
  2. Select the time range that contain the controller data you want to convert, or clear the selection if you want to convert the entire envelope.
  3. Right-click envelope and select Convert to MIDI Events.

Conversion uses the current Snap to Grid setting as a resolution for discrete CC events:

  • If Snap is off, the resolution is the last selected snap setting
  • If Snap is not set to a musical value (e.g. samples), the resolution is 1/32nd note

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UI theme compatibility checker

IMPORTANT: The Inspector header has a new Show/Hide Tempo Inspector button image.png. In addition to the new button, the other header buttons have been resized. Custom user themes must be updated in order to show the header buttons properly.

When you select a theme in Edit > Preferences > Customization - Themes, or launch Cakewalk with an old custom user theme active, Cakewalk checks to make sure the custom theme is compatible with the current version of Cakewalk.

A user theme is considered incompatible if Cakewalk contains new or resized UI elements that have not been updated in the theme.

If the selected theme needs to be updated, Cakewalk will show a Custom Theme Incompatibility warning, and ask if you want to continue to use the theme:

  • If you click Yes, some UI elements might be corrupted until the theme is updated and resaved in Theme Editor.
  • If you click No, Cakewalk will revert to the factory Mercury theme.

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Behavior changes

Disable Arranger Preview if project does not support it

To reinforce that Arranger Preview is not supported in projects that contain  video, ReWire synths, and active Region FX, Arranger Preview is now disabled in such projects.

 

Optimizations

High resolution Plug-in Automation improvements

Plug-in automation envelopes were previously being decimated at a uniform 50 msec interval. The automation rendering process has been redesigned to render at a much higher resolution of (default = 5 msec) and also make automation sample accurate (for VST3). For VST2 (or VST3 plug-ins that do not support sample accurate automation) the rendering will be buffer accurate. These improvements allows for much tighter sync when automating plug-in parameters synced to rhythm even at higher latencies. The higher resolution rendering also makes automating filter sweeps audibly smoother and without aliasing artifacts. The decimation interval can be changed via the audio configuration property AutomationDecimationMsec (2-30) in preferences.

 

Accurate automation writing via MIDI remote control

Writing automation for plug-in parameters automated via MIDI remote control is more accurate and curves should be smoothly represented.

 

Bug fixes

Stability

  • Crash loading custom plug-in layouts
  • Multichannel WAV files from Behringer X32 mixer crash on import to 24 bit
  • Crash on close of attached project
  • Crash when adding some plug-ins from track template
  • Crash when writing plug-in automation on top of existing automation
  • User reported crash with AmpleSound Cloudrum
  • Crash drag exporting MIDI to browser
  • Dragging a MIDI clip to Kontakt causes crash
  • Crash after moving Arranger Section
  • AmpleSound VST3 plug-ins crash when trying to play attached MIDI file
  • Crash swapping Sections in attached project

UI

  • FX Chain assigned controls not working after project reopen
  • Aim Assist is not visible when moving the mouse in the Piano Roll time ruler
  • Drag move of Step Sequencer clip crops unexpectedly
  • Clip outlines in the Piano Roll are practically invisible in the Tungsten theme
  • Dimmed envelopes difficult to see in Tungsten
  • Hide Muted Clips in Piano Roll does not hide MIDI CCs
  • Ripple Edit turns off unexpectedly after bouncing clip.
  • SHIFT-drag of split point causes other clips to crop unexpectedly
  • Drawing error when changing sample rate
  • Velocity of muted and hidden clips can be edited within Piano Roll
  • Unexpected behavior when adding notes in Piano Roll when muted clips are hidden
  • Scrollbar in Piano Roll track list no longer working
  • Drag drop move MIDI selection doesn't shrink the destination clip to the events extent
  • Reassign Control menu does not use Choose Parameter
  • Choose parameters dialog does not show for effects on instrument tracks
  • Context Menu for Select Module causes module to disappear
  • Drag and Drop of MIDI file creates unexpected extra MIDI clip
  • MIDI Ports from synths should not be exposed to their own inputs

Plug-ins

  • Insert effect not working for audio clips
  • Systems with high plug-in counts can fail to show all plug-ins
  • 2021.01 Update exposes internal Style Dial parameters
  • VST plug-in automation rendering is not accurate  
  • Cakewalk incorrectly reporting sample rate to VST2 plug-in after project sample rate is changed
  • Dragging an effect from one track to another goes to the wrong index
  • Nomad Factory FX included with SONAR Platinum do not show as assignable parameters in FX Chains
  • When Custom Layout does not contain plug-in, MRU fails to load
  • Plug-in Menu MRU shows duplicate entries when plug-ins are loaded from different places
  • Cakewalk loses keystrokes when plug-in hosted by Waves StudioRack has focus
  • Plug-in automation written via MIDI control not writing as expected

Arranger

  • Arranger section without data copy operations fail.
  • Arranger inspector: Prevent moving a section against itself
  • Arrangement playback timer does not match project playback timer
  • Show/Hide Arranger should show shortcut in Track View View menu

Articulation Maps

  • Articulation Chase Notes/CC does not respect order of events within the articulation
  • Error changing articulation event to keyaft event in event list
  • Modifying Section Length changes project Time Signature Unexpectedly
  • Move section with overwrite & leading notes sometimes fails to move the correct part of the clip

Misc.

  • Changing tempo during playback causes synth audio to cut out
  • Convert MIDI to Envelopes not working for multiple lanes with different channels
  • Punch in recording occurs late with Aux or synth tracks 
  • Quantize can quantize MIDI behind frozen instrument tracks
  • Save / Save As .mid file should ignore selection - only Export should use selection
  • Save As MIDI using selection after doing Export as MIDI with selection
  • Incorrect folder behavior when inserting a synth
  • Add Track for Split Instrument Tracks does not respect track count
  • Bounce to Clip(s) not always deleting original clips after bounce
  • Sign-in view fails on Windows 7

Saturday, April 17, 2021

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Cakewalk by BandLab has several features to speed up your workflow. Today, we will discuss the ability to group faders. This will not only save you time, but will also save you CPU usage.

 Instead of having several automation lanes across several tracks, you can group one set of tracks and control them all at once from one lane so long as they remain grouped. 

 

Monday, March 29, 2021

The NUGEN MasterCheck - Plugin Review


The NUGEN MasterCheck plugin is a must have for the serious mixing/mastering engineer, or even the producer as well. How do people listen to your output? You work hard to deliver masters that sound great at home, in the car or on earbuds, but that’s only half the story. 

How does your music sound on Spotify, Apple Music, Tidal, SoundCloud or YouTube? All major online services encode your music, using different specs and formats depending on the playback device, the connection speed, or even whether the user is a “basic” or “premium” customer. 

Hot mixes can introduce True Peak overs that will clip on playback. MasterCheck detects these errors, and you’ll be able to hear obvious frequency masking and other artefacts. 

You can monitor the following codecs, with presets for specific streaming services: (Ogg Vorbis, FLAC, Opus, AAC-LC, HE-AACv1 (AAC+), HE-AACv2 (DAB+), MP3) 

It doesn't stop there! 

The NUGEN MasterCheck has an entire list of other practical applications as well! Here's just a few: 
✔ Measuring integrated loudness 
✔ Monitoring PLR and PSR 
✔ Identifying codec distortion 
✔ A/B referencing at matched loudness 
✔ Preparing mix dynamics for mastering 
✔ Mastering for digital music services 
✔ Measuring dynamic content 
✔ Avoiding downstream clipping 
✔ Auditioning loudness matched FX chains 
✔ Mastering for podcasts and digital radio 

Download your FREE 15 day trial here: https://nugenaudio.com/mastercheck

Thursday, March 25, 2021

Live Mix Session

 

If you haven't checked out the newest live mix vid, it was a blast! In case you missed it, you can check it out here...



A couple of things I'd like to point out about the video that I believe are some great key takeaway moments!

☑ The material was recorded well - One of the points that I tried to drive home is that if you spend just a few more moments on the front end, getting things right at the source, you're going to save a lot of time down the road and have more fun mixing a project when you get to that stage! 

☑ The arrangement was spot on - Not every mix calls for 52 double tracked guitar parts, in fact the old adage "less is better" is sometimes the route to take. This song demonstrates a great arrangement that has just the right amount of instrumentation sprinkled in at just the right times and show signs of purposeful addition. (i.e. the extras add to the theme and feel, they're not just there because)

☑ Committing to sounds is a sign of engineering maturity - One of the things that stood out to me as I went through the course is that Reid Shippen was very intentional about his sounds and he committed to them! This is the earmark of a mature engineer/producer. As tempting as it is to just record things dry and leave yourself to the sounds you'd like later, it can also cripple your creativity and lead to information overload when it's time to pick out those sounds later. This in turn leads to frustration and ultimately make things less creative.

If you'd like to see more of these, I go live on the channel every week to showcase tips, tricks, tutorials, and even host the monthly HSS Song Contest!

Now in completely unrelated news... our family is getting a puppy! As many of you know we lost our loving studio cat "Girlie" about 6 months ago. After some time of healing we have decided that it is time to introduce another fur baby. This little guy is going to be named "Bosco"! 

                                
                                                                                
                                                                                                                    
                          




                                                    

Tuesday, March 9, 2021

Screensets and Mix Recall-Cakewalk by Bandlab

Using screensets and the mix recall feature of Cakewalk by BaldLab can be a huge timesaver as well as a productivity hack within this FREE DAW!
 
 

Monday, February 22, 2021

Why I Love Cakewalk by BandLab


5. Mix Recall The mix recall feature is a huge game changer. With Cakewalk’s ability to create scenes as well as alt mixes within any given project, you can literally have instant recall to different versions of the same mix, or even save a remix within the same project. This is also great for mix revisions. Say you send out a mix and the artist wants the vocals, the drums, and the bass to be up by just a few dBs, then they call back a few days later and want to go back to the original. Now, there is no need to adjust everything back to the settings you had written down on a piece of paper, or bring up a separate session, simply go back in and select your previous version and recall everything instantly. 4. Infinite Routing Possibilities Whether it’s patch points or aux tracks, you have infinite routing possibilities that you have within the DAW. Let’s say that you want to route your audio, or your midi dry and wet to two separate tracks, or maybe you want your bass guitar split into a high and a low band, so that you can treat them differently, or maybe you want to take two mono sources and blend them together as one stereo track. All of this and more is possible through the use of aux tracks that can actually be displayed right underneath the tracks that you currently have in your project. 3. Completely Customizable In Cakewalk, everything from the way that it looks, to the way that it loads a project and even down to making custom plugin chains and templates that can then be recalled at any time, is completely customizable! 2. No Limitations There are no limitations to this free DAW! With most affordable or free DAWS, you are given a set amount of tracks, or minimal options to start with, but not with Cakewalk. Whether you are tracking, mixing, or mastering, you will have all of the tools you need right at your fingertips, from essential to unique, right out of the gate. The layout is designed to emulate the layout of an analog console. You can even build and upload your channel strip with an expandable library of pro channel modules, ranging from everything from convolution reverb, resonant filtering dynamic compression, powerful EQ, tape and console emulation, peak limiting, tube saturation. You will also get great stock plugins and a virtual instrument suite of the main essentials for making great music, all for free! 1. It’s FREE! This is absolutely the top reason to love Cakewalk. There are no strings attached, no hidden gimmicks, no buy-up plans, it is 100% free. Cakewalk is an excellent and affordable solution to getting started and allows you to focus on buying other essential elements to making music first.