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De-essing your vocals
Something I rarely do is de-ess vocals. It's always been something that didn't really bother me in the past. The other day I wrote a new song that included the lyrics: Floating through space, haven't seen a face in so long. You spin you go round the sun.
I played it on the home stereo and it was very apparent. The S sounds were nasty sounding. They didn't pop out on my studio speakers or headphones, but they really distracted on the consumer equipment for some reason.
I busted out the de-esser and got to work. It made the track sound like I had a bad lisp. Reducing the attenuation didn't tame the S sounds enough.
I ended up simple dropping the volume of each S sound by about 6db by drawing automation. Much better sounding!
If you don't know, most de-essers work by listening to the high frequencies and reducing the volume of the track when those high frequencies pass a threshold. Using such a plug-in can reduce all high frequencies - and make you sound like you have a speech impediment.
|Control Logic using your iOS device - officially.||
Control Logic with your iOS device by buying TouchOSC, the extremely useful application for your iDevices. That's a new feature in the latest Logic update. The somewhat limited line item in the release notes doesn't explain much so I did a little bit of hunting about.
The creators of TouchOSC have a press blurb outlining the usage scenario:
"All one needs to do is to start up Logic Pro or Express, make sure the iDevice is connected to the same WiFi network as the music production computer, go to TouchOSC’s network configuration page and select the name of the machine running Logic. Voila! Everything should be set up and ready to go in perfect harmony. As usual firewalls might prevent this miracle from happening, so if you run into any trouble, try disabling your network security software temporarily and try again."
|Upgrading your music Mac to OS X Lion||
I did a silly thing the other day. I upgraded to Lion - the first release of an operating system update. I'm a user of Logic, Native Instruments, Aalto and a few other plugins. My brain said no, but my nerdy right hand said "yes, buy, OK, confirm, yes". Don't do it without a backup. You've been warned. Audio plugins and programs are notorious for breaking on x.0 revisions.
I did a bit of research on my most used plugins. These days I'm using the NI Komplete package for almost everything: complete it is. Logic and recorded audio round out the sound. I have an album 'In the works', but also a month old daughter, so I decided I didn't have any pressing projects to get done, so the upgrade would be a fun little after hours project. So I didn't have any pressing audio work to get done - nor should you if you'd like to upgrade to OS X Lion.
|Creating and cleaning your own samples in Logic||
So you're creating a sampled and layered instrument. Maybe it's a drumkit or a set of bells.
In my case I sat at my drumkit and recorded all microphones. I hit the snare from very soft to very loud. I then did the same for every other drum.