Pro Sound And Vocal Editing

Friday, September 30, 2011

Introducing Antares Auto-Tune EFX 2!

The Most Affordable Tool for Genuine Auto-Tune Pitch Correction and Creating the Auto-Tune Vocal Effect. Now with Auto-Motion™ Vocal Pattern Generation
Auto-Tune EFX 2

We're extremely pleased to announce the availability of Auto-Tune EFX 2. Powered by the same core technology as our professional standard Auto-Tune 7, Auto-Tune EFX 2 is the newest generation of the quickest, easiest-to-use tool for real-time pitch correction and creating the iconic Auto-Tune Vocal Effect. And now, with its new Auto-Motion™ Vocal Pattern Generation, you can add a variety of intricate musical patterns to your tracks for an entirely new (and sonically dramatic) vocal effect.

Auto-Motion Vocal Pattern Generation
Auto-Motion Vocal Pattern Generation is a new effect that takes advantage of Auto-Tune's superb pitch-shifting ability to add intricate musical patterns to a vocal performance. Just select a pattern from Auto-Tune EFX 2's built-in (and expandable) pattern library. Set the pattern's tempo in BPM or sync it to your host's tempo at various beat divisions. Then, at any point in your track, simply click the Auto-Motion Trigger button to send your vocal on a melodic adventure.
With Auto-Tune EFX 2, you're not limited to just the built-in Auto-Motion patterns. Since Auto-Tune EFX 2's patterns are stored in standard MusicXML format, you can use any application that can open and edit MusicXML files (including a selection of free open-source apps) to edit existing patterns and create entirely new patterns of your own. So your vocal tracks can always feature your very own unique Auto-Motion effects.

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Image-Line Relased Harmor

Harmor, over a year in the making, is finally here!

Harmor is driven by a powerful additive synthesis engine. Its modules will look familiar to subtractive synthesizer enthusiasts including: oscillators, filters & phasers, these are featured in Harmor but, because they are performed through additive synthesis, offer more freedom.  

Gol said 'No discounts' but while he was out we put it ON SALE for $99! Sale ends October 1, Harmor will be $149.

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Deckadance 1.9.3. Review - New Image-Line Product

I have received an e-mail from Image-Line and I want to share it with you, As you can see Deckadance 1.9.3. is finally released. 

Updates: Deckadance, Image-Lines popular DJ mixing application, has received some welcome updates including:

  • A font size option in the 'Setup window > Global settings > Browser settings'.
  • Song manager resize buttons. Located top right next to the search window.
  • 5 star rating tags now read from mp3 files at song import (ID3V2 format - WMP, MediaMonkey, Traktor etc).
  • Improved the low equalizer band design (low shelf) and behavior of kill buttons (Kill - Low + Mid + High = no-pass).
  • Changed the behavior of the sync button to left = momentary, right = lock.

Connectivity & Control: Deckadance offers open support for the widest range of Time Codes (DVS CD/Vinyl) and compatibility with all MIDI compliant controllers. Including Native support & auto-detection for:

  • American Audio - VMS4, DP2.
  • A&H - Xone 3D.
  • Behringer - BCD2000, BCD3000.
  • Dj-Tech - DjForAll, Imix Reload MKI&MK2, Imix, Kontrol One, Mix Free, iMix MKII, uSolo FX, Poket Dj, 101 series.
  • EKS - XP5, XP10, Otus.
  • Hercules - DJ Control MP3 E2, Console MK2, Control Mp3, Console RMX, Control Steel, DJ Console MK4.
  • iCON - i-DJ.
  • Kontrol Dj - KDJ500.
  • M-Audio - X Session Pro, Xponent.
  • Nintendo - Wii Remote.
  • Numark - Total Control, OmniControl.
  • Omnitronic - MMC-1.
  • Reloop - Digital Jockey.
  • Stanton - SCS-1D, SCS-3D
  • Synq - PCM-1, DMC-1000, DMC-2000.
  • Vestax - VCI-100, VCM-100, VCI-300, Typhoon.

Monday, September 5, 2011

Adobe Audition CS5.5 Mastering Tutorial

Adobe Audition CS5.5 is new generation of music producing software. Mastering with Adobe Audition CS5.5 is great experience. In this tutorial I am going to show you how to get studio quality vocals using Adobe Audition CS5.5.
Step 1. Setup recording track 

The first thing you must do is to setup yours recording track correctly. That means you must set a MONO recording because mono track is better and easier to produce then stereo track. How to do that? 
  1. Run Adobe Audition CS5.5
  2. Click on "Multitrack" mode 
  3. Choose track you want record you vocal 
  4. Click "Default Stereo Input" and choose MONO device
Step 2. Recording Vocals

Most of you think that the easier part of music making is recording process, well that is not true. Recording vocal is one of most important step in music making. Here are some basic facts you must know before you can learn anything else : 
  1. Adjust Microphone Volume to avoid any "extra" and " unwanted" sound
  2. Distance between you and your mic must be minimum 15cm, the optimum is somewhere between 15-20cm
  3. If you are recording in you house make sure that you record you vocals in small room, and avoid any noise like cars, wind or something like that. You just want your vocal recorded not you neighbor. 
Step 3. Mastering process 

Mastering / Mixing your vocal is second most important step in song making process. No matter if you are rock singer, RnB or hip hop/rap artist you surely want clear and powerful vocal. In this post I am going to walk you trough some of most important effects you must use to get decent vocal quality. 

The first effect that you must use is Amplify process. What is amplify process? Amplify process is great way to boost power and volume of your vocal, it is very useful if you using some cheap microphone with poor quality. How to do that? 
  1. Record you vocal
  2. Go to "edit mode" or waveform 
  3. Click Effects > Amplitude and Compression > Amplify.. 
  4. Then just choose one of present that fit to your vocal volume 

Amplify Process
The next effect you must use is Dynamic Processing. Dynamic processing will give your vocal some really good quality and it is very useful. How to use it?

  1. Click Effects > Amplitude and Compression > Dynamic Processing > Classic Soft knee
  2. Then click on "settings" and mark "Noise gating" (check out screenshot)
Classic Soft Knee

Next effect you must use Graphic Equalizer. Graphic eq is of greatest effect, this one give really nice quality to you vocals. How to use it?
Click Effects > Filter and EQ > Graphic Equalizer (20 Bands) > 20 bands Classic V. 

20 Bands Classic V
Next effect is Parametric Equalizer. 
Click Effects > Filter and EQ > Parametric Equalizer > Loudness Maximizer 

Loudness Maximizer

Next effect you want to use is Reverb. Reverb is great effect if you are using some less quality microphone. Revereb effect will give to your vocal little delay and echo but not too much. How to use it?

Click on Effects > Reverb > Studio Reverb > Vocal Reverb (small) 

Studio Reverb (Small)

And Last effect you need to use is Hard Limiting. Hard Limiting will make you vocals at same level ( no pops and pufs). How to use it?

Click Amplify and Compression > Hard Limiting > Light 

Hard Limiting

Okay that is for now, this is some simple mastering tutorial please come back because I will introduce to you  some more advanced tutorial that will help you to gain Studio Quality Vocals with Adobe Audition CS5.5.