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One of our favorite tools for vocal postproduction is the Waves Vocal Rider plug-in. We typically don’t recommend third-party plug-ins, but this particular plug-in is a workhorse and performs excellently for spoken and sung vocals. Its simple interface makes it easy to use and fits in with our ethos for creating great audio in the...
This is a simple tutorial on how to add the perfect amount of compression for speech, dialogue and spoken vocals in Logic Pro X. It only takes a few clicks to get excellent results, thanks to Logic’s excellent compressor plug-in that comes standard with the program.  The Logic Pro X default compressor has several emulation...
In our last post, we discussed the best practices for using reverb in audio production. This time, we’ll outline how to create auxiliary (“aux”) sends and returns in Apple Logic Pro X. This tool not only works for reverb, but other effects like chorusing, flanging, pitch shifting, and parallel compression. Even though we’ll be using...
High-pass and low-pass filters are common tools used to remove unwanted sounds from audio recordings. They have a long history in use for audio postproduction due to their simplicity and ease of use. In this post, we’ll discuss what high-pass and low-pass filters are, as well as how and when to use them.  High and...
Gates & Expanders: The Good and the Bad Gates and Expanders are a type of dynamics processing used to reduce unwanted noise in audio recordings. They operate like compressors, except that instead of attenuating signals as they pass a threshold (as a compressor would), gates and expanders attenuate signals below a user-defined threshold. They’re popular...
Data Compression: Advantages of Mono /ˈsterēō/ noun sound that is directed through two or more speakers so that it seems to surround the listener and to come from more than one source; stereophonic sound. Most listeners think of stereo as an improvement over monophonic sound, but there are many instances where stereo audio comes at...
Historically, DAWs relied upon using faders, often controlled in the form of volume fade automation, to make volume adjustments to a track over time. Clip gain or region gain (the term varies depending on your choice of DAW) can be used to get a visual representation on your volume adjustments, speeding up the pace of...
Doing Audio on a Budget – Part 3 – Using Stock Plug-Ins In 2012, I would have told you that the plugins that come with your DAW aren’t very good, and to immediately upgrade to third-party plug-ins. In 2018, this just isn’t the case. Plug-ins have come such a long way that your DAWs built-in...
  Finding the Right Plugins For anything that contains spoken words or dialogue, you only ever need three plug-ins. You’ll need a parametric EQ like Logic’s channel EQ, an optical compressor like the Native Instruments VC-2A, and Waves Vocal Rider. The most controversial of the bunch is probably the Waves Vocal Rider since it doesn’t...

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