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More Tips for Studio One Users

William Edstrom Jr. is the author of Studio One for Engineers and Producers.  Here are some video tutorial excerpts from the DVD.  For more tips on Studio One, check out this post about Larry the O’s series, Power Tools for Studio One 2.  

RECORDING TO LAYERS

Setting Tempo of Imported Audio Tutorial

Comping Example

Audio Bend Examples

Find more great tutorials for DAWS software and other music-related skills on our MusicPro Guides YouTube channel!

Studio One for Engineers and Producers

Studio One for Engineers and Producers is specifically designed to help engineers and producers who are already comfortable using another DAW software platform make the transition to Studio One. Text, illustrations, and video examples (on the accompanying DVD-ROM) demonstrate the creative, practical, and technical benefits provided by PreSonus in this modern, well-developed, flexible, and user-friendly application. All instruction is presented in straightforward and simple language that gets right to the point, taking into consideration the need for amateurs, home studio owners, and commercial professionals to get up to speed very quickly.

This Quick Pro Guide starts by relating Studio One’s layout and functionality to other common DAWs, to identify the most important similarities and differences. It then follows the creative process through the normal progression of a modern recording/production, to help the reader get to work as soon as possible. This new cross-platform (Mac/PC) DAW is built from the ground up for speed, efficiency, and power; Studio One for Engineers and Producers is the perfect tool to shorten the pathway from installation to inspiration!

A Drum Recording Checklist

Guest Blogger: Bobby Owsinski is the co-author of The Drum Recording Handbook. Below is an excerpt from his blog THE BIG PICTURE.

Remember that each situation is different and ultimately the sound depends upon the drums, the drummer, the song, the arrangement, and even the other players. Sometimes things are just out of your control. Also, these are not hard and fast rules, just a starting place. If you try something that’s different from what you’ll read below and it sounds good, it is good!

1. Do the drums sound great acoustically? Make sure that you start with a great acoustic drum sound with the drums well tuned and minimum of sympathetic vibrations.

2. Are the mics acoustically in phase? Make sure that tom mics and room mics are parallel to each other. Make sure that any underneath mics are at a 45° angle to the top mics.

3. Are the mics electronically in phase? Make sure that any bottom mics have the phase reversed. Make sure that all the mic cables are wired the same by doing a phase check.

4. Are the mics at the correct distance from the drum? If they’re too far away they’ll pick up too much of the other drums. If they’re too close the sound will be unbalanced with too much attack or ring.

5. Are the drum mics pointing at the center of the head? Pointing at the center of the drum will give you the best balance of attack and fullness.

Keep reading this article on Bobby O’s THE BIG PICTURE.

The Drum Recording Handbook by Bobby Owsinski and Dennis Moody

Recording acoustic drums is one of the toughest challenges faced by every audio engineer. In The Drum Recording Handbook, mega-selling pro audio author Bobby Owsinski and in-demand recording engineer Dennis Moody reveal amazing secrets to getting outstanding drum track recordings every time, from every session. Interviews include Bernie Dresel, Ricky Lawson, Brian MacLeod, and Dave Weckl.

The Most Famous Dress in the World

The following is an excerpt from Dressing Marilyn: How a Hollywood Icon Was Styled by William Travilla by Andrew Hansford (Applause Books), as posted on The Random Thoughts of Crazy Mandy.

The design that Travilla created for the dress was far quicker than the filming of the scene; he was so inspired that he produced the entire costume ensemble for The Seven Year Itch out over one weekend. When asked to create the costumes for this movie Travilla had been delighted on many levels. First, there was the obvious pleasure in working with Marilyn but, as important, was that the movie was shot in New York. Travilla loved New York and spent a lot of time there and he knew just how to evoke the feeling of the Big Apple.
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After his frenzied weekend of designing Travilla showed Marilyn his ideas and, as she always did, she approved them all. The role she was to play was simply “The Girl”; sensuous and beautiful, her character still had to possess a sweet and innocent demeanour. So Travilla had to portray Marilyn as pure and lovely, almost talcum-powder clean. Achieving this effect on a humid, sunny afternoon in New York was not an easy task.
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The script presented challenges too. Travilla knew the halter-neck dress with its sunburst pleats would have to blow up at some point in the movie. So the fabric he chose was an ivory coloured rayon-acetate crepe, heavy enough to flow beautifully as she walked but still light enough to blow up in an interesting way. It is clear just by looking at the pictures that the dress did not blow up vertically like so many of the copies have done; instead it billowed, allowing her to pose seductively among the pleats of the skirt. Travilla never normally used manmade fabric, but with pleating this posed a challenge, as 100 per cent natural fabric would not hold such stiff pleats so, for all his pleated creations, a special fabric with just a small amount of manmade fibre in it to maintain the structure had to be made.

Keep reading this excerpt on Mandy’s blog

William Travilla is one of the best costume designers of all time and Marilyn Monroe his most famous client. Dressing Marilyn: How a Hollywood Icon Was Styled by William Travilla focuses on the striking dresses that Travilla designed for Marilyn, from his early work on the thrillerDon’t Bother to Knock and the gorgeous pink dress in which Marilyn sang “Diamonds Are a Girl’s Best Friend” to the legendary white dress from The Seven Year Itch, which arguably contributed to the collapse of Marilyn’s marriage to Joe DiMaggio. Featuring Travilla’s original sketches, rare costume test shots, dress patterns, photographs of Marilyn wearing the dresses, plus exclusive and never-before-seen extracts from interviews with Travilla, this book offers a fresh insight into the golden age of Hollywood.

Money Saving Ideas for Your Wedding

Guest Blogger: Anne Roos, author of The Musician’s Guide to Brides and The Bride’s Guide to Musicians (Hal Leonard Books)

Saving money is not about pinching pennies or cutting out items that are necessary for your wedding. Instead, saving money is about adjusting your wedding plans to that you are in a better position to obtain lower price quotes for the items you want, including live music.

Timing is everything!–Choose a date, time, or season that is less popular for tying the knot. Here are 7 ways to time your wedding to help you save money on musicians:

   1. Any day except Saturday

Saturday is the most popular day to tie the knot. Choose a weekday to get married, and not only are all your services likely to be available, but you may also receive midweek discounts.

   2. Be a “morning person”

Morning is the best time of day to get married, for a number of reasons. First of all, most couples have evening weddings, so your musicians and other services are more likely to be available in the morning (and may even offer you discounts). Your guests and musicians will be able to find parking earlier in the day (some musicians and wedding vendors charge extra when no suitable loading zone or parking is available adjacent to the wedding site). One more note: People won’t drink as much in the morning hours, so you’ll save money on the bar tab at your reception.

  3. Avoid holidays

Musicians and other services may charge time-and-a-half or more if you hold your wedding or reception on Christmas Day, the Fourth of July, or other holidays. Or, they may not be available at all. Valentine’s Day weddings can be quite popular, so if you have your heart set on that date, book your musicians, celebrant, and other wedding services far in advance.

Keep reading more great tips on  Anne Roos’s website!

In The Bride’s Guide to Musicians: Live Wedding Music Made Easy and Affordable, renowned harpist Anne Roos draws upon 25+ years of experience to guide you every step of the way in planning the musical portion of your perfect wedding. She also helps you find cost-effective ways to include live music in your overall wedding budget. With tips from internationally recognized wedding professionals, this fun guide is designed to be the only book you’ll need when you go shopping for your wedding musicians. It comes complete with worksheets, checklists, and more!

Visit CelticHarpMusic.com for more information about the author.