Posts tagged with Mixing
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Feb 23, 2024 Tutorial
In my recent video, I received a lot of love, praise, likes, and comments, which warmed my heart. I wanted to continue sharing knowledge about Bitwig Studio and unique ways of eqing. I introduced a visual guide using EQ+ and a loud split device to help identify and adjust frequency distribution, making EQing easier and more efficient.
Feb 13, 2024 Tutorial
In this video, I cover three different topics related to EQ techniques. The first is an auto leveler method using bandpass filters and an amplifier to maintain a consistent volume. The second is a multi-band EQ compressor, created by combining an EQ with a grid compressor, allowing for individual frequency control. Lastly, I demonstrate the use of the Loud Split device to selectively affect different frequency ranges in a sound, helpful for removing noise or enhancing specific elements.
Feb 09, 2024 Tutorial
In this video, I show a quick tip for mixing and mastering in Bitwig Studio. Instead of constantly moving the spectrum analyzer to compare different elements, I suggest using FX or return busses. By sending different tracks to the spectrum analyzer on separate FX channels, you can easily compare and adjust the frequency distribution of various elements in your mix.
Oct 16, 2023 Tutorial
In this video, I share a useful trick in Bitwig Studio for creating evolving sounds. I remind myself to use the XY Instrument container which allows me to load multiple instruments and fade between them. This technique can be applied to various types of sounds and offers a lot of flexibility in terms of modulating and manipulating the fades.
May 08, 2023 Tutorial
In this video, I explain how to get different sound sources from within the Bitwig Studio grid onto separate channels for mixing. I start with a generative patch with multiple sound sources mixed together, and demonstrate how to separate the percussion and funky bass onto separate channels. To do this, I use a hack that involves cutting off the percussion audio output, creating an FX layer for the rest of the sum, using a stereo split, and then utilizing modulation to transfer audio signals to separate channels. By creating separate audio tracks for each sound source, I can mix and manipulate them individually. I provide step-by-step instructions and a downloadable audio output preset for ease of use.
Apr 24, 2023 Tutorial
In this video, I share my process of creating risers and transitioning effects using the global modulator in Bitwig Studio. I was inspired by UJAM's final boost and Data Life's Endless Smile plugins and wanted to replicate the effects in Bitwig. Instead of using manual automation, I used the curve editor to create a ramp that gradually increases the effect's intensity over time. I demonstrated how to apply this technique to individual tracks, such as chords, bass, and percussion, to create more dynamic and interesting effects with precise control. This technique is a great VST replacement and allows for more creative flexibility in creating risers and sweeps in your music.
Mar 22, 2023 Tutorial
In this video, I talk about three new plugins by Sonoble that just came out today: Pure Verb, Pure Comp, and Pure Limit. These are smaller versions of their bigger plugins, which have fewer controls. These plugins are perfect for creative people who want to dial in a few parameters and move on. I demonstrate how to use each plugin and offer some tips along the way. These plugins are a great addition to any mixing or mastering workflow, especially for those who want to simplify the process. If you're interested, check out the links in the description to try them out for yourself.
Feb 28, 2023 Tutorial
In this video, I explain how to use DP Meter 5 to measure loudness levels and gain staging. I also explain the different modes, such as RMS mode, EVO mode, and dial mode. I show how to use the RMS integrated value, RMS momentary, RMS momentary max, true peak max, crest factor, and loudness range. I also explain how to use the gain setting, match button, and reference level. Lastly, I explain why you should use EVO instead of RMS, and how frequencies are factored into the numbers.
Nov 16, 2022 Tutorial
In this video, I demonstrated how to create a simple auto-leveling patch in the grid. I used an oscilloscope, a divide or division operation, and a follow-off to average out the audio signal. I also implemented a threshold algorithm to make sure that the auto-leveler doesn't amplify noise annoyingly. This technique works in any modular environment and can be useful for maintaining the same loudness level for a generative grid patch or audio clip.
Feb 25, 2022 Tutorial
In this video, I demonstrate my workflow for gain staging a track. I start by going to the settings and changing the default new track volume to 0dB. I then select all of the tracks and set them to 0dB in the inspector. I then group the tracks together into meaningful subgroups like drums, bass, and music. I then gain stage all of the tracks, starting with the kick, by using the peak limiter to bring the volume up to the ceiling of the threshold. I then apply different gain staging methods, like limiters and clippers, to the different subgroups. Finally, I bring all of the subgroups together into an "all" group, which is my master chain, and use a track reference track to compare my track to.
Feb 23, 2022 Tutorial
In this video, I discussed why it's important to balance your frequencies before going into a limiter or clipper. I showed how to do this easily by using a tilt setting, or by using a VST plugin like Ozone 8 and using the Matching EQ feature. I also showed a method of using multiple band pass filters with a reference level tool to reach the same goal. Finally, I discussed the importance of not overdoing the brightness as it can lead to an overly sharp mix.
Feb 21, 2022 Tutorial
In this video, I discuss my workflow process when it comes to mixing down dance floor tunes. I stress the importance of starting with the creation process and how that influences the mixing process. I demonstrate how to use a transient shaper, a limiter, and a clip to reduce dynamics and create a punchy sound. I also discuss the importance of frequency balance and how it is influenced by the length of the samples and the BPM. Finally, I discuss how to create a hierarchy in the mix by making the kick drum the loudest part and then gradually reducing the volume of the snare and high hat.
Jan 20, 2022 Tutorial
In this video, I showed two examples of how I use the transient shape tool on a daily basis. I showed how I use it to glue together multiple drum loops, and how I use it in conjunction with an FX2 or FX3 device to make drum sounds more punchy and aggressive. I also discussed how it can be used to bring out the attack of a kick drum, or to remove the sustain of a snare sound. I hope this video gave you some ideas on how to use the transient shape tool in your own productions.
Jan 19, 2022 Tutorial
In this video, I showed how to create various effects, such as phasers, flangers, chorus, low pass and high pass filters, reverbs, and pitch effects, in the Bitwig Grid. I demonstrated how to use FX Grids and Chain Devices, as well as how to manipulate the delay time of a signal with an LFO and the Time Shift Device. I also showed how to create a multi-tap delay with the Long Delay and a Multi-Lay, as well as how to use the gates module to record and playback audio. Finally, I discussed the use of an AD envelope to reduce clicks in the signal.
Jan 10, 2022 Tutorial
In this video, I showed viewers how to use the XO sampler to quickly and easily create sample packs, kick drums and drum loops. I demonstrated how to layer sounds, use FX2 and frequency shifters, adjust the loudness and reverb, and use the sample combiner to create different loops. I also shared tips on how to analyze kick drums and make sure the bottom part stays the same while the top part changes. Finally, I mentioned that you can use a hard clipper to check if the samples are aligned and gave advice on how to optimize the drums.
Dec 15, 2021 Tutorial
In this video, I share some tips and tricks for using the diatronic transposer in Bitwig Studio to create jazzy chord progressions. I show how to use a multi note device in combination with a key filter and transposer to create a chord brush. I also demonstrate how to use a pitch 12 to modulate multi notes between major and minor chords. Lastly, I show how to create chord gradients by stacking notes in seven semitone steps.
Oct 18, 2021 Tutorial
In this video, I tried out Unfilter by Zynaptiq and I was surprised by how well it works. I demonstrated how it can be used to reduce resonances and improve the frequency distribution of a drum loop. I also showed how it can be used to tame harmonics and create a more balanced sound. I discussed some of the features that make Unfilter unique, such as the decay setting and the Fletcher Monson curve. I concluded by recommending that viewers try the trial version to see if Unfilter is right for them.
Jul 20, 2021 Tutorial
In this video, I demonstrated how to use the mid-side split container in Bitweek 4.0 to create a stereo sound. I showed how to add a different kick drum sample to the side channel to create a difference between the left and right channels, and how to use an FX grid and the math operation subtract and add to get the side and mid channels respectively. I also showed how to use a polysynth and an audio receiver to create interesting effects. I hope this inspires you to experiment and come up with new ideas!
Jun 08, 2021 Tutorial
In this video I introduce a new preset called UltraFat that I created in Bitwig Studios. It's an expander that pushes up sound that is above a certain threshold to 0 dB. I use 3 compressors in an FX3 container, and a limiter at the end. I also have a noise and low-fi function, as well as a cross-over knob. I demonstrate how it works by playing a drum loop, and show how it can be used to normalize sound levels. The preset is available to download on my Patreon page, and also on YouTube's community section.
May 10, 2021 Tutorial
In this video, I discussed how the saturator in Bidig Studio works and how it can be used to enhance sound. I showed how the wave shaper works by changing the yellow line, and how the DC offset device creates a sound when modulated at audio rate. I also discussed the transfer function and how it can be used to change the wave shape of the signal in the positive and negative ranges. I then demonstrated the folding function and how it can be used to create a gate effect. Finally, I showed how the saturator can be used to add harmonics and make a sound more present, such as on a kick drum.
May 05, 2021 Tutorial
In this video, I showed what the new Smart EQ 3 plug-in from Sonible from Austria can do. I tested it out on my own track called Craft and went through how to use it for drums, bass, and the master. I showed how to apply different profiles and manual EQ, as well as how to use the grouping feature to make sure the tracks work well together. I also mentioned that Smart EQ 3 is aware of the context EQing and prioritizes certain things over others. Lastly, I suggested that users try out the trial version to get a feel for the plug-in, and if they like it, to purchase it.
Apr 29, 2021 Tutorial
In this video, I showed how to use my voice as an instrument inside Bitvic Studio. I demonstrated how to create a vocal pad sound by using a Voice stack modulator and then showed how to use the Poly-Grid to control synths with my voice. I also showed how to use the Melda Auto Pitch Plug-in to create sounds on the fly and use a Zero Crossings module to get a clean pitch signal. Finally, I demonstrated how to create percussion sounds with my voice by using filters and transient shapers.
Apr 27, 2021 Tutorial
In this video, I demonstrated an easy workflow to define the loop length inside a sample in Bitwig Studio. This can be helpful when you want to synchronize the loop length with your song tempo. I showed how to copy the length of a region to the loop length, as well as how to subdivide the loop length using the quantizer. Finally, I mentioned that it is important to change the loop length on the beat grid in order to avoid any timing issues.
Feb 22, 2021 Tutorial
In this video, I showed how to make something sound loud and punchy. I explained that you need to balance out the frequency spectrum and reduce the dynamics with a peak limiter. I then explained how to use FX3 to make multi-band limiting easier and showed how to use a hard clip to get a lot of loudness while still sounding good.
Nov 30, 2020 Tutorial
In this video, I'm using a drum machine to create a beat. I'm using four hi-hats and a clap, and then I'm experimenting with quantizing and layering different sounds in order to create a more natural and chilled out beat. I'm also using a synthesizer to create a kick drum and I'm adjusting the levels and the speed to create the exact sound I'm looking for.
Nov 26, 2020 Tutorial
In this video, I showcased the TEOTE plug-in by Voxango and explained why I think it's useful. I showed how I use it to reduce and push frequencies on my drum bus and how you can change the profile and bands. I also explained the dynamic section, with the FX knob and Mastering button, as well as the low cut and high cut, room dip and boost threshold. Finally, I shared my experience using the plug-in on drums and the master bus, and why I think it is great for rougher estimations or matchings.
Aug 11, 2020 Tutorial
I created a preset card Hard-Clip for Bitwig Studio to clip the peaks of audio signals without going into the red or having intersample issues. The preset consists of Bit8, initial settings and two tool devices. I explained how to use it and how it can help to make a track sound louder and more percussive. I shared the preset in the description of the video, in my GitHub repository, on bitwig.community/presets and on the Bitwig Discord. I encourage viewers to save money and support my channel by using the link to the Bitwig Store with my code.
Aug 10, 2020 Tutorial
In this video, I demonstrate Sonible's Smart Reverb plugin and show how it can be used to create custom tailored reverb for different instruments. I explore the different settings and show how to use it to create reverb tails and drones. I also provide a link to the website to try the 30-day trial version and encourage viewers to support my content by subscribing to my channel or becoming a member.
Jul 30, 2020 Tutorial
In this video, I demonstrated how to use the Voxango Shine Chilla, a distortion overdrive or saturation effect. I showed how to use the threshold and harmonic pages to generate overtones and how to use the saturation page to create rich overtones in the top end. I also went through the other features of the plug-in, such as the question mark, the naming field, the undo/redo, the A/B comparison, the channel routing settings, the group soloing, and the settings page. If you are interested in the plug-in, there is a link to the Voxango page in the description where you can download the demo version and try it out for yourself.
Jun 08, 2020 Tutorial
In this video, I explain my favorite init settings for the EQ Plus in Bitwig Studio 3.2. I start with a completely empty project and add a fully grid, saw wave, ADSR, and an audio art. With the EQ Plus, I remove all the init settings to start fresh. I explain the harmonic series, which produces harmonic overtones when using a saw wave. To set up bands for these harmonics, I add a band for the fundamental frequency of C3. I save the EQ Plus as an init preset to remember that changing the gain for the first band changes the fundamental frequency. I add bands for the different harmonics and use the key track to keep track of the pitch or notes played. The key track also keeps track of any pitch band girfs applied. I saved this as an init preset for pitch tracking or note tracking, which works well for monophonic sounds such as bass sounds. I also demonstrate how the EQ Plus follows pitch tracking custom pitch tracking and works alongside the kick drum. Overall, this is a useful trick in a toolbox to apply to EQs and other instruments.
Jun 03, 2020 Tutorial
In this video, I shared some tricks for Bitwig Studio on how to make signals wider and add stereo information to mono signals. One trick involved using the stereo split device to split a mono signal into left and right channels and then modulating them differently for a wider stereo effect. Another trick used the FX grid to trigger effects probabilistically, fading them out with an ADSR or sidechain. Lastly, I demonstrated how to mix white noise with a mono snare sample to make it wider and more interesting using amplitude modulation or ring modulation in the FX grid.
May 27, 2020 Tutorial
In this video, I showed how to use the audio rate modulator in Bitwig Studio to shape and modify synth sounds. Many people may find this technique intimidating, but it is actually easy and versatile. I started by creating an instrument track and adding the Phase 4 synthesizer. Then, I added an audio rate modulator to take the audio signal from the Phase 4 and loop it back into the modulator to shape the sound. I demonstrated how to use low cut and gain knobs to control the modulation signal and create interesting bass noises. Additionally, I showed how to use the audio rate modulator in a mixing context to bring together bass and drum sounds, and even as a distortion effect with a kick drum. Overall, this technique is simple, fun, and can produce unique and unpredictable results.
Apr 28, 2020 Tutorial
In this video, I share some additional tips and tricks for using Bitwig Studio. I first show how to use the browser tab to import recent projects or specific groups within a project. Next, I demonstrate how to use the key track to modulate the frequency of an EQ or filter to correspond with MIDI inputs. I explain how to bounce audio with or without effects included and why I prefer using the bounce option over bounce in place. Finally, I share how to deactivate tracks for faster loading time and how to hide source material tracks. Overall, these tips can improve your workflow in Bitwig Studio.
Mar 11, 2020 Tutorial
In this video, I introduce the plugin DP Meter 4, which I have used for years and recently rediscovered. It is very helpful for metering loudness and integrating loudness, and also has a feature to level out the volume of tracks to a reference value. This is a manual process, but it is more reliable than other similar plugins I have used in the past. Additionally, I explain the benefits of using the EBU R182 standard for loudness, and how it can be used for consistency purposes. I also share a tutorial for using DaVinci Resolve to normalize audio levels to a specific reference value using the same standard. Overall, I think incorporating a tool like DP Meter 4 or a similar feature into Bitwig Studio would be a great idea.
Feb 17, 2020 Tutorial
In this tutorial, I will guide you in setting up Bitwig Studio on your computer, installing packages, selecting your sound card and Meti controller, and starting a new project. I will also show you how to use keyboard shortcuts and the left side of Bitwig Studio's info pane, which is contextual and changes depending on the selected track. We will also cover the transport display, loop function, and the help menu for instruments and effects. Overall, this tutorial will provide a beginner-friendly overview of Bitwig Studio and its features, with the goal of making music production more accessible to everyone.
Aug 06, 2019 Tutorial
In this video, I talk about my favorite topic, auto gain staging plugins or functions. I discuss the Hornet LU meter plugin and how it can automatically analyze the loudness of tracks and apply gain until it reaches the desired reference value. I also mention the Hornet normalizer plugin, which continuously analyzes and compensates for changes in real-time. I question why these features are not integrated into every DAW and suggest adding a threshold value to prevent excessive gain during quiet parts. I mention that Hornet plugins are affordable and recommend checking them out. Overall, I express my desire for these features to be integrated into DAWs and emphasize their usefulness in my workflow.
Jul 20, 2019 Tutorial
In this video, I take samples from the Intimate Noise page and try to create a track. I download the free sample pack and explore the different folders, including pads and drones, one shots, and sequences. I start by using the kick samples and creating a drum loop. Then, I incorporate some of the pad samples to add texture to the track. I manipulate the sounds using different effects and plugins, such as the Hornet plugin and the Sonable smart compressor. I also create a baseline using the notes provided by the pad sample. I continue to build the track by adding more elements, including chords, FX sounds, and melodies. I use a pitch shifter and random modulators to add character and variation to the sounds. I group the different elements together and apply sidechain compression using the kick drum to create a pumping effect. Finally, I do a quick mastering using the Allzone Elements tool to ensure the track reaches the desired loudness. Overall, the goal is to create a deep house track using the samples from the Intimate Noise sample pack.
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