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by Matt Mayfield
Tue Mar 29, 2016 1:31 pm
Forum: Music Production Techniques and Gear
Topic: Loudness War petition for music streaming services
Replies: 9
Views: 1312

Loudness War petition for music streaming services

Hi everyone, If you're familiar with the Loudness War (which is of course not really about loudness - but about sound quality), you might find this petition of interest: https://www.change.org/p/music-streaming-services-bring-peace-to-the-loudness-war The idea is that, if all streaming services adop...
by Matt Mayfield
Mon Dec 21, 2015 9:30 am
Forum: Logic Pro
Topic: Create convolution reverberation from existing recording?
Replies: 2
Views: 208

Re: Create convolution reverberation from existing recording

The folks at iZotope have some technologies in RX5 that are kinda sorta tangentially relates to this, with their Reverb Removal stuff, but as far as I know there's no easy existing way to capture an IR from an existing recording. (You'd have to know what was the direct sound and what was the reverb.)
by Matt Mayfield
Sun Apr 05, 2015 2:15 pm
Forum: Logic Pro
Topic: Adaptive Limiter: how to operate/see gain reduction?
Replies: 12
Views: 2125

Re: Adaptive Limiter: how to operate/see gain reduction?

Also, if you leave the Gain at 0.0dB, and only use Input Scale to manage the pre-limiting input level, you can get at least some idea of the max amount of GR by observing the level on the Input side. If it's Over, the positive value dBFS will be the biggest amount of limiting (though that's not acco...
by Matt Mayfield
Sun Apr 05, 2015 2:08 pm
Forum: Logic Pro
Topic: Adaptive Limiter: how to operate/see gain reduction?
Replies: 12
Views: 2125

Re: Adaptive Limiter: how to operate/see gain reduction?

I think there's been some discussion at cross purposes, or confusion over specific terms, here. If you add together the values to which the Gain and Input Scale are set, you should arrive at the total gain (+ or -) which is applied to the signal before it's processed by the actual limiting itself. T...
by Matt Mayfield
Sat Jan 31, 2015 2:04 pm
Forum: Logic Pro
Topic: Getting constant 'Disk Is Too SLow' -10010 error message!
Replies: 12
Views: 1514

Re: Getting constant 'Disk Is Too SLow' -10010 error message

Note that if you Freeze tracks, that uses **more** disk bandwidth, not less. Try un-freezing as many tracks as you can. Freezing frees up CPU power, and instead offloads it to the hard disk, by pre-rendering. So if your error message says the CPU can't do any more, then freezing will help, but if th...
by Matt Mayfield
Wed Nov 05, 2014 8:15 am
Forum: Music Production Techniques and Gear
Topic: Need advice with external hard drive
Replies: 3
Views: 886

Re: Need advice with external hard drive

In that case, it probably depends on the size of your projects. If you have many samples loaded *and* record 100 audio tracks, one USB hard disk will probably not be fast enough. But if the projects are smaller, it might be OK.

The only way to know for sure is to try it :-)
by Matt Mayfield
Tue Nov 04, 2014 1:37 pm
Forum: Music Production Techniques and Gear
Topic: Need advice with external hard drive
Replies: 3
Views: 886

Re: Need advice with external hard drive

I would suggest putting samples on the internal SSD, if they fit, and audio files on the external. This is because sample reading is seek time intensive (easy for an SSD), and reading audio files is bandwidth intensive (easy for HD). (As for the system drive, once Logic is launched, the disk access ...
by Matt Mayfield
Thu Oct 09, 2014 10:21 am
Forum: Music Production Techniques and Gear
Topic: Trying to recreate that 'motown sound' - drums
Replies: 6
Views: 2631

Re: Trying to recreate that 'motown sound' - drums

I agree with the comments so far.

That sounds like a spring reverb on the drums to my ear - i.e. lots of individual "chunks" in it. I would expect probably a plate reverb (with a very diffuse "wash") instead.

Nice going so far!
by Matt Mayfield
Fri Sep 05, 2014 2:01 pm
Forum: Logic Pro
Topic: Is there a difference in final quality if you bounce before?
Replies: 16
Views: 760

Re: Is there a difference in final quality if you bounce bef

While David is correct and I would hate to disagree, I feel strongly that I should add a point to the quantization discussion that hasn't yet been discussed. At 24-bit, the quality loss is theoretically there, but insignificant for any practical purpose. The noise would be 144dB down from full scale...
by Matt Mayfield
Fri Jul 25, 2014 5:38 pm
Forum: Music Production Techniques and Gear
Topic: Small PA for acoustic sets
Replies: 3
Views: 547

Re: Small PA for acoustic sets

Personally I would recommend against the small "PA package" systems, and instead suggest a Class D powered speaker or two combined with your passive mixer. I use and really like the QSC K series. I've gotten away with a single K8 for small acoustic sets, and otherwise use two K10s and eith...
by Matt Mayfield
Fri Jul 25, 2014 5:25 pm
Forum: Music Production Techniques and Gear
Topic: New iMac Quad or Install SSD in Older Duo iMac ?
Replies: 12
Views: 1348

Re: New iMac Quad or Install SSD in Older Duo iMac ?

One of the most dramatic advantages of an SSD over a spinning hard drive is the SSD's ability to access many pieces of information from different places on disk very quickly. To read from two different files stored in different places on the magnetic platters, a spinning hard disk drive (HDD) has to...
by Matt Mayfield
Mon Jun 16, 2014 9:54 am
Forum: Logic Pro
Topic: Logic 9 bouncing on Mavericks
Replies: 13
Views: 510

Re: Logic 9 bouncing on Mavericks

uncheck the Audio Tail :) Bet you $100,000,000.00 of Monopoly money that's the issue right there. When "Include Audio Tail" is checked, Logic assumes there's a reverb or something whose decay you want to include in the bounce, past the end of the actual notes and audio shown in your proje...
by Matt Mayfield
Tue Jun 03, 2014 7:23 am
Forum: Logic Pro
Topic: Possible quality loss when bouncing in place? [SOLVED]
Replies: 6
Views: 1533

Re: Possible quality loss when bouncing in place? [SOLVED]

In case it's useful (for the original poster, or others reading this thread later), here's a technical explanation. As I understand it, a typical pro DAW's mix engine (in simplified form, and leaving out plugins) does this: For each sample: 1) Set up a temporary "sample storage" place (let...
by Matt Mayfield
Fri Mar 14, 2014 7:16 am
Forum: Logic Pro
Topic: how to trigger cross-stick using V-Drums?
Replies: 6
Views: 2424

Re: how to trigger rim-shot using V-Drums?

I'm not familiar with the TD-9, but I have a TD-6 and a dual-trigger snare that can recognize rim shots, so I can tell you the general idea and you can look up how to do it specifically on the TD-9. Please excuse me if I say things that you already know - I don't know whether you're a beginner or an...
by Matt Mayfield
Fri Mar 07, 2014 9:20 am
Forum: Logic Pro
Topic: Flex Pitch Eating RAM
Replies: 5
Views: 594

Re: Flex Pitch Eating RAM

I think you probably know this and were referring to it, but I'll spell it out in case others see this thread: bouncing per se has no artifacts; that's what Logic does anyway when it plays back. Common sense tells us that if you Flex-Pitch a syllable, if you bounce the track and then re-Flex the sam...
by Matt Mayfield
Thu Jan 16, 2014 9:16 am
Forum: Logic Pro
Topic: Song Constantly Skipping Back to Beginning
Replies: 25
Views: 3594

Re: Song Constantly Skipping Back to Beginning

Out of curiosity, for those experiencing the issue, exactly how are you scrolling? Two-finger drag on a trackpad or Magic Mouse, Shift-scroll wheel, Click-and-drag on the scroll bars, keyboard shortcuts, ...?
by Matt Mayfield
Thu Sep 26, 2013 9:29 am
Forum: Logic Pro
Topic: any alternative to Izotope RX3 inside Logic X
Replies: 22
Views: 2422

Re: any alternative to Izotope RX3 inside Logic X

It sounds like the completely dry track just had one click, toward the end of the "v" sound of the word "love," probably a single-sample error caused by weirdness during the recording (clock errors and such). If there aren't too many clicks, you could redraw the samples with the ...
by Matt Mayfield
Mon Sep 23, 2013 1:43 pm
Forum: Logic Pro
Topic: Record from one project directly to another?
Replies: 4
Views: 274

Re: Record from one project directly to another?

Can you say a bit more about the context? That is, what is it that you're looking to do that this sort of routing would make possible, that's not doable by bouncing the tracks in place and importing them into the other project?
by Matt Mayfield
Mon Sep 16, 2013 11:14 am
Forum: Logic Pro
Topic: How to increase the number of buses ?
Replies: 2
Views: 299

Re: How to increase the number of buses ?

What's the goal - what will having more buses help you accomplish? Maybe we can help you find another way to do it with 64 or less.
by Matt Mayfield
Mon Sep 16, 2013 11:12 am
Forum: Logic Pro
Topic: Logic Pro X max CPU with only 1 track, and it's random
Replies: 6
Views: 991

Re: Logic Pro X max CPU with only 1 track, and it's random

I notice your Process Buffer Range is set to Large. Was that the default on LPX? I'm still on 9, but I've encountered some strange behavior when changing it off the default of Medium. Maybe try switching it to Medium and seeing if that makes any difference. This looks like a long-standing problem th...
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