by Jett Galindo, iZotope Contributor July 22, 2019
Los Angeles-based choral ensemble, Tonality, recording their album entitled “Sing About It”
Part 1 of this article covered the fundamentals of classical music production—from recording and editing, all the way to mixing and mastering. We also covered the many elements that set classical music apart from a modern-style production.
In Part 2 of our classical music exploration, we get an inside look at how a recent choral album came to life, featuring Los Angeles-based choral ensemble, Tonality, and their album entitled Sing About It. Conducted by Dr. Alexander Lloyd Blake and produced by GRAMMY-winning classical producer Peter Rutenberg, they will be providing valuable insight into the production process of the album throughout the article.
You pan a mono signal from left to right. Simple, right? Actually, no. In the center, there’s a 3 dB RMS volume buildup because the same signal is in both channels. Ideally, you want the signal’s average level—its power—to have the same perceived volume, whether the sound is panned left, right, or center. Dropping the level when centered by 3 dB RMS accomplishes this. As a result, traditional hardware mixers tapered the response as you turned a panpot to create this 3 dB dip.
Definitely in the “rocket science” category. The final takeaway of the article is that pan laws will effect audio processed in different DAWs. If the panning is set “the same” in Logic Pro X and Studio One the output might not be identical.
In Logic Pro X the pan law is set on a project level. Normal is -3 dB compensated, not applied to stereo balancers.
by Nick Messitte, iZotope Contributor June 17, 2019
If you’ve strolled along the forums, checked out engineering podcasts, or watched YouTube videos, you’ve probably heard of the static mix—yet the static mix is hard to put into words: every engineer seems to have their own definition.
With more and more people using different DAWs, the need to be able to transfer a project from one DAW to another has grown. In this article we are going to show you how to move projects from one DAW, like Pro Tools, Studio and Logic Pro, to another DAW. In this article we will also cover the pitfalls in the export and import processes and how to overcome them.
Moving projects about. Very important to know how to do this.
Looking back at the analog days, mixing level requirements seemed so easy. You aimed for 0 on the VU meter and didn’t worry too much if it bounced over. Of course, under the hood 0VU could actually be calibrated to different levels, but we usually didn’t concern ourselves too much with that as long as it was clean around the 0 mark. These days there are so many different meter reference calibrations available that it can take some time to settle on one that you feel comfortable with. That said, LUFS looms large when it comes to delivery signal levels, and that makes for lots of confusion.