Screen Shots of Windows on the Mac

I’m added snapshots of windows to my blog posts about Logic Pro X. It used to be a lot harder.

  1. Press the screenshot keys — shift-command-4 (⇧⌘4) — enables screenshot
  2. Press the space key — switch to capture window mode
  3. Click in the window you want a shot of (the cursor is a little camera icon)

Now the really nice part…the image shows up in a little window at the bottom right of the screen. I can click on the image to mark it up, or I can just drag it to the place that I want it to be.

So much simpler.

Note “G#” Y — Logic Pro X keyboard command of the day

Logic Pro X keyboard command of the day. #LogicProX @StudioIntern1

  Note “G#”   Y

Took 3 tries to get something interesting today.

Use step input recording techniques — Logic Pro X:

Step input allows you to insert MIDI notes when you’re not recording in real time. You can use step input to create note runs that may be too fast for you to play or to replicate sheet music that’s too difficult for you to play.


Not Many Audio Professionals Know This Fact About Mixing On Headphones

Production Expert | Not Many Audio Professionals Know This Fact About Mixing On Headphones:

When listening to music over stereo speakers we experience crosstalk between the left and right channels. This introduces time of arrival differences between the channels as well as spectral masking introduced by our heads. None of these are present when we listen on headphones. All we are left with is the level differences between the two channels of the stereo signal. What we hear over headphones is closer to binaural. This is why music sounds different on headphones and why mixing on headphones remains controversial.

I have to admit headphones just sound different to me. Hard to build a proper image.

I added a Behringer MONITOR2USB to the studio some time back…easy to control sources (I have 3) and outputs (I have 3). A pair of headphone jacks are included as well. Independent volume control on each headphones. There’s also a nifty crossfeed function…from the manual

CROSSFEED control blends the left and right headphone channels to simulate the characteristic stereo panorama produced by monitor speakers in an open acoustic space. In an open room, the sound from each monitor speaker enters both ears and gives the brain additional timing information about the sound, which then affects the listener’s perception of the stereo field.In contrast, headphones feed each ear a starkly separated stereo channel, with no crossover to the opposite ear.This lack of crossover can cause mixes to sound very different on headphones, as well as being a more fatiguing listening experience. By using the CROSSFEED function, you can more closely simulate the stereo sound of monitors while mixing on headphones, which means your headphone mixes will more closely match the mixes you produce on monitors, and you will experience less ear fatigue from long sessions wearing headphones.

The MONITOR2USB ($150) is essentially a clone of an SPL 2Control ($900). Whenever I mix with headphones I run the sound through Sonarworks Reference 4, and turn on the crossfeed function.

How to Choose a Reverb for Music Production

How to Choose a Reverb for Music Production:

But before we begin, one caveat: there is no such thing as a bad reverb. One reverb may work incredibly well on one instrument while sounding disastrously bad on another. And furthermore, the same reverb may sound great on a guitar on one song, and create a very muddy mix on the same guitar on another song. Making the decision as to which reverb to select is personal. This guide is meant to be an idea-sparking tool to help you in the process.

Always good to share…

Playlist innovation

Playlist innovation:

In this era of access to all music and everything about it, I do enjoy reading artist interviews, and pay attention to artists’ views on the modern music industry. What caught me recently were Mark Ronson’s remarks on songwriting in the age of the playlist in The Guardian:

People listen to the playlists just like they were radio stations. I seriously doubt that records made in the 1960s were purposefully written/produced to be AM radio friendly, well until “The Monkees” and the whole bubble-gum nonsense.

Serious listeners abandoned AM. FM took over. FM went the way of AM (thanks Clear Channel). Now we have music services, which, for a fee, can provide us what we want to hear, not what producers think will be “skip proof”

I think I have skipped maybe 12 songs in the past year, and removed the offending songs from my library.

Want a skip-proof playlist? Radio Paradise 😉