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Panning re-amped guitars

Traditionally, the lead vocal sits in the middle of the stereo image, along with the kick, bass and snare.  Other instruments may be panned into the centre, but even then, some might be stereo sources that spread themselves across all of part of the stereo field.  One mono instrument that tends to take centre stage is the lead guitar, but what do you do with it when the lead vocal comes back in?  One has to give way, but unless you double-track the guitar, it tends to end up with the lead guitar either being panned outwards or ducked.  In this example, I show how a reamped guitar solo avoids being obviously panned to one side, whilst at the same time being panned outwards to leave some space for the vocal.

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Unlearning the value of 0

power_of_0I started my recording career in the days of tape, when there was something above 0 on the old-style VU meters and you worried about things like “the noise floor” and your signal-to-noise ratio.  Your aim when recording was to get the meter peaking as close as you could to just left of 0VU and  going as little as possible, (preferably not at all!), to the right.  Switching to DAW metering, where there is nothing above 0dB and getting too close can be undesirable, involved a major mind-set adjustment – once I realised that my analogue ways of working were incompatible with digital.  I’ve cheerfully recorded songs in my DAW with the aim of getting the maximum level recorded, so fearful was I of a poor signal-to-noise ratio, that I never stopped to consider that there is very little noise with digital – the technology that introduced the noise, those long bits of magnetic tape on spinning reels, isn’t there anymore.
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Moving your Kontakt Libraries

Having struggled with moving the EZDrummer2 libraries to my SSD audio drive, I was prepared for an equal struggle with Kontakt.  However, as you don’t have to force Kontakt into an error to move the libraries, (unlike EZDrummer2), the task was less fraught, although it still didn’t quite work the way I expected…

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Moving your EZDrummer2 Library

Having written previously about installing an SSD, (Solid State Drive) as an audio drive on my laptop, the first thing to do was to move my existing Cubase projects and sample libraries to the empty drive, once I’d formatted it.  Moving the Cubase projects folder was a simple click-and-drag operation, (although you do have to confirm the new location of the project the first time you open it in Cubase – hardly a hardship).  However, moving the EZdrummer2 core library and the samples for the various EZDrummer expansion kits was not as simple as the Toontrack website made out…

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Why pay full price?

If you’ve watched any of the videos on this blog or read any of the articles, you’ll know that I have a good selection of virtual instruments and plugins that I run through Cubase.  Whilst I like having these, I don’t like paying full price for anything, (it all seems so expensive).  In this video, I look at how to get perfectly legal copies of your must-have plugins from the manufacturers without paying full price – and on occasion, without paying at all!  And to prove the point, I end by showing you how you can get an effects plugin of any type you want for free.

When I posted the video below on YouTube, there were sales on and, as I post this on the blog, there are more sales on again.  It just goes to prove the point I make in the video, that if you can live without a piece of kit that you want to (eventually) add to your toolbox, you can save yourself a lot of money in the long run.