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Mike Morris

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  1. Hey guys, new video up about how to use a gate. Keeping it simple and bare basics for those who have never used one before.
  2. I have just put up 13 short videos each with multiple links to top quality video's showing you various skills/techniques in EQ (Guitars, Drums, Vocals, Piano, Etc.), Saturation, Compression, Reverb, etc. These video's have all made a positive impact on my editing, so I wanted to share them with others too. Check it out:
  3. The Video Link's Video's are up! I gathered links to more than 40 top quality video's for people to click on and learn from. These have been quite helpful in my own growth as an audio engineer. Here are the videos:
  4. Here is a new video I've just put up showing how to use EQ to shape your sound and create space for other instruments/vocals. I got these tracks for free from here - if you've never seen this website, go there now! Its got hundreds of free song stems for you to use to practice your skills. Great resource! P.S. I will be doing these videos from within cake in the future, but this one is in Studio One, though the principles will apply in any DAW.
  5. Have you tried to uninstall and re-install it again? I'm assuming you restarted your computer after fixing the Visual Studio 2015 C++ Redistributable? If you've gotten errors it might be worth uninstalling and re-installing.
  6. Hello Jim! Thank you for the welcome (and that was very kind of you to subscribe to my channel)! Yes, you are correct in that my content will be focused around audio recording and mixing. At this point I am getting content out about studio mixing as my main focus, but I will eventually include live mixing as well - probably later this year. I do not have enough experience working with midi or audio loops to give any solid content in these areas, so I will stick with my strengths. My main goal and focus right now is to finish a "learning resources" video (still don't know what to call it) which will have 40+ links to other YouTube video's with great mixing content which have shaped my a lot in my own learning. Hopefully it will be a useful tool for many people to grow in their skills.
  7. Hey guys, I've just uploaded a new video on reverb. It covers a lot of ground, from beginner - how to use it, what do all these knobs and dials do - to discussing how reverb is used creatively in a mix. Check it out. P.S. this tutorial is done in Studio One, but the ideas and principles apply within cakewalk as well.
  8. I forgot about this video - some food for thought here:
  9. Hey guys! I have a video coming out soon which aims to be the ultimate resource for people wanting to grow in their studio mixing skills/knowledge. The whole video will be links to other video's which have helped to shape me immensely in my own journey. I have not finished the video yet, but it currently has 45 links to these amazing videos and I plan to add a lot more to it. I aim to let you know once I have posted the video. Also, I have a few video's on Getting Started, EQ, and Compression in Cakewalk on my channel - these are all aimed at individuals who have very little understanding of how to use this program.
  10. Hey David... such a shame that no one has replied to this post. There are so many videos out there on how to do everything audio related. Mastering is a tough one to do well on your own, but it is still possible to get some decent results (I wouldn't have too high of hopes for yourself on this one though). I have just recently started a YouTube channel and I'm working on a video which has links to other high quality video's so you can find all the answers to your questions in one video. As of right now I've got just at 45 video links which will be included in the video. Hopefully it will be released to my channel in a few weeks time. Until then, try this video by Produce Like A Pro. You won't be disappointed if you watch his stuff... high quality info from a trusted source who's been in the industry a long time. You can check out my channel here where I've got a few video's on Getting Started, EQ, and Compression in Cakewalk. Hopefully some of the content will be helpful to you. And if you're interested in the video with massive amounts of incredible video links, just hit the subscribe and notification buttons. All the best.
  11. I agree with this reply in the fact that there really are no rules to how we use our plugin's, but some thoughts and guidelines do help. I will almost always EQ BEFORE compression and here's why: 1 - the compressor is triggered by waveform dB, not frequency. Keeping this idea in mind is very useful when trying to get the sound you're looking for from a compressor. Example: if your track has not been "cleaned up" by using subtractive EQ, then your compressor may be triggered by frequencies in the track which you don't actually plan on using later on in your FX chain (meaning, if you compress first and then EQ you have shaped the sound of your track using frequencies you are going to cut out immediately after the compressor). So, you're compressor is compressing unwanted frequencies. You can avoid this if you EQ first. 2 - if you EQ AFTER the compressor you will often find flying around "untamed", which becomes especially noticeable at louder volumes. If you have done any additive EQ'ing you would want to have a compressor AFTER this EQ giving a slight bit of compression to keep these frequencies from partying too hard at higher volumes. This idea is super helpful as well when dialing in your FX (such as reverb). So many times in my mixes things sound so good until the song gets a bit loud, then all of a sudden it lacks clarity, distinction, separation... I eventually realised it was because of the reverb. Sounded great at lower volumes, but once it got louder the reverb got out of control and muddied the mix. Place a slight bit of compression after the reverb and it tames it down and keeps it in check no matter what happens to the volume. 3 - when I start working on a new song/project the first thing I do (after a super rough mix to get volumes right and see what I can and cannot hear/where the muddiness of the song/project lays) is subtractive EQ'ing. Gotta get rid of all those unwanted frequencies in the tracks before doing anything else to them. Perhaps its just me and my workflow, but it doesn't make too much sense to me to get into all sorts of editing and FX chains before I've even taken the time to get rid of the frequencies I don't want/need. I hope some of this has been helpful to you all.
  12. In my experience the answer to this question highly depends on the specific situation and application of the EQ and compressor. BUT... 99% of the time starting with EQ is the better choice (unless you have chosen to use analogue compression BEFORE the signal hits the interface). My first move when editing a song is to do a super rough mix (getting to know the tracks in the song if I've not recorded it and getting a general feel of what I can hear and what I cannot - i.e. what needs EQ and where it needs to be done [frequency range]) and following this up with subtractive EQ to fix the problem frequencies in the various tracks. Choosing to use a compressor is dependent upon a number of different variables. BUT... 99% of the time when I have BOOSTED the EQ on a track, I will put a compressor on right after it. Why? Well, your boost might sound great in isolation (track solo'd) and it might even sound great in the mix, but often when you turn the volume up those boosted frequencies start to get rowdy and fly all over the place. Having a slight bit of compression helps to tame those frequencies without compromising on the tonal adjustments you have made. I think of it this way: When I have EQ'd a track (especially when I've boosted frequencies) and then placed a slight bit of comp on it, the comp acts to print the EQ changes in place. If you don't cement them with a comp, then you risk getting a different sound when the volume starts pumping - and we definitely don't want that. The same idea is essential for various effects as well - adding compression after helps keep the effects in check and printed how you want them to be. Hopefully my input has been helpful. I have started putting my thoughts into videos recently so hopefully some people can gain from what I've learned.
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