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  1. Lord Tim

    Smooth out tempo map?

    I could definitely see how a "Smooth Tempo" function would be handy. Imagine dragging a track onto the time ruler and having Melodyne detect the tempo of it. Most of the time it does a pretty good job but sometimes you'll get the odd section where things wildly swing all over the place measure-to-measure if the detection gets a bit iffy. Working out an average between sections would get you to the same place, and eliminate those rogue values, but you have to do it manually like Jono did. Imagine selecting a tempo range in the Tempo View and right-clicking and choosing Smooth Tempo Map and having it essentially take the average of everything between those points, or have logic in there to work out what may be an intentional change. I reckon that' s a good feature request right there!
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    "Watermark" saying "AVS media Demo"

    Yep, THIS. ^^ I always include this in my mastering fee. Doesn't take long but is much more pro and saves a lot of wailing and gnashing of teeth later.
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    How Do You Master an Album?

    Pfft, you can fix all of that stuff in the master - don't let that "actually playing the song" business hold you up! 😁
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    How Do You Master an Album?

    Haha! Actually, there kinda is: There was a big 200 page band history that came with our 25th anniversary box set and one chapter went into the recording of our Resurrection album in 1999. I somehow managed to make a Studer + Neve + vintage gear + brilliant sounding room sound like such a mess that even the head mastering guy at Studios 301 couldn't rescue it. πŸ˜‘ It's all a learning experience, some more expensive than others...! πŸ˜’ But that's what's great about places like this forum - there's a wealth of information and different perspectives you can get from here - FOR FREE - from people who have made these mistakes already so you don't have to. I'm still learning new ways to do things from being here.
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    How Do You Master an Album?

    Some really great advice here, and as you can see there's a lot of different ways to approach things. Like @Craig Anderton touched on, everyone will have their own checklist of things that they do, or they recommend against other people trying, but it's all down to whatever process works best for you at the end of the day. That said (and I'll add this next bit with a huge serving of irony), it's usually best to mix in one process and master in another, in a different environment, preferably with someone giving it a listen with fresh ears. Going to a proper mastering room that's purpose made to have everything entirely flat, run by someone who is used to that environment (that's a big thing) and isn't subject to all of the fun things that can happen when you do it all in the same studio as the mix. Unless you know your studio is dead flat, and your monitors are accurate, mastering elsewhere is great for catching those things that you can miss during the mix. If your lows are overhyped, for example, you'll never know that if you master in the same space. The irony is that I don't do any of that - I mix and master in the same process, and in the same space! HAHA! But to put that in the proper perspective, my room is acoustically tuned and I know it really well - limitations of the space included. Years of experience has given me a workflow (with a lot of absolute clunkers along the way, mind you!) that lets me have a process where I know what will happen to a mix once I put certain effects on there. I usually have at least a mastering limiter strapped over the master out because I know that the mix will be slammed later, and likely some kind of stereo widening. These won't be the final effects, but there as a way to hear how certain level and panning adjustments will react at the end once I start tuning things properly. The key for me is to have great reference material of the same ballpark style on hand. Give yourself sanity checks during the mix by referring to the stuff you're comparing it to - it's easy to get caught up in "your" sound, until you realise your ears are playing tricks on you and "your" sound changed many revisions ago, and will sound weird when you put it up against other commercial mixes. Get your mix sounding good, then when you start strapping over your mastering effects, you want to set up a final metering buss (ie: a buss with some kind of metering plugin that lets you check RMS, LUFS, phase, frequency spectrum, etc.) so you can see what your mix/master is doing, and then actually import in your reference tracks and send them directly to the meters, so you can easily switch between your master buss, and each reference track, and you can take note of how different the levels are, is there any frequency that's really popping out, etc. Where this is good is you're able to go back and make proper fine tuning in the mix itself immediately, rather than trying to fix things in the master. It's easy enough to drop 85hz on your master if you're getting too much subs, but what is that taking out? Maybe it's just your kick drum that's too thuddy but your bass sounds fine? Cutting everything at the master is nuking both things from orbit, rather than going and fixing the actual problem, and doing it all in the one process is much quicker than going back to a mix, making adjustments, reimporting back into a master session, etc. Once you have the one track mastered and sounding great, you now have YOUR sound to master the rest of the album to. Even if each song is different, sonically they should all kind of sound like a coherent piece, so using the level and EQ plot from one of your own songs will definitely go a long way to getting you there for all of the others, even if you may likely need to tweak further for each one. Eventually this will give you the full album. If you're like Craig and have like a long continuous thing going, drag all of those mastered files back into CbB and do all of your fades, etc. (it's worth putting a limiter on the master buss again just to make sure any crossfades don't accidentally put you over FS if you're doing a particularly loud master), and that'll give you one big WAV file. Import that into CD Architect, Studio One, etc. and start chopping up and adding track markers, etc. (Or if it's all separate songs, skip that step and just import each one in individually). Add your UPC/EAN and ISRC, CD Text, etc. if you want to get your distro happening properly, and you're away! Then go off and check it on EVERYTHING! Before too long, you'll either be happy or sick of it... and it's done! ... TL;DR version: do it somewhere else, but if you don't, use reference tracks and meters. Could have just said that in the first place, dude! πŸ™„
  6. Lord Tim

    Cakewalk not recording audio reliably

    Just as a point of reference, I'm also using a 16x08 (current firmware and drivers) and I haven't seen anything like that happen here, either in ASIO or WASAPI modes. But that said, I've heard other users have big issues with this interface so it's probably a good idea to test with something else if you can.
  7. Lord Tim

    Finally, a smash-proof guitar.

    "Tim will have prune juice!" But apparently donuts are off the menu.
  8. Lord Tim

    Finally, a smash-proof guitar.

    Dunno if it was was fury, but man was it loud! 😐 Every one of those Marshalls were indeed plugged in and turned up...!
  9. Lord Tim

    Finally, a smash-proof guitar.

    Have toured with Malmsteen. Can confirm the only thing more over the top than his rig is his ego. πŸ˜’
  10. Lord Tim

    Reference Guide PDF now available

    Yeah, that's a serious amount of work! Very awesome stuff!
  11. Lord Tim

    How about an update for the record button?

    It does, but only when the module is in Large mode. When it's in Small mode, there's no indicator. That can also be fixed in the Theme Editor too, which I regularly do. It'd be nice if it came like that by default though.
  12. Lord Tim

    M-Delta Theme

    If you right-click or long tap on the broken image and open it up in a new tab, it'll do a spam protection dance first (which is what's stopping it from being embedded here) and then show the image.
  13. Lord Tim

    Sonar Platinum vs Cakewalk By BL

    Quite the opposite features-wise - a lot of people who never had Pro Channel stuff before now have it for free. Cakewalk by Bandlab (CbB) - the app - is entirely different to Bandlab - the social platform - (although it does have import/export to Bandlab baked in now too). It's, for all intents and purposes, SONAR with more than a year of updates and enhancements, and a lot of bug fixes. So long as you don't uninstall SONAR and you make your VST search paths match SONAR's, it's the app you're familiar with, but better and you get to keep all of the stuff you paid for when you bought SONAR to use in CbB. If you weigh up the time it takes to put CbB in and try it out vs. the time it takes to get up to speed with an entirely different app, and losing all of the bundled stuff that was locked to SONAR that's available in CbB, it's kind of a no-brainer.
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    All exports are distorting and clipping

    I had an issue once where I set up a monitor mix going to different hardware outs on my interface. My main mix went to outputs 1/2 and I set up a headphone mix going to 3/4. All fairly basic. What I found was the on this particular project, so long as the 3/4 outs were assigned tracks, muted or not, and despite having 1/2 as the only thing I was apparently exporting from, it would clip the export. I had to delete the headphone buss / 3/4 entirely to get it to export correctly. This isn't a regular thing - I've happily exported from a master bus with the headphone mix muted and it's worked as expected but this project was odd. Are you running everything to a single master buss and that going to a single hardware out? If not, see if you can track down whatever is not going there and either delete the out or reassign it to your master / 1/2 output. I can't think of any other reason other than something is running after your limiter (eg: a Pro Channel module set to Post FX) that would cause this kind of issue.
  15. I believe it's just a complete reset and clearing of the peak reading, and no other options available. That said, I haven't dug into the meter options too much past that, so I'm happy to stand corrected if I'm wrong
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