Joel Falconer
Joel Falconer is the co-founder of public relations company Methodic Studios, publishes the gaming blog StartFrag, and is an editor at leading technology news site The Next Web. You can follow him on Twitter.
Tutorials
  • Music & Audio
    Flex Time: Using Logic Pro 9's Flex ModesThumb
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    In a recent tutorial on quantizing audio in Logic Pro 9, we used one of the flex modes so that we could put our audio in time with the new Flex Time feature. But there are several flex modes, and each serves a different purpose — how do you know which one is the right one to use?Read More…
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    An Introduction to Logic Pro 9's Amp DesignerThumb
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    With Logic Pro 9, Apple introduced the Amp Designer. The Amp Designer is a big improvement on the legacy Guitar Amp Pro plug-in, but it’s also quite different. Let’s take a look at it.Read More…
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    How to Use Selective Track Import in Logic Pro 9Thumb
    Logic Pro 9 introduced Selective Track Import, a feature that gives you the ability to import entire tracks from your other projects — or just the audio, or just the settings on the track. It may not be the most exciting feature introduction next to the pedal board or new amp designer but it’s sure proven to be more useful. Let’s take a look.Read More…
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    Understanding Your Mixer: The Channel StripMusic and audio
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    We don’t do a lot on live sound at Audiotuts+, but it’s an essential area of knowledge every musician should have. After all, no matter how many tracks you record in a studio or at home, nobody will know who you are until you get out there and play for someone. One thing that’s stopping more artists from taking this step is their fear of the big fancy mixer. It’s quite a bit different to the mixer in Logic and Pro Tools.Read More…
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    Improvization Basics: The Pentatonic ScaleThumb
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    When I was thirteen years old, I decided to teach myself guitar because I loved the way that modern-day guitar heroes (by which I do not mean your chubby ten year old playing with a fake guitar and an Xbox) improvised what seemed like complicated lead pieces on the spot. After hearing the guitar solo Slash played in Sweet Child O’ Mine, I all but forgot to practice chords in search of the ability to play like that.Read More…
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    Quantizing Audio with Logic Pro 9's Flex TimeThumb
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    Logic Pro 9 introduced the “Flex Time” feature which is a set of tools for manipulating audio rhythm and timing data the way you would edit MIDI. I’m going to be covering Flex Time in detail and how you can use it in detail, but in this tutorial we’ll get our feet wet with some basic audio quantization.Read More…
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    How to Use Logic Pro 9's Drum ReplacerThumb
    Drum replacement is a tool that comes in handy when recorded drums just won’t work with the rest of the track. Whether that’s because of a badly placed mic or the wrong kit was recorded, technology has made it easy to swap in some more appropriate samples while retaining the dynamic characteristics of the original recording. I’ve long wished that Logic would adopt drum replacement abilities like those Pro Tools has, and with Logic Pro 9 it did — and it does it much better, too.Read More…
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    How to Group Tracks in Pro Tools 8Thumb
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    Dealing with sessions that are fairly track-heavy can be a difficult process — even a song with as few as ten tracks gets a little tough to manage. Grouping is a feature of Pro Tools 8 that makes it easier to deal with sections of your project in bulk, saving you time and yielding more accurate results.Read More…
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    The Recording Artist's Workflow: From Writing to MasteringMusic and audio
    Everybody’s first few recordings – whether that means three or thirteen – usually go the same way. The deadline’s fast approaching and hardly anything is done. What has been done doesn’t sound right. Your fellow musicians have no idea what they’re supposed to be doing and nobody in the room is really sure what the next step in the process is.Read More…
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    Using Automation in Pro Tools 8Thumb
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    Automation is an important tool for creating polished mixes. You can use it to fix problems, introduce and enhance effects, and to vary the mix levels throughout different sections of a song. If you haven’t learned to use automation in Pro Tools 8, you’re missing out on a lot of functionality.Read More…
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    Managing Your Pro Tools ProjectsThumb
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    Managing your Pro Tools projects is just as important as knowing how to mix them. Without taking the time to learn these skills, you’ll end up with folders that are gigabytes larger than they need to be, confusing sessions that look foreign when you come back to them months later, and you’ll spend ten times as long working on your mixes. Let’s avoid these problems with some techniques I’ve learned during my time with Pro Tools.Read More…
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    Microphone Technique for VocalistsMic
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    Last week we looked at how microphones work and covered everything you need to know to decipher how a microphone works from its name. This week, we’re looking at vocal microphone technique: how you might select a microphone for various vocal situations, and how to work with the microphone to get the best results. Read More…