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.
  • Music & Audio
    How to Edit All Your Takes At Once in Logic Pro 9Clapper
    Let’s say you’ve just finished a day of tracking and you have a whole bunch of takes for one vocal part thanks to Logic’s comping feature. But at the last minute it’s decided that two lines should be switched around for creative reasons, or a certain word should be sung closer to the beat. It would be a waste of time and money to go back to the tracking phase, but it’s going to be hard to choose the best comp without being able to preview the changes. How do you edit them all at once so you can judge each take? Logic Pro 9 allows you to do so.Read More…
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    Using Logic Pro 9's Varispeed to Tempo-Shift Entire ProjectsThumb1
    One of the many excellent new features of Logic Pro 9 is Varispeed. Varispeed gives you the ability to speed up and slow down your projects — not just a single instrument, but the entire project can be instantly tempo-shifted. Let’s look at how it’s done.Read More…
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    How to Configure Your Axiom Control Surface with Logic Pro 9Axiom
    MIDI controllers with control surfaces are quite common and affordable these days. They can control just about any aspect of your DAW, but their strength is in allowing you to control the DAW while at the keyboard as opposed to being used for a mixing session after tracking is finished. Since the Axiom doesn’t come with any Logic presets, let’s take a look at how to configure all those buttons, faders and knobs from withing Logic.Read More…
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    8 Stifling Myths About Studio RecordingRecording
    Twice a month we revisit some of our reader favorite posts from throughout the history of Audiotuts+. This tutorial was first published in August 2008. For the neophyte, the studio can be a place of myth and legend. It’s complicated and takes many years of learning and hands-on experience to become a talented studio engineer or producer. It’s not at all helped by the amount of misinformation that has been distributed about studio recording, unfortunately; let’s clear up a few of these myths.Read More…
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    How to Add Interest to Your Chord ProgressionSongwriter
    Twice a month we revisit some of our reader favorite posts from throughout the history of Audiotuts+. This tutorial was first published in August 2008. Sometimes we spend hours, days, even months, struggling to find the perfect chord progression to suit the lyrics we’ve written. And then we find it, only to get bored sick of the same chords being repeated over, and over, and over again.Read More…
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    How to Process and Improve Home Recorded VocalsVocalprocessing
    Twice a month we revisit some of our reader favorite posts from throughout the history of Audiotuts+. This tutorial was first published in July 2008. So, you’ve recorded a vocal, and now you want to mix it and process it so it sounds great in your mix. We’re not going to look at tracking vocals in this tutorial. Instead, we're going to focus on how to process vocals once you've recorded them. Depending on your room, your mic and placements, your pre-amps and inputs and, above all, your skill-level, the quality of your recorded vocal sound is going vary.Read More…
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    How to Write & Record a Song in One Hour or LessMusic and audio
    In this tutorial, I'm going to walk you through the process that I and my musical colleagues have used to write and record numerous songs in one hour or less. Sound crazy? That's because it is—but it can be done, and there are numerous benefits for doing so. Read on to learn more.Read More…
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    Saving Time with Logic Pro 9: Keyboard ShortcutsThumb
    Twice a month we revisit some of our reader favorite posts from throughout the history of Audiotuts+. This tutorial was first published in December 2009. Imagine the precious seconds you lose every time you take a simple action via a menu option or clicking a button on the screen. Once you memorize a set of keyboard shortcuts and make new shortcuts for tasks you find yourself doing frequently, you begin to save a lot of time. You’d be surprised how quickly those seconds add up into minutes and hours. Here’s a cheat sheet of common keyboard shortcuts you should memorize, along with a quick primer on using the Keyboard Commands manager.Read More…
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    Your Portable Studio: iPhone Apps for MusiciansThumb
    The iPhone really does have some great offerings for musicians that you should know about, and I think it's a platform with huge potential for musicians, especially on the move. We've all experienced the frustration of coming up with a great melody and having no way to get it down, and subsequently forgetting it. Or lost a guitar tuner or forgotten the correct fingering for a chord.Read More…
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    8 Free, Cross-Platform Apps for MusiciansThumb
    Like most of us when we're in the studio, it's hard to get me to work with anything other than the industry standards; Pro Tools, Reason, Logic (which sort of falls into that category), and so on. But given the rising prices of just about everything under the sun, not to mention the chronic emptiness of the musician's wallet, it's worth taking a look at the alternatives out there that can be had for free.Read More…
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    6 Apps & Websites to Get Your Ear in ShapeEar
    If you followed along with us a few weeks ago, you know how much interval ear training can help you as a musician and how to get started with training itself. If you haven't read it, head on over to Boot Camp for Your Ear. This time, we're going to look at a bunch of applications and websites that will help you with regular ear training sessions. Most of these go beyond intervals, of course.Read More…
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    How to Create Unusual Effects with Logic Pro 9's Pedalboard RoutingThumb
    Logic Pro 9 introduced the Pedalboard, a plugin that emulates not just the myriad of effects pedals available for guitarists, but the way in which they are chained together by both live and studio musicians to create a pedalboard. Here’s how to use Pedalboard to create something a bit more unusual with the help of effect unit routing.Read More…