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09-07-2010

 

Calling all girls!

 

This is the series where we meet our female FL Studio artists. Welcome to DJ Marlee:

 

DJ Marlee FL Studio User

DJ Marlee hard at work (photo credit: Vladimir)

 

Q: How did you start using FL Studio and what were your first impressions?

 

I started using FL Studio in the Summer of 2008.  I was intimidated at first, as I'd had problems using other programs, so I hired Toby Emerson to show me the ropes.  I found the layout was easier to follow than other programs I had seen.  Only after the first introduction, was I comfortable to navigate it on my own.  

 

Q: Tell us about yourself and your production/working environment?

 

I've been DJing for 10 years now, based in Victoria, BC.  I've travelled around Canada, to DJ, and I've organized my own events. I've had the opportunity to come into contact with some really great people in the electronic music scene.  I'm very proud to be a member of Sunset Collaborations.  

 

I've wanted to get into music production for years and, only until recently, did I have the drive to do it.  When I found FL Studio, it looked as though my musical dreams were turning into a reality.  I felt I had the tools necessary to create and develop my sound.    

 

As it stands, I use is my laptop, combined with great a great set of headphones, and FL Studio.  Now I can make music anywhere and at any time I feel inspired!   

 

Q: Do you have any music you can share with us?

 

My DJ mixes are posted on SoundCloud, with other artist's productions.  You can check them out a http://www.soundcloud.com/dj-marlee. If you like what you hear - please post about it!

 

 

Q: Do you have any links or other info you would like to share?

 

My personal DJ website is http://www.djmarlee.com.  There you can find my booking page, read my biography, interviews, see events, etc.  I'm available to DJ at nightclubs, special events and festivals.  I'm always excited to donate my time for fundraiser/charity events.

 

I'm a Sunset Collaborations artist.  Please keep a watch on the Sunset website - http://www.sunsetcollaborations.com, to see what the collaboration will bring next!

 

Please join my DJ Marlee EVENTS page, on Facebook, for free music and updates!  Search Marlee Bidgood.

 

I will be opening a recording studio, through Voltage Projects, in 2010.  All information will be posted on my Facebook page, along with the Voltage website (http://voltageprojects.yolasite.com/dj-marlee.php)

 

 


 

Awesome! Thanks DJ Marlee we appreciate you taking the time to get in touch with us. We will be keeping an eye out for you on the DJ scene.

 

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08-07-2010

Edison has been updated to version 2.2.1 the features now match the native version included with FL Studio 9.1.

 

 


Changes include:


- Added MP3 export
- Holding Shift while dropping files appends audio to the existing data (Ctrl still replaces regions).
- Original sample filename now stored in states/projects (to remember the last file loaded).
- PpaxCompiler-powered scripts now support Javascript & Basic.
- Added "send to playlist as audio clip" shortcut button.
- Fixed crash in Edison's scratching tool.
- Fixed bug closing multiple instances.

 

Download the Installer from the Edison page.

 

Image-Line Support Team.



07-07-2010

The soundcard driver is a program that mediates between Windows and your soundcard hardware. ASIO soundcard drivers are specially designed for music applications and give lower a CPU load and more responsive playback. They are also a prerequisite for audio recording.

 

Not all soundcards ship with native (their own) ASIO drivers so FL Studio installs with the universal ASIO4ALL soundcard driver. This video is for those people who are planning to use the ASIO4ALL soundcard driver with FL Studio.

 

 

 

The manual has a full section on troubleshooting problems with ASIO4ALL if this video doesn't cover some problem you are having. If that doesn't help then registered FL Studio users are welcome to ask for technical support and our team will be happy to help you out.

 

BTW: If you follow all the steps in this video you will be able to use multiple input and output devices simultaneously in FL Studio. For example, a USB mic (INout) and soundcard (OUTput).

 

Enjoy your ASIO4ALL



29-06-2010

In this tutorial we look at Compression, Equalization and check out some vocal embellishments.

 

 

 

 

Thanks to C-Note NeSmith for the loan of his project. You can check out the final track at YouTube or discuss it in Looptalk.

 

Compression: Many speech/singing sounds don't carry a lot of sound energy so they tend to be lost under the music and  become difficult to hear. When you turn up the vocal to compensate then the loud sounds can peak and clip your mix or just sound too loud. For this reason, vocals can be difficult to sit in a mix without some extra processing. Compression is one of the most useful tools for achieving a better balance, raising the quiet parts relative to the loud parts, evening out their dynamic range and making them easier to mix. Experiment with the Threshold (30% to 70% the amplitude of the peaks), Compression Ratio (between 1.5:1 to 3.0:1) & Gain settings to taste. Also don't forget you can automate (ride) the vocal gain.

 

Equalization: Unless you are after some radical effect, EQ should be treated with respect (assuming you have a good quality microphone to begin with). Generally it's best to make minor adjustments in the vocal range (+/- a few dB). Most speech/song energy is between 1 to 3 kHz so keeping this range relatively open in the music can really help your vocals to cut through. A little boost in this range can also help to bring the speech out. Sounds above 8 kHz are mostly associated with fricatives ('s', 't', 'k', 'f' sounds). A gentle rising boost here can help to brighten up the sound. Above 10-12 kHz can add a sense of 'airiness'. If you have the opposite problem and these are too loud, check our Vocal De-essing video.

 

Your microphone: When you are using a professional quality mic you shouldn't need to make any radical EQ & compression changes to get a good sound. Thanks to the explosion in home studios over the last decade, 'professional' quality mics can easily be found in the $200 to $300 USD range. Examples include the Rode NT1-A, Behringer B2 Pro & Audio_Technica_AT2050. These are 'Large Diaphragm Condenser microphones' (LDC), a design that is particularly good at picking up the subtleties of the human voice. The LDC design format is favoured for studio vocal recording duties. You can, of course, pay a lot more, easily $2500+. However, if you go beyond the $500-$600 price-point, nearly all the technological advances in microphone fidelity have been covered and you start paying heavily for brand and other elusive audio qualities that are argued about endlessly in recording forums. Simply, you don't need to spend a lot these days to get a great vocal sound.

 

Mic preamp: The primary purpose of the mic preamp is to boosting the signal from the mic without adding noise to it and to provide 48V_phantom power (in the case of the mics above). Here a mid-range audio-interface will do the job. Vocals are reasonably loud so you shouldn't need to be 'cranking' the gain to get a good signal. Examples include the EMU 0404 & Edirol UA-25EX. Again $200 to $300 is well spent and will get you a clean (enough) preamp stage.

 

You: Your vocal performance, room treatment (sound), mic placement and mixing decisions are just as important as all the technology. Recording a good vocal is one of those things that takes practice. No amount of reading stuff about it will beat you systematically trying out different things and seeing how it affects the sound. The word here is systematically. When you find something that works, use it. For example, if you are recording at home, make a test recording in every rooms and from several locations in each (don't forget to say in the recording where you are Smile), then listen to them. What do you like? What affect does your distance from the mic have? Angle of address into the mic? Experiment, keep notes. You will quickly learn what is important.

 

In addition to the video above, we have the following 'Vocal' related Guru videos:

 

* Vocal recording (Playlist)

* Vocal Noise Reduction

* Vocal De-essing

* Vocal Layering

Enjoy!




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