What Does Avid Pro Tools Do?

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What Does Avid Pro Tools Do?

“Pro Tools is the globally accepted currency in audio, and has been for quite some time.” – Jeff Jones, Grammy-winning producer.
Pro Tools is easily one of the most iconic DAWs of all time ever since it came out on the music scene in 1989. Ever since then, Pro Tools has been heavily crutched upon by professional mixing studios far and wide, and it continues to be the standard DAW even today. Although Pro Tools has faced considerable competition in recent years (such as Nuendo which enjoys major popularity over in Europe at the moment), Pro Tools continues to be the name most audio professionals rely on and use.
So what does Pro Tools do exactly? Essentially, it does everything—multi tracking, sequencing, editing, recording, and more. Pro Tools gained its reputation partly because of how comprehensive its mixing and mastering services are, and the massive versatility that came as a result. It comes with what seems like an endless amount of plug-ins, which is one of the biggest pulls of the program. For example, the plug-in Eleven was used by the sound designers of Guitar Hero to create realistic sounding guitars, while the SoundToys Crystallizer plug-in makes achieving that retro 80s throwback sound easy.
Beyond just music recordings, Pro Tools has been used in video games (like Guitar Hero as mentioned before), as well as movie soundtracks. Pro Tools has been used by film composers and sound editors to create note-perfect soundtracks to accompany some major films, like Titanic and Skyfall.
If you have more specific questions about Pro Tools, shoot us a tweet @MixProStudios or let us know on Facebook.

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Tools We Use: Waves Plugins

At Mix Pro Studios, we employ extremely talented producers and sound engineers in our professional mixing studios, all capable of taking your recording to the next level of sound and clarity. However, like many people have said before, you’re only as good as the tools you use. That’s why Mix Pro Studios only works with the very best audio, recording and mixing tools and software available on the market.

 

Among those tools are Waves Plugins. Plugins are add-on audio processors that help you achieve different sounds or layers to your music. They come in the form of equalizers, compressors and limiters, reverbs, noise reduction and many others, giving you a professional, studio sound. That is, if that’s what you’re looking for. Our engineers work closely with you to ensure your recordings sound exactly as you imagined them.

 

Our engineers and producers use Waves Plugins software for mixing and mastering recordings because it is cutting-edge and can be used in every aspect of audio production. Not a lot of mixing software out there can do as much as Waves Plugins can, making them an essential part of our work at Mix Pro Studios.

 

With Waves Plugins, we can take your at-home or in-studio recordings and clean them up to achieve the desired sound. It’s one of the reasons why our mixing mastering services are used by industry professionals and musicians. For more information, contact us.

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Mix Pro Studios Audio Editing Services

Ask any musician and they’ll tell you. Recording can be a tough and expensive process, especially if you’re working with producers who aren’t the most skilled sound engineers in the world.

For those encountering issues during the recording process or looking for sound engineers that can take their music to the next level in post-production, Mix Pro Studios offers topnotch online audio mastering, online mixing services and a wide range of other audio editing options.

Our engineers are experienced and incredibly competent, and can add the elements your music needs to achieve the crisp, clean sound you envisioned. They can tighten up drum and instrument tracks, enhance background vocals, re-arrange songs to either shorten or lengthen them, and tune vocal performances. Any one of these elements can tighten up a song to perfection.

Sure, you can use Garage Band or other software designed to help the layman record his or her own music. But if you’re serious about music, and want to create something to share and be proud of, you can’t go wrong with Mix Pro’s audio services.

Get in contact with one of our representatives, who can give you pricing information on our services. You can also hear audio samples on our website to get an idea of what our engineers can do for you.

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Elevate your Mix with Vocal Tuning

 

When you hear “vocal tuning,” your mind probably jumped straight to that robotic, futuristic sound coming out of artists like T-Pain, Ke$ha, and Lil Wayne. What most people don’t know is that vocal tuning is used in just about every single song out there on the radio, from that new folksy indie band to Adele.
(OK, maybe not Adele.)
The point is that vocal tuning is essentially an industry standard now for any artist looking to be taken seriously. No song hits the airwaves without a long, heavy session with some professional audio mixing.
There’s a reason why it’s a virtually ubiquitous practice—vocals are the heart and soul of every song. Their undeniable ability to make or break a song is what makes all possible improvements to the vocals completely worthwhile, hence vocal tuning. Vocal tuning can correct small mistakes in pitch while retaining the tone and, keeping it natural sounding. Expert vocal tuning can elevate a mix to a higher level, with the listener none the wiser.
Now, there’s also a reason why vocal tuning is virtually non-existent among new artists—it is expensive and requires a high level of expertise to make it sound right. We know from experience that vocal tuning from professional mixing studios can cost literally hundreds of dollars—not a bill easily footed by someone shacking it up in their mom’s basement.
We also know that in some ways, the price tag for professional audio mixing is justified. For a physical studio, the cost of rent and equipment doesn’t come cheap. Most of all, the experience and technical know-how required to naturally tune vocals in a mix is nothing short of insane. We’ve seen people with the exact same tools and plug-ins end up with grossly different mixes, due to differences in experience.
Of course there will be those musicians who just don’t have any money to shell out for audio mixing, and that’s OK. However, these artists will need to come to terms with the fact that they cannot just “pick up” audio mixing, and expect an industry-standard sound. Audio mixing is an art that professional engineers develop over years of work and experience.
For musicians with some money to spend, we highly encourage you to look at some audio mixing services. It makes all the difference in your final product. If you have not so much money, check out online mixing services. Online mixing and mastering services do the same thing as the pros, but without the brick-and-mortar store business, and thus the lower prices. Some of the better online services use only pro engineers from top commercial studios for all their projects. You will literally have the same engineers working on your song as you would if you went to an expensive commercial studio except you will get it at a fraction of the cost.
(Mix Pro Studios provides online mixing services, hint hint.)
In all seriousness, if you have the resources, invest in some vocal tuning. You’re not obligated to get all your songs tuned—try it out for a few songs that have potential to be hits, and hear the difference for yourself.

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How Professional Mixing Studios Tackle Different Genres – Mix Pro Studios

The mark of a truly great mixing studio is their ability to become musical chameleons. No matter what genre you want—country, rock, pop, rap—they can do it for you. The skill needed to adjust to genres accordingly is critical, and is very telling of the studio’s overall skill. An inability to refine tracks in different genres is an indicator of greater inadequacies, because every single artist is going to have their own unique needs and objectives with a track, and if a mixing studio can’t handle two different genres, then that may be indicative of the fact that they will not be able to handle the more nuanced aspects of your desired final track.

There are countless tricks professional audio mixing teams use—both consciously and subconsciously—to switch from genre to the next. Some of these include:
Different instrumentation, different techniques. Professional mixing studios know that with different genres come different instrumentation, tracks, and consequently techniques. Quality studios have a large enough of a tool kit so that it does not matter whether or not you want to go with high peaks in the drums in one song, to no drums at all in the next.

Keep songs of a similar genre on hand for references. Professional audio engineers are humans too who often need a reference point while they’re mixing. It is easy to get lose track of the goal in the middle of mixing; playing a song of the same genre helps bring inspiration, as well as keeps engineers open to different sounds and trends that they could apply to the track that they are mixing.

Ignore readings; trust your ears. When a lot of audio engineers are starting out, they are told that certain Hz or dBRMS are right for this genre, and stick to those guidelines no matter what. Although all of these informal rules are great starting points for a beginner, mixing in reality is a lot more complex than that. Ultimately, pros will keep an eye on their readings but ultimately keep what they hear King.

Don’t believe me? Listen to some of the samples MixProStudios.com has done in different genres.

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5 must know tips for mastering

Trying to learn more about mastering? There are many affordable resources now to get your music mastered. Online mastering is a great way to go. If you are attempting mastering at home, here are some tips from Mix Pro Studios, an online mixing and online mastering studio.

Tip 1: Don't "fix it during mastering"

It's easy to get to the end of a mix and hear some issues and say to yourself, "we can fix this with mastering". It's really important to get your song sounding great during the mix. Can you fix issues or problems with mastering? Yes. However, don't rely on it if you have the option to get it right during your mixing session.

Tip 2: Clean up your track

It's important to have a clean track before you send it out for radio, television, or duplication. Here are a couple of things to check off your list as you work on your track.

Song start: Trim your track to 0.5 to 1.0 seconds before the first audio starts.  You don't want to have too much space before the song starts so be sure to trim it. Also, don't trim it too close to when the audio starts. It can sound un-natural and the start of the song can possibly get clipped off on some CD burners/players.

Song end: Take your time and listen to the last note or fade of the song end. If necessary, you can add an additional fade to smooth out the end of your song. Make sure to trim any extra time off the end after the audio is completely silent.

Tip 3: EQ your track

In mastering, a little bit of EQ goes a long way. Be extremely careful when EQing an entire track. You can end up with a recording that sounds like a hack job. Try to only boost or cut in small increments, and always listen and compare with your EQ bypassed to make sure you are actually making the track sound better with your EQ. A high pass filter at around 35-40hz can help clean up the low end on a song without compromising the low end.

Tip 4: Compression

Putting a compressor in your signal chain before the limiter can help by taking some of the work load off the limiter. It will help you achieve a smoother sound. As with anything in mastering, go easy with the compression. You don't want to squash your track and squeeze the life out of it. Just try to catch some of the peaks so the limiter won't have to. Basically, by using a compressor before your limiter you are sending the limiter a smoother track with less peaks.

Tip 5: Limiting

The limiter should be the last step in your signal chain for mastering. Everyone always wants to know how to get their track to sound loud. The limiter is the tool for the job. The limiter will push the volume of your track up to make it louder. Set the ceiling of your limiter to -0.1db so your track won't clip as it get louder. Always listen and compare your audio processing and effects  to the track without any processing. Make sure what you are doing is adding and not taking away form the quality and sound of the track.

Good luck!

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