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The Canon T2i (550D) has taken the entry-level DSLR to a new place. If you put an “L” series lens on this camera, you can rival the results of more expensive, prestigious models. In this podcast, I put the T2i through its paces, then report on the pros and cons of Canon’s most ambitious consumer DSLR to date.

A few of my favorite features? I love the new 3:2 high resolution LCD, the external mic jack, full HD video capture at 30, 25, 24 fps, and the outstanding image quality. And there’s more! [Listen at The Digital Story]

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In iPhone and iPod Touch Essential Training, Garrick Chow provides in-depth instruction on all aspects of the Apple iPhone and iPod Touch (OS 3.1): making calls, emailing, browsing the web, managing time, getting around town, taking notes, taking photos, and listening to music. This live-action course includes hands-on demonstrations of how to accurately type and efficiently use finger gestures, and includes tips for setting up the iPhone and iPod Touch so they behave as expected. An extensive section on troubleshooting helps when the occasional glitches happen. [Watch at]

In Pro Tools 8: Film Scoring, author Christopher Brooks introduces the tools in Avid’s digital recording, editing, and mixing software used for creating music for films, television and other visual media. Its wide-spread use on scoring stages and dubbing stages makes it the ideal choice for many of the tasks associated with creating music for films, television, and other visual media. This course also covers creating effective session templates, preparing recording sessions, and final mixing techniques. [Pro Tools 8: Film Scoring]

Two years ago, the Apple Logic Studio update boasted a complete rebuild of Logic Pro as well as a plethora of new content, ef-fects and plug-ins. MainStage, Soundtrack Pro and WaveBurner were also added to the package. Surprisingly, this giant in-crease in content was offered at half the price of the previous version.

Now Apple is shipping the next generation of the bundle – fea-turing Logic Pro 9 – with major upgrades and over 200 new fea-tures. This review will give you an overview of the entire pack-age and highlight the most exciting new features. [read]

Logic Pro 9 Video Tutorials

New Pro Tools 8 video tutorials available at

  • Pro Tools 8: Editing Drums Using Beat Detective and SoundReplacer
  • Pro Tools 8: Pitch Correction with Antares Auto-Tune Evo
  • Pro Tools 8: Time Manipulation with Elastic Audio

New Pro Tools 8 Video Tutorials

pro tools 8 drum replacerThis course covers many of the operational modes and common workflows in Beat Detective, including tempo mapping and quantizing multi-track drums, and a variety of drum sweetening techniques like sample triggering with SoundReplacer and virtual instruments.

Topics include:

  • Understanding Beat Detective
  • Making selections and separating regions in Beat Detective
  • Extracting and using groove templates
  • Generating a tempo map with bar beat markers
  • Quantizing multi-track drums
  • Using SoundReplacer and other sample triggering plug-ins
  • Creating and using MIDI triggers
  • Replacing drum sounds within a stereo recording
  • Drum sweetening tips and strategies

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You will have to forgive me. Apparently my sense of time is completely useless because I still thought Auto-Tune Evo was new – that is, until the nice man at Antares informed me that it came out years ago. 2008 to be exact. Regardless – I still felt it was worth reviewing because I don’t hear Evo being talked about too much and I feel that it is a very important plugin. A lot of people seem to have a problem with tuning vocals, they think it’s cheating, or what have you, but I couldn’t live without it. To me, it’s the best way to focus on the attitude and the vibe of a performance, and if the notes are a bit off, you can fix them right up. It’s also the ONLY way, to me, to do a lot of layering in any reasonable amount of time. [read]

VIDEO TUTORIALS – Pro Tools 8: Pitch Correction with Antares Auto-Tune Evo