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Lesson 1 went over the common components of a synthesizer, explained the functions of the Oscillators, and the mixer sections.
Now let’s have a look at the Envelope and Filter sections.

The envelope section allows you to modify the shape of the waveform when a note is played. Attack, Decay, Sustain, and Release are the controls you’ll find.
Sometimes there are more than one set of envelope controls. There is usually a dedicated envelope for the amplifier, and then the other can be assigned to filter or something else.

  • Attack adjusts the start of the waveform, this will allow you to fade the sound in over time. Think of this as a way to control the volume of the tone from zero to full over a short period of time. From instantly on, to a very slow ramp up in level depending on how this control is set.
  • Decay is a time control to set how long before the sustain level is reached.
  • Sustain is the level the sound will be while the note is held.
  • Release is the opposite of attack. When a key is released the sound fades out over a period of time set by this control. [read]

When you first look at a synthesizer it can be a little intimidating with all the knobs and switches and buttons.

Believe it or not, most synthesizers have the same blocks of components and once you figure out what they do you can pretty much use any synthesizer. Over the next several newsletters I’ll be going over each of the common components that make up a synthesizer.

Synthesizer Components

The main components you’ll find in a synthesizer are:

  • Oscillators (Red)
  • A Mixer (Pink)
  • An Envelope Generator (Orange)
  • An LFO (Yellow)
  • A Filter (Green)

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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]

Q: My band just picked up a vintage Hammond B-3, complete with the matching Leslie speaker from a church.
It works perfectly, however, a guy at the church was telling that miking that Leslie isn’t like miking a guitar cabinet.

He described what we needed to do, but I’m kinda lost. Is this true? What should we do?

A: First of all, nice find! The gentleman you met at the church is correct, in that miking a rotary speaker requires techniques different from those typically used on guitar cabinets. [read]

Having some trouble getting the bass to sit just right in your mix? Veteran Mastering Engineer Bob Katz is here with a brief video tutorial demonstrating bass eq technique that can easily be applied across your entire workflow.

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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

YOUR MUSICALITY – Ears, Chops and Feel
Studio musicians are known for their musicality, which consists of your ears, chops, and feel, as well as your judgment. Session players have enough experience to know what to play and when to play it. They know how to best interact with the artist, other musicians, the engineer, and the producer to make the session the most efficient and fun. They have an innate feel for how to make you and your song sound great. Let’s take a look at some of the musicality attributes that you’ll need.