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Version 1.3 is now available, and is a free "point" update for existing book owners. Please post suggestions for updates, comments, and questions here. It has 26 new tips, and a bunch of new preset files and audio examples.




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Chapter 1 | General Techniques / Workflow 


Why Mono Matters for Mixing  

LCR Mixing and Panning Explained  

How to Choose the Right Envelope  

Event Envelopes and Dynamics Processing  

Better Vocals with Phrase-by-Phrase Normalization  

How to Normalize Comped Takes  

How to Use “No Overlap” Mode  

“Commitment” Recording and Sound Design  

Old School, Tape-Style Variable Speed  

How to Play Faster—By Playing Slower  

Play Faster with Tape Stretch  

Add More Inputs to Your Audio Interface  

Colorization: Not Just Eye Candy  

Convert Stereo to Virtual Mono  

Emulate Pro Tools Multi-Mono Mode  

The Virtual “How Does It Sound in a Car?” Tester  

Four VCA Channel Applications  

Pads that Loop Perfectly  

Before You Master: Mixing for Vinyl  

How to Load DX and DXi Plug-Ins  

Tempo Changes for Already Mixed Songs  

The Advantages of Alternate Mixes  

Use the Listen Bus for Dim Solo  

Pre-Version 5 Dim Solo Function  

The Pre-Main Bus  

Create the “Barberpole” Audio Illusion  

Songwriting with Impact XT  

The Complete Guide to Archiving  

The Virtual Back of the Tape Box  

Track Matching with the Project Page  

Sound Design for the Rest of Us  

Studio One Sings!  

Why the Performance Monitor Is Cool  

“Automating” the Unautomatable  

How to Use Aux Channels  

Your Virtual Listening Room  

How to Use Groups  


Chapter 2 | Signal Processing 


Studio One’s Secret Equalizer  

Pro EQ2 Details  

The “Table” Filter Response  

Studio One’s “Varigraphic” Equalizer  

Dynamic EQ Meets EDM  

Create “Virtual Mics” with EQ  

The Virtual Pop Filter  

The Best Flanger Plug-In Ever?  

Authentic ADT/Automatic Double-Tracking  

Delay-Free, Pseudo-Stereo from Mono  

PnP (Plug ’n Play) Mono to Stereo Converter  

The Melodyne Envelope Flanger  

Up Your Expressiveness with Upward Expansion  

Tremolo: Why Be Normal?  

The Multiband X-Trem  

OpenAIR: Much More than Just Reverb  

The Limiter2 Deep Dive  

The Vocal Repair Kit  

Rockin’ Rhythms with Multiband Gating  

The Studio One “Drumcoder”  

In Praise of Saturation  

Console Emulation  

Fill the Pipeline: Make Hardware Effects Part of Studio One’s World  

Using the CTC-1 with Mid-Side Processing  

The Flanger Lab 

The Dynamic Brightener—Reloaded  

Mid-Side Processing with Studio One Artist  

Mid-Side Reverb for Artist and Pro  

Slapback Echo—Elvis Lives!  

Attack Delay—Done Right  

So…What Does the CTC-1 Really Sound Like?  

Shimmer Reverb  

Add Lookahead to the Fat Channel Compressors  

“Talk Box” Emulator for Guitar  

Create Your Perfect Vocal Channel Strip Preset  

Lively Up Your Drums  

Studio One’s VCA Module  

Frequency Splitting in Artist  

That Vintage Airy Sound  

“Pump” Your Pads and Power Chords  

Purify Your Reverb  

Beyond “New York”-Style Compression  


Chapter 3 | Guitar and Bass  


Widen Your Mono Guitar—Without Phase Problems  

Harmonic Tremolo  

The Wox Wah Pedal  

Humbucker-to-Single-Coil Conversion with EQ  

Layer Guitar with Emulated Bass  

The Secret of Virtual Octave-Divider Bass  

Multiband Dynamics for Bass  

The QuickStrip Bass FX Chain  

15 Seconds to a Great Bass Sound  

The “Amp Enormifier” FX Chain  

The Dynamic Brightener for Guitar  

Guitar Sustainer  

Bi-Amping the Ampire  

All About Ampire’s Virtual Miking  

Using 3rd-Party Cabs with Ampire XT  

How to Save CPU Power with Amp Sims  

Create Ampire Cabs with Pro EQ2  

The Amp Sim Sweetener  

Multiband Distortion for Guitar  

Metal Guitar Attack!  

Stereo Cabs in a Single Ampire  

Access 342 Ampire Cabs  

Why You Want to Match Ampire Preset Levels  

Amp Sims: Garbage In, Garbage Out  

The Guitarist’s Hum Buster  

Spruce Up Your Mono Guitar’s Image  

Multiband Harmonic Tremolo  

The Surf Guitar Sound  

Virtual “Nashville Tuning”  

Compress Only the Bass’s Midrange  


Chapter 4 | Drums and Percussion  


Kick Drum Replacement Made Easy  

Transient Shaper for Kick and Snare  

Zero-Latency/Zero-Artifact Transient Shaper  

Transient Shaper FX Chain  

“Pumping Drums”—With No External Sidechain  

Crazy Snare Enhancements  

Make Impact XT Drums More Expressive  

10 Mai Tai Percussion Sounds  

The Bigness of Huge Drum Sound  

Punch Up Analog Drums with the CTC- Mix FX  

SuperKick—Tune and Enhance Your Kick Drum  

A Slick Trick for Thick Kicks  

Trolling for Slices  

Drum Replacement with Melodyne  

Percussion in Motion  

“Melodify” Your Beats  

Unlock the Power of Impact XT’s Multiple Outs  


Chapter 5 | MIDI and Note Events 


Polyphonic Glide with Any Synth  

Why Overlap Correction is Totally Cool  

“Strums” Made Easy with Step Recording  

Pedal Power  

Patterns: Not Just for EDM  

MIDI Guitar Setup with Studio One  

Using Jam Origin’s MIDI Guitar Software with Windows  

Create Polyphonic MIDI Guitar Parts with Melodyne Essential  

More MIDI Guitar Tips  

The Amazing Robot Bassist  

End Boring MIDI Drum Parts  

Percussion Part Generator, Option 1  

Percussion Part Generator, Option 2  

Melodic Percussion Generator  

Hi-Hat Humanizing  

The Songwriter’s Assistant  

Chords Track: Parallel? Narrow? Bass? Say What?!?  

Studio One’s Session Bass Player  

Slick Tricks for Stack and Strum  


Chapter 6 | Virtual Instruments 


The Under-$ Presence XT Solid-State Drive  

Keyswitching and Sound Variations Made Easy  

Upsampling for Better Fidelity  

Synth+Sample Layering  

 Presence XT Techniques  

Keyboard Meets Power Chords  

The Presence 12-String Electric Guitar  

Poly Aftertouch: Ready for Prime Time  

The Really Grand Piano  

Studio One’s FM Synthesizer  

5 of My Favorite Mai Tai Features 


Chapter 7 | FX Chains 


What You Need to Know About FX Chains  

Make a Splitter for Studio One Artist  

How to Use FX Chain Transition Curves  

Ten FX Chain Splitter Tips  

Rotating Speaker  

Vintage (Through-Zero) Tape Flanging  

“Sparkler” Sound Enhancer  

Mid-Side Processing Made Easy  

The “Glue” Compressor  

Imaging Phaser  

Customizable Phaser  

EZ Squeez One-Knob Compressor  

Blues Harmonica   

The Air Machine  

The “Tightener” for Mixing  

The “Resonator” for Mixing  

The Stereo Separator  

The Vinyliser  

Sweet Multiband Chorus  

Bucket Brigade Delay  

The Vocal QuickStrip  

Tape Emulator  

The Ultimate TremPan  

Do “Vintage” EQ with Pro EQ2  

Mono-to-Stereo Frequency Splitter  

The Filter Shape Shifter  

Multiband Image Enhancer  


Combi-Band Processing  

The Multiband Limiter  

Mixmaster Magic FX Chain  

The De-Stresser  


Chapter 8 | Reverb 


Dual Band Reverb  


Studio One’s Hybrid Reverb  

Back to the 60s, with Preverb  

Rhythmic Reverb Splashes  

Mid-Side Room Reverb  

Reverb Chord Progressions with Harmonic Editing  

Virtual Room Mics  

Synthesize—not Sample—OpenAIR Reverb Impulses  

Cool Reverb Trick, Bro!  

EZ 80s Gated Mixverb Drums  

Universal Gated Reverb  


Chapter 9 | Sidechaining  


The Ultra-Tight Rhythm Section  

The Sidechained Spectrum  

Smoother, Gentler Sidechain Gating  

Frequency-Selective Guitar Compression  

Creative Autofilter Triggering  

The Center-Stage Reverb 


Chapter 10 | Controllers  


ATOM Controller Tips  

Komplete Kontrol Integration  

Control Ableton as a ReWire Client with ATOM SQ  

Using a Touchscreen with Studio One 


Chapter 11 | Mastering  


Obtain the Perfect Fadeout on Your Master  

The Limiter2 and Mastering  

K-System Metering  

Streaming: Limiter2 to the Rescue  

What LRA Means for Mastering  

Easy Project Page Song Level Matching  

Balancing True Peak Levels  

The Project Page Meets Bluetooth  

Mastering for Vinyl: A Real-World Project  

My Craziest Mastering Salvage Job (So Far)  

Project Page Surgery  

Hit LUFS Targets with the Digital Release Menu  

Mix Referencing with Master Matching  

Don’t Ignore the Free VU Meter Plug-In  

Super Stereo and Mondo Mono 

The Artist Version Remix: Super Stereo/Mondo Mono 


Chapter 12 | Theory 


Understanding LUFS, and Why Should I Care? 

What Phase Meter Readings Mean 

Understanding Panning Laws 

How to Test Audio with the Tone Generator and Spectrum Meters  

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