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In this week’s episode of The Logic Pros, we wanted to dive deeper into Logic Pro X’s Drummer. Considered by many to be a tool for kids, amateurs and even the lazy, Drummer is a much more versatile and customizable feature than you may think. In fact, I would argue it might be one the most interesting and powerful additions to LPX, not to mention one that Apple just hands out for free.
Whether its the slightly embarrassing drummer names or the preset stigma that surrounds it, Drummer tends to be overlooked and, in my opinion, quite underrated. Today we will be taking a closer look at what this feature has to offer, along with how to customize the drummers and the parts they play to work with our original compositions and ideas:
Drummer comes in the form of a new track type in LPX consisting of quite a complex series of preset routing, mix busses and more. Thankfully, Apple has done all of the work for us, automatically loading up the goods, which is very much the same as the way a professional recording engineer would track, mix, and generally work with a drum kit in the studio (seen below). Once a Drummer track is loaded we can select through a pretty wide range of music genres and drummer types to meet our specific creative needs, including a slew of new EDM/Hop-Hop Drummers in the latest 10.1 update. Even further, each Drummer has a number of options including different sounding drum kits and as many as 8 different preset starter patterns. You might consider these presets the different grooves or styles that the particular drummer plays.
On left side of the Drummer UI, next to the preset grooves, we can see a large X/Y pad that allows us to alter what the drummer is playing at any given time, from very soft and simple, to loud and complex, and everything in-between. We also get options as to which drums/cymbals/percussion in the kit are included in the rhythms, as well as swing rate and drum fill frequency controls. Hitting the “Details” button under the Swing control will reveal more information about the complexity of how each piece in the kit is played, allowing us to further customize the drum parts in our composition. For example, if you don’t want the hi-hats to ever get too busy, you can set a min-max level to keep them in control.
Depending on whether you choose a live drum sound or an electronic one, the sounds are sourced from either Drum Kit Designer or Drum Machine Designer, both of which are fully editable in their own right. You can access the Drum Kit/Machine Designer via your Drummer track’s channel strip in the usual “Input” slot, where any other audio instrument would be found. In both cases there are various controls that allow us to shape the tonal quality of each of the pieces in our selected drum kit. To be more specific, in the case of the Drum Machine Designer, it is actually using Logic’s Ultrabeat drum sampler/synth to source the kicks, snares, hats and more.
But have no fear, LPX has you covered. The adaptive audio regions that are created on the arrange page for drummer tracks can actually be converted into MIDI! This allows us to have full control over our drums: copying individual parts or whole sections on to other tracks/instruments, and the ability to precisely edit every single hit the pattern. Don’t want that one ghost note on bar 3 beat 3.3? Just ditch it.
Here’s how to set it up:
1. Create a New Drummer Track. Option + Command + N to bring up the new track window, or simply hit the Track option from the top menu bar.
2. Once the new Drummer track option is selected, the Drummer controls will open up along the bottom of your screen. Spend some time choosing a genre, Drummer and kit.
3. Copy the automatically created audio regions on the Drummer track to the various parts of your composition that you want them. Simply drag and drop the region while holding option on your keyboard. Then spend some time selecting a preset groove and working the controls for each region until they are sounding as close to the way you want as you can get them.
Note: Before moving on to the next step, it is a good idea to copy the work you have just done on your Drummer regions to the very end of your project for safe keeping. Highlight your desired regions on the Drummer track, then drag and drop them while holding the option key to say, bar 200 or so on your arrange page.
5. Now you will find your adaptive Drummer region has been replaced with a typical MIDI region on the same track, and it just works like magic within the same Stack and group busses. You won’t have access to the Drummer controls anymore on converted regions, but we are still triggering the same sounds as we were before, except with far more granular editing capabilities via the LPX Piano Roll.
Note: We can have converted regions and non-converted adaptive Drummer regions on the same Drummer track, allowing us to mix and match between the two without the need for multiple drum kit tracks. It can also be convenient for auditioning new rhythms on your existing ideas or allow for really creative live performance options with fixed rhythm sections and those that can be tweaked on-the-fly.
The Drum Machine Designer/Ultrabeat combo is a very capable and great sounding option. If you are going to use those sounds, here’s how to get the most out of them:
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One of the major new additions in the latest round of updates would have to be Logic Pro’s latest dynamics plug-in. After reviewing some of the more useful and practical features last week, we will be taking a closer look at how to use DeEsser 2 today, along with a rundown of the basics for beginners, its intelligent new Relative tech and some helpful tips for getting the most out of it.Apple’s All-New Sibilance Remover
Not to be confused with Apple’s multi-year campaign to modernize the UI on its existing LPX FX, DeEsser 2 is a completely new plug-in built from the ground up. And thank the bass gods for that because the previous gen legacy version certainly wasn’t anything to write home about. Dated and difficult to use, the original DeEsser worked, it just wasn’t very good or overly practical in its implementation. Its successor, however, is very much the opposite.
A DeEsser is a dynamics plug-in or effect that reduces sibilance or unwanted/harsh Ssss sounds as well as other high-frequency offenders. Ideal for vocal performances — singing, rap, voice overs — it is also applied on other instruments and even in the mastering process sometimes as well. Sure a basic Sssss remover doesn’t sound all that interesting, but they make the world of difference on almost all of the audio we consume everyday. Podcasters, YouTube content creators, reviewers, and, well, anything with insufferable, sharp, earsplitting sibilance could use a little DeEss-ing.How to Use DeEsser 2
Learning how to use DeEsser 2 (or any DeEsser really) is all about trusting your ears and fully understanding the controls. It essentially comes down to making a few adjustments in order to zero in on unwanted frequencies without having a negative affect on the vocal overall. We want to ditch those harsh high-end S’s wherever they appear in a performance without ruining the top end of the vocal itself. But with some careful listening and understanding of the readouts on the plug-in, DeEsser 2 makes the whole process fairly simple.
First let’s focus on the main three options along the front face of the plug-in: Threshold, Max Reduction, and Frequency. Set the frequency control to center around the range of frequencies you want to remove. Generally speaking, female voices land between 5 kHz and 8 kHz while male voices sit in the 3 kHz to 6 kHz range. A good place to start (this can be adjusted at any time in the process) would be around 6,000 Hz or 7,000 Hz. From the Range section, you can choose whether to reduce a narrow band of frequencies with the “Split” option or a wider range with “Wide” (centered around your previous choice on the Frequency knob).
One tip here is to insert a Channel EQ in the FX slot immediately before your DeEsser 2. Use the Analyze frequency feature on the EQ while the vocal is playing back to see what the high frequency response looks like. Your favorite frequency analysis plug-in would work just as well. You’ll still need to use your ears to set the Threshold in DeEsser 2, but this is a great way to get in the ballpark. Don’t be afraid to turn the gain control on the right hand side of the EQ up temporarily just to get a better look at the high frequency energy analysis.
Threshold determines how much of the vocal performance in the selected frequency range will be reduced. Generally speaking, you’re going to have to play with this control by ear, as it will change depending how a given vocal was recorded. For beginners, a good rule of thumb here is to adjust the threshold until we see the Detection meter on the left begin to display blocks of yellow during the moments in the performance with a harsh Ssss sound. You’ll see real time feedback on the companion Reduction meter next door at the same time.
As the name implies, the Max Reduction knob sets the maximum amount of reduction (in dB) the vocal performance can be subject to. The Reduction meter on the left of the UI displays the amount of sibilance reduction in real time. Much like the Threshold/Detection setup, you can either use the knob to set the Max Reduction or the small blue line on the Reduction meter itself.
DeEsser 2 Filter:
Now on to the filters. After you have selected a frequency to center your sibilance reduction around on the Frequency knob, you can fine-tune that selection with the Filter options. The Low Pass filter (on the left) is much a broader range that will reduce sibilance from the frequency you chose (on the Frequency knob) and up. Whereas the Peak Filter (the right option) is a much narrower range of reduction that centers around the setting you chose on the Frequency knob.
You can also use the new plug-in for selection-based processing on individual audio regions
There are two different global Modes available on DeEsser 2 that determine how it reacts to incoming vocals/tracks. The Absolute threshold option can be thought of as a more legacy or traditional method of DeEssing. Great for high-level (or loud) signals, this is the option that seems to be working best for us in most situations. It’s much like the third-party DeEsser products we have grown accustomed to.With a Relative threshold:
However, the new Relative Mode is very interesting. Designed for nuanced reduction and lower-level signals, it provides a more responsive type of gain/sibilance management. To keep things simple, it essentially automatically adjusts the threshold behind the scenes based on the input signal. Once you have set a threshold in the aforementioned fashion along with a Split or Wide range band, DeEsser 2’s Relative tech will adjust the threshold so there is an even amount of sibilance reduction, no matter how loud or quiet the vocal performance is.
It’s the kind of thing you’ll want to experiment with. Most pros are probably used to dealing with this in a more hands-on fashion with automation and the like, and it might be hard for beginners to wrap their head (ears) around at first. For us, it seemed to work well overall and tends to make getting a natural or transparent, if not somewhat subtle, DeEsser job done easily. There are times when it seemed as though Logic’s automatic adjustments might not have been the exact same choice we might have made manually or with automation. But overall, it is a very welcome new addition to Logic’s mix suite/compression options, even if you still need to dial in more specific edits after the fact.
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How to Customize Instagram Fonts?
Luckily, their custom Instagram fonts aren’t among them.
There’s no secret behind the fancy fonts celebrities and influencers use on their Instagram accounts, that you cannot know. To get those cool fonts what you need to do is use Instagram font generator tools.
How to customize Instagram Fonts, to get cool fonts and cool texts let’s start.How to customize Instagram fonts?
Which tool you choose from the bucket list enlisted, varies from person to person. Remember, all the tools will give you cool texts to use on Instagram.
Also Read : Instagram Story: All You Need To KnowBest Online Tools & Apps to change Instagram Fonts
LingoJam offers tons of options to change a simple text into cool text. All these options are on your right. Some will be traditional and some creative.
2. Instagram Fonts: This one is another best online font generator tool for Instagram. With Instagram Fonts you can get cool fonts for Instagram, the tool works just like LingoJam.
Simply enter the text in the box and get cool texts and cool fonts in the window below it.
Note : The only problem with web-based font generator tool for Instagram while using on a cell phone is ease of use. Therefore, using a mobile app is a better idea as it is much easier and handy.
To use this app iPhone users, need to pick the font first and then type in the text. This will help you in creating cool text with cool fonts that can be used for your Instagram. Not only this, you can add emojis, too.
If you are an Android user, you must be thinking there’s nothing for you. Worry not, Adobe Spark Post is an app that works for both Android and iPhone users.
5. Adobe Spark Post: When you want to enhance social media images, add cool text, cool fonts Adobe Spark Post is the app that both Android and iPhone users can use.
It offers a variety of features using which one can add cool texts, make an image look fab and more. To use the app, all you need to add a picture or open a post. Once done, tap on Font option to find different font style to change the font.
You can choose and preview the font that you like. Further, you can tweak them by shape, effect and more.
Once you have the template ready save it and add the image to your Instagram story or post.How to change Instagram Stories Fonts using the Instagram app?
If you do not wish to use a third-party app to change fonts, you can use the options provided by Instagram Stories. Here’s how to use them.
Tap on Type option to create a text-only story.
Once you do so, tap the font indicator to check different options. You can add your text first if you want.
Must Read : Amazing Instagram Features To Make Your Image Sharing Experience EasyTips to keep in mind while using cool texts and cool fonts on Instagram:
A fancy font and cool text are appealing but while adding cool text to your Instagram bio, stories certain things should be kept in mind.
1) Stay Constant
If you are creating a lot of content on the go try and don’t have enough time to create perfect stories, stick with one font type. As the beauty of Stories is uniformity and readability of the content.
2) Choose readable fonts
It doesn’t matter which cool fonts you use for your Instagram bio or stories. The only thing that will attract user attention is the readability of the cool fonts.
3) Avoid using different Instagram fonts
Wisely choose cool fonts as using different fonts will block readability.Make your text speak more than plain words
Instagram is a visual-heavy platform, therefore to standout and to make your posts interesting using cool fonts to customize your Instagram bio is a cool idea. For this, you should use the right tool and make your Instagram bio interesting.Quick Reaction:
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Gmail for Android is a great way to check your Gmail while you’re out and about. It’s fast, dependable, and keeps you in the know while you’re travelling or otherwise away from the computer. Many people will simply set up their Google accounts with Gmail and leave it on its default options, which is a perfectly valid means of using it.
Did you know, however, you can make Gmail for Android notify you with different sounds for each account? Or that you can set custom notifications for each label? Here’s how to customize your Gmail notifications in Android.Changing the Notification Sound
If you’re a little tired of your default notification noise, you can change it very easily. Open the Gmail app and press the three bars at the top-left. Then, scroll down to “Settings” and tap it.
Select the email address you use from the list that appears. Scroll down to “Inbox Notifications,” tap it, then tap “Sound” and change the notification to a sound you find more pleasing.Setting a Custom Sound for Each Address
Before we move on, let’s take a second look at what we just did. Namely, the fact that we selected an individual email address to change its notifications. If you put two and two together, you’ll realise that Gmail handles the notification of each address separately. This means you can set a different sound for each email address you have connected to Gmail for Android, so you know which address got an email from the tone alone.
To set a custom sound for each address, simply set up a sound as you did above for one address. Then, keep tapping the backward arrow at the top left until you return to the email list. Tap another address and repeat the above process to set a different sound for each address on your phone.Setting a Custom Sound for Each Label
Perhaps you’re not a fan of having multiple email addresses rattling around. Perhaps you have the one email address and an intricate labelling system to keep everything sorted. If you love the labels, you can set it up so each label has its own individual tone. Again, this will allow you to identify what kind of email is coming in by the notification sound alone.
To do this, select the email you want to customize as above. Then, scroll down to “Manage labels” and tap it.
You’ll see a list of labels on your account. There’s a chance that only Inbox and Sent have notification settings set up, and everything else is set to “Not synced.” If this is the case for you, don’t worry – we can fix that!
To start, tap the label you want to customize the settings for. If you’re already syncing this label, you should see all the notification options available to you. If you see the error message “Sync messages for this label to enable notifications,” then tap the “Sync messages” button at the top. Choose if you want to sync all emails or only those from the last thirty days. Once done, you can set up notifications as normal.Setting Notifications for “High Priority” Emails Only
If you have preferences set up that mark specific emails as high priority, you can tell Gmail to notify you only when one of these emails comes in. To set this up, select the email you want to apply this option to as above, then select “Notifications.” It should be set to “All.”
Choose “High priority only.”
Now you’ll only be notified when a high priority email comes in.Nicer Notifications
While Gmail works perfectly fine if left with its default settings, you can add an extra flair to your alerts. This allows you to identify the email address and/or the label of the oncoming email by its alert tone. Now you know how to set Gmail up for smarter notifications.
Does this make life easier for you? Let us know below!
Simon Batt is a Computer Science graduate with a passion for cybersecurity.
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Pokemon GO: Legendary Pokemon Zapdos is Live, Here’s How To Beat Him!
The schedule for Niantic’s Pokemon GO Legendary Raid Battle bosses brought to us the first 2 of 3 birds – now its Zapdos turn. Both Articuno and Moltres have had their day in the sun – or week in the sun, however you see it. Now, starting this afternoon (for some) or morning (for others), the next raid boss switch will occur. The first day of the 3rd Legendary Raid Boss is today!
Wait, you might be saying, isn’t there a fourth bird? And a fifth? What’s this giant white and purple bird I’ve been fighting? Lugia, as it’s called is the Trio Boss, the leader of the first three Legendary Bird Pokemon. As Niantic seems to have decided, Lugia will be around for the duration of this other three-bird tenure.
The switch-up today may have a bit of crossover overlap for some users – a lucky time when several birds will be out at once. During that time, it may end up showing Moltres, Lugia, and Zapdos all at once. At that time, you’ll want to choose the one that’s disappearing first, Moltres, before you move on to the zap-happy bird that comes last.
• Articuno (Team Mystic) Saturday, July 22 to Monday, July 31.• Moltres (Team Valor) Monday, July 31 to Monday, August 7.• Zapdos (Team Instinct) Monday, August 7 to Monday, August 14.Zapdos Artwork above: made by Johanna Tarkela. Zapdos Artwork below: made by Sketching Sands from Tumblr. Artworks aplenty beyond the shared images lie.
OF NOTE is the fact that Zapdos is the most difficult to beat of the first three elemental-based Pokemon Legendary Raid Bosses. Articuno wasn’t the easiest – but Moltres certainly was. There were cases of Moltres getting beat by 2 trainers – that’s silliness.
As such, we’ve compiled a list of Pokemon that are best suited for the battle against Zapdos. Remember that these Pokemon are only “the best” so long as they have the move sets that correspond with Zapdos’ various weaknesses. Also be sure to pay attention to Zapdos’ strengths – they’re difficult to avoid!
ICYMI: Predicted! Pokemon GO Unown Event [now half-off!]Best Pokemon to Beat Zapdos in Pokemon GO:
1. Golem Rock Throw/Stone Edge (ROCK)*
2. Jynx (glass cannon) (ICE)
3. Tyranitar Bite/Stone Edge
4. Dragonite (lasts long, big (1x) damage
5. Rhydon Rock Smash/Stone Edge
6. Piloswine (ICE)
7. Omastar (ROCK)
8. Articuno (ICE)
*ON GOLEM: Do not use a Golem with GROUND attacks – they will all turn up “Not Very Effective”. Most Pokemon that are able to use Stone Edge are extra-effective against Zapdos.
Zapdos is an Electric Type Pokemon as well as a Flying Type Pokemon. The moves Zapdos can potentially have are Electric. That’s Thunder Shock and Charge Beam for fast attacks, and Zap Cannon, Thunderbolt, and Thunder.
Electric Type Pokemon like Zapdos are extra strong (defensively) against Flying, Steel, Bug, Fighting, and Grass type Pokemon. Zapdos is weak (defensively) against Ice and Rock type Pokemon.
Zapdos is not particularly strong (attacking) against Ground, Grass, Electric, or Dragon Type Pokemon. Zapdos is extra-strong (attacking) against Flying and Water type Pokemon. So do NOT use Gyarados, as she’ll get crushed at the same time as dishing out very little damage.
This tutorial shows you how to customize Apple’s TextEdit app on Mac to ensure you can easily create or edit plain and rich text documents.
With the built-in TextEdit app on your Mac, you can write HTML files, edit plain text documents, and even annotate images. If you don’t want to scour the App Store or shell out money for a text editor, then TextEdit on Mac is the perfect tool.
So if you use TextEdit a little or even a lot, you might as well take a few minutes to customize it to work best for you. We’ll guide you through the options to make TextEdit efficient for your tasks.Open a new document in TextEdit Adjust the settings for creating new documents
Format: Pick from rich or plain text as your default. If you want the text you’re typing to wrap within the page margins you set, check Wrap to page.
Window Size: You can set the width and height for the TextEdit window. This is a great way to ensure the app opens in the size you want each time.
Font: Pick both the plain text and rich text font styles and sizes you want to use. This lets you pick your favorite fonts for each.
Properties: For rich text files, you can apply the Author, Organization, and Copyright properties. Depending on the type of documents you’re creating in TextEdit, these might be essential to you.
Options: You have a variety of additional settings to enable or disable in TextEdit. You can have the app check spelling as you type or automatically correct it, show the ruler at the top (note below), and use smart quotes and dashes in rich text documents.
Note: If you want to set the margins, tabs, indents, and paragraph alignment for rich text documents, you’ll need to display and use the Ruler.
Take a few moments to adjust all of these settings so that you get the best experience possible when creating new documents in TextEdit.Adjust the settings for opening and saving documents
When Opening a File: Check the boxes for how you want to display HTML and RTF files when you open them. For instance, if you’re going to edit an HTML file, then you probably want to check the box to display it as code rather than formatted text.
When Saving a File: This is a simple checkbox for always using the TXT file extension when saving files.
HTML Saving Options: For writing HTML in TextEdit, you’ll want to check these settings for the best ones for you.
Document type: Pick an HTML or XHTML option.
Styling: Pick from embedded, inline, or no CSS.
Encoding: Choose from the same options you have for the Plain Text Encoding above.
Preserve white space: Check or uncheck this box per your preference.Other TextEdit tips
Even if you adjust the above settings for New Documents or Open and Save, you can still make some changes on the fly for your current document from the menu bar.
For example, the Format menu lets you switch between plain and rich text for your document, show the ruler, and use the Wrap to page option.
You can change the font style and size from the default for a current rich text document using the toolbar at the top.
Whether you’re preparing to use TextEdit on Mac for the first time or have been using it with its default settings, these options can help you work more efficiently and effectively with the app.
Do you have any tips for TextEdit that you’d like to share? Or maybe you prefer a different text editor for your Mac? Let us know your thoughts below!
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