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What two processors (and in what order) would be ideal to control and repair a snare drum track with a wide variation in volume and lots of bleed from other tracks?
Gate, then compressor.
What is the purpose of the Hold parameter on a Gate?
allows you to define the amount of time the gate will stay open after the signal falls below the threshold.
On a dynamics processor, how does an engineer send signal directly to the level detection circuit?
By using a sidechain/key input.
In Pro Tools, how must you route audio to the key input of a dynamics compressor?
By using a bus.
If you have a stereo drum track (no multi-track version), how would you set up your signal routing and processing to have only the kick drum trigger the key input of a gate?
Use a sidechain on a gate that has a low pass filter so only the kick triggers the gate.
What are the three most universal parameters on a reverb device (i.e., those that you would most likely find on any given reverb unit)?
Wet/Dry percentage, reverb time (RT60), pre-delay
What does RT60 measure (with regard to reverb)?
the time it takes for the sound to decay by 60 dB after the sound source is removed.
What does pre-delay on a Reverb unit control?
How long before the reverb kicks in after the signal plays.
Name the six parameters of a Pro Tools audio track that can be automated (assuming no plug-ins).
Volumes, pans, mutes, send volumes, pans, and mutes
What are the five main automation modes in Pro Tools and what do they do (assuming you do not have an HD system)?
Off mode: Whether or not you are using automation
Read mode: Reads automation
Write mode: Writes new automation
Touch mode: Writes new automation when you touch it.
Latch mode: Continues the automation you touched.
What parameters can you import using the “Import Session Data” feature of Pro Tools?
Markers, tempo, meter maps, audio files, tracks, plug-ins...
What parameters can a Pro Tools session template (.ptxt) contain?
Tracks, plug-ins, audio file types, session parameters.
Why would you want to “Import” Session Data” vs create a Pro Tools session template?
If you don't know exactly what you will need in the session.
Once a session is completed and you have derived a final mix, what other tracks should you “print” before you close the session for the last time?
Stems, Midi info, etc...
What are stems? Track prints? Alternate Mixes?
Stems: Processed groups/individual track
Track prints: Midi instruments, sample groups.
Alternate mix: Vocal up/down, etc...
At minimum what stems should you print before finishing your final session?
stems (acappella, instrumental, etc...)
What other files besides the included audio and .ptx files should you include with your final session archive?
Pictures, Midi files (includes grid, markers, etc...).
Regarding Pro Tools, what is clip consolidation?
Compiles clips into one smooth track without empty space..
Regarding Pro Tools, what is clip compacting?
Shortens a clip and removes the handles besides one second on each side.
Once a session is 100% complete, everything has been cleaned up and printed, what is the industry standard guide for archiving your session?