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PreSonus StudioLive Digital Mixer Webinar Part 3 - CCI Solutions

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♪♫♪♫..............[Music playing] So, the next thing I want to show you is parametric EQ. Uh, and how it works on the StudioLive to a channel. Probably one of the biggest uh, things that I think parametric E...EQ can be helpful for is the pastor's lavalier mic or headworn mic. Uhm, you ever had this experience where you know, the pastor is speaking through a lavalier and then, he walks up to a handheld mic and picks it up and it just sounds WAY better? [Laughs] You know? And when he's...uh...when he puts it back down [holds nose] it goes back to sounding like this kind of a thing? Well, you know mid-range is, uh, one of the toughest things with regards to lapel mics. Uh, and it's also everybody's voice is different. There are certain frequencies in people's voice that can come across harsh. I find that that primarily happens in the mid-range frequencies. So what we can do is...we can actually "notch" out the...the offending frequencies that are kind of harsh. And then we can boost some of the other frequencies that are more pleasing. Okay? So what...what I'm going to do is I'm going to uh, just pull up a, a little sermon...uh...a typical sermon vocal right now. And, uh...we're gonna play that back. It's coming up right here. And you can just hear kind of what it sounds like I'm gonna take all the EQ and everything off of it. So here's kind of the, the...the vocal by itself... [male voice playing through the mixer] ..."about new beginning and witnessing. A new beginning and being witnesses for Christ. This morning we'll look at the last words, in fact the last recorded words of our Saviour before He ascended..." [Rick speaking] Ok say what you're, what you're hearing here is obviously, there are certain frequencies that are more harsh in tone. So what we want to do is identify those. So on the Fat Channel, all I have to do is, on channel 23 where that vocal is, I select that channel. I engage the EQ. And I'm gonna engage the High-Mid Band of the EQ. And then what we're gonna do is, using the Q Control, we're gonna tighten up the bandwidth. What that means is, is I'm really just trying to identify a tight group of frequencies. I don't want effect a whole bunch of frequencies. Okay? I want to try to find..."Where's that offensive mid-range frequency..." and notch that out. So before you start notching, you have to identify it. So the first thing we're gonna do is we're actually boost. So we're gonna go back to the Hgih-Mid band...gonna crank up the Gain... And now, we're gonna play the vocal back and we're just gonna sweep around and listen to it okay? So listen to this... [male voice speaking through mixer] "...into heaven to sitteth at the right hand of the Father. You know these words [sound of voice is changing as Rick moves dial] [male voice continues] "...very well." [Rick speaking] So, now let's find... [male voice speaking through mixer] "Acts 1:8 says 'But you shall receive power when the Holy Ghost has come upon you.'" [Rick speaking] Okay... [Male voice continues] " 'And you shall be witnesses to me...'" [Rick] I'm trying to find [Male voice] " 'in Jerusalem.'" [Rick] ...find a,a place where, where he's sounding kind of nasal and harsh. Now, after we've identified that frequency we're gonna cut it. Okay? So now listen to it... [Male voice continues, sounding smoother and deeper] "And all Judea Sumaria, and to the end of the earth.' How many of you..." [Rick] Okay, so here we can hear it before and after... Here's before...[Male voice before frequency was cut] "My friend the only way... God's gonna use you, and I believe use me" [Rick] Now the second thing that we can do is add some warmth to his voice. So we're gonna do this with the Low-Mid band. So we're gonna go ahead and engage the Low-Mid band and.. I like to use a little bit of a wider curve okay? But before we start boosting lows, let's go back over here to the High-Pass filter. Now remember what I said. The High-Pass filter is basically eliminating low rumble. And with uh, a typical male vocal, you know, uh, I guess unless you're Barry White, or something, you know, you, you wanna get rid of a lot of that low end information. So it doesn't influence the sound. So typically I..I will roll this off around, oh, you know 130 or 180 Hz depending on the voice. So now we're starting with a signal that basically starts at around 130 Hz... 180Hz. And now let's go ahead and add a little warmth to his voice. Okay? Here we go. [Male voice speaking] "Greek word for 'good news'....euangelion and it's where we get our English word 'evangelism.' [Rick] Okay? [Male voice continuing] "You can almost hear it in the word euangelion... [Rick] So here's without [Male voice] "You can hear the word 'angel' [Rick] Here's before...[Male voice] "Messenger. You..." [Rick] Kinda nasal... [Male voice] "...means 'good.' So... [Rick] And here's with [Male voice] "good news. We are... messengers of..." [Rick] Okay? The next thing we can do...and this is optional but I like to add a little bit of high frequency. Just a little bit to kinda, uh, you know the air kind of sound in his voice. Uhm, we go above sort of the Hi...the Mid-Range frequencies, up around you know, 8-10K. Listen to this... [Male voice speaking] "...the Good News. And we are to share Good News. I'm glad I don't have to stand here this morning..." [Rick] Okay? [Male voice] "...and share bad news." [Rick] So now, here's without BTU... [Male voice] "...stand hear today and talk about all of the sickness and disease...' [Rick] And here's with...[Male voice] "...the murders that, that are going on around our, community... [Rick] So just in a few moves we're able to really effect the sound of that lavalier mic, and guess what we can do now? We can save it. Go over to the Fat channel. Hit "Save." Go to an empty slot right here. And we call this "Pastor's lavalier mic." And, boom, now we have a preset that we can recall later on. Okay? So that's basically the workflow, uh, of that. Now let me show you, uhm, another little, really cool thing that you can do with regards to, uhm getting the best sound. And that is adding Effects uh, on an Effects Bus, Reverbs and Delays. The StudioLive Mixers have two 32-bit, two 32-bit Effects processors with Reverbs, Delays...different type of ambient room sounds. And what we can do is set them up uhm, and assign a bunch of channels to them just like we would assigning channels to an Aux send. But these are built-in effects Aux sends. You can think of them as. Okay? So, if you look here on the board, you've got Effects Slot A and Effects Slot B. And what we're going to do is set these up. Let's say we want, uh, a drum Reverb on A and a vocal Reverb on B. Okay? So what we're gonna do is hit the "Effects" button right here...and then the first menu that comes up shows you "Here's Slot A and here's Slot B, and here's what's currently in them." If I page down one page, now we're looking at just Effects A and we can go ahead and choose an, an effect to assign to Effects Slot A. So let's go ahead. That's gonna be my drum Verb... Let's go ahead and put...I like plate Reverb on snare and tom. So we'll go ahead & hit...assign the plate Reverb and hit the "Recall" button. Now, after you hit "Recall," now we've assigned plate reverb on A. Now let's page down one more. And find something to put on the vocals. Maybe a "Warm Hall" uh, Reverb. And....once you find what you want you hit "Recall." It puts it in that slot. And of course there's more parameters here you can go in and tweak in the length of the decay time and stuff like that. Uh, but now, all we've done is really just kinda set them up. But we haven't assigned anything to them. So what we'll do now is, uh, we'll go ahead and...I'll pull up some drums. And we'll go ahead and assign a...some Reverb on our snare. So I'm just gonna hit "Play" from Capture...and, uhm...[drum sounds] [kick drum, snare and high hat playing] Okay, so there's some drums. So they're dry right now. So what you're going to do is go to the "Mix Control," which is this button right below Effects A. And as soon as I hit the "Mix Control" what that does is it makes my encoders, all 24 encoders, become Effects Sends to Effects A. So if I want to assign snare and toms to Effects A, all I have to do is go to the encoder that's above the snare drum channel, which is 2, turn it up [snare drum gets louder]... there's a little Reverb...and then my toms are on 4 and 5, so I go to the number 4 and 5 encoder turn those up a little bit...[toms get louder]...There we go. So we have some "Verb" on the drums. Now the next thing let's do, is add some Reverb to our vocals. So my vocals kind of start at Channel 14. What I'm going to do is go to the Mix Control below B, Effects B. And now all of these encoders become Send Levels to my hall Reverb. So I'll go to Channel 14 which is my lead vocal, and we will go ahead and hit "Play" and "Capture." So you can hear it [male and female vocals singing harmony comes through mixer] [Voices singing ♪♪♫ "We're gonna celebrate, sing for joy, lift our hands "♪♪♫] Okay? [Singing continues ♪♫♪ "To the Lord today"] So let's go ahead and add some Reverb... [Singing ♪♫ "We will praise. We will praise" - Reverb increases] [Male voice singing "We wil praise, yes" - Reverb increasing...] [Female solo voice sings "We will remember You are the Lord"] [Two female voices singing in harmony "We will" - audible Reverb] So you can hear that Reverb. Now, check this out... Look right here at Effects in A...A and B... Check it out, there's a "Select" button right by these. You know what that means? That means I can assign the whole Fat Channel to my Effects Returns. You know, uh, I'm an old guy so, back in, kinda my older, first starting out digital, actually analog recording that was kind of a trick we used to do... is, add a little compression to your Reverb return. And it helps that Reverb stay in the mix without becoming overbearing, and then you can kind of you know, uhm, place that Reverb in the mix as well. So now, that's the cool thing about this board. You've got the...the Select buttons, even, or rather the Fat Channel can be assigned even to the Effects returns. So it's really cool. Uh, Enables you to get a, uhm channels assigned to Effects and then actually tailor those effects even further. Great. Okay. So, the next thing we're gonna talk about is some ways that the StudioLive solution was designed to help you, the sound engineer. Probably the biggest thing on a digital console is the ability to create scenes for different worship services or different applications. Uhm, and this is a very cool thing because, you know, I have different services, like we said before. You might have a completely different-style service on on, you know, Sunday mornings as you do on Wednesday night's... or different times, and to at least have a starting point is really cool. So, in order to, let's say create and recall a scene, I'm gonna show you how to do it from the board, and I'm going to also show you how to do it from VSL. So let's do it on the board first. So let's just say I've got the board set up exactly like I want. And I want to save this to a scene. All I have to do is go to the Scene button right here... And then, I can go ahead and hit "Store." And then, it's basically asking me "where do you want to store it to?" So I find an empty slot. And then I can name it...So let's just call this, you know, "11 AM." Okay? So this is going to be our 11 AM service. Uh, to hit a...a space that says right here "Use 'Tap' for space," so we'll make a space... and, you know, you get it set up, like you want and basically, all you have to do is hit "Store" we've stored that. Now, to recall a scene, from the board is really just as easy. You just go up...into the scene memory. We find the scene that we want to recall, and then the StudioLive allows you to choose what parameters you'd like to recall. So you've got, recalling your mutes, recalling your effects, recalling your assignments, EQ and dynamics, Aux mix, faders, pause, GEQ, There's a "no" and a "yes" by each of these you can, if I, I just wanted to recall just my EQs, Auxes, and then do everything else manually. Uhm, you can do that. So it allows you to choose. Once you figure out what you want to recall, uhm, and let's say I want to recall my fader position, and I'm going to show you this because, abviously the StudioLive does not have moving faders, and uh, we, we...we made a deci...decision to not put moving faders on this board for a couple of reasons... I'll explain that in a second....but let's just recall the scene... And all of a sudden I hit "Recall." And now, the board is in this fader locate mode. And this will allow you to recall the fader position of the board without having to use a moving fader. Now, just a quick thing on why we chose not to put moving faders on the board. Number 1 is, is we wanted as many customers to be able to use the StudioLive and mov...a..putting a good quality moving fader on a 24-channel board would have probably increased the price by about $1,500. ...does absolutely nothing for the sound quality of the board. Uhm, we, instead, tried to invest more into the way that this thing functions and sounds. So we used better mic pre-amps, uh, really great A to D converters, things that really make a difference. Now, when I do want to recall a complete fader position, as soon as I hit "Recall," the board has recalled itself, and now we're in "fader locate" mode which is only a mode that allows me to get the fader position back. Now the LEDs will show me where my actual fader position for that scene is. So watch this...If I...If I increase the fader past the preset level, you'll see, it'll go above the middle LED. If I go too far down it'll go below. Kinda like a guitar tuner. You just... you wanna get it right in the middle. You know?...not sharp or flat. Just right in the middle. And so it takes, you know, 30 seconds to recall a fader position scene and I do this all the way across. As soon as I hit "Select" my board is ready. The faders are active. And you're ready to mix basically. Everything else on the board as far as all of your Effects settings, your monitor settings, uhm, you know, EQ settings for each channel, those are instantly recalled. ♪♫♪♫...............[Music playing]

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Duration: 15 minutes and 25 seconds
Country: United States
Language: English
Producer: CCI Solutions
Director: CCI Solutions
Views: 132
Posted by: ccisolutions on Jul 20, 2012

In Part 3 of this 6 part Webinar on the PreSonus StudioLive Mixer at CCI Solutions headquarters, Rick Naqvi of PreSonus explains some tips on how to make spoken words sound better using this digital mixer. He uses an example of how a pastor sounds using a lavalier mic versus a handheld mic, and how there can be a big quality difference between the two. He shows you how to identify and notch certain frequencies to improve the quality of the vocal.

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