Mike Watkinson

Mike Watkinson

Mike has been obsessed with music software since he first saw Fairlight's Page-R, and has tracked its development through his work as a performer, composer and producer. As a writer he has contributed articles to Sound On Sound since 1999, and currently writes their Apple Notes column. As well as being a certified Logic Pro and Pro Tools trainer he is also an Apple Distinguished Educator.

Articles by Mike Watkinson

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Pro Tools Transfuser: An Intro to Beat Slicing and Stuttering

The "In" effect is still glitch and beat-sliced vocals. That's right all you electronica aficionados, we're talking stuttering. And Pro Tools' Transfuser does it all. Mike Watkinson demonstrates.

Review: WIST: Collaborate across iOS Devices & Apps

The GarageBand update for iOS brought a new jamming feature. But before its release Korg's WIST opened the doorway to cross-device and app collaboration. Mike Watkinson shares his thoughts.

Review: Propellerhead Figure for iOS

Got 2 minutes to spare to create some music (that actually sounds good!)? Got an iPhone or an iPad? Figure by Propellerhead is for you. Mike Watkinson is bowled over by just how excellent it is.

Loop Recording: Managing Takes and Playlists in Pro Tools 10

Following on from the loop recording options article, Mike Watkinson explores how to manage takes and multiple playlists in Pro Tools 10. Read on for a bundle of tips and shortcuts!

Review: Piezo for Mac

If you want to record the sound from an app on your Mac you could use Logic and Soundflower… or you could choose a more elegant approach. Mike Watkinson tests out Piezo by Rogue Amoeba.

ReWire Reason with Pro Tools

ReWire allows you to get the best of both worlds by using Reason or Ableton Live along with other ReWire hosts such as Logic Pro or Pro Tools. Mike Watkinson shows you how to get connected.

Review: AudioTools for iPad

There are music creation apps aplenty available for iPhone and iPad, so when AudioTools released their audio measurement tools for iOS, Mike Watkinson was on hand to investigate.

Dubstep Wobble Bass in Pro Tools

With a few simple tricks and a copy of Pro Tools 10 almost any sound can be created. Mike Watkinson shows how—using Vacuum & Structure Free—you can produce a wobble Dubstep bass.

Review: GarageBand 1.2 for iOS [UPDATED]

Despite the point release, this updated version of GarageBand for iPad & iPhone packs some intriguing new features. Mike Watkinson explores Smart Strings, MIDI editing and more.

Tracking with Dynamics Processors in Logic Pro

With 24-bit digital recording and better analog to digital converters than ever before, is there any point using dynamic processors when recording? Mike Watkinson examines the benefits.

Making Sense of Sample Rate Conversion in Pro Tools 10, Part 2

Pro Tools 10 does a lot of the sample rate conversion for you behind the scenes. However, there are times when you'll need to be sample-rate savvy. Mike Watkinson demonstrates when and why in Part 2.

Review: Low Cost Metering Options

You don't have to mortgage your home to buy good metering tool these days. Mike Watkinson rounds up some freebies and economical plug-ins that every producer needs in the studio.

Review: Tascam iM2

Having released many successful digital field recorders and an iPad app (Portastudio), it comes as no surprise that Tascam has created a stereo condenser mic for iOS devices with a free app, too.

Using Mix Busses and Master Faders in Pro Tools 10

Mike Watkinson uncovers and explains how to maximize the audio quality when mixing using the new 64-bit floating bus in Pro Tools 10.

Loop Recording Options in Pro Tools

When it comes to looping during the recording process Pro Tools has a wealth of options to hand. Mike Watkinson rounds up all the options for MIDI and audio in this article.