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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Fixing drums (Beat Detective Style) in Logic Pro

Fixing the timing of recorded audio, especially drums has fast become an essential staple for digital musicians and producers. But how can you mimic Beat Detective in Logic Pro? Is it easier in Logic?

Tips for Trimming Regions in GarageBand

GarageBand is based on the same powerful engine as its larger sibling, Logic Pro. Alongside the powerful features are some peculiarities, such as the differences when trimming MIDI & audio regions...

iPad Review: the Alesis iO Dock

There are a growing number of accessories and controllers aimed at the iPad-wielding digital musician. Mike Watkinson takes a close look at the new Alesis iO Dock and all it has to offer.

Adding Bottom End to your Bass: Part 2

In Part 2 of this Extra Bass series Mike Watkinson demonstrates how to use a simple sine wave generated by the EXS24 to add sub-harmonic content in a controllable way.

Mixing Guitars Part 2: Automatic Double-tracking Without Tears

In Mike Watkinson's 2nd tutorial in the Mixing Guitars series, learn how to double-track using the Middle & Sides technique. Gives greater width and mono compatibility!

Using Beat Detective for Groove Quantising in Pro Tools

Pro Tool's Beat Detective can do amazing things for the timing of recorded audio in the right hands. In this tutorial, Mike Watkinson demonstrates how to best get groove quantising.

Pitch Correction in Logic Pro for Non-Musicians

Pitch correction has become a staple in the music producers toolbox. This tutorial shows how to use Logic's Pitch Correction plug-in without knowing your Bb major from G minor - with A+ results!

GarageBand for iPad Updated to Version 1.0.1

GarageBand for iPad recently received a significant .0.1 free update. It might not sound like much, but Mike Watkinson uncovers the new features and how that'll affect how make music on your iPad.

Scaling and Trimming Automation in Logic Pro and Pro Tools

Automation can add life and a dynamic quality to a mix. Knowing how to edit, scale and trim this data after the fact is essential. Mike Watkinson shows you how to do just this in Logic and Pro Tools.

Making Whole Session Edits in Pro Tools

Turning your ideas into a music doesn't stop once you've finished recording. These tips on arranging your session will help you save time when experimenting with your arrangement.

Review: Music Studio for iPad

There's no doubt that GarageBand for iPad is a great app (see various articles) but are there any alternatives that are worth your hard-earned iTunes vouchers?

Mix Tricks: Self-Ducking Reverb in Logic Pro and Pro Tools

A nice long reverb can be very effective on, say, a vocal to create the feeling of space, effective when there is time between phrases for it to be clearly audible.

MIDI in Pro Tools: an Overview

Traditionally if you were into audio you chose Pro Tools. If you used MIDI, you reached for Logic. This DAW polarized view has no relevance with Pro Tools 9, though! Read on...

Fixing Drums with Beat Detective in Pro Tools

The Beat Detective window in Pro Tools is a really useful collection of tools and processes, which comes onto its own when you need to ‘fix’ the timing of recorded audio, especially drums.

Phase Out Phase: Quick and Easy Automatic Double Tracking in Logic

Whether invented by accident by Les Paul or, as others say, by Ken Townsend at Abbey Road in 1966 (and used on John Lennon's voice), automatic double tracking (ADT) is a way of thickening...