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.

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Tab to Transients in Pro Tools

In a previous Quick Tip we explored transient-based selections in Logic Pro. In Pro Tools, this is handled by a feature called ‘Tab to Transients’. Let’s take a closer look.

Add Bottom End to your Bass in Logic Pro - Part 1

If a kick drum has no bottom end then it is a reasonably straightforward process to add more using a sine tone generator and noise gate. For a pitched bass part such as bass guitar, where the recorded

The Beauty of Nudge in Pro Tools

Nudging regions or selections, that is moving them left or right by a predetermined amount, is a fundamental part of the editing process. In a previous Quick Tip we looked at nudging in Logic Pro...

The Beauty of Nudge in Logic Pro

Moving a region in Logic Pro is simply a matter of dragging it, right? Or left, of course! Hold down Control, or Control and Shift, for finer movement. Nudging, however lets you move regions using key

Beat Detection in Pro Tools vs Logic Pro: Part 1 - Creating Tempo Maps

Beat Detective in Pro Tools is a very powerful tool, useful for a whole range of beat-based editing and tempo manipulation activities. This is the first Quick Tutorial in a series that aims to show...

Mixing Electric Guitars in Logic-Part 1: EQ

If the aims of mixing a band could be summed up in a few words, they might be clarity, balance and blend. But mixing with these aims in mind can be a frustrating experience. One instrument in...

How to Quickly Adjust Automation for Selections in Logic Pro and Pro Tools

It is typical for vocalists to perform each phrase and the individual words and syllables within them at a wide range of volumes. They move around and they express what they perform – it's only human!

Add Bottom End to your Kick Drum in Logic Pro & Pro Tools

Not enough bottom end in your mix? Kick drum a bit weedy, thin or disappointingly lightweight? Using Logic Pro's SubBass plug-in is a well documented method for synthesising very low frequencies where

Tab to Transient in Logic Pro

The Tab to Transient selection feature in Pro Tools is an easy way to navigate and edit audio. Logic Pro has similar functionality too! Mike Wakinson shows you how to navigate transients effortlessly.