Upgraded to Sierra

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I upgraded to Sierra and I am glad that I did. The OS feels much faster and lighter than El Capitan and the new optimized storage features are certainly a welcome addition. Logic Pro X appears to be working much better than it was on El Capitan and best of all, I am no longer having audio drop outs / distortion when using applications such as iTunes.

After coping over all my useful content (such as music, photos, videos etc.) from a backup, my first step after installing a new OS was to create a backup. For this, I used Time Machine. The backup when through just fine with the exception of “iCloud Drive” which took a while to download content during the backup process. Once all iCloud content was downloaded, the backup process was complete.

I opened up Logic Pro X and tested it without any 3rd party plugins installed. The DAW was as fast as its ever been since the OS X Mountain Lion; certainly a plus in my book. The next step was to install 3rd party plugins. Many companies in this area have warned users not upgrade to Sierra yet. Of course that did not stop me as I tend to keep 3rd party plugins at minimum. I opened up Waves Central and installed a local backup of my plugins after which I authorized. At first it did not authorize but this may have been due to the unstable internet connection at the time. After trying again it worked.

I opened up Logic Pro and my Waves plugins were fully operational. Recorded, mixed and mastered a song. Performance wise the improvements are certainly visible.

Plugins from Plugin Alliance do not work officially yet as told by the manufacturer however, I found a temporary solution that will work until the problem has been officially fixed. See below:

  1. First copy the auvaltool file from the /usr/bin folder from your El Capitan install on to a USB Stick.

  2. Restart your Sierra install and hold down Command + R until you see the Apple logo and loading bar.

  3. Once in recovery mode, Open Terminal from the Utilities menu and type csrutil disable

  4. This will disable System Integrity Protection, which will enable you to replace the auvaltool on Sierra with the one you copied from El Capitan. Be sure to keep System Integrity Protection disabled while you use the previous auvaltool otherwise the it will not work anymore.

  5. Once a fix is officially released, simply replace the auvaltool you copied from El Capitan with the one installed by Sierra.

  6. Reboot your Mac and hold down Command + R until you see the Apple logo and loading bar.

  7. Once in recovery mode, Open Terminal from the Utilities menu and type csrutil enable in order to re-enable System Integrity Protection.

After following steps 1-4 you may need to configure file permissions. Do the following:

cd /usr/bin

sudo chown 0:0 auvaltool

sudo xattr -c auvaltool

sudo chmod 755 auvaltool

Disclaimer: Please note that this temporary fix is not endorsed by Plugin Alliance and you must use at your own risk. Plugin Alliance say that they are working on an official fix. SIP must be disabled in order for this workaround to work and should be re-enabled as soon as an official fix is released by Plugin Alliance. Disabling SIP (System Integrity Protection) poses a security risk and should only be disabled when it is absolutely necessary.

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Once again than you all for the support.

Alexander Lindo

Download: auvaltool from El Capitan

Studio Tips – Episode #1

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Music is an art-form. It builds, strengthens and enhances the human life. It is built with the purpose of delivering a message. It is therefore extremely important to ensure that (as artists, producers, and engineers) our message is delivered in the most accurate way possible. In the “Studio Tips” series I discuss methods on how to enhance the experience and delivery of “the song”. Enjoy!

Location

Ensure your environment is optimal as an uncomfortable environment will leave you with a poor performance. Surround yourself with people who love you for who you are, what you do, both as an artist and as a person. Do not be quick to “take what you get”, as you always have options. Never let anyone make you think that you don’t have options. If you are unhappy with the situation it is bound to show.

Preparation

If your intention is to record, make sure that you have adequately practiced the material before hand. Magic can and may happen in the studio but it is always best to prepare. If you are a singer ensure that you are hydrated, as failure to do so may leave you with some dry sounding vocals. If you are a guitarist ensure that your guitar is properly tuned and that you have at least 2 extra set of strings available. Other than failure to prepare it can be equally disconcerting when the performer is unable to record a take due to technical difficulties. If you are the producer/engineer set up your project with plugins that introduce the least amount of latency / CPU usage during tracking / recording.

The Message

Vocals / Lyrics are the most important part of every song (that contains vocals). They tell the story, and you want them to shine to the best of their ability. Be sure that your engineer is providing you with a space carved out just for you. Listen to the mix. If you cannot hear yourself clearly when the music is playing, you will be shouting above the mix and this is never recommended. The same goes for performing live. If you cannot hear yourself, you will not perform correctly. It is therefore extremely important to get the balance right, before you open up.

Happy Birthday Rupert Neve

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It is an honor to celebrate the 90th birthday of the legendary Rupert Neve, the visionary responsible for establishing some of the industry’s greatest pieces of audio equipment. A man who followed his dream and continues to do so till this day. Rupert has been and continues to be a massive influence in the way we create, mix and consume audio. In honor of this legend here are some of his career highlights.

The Beginning

The 1073 is a product that almost everyone in the audio industry swears by. Originally built in the year of 1970 as an upgrade for the A88 console at Wessex Studio, the 1073 remains one of the worlds most favorite microphone preamplifier and equalizer modules till this very day. This preamplifier / equalizer has been cloned far more than any other piece of audio equipment and due to its massive success, Rupert Neve continues to provide us with the option of using its most favorable characteristics in his most current products.

NECAM

Rupert Neve invented NECAM (Neve Computer Assisted Mixdown) which was the first motorized fader automation mechanism. This technology was released in 1977 after Rupert’s departure of Neve Electronics.

Focusrite

In 1985 he was commissioned by Sir George Martin to build a 16 channel sidecar which would be fitted with customized modules for his Neve console at the Air Montserrat studio. Neve invented the ISA 110 preamplifier/equalizer along with the ISA 130 VCA compressor under his new company “Focusrite” these modules were released to the world in 1987. They were an instant success. Focusrite was sold later on to Phil Dudderidge in 1989.

Rupert Neve Designes

Today we have Rupert Neve Designs. Established in 2005 Rupert Neve Designs is well known for their Portico series processors along with their 500 series processors. The 511 module is currently their best selling microphone preamplifier. The 5088 console which features Rupert’s legendary transformer-based design is one of the most beautiful consoles ever made.

Conclusion

From the 1073 preamp and equalizer the to the gorgeous 5088 Rupert Neve Designs console. Rupert is one of the most talented and ambitious innovators to have graced the audio industry. I have great respect and regard for Rupert Neve and look forward to what he plans to show us in the future. Happy Birthday Rupert and thank you for enhancing our lives with all of your wonderful creations. The list above is not intended to be elaborate as there are more accomplishments on record. For an even more elaborate look at the innovations of this legend visit rupertneve.com

-Alexander Lindo

Alexander’s Tech Corner Has A New Home

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Due the the massive success of “Alexander’s Tech Corner” I have decided to give it a new home, and that is right here on my official website alexanderlindo.com. For those of you who do not know, Alexander’s Tech Corner was a former blog of mine dedicated to discussing the latest and greatest in audio technology. That blog has been parked and going forward all posts regarding both music and music technology will be placed right here on this website. Article’s regarding technology can now be found under the “Events > Tech” menu at the top of this page. Thank you all for the support.

Alexander Lindo

Alexander Lindo is a singer-songwriter, producer, audio engineer, technology enthusiast, Apple Certified Pro and Pro Tools Certified Operator. If you enjoyed this article don’t forget to like me on Facebook, follow me on TwitterGoogle Plus. When you are done, please check out my music. Once again, thank you all for your continued support.

Upgrade Your Icons on Ubuntu

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You may have installed new applications, however those new applications come with not so new icons. They may provide you with ugly low resolution icons. Or you may have installed a beautiful icon theme like Numix-Circle and may be wondering why some of your icons have not changed. Never fair, you do not have to suffer with the presence of these low resolution icons, as the solution is simpler than you might think.

First look for the Application.

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This is the AVI Demux application icon. I obtained this variant of the application from getdeb.net as it was more up-to-date than the one present within the official repositories. As you can see, this application has decided to stick its low resolution icon instead of using the one present in the Numix-Circle icon suite.

Avidemux Icon Numix

In order to solve this problem we must first understand the basics of how Ubuntu handles applications and their icons.

Ubuntu stores the Unity Dash shortcut configuration files in /usr/share/applications 

All configuration files in this directory feature a .desktop extension to indicate that it is an application launcher configuration file.

And all icons referenced by those configuration files are normally stored in the /usr/share/icons directory.

You will need to gain root access to edit the configuration files. This is Ubuntu’s way of protecting you from yourself, so to speak. A lot of things could go wrong if you were to be the root user 24/7 for this very reason you are not a “root” user.

First open a Terminal window (Ctrl + Alt + T) and type sudo nautilus
This will open a Nautilus window with root privileges.
Go to usr/share/applications

The following window will appear:

usr/share/applications

As you can see, the Avidemux icons “appear” to be present in this folder. This is not the case as these are simply just shortcuts referring to the actual icons located in usr/share/icons

Let us go there and investigate.

usr/share/icons

You can see the icon I have highlighted is avidemux.svg. It is there but it is not appearing in the launcher or the dash. This simply means that the application’s shortcut configuration file is not referencing the icon from the Numix-Circle icon suite but is actually sourcing its icon from another directory (either from within the usr/share/icons folder or sometimes in it’s own folder).

An example of this is the Xdiagnose application. It sources its icon from /usr/share/xdiagnose/icons/microscope.svg 

This means that, no matter what icon theme you use it will completely ignore it.This can be resoloved using the same method mentioned in this tutorial.

Close all your open windows and then close your terminal window.
Open a terminal window and type sudo gedit
This will open up the text editor with root privileges, enabling to edit configuration files editable only by the root user.
Hit the “Open” button and navigate to usr/share/applications

usr/share/applications
Click avidemux2.6-qt.desktop and click Open

The following window will appear:

usr/share/applications
Look at the Icon field. You can see it says: avidemux2.6-qt
Change this to avidemux and hit Save.
Or, alternatively, If you would like to have a backup in case you mess up just comment out the Icon=avidemux2.6-qt with a # so it will look like #Icon=avidemux2.6-qt
The field will become blue indicating that it is inactive.
Now you can hit Enter and type: Icon=avidemux in the next line.

usr/share/applications

Hit Save, close all windows, log out and log back in and you’re done.