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Vocal Production Techniques: Editing and Mixing in Logic Pro

Thu, 09/22/2016 - 20:00
Authored By: Scott Hirsch

Released On: 9/23/2016

Vocals are one of the most critical pieces of any song. No other instrument has as much power or influence. But almost every vocal track can benefit from some post-production. Vocal Production Techniques introduces editing and mixing techniques for the most popular DAWs. This course focuses on Logic Pro.

Audio engineer Scott Hirsch starts with comping the vocals—combining the best performances into one final vocal master take. He explains how to edit out breaths and other noises and fabricate a doubling effect for additional texture and vibe, and then brings in some plugins into the mix—Antares Auto-Tune, Melodyne, and iZotope—to tune vocals and create more interesting soundscapes. In the "Mixing" chapter, Scott enhances the sound of the vocals with EQ, compression, reverb, delay, and automation, adding life and motion to the song. The final track demonstrates everything you can do to maximize the effectiveness of vocals with Logic Pro.


Vocal Production Techniques

Thu, 09/22/2016 - 20:00
Authored By: Scott Hirsch

Released On: 9/23/2016

Vocals are arguably the most important part of any great-sounding song. Vocals carry the hook and capture the emotion of listeners. No other instrument has as much power or influence. Vocal Production Techniques guides you through the most important steps in recording vocals, regardless of the software or DAW you use. Audio engineer Scott Hirsch takes us into his own studio to demonstrate the recording techniques the pros use to get crisp, resonant lead and backup vocals for any genre.

First, learn how to get the singer comfortable in the recording studio and select the right microphone and preamp for the session. Scott discusses how to set up a good headphone mix and configure your DAW, and interviews the recording artist featured in the course, Jade Hendrix, about warm-ups and vocal health. Next, Scott moves directly into recording: positioning the mic, setting levels, and using compression. Then he delves into the psychological aspects of vocal production, like coaching the singer and giving feedback over the talkback mic. In the final chapter, Scott demonstrates some creative production techniques, including doubling vocals, stacking multiple vocal tracks, using Auto-Tune while recording, and methods for harmonizing.


Vocal Production Techniques: Editing and Mixing in Pro Tools

Thu, 09/22/2016 - 20:00
Authored By: Scott Hirsch

Released On: 9/23/2016

Vocals are one of the most critical pieces of any song. No other instrument has as much power or influence. But almost every vocal track can benefit from some post-production. Vocal Production Techniques introduces editing and mixing techniques for the most popular DAWs. This course focuses on Pro Tools.

Audio engineer Scott Hirsch starts with comping the vocals—combining the best performances into one final vocal master take. He explains how to edit out breaths and other noises and fabricate a doubling effect for additional texture and vibe, and then brings in some plugins into the mix—Antares Auto-Tune, Melodyne, and iZotope—to tune vocals and create more interesting soundscapes. In the "Mixing" chapter, Scott enhances the sound of the vocals with EQ, compression, reverb, delay, and automation, adding life and motion to the song. The final track demonstrates everything you can do to maximize the effectiveness of vocals with Pro Tools.


iOS 10 App Development Essentials 2: Design a User Interface

Thu, 09/22/2016 - 20:00
Authored By: Todd Perkins

Released On: 9/23/2016

Learn to create a simple user interface for iOS 10—the latest operating system for the iPhone and iPad. This focused course is part 2 of our iOS 10 App Development Essentials series, designed for developers who are new to iOS and want to transition their existing programming skills to Xcode, Swift, and the iOS SDK. Todd Perkins covers the basics of iOS interface design with Auto Layout, as well as preview mode, constraints, picker controls, popups, progress bars, and views.


Vocal Production Techniques: Editing and Mixing in Studio One

Thu, 09/22/2016 - 20:00
Authored By: Scott Hirsch

Released On: 9/23/2016

Vocals are one of the most critical pieces of any song. No other instrument has as much power or influence. But almost every vocal track can benefit from some post-production. Vocal Production Techniques introduces editing and mixing techniques for the most popular DAWs—such as Studio One, the focus of this course.

Audio engineer Scott Hirsch starts with comping the vocals—combining the best performances into one final vocal master take. He explains how to edit out breaths and other noises and fabricate a doubling effect for additional texture and vibe, and then brings in some plugins into the mix—Antares Auto-Tune, Melodyne, and iZotope—to tune vocals and create more interesting soundscapes. In the "Mixing" chapter, Scott enhances the sound of the vocals with EQ, compression, reverb, delay, and automation, adding life and motion to the song. The final track demonstrates everything you can do to maximize the effectiveness of vocals with Studio One.


What Video Camera Should I Buy?

Thu, 09/22/2016 - 20:00
Authored By: Erik Naso

Released On: 9/23/2016

Video cameras have come a long way. They're smaller, lighter, and shoot in higher resolutions—4K and beyond. Now more than ever, we have to make the right choice on what camera to buy or rent for the type of productions we shoot. The lighting, the locations, the size of your team, and even the computer you use for video editing can all impact the decision.

Evaluating your production workflow and the camera options out there can save you time, money, and maybe even your sanity. Camera enthusiast Erik Naso is here to help. He'll teach you how to ask the right questions and pick the right camera—balancing "the camera I should buy" with "the camera I want to buy," so you end up happy with your purchase over the long run. Learn how to figure out your budget and needs; understand the different file formats, sensors, and lenses available; and choose the right accessories for any shooting situation.


UX Design Techniques: Creating Personas

Thu, 09/22/2016 - 20:00
Authored By: Chris Nodder

Released On: 9/23/2016

Who are you developing for? How will they use your design? Building user personas can answer these important questions. In this course, Chris Nodder shows you how to create personas using information about the users most relevant to your business. He shows you how to gather and use data from interactions and site visits to define groups that represent a picture of your user types. These personas can help drive development and make sure your team is designing your product, application, or website with the same customer in mind, resulting in coherent, focused goals and an optimal user experience.


Windows Performance Toolkit: CPU Analysis

Thu, 09/22/2016 - 20:00
Authored By: Thomas Pantels

Released On: 9/23/2016

The CPU is the brain of the computer. Sometimes it gets overtaxed. As a Windows developer, it's important to make your applications execute as fast as possible while minimizing the consumption of system resources. Analyzing the CPU usage of your application with the Windows Performance Toolkit can help you understand its inner workings and optimize its performance. Here Thomas Pantels uses two tools in Windows Performance Toolkit—Windows Performance Analyzer and Windows Performance Recorder—to profile an application and transform a single-threaded app into a multithreaded version where tasks run in parallel.


Microsoft Exchange Server 2016 Administration

Wed, 09/21/2016 - 20:00
Authored By: Robert McMillen

Released On: 9/22/2016

Businesses run on email—and 80% of on-premise email runs on Microsoft Exchange. Despite the popularity of cloud-based solutions, email server administration is still a critical skill for any system admin. Learn how to maintain, monitor, and troubleshoot an Exchange Server 2016 environment in this course with networking consultant Robert McMillen. Robert concentrates on core skills and day-to-day activities, such as configuring mailboxes, delegates, and distribution lists; setting permissions; managing and troubleshooting transport (aka mail flow); designing a service-level agreement for downtime, RPO/RTO, and delivery; and backing up and recovering mailbox databases and roles. Plus, learn how to use clustering and database availability groups (DAGs) to promote high availability and troubleshoot common Exchange issues.

Need to set up Exchange Server for the first time? Check out Robert's previous course, Deploying Exchange Server 2016.

Note: This course maps to the certification exam for Exchange Server 2016. Review the course and exam blueprint for the Exchange Server 13 exam here and here.


Foundations of Servers

Wed, 09/21/2016 - 20:00
Authored By: Ed Liberman

Released On: 9/22/2016

Servers are the heavy lifters of IT. They power the Internet, email, enterprise-level applications, databases, local networks, and more. While most users have a superficial understanding of servers, system administrators and IT pros must know them intimately. You must be prepared to configure, deploy, and maintain a variety of servers—with high availability and scalability. This course covers the fundamentals of servers, including popular server operating systems such as Windows Server and Linux. It's designed for the entry-level IT student who needs a basic understanding of server architecture, user administration, virtualization, storage, security, networking, and disaster recovery. Author Ed Liberman, an IT consultant and trainer for over 20 years, also reviews troubleshooting theory and tools, so you can understand common problems that can arise with servers and how to solve them.


Multi Module Build Automation with Maven

Wed, 09/21/2016 - 20:00
Authored By: Peggy Fisher

Released On: 9/22/2016

Apache Maven is more than a build tool. It offers end-to-end project management for all sorts of Java applications. In particular, Maven excels at managing large-scale projects with submodules: projects using inheritance or multi-module architecture. In this course, Peggy Fisher covers both scenarios. She shows how to create submodules and define parent-child relationships, and build an aggregated multi-module project. She also shows how to integrate Maven with some of the most popular Java IDEs, including NetBeans, Eclipse, and IntelliJ.


Learning Flask

Wed, 09/21/2016 - 20:00
Authored By: Lalith Polepeddi

Released On: 9/22/2016

The need for talented developers is greater than ever before. A basic grounding in a framework as simple, powerful, and easy-to-learn as Flask—a Python microframework—can help launch your programming career. Get a basic grounding in the fundamental concepts of web development, as well as the hands-on experience required to successfully build web apps with Flask, in this course with Packt trainer Lalith Polepeddi.

It starts with turning your computer into a modern development machine. Then learn everything you need to know about Flask: models, views, controllers, web templates, forms, validation, and API interactions. Lalith shows how to apply these concepts and develop a powerful database-backed Flask app, including a full authentication system. Finally, Lalith shows how to extend the app's functionality by integrating it with third-party APIs. When you finish this course, you will be fully equipped to build your very own custom web apps with Flash.

Note: This course was created by Packt Publishing. We are pleased to offer this training in our library.


UX Design Tools: Sketch

Wed, 09/21/2016 - 20:00
Authored By: Renata Phillippi

Released On: 9/22/2016

The best UX design tools are nimble, collaborative, and efficient—just like Sketch. Learn how to use this Mac-only, vector-based app to craft great user experiences. Renata Phillippi concentrates on a workflow that takes advantage of Sketch's huge library of plugins, templates, close integration with software like Illustrator and InVision, and best practices (such as the use of style guides and open-source fonts). Follow along to learn how to set up your Sketch workspace for maximum efficiency, speed up design with reusable styles and symbols, build responsive site maps and wireframes, and design mobile apps for iOS, Android, and even watchOS with Sketch. Plus, learn how to integrate Sketch with other popular UX design applications such as Illustrator, InVision, and Flinto.


Tableau 10 New Features

Tue, 09/20/2016 - 20:00
Authored By: Nate Makdad

Released On: 9/21/2016

So what's new and improved in Tableau 10? Find out in this easy-to-follow review, and decide for yourself if it's time to upgrade. Nate Makdad provides a show-and-tell of key new features and functionality, including new worksheet formatting options, the Tableau Book typeface, analytics enhancements, and new filters, joins, and connection types for working with data. Plus, learn about new dashboard features for web and mobile design. These tips will help you and your team quickly get up to speed with Tableau 10 and start making even more engaging dashboards and visualizations.


Google Apps 2016 for Education Essential Training

Tue, 09/20/2016 - 20:00
Authored By: Kat Anderson

Released On: 9/21/2016

Google Apps for Education is designed to help teachers and students collaborate digitally. Creating, editing, and sharing files in real time helps you connect anywhere, anytime—whether you're running a flipped classroom or all online. While you may already be familiar with products like Gmail, getting the most of the features from all the Google Apps will help you create more engaging learning experiences. In this course, Kat Anderson covers the core apps (Gmail, Drive, and Calendar) as well as Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides, to create virtual class spaces that allow students instant access to course work, digital places to upload assignments, and tools for grading content. Learn how to create student folders, provide individualized feedback, build quizzes and presentations, book time on your calendar for check-ins and group events, and more.


Learning Dart

Tue, 09/20/2016 - 20:00
Authored By: Joris Hermans

Released On: 9/21/2016

Dart is a new open-source programming language for the web. It is a single language for both client and server that can be used to build large-scale web, server, and mobile applications. Stop solving new challenges with the same old tools—let Dart show you a whole new way! In this course, author Joris Hermans guides you into the wonderful world of web development with the dartlang programming language. By following along, you get a more mature sense of how to build a great application and see all the facets needed to reach that goal.

Learn the important language features of Dart, along with some advanced features such as mixins and null-aware operators. Later on, see how to use unit tests, work with browser APIs, and set up of a web server. Finally, take a look at Angular 2, a great front-end framework also built by Google.

This course provides you with everything you need to know to start or enhance your career in web development with Dart.

Note: This course was created by Packt Publishing. We are pleased to offer this training in our library.


Microsoft XAML Fundamentals 1: Core Concepts

Tue, 09/20/2016 - 20:00
Authored By: Walt Ritscher

Released On: 9/21/2016

What is XAML? XAML is one of the primary languages used to create user interfaces for .NET and Windows apps. This course, part one in our XAML series, provides an overview of the what, when, and how of XAML for the Microsoft developer who wants to build better user interfaces for their applications. Learn why markup is so important in UI definition, which frameworks use XAML, and how to identify parts of a XAML file. Author Walt Ritscher shares his preferred settings for working with XAML in Visual Studio 2015, explores XAML namespaces and namespace mapping, and discusses the use of XAML in other popular frameworks, including Windows Presentation Foundations, Universal Windows, and Silverlight.


Plan a Microsoft Cloud Solution

Mon, 09/19/2016 - 20:00
Authored By: Sharon Bennett

Released On: 9/20/2016

More than 60% of Fortune 500 companies rely on Microsoft cloud services. If you're planning on moving your organization to the cloud, Microsoft's platform, Azure, is worth a look. In this course, Sharon Bennett provides a thorough introduction to cloud computing, focusing on the various Azure technologies designed to help support and protect your company as it scales. Learn how to build a base of operations with Azure resource groups, virtual networking, and storage—the foundations of your infrastructure—and ensure business continuity using out-of-the-box Azure Backup and Azure Site Recovery services, set up virtual machines, and manage users and access with Azure Active Directory. This introduction is a perfect primer for IT pros who want to move clients to the cloud, and business owners who are looking for more efficient alternatives to a traditional IT infrastructure.


Windows Server 2016: New Features

Mon, 09/19/2016 - 20:00
Authored By: Ed Liberman

Released On: 9/20/2016

Learn what's new in Windows Server 2016. The latest version of Microsoft's enterprise-level server operating system offers major improvements in cloud and virtualization support. This course reviews what's available in the newest version, including Nano Server (a small-scale, remotely administered version of Windows Server), Hyper-V enhancements, Active Directory improvements for cloud and hybrid deployments, and new PowerShell and SDN features. Plus, get a look at improvements to security, storage, and networking. If you're considering upgrading to Windows Server 2016, this course is a must watch.


Code Clinic: Clojure

Mon, 09/19/2016 - 20:00
Authored By: Caleb Smith

Released On: 9/20/2016

Successful programmers know more than how to code. They also know how to think about solving problems. Code Clinic is a series where our authors solve the same problems using different languages. Here Caleb Smith works with Clojure, a Lisp-based programming language. Caleb introduces a series of challenges and then provides overviews of his solutions in Clojure. Challenges include performing statistical analysis, searching directories for images, and accessing peripheral devices.

When you're done, visit other courses in the series to see how to solve the same challenges in languages like C++, C#, JavaScript, PHP, Python, R, Ruby, Go, and Swift. By comparing and contrasting the results, you can better understand the architecture of each language and its strengths and weaknesses.


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