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Blue Cat Audio MB-7 Mixer Explained

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    Tutorial 1

    First Contact

    4:18

    Learn what the MB-7 Mixer is about and what it can do, and learn keyboard and mouse gestures unique to Blue Cat Audio plug-ins.

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    Tutorial 2

    The User Interface

    7:02

    Discover what the main menu, title bar, header, main graph display, and crossover controls are used for.

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    Tutorial 3

    Band Controls

    9:31

    Eli demonstrates how the controls on the individual bands work using only its basic gain and stereo imaging functions to shape the sounds of a pad, a drum loop, and a bass sound.

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    Tutorial 4

    From Corrective

    6:34

    See how the MB-7 mixer is used to host various third party plug-ins on a mix bus in order to process different areas of the frequency spectrum uniquely.

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    Tutorial 5

    To Creative

    7:15

    Listen to a few examples of individual sounds being transformed with plug-in processing applied to various areas of their frequency spectrums.

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    Tutorial 6

    Using Global Groups

    3:47

    Explore a couple of scenarios linking individual bands of the MB-7 Mixer across multiple tracks.

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    Tutorial 7

    Mid-Side Processing

    4:00

    Eli demonstrates how stereo imaging is enhanced by separating and controlling the sonic content that is the same on both sides, and different on both sides.

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    Tutorial 8

    Creative Sidechain Processing

    7:16

    Explore ways to set up spectral-based gating and compression effects using the Blue Cat Audio Dynamics plug-in in conjunction with the MB-7 Mixer.

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    Tutorial 9

    MIDI Control & Automation

    6:34

    Learn how to set up MIDI CC messages to control MB-7 Mixer parameters.

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    Tutorial 10

    Presets & Skins

    6:43

    Learn how to recall presets using MIDI bank and program change messages, save and organize user presets, set a default preset, and download and manage additional skins.

Studio guru Eli Krantzberg explores Blue Cat Audios MB-7 Mixer and explains how it splits your source audio into different frequency bands and then process each band like a separate track. It also lets you host VST and AU plugs for even more creative possibilities!

Eli starts by explaining what the MB-7 Mixer can do, and walks you around its user interface. Then he demonstrates how the controls on the individual bands work and how to use MB-7 as a plug-in host, so you can use it to effect different parts of the frequency spectrum differently. Additionally, Eli provides examples of various individual sounds being transformed in this way so you can grasp its full potential as a creative effect.

Moving on, Eli reveals different creative scenarios for using the MB-7 Mixer. A video explains how you can use the MB-7 Mixer across multiple tracks, as well as how you can use the plug-in to do mid-side processing. Eli then progresses to creative side-chain processing using the MB-7.

Finally, Eli concludes the series with videos on MIDI control and automation, and a video on how to use MB-7s powerful preset and skin features.

Whether youre new to Blue Cat Audios MB-7 Mixer or an experienced user who wants to learn some new techniques for using it, dont miss Blue Cat Audio MB-7 Mixer Explained!

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1. When did you start dabbling in music?

I started playing drums in high school at age fourteen. Like most kids my age around then, I was into progressive rock. Genesis, Emerson Lake and Palmer, and Yes. They rocked my world. A few short years later though, my musical life changed. While studying music in college I discovered Charlie Parker, Milt Jackson, Sonny Stitt, and John Coltrane. Milt Jackson spoke to me in such a profound way that it left me no choice but to take up vibraphone.

These great players, along with  drummers like Philly Joe Jones, Max Roach, Art Blakey, and Elvin Jones changed not only the way I thought about drumming, but also music - and by extension, life - as a whole. I realized life was meant to be a creative endeavor. The idea of improvising based on a loose set of guidelines and rules permeated into my psyche even when I wasn't holding a pair of drumsticks or mallets. But if I am going to be perfectly truthful, I have to hold Henry Miller and Woody Allen equally responsible for shaping the way I view and experience the world around me. 

2. What training have you had?

I am currently an Apple certified Logic Pro. Young and cocky, and armed with only a partial University degree, I dropped out of school and  began playing steady commercial hotel engagements and jazz gigs when I could. This went on for many years until I decided it was time to complete my degree - which I ultimately did with a major in Political Science and a minor in music. 

It was at this point that I formed my current band Nightshift. We are going in to our twenty third year now - playing commercial one nighters like weddings, corporate events, etc. Don't turn your nose up at it though - it has allowed me a wonderful quality of life. It gave me the freedom to go back to school and complete a post graduate degree in Communications Studies - all the while supporting myself by playing weddings.

3. When did you get into recording?

It was in this graduate program - in the early nineties - that I found myself drawn to the fledgling emerging universe of hard disc recording and midi sequencing. Based on nothing more than the recommendation of one of my band mates who had an old Atari, I jumped in head first and bought a Mac LC ll, along with a version 1.1 of what was then Notator Logic. I had no idea what I was getting myself into. But, in hindsight, it was a decision of epic importance in my life - shaping my future as much as the music of Milt Jackson and Charlie Parker did fifteen years prior. 

I opened up my own commercial home studio in 1998 and began doing a variety of projects, working on radio jingles, artist CD projects, and whatever came my way. A couple of years later a colleague called me up - desperate. He was working at a post production house and one of the editors had just quit. They were doing audio post for a weekly TV series and needed a Pro Tools editor - and fast! And so, once again, I jumped in head first into what would ultimately open up my world even more - the world of Pro Tools. 

4. People you have worked with/for?

Focusing on Logic, I built up a small but loyal client base and my phone kept ringing for Logic tech support and instruction. Film composers and studio owners all over the city were calling me. Even the music stores were giving out my phone number at this point! This kind of stuff becomes a self fulfilling prophecy. The more of it you do, the more calls you get to keep doing it. At least that's the way it should be!

As my Logic chops kept growing, I was hired by an old buddy of mine, Len Sasso, who was then an associate editor at Electronic Musician magazine, and began writing some columns for them. I had a blast doing them - and really learned to focus and express my thoughts in a concise and clear manner. This lead to a collaboration with LA based composer Terry Michael Huud on the 2006 film called Civic Duty - which was certainly one of the highlights of my professional life as a composer. 

5. Why are you so good at training people?

I wake up every day excited to boot up, and create. Whether it's instructional videos, creating music, working with a studio client, performing with my band, or teaching at the schools - my days are filled with what I love doing. Enriched by the stimulation and creative freedom this modern music making software brings to my life. I bring that excitement and passion to each and every training product I create. My years of experience both using and teaching these programs has taught me the best way to make the user comfortable with these complex programs.

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