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McDSP 6050 Explained®

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    Tutorial 1



    Michael explains the two plugins that preceded the 6050 to give you some background.

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    Tutorial 2

    Interface & Selections


    We begin with a tour around the interface and the basic controls for getting modules in and out of the bays.

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    Tutorial 3

    iX Expander


    The first of the new modules, the iX is a versatile downwards expander.

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    Tutorial 4

    FRG-X Expander


    The latest member of the “frog” family, the FRG-X is amazingly versatile providing both downwards and upwards expansion. Explore all facets of the module in this movie.

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    Tutorial 5

    EZ G Gate


    Inspired by some classic DBX units, the EZ G is an excellent performing gate module with a sound all of its own.

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    Tutorial 6

    Saturation Modules


    Explore another three new modules to the 6050, all different flavors of saturation.

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    Tutorial 7

    MEF 1 & E404


    Learn how these two new filter modules compliment each other.

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    Tutorial 8

    Sidechain & Keying Pt. 1


    In this first video on keying, see Michael take a click track and use it to trigger compression on a synth pad.

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    Tutorial 9

    Sidechain & Keying Pt. 2


    This time we use a duplicate of the existing track to tune the compression on that track.

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    Tutorial 10

    Sidechain & Keying Pt. 3


    Michael explains one final facet of the keying system.

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    Tutorial 11

    S671 Saturator as a Preamp Model


    Learn how using just a small amount of saturation can sub tly elevate a track from good to great.

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    Tutorial 12

    EZ G Sidechain x 2


    See two different methods of isolating the snare drum from within a full drum loop.ore concluding.

McDSP 6050 is the ultimate channel strip containing over 25 custom configurable modules that will transform the way you mix and process your audio, making your mixes sound great. Let studio guru Michael Costa explain and explore this great studio tool before your very eyes!

Michael begins by showing you how McDSP’s previous plug-ins lead to the McDSP 6050 and demystifies the new 6050 interface and basic controls of the various modular plug-ins.

With the basics covered, Michael dives in with the iX Expander, a versatile downward expander, then demonstrates the FRG-X Expander, which offers both downward and upward expansion. That leads into a description of the three saturation modules, followed by explanations and demonstrations of the MEF 1 and E404 filter modules, which compliment each other in great ways.

With the modules covered, Michael now explores Sidechaining and Keying and reveals how to get creative with the McDSP 6050, using Sidechaning to trigger and tune these processors and make some sonic special sauce!

Whether you’re new to the McDSP 6050 or you’re an existing user ready to learn more ways to use it, watch “McDSP 6050 Explained” today!

Submitted 6 months ago

Great Stuff!

Great Stuff here, very well done!

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1. When did you start dabbling in music?

I was classically trained in piano from the age of 7 and had a strong obsession with popular music right throughout my youth. I played keyboards in various rock bands in the mid 80's but found a pronounced leaning towards the technology and computer side of music as samplers and computers became more attainable in the late 80's.

2. What training have you had?

In 1989 I completed my Bachelor of Arts, majoring in Music Technology from La Trobe University in Melbourne, Australia. Much of my tech knowledge in those pre-internet days came from devouring issues of Keyboard, Mix and EM - monthly, without fail.

3. When did you get into recording?

I started getting into recording in 1984 with a Tascam 244 4-track cassette system. In 1989 I moved to a Digidesign Sound Tools II system - a true random access 2 track editor - and that was the beginning of a long association with Digidesign products. I married this hardware up to Opcode's Studio Vision for many years as well as getting in at the ground floor with Pro Tools v1 in 1991. I've been a Pro Tools user since then right up to the current day.

4. People you have worked with/for?

I've been lucky enough to work with a huge cross section of talent within the Australian music scene. Names like: INXS, Little River Band, John Farnham, Kasey Chambers and Richard Clapton. Plus music editing on breakout movies like Shine and Strictly Ballroom with Oscar nominated composer, David Hirschfelder.

5. Why are you so good at training people?

I think I'm good at training because I really love this stuff - I genuinely want to show people how cool these tools are. Even as a fully grown adult, I still find myself getting excited like a little kid about the magic we can do with our systems these days and wondering how far it can go in the years to come. I hope that enthusiasm is contagious!

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Date published: 2017-08-18