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Our friends at Izotope are offering this free guide to mixing, aimed at convering the essentials.
Izotope say “If you don’t know anything about mixing or mixing software, this Guide is a great place to start.
If you don’t fully understand mixing this Guide can help you better understand the powerful sound-shaping tools at your disposal. Each chapter demonstrates many useful concepts that you can apply to your next mixing project. You can also follow along with the free 10-day trials of Alloy 2, Trash 2 and Nectar 2 available at www.izotope.com.
If you already have any of the products mentioned above and already know the basics of mixing, this guide can show you new tricks or techniques that are possible. Just read through and say “Yeah, I knew that” when appropriate for the other parts.
Looking at the guide you can see that a great deal of care has been taken in putting it together, it is filled with some great ideas that even the most advanced user might find useful.
Also don’t forget that Russ has a video training series for those new to mixing “Mix School 101” from Groove 3. This series, although shown in Pro Tools 10, will help anyone on any DAW craft and hone their mixes into much better, professional sounding tracks that you can be proud of, as the theories presented apply to any DAW. It features 19 tutorials, total runtime 4 hours.
The gang at Boz Digital Labs have released a FREE plug-in Bark of Dog which is simply a low Pass Filter with Resonance.
However, when we say ‘simply’ that is not to imply it has lttle effect, in facts this cool little plug-in can add so much energy to the low end of a track it should perhaps be called Balls Of Dog!
They say; Bark of Dog is a bass resonance filter that lets you increase your low end without turning up the flab. I like to think of it as a way to boost the low end while still keeping it under control. While the controls are super simple, the effect that this has on controlling the low end in a mix is pretty exciting.
We’ve just had a quick try of it and it is indeed a very useful little plug-in that had a multitude of uses, it can be used in gentle ways or can do some serious damage if you are that way inclined.
Bark of Dog is AAX, RTAS VST and AU for both Mac and Windows.
Our friends over at Logic Pro Expert tipped us off to this trove of Lexicon booty.
They originally ran the story as Free impulses for Logic Space Designer, but we’ve downloaded these impulses and tested them in Avid Space/TL Space and they do indeed work and in fact sound very sweet.
They are the handiwork of Producer Grant Nelson, so full creds to him!
Source: Logic Pro Expert
UPDATED: In the earlier version of this story we mentioned that Fabfilter One is a FREE plug-in - this is incorrect. Apologies for the confusion.
The word FREE can often conjure up the idea of something being worthless; for many years the VST world has been filled with worthwhile FREE plug-ins yet Pro Tools users have often felt a little left out of the FREE plug-in world. However there seems to be a growing collection of FREE plug-ins for Pro Tools RTAS and AAX that are well worth investing your time into.
Here are a selection of some FREE synths worth checking out.
A single oscillator synth with enough sound shaping options to give a palette of cool synth sounds, the option of PWM is always welcome on a single oscillator synth as it gives the possibility of creating extra depth from the single source - a trick used in the very early synths. Available in VST, VST3, Audio Units, AAX Native formats (all both 64-bit and 32-bit), as well as RTAS (32-bit only) More from Fabfilter
Linplug Alpha FREE
A cut down free version of the popular LinPlug Alpha, this 16 voice, 2 oscillator synth includes many of the features of the paid for version. There are over 30 waveforms to choose from as well as useful filters and a single LFO. Mac and PC RTAS only. More from Linplug
NI Reaktor 5 Player
Reaktor 5 is one of NI’s flagship products and Reaktor Player is a great way to explore the almost limitless potential of this modular synth design. NI offer a free download of over 200 synths based around 3 synths as part of this starter series. Mac and PC, RTAS and AAX. More here
A one oscillator, one filter, single envelope synth, Podolski has been around for several years in different incarnations. it also features a Zebra-style arpeggiator/sequencer plus chorus and delay effects. Mac and PC. More about AAX here (Mac)
In a recent video we showed how to create a mono button on the Pro Tools master buss (for lack of one as a standard feature.) We got some other suggestions on how to achieve this, so here are 4 FREE ways to check a stereo mix in mono. Check all our FREE Pro Tools plug-ins here
AIR Stereo Width
The AIR Stereo Width plug-in has numerous features for expanding your stereo image, but it can be used as a simple way to take a stereo image and make it mono as shown in the recent video.
Brainworx BX Solo
The BrainworxBX Solo is a handy little tool that offers several options including Mono/Stereo and MS. In their words “bx_solo is a nice little tool that we have designed to get you started with and used to the way we approach the M/S technique – be it for recording-, mixing- or mastering purposes. The “heart” of our M/S tools are our unique SOLO BUTTONS that allow you to actually LISTEN to all components of a stereo mix / stereo signal individually.”
Flux Stereo Tools
For a freebie this baby has a lot of bang for the buck… in their words “Stereo Tool features ultra precise control of input gain and individual pan for left and right channels. A phase inverter is available on each channel. Global stereo pan and stereo width settings are also implemented to complete the management of the stereo signal.
Stereo Tool also offers accurate visual feedback reflecting the signal content. A vector scope display, PPM meters for both inputs and outputs, and a phase correlation meter permanently monitor the signal.
Inserting our Stereo Tool after a BitterSweet II, will open your mind to new ways of controlling the stereo stage.
Like all Flux:: plug-ins it features 64 bit internal floating point processing, up to 8 FS (384 KHz).
Stereo Tool is available in native versions, AU, RTAS and VST. No dongle or registration required.”
Avid Down Mixer
Another more recent addition to the free Pro Tools collection is the Down Mixer, aimed more at those wanting to get surround mixes back to stereo but it is still able to take a stereo pair and make them mono.
The downside of using the Down Mixer is that it needs to be inserted on a sub mix before the Master out to work.
HOFA 4U Meter, Fader & MS-Pan
Another nice freebie from the HOFA team is the HOFA 4U, they say “
- precise metering (peak, hold, EBU, LRA)
- MS decoder
- trim-, fader- and mute-function
- stereo-mono switch
- innovative panorama-function: this is the panner that you can also use for “more than stereo” panning
- changeable plugin window size
- manual onboard
- works latency-free and with all common sample rates
- for PC and Mac, 32 and 64 Bit DAWs
- Audio Unit, VST, VST3, RTAS and AAX
Our friends at Novation are offering the chance to grab over 800mb of loops and samples from modern and classic synths as part of a celebration of their heritage.
Watch the short film that explores Novation past, present, and future and then download the pack as well as enter a competiton with a chance to win cool Novation gear.
In this free Pro Tools video tutorial, James Ivey shows how to create the Muse guitar sound using the Eleven Rack.
Settings for the amp are shown below. Download the patch FREE here
The gang over at Xfer have released OTT - Multiband Compressor effect as a FREE download.
It’s a pretty simple bus comp that can be used to add some extra balls to your tracks.
It’s AAX and works in Pro Tools 11, it is also VST and AU. AAX Mac only
Download from our free plug-ins database and play with it and let us know what you think.
In this FREE Pro Tools video tutorial Russ takes a look at the FREE Softube saturation knob on a mix to see just how good it is, even better it’s now available for Pro Tools 11.
Avid have not disappointed Eleven Rack users hoping to see the Eleven Rack editor back inside Pro Tools, they have gone one stop further by creating a brand new version.
A new standalone version of the Avid Eleven Rack Editor is coming soon, although some users may have got emails early by mistake, Avid assure us they will have the download ready soon.
We’ve been given a preview of the new software and we love it - here are the details.
Now standalone so works with it without Pro Tools, you can use it with any DAW.
It can be open in a separate window with Pro Tools open at the same time, or Logic for that matter… who would have thought it!
- Requires a 64-bit operating system—Windows 8, Windows 7, or OS X 10.8 or later.
- Free download, commencing this week.
We will have some videos made by James Ivey shortly to give a full show and tell.
Our recent FREE video tutorials showing how to get signature sounds from some of the most iconic guitar players using the Eleven Rack has been going down a storm. We have been asked to supply the presets for download, so here are Eleven Rack presets completely FREE for you to use.
Click on the links below to watch the video and download the free presets.
- How To Create The Eric Clapton Sound Avid With Eleven Rack
- How To Create The Pink Floyd Guitar Sound With Avid Eleven Rack
- How To Create The Prince Purple Rain Guitar Sound Avid With Eleven Rack
- How To Create The Iron Maiden Bass Sound Avid With Eleven Rack
More videos coming soon!
The team at Native Instruments have announced a free compressor plug-in called SUPERCHARGER, which is free until the end of the year - it will then cost ¢49 to purchase.
The compressor is a tube based compressor and uses a simple one knob design.
Native Instruments say it can be used on a variety of material including vocals and drums, giving anything from subtle to pumping and crushing.
At the heart of the plug-in is the compress knob, then the user can add punch and dirt. It allows for side-chaining as well as a wet/dry knob.
Supported interfaces: AU, VST, RTAS, AAX 32- and 64-bit
Samplephonics are offering 2GB of FREE loops and samples in exchange for your email address.
Often these things are disappointing, but their stuff is very good.
This weekend Waves are giving away Renaissance Bass for free. Go and sign up here.
Moby is offering a track from his album ‘Innocents’ as a Pro Tools session via blend.io
‘The Perfect Life’ features Wayne Coyne and you can download it and open the entire session up in Pro Tools.
Members of blend.io can download it for FREE.
With some whizzy code we’ve now included two new sections into the site fed from our YouTube channel.
You can now watch the videos from the comfort of your favourite blog!
The guys at U-He are offeringa FREE AAX synth for those who in their words “brave enough to test our first AAX pluggie on Mac?”
Podolski is a simple, CPU-efficient virtual analogue synthesizer. Basically a cut down version of FilterscapeVA with just one oscillator, one filter, one envelope and two LFOs, it also features a Zebra-style arpeggiator/sequencer plus chorus and delay effects.
Podolski’s specialities are the Click parameter (emphasizes the filter attack) and its ability to seamlessly morph between three waveforms (WaveWarp).
Windows users do not despair as they write;
“We believe this to work, and while we’re adding AAX development into our development workflow, we hope that the brave among you out there will give this a spin. Please report any crashes with a crash.log here, and - if possible - compare whether or not this version behaves and sounds the same as its VST/AU counterpart.
If all goes well we’ll need only a few days to port it to Windows, we’ll have to buy 3 more iLoks to add to our build and testing servers and we might get to release AAX betas for everything shortly thereafter.”
Go to their forum here for more information and follow the instructions carefully regarding installation - we do not offer any support on this.
IK Mulitmedia are currently giving Custom Shop owners the chance to grab, for free, Opto-Compressor for T-Racks and Modern Tube Lead Head & 4x12 Cab for Amplitube.
FREE Opto-Compressor: Optical compression has a special sonic character and this analog-modeled processor faithfully recreates that particular (and extremely musical) “movement” that characterizes only the best opto compressors. An important characteristic of optical compression is the total absence of distortion and coloration during gain reduction, and you can expect the same character and performance from this digital recreation.
FREE Modern Tube Lead Head and 4x12 Cab (based on the Mesa Boogie® Dual Rectifier® and matching Celestion loaded 4x12 cab). Modern Tube Lead models one of the leading amps for the hard, driven rock tones made today. Capable of searing leads, a thick rhythm sound and heavy crunch, this amp creates a modern rock tone that is hard to beat.
That kind of covers it - more here
The Origins of Sampling - A Sound that Shaped the 60’s
Hark back to the heyday of classic rock and one instrument stands above the rest, a 350lb behemoth that would forever change the way we think about making music. At the heart of this monster was an array of tape machines, one per note on the attached keyboard, each playing a uniquely recorded sound. With only 8 seconds of tape per key and a cumbersome frame this machine had its limitations but was nonetheless impressive for its time, boasting a multitimbral and truly polyphonic ‘engine’. Instantly made famous by the Beatles hit ‘Strawberry Fields Forever’ and used by countless others including The Moody Blues, Rolling Stones, and prog rock legends Yes, this was the ‘must-have’ sound of the 60’s. While its use fell out of fashion the implications it made have become fundamental to modern music production.
With Mello we’ve aimed to deliver a complete and authentic recreation of this prolific instrument. Dozens of original tapes were multi-sampled on 3 different machines in order to give you the best representation of each of the 28 available sounds. To capture the live experience the key noise and inner mechanical sounds were stereo recorded, including tape noise and key-off sounds, and are all mixable to taste.
To make Mello even more versatile we’ve added a few tricks of our own, including an analog-modeled tape delay, reverb, a custom unison mode to give you stereo sound without unwanted transposition or chorusing, a switchable multimode filter, a 3-band EQ and more.
Mello delivers a warm and buttery tone indistinguishable from the original and is, in every way we could make it, a perfect tribute to the quintessential studio instrument of the 60’s.
◆ Pristine and comprehensive sample library from 3 original machines
◆ Mixable key and mechanical noise for authentic experience
◆ Switchable keyboard range (original or extended)
◆ Stereo modes including custom unison
◆ Switchable multimode filter with cutoff and resonance
◆ ADSR envelopes for amplitude and filter with velocity sensitivity
◆ 3-band EQ with sweepable mid frequency
◆ Built-in SparkVerb
◆ Analog-modeled tape delay
It can be easy to dismiss some of the free content that ships with Pro Tools. But you may be missing some gems that top producers reach for all the time. Here are 5 you may have missed…
- Sansamp PSA-1
Sansamp began life as far back as 1989 when a guitar player and electronics genius B. Andrew Barta decided to create a tube amp emulation. The rest, as they say, is history and Sansamp has been used on countless albums over the years. It has a unique tone that when used on guitar and bass can bring them to life.
- AIR Vintage Filter
Add this to any synth or rompler and you get filtering that is far better than the stuff in Xpand2 or Structure. If you can record the real thing like an original analogue synth, then do it; for the rest of us there is Vintage Filter.
- AIR Lo-Fi
In the words of one Abbey Road engineer, “Lo-Fi is for more than just distortion. You can use Lo-Fi on drums, vocals, bass, guitars, in post. It adds unique tone and character that a mix sometimes needs to give it some balls.
- DB-33 Cabinet
Some people are not aware it is possible to use the DB33 as an insert so that just the cabinet can be used on other stuff. Try it on guitars for smooth trem and chorus effects.
- Signal Generator
Combine this with filters and gates and you have a powerful tool for creating deep low kicks and filter sweeps for dance music.
The plug-ins that ship with Pro Tools may be free, but that doesn’t make them worthless - often far from it. Go exploring and see what you can do for FREE! We have a lot of videos showing you how to get the best from these little gems - check them out here