In this week’s podcast, Alan, James and Julian discuss our recent piece asking whether we power off our monitors overnight and discuss studio power and working practices, they talk about their experiences on a recent location recording, share community feedback, and their finds of the week. Also in this week's Podcast, there is an opportunity to get an exclusive discount of an Exponential Audio plug-in, but you have to listen to the podcast to get the discount code!
Tip From Exponential Audio - Tail Suppression
Michael Carnes from Exponential Audio has very kindly shared another tip that works in the second-generation Exponential Audio plugins (NIMBUS, R4, Stratus and Symphony) which have a set of controls at the bottom of the "Tail" page. This is useful in many different ways, but let's take a look at what it can do with drums. Drums, by their very nature, have strong transients. These give a sense of presence, but they can also cause a sort of "splash" into the reverb. Tail Suppression can tame that problem with absolutely no hint of pumping. Here's how to do it:
At the bottom center of the Tail page is a little "Key" button. Make sure to select either "Input" or "Both". Now dial in just a little suppression, let's say 2dB. You should see the meter at right showing some action. Set the "Tail Recovery" at minimum (or at least a very low value). That's all you need to do. The reverb will be natural, but those peaks will be slightly constrained.
It's fun to play with exaggerated effects as well. Dial up the reverb time, set "Tail Suppression" to maximum and increase the "Tail Recovery" time. You'll then get a strong "whump" from the reverb that comes in after the transient. This is particularly noticeable with kick drum. But where this circuit shines is its ability to lower clutter in a mix.
This month’s featured deal is from Leapwing Audio. Until 31st October, get 20% off their CenterOne Spatial plug-in and DynOne Parallel MultiBand Dynamics Processor, making them just over £143 (inc vat) each. Also don’t miss Julian’s tutorial on how to get the best results from your DynOne plug-in.
Don’t forget to check out the deals from our Partners on our Deals page. Highlights include iZotope offering introductory prices on RX7, Insight 2 and their new Post Production Suite 3 and Avid & Audient are both offering special discounts for student.
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This month we have partnered with our friends at IK Multimedia to offer you, three opportunities of winning a copy of IK Multimedia’s Total Studio MAX 2 music production bundle worth €1199.99.
The small but perfectly formed team at Puzzle Factory Sound Studios are giving the Production Expert community an exclusive chance to win one of two tickets for the next MixDirection masterclass with Mix Engineer Dax Liniere which will be be held on the 27th of October 2018. Hurry because the draw for this competition will take place on the 10th of October so you have just a couple more days to click on the Win page and sign up.
Our friends at SX Pro Audio are celebrating their ten-year anniversary with a massive giveaway. Visit the SX Pro Audio website to enter for free and be in with the chance of winning one of these amazing studio prizes. But hurry as this competition closes on October 9th.
Community Feedback Kindly Sponsored by RSPE Audio Solutions
We are starting a series of tips from our friends at RSPE Audio Solutions as unlike some suppliers they know a thing or two about the products they sell. The first tip is about adding your default inserts from your Eucon Surface.
Did you know that you could add your favourite EQ or Dynamics plug-in with a single button push on your Eucon surface? In Pro Tools choose Setup > Preferences, then click the Mixing tab and make sure “Auto Insert Default Plug-Ins from EUCON Surfaces" is enabled. Then all you have to do is push EQ or Dynamics on your control surface. If the selected track doesn’t currently have an EQ, your default EQ will be added. Or press Dynamics to add your favourite Compressor, etc.
Dave Wraight has been in touch thanking us for prompting him to buy a used 003. he’s very happy with it.
Questions From The Community
Lisa Hopper needs advice on setting up Studio One for a virtual soundcheck using a Midas console and Dante.
Miro Markus wants to know how best to get back into Pro Tools using his expired 7.3HD license to get to a current version without paying too much.
Source Connect Now
As you may know, we are spread out around the UK & Europe when we record the podcast. In the past, we have used a variety of internet-based solutions so we could hear each other. We have settled on Source Connect Now which gives us ISDN equivalent quality audio using a Chrome browser, no software to install. You can get a free account from Source Elements.
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Alan - My new premises
James - Kahayan 12K72 Preamp This stuff looks like it’s designed and build for guitarists…. The unit looks and feels great. Review to follow.
Julian - BYOME from Unfiltered Audio.