In this week's Friday Free Plug-in, we are featuring Correlometer from Voxengo. A stereo multi-band correlation meter useful for identifying phase issues in mixes.
Hawkeye from SPL is a comprehensive metering plugin which offers unique features like bit-depth analysis and high frequency monitoring.
In this free video tutorial, brought to you with the support of Plugin Alliance, Pro Tools Expert team member Julian Rodgers uses the bit monitor in Hawkeye to demonstrate how bit depth changes through the Pro Tools mixer.
In this week's Friday Free Plug-in, we are featuring Ambeo Orbit From Sennheiser a free binaural panner plugin, designed to facilitate mixing immersive binaural content. It is designed to facilitate mixing conventional mono or stereo audio in with binaural audio captured using binaural techniques such as the Neumann KU100. Orbit re-creates the spatial cues which place sources in binaural space. That being said it is a cool plug-in even if you don’t work in binaural.
The Louder Than Liftoff Chop Shop EQ is a simple, powerful EQ which combines a high and low pass EQ with a tilt style focus filter as well as some other tricks. In this free video tutorial, brought to you with the support of Plugin Alliance, Pro Tools Expert team member Julian Rodgers uses the Lo-Rider feature of Chop Shop to add weight to the kick drum in a session.
Steven Massey has emailed to Massey Plugins users to announce that AAX plugins set to return to Windows in 2019.
To get things going there is a beta version of the L2007 Mastering Limiter is now available to existing users. The installer can be found in the login area of the website. so you will need to be a Massey Plugins user to access the beta. Steven has stated that “This plug-in only works with Windows 10 and there are corrections I still need to make but it's feeling stable and useable. See the "release notes" file in the downloaded .zip for details on known issues.
It’s great to finally hear some news from Massey Plugins. They make some great plug-ns that have gone off the radar, so it is really good news to see things happening.
If you haven’t heard of Massey Plugins then do check them out. It is a small one-man operation. Steven started the company back in February 2006 with the release of the vt3 EQ. Steven describes himself as a music and audio geek who's been involved in the pro audio industry for well over a decade. An electrical engineer by training, he began his career at Digidesign (aka Avid) in 2001 crafting up things for the plugin architecture of Pro Tools. Following that, he worked with Trillium Lane Labs shipping Aggro, Space and Drum Rehab.
He explains that his design philosophy for Massey Plugins is built on a few core principles:
First, sound is more important than numbers. Numbers on knobs have little meaning in the context of artistic creation. They are simply symbols to help mark your way.
Secondly, less is more. More parameters on a piece of gear does not inherently make it better. He has found that carving away the rough edges and honing the useful intersection of a product's wholistic control set is, in the end, significantly more burdensome. He continues…
“Some designers choose a lazier approach: throwing more controls at the end user, telling us in essence, ‘Deal with this yourself 'cause I couldn't be bothered.’ This isn't to say that a rich palette of controls isn't sometimes very useful and totally merited, but I find those circumstances more applicable to that class of ‘surgical audio tools’. When you need to ‘fix’ something, then you usually need more variables to hone in on the problem. Hence, you'll find that my deesser and drum replacement plugins have much richer sets of controls.”
And lastly for Steven, form and function are inseparable. He continues…
“Research has shown that attractively designed things work better. A pretty, virtual faceplate on an audio plugin ain't just marketing. It helps form an important emotional bond of usability between your brain and the functionality of the product which persists over time.”
The Louder Than Liftoff Chop Shop EQ is a simple, powerful EQ which combines a high and low pass EQ with a tilt style focus filter as well as some other tricks. In this free video tutorial, brought to you with the support of Plugin Alliance, Pro Tools Expert team member Julian Rodgers uses the Chop Shop to bracket and thicken the guitars in a session, controlling the high end while adding a little weight to the bottom end.
In this week's Friday Free Plug-in, we are featuring Action Tremolo From Noiseash, an advanced pan and volume modulation unit with an analog saturation engine. There are three modulation sources: a custom shape envelope follower, the LFO with 5 waveforms, a 32-step sequencer and each modulation sources can be assigned in-sync or free-sync modes. Try it!
The SPL Iron Mastering compressor From Plugin Alliance is a transparent compressor, inspired by the vintage compressors which is versatile enough to adapt perfectly to the needs of modern mastering studios. Pro Tools Expert team member Julian Rodgers looks at the unfamiliar Rectifier control which emulates the different rectifiers available in the hardware unit.
In this free video tutorial, brought to you with the support of Plugin Alliance, Pro Tools Expert team member Julian Rodgers uses the Alpha compressor on the output of a mix using the M/S mode to introduce width. To audition more easily when setting up the mid and sides channels Julian uses bx_control V2 which has mid/side solo functions to help set up the Alpha compressor.
In this free video tutorial, brought to you with the support of Plugin Alliance, Pro Tools Expert team member Julian Rodgers uses the Millennia TCL-2 and NSEQ-2 across a mix which has no drums and so the primary transient element is a piano. Julian demonstrates the effect mix bus compression has on high frequency elements of the mix such as the shaker and acoustic guitar and the lack of harshness in the EQ, even when boosting difficult frequencies in the midrange.
What you get out of Phil’s Cascade is extremely dependent on the interaction of the controls and because of this you really have to try it and listen to the results on the particular audio you happen to be processing. In this free video tutorial, brought to you with the support of Plugin Alliance, Pro Tools Expert team member Julian Rodgers demonstrates the saturation elements and the filters available in Phil’s Cascade and how they an colour and shape the sound.