POWAIR from Sound Radix is a two-stage leveler/compressor plug-in, designed to control dynamics and bring a sense of power to vocals, instruments, and mixes with an introductory price of $119 instead of $149.
Slate Digital's Marketing Director Sean Halley leads you through a feature-length tutorial mixing a full pop production using plug-ins from the Slate Digital Everything bundle.
Plugin Alliance have released Zip, a multimode creative compressor with effects like saturation, auto-filtering, and a comprehensive modulation system. Zip seeks to turn a standard task like compression into an opportunity to be more creative and to make sounds which stand out from the crowd.
Elevate provides a totally new approach to multiband limiting. The concept is so unique it did feel a bit daunting to use at first, however, when I got my head around the Mel Scale layout and all the different dynamic components Elevate quickly became a very trustworthy tool that I found sounded very musical, even when squashing audio way beyond levels that would normally make a "traditional" limiter distort.
Puremix is running a live Q&A session with Grammy-winning Engineer Vance Powell tomorrow (Thursday 28th September 2017 4 pm EST). This event is open to Pro Members only who have the opportunity to submit a question on anything from mixing, mastering, production, business and clients through to beards, hats, etc. Be sure to check out all of Vance's tutorials and come ready for an enlightening time.
The team at Slate Digital are very happy to release the new FG-Stress module for their Virtual Mix Rack system.
In this free video tutorial for Pro Tools Expert, with the support of Universal Audio, Technical Editor James Ivey gets back to an old school way of working using the Universal Audio Apollo Twin MK2 and with the help of Singer-Songwriter Richard James Poll. Our James Ivey tries to record and mix a song in one take committing everything you are hearing to "tape" in just one pass with no overdubs and no mixing. I chose the processing for both the guitar and vocal along with two different reverbs and sticks to those choices, just like recording engineers of old.
With the recent announcement of the version 2 update of the "official" Distressor plug-in emulation, the uncomfortably named Arousor, I was thinking about Distressors and the fact that in any picture of the racks in a big studio you're as likely to see multiple Distressors as you are to see 1176s but whereas the 1176 is probably the most emulated piece of hardware in history, there are surprisingly few Distressor plug-ins. Here's a round-up of AAX Distressors.
Extending on the success of the recently released bx_console E, our friends at Plugin Alliance have released bx_console G, an emulation of the later G series consoles from SSL. The team have included some interesting mods. The dynamics section can be switched from G to E series and an EQ type button switches the EQ between the Orange and Pink EQ revisions.
In this free tutorial from Production Expert, Eli Krantzberg shows you how to get the very best from the new McDSP 6034 Ultimate Multi-Band Compressor.
If like Mick Guzauski and me, you are a user or owner of the Antelope Audio Orion32 HD audio interface then you make sure you update your firmware at the next opportunity as Antelope have added some stunning FPGA compressors to their ever growing range of processors. (That's probably the last time I will ever get to share a credit with Mick).
Typical applications for multband compressors are in mix bus and mastering stages where dynamics often need either a broad-brush or surgical approach to get mixes sounding polished fast. There are several third party multiband compressor plug-ins available, in this article, I highlight some my favourite multiband compressor plug-ins
In June we ran a poll asking you Which True Peak Limiter Do You Use? and three factors became clear. So we decided to run a second poll and include all the true peak limiters that told us in the comments as well as a few more we found and we re-ran the poll and we can now announce the results of the second poll.
This week we are featuring a free compressor plug-in from Audio Damage, who maybe less well known in Pro Tools circles.
Earlier this month we ran a poll asking you Which True Peak Limiter Do You Use? and three factors became clear. Firstly there is still confusion about which plug-ins are, and are not true peak limiters, exactly what is meant by true peak, and that there were a number of true peak limiters we didn't include in the first poll.
Impact Soundworks have updated their Peak Rider plug-in including support for Pro Tools with AAX Native for Pro Tools 11 and above and RTAS fro Pro Tools 10 and earlier. Peak Rider 2 detects the dynamics and frequencies of a sidechain signal (external or generated), using it to process the main input in one of 5 ways. From vocal riding to drum shaping, transient design, precision EQ and beyond, with a price point of $99.
True Peak limiters along with True Peak Metering are essential for anyone working to BS1770 based delivery specs and that includes people in broadcast audio and post production but more and more involved in music production as more and more music delivery systems use loudness and true peak in their delivery specs. So which true peak limiter plug-in do you use. If you use more than one, vote for the one which you use most and tell us in the comments why.
In this free video tutorial, Pro Tools Expert Team member Julian Rodgers looks at the Unfiltered Audio G8 from Plugin Alliance. This plug-in offers several interesting features not found in most gates such as MIDI control, cycle and one-shot gating effects and the ability to set up reject outputs.