The 60th annual Grammy awards reached an estimated 20 million viewers around the world when they were held back in January 28th at Madison Square Garden, New York City. The A32 AD/DA digital converter from German manufacturer Ferrofish played a pivotal role in the success of the evening’s elaborate live performances, which included high profile artists such as Kendrick Lamar, Gary Clark, Jr., Lady Gaga, Kesha and the big winner of the night, Bruno Mars.
No matter what genre you're mixing, you've probably encountered an unruly low end that can mess up the whole mix. In this free video tutorial, iZotope product specialist Geoff Manchester walks you through some techniques to help you manage low end in a mix.
Our friends at UVI have just released a new contemporary keyboard instrument for both UVI Workstation and Falcon platforms called Augmented Piano that UVI describes as a creative piano workshop.
Our friends at IK Multimedia have just announced the release of two new software bundles. Total Studio 2 DELUXE and Total Studio 2 MAX. MAX 2 is a comprehensive suite of 94 IK Multimedia software products featuring 16,800 sounds, 39 high-end mixing and mastering processors with over 350 gear models for guitar and bass.
In a recent blog post, Carbon Copy Cloner developer Mike Bombich revealed that he had uncovered a bug in the Apple File System, or APFS, as a result of his work with "sparse" disk images. Until Apple issues a macOS update that resolves this problem, Bombich Software are dropping support for APFS-formatted disk images.
Jan Ehrlich from Directout Technologies showed Mike Thornton the 3 Audio Over IP Bridging Units in their range, the Monotone 42 MADI to Ravenna converter, the SG.MADI - MADI to SoundGrid Convertor and the EXBOX.MD - MADI to Dante Converter on the Aspen Media stand at BVE in London.
Julian asks why more brands don't use their packaging to show us how they want to protect the environment as much as they want to protect our gear.
Overloud are offering 1000 free licenses per day until March 18th 2018 of their EQ550 plug-in, which simulates a legendary Proportional-Q custom opamp equalizer, beyond the original hardware. After March 18th the EQ550 will be back at its regular price of $139
Early this year our friends at Accusonus launched a brand new weekly audio podcast series called Audio Tech News Flash designed to cover the most important audio industry news within a 3-minute show.
Audio Tech News Flash presents newsworthy pro audio software and hardware product announcements and mainly discusses the latest electronic music production trends.
Our friends at MasteringTheMix recently released a new 124 page eBook called Never Get Stuck Again. This book was designed to help people produce better music by covering all the main music production stages from initial song idea through to a finished master.
We have an exclusive snippet from the audiobook of Never Get Stuck Again
Our friends at Nugen Audio have released a Dolby E module as the latest option for their AMB Audio Management Batch processor modular software and Paul Tapper from Nugen Audio explained to Mike Thornton on the HHB stand at BVE in London why Nugen Audio has developed a module around a redundant format.
In this premium video tutorial, Pro Tools Expert team member Julian Rodgers looks at the use of attack and release times with compression and the ways they can be used on percussive sources to shape the envelope of the sound, even to the point of changing the rhythm to some extent.
I'd prefer both given a choice, but give me a great recording engineer with some average gear any day of the week over an amateur with all the toys - I know who will capture the magic.
Our friends at Arturia are very pleased to announce the launch of two exciting new ranges of plug-ins that they claim, we will actually use with 3 New Filter and 3 New Preamp Software Emulations.
They say that it's good to laugh at yourself - and believe us when the Expert team were sent this parody of music production video tutorials it's impossible to stop us laughing.
Audio production collaboration is everywhere. It's never been so easy to co-write a song with someone on the other side of the world or to hire session musicians to record instruments in a mix.
In this article, we share some great products and services that make online audio production collaboration easy and productive.
Composer Josh Molen has been composing music for TV professionally for thirteen years, and in that time he has stumbled upon a handful of theories and ideas that he tries and work by. In this article from the Audient Tutorial Hub, you will find a couple of tips, some practical and some philosophical, on how to compose music for TV.
Our friends at Softube have just announced three major new product releases!. Firstly, there's a new version of Softube's flagship plug-in bundle Volume 1, named predictably Volume 2 which includes three additional plug-ins. Secondly, Softube has announced two new and exciting mastering plug-ins that were developed in collaboration with Weiss.
While not a replacement for appropriate acoustic treatment, speaker calibration is a useful tool, but like any real time processing it can be done in hardware or in software. This post looks at the available option for those interested in the hardware route.
I reckon it's fairly safe to say that a vast majority of native third-party audio plug-ins are frugal when it comes to CPU usage. There are though a handful of plug-ins that, although sound great, are CPU resource hungry.
The team at Jigsaw24 are very excited to announce the first of the 2018 Mix With The Pros events to be held at the London Soho Square facility on Thursday 22nd of March 2018.
Music Producers and Mixers alike spend many hours a day staring at audio waveforms in DAW. Experienced audio engineers can read audio waveforms like its second nature to them. How about you? Can you identify these 10 tracks from their Audio Waveform views? Take our Waveforms volume 2 quiz and test your skills!
Soundgrid offers audio processing and Waves plug-ins in as close to a DSP format as they are available since the introduction of AAX as well as audio transport and routing and for this reason there is more reason why a user of a non Soundgrid network might wish to incorporate elements of Soundgrid onto another system. How easy is this to do?
Modern recording technology has given us the possibility of being able to do anything. Now anyone can be a drummer using a powerful VI, or a bass player. Now anyone can mix the sound on a movie, or do foley. Now anyone can mix and master their own tracks. Technology has democratised the entire recording process, and now we are all gods in our recording universe.... or at least we can believe that.
Berklee College of Music has now announced that they will be launching their first master’s degree programs. This will give students the chance to earn their master’s degree with Berklee Online in the following two areas: Master of Music in Music Production and Master of Arts in Music Business. The program will officially start in September 2018 with applications having opened on February 21st.
Mixing long hours can lead to poor mixing decisions, deception in perception, and worse – permanent ear damage. In this article from our partner brand Waves, learn to protect your most valuable mixing tools – your ears – by understanding the symptoms and designing a healthy workflow.
Over the years I have put a great deal of time and effort into making my recording studios look cool. I strongly believe that a recording studio should look as good as it sounds, after all, we do spend a lot of time in these creative spaces, they may as well be nice to be in.
Brainworx today announced the release of two new plug-ins - the bx_2098EQ and the bx_delay2500. As the largest brand in the Plugin Alliance, this is a welcome addition to the line-up with the bx_2098 being a meticulous recreation of a respected Amek design and check out our exclusive review. The bx_delay 2500 offering warm analogue delays with some interesting additions including, amongst other things transient processing in the feedback loop.
We have heard a great deal recently about the benefits of Buss Powered interfaces, especially with regard to the new USB type C and Thunderbolt 3.0 connection formats. The team at Focusrite have let us in on a little more information about their latest offering the USB-C version of their Clarett range of small form factor interfaces.
It was a little under 2 years ago, back in April 2016 that James first reviewed the Focusrite Red 4Pre and to say he was impressed and loved it would be an understatement. Little did he know then that the Red range would grow to include the Red 8Pre, reviewed in May 2017 and now the new Red 16Line the latest in the Focusrite Pro Red range.
In this review Julian Rodgers takes a look at the RZ062 equaliser plug-in. A model of a vintage European valve equaliser which is particularly well suited to use of busses and for mastering.
In this Production Expert video review, we take a look at the VTRC Vari Tube Recording Channel by Tegeler Audio Manufaktur.
The new Softube MM-1 plug-in is based on the Weiss DS1-MK3, a very popular digital dynamics unit that can be found in many mastering studios across the world
The MM-1 plug-in is a "slimmed down" version of the original DS1-MK3 hardware that Softube claims features exactly the same algorithms from within the original hardware.
In this video review, Production Expert team member Julian Rodgers looks at the new bx_delay 2500 plug-in from Brainworx, a comprehensively equipped delay plug-in.
In this video review for Production Expert, Technical Editor James Ivey takes a look at the new Chroma 500 series mic pre/line preamp. The Chroma offers the same A & N modes of mojo mic pre circuit found on its big brother the Silver Bullet but adds the ability to add your own flavour of tone shaping with a "Colour" module.
In this video review for Production Expert, Technical Editor, James Ivey takes at the new Buxom Betty guitar amp simulation for the Universal Audio Apollo interfaces and the UAD-2 platform by Brainworx.
Boom - Our friends at UVI have just released a new rise & impact sound effects library for both UVI Workstation and Falcon instrument platforms called Meteor. Production Expert was given early access to Meteror in order to provide The Production Expert Communities with an exclusive video review.
In this video review for Production Expert, Pro Tools Expert Technical Editor James Ivey takes a look at the new Convert AD+ from Dangerous Music.
In this review Julian Rodgers takes a look at the newly announced DW Drum Enhancer from Audified. This plugin, developed in collaboration with the highly respected drum manufacturers at Drum Workshop, is a channel strip type plug-in which is tightly focussed on drum processing.
In this video review for Production Expert, Pro Tools Expert Technical Editor, James Ivey takes a look at the new Hammer Audio HA-872 condenser microphone.
Pro Tools Expert post-production specialist, Alan Sallabank takes a look at using 2 PreSonus Quantum interfaces together with Pro Tools HD Standalone software on a Windows Pro Tools computer. See how he got on...
In this video review, Production Expert team member Julian Rodgers looks at Evolution, a Kontakt Instrument which gives access to a library of over 4.5 GB of drum samples, 25,000 sounds presented via a custom UI which offers flexible and comprehensive editing, processing and sequencing.
Post Production Specialist Alan Sallabank reviews the Source Elements Source-VC Volume Controller AAX Plug-in and iOS app remote, capable of 7.1.2 monitor control.
In this review, Mike Thornton take a look at the new compressor plug-in from Sound Radix. POWAIR isn’t just another compressor, it is a two-stage loudness leveler and compressor plug-in with a number of features that set it apart from other compressor plug-ins.
In this video review for Pro Tools Expert, Technical Editor James Ivey looks at the final microphone in the Audio Technica 50 series the 5040. The AT504 is once again a quad rectangular diaphragm microphone but this has no transformer in its output stage thus giving it a very very high output.
In this review, Production Expert takes a look at some of the new features and improvements in Pro-L 2. In this video, we test some of the new limited styles, the new 1:1 output feature and more. We use Pro-L 2 to apply limiting to the master track of a song using the new LUFS loudness meters.
In this video review, we take a close look at XTRAX STEMS, a new automatic stem creator software created by the audio separation wizards at Audionamix. XTRAX STEMS is a standalone Mac application that produces individual Drum, Music and Vocal audio stems from mixed and mastered music.
In this video review for Production Expert, Pro Tools Expert Technical Editor James Ivey takes a look at the new Classic Tubes 3 collection for the Slate Digital Virtual Microphone System.
This instrument isn't just a set of great sounding instruments, no, Session Keys Upright uses the same engine also found in e-instruments Grand series of keyboard instruments. This engine provides users with an interface, set of effects and controls that will enable users to change the timbre of either piano in deep and emotive ways.
When I left the band I had been playing with back in May after 13 years, I thought, and secretly hoped that would mean I would not be travelling as much as I had been. Well, it turns out that I am still travelling quite a bit and while these days filming and recording a great deal of material and valuable data needs somewhere safe to keep it while I am away. Enter the very solid, very tough and very speedy Envoy Pro EX SSD from OWC.
In this review, we take a look at Smart:EQ Live, Sonbiles latest A.I. EQ plug-in. Developed predominately for live music applications, we test its capabilities in DAW music mixing applications.
In this video review for Production Expert, Technical Editor James Ivey takes a look at the Tascam iXR portable USB audio and MIDI interface for Windows, Mac OS and iOS.
Post Production Specialist Alan Sallabank takes a look at how the RME Advanced Remote Control USB can help you get the best out of your RME interface.
In this video review, we take a look at UVI's latest instrument for Falcon and UVI Workstation Nagoya Harp. The Nagoya Harp, is a Japanese harp instrument from the early 20th century that combined the mechanics from a typewriter. This instrument has an instantly recognisable sound and UVI has done a great job of preserving this traditional Japanese instrument whilst also incorporating some modern day tech making this a unique software instrument.
No monitors are perfectly flat, and no room is acoustically perfect. You “learn” to work in your environment and that’s that. You learn to compensate through trial and error and experience until your mixes sound good. Period. Well, not so much. You’ll have to read through to the end of my review of the Sonarworks Reference 4 software to see how my prejudices have been modified through the experience of using this system.
In this video for Pro Tools Expert, Technical Editor James Ivey shows us around the new AT2035 Studio bundle from Audio Technica and Audient. This package features everything you need to get working on your next hit song. Just add creativity.
I love it when new boxes appear as if by magic on the doorstep. On this occasion, it was not the normal pile of printed cardboard boxes but a nice shiny flight case that I coaxed down to the studio. Within I found a pair of DB7 Linear Phase monitors by newcomers to the studio monitor market OS Acoustics based down in Christchurch, Dorset in the south-west of the UK.
In this video review for Pro Tools Expert, Technical Editor James Ivey takes a look at the new Discrete 8 audio interface from Antelope Audio.
This is the fourth in a five-part series chronicling the history of Pro Tools from the very start of Digidesign all the way up to the present day with the release of Pro Tools 2018.1. In this article, we start with the release of Pro Tools 7.4 which brought Elastic Audio to the world of Pro Tools through to the release of Pro Tools 10 and the HD Native Thunderbolt box.
In this edition of Sunday Sound Effects Round Up we take a look at libraries from SoundBits, HISSandaROAR, Immersive FX, SKYES Audio, TheWorkroom Audio Post and Pro Sound Effects and we take a look at what is in the new Soundly v2.1 Release.
In this premium video tutorial, Pro Tools Expert team member Julian Rodgers looks at a very useful combination keystroke which can be used to centre the playhead onscreen and looks at how it works by examining the use of the arrow keys and their role in creating and navigating edit selections.
In part 5 of this free video tutorial series, James and Steve talk about how to keep your session tidy and how to prepare it for transit to another mixer. They talk about how Steve would expect to find unwanted or un-used tracks and how you can use the Track Comments box to leave notes for whoever is next to work on the track.
Community member and Soundminer guru Guido Helbling from Avosound shares some tips and tricks on how to use Soundminer V4.5 and HD Plus. The Soundminer software offers a comprehensive range of tools and options, but not all of them are instantly apparent. The following tips will help you get started with your Soundminer software.
In Part 2 Russ explains audio set Up compared to Pro Tools.
Our friends at PreSonus, creators of Studio One, have a fantastic promo throughout the month of May 2018, buy a PAIR of PreSonus Sceptre studio monitors (either the S6s or S8s) and get a Monitor Station V2 completely free.
In Part 1 Russ gives an overview of the Studio One interface Startup screen compared to Pro Tools.
In this article, we're going to discuss notation in Studio One.
Notation and scoring are not native in Studio One but works by tightly integrating Studio One with Notion, the notation application from PreSonus, the makers of Studio One.
PreSonus, the makers of Studio One, has added the Klanghelm-SDRR-2 plug-in to their Studio Magic Plug-in Suite.
The Klanghelm SDRR2tube can be used to add warmth, depth and character to your tracks. SDRR2tube can also be used as a saturation processor, a compressor, an EQ, a bit-crusher, or a subtle stereo widener—or it can simply add movement to your tracks. A comprehensive set of controls enables you to manipulate the character of the saturation to make it sit perfectly in your mix.
Here is another great video tutorial from friend fo the blog AudioCzar.
In this extended video, Chris shows everything he does to prepare a Studio One session before mixing.
Q Up Arts has announced the availability of California Keys which is compatible with Native Instruments’ KONTAKT (5.5 full version or free player) platform as a sampled suite of instruments centred around a Fazioli 10ft grand piano presented in stereo and surround, scripted and designed for expressivity and playability to fit every style of playing, partnered with a set of vintage keyboards.
In this series of video from the team at UK pro audio retailer KMR, synth specialist Tom Lewis shows us around the Buchla Music Easel.
Our friends at Toontrack have today released a new EZX drum library called UK Pop for Toontrack's popular drum instruments EZ Drummer 2 & Superior Drummer 3.
In this masterclass, from the BAFTA GURU library, an array of composers for films and TV programmes such as Gravity, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, Les Misérables, Sherlock and The Hour offer insights into composing and give their top tips on getting into the industry.
TAL-NoiseMaker is an improved version of TAL-Elek7ro and has a completely new synth engine and a lot of improvements in sound and usability. The synth also includes a small effect section with a reverb, chorus and a simple bit crusher effect.
Pittsburgh Modular Synthesizers is now taking preorders on its Microvolt 3900 taking a new approach to building a contemporary analogue monosynth with innovative and unconventional features designed to make it stand out from the sound of the crowd.