If you want a quick round-up of some of the hottest new software releases for use in music and post-production then at Production Expert we've created this summary. We tell you what the brand says and what we think, we also include links to help you find out more.
This week we take a look at:
ANIMATE by Mastering the Mix
What Mastering The Mix Say About ANIMATE
ANIMATE helps you inject life into your mixes in a precise, versatile and colourful way. With four different movement modes, each with individual frequency assignments and mid/side functionality you’ll get your music jumping out of the speakers precisely how you want.
Main ANIMATE Modes
Expand mode allows you to dial in a pristinely clean sounding upward expansion.
Punch mode enhances the transients of your audio to help them bite through the mix.
Ignite mode allows you to dial in rich harmonic distortion in a dynamic way based on the input signal. Ignite can increase the perceived loudness, power and presence of a channel without the pumping effects of a compressor.
Grow mode lets you increase the width of the selected frequencies surpassing the threshold using a psychoacoustic precedence effect.
What We Think About ANIMATE By Mastering The Mix
Throwing ANIMATE onto an instance of Logic’s Drummer is a delight to work with. Information related to the kick, snare and cymbals are easily identifiable in the Filter's visual display. What's more, I've found Animate is quite exceptional at isolating specific instruments in a full mix for processing. The Filter section is a joy for quickly sorting out where you want Animate to deliver the goods.
I especially enjoy coupling the Filter with the handy Solo section, noted by the Headphone icon. When in Solo, Animate reveals only the processed portions of the signal. This can be great for 2 reasons:
When you're having a tough time trying to isolate a certain frequency or instrument, Soloing can make light-weight of a tough situation.
Soloing based on Filters can also allow for an exciting opportunity to "reverse engineer" an outcome.
In my assessment, I found Animate quite easy to throw on and dial in. And it’s ability to unearth different mix elements is both transparent and surprisingly exact.
Read Christopher Vandeviver full Logic Pro Expert review of ANIMATE
Check out the Mastering The Mix website for more information.
AFX2DAW Plug-In By Antelope Audio
What Antelope Audio Say About The AFX2DAW Plug-In
Bringing FPGA FX modelling to any DAW: AFX2DAW is an advanced plug-in and a software bridge between the Antelope Audio FPGA FX platform and any modern DAW.
AFX2DAW connects the best of both worlds by effectively amalgamating the industry acclaimed Antelope Audio FPGA (Field Programmable Gate Array) modelling engine with the advantages of the fast and intuitive DAW workflow. This convenience comes with near-zero latency and without burdening the CPU of the computer.
AFX2DAW enables users to employ the real-time FPGA FX power in their preferred DAW environment allowing them to spend their time focusing not on technicalities and routing but on writing and producing music instead.
AFX2DAW is another Antelope Audio-curated example the future of audio is where hardware and software meet to create next level recording and post-production solutions.
AFX2DAW comes free of charge for all Discrete 4 and Discrete 8 Premium Pack users.
Don't miss out, upgrade now and get up to 16 channels for Discrete 4 or 32 channels for Discrete 8 directly in your DAW.
What We Think About The AFX2DAW Plug-In Antelope Audio
The team at Antelope Audio are constantly pushing the boundaries of what their FPGA technology can do. The new AFX2DAW plug-in a very easy way to use the power of the FPGA platform in your mix process without the faff of using your DAW’s hardware insert facility, which can at best induce a touch of latency and at worst be damn right shaky (I’m talking to you Pro Tools). At the moment this plug-in only works with Antelope Discrete range (4 and 8) of interfaces but I’m sure in time it will be rolled out to the other Antelope units which employ the FPGA effects technology. As soon as hardware becomes available we will bring you a full tutorial and mix session using the new AFX2DAW plug-in.
A great way to use the power of your Antelope Audio FPGA processing after you have finished tracking.
Much easier to set-up that using hardware inserts in your DAW
The audio quality of the Antelope effects is very good indeed.
Does not work with all Antelope Audio interfaces which use the FPGA effects processing system
You can learn more at the Antelope Audio website.
LiquidSonics Illusion Reverb Plug-in
What LiquidSonics Say About Illusion
LiquidSonics’ Illusion is a revolutionary new reverb plug-in and introduces Fusion-IR | Synthesis, a groundbreaking evolution of the industry leading Fusion-IR modulated convolution technology.
Illusion goes beyond the abilities of traditional algorithmic reverbs by using a totally new approach to reverb simulation with a suite of highly advanced reverberation technologies that are impossible to implement with any other system. It represents nothing less than a revolution in contemporary reverb design.
Experience incredibly realistic chambers and rooms, expansive halls and cathedrals, classic non-linear reverbs and vintage plates.
What We Think Of Illusion By Liquidsonics
We will be publishing a video within the week which will show you how to use Illusion across a couple of key tracks within a mix. This will also include our full verdict and opinion on Illusion, so keep your eyes peeled for that on Production Expert. In the interim, all we will say about Illusion is this:
Like all other LiquidSonic reverbs, Illusion makes it incredibly easy to get great sounding reverbs sat in a mix.
Three EQ modules:
EQ for reflections
EQ for tail
Wealth of presets to get going with
No unnecessary controls, LiquidSonics have given us just the meat and potatoes we hunger for in a reverb plug-in
Tiny amount of hard drive space required compared to previous LiquidSonic reverbs
Slight hesitation between adjusting a control and sound changing. Not a deal breaker, this type of behaviour is typical of convolution reverbs
For more Information about Illusion By LiquidSonics.
Available to buy from the LiquidSonics Store at the introductory price of $169 (RRP $249 from 1 December 2018), a 14 day free trial is also available for you to download to experience the vast pallet of reverbs on offer in this beautiful sounding ambience powerhouse!
Harmonics By Softube
What Softube Say About Harmonics
Guitars, vocals, drums, bass, even synths often need some extra grunt to push them over the edge, but distortion can destroy dynamics and cause more problems than it solves. Too little and your sound doesn’t cut through and fill its space. Too much and you lose the light and shade, the attack and decay. Transients blend into tails, and detail and definition go out the window.
Five genuinely different component-modelled distortion sounds
Revolutionary ‘Dynamic Transient Control’ technology
‘Amount’ knob to control the amount of saturation
‘Character’ knob controls tone or color of the distortion
High and low cut filters can be placed before or after distortion
Wet/dry blend knob for parallel processing
THD meter allows fine control of subtle saturation
All of the grunt, none of the drawbacks
Includes presets by Joe Chiccarelli and Howard Willing
What We Think About Harmonics By Softube
Softube are masters at developing plug-ins that encompass saturation and tone. We’ve had a quick play with Harmonics, a full review will follow shortly, and I can say without any doubt that this one of Softube’s best plug-in releases in years! In our initial tests we’ve found Harmonics to be particularly useful on drum, bass and electric guitar tracks… but we’ll test this further on some mix bus and mastering applications to find out if there isn’t an application in which Harmonics can’t shine… or saturate.
Instantly transforms boring sounding tracks into tasteful toned tracks effortlessly
Includes 5 very different sounding flavours of grit.
So easy to use, within seconds you can achieve and apply the perfect style of saturation to your tracks
As far as we can tell, none!
For more information about Harmonics visit the Softube website.