In this premium video tutorial, Pro Tools Expert team member Julian Rodgers considers five different mechanisms employed by hardware compressors to achieve the results they do. Each method belongs to a different period of the history of the developments of audio technology and each sounds different. Hear the differences in sound in in how they work.
DeEsser plug-ins are undoubtably essential tools to have on standby in today’s modern vocal production workflows. Every major DAW ships with at least one stock DeEsser plug-in, however, there are a number of amazing third-party DeEsser alternatives that are well worth checking out if you are plan to either swap out or upgrade your current stock DeEsser of choice for something a bit more special… or specialised…
I was very excited to find out about the new SSL Stereo Analogue Colour processor, The Fusion and I was even more excited when the good people at SSL called me to say they were sending me one. In this article we are going to show you what the Fusion can do enabling you to see the unit, find out more about it and then hear it in the best way possible.
Multi-band compressors can take too much time to set up and tweak. Leapwing have designed their DynOne to have fixed bands where you are literally mixing in the compressed signal. there are also min-max values for attack and release, and you can set different timing depending on whether the signal is transient in nature or not. In this free video tutorial brought to you with the support of Leapwing Julian Rodgers show you how the Dynone works.
News of the new tape emulation plug-in “Reel To Reel” may have passed you by in the raft of updates Antelope Audio have been announcing to their FPGA based real-time effects platform. In this video from the team at Antelope check out how the 4 different flavours of tape emulation Reel To Reel offers can be use to gently add colour and dynamics to your music.
Oeksound describes soothe as "a dynamic resonance suppressor for mid and high frequencies", but what does that mean? In this article we test soothe on a variety of source tracks to find out if soothe is something to get excited about or not.
Today at The Blackbird Academy in Nashville, TN students wrote reports on some of the most iconic compressors from the last 60 years. If you've used them, put your stories in the comments section. Or maybe you've used them as plug-ins. What's your favorite style of compression? The models pictured below range from tube, solid state, vari-mu styles, feedback, and feedforward. Tell us your thoughts and what style and model floats your boat.
In this Free Video Tutorial for Production Expert, Technical Editor James Ivey visits Dax Liniere at North London's Puzzle Factory Studio to talk about a technique that uses a Gate to enhance the sound of a drum part rather than shut parts of it down. Drummers are not too fond of Gates as a rule but this process could change that as it adds a subtle hey defined attack to the kick and Snare in this example.
EQ is probably the most commonly used sound processing tool at our disposal. It can be used for correcting issues, enhancing the sound and adding character. There is a huge variety of both software and hardware EQs with some plug-in emulations of hardware classics. To help, we have consolidated a lot of our EQ hardware and plug-in video reviews in this article to enable you to hear the differences between a number of popular EQ plug-ins and hardware. If you are considering a new EQ, either hardware or software, for your studio then check out these reviews....
If your experience with audio processors is mainly using plug-ins, it can be a challenge when you encounter an analog hardware device. There's no menu full of one-size-fits-all, celebrity engineer presets to get you started. The truth is if you want to grow as an engineer you're better off without presets. It forces you to jump into uncomfortable territory, do some research and use your ears to make decisions about what you like, or don't like, and if it works, or doesn't in any given situation. In this feature, we're going to explore hardware advantages and dig into the workings and setup of the revered 1176 compressor.
In this Free Expert Tutorial for Production Expert, Technical Editor James Ivey visits Dax Liniere at North London's Puzzle Factory Studio to talk about how you don't just have to use dynamics processors on channels. They can also be used on your effects returns to shape the tone or a delay or reverb. Dax has an example to hand to demonstrate the process.
Our friends at California based plug-in developers McDSP have just announced an update to their entire Windows product range. Update brings some of our favourite new McDSP plug-ins onto the Windows platform including the stunning EC-300 Echo Collection, the 6034 Ultimate Multi-band and the all-new NR800 Noise Reduction Processor.
In this Free Video Tutorial for Production Expert, Technical Editor James Ivey visits Dax Liniere at North London's Puzzle Factory Studio to talk about using Dynamic EQ, instead of the more conventional "static" EQ to fix problems in your mix without creating new ones. Dax demonstrates two different Dynamic EQ plug-ins, Nova by Tokyo Dawn Records and FabFilter’s Pro MB.
In this Free Expert Tutorial for Production Expert, Technical Editor James Ivey visits Dax Liniere at North London's Puzzle Factory Studio to talk about compressors and how to get the best out of them. Dax also demonstrates a novel use of a compressor to reduce the volume of one element in a track without affecting the groove or feel of the track.
When dipping a music bed to make room for a voiceover duckers are convenient but automation is accurate. SpeakUp from Audified offers the best of both worlds.
We have consolidated all our compressor plug-in video reviews in this article to enable you to hear the differences between a number of popular compression plug-ins and hardware. If you are considering a new compressor, either hardware or software, for your studio then check out these reviews...
In this article, Nick Messitte from our friends at iZotope is getting into the nitty gritty of limiters—when to use them, how to use them, and how to train your ears to tell if they’re mangling your original sound source.
In this video James starts by showing you around his mix session and explains his initial routing choices such as the addition of a drum buss and two reverb sends. James then takes you through the processing he used on his tracks. Watch the video to hear each stage throughout his mixing process.
Since its introduction in 1968, the Universal Audio 1176 Limiting Amplifier has become one of the most used and most loved pieces of studio hardware. But not everyone has the money or space for a bank of vintage 1176 compressors so we use the plug-ins. But there are so many 1176 style plug-ins out there. Which ones sound good, which ones sound like the hardware and which just sound great? Here is are some of the finest 1176 style compression plug-ins available today.