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…
You may remember that we shared a very clever video from community member Nick Harrison showing how he created a Christmas tree using modulated sine waves and Insight 2 from iZotope. In this article Nick shares how he did it. Over to you Nick…
In this blind listening test we feature 4 commonly used real-time noise reduction plug-ins available today. Each plug-in featured in this test used the same poorly recorded source audio clip, which was recorded using a dynamic microphone positioned at a distance of 3 inches from the voice with the mic preamp gain set to maximum to compensate for the low output from the mic.
As part of Cyber Monday Waves is offering their acclaimed H-Comp Hybrid compressor completely free, for today only.
To celebrate Black Friday our friends at Waves have just released an all new vocal de-esser plug-in called Sibilance, the best bit is that Waves are giving it away for free! This article includes the link to download your free copy of Waves Sibilance. Hurry as this is a time limited offer for Black Friday 2018 only… snooze and you lose!
We recently ran a poll asking you, The Production Expert Community, to take part in a unique Vox AC30 blind listening test. We provided seven audio examples with one of the clips being a real Vox AC30 recording, the other six where produced using a number of popular guitar amp plug-in emulations. The results are in!
For users of previous versions of Nectar this latest version is an absolute no-brainer. For those who regularly mix within all-in-one style plug-in chain windows, Nectar 3 could very well be the best vocal mixing suite out there, it’s worth checking out. Let us know what you think of Nectar 3.
Our friends at Plugin Alliance have released a new plugin for upmixing. This takes a new approach to a very common issue - how do you best make a mono signal wider? There are quite a few techniques which can be deployed using standard tools like using different EQ settings or short delays to introduce a pseudostereo effect but the Schoeps Mono upmix plug-in takes a different approach and offers greater control and realism.
Waves has announced a new ‘standardised computer’ custom-designed and optimised to run Waves audio applications. The new Axis One comes as what Waves describe as ‘a road-hardy half-rack 2U case”, designed to be a trustworthy turn-key solution for live sound, broadcast, and the studio.
The masters of analog plug-in emulations Softube recently released a new suite of distortion flavours ranging a variety of common mixing saturation styles in a plug-in they’ve called Harmonics, described by Softube as a dynamic distortion tool. In this video we put Harmonics to the test across several tracks in a mix and test the new DTC features that puts back track dynamics which are often mangled when saturation and distorted.
The team at Universal Audio are very pleased to be able to announce version 9.7 of their UAD-2 software supporting all Apollo interfaces’s and UAD-2 DSP accelerated hardware. Version 9.7 brings us five new plug-ins featuring the Lexicon 480L Digital reverb and effects, Softube Vocoder, AMS Neve DFC Channel Strip, Brainworx Suhr SE100 Amplifier and the Brainworx bx_masterdesk Classic.
In this video we put Illusion to work on a drum mix bus and lead vocal track. The overall mix is fairly solid but there’s a sense depth missing that makes the mix in this example sound a bit two dimensional and upfront. Watch the video to hear how a couple of Illusion presets, and some quick tweaks of the controls, transforms the presentation of the drums and vocals into tastefully sculpted ambiences that frame each of the tracks.
We announced that Nectar 3 from iZotope was coming in November. Just 2 days into November and it’s here. Nectar 3 has undergone a complete redesign, iZotope have added 5 new modules as well as having improvements to the other modules for a total of twelve vocal processing modules. Nectar 3 now comes with Celemony’s Melodyne 4 essential time and pitch correction. Check out what it can do.
Accusonus, the smart developers behind many a great audio repair plug-in, have just released another string to their brilliant ERA one knob plug-in bow by adding a rather useful automatic real-time audio leveller tool. ERA Voice Leveler provides a straight forward approach to balancing inconsistent levels within dialog and voice recordings by use of a single dial.
In this article we list a number of plug-in developers who offer more than one plug-in activation per license along with their license policy statements. Did you know one brand offers up to 10 activations?
Waves has just released a new modular mastering chain plug-in modeled after the EMI TG12410 Transfer Console used in all Abbey Road's mastering studios since the early '70s to date. Create custom processing chains with a flexible flow and the TG magic on master tracks, individual tracks or sub groups in your mixing sessions.
On the run up to AES New York, which opens tomorrow, iZotope today announced updates to Nectar and Music Production Suite in addition to the creation of the Vocal Chain Bundle. iZotope had redesigned Nectar 3, adding five brand new modules and new assistive audio features such as RX 7 Breath Control, and partner product Celemony Melodyne 4 essential.
In this article we are going to bring together the first 4 tips from reverb maestro Michael Carnes from Exponential Audio that we have been sharing on the Pro Tools Expert Podcast recently. The first 4 are Using the Compressor To Make Level-Sensitive Reverb With The 2nd Generation Exponential Audio Reverb Plug-ins, Making Great Sounding Small Rooms, Using The Chorus Effect In Reverbs Creatively In The R2 Series and How To Use The Tail Suppression Feature In The 2nd Generation Exponential Audio Reverb Plug-ins.
Our friends at iZotope have released a new free Vocal Doubler plug-in designed to enhance your vocal track with a natural doubling effect, to add richness and depth. IZotope’s tell us that they have reimagined their doubling technology with a brand new interactive UI dedicated to help everyone achieve a great double faster than ever.
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.