In this free extract from the Mixing with Pro Tools plug-ins tutorial with Fab Dupont, Fab demonstrates how to set up a drum “crush” bus. This popular technique involves using heavy compression in parallel with a dry, uncompressed version to add density and excitement to the drum sound.
Sonnox have introduced their newest plug, a revolutionary AI based Drum Gate which offers all the convenience of a gate without the frustration. It understands the difference between a kick, a snare and a tom just like you do and doesn’t just open because “something is loud”. Find out more in our detailed first look.
Mixing live multitrack drum recordings can have its challenges. One problem that can crop up from time to time in a drum mix is harsh sounding cymbals from the overhead microphones. It isn't always a pleasant sound, think fingernails down a chalkboard. In this article, we suggest three plug-ins from Oeksound, FabFilter and Waves that we know from experience can quickly and easily tackle harshness in drum overhead tracks.
The team at Universal Audio are very pleased to announce version 9.10 of their UAD software featuring the new 175B and 176 Tube Limiter Collection. As ever, UA have worked hard to bring us faithful recreations of vintage studio gear to add some of that old school vibe into our tracking and mixing workflows.
In this article we explore a number of popular transient shaper plug-ins available today that you can try out in your next mix. We give you an idea of some general mix applications that suit transient shapers as well as describe a number of controls that you typically find in most plug-ins of this type.
Plug-ins that promise to speed up mixing workflows and sound good in the process generally catch our attention at Production Expert. We’ve tested a number of intelligent plug-ins, many of which work quite well though some AI compressor plug-ins can struggle to perform well across a wide range of different mix applications. Sonible, the makers of smartEQ and other intelligent EQ plug-ins has just released their latest plug-in smartComp which promises to dial in automatic compression with results that sound transparent.
It’s official! The Everything Bundle is dead, long live the new Slate Digital All Access Pass. Steven and the team at Slate Digital are very pleased to announce the all new All Access Pass.
In this article we suggest a number of alternatives to regular compressors which all do the job of dynamic processing very well, though not all process audio in the traditional sense of a compressor, which makes many of these good alternatives to traditional compressors. Some preserve dynamics, which can reduce audible compression artefacts, whilst others are more geared towards providing the effects of compression but within a GUIs that are super simple to use, which can save users valuable time in the mix.
In this in-depth article we unpack all the new features introduced with Neutron 3 from iZotope and help you to be able to get the best out of Neutron 3 as well as sharing what we think about this latest release from iZotope.
The team at Universal Audio are very pleased to announce their latest UAD-2 software 9.9 update. Once again they have collaborated with Softube to bring us an updated version of the Tube-Tech CL-1B MKII Compressor but the big news for this release is the new Capitol Chambers plug-in. An exact software recreation of 4 of the legendary Capitol Studios echo chambers. If you like real reverb. This one is a must.
When you think of a limiter do you think of a brickwall plug-in or an analogue device? Both qualify but has our working definition of limiting changed with the technology? Mike and Julian fail to agree…
In this free video tutorial Eli groups the backup vocals to a stereo bus, but also sets up a parallel mono bus for them. Using a slow compressor on the stereo bus to get an excellent thick, lush sustain to them. On the mono bus a faster compressor is used to bring out the attack of the consonants at the beginning of each word.
Adaptive compression is one of POWAIR’s party tricks. If you need to use the same amount of compression throughout a track but the performance is too dynamic for one threshold setting to work then this is what you need.
They both do similar jobs. What is the difference and which should you use?
We take a look at the new Gates Bundle for Virtual Mix Rack from Slate Digital. In the video we first test the Drums gate on Kick drum, Snare and Toms, before trying the Classic gate on a Vocal track.
GetGoodDrums is an impressive new company. Their purpose built Smash and Grab drum compressor brings a surprisingly fresh, intuitive, and musical plug-in to the table in an already extremely crowded market. In this video, you’ll see and hear how it works on more nuanced and complex drum parts; that use grace notes, dynamics, fills, rolls, and more.
In this video with the support of Universal Audio, Paul Drew shares his thoughts and ideas when it comes to mastering the track Thought of Love by Rooftop Renegades. In this final part in the series, Paul shows us how he uses the SSL Bus Compressor to glue to mix together then he reaches for the new Brainworx bx_masterdesk, which he uses as a “one stop” mastering processor.
Our friends at Plugin Alliance have announced the release of the Maag Audio Magnum K, as plug-in emulation of the Magnum K compressor from Maag with some added extras from Brainworx.
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.