The team at Antelope Audio are very pleased to announce three new effects processors for their new FPGA and ARM DSP platform called Synergy Core. The Opto-2A, Space Flanger and Vari-Speed Tremolo are all available now to run on the two new Antelope interfaces Discrete 4 Synergy Core and Discrete 8 Synergy Core with support for the newly announced Orion Studio Synergy Core coming very soon.
Top-down mixing is all about taking the less is more approach. Working this way in drum mixing can be very helpful. In this article, we suggest several dynamics plug-ins and generic plug-ins that lend themselves very well to the job of top-down drum mixing.
Working with audio loops and samples is popular as they often provide a speedy creative workflow which is particularly useful when ideas need to develop quickly when building a beat or full production, though there can be some challenges when using loops. You may want to change a small musical element in a sample or change its overall presentation which can leave you wondering how to make these changes in your DAW. Luckily, several plug-in developers have a range of plug-ins that serve as very cool solutions to typical issues that many face in loop based production and remix projects.
In this article we list several cool plug-ins that were once only available on the UAD platform but have since relaunched for use as VST, AU and AAX plug-ins. Which UAD plug-ins would you like to see available as native plug-ins next?
The UJAM Headbanger Bundle is a way save on IRON, HEAVY and ROWDY and make a virtual power trio. If you’re not sure Virtual instruments can be used to make rock you should watch these videos before you decide.
The team at French synthesis specialists and vintage emulators Arturia are very pleased to announce the latest in their range of “effects you’ll actually use”. 3 Delays You’ll Actually Use features a vintage tape delay and analogue “bucket brigade” style echo, and a cutting edge digital delay like nothing you have used before.
If you are considering a new reverb plug-in for your studio then check out these reviews categorised into imitative and generic. We have also included a number of videos which demonstrate the powers of some popular de-reverb plug-ins.
Back In January we were excited to hear about the upcoming APB16 from McDSP, These units are now available and are cheaper than some of the team predicted. Find out more and hear about the improvements offered in the new, free v6.6 update to McDSP’s plug-ins.
The Studiolive Series III mixers have powerful DSP available which can host State Space modelled plugins of well known vintage units. These plugins are hosted in DSP on the mixers and if you are a Studio One user they are available as native Studio One plug-ins too. New and existing owners can now have the contents of the Classic Studio Bundle, Modern Classics Bundle and Vintage Channel Strips Bundle for free. That is a total of 11 plugin versions of well known vintage American and British classic hardware, for FREE!
Brian’s signature sound is very distinctive, but did you know that it’s made up of a small number of components which together produce his majestic sound known all over the world. IK Multimedia have gone through each section of Brian’s rig from the unique pickup arrangement in his homemade Red Special guitar, through to his treble booster and of course three Vox AC30 setup he uses on stage. All you need is a sixpence.
In this four part free video tutorial series we show you a selection of plug-ins that you can use to quickly sweeten the sound of your sub mixes and masters. Sweetening is often the spit and polish many of us reach for in a mix when the finish line is in sight. Check out these tutorials to discover four plug-ins that you can use to get your mixes sounding even better very quickly.
When Steven and the Slate Digital team introduced the new Slate Digital All Access Pass they not only gave users a single source for amazing sounding plug-ins and fascinating and informative production tutorials but we also got some new goodies in the form of the amazing ANA 2 synth from Sonic Academy and the mind bending Kilohearts plug-in suite.
In this free video tutorial, brought to you with the support of Universal Audio, I have captured a simple jazz drum set recording solely with a pair of inexpensive Rode small-diaphragm condenser overhead mics. A single stereo instance of the UAD Neve 88RS channel strip is used to bring out the best qualities of the kit and get a beautifully balanced blend. All with just two simple overhead microphones.
“Single dial” or “one knob” style plug-ins are for some the answer to their mixing dilemmas. They are undoubtedly simple to use. They do away with overly complex UI’s and control sets in favour of either static preset values or AI machine learning algorithms working hard in the background. They are also about speed of use, you really don’t need to apply a lot of brain power to get the most out of this style of plug-in. In this article we highlight a selection of top single dial based plug-ins you should consider if simplicity and speed are important to you.
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 free video tutorial, brought to you with the kind support of Waves, Paul Drew shows how to use CLA Effects to give a pop guitar energy and get that radio-ready guitar sound. CLA Effects are described by Waves as “Multi-effect plugin that delivers the radio-ready sound of Grammy-winning mixer Chris Lord-Alge (Green Day, U2): reverb, delay, distortion, EQ and more.
In the article we explain several different ways that audio is graphically represented in DAWs and a number of different tools from a range of developers to help you understand not only what these visuals tell us but to show you what they are for and how to interpret these graphics and displays to help you. This article isn’t a deep physics lesson in audio, instead we try to explain each of these points as practically as possible.
Focusrite have worked with Brainworx so that they can offer the bx_console Focusrite plug-in, worth $349, FREE with every Focusrite Clarett and Red audio interface. Check out our article to learn more about the iconic Focusrite console and how you can get the free bx_console Focusrite plug-in…
In this article we explore several innovative monitoring plug-ins with technologies that claim to help us mix more confidently with headphones by providing a more natural listening environment similar to that of mixing with monitors in a room, but which is best?
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.