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.
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.
Apogee’s FX plugins are a small but growing range of plug-ins offering dynamics and EQ in both modern and vintage forms and until now have been available as FX Rack plugins running as DSP accelerated plugins in Apogee interfaces like the highly rated Ensemble. Apogee have announced native versions of these plug-ins in AAX, VST and AU formats for macOS only. This combination of DSP and native versions of these plug-ins means that Apogee dual path monitoring is now a reality.
Our friends at Waves just released a new plug-in called Submarine that Waves claims will enable you to easily add bigger, deeper sub bass to your tracks than ever before with unprecedented clarity and low-end accuracy.
Air is the term often used by mix engineers when they want to add some sparkle, scheen, clarity, shimmer, shine or focus to their tracks, mixes or masters. Applying a just smidgen of top end brilliance often goes quite a long way in realising the full tonal potential of a mix.
Sometimes simple left/right panning isn’t enough. The Dytronics Cyclosonic Panner from Universal Audio goes a step further with front to back motion that, combined with traditional panning, creates stunning 3D panning and modulation effects.
Do you feel it is cheating if we use simple and focused “one knob” style plug-ins or plug-ins with limited controls in our mixes. Are these necessary for making our mixing workflows lean and mean creative machines? In this article, we discuss the issues…
Essential plug-ins are tools that give you confidence in your abilities and the music you and produce. It’s so important to use plug-ins that you know inside out, regardless of whether they are stock DAW plug-ins or third-party. In this article I look at the plug-ins that I consider to be more than just my go-to tools, these are my plug-in essentials.
The team at Slate Digital are very pleased to announce the amazing sounding TH-U Slate Edition guitar amp, cabinet and effects emulations is now available as part of the Slate Everything bundle as well as a stand-alone purchase. I love a good amp-sim so check out the video where I dig in and create 3 very different, yet classic guitar tones.
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.
Eventide has released Instant Flanger Mk ll, a free update to registered owners of Eventide’s Anthology X or Anthology Xl software bundles. Instant Flanger Mk ll emulates to iconic sounds of the original 1975 Eventide Clockworks Instant Flanger hardware unit. We try it on an electric guitar part to see how well it stands up to the original hardware it is based on.
We predicted this would be the year of more smart plugins and now ReConnect promises to fix bad cable choices made in the recording process after the event using machine learning.
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, supported by Antelope Audio, Pro Tools Expert Technical Editor James Ivey takes a look at some of the latest Antelope Audio gear. James teams up with songwriter and guitarist Paul Sundt and they use the Antelope Orion Studio 2017 to track a song called Crazy Lady. This video is the story of recording this track, and how it was mixed using the new Antelope Audio AFX2DAW plug-in.
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.
There are lots of great audio/music software & hardware products out there in the Pro Audio world. At Production Expert, we review a variety of products designed to make you work smarter and produce better results in your studios. There are occasions when a product is so good we end up buying it for ourselves, these products usually get our Expert's Choice Award (formerly known as Editor's Choice Awards) for being such fantastic products.
Dear Reality, the makers of dearVR ambisonics and immersive audio software, have just released AMBI MICRO, a free plug-in which converts ambisonics A-format to B-format and binaural audio with the added twist of supporting head tracking with a VR headset. dearVR have produced this free plug-in in cooperation with Sennheiser meaning it has a A to B-format convertor optimised for their AMBEO VR microphone.
Any modern pop or rock track needs a good solid foundation. In this case we have a combination of real acoustic and programmed drums to give the song “Thought of love” by the Rooftop Renegades a good solid groove. Paul Drew of Production Expert, with the support of Universal Audio, shows how by using only Universal Audio UAD-2 plug-ins, he mixes the acoustic drums with some of the programmed percussion to give the track a driving feel.
With the primary tracking and recording finished, Paul Drew of Production Expert starts to mix the song “Thought of love” by the Rooftop Renegades. Paul shows how, exclusively using Universal Audio UAD-2 plug-in he is able to turn a well recorded vocal into a top line part that sits well in the track but allows the lyric to shine through.