With macOS Catalina older Macs like 2010 and 2012 Mac Pro Cheesegraters will come to the end of the road in terms of OS upgrades. As these machines are so ubiquitous in the studio world we wondered how users would respond to this. Take our poll.
Antares recently released a new addition to their Auto-Tune range called Auto-Tune Artist that replaces the old Auto-Tune Live plug-in. Rather than just test the new Auto-Tune Artist on its own we thought it would be more helpful to measure its performance and capabilities against a rival real time tuning plug-in, the Waves Real-Time Tune.
In a recent poll we asked “Do you use speaker isolation? If so which type do you use?” and in this article we analyse the results and also ask 2 experts do put the case for and against speaker isolation to see if speaker Isolation is Fact or Bullshit.
In March 2019 we published a blind listening test in which the processing powers of three popular declipping plug-ins were put up against each other. We asked you, the Production Expert community, to take part, listen and vote for the audio example that you liked the sound of most. Out of the people who voted, 65% preferred the sound of Example A, that we can now reveal was processed by iZotope’s RX 7 De-clip.
Off-the-shelf monitor isolation products do indeed look the part but how can we know for sure that these types of tools work and if they do, how great are the benefits to our monitoring? Are they glorified gadgets or are they essential for our monitor performance?
With the introduction of more equipment capable at working at higher sample rates it’s always interesting to see what sample rates our community are using for the majority of their audio recording and mixing work. Take our poll.
In this test we put three popular de-clipper plug-ins up against each other in a blind listening test. Quality de-clipper plug-ins, such as the three products featured in this test, will repair and reconstruct clipped peaks lost (or not recorded) in the tracking process resulting in audio that sounds cleaner and, most importantly, usable. Clipping is a form of distortion artefact… not the type you want. Vote for the example you prefer the sound of.
Back in December 2018, our friends at Nugen Audio reached out to their followers by email, Facebook and Twitter asking people to fill out the Nugen Audio Holiday Survey. there were 3174 respondents with 40% not Nugen Audio users. We have been granted exclusive access to the results and in this article we analyse the results from the 9 questions in this survey.
The results are in. Accusonus ERA Noise Remover received the most votes in our noise reduction blind listening test, but by how much of margin? How did noise reduction plug-ins by iZotope, Waves & Acon Digital fair in the results?
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.