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Top Earplugs 2019

Ears – they are a key piece in making music, listening to music, and communication in general. We would even go as far as to say that they are necessary to be a Creative in the music industry, but some people have proven otherwise. Did you know that the internal parts of the human ear are one of the few parts of the body that cannot naturally heal themselves? If you’ve gone to a few too many concerts without hearing protection you’ve pretty much sealed your fate. Diminished hearing from then on out is guaranteed. That’s why hearing protection is so darn important, especially if you plan on using those ears to make some money. We’ve all tried foam earplugs, and while they certainly dampen the volume at a concert they take away all the sweet details of the music as well. Boo! Most of us would like to still …

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Top 15 Studio Monitors

Studio monitors are a key piece of equipment to have in your music studio. Any amateur to professional level studio should have a pair of monitors to reference audio on. Technology being what it is, there are many options available today that can suit your needs. Do you get overwhelmed by the huge selection? We did the homework for you so you can make an easier purchase. Read our list below to see which monitors made the cut on our list of Top Studio Monitors. Focal Solo6 BE This pair of studio monitors is the first ton our list for a reason. They are compact, well balanced, and incredibly precise. They translate so clearly due to Focal’s kickass design. The 6.5″ mid-woofer produces fullness in the midbass without compromising the midrange. In addition, the 1″ inverted dome tweeters are made of Beryllium making them capable of wide frequency response. As …

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Top Reverb Plugins

Reverb is essential to music, and one of the most commonly used effects. It has the ability to add depth, realism, and emotion. It can make or break a mix, and used correctly will create space between all of your elements. Reverb creates a sense of unified space in mixes. It immerses listeners into that space and keeps them there. In this article we will tell you about some of our favorite reverbs to date. Fabfilter Pro-R Pro-R looks as beautiful as the rest of the FabFilter lineup and functions like them too. The plugin is flexible as Gumby and sounds pristine. The signature FabFilter Retina interface comes in handy and makes for easy use. You get multiple EQ’s (Decay Rate, Post, etc.) and lots of other parameters. The most useful features are parameters to control like Brightness, Character, and Distance. These make it more accessible to people who aren’t …

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Top Analog Compressor Plugins

Searching for the best analog-style compressor plugins out there? Look no further, Beat Lab is bringing you the list of the best compressors to use in your productions. Read Below. What Are Analog-Modeled Compressors? Analog-modeled or analog-style compressors are software plugins made to emulate the circuitry of their hardware counterparts. Hardware compressors are known for the musicality they add to signals run through them. Hardware dynamic processors are used to add character, depth, grit, presence, punch and/or warmth to your music. Those traits are what people are chasing when they talk about ‘analog’ sound. It’s a result of how the hardware is built. Physical circuitry is subject to degradation and over time certain processors develop sounds unique to their product line. Thanks to modern technology, developers are able to capture and recreate those characteristics found in classic analog hardware. This article will share with you the plugins recreating analog-style the …

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Digital VS Analog Modeled EQ’s

As a producer, you will eventually find your most powerful tool to be Equalization. EQ’s are a fundamental part of your effects chain. With an EQ you can clarify sound-fields, remove problem frequencies, highlight musical ones, and achieve the mix you want. In this article we will discuss the difference between Digital EQ’s and Analog-modeled EQ’s. What they are, why they are different, and why you would want to use one versus the other. Continue below. Types of EQs There are many variations of equalizer type, each with a specific function and purpose. The most common types are parametric, semi-parametric, graphic, and shelving. When talking about digital plugins, there are going to be equalizers designed to sound digital and some designed to emulate analog hardware. It can often be difficult to know which direction to head in with so many options available, keep reading to learn more about Digital EQ’s. …

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Top Multiband Compressor Plugins 2019

Today we’re bringing to you the hottest lineup of multiband compressors out there. We’ll give you our list and then let you decide on which is the best. Read below to see! What is a Multiband Compressor? A Multiband compressor is a compressor that can compress multiple frequency bands individually. They are powerful tools when it comes to production, mixing, and mastering. It’s important to know when to use multiband compression, in this article we’ll let you know some of our favorites going into 2019. iZotope Ozone 8 Ozone 8 is the newest version of iZotope’s mastering suite. The advanced version comes fully loaded and is arguably the best mastering software available, a total steal for the price. Ozone comes with 12 mastering tools that add punch, snap, warmth, character – you name it – to your song master. Ozone 8 would already be in the lead with its set …

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MIDI 2.0: A New Generation

MIDI is the technology standard hidden in most music technology. It’s an acronym that stands for Musical Instrument Digital Interface. It’s a way to communicate between devices to make and control sound. Your synthesizer speaks it, your sampler for sure knows the language, your laptop definitely speaks it, even your DJ controller might. So why are we talking about it now? Well with the release of Ableton Live 10.1 we want to explore the possibilities the future holds, plus MIDI 2.0 Prototyping was just announced at NAMM. In this article, we’ll give you a history lesson about MIDI, what you’ve been able to do with it, and inform you of the newest parts coming up in MIDI 2.0. Scroll down if you only want to read about the news regarding MIDI 2.0. History Back in the 1960’s and 70’s, the world had begun experimenting with computer and electronic music. But …

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Audio Repair – Accusonus ERA Bundle Pro UPDATE

Audio Repair – Accusonus ERA Bundle Pro Accusonus has brought to you the ERA Bundle Pro, a group of six plugins made for audio repair. Each plugin has a simple design and streamlined interface. The standard ERA Bundle comes with one-knob plugins, and with Pro, you get ERA D. In this article, we’ll go over the features of each plugin and describe its workflow. Continue below to learn more! The Plugins The one-knob plugins are designed to resemble each other so you can work seamlessly. Below is a short list of the features that they share. Features: Single knob operation Simple and streamlined user interface Automatic noise suppression, dereverberation, plosive removal, sibilance reduction, or level normalization Precision-grade audio repair functionality Uncompromised sound quality Minimal CPU usage Low latency Resizable UI Read below as we go over each individual plugin. De-Clipper De-Clipper is the newest addition to the ERA Bundle. This plugin …

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