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Next Level Vocals – iZotope Nectar 3 with Melodyne 4 Essential

Next Level Vocals – iZotope Nectar 3 with Melodyne 4 Essential iZotope has released their newest version of the vocal processing plugin Nectar 3. This is the next addition to their growing ecosystem of ‘smart’ plugins with assistive technology. In this article, we’ll run through all of the effects modules in Nectar 3, and tell you what we think of them. Then, we’ll give a quick run through of Melodyne Essential 4 which comes bundled with each copy of Nectar 3. iZotope Nectar 3 We tested out Nectar 3 using Ableton Live 10 and compared its effects to a combination of Soundtoys and Ableton Live’s native effects. We found it incredibly easy to replicate the sound between the two. This speaks to the ease and power that Nectar 3 brings to the table. Continue below to learn more. What Is It? Nectar 3 is the newest version of the multi-effects plugin, …

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Beat Lab Top 10: Best Studio Headphones 2018

Beat Lab Top 10: Best Studio Headphones 2018 Beat Lab Top 10 is a series featuring the Top 10 of a product of a given time period. In this article, we will go over the 10 best studio headphones available as of this year. First, we’ll go over the different features that we judge each headphone by. Then, we’ll provide a list of the 10 best studio headphones and what makes them special. Read below for the breakdown.   What Are Studio Headphones? Studio headphones are headphones built for use in professional audio. They are a key piece of monitoring equipment. If you’re like us you’ll want something that works for most applications like Recording, Engineering, and DJ’ing. In this article, we’ll go over ten of the best studio headphones on the market today. What would you want in your pair of studio headphones? Durability Well, the best studio headphones will withstand wear …

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Accusonus Beat-Making: Beatformer and Regroover Pro

Accusonus Beat-Making: Beatformer and Regroover Pro Today we are going to go over two awesome plugins from Accusonus, Beatformer and Regroover Pro. Both plugins are designed to interact with your drums – Beatformer as an all-in-one drum processor and Regroover Pro as a complex sampler. Continue below as we go over the workflows with each and what makes them unique. Beatformer Beatformer is Accusonus’ all-in-one solution for your drum buss. It boasts “a dozen different processors under the hood” and allows control over them with a simple user interface and the ability to dial in a combination of tones. This can be seen as a pro or a con here, the terms are likely ones you’ve heard before but don’t accurately describe what happens when using them (except for Boom). Otherwise, Accusonus knocked it out of the park here for users by making the controls so simple yet powerful. Each knob has a finite amount of …

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Feel Your Sound: Sundog Song Studio and Melodic Flow

Feel Your Sound: Sundog Song Studio and Melodic Flow Today we’re reviewing an amazing pair of chord and scale composition tools from Feel Your Sound – Sundog Song Studio and Melodic Flow. We reached out to Hauke, the developer of this software and asked to give the technology our take. After some extensive time spent with each tool we have a lot of insight to share, below we will go through how to use each and share with you the benefits and drawbacks (if any) of both programs. Sundog is especially complex if you want to dive into its abilities so we’ll give you the rundown on the basic workflow. Sundog Song Studio Sundog Song Studio is a standalone all-in-one composition tool. You can write melodies, basslines, chord progressions, and even drumlines. Initially, the prospect of using a standalone software to generate ideas sounded tedious but Hauke programmed a solution to …

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How To Get The Perfect Amount Of Bass When Mastering Audio

How To Get The Perfect Amount Of Bass When Mastering Audio We’re happy to announce a new partnership with MasteringtheMix, a website with amazing audio plugins. When Tom reached out to us we were excited to see what his plugins could offer. Levels, Animate, Reference, and Expose all have proved to be super helpful in the mixing and mastering process. We’re featuring an article written by Tom guiding you in how to achieve an awesome bass balance while mastering. He uses a few of his own plugins as tools and we would highly suggest trying them out. Read below!     This is where so many potentially awesome tracks fail. Too much bass and your track will sound bloated and lack clarity. Not enough bass and your track will sound weak. I have a process that helps me set the perfect amount of bass for my clients every time. Since …

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Joey Sturgis Tones – FX Bundle Review

Joey Sturgis Tones – FX Bundle Review Joey Sturgis is a music producer and runs an awesome website called Joey Sturgis Tones. We recently took a look at his FX Bundle which features the very best of JST’s effects plugins, all in one place. You’ll get Soar, SideWidener, Sub Destroyer, and Pixelator. These plugins can and will give your songs a creative edge with their unique features. These plugins are unique and powerful so read our full review of each plugin below.     1. Soar     Soar is a Tape Delay plugin, with a twist. With it, you can achieve beautiful lush tones in an attractive delay plugin. The user interface adopts the look of an actual piece of hardware without overcomplicating the controls. On the left side, you’ll see controls for modulating the delay. Repeats will affect the number of repeated notes you hear – turn the knob to the right …

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Top 5 Free VST Plugins: October 2018

Top 5 Free VST Plugins: October 2018 We’ve been posting about free downloads for a while now, and now we have a compilation of the latest free plugins from this month. Read below for descriptions of this month’s most awesome plugins. They are each available to download for free!   1. SimpleSide     SimpleSide is a volume automation plugin developed by Armando Montanez. This plugin is very useful for simulating sidechain compression or other LFO tempo-synced effects. With this plugin, you can add an unlimited amount of curves. Amazing. Adjust the rate to change the synced up trigger, and use the blend knob to adjust the amount of dry signal heard relative to the effected signal. Add an envelope follower following this plugin and you have a seriously powerful plugin that is totally free. Download here.   2. Nightlife     Nightlife is an awesome virtual synthesizer by Acoustica. It features …

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Revoice Pro 4 – Tune, Double, and Warp Audio Better

Revoice Pro 4 – Tune, Double, and Warp Audio Better SynchroArts just released the newest version of their incredible audio tuning, doubling, and warping software Revoice Pro, with Revoice Pro 4. Many updates have been made to the software which makes it even more powerful than it already was. In this article, we’ll give you a rundown of the newest features before showing you how to use the most handy features. If you had a chance to read our article on Revoice Pro 3 then you will notice similarities within this article, because many features remain the same between Revoice Pro 3 and Revoice Pro 4 we decided to re-use some of our overview from the earlier article; consider this post an update to the article on Revoice Pro 3.     Audio Performance Transfer Music & Dialog Modes What makes Revoice Pro 4 so different from Melodyne or any other …

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