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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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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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How To Use The New Features In Ableton Live 10.1

Live’s new free update to version 10.1 adds many new upgrades and improvements. This update is free for all users. It always amazes us how many free updates Ableton gives their customers between every major release. This update (only 10.1!) features custom wavetables, new Delay and EQ devices, VST3 support and much more! Custom Wavetable It is now possible to load your own custom audio files to use as wavetables. Simply drag any audio file to the wavetable view and Live will convert that file to be used inside Wavetable. Once you drop an audio file into Wavetable you will get a new button titled RAW… Under the wavetable categories we can now find the User folder. New Devices We got two new devices but we also lost two to avoid redundacy. Let’s check them out. Delay The new Delay audio effect is combination of Ableton’s Simple Delay and Ping …

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Melodyne Studio – Ultimate Tuning

This week we have the pleasure of reviewing Melodyne Studio 4 for you. Melodyne Studio is the top-tier model of the software from Celemony. With it you unlock the full potential of their algorithms for multitrack and polyphonic tuning. We reviewed the stand-alone version of the software, there being only minor differences in the DAW plugin version. In the plugin version you have to record audio into it to make edits, and there is a different pane on the lft. Otherwise everything remains the same. Introduction Melodyne Studio 4 will come with all the bells and whistles. You get precision tuning (mono and polyphonic), time stretching (relocation and warping) and a crazy sound editor (formants, harmonics, synthesis). In this article we’ll run through the interface, the basic tools you’ll use to get started and round it out by diving deeper into the advanced features. Along the way we’ll let you …

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Syntorial – Learn How to Synth

This week we want to share our review of the educational software Syntorial. As the name implies it is a tutorial in Synthesis. In this article, we’ll tell you about Syntorial, its features, and give you a rundown of the workflow. What is Syntorial? Syntorial was created by the company Audible Genius, lead by Joe Hanley. Joe create the program after struggling to learn synthesis himself. Joe pulled up his bootstraps and got started on Syntorial by Learning how to code Making a prototype video game style training program to teach synthesis to the world Raising some cashola via Kickstarter Using said cashola to finish said program Releasing Syntorial into the wild Features Below is a list of the features so if you don’t feel like reading through the article you know what the program includes. 129 challenges 147 videos 706 patches 64 parameters 33 random tasks 39 quizzes Watch …

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Drum Buss Key Follower – Play the Boom Section (Free Download)

Drum Buss Key Follower The new Drumbuss Audio Effect in Live 10 is an efficient powerhouse of processing. It has a built-in compressor, clipper, saturation, distortion and Transient shaping. Ableton added to that their secret sauce in a low resonator that can take create some enormous 808-ish bass out of any audio with some low-end content. The best part about it is that you can tune the resonating bass note using the Freq knob. Now thanks to Max for Live we are able to play the Drumbuss’s Boom section!!! Scroll down for the free Download the tutorial video for a more in-depth look. This device was Developed by Dez. Modded by Yeuda Ben-Atar for Beat Lab. Setup The DrumBuss Follower is a Max MIDI Effect and thus needs to be loaded on a MIDI track. Create a new MIDI track and load the DrumBuss Follower. Click on the Map2Drumbuss button. …

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Bounce Boss – Collaborate Like a Boss

Bounce Boss – Collaborate Like a Boss Bounce Boss is a collaborative file transfer and management system. It was just released recently and we reached out to Tom Frampton (co-founder with Rich Hollis) to take it for a test run. We enjoyed the functionality of it and the potential for people sending far more files than ourselves. It was easy to upload files, comment on them, and compare versions – all in all, successful at what it set it out to do. This article will take you through the upload process and point out its features and what we think of them. Continue below. “Bounce Boss enables people to collaborate intelligently so they can focus their energy on progress and be more successful.” Bounce Boss operates as an online project manager and a file sharing system. The first screen you will see when signing in is the ‘My Projects’ tab. There you can …

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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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