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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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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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TC Electronic’s Incredible Mixing and Mastering Tool

TC Electronic’s Incredible Mixing and Mastering Tool   A common theme in music production is “ultimately, use your ears”. You’ve probably read that in more than a few of our blog posts, on everything from mixing to recording to sound design. However, as technology keeps advancing at an exponential rate it would be foolish not to use the tools available to our advantage. We recently came across TC Electronic’s Clarity M, a desktop mix and master audio meter with serious precision. From everything we’ve seen so far this piece of hardware is a great complimentary decision maker to your ears, and could save you time in those long sessions when you’ve heard a mix so much you really have no idea exactly what you’re listening to anymore.   Out of the gate, the Clarity M comes with stereo and 5.1 audio metering for mixing, mastering, and post production in music …

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Free Self Adaptive Limiter from D16 Group – Frontier

Free Self Adaptive Limiter from D16 Group – Frontier Easy, Multi-Purpose and Free Frontier is a new Self Adaptive Limiter from D16 group. It’s a very simple plugin with the same familiar design all D16 plugins share. It is offered as a free download if you have a D16 account (also free). A few words from the develeper Multitude of applications “Quality and performance makes Frontier a perfect tool for almost any studio situation. Its simple and clear interface in combination with excellent sound quality will surely be appreciated by any engineer looking for efficient way of controlling dynamics of a channel, bus or even master output. Frontier can be used as very transparent mixing / mastering limiter (at certain settings) with just licking the loudest amplitude peaks, or can be utilized more creatively, as sound shaper, when more extreme settings are at stake.” Self-adaptive “Algorithm for automatic gain makeup …

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Sterling – Crystal Clear MX Monitors

Sterling – Crystal Clear MX Monitors Daddy Kev, (founder of Low End Theory,) explained at a Beat Lab workshop, that monitor speakers are the greatest and most important tool in mixing and mastering. Sterling recently released a new line of monitor speakers that can greatly enhance your mixes,  coming in three different versions, the MX8, MX5, or the MX3, representing the inches of the speakers. Each are equipped with cutting edge technology providing you with crisp and clear sound, offered at very affordable prices. Sterlings advanced dual-axis WaveGuidanceVH™ technology creates an incredibly wide “sweet spot,” giving you a clear, articulate and centered sound even when listening off-axis — horizontally and vertically. A proprietary low-frequency cone design offers superior damping, which minimize sonic artifacts and unnatural resonance, while the 1” silk dome tweeter with neodymium magnet provides a smooth and natural high-frequency response. And MX’s custom, 4-layer voice coil delivers greater motor force for …

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Tokyo Dawn Labs TDR Nova – Free Multi-Function Equalizer

Tokyo Dawn Labs TDR Nova – Free Multi-Function Equalizer   Tokyo Dawn Labs has released a free parallel dynamic equalizer called the TDR Nova. Supposedly loosely based of the Nova-67P, (the bedroomproducersblog.com No. 1 freeware plugin pick,) the TDR packs as much of a punch with a cleaner interface. The Nova is capable of extremely precise refining and makes for powerful dynamic processing and is found with  preset manager, undo/redo, A/B, detailed documentation, copy & paste, which wasn’t found in previous TDR equalizers. The TDR is in the form of a user friendly drag and drop view which runs alongside knob controls which gives the user clean access to a wide range of parameters allowing for maximum processing control. The TDR Nova covers a range of capabilities from parametric equalization, dynamic equalization, frequency selective compression, to multi-band compression and wide band compression. A PDF manual is available for download for those who aren’t all that …

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Izotope Ozone 7- Essential Mastering Tools

Izotope Ozone 7- Essential Mastering Tools   Izotope is a Cambridge, Massachusetts, based software company that creates award winning mastering and production software programs. Their latest release, the Ozone 7, is offered as standard or advanced version. Most of the upgrades you see on the advanced version are vintage emulators: vintage tape, vintage EQ, vintage compressor, and a codec preview; the Ozone 7 essentially has a load of throwback effects. Ozone 7 Standard, (also included in the Advanced version,) is geared with a vintage limiter, alternate export formats, and an upgraded maximizer.     One of the most notable features is the codec reviewer and the upgraded maximizer. The codec preview allows you to listen to what your mastered tracks would sound like in different high-end ‘industry-standard,’ codecs. You can preview within your DAW, so you can avoid endless exports and re-exports. You can make adjustments as to where your master …

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