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New Music Gear Monday: Mastering The Mix Expose Mix Quality Control App

Mastering The Mix Expose

As I’ve written before, there’s no need to do specific mixes for streaming services like Spotify, since most labels and aggregators like TuneCore will submit a 44.1kHz/16 bit file anyway. Plus, the streaming services do their own encoding and normalization, so there’s no benefit in doing it yourself. That said, it’s always good to know what […]

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New Music Gear Monday: Eventide Elevate Mastering Plugin

Eventide Elevate mastering plugin

Today’s mastering tools are better and better, but can also be much more complicated than the average engineer wants to deal with. That’s why some plugins are becoming smarter in how they operate thanks to incorporating artificial intelligence, and a perfect example is the Elevate mastering plugin developed by Newfangled Audio and distributed by Eventide. […]

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New Music Gear Monday: Unfiltered Audio SpecOps Spectral Effects Plugin

Unfiltered Audio SpecOps

While many software developers concentrate on reproducing the sound of old analog favorite outboard pieces, there are others that prefer to explore the digital boundaries of what hasn’t been heard or done yet. Such is the case with Unfiltered Audio and their new SpecOps plugin. It’s hard to place SpecOps into a category, but something […]

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New Music Gear Monday: Blackmagic Design DaVinci Resolve 14 Workstation

DaVinci Resolve 14 audio

There are so many digital audio workstation choices at all different price ranges and they’re all, at worst, pretty good. So why would anyone even consider a new one? For one thing, when it’s pedigree is Fairlight, and secondly, when it’s actually an all-in-one video editor as well. That’s what you get with the new […]

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New Music Gear Monday: PSP Nexcellence Necklace-Style Reverb Plugin

PSP Nexcellence

We’re all familiar with the sound of spring reverbs, but most of the plugins available are based on units with taught springs like the ones found in Fender reverb tanks or the old AKG BX-10 and 20. There was another type of spring reverb though, known as a necklace reverb, found mostly in Hammond organs […]

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New Music Gear Monday: Mastering The Mix Reference Plugin

Mastering The Mix Reference plugin

A critical and often overlooked step in mixing (especially when you’re first starting out) is listening to a great sounding reference track to compare your mixes to. That’s easier said then done though, with level matching and instant switching between your mix and the ref track usually taking long for an accurate comparison in a […]

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New Music Gear Monday: Fiedler Audio Stage Stereo Toolkit Plugin

Fiedler Audio Stage plugin

We’re at the evolutionary point in audio software where it’s not enough to be just another me-too plugin. If you’re going to launch a new product, it better have a new twist that goes beyond refinement of an old standard. That’s the case with the new Fiedler Audio Stage Stereo Toolkit, a new sound stage […]

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New Music Gear Monday: Eventide Ultratap Delay Plugin

Eventide UltraTap plugin

If delay is your thing when mixing, then you probably have a couple of multitap delays in your toolbox. It’s probably safe to say that none of them are as powerful as Eventide’s new Ultratap, which may very well be the ultimate example of the genre. What makes Ultratap so special? It goes beyond just […]

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New Music Gear Monday: Proximity Audio Patchrat Documentation System

Patchrat

If you work with more than a few pieces of analog audio gear on a regular basis, you know how tedious the documentation can get. Trying to get the same sound back has been the bane of engineers for decades, and a variety of methods have been developed over that time period. Most of these […]

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New Music Gear Monday: Relab Development LX480 Reverb Plugin

lx480

If you were involved in any part of the analog recording age you know that Lexicon was the king of reverbs and that one type or another of the company’s hardware products would be found in any studio. The top of the line product for the company was the 480L and it was the standard […]

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New Music Gear Monday: Softube Tape Plugin

Softube Tape plugin

One of the byproducts of recording on tape is the fact that it added some glue to the mix that engineers have found lacking in the digital world. As a result, tape saturation plugins have become standard in many mixer’s plugin lists, and they’re getting more and more sophisticated every day. The latest tape emulator […]

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What’s The Top DAW? It’s Not An Easy Answer

FL Studio DAW

We live in a golden age of audio software. Just about any digital audio workstation that you buy is easy to use and has more power than almost any analog studio, and the plugins available are nothing short of spectacular. The only problem is that there are so many DAW packages available that it’s difficult […]

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Avid Is Moving To The Cloud With Microsoft, But Is That A Good Thing?

Avid Cloud

If you’re a Pro Tools user you hold your breath with every announcement from Avid. The thought that comes most often is, “How much will it cost me this time?” The next question usually is, “Is this for the stockholders or for the users?” The latter question comes to mind first with Avid’s recent announcement about […]

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New Music Gear Monday: Drawmer S73 Intelligent Master Processor Plugin

Drawmer S73 IMP

Multiband compressors are some of the most useful tools you’ll find on a mix buss or for mastering, but many engineers don’t have the patience to set them up correctly. That’s where the new Drawmer S73 Intelligent Master Processor plugin comes in. It takes much of the setup out of the engineer’s hands thanks to a number of […]

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