Category Archives for "Plugin"

New Music Gear Monday: Wavesfactory Spectre Enhancer Plugin

Wavesfactory Spectre on Bobby Owsinski's Production Blog

There are a ton of different EQ plugins to choose from and all have their unique character. That said, most mixers still find a need for a sound shaping tool that adds a bit more than the traditional boost and cut. Enter Wavesfactory’s Spectre multi-band enhancer plugin that incorporates a graphic-style equalizer with the introduction […]

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New Music Gear Monday: Sonnox VoxDoubler Toolbox Plugins

Sonnox VoxDoubler Toolbox on Bobby Owsinski's Production blog

It’s surprising how much vocalists love the sound of their voice doubled, but manually matching a previous vocal can sometimes be a time consuming process. Through the years all sorts of gear has been created to attempt to automatically double a vocal (going all the way back to Abbey Road’s Automatic Double Tracker – ADT […]

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New Music Gear Monday: Audified DW Drum Enhancer Plugin

DW Drum Enhancer from Bobby Owsinski's Production Blog

There are lots of channel strips on the market that work well for drums, but up until now there hasn’t been one that’s been specifically tuned by a drum manufacturer for drums. Audio software developer Audified has teamed with DW Drums to change that, and the result is the DW Drum Enhancer. The pluginĀ incorporates EQ, […]

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New Music Gear Monday: Waves Andrew Scheps Omni Channel Plugin

scheps omni channel

Andrew Scheps is not only noted for his excellent mixing abilities for acts as diverse as Adele to Metallica, but he’s also one thoughtful guy, so when he comes out with a plugin, you can bet it’s something special. For instance, there are a lot of Neve 1073-style plugins available, but his Scheps 73 is […]

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New Music Gear Monday: FabFilter Pro-L 2 Peak Limiter Plugin

FabFilter Pro-L 2 image

It often takes plugins to catch hold of the market, and many times they fail to capture the attention of pro users no matter how good they are. That’s not been the case with FabFilter, as the company’s products have been used on countless hits almost sinceĀ Frederik Slijkerman and Floris Klinkert, started the company in […]

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New Music Gear Monday: Sound Radix POWAIR Smart Compressor Plugin

Sound Radix POWAIR

Did you ever have an unusually dynamic vocal where your compressor works perfectly in one section of the song, then springs into over-compression on another? Of course you did. That’s something that everyone runs into on a regular basis. One way around this is to automate the parameters of the compressor, but that’s gets time-consuming. […]

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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: 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: 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: Waves Brauer Motion Autopanner Plugin

Waves Brauer Motion plugin

Autopanners are pretty cool in that they can add motion to an element of a mix to make it more interesting. Most autopanners are pretty much a variation on the same theme however, going left to right at either a predetermined speed or dynamically induced by the program material. The new Waves Brauer Motion plugin […]

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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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