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Tutorial: Mastering Specifically for Soundcloud

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Tutorial: Mastering Specifically for Soundcloud

This short video tutorial will show and explain the hows and whys to master your music specifically for Soundcloud. Get Ozone 7 Advanced – PIB/Ozone7Advanced Any mastering engineer, worthy of the title, will tell you that music needs to be mastered differently for different media. Whether that be CD, Vinyl, Cassette, VHS, Blueray, iTunes and so on. Well, Soundcloud is no different. Soundcloud has stated on their blog that everything uploaded to their servers gets converted to .MP3 and streamed at 128 kbps. “Please be aware that we transcode all tracks to 128kbps mp3 for streaming playback. When you make your track downloadable, however, this allows your listeners to download your track in the same format you uploaded it in, without any additional transcoding.” – Soundcloud We can master our tracks accordingly with that bit of information. Watch the Video Tutorial *full written tutorial below First of all, if you are going to upload a track to Soundcloud, free download or not, upload uncompressed 24 bit .WAV!! Why wouldn’t you??!! If you are going to allow free downloads I suggest using a third-party downloader, that way you can allow people to download the real master as opposed to the one we are uploading to Soundcloud for streaming. Now, let’s talk about the process encoding .wav to .mp3. iZotope’s Ozone 7 Advanced has a nifty little feature called Codec Preview. “The codec preview option in Ozone 7 advanced lets you monitor the final results and the artifacts of lossy encoding, so that you can make smart processing decisions and create better sounding masters right inside of Ozone.” – iZotope This is extremely helpful for knowing how your track will be presented on Soundcloud before you even upload it. For example, if you leave a small amount of headroom on your master, like -0.3 dBFS, which I see a lot of “mastering tutorials” suggest, you will notice your output level begin to clip more and more as you reduce the sample rate from 320 to 128 kbps in the Codec Preview module. If you look at the picture below you will see a mastered track with -0.3 dB headroom being encoded to 128 kbps .mp3. If you look at the output meter you will see that not only is it clipping, but it is actually clipping quite a lot. +1.6 dB on the right channel. This clipping occurs when rounding errors are introduced to the data when then encoder is trying to reduce the file size. Clipping is bad!!! Clipping from .mp3 encoding to 128 kbpsSo, one of the best ways to avoid the clipping is to leave more headroom on the master you want to upload to Soundcloud. Ozone 7 Advanced is a bit pricey for hobbyist producers, so to be safe just leave between -1 and -1.5 dBFS of headroom, if you don’t have it. If you really want to get the best sound you will need to try a bit of trial and error. If you do have Ozone 7 Advanced, just use the Codec Preview and adjust the headroom on the maximizer until you aren’t clipping at 128 kbps .mp3. Another useful feature of Ozone Advanced is the Solo Codec Artifacts. This will only play the affected areas so you can make better decisions on what to alter...

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Video Tutorial – 10 Tips for Better Mixing w/ iZotope [Part 1 of 5]

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Video Tutorial – 10 Tips for Better Mixing w/ iZotope [Part 1 of 5]

Start the year off with some new skills using our free 5-part mixing tutorial series, Mix Resolutions: 10 Tips for Creating Better Mixes in 2017. You’ll learn about topics like: Week 1: Developing good mix habits Week 2: Balancing like a music lover, not like an engineer Week 3: Tackling gain staging and using reference recordings Week 4: Frequency distribution and preserving the musical balance Week 5: Defending the craft and knowing when your mix is done Hosted by Jonathan Wyner and Enrique Gonzalez Müller, this is one resolution where you don’t even have to leave the couch. The Mix Engineer Enrique Gonzalez Müller is a producer, engineer, and musician who has worked with hundreds of artists across a variety of genres, including The Kronos Quartet, Nine Inch Nails, Los Amigos Invisibles, Jason Newsted, L’Aura and more. His work as a producer and engineer has been awarded a Latin GRAMMY award (2009, Best Alternative Music Album) and multiple GRAMMY nominations. He is a professor of Music Production and Engineering at Berklee College of Music. The Host Jonathan Wyner is an audio technologist, Education Director for iZotope, professor at Berklee College of Music, and Chief Mastering Engineer at M Works Mastering. A musician and performer, he’s mastered and produced more than 5000 recordings during the last 30+ years. Among his credits you’ll find James Taylor, David Bowie, Aerosmith, Kiri Te Kanawa, Aimee Mann, London Symphony, Miles Davis, Semisonic, Thelonius Monk, Pink Floyd, Cream, Bruce Springsteen, and Nirvana. He has several accolades to his credit, including a GRAMMY Nomination in 2005 for production of the PBS special, Invention and Alchemy (Deborah Henson-Conant, 2005), the mastering of the first recording of a full length opera (Madame Butterfly 1912, BBC), and the first interactive CD game (Play it By Ear, Rykodisc). In 2012, he authored Audio Mastering: Essential Practices published by Hal Leonard/Berklee Press. Jonathan lectures on music and audio topics around the world. Watch Part...

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My Favorite VSTi & VST of 2016!

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My Favorite VSTi & VST of 2016!

Below you will find my two favorite pieces of gear I picked up in 2016. One is an instrument & the other an effect. Drum roll please….. My Favorite Instrument of 2016 The instrument is, hands-down, Exhale by Output. After just a couple sessions with this kontakt instrument I had 6 tracks started that seem like they will lead to finished songs. That is incredible. The ability to generate incredible sounding and unique sounds and loops using modulated and mangled vocals so easily makes me very impressed. Though, I did also pick up Serum, and I do love me some Serum… 🙂 Get Exhale by Output – PIB/Exhale For years, vocal instruments have provided a way to portray the sound of a real live singer or choir in a track. In speaking with music makers, Output found the number one frustration with vocal instruments was that nothing was modern, or in line with today’s current records, film scores and sound design. That is the world of EXHALE. Key Ingredients in the Development of EXHALE: Top producers recording real singers (no session musicians) and a choir. 25 Sound Designers tweaking for 6 months for the perfect sounds. Sounds crafted with endless analog and vintage gear, tape machines, vocoders and more. Engine built from the ground up with industry leading modulation, tempo synced FX, pitch shifting and more. An immense focus on musicality. The powerful engine features three distinct modes: Notes for chromatic playing, Loops for looping vocal elements, and Slices for sliced vocal phrases. Quickly find and customize your sound on the Main page using 4 Macro sliders, or dive deep into modulation, mixing and effects on the Engines page. With over 500 presets, many of which include full banks of loops and slices, there’s literally a world of starting points to help you be creative. My Favorite Audio Effect of 2016 This was a bit harder of a decision. I got a ton of Audio Effects this year and most of them are awesome at what they aim to do for one reason or another. That makes it hard. How do you decide between a reverb and a compressor when they are trying to do different things? Well, what I did was took stock of what I was using the most. What has found its way into my normal workflow. The answer? The Tube-Tech Classic Channel Strip by Softube. Specifically the CL-1B Compressor, but when you have a stack with the EQs with it things just end up sounding better. When I need compression I always start with the Tube-Tech. To be honest, I got the gift of being able to use all of Softube’s plugs for a job I did… and I really love them all. Seriously, the output from their devices is outstanding, to say the least! Get the Tube-Tech Classic Channel Strip – PIB/ClassicStrip The Classic Channel is not your everyday channel strip, with a surgical equalizer and fast bus compressor. The Classic Channel is a vintage style and warm sounding channel strip put together from the most famous and classic Tube-Tech gear: The “Pultec” equalizer PE 1C, the mid-range equalizer ME 1B and the tube driven opto compressor CL 1B. With the two Pultec-style equalizers you can shape the sound of a track, a bus or a...

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[Free] SoundSpot’s new MSW1 Stereo Width Plugin

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[Free] SoundSpot’s new MSW1 Stereo Width Plugin

Download SoundSpot’s new MSW1 Stereo Width Plugin for FREE until 31.1216 Ultra Smooth Stereo Imaging for Mixing & Mastering Get the MSW1 – PIB/MSW1 A well balanced stereo image is essential in any mix. It can be a challenge however, to assign the proper amount of space to all individual elements in your mix without stressing your CPU, or to smoothly automate the entire stereo image during mastering. We designed MSW1 to be an ultra light tool for quickly narrowing or widening any stereo track, with just one control. It is extremely well suited for automation purposes, because the main control, as well as the bypass function, is smoothed out to prevent any clicks or pops when changing settings fast. The MSW1 is a quick and easy tool for smooth efficient stereo imaging.   Watch the Preview Video Features Narrow or widen any stereo track Simple ‘one knob’ workflow Smooth bypass function for easy automation without clicks Extremely light on CPU and RAM System Requirements MAC: OSX 10.7 and later (32bit & 64bit) PC: Windows 7 and later (32bit & 64bit) Formats: VST AU VST3...

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Best Ableton Live Skin 2016 v.2!!

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Best Ableton Live Skin 2016 v.2!!

This is an updated version of PureAV’s Ableton Live Skin by LLDLich. PureAV made an incredible skin for Ableton Live which I had written about early this year. I liked it so much, in fact, that I tracked him down and did an interview with him for Ask.Audio Magazine. Well, a few days ago LLDLich reached out to me to show me the tweaks he made to PureAV’s skin. I have to say, I like what he’s done. There are two versions. One is lighter and one is darker, but neither is as dark as PureAV’s original. Download these skins : DeviantArt/LLDLich Here is the change log according to LLDLich Overall brighter Reduced contrast Improved visibility of buttons Purple solo button to separate it from the track mute buttons. Some text color inversed for better visibility (white -> black) Yellow-green instrument parameter changed to a more pleasant green (subjective) Track latency button now emerald green (it sticked out too much before) “Categories” and “Places” are now highlighted Recommended Settings in Live Brightness            100% Color Intensity      20% Color Hue             219′...

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Sonivox OC Strings for $1!! Don’t miss this!!

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Sonivox OC Strings for $1!! Don’t miss this!!

There is no reason not to buy this beast! The strings sound great… and for $1…. No Questions!! Go Buy Now for $1 – PIB/OCStrings Check out all the Deals – PIB/Deals I just did a tutorial on this. Watch it to check out the sounds of this instrument. Features State-of-the-art captures of world-class string ensembles 24-bit, dual velocity patches provide expressive textures Over 9 GB of content including diverse articulations & bow techniques 90+ patches covering string ensembles and sectionals Section Strings using Violins, Violas, Cellos, and Contrabasses Keyboard mod wheel swells volume for intense dynamics Internal FX, LFOs and envelopes for unlimited creative freedom 32 & 64-bit; VST, AU, RTAS, and AAX Watch the Video Tutorial for OC...

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Heavyocity’s Free Production Loops | Gravity & Master Sessions

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Heavyocity’s Free Production Loops | Gravity & Master Sessions

This is not to be missed. Over 1 GB of Loops and Sounds from Gravity & Master Session by Heavyocity! Go Download -> Free Production Loops 1.11 GB uncompressed Presented in WAV, REX and Apple Loops Formats 30 melodic loops from GRAVITY 120 percussion loops from Master...

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Ableton Tutorial: XY Controller for Multiple Parameters (up to 16)

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Ableton Tutorial: XY Controller for Multiple Parameters (up to 16)

In this tutorial I am going to show you how to get up to 16 parameters routed to an XY Pad. That’s 8 for the X and 8 for the Y! I am on a roll with these X Y Controllers and Pads this week. So, to finish things off I figured I would show you how to get up to 16 parameters mapped to one XY Pad. There will be up to 8 for each of the axes. If you haven’t seen the other two tutorials for the XY Pad check them out first. Assignable XY Controller for Third-Party Plugs XY Pad for Native Live Devices; Instruments & Effects Also, the XY Pad Max for Live Device is in the Max for Live Essentials which you can grab for free on Ableton.com. Max for Live Essentials Watch the Video Tutorial *full written tutorial below Written Tutorial First you need to drop the XY Pad Max for Live device onto the channel containing what every you want to manipulate with it. That can be instruments, effects, third-party stuff, native stuff. Anything, really. If you can adjust its parameter in Live it can be mapped to the XY Pad. Then add two instances of the MultiMap Max for Live device. Now, you want to “Map” parameters to the MultiMap devices first. One device will be controlled by the X axis and the other instantiation with control the Y axis. It might be a good idea to keep the Dry/Wet parameters routed to one and the rest routed to the other, but that’s for you to decide! As you can see, you can have up to 8 different parameters per instance of the MultiMap. Now, you can click the “Map” button for the X on the XY Pad and map the “Input” knob of one of the MultiMaps. then do the same for the other MultiMap and the Y of the XY Pad. BOOM! 🙂 Remember, you can edit the minimum and maximum for each of the parameters independently, as well as the slope, right inside the MultiMap, then you can adjust the same for the “Input” parameter inside the XY...

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Ableton Tutorial: X Y Controller for Any Live Devices

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Ableton Tutorial: X Y Controller for Any Live Devices

This is how to get that sweet sweet X Y Controller action for any native Live devices; instruments or effects! Yesterday I put out a video on the Assignable X Y Controller that is available for every third-party plugin that you can use inside Ableton Live. Almost immediately I was asked if there was a way to get that functionality with the stock Live devices and instruments. And, drum roll please, there is! You just need Max for Live. Other XY Pad Tutorials XY Pad for Third-Party Plugs XY Pad with MultiMap Parameters (up to 16) Also, the XY Pad Max for Live Device is in the Max for Live Essentials which you can grab for free on Ableton.com. Max for Live Essentials Watch the Video Tutorial *written tutorial below Written Tutorial All you need to do is find the XY Pad Max for Live audio effect and drop it on the same channel with the FX or Instrument you want to controller. Then click the Map button and click whichever parameter you want for the X axis. Then do the same for the Y axis. Here I have mapped the Feedback and the Dry/Wet. The really cool thing about the XY Pad, as opposed to the third-party plug XY Controller, is that you have more options. You can adjust the minimum and maximum values. You can even change the curve of the slope, including the option to invert it!...

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Photoshop Tutorial: How I Make My Thumbnails Sexy AF

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Photoshop Tutorial: How I Make My Thumbnails Sexy AF

This is a quick Photoshop tutorial about how I make my youtube and blog post thumbnails. This was made to show a friend that was asking, but I made the video public… cuz, why not?? This is newby material, so if you consider yourself above a beginner by any stretch of the imagination, you don’t need to waste your time here! Watch the Video...

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5,900 Synth Drums for £1.00!!

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5,900 Synth Drums for £1.00!!

This is an incredible offer!! Over 5,900 Drum Samples professionally crafted from 10 Classic Hardware Synths! GO GET THE SYNTH DRUMS -> WaveAlchemy/SynthDrums 98.18% off!  (No Brainer Sale – ends 14 Dec 2016) Ten Vintage synthesizers expertly programmed to create a ground-breaking Drum Library, our most comprehensive and intricately designed to date. Incorporating all-time classic analogue machines with modern High-End processing hardware and production techniques… Introducing Synth Drums – over 5900 cutting edge, totally unique drum samples and percussive hits, each carefully crafted by hand, on a sound-by-sound basis. Hardware Synths used: Roland Jupiter 8 Roland System-100 (101, 102, 104) Sequential Circuits Prophet 5 Rev 2 Sequential Circuits Pro One Korg MS-20 ARP Odyssey MK1 Moog Minimoog Model D Oberheim OB8 Roland Juno 106 Roland SH-09 We’ve designed this library to be as flexible as possible: as well as the extensive processed section, the unprocessed source samples are also included as they were originally recorded – straight-from-the-synth. A third section includes selected samples bounced through special processes to add character, tone, warmth and punch, using Vinyl and Reel-to-Reel ¼ inch Tape with multiple saturation levels. We feel that this attention to detail will translate into a unique, creative and useful addition to any electronic music producer’s toolkit. What’s included in the sample pack? 5930 24-bit, 100% royalty-free drum hits arranged into 5 main sections: Processed Drum Section 2714 processed drum and percussive hits – enhanced individually on a sound-by-sound basis using our extensive collection of high-end hardware processors and sound shaping tools 444 kick drums arranged by type across 9 sub-folders: almost real, classic, deep, fat & punchy, knocks, clicks & pulses, thumping, ultra heavy and unusual 336 snare drums arranged by type across 6 sub-folders: ‘classic’, ‘low & mid-frequency’, ‘noise’, ‘smacks’, ‘synth’ and ‘tight’ 450 cymbals arranged by type across 5 sub-folders: ‘closed hat’, ‘open hat’, ‘crash & splash’, ‘ride’ and ‘effect cymbals’ 408 percussion sounds arranged by type across 7 sub-folders: ‘blocks & cowbells’, ‘dissonant hits’, ‘plucks’, ‘pop snaps & rim shots’, ‘shakers’, ‘soft & dark hits’ and ‘tubes’ 271 imaginary (synthetic) percussive sounds/drums arranged by type into 3 sub-folders: ‘hand’, ‘mallet’ and ‘stick’ 246 toms arranged by type across 5 sub-folders: ‘fat & punchy’, ‘huge’, ‘pulse & laser’, ‘short’ and ‘unusual’ 129 claps 93 conga & bongo sounds 83 exotic percussion hits and sound effects 73 percussive strikes 71 swells and sweeps 65 bass hits arranged by type into 3 sub folders: ‘bass bombs’, ‘percussive’ and ‘sub bass’ 45 synth stabs Unprocessed Drum Section 1818 24-bit unprocessed drum and percussive hits Identical in folder structure to the processed drum section, the unprocessed section includes all of the raw unprocessed source samples as they were recorded, straight from the synth! Special Processed Drum Section 1398 24-bit ‘special processed’ drum and percussive hits Identical in folder structure to the processed drum section, the special processed folder includes a selection of samples bounced through Vinyl and ¼ inch Analogue Tape for added character, tone, warmth and punch! 723 Tape processed drum samples with multiple saturation levels, recorded via a classic Studer A80 MK1 tape machine 675 Vinyl processed drum samples recorded via a classic Neumann VMS 70 vinyl mastering lathe Drum Kits The drum kits folder contains a number of ready-to-play drum kits, conveniently mapped to the following software sampler...

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Plugin Deals!

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Plugin Deals!

Current Deals for Plugins (VST & VSTi) Sort by the following: FEATURED DEAL END DATE DISCOUNT AMOUNT POPULARITY DEAL – 70% OFF 21 Nov – January 31, 2017 Trash 2 + Expansions + FREE DDLY Sale Distort in ways you never dreamed with the Trash module’s 60+ distortion algorithms, perfect for transforming your sound into something never before heard. For a limited time save 70% off and get two expansions and DDLY for FREE! DEAL – 64% OFF 28 Nov – January 31, 2017 iZotope Vocal Bundle Sale For a limited time, get two of iZotope’s most powerful (and fun) vocal tools for one low price. Included is Nectar 2 Production Suite with 11 powerful vocal production effects and VocalSynth to push your vocals beyond the limits. DEAL – 41% OFF 21 Nov – January 31, 2017 iZotope Mix & Master Bundle Sale Save 40% off this time limited bundle featuring iZotope’s two flagship mixing and mastering tools, Neutron & Ozone 7. Achieve unprecedented focus and clarity in your productions with the Mix & Master Bundle. DEAL – 25% OFF 12 Jan – January 26, 2017 BigKick Expansion: Drum & Bass Kicks V3 Introductory Sale Introducing the new Drum & Bass BigKick expansion courtesy of Berlin’s finiest tech Drum & Bass duo: MachineCode. Save 25% off in this introductory sale. DEAL – 20% OFF 5 Dec – January 31, 2017 Vengeance Sound Holiday Sale Save 20% off Vengeance Sound’s innovative and creative plugin collection at Plugin Boutique during our holiday sale. DEAL – UP TO 44% OFF 1 Dec – January 31, 2017 Toontrack Superior Drummer + Crossgrade Christmas Sale With Christmas around the corner, we’ve joined forces with ToonTrack and are offering 40% off their flagship drum sampler – Superior Drummer 2.0 + Crosgrtade from EZdrummer. DEAL – 20% OFF 3 Jan – January 19, 2017 Wave Alchemy Revolution Introductory Sale 14 Iconic Drum Machines, One Powerful Plugin! Save 20% off Revolutionduring this introductory sal. DEAL – 50% OFF 4 Oct – January 31, 2017 Air Music Technology The Riser + Free Flux Transitions Expansion Sale Design your perfect builds and transitions and save 50% off the Air Music The Riser + receive a free Flux Transitions Expansion Pack exclusively at Plugin Boutique. DEAL – 99% OFF 16 Dec – January 31, 2017 SONiVOX Orchestral Companion Strings Mega Sale (Exclusive) Nothing sets the mood like well-done string ensemble, they’re lush they’re dramatic they’re emotionally evocative. Save 99% off exclusively at Plugin Boutique! DEAL – 61% OFF 16 Dec – January 31, 2017 SONiVOX Premier Collection Upgrade Sale (Exclusive) This collection has it all—every Orchestral instrument you can imagine, vibrant, lifelike piano, the full spectrum of dynamic percussion sounds, perfectly organized, easy to use and ready to go. Upgrade here exclusively at Plugin Boutique from ANY SONiVOX product. DEAL – 89% OFF 8 Dec – January 31, 2017 SONiVOX Universal Drums Sale When it comes to drums, one size does not fit all. Big Bang Universal Drums 2 provides plenty of opportunities to customize every pad or drum sound to match the project—or your taste. Save 89% off exclusively at Plugin Boutique! DEAL – 99% OFF 16 Dec – January 31, 2017 Air Music Xpand!2 Mega Sale! Back by popular demand, the ultimate Air Music Xpand!2 sale. Save 99%...

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Ableton Live Performance Tip: Dummy Clips for Quantized FX

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Ableton Live Performance Tip: Dummy Clips for Quantized FX

Dummy clips, despite their name, can be intelligently used in Ableton Live. Let me show you how to use them to add variation to drum & synth loops by syncing them to tempo and quantize parameters. In this tutorial, I will show you how to set up a set of dummy clips that, when triggered, will affect whatever audio is being routed to it and will shut off on beat when you want it to—synced to your project’s tempo and global quantize parameters. This technique is great for adding a bit of variation to drum or synth loops, while requiring very little in terms of attention and care. Perfect for live performance situations. The Full Tutorial — Ask.Audio/DummyClips *this is an excerpt of my article on Ask.Audio. Copied here with permission. Watch them in Action...

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Ableton Tutorial: Multiband Mid/Side Compressor Mastering Rack

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Ableton Tutorial: Multiband Mid/Side Compressor Mastering Rack

A free Ableton Live rack that features a multiband mid/side compressor ideal for mastering. Here’s how to use it, build it… and you can download it for free! In this tutorial I will show you how to set up your own multiband mid/side compressor mastering racks. The one we will make will have full control over 3 frequency bands for the middle audio and 3 frequency bands for the side audio—though you can easily add more or less bands. This setup will deliver an incredible amount of control over your final sound! I have also provided two racks for you to download. One uses the regular Compressor and the other uses the Glue Compressor. I did this for two reasons. First, so that Live Intro users can have access to at least one great sounding rack. The second reason is that the compressors work and sound differently and it is a good thing to have both setups available! Go Download / Get the Full Tutorial — Ask.Audio/MasteringRack *this is an excerpt from my article on Ask.Audio. Copied here with permission Watch the Mid/Side Mastering rack in action:...

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This is it! Now’s the time!!! GO GO GO

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28 Professionally Sculpted EQ Presets for Neutron [Free]

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28 Professionally Sculpted EQ Presets for Neutron [Free]

These are 28 EQ presets for iZotope’s Neutron modeled after Ableton Live’s EQ 8 preset banks. Get Neutron – PIB/Neutron Learn – Neutron Tutorials These are great starting points. I go to Live’s EQ presets all the time, but since Neutron came out I have been using its EQ much more. It just seemed logical to have all the EQ 8 presets saved in Neutron itself. After I made them, I figured I would share them with the people that Neutron and dig Live’s EQ 8 presets too! I did something like this for Ozone 6’s EQ and for Ableton Live’s EQ 8 Download | 45 Ozone 6 EQ Presets Download | 13 EQ 8 Presets Here are the EQ Presets in the Pack Drum EQs Cymbal 1 Cymbal 2 Floor Tom 1 Floor Tom 2 Hat 1 Hat 2 Kick 1 Kick 2 Kick 3 Kick 4 Rack Tom 1 Rack Tom 2 Snare 1 Snare 2 Snare 3 Instrument EQs Acoustic Guitar 1 Acoustic Guitar 2 Bright Acoustic Guitar Clear Acoustic Guitar Electric Bass – Modern Electric Bass – Vintage Electric Guitar 1 Electric Guitar 2 Funky Electric Guitar Piano 1 Piano 2 Strings 1 Strings 2 Download the Pack Here Download Subscribe!! Want More Content Like This in Your Email Inbox? How to Install Neutron EQ Presets Follow the pathway below and drop the folder inside. C:\Users\YOURNAME\Documents\iZotope\Neutron\Dynamic EQ Presets Watch the Installation Video...

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Review: Pro Ableton Live Mastering Racks v.3 by Singomakers

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Review: Pro Ableton Live Mastering Racks v.3 by Singomakers

Singomakers have just released a new version of their awesome Ableton Live mastering rack packs! This one is awesome! Get the Ableton Live Master Racks – LM/LiveMasteringRacks I just got the new set of Ableton Live mastering racks by Singomakers. I had done reviews for v.1 & v.2 so I was excited going in to these new ones! After all, I was impressed with those early racks. In this review video I take a look at each of the mastering chains and how they effect the pre-masters provided in the download. I didn’t make any changes to the devices’s parameters before making the video. Genres Chill Trap Melbourne Bounce / EDM Drum & Bass Hip Hop Techno G-House Future Bass Future House / Diablo House Review : Mastering Racks Volume 1 Review : Mastering Racks Volume 2 Watch the Review Video *full release notes below Release Notes Singomakers are back with a brand new collection of 56 Professional mastering projects for Ableton Live and also Singomakers have provided 63 Mastering presets of every plugin, which allows you to use this great Mastering Series release in any DAW from Logic, Cubase and Pro Tools to Studio One, Bitwig and FL Studio! In detail expect to find 56 professionally designed Mastering Projects for Ableton Live 8.2.1+ with genres like Future Bass & Trap, Diablo & Future House, Hip Hop, Drum & Bass, G-House & Bassline, Techno, Chill Trap, EDM & Melbourne Bounce! The Mixing of a track is very important, but just as important is the final Mastering of a mixdown. These mastering projects will add instant pressure, bounce, stereo width, clearance, fatness and brightness to your tracks! For each genre you will find templates created with: 1. Built-in Plugins only 2. 2 – Fabfilter Plugins (provided versions for VST and AU) 3. 3 – Izotope 7+(provided versions for VST and AU) 4. 5 –T-Racks (provided versions for VST and AU)  making 56 mastering templates in total! Also all genres have their own technical requirements and examples of these settings are included in the templates. Each Template contains an Ableton Live project file, containing an example demo song routed through a dedicated Master Channel Strip containing all the necessary EQ, Compression, Saturation, Maximization and FX settings that can be used on your own productions as a final Master Tool. Mastering Projects for each Genre are also available to purchase separately. Check this great demo and download your copy of 56 Ableton Pro Mastering Projects! Please Note: Tracks presented in this pack are included for demonstration only, sharing or any commercial use of the tracks is not allowed. To use these Templates you will need Ableton Live 8.2.1+. In several templates you may need iZotope Ozone 7+, Fabfilter and T-Racks 4.10+. Detailed Plugins used: 1. Ableton 8.2.1 2. izotope Ozone 7+ 3. T-Racks 4.10+ 4. Fabfilter pro-q 2 pro-l Pro-C2 pro-ds pro-mb Saturn Requires: Ableton Live 8.2.1+ 56 Mastering Projects Total for: Future Bass & Trap Diablo & Future House Hip Hop Drum & Bass G-House & Bassline Techno Chill Trap EDM & Melbourne Bounce Made with Built-in Plugins only Fabfilter Plugins (provided versions for VST and AU) Izotope 7+(provided versions for VST and AU) T-Racks (provided versions for VST and AU) 56 mastering templates in...

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Review: Slam Pro Channel Strip by BeatSkillz

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Review: Slam Pro Channel Strip by BeatSkillz

Slam Pro is a Mix Phattener Processor with control over the Bass Section, Presence and Air, Compression, Saturation, Stereo Width and Loudness of your track. I put it to the test!! All musicans and producers have different taste and different genres of tracks that they create, hence we created the ultimate channel strip with 3 knobs for controlling the Sub Bass, Thump & Low Boom of the channel or mix, there are 3 Flavours of Heat ( Saturation ) , 3 types of AIRZ or High Frequency & presence control.., 4 types of POP Compression suitable to the entire mix and drums/instruments/ synths & sampler sounds. Crush Limiter and Loudness maximizer. Watch the Show & Reveal Video *full release notes below Release Notes Controls Bass Section Sub: Dial in some really low frequencies! careful with this control. This is great when youre mixing your sound live on a huge PA system in a club or other venue.. add that room rumbling low end. Dialing into the -ve side actually removes the mud from your tracks, bringing more clarity and definition in your mix. Thump: Your mix or kick lack lacking some chest hitting thump ? Dial this in to get a “tight” bass response on your mix or individual track. Dialing into the -ve side reduces the thump or definition… so on a kick or mix where its already too much, you can tame it down a little with this control. Boom: Like those 808 sub sounds, but also want them to be heard on smaller speakers as well as large systems? This is your control  to dial “in” or dial “out” those boomy frequencies from your mix… so what sounds good.., use your ear. Heat Section 1, 2 or 3 Type Saturation:  This control provides the 3 flavours of awesome sounding distortion/ saturation to add to any individual track or the entire mix. Add edge to your drums or mix, or add subtle or harsh distortion to your synths, piano, vocals and anything you are passing through this. The Heat Dial lets you get as much or as little of this effect into your track or mix. Airz Section 1, 2 or 3 Type Mid/High End Presence: A 3 frequency selector lets you choose 5k, 10k or 15 k High shelf boost with a special enhancer process to bring more “Air” or “Clarity /Sharpness” to your mix.. Just Dial this in to make your tracks or mix “clear” and “present”. Pop: A super Compressor with 4 settings to “POP” your Mix quickly. Different mixes and tracks have different dynamics, and hence the 4 settings to check which one is most suitable to your material. Dial in more or less of the effect as the moving the dial changes the threshold of the compressor. Crush: This is the last stage in this processor and is a “level maximizer” that can get your tracks to sound louder , yet pleasant. Stereo Expander: Add width and depth your tracks or entire mix very easily, yet get control over 2 bands of the mix. This gives you control over the bass, mids and highs stereo width separately, so you can completely tailor the width of your mix to be more mono or stereo in 2 different bands. The two zones are selectable via a crossfader that allows you...

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Review: Drawmer S73 Mastering Compressor by Softube

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Review: Drawmer S73 Mastering Compressor by Softube

I got the chance to test drive Softube’s epic Multiband Mastering Compressor – The Drawmer S73 – and it did not disappoint! Get the Drawmer S73 — PIB/Drawmer For the mastering engineer, a multi-band compressor is a powerful tool. But as Spiderman’s uncle Ben famously says: with great power comes great responsibility. A multi-band compressor that is not used diligently may create more problems than it solves. This is why Softube created Drawmer S73 Intelligent Master Processor (IMP). Multiband Compression For Your Mix Drawmer S73 features an enhanced multi-band compressor sound design, fine-tuned to improve your mix with a minimum of tweaking. The S73 does most of the job for you by making the choices a mastering engineer would make. Simply use the Style parameter to switch between ready made mastering processing techniques to quickly find the sound that suits your mix the best. Watch the Video Show & Reveal *full release notes below Release Notes Clarity and Definition Under the hood, the S73 is based on technology created by Drawmer for the 1973 Three Band FET Stereo Compressor. This is an award winning multi-band analog compressor design famous for its precision and flexibility. Softube has carefully modeled all the characteristics of the original analog hardware, and have taken the concept a step further by adding mastering sound design to create the Drawmer S73 IMP. The unit offers the perfect way to balance and shape your mix, and get great analog sound in no time. Features: Built-in mastering processing techniques. Lifts your mixes to the next level. Great Drawmer compressor analog sound. Parallel compression. No USB iLok key...

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[Fixed] Adobe Media Encoder CC 2017 “Media Offline” Error

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[Fixed] Adobe Media Encoder CC 2017 “Media Offline” Error

This is how to fix the Adobe Media Encoder CC 2017 “Media Offline” Error when Queuing from Premiere Pro CC 2017. Though, this probably works with the earlier versions too. I just updated to CC 2017 and everything looked really great. Loving the quicker start times. 🙂 However, when I finished up my first project in Premiere Pro and queued my sequences for rendering in Adobe Media Encoder things took a turn for the worse. The logo watermark on the video could be seen in the preview window when the rendering started, but the main video clip was marked as “media offline”… and it had that ugly red card with the messages written in many languages. I searched the forums and many people suggested emptying the cache for everything. Then restarting the computer. I tried it, the problem persisted. Turns out there was a much simpler solution. The Solution to fix the Error Simply close out of everything. Make a new folder and call it whatever you want (something similar to the original project folder), then move the Premiere Pro project file and any assets from the old folder to the new folder. Double-click the project file to launch Premiere Pro. When the program loads it should say “Locating Media”. It should find it automatically if it is in the same solder as the project file. If not, just point to where it is using the prompt. That’s it. Try to render again via Media Encoder and you should be good to go. That’s all I had to do to fix the issue....

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Neutron Tutorial: Dynamic EQ SideChain via External Source

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Neutron Tutorial: Dynamic EQ SideChain via External Source

In this video tutorial I will show you how to route an external source in Ableton Live to trigger Neutron’s Dynamic EQ SideChain function. Get Neutron — PIB/Neutron Get the Samples — LeonSwitch/DarkDubstep First, you will need to have Neutron. I will be using the masking feature to help me figure out where to add the dynamic eq node. In the video I will be using an instance of the “mothership” and an instance of the EQ module. The EQ module is only available in the Neutron Advanced package, so if you only have the basic set up, just use the mothership instead. Watch the Video Tutorial *full written tutorial below the video Written Tutorial For simplicity I only have 3 tracks. Track 1 – Drum Loop Track 2 – Drum Loop (identical to track 1) Track 3 – Bass Loop Add the Neutron mothership to track 3 and the Neutron EQ module to track 2. Then, expand the I/O panel in Live. In the Output section of track one choose Track 3 and then from the second drop down menu make sure Neutron is selected. Now, when you play all 3 tracks you should only hear audio from track 2 and 3. Next, jump into the Neutron mothership on the bass track. You can run the track assistant now, if you want, but it isn’t necessary for this tutorial. Activate the masking function and choose the Drum EQ module from the drop down menu. Then play the track. You will notice some pink columns pop up along the top of the EQ. Those are places where there are frequency conflicts or “masking”. Adjust the gain and the Q for the node until you hear the desired effect when the kick drum is hitting. Don’t worry about the rest of the time, because when we add the dynamic EQ that part will be left unaffected. Activate a new EQ node and move it to the area in the low/sub end with the highest masking peak.  Then activate the Dynamic EQ option for the node. Also, activate the Sidechain feature. From the drop down box choose the Ext. All option or another type if you prefer. Now you can adjust threshold of the Dynamic EQ’s compressor until it sounds best! That’s it.  ...

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Quadravox Tutorial: Creating Vocal Harmonies

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Quadravox Tutorial: Creating Vocal Harmonies

In this video tutorial I show you how easy it is to add great sounding vocal harmonies to a vocal track using Eventide’s Quadravox! Get Quadravox -> PIB/Quadravox Watch the Video Tutorial *full release notes below Intuitive Compositions Quadravox is a unique composition tool designed to inspire songwriting, stack harmonies, widen instruments and offers creative innovative rhythmic sequences. With Quadravox, you can take any incoming tones, including drums, and generate up to four voices based on the chosen key and timing interval. It’s optimized for multiple instances so your tracks can interact with each other by way of beautiful harmonies and groovy sequences. Quadravox controls are intuitive, allowing you to quickly adjust parameters or type in values. Each of the four voices can be independently manipulated by level, panning, delay time with feedback, and pitch, including the type of musical interval. The effect can even be sync’d to your DAW tempo for killer, melodic, rhythmic delays. Features Whether you are an electronic musician, singer/songwriter or guitarist, Quadravox has got you covered with more than 60 presets to breathe new life into your musical ideas. Unique Notation Grid presents pitches on a traditional music staff with a quantized grid for placing notes over time allowing for a more musical programming experience. Color and brightness indicate pan and level for each voice Optimized for multiple instances and works great on monophonic synths, guitar and vocals MixLock keeps the wet/dry mix of the effect static as you scroll through presets or user-defined snapshots. KeyLock does the same for the Key and Scale Randomize function randomizes an amount of micro pitch shift resulting in simulation of natural character for each of the 4 voices Pitch-tracking ‘off’ mode allows it to shine on polyphonic and rhythmic sounds Get Quadravox ->...

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DIY Tutorial: Midi Controller via Makey Makey

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DIY Tutorial: Midi Controller via Makey Makey

How To Build a DIY MIDI Controller for Ableton Live with the Makey Makey So you’re fascinated with the idea of DIY MIDI controllers or devices that can interface with Ableton Live or any DAW… but don’t know where or how to start? Makey Makey does the hard work for you. I recently got my hands on the Makey Makey. When I first saw it in action someone was using bananas to trigger a MIDI synth. Impressive. What was more impressive was the claim of how easy something like that was to accomplish with the Makey Makey kit. When that kit arrived it did not disappoint. What’s Makey Makey? Essentially the Makey Makey (MM) is an electronic controller board that can connect to your computer. The computer will recognize the device as a USB keyboard. That means after you connect a few alligator clips to a couple things and touch the trigger material, the computer will read that as a key being pressed on the keyboard. That can translate into many different things depending on which program is open. View the Full Tutorial -> Ask.Audio/MakeyMakey *this is an excerpt of an article I did for Ask.Audio. Copied here with permission. Demo Video...

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Neutron Tutorial: Track Assistant = The Future of Presets

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Neutron Tutorial: Track Assistant = The Future of Presets

iZotope’s Neutron is incredible for many reasons. Perhaps the most game changing new feature is the Track Assistant. Let me show you what it does and why it’s so awesome! Check out Neutron on PIB -> PIB/Neutron In this video I show you the Track Assistant in action and how easy it is to use. Literally, click one button and Neutron will custom make a device chain for you! Here I demo the function on vocals, but having tested the feature on other track elements I can tell you it does an incredible job on those as well. Watch the Video Tutorial *Full release notes below Release Notes An industry first, Neutron’s new Track Assistant lets you create a custom preset based on your audio to get you to a faster starting point so you can focus on what’s most important – your creative take on the mix. It’s like having an assistant engineer at your disposal 24/7. Different instrument tracks like vocals, dialogue, guitar, bass, and drums are automatically detected. Neutron then applies the spectral shaping technology within Neutrino to provide subtle clarity and balance to each of your tracks. After analyzing the incoming audio signal, EQ nodes are intelligently placed where Track Assistant thinks you need them, speeding up your workflow and eliminating much of the EQ guesswork. Get recommendations for optimal starting points across all of Neutron’s modules, including compressor thresholds, saturation types, and single vs. multiband modes (including crossover points) – a huge time saver that can leave you feeling inspired. What makes Track Assistant so unique: Automatically detects different instrument types like guitar, vocals, bass, and drums Creates custom, optimal starting points based on your audio tracks Offers three levels of power, from Subtle to Medium to Aggressive Adds Neutrino’s Spectral Shaping sound for subtle focus and clarity Intelligently places EQ nodes and creates an EQ curve Sets optimal settings for signal flow, including single or multiband processing Smartly places crossovers in multiband modes Selects Compressor style (Digital or Vintage) and automatically sets settings (Threshold, Attack, Release, and Ratio) Selects Exciter algorithm blend and dials in a custom amount tuned to the audio Check out Neutron on PIB ->...

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Substance Tutorial: Routing Macro Sliders

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Substance Tutorial: Routing Macro Sliders

In this video tutorial I show you how to get creative with routing FX & Filters from multiple parameters to the macro sliders in Output’s Substance Bass Engine! Substance is a multi-layer bass instrument that live in the Kontakt player. It has over 300 presets and they all sound incredible. In this tutorial I show you how to route filters and FX to one of the four macro sliders Substance has to offer. Check Out Substance at PIB -> PIB/Substance Watch the Video Tutorial *Full Release Notes Below Release Notes Welcome to SUBSTANCE, a deeply produced bass engine, combining heavily processed electric and acoustic basses, real brass sections, the dirtiest analog synths, insane sound design and so much more to make bass sounds unlike anything you’ve heard. SUBSTANCE combines three layers of sources to create one massive sound.  The real power comes in the engine, Output’s largest to date, which blends them together with layer and global FX, filters, modulation, an advanced arpeggiator, flux control and macros.  Either start with one of SUBSTANCE’S 300 expertly crafted presets or easily create sounds from scratch. The days of blending and layering multiple basses to get your low end just right are now over. Features A playable instrument with 300 presets Powerful new 3-layer engine Preset menu with smart tagging Layer FX and global FX 4 central macro sliders unique to each preset Advanced arpeggiator Monophonic and Legato modes Built-in help menu Rhythm page that syncs to tempo System Requirements SUBSTANCE runs in Kontakt or Free Kontakt player version 5.5.1 or higher Mac OS X 10.9, 10.10 or 10.11 Windows 7 or higher At least 4 GB of RAM (8 GB recommended), and 10 GB of free drive space Access to a stable internet connection for digital delivery Supported Interfaces Stand-alone VST Audio Units ASIO CoreAudio WASAPI AAX Native (Pro Tools 10) 64-bit AAX plugins (Pro Tools 11) Check Out Substance at PIB ->...

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Neutron Tutorial: Masking, Relative EQ, & Learn Features

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Neutron Tutorial: Masking, Relative EQ, & Learn Features

In this tutorial we learn how to use Neutron’s Masking & Relative EQ features. This two tools are incredible at helping mixing engineers get a clean mix! Buy Neutron -> PIB/Neutron Download Neutrino [free] – PIB/Neutrino Neutron has couple new, and downright incredible, features. First, I showed you the Track Assistant which automatically custom creates channel strips consisting of EQs, Compressors, Saturators, Transient shapers and more. Now I am going to show you the second and third awesome additions to your mixing arsenal. The Masking feature and the Inverse Linking (relative eq) feature. Watch the Video Tutorial *learn more below The Masking Feature The Masking feature allows you to simultaneously feed two channels into one instance of the Neutron EQ (or mother ship) . Then the device shows you where the two tracks are interfering with one another by displaying pink columns on a frequency graph. Masking Another industry first, Neutron’s Masking Meter allows you to visually identify perceptual frequency collisions, which can result in guitars masking lead vocals, bass covering up drums, and other issues that can cause a “muddy” or overly crowded mix. Toggle seamlessly between any two tracks to carve out sonic space and ensure that each instrument has its own place to shine. The EQ System The workhorse EQ features clean yet subtly warm processing and a pristine analog-style signal path. With 12 bands of powerful static and dynamic EQ, a range of new and vintage filter types, and flexible sidechain capabilities, it’s your new go-to EQ for all your mixing tasks. Equalizer Features Static or Dynamic functionality per node Side-chain functionality for Dynamic nodes Up to 12 EQ Bands Flat LP/HP, Resonant LP/HP, Analog lo/hi shelf, Baxandall bass/treble, Vintage lo/hi shelf, Prop Q, Band shelf Multiple frequency scale types: Linear, Mel, Log, Extended Log, Flat Log Adjust both the lead track and masking track’s EQ settings from within the same plug-in GUI Piano roll overlay There is also a kickass “learn” button which will “intelligently search for a natural place in the frequency spectrum to place your eq nodes”!! Multiple EQ Inverse Ability (Relative EQ) This is where things get even crazier. Once you have two channels loaded and the Masking functionality is enabled and showing you were there is frequency masking happening you can switch on the “Inverse” button. Now when you boost or lower an EQ node in one of the two EQs the other EQ’s node will move the same amount in the opposite direction. BOOM! In order to get something like this in Ableton Live we used to have to do a lot of mapping and have Max. Now, Neutrino does it with two clicks of the...

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iZotope Neutron Tutorial: Track Assistant Dialogue Test

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iZotope Neutron Tutorial: Track Assistant Dialogue Test

This plug-in is insane! The track assistant is a glimpse of the future! Buy Now -> PIB/Neutron In this video tutorial I am going to run some already good dialogue through the iZotope’s Neutron Advanced to see what the Track Assistant can do for it. The dialogue has already been cleaned with iZoptope’s RX. I removed some background noise and gave it a gentle gain boost. Nothing serious; as nothing serious was needed. However, when listening to the results I find it to be a little bassy at the bottom end. What I would do is add a high shelf to an EQ and a bit of compression on the upper end to get things a bit brighter. I wanted to see if Netron’s Track Assistant, which is essentially a combo of AI and Good Processing Practices programmed into an algorythm, and see if it recognized the same issues I did. Track Assistant: The revolutionary Track Assistant is like having an assistant engineer at your disposal 24/7. Use it on any audio track to create optimal starting points so you can focus on what’s important – the mix. Not only did it recognize those problems, it fixed them! It did exactly what I wanted it to do and all I had to do was click one button. I can’t express to you how incredible this is. I can’t wait until this type of feature is common place on all plug ins!! Watch the Tutorial / Demo Buy Now ->...

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Neutron by iZotope – OUT NOW – Full Details!!

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Neutron by iZotope – OUT NOW – Full Details!!

GO NOW -> iZoptope/Neutron Achieve unprecedented focus and clarity in your mixes with Neutron. This new mixing plug-in combines the latest innovations in analysis and metering with award-winning audio processing. The Neutron mixing plug-in combines five great-sounding new processors with the latest in intelligent metering and analysis. Like having a virtual assistant, Neutron can listen to your audio, identify instruments, and offer tailored starting points for creating powerful mixes with focus and clarity while leaving all the creative control to you. The revolutionary new Masking Meter can help you visually identify frequency collisions between instruments, allowing you to tweak each track so it sits better in the mix. Optimized for mixing, you can use this on dozens of tracks to carve away muddiness and reveal new sonic possibilities in your mixes. Neutron Comparison Neutron comes in two different flavors with Neutron Advanced offering all the modules as individual plug-ins and surround support for professional post production needs. Neutron Neutron Advanced (Neutron Advanced includes everything in Neutron plus 4 individal plug-ins and surround support) Limited Time Crossgrade Options (End 31st Oct) Neutron Loyalty Crossgrade: From any iZotope product (ex DDLY, Mobius Filter & free) Neutron Advanced Loyalty Crossgrade: From Ozone 6-7 ADV and RX 4-5 ADV Mix with Confidence With powerful new features like Track Assistant and Masking Meter, Neutron helps you quickly reach an optimal starting point, clearly identify perceptual frequency collision and fully wield creative control over all your mix decisions. Meet your new Assistant An industry first, Neutron’s new Track Assistant lets you create a custom preset based on your audio to get you to a faster starting point so you can focus on what’s most important – your creative take on the mix. It’s like having an assistant engineer at your disposal 24/7. Different instrument tracks like vocals, dialogue, guitar, bass, and drums are automatically detected. Neutron then applies the spectral shaping technology within Neutrino to provide subtle clarity and balance to each of your tracks. After analyzing the incoming audio signal, EQ nodes are intelligently placed where Track Assistant thinks you need them, speeding up your workflow and eliminating much of the EQ guesswork. Get recommendations for optimal starting points across all of Neutron’s modules, including compressor thresholds, saturation types, and single vs. multiband modes (including crossover points) – a huge time saver that can leave you feeling inspired. What makes Track Assistant so unique: Automatically detects different instrument types like guitar, vocals, bass, and drums Creates custom, optimal starting points based on your audio tracks Offers three levels of power, from Subtle to Medium to Aggressive Adds Neutrino’s Spectral Shaping sound for subtle focus and clarity Intelligently places EQ nodes and creates an EQ curve Sets optimal settings for signal flow, including single or multiband processing Smartly places crossovers in multiband modes Selects Compressor style (Digital or Vintage) and automatically sets settings (Threshold, Attack, Release, and Ratio) Selects Exciter algorithm blend and dials in a custom amount tuned to the audio Unmask Your Mix Another industry first, Neutron’s Masking Meter allows you to visually identify perceptual frequency collisions, which can result in guitars masking lead vocals, bass covering up drums, and other issues that can cause a “muddy” or overly crowded mix. Toggle seamlessly between any two tracks to carve out sonic space and ensure that each instrument has its own place...

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StereoSavage Tutorial: Adding Width to Claps

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StereoSavage Tutorial: Adding Width to Claps

I have teamed up with Plugin Boutique to Deliver Tutorials on the Best VST & VSTi. Here is the first one. Many more to come! Producer and clinician Joshua Casper shows us a quick method for adding width and character to a clap track using StereoSavage from Plugin Boutique. StereoSavage  provides an innovative stereo toolbox, combining tried and tested studio techniques with emulations of modern and classic tools that will bring your mix to life. Get Stereo Savage Here –> Plugin/StereoSavage Watch the Video...

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iZotope’s Neutron – Teaser Video – It is the future!

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iZotope’s Neutron – Teaser Video – It is the future!

iZotope Neutron | Revolutionary Mix Software – Watch the Teaser Video Now! Get Excited!! Achieve unprecedented focus and clarity in your mixes with Neutron. This new mixing plug-in combines the latest innovations in analysis and metering with award-winning audio processing. With powerful new features like Track Assistant and Masking Meter, Neutron helps you quickly reach an optimal starting point, clearly identify perceptual frequency collisions, and fully wield creative control over all your mix decisions. Download Neutrino for Free -> GO NOW Can’t Wait Until This is Released! Coming in October...

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