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Easter Loopmasters & Plugin Boutique Sale

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Easter Loopmasters & Plugin Boutique Sale

Up to 50% at Loopmasters & 70 – 30% at Plugin Boutique! Come check all the current deals right here! FEATURED DEAL END DATE DISCOUNT AMOUNT POPULARITY DEAL – 50% OFF14 Apr – April 24, 2017 Loopmasters Easter Sale The leading name in the sampling industry and closely affiliated friends of Plugin Boutique – Loopmasters are offering 50% off all their sample packs! DEAL – UP TO 51% OFF13 Apr – April 18, 2017 Sugar Bytes Easter Sale Save up-to 51% off Sugar Bytes super cool and creative instrument, effects and sequencers for 6 days only at Plugin Boutique. DEAL – 25% OFF13 Apr – April 24, 2017 AudioThing 6th Anniversary Sale Celebrate AudioThing’s 6th Birthday and save 25% off their creative, FX, Instruments and Kontakt Instruments in our Christmas Sale. Buy any AudioThing Plugin during the promotion and get a FREE Megaphone plugin! (Note Kontakt Instruments purchases do not qualify for free Megaphone.) DEAL – 25% OFF11 Apr – April 19, 2017 FabFilter Pro-L Sale FabFilter Pro-L is a feature-packed limiter plug-in for mastering and mixing, with multiple advanced limiting algorithms and precise metering. Save 25% off at Plugin Boutique for a limited time only. DEAL – UP TO 41% OFF6 Apr – April 20, 2017 iZotope RX 5 Sale (+ FREE RX 6 Upgrade) Save on the award winning iZotope RX 5 Audio Restoration Suite. Including RX 5 ADV, RX 5 Post Production Bundle and Upgrades! Buy RX5 software and upgrades until 19th April & upgrade to RX 6 on release for FREE! DEAL – 50% OFF5 Apr – April 20, 2017 Imaginando DRC Sale (Exclusive) We welcome Imaginando to Plugin Boutique with their awesome virtual analog polyphonic synthesizer. Save 50% off exclusively at Plugin Boutique for a limited time only! DEAL – 55% OFF12 Apr – April 17, 2017 UVI WaveRunner Sale Save 55% off UVI Waverunner in their special deal of the week. WaveRunner presents you with a wondrous collection of authentic and fascinating sounds from over 30 years of wavetable synthesis. DEAL – 30% OFF30 Mar – April 17, 2017 Wavesfactory Introductory Sale We welcome Wavesfactory to Plugin Boutique with their fantastic Kontakt Instrument and plugin collection. Save 30% off for two weeks only at Plugin Boutique! DEAL – 25% OFF10 Apr – April 30, 2017 Softube Doepfer A-101-2 Vactrol LPG Sale A classic concept extended. Low pass gates have been heralded for their ability to add a lifelike and organic response and textures to modular synth patches. Doepfer A-101-2 Vactrol LPG adds this and more to your Softube Modular patches. DEAL – 28% OFF11 Apr – May 16, 2017 AAS Objeq Delay Introductory Sale Going beyond traditional delay duties, Objeq Delay delivers modulator type effects, drum track layering, one-shot re-crafting, dynamic loop mangling, and drones…Save 28% off during this special introductory sale at Plugin Boutique. DEAL – UP TO 70% OFF12 Apr – May 1, 2017 Air Music April Sale Save up-to 70 off the awesome collection of instruments, expansions and bundles exclusively at Plugin Boutique throughout April. DEAL – UP TO 80% OFF12 Apr – May 1, 2017 SONiVOX April Sale Save up-to 66% off the professional collection of instruments, expansions and bundles exclusively at Plugin Boutique throughout April. DEAL – 40% OFF6 Apr – May 7, 2017 Kuassa Spring Sale Save...

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Loopcloud by Loopmasters – Store & Sync Your Samples in the Cloud

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Loopcloud by Loopmasters – Store & Sync Your Samples in the Cloud

Loopcloud is a way to store, organize and search the samples you use to produce music all on the cloud. Removing the worry of data loss and improving workflow. Loopcloud – Sound Inspiration Direct to your DAW Price: Free Available: Existing LM customers April 2017, May 2017 Full release More info: www.loopcloud.net SHORT DESCRIPTION An industry first, Loopcloud is a brand new cloud-connected application for browsing and managing all your Loopmasters samples, MIDI files and presets. Bring them into your DAW via drag and drop or use the accompanying Loopcloud plugin, which plays everything back in perfect sync with your project. Sounds are searchable within Loopcloud by name, tempo, key and user-editable tags, and the intuitive, attractive interface lets you audition and download only the ones you need when you need them. With a single login, you can synchronise your library across multiple computers for organisation and tag editing. Loopcloud will soon feature a store where you can preview and buy single sounds and presets from a library in excess of 5 millions samples – and will also come with 5GB of free cloud storage for your non-Loopmasters content, which is fully expandable through a range of subscription options. Already a powerful, versatile hub for all your loops, one-shots and presets, Loopcloud also has a roadmap of planned updates bringing plenty of further features and functionality in the near future. Find out more at www.loopcloud.net FULL DESCRIPTION New from Loopmasters, the world’s leading publisher and developer of professional samples, presets, and MIDI Files, Loopcloud is a cloud-connected PC and Mac application for browsing and managing your library of Loopmasters sounds, and effortlessly streaming and importing to your DAW. Find the perfect sound quickly and easily Using Loopcloud is simple: log in to your Loopmasters account within the Loopcloud application to see all your purchased Loopmasters sample packs presented in a browser according to their regular folder structures. We’ve tagged every sample and preset in the Loopmasters archive by BPM, key, genre, instrumentation, format and more. This makes it easy to find exactly the right sounds for your project using tag filtering or the Search field. Naturally, you can make and assign your own custom tags, too, and mark files as Favourites. Seamless integration with your DAW via the app and plugin Clicking a file previews it in OGG format, but if you drag a file into your DAW or onto your desktop it downloads the original format file (Wav, Aiff, Rex, etc) to a designated folder on your hard drive. Up to 128 samples can be selected and dragged out at a time. Of course, a sound browser like Loopcloud isn’t much use if it won’t let you audition samples in sync with the track you’re working on, and that’s where the Loopcloud plugin comes in. Load it onto an instrument track in your DAW and click the Connect button in the Loopcloud app to establish a link between the two. Loopcloud timestretches the selected sample to fit your project tempo, and plays it back in perfect sync at a variety of loop lengths (or triggering patterns (Off Beat, Triplets, 8ths, etc), while the Pitch slider lets you shift it up or down by up to an octave. The synced, re-pitched sample can then be processed in the DAW in...

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“Studio Time” with Junkie XL – Season 2 Starts Today!

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“Studio Time” with Junkie XL – Season 2 Starts Today!

The man responsible for the soundtracks of Batman v Superman, Mad Max: Fury Road, Deadpool, and more talks production and gear in the new season!! Junkie XL’s “Studio Time” Season 2 has Started! Junkie XL, or Tom Holkenborg, has made quite a name for himself and for good reason. He has been scoring some of the biggest films of the last 5 years. Including, but not limited to, Batman Vs. Superman, Deadpool, Mad Max: Fury Road, and 300: Rise of an Empire. Junkie XL on IMDB I’ve personally been a fan of Junkie XL since he was producing tech house and techno music 15 years ago. You’ve almost definitely heard his remix of Elvis’s “A little less conversation” as it has been used in too many films to count and currently has 13M+ views on the official Elvis youtube channel. It is safe to say that in a short two paragraph snippet of his portfolio the man clearly stands out as one of our generations true great musical talents. What is really exciting, beyond listening to his incredible body of work, is his youtube series “Studio Time”. This is a series where he personally walks you through his process of composing for these blockbuster films. In season 1 he covered making the epic drums and guitars of Mad Max, his template setup and workstation layout, the music behind Run All Night, Fabfilter plugs and more. He is promising around 20 new episodes this round. One to be released every Friday for the next couple of months. If you like learning from incredibly talented producers, drooling over analog gear, and watching a true master working in his environment this is a series for you! The production value is top quality too. Multiple cameras. Great clear dialogue mic audio. He even has a direct audio feed from his computer this season. Check out the Welcome Back Video where explains a bit about the series and what’s to come. Then jump right into Season 2 Episode 1 This is the first of what is going to be a 2-part video, on how he composed the character theme for Liz in the movie Brimstone. Subscribe. Watch. Listen. Learn....

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Fixed – iLok Authorization Error [PACE Service]

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Fixed – iLok Authorization Error [PACE Service]

This is how to fix the seemingly random authorization error (pipe) caused when the PACE service doesn’t start automatically, as it should. If you have any plugins, undoubtedly you have had to deal with the iLok licence manager. Many companies use iLok to handle their licensing. Softube, AIR music, Heavyocity, Eventide, UVI, Audified, Sonivox and many others. It usually works fairly easily. However, sometimes you get an odd error. It has happened to me twice. The error can present itself in more than one way. This is how to diagnose and fix the issue. Watch the Video Tutorial *full written tutorial below The Windows popup error: Authorization Std Exception. “YOUR PLUG” cannot run, because an error occurred. Timed out waiting to connect to the named pipe: \\.\pipe\com_paceap_eden_licensed_authorization The in plugin error: Could not find a valid license. In iLok License Manager, please check that the license is on your computer or iLok. Restart your DAW. The iLok License Manager error: Software Component Unavailable. A background component required for iLok License Manager seems to be unalienable. If rebooting does not fix this issue, please visit iLok.com an download and run the latest License Support installer. This is how to fix it. If you have seen this, and don’t have pirated plugs, and have already activated your available license, what is happening has to do with the Pace administration service not starting automatically as it should. I am not sure what causes this to occur. I know I just installed lots of new plugs and programs, but this happened even after a reboot of my computer. To fix it for a Windows machine, you need to go to the Control Panel and find the Administrative Tools. Then find the Services shortcut and click it. Once inside, sort the services by name and go to P and find the PACE License Services. If you don’t see “running” in the status column that is your issue. Or, if there is only the option to “Start the Service” in the left hand of the window. Go ahead and click “Start the Service”.  Now the service should be “running” in the status bar and you should have the option to stop, pause or restart the service. That should be it! Success!! You should be able to launch your iLok connect plugs in your DAW. If that wasn’t the issue I highly suggest contacting iLok....

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Free: 3 Incredible Dub Delay VSTs

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Free: 3 Incredible Dub Delay VSTs

These are 3 awesome dub delay plugs that I use consistently in my projects and you should too! I have mentioned these virtual Dub Delay units more than once, but I think it’s high time I give them their own post on the blog. They are made by TAL and each version has its own characteristics. If fact, TAL make so many great plugs that are free you should just go and download them all and try everything out for yourselves! However, here are the free Dub Delay Plugs I was talking about. Tal-Dub v.1 Get Tal-Dub V.1 – PIB/Dub.V.1 TAL-Dub is a vintage style delay effect. It can be used for a wide range of delay effects from clean to extreme distorted, resonating never ending delays 🙂 Features 12dB resonance filter. Low cut filter. Maximal 4 Seconds delay time. Limiter with distortion for rising feedbacks or loud inputs. Delay time and feedback for each channel (linkable). Input signal swap (L/R swap). Filter feedback and filter fx mode (filter in feedback path or as post fx). Filter mode for input (input signal will be filtered too). Easy to use midi learn. Tal-Dub v.2 Get Tal-Dub V.2 – PIB/Dub.V.2 TAL-DUB-II is an extended version of TAL-Dub-I with a completely new sound engine. A 4x oversampled distortion stage allows to add vintage distortion to the delayd signal, but its also possible to make clean delays.  A sinus LFO has the possibility to modulate delay time and low pass filter cutoff. Adjustable LFO stereo width is also included. An analog sounding 6dB low pass filter with resonance and a 3dB high cut filter are also parts of TAL-DUB-II. Different routing options open a wide range of possibilities. Features Synced delay times (1/16, 1/8, 1/4, 1/2, 1/1, 2/1 and trippled and dotted notes). 4x oversampled distortion stage. VU-Meter shows gain reduction. LFO (low pass cutoff and delay modulation, stereo width). 6dB resonance low pass filter. 3dB high pass filter. Midi learn for all pots. 20 factory presets. Documentation. Tal-Dub v.3 Get Tal-Dub V.3 – PIB/Dub.V.3 TAL-DUB-III is an easy to use delay device with some special features. Its no tape delay emulation and has its own sound. It has an alias free saturation stage, a non-linear 6dB low pass and a 3dB high pass filter that are included in the feedback path of the device. An input drive knob allows to adjust the saturation level. Pop-up menues show the current values of volume, delay-time and feedback knobs. A tab button allowing to adjust the delay time for live sessions. Features Delay time up to 4 seconds. Non linear 6dB Low-Pass filter. 3dB High Pass filter. Alias free stauration, adjustable with the input drive knob. Delay x2 for each channel. Synced delay times (1/16, 1/8, 1/4, 1/2, 1/1, 2/1 and trippled and dotted notes). Pop-ups show the actual values dB (input drive, dry, wet), ms(delay), 0..2 (feedback) Led-meter shows the sturation level. Tab button for delay time. Midi Learn for all knobs. The feedback knob is especially optimized for doing infinite...

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$1 Deal – Clone Max for Live Instrument by Sonic Faction

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$1 Deal – Clone Max for Live Instrument by Sonic Faction

The time is now. Clone is currently only $1! Watch the video. Read the release notes. Buy the Synth!! Get Clone for $1 – PIB/SFClone WICKED 80’S REPLICA Clone has been completely reengineered for self-aware sound. ANALOG DNA Known for its distinct analog tone and modulation capabilities, this quintessential 80’s synth will give your production a whole new flavor. MODULATE YOUR MIND Mutate sounds to a higher frequency with the Delta Triangulator. Unleash Clone on Ableton with wild filter LFO’s and bombastic pitch envelopes. GO BEYOND Deviously manipulate sounds with built-in wave shaping, FM and effects. Sequence your sonic genome with built-in double arpeggiators. SEQUENCER INCLUDED Clone includes a free Max for Live synth step sequencer for Push, APC40 and Launchpad. Use Synth Sequencer and for hands-on control of your sound. Watch the Tutorial / Walk-through Video System Requirements Ableton Live 9.2 Suite And Max For Live 7 Mac OS X 10.10 or 10.9 (Latest Update), Intel Core 2 Duo Windows 7 or Windows 8 (Latest Service Pack, 32/64 Bit) Intel Core 2 Duo or AMD Athlontm 64 x 2 4 GB RAM (8 GB...

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Tutorial: Composing with an AI Music Producer (Amper)

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Tutorial: Composing with an AI Music Producer (Amper)

Amper is an artificial intelligence composer, performer, and producer that empowers you to instantly create and customize original music for your content. Try it out – AmperMusic Amper Music is an AI music producer that is currently free to use. In this video I show you how to use it! Amper Music uses intelligent programming to produce original music within a given set of parameters dictated by the user. Each track is unique, though not always great! I played around within the beta program for a while yesterday and was able to get a few good sounding tracks, however, more than that were unusable, at least in my opinion. I do, however, appreciate what is happening when using the program. It is all automated. It happens quickly. Truly incredible. The best thing about it is that the results are unique and you can use them! I make short videos for one of my projects and I am constantly looking for original music to put in the background. It has to be royalty free. I want it to be unique – not from the youtube music library that everyone has access to – and composing an original piece can take too long for how often I need it. This is a great tool for such projects. It’s free for now, but I’m sure their will be a payment scheme once the full program goes live. The projects can be downloaded in WAV or MP3. There seems like there will be a Adobe® Premiere Pro® Amper Panel in the works. What’s more is that everything is ROYALTY-FREE! 4. OWNERSHIP AND CONFIDENTIALITY 4.1 User Ownership Rights. Subject to the terms and conditions of this Agreement, Amper Music hereby grants User the non-exclusive, royalty-free, personal, and non-commercial license and right to copy, display, distribute, modify (including the right to create derivative works of) and otherwise use the User Created Content. – End User License Agreement Watch the Video...

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Serum: Issues after Splice Subscription Completion [fixed]

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Serum: Issues after Splice Subscription Completion [fixed]

This is how to solve the issue of Serum wanting you to connect with Splice even after you’ve completely paid and have a serial number. I, like many others, loved the idea of the rent-to-own system Splice offered for Serum. And, I am guessing here, but I’m probably not the only one that hates the Splice app. I didn’t how heavy it was on the start-up process. I didn’t like that I need to have the Splice app launched in order to use Serum, though that makes some sense in the grand scheme of the rent-to-own process. However, I was fed up enough to just pay my remaining balance for Serum so I could delete the Splice app, or at least remove it from the start-up programs list and use Serum without hassle. However, there was a bit of hassle yet to be had. After you finish paying for Serum via Splice After I finished paying I figured I would just be able to jump in and start using Serum right away. Wrong. I wasn’t having any luck using Serum at all. I was getting the good ‘ol “Contact Splice about Your Payment” message with Splice open or not. I reached out to Spice and received this reply Thanks for using Splice! You should able able to use Serum without the Splice app now. First go to Xfer’s site and hit forgot your password. An email link should be sent to your email (the one you have on file with Splice). Once you reset the password you can log in and install Serum from Xfer. Your serial number should also be generated and viewable here: Apparently you need to “uninstall” Serum then reinstall using the new credentials. I really hope they sort that out… because it’s a hassle! “Uninstalling” Serum Serum isn’t “installed” like most programs. There are no registry modifications so there is no uninstall.exe for Serum. You need to manually go in and delete things. Here are the places you should be looking for Serum content to delete and get a fresh new install according to Steve Duda, the man who made Serum. There are no registry modifications, and thus no uninstaller. Delete the Serum plug-in(s) from the folder(s) you chose on install. Delete the “Serum” folder in C:/Documents/(you)/AppData/Roaming/Xfer/ Delete the “Serum Presets” folder in C:/Documents/Xfer/ If you have bought and installed preset packs, I highly suggest just moving the “Serum Presets” folder to your desktop so you can copy the third-party assets back in after the install. Fresh Install of Serum Now, it’s time to download and install Serum… again. Go to Xferrecords.com and go to your account [https://xferrecords.com/my_account] Go to the Serum product line. You should see your personal serial number. Click on the “See available downloads” button. Here you will need to download a minimum of 2 files, 3 if you want the “Just FX” program too, which I recommend 😉 You will need to download Serum – v1.0 release – May 21 2015 (main program, necessary) Serum – v1.11b3 beta – Aug 11 2016 (update file, highly recommended) Serum FX – vFX 1.11b3 beta Aug 11 2016 (just FX, optional) Install in this Order Serum v.10 v1.11b3 beta (same exact folder as Serum v.10. This will allow the update to be combined with the original) vFX 1.11b3 (optional)...

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UVI Introduces .torrent Download Option – AWESOME!

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UVI Introduces .torrent Download Option – AWESOME!

Downloading large files from VST & VSTi maker UVI just got easier & hopefully others take notice! I live in Brazil and, let’s just say, internet connectivity can be spotty… really spotty. I also work professionally with music and film, which means I need to download more than my-fair-share of large files. Those two things combined make for some seriously frustrating days of attempting to download needed files. I have been telling the people at Ableton, for example, that they should be implementing a torrent downloading system, or using a third party downloader like Continuata. Having to attempt multiple downloads of the same large file because the internet connection had a quick hiccup is a PAIN IN THE ASS. Torrenting is the obvious go to. Downloading programs like qBittorrent are free and open source. Downloading via a program like that means you can stop, start, interrupt, shut down the computer, and the files will still be downloaded completely in the end without having to restart the process. I am going to be checking out UVI’s UVS-3200, a tribute to the Korg PS-3200, and while I was on the download page I noticed that another one of my available downloads, the Synth Anthology II, has a torrent option for download!! That’s awesome! Synth Anthology II is a 7.4 GB .zip file. The UVS-3200, Thorus, or the UVI Workstation don’t seem to have the torrent option, but those aren’t super large. The biggest of the three being UVS-3200 coming in at 1.5 gigs. This needs to be implemented across the board. With all the checks and balances, like iLok, there is no reason not to be using torrent systems for large downloads. Also, getting past the stigma people have about Torrents in general needs to happen sooner rather than later. I applaud UVI and hope others take notice and get on board. **Update** Shortly after posting this article I was contacted by UVI. I somehow missed that there is the torrent option for most of the other packs on their site. By clicking the “Primary” drop down menu, next to the Download button, you can choose the torrent file option. They only put the large notice next to the large files. So, now that I stand corrected, I am even more excited!!  ...

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4 Free Plugs by Boz Digital Labs

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4 Free Plugs by Boz Digital Labs

Grab these four free plugs by Box Digital Labs – Bark of Dog (bass resonance), Panipulator 2 (for mastering), Width Knob & Guitar Pickup Selector! I recently got a chance to test drive Boz Digital Lab’s Transgressor plugin. I loved it. In fact, I even made a video tutorial for it. That got me interested in what else Boz gets up to. In searching I found 4 free plugs I figured I would share with you all. Bark of Dog Get the Plug – PIB/BarkofDog Bark of Dog is a bass resonance filter that lets you increase your low end without turning up the flab. I like to think of it as a way to boost the low end while still keeping it under control. While the controls are super simple, the effect that this has on controlling the low end in a mix is pretty exciting. Is this just a resonant high pass filter? Yes, it is. Why create a dedicated plugin for a tool we all already have? Great question. Truthfully, what you get here can be accomplished with pretty much any digital EQ plugin. The reason why I made a dedicated plugin for this is because even though I had the capability to put a resonant high pass filter on my tracks for the past 15 years using my stock EQ, the thought never occurred to me to try it. I read reviews on a certain plugin that claimed to enhance the low end with a resonant high pass filter, and everybody who tried it seemed to love it. Rather than spending loads of money on a big dongle and then more money on a plugin, I decided just to make my own. Even though it is super simple, I think it lived up to it’s hype. I love this tool. It solved all my low end problems. Because this is a feature we all already have, I didn’t feel right about charging money for it. There are enough good new ideas to do that I don’t want to fall into the trap of repackaging old tricks. Think of this as more of a really helpful tip with a plugin to go along with it. If you don’t want to download this plugin, then at least open up your stock EQ and play with the resonance on your high pass filter. It made my life a lot easier, and I think it can make yours easier too. Panipulator 2 Get the Plug – PIB/Panipulator2 Panipulator 2 is an update to the extremely simple and useful tool created at the request of Brandon Drury at Recording Review. It is an essential tool for checking how your mixes will translate to different systems. Best of all, it’s available for free. Even though you spent considerable time and effort getting your mix to sound amazing on your monitors, there is still one very important question: What will it sound like playing at a theme park? or at the dentists office? or on your old radio? What if they wired one of the speakers backwards? As much as we’d like to think that everyone is listening our music in stereo, the truth is that many many people are listening in less than ideal environments. Panipulator lets you hear what your mix will sound like...

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Tutorial: Using SoundSpot’s Focus in the Mastering Chain

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Tutorial: Using SoundSpot’s Focus in the Mastering Chain

In this short video tutorial I apply SoundSpot’s Focus Plug to a Premaster! Get SoundSpot’s Focus -> PIB/SSFocus Easily Add Clarity & Depth to your Master Using Psychoacoustics We designed Focus to make one of the mastering industry secrets available to you using psychoacoustics – right out of the box. Focus takes care of all the wizardry behind the scenes, creating this psychoacoustic processing chain while keeping the effect mono-compatible. All you have to do is to adjust the filterband to highlight any important elements in your master you want to stand out. This technique can take your mix into a completely new sonic realm, making your kick drums punch through and helping lead vocals and instruments sit effortlessly in the mix. Watch the Video Tutorial *release notes below Release Notes Features Well guarded mastering secret revealed Bring out elements in your master in a new way Analog modeled filters and summing Extremely light on CPU and RAM Mastering is the key to giving a well balanced mix the final push to make it stand out. However, many commercial releases seem to have a level of depth and clarity that seems extremely difficult to achieve 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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Ableton Tutorial: Parallel Processing with Ozone 7 Vintage Modules

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Ableton Tutorial: Parallel Processing with Ozone 7 Vintage Modules

Learn how to add Parallel Processing Capabilities to iZotope’s Ozone 7 Suite Vintage Modules. Get Ozone 7 Advanced – PIB/Ozone7 I recently got my hands on Ozone 7 Advanced. Which, among many things, has a few incredible “vintage” style modules. Usually Ozone modules are meant to be used in a mastering setting so they don’t have dry/wet parameter settings. However, I like the Vintage Compressor and Tape Saturator so much I like to use them while mixing and making my tracks. That is a whole other situation which these plugs aren’t really designed for. Luckily, using racks and a little bit of ingenuity we can add a dry/wet know to them!! Let me show you how. Watch the Video Tutorial *full release notes below Release Notes Ozone 7 Advanced (Ozone 7 Standard is also available) Essential Mastering Tools Get an Upgrade Glue a mix together, control dynamic range, and add rich character with the critically acclaimed music production tools in Ozone Advanced, including the new Vintage EQ, Vintage Compressor, and Vintage Tape modules. Audition masters before rendering with the new Codec Preview. Apply Ozone Advanced’s processing to mix busses, too, with individual plug-ins of all ten modules. Plus, both versions of Ozone include the Maximizer, the Dynamic EQ, the new Vintage Limiter, Export Formats, and more. Use Ozone as a plug-in or as a standalone application. Key Highlights Get essential mastering and mixing tools: Maximizer, Dynamic EQ (now in both Standard and Advanced), the new Vintage Limiter, Vintage Tape [Advanced Only], Vintage Compressor [Advanced Only], and Vintage EQ [Advanced Only]. Build a high-tech new mastering chain when you mix-and-match components, going from fully modern to fully vintage to anywhere in between. Quickly achieve authentic sounds for any genre and style with a comprehensive bank of presets. Master within your audio editing software with Ozone as a plug-in or in its own environment with the standalone option. Powerful Processing for Mastering and Mixing Dynamic masters with transparent processing The highly regarded Ozone Maximizer helps you achieve professional loudness and fullness with transparent limiting. Updated for Ozone 7, the Maximizer features a brand new frequency-specific IRC IV algorithm to deliver transparent mixes with even less pumping and distortion. Smooth out an unwieldy mix or tame the kick drum peaks without affecting the vocals. The Dynamic EQ, now in both the standard and Advanced versions of Ozone, lives and breathes with your audio for finer control over your sound. Take advantage of the precision of an equalizer and the musical ballistics of a compressor in one integrated processor. Learn more about using Dynamic EQ in mastering. New Sounds, Nostalgic Results A new set of vintage-inspired processing modules in Ozone puts nostalgic tone at your fingertips, bringing the creative color and character of analog hardware to digital recordings. Glue a mix together and control dynamic range with the Vintage Limiter. Add the distinctive sonic characteristics of analog tape with Vintage Tape. Get subtle warming and sweetening effects with the single-band, program-dependent Vintage Compressor. Extend the range of colors available for your masters with the wider, more artful equalization palette of Vintage EQ. Ozone isn’t Just for Mastering Anymore Ozone was designed for mastering but there are lots of possibilities for how Ozone can help out in music production. With Ozone Advanced, you get all...

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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!

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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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