Gain Staging For Amp Sims

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Amp sims, like their real world counterparts, are non-linear processes. As you increase the input level, they saturate and distort more. As you decrease the input signal, they clean up more. It’s important to remember this characteristic, as you can drastically change the response of the amp sim by adjusting the input level. Let’s start with some numbers. My interface … Read More

Why you shouldn’t sleep on Nomad Factory

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[I realize this entire post reads like a giant advertisement, but I assure you that it’s my honest opinion about a product line that I am personally passionate about. Nomad Factory have never given me a plugin to review, I have no NFR’s from them, and every plugin of theirs I own I paid for. I recommend you consider doing … Read More

Vertical Video Is NEVER A Good Idea

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The Noise Floor A/V was always envisioned as a place to discuss audio AND video, but rarely do we speak of video here. Most of the community are audio engineers, and I myself am far more versed in audio production than video production. But bad advice is bad advice, regardless of format, and I want to call Shenanigans. A marketing … Read More

5 Questions With Andrew Scheps!

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This month, The Noise Floor asks 5 Questions to industry icon Andrew Scheps. Andrew is a mix engineer, recording engineer, producer, and record label owner based in the UK. He received Grammy Awards for “Best Rock Album” for his work on Red Hot Chili Peppers’ Stadium Arcadium, “Album Of The Year” for Adele’s 21, and also “Best Reggae Album” for … Read More

Clariphonic Rack Unit To Be Discontinued!

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Kush Audio is discontinuing the 19″ rack version of Clariphonic! “When they’re gone, they’re gone forever…” While supplies last, you can get yours for only $1199, 25% off, at your local Kush dealer. Kush have hinted that we should stay tuned for the reason why this legend is being discontinued, which hints at something to come. Could it be that … Read More

Review: Transgressor by Boz Digital Labs

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Recently Boz Digital Labs released Transgressor, which is a transient designer that allows you to eq the transient and the sustain separately. This plugin seems like it was created with my workflow in mind, so when I got the chance to get a review copy I was stoked! Let me explain.   I tend to avoid compression for transient shaping. … Read More

Drum triggers. What they are, and how they work.

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A drum trigger is a microphone. Nothing more. It picks up the sound of the drum and sends the audio to the source. The source usually is an audio to midi converter either in the box or outside of the box, but that doesn’t have to always be the case. The audio from a kick trigger, for example, can be … Read More