Reference Tools, Compared

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Reference tracks can be a valuable tool for keeping an objective viewpoint while mixing. When you listen to a reference track, you get a chance to reset your ears. If you’ve been listening to your mix for hours, your ears are getting used to the frequencies you’re hearing. Problem areas or frequency imbalances may not jump out at you as … Read More

Kush Release The REDDI Tube D.I. Plugin!

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You wouldn’t think of a direct box as having a certain character, unless you’ve worked in a facility that has really good character DI’s. After all, in the age of Multi-I/O converters with DI inputs, it’s easy to forget the role that a quality DI box plays. High end DI boxes were used to help record bass on countless records … Read More

Boz Digital Labs Release Bark Of Dog 2!

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Bark Of Dog, the resonant high pass filter offered for free by Boz Digital Labs, has seen an impressive update! Offering “Simple low end management”, this tool promises to help you “Clean out the junk without making your track sound weak.” And based on what’s going on under the hood, that’s not just smoke and mirrors! Bark Of Dog 2 … Read More

5 Steps To Mixing With Headphones.

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Mixing with headphones can be a challenge, and for a long time was generally accepted as something that should only be done if no other option were available. You had to contend with a skewed stereo perception, a skewed depth perception with reverbs, and a skewed frequency spectrum due to the natural low end rolloff of headphones. Midrange can also … Read More

Review: Waves PRS SuperModels

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As many of you may have noticed, the long awaited Paul Reed Smith amp models from Waves were released yesterday. From the moment I downloaded and plugged in a guitar (In this instance a cherry red 1998 Godin LGxT) I was completely hooked. Finally the holy grail of smooth satisfying clean tone was available at my fingertips, and I can … Read More

PRS SuperModels by Waves Is Out!

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PRS SuperModels, the newest amp sim from Waves, was released just a few moments ago! First thoughts just from listening to the Devin Townsend demo is that this is a major upgrade from the Waves GTR3. That’s a great thing, because while GTR3 sounded great for Bass and for special effects, it’s an older tool that lacks the realism and … Read More

Review: Sonible smart:EQ+

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Do we REALLY need another EQ? We have stock eq’s, free eq’s, hardware eq’s, dynamic eq’s, analog modeled eq’s, digital eq’s that can do a zillion cool things… I find it hard to get excited about another eq these days, unless there’s something truly new and unique it brings to the table. More developers should take advantage of the digital … Read More

5 Plugins To Celebrate Dynamic Range Day!

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Dynamic Range Day 2018 is upon us! To celebrate, here’s a list of my 5 favorite tools to help retain the dynamics of a mix and master! 5. ONE (IK Multimedia) IK Multimedia’s “ONE” is super simple, takes the guess work out of mastering, and gets you good results quickly. The on board metering is excellent for keeping the dynamics … Read More