Why I use Expanders on DI’s.

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Picture 1. In the first picture, you’ll see 4 colored bands on the analyzer. The red band is the noise floor of my interface, and it’s reading down around -110dbfs. The dark orange band at the very bottom is where the expander is pushing that noise floor to, down around -170dbfs. I usually use HoRNet Track Utility to bring the … Read More

Do we really need more 1176 plugin models?

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Back in the day, we had hardware. Since then, we started using software. Over the years, we’ve become better and better at developing this software so that it fools the trained ear into thinking it’s hardware. We make it move, overload, have noise, and try to recreate the exact sonic imprint of the hardware. We’ve put a ton of time … Read More

Under Construction

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This blog is undergoing a massive overhaul. Be patient, as there may be untested links. We’re working through every page, line by line, to make sure this blog represents the best information possible.

How To Lift Reverb Tails With Bass Rider!

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In this video, I demonstrate a cool trick for lifting up the reverb tails of a snare drum reverb plate using Bass Rider! This trick can help the reverb tail cut through the mix. The song in this video is “Dead Enemies” by “Dark Ride”, and the multi-tracks are available for free on the Cambridge “Mixing Secrets” Free Multi-track Download … Read More

How To Clip Drums In Parallel With KClip!

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In this video, I demonstrate a parallel chain for using clippers on drums that retains the transient of the drum shells while bringing in the perceived impact that makes clippers a desired effect on drums. The song in this video is “Dead Enemies” by “Dark Ride”, and the multitracks are available for free on the Cambridge “Mixing Secrets” Free Multi-track … Read More

Multiband Metal Bass: Creating Custom Multiband Chains

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In this video, I demonstrate how to create a custom multiband chain using a 3 band crossover. In this specific example, I’ll be splitting a bass into 3 bands, and processing each of those bands with a combination of Bass Rider, saturation, eq, and dynamic ducking around the drums. The song in this video is “Dead Enemies” by “Dark Ride”, … Read More

How To Add Q-Clone To A Toolbar In REAPER

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So a while back, when I first got Q-Clone, I was trying to wrap my head around how it worked. Bear in mind that Waves wouldn’t touch REAPER with a 10 foot pole at the time, and I was worried that I’d bought a plugin that I wouldn’t be able to use in REAPER (like Sound Shifter). I hit up … Read More

Dancing Angels – From idea to finished mix!

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One of my latest mixes, which you may have heard by now, is “Danging Angels” from Project DIVIDE! It’s not been officially released yet on iTunes, but you can check it out on our youtube page here. This one was fun as hell! I wrote the music on my iPhone using NanoStudio one day while waiting outside of a doctors … Read More