[Editors Note: This article was originally written before an update to KVLT, which now features an interactive GUI] The first thing I notice about KVLT Drums after unpacking it is the lack of installer. Thankfully, installing the plugin is as simple as dragging the VST file into your VST Plugins folder. However, looking more closely reveals an oddity. The file … Read More
New (To Me) Plugins I’ve Been Using That I Recommend
It’s not the tool, it’s the user. But as a blogger and content creator, I get to play with a lot of cool tools. Here’s a few of them that I highly recommend checking out. 1. The Plugins From My Walkthroughs. Obviously anything from my recent product videos, and not just because I did the product walkthrough. Boz Digital Labs’s … Read More
Review: Transgressor by Boz Digital Labs
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
Understanding Drum Sample Libraries.
From bedroom producers, to the top brass mixing engineers with multiple grammies, there are a lot of people who use drum samples in their mixes. Joey Sturgis is famous for using Kick 10 from Steven Slate Drums in many of his productions (although now Joey Sturgis has his own sample library on the market called Drumforge), and Randy Staub used … Read More
How To Clip Drums In Parallel With KClip!
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
Dancing Angels – From idea to finished mix!
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
Looking back at my progress, My Advice To Newer Engineers:
Recently, my band Project DIVIDE recorded the song that I’m thus far the proudest of in our career. It represents a new milestone for us as songwriters, and the production represents a new milestone for me as a producer and engineer. But I’m sure in 2 years I’ll totally hate it. Two years ago, we set yet another such milestone, … Read More
Mix Breakdown: “Blue” by Patric Talbot
Today, I decided to push into new territory and mix a bluesy jazzy number. This was done purely for mix practice, not for a client. The song was “Blue” by Patrick Talbot, which you can download and mix yourself from the Cambridge Site. In this post, I wanna walk through my process on this mix. We’ll start with mix prep. … Read More
3 Reasons Why Pre-Production Is Essential
(This is a guest post from Steve Perrino of Compass Audio in Akron Ohio) Most musicians agree that there is a huge difference between your live show and your recordings. There is a lot of energy in a live performance due to volume and visuals, but there are certain things that you need to do in a recording to bring … Read More
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