Over the years I have put a great deal of time and effort into making my recording studios look cool. I strongly believe that a recording studio should look as good as it sounds, after all, we do spend a lot of time in these creative spaces, they may as well be nice to be in.
Brainworx today announced the release of two new plug-ins - the bx_2098EQ and the bx_delay2500. As the largest brand in the Plugin Alliance, this is a welcome addition to the line-up with the bx_2098 being a meticulous recreation of a respected Amek design and check out our exclusive review. The bx_delay 2500 offering warm analogue delays with some interesting additions including, amongst other things transient processing in the feedback loop.
We have heard a great deal recently about the benefits of Buss Powered interfaces, especially with regard to the new USB type C and Thunderbolt 3.0 connection formats. The team at Focusrite have let us in on a little more information about their latest offering the USB-C version of their Clarett range of small form factor interfaces.
Louder Than Liftoff has extended their range of Colour modules for the Chroma 500 Series module and DIYRE Colour Palette with the Royal Blue module inspired by the 1081 Channel Amplifier used in vintage Neve 80 Series recording consoles from the 70's.
In this video for Production Expert, Pro Tools Expert Technical Editor James Ivey takes you on a tour of one of the most legendary studios in the world, EastWest Studio in Hollywood, California. Blake Rogers of EastWest is our tour guide with all the who, when, where and how information about this amazing studio facility.
Over the last few months I have watched my wife develope her own music production workflow using her simple bedroom studio and I must say there's something quite endearing about it all. From my observations, I've reminded myself of some cool benefits to using a stripped back studio setup instead of a more serious studio that resemble something similar to the bridge of the Starship Enterprise... like the studio I have at the end of my garden.
Our friends at Plugin Alliance have announced Pick Pack, a new and interesting take on plug-in rental. The idea is very simple and the value on offer is potentially very generous. For a flat fee of $29 a month you can choose any 10 plug-ins from the Plugin Alliance catalogue and after 29 months, they are yours to keep them forever.
Can you allow a relentless flow of information into your mind and remain unaffected? Russ Hughes says he couldn't.
In this video for Production Expert, Pro Tools Expert Technical Editor James Ivey, makes a visit to Stream Records in Tustin CA to meet with Bruce Millett from Burbank Audio Systems, the designers and manufacturers of the stunning Custom System 75 console powered by Neve.
In this free tutorial, you will learn how to clean up a poorly recorded dialogue track using the noise and reverb suppression plug-in ERA-D by Accusonus. Watch this tutorial to learn the controls and to see how easy it is to transform a poorly recorded dialogue track into a really usable audio clip in a matter of seconds.
Splice is now offering iZotope's Ozone 8 and Neutron 2 Advanced on a Rent-to-Own plan. With this plan, you can get iZotope's mixing and mastering bundle worth $998 for just $27.99 a month.
In a departure from his normal style of videos for Production Expert, Technical Editor James Ivey lives up to the technical title and shares the recent experience of some "scientific" testing on four current audio interface models.
Universal Audio has released UAD Software v9.5. Alongside the new UA-developed Helios Type 69 Preamp and EQ Collection plug-in, this latest software release delivers 2 plug-ins from UA's direct developer partner, Brainworx, the A/DA Flanger and Friedman Buxom Betty Amplifier.
In this free tutorial, you will learn how to quickly and effectively use Sonible's smart:EQ live plug-in. In this demonstration, we show you how smart:EQ live can be used to mix an entire song with ease.
It sounds great, does a lot thinking for us and it's easy to use… sounds too good to be true right? Well, watch the video to find out…
In this video from day 1 of NAMM 2018, Pro Tools Expert Technical Editor James Ivey talks to Universal Audio's Tom Waterman about 3 exciting new products on their booth at the show.
Zeitgeist, it's a German word which means the prevailing spirit of an age. I heard it used in a radio documentary this week and it got me thinking, what is it for this period of recording?
iZotope has released updates for their key plug-ins, Ozone 8, RX6 and Neutron 2...
In his recent review of Evolution by Wave Alchemy Julian referred to the four alternative Kontakt instruments which offer samples which are pre-processed with varying amounts of tape saturation using a Studer A80 tape machine. In this video, Julian compares the effect of these four alternatives.
I often come across some universal issues with virtual instruments that I want to highlight in this article. What really bugs me about Virtual Instruments are the hotter than hell output levels they produce right out of the box. I'm not going to point my finger at any particular Virtual Instrument or developer as I feel this is an issue with many, not all, virtual instruments on the market.
In this tutorial video for Production Expert, Drummer James Ivey continues his drum recording tutorial with a look at room mics, what configurations to use and how they sound.
Russ thinks getting two buying choices right can make a world of difference.
In this video shot from the show floor at NAMM 2018, James Ivey takes you through some of his show highlights. From a software controlled analog patchbay, via 3D binaural microphones to Dante adaptors for Audio over IP. James shares the stuff he has found most interesting from day 4 of NAMM 2018.
Just before Christmas, we published a shootout between 2 recordings of a Steinway piano recorded through a PreSonus Quantum and a Merging Technologies Hapi and we asked you to take a listen and let us know which one you prefer. We can now announce the results of the shootout and which interface was which.
In this video shot from the show floor at NAMM 2018, James Ivey and Dan Cooper take you through some of their show highlights. From Mic preamps with Dante and vocoders to mastering limiters, microphones, and storage upgrades. James and Dan share the stuff they have found most interesting from day 2 of NAMM 2018.
Synthax has let us know that at NAMM 2018 RME has just announced the latest update to their comprehensive monitoring and routing software TotalMix FX. This new update combines with a new app called TotalMix Remote, which allows control over TotalMix FX via a network, over WiFi, or even remotely from anywhere in the world.
At NAMM 2018 Synthax has let us know that Icon has announced that they're expanding their range of cost-effective DAW controllers with the release of the Platform B+ which provides further options in the form of banks of shortcut keys.
With the release of Pro Tools 2018.1 and iLok Cloud compatibility, we wanted to share in this article, up to date information about iLok Cloud compatible software and plug-ins, as we get it from brands and the community. Please be aware that this article will be updated as the information and compatibility status changes.
Our prolific friends at Antelope Audio are showing a new product at NAMM 2018. EDGE Strip pairs its DISCRETE MP Discrete Dual Ultra-Linear Microphone Preamp with the already-available, EDGE modelling microphone,
In this video shot from the show floor at NAMM 2018, James Ivey and Dan Cooper take you through some of their show highlights. From consoles and covers to interfaces, controllers and microphones. James and Dan share the stuff they have found most interesting from day 1 of NAMM 2018.
In this video review for Production Expert, Technical Editor, James Ivey takes at the new Buxom Betty guitar amp simulation for the Universal Audio Apollo interfaces and the UAD-2 platform by Brainworx.
Boom - Our friends at UVI have just released a new rise & impact sound effects library for both UVI Workstation and Falcon instrument platforms called Meteor. Production Expert was given early access to Meteror in order to provide The Production Expert Communities with an exclusive video review.
In this video review for Production Expert, Pro Tools Expert Technical Editor James Ivey takes a look at the new Convert AD+ from Dangerous Music.
In this review Julian Rodgers takes a look at the newly announced DW Drum Enhancer from Audified. This plugin, developed in collaboration with the highly respected drum manufacturers at Drum Workshop, is a channel strip type plug-in which is tightly focussed on drum processing.
In this video review for Production Expert, Pro Tools Expert Technical Editor, James Ivey takes a look at the new Hammer Audio HA-872 condenser microphone.
Pro Tools Expert post-production specialist, Alan Sallabank takes a look at using 2 PreSonus Quantum interfaces together with Pro Tools HD Standalone software on a Windows Pro Tools computer. See how he got on...
In this video review, Production Expert team member Julian Rodgers looks at Evolution, a Kontakt Instrument which gives access to a library of over 4.5 GB of drum samples, 25,000 sounds presented via a custom UI which offers flexible and comprehensive editing, processing and sequencing.
Post Production Specialist Alan Sallabank reviews the Source Elements Source-VC Volume Controller AAX Plug-in and iOS app remote, capable of 7.1.2 monitor control.
In this review, Mike Thornton take a look at the new compressor plug-in from Sound Radix. POWAIR isn’t just another compressor, it is a two-stage loudness leveler and compressor plug-in with a number of features that set it apart from other compressor plug-ins.
In this video review for Pro Tools Expert, Technical Editor James Ivey looks at the final microphone in the Audio Technica 50 series the 5040. The AT504 is once again a quad rectangular diaphragm microphone but this has no transformer in its output stage thus giving it a very very high output.
In this review, Production Expert takes a look at some of the new features and improvements in Pro-L 2. In this video, we test some of the new limited styles, the new 1:1 output feature and more. We use Pro-L 2 to apply limiting to the master track of a song using the new LUFS loudness meters.
In this video review, we take a close look at XTRAX STEMS, a new automatic stem creator software created by the audio separation wizards at Audionamix. XTRAX STEMS is a standalone Mac application that produces individual Drum, Music and Vocal audio stems from mixed and mastered music.
In this video review for Production Expert, Pro Tools Expert Technical Editor James Ivey takes a look at the new Classic Tubes 3 collection for the Slate Digital Virtual Microphone System.
This instrument isn't just a set of great sounding instruments, no, Session Keys Upright uses the same engine also found in e-instruments Grand series of keyboard instruments. This engine provides users with an interface, set of effects and controls that will enable users to change the timbre of either piano in deep and emotive ways.
When I left the band I had been playing with back in May after 13 years, I thought, and secretly hoped that would mean I would not be travelling as much as I had been. Well, it turns out that I am still travelling quite a bit and while these days filming and recording a great deal of material and valuable data needs somewhere safe to keep it while I am away. Enter the very solid, very tough and very speedy Envoy Pro EX SSD from OWC.
In this review, we take a look at Smart:EQ Live, Sonbiles latest A.I. EQ plug-in. Developed predominately for live music applications, we test its capabilities in DAW music mixing applications.
In this video review for Production Expert, Technical Editor James Ivey takes a look at the Tascam iXR portable USB audio and MIDI interface for Windows, Mac OS and iOS.
Post Production Specialist Alan Sallabank takes a look at how the RME Advanced Remote Control USB can help you get the best out of your RME interface.
In this video review, we take a look at UVI's latest instrument for Falcon and UVI Workstation Nagoya Harp. The Nagoya Harp, is a Japanese harp instrument from the early 20th century that combined the mechanics from a typewriter. This instrument has an instantly recognisable sound and UVI has done a great job of preserving this traditional Japanese instrument whilst also incorporating some modern day tech making this a unique software instrument.
No monitors are perfectly flat, and no room is acoustically perfect. You “learn” to work in your environment and that’s that. You learn to compensate through trial and error and experience until your mixes sound good. Period. Well, not so much. You’ll have to read through to the end of my review of the Sonarworks Reference 4 software to see how my prejudices have been modified through the experience of using this system.
In this video for Pro Tools Expert, Technical Editor James Ivey shows us around the new AT2035 Studio bundle from Audio Technica and Audient. This package features everything you need to get working on your next hit song. Just add creativity.
I love it when new boxes appear as if by magic on the doorstep. On this occasion, it was not the normal pile of printed cardboard boxes but a nice shiny flight case that I coaxed down to the studio. Within I found a pair of DB7 Linear Phase monitors by newcomers to the studio monitor market OS Acoustics based down in Christchurch, Dorset in the south-west of the UK.
In this video review for Pro Tools Expert, Technical Editor James Ivey takes a look at the new Discrete 8 audio interface from Antelope Audio.
In this video review for Pro Tools Expert, Technical Editor James Ivey takes a look at the new Vanguard Audio Labs V44S Stereo Condenser Microphone.
In this video for Pro Tools Expert, Technical Editor James Ivey takes a look at the new Quantum Thunderbolt-2 audio and MIDI interface from PreSonus.
Continuing our look at the DiGiGrid Desktop Range, the natural partner to the excellent DiGiGrid D is the DiGiGrid M. A 2 in, 2 out Soundgrid IO which, having tried all the boxes in this range I have to say is my favourite. I can think of many, many tracking jobs which would be improved immensely with a bag of DiGiGrid Ms.
In this Pro Tools Expert Video Review, we take a look at iZotope's latest version of their popular mixing suite/channel strip plug-in Neutron 2. We also take a look at their new Visual Mixer and Tonal Balance Control plug-ins.
This is a very unique tool, so unique I can't think of any other studio outboard gear available today that comes close to The Sckwerkraftmaschine's feature set, value for money and overall sound quality. This thing is a compressor Swiss Army Knife, watch our video review to find out if you agree.
In this Pro Tools Expert review video, we take a look at Ozone 8 by iZotope, claimed to be the smartest version of Ozone yet. We test a handful of new features including the new Master Assitant which isn't too dissimilar to the Track Assistant we first saw in iZotope Neutron 1.
In the MIDI Editor in Pro Tools, creating selections using the arrow keys is similar to using tab to transients but not quite. Find out what the difference is in the article accompanying this short, free video tutorial.
Russ, Mike and Dan discuss the effect Facebook has on us, the benefits of a simple setup, answering questions from the community and share their finds of the week.
We get a constant flow of questions about the costs of the different versions and models of Pro Tools as well as the different ways of 'buying' Pro Tools. In this article, we unpack the cost differences between the different types of Pro Tools. We have more detail about the different types of Pro Tools in our FAQ - Pro Tools FAQs - Pro Tools First, Pro Tools Standard Or Pro Tools HD - Which Is The Right One For Me?
In this edition of Sunday Sound Effects Roundup, we feature sound libraries from Pole Position, Gain Walkers, Morten Green Sound FX and Surround Sound Library as well as highlight a deal from Pro Sound Effects.
In this article, we're going to discuss notation in Studio One.
Notation and scoring are not native in Studio One but works by tightly integrating Studio One with Notion, the notation application from PreSonus, the makers of Studio One.
PreSonus, the makers of Studio One, has added the Klanghelm-SDRR-2 plug-in to their Studio Magic Plug-in Suite.
The Klanghelm SDRR2tube can be used to add warmth, depth and character to your tracks. SDRR2tube can also be used as a saturation processor, a compressor, an EQ, a bit-crusher, or a subtle stereo widener—or it can simply add movement to your tracks. A comprehensive set of controls enables you to manipulate the character of the saturation to make it sit perfectly in your mix.
Here is another great video tutorial from friend fo the blog AudioCzar.
In this extended video, Chris shows everything he does to prepare a Studio One session before mixing.
PreSonus, the makers of Studio One, has released version 3.5.5
We decided to look at those new features in Pro Tools 2018 and ask if there's anything in Pro Tools 2018 that Studio One can't do, so here we go.
A few weeks ago we asked the Studio One community to let us know what they thought should be in the next version of Studio One, expected sometime 2018, you can read the Studio One 4 post here.
The article garnered a record number of comments, we have listed them below so you can see the kind of things Studio One users are hoping to see in Studio One 4.
Synth player, songwriter, and Alesis and Hammond artist Emiko gives us a feature-by-feature overview of the Wireless Vortex 2, Alesis' successor to their successful and affordable keytar.
Does knowing about but not owning vintage synths give you a case of FOMO? Fear not! Today, the modern stuff is almost always better for real-world use.
Catalyst Audio has recreated classic Buchla 100-series modules based on the 1968 designs, but in Eurorack format. And they're relatively affordable, too!
This Friday's free plug-in is the powerful and versatile Synthmaster Player Free from KV331 audio.
Vermona's new module lets you send separate triggers based on the probability of a quarter, eighth, 16th, or triplet note happening.
Syntaur provides parts for synthesizers old and new, an invaluable resource for vintage gear lovers. They showed cool ARP Odyssey and Roland Juno mods at NAMM 2018.