Monitor stands are very simple devices that provide a wide range studio monitoring benefits. By and large, the biggest benefit of placing monitors on stands is that this setup improves studio monitor performance thus the overall sound quality that monitors can produce in studios.
The cost of purchasing Pro Audio software such as third-party plug-ins can amount to quite a sizable bill over the course of a year, but fear not, a vast majority of Pro Audio software developers and plug-ins brands do offer a wide range of different deal opportunities that we can take full advantage of to purchase their products at a fraction of the full price.
In this article we list the most common types of deals and promotions that Pro Audio software developers and plug-in brands offer.
In this video from the team at Audient, producer, engineer and drummer Hamish Dickinson of Phoenix Sound in Nottinghamshire, UK, takes us through his ideas and techniques for microphone selection and positioning when using a limited number of mics on a drum kit.
It doesn't matter if you have a small studio setup in a college dorm room, a bedroom, a garden outhouse or a multi-million dollar complex... thieves are everywhere and they are very smart... and organised.
Sure, there are some opportunists out there that will attempt to smash and grab (given the chance) but thieves these days will most likely break into your studio because they have done research and worked out a plan of action. Our job as studio owners is to counter as many opportunities that thieves could use to illegally gain access to our studios.
I'm sure we've all been in sessions where in spite of our best laid plans, someone is just a little too far away from their headphone amp and the lead there never seem to be quite enough of is headphone extensions. While there often isn't a headphone extension lead available, there is always an XLR lead handy. Find out how this can help using this useful tip.
I bet you read that headline and were already running for the toolbox ready to yank your dishwasher out of the kitchen shouting aloud "I'll do it!"
Let me put that post title into context.
In this short video example Production Expert team member Julian Rodgers compares the results achieved by rotating an XY array of small diaphragm condensor mics through 90 degrees so they are arranged vertically with the conventional horizontal orientation.
The team at Antelope Audio are proud to be demonstrating their new Edge Strip mic modelling solution for the first time in Europe at Musikmesse 2018 in Frankfurt, Germany.
The term "trash mic" refers to a microphone used to record anything including vocals, guitars, and in this case drums. This mic can be lo-res by design or created by the engineer by using guitar pedals, a wah pedal, or anything else that will render a distorted and chaotic-sounding result.
The team at Synthax Audio UK has announced a new addition to the Ferrofish lineup of analogue to digital converters.
The new Pulse16 DX is a high-quality AD/DA converter that can now be directly integrated into audio networks. The 1U rackmount unit features 16 analogue I/O over TRS Jack, ADAT, MADI and Dante conversion allowing full 16x16 expansion across a Dante audio network at a low cost for such a feature set.
In this free video tutorial, joins our own 'Mr RX It', Mike Thornton, is joined by iZotope's Education Director, Jonathan Wyner,iZotope's Education Director, Jonathan Wyner. Mike shows just how easy it is to remove click track and speaker bleed with the De-bleed module in RX 6 from iZotope.
Ultimate Ears has released a new flagship IEM, the UE Live ($2,199) and the latest studio In-Ear Monitor in their product line, the UE 6 PRO ($699.) The release also heralds an upgrade along the entire UE CIEM product line to the Ultimate Ears IPX Connection System. The durable new connection system is designed to withstand sweat, temperature changes, and repeated connection/disconnections with different cable types over the life of product.
One year after inviting a select group of journalists to chat with key Apple personnel, Apple invited TechCrunch's Matthew Panzarino back to talk to the Apple team responsible for bringing the new Mac Pro to fruition.
Steinberg has unveiled two new interfaces produced in collaboration with Rupert Neve Designs. The USB 2.0 UR-RT2 4 x 2 interface Priced at $349.99 and UR-RT4 6 x 4 interface priced at $599.99 and that these interfaces that will be shipping from the beginning of June 2018.
Just in time for NAB, Australian pro audio powerhouse, RØDE Microphones, is proud to announce its first broadcast-grade, 360-degree surround sound capture microphone and flagship product of a new brand in the RØDE family.
Whenever I see a cable wound ad hoc or incorrectly I just think that the person who did it was being lazy, don't be that person! Instead, be the Pro that properly coils and stores cables. By doing it correctly you will keep your cables in working condition for longer and out of tangled messes.
The voting results are in and they are not that surprising. We combined all the results from the six listening tests and the numbers show that 79% of users who took part in the shootout can clearly hear the differences between condenser and ribbon microphones.
The mics over your drum kit are your best way to get a reliable, and in-phase sonic picture of the entire kit into your mix. Properly placing your mics is a critical task yet it doesn't add much more time to your setup. It all starts with relationships to your kick and snare. Watch this free video tutorial to see to see 3 tips in action.
It's often easy to reduce our industry into the gear and the technique and we can forget the most vital part of the equation, the human factor, we do so at our peril.
As a child, there was nothing more frustrating than opening a gift on a Christmas or birthday morning, only to find that the toy needed batteries and they were not included. An adult version of this trauma is opening the box of a new audio interface only to find that the required cable or cables to link the unit to your computer are not included. In this article, I am going to look at the latest interface cable formats, how much they cost and where to get the best deal.
In this article, we steer well clear of compressor and EQ plug-ins, instead we list a selection of plug-ins that aren't conventional "mixing" plug-ins, instead, the plug-ins featured in this list are what we consider to be unique "processing" tools that all produce very cool effects and results when used on multitrack drum tracks and drum loops.
Julian doesn't have a Pro Tools keyboard. In this opinion piece he questions why this is and whether he should get one?
Look around your studios and let us know what studio gear you own and use regularly that has never needed returning, repair or replacing.
Thursday 22nd of March saw the latest in Jigsaw24's very successful Mix With The Pros events held at their London base in Soho Square. This time the event was very music and music creation focused with presentations from many top industry brands including Avid, Focusrite and Izotope as well as a feature presentation and Q&A with producer, engineer and mixer Steve Lipson.
What does it mean to be an audio professional? Russ thinks it is time to start shouting about it!
Since its introduction in 1968, the Universal Audio 1176 Limiting Amplifier has become one of the most used and most loved pieces of studio hardware. But not everyone has the money or space for a bank of vintage 1176 compressors so we use the plug-ins. But there are so many 1176 style plug-ins out there. Which ones sound good, which ones sound like the hardware and which just sound great? Here is are some of the finest 1176 style compression plug-ins available today.
In this free video tutorial, Production Expert team member Julian Rodgers demonstrates how easy it is to use Soundgrid Connect to route audio across a Soundgrid network using the free Soundgrid Studio application.
This post does not go into technical differences between ribbon and condenser microphones as that would be a boring article to write... and read. instead, we've produced a shootout between both ribbon and condenser microphones that on the face of it look the same, are both from the same microphone brand and are similarly priced: The SE Electronics SE X1 R ribbon and SE X1 S condenser.
In this list, we highlight several powerful audio restoration software packages, some stand-alone, some plug-ins and some that offer both options that you should try in your next mix.
Windows and Post-Production Specialist Alan Sallabank takes a look at the Dell Inspiron 15 7577 Windows Thunderbolt 3 Gaming Laptop to replace his MacBook Pro 2011 and sees how it performs for Post Production.
In this video review for Production Expert, Pro Tools Expert, Technical Editor James Ivey takes a look at the new ML-32D from Tascam. A 32 channel Line Level I/O to Dante converter. James shows you around the unit, explains the connectivity and how he is using the ML-32D in his studio set up and then goes on to let you hear the unit in a short track featuring full drum kit, bass and lead guitar.
In this video review for Production Expert, Technical Editor James Ivey takes a look and listen to the Series Black range of condenser microphones by Lauten Audio.
I think I have said many times now, in articles and on the Podcast that it's the little things in our studios that make little differences and that lots of little differences add up to a big difference in our sound. The little gizmos and gadgets that fix a specific problem or issue. CRS from Norway have designed the Cymbal Resonance System that can be quickly fitter to all professional cymbal and percussion stands and just makes your instruments sound better.
T-Racks 5 is the latest version of IK Multimedia's popular plug-in suite. It features a wealth of great sounding EQs, dynamics and effects. The latest version of T-Racks 5 debuted a new standalone mastering application along with four new modules. We take a look at Master Match, which automatically matches the sound of the songs you are mastering with up to three source tracks used as reference tracks, it's very good.
In this video review, Pro Tools Expert team member Kevin Becka puts the Wavesfactory SPECTRE plug-in through its paces. This unique processor introduces sophisticated harmonic content to your tracks ranging from chocolatey tones to outright bit-crushing anarchy.
In this video review for Production Expert, Pro Tools Expert Technical Editor James Ivey takes a look at the new Neve 1073DPX two-channel mic preamp with EQ.
In this video review Production Expert team member Julian Rodgers reviews Solid from UJAM, a virtual drum instrument which bucks the trend by embracing simplicity over comprehensive control and prove that this approach can set us free to get on the what's really important - creating music, without compromising the results.
In this brief overview/video review we show you around UK Pop EZX within EZ Drummer 2. Watch the video to hear how a small selection of the drums featured in this library sound and to hear a quick example of the beginnings of a Royal Blood style track using UK Pop EZX.
It was a little under 2 years ago, back in April 2016 that James first reviewed the Focusrite Red 4Pre and to say he was impressed and loved it would be an understatement. Little did he know then that the Red range would grow to include the Red 8Pre, reviewed in May 2017 and now the new Red 16Line the latest in the Focusrite Pro Red range.
In this review Julian Rodgers takes a look at the RZ062 equaliser plug-in. A model of a vintage European valve equaliser which is particularly well suited to use of busses and for mastering.
In this Production Expert video review, we take a look at the VTRC Vari Tube Recording Channel by Tegeler Audio Manufaktur.
The new Softube MM-1 plug-in is based on the Weiss DS1-MK3, a very popular digital dynamics unit that can be found in many mastering studios across the world
The MM-1 plug-in is a "slimmed down" version of the original DS1-MK3 hardware that Softube claims features exactly the same algorithms from within the original hardware.
In this video review, Production Expert team member Julian Rodgers looks at the new bx_delay 2500 plug-in from Brainworx, a comprehensively equipped delay plug-in.
In this video review for Production Expert, Technical Editor James Ivey takes a look at the new Chroma 500 series mic pre/line preamp. The Chroma offers the same A & N modes of mojo mic pre circuit found on its big brother the Silver Bullet but adds the ability to add your own flavour of tone shaping with a "Colour" module.
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.
In this puremix.net exclusive, Grammy Award Winning Engineer, Andrew Scheps, shows you how he approaches micing a grand piano. Andrew shows you multiple techniques that cover a wide variety of genres using different combinations of close and distant microphones, spaced pairs and cleverly placed mono microphones.
EDM or Electronic Dance Music is not a style we cover often on Pro Tools Expert. Luckily the team Slate Slate Digital has produced a very cool free tutorial showing you how to use Slate's Virtual Mix Rack (VMR) in EDM mixing. Steven Slate takes us through an in the box mix of a club track and shows us some ideas to add depth, warmth, and fatness to the track using Slate Digital plug-ins.
Masters of Ambisonic immersive audio Noise Makers have released a new Third Order Ambisonics Reverb plug-in for Pro Tools 12.8.2 and above.
In this free video tutorial, brought to you with the support of Waves, you will learn how to fatten up drums using Waves MaxBass plug-in. Waves describe MaxBass as a bass enhancement plug-in, but what makes this plug-in special? It doesn't give us bottom end lift with EQ, no, instead it produces higher frequency harmonics based on the input signal to create the effect. Watch the video to hear how MaxBass lifts the bottom end of a thin sounding drum mix.
In this free video tutorial brought to you in with the support of Plugin Alliance, Pro Tools Expert team member Julian Rodgers demonstrates how the Brainworx bx_panEQ can be used to fix issues with a drum recording.
In this free video tutorial, created with the kind support of Universal Audio, Russ shows how to Auto-Tune Realtime has the control now to tune even the most complex vocal performance and still make it sound natural.
Our friends at PreSonus, the makers of Studio One, have announced that Universal Control 2.6 is now available.
Brought to you with the support of Waves, In this 3rd video of a 4 part free mini-series, Marcus moves along, and begins to process the Bass & various Percussion elements using the Scheps Multi Channel plug-in.
Brought to you with the support of Waves, In this 3rd video of a 4 part free mini-series, Marcus turns to the Waves Element Virtual Instrument in order to craft his bass tone for the song. After coming up with the right sound to fit the track, he then begins to add additional processing using additional Waves plug-ins such as CLA BASS, and OneKnob Filter.
This video explains using plug-ins as inserts and sends
Brought to you with the support of Waves, In this 2nd video of a 4 part free mini-series, Marcus moves along from where he left off in the first video, and begins to mix the Drums & Acoustic Guitar using only the Scheps Omni Channel plug-in.
In this free tutorial from our friends at iZotope, Nick Messitte shows how to learn a synthesizer in 3 easy steps with iZotope Iris 2.
In this free tutorial from the team at Arturia, Product Specialist Quincas takes you through the basics of this amazing sounding and massive collection of virtual instrument patches with step by step guides to creating some amazing sounds.
In this free video tutorial, Production Expert team member Julian Rodgers demonstrates a trick using a feedback loop within an analogue mixer to create an oscillator. If you've never tried this you really should as its enormous fun!
In this series of videos from the team at UK pro audio retailer KMR, synth specialist Tom Lewis shows us around the Buchla Music Easel.
Today, our friends at Toontrack have just released a new keyboard expansion for EZkeys called Dream Machine that Toontrack say is a hybrid / preset-driven instrument designed for use in modern pop, ambient soundscapes and soundtracks.