Looking for a great all around go-to studio microphone? Then put the Rode NT1a (or newly updated NT1) on your list. In the wake of last week’s article on affordable microphones vs expensive microphones I thought I would share one of my all time favorite affordable mics. For around $200 US, you really can’t go wrong with having one of these in your mic locker. Check out the review and sound sample at the end.
Logic Pro X might be one of the best home studio bargains around. I’m admittedly a Pro Tools guy (have been for over a decade now), but as someone who helps people get their home studios going, I’d be a jerk to not show what Apple’s latest version of their flagship DAW can do, and for such little money. Check it out.
Pro Tools 11 is a huge update, not because of crazy new features, but rather a major under the hood rewrite. For the first time in maybe 20 years, Avid has built Pro Tools from the ground up with fresh code running as a 64 bit application. The result? A much slimmer, sleeker, and more powerful version of Pro Tools that will give you way more power on your current audio Mac or PC. It’s almost like getting a new computer.
The team over at Slate Digital has done it again. The Virtual Buss Compressors (VBC) plugin is here and it’s amazing. There’s a reason why I own every one of Steven’s plugins: they add something unique and magical to my mixes, and the VBC is no exception. I literally demoed this for 5 minutes on a mix for a client and I knew instantly that this was doing something special to my tracks. You have to hear it to believe it, so I’ve put together a little review for you. Enjoy!
What you hear out of your studio monitors has a huge impact on how your final mix will turn out. It affects your recording and mixing decisions, which ultimately sculpt the sound of your tracks. And with many of us recording and mixing in non-ideal spaces, what we hear isn’t normally the truth of the matter. Enter the ARC 2 Room Correction system from IK Multimedia. Is it the savior of your mixes? Let’s find out.
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Your speakers don’t tell you the whole truth. I’ve written about speaker placement being a critical move to accuracy. I also recommend some basic acoustic treatment to tighten up your room. Both of these in tandem will tremendously help you balance out and tighten up the reflections in your room to get a more accurate sound in your room, helping you make better mixing decisions.
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Here’s a question: why in the world would anyone ever need more compressors if their stock DAW compressor works and sounds great? The answer? You don’t. That being said, what’s great about these Waves CLA emulations of classic compressors such as the LA-2A, 1176, and LA-3A is the sonic characteristic and vibe they bring to your tracks. They are more than just compressors, they are tone machines. Here’s a little review for your opinion seeking pleasure…
I have to hand it to Avid, the Eleven Rack is changing my mind on guitar amp modeling and changing how I work in the studio and on stage. Today I want to give a little show and tell of the Eleven Rack, which is a total guitar amp, speaker, and effects modeling box that also happens to be a USB 2.0 interface and comes bundled with a free copy of Pro Tools. Let’s do this!
There is a lot of hype surrounding the latest vintage console emulation plugin from Waves, the REDD consoles from Abby Road Studios. Does this replaces something like Slate Digital’s Virtual Console Collection or Waves own NLS (Non Linear Summer)? Or is it something more? Today I do a little show and tell of how I’ve used it in real mixes as of late.
I love to see competition in the plugin world. It better serves the customer/user. Today’s review covers the Plug And Mix VIP Bundle from the guys at DontCrack.com. It’s a very affordable bundle of plugins ($399US for 40 plugins) that both sound good and are fun to use. Here’s a little show and tell from a mix that I used a bunch of these plugins on.
One of the absolute best deals in plugin bundles right now is the McDSP Project Studio pack. You get 5 plugins that cover compression, EQ, reverb, mastering limiter, and tape saturation. No fluff, just quality stuff. The good news? It’s $79. The bad news? It’s only for Pro Tools users. But if you ARE a Pro Tools user, you should pick this thing up. Here’s a little demo and review.