Nu Metal Drums with Verbtone

In this tutorial, we’re going to use the Verbtone plate reverb plugin to lend some rather dry nu metal drums more depth and space. When mixing drums, a plate reverb is often a great choice: it generally sounds smooth and natural while also creating a three-dimensional...

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Crushing MotorTown Drums with Disto

In the last tutorial, we showed you how to use MotorTown’s built in effects to radically change the timbre of the original drum set. Today, we’re going to take this one step further with the help of Disto. As you might already know, Disto is a powerful compressor...

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Transforming MotorTown Drums with Built in Effects

MotorTown is far more than a virtual drum plugin. It’s also a song building tool, and it even gives you all sorts of tools to shape the sound of the drums thanks to its suite of built in effects – compression, equalization, and more. In this tutorial, we will use...

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Enhancing Cinematic Music with Presence

Today, we’re going to use Presence to enhance a short piece of cinematic music. Presence is a multimode and multiband exciter plugin with a few extra features up its sleeve that can help you refine mixes and even single tracks. We will use it to enhance the low end of...

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80s / Synthwave Bass with DDD & Bus

The sound of 80s pop never gets old, and it’s actually seeing a revival today in the shape of the Synthwave genre. Today we’re going to show you how to achieve that lush bass sound which many of the songs from back then and now are famous for. We’ll start with a...

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Natural Drumsets – Instructions

"Natural Drumsets" is our new line of drum kits with a virtual drummer and a set of microphones, effects and rooms. "MotorTown" is the first plugin in this line, built around a custom mahogany kit. UPDATED 22 Dec 2016 - Updated to v.1.1.0 (improvements, tempo...

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EchoTaps Delay – Instructions

EchoTaps is a multi-mode delay. Includes several sound models to cover the history of delay effects and provide a wide palette of effects. STRUCTURE EchoTaps is built around two sections: Long term delay (referred to as"Delay"). Short term delay (referred to as...

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Mastering Modern Metal Drums with Mattertone

Today we’re going to look at how we can use Mattertone in a mastering scenario. Let’s say we’ve just received a final mixdown or pre-master of a modern metal song, and we want to give it the final touch. After listening to it a couple of times we can say that the mix...

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Big Electro House Basses with GTS-39

Modern electronic music, such as electro house, would be more or less nothing without its bold and earth shaking bass sounds. In today’s session, we’ll show you how the GTS-39 plugin can help you to get your synths to thunder! At its core, the GTS-39 is a limiting...

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Mixing a Clean Guitar with Strip V3

The all-in-one channel strip plugin Strip V3 gives you everything you need to craft a great guitar sound. We’re going to start off with a more or less ideal DI recording of a clean electric guitar, and then use Strip’s EQ, compressor, and expander to give it the tonal...

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Drum Bus Compression with C165a

Since the C165a compressor has just been ported to the native AAX-format on Windows and MacOS, it seems like a perfect opportunity to take a closer look at this fine plugin again! Modeled after a very popular VCA compressor from the 1970s, the C165a is, like the...

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Natural Drums has changed dress

New look for Natural Drums!     Writing a phrase should be easy-peasy: Select the drum kit -> Set accents through the list selector -> Listen -> Enjoy! Here's another sample   mp3   wav  ...

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Natural Stereo Guitar with ThreeD

In this tutorial, we will use ThreeD to give a mono guitar some nice and natural stereo width. There are certain instruments that are typically recorded in mono, and the guitar is one of those. A common technique to achieve a big, wide sound is to record two takes of...

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Going Wild with Bus

Simulating four of the most sought after bus compressors ever made, Bus is ideal for gluing subgroups and full mixes together. In such a scenario, we would usually play it safe – use a moderate ratio, and aim for only a couple of dB gain reduction. But what if we...

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Natural Drums Audio Demo

  Hi there, let's take a listen to the last transcribed style. A funk based track with a slow trip-hop groove: regular kick on 1/1 and 3/3 hi-hat and ride variations occasional charleston openings/closures snare backbeat Swing selector set to less than half...

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Sound Design with DDD and Necklace

Today it’s time for some creativity. That is, there will be no audio related problem solving, and no actual mixing, but instead: sound design! The tools of the trade are the super-lush DDD chorus plugin as well as the physically modeled Necklace spring reverb. We’re...

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Warm Synth Sounds with Presence

Being a multimode exciter, Presence analyses the incoming signal and dynamically adds new content to the frequency spectrum, that wasn’t there before. Thus, whenever you think that an instrument or even a whole mix lacks that little bit of strength, weight, or...

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Finalizing a Mix with Cuttertone

Today we're going to be looking at a plugin which, for some indefinite reason, we haven't actually featured on our blog at all yet: Cuttertone. We want to make up for that and show you exactly what this plugin does and why it can be an invaluable tool for mixing and...

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Modern Hi-fi Drums with SDC

In the last session, we used the GTS-39 compressor to push a raw and heavy Drum’n’Bass drum loop to the limit. In this tutorial, however, we’ll do kind of the opposite, and treat a modern sounding drum track with some carefully adjusted compression – so that it sounds...

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Raw and Heavy Drum’n’Bass Drums with GTS-39

In this tutorial we’re going to beef up a drum track with some serious compression. It’s a pretty old-school Drum’n’Bass-type loop, which might have a somewhat raw and unpolished sound, but also lots of character to it. Hence, the GTS-39 compressor plugin surely is...

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Using SoundBrigade as a Multi-Purpose Mixing Tool

If you’re familiar with SoundBrigade or have read some of our previous tutorials on it on our blog, you might already know that it can be a very valuable tool in all different kinds of mixing scenarios, thanks to its five missions. Whether you need to tackle critical...

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Mixing Vocals with Strip V3

Unless one is dealing with a purely instrumental song, the voice of the singer is arguably the most important element in a mix. In this second tutorial on Strip V3 we’re going to give a nice vocal track a last treatment so that it can really shine in the end! Let’s...

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Strip V3 Audio Demo Showcase

Below you will find some audio demo tracks which demonstrate the versatility and capabilities of the new Strip V3. Each demo comes in two versions: one dry and one wet one, with Strip V3 disabled or enabled respectively. Except for the Strip V3 plugin, the processing...

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Mixing Synthie Pop with Strip V3

Christmas comes early this year as the long-awaited V3 update of the ever-popular mixing plugin Sknote Strip is finally here! At its heart, Strip is still a virtual channel strip, which emulates the workflow, feel, and sound of several analog mixing consoles. The...

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Strip – Instructions

Strip is a console modeling effect and a channel strip with several unique features. Several models are available. Each model contains different features and is designed by analyzing vintage and modern channels. An unique feature of Strip is how a whole model is...

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Strip – Console Emulation and Channel Strip

Strip is a Console Emulation and Channel Strip. Main features: Console emulation. Several models included, designed by analysing modern and vintage channels. Crosstalk and ducking. Instances interact in background, they actually are an overall unique analog model....

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Wide Stereo Drums with Xtrim

As a toolbox with various kinds of useful, er, tools, Xtrim can really save you some time during the mixing process: use its hi and lo pass filters to roll off unwanted frequencies; enhance the side portion of a stereo signal a bit; fix timing issues between left and...

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Mastering a Song with Bus

Bus is the sister plugin of the ever popular Strip, and while the latter can sit happily on every channel of your mix, the best place for the former is – you guessed it – on a bus. Don’t let the relatively simple GUI fool you: Bus is really a powerhouse, which gives...

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Mixing Metal Drums with Grasso

Compression? Yes. Expansion? Definitely. Equalization and transient manipulation? Double check. Saturation? You bet. In short: Grasso is really a powerhouse when it comes to shaping the dynamics of an audio signal and giving it a nice, analog feel. In this episode, we...

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Disto Preset Series: Guitar & Bass

No matter what type of guitar or bass you're currently working on, the following presets for Disto have got you covered! Please make sure you have the latest version of Disto installed (downloadable from your user area). Simply copy the text to your computer's...

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Disto Preset Series: Synths, Keys & Strings

From strong basses to fat leads as well as wide and warm keys - use the following presets to spice up your tracks with Disto. Please make sure you have the latest version of Disto installed (downloadable from your user area). Simply copy the text to your computer's...

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Disto Preset Series: Drums

Explore Disto's great capabilities as a drum compressor with the following presets. Please make sure you have the latest version of Disto installed (downloadable from your user area). Simply copy the text to your computer's clipboard by "right-clicking/copy" or...

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Disto – New copy and paste sharing system for presets

A great new feature for Disto: sharing presets through plain text. Copy all the settings by pressing a button, paste them as plain text in a forum or email or whatever. Copy the text from a post, an email or whatever, paste it in Disto to get it instantly configured...

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Using SoundBrigade as a De-Esser

Dealing with sibilance is probably one of the most frustrating tasks when it comes down to mixing vocals. Even the most perfect singers in the world sometimes can’t help but overemphasize those nasty “ess” and “shh” sounds, making an otherwise gorgeous take hard to...

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Parallel Mastering with Disto V2

Please note: You will need the latest version of Disto for this tutorial. If you haven’t updated to V2 yet, please download it from your user area first. One of the coolest new features in Disto V2 is definitely the dry/wet-control, adjustable via the middle knob on...

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