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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Exciting EDM/Moombahcore with Presence

Among compression, equalizing, imaging, and limiting exciting is one of the key factors when polishing a mix in the master stage. By emphasizing (or attenuating) the harmonic content in different frequency ranges one can add that little bit of 'magic' that can make a...

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Warm Rock Vocals with Verbtone

Reverb can be an important element of a mix – even (or especially) when it isn’t instantly noticeable. In fact, only a little bit of reverb, applied to the right instruments, can already make a difference between a seemingly lifeless and sterile and a natural and...

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Stereo Exploration with ThreeD

Please note: In order to hear all of the following stereo processing correctly make sure to use headphones or (studio) monitors. There are plenty ways to expand or enhance the stereo image of an audio signal. And there are plenty tools that provide you with one of...

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Oldschool Techno with Roundtone

Digital audio is often said to be too clear, sterile, almost. While this may definitely have its advantages and make life easier in quite a few ways, many people still miss the warmth and musical imperfections of analog recordings. Luckily we can re-create these...

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Lush 80s Guitars with DDD

When one thinks 80s and rock music there are a couple of things that immediately come to mind. The first may be the infamous gated snare drum with its huge reverb on it. But then it would definitely be the super wide, super thick guitar sounds, too! Those were...

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Disto – New v.2 – Description and details.

This new v.2 is a main upgrade. A whole new model has been implemented, to satisfy all the users asking for a more faithful behaviour,mainly for light compression. It also adds a lot of colors to the palette. Compatibility: if you replave v.1 with v.2 and open an old...

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Synth Arp Variations with PolyJam

Originally designed for breathing life into dull drum loops, PolyJam can also be used on totally different material, like a simple synth sound for instance, with equally impressive results, that is! Not convinced, yet? Well, then let’s get to work! Here’s our example...

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New York-Style Mastering with STA-Limit

So called New York- or parallel-compression is a very popular technique in mixing and mastering alike. The idea behind this concept is simple, yet effective: Instead of processing the complete audio signal at once, it is divided into one dry and one (heavily)...

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Why Verbtone is so great for “Rooms” – Test on drums

Verbtone is a physical model of a plate reverb. Physical modeling means that the processing is designed starting from physical laws to get a behavior and a sound resembling the real thing. Main advantages are realism and the sound that, in this case, doesn't contain...

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Processing Electronic Drums with Mattertone

Being a multiband envelope shaper, Mattertone is ideal for treating drums, be it independently or in a complete loop. The latter is precisely what we will do in this tutorial, so let’s get going! Here’s our example track: We will now use the plugin to emphasize both...

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XTrim – A powerful set of mixing tools.

XTrim is a powerful set of mixing tools, for fine trimming and creative use. Volume: A fine control on output level. Useful for fine balancing and automation (vocals, solo, etc.). X1/X10 scale switch: select 10X gain range for gain staging purposes. Pan: Stereo image...

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ThreeD – Mono to Stereo – Stereo Enhancement

A versatile mono to stereo widener and stereo enhancement effect. Several algorithms. Based on phase, panning, time. Mono to stereo, stereo to stereo, stereo management (mid/side). Add stereo content to mono sources, where mid/side cannot work. Add stereo width...

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Presence – A fistful of Exciters – Balance, tone, air.

Presence is a multimode dynamic exciter Fills the spectrum and adds punch, tone, air and strength to tracks and mixes Increases perceived loudness without affecting dynamics Useful on single tracks (mono/stereo) and on submixes/mixes Very light on CPU and latency-free...

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Mattertone – Multiband Envelope Shaping

Mattertone is a multi-band envelope shaping effect. It is NOT a compressor, no thresholds. It is NOT level-sensitive, no triggering. Increase or decrease attack and/or sustain on selected frequency ranges. Tame resonances. Manage ambient. Get huge rooms from drums...

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Sound of stereo mic configurations? Practical examples.

Four couples of microphones have been placed in front of some instruments, in the same position and at the same time, to compare the results for stereo tracking. Sax, guitar and congas have been recorded. The purpose was to compare the sound for the same identical...

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Huge Rock Drums with SDC

When it comes down to mastering the SDC compressor is undoubtedly an ideal choice. However, it can also work wonders on sub mixes, such as a drum bus – that’s what we will explore in this tutorial! Go to work SDC comprises of two different compressor types, which work...

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The Powers of Disto

Although a little often goes a long way in the world of audio production, there's definitely no need to be afraid of extreme values – especially when working with Disto. Not convinced yet? Well, let's see… Here's a short audio clip that will serve as our test object:...

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DDD – Dimension Chorus

Modeled after a famous rack device, DDD is a fantastic tool to add beautiful dimension and thickness to tracks. From chorus to transparent and subtle, it is extremely simple and effective. Bucket Brigade (BBD) analog delay is emulated, together with the compander...

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Roundtone – Examples and Presets

An inside view of the multitrack tape machine emulation.   Gain Attenuates or amplifies the signal at the input of the effect.Roundtone is a non linear effect (its behaviour changes depending on signal level, like with compressors, overdrive and such, and as opposite...

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Roundtone – Multitrack tape machine and Delay

NOTE: superseded by new v.4 Roundtone is a tape machine emulation. It adds typical tape recording interesting side-effects to every audio track. Useful on single tracks (mono/stereo) and on submixes/mixes. Very light on CPU and latency-free, adds punch, color and...

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Bringing out the snare in a drum loop with SoundBrigade

As a musician or producer you might know this situation: You’ve got an awesome sounding drum loop, but the snare drum could be a little more present, a little bit more ‘in your face’, and some more top-end couldn’t hurt neither. But how would you achieve that? You...

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Compression & Saturation Shaping with Fooler

The Fooler is pretty much a one-of-a-kind plugin: It gives you detailed control over the sidechain signal of literally any compressor there is – even if a particular one doesn’t offer this functionality at all! In this tutorial, we will use the Fooler to process some...

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Rock mix refining with GTS-39

Are you ready to find out what a seemingly simple compression tool like the GTS-39 is really capable of? Well, we hope so! In this episode, we will take a rather lousy mix of a rock song and turn it into a thunderous and professional sounding piece of music – all with...

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Pounding trance bass with STA-limit

STA-limit is one of those compressors that you can always reach for if your sound lacks this little bit of character and strength. Thanks to its clean and easy design you’ll also be able to get a terrific result within just a few minutes. Let us show you what we mean...

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Synth shaping with Mattertone

Today we’re going to have a look at the Mattertone plugin. Mattertone is a multiband envelope shaper, and thus it’s a great tool for emphasizing (or taming) transient-heavy material like drums, for instance. However, we will do something a little unusual and apply the...

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Drum loop enhancement with PolyJam

Programming realistic sounding drums, i.e. setting up different velocity values for most of the notes, can be fairly tedious. Likewise, if you’re working with a ready-made drum loop and repeat it a couple of times the overall sound might be rather static and boring...

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Catena – Multiband Console with Mid/Side

Catena is a stereo routing, splitting, mixing, multiband console in 3 rack units. Also includes an internal mid/side matrix for mixed stereo/mid-side processing. Five stereo channels are available. Main stereo input can be split and sent to the next channel and so on....

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Leso – Stereo PWM Compressor

Leso is a hardware stereo compressor based on PWM (Pulse Width Modulation) for gain control. It is quite clean sounding, with a versatile set of features. stereo balanced inputs/outputs stepped controls internal sidechain equalizer (low and high ranges) external...

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AVE – Analog Vocal Enhancer and Doubler

Three effects in one double unit "500" series device. - Stereo parallel compression on high frequency range (from a classic trick with a noise reduction unit). - Stereo delay and pitch shifting for doubling. Add width and thickness. - Transparent chorus for stereo...

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GTS39 – Limiting tube compressor

GTS39 has been developed by measuring and testing a very old limiting tube compressor with a great vintage sound. Main features are: mono/stereo or dual mono modes (dual mono enhances stereo image) additional "hold" control for envelope shaping 8x oversampling...

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