VST Buzz has launched a two week sale on Sample Magic Boost, offering a 70% discount on the mixing tool for Windows and Mac. “Boost” is a simple, powerful mix finalising utility designed to get your music sounding as full and polished as possible using a minimal amount of processing. Utilising cutting-edge low-latency DSP, Boost […]
Audionamix has announced the release of XTRAX STEMS, the world’s first fully-automatic stem creator for Mac OS. XTRAX STEMS allows you to separate any song into three components: drums, vocals, and remaining music. Created for DJs, music producers and remix artists, XTRAX STEMS allows users to create multitrack content to control during live sets, opening […]
TBProAudio has announced the release of Isol8, an advanced mix monitoring tool that divides the frequency range into 5 bands. These 5 bands can be soloed or muted individually. This will help you to concentrate on certain frequency ranges during the mixing and mastering process. Isol8 is originally designed to be used on the master […]
In Plugin Boutique’s latest episode of Top 5 Friday, producer Joshua Casper takes a look at a round up of the best free mixing plugins available on Plugin Boutique. Top 5 Friday is a new bi-weekly plugin show in which Joshua Casper will explore the best Plugins/VST/AU/Software to suit every budget. Watch our short review […]
Sonible has announced the release of smart:EQ live, a latency-free live plugin version of the award-winning smart:EQ. The plugin features the latency-free smart:engine for any live situation, offering an optimally balanced sound within seconds, and additional safety net for hassle-free mixing. The high-precision adaptive filter of smart:EQ live analyzes audio signals, interprets them musically and […]
Singomakers has released Fatmaker, a new audio effect plugin that combines a multiband saturator and equalizer to create fat sounds. The plugin features custom-made hi-end filters with different saturation types for each band. Fatmaker is not just a regular equalizer, it’s a multiband saturator mixed with different processing chains for each band and a powerful […]
Funny thing about those old analog mixing desks: the VU meters gave really good visual feedback. Now you can add that to your modern DAW, for free.
In the latest “here’s free stuff because we want your e-mail address” play, Waves are giving away a handsome VU meter with simulated needle. And it’s not just some twee retro touch: the way these meters respond to audio signal is actually often easier to see.
Mixing is all about listening. But there’s no shame in giving your ears a little extra reinforcement. I’m actually very suspicious that metering is part of what’s to blame as people have trouble mixing on computers. You’ll hear comments like people moving from one DAW to another to improve how a mix “sounds” – which is peculiar, given most DAWs literally mix by adding together numbers, and most DAWs even share the same mix accuracy in terms of how those numbers represent. If you and a friend add two and two, one of your fours isn’t more awesome than the other one, so you get the point. (Also suspect: these very often involve Ableton Live, whose meters I find a bit hard to see, even after Live 9 refurbished them a bit.)
Now, of course, it’s (very) possible people just don’t know how to mix. But then, if you’re learning mixing, this kind of visual feedback may be even more useful to newcomers – and old-timers will appreciate its familiarity.
While we’re on the topic, you might also consider mixing down in the superb (and almost weirdly inexpensive) Harrison Mixbus, which includes lots of sonic and usability features from traditional consoles – metering included. It even runs on Linux.
In the meantime, though, have fun with turning back the clock for free with this:
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Plugin Boutique has launched a sale on Wavesfactory, offering half off on high quality audio tools for musicians and engineers. The sale includes Mercury, the grand piano sample library for Kontakt Player featuring a Fazioli F228 recorded at Metropolis Studios in London. Fazioli pianos pursuit perfection. They’re sophistically delicate but with a very rich low-end […]
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