Audio Plug-ins articles

  • A review of the Valhalla DSP ValhallaPlate reverb plug-in
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    A review of the Valhalla DSP ValhallaPlate reverb plug-… - What's On Your Plate?

    12/21/15

    Most software reverbs offer a choice of halls, plates, rooms and other types of virtual spaces, but Valhalla DSP takes a different approach. The company has separated its reverb offerings into individual plug-ins for different reverb flavors, and sells each for only $50. As a result, you can get a high-quality reverb, albeit of a single type, for …

  • A review of the Soundtoys 5 native effects bundle
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    A review of the Soundtoys 5 native effects bundle - Bundle of Joy

    11/12/15

    From EchoBoy to FilterFreak to Crystallizer, Decapitator and more, Soundtoys plug-ins are super-creative tools that offer users the potential to take their music to new sonic places The new Soundtoys 5 native bundle (Mac/PC) offers that and then some, with the addition of all the plug-ins the company developed subsequent to the release of the prev…

  • Add space to your recordings with these free reverb plug-ins
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    Add space to your recordings with these free reverb plu… - 5 Top Freeware Reverbs

    11/08/15

    We all know that reverb is one of the staple effects in a mixer's toolkit. In fact, you'd be hard pressed to find a recording or live mix without at least some reverb in it. But does getting a good reverb sound require that you spend hunks of money on high-end plug-ins or hardware? Not necessarily. You can actually enjoy a variety of reverb sounds…

  • A review of the Sonible Frei:raum EQ plug-in
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    A review of the Sonible Frei:raum EQ plug-in - Space Liberation

    11/01/15

    Life as a writer for Audiofanzine has its pros and cons...Granted, if you're into audio, spending most of your days testing and reviewing the latest gear from the audio world can be really gratifying to the geek in you. However, after the umpteenth review of the umpteenth virtual version of a legendary hardware unit, it can get really tiresome.

  • A review of the FabFilter Pro-C 2 compressor plug-in
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    A review of the FabFilter Pro-C 2 compressor plug-in - All Compressors to All People

    09/27/15

    Do you know what ice cream and compressors have in common? Both are better when you have a choice of flavors. FabFilter’s new Pro C-2 is a veritable ice cream store of compression, offering eight different types, and just about every kind of parameter control you’ve ever seen in a compressor, and some you probably haven’t.

  • A review of Positive Grid Bias FX Professional modeling plug-in
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    A review of Positive Grid Bias FX Professional modeling… - Amps and Effects on the Grid

    08/13/15

    The competition in the amp-and-effects modeling market is fierce, and there is no shortage of excellent products. Positive Grid, which established itself on the iOS side with JamUp and JamUp Pro, and then moved into the Mac/PC world with Bias Desktop, now has released Bias FX, an amp and effects modeling application that has versions for both your…

  • A review of the UAD AKG BX 20 spring reverb plug-in
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    A review of the UAD AKG BX 20 spring reverb plug-in - Spring Has Sprung

    08/05/15

    When you think of spring reverb, the sound that probably comes to mind is the “boingy” one associated with guitar amps. For mixing sources like vocals, drums and pianos, you probably wouldn't consider a spring reverb. But the AKG BX 20, which was just released in Universal Audio’s UAD v8.3 software, might just change your mind.

  • These instruments and effects may not be well known, but they sure are powerful
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    These instruments and effects may not be well known, bu… - 5 Cool Plug-ins You May Never Have Heard Of

    06/22/15

    Some people become addicted to plug-ins; others become connoisseurs. That is, they're borderline addicts but too refined to splurge on just anything. They need a certain something, which is what the following plug-ins — all available in AU/VST formats for Mac or Windows—have. These instruments and processors do things a little bit differently, an…

  • A review of the new plug-ins in Universal Audio UAD 8.1.1 software
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    A review of the new plug-ins in Universal Audio UAD 8.1… - Another Three from UAD

    05/14/15

    Universal Audio just released a new version of its software for Apollo and other UAD-2 devices. The release is highlighted by three new plug-ins, including spot-on emulations of the Neve 88RS Channel Strip Collection, the Tube Tech CL-1B Compressor, and the Marshall Plexi Super Lead 1959.

  • Virtual Tone Tips for Guitarists
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    Virtual Tone Tips for Guitarists - How to get killer sounds with your amp-modeling plug-in

    04/28/15

    The debate about real amps versus modeling amps is over. Numerous blind tests among players and engineers have revealed that it’s often impossible to distinguish modeled amps from the real thing, especially when slotted in with the rest of the tracks in a mix.