Audio Plug-ins articles

  • Mastering at Home - Part 12

    Mastering at Home - Part 12 - EQ Automation When Mastering Music


    Before moving on to the next processor in the mastering chain — the limiter/maximizer — it's appropriate to talk about a topic often overlooked by many people learning to master: Automation.

  • Mastering at Home — Part 11

    Mastering at Home — Part 11 - Guide to Mid-Side Processing When Mastering


    In this new installment of our article series dedicated to mastering at home, we will delve into the world of mid-side processing.

  • Noises Off

    Noises Off - How to Use Broadband Noise Reduction Software to Clean Up Music Recordings


    Much as we try to avoid it, there are occasions when noise gets onto our recordings. It could be a live recording where the source was too quiet and background hiss was picked up, or a passage on electric guitar through a high-gain amp that was buzzing, or an air conditioner in the background that got recorded onto a track along with the source. S…

  • Cut the Mud from Your Mix

    Cut the Mud from Your Mix - Remove Low-End Clutter from Your Mix with High-Pass Filtering


    Guitars, vocals, pianos, drums or virtually any track in your mix, has extraneous low-frequency information that can be filtered out without compromising the sound. While you may not notice anything wrong with the way a track sounds when you listen to it by itself, when combined with many other tracks in the multitrack mix, all that unnecessary lo…

  • A Review of Toontrack's Classic Amps EZmix Pack

    A Review of Toontrack's Classic Amps EZmix Pack - Classic Amps the EZ Way


    Toontrack recently released a new collection of amp models with effects called the Classic Amps EZmix Pack, which can be opened as presets in the company's EZmix 2 software. How do these emulations stand up in the competitive amp-modeling category?

  • SoundToys MicroShift Review

    SoundToys MicroShift Review - Depth of Voice


    Almost a year after releasing the free Little MicroShift, SoundToys has finally introduced its bigger sibling, a plug-in designed to add space and depth to a wide variety of sources. MicroShift is also the first SoundToys plug-in that offers authorization options beyond iLok.

  • Waves J37 Tape Review

    Waves J37 Tape Review - A Wave of Saturation


    As you probably have already noticed, tape saturation is really hip right now. Although already having plug-ins in the same genre, a leading publisher like Waves couldn't simply ignore the current frenzy for such products. And that's where the J37 Tape comes in. Can it stand out from the rest? That's what we are about to discover...

  • UAD API Vision Review

    UAD API Vision Review - A Look into the Vision


    Since its inception, the plug-in family for Universal Audio UAD cards has been devoted to the reproduction of analog units. And that's how UA has come to being associated with the biggest names in the audio industry: EMT, Neve, SSL, Lexicon, etc.

  • Klanghelm SDRR Review

    Klanghelm SDRR Review - Karma Saturation


    SKnote, Valhalla DSP, Sonimus… Over the last years, the plug-in world has seen the birth of many "small" independent developers who offer some damn good products.

  • How To Get a Punchy Drum Sound

    How To Get a Punchy Drum Sound - PureMix Video On Mixing Drums


    In this new PureMix video, sound engineer Ben Lindell shows you how to use your audio processing plug-ins to mix drums giving them more substance and presence.