Become a member
Become a member

or
Continue with Google
Log in
Log in

or
Log in using a Google account
learning
1 comment

Tools to give cohesion to your mix

A guide to mixing music - Part 98
Share this article

Today I'll shortlist the plug-ins that I use most frequently when I want to reinforce the sonic cohesion of a mix. As usual, this is by no means an exhaustive list. Far from that. My only goal here is to try to somehow point you in the right direction so you can make your own decisions later on.

View other articles in this series...

Tool of the trade

I’ll start with the tape machine emulators. I often rely on the U-He Satin, which offers a very wide array of colors and possibilities. In my opinion, the subtlety of its processing elegantly adds a nice retro/analog lacquer to any production. However, when I’m looking for something more evident, I often turn to the more accessible ReelBus by ToneBoosters.

U-He Satin : 01 gui

When it comes to analog console emulators, I really like the Slate Digital VCC 2.0. Before I discovered the VCC, I used to use the Sonimus’ Satson. But my all-time favorite when I want an unambiguous vintage color is the Klanghelm SDRR (https://en.audiofanzine.com/plugin-distortion-overdrive/klanghelm/sdrr/). And, in case you are interested, they have a free version of the plug-in available.

When it comes to EQ, I seldom use “virtual analog” because I prefer more subtle and precise plug-ins. That said, when I get the itch for “analog” gear, I really enjoy using the SlickEQ Gentleman’s Edition by Variety Of Sound. The software maker also offers in the SlickEQ a free version of the plug-in, which is a bit more limited. From time to time, I use the Neve and SSL modeling plug-ins that come with Slate Digital’s Virtual Mix Rack, whose compressors I also employ.

Speaking of compression, I must admit that I have a weakness for this type of tools, especially considering when I’m going after the glue effect. To that end, I use several plug-ins to have a wide array of options: I recently tested the Klanghelm MJUC and it has ever since taken a very important spot within my arsenal. And, as usual with this German company, there is a free version available – what else could you ask for? The SKnote SDC dual compressor is also a regular on my buses. Finally, U-He’s Presswerk, the chameleon among analog compressors, can be found on many of the productions I put my hands on, too.

And that’s it for today. But before I say goodbye, I invite you to try out the free/demo versions of these plug-ins so you can find the right one for you. See you next week for some new adventures in mixing!

← Previous article in this series:
How to use tape machine and mixing console emulators
Next article in this series:
Modulation Effects - The Chorus Effect →
  • The Other Guy 1 post
    The Other Guy
    New AFfiliate
    Posted on 07/30/2016 at 11:48:22
    If you want your DAW to sound like "analog" use Harrison's MIXBus 32C DAW. MB 32C looks, feels, operates and sounds like an analog console. Tape emulation is built in, your choice of compressor, limiter, leveler on each channel, 4 band Parametric EQ with HP and LP 2nd order filters on each channel, no plug ins needed.
    Check out Harrison Mixbus, BEST product support of ANY DAW!

    Thanks for Reading
    Alex

Would you like to comment this article?

Log in
Become a member
cookies
We are using cookies!

Yes, Audiofanzine is using cookies. Since the last thing that we want is disturbing your diet with too much fat or too much sugar, you'll be glad to learn that we made them ourselves with fresh, organic and fair ingredients, and with a perfect nutritional balance. What this means is that the data we store in them is used to enhance your use of our website as well as improve your user experience on our pages and show you personalised ads (learn more). To configure your cookie preferences, click here.

We did not wait for a law to make us respect our members and visitors' privacy. The cookies that we use are only meant to improve your experience on our website.

Our cookies
Cookies not subject to consent
These are cookies that guarantee the proper functioning of Audiofanzine and allow its optimization. The website cannot function properly without these cookies. Example: cookies that help you stay logged in from page to page or that help customizing your usage of the website (dark mode or filters).
Google Analytics
We are using Google Analytics in order to better understand the use that our visitors make of our website in an attempt to improve it.
Advertising
This information allows us to show you personalized advertisements thanks to which Audiofanzine is financed. By unchecking this box you will still have advertisements but they may be less interesting :) We are using Google Ad Manager to display part of our ads, or tools integrated to our own CMS for the rest. We are likely to display advertisements from our own platform, from Google Advertising Products or from Adform.

We did not wait for a law to make us respect our members and visitors' privacy. The cookies that we use are only meant to improve your experience on our website.

Our cookies
Cookies not subject to consent

These are cookies that guarantee the proper functioning of Audiofanzine. The website cannot function properly without these cookies. Examples: cookies that help you stay logged in from page to page or that help customizing your usage of the website (dark mode or filters).

Google Analytics

We are using Google Analytics in order to better understand the use that our visitors make of our website in an attempt to improve it. When this parameter is activated, no personal information is sent to Google and the IP addresses are anonymized.

Advertising

This information allows us to show you personalized advertisements thanks to which Audiofanzine is financed. By unchecking this box you will still have advertisements but they may be less interesting :) We are using Google Ad Manager to display part of our ads, or tools integrated to our own CMS for the rest. We are likely to display advertisements from our own platform, from Google Advertising Products or from Adform.


You can find more details on data protection in our privacy policy.
You can also find information about how Google uses personal data by following this link.