Production

Free Plugin – Ozone Imager

The Ozone Imager is a free stereo imaging plugin from iZotope Inc.  This plugin is based on the stereo imager module from Ozone 7.  And while this standalone version may be slightly stripped down, it still offers the same high-quality stereo imaging as the full version. The Ozone Imager has a simple and easy to use interface which includes two control sliders (width & stereoize amount), a Vectorscope (with three visual metering options), and a Correlation Meter.  The width control controls how wide or narrow… Read More »Free Plugin – Ozone Imager

[Blog] Ten Free Plugins for Music Production

10 Free Plugins for Music Production

There are a lot of free plugins out on the market right now, and not all of them are the greatest of quality.  So I have compiled a list of 10 free plugins that I would have easily paid for.  All of these plugins are high quality and are offered at a price that can’t be beat.  So without further ado, let’s get on into the list! Klanghelm Audio – IVGI (VST/AU/RTAS/AAX, Win/Mac, 32/64-bit) This is a really nice saturation/distortion plugin that sounds great on… Read More »10 Free Plugins for Music Production

[Blog] Volume Automation in Ableton Live 9

Volume Automation in Ableton Live 9

Automation is a very powerful tool in Ableton Live.  Volume automation, in particular, can be a quick and easy way to add dynamics and interest to a song.  It is also a good way to help smooth out dynamic performances (i.e. vocals) without having to rely on a heavy use of compression. There are a few different ways to perform volume automation in Ableton Live 9.  The first way one might think to do it is by automating the track’s volume fader.  However, there is… Read More »Volume Automation in Ableton Live 9

Free Mid-Side Processing Macro Plugin

Free Mid-Side Processing Macro Plugin for Ableton Live

Hey everyone!  I created a free macro plugin in Ableton Live using only the stock plugins.  This is a mid-side processing macro plugin and it will be available for free download.  Here are the features of this mid-side processing macro plugin: Adjust the volume of the center/middle of the stereo field Adjust the volume of the sides of the stereo field Add low end frequencies to the center and sides, independently of one another Add high end frequencies to the center and sides, independently of… Read More »Free Mid-Side Processing Macro Plugin for Ableton Live

[Blog] Using Gates to Clean Up Sampled Kicks

Using A Noise Gate to Clean Up Sampled Kicks

Here is a quick way to clean up a sampled kicks using the stock Pro Tools noise gate plugin. Using a gate on a sampled kick with an unnecessarily long tail can really help to tighten up the performance. This technique can be very useful when you are mixing a track and want to save time by not having to edit each individual hit. The first thing you will want to do is add a noise gate plugin to your track.  You can leave the… Read More »Using A Noise Gate to Clean Up Sampled Kicks

[Blog] Adding Movement using Auto Panning

Adding Movement with Auto Panning

Movement is a very important component when it comes to creating a dynamic mix.  Sometimes static panning doesn’t fit the mood and vibe that you may be looking for.  In this production tip I will show you how you can use auto panning in order to add movement to tracks.  I will be using the Cableguys Pancake 2 plugin, but you can use any auto panning plugin that you’d like. The first thing you will want to do is select the LFO pattern.  For the… Read More »Adding Movement with Auto Panning

[Blog] How to Make a De-Esser in Ableton Live 9

How to Make a De-Esser in Ableton Live 9

Ableton Live does not come with it’s own dedicated stock de-esser plugin.  However, it does come with something a lot more versatile in it’s multiband dynamics plugin. Here is a quick and easy way to create your own de-esser preset in Ableton Live 9 using the stock multiband dynamics plugin. The first thing you will need to do is add multiband dynamics to the track. Next, you will want to disable the low and the mid frequency bands.  This makes it so that we are… Read More »How to Make a De-Esser in Ableton Live 9

[Blog] Free Plugin - Soundtoys Tremolator

Free Plugin: Soundtoys Tremolator

If you have been looking for a free versatile tremolo plugin, then I have good news for you!  As a part of their Black Friday and Cyber Monday sale, Soundtoys is offering their Tremolator plugin for FREE until November 30th, 2016. The Tremolator features: Analog-style tremolo models Adjustable tempos from super slow to ultra fast Individual input, output, rate, depth, groove, and accent knobs Auto-gate and Rhythm Editor functions Dynamics controls This plugin is great for getting that classic tremolo sound that you often hear… Read More »Free Plugin: Soundtoys Tremolator

[Blog] EQ Before or After Compression

EQ Before or After Compression?

So where in your chain should you place the EQ?  Should it go before the compressor or after?  Does it matter?  Here are a few thoughts on the placement of the EQ and its effect on the sound. 1. Before Compression EQing before compression can be a great way to achieve a more natural sound.  When you EQ before compression the compressor can help to glue the EQ to the source and help it become part of the sound.  Doing this can make the EQ… Read More »EQ Before or After Compression?

[Blog] Free Plugin - Soundtoys Sie-Q

Free Plugin: Soundtoys Sie-Q

Soundtoys Sie-Q is the first dedicated equalizer plugin released by Soundtoys.  And for a limited time they are offering it for free! Sie-Q Features: Get airy top end with the super-smooth High band Accentuate or tame mid-range details with the switched Mid band Carve out some space or add rich bass with the Low band Push the Drive control to recreate the color of the original EQ I have been trying this plugin out for a little bit and I am really liking what I hear so far.  I… Read More »Free Plugin: Soundtoys Sie-Q