The 25 Best Free VST / AU Plugins for PC and Mac in 2013 – Part 3

This the third and final part of my big free VST / AU plugin review. We truly have some great stuff lined up! In case you’re wondering, all of these plugins are compatible with both Mac and PC platforms. Continue Reading

The 25 Best Free VST / AU Plugins for PC and Mac in 2013 – Part 2

It’s time to continue reviewing the best free audio plugins around (in my humble opinion). These plugins are all compatible with Mac and PC platforms. Continue Reading

The 25 Best Free VST / AU Plugins for PC and Mac in 2013 – Part 1

There are a lot of great free plugins out there. However, I’ve always been put off by how difficult it is to spot the good ones from the masses of mediocrity.

So I decided to do something about it. For the past year I’ve been on a mission. I’ve been scouting the internet, lurking on forums, talking to people… And downloading tons of free plug-ins.

Most importantly I’ve been test driving everything on real projects to see how the plugins perform. It’s been a ton of work and I’m not easy to please… But starting today I’m happy to present you the results:

My view on the absolute best of the best of free VST/AU plugins out there at the moment.
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4 Superb Impulse Response Reverb Packs To Download

I am a big fan of convolution reverbs. I use them on every tune I make. There are some phenomenal donationware packs around for download these days.

I wanted to put together a little resource for you guys with my favorite impulse responses. I will also briefly introduce the original units and tell you about my favorite presets in each pack.  Continue Reading

Effective Techniques to Learn Compression

Learn compression

Compression has become an integral ingredient of most music these days. At the same time it remains somewhat a secret science – a commonly misunderstood one. It’s a great pleasure to have the mastering engineer Barry Gardner from SafeandSound online mastering services to talk to us about how to learn compression. During his long career in music Barry has worked with people such as Terry Callier, Ronnie Wood, Craig David, Kano, Chick Corea and many others. Needless to say he knows his stuff. Time to pay attention.

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Maschine Tutorial Videos – Inspiration and Advanced Techniques

Native Instruments Maschine

I am an avid fan of the Native Instruments Maschine. I just love it. What strikes me the most is how it can be used in so many different ways. I’ve picked up a lot by watching videos on Youtube and observing how other people are using it.  There are tons of Maschine tutorial videos out there. HOWEVER… That’s the problem.

Youtube has become infested with poorly produced crap “tutorials” that don’t really offer anything of interest to most people.

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How to Sound Large

I wanted to remind you of something that is easily forgotten in the midst of creative frenzy.

Many folks are wondering about how to sound large but they’re missing out by not acknowledging this simple fact…

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Berserk EQ

I always preach the “rather cut than boost” mentality with EQ…

And it works really well for precision tasks…

But there’s another, very different way to EQ as well.

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Smashed Up – a Parallel Compression Tutorial

Introduction

Welcome to the Resoundsound parallel compression tutorial. We often use compression to beef things up. The more we compress, the thicker the sound gets. The tradeoff is of course compromising the natural dynamics and nuances of the sound.Continue Reading