Updated: December Plugin Deals

Recently I’ve scored some pretty sweet plugins for a really good price. I’ve bought the Sonnox Oxford Inflator, a couple of Brainworx EQ’s and the ProAudioDSP DSM. All plugins I’ve been drooling after for ages.

There are loads of nice deals going on right now so I decided to put together a list of some good ones for you.
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The 25 Best Free VST / AU Plugins for PC and Mac in 2013 – Part 3




Please note: There is an updated version of this post. Some of the plugins are different so you may still want to browse this older post as well.
You can find the newer post here:

The Best Free VST / AU Plugins 2015

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

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





Please note: There is an updated version of this post. Some of the plugins are different so you may still want to browse this older post as well.
You can find the newer post here:

The Best Free VST / AU Plugins 2015

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

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




Please note: There is an updated version of this post. Some of the plugins are different so you may still want to browse this older post as well.
You can find the newer post here:

The Best Free VST / AU Plugins 2015

 

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

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Maintaining Mono Compatibility In Your Music Mix

This is a guest post by Barry Gardner, the mastering engineer who operates SAS audio mastering services.

The first stereo records were made in the 1930’s and yet it took a long time to popularize the new format and release such recordings for mass consumption. Mono recordings were the standard for many years whilst various attempts were made to advance stereophony. In music production itself there has almost always been a mono button built into the master section of large format stereo or quadraphonic mixing consoles. It was there for good reason as stereo recordings had to maintain sonic compatibility with AM sound systems and monophonic broadcasts amongst other reasons.
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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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My Master Plugins Revealed

I’m often asked what master plugins I use on my main output channel when working on music.

Let’s take a look at a typical setup and what I do with those bad boys…

Please note: These plugins can be used as mastering plugins. However this post is not about a mastering situation. These plugins are what I use on the master output channel during the production and mixing process.

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Free Plugin Tip: TAL-Dub 2

TAL-Dub 2 is a vintage style delay that squeeks and distorts as you push it’s limits. It’s a very well thought out little beast and I love the way it sounds.

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Free Plugin Tip: Sonimus SonEQ

If you’re after a great, free analogue-style EQ, look no further. Sonimus SonEQ has got your back!Continue Reading

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