My Favourite Plugins Chorus/Flanger & Utilities (Part 4 of 5)

Chorus / Flanger

This might be my weak area; I don’t own many of those plugins. I think I will get the TC Electronic TC1210-DT at some point soon; I like what it does to the sound. It would be best if you heard this to understand its beauty. 

The ones I use are the old classic (in plugins terms) Enigma (flanger), MetaFlanger and MondoMod (chorus) from Waves. When I was mixing on Cubase, I used to use their Chorus, which is effective but nothing special. 

One that I use a lot is Doubler from Waves isn’t a chorus, but I would still put this in this category. Doubler creates pitched versions of the source sound, for which you can … Read the rest

My Favourite Plugins Reverb, Delay & Saturation (Part 3 of 5)

This is part 3 of a 5, you can find part 1 here and part 2 here

1) Channel Strip and EQ
2) Compressors and Limiters
3) FX including Reverbs, Delay and Saturators
4) Space Enhancers Chorus / Flanger, Utility and others.
5) Virtual Amps and Virtual Instruments

Like with everything we have now a tremendous amount of plugins out there, almost every DAW comes with at least a quality reverb and a delay. I rarely use plugins that come included with DAW (Digital Audio Workstation, aka Music Sequencer), not because they aren’t good but because I don’t like to be tied up with a particular DAW. 

I recently moved from Cubase Pro to Reaper, and the process was … Read the rest

My Favourite Plugins Compressors and Limiters (Part 2 of 5)

This is part 2, you can find part 1 here, where I talk over my favourite Channel Strip and EQs

1) Channel Strip and EQ
2) Compressors and Limiters
3) FX including Reverbs, Delay and Saturators
4) Space Enhancers Chorus / Flanger, Utility and others.
5) Virtual Amps and Virtual Instruments

Compressors

My go-to compressors are usually emulations of analogue gears, apart from the SSL SL4000E Compressor that is on every channel via to my Console 1 channel strip, I go for the FET Compressor for a compression rich of tones and character or the Summit Audio TLA-100A for a really smooth gentile compression (both from Softube). I often use the LA-2A and 1176, I own the Waves … Read the rest

My Favourite Plugins Channel Stip & EQ (1 of 5)

I often get asked which are my favourite plugins. I decided to answer this question with a 5 parts blog post.


1) Channel Strip and EQ
2) Compressors and Limiters
3) FX including Reverbs, Delay and Saturators
4) Space Enhancers Chorus / Flanger, Utility and others.
5) Virtual Amps and Virtual Instruments

I use a fair amount of plugins when I mix some are seasonal, I use them a lot for a few months then I move to something different, some have been with me for a really long time. Those are the one that I’ve been with me for quite a while and I keep using on almost every mix.

Channel Strips

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Sound Engineers loved this hardware unit and this plugin is a treasure.

This is a new entry to my collection of plugins. The PSP 2445 EMT is a reverb processor plug-in that sounds great and it’s easy to use.

Inspired by two legendary early digital age reverberators: the EMT® 244 and the EMT® 245. PSP thoroughly researched how to bring the specific features of those simple, yet very musical sounding reverbs to life as a plug-in.

The reverb algorithms implemented in PSP 2445 are based on original algorithms designed by Dr. Barry Blesser (one of the grandfathers of the digital audio revolution). Thanks to Barry’s extensive consultation and support those algorithms sound as good as the originals and plug-in could be officially endorsed by EMT Studiotechnik GmbH.

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Process Audio in Real-time using analog hardware

Whit this super cool service you can add some real analog processing to your music.

How It Works
Access Analog gives musicians and recording engineers real time access to professional analog audio hardware over a standard internet connection. Audio streams from the Analog Matrix plugin across the internet, through the analog hardware, and returns to the plugin in real time.

The Analog Matrix plugin remotely controls the physical knobs, buttons, and switches on the audio hardware.  The audio hardware meters and indicators are precisely tracked and displayed in the plugin interface in real time.

Try it out! https://accessanalog.com/

Introduction pricing:

DurationRegular PriceSale Price
30 Minutes$9.99$5.99
1 Hour$19.99$9.99
1 Hour 30 Minutes$26.99$13.99
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Frequency Cheat Sheet

Some crucial EQ  bands and what they sound like

50-60 Hz

  • Thump in a kick drum
  • Boom in a bassline
  • Essential in dub, dubstep and reggae !
  • Too much and you’ll have flapping speakers and a flabby mix
  • Too little, and the mix will never have enough weight or depth

100-200 Hz

  • This EQ band adds punch in a snare
  • Gives richness or “bloom” to almost anything
  • Too much makes things boomy or woolly
  • Too little sounds thin and cold

200-500 Hz

  • Crucial for warmth and weight in guitars, piano and vocals
  • Too much makes things sound muddy or congested
  • Too little makes them thin and weak

500-1000 Hz

  • One of the trickiest areas
  • Gives body and tone to many
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New sound palette added to the CNXL STUDIO.

Now available for our mixing and mastering service the sound of the historic EMI/Abbey Road sound from the late 60s realised by Chandler Limited®’s hardware and reimagined for a modern studio context.

Units used on modern classic records by Beyoncé, The White Stripes, and Lady Gaga

A powerful and musical modern channel strip with the unique vintage sound of Chandler Limited®, the Zener-Bender combines the crisp and colorful character of the Curve Bender Mastering Equalizer with the big, punchy Zener Limiter to bring class, history, and most crucially of all, a phenomenal sonic impact

Tracing the heritage of the Chandler Limited® Zener-Bender is like discovering an imperial family tree. Its roots are in EMI consoles, used at … Read the rest

30% Off to all Emanate Members

CNXL STUDIO offers 30% discount to every Emanate Members.
Payments in EMT token are accepted.

Go to our shop add the service you need and use the coupon EMANTE in the cart.

Not an Emanate Member, no problem just go to https://emanate.live/ and register. Join the Emanate Discord channel and get in touch with me (manolo.uk). https://discord.gg/fyNXR7

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Bass ReAmping

I often received poorly recorded bass-guitar to mix. More and more people are simply recording their bass via DI Box, or straight into a sound card.

Today like we used to do in the past we can reAmp the bass into virtual amps to obtain a good sounding bass guitar and the result is phenomenal.

There are lots and lots of amp simulation plugins out there, but the one that I keep going back to is the emulation of the Eden WT-800 Bass Amp, done by one of my favourite company Softube.
If you haven’t tried it yet, get an account at Softube and download a free 20 days trial and fell in love as I did. For me, … Read the rest

Manolo Remiddi Showreel

Manolo Remiddi Showreel

This is my showreel of mixture between indie, pop and soul bands. High profile artists and other genre can be checked on Spotify, including: Peter Gabriel, Robbie Craig,  Romina Johnson, Porcelain Raft, Jocelyn Brown, Dino Lanni, Barbara Tucker, Angie Brown, Kym Mazelle, Taka Boom, Brian Allen and more

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My Favourite Tape Machine (plugin)

There are lot’s of quality virtualisation of Tape Machine, but no all sounds the same and no all of them have the character I’m looking for.

Tape Machines can be used for recording, mixing and mastering. The aim is to add the warmth signature of analogue sound to the digitally recorded and mixed sound.

What tape machine does to the sound is really complex, but can be mainly seen as saturation, compression and harmonics enhancer.

In my mix and mastering, I use two tape machines. For minimum colourisation, I use Tape from Softube. This plugin often goes on every channel or at least on every bus channel. I used it as everything is recorded on tape. This plugin is … Read the rest

Conversion BPM to millisenconds

Conversion Tempo to Beats per minute • Delay values to the nearest millisecond.
This can be also really useful to calculate the release time for compressors.

BPM  1/4 1/8 1/8t1/16      BPM  1/4 1/8  1/8t1/16 
601000500333250 120500250167125
61984492328246 121496248165124
62968484323242 122492246164123
63952476317238 123488244163122
64938469313234 124484242161121
65923462308231 125480240160120
66909455303227 126476238159119
67896448299224 127472236157118
68882441294
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Console 1 the new toy at CNXL Studio

The classic sound of the SSL 4000 is expansive, punchy, deep and assertive character that has made it an industry standard of modern recording. The SSL 4000 is famous for being the console employed on more Platinum-selling records than any other.
Now this sound mixed with the advantage off the fully recallable settings are available at the CNXL Studio.

Console 1 brings the tactile experience and performance into mixing. Macking the mix more alive and allows faster mixing session at a higher quality. Find out more at Softube.com

By the way, if you get it before the end of August you can take advantage of the free extra plugins they offer, worth $400.… Read the rest

Mastering Audio for Streaming

Mastering is the process used to fix/improve the final mixed music. Usually is done by adding the right amount of EQing, compression and a Limiter. Mastering is also the process where we get sure that your music sounds at the right level on the different media, radios and streaming platforms.

Now that most of the people listen to music via streaming platforms, (Spotify, Amazon Music, YouTube and iTunes) as mastering engineer, we need to consider and follow those Broadcast Standards.

For streaming, there are different guidelines for music, movie, podcast, and if the podcast is in mono or stereo. 

The standard Spotify uses for mastering and loudness is called ITU1770, the file format they prefer is FLAC, but

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