As a minimum, you need a computer, a music sequencer software and a pair of headphones. Then you can add a sound card, a microphone and a master keyboard/drum pad. The computer is probably the most expensive piece of hardware you’ll need. I would recommend the Mac computer as the first option because it’s what I use. Still, you can do well by using Windows-based computers or with some limitation even using a Linux computer, an iPad/iPhone or an Android device.
Let’s assume you only have a mobile phone or a tablet, and you want to start right away. Probably the best solution would be to get Cubasis 3.
I tried most of those amp simulators, and it’s mainly about how you like the amp to respond and the kind of sound you want. There are lots of quality emulations, but the ones that I like the most are the plugins from Softube.
For electric bass, I love the sound of the Eden WT-800 Bass Amp, a versatile amp. Suitable for every genre of music. It works all the time.
Reamping guitars are much harder than electric bass. I own and use the Waves GTRamp and the one from Positive Grid but lately, I’ve been using the new AmpRoom plugin from Softube.
I think soon I’ll get their Marshall Plexi Lead 1959 emulation for AmpRoom. … Read the rest
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
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 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
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.
This is a new entry to my collection of plugins. The PSP 2445EMT 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.
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.
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
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
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
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
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