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

ZED.RUN needs your music

ZED.RUN and Emanate bring a music production from the future

Here’s a shot to become part of history and paint your sound in the online racing game. Win $1000 USD of cash + Emanate Pro-Connect packs up for grabs over 10 tracks!

ZED is a horse racing ecosystem that exists in a parallel universe to ours, well into the future. Huge dystopian cities that carry a resemblance to our time and cultures have been re-built with the latest technological advances.

Digital horse racing reigns supreme and gives everyone hope. The power of ZED is that anyone can own a horse, giving anyone from anywhere a chance at changing their lives.

ZED.RUN needs your music, Here’s the brief:

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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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Remix Contest: ‘Love’ by Les Amazones d’Afrique


West African musical collective Les Amazones d’Afrique invite you to remix their recent single ‘Love’, taken from the new album Amazones Power.

Participants are invited to submit their work as part of a remix contest hosted by Real World Records in association with Universal Audio, who have provided a package of prizes for the best tracks. The winning tracks will be chosen by a panel which includes producers Jacknife Lee (U2, The Killers, Snow Patrol), Che Pope (Kanye West, Lauryn Hill) and the engineers of Peter Gabriel’s world-renowned Real World Studios.

The brief

Just as producer Liam Farrell did with the original session recordings, we encourage you to take the song to new and unexpected places. The mix pack includes … Read the rest

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

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

Free Oscilloscope (VST) for Mac and Windows

Sometimes is also good to see the audio signal and the best tools for this job are the Oscilloscopes and the Spectrum Analyser. I ofter use this in conjunction with my modular synth. This helps me understand what is happening to the sound while processing the sound.

The most important tool is the Oscilloscope. I use the plugin produced by Socalabs. it’s free for both Mac and Windows computers and works perfectly. Download it for free here. Socalabs has also a free Spectrum analyser. If your DAW doesn’t have one get this one too.

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Take the time to improve your music production skills and knowledge while in quarantine

For the safety of others and for the respect of who is helping those in need we are asked to stay at home. We as creative people we should take this as an opportunity to increase our production, to experiment with things we didn’t have time to do before and of course to improve our skill and knowledge.

We can take advantage of online courses that some are free for a period of time. For example, check this list of courses on music production on Udemy (30 days money-back guarantee) or get one month for free on Lynda. YouTube is full of tutorials.

Probably the best mixing course online is the one provided by Michael White https://www.mixingwithmike.com/

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Manolo Remiddi Discography

MANOLO REMIDDI DISCOGRAPHY

ARTISTSERVICEPRODUCT
Peter GabrielMixing and MasteringSingle / Remix
The NoisettesRecording, mixing and mastering, ProductionEP / Single
Porcelain RaftMixing and MasteringEp/Single/Album
Mark KingMixing and MasteringSingle
Barbara TuckerRecording, mixing and masteringSingle
Jocelyn BrownRecording, mixing and masteringSingle
Taka BoomRecording, mixing and masteringSingle
Jill ScottMixing and MasteringSingle
Maxi PriestMixingSingle
Robbie CraigRecording, mixing / Co-ProductionSingles/ Album
Romina JohnsonRecording, mixing and masteringSingles/ Album
Sunny Day Sets FireRecording, mixing and mastering / Co-ProductionSingles/ Album
HardageRecording, mixing and masteringSingles/ Album
Z-StarRecording, mixing and masteringSingles/ Album
Gary GoRecording, mixing and mastering / Co-ProductionEP / Single
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