Friday, November 24, 2017

Black Friday Deals for Audio Nerds

Kilohearts are going all out this year and offering the lowest MSRP ever on the kHs Toolbox. With this years additions the bundle is now up to 25 effects plugins, and the modular plugin Snap Heap that powers the rest of them up!

You won't find another sound design bundle out there that can compete with the kHs Toolbox in content and price! The Kilohearts Toolbox will change the way you think about sound design forever. It contains a huge number of high-quality audio effect building blocks and Snap Heap, the perfect tool for combining them. Together these components offer incredible ease of use and versatility which leads to more creativity and inspiration. Forget about all those complex routings and sends! With The Kilohearts Toolbox you will be quicker then you ever thought possible!

These plugins where designed to do away with as much complexity and frustration as possible, making your workflow so much faster and more fun. By saving your valuable time with straight-forward UI:s and easy-to-understand labels you can focus on creativity

Whenever someone buys the kHs Toolbox it's almost irrational not to get Multipass as well. Multipass lets you combine all your Toolbox effects in a band-splitted "rack" for some truly unique possibilities! 

And don't forget the brand new Carve EQ

Carve EQ is hot off the shelves after last weeks release. More articles and reviews are being uploaded each day, and it's had a warm welcome this far.

This advanced graphic equalizer plugin rounds out Kilohearts' offer to make it the only plugin brand any aspiring artist needs in the studio.

 Supported formats:
- VST2
- AU
- RE

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Plug-Ins for For New and Old

When I first started out, I didn't know anything. (I mean like NOTHING) I had to learn it all along the way. Thanks to YouTube and good Ol' Fashioned books, I have come a long way.

Probably one of the most complicated ideas for me to wrap my head around at first was that I could load a "plug-in" up into my music program and it would do stuff. Most of them sounded great on "paper" but the names were misleading or completely philosophical and not applicable to what the plug-in actually did. Worse yet, I'd open the thing and it was so complicated to learn that I literally would have to spend all day just messing with it.

Enter KiloHearts! I sincerely wish this company had been around when I first started out. Not only are the plug-ins exact representations of what they are named, they are so simple that my son (10 years old) could know there usage when asked.

What's even better is because they are stripped down of all the eye candy, they are very easy on your computers RAM and hard drive space. Each knob, every slider, and every adjustment that could be made has a built in guide that tells you exactly what you're adjusting! (Simply hover over any given adjustment area, and it will show you a small pop up info window) So, if you are a beginner I highly recommend you snatch these up.

For those of you who are thinking, "I'll bet they're lacking on the quality side." I am here to tell you, as one who has used boutique plug-ins from a huge variety of big players, these plugs are very competitive and offer just as much versatility and power as others on the market. In fact, the creativity behind the MultiPass plug in alone is enough to draw in even the most advanced audio nerd there is due to its infinite possibilities.

Here is a short video that I made in hopes to display what words can't say. Give it a quick look and see if you're creative juices aren't inspired!

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

HSS Episode 040-Recollection and Free Stuff

On April 13th, in the year 2015, the very first episode of Home Studio Simplified was released.

 Since then I have had the amazing opportunity to interview a myriad of great people:

 All of this has taken a lot of work. But it's been fun! No, it's not always easy to manage the time that it takes to put together podcasts, videos, upkeep a Facebook Page, and run a blog, as well as work a full time job. However, I continue to do so with the hope that someone out there may find something that is said or done informative and useful.

 I will admit that there have been times I've been wrong, there have been times that I have not covered things the best, or given enough information. There have been time that I have fell short of providing you with the best value, in order to promote an idea or a product that I thought would help to further my own interests. For those times I apologize and would ask your forgiveness.

 I will continue to be a goofball, this is a given, I will continue to post things that are humorous, I may even provide another fake commercial here and there as I did in Episode 026, but I will try my best to always provide something of worth. This is my promise to you. If I should begin to waiver in this area please let me know. I really want to help you. If there are topics that I could cover that I have not, then please let me know.

  This months episode we are celebrating with some offers that you may not know about.

 If you'd like to support the podcast you can join me on Patreon. A mere $5 a month could allow me to release better quality shows more often, and will help to put instruments into the hands of individuals who cant afford them.

Check out this episode!

HSS Episode 040

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Noisy Recordings?

Here are some actions to take in order to eliminate microphone/instrument noise. Make sure that your not clipping your audio signal as its being recorded. You should be recording not louder than -6dbs in your sessions. In the old days, driving the gear to get saturation was awesome, now... not so much. In a digital realm it only causes crackle and pops that cant be fixed.
Next thing is to test each mic by itself, do some test recording and narrow it down to it only being one mic, or if they all have the same problem, it may be something else. Check your cables, if you hear a particular noise while setting up or recording, shake a few cables around and see if it goes away. If so, it could just be a faulty cable.

Now, I personally own a Lenovo with Windows 10 and it has not caused me any grief unless I don't update it regularly. Make sure you're all up to date, and make sure to update your audio drivers.
So, if you are having audio issues with noise, try these things out.

Test each cable out.
Test each mic/instrument by itself.
Make sure your gain is set very modestly so that your meters don't ever touch the top or go into the red area.

For audio drivers:
- Go to Device Manager and uninstall the sound driver.
- Once uninstalled, reboot your PC and it should reinstall the driver automatically.
- If it will not install, download and install the latest driver from the manufacturer site of the motherboard.
- Reboot your PC again after installing the latest driver then test it again.

Let me know if any of these help!