Sunday, October 31, 2021

Getting A Mix To Translate EVERYWHERE!



Sonarworks Review

Rarely ever does a product cross my path that makes me stop everything I'm doing and immediately makes me want to dive deeper into it. In fact, I nearly overlooked this one while trying it out the first time. Today, I'm gonna introduce something that very well could be the biggest game changer to hit my home studio in a long time, I'm talking about the Sonarworks software!

What is Sonarworks?

A speaker and headphone calibration software that allows you to deliver consistently accurate studio reference sound. Most people are not aware of just how important it is to calibrate their speakers and headphones, in all honesty however, when working ina less than desirable space calibration is the only way to get the best audio experience while mixing and/or mastering.

Without proper calibration, speakers can be off balance, too bright, have little bass response, or just all around distorted. Consequently, the listener will have an inaccurate listening experience which will lead to less than desirable mixes and/or masters.

Enter Sonarworks!

In less than 20 minutes you can calibrate your existing studio speakers with a measurement microphone (buy from Sonarworks or use your own) and calibrate your existing headphones with more than 280 headphone calibration profiles already included in the software as ready-to-use presets.

With an applied calibration profile the software then sets the frequency response target to be completely flat across all audible frequencies so you can trust that every mix will translate. Likewise, with their latest update you can even make custom adjustments to the target curve in real time with the new custom target feature.

With an accurate representation of your sound you can seamlessly switch between speakers, headphones, and rooms, allowing you to mix with confidence and make music that sounds great everywhere.


What's it gonna cost ya?

$99 - For SoundID Reference (Headphones Only)

$249 - For Headphones/Speakers

$69 - For theSoundID Reference Measurement Microphone (no software)

There are also several bundles with popular headphone brands as well as those including the measurment microphone if you need one.

Key Features:

● Speaker calibration: save as many profiles as needed

● Headphone calibration profiles for 280+ supported models

● Custom target: target curve adjustments in real time

● Translation Check: simulating 20+ different devices and device types for accurate mix translation results everywhere without leaving the workstation

● 3 filter modes: Zero Latency, Mixed and Linear Phase

● Additional DSP processing controls: Mono, Dry/Wet and Safe Headroom

● MIDI mapping in the SoundID Reference app for various controls

● User Presets in the SoundID Reference app for switching quickly between predefined output device/channel pair combinations

What's Included:

● SoundID Reference app for Speakers & Headphones

●SoundID Reference DAW plugin (AU, VST, AAX)

● Averaged profiles for 280+ supported headphone models

● Activation key for the product license: the product can be activated and used on 3 machines

Pros:

  • Superb sund quality on your mix/master
  • Affordable price for what is offered
  • Excellent tech support

Cons:

  • The program was a little glitchy at first (installed a patch and it's fine now)
  • You have to remeber that your computer is using it as your main output
  • Your headphones may not be represented in the list of usable calibration profiles

Final Thoughts:

If you're serious about your music and you want it to sounds the best it possibly can without having to treat an entire room or learn a ton of mathmatic equations to minimize poorly translated mixes, this can be a lifesaver. I would definitely recommend it to anyone who is wanting to achieve pro level results in a less than pro space!

Tuesday, October 26, 2021

DIFIX Review - United Plugins




Why would you record a DI? What is a DI recording? What is the purpose of a DI? I answer all these questions and more and showcase a pretty awesome little utility type plugin for the studio.

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Friday, October 15, 2021

Interview with David Glenn


David Glenn is a professional mix engineer based out of the beautiful mountains of Colorado. With over 20 years experience and more than 1 billion streams from his work in the industry, he's a great voice to bring to the table.

The Mix Academy (his online space) has allowed him to mentor over 100,000 students from all over the world through his tutorials and courses.

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Wednesday, October 6, 2021

IK Multimedia - SampleTron 2 - Review


The SampleTron 2 combines the powerful sound engine of IK’s award-winning SampleTank 4 with IK's industry-leading tape modeling technology to recreate the distinctive sounds of tape-based samplers from the ‘60s and ‘70s! They've even thrown in some of the later iterations of the quirky digital sample players and vocoders of that era.
This Virtual instrument features deep sampling of vintage Mellotron® and Chamberlin tapes, a collection of new acoustic “non-Tron” sounds with tape processing, and now enables you to load your own samples and create modern audiophile Tron sounds that are uniquely yours.


If your curious as to whether or not you've ever heard an original Mellotron in action, some of the most notable songs created using the tron were:

  • Strawberry Fields Forever - The Beatles
  • Space Oddity - David Bowie
  • The Court Of The Crimson King - King Crimson
  • Kashmir - Led Zeppelin
Key Features:
  • 8GB virtual instrument collection of sought-after vintage and tape-based samplers
  • Over 400 tracks sampled from vintage Mellotrons, Chamberlins, Optigans and other rare pieces
  • Each preset can load three tracks to split, layer and solo from over 400 available
  • Features a collection of modern non-Tron and vintage digital sample-based instruments
  • Includes the full content of IK’s original SampleTron updated for legacy users
  • Sample loading function creates user Tron sounds with IK’s tape modeling DSP
  • Superb rack effects include Channel Strip, Tape Echo, Multimod and new Vintage Plate
  • Standalone operation or SampleTron 2 can be played as a library inside SampleTank 4

What's new in version 2.0.1

  • New MIDI Learn functionality allows any parameter to be assigned to an incoming MIDI controller message



Get the ➡  SampleTron⬅ here!



Sunday, September 5, 2021

BandLab Mastering vs Mastering Engineer

Why Master Your Track If It Sounds Good?

Most individuals understand what mixing is, right. You take a collection of recorded takes, fly them into a DAW, and then you proceed to balance them all to fit together cohesively. This balancing act involves level adjustments, frequencies that may be overpowering the mix, and adding space for the various elements of the mix to breath.

While this can be very time consuming, if a song is mixed well, it will sound as if it's ready to be released for the whole world to hear! However, I am sure you've heard an awesome mix you've just poured over fall flat on its face when played back through another source. This is usually the case when taking a song from our studio space into the car.

This is where Mastering comes in.

An Analogy For Artists.

Music production can be likened to a painting. The initial idea of a song sets the stage for the next elements, that song idea becomes the canvas and the elements that make up the song are sort of like the sketches. Once the drawings begin to take shape a clearer picture is defined and the picture is arranged in such a way as to pull the viewer into the scene. From here, the the artist can begin adding some coloration to the canvas.

The various plugins that are utilized are like brushes, all of them serve different purposes and allow the painting to come to a desired result. A little EQ here for some clarity, some Reverb there for some depth and perspective, until the initial shapes become recognizable.

Normally, what sets apart an average painting from a Masterpiece, is the small details that are often overlooked by a beginner. These small strokes make the difference between an amateur painting that resembles what the artist might be trying to convey and a professional painting that is well defined and displays to anyone viewing it the intent of the artist.

Mastering audio is just that! Putting the final touches on a great mix to take it to that next level of quality.


The Nerdy Explanation.

Mastering a song involves taking a mix and putting the final touches on it by elevating certain sonic characteristics. This can involve aspects like adjusting levels, applying stereo enhancement, and monitoring for clicks and pops–anything that could distract the listener from the music. The end result is a polished, clean sound that is optimized for consistent playback across different formats and systems. 

Likewise, Mastering makes the sound cohesive across the record and prepares the music for different distribution formats, such as Vinyl, MP3/AAC, streaming services such as Spotify, and broadcast. In today’s world, mastering is necessary to create that “finished” sound that you hear everyday in everything from television commercials to radio and streaming.


Why BandLab Mastering?

While a human touch is always the best approach when it comes to Mastering a project, some may not have the knowledge as of yet or the confidence to Master their own work. In situations like this, BandLab allows you to  instantly master your tracks with the world’s leading online mastering service. What would normally take years of experience can be heard in just a few minutes with the fastest, best sounding, and truly free artist-driven Mastering tool integrated right within the platform.

FULL DISCLOSURE: Mastering is a beautiful blend of art and science. Because of this, nothing can beat experienced ears. BandLab can help your music sound it’s best, but, if you have the means, we highly recommend finding and supporting professionals in the field.


Preparing For The Mastering Phase.

The  first step in getting your music ready for mastering is to make sure your mix is well balanced and sounds exactly how you want it to. Here’s a rule of thumb from most engineers:

Mastering can take a good mix and make it great, but it cannot fix a mix full of problems.
Here are a few rules when preparing your final mix:
  • Make sure your track isn’t clipping! Distortion can ruin a track and there’s no way to remove these unpleasant artifacts in the mastering process.

  • Don’t over-compress your master track. Leaving a little headroom is key for ensuring your track will sound amazing after mastering. A typical mastering engineer will require your pre-mastering mix to sit somewhere from -8dB to -4 dB.
  • Avoid adding too many master effects! A little bit of global reverb is fine (aux sends are ideal), but if you go too far, it can cause issues when mastering.
  • Listen carefully for over-accentuated frequencies. If the bass is too muddy, try adding a high pass filter to clean-up or remove excess or inaudible frequencies. If the mids are troubled, try reductive equalising to highlight the most important sonic aspects of each track.
  • As stated before, balance is key. Make sure you’re happy with how each track sits in the mix and relates to each other. This not only means volume, but also panning, and the "space" each track lives in.
  • Take a break from mixing before exporting your final version. Your ears are likely to tire after a long session; after all, you’re only human! Taking 10 minutes of silence every hour of mixing will do wonders for any mix.

Watch the video below to hear what a difference Mastering can make on a song that's already been mixed.




Friday, August 20, 2021

Desview T3-Teleprompter Review

Desview T3-Teleprompter Review

 The Desview T3 teleprompter is a fully featured device with industry standard 70/30 beam splitter glass which allows you to clearly read scrolling text while looking directly into the camera, perfect for vlogging, live broadcasts, interviews, and many other presentation applications. 

The T3 is primarily designed for prompting devices under 8", like smartphone or an ipad mini. Making it portable for travel and minimal on tripod/camera load capacity!

The T3's beam splitter glass with a 70/30 visible light transmission, has no adverse effect on image quality or color.

Along with the unit, you can download a free APP from on your smartphone/tablet to display the manuscript and with the included remote controller, you can freely turn the page, pause, speed up or slow down the text you're reading.

It supports shooting with wide angle lens more than 40mm, providing a larger range of vision without any noticeable vignette, likewise the front and rear cover give double protection to the glass.

Let's talk about the Pro's and Con's now:

Pro's:

☑ Affordability

☑ Lightweight and portable

☑ The beam splitter Glass

☑ Added Accessories are a nice touch

☑ Adaptable to a wide variety of shooting applications


Con's:

☒ The teleprompter is placed on the lens which disables the auto focus feature or could potentially damage your camera if auto focus was left on

☒ The Glass has a tendency to show reflections from lights

☒ There is a lack of clear instructions on how to set it up

☒ The Bluetooth controller doesn't always respond well




Saturday, June 19, 2021

Cakewalk SONAR vs Cakewalk by BandLab (Should You Switch?)

Are you still hesitant to make the leap from Cakewalk SONAR to Cakewalk by BandLab? Hopefully this will help assay your fears and allow you to make a better decision when migrating from SONAR to BandLab. 

 

In this video I answer some of the most frequently asked questions including: ☑ Is Cakewalk by BandLab the same program as SONAR Platinum? 

☑ Is it really free?
☑ Will I lose any SONAR features I paid for?
☑ Will SONAR be updated?
☑ Can I keep SONAR if I install Cakewalk?
☑ Does Cakewalk by BandLab require an Internet connection to work?
☑ Have existing bugs in SONAR Platinum been fixed in Cakewalk by BandLab?
☑ Will Cakewalk by BandLab support my SONAR Platinum plug-ins?
☑ Why do I need a BandLab account?
☑ Does this mean I have to be active on BandLab’s social music platform?

 

 

Side-by-side comparison of Cakewalk and SONAR

FeatureCakewalkSONAR
Updated since Oct 2017, over 1,000 bug fixes✔️
Integrated BandLab library access✔️
Tempo track✔️
Arranger tracks✔️
Articulation maps✔️
ARA 2 support✔️
zplane รฉlastique v3 audio stretch and pitch shift✔️
Comping and take enhancements✔️
Smart tool customization✔️
VST sandbox scanning✔️
Advanced Piano Roll editing✔️
Ripple Edit indicator✔️
Dynamic waveform scaling✔️
Custom channel colors in all themes✔️
Multi-clip slip stretching✔️
Language switching✔️
Export Control Bar module✔️
Center Control Bar modules✔️
Selection markers✔️
Duplicate clips✔️
Play List enhancements✔️
HUI protocol support✔️
ProChannel module presets✔️
Max number of tracksUnlimitedUnlimited
Max Bit Depth / Sample Rate64-bit float / 384kHz64-bit float / 384kHz
Max number of effects / instrumentsUnlimitedUnlimited
Max simultaneous I/OUnlimitedUnlimited
Internal mixing engine64-bit64-bit
Windows x64 SupportNative x64Native x64
Windows x86 32-bit native app
✔️
ProChannel • PC76 U-Type Channel Compressor
• PC4K S-Type Bus Compressor
• QuadCurve Equalizer
• Tube Saturation
• Softube Saturation Knob
• Console Emulator
• FX Chain
• BREVERB 2 Cakewalk ProChannel
• Tape Emulator
• REmatrix Solo
• Style Dial FX
• PC2A T-Type Leveling Amplifier
• PC76 U-Type Channel Compressor
• PC4K S-Type Bus Compressor
• QuadCurve Equalizer
• Tube Saturation
• Softube Saturation Knob
• Console Emulator
• FX Chain
• BREVERB 2 Cakewalk ProChannel
• Tape Emulator
• REmatrix Solo
• Style Dial FX
• Bark of Dog
• Panipulator
Drum Replacer✔️✔️
Melodyne✔️
(trial)
✔️
(essential)
Surround mixing✔️✔️
Theme Editor✔️✔️
VocalSync automatic audio alignment✔️✔️
Mix Recall✔️✔️
Patch points and Aux tracks✔️✔️
Plug-in load balancing✔️✔️
Plug-ins:

MFX MIDI plug-ins✔️✔️
Essential Suite (Sonitus fx)✔️✔️
Boutique Suite • TH3 Cakewalk Edition
• BREVERB SONAR
• TH3 Cakewalk Edition
• BREVERB SONAR
• Analog TrackBox
• PX-64 Percussion Strip
• TL-64 Tube Leveler
• TS-64 Transient Shaper
• VX-64 Vocal Strip
• Tone2 Bifilter2
Classic Creative Suite✔️✔️
Studio Mixing Suite (Nomad Factory Blue Tubes bundle)
✔️
Engineering Suite
✔️
Instruments • Studio Instruments Suite
• Cakewalk TTS-1
• Studio Instruments Suite
• Cakewalk TTS-1
• AAS Lounge Lizard Session SONAR Edition
• AAS Strum Acoustic Session SONAR Edition
• AAS Ultra Analog Session 2
• Cakewalk Sound Center
• Cyclone
• Dimension
• DropZone
• PSYN II
• Rapture
• Roland GrooveSynth
• RXP REX Player
• Session Drummer 3
• sfz Sound Font Player
• Square I
• True Pianos
• XLN Audio Addictive Drums 2
• Z3TA+