Saturday, May 30, 2020

17 Great-Sounding Masters According to Industry Pros

Great-sounding records serve an essential role for any budding audio engineer. The first crucial years of your audio journey entail a thorough, patient exercise in critical listening. And in your quest to build a proper audio workstation, it’s imperative that you start with optimizing your listening environment. For these crucial stages, great-sounding records not only provide context to your critical listening journey, they also serve as helpful references when optimizing your listening environment to ensure accurate mixing or mastering decisions.

In this article, we go over a list of great records that have served many of today’s top mastering engineers well throughout their careers. We will be focusing on three different perspectives on how these records have served a unique purpose to industry pros: understanding and appreciating various production styles, listening for audio fidelity, and testing for optimal tonal balance in your listening environment.

Thursday, May 28, 2020

Freeware - Bertom Denoiser VST

Bertom has released Denoiser, a freeware noise reduction effect in VST3 and AU plugin formats for digital audio workstations on PC and Mac. Denoiser is a noise reduction plugin for removing noise from audio recordings, including music, post-production, spoken word, and dialogue.

Freeware - Marco Belloni Quarantine Piano Kontakt Instrument

Quarantine Piano is a free Kontakt library based on my Yamaha U3. The piano was sampled with two Aston Starlights in vintage mode and a Rode NT2000. This is not just a piano, but rather a toolkit offering 5 versions of the piano (both normal and felt) and other sound designed goodies that can possibly let you create full tracks with this library alone.

Tuesday, May 26, 2020

Freeware - Oblik Lines Misty Valley Reaktor Ensemble

Misty Valley - blurred sound colors - is a Synthesizer for NI Reaktor (requires version 6.3.0+)

The concept of Misty Valley came about when I was trying to create a “blurred” synthesizer sound as part of my musical project Oblik Lines. By “blurred” I mean those intriguing synthesizer sounds you can find in such music by Boards of Canada, Aphex Twin, Rival Consoles or Alessandro Cortini, to name a few. These sounds can be described as unstable and imprecise, which makes them more human/organic. I took inspiration from the analogue synths from the late 70s/80s and designed this subtractive synthesizer with just two oscillators. Other functions within modules are then added to emphasize this blurring effect. These include: the Drifter, which replicated the pitch instability of tape machines; and the Tape Sampler to add tape noise in the signal chain to reinforce the LoFi/Organic feel.

Tuesday, May 19, 2020

Freeware - Valhalla Supermassive VST

ValhallaSupermassive is designed to blow your mind and your music to new levels of consciousness and experience! Luscious clouds of reverb, otherworldly delays, swelling waves of feedback unlike any you’ve heard before.

Saturday, May 16, 2020

Freeware - SoundBetter Singers Sample Library

A sample library of high-quality background vocals
5 World Class Singers: Mickey, Thomas, Jessica, Scott, Jordiii
Ah, Oh, Ooh across each singer’s range | Stacked x 4 | Soft & Loud
1.2 GB of compressed samples. Full version of Kontakt required
Completely Free

Freeware - Rast Sound Vocal Morphs Kontakt Instrument

Vocal Morphs II is a free library of morphed-processed vocal samples & instruments inspired from various electronica artists (burial, fka twigs, etc.) Version II comes with additional sounds, patterns and a strong engine making the library easy to use and full of inspiration.

Freeware - Derknott Skratchknott 2020 Turntable VST

Plugin from 2015 for vinyl-like scratching. Now as 64-bits VST 2 & 3 with bugfixes and more comprehensible GUI.