Elysia Niveau Filter

March 3rd, 2012

Get the niveau filter section of our famous mpressor plugin – it’s free! Add punch to muffled snares, reduce the harshness from active pickups, create some wonderful Dub and LoFi sounds… there are so many ways to benefit from this little tool. It’s fast, efficient, and most important: It sounds great!

This filter is a specialist in changing the overall sonic character of a signal with ease. It features two comprehensive controllers and is capable of producing convincing results in no time at all. Whenever a classic shelving filter would be too limited and a fully parametric filter would be too much, the niveau filter is the perfect tool.  Go to Plug-in Page

iZotope Vinyl

March 3rd, 2012

The ultimate lo-fi weapon, iZotope Vinyl uses 64-bit processing and advanced filtering, modeling and resampling to create authentic “vinyl” simulation, as if the audio was a record being played on a record player. Supports all major formats.  Source

Recording Tips & Tricks: Parallel Compression

July 11th, 2010

Parallel compression is sometimes called “New York” or “East Coast” compression.  It is a technique that involves blending in a duplicated aux track with additional processing, most often a strong compressor, in order to create a richer and fuller sound from an instrument.  This is most commonly used on drums, but can be potentially helpful for any instrument.  Check out the video using Logic:

Ableton Live and DJ Training Videos!

May 18th, 2010

I’m just starting to put a ton of new content on the site and I’m excited to have partnered up with Jason from musicsoftwaretraining.com and Johnathan from djtutor.com to give us a whole lot of informative and insightful videos. Keep an eye out, because I’ll have many new videos from them and others coming very soon!

An All-Time Classic: Shure SM57

April 20th, 2010

Rarely is there a mic collection without a trusty SM57 in its arsenal.  Introduced 45 years ago, it remains one of the best-selling microphones on the market and is consistently a first-choice for high-pressure sound level situations such as snare drums and guitar amps.

It’s hard to define why so many people love this microphone.  Is it truly a superior sounding mic, or has it simply become the mic that engineers reach for without thinking about it?  After all, there are plenty of engineers who chose a ‘57′ above plenty of higher-priced microphones available to them.  Perhaps the inherent sound of an SM57 has become so commonplace in recordings that our ears desire to hear its tone like comfort food.  Another great reason to own an SM57 is that it is legendarily built like a tank.  Take these on a tour, drop ‘em a few times, knock into them, spill some beer on it and you still have a perfectly healthy mic, maybe with a few dents and dings.

Some may not know that the capsule in the SM57 is identical to the SM58 vocal mic.  The biggest difference being that the SM58 has a windscreen to avoid nasty ‘plosives’ when a singer projects directly into the mic.

Some similar and very quality alternatives to the SM57 are the Audix i5 or various Sennheiser mics like the e906.  Even so, nothing has retained such popular status as the famous Shure instrument mic.  Remember that next time you hear a live sound engineer say, “Yeah, I’ll throw a 57 on it.”

Logic 9: Ultrabeat and the MIDI Timeline

April 17th, 2010