Music Technology

Top 15 Studio Monitors

Studio monitors are a key piece of equipment to have in your music studio. Any amateur to professional level studio should have a pair of monitors to reference audio on. Technology being what it is, there are many options available today that can suit your needs. Do you get overwhelmed by the huge selection? We did the homework for you so you can make an easier purchase. Read our list below to see which monitors made the cut on our list of Top Studio Monitors. Focal Solo6 BE This pair of studio monitors is the first ton our list for a reason. They are compact, well balanced, and incredibly precise. They translate so clearly due to Focal’s kickass design. The 6.5″ mid-woofer produces fullness in the midbass without compromising the midrange. In addition, the 1″ inverted dome tweeters are made of Beryllium making them capable of wide frequency response. As …

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Top Analog Compressor Plugins

Searching for the best analog-style compressor plugins out there? Look no further, Beat Lab is bringing you the list of the best compressors to use in your productions. Read Below. What Are Analog-Modeled Compressors? Analog-modeled or analog-style compressors are software plugins made to emulate the circuitry of their hardware counterparts. Hardware compressors are known for the musicality they add to signals run through them. Hardware dynamic processors are used to add character, depth, grit, presence, punch and/or warmth to your music. Those traits are what people are chasing when they talk about ‘analog’ sound. It’s a result of how the hardware is built. Physical circuitry is subject to degradation and over time certain processors develop sounds unique to their product line. Thanks to modern technology, developers are able to capture and recreate those characteristics found in classic analog hardware. This article will share with you the plugins recreating analog-style the …

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Digital VS Analog Modeled EQ’s

As a producer, you will eventually find your most powerful tool to be Equalization. EQ’s are a fundamental part of your effects chain. With an EQ you can clarify sound-fields, remove problem frequencies, highlight musical ones, and achieve the mix you want. In this article we will discuss the difference between Digital EQ’s and Analog-modeled EQ’s. What they are, why they are different, and why you would want to use one versus the other. Continue below. Types of EQs There are many variations of equalizer type, each with a specific function and purpose. The most common types are parametric, semi-parametric, graphic, and shelving. When talking about digital plugins, there are going to be equalizers designed to sound digital and some designed to emulate analog hardware. It can often be difficult to know which direction to head in with so many options available, keep reading to learn more about Digital EQ’s. …

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Top Multiband Compressor Plugins 2019

Today we’re bringing to you the hottest lineup of multiband compressors out there. We’ll give you our list and then let you decide on which is the best. Read below to see! What is a Multiband Compressor? A Multiband compressor is a compressor that can compress multiple frequency bands individually. They are powerful tools when it comes to production, mixing, and mastering. It’s important to know when to use multiband compression, in this article we’ll let you know some of our favorites going into 2019. iZotope Ozone 8 Ozone 8 is the newest version of iZotope’s mastering suite. The advanced version comes fully loaded and is arguably the best mastering software available, a total steal for the price. Ozone comes with 12 mastering tools that add punch, snap, warmth, character – you name it – to your song master. Ozone 8 would already be in the lead with its set …

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MIDI 2.0: A New Generation

MIDI is the technology standard hidden in most music technology. It’s an acronym that stands for Musical Instrument Digital Interface. It’s a way to communicate between devices to make and control sound. Your synthesizer speaks it, your sampler for sure knows the language, your laptop definitely speaks it, even your DJ controller might. So why are we talking about it now? Well with the release of Ableton Live 10.1 we want to explore the possibilities the future holds, plus MIDI 2.0 Prototyping was just announced at NAMM. In this article, we’ll give you a history lesson about MIDI, what you’ve been able to do with it, and inform you of the newest parts coming up in MIDI 2.0. Scroll down if you only want to read about the news regarding MIDI 2.0. History Back in the 1960’s and 70’s, the world had begun experimenting with computer and electronic music. But …

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How To Use The New Features In Ableton Live 10.1

Live’s new free update to version 10.1 adds many new upgrades and improvements. This update is free for all users. It always amazes us how many free updates Ableton gives their customers between every major release. This update (only 10.1!) features custom wavetables, new Delay and EQ devices, VST3 support and much more! Custom Wavetable It is now possible to load your own custom audio files to use as wavetables. Simply drag any audio file to the wavetable view and Live will convert that file to be used inside Wavetable. Once you drop an audio file into Wavetable you will get a new button titled RAW… Under the wavetable categories we can now find the User folder. New Devices We got two new devices but we also lost two to avoid redundacy. Let’s check them out. Delay The new Delay audio effect is combination of Ableton’s Simple Delay and Ping …

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Melodyne Studio – Ultimate Tuning

This week we have the pleasure of reviewing Melodyne Studio 4 for you. Melodyne Studio is the top-tier model of the software from Celemony. With it you unlock the full potential of their algorithms for multitrack and polyphonic tuning. We reviewed the stand-alone version of the software, there being only minor differences in the DAW plugin version. In the plugin version you have to record audio into it to make edits, and there is a different pane on the lft. Otherwise everything remains the same. Introduction Melodyne Studio 4 will come with all the bells and whistles. You get precision tuning (mono and polyphonic), time stretching (relocation and warping) and a crazy sound editor (formants, harmonics, synthesis). In this article we’ll run through the interface, the basic tools you’ll use to get started and round it out by diving deeper into the advanced features. Along the way we’ll let you …

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Let’s Talk About VST3

What Is It? Steinberg is the creator of the audio application software format – VST. VST stands for Virtual Studio Technology, and it is the world’s most widely supported standard for plug-ins and virtual instruments Released in 1996, VST was a major step in the evolution of the recording studio. Virtual instruments were now possible to emulate, recreate and even replace their hardware companions. VST3 is the most recent version of the software, and the best version yet. Improvements have been made to increase stability and efficiency. What’s the Big Deal? Open Standard VST offers so much to modern music productions. With it, we can seamlessly integrate virtual effects processing and virtual instruments into our DAWs. Thanks to the developers who make our favorite plugins, we can use them neatly packaged in a standardized format. The biggest plugin developers have contributed to the growth of the VST format. Companies like, …

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