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iZotope Neutron 3 – Mixing in the 31st Century

iZotope Neutron 3 – Mixing in the 31st Century We’ve covered various products from iZotope over the years and are excited to cover their updated version of the insanely powerful plugin Neutron 3. This marks the third iteration of the plugin, which we wrote about the first version back in 2017. The most significant changes to the plugin come with the Module Interface, the Masking Meter, the Assistant Feature, and the brand new module called Sculptor. iZotope also made changes to the technology under the hood to improve performance and processing, these changes are tangible as you can now throw more instances of Neutron 3 in your project than before. In this article, we’ll take you through the new features found in Neutron 3 and show you how to get the most out of the plugin. General User Interface First thing’s first – the GUI (general user interface). There are …

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How to Change the Game When Mixing Low-End

How to Change the Game When Mixing Low-End Introducing – Mastering the Mix’s Bassroom Whether you’ve got great studio gear and acoustic treatment or not, getting a well balanced low-end is really hard. It’s a make-or-break part of the production process and getting it wrong will guarantee that your track doesn’t reach it’s fullest potential. The team over at Mastering The Mix recognized that this was a huge problem holding back a vast number of producers. In response, they created BASSROOM – a final mix and mastering EQ that helps music producers get a well balanced low-end in seconds. In this article, we will tell you all about the new plugin and how to use it to shape your low-end to your picture-perfect settings.   Quality Is Essential High-quality EQ filters are essential when adjusting the low-end of your entire mix. The leading school of thought is that linear phase …

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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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MS EQ COMP – FREE Midside Compressor

MS EQ COMP – FREE Midside Compressor Internet Co. recently released a FREE mid-side equalizer and compressor plugin called simply MS EQ COMP. The plugin is available both for Windows and Mac OS platforms. It is a straightforward plugin in design and function which we’re quite grateful for, it’s part of what makes this such a quality plugin. The effect features a 3-band equalizer specifically for adjusting the center or the sides. If you aren’t interested in getting that type of processing you can link the modules in order to work in stereo by pressing a clearly labeled and easy to see button at the bottom of the plugin’s GUI. A bonus feature is a preset manager where you can save and recall your favorite presets. Internet Co. features this description on their website – MS EQ COMP can encode standard STEREO (left/right) signal to MS (middle and side) and add EQ …

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ElliptiQ – Elliptic Equalizer by HoRNet

ElliptiQ – Elliptic Equalizer by HoRNet This week we have a very special type of equalizer, an elliptic equalizer. This type of processing tool has its roots based in the history of vinyl cutting. Cutting vinyl made for stereo recordings will inherently produce a sound meant for two channels, left and right. If lower frequencies like bass or kick happen to be out of phase then this can cause cancellation problems and decrease the quality of the recording. An elliptic equalizer works on the stereo field of low frequencies to avoid phase issues. Allow the developer to elaborate, “A tool like this is needed because if the bass frequencies goes in anti-phase or the difference between left and right channel are too wide the needle may jump outside the groove in the final vinyl master, so an elliptic eq works on the difference of the two channels removing part of …

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Set Up for Success – 3 Steps for a Simple Mixdown

Set Up for Success – 3 Steps for a Simple Mixdown Music producers (especially those of us just starting out) often see mixing as one of the most frustrating aspects of finishing their next track. The mix of a song can be responsible for making it a hit or leaving it lifeless. There are certain methods which are key to perfecting this craft so here are some factors that you need to keep in mind while working on your music: 1: Knowing What To Listen For If you’re anything like me, when you first started producing you probably had extreme narrow EQ boosts, tons of sub information from multiple instruments bleeding together, and sharp high end on a few of your instruments that “weren’t coming through the mix”. Honestly, that’s great. Why? It means you were making music and that’s goal for getting better at listening. It’s just practice. The more …

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MSpectralPan – Free Spectral Panning Plugin

MeldaProduction recently released yet another forward-thinking tool in their vast library of plugins, called the MSpectralPan. The plugin allows you to pan by frequency, in this way you can sculpt and shape the tone of your sound with precision. Anyone familiar with mid-side processing will understand the implications here, you can create width and dimension in each individual track based on the frequency spectrum. Moreover, this plugin includes modulation by sidechaining, LFOs, level followers, and step sequencers.

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Neutron – Izotope’s All-In-One Auto-Mixing Plugin

Neutron – Izotope’s All-In-One Mixing Plugin   Izotope’s product “Neutron” is a plug-in that comes with a serious combination of tools for mixing, you can chain their Dynamic EQ, 2 Multi-band Compressors, Transient Shaper, and Exciter in any order. The Compressors can produce a clean modern sound or when in “vintage mode” will output signals like a CLA-2A tube compressor; the Exciter offers harmonic shaping with 3 XY selectors that each push the sound towards Retro/Warm/Tape/Tube; the Transient Shaper is an awesome addition to have even if you already have one, and is extremely responsive from subtle levels up to when the effect is increased. Each of these modules allows for multi-band processing and deliver sound that stands up to any other high-end plugin on the market, the fact that you get all of them together at such a low price should be enough to pique your interest. If the great bang-for-your-buck doesn’t do it …

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