So you’ve spent large on a professional 24/192 soundcard, you have enough plug-ins to bring a room full of computers to a standstill and your tunes are happening, but every time you listen to your mix there seems to be something missing…sound familiar? If so, then what you might be missing is mastering. Continue reading »
Brought to you by the same team who were responsible for the seriously excellent Z3TA, Dimension Pro started life as part of Cakewalk’s music creation tool ‘Project 5’ and quickly proved to be so popular, that they decided to spin it off as a self contained cross platform plug in.
At the time, this was major audio news, because it was the first time in their history that Cakewalk had released a piece of software compatible with anything other than a PC, so it prompted speculation about the possibility of Mac versions of their other products… Continue reading »
One of the great thing about making MIDI based music is that once you’ve finished recording, you can use your sequencer to edit the results to perfection. If only editing audio were as simple…
I’ve got news for you…it is! In fact, thanks to an excellent user interface, it’s actually simpler to edit audio with Melodyne Uno, than it is to edit MIDI with any of the major sequencing packages! Continue reading »
If I ask you to imagine a synthesizer, the chances are that either you’ll think of an oblong box housing a plastic keyboard, various knobs, buttons and sliders, or you’ll think of the virtual software equivalent…though if you’re of a certain vintage…and still have the flares…(but no longer have the hair) to prove it, you might just imagine racks of electronic modules connected together with a spaghetti like jumble of patch leads, that looks more like the deranged experiment of some mad physicist, than a musical instrument, as, prior to the advent of the ‘integrated synthesizer’, that’s pretty much what a synthesizer was. Continue reading »
With 3 major expos in rapid succession, January is always a big month for all things tech, but January 2006 seems to be taking da cheesecake.
I’ve bolted the doors, I’ve locked the windows and I’m sitting here with my Uzi in one hand and my Emulator in the other…if Emu think they’re getting it back…they can think again…not that I need the Uzi to scare them off…the sample library of The Emulator X Studio is so comprehensive that it’s bound to contain an ultra realistic multi sampled Uzi, so if they come a knocking, I’ll put my speakers up against the windows and let rip…in real time with near zero latency! Continue reading »
If you’re part of my huge posse of regular readers, then over the last few months you’ll have seen reviews of various NI plug-ins like Absynth and Electronic Instruments…which are wicked for keyboardists…but what if keys aren’t the only thing you like to finger? What if you also like a good hard pluck?
Well, if you like me like to play a bit of axe…or even a bit of saxe (that’s a guitar of Lithuanian origin…), then you’ll love NI’s latest plug in which offers three classic guitar amp simulations, plus added effects. Continue reading »
Look at the description and screenshots on the Z3TA box and read the manual inside and you’d be forgiven for thinking that Z3TA is just another soft synth plug in. Nothing could be further from the truth. Not only is Z3TA one of the easiest to program soft synths I’ve tweaked, it delivers some of the best analogue emulations I’ve heard. Continue reading »