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Free Plug in from Sound Toys: Little Radiator March 20, 2012

Posted by Damon Sink in : Digital Audio Workstations, plugins (plug-ins), Preamp, social media , add a comment

I really love Sound Toys’ stuff. The Native bundle is hard to beat for creative, warm, inventive and massive sounding effects that are truly inspiring. They offer a 30 day demo on the whole lot, which is truly not enough time to know them deeply, only time enough to know that you have got to have them!

They are giving away a great little plugin called Little Radiator, which is an emulation of an Altec 1566A tube mic preamp. You can use this link to get your unique code and then spread the word however you like:


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RIP Digidesign: 1984-2010 April 2, 2010

Posted by Damon Sink in : Digidesign, Digital Audio Workstations, Digital home recording studios , 1 comment so far

OK. Now that I’ve got your attention–

Avid has decided to retire the Digidesign name. No big surprise really. Read more here:

[EDIT: Looks like they took down the announcement–maybe a little premature since the Digi brand is so strongly embedded. Especially with DUC, etc. –Damon]

for Windows VST: Antress Modern Plugins January 4, 2010

Posted by Damon Sink in : Digital home recording studios, Mixing, plugins (plug-ins) , add a comment

Antress Modern Plugins

…Sometimes it’s just better for the PC users. If anyone wants to try some of these (Antress Modern Plugins) out and give us some feedback, I’ve heard really great things.

Oh, and did I mention that they are FREE!?!

I am in the process of re-deploying my dual core PC to run some sample libraries and Vienna Ensemble Pro, so I could install them with that outboard rig. Check it out and let’s see.

Happy New Year everybody. We’ve got some cool stuff in store for the new decade, so stay tuned!

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Warm the Cockles of Your Mix (or tracks) December 23, 2009

Posted by Damon Sink in : Mixing, plugins (plug-ins), Project Studio , add a comment

OK. No idea what “cockles” are, but I just wanted to pass along a bit of Christmas cheer. One of the plug-in companies that I really love is PSP, and they have a stellar deal on their classic EQ bundle going on right now. If you have been thinking about treating yourself to some new eq toys this holiday, I can’t think of a better way to do it at this price.

Check it out here:


And have a great holiday.


Sending Your Music to Another Engineer 101 December 13, 2009

Posted by ConnorSmith in : Digital Audio Workstations, Studio Setup , 2comments

The availability and low cost of DAW-based recording sessions allows nearly everyone to record their own music right in their living room. While you can just mix and release your music yourself, its often really beneficial to send your session file out to a more experienced mixing (and/or) mastering engineer. In this article, I’d like to discuss some ways to prepare your session file for that engineer. I mix a lot of projects via “distance” like this, and getting a session organized and ready can really help to speed up the nitty-gritty, leaving much more time for the artistic and creative decisions.

While this article is aimed at artists and music producers who are passing files to an engineer, these techniques will also make over-the-internet collaborations much easier. AND – these are things that will help a lot even if you are seeing the project through until the end. ?Good session organization is applicable in any recording situation, analog or digital.


Mixing 101: The Mute Button November 5, 2009

Posted by ConnorSmith in : Digital Audio Workstations, Mixing, Project Studio , 2comments

To make great mixes, you need great ears and knowledge of your processing gear/plug-ins – but one of the most simple and most important mixing processes comes in the form of the mute button.  In my opinion, the mute button is often more important than any plug-in, whether its the Compressimaxer 40000 that cost $5,000 or a simple DigiRack plug-in. (more…)

Digidesign: Future Here or End is Near?? October 28, 2009

Posted by ConnorSmith in : Digidesign, Digital Audio Workstations, Pro Tools , 6comments

Anyone on an emailing list from an audio retailer knows that Digidesign is slashing prices on both new HD systems and trade-ins.

Here’s a page from Sweetwater offering the trade-ins


Unfortunately I must have deleted my original email from Sweetwater, but I remember a 002R/003R trade-in (for an HD2 system with free 192 i/0) came in around $6k…  That’s an astonishingly low price.  To my knowledge, a company offers ridiculously low prices on their flagship product when one of two things in happening:  either they are about to release a new product, or their company is about to fold.


DAW In your pocket: Xewton Music Studio September 8, 2009

Posted by Damon Sink in : Apple, Digital Audio Workstations , 3comments

This is pretty cool. Anyone get this app yet?

128 track sequencer, full editing capabilities, send the mixes to your computer with wi-fi. I really like that you can stretch the keyboard. This would be pretty cool to use to demo a theme to a client or director, or scratch down an idea that comes to you during a long walk in the woods…

Xewton Music Studio.

Fast Plug-ins in Pro Tools February 17, 2009

Posted by ConnorSmith in : Digidesign, plugins (plug-ins), Pro Tools , 10comments

This is just a little trick in Pro Tools that will make your mixing faster and easier.

We all have our favorite plug-ins (the ones that inevitably end up on a LOT of tracks in most mixes).  Even if you are just using the stock Pro Tools plug-ins, changing this preference will make inserting these plug-ins a little faster.


Important message for 002, 003, and MBox Factory Owners February 13, 2009

Posted by ConnorSmith in : Digidesign, plugins (plug-ins), Pro Tools , 7comments

Today, Digidesign announced that it is offering a very inexpensive upgrade path for owners of 002, 003(R), and MBox Factory bundle owners.

For a small $30 upgrade fee, you get the following plug-ins for your MBox or MBox 2 (pro) Factory: (more…)

Video: The T-Pain vocal effect with AutoTune January 31, 2009

Posted by ConnorSmith in : Digital Audio Workstations, plugins (plug-ins), Videos , add a comment

One plug-in and the quick turn of a knob, and you have that world-famous T-Pain/Cher/computer voice effect.

Video: Editing out Plosives in Vocals January 31, 2009

Posted by ConnorSmith in : Digital Audio Workstations, Editing, Videos , add a comment

This is a great technique to know when a pop filter fails to do its job.  With a little EQ, a gigantic plosive can be squelched to a fraction of its former self.

Video: Organizing a Session Before Mixing January 31, 2009

Posted by ConnorSmith in : Digital Audio Workstations, Studio Setup, Videos , add a comment

Once you are done tracking a session and are ready to mix, its a good idea to spend a few minutes doing some organization and routing.  This video will show you how to color code tracks (in Pro Tools 8), how to create aux tracks and sum like-instruments together, and how to create a mix bus with an aux track.

AOTD: VI December 9, 2008

Posted by Damon Sink in : Composing, Digital Audio Workstations, Virtual Instruments , 1 comment so far

VI: Virtual Instrument. This can be an emulation of a real instrument like a trumpet or violin, or a strictly synth-based sound. It’s called “virtual” because your computer is creating the sound from digital information and instructions in the VI programming. You play a keyboard controller and the instrument responds. All of this sound generating used to be done strictly by “standalone” (now sometimes called “outboard”) synths–either with keyboards (think DX7) or without (think Roland 1080).

A great resource: Virtual Instruments Magazine

Examples are Garageband instruments, Spectrasonic Triology Bass instrument, NI-Kontakt (sampler), or Play (from East West Soundsonline). Yours truly has too many of these to count. If you are in the market, ask a question and I’ll be glad to help.

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A new DAW comparison… November 23, 2008

Posted by ConnorSmith in : Digidesign, Digital Audio Workstations, Pro Tools , add a comment

With Pro Tools 8 on the verge of release, I think its worth updating the Pro Tools LE features description.  Although there are still some features that we are still waiting for in Pro Tools LE (ADC…), version 8 brings a lot to the table. (more…)

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