Category: Mixing

The Oldest Plugin vs. The Best New Plugin

  Quick Answer: The oldest commercially available audio plugin was the Waves’ Q1, a 10 band equalizer that’s incredibly simple by today’s standards.  Although the Q10 is still used by many engineers, comparing it to the FabFilter Pro Q 3 shows how far digital processing and audio plugins have come. The Oldest Plugin vs. The […]

AAC or MP3 – What’s the Best Lossy File Type?

  Which is Better – AAC or MP3? At the same bit rate, we found that the MP3 file format resulted in less deleted signal especially when exported with a joint-stereo setting.  Additionally, MP3’s are typically more accessible and supported by devices and operating systems, making it an easier and more reliable to format to […]

The BEST Free Reverb Plugin?

  What is the Best Free Reverb Plugin? Although there is no “Best” reverb plugin, the Valhalla Supermassive is by far one of if not the best FREE reverb plugins that we have used. The functionality is comprehensive and versatile, while the overall sound rivals that of some of the best paid reverb plugins. The […]

Free vs. Cheap vs. Expensive Reverb Plugins

  As more and more productions are moving away from established studios, and toward home studio production, artificial reverb has become increasingly important. In the past, entire buildings were designed with music in mind – whether it was a cathedral, a music hall, or a studio designed with drums in mind, music once reflected the […]

Top 10 Recording Mistakes to Avoid

  1. Recording too Hot 2. Recording too Quietly 3. Recording with Phase Issues/Destructive interference 4. Using the Wrong Microphone Type 5. Using Subpar Sounding Samples 6. Recording at a Low Sampling Rate and/or Bit Depth 7. Tracking in an Improperly Sound-proofed room 8. Neglecting Proper Microphone Placement 9. Avoiding Recording with Processing or Outboard […]

How to Prepare Your Mix for Mastering

  Quick Answer When preparing a mix for mastering, your output should be peaking around -3dBTP without the use of limiters, excessive bus compression, or any other form of mastering used on the mix.  Additionally, it’s best to export your mix with the same sampling rate and bit depth as the original recording. How to […]

Free vs. Cheap vs. Expensive Plugins: Digital Compressors

  The right plugin is always difficult to find.  Regardless of whether you’re new to audio production or have been involved for some time, finding a great plugin you know, you’ll use for a while can be a challenge. That’s why we wanted to explore some options and see which digital compressor plugin was worth […]

Mastering Voice-Over Dialogue for Video

  Quick Answer Mastering Voice-Over Dialogue for Video is the process of preparing a vocal recording for distribution – most likely on YouTube.  When mastering your vocal or dialogue various forms of processing like equalization, compression, and limiting need to be used in a particular way to optimize your audio. Mastering Voice-Over Dialogue for Video […]

Top 9 Free Analog Emulation Plugins

  PreFET – Accentize RS-W2395C – Fuse Audio Labs MJUCjr – Klanghelm LALA – Analog Obsession Tape Cassette 2 – Caelum Audio Code Red – Shattered Glass Audio Tube Saturator Vintage – Wave Arts mvMeter2 – TBProAudio Dynasaur – Analog Obsession Analog emulation has become increasingly popular.  Digital processing, with all of its conveniences, misses […]

Top 10 Free Audio Sample Websites

  10. FreeSound 9. MusicRader 8. SampleSwap 7. Hip-Hop Makers 6. Sample Focus 5. Bedroom Producers 4. Sound Packs 3. NASA Audio Collection 2. Cymatics 1. 99 Sounds Music samples have been a driving force in music since the 1970s.  With the popularization of digital processing and the accessibility of the sample via the internet, […]