Category: Studio Gear

In the world of recording that is constantly changing and evolving, it is important to stay up to date on the technology and gear that is available. Doing this will ensure that the music that you are creating and/or producing is keeping up with the competition and sounding its best. This section outlines optimal gear, instruments, software, and anything else that you as an artist or engineer will need to stay up to date in the music industry.

Top 7 Free Mastering Limiter Plugins

  7. Limiter – Kilohearts 6. Frontier – D16 Group Audio Software 5. Easy Limiter – Saschart 4. Limiter No. 6 – Vlad G Sound 3. W1 Limiter – George Yohng 2. LoudMax – Thomas Mundt 1. Limiter Z – LVC Audio Whether you’re trying to maximize the loudness of your mix for demos, or […]

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 […]

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 Mixing Plugins

  Sete Chave – Audio Fusion Bureau  Feedback Compressor II – Tokyo Dawn Labs MEqualizer – Melda Audio Production Blindfold EQ – Audio Thing Tape Cassette 2 – Caelum Audio FET Drive – Analog Obsession MAutopan – Melda Audio Production Stereo Expander – Melda Audio Production MCharmVerb – MeldaAudio Productions TAL Reverb 3 – Togu […]

Top 11 Free Reverb Plugins

  11. Teufelsburg Reverb – Balance Audio Tools 10. Verberate Basic 2 – Acon Digital 9. Old Skool Verb – Voxengo 8. Panagement 2 – Auburn Sounds 7. MConvolutionEZ – Melda Audio 6. Schroeder – DiscoDSP 5. Harmonic Reverb – ChromaDSP 4. TAL Reverb 4 – Togu Audio Line 3. KR-Reverb FS – KResearch 2. […]

Top 5 Free Synth Instrument Plugins

  5. Mono/Fury – Full Bucket Music 4. Cheese Machine 2 – 2getheraudio 3. Noisetar – NUSofting 2. Ragnarok – Full Bucket Music 1. Push – Sampleson A good sounding synth can be hard to come by.  Sometimes they have too particular of a sound that doesn’t exactly match the genre you’re creating. Sometimes they’re […]

Top 7 Free Drum Virtual Instrument Plugins

  7. Sub Analog Drums – Sampleson 6. Cassette 606, 808, 909 – BPB 5. RoyoToms – Alan Vista 4. MT Power DrumKit 2 – Manda Audio 3. Bazz Murda – DistoCore 2. GB DrumBox – Sample Science 1. Cymbalistic – Alan Vista Drums are the backbone of just about any conceivable song.  They set […]

Top 5 Free Vocal Tuning and Formant Plugins

  5. Voloco – Resonant Cavity 4. Pitch Proof – Aegean Music 3. Pitched Delay – LKJB 2. Grillion 2 – Auburn Sounds 1. MAutoPitch – MeldaProduction Audio Vocal tuning and formant processing have become an increasingly popular and widely used effect of the past couple of decades.  What was once considered a passing fad, […]

Top 10 Monitor Controllers

  Shadow Hills Industries Equinox Summing Mixer and Monitor Controller SPL MC16 Mastering Monitor Controller Grace Design m908 Surround Monitor Controller Crane Song Avocet IIA Monitor Controller Coleman Audio M3PHMKIII – Monitor Controller SPL MTC Monitor & Talkback Controller Antelope Audio Satori Analog Monitoring and Summing System Dangerous Music MONITOR ST Burl Audio B26 Orca […]

Top 10 Free Mastering Plugins

  MSED – Voxengo ISOL8 – TBProAudio BL Waves – Blue Lab Konsol – Analog Obsession Frontier – D16 Audio Group Bittersweet – Flux Overtone GEQ – Voxengo HPL2 Processor – Acoustic Field Loudmax – Thomas Mundt dpMeter4 – TBProAudio Finding the right plugins for mastering isn’t always the easiest task.  There’s a lot of […]