• Mastering,  Mixing,  Music,  Plugins

    Top 5 Best LoFi VST Plugins For FREE

    If you produce and engineer music you may be wondering what a good lo-fi plugin is. If you’re new to lo-fi plugins, they add a certain warmth and saturation to the sound; giving it a richer texture and tone. This makes the sound feel more real and gives it more life. Here are 5 cool plugins I found that really help your sound and add that tone that you might be looking for. Great part is they’re all free. LOFI LOFI is a nice plugin I found that has a ton of features to give you that sound that you want out of your instruments. It has pitch shifting. The…

  • Mastering,  Mixing,  Music,  Plugins

    Top 5 Best EQ Plugins

    Having problems with choosing an EQ to use with your DAW or maybe you just want to see what’s out there. Here is a list of 5 EQ to checkout. Default DAW EQ Sometimes the best EQ to use in a DAW is the default EQ that comes pre installed. Like with DAWs such as FL Studios and Pro Tools, you have high quality EQ built right in the system as soon as you install the software. ReaEQ Cockos Another great EQ comes from the Reaper DAW from Cockos. This EQ comes with the standalone install package ReaPlugs. It includes a complete pack of plugins for free. This equalizer comes…

  • Music,  Plugins

    What is a Flanger?

    The flanging effect mixes two identical audio signals. It applies a slight delay to one signal and continuously varies the delay time. Flanging combines two identical audio waveforms with a time delay between them. This then makes an interference pattern where the volume level of some frequencies are reduced. Meanwhile, the volume of other frequencies are increased. Visually this appears as a series of peaks and notches like a comb. They call this “comb filtering”. Since the delay time is being continuously varied, we get a swept comb filter. We hear the continuous change in the timbre that we recognize as flanging.

  • Music,  Plugins

    What is Audio Saturation?

    Have you ever wondered what Saturation was? You might have seen it in a plugin somewhere and didn’t quite understand what you were looking at. Digital saturation gives audio signals the analog sound it needs. This means it distorts sound signals to make them sound as if they’ve been recorded through tapes, amps, tubes, and other different audio equipment. Types of Saturation Tape Saturation So what is Tape Saturation? Tape Saturation is when audio sounds as if it was recorded through a tape machine. It introduces harmonics, subtle compression, and shifts in frequency. Tape saturation also creates a small boost in the lows, rolling off some high-end frequencies and. It…

  • Mastering,  Mixing,  Music,  Plugins,  Vocals

    What is Audio Compression?

    Compression is the reduction of dynamic range in an audio signal. When you see a typical compressor, it has thresholds, ratio, attack, and release. Threshold The threshold indicates where the compressor begins compressing the signal. This means setting the threshold to 20dB will only compress the signal once it reaches 20dBs. Ratio Ratio is the amount of power the compressor removes from a signal. This means a 20:1 amount of ratio would reduce way more from the signal than a 10:1 amount of ratio would. So for example a 10:1 compression ratio compresses ever 10dB over the threshold. The difference would be more audible than visual. However you can control…

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