Craig’s Production Tips #2: Use “glue” compression to subtly upgrade your mix

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If you’ve heard people talking about adding “glue” to a mix, this usually involves a bus compressor. But you can also “glue” tracks together in a subtle way by placing two standard compressors in series with high thresholds, low ratios, and no attack time. This method of glue compression gives you dynamics control that’s so […]

Horizon Devices Nano Attack: A single-knob Djent box?

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We’ve become acquainted with Horizon Devices from the Precision Drive co-developed by Misha Mansoor and built by MXR, as well as the newer Apex preamp. Now comes the Nano Attack, a genuinely simple pedal with only has one lone control knob. And it should be labelled Djent! Nano Attack The only control visible on the […]

fourMative CONTOURS: four single phase envelopes with complex combinations

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Vermona had a competition to come up with the confusing mix of majuscule-minuscule letters that form “fourMative CONTOURS”. It’s just a thing us peDanTic music technology journos have to deal with. However, it does quite cleverly and loudly describe the idea of a 4 channel envelope, which is what this is. And more, because it’s always […]

Tasty Chips ECR-1 to bring convolution reverb to Eurorack

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Tasty Chips are the creators of the GR-1 hardware granular synthesizer which is still developing its way towards release. In the meantime, they’ve been working on the ECR-1, a convolution reverb for Eurorack. ECR-1 They say it’s the first convolution reverb to make it to Eurorack. It will be true stereo up to 48kHz sample […]

3 Leaf Audio Chromatron: Hendrix filter tones in a box?

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If you are looking for a ’60s vibe Hendrix tone, the new 3 Leaf Audio’s Chromatron could be perfect for your guitar rig. It’s a state-variable analogue filter pedal with plenty of controls to tweak and loads of filter options. Hendrix filters Spencer Doren, the brains behind 3 Leaf Audio, has come up with a new […]

Noise Engineering gets into 5U modular with Basimilus and Manis Iteritas Magnus

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Noise Engineering are dabbling in all sorts of formats these days. Not content with producing characterful Eurorack modules, they’ve recently virtualised some modules into Propellerhead Reason. Now they’ve stepped into the realm of the bigger, darker world of 5U modular. 5U Modular This is the space in which Moog Modular operates. When you’re familiar with […]

Denise Transient Booster lets you target transient peaks and width

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Developer denise.io has released an interesting transient designer called Denise Transient Booster. It’s a deceptively simple-looking plug-in which seems at first glance to hold a good amount of flexibility and power, with continuous attack and release controls available for adjusting the length of transients and getting rid of artefacts. And then there are timbre-style options […]

MXR introduces Dyna Comp Deluxe, limited edition Carbon Copy & Phase 90

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The Dyna Comp is certainly a classic among compressor pedals. MXR has just launched a new deluxe version at Summer NAMM, alongside a limited edition of its Carbon Copy delay and Phase 90 phaser. The fancy graphics on these two wouldn’t look amiss on the cover of Cream’s Disraeli Gears album artwork. Dyna Comp Deluxe […]

Walrus Audio Luminary V2 launches next week for some polyphonic madness

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When the original version of the Walrus Audio’s Luminary Effect Pedal was released in the spring of 2016, fans of organ sounds got their money’s worth. Now you can do even more with four separately controllable octaves at your disposal – enter Luminary V2. Luminary V2 The controls have been revised and the tracking of […]

oeksound introduces spiff adaptive transient designer plug-in

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Developer oeksound released a new plug-in for macOS and Windows called spiff. spiff is a transient designer made for boosting or attenuating transients in “extreme detail”. The processor analyses incoming signal and applies processing only on parts of the signal which contain transient information, keeping the rest of the signal free from processing artеfacts. According […]