6 of the best software reverbs

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Best plate: UVI Plate Plate reverbs sound artificial but are a sensible option if you’re looking for clean tails that will sit comfortably in your mix. UVI’s take on plate reverb gives you classic sounds akin to the EMT 140 and 240 but also lets you go beyond them. Through physical modelling, you can edit […]

6 of the best freeware mastering tools

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Traditionally, when one thinks of a mastering suite, it’s common to imagine a pristine console room racked out with high-end compressors, limiters, EQs and acoustic treatment that is unattainable to mere mortals. The truth is, even the mastering engineers at Abbey Road Studios are working in-the-box, as we found out recently. So why can’t you? […]

Music production deals to help you make music at home

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As music makers, many of us have naturally retracted back into the studio to seek inspiration to finish that project we’ve been putting off. To help you out, an array of music production companies have slashed prices across some of their products, giving you new ways to breathe new sounds into your mix at a […]

The best freeware DAWs

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There certainly was a time when creating your own music demanded you own at least one instrument, a microphone, a mixer and the playing prowess to lay down flawless takes to avoid laborious editing and splicing. All these are still extremely useful to have but, luckily, technology has advanced us to the point where you can […]

Sound for the screen: 5 essential toolkits for sound design

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Our recent Sound For The Screen guide is packed with practical, expert guidance on creating audio for film and TV. This plug-in selection has been extracted from the main feature which you can sink your teeth into here. Omnisphere 2 by Spectrasonics Essential for sound designers, Omnisphere’s second coming added expanded synthesis options to its already […]

Sound for the screen: 5 essential cinematic sample libraries

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Our recent Sound For The Screen guide is packed with practical, expert guidance on creating audio for film and TV. This plug-in selection has been extracted from the main feature which you can sink your teeth into here. Modal Runs by Sonokinetic A simple-to-use generator of orchestral runs able to bolster your soundtrack projects, it […]

5 essential bass plug-ins

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Now that we’ve learned about why bass matters, let’s take a look at which plug-ins you should consider purchasing to make that low end rumble. Modo Bass by IK Multimedia This extraordinary bass plug-in captures 12 iconic instruments and has a range of customisable options that include performance controls and picking location. It’s worth considering […]

6 best audio editing tools

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Whether you’re crafting evocative sound effects for film, TV or games, or creating a unique palette for your next music project, sound design is an essential skill. Here, we’ve rounded up a series of useful tools that can help you take your audio to the next level. Best spectral editing: SpectraLayers Pro 6 by Steinberg […]