Top 5 Free Compressors: The best freeware plug-ins that sound as good as hardware

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The sound quality of free plug-ins has come a very long way in the past decade. Freeware used to be somewhat synonymous with effects that sounded inferior, forcing you to shell out precious budget on paid plug-ins and preventing you from investing in other areas of your recording setup – but this is no longer […]

Audified ToneSpot Drum Pro is an all-in-one enhancer for drum tracks

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Need to fatten up your drum tracks? Audified ToneSpot Drum Pro is a new all-in-one plug-in that has you covered with a bunch of processors tailored to drum sounds. The third plug-in of the company’s ToneSpot Pro series comes with saturation, gate, compressor, and various other effects that should be capable of some serious punch. […]

Mr Black Mini Vintage Chorus: A Boss CE-1 circuit in mini pedal

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Portland, Oregon’s Mr Black makes some pretty amazing pedals. His latest is a take on the classic ’70s Boss CE-1 Chorus Ensemble – but now in a tiny pedalboard-friendly format.  Introducing the new Mini Vintage Chorus, a CE-1 that has been on a serious diet! Mr Black Mini Vintage Chorus The original Boss CE-1 Chorus Ensemble […]

Meris Hedra: 1990s studio rack rhythmic pitch shifting – in a guitar pedal!

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Meris’s new Hedra effect gives guitarists a ’90s studio rack rhythmic pitch shifting effect in a compact pedalboard-friendly format. Make no mistake: this is one powerful pedal with plenty of tricks up its sleeve. Meris Hedra Designed in the USA, the Hedra pitch shifter has some neat tricks up its sleeve. Think along the lines of Steve Vai and […]

Mattoverse Electronics Drone Tone MK III: A new synth for your pedalboard?

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Third time lucky! Version three of Mattoverse’s synth effect pedal has what the first two versions have so painfully missed.  Mattoverse Electronics Drone Tone MK III While it looks like an effect for guitar, it’s something different to your regular pedals. In fact, it doesn’t change the input signal at all. The Drone Tone MK III […]

Superbooth 2019: 8 Slim Line Eurorack modules from Doepfer

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Doepfer is always coming up with something useful. This time around it’s a bunch of “Slim Line” modules with which you could pretty much build a whole system under 30hp. Slim Line Series The first module in the series is actually an entire synth voice in 10hp. The A-111-6 has a triangle core VCO with […]

Make Noise X-PAN – voltage controlled pan-tastic stereo mixer

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Stereo is not always a thing in Eurorack because you’re more often than not dealing with mono instruments going through mono VCAs and mixer modules. The Make Noise X-Pan wants to mess with your panorama and bring in a bit of stereo. X-PAN At only 10HP it’s a very compact stereo mixer module. It has […]

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 […]

Walrus Audio Slö Multi Texture Reverb puts inspiring, ethereal sounds on tap

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Walrus Audio has just unveiled its new Slö Multi Texture Reverb pedal. Judging by the early demo sounds, this thing has some beautiful ethereal sounds available, with both octave and modulation textures. Slö Multi Texture Reverb The Slö Multi Texture Reverb has three algorithms onboard, harbouring some fantastic sounds. Dark adds in a blendable lower octave […]

MISO: Mix Invert Scale Offset – a multipurpose utility module from TipTop Audio

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Eurorack utilities are unglamorous but phenomenally useful modules. They don’t grab the attention like the rock star filter or excitedly animate like an LFO. Instead, they do calm, helpful and thoughtful things that can quietly revolutionise your sound. MISO from TipTop Audio is one such utility that packs a small laboratory of functionality into a […]