I’ve seen a ton of questions come my way recently asking about the different icons at the top of my screen. I use a handful of really great apps to help me run my mixing business so I thought I’d share a list of my favorites with you here on the blog.
None of these will directly help you EQ a kick drum or place a vocal properly in a mix, but I’m sure you’ll find at least a few of them will help you get more done quickly. Enjoy!
f.lux’s website describes the app as “software to make your life better”. This is exactly what it does! Here’s an excerpt:
“f.lux makes your computer screen look like the room you’re in, all the time. When the sun sets, it makes your computer look like your indoor lights. In the morning, it makes things look like sunlight again.
Tell f.lux what kind of lighting you have, and where you live. Then forget about it. f.lux will do the rest, automatically.”
*I have to thank my friend Jake Antelis for the hook up on this one! Thanks, Jake!
2. Memory Clean
If you’re on a machine with less than 16GB of RAM, this app is for you! With a quick click of a button, you can free up unused memory from your computer so that your DAW and plugins have more juice and keep you focused on being creative.
Shout out to my friend, Joe Salyers for this one. The app I used before Memory Clean was okay, but this one is way better! Thanks, Joe!
3. Batch Commander
Nothing makes me happier than finishing a project with a happy client where the money was handled well and the music sounds great. Next to that, nothing makes me happier than reaching that end goal quickly and efficiently. Slate Digital’s Batch Commander plays a huge role in making that happen! Try the demo and I promise you won’t be disappointed.
Don’t forget to download the mobile app! Especially if you record yourself a lot. ?
This is my go-to app for managing projects. From grocery lists and family goals to organizing my business and mix revisions, Wunderlist can help you keep your life in sync.
5. eXtra Voice Recorder
I don’t know about you, but I type sloppy. On top of that, I’m pretty particular about grammar. #badcombination
eXtra Voice Recorder makes it easy to record voice memos and then drag and drop them into an email response. I love answering emails this way. 1. Because it’s more personal and 2. I don’t have to re-read my email 100 times to make sure my spelling and grammar are in line. Lol!
Want to send out a 320 kbps quality stream directly out of your DAW? Nicecast is for you! I’ll partner this app with GoTo Meeting or Skype to work through mix revisions with my clients if the first couple of revisions don’t do it for them. This has saved my butt more than once. It also makes the client feel warm and fuzzy to be a part of taking their baby to the finish line. #winning
If you mix records (as a hobby or for a living) and you value your time, Stereomonoizer is a must have app. This beauty will automatically analyze your audio files, determine their stereo content and convert to the correct format. #nobrainer
Let’s face it, not every email can be returned with a voice memo. This is where Grammarly comes in. Not only has this app helped me to send more professional emails, but I’ve also learned a ton! From fixing commas and other punctuation to redundant words or phrases, Grammarly makes you a better writer. Period.
*Don’t forget to install the extension for your browser of choice. I’m writing this blog post in WordPress using Google Chrome and everything I type is being analyzed by Grammarly for real-time correction suggestions. You’re welcome!
Created by my good friend, Dan, Quiztones will help train your ears to identify frequencies more easily. Don’t fool yourself, this is harder than it seems. Don’t believe me? Give it a shot and be humbled. Lol
Noah Kagan says it best, Alfred is like Spotlight on steroids! The built-in shortcuts will save you a ridiculous amount of time.
I want to say thanks to Russ Hughes from Pro Tools Expert for turning me on to this one. Polymail is still in beta, but it is by far the best email app I have ever used. From social information about your contacts to email tracking and snoozing, this app just plain rocks.
12. Better Touch Tool
Thanks to my friend Bill Cammack, I can perform macros from my trackpad. In short, I have this app set up to prevent me from having to lift my right hand off of my trackpad to perform keyboard shortcuts. Things like, breaking and muting a region or deleting clips in Pro Tools can all be done with taps and swipes from my trackpad.
From making tutorials and premium training courses to private videos to help instruct my assistants, Screenflow gets the job done. No need to be a professional video editor with this app. With a couple of clicks (and hopefully not too many takes) you’ll have your very own video recordings to share with the world.
14. Call Recorder
Record Skype or FaceTime calls with a click of a button. This can be great for recording a client meeting. Especially for when you forget to take notes.
I know, I know! You already know about Dropbox, but I wanted to mention it just in case you weren’t aware that you get 1TB for only $9.99/month. Don’t be cheap… Upgrade your free account and take your business seriously. ?
Storage alternatives worth mentioning: Gobbler, Box, and Google Drive.
Thanks everyone! – David Glenn (http://davidglennrecording.com)
Have something to add? Let’s help each other! Share it with us in the comments below.
I was mortified to see Grammarly on the list until I realized it was David Glenn a Yank posting the blog and not Warren. I mean, come on! Anyone from the UK speaks and writes perfectly in the Queen’s English, no? Ha ha. I appreciated this list all kidding aside. I am not even in the industry per se, but some real helpful things here.
Hi @plap-disqus-cfa0860e83a4c3a763a7e62d825349f7:disqus Haha! Let’s say I found Grammarly to be quite useful myself! Enough said! You ARE in the industry! The music industry, the real music industry is people like us on the ground making music, developing our own and other peoples talents!! As ever thanks very much for your great comment I really appreciate it! Have a marvellous time recording and mixing, many thanks Warren
Well, I don’t know too much about school in the UK except from an Ex-Girlfriend and Pink Floyd The Wall, but according to them the teachers are pretty tough there. 🙂
Hi @l_scott_knight:disqus Haha the teachers very tough! Trust me I remember first hand! Have a marvellous time recording and mixing, many thanks Warren
How can you have any pudding if you don’t eat your meat? That doesn’t sound mean, it sounds practical!How can you have any pudding if you don’t eat your meat? That doesn’t sound mean, it sounds practical!
Hi @plap-disqus-cfa0860e83a4c3a763a7e62d825349f7:disqus Love The Wall!!! Have a marvellous time recording and mixing, many thanks Warren
Hilarious! Thanks for the laugh as I read this at 3:30 am (whilst using Grammarly to be sure I don’t come off as an illiterate Yank!). Bahaha
Funny irony (I call it providence). Though I posted this a few days ago, just tonight I was speaking to a group and said I was allowed to make up words as the teacher because there are no real rules in English anyway. I asked, “What is the plural for fish?” Half the folks said, “fish” and the others said “fishes”. I then asked, “Do you go fishing and catch fishes? I rest my case.” Does Grammarly fix that? Ha ha. As an aside, I really appreciated your back and for with Warren as it pertained to dealing with people kindly. Very wise and astute. I hope folks picked up on that during the interview. Very helpful even for someone who sort of has to do that for a living that isn’t a pro in audio.
One App that I use daily to manage projects and ideas is Trello (www.trello.com), It is an App, also has a web interface, and best of all, it’s free 🙂
Hi @Harry:disqus Thanks for the great tip! Have a marvellous time recording and mixing, many thanks Warren
Nice one! I’ve heard great things about Trello. I’ll have to download it and put it through its paces. I hope you have a great weekend, @plap-disqus-e96ed478dab8595a7dbda4cbcbee168f:disqus!
I can’t add much to business organization except for PC/Windows users the indispensable app for me is StarDock Fences. I tend to drop a lot of program and web link icons on my desktop and Fences really keeps it organized great. I also has Desktop pages (extends desktop right and/or left). This lets me organize for General, day job, and music work spaces. Works perfect with Win7 and 8.1 and pretty good with Win10. New v3 is coming soon for Win10.
HI @l_scott_knight:disqus I’m not a PC/Windows guy, but I appreciate it you sharing the information with all of us! Have a marvellous time recording and mixing, many thanks Warren
Well, you may be a Mac guy, and I’m a PC/Windows guy but… we both play guitar and that’s what really matters! 🙂
Thanks for sharing, @l_scott_knight:disqus! Lots of PC users will appreciate that! Thanks again for checking out the list! I hope you’re doing awesome.
Great stuff, thanks David!
Hi @plap-disqus-9778d5d219c5080b9a6a17bef029331c:disqus Yes I’ve got a few those already per David’s suggestion! Have a marvellous time recording and mixing, many thanks Warren
Thanks, @plap-disqus-9778d5d219c5080b9a6a17bef029331c:disqus! You rock! I hope you have an awesome weekend!
I’ve been using F.Lux for over year now , def a must have !!! it works perfect for the eyes as they get less tired after long periods behind the screen .
Graphic designers beware of the color adjustments on the screen ! , disable when processing photo material !
Hi @roarhoogdorp:disqus Excellent! You’re a head of me! Thanks for the great tip! Have a marvellous time recording and mixing, many thanks Warren
I completely agree, @roarhoogdorp:disqus! Thanks for the tip on photo editing… I unfortunately have never disabled it when doing quick graphics for my sites. You’ve just helped me! Love this community!
The first tip I got before downloading the app , I still forget it some times but fortunately , beFORE rendering lol , I also really like this community , we have to thank Warren for that …. kudos
Hi Friends, please check out this new blog from David Glenn who shares some great apps that he uses everyday to boost his productivity. It’s a great list and some of these apps can really make an improvement in your workflow and productivity. Let me know what you think! Have a marvellous time recording and mixing, many thanks Warren
Thanks as always, @plap-disqus-d3d9446802a44259755d38e6d163e820:disqus! I’m blessed to be able to call you a friend. You’re the man!
Hi David! Thank´s for you’re help and the time you spend writing this blog, I did not know of any of this great apps…..grammarly is the one for me:-)) Cheers! Jeppe
Nice! I love Grammarly! Don’t forget to install the Chrome and/or Safari extensions. It’ll work right inside of Facebook and most other websites. You rock, @plap-disqus-17d63b1625c816c22647a73e1482372b:disqus! Thanks for checking it out!
Stayfocused is a great extension for your browser that let’s you limit the time on distracting websites. Other then that I really like Evernote.
Great list and great content as usual 🙂
Keep up the great work!
Nice! Thanks for sharing! Another great one is Facebook News Feed Eradicator. It’s an extension for Chrome that will prevent the newsfeed from displaying when you need to use Facebook at your own will instead of becoming distracted by all of the photos of cats and people doing funny things. Lol! If you use Chrome, you may dig this: https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/news-feed-eradicator-for/fjcldmjmjhkklehbacihaiopjklihlgg?hl=en
Thats just what i need! Thank you so much!
cheers for this, most apps not much use to me at the moment as running windows but it has highlighted some workflow improvements for me
Since this blog is about apps , maybe this the wrong place for this , but you guys have to try this . The Amplitude Imposer scans 1 channel of audio and imposes those amplitudes (not pitch) on channel 2 ( via sidechain !) .
Found it a few years ago because I had the same ideas , and it actually existed !!! it’s def become a secret weapon as one can use it in a number of ways , single sample , mixes , fx , you name it .
Push the knobs hard and the sound becomes gritty , because it almost acts like a compressor >
ex : Samples with long decay times VS short decay times > A long decay time signal imposed on a short decay signal will ‘pull out’ the noise in the tail , as it is imposed …
So beware …
I use this one all the time when mixing (although there are very good online alternatives): http://www.laurentcolson.com/musicmath.html
Hello everyone, i´m new to this site and already a fan ? My suggestion for a great tool i can´t live without would be Snapper by Audioease. Great for quickly previewing all sorts of audio files, convert to mp3 or even spot to Pro Tools, incl. selections. More here https://www.audioease.com/snapper/
Hey, here are some alternatives:
Evernote: I don’t know about Wunderlist, tbh, but I can say that Evernote has been a life-changing app for me. It IS that good.
Spectacle: Since BettertouchTool is not free anymore, this one is a great alternative to it. I actually like it better since I was basically using BTT to do the typical “Split screen” thing, and Spectacle couldn’t make it easier and more straight forward.