Neural DSP Quad Cortex: Next Generation Modeling

The Neural DSP Quad Cortex is the most hyped piece of gear for guitarists right now. Neural have already garnered praise for their high-quality plugins, and their first foray into hardware appears to be a game-changer. Neural DSP Quad Cortex…

Kaotica Eyeball Review: Is It Worth It?

The Kaotica Eyeball is a microphone isolation ball with an integrated pop filter. It’s a big foam sphere you slide over the microphone capsule to protect it from reflections. The Eyeball intends to keep untreated room sound out of your…

Sonnox Inflator Review: Loudness without Compromise

The Sonnox Inflator plugin has been around for almost two decades. It’s sort of a mysterious desert island tool for many engineers, somewhere in between a compressor and a limiter. The Inflator is able to increase perceived loudness, and it…

Monitor Isolation Pads | Home Studio Accessories

Monitor isolation pads are a small but important addition to any home studio arrangement. In this article we’ll look at what they are, whether they’re 100% necessary, and how you might make some of your own! What are monitor isolation…

UA Console Application Explained

The UA Console application is the key to Apollo interfaces’ Realtime UAD Processing capabilities. It lets you insert and control UAD plugins, as well as route and monitor audio. UA Console: Recording Through Plugins Perhaps the main feature of UA’s…

RC-20 Retro Color Review

RC-20 Retro Color by XLN Audio is a popular creative effects plugin. With its multiple parameters, you can quickly add character and vintage vibe to any sound source in your mix. RC-20 Retro Color Overview The idea behind Retro Color…

Flux BitterSweet v3 | Free Transient Designer Plugin

The first transient designer came out in the late ’90s. It was a whole new concept that left lots of people wondering whether it was a compressor, or a noise gate, or something else entirely. The real answer is the…

Slate Trigger: Industry Standard Drum Replacement

Drums are difficult to mix. Just the sheer number of mics creates unique challenges we don’t encounter with other instruments. This is probably why there are so many plugins dedicated to drum mixing; and Slate Trigger tops the list as…

Squarp Pyramid Review: 64-Track Sequencer

The Squarp Pyramid Mk3 sequencer is considered ‘the perfect brain for your musical setup, from studio to stage.’ It combines a powerful 64-track sequencer, a looper, a rhythm generator, a real-time effects processor, a MIDI controller, and an I/O interface.…

A Few of the Best Saturation Plugins Available

Saturation is the secret weapon for adding some grit back to pristine digital recordings. Whether you just want to add a bit of body and richness to an instrument, or make it unrecognizable with blazing distortion, saturation is one of…

PreSonus FaderPort: Does Your DAW Need One?

The PreSonus FaderPort gives users tactile control over features in their DAW. With transport buttons and a single fader, it’s main use is for writing automation in a hands-on way. Control surfaces like these bridge some of the gaps between…

Is Waves Vocal Rider the Solution to Levels?

Vocal levels are one of the most important things to get right. Even with all the compressors in the world, nothing compares to putting in the work and riding the fader — automating the levels in each part of the…

iZotope VocalSynth 2 Overview

iZotope launched VocalSynth in 2016. Right away, its features got a lot of attention. It was obviously a fresh approach to creative vocal production not previously seen in other plugins. Two years later, iZotope VocalSynth 2 came out, which is…

Vocaloid: Virtual Singers in Your DAW

Vocaloid is a very unique type of voice synthesizer software. Initially not meant to be a full commercial product, research on its technology began in 2000. Yamaha then got involved during the development process, and the first version of Vocaloid came out in…

Avid Pro Tools First | Free DAW Overview

Avid Pro Tools is the industry standard. It’s the platform for virtually every studio because it excels at tracking, editing, mixing, and production. Pro Tools First provides an introduction to the gold standard DAW without committing to a pricey monthly…

Spitfire Audio | Pro Grade Software Instruments

Spitfire Audio collaborates with the world’s top composers, producers, engineers, and studios to create ultra-detailed, realistic recordings of instruments. Their virtual instruments and sample libraries offer thousands of professional quality sounds right inside your DAW. Spitfire truly makes incredible instruments.…

Room EQ Wizard | Free Acoustics Software

Room EQ Wizard (REW) is free room acoustics software for measuring and analyzing room and loudspeaker responses. The analysis helps you optimize your studio by finding the best spot for the speakers and listening position. Shooting the room gives you…

Seventh Heaven Reverb | Convolution Reverbs

LiquidSonics Seventh Heaven reverb is a plugin reproduction of the Bricasti M7 hardware unit. The company is known for their superior convolution modeling, which Seventh Heaven has in spades! Seventh Heaven Reverb: A Convolution Masterpiece Convolution digitally simulates an actual…

Cytomic The Glue: Best SSL Bus Compressors?

Cytomic The Glue is an affordable SSL-style bus compressor plugin. The plugins gets its name from the SSL hardware’s famous ability to ‘glue’ mixes together. Even though there are tons of SSL bus compression plugins on the market, Cytomic makes…

Does Your Mix Sound Accurate?
Today, we will be using Sonarworks' incredible Reference 4 technology and talking about speaker and headphone correction. This software works to flatten out the speaker responses in your room, which allows you to hear as accurately as possible in your…
The Rupert Neve Designs MBC: A Deep Dive

Written by Chris Frasco In an audio landscape where things are continually moving further inside the box, many of us are craving some tactile interaction with our mixes – not to mention some analog flavor. To help us along, Rupert…

Best Vocoder Plugins 2020: Fun Vocal Effects

A vocoder is an effect we’ve heard in music from the ’70s to the present day. It’s frequently described as the ‘robot voice’ heard in songs like “Intergalactic” by Beastie Boys. Like everything else, vocoders have gone software in the…

Flanger vs. Phaser: What’s the Difference?

Two of the most common modulation effects are flanger vs. phaser. We’ve heard both all over various recordings, and they do have a similar sound. This lends itself to some confusion, but if you know the subtle differences between each,…

Why I Love Leapwing Audio Plugins!
If you have been watching my videos for a while, you probably know that I love Leapwing Audio's plugins. I love the products, and the company, and I use their plugins all the time when we are mixing in the…
The Legendary ODR-1 Overdrive Pedal is NOW A PLUGIN!
If you have been watching any of our videos over the last few years, you may have noticed that we use the Nobels ODR-1 Overdrive Pedal a lot! This is an incredible, boutique-sounding pedal, at an affordable, non-boutique price. And…
A Short History of the Vocoder

The vocoder has been around for a very long time… In 1938, Homer Dudley at Bell Labs invented it to reduce the bandwidth of speech transmission for telecommunications. In other words, it was originally intended as a voice codec for audio…

Adjust the Polar Pattern in Real Time! | Austrian Audio OC818
Today, we are testing out the OC818 from Austrian Audio! What is unique about this microphone is that it records the front and the back of the capsule at the same time, and also includes an app that allows you…
A Must-Have for Recording Bass! | Radial HDI
Today, we are trying out the wonderful Radial HDI! Radial is quite well known for their DIs, and has been an industry standard for quite a few years now. We have used a few of their products before and loved…
From Covering Queen to Playing with Brian May: Interview with Danny Gomez
a Rafflecopter giveaway We have a rather wonderful guest on Produce Like A Pro today; Danny Gomez! Danny is a huge Queen fan, much like myself! Danny did a lot of the official demos for the IK Multimedia Brian May…
The 6 Microphones You Need to Know About!
Today, we are going to talk about the 6 microphones that you need to know about! Some of these we have talked about before, but we have some new ones too. It is also microphone month over at Sweetwater, which…
Kali WS-12 Project Watts Subwoofer | Demo & Giveaway
We have a very exciting demo for you all today! Kali Audio has just released the Kali WS-12 Project Watts Subwoofer, and we have the opportunity to try it out! We are also lucky enough to get to give one…
Kali Audio Mountain View Bluetooth Demo & FAQ Friday
Happy Friday everyone! I hope you had a marvellous week! This FAQ Friday we will have our usual questions plus another fantastic giveaway! We have already had a bunch of giveaways this week, and today is no different! We are…
Royer R-10 Ribbon Mic | Demo & Giveaway
Today we have a very exciting video happening, as we are going to be giving away a fabulous Royer R-10 Ribbon Mic! The Royer R-10 is a passive mono ribbon microphone designed for use in the studio and on live…
LCT 640 TS: Our Favorite Mic! | Demo & Giveaway
I'm sure you all know how much we love Lewitt mics here! In today's video we are going to be showing you another great mic from Lewitt, and giving one away as well! The LCT 640 TS is a great…
EVE Audio SC307 Demo & Warren’s Favorite Reference Tracks
In today's video, we are in Harmony Studios! This is the studio where Adele's Someone Like You was recorded, among many other great records. Today, I will be taking you right into the studio and we will be testing out…
EVE Audio – LAB-Talk Room Acoustics 101:

Even though a lot has been said about room acoustics, it is still a topic people have a lot of questions about. In this article I want to give a brief introduction to room acoustics and how to identify and…

AES New York 2019 Gear Giveaway | #AES19
Taking any of the actions below will enter you into all the giveaways. a Rafflecopter giveaway Today’s video features the amazing experience we had at AES New York 2019! We had a wonderful time as expected but what made our…
Genelec GLM 3 Calibration Software Demo
As you know I've been a fan of Genelec monitors for a long time. In today's episode we're sharing our recent experience with Steffenee Copley from Genelec. She came to our studio to show us how to use GLM 3…
Build a Home Studio for under $5,000 | Sweetwater Wishlist Challenge
Our friends over at Sweetwater have challenged me to build the best studio possible for under $5,000. - And I have accepted the challenge! It turns out they are having a giveaway from now until November 24th where you can…
What’s an Acceptable Amount of Drum Mic Bleed | FAQ Friday
As always we have a few great questions in this week's FAQ Friday Today’s featured question is “What is an acceptable amount of bleed in drum mics and what is the best way to get the least bleed?" The rather…
Kali Audio IN8 3-Way Studio Monitor Review & Giveaway
a Rafflecopter giveaway Today I’m sitting here with Nathan from Kali Audio about to take a look at their latest speaker! Ever since I heard the LP-6’s which as you know we love, and use every day; we've been talking…
Want to Mix Professionally? | FAQ Friday
a Rafflecopter giveaway As always we have a few great questions in this week's FAQ Friday and a giveaway from Tactical Headsets! The lovely people over at Tactical Headsets have sent us 3 pairs of earbuds to giveaway. They aren’t…
Baby Audio’s “I Heart NY” Demo & Giveaway
a Rafflecopter giveaway We have a very fun episode for you today! We’re going to review a plugin that I feel I have willed into existence - haha All joking aside, have you ever wanted a plugin that has been…
Clearmountain’s Domain Plugin Demo
Today we spent the day at Bob Clearmountain’s studio “Mix This” and went over to Apogee to hang out! We’ll have a marvellous video coming out soon with us talking to Bob about all the incredible records that he’s made.…
iZotope Ozone 9 Demo & Giveaway
a Rafflecopter giveaway We have a very exciting episode for you today, iZOTOPE has released Ozone 9 and we are going to try it out! I don't use Ozone 9 so this is going to be a completely new thing…
Fender Tone Master Deluxe Reverb Demo & Giveaway
a Rafflecopter giveaway In today’s video, we’re going to be doing a review of Fender products. Not just one or two products, were reviewing 4 products! The first one is the rather beautiful Fender American Professional Stratocaster from their professional…
Behind The Scenes At Thomann Gearhead University 2019 | #TGU19
You may have noticed over the last month or two we've been posting some videos of me playing Laney, Vox, and Revv amps, we've also posted a video of us recording drums in a castle! All these videos share the…
Vox AC10, MV50 & AC30S1 Demo with Phil Scarffe | #TGU19
While a Thomann Gearhead University (TGU) I had a wonderful chat with Phil Scarffe an engineer from VOX. Phil and I had a lot to talk about. First is the Vox AC10 which until I saw it about three days…
Suhr PT15 IR Demo with Pete Thorn | #TGU19
While at Thomann Gearhead University (TGU), we had the amazing opportunity to sit down with my good friend and amazing guitarist Pete Thorn. A lot of people probably know Pete from his YouTube channel, but like myself, he is a…
Genelec’s The Ones & Look Inside Metropolis Studio A
In this episode, my wife and I traveled to Metropolis Studios to see the unveiling of new Genelec Speakers. You’ll hear all about it plus a tour of Metropolis Studio in the video below! Metropolis Studios was built and opened…