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Native Instruments Releases MASCHINE 2.6.1 Hotfix

Native Instruments has released the following statement: "Today we are releasing a hotfix for the MASCHINE 2.6 software update. We noticed an issue that prevents new users from accessing the library properly. While... Read more »

Avid Releases Pro Tools 12.7.1

Avid has updated Pro Tools and Pro Tools HD to version 12.7.1. The new version includes a new HD Driver and includes a host of fixes and enhancements: Editing Deleting automation on a frozen track no longer deletes... Read more »

How to Add Dynamics to Your Songs

"Dynamics," as we're using the term here, means the difference in volume between the softest part of your song and the loudest. Dynamics give your song peaks and valleys. The quiet moments make the louder moments... Read more »

Native Instruments Releases Kontakt 5 Update

Native Instruments has released an update to Kontakt 5. The new version 5.6.6, in addition to bug fixes, offers a return to full key coloring on the virtual keyboard, making switch placements and sound and sample... Read more »

Softube Updates Console 1 Software with UAD Plug-in Support

Softube has released a Console 1 software update with support for selected UAD Powered Plug-ins from Universal Audio. This update allows users of Console 1 to add to their collection of Console 1 EQ, Compressor... Read more »

Sonoma Wire Works Updates GuitarTone, FourTrack, and StudioTrack iOS Apps

Sonoma Wire Works has updated all three of their iOS apps. The new updates include the following features and fixes: GuitarTone 2.10.2 Update Fixed issue where GuitarJack Model 2 appears as "not supported"Fixed hang... Read more »

Waves Updates SoundGrid Software and Hardware

Waves has made several updates to the various hardware and software components of the SoundGrid system. These updates and fixes include: SoundGrid Driver — Fixed installation issues on Windows.SoundGrid Driver... Read more »

How to Record Vocals in a Large Space

If you have access to a large space to record vocals and a couple of mics, you can get some fantastic results. Tony Visconti used a close mic and a distance mic on David Bowie to get the excellent vocal ambiance in... Read more »

Native Instruments Releases MASCHINE Software Update

Native Instruments has updated MASCHINE software to version 2.6. The new update brings features previously only available for MASCHINE JAM, and vice versa. MASCHINE 2.6 offers JAM's Variation Engine, which features... Read more »

Sonoma Wire Works Updates DrumCore to v4.1.0

Sonoma Wire Works has released DrumCore v4.1.0. In addition to numerous bug fixes, the update features seven dedicated stereo auxiliary outputs for busing sub-mix channels within a session. The full drum mix is... Read more »

Re-balance Your Mix After Adding Effects

It's usually obvious when you add or remove an effect such as distortion or compression — an effect that affects a track's or channel's volume — you'll also need to adjust the track's or channel's volume... Read more »

Do I Need To De-Ess Vocal Tracks?

Q: How important is it to de-ess vocal tracks? A: Ultimately, the answer depends on how offensive sibilance is in your vocal tracks. If it's noticeable, then de-essing is a good idea. De-essers are just what they... Read more »

When to Use EQ on a Bus

In most cases, you want to use EQ on an individual track, to get it to sound right or to solve specific problems. But sometimes, your best bet is to strap an EQ across a bus so that the same EQ processes multiple... Read more »

Cakewalk Releases First SONAR Update of 2017

Cakewalk has released SONAR 2017.1, the first update for 2017. The new version includes the following new features: MIDI Note Chase — Play from wherever in a note to hear itThe Matrix now has editable cells... Read more »

Native Instruments Updates SESSION GUITARIST – STRUMMED ACOUSTIC 1

Native Instruments has released an update to SESSION GUITARIST - STRUMMED ACOUSTIC 1 that adds some of the new features developed for STRUMMED ACOUSTIC 2. The new features in STRUMMED ACOUSTIC 1.1 include: Use the... Read more »

What Can I Use For Vocal Effects Live?

Q: I'm the vocalist in a band, and we're doing shows where we're playing the songs off of our album. We want to have the same sound, effects, and processing on my voice as we used in the studio. How can we do it? A:... Read more »

Propellerhead Releases Reason 9.2 Update

Propellerhead has just updated Reason to version 9.2. In addition to bug fixes, the main focus of this release is that it introduces Software Development Kit (SDK) 2.5 to developers, which features: User sample... Read more »

iZotope Updates Neutron and Neutron Advanced

iZotope has released an update for Neutron and Neutron Advanced, bringing it to version 1.0.1. The update includes the following enhancements and bug fixes: CPU Optimizations Up to 20% performance improvement when... Read more »

Compression or Automation?

Should you use compression or volume automation when you're mixing? The answer depends; both can be used to control dynamics. However, we think of it this way: Compression is great for taming peaks and unruly... Read more »

Blend Clean and Distorted Bass for Better Tone

Distorted bass sounds awesome — greasy, gritty, garage-y, and punchy. But if you're not careful, distorted bass can get lost in the mix. This is because using distortion can increase compression (reducing the... Read more »

Slate Digital Updates VerbSuite Classics

Slate Digital has released version 1.0.7.1 of VerbSuite Classics. In addition to several bug fixes, improvements in this version include: Added the Device Browser Added a Reset Reverb Parameters in the Configuration... Read more »

How To EQ Background Vocals

Few things are as frustrating as having perfect background vocal recordings that don't "sit" well in the mix. If you push the volume up, they start to mask the lead vocals, but if you pull them back, they fade away... Read more »

Surgical EQ vs. Tone Shaping EQ

Sometimes a precision, "surgical" EQ cut or boost is exactly what a track or channel needs to accentuate or remove a trouble frequency or to control feedback or resonances. But other times, a wider bandwidth EQ... Read more »

Apogee Updates Element Control App

Apogee has released a free software update for their Element Control app for Mac and iOS. This app, designed exclusively for the Element Thunderbolt audio interfaces, now features a new talkback features which can... Read more »