Plugin-Alliance Neold Big Al Plugin review

Plugin-Alliance Neold Big Al Saturation Plugin Review

In my latest video I review the Big Al saturation plugin. I have audio examples along with my thoughts about this plugin. Overall I am very impressed with the sound and ease of use of the Big AL plugin. It really does enhance each individual instrument you put it on or the bus it is put on.

I did a Master of a few songs 3 days after installing the Neold Big Al saturator. I thought I would try it out. I did a version with it in the chain and one without. Needless to say both me and the client preferred the one with the saturation on it. I was very subtle with it, but it just did something really good for the group of songs.

As with anything you can go overboard with this plugin. But as long as you use it in moderation (when using it on multiple sources) you can achieve some great results.

5 Things I wish I knew about Pro Tools Part 5 of 5

In this Pro Tools how to video tutorial I discuss the next 5 things I wish I knew about pro tools when I first started using it. This is a 5 part series that covers in depth 25 different elements of pro tools and its operation.

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5 Things I wish I knew about Pro Tools Part 4 of 5

In this Pro Tools how to video tutorial I discuss the next 5 things I wish I knew about pro tools when I first started using it. This is a 5 part series that covers in depth 25 different elements of pro tools and its operation.

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5 Things I wish I knew about Pro Tools Part 3 of 5

In this Pro Tools how to video tutorial I discuss the next 5 things I wish I knew about pro tools when I first started using it. This is a 5 part series that covers in depth 25 different elements of pro tools and its operation.

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5 Things I wish I knew about Pro Tools Part 2 of 5

In the latest video on YouTube we have the second installment of the series The 5 things I wish I knew when I started using Avid Pro Tools. In this video I cover.

Part 2 Covers

Track types

Mix and Edit windows (functions and operations of them)

Edit Modes

Editing tools

Enabling Single Key Commands

5 Things I wish I Knew About Pro Tools

This is a 5 part series on the 5 things I wish I knew when I started working with Pro Tools. In the video we start with some real basics in getting going with pro tools. As the videos progress we will be getting deeper into the operation of Pro Tools.

Part 1 covers:

  1. Disk allocation
  2. Playback Engine
  3. Open screen settings
  4. Creating a session
  5. Contents of a Pro Tools session folder

Lindell 50 Series Plugin Review

A video review of the new Plugin Alliance Lindell 50 Series API Emulation Channel Strip. I give my thoughts, an overview of the plugin and there are some audio examples of the plugin in use.

I am a bit old school when it comes to mixing. I like mixing on a console. I tend to treat my pro tools system like a console. Having the Lindell 50 Series Plugin allows me to do just that. Have a console strip for every channel on my mix, and also have the bus master plugin on all the buses to give that overall color and sound of a console. While a real console sounds a bit different, this plugin provides an improvement over the standard DAW mix bus.

The Lindell Audio 50 Series channel strip and bus master plug-ins provide you with the console feel without having to have the actual console. With a choice of 3 separate EQ's- the 550A, 550B, and 560 graphic the tone shaping aspect of the plugin is truly top notch. It also has 2 compressor choices one similar to the 525 and the other similar to the 527. Both compressors are great. The part that takes a turn from the plugin is the gate. That is a Tobias Lindell design.

In the video I show some examples of the plugin in use. It has a great overall tone, with plenty of options to give you flexibility for use on any genre of music.

The TMT from plugin alliance is truly a smart addition. I wish it went more than channel 32 though for the larger track counts when mixing. But that is a minor gripe about the plugin.

Pros of the plugin:

Cons of the plugin:

While I really can't very many cons and this might just be my wishlist. So take it with a grain of salt.

You can also get a free trial of the Lindell 50 series plugin by visiting the http://plugin-alliance.com website. I am not affiliated with Plugin Alliance but I use their plugins everyday and subscribe to the MEGA Bundle. They make some really good plugins for recording, mixing and mastering.

Music Mastering Basics

Breaking down the process of Music Mastering.

Today in the new video out on my YouTube channel I cover the process I take for every new project that comes into my studio, Studio M Mastering. Each song treated equally, and given the attention it deserves.

The process I take on each song or project that comes into the studio.

The Music Mastering Process.

  1. First Listen: I try and listen like the average music lover. I listen for the vibe, the focus of the song or group of songs, and what was the artist/producer/mixer trying to convey.
  2. Second Listen: On this pass I listen for potential technical problems with the mix. I am listening for frequencies that might effect the overall translation of the song.
  3. Surgical EQ: I apply a surgical EQ to work on troubled frequencies that I discovered during the second listen.
  4. Work on dynamics: At this point I add dynamics processing or not. Depends on the song or group of songs and what they need.
  5. Volume/Limiting: Then I look at whether the project needs a bit of a boost or not.
  6. Musical EQ: At this point if the project needs it, I add another eq or 2 with some minor boosts at strategic frequencies to enhance the song.
  7. Then I review the overall project and continue from there.

Building a home studio?

5 Must haves when building your first home studio.

Old song mixing

Just testing this thing out.

Neve Genesys G64