A more natural drum noise gate with Couture and Reaper

Drum Frequency Noise Gating
Drum Frequency Noise Gating

Noise Gates are a staple on multi-tracked drums. The gate turns off the volume until the drum hits and it’s near-instantly turned up for the duration of the drum hit.

There’s 2 issues with this though:

  • It sounds unnatural - Having the drum suddenly pop in with whatever background noise is happening just doesn’t sound right. You get this weird blast of rumble and cymbals also messes up the mix slightly.
  • It messes with your mix - The drum mix is setup with the relationships of the sound setup somewhat statically. Having a sound pop in that completely messes with that balance can (but not always!) mess up those relationships for that split second.

I have a method that can solve both of these things in some scenarios. It’s not a cure-all of course, and like with any production technique there are tradeoffs. Let’s explore…

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Bitwig 2.4 - The Early Edition - and conclusions

Bitwig 2.4
Bitwig 2.4

The last post in the Bitwig update mini-series.

This is a quick look at the upcoming Version 2.4 along with my updated conclusions on Bitwig as a whole.

All previous post have (hopefully) been updated to reflect the new changes.

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Mixbus 5 32c - Reviewed!

Mixbus 5 32c is here!
Mixbus 5 32c is here!

Mixbus FIVE 32c is alive! (and I’m no artist, but I tried)

I’m interrupting the Bitwig series because I think it’s necessary, and because I have the scoop.

Enough intro rubbish. On with it!

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Whats new in Bitwig 2.2 and 2.3 - The late edition

Bitwig 2.2 to 2.3 update!
Bitwig 2.2 to 2.3 update!

Yeah yeah… Bitwig 2.2 came out in September 2017 and Bitwig 2.3 came out nearly 7 months ago, but better late than never!

I’m going to cover all of the new stuff in Bitwig 2.2 and 2.3, what I think about it and update all of my previous Bitwig posts with the new information so folks that end up here don’t get an outdated impression of the software.

On we go!

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Sidechain Better with dynamic EQ sidechaining

Why cut it all?
Why cut it all?

A typical scenario in mixing is that your kick drum and your bass, or some other similar elements, overlap spectrally. The ‘normal’ solution is a volume sidechain.

There’s a better way though! Well, sometimes it’s better, but it’s worth knowing so you can learn when to use it.

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Live Woodworking Stream Version 3

Still making the strops. Only one hour today.

Bitwig content coming in 2 days!

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Tracktion Retromod review

Retromod series
Retromod series

I’m going to be taking a look at The Retromod series from Tracktion Corporation.

I already reviewed their DAW product which was quite nice. I also reviewed their flagship synthesizer: Biotek, and that is quite a monster.

I did not pay for these products. I was given an NFR (not-for-resale) copy for review. I try my best to not let this affect my opinions. If you feel like I did, then please say so in the comments.

Retromod takes on the task of getting more vintage sounds, so let’s see what they came up with.

ALSO Video review is available too!

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Live Woodworking Stream again

Yet another live woodworking stream. Still making leather strops.

More audio content is coming in the next day or two!

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Live Woodworking Stream

I did a live woodworking stream in my shop on youtube. Here it is!

I may do more of these or not. I’m just trying to get view-hours so I can monetize videos. If you’d like to just turn this on in the background and mute it, it’d help me out.

Or… you could watch it :)

(Yes, I chose that thumbnail on purpose. I think it’s hilarious)

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Bitwig Review, but better!

Bitwig, again?!
Bitwig, again?!

I already did a Bitwig review didn’t I? The people at Bitwig have been doing a lot of work and they’ve rendered a good part of my review series obsolete.

So what is there for a man to do except do an updated review and make addendums to the previews reviews. The new posts will have all of the content, and I’ll silently make updates to previous content. So for the next few weeks I’ll be doing just that.

I’m also removing the individual ratings for each plugin in the reviews. That appears to confuse people, and I understand how it can be misleading. That will be done when this post is published.

This time I won’t be doing only Bitwig content though. There will be some other content interleaved between the Bitwig posts, however I’ll be using Bitwig almost exclusively in this period.

I know announcement posts are boring, but they sometimes get folks to dm/pm/e-mail me ideas of what they’d like to see. That helps me with the review, so here it is. If you know of anything you’d like to see then you can see how to contact me on my About page at the bottom

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