Kilohearts Phase Plant Review

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Kilohearts Phase Plant has been out a little while now, and I’ve spent a good bit of time with it.

I rarely do reviews when I believe something has been covered thoroughly, and I think Phase Plant has been. Hopefully I can provide some level of thoroughness and maybe a bit of insight beyond what else is out there.

This review is of the Professional version.

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Interview with KiloHearts

Phase Plant
Phase Plant

We recently had an interview session with the fine people at KiloHearts over at the EDMP Discord

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DAW Chart Update July 2019

I’ve update the DAW Chart! I know, you’re excited.

Here’s the features of this update:

  • FLStudio 20.5
  • Logic 10.4.5
  • Reason 10.4
  • Mixbus 5.2
  • SAWStudio removed - I will not be purchasing the SAWStudio64 update, so it would be perpetually out of date from this time forward. (Also, I hate windows)
  • NEW Excluded sections - These sections only count if you manually weight them. They do not show in the “Combined Totals”. This allows me to have highly subjective ratings that are ‘opt-in only’ for total ratings.
  • NEW Menu category
  • NEW Window Management category
  • NEW Subjective Section
    • NEW Weirdness Category - how far does the DAW deviate from the norm?
    • NEW Comprehensibility Category - how difficult is it to become an ‘advanced’ user of a product?
    • NEW Fragility Category - how do a product’s updates (or lack of) impede your workflow?
    • NEW Professionalism Category - how well does the product cater to ‘professional’ (money-making) workflows orthogonal to music-making
    • NEW Simplicity Category - This is NOT EASE OF USE. Simplicity is related to comprehensibility. It’s ease of understanding as opposed to ease of use. Unlike comprehensibility, this is how little knowledge is necessary to comprehend the primary workflows of the software.
  • NEW Bias Category - Like anyone, I have a bias to/for a given product. I have done my best to convey how I feel that I’m biased on a scale of 0-10. Weighted only.
    • NEW Preference - My personal preference for the products.
    • NEW History - How long I’ve been using the product relative to its total existence.
    • NEW Connections - My personal connections to people, testing and my own dependence on the product.

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Sample Accurate JSFX in Reaper

Reaper with Sample Accurate JSFX
Reaper with Sample Accurate JSFX

In the last DAW v DAW post I indicated that JSFX in Reaper may be flawed. I was obviously wrong, I knew I was wrong, and here’s where I explain how I was wrong.

No text today. If you like text, then go read the documentation.

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DAW v DAW - Part 4: Plugin Automation

Pro Tools?
Pro Tools? (Click for larger image)

Even MORE DAW testing. This time we reach the darkest, ugliest corner of Automation across DAWs: plugin automation.

This is a very difficult thing to test fairly, so instead I’ll be walking you through how things can work, how you can test them, and how to express your anger in a healthy manner.

Next in the series won’t be automation. :) (Even though there will be more automation to explore…)

Other posts in this series:

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Right in the Bunghole with Kali Audio LP8s

Setup
Setup
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Bunghole - an aperture through which a cask can be filled or emptied.

Also, an ode to Beavis and Butthead.

Today I’ll be experimenting with my Kali Audio LP8s. A simple “mod” that’s been around almost as long as speakers have been around and the ramifications.

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Eve SC307 & TS112 Setup and Testing

Testing Setup
Testing Setup

Recently I took delivery of Eve Audio SC307 and a TS112 Subwoofer.

I live-streamed the unboxing and initial setup, and here’s some information regarding how I tuned the setup and some caveats.

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DAW v DAW - Part 3: More volume automation

Logic, No Sample Accurate Automation
Spoiler Alert: Logic, No Sample Accurate Automation

In the last series I explored DAW fader automation. There’s more to this though:

  • Some DAWs have multiple volume automation points, and expectations of what to use.
  • Some DAWs may have settings that affect automation.
  • Some DAWs are tricky little buggers.
  • Some companies are pretty cool.
    • Or not.

Please join me as I explore these facets and see more about how automation differs between products.

Other posts in this series:

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DAW v DAW - Part 2: Fader Automation Speed

Waveform
Waveform

It’s time for everyone’s favorite DAW v DAW series!

Today I’ll be covering a difference that really annoys me: Automation smoothing.

Other posts in this series:

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Everything I like about Ableton Live

Hardware Support
Hardware Support

The review is concluded. A few days earlier than 45 days since I announced it, but nearly a week longer that I’ve been using it for this review in private.

Will it end poorly or end well??

Or will you just never want to visit this website again?

Other parts in this series:

VALID FOR LIVE 10.1. Future updates may render some of this information invalid.

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Max for Live

Max for Live
Max for Live

Here’s where things get fun for both the novice and the advanced user: Max for Live.

It’s either a $199 purchase, or it comes with Live Suite (as of this writing). I won’t be doing an in-depth review of Max for Live, since that could easily be a series larger than the Live review itself (I believe M4L is more functional and capable than Live). Instead this is an overview of how Max for Live impacts the ability, functionality and value of Live.

Max for Live is probably the most incredible value you can get as a Live user, so let me explain why…

Other parts in this series:

VALID FOR LIVE 10.1. Future updates may render some of this information invalid.

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