30 days with Cakewalk

Introduction to Cakewalk
Introduction to Cakewalk

This is a big one for me. Cakewalk is a Windows only DAW. I HATE Windows (which I may explain why, in depth, later).

I’ll be spending 30 days working with Cakewalk as much as possible and leaving my thoughts as usual.

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Fast, Cheap and Easy Youtube Mastering

Volume Normalization
Volume Normalization

This is a bit of a meta-video that I suspect 95% of my readers won’t care about.

YouTube has a system of audio processing set up that is bewildering and annoying. I have figured out a system to process the audio of your videos so that they meet the YouTube audio standards about 95% of the time.

This method will cost you about five euros at most, and the single necessary plug-in is often on sale for half price or less.

I tested dozens of audio files from music to dialogue to various types of noise and various combinations of these. While my method will not always give you perfect results, it will get you close to the ideal results with minimal effort and minimal cost.

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Do you need a Reamp or is a Passive DI enough

Reamping... any way you want?
Reamping... any way you want?

There’s all sorts of arguments on the internet on whether you can use a Passive DI in reverse as a Reamp, or go straight out of your amp or maybe use a special cable?

What IS Reamping? What are these things you do it with? Why do you use them? And can you really do that?

Let’s find out with some measurements and then real world tests.

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Site Updates

The recent Cubase post took a lot out of me this week for content creation.

So I spend my effort doing a lot of backend improvement. Bugfixes on the site, improved nav-bar, youtube improvements and DAW Chart is improved.

I made a new video for the DAW Chart for people that like videos. The DAW Chart also has price information now and I fixed some ratings that were mildly errant.

IF THE PAGE LOOKS WEIRD THEN DO THIS:

  • Safari - cmd-option-r
  • Chrome - ctrl-F5 (Win) cmd-shift-r (Mac)
  • Firefox - ctrl-F5 (Win) cmd-shift-r (Mac)

I also changed some colours to make the page feel nicer to read.

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Cubase 10: Is it worth it?

Cubase 10's New Loop
Cubase 10's New Loop (click for a HUGE image)

Cubase 10 is out! Is it worth it? What’s new? What was there?

I’m ready to go, so let’s hit this hog!

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Darkglass Ultra Plugins vs Hardware

NeuralDSP Darkglass Ultra
NeuralDSP Darkglass Ultra

NeuralDSP released emulations of the Darkglass Vintage Ultra and B7K Ultra this year and I’ve yet to see anyone do a real proper review of them.

In this review I’m going to assume that you already know that the Darkglass Vintage Ultra and B7K Ultra are awesome. They are.

What I’m going to cover here is whether or not the plugin version lives up to kings of bass pedals.

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Knots for Drum Mic Setup - Recorderman, Glyn Johns and Bumblebee methods

Setup
Setup

First you need to check out these articles below…

In the first article I described a NO TAPE way to setup the string/cable/line. This method works perfectly fine for the Recorderman technique and it can be useful for the Glyn Johns technique (even though Glyn himself doesn’t mess with strings).

One of my readers asked me to further explain the method I use to measure drum mics without using tape on the drums. This is the response.

Two knots, optionally Three. Very easy, adjustable and non-destructive.

I use paracord for this, which you can get from most home stores. Please do some research and buy some decent quality if you can, it’s much more pleasant to use.

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Oeksound Spiff Review

Spiff
Spiff

I’ve recently covered Oeksound Soothe, and now it’s time to check out their other product: Spiff.

Unlike Soothe, I’m less skeptical going into this one. I’m also intrigued by the concept of an transient controller. Let’s jump in now, once again with a minor aside…

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QnA with Asaf Peres

Q&A questions coming in
Q&A questions coming in

On the EDMP discord server today, we held a Q&A session with Asaf Peres of top40theory.com

What follows is the session…

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Oeksound Soothe Review

Soothe by Oeksound
Soothe by Oeksound

I’m going to be upfront with you, I was (hint?) not a fan of Soothe since it has been released. Every time somebody asked me about it I was dismissive of it, and sometimes I was downright rude about it.

Despite this I have been constantly asked about my opinions about Soothe. A couple of times a week somebody would ask me, “Is Soothe worth it or is it just a gimmick?”

I have been asked this enough times that I finally contacted oeksound and I asked for an NFR review copy. Here we are now.

Is this thing just a gimmick?

Time to get dirty.

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Blue Cat Axiom and Destructor 1.1 Update: IR Loader

IR Loader
IR Loader

Blue Cat recently released Axiom 1.1 and Destructor 1.4, and it came with a feature that I absolutely love: IR Loading.

But don’t roll your eyes just yet, this is one of the finest Impulse Response loaders that’s inside one of the finest guitar plugins out there

I want to take a few minutes here to show you what it is, and why I think it’s so cool.

There’s also some other changes, such as the drag-and-drop ability in Axiom. I just really like the new IR Loader, so that’s all I’m going to talk about here.

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