My favorite plug-in of 2018 - Earevolve

My favorite plugin of 2018: EARevolve
My favorite plugin of 2018: EARevolve

Originally I wanted to frame this as an objective review, but it became clear as I was writing it is that I simply was being far too positive about this product.

So what I present to you here today is my favorite product of 2018; EARevolve by EAReckon.

I think that many people may not see this as a useful plug-in to have in their arsenal, however this is an incredibly useful plug-in that I think anybody will find to be an invaluable part of their plug-in collection.

Rather than just say all this garbage, how about I try and convince you…

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Cut size - a rant about getting things done

Beautiful surface (Click for larger image)
Beautiful surface (Click for larger image)

Today I’m going to take some time to talk about something that happened in a Woodcraft.

This will apply to nearly anything in life where you create. Music, programming, woodworking, sewing, gardening… basically anything.

I’ll also be covering a music-mixing topic.

I’m writing this post because I want to test out using Dragon for Mac I have been having RSI issues lately and I need to find an alternative to typing on my keyboard. (Note: I actually abandoned this after a paragraph. Not for me.)

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Line6 Helix Native - Reviewed

Line6 Helix Native
Line6 Helix Native

Line6 Helix Native. It’s not cheap, but is it worth it?

Today I’m going to walk you through Line6 Helix and everything it has to offer, both to guitarists/bassists and other musicians/producers.

This is a BIG review, and there’s a video review as well.

I cover EVERYTHING (except legacy effects) so hold on to your pants. We’re gonna figure out if a guitar plugin can really be worth $399.99.

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Daw Chart Big Update

The DAW Chart has been updated with new sub-categories for sample and file browsing, project navigation, live, meta, audio, automation and a lot of adjusted ratings and updated versions. “Collaboration” is a new category that’s been added as well.

I also made some updates to the mobile site. I know the menu is bugged still. I’m not sure how to fix it yet. I don’t browse on a mobile device so I’m not sure how I want to redesign the menu yet.

This was about 4 hours of work.

Couture Transient Shaper And Distortion Review

Couture in Action
Couture in Action

Let’s start this one with a bang. Go download it right now. You have nothing to lose. The transient shaper portion is free to use.

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Cubase and Me

Cubase and Me
Cubase and Me

If you’re a longtime reader you may recognize the image above. This post is just some text discussion about me, my DAW choices and how I feel about these three products:

  • Reaper
  • Digital Performer
  • Cubase

I’m a longtime Digital Performer user, and added Reaper to my arsenal a while back. Things are changing though.

Spare me a moment to rant.

(Yes, that’s my eye)

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How to use, and buy, a Leather Strop

I’ve been doing a number of Live Streams making some leather strops, and now they are for sale on my Etsy store! along with some cool wood combs.

Parts 4 and 5 of the streams are linked after the break as well. So check those out if you’re curious.

My etsy shop will be linked in my nav bar up top soon, but for now this is the announcement.

BUY BUY BUY BUY

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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.

Other posts in this series:

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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!

Other posts in this series:

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