Softube’s Chandler Limited plug-in could be your new trusty companion.

Softube has released a software emulation of the Chandler Limited Germanium Compressor, which the developer says is a “highly versatile mojo machine”. Designed for musicians, producers, recording engineers and audio creatives of all kinds, the meticulous model offers more than just dynamic compression. Germanium Compressor was engineered with an ear for music rather than mathematics,…

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Toontrack releases The Rooms of Hansa SDX for Superior Drummer 3

“One iconic studio, four rooms, six kits, one staircase, one Grammy Award-Winning Engineer”, reads the apt introduction from Toontrack for The Rooms of Hansa SDX. Toontrack has a knack for finding excellent spaces to record sounds in, combined with prestigious producers – Toontrack Decades SDX is evidence for that. The Rooms of Hansa SDX is…

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10 tips on using microphones

Know your types Dynamic mics tend to be the workhorses of the microphone world. They are cheap, can take a bit of signal, and tend to be used as mics for some of the bigger-sounding instruments and live vocals. Condensers are more sensitive so are better for more intricate and detailed recordings of, say, acoustic…

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10 tips for making music on the go

Want to produce music on the move? Do you have a long commute that is wasted each day? Then these 10 tips will help you out next time you’re making music on the go. Choose your playback system The JBL One Series 104 monitors are portable, but getting them out on public transport will not…

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10 pro tips on generating ideas

Over the previous 12 months, we’ve spoken to a vast number of producers, musicians, writers, companies, composers, artists and industry professionals who have shared with us their unique approaches, wisdom and expert direction. In this feature, we compile the very best tips and guidance to better equip you for a roaring ’20’s of music-making! Ed…

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15 recording tips from pros

Preparation is crucial for capturing your ideas accurately and priming yourself for the recording process… Dani Bennett Spragg The recipient of the Breakthrough Engineer Of The Year gong at the MPG awards ceremony, Dani has worked with some of the music world’s rising stars, including The Amazons, Palace and Circa Waves, as well as Noel…

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15 mixing tips from pros

Perhaps the most critical stage of the process, mixing is central to a producer’s life. Needing some tips and advice? Look no further… Chris Bolster In-house engineer at Abbey Road, Chris illuminated us on the mechanics of tracking orchestras and defining the shape of a good mix earlier this year. Top Tip “Two mixers will…

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15 mastering tips from pros

Once considered a dark art, we’ve done our utmost to illuminate the mastering process in these pages over the last few years. Here’s some of our best advice… Cassian Irvine Wired Masters was established in 2003 and specialises in advanced mastering techniques, including stem mastering. Cass is one of the co-founders of the innovative studio….

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15 recording studio tips from pros

It’s the place you’re going to be spending most of your time, so don’t compromise. Here’s some advice on making your space conducive to recording, as well as cool… Emika Electronic musician Emika recently relocated her studio just outside of Berlin, called ‘The Forest Studio’. It’s a place of natural, rustic beauty. Top Tip “First,…

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