McDSP founder Colin McDowell chats to Sam Inglis about his career at the cutting edge of plug-in development. Colin explains his approach to plug-in design, and talks about the revolutionary Analog Processing Box — a plug-in co-processor that employs configurable analogue circuitry rather than DSP.
00:00 - Introduction
00:17 - Getting Started Creating Audio Products
01:08 - The Necessary Training
02:01 - Algorithm Development
05:40 - The User Interface
07:26 - Vintage Emulation
09:30 - 20 Years Of Plug-in Development
11:32 - How Useful Is Machine Learning?
14:10 - The APB (Analog Processing Box)
17:07 - Analogue Electronics
18:31 - Component Tolerances
20:28 - Emulating Tubes
21:51 - Combining Signals
23:04 - The Capabilities Of APB
24:58 - Extending The Capabilities Of APB
25:46 - APB For Atmos
26:30 - APB For Mastering
28:11 - Other Analogue Effects
31:02 - Using The APB For Saturation
32:02 - Future Developments At McDSP
McDSP - Biog
McDSP is an innovative Emmy award-winning Silicon Valley audio software and hardware company founded in 1998 by Colin McDowell.
McDSP technology can be found in pro audio plug-ins for popular digital audio workstations including Pro Tools, Logic, Cubase, and Avid live sound systems. McDSP audio algorithms are also used by companies such as Audiokinetic, Bioware and Microsoft, and in consumer products like the LouderLogic iOS audio player.
In 2019 McDSP introduced the world's first programmable analogue processor, the APB-16. The McDSP Analog Processing Box (APB) combines the flexibility of software plug-in control with the fidelity of premium analogue processing. Options include compressors, mastering limiters, transient enhancement devices, multi-channel and multi-band applications.
Interviewer: Sam Inglis - Biog
Editor In Chief Sam Inglis has been with Sound On Sound for more than 20 years. He is a recording engineer, producer, songwriter and folk musician who studies the traditional songs of England and Scotland, and is the author of two books: Neil Young's Harvest (Bloomsbury, 2003) and Teach Yourself Songwriting (Hodder, 2006).
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