Paradoxically, adding distortion in mastering can make tracks sound clearer. That’s the idea of Brainworx's clever multi-band plug-in.
Making similar signals play nicely together sometimes requires more than just a polarity switch. Enter Waves’ phase-manipulation tool.
Linplug’s innovative plug-in has one aim in mind: to create fresh sounds from pedestrian drum loops.
Controlling harsh 'ess' and 'tee' sounds in a vocal can be surprisingly challenging, but SPL's technology aims to make it easy.
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Having wowed the professionals with their Native PCM and LXP reverb plug-ins, Lexicon now turn their attention to the financially challenged!
Eventide are among the last of the big-name hardware manufacturers to offer their wares as native plug-ins. Has it been worth the wait?
Izotope’s do-everything mastering suite expands again, with a new Advanced version offering even more user control.
Achieving a smooth, even bass part in a mix can require hours of tedious automation — unless, that is, you cheat!
IK Multimedia are the latest plug-in manufacturers to bring us their take on two iconic compressors.
Dynamic convolution can be used to ‘sample’ any piece of audio gear. Have Acustica succeeded in giving this advanced technology a friendly face?
PSP’s latest equaliser seeks to combine analogue smoothness with digital precision.
Soundhack’s powerful algorithms can provide high‑quality pitch‑shifting — or sonic mayhem!
Having already given us a virtual studio multitrack tape recorder, the boffins at Universal Audio turn their attention to mastering machines.
Alan Tubbs reviews the Cakewalk Z3TA+ 2.1 plug-in for PC VST, Sam Inglis takes a look at the Dada Life Sausage Fattener plug-in for Mac AU & VST and Windows VST as well as the Waves The King's Microphones plug-in for Mac AU, Mac & PC VST & RTAS.
After much hard work, Yamaha and Steinberg persuaded Rupert Neve that they could faithfully model his latest hardware in plug-in form. We pit the virtual Porticos against the real things...
Waves’ latest equaliser can be five different virtual analogue designs at once — and it has some other neat tricks up its sleeve too.
The metering in most DAWs does little more than tell you if you’re in danger of clipping. Zplane’s plug-in suite provides vital alternative ways of understanding audio levels.
NI’s take on the Holy Trinity of compressors adds some neat extra features that make them more versatile.
Can the failings of mixing in software really be solved by buying more software? That’s the claim Slate Digital are making for their Virtual Console Collection.
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