Ian Shepherd’s Home Mastering Masterclass

Are you ready to take your home studio mastering skills up about 10 notches? Ian Shepherd – mastering engineer, loudness activist and full-time Englishman – has just opened the doors to his audio mastering training course. This is an excellent course and there’s nothing else like it. Videos, written material, interviews and in-depth while Ian masters real songs.

The course is 8 weeks starting on April 5th 2013

I learned a ton from Ian in this course last year. Are you ready to accelerate your mastering skills?


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Review: MXR M-80 Bass DI+

Recently I bought the MXR M-80 Bass DI +. It’s much more than a DI box, it’s a bass preamp with clean and distortion channels, and 3-band EQ. It’s also a shortcut to awesome bass tones.

MXR Bass DI+
MXR Bass DI+

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DCAM FreeComp – new free bus compressor from FXpansion

Earlier this week I checked out the new DCAM FreeComp from FXpansion. It’s a simplified version of the Bus Compressor in the DCAM Dynamics package.

FXpansion DCAM FreeComp

FXpansion is proud to present DCAM FreeComp, a free circuit-modelled compression plugin in VST, AU or RTAS formats. DCAM FreeComp is a realistic model of a classic console bus compressor design, designed to gel subgroups and entire mixes together while enhancing punch and definition. It’s also excellent at taming peaks in individual tracks and instruments, creative sculpting and heavy, pumping compression effects.


The sound is very SSL-like, as it should be. Auto-release can be ideal for a lot of sources but I prefer a much faster release for drum and mix bus. While I couldn’t attain my ideal SSL-style compressed drum sound without control over release time, I did like the plugin and will be definitely be trying it on more tracks in my next mix.

CPU load with 10 instances was comparable to Waves SSL Comp, not super low but probably not a concern. Latency is zero. No ‘analog’ noise is added by this plugin muddying up your mix.

The GUI looks nice and is laid out logically. The knobs respond smoothly to mousewheel and don’t jump when clicked.

It’s worth checking out, just log into your FXpansion account (create one if needed) and the download is there. A serial number request (instant) will get it working.

Andy Sneap on the Kemper Profiling Amp

Famous metal producer and guitarist Andy Sneap shares his experience with the Kemper Profiling Amplifier. The KPA is a very cool piece of guitar gear that can clone your guitar rig with great accuracy.

Review: Slate Digital Virtual Console Collection

It seems like every few weeks there some new piece of audio software that claims to make your music bigger, louder, deeper, and more badass in every way. Every new plugin is announced as a total game changer.

Like that means something.

The Virtual Console Collection

Steven Slate’s Virtual Console Collection is one of those so called game changing plugins. There was SO MUCH HYPE about this product that I was completely put off by the idea of it and tried to ignore it for a while.

VCC is a plugin that claims to make your mixes sound more analog and to make your DAW react exactly like an analog console. Not only that, but you get a choice of several consoles that you can use in any combination.
Say you wanted your guitars mixed on an SSL, drums on a vintage Neve, bass on a vintage RCA tube console, everything else through a Trident console and finally all those tracks summed through  an API. Impossible in real life, but accomplished in a minute with VCC. Continue reading Review: Slate Digital Virtual Console Collection

Detroit Chop Shop Season 3 is out!

Ric Vier’s (Blastwave FX, author of The Sound FX Bible) new book The Location Sound Bible is completed and due for release in September.

In the meantime, Chop Shop Season 3 just started on the SFX Bible YouTube channel. The show follows Ric and his interns as they run around collecting sounds for Blastwave FX at a different location each week.

bonus! We had Ric on The Home Recording Show Podcast earlier this year and was one of my favorite guests. Check out the podcast

Panda Studios "The Intern" Robot

Sam Pura and the dudes at The Panda Studios have built a microphone robot. The robot provides remote microphone position adjustment via joystick in the control room.

Super awesome! This is the kind time saving accessory every producer/engineer needs.

There’s a video below showing it in action.

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