13 August 2018

Free Dynamic Tilt EQ

This free dynamic tilt EQ VST comes from HOFA who are well known for producing quality software products. The VST provides these great features:
  • Gain/cut up to 24 dB
  • Variable tilt width for transparent adjustments as well as musical sound shaping
  • Splittable bass and treble tilt
  • Low and highcut filter (6 & 12 dB/octave)
  • Individual routing for stereo, mid, side left and right processing
  • Up to 32x oversampling
  • Support for Mac and PC, 32- and 64-bit DAWs
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The plugin is compatible with the following:
  • Windows 7/8/10, Vista and WinXP, as well as Intel-Mac from OS X 10.6
  • Audio Unit, VST, VST3, RTAS and AAX, 32 and 64 Bit
The following presets are supplied to get you up and running quickly


The dynamic tilt is very easy to install and use and can be found at the HOFA web site here

22 July 2018

ADSR Sample Manager

If you are like me, it's very easy to slip into the endless search for the perfect sample for the moment. Then you find that you have wasted much of your precious production time.

My Ableton User Library is 53GB and is well organised but any help is always welcome so I was interested to see that ADSR have released a free plugin  (VST and AU available) that scans your library and adds Tags intelligently.

 It can be placed in a track allowing you to preview any sample, add, change or create Tags as you want.

Pick it up for free here

13 June 2018

Rubel's Law

Today this one just felt right ...

Rubel's Law of Production - Mark Rubel, Instructor & Co-Director (2014) The Blackbird Academy
Great music poorly recorded will always be great; crappy music wonderfully recorded will always be crap

12 June 2018

London's first Recording Studio

Possibly the first ever photograph of a ‘recording studio’. It was taken some time in 1898 at 31, Maiden Lane, London, where the Gramophone Co set up their first permanent recording room.

You can see that the piano is raised so that its sound can be captured in the (one and only one!) recording horn which itself would be adjusted to the height of a singer’s mouth.

You can find more details on this nice site

20 April 2018


Such awful news - Way too young to leave us - what the hell is going on
Hide and seek

"Last year I quit performing live, and many of you thought that was it. But the end of live never meant the end of Avicii or my music. Instead, I went back to the place where it all made sense – the studio.
The next stage will be all about my love of making music to you guys. It is the beginning of something new"

Laws for Audio Engineers and Producers

I've just added this page to safeguard these words from famous people. Enjoy.

18 April 2018

Ambient production techniques

I have tried to put together a list of techniques that can be applied when producing Ambient music.
Let me know if I have missed anything important.

  • Timbre
    Tone and timbre are really important in Ambient music. Sounds generally develop over longer time spans so it is important for the sound to remain interesting by use of filter sweeps, LFO, LowFi, and interactions with other pitches. Brian Eno said that Ambient music "is intended to induce calm and a space to think" - it should have enough detail that you can actively listen to it without getting bored, but not so much that you can't ignore it whilst it's playing.
    Play with extreme contrasts in volume, in texture and timbre. Try to create a song where each track uses some form of heavy distortion. Alternatively, compose a track where every sound has a drawn out and soft attack. Then experiment with juxtaposing those two elements within the same song. Experiment with automation of panning, volume, EQ and effects parameters over long periods of time.