iZotope Vinyl Audio Plugin – The Ultimate Lo-Fi Weapon [FREE]

iZotope Vinyl Audio Plugin – The Ultimate Lo-Fi Weapon [FREE]

iZotope Vinyl adds a touch of vintage flair to your tracks with a plug-in that’s part time machine. iZotope’s Vinyl uses advanced filtering, modeling and resampling to create an authentic “vinyl” simulation, as if the audio was a record being played on a record player. Get the perfect amount of scratchy, noisy, grit to dirty up even the cleanest tracks. The only thing that sounds better is the price: it’s free! Click here to pick it up. Key Features Mechanical Noise: The amount of turntable motor rumble and noise Wear: Control how worn out the record is, from brand new to played a few thousand times Electrical Noise: Internally generated electrical noise, such as 60 Hz grounding hum Dust: The amount of dust on the record Scratch: The number and depth of scratches on the record Warp Depth: The amount of warping and the warp shape for the record—from no warp to the edges totally melted and warped Comments from the field “If I want to dirty up my soft synths or give them a bit of an edge then I run them through various plug-ins that degrade the quality or warp things to a certain extent. That’s why I’ve always used iZotope’s Vinyl, even on our first record. I don’t use it to make something sound like vinyl at all. I use it to degrade the quality and make it sound a bit crunchier and less clean…Vinyl will always turn it into something absolutely crunched-up.” ~ Ed Mcfarlane of Friendly Fires “I’ve been recording orchestras for years and have samples from just about everywhere. I usually let the...
Ableton’s Free Stuff Friday – You Heard It Here First!

Ableton’s Free Stuff Friday – You Heard It Here First!

Did you know about Ableton’s Free Stuff Friday? Casting our net far and wide to bring you the finest free stuff for music-making every Friday, our catch this week includes a set of top-notch vintage bass presets for Analog, a free iPad controller for Live, and a beautifully juicy filter plug-in. Ableton’s Flagship products are Live 9 and Push. They’re pretty low key regarding marketing propaganda, with about the only description of them being found on their website as: We make Live and Push. With these products, our community of users creates amazing things. We are based in Berlin and our company is run by its founders. Many of us are musicians, producers and DJ’s. You can get a Free 30 day trial of Live at this link. And here’s a handy link to lots of past Free Stuff Fridays!...
Rebuilding A Windows or Linux PC? Try out NINITE.com

Rebuilding A Windows or Linux PC? Try out NINITE.com

Ninite is one of the coolest power utilities we’ve seen out there. It lets you select all the free industry-standard software we all use and gives you a single download file for the ones you want, and installs them all hands-free and unattended with no questions asked or interaction required by you. It also refuses to install toolbars and crapware by default. And yes, it’s free… ’nuff said. Click all the apps you want. You can learn more about a program by hovering over it. Click Get Installer and run it. Ninite installs apps for you in the background. No clicking next. We say NO to toolbars or other junk. Run it again later. Your installer will update apps to the latest versions. If something is up-to-date we’ll skip it. Ninite will: start working as soon as you run it not bother you with any choices or options install apps in their default location say no to toolbars or extra junk install 64-bit apps on 64-bit machines install apps in your PC’s language or one you choose do all its work in the background install the latest stable version of an app skip up-to-date apps skip any reboot requests from installers use your proxy settings from Internet Explorer download apps from each publisher’s official site verify digital signatures or hashes before running anything work best if you turn off any web filters or firewalls save you a lot of time! Here’s the current available software list: Web Browsers Chrome Opera Chromium Alternative Browser 22.0.1471.70 Firefox Messaging Skype Internet Telephone 6.18.0.105 Pidgin Multi-IM Client 2.10.9 Digsby Multi-IM Client Build 30295...
Win $1,700 in Audio Tutorials & Audio Plugins [EXPIRED]

Win $1,700 in Audio Tutorials & Audio Plugins [EXPIRED]

It just seems like the sort of week to give away more than $1,700 worth of audio production tutorials and plug-ins. You know why? Because today we updated, rebranded, and are re-releasing The Ultimate Guide to EQ into the Strategies family! It’s now called EQ Strategies – The Ultimate Guide to EQ and has an updated cover and interior design. It also has 50% more content than before with tips and tricks on EQ’ing all your favorite instruments. If you haven’t grabbed your copy (everyone who bought one before will get the upgrade for free), mosey on over here and get one: Awesome Audio Production Tutorial and Plug-in Giveaway! To celebrate we’ve teamed up with some cool people to give you a chance to win a bunch of free audio plugins and training. Here are the prizes Fabfilter Mixing Bundle ($659) Perception from Meterplugs ($149 5 copies of EQ Strategies ($85 3 copies of the Strategies Bundle Plus ($171) 1 copy of the Strategies Bundle Platinum ($107) Mixing Vocals ($37) The Mixing Vocals and Mix  Series Bundle ($57) Mixing Hip Hop Bundle ($97) Mixing with Compression ($47) Exclusive Customer Giveaway In addition, current customers and everybody who buys a copy of EQ Strategies. Strategies Bundle Plus or Platinum from now until Friday night will be entered into a drawing to win one of the following prizes as well. Make sure you confirm your subscription to the email you get after you buy to be entered into the drawing. Fabfilter Pro-Q ($199) Perception from Meterplugs ($149) Quiztones Frequency Ear Training ($4.99) Home Mastering EQ ($97) Mixing with Compression ($47) Understanding...
OSX Operating System Power Tools from Titanium Software [FREE]

OSX Operating System Power Tools from Titanium Software [FREE]

Here’s a trio of free OSX power tools from Titanium Software to help you keep your Mac or Macbook/Macbook Pro trouble-free and up and running. OnyX is a multifunction utility for OS X which allows you to verify the startup disk and the structure of its system files, to run miscellaneous tasks of system maintenance, to configure some hidden parameters of the Finder, Dock, QuickTime, Safari, Mail, iTunes, login window, Spotlight, and many of Apple’s applications, to delete caches, to remove a certain number of files and folders that may become cumbersome, and more. Maintenance is a system maintenance and cleaning utility for OS X which allows you to run miscellaneous tasks of system maintenance: repair permissions, run periodic scripts, reset Spotlight’s Index, rebuild the LaunchServices database, delete Application, Font and System cache, check the status of the hard disk, and more. Deeper is a personalization utility for OS X which allows you to enable and disable the hidden functions of the Finder, Dock, QuickTime, Safari, iTunes, login window, Spotlight, and many of Apple’s applications, and...
Pro Tools 11 – Free 30 Day Trial from AVID

Pro Tools 11 – Free 30 Day Trial from AVID

Pro Tools 11 is the industry standard DAW – Digital Audio Workstation. You owe it to yourself to at least check it out for free for a month. Pro Tools is what you’ll find in major recording studios not to mention video, TV, and radio production facilities of all types and sizes. Here’s the link: Pro Tools 11 Free 30 Day Trial The word industry brings to mind the concept of industrial, or, business production. As a so-called industry standard Pro Tools is not your father’s DAW. It’s not (necessarily) for the casual home user or bedroom producer. It can be. It should be. But don’t confuse it with something you got out of a cereal box. It’s not that. It’s not Fruity Loops, either. Nothing against FL Studio, I love it. We taught the kids to write on it. What I am trying to say is when you use Pro Tools be ready to make a serious commitment to learn it properly. Not to mention the cash commitment as well. Many people “hate” on Pro Tools, not realizing the history of its development and its raw power. It’s complex. It’s dependable. And as such it has developed and evolved to respond to the needs of recording engineers and producers in professional studios world wide. Just keep that in mind. There’s a lot of power there, and with great power comes great responsibility. Er, that is, with great power comes a lot of studying and tech support and hanging out in forums to learn it! I hope you’ll give it a test drive. (You will need a piece of...