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Cubase 7 Review

March 10, 2013 2 comments

Wazzup DAWfreaks…
I’m back and today we will have a look at the new Cubase 7.
But before I start, I want to thank Steinberg for letting me do this review.

 

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About Steinberg

Steinberg has been providing award-winning, technologically advanced music and media production products for musicians and producers of music, video and film since 1984. Today, Steinberg is one of the world’s largest manufacturers of audio software and hardware, with more than 1.5 million users worldwide. Steinberg also provides business customers with license management and copy protection systems. The Steinberg range of products has long since found world renown in all aspects of modern digital audio processing, and form the backbone of facilities specializing in music composition and production, mastering, restoration, broadcast, sound design, audio post for the film industry among many others.                                        Source

 

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Steven Slate Drums 4 – Chris Lord Alge expansion – Review

February 3, 2013 1 comment

Wazzup Dawfreaks..
Its time for something i like allot, A Drum sound/expansion review!

Steven Slate Drums 4 aka SSD4  is a flexible drum instrument plugin with excellent sound, fast workflow and easy to use GUI. Today we will have a look at the new Chris Lord Alge expansion for Steven Slate drums 4, This expansion is also available for Trigger.

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Introduction

Steven Slate know that to come with something new to the Recording world is tough, And when he wanted to make an Expansion for SSD4 and Trigger it had to be exceptional.
To manage this he brought along a man who know and understand every detail drum recording, and can set that exceptional drum sound, MR Chris Lord Alge!


In the Spring of 2012, Chris Lord Alge revisited his recording engineer roots and recorded multiple world class drumkits at OCEAN studios in Burbank. He then mixed all the drums in his classic style in his LA mixroom using the same processing chains that you’ve heard on all of his records. He even printed a sample layer of his famous SONY reverb unit on the kicks and snares. The result is some of the fattest, punchiest, most mix ready virtual drums in the industry! And now you can use these classic Chris Lord Alge drums in Steven Slate Drums 4 Virtual Drum instrument and Steven Slate TRIGGER Drum Replacer/Enchancer.                                                                   Source

 

 

What’s included

12 Drumkit Presets (SSD4)

DW MAPLE

Kick Drums: 22” and 24”

Toms: 10”, 12”, 14”, 16”, and 18”

Snares:

DW Maple

Ludwig Black Beauty

Ludwig Chrome Plated Steel

Pearl Reference Maple

Pearl Reference Brass

Pearl Steel Sensitone

Tama Bell Brass

 

A closer lookimageHere is the CLA Rock 01 loaded up in SSD4 kit view, as a VSTI in PreSonus Studio One PRO v2.

 

The Chris Lord Alge expansion comes with 13 ready to use presets, But when we start digging deeper we find that there is more to this expansion that allows for great tweaking options and a huge variety of sound.

imageHere is the CLA Rock 09 loaded up in SSD4 Cell view, as a VSTI in PreSonus Studio One PRO v2.

 

imageWhen we go into the Instrument section of SSD4 we find that the kicks comes with additional features, HB=Hard Beater, SB=Soft Beater, wS= With Snare and OT = Over the Top. OT (Over the Top) have a crushed ambient sound (especially on the Overheads), this is meant to be used as blends for more more excitement and low end punch.

 

imageTaking a look at the Snares section we find that there is a nice variety of Snares in the Chris Lord Alge expansion I know people have been asking for “The Dong”, One of the snares that I like to have in nearly any setup is the Dry Pearl as it only has a slight OH bleed so I can use it to get more od that nice snap to the Snare sound.

 

 

Click the image for a bigger view!!!As we head into the SSD4 mixer we find Close mice channels for Kick in / Out and Sub, Snare Top, TopB (second mic taped to 1st ), Snare Bottom, Toms, and Hi-Hat. These are followed by a FX, OH, RoomA , RoomB and and Mono Channel. I love the Room A/B feature as it allows me to tweak specific room sound for specific drums this is simply said even more flexibility.

 

Working with the Chris Lord Alge expansion
The Chris Lord Alge expansion follows the original SSD4 standard and I just love how fast I can load a kit, change some instruments to my liking and adjust the bleed levels.
Then I decide to either keep all channels on one buss / channel in my DAW or set multi out option for further tweaks, Adjust some EQ and one of my favorites is to use the FabFilter
Pro-C a great compressor that is great for anything such as parallel compression.
I can not mention this enough but the room A and B feature is nearly addictive, I can alter sound in so many ways and I can get the room spread for a perfect mix.
And Remember all SSD4 instruments including the Chris Lord Alge expansion responds well to additional Tweaking for even more personalization.
  Here follows a video of some of the Kits and MIDI grooves included in the Chris Lord Alge expansion. In the end of the video is a tweaked kit where i also tweaked the drum sound with additional effects.

 

Steven Slate Drums 4 – Chris Lord Alge expansion – DEMO

Conclusion

In these modern times with a lot of great sounding Drum plugins on the market it is hard to create something new, but If you read my SSD4 Platinum review you will know that i highly recommend it as its very fresh, flexible, easy to use and just sounds AMAZING!

 
When I got the Chris Lord Alge expansion and loaded it in SSD4 I was shocked over the detail and extremely nice punch it had, how many options I got with just a small twist of a bleed knob or adjustment of a channel level. The more I messed around with the expansion the more I found how exceptional it is, the special tweaked individual kicks and snares adds that extra feel to the sound, Using the DRY variations allows for some very interesting personal tweaks and the RoomA and RoomB channels opens up a huge variety of options.
Since SSD4 has a fast and easy workflow, and it allows you to easily combine the SSD4 instruments with the Chris Lord Alge expansion you will be able to quickly get YOUR sound! In the end it is how you combine and tweak the sound that gives the personal touch, and the options are nearly limitless!!

So If you want one of the best sounding expansions available on the market today, And you own either Trigger or Steven Slate Drums 4 then the Chris Lord Alge expansion is a must have! If you don’t have Steven Slate drums 4 I recommend you to get it… it is that good!

The price for the Chris Lord Alge expansion is at the moment set to $199, A good price for what you get.

If I miss something it would be a optional tweaked version of the Toms , a easy way to get a 5 Tom setup and maybe one or two presets that use 5 Toms and Double kick for the metal maniacs.

 

The Verdict


Editors

 

The Chris Lord Alge Expansion is just amazing, Good job everyone involved in Steven Slate drums 4 and the Chris Lord Alge Expansion.

I want to thank Steven slate drums for letting me do this review, And to my readers…
THANK YOU!!!

Slate Digital FG-X Review

January 19, 2013 Leave a comment

Wazzup Dawfreaks
Before we start i want to wish you all a great new year!
Do you like me sometime struggle to get your master to sound in place well maybe the plugin we will look at to day might be something for you as Today we are going to look at a a plugin that is meant to aid us to get a perfect Master of our Songs, From Slate Digital i bring you the FG-X Virtual Mastering Processor.

Before we start i want to thank Slate digital for letting me do this review.

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The FG-X

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Slate Digital wanted to approach the ITP Mastering from a different angle and  wanted to create a plugin that would give that extra punch without killing the dynamics.
The FG-X Virtual Mastering Processor has a great GUI and comes with a Transparent  Stereo compressor (FG Comp), Limiter (FG Level) and Constant Gain Monitor (FG Level) and the metering system is based on a digital RMS meter and two channel VU meter.

 

System requirements For the FG-X

Dual Core Intel Processor, At Least 2 GB of RAM
Mac OS® X 10.5 or later
AU, RTAS, VST
(iLok2 Required)

Dual Core Intel or AMD Processor, At Least 2 GB RAM
Windows 7® (32/64 Bit)
RTAS, VST
(iLok2 Required)

Lets have a look at the GUI and controls of the FG-X

FG Comp

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The first section of the FG-X is the FG Comp, A transparent Stereo Compressor that comes with a standard setup of controls for Attack, Release, Ratio and Threshold.

We also find a nice large In/out reduction meter something i personally like allot as it makes things easy to se without having to be up close to the Screen.

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This image shows shows the configurations possible in the FG-Comp settings.

Test thoughts
When testing the sound of the FG Comp alone i fount the sound to be what it is said to be very transparent and this is really required when you push allot into it like a complete mix.

 

 

FG Level
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Control elements
LOpunch:  LOpunch can help lifting the kick back into the right place in the mix with just a small twist of a knob.

Detail: Detail can help lift things like a snare to its right place and ads clarity to give that extra clarity mixes can get a bit extra shine when the Detail feature is used right.

Gain: Ads volume and punch, but with the FG-x it also has a connection to the ITP so to gain the optimal result we need to tweak them both in parallel, and with the dither & ceiling settings we can set the final Celling level.

Dynamic perception: This is the magical knob, it helps keep the dynamics even though the audio is getting pushed  through a limiter.

 ITP: ITP Stands for Intelligent Transient Preservation and is a advanced and complex look ahead detection that analyzes the transients and adapts so the right saturation curve is applied for each transient and by so treating each transient different to give the best result as possible.

Constant GAIN monitoring: This decreases the output level to the same amount you ad on the Gain knob, this is meant to help us find out what the FG-X is actually doing to our Audio file.

Dither ON/ OFF: Adjusting if you want to use the FG-X Dithering feature, we can also adjust the dither depth from the Dither settings.

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These two images shows the configurations possible in the settings of the FG Level

Test thoughts
The FG Level is by far the best sounding and still easy to use Limiter i have used, The advanced control elements are spot on and tweaking makes a difference and the results are a nicely balanced Track. I really like what Slate and his crew has done here, The FG Level makes life easier for us people who still are learning and it can be a time saver for people who work with allot of songs and need a awesome Limiter.

 

The Metering section.

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On the bottom of FG-X we find a huge Barograph and two VU meters, The barograph displays the Peak and RMS output level and the VU meters shows the RMS Output level for Left and Right.

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We can adjust a huge amount of options for the way these meters behave from the settings options and from the quick buttons 1, 2, 3.

 

Putting the FG-X to the test
Lately I have been digging deeper into how I can use Loops for different situations so I brought up a small tune that is using the nice Nine volt audio loops that comes with Studio One 2 professional, The drums in these samples are from the great Steven Slate Drums 4.

 

The first sample is without any plugin on the Master BUS.

 

The next example has the FG-X on the Master BUS.

 

 

Test thoughts
The FG-X is a great mastering tool, I took small steps in tweaking and I was quiet impressed with how things just blend better.

Conclusion
There are a other plugin  suites on the market that focus on MASTERING, iZotope Ozone, IK Multimedia T-racks and WaveArts Finalplug are some names you will read about when you start looking for a Master plugin. The FG-X is very advanced in the way it handles the audio but the controls are easy and with a bit of practice this will be the tool that will help you get that perfect balanced punchy sound. The price for the FG-X is $199.00 and that’s not a bad price at all for what u get.

Pros
+ Amazing sound
+ Low learning curve
+  The LOpunch Detail and Dynamic perception makes a difference

Cons
+ would have loved to se more presets from Mr. Slate included.

Toontrack EZdrummer review

October 27, 2012 1 comment

Wazzup dawfreaks!!!
After a messy week trying to get my review PC back on track I’m getting close to having it fully rolling.
Toontrack starts if their Metal Month today and i wanted to join them by publishing my EZdrummer review.

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About Toontrack
Toontrack Music was originally started as a production company for composing game and movie soundtracks.
In 1999 producers Fredrik Thordendal of Meshuggah and Mattias Eklund of Toontrack Music decided to design a sample library for their own use.
They called Tomas Haake drummer of Heavy Metal band Meshuggah to record the drum samples. The library was called Drumkit From Hell.

Toontrack really made a revolution back then and what they did With the original DFH changed the way drum samples sounded forever.

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EZDrummer
EZdrumer whas launched in 2006, So it is not a newcomer we are looking at today. The interesting thing about EZdrummer is that even though 6 years has passed Toontrack has managed to keep EZdrummer fresh and up to date by releasing new EZX extension libraries.

Specification

Pop / Rock

Kickdrum
• 18”x22” GMS Bassdrum with felt and plastic beater
• 14”x22“ GMS Bassdrum doublehead
• 14”x22” GMS Bassdrum with felt and plastic beater

Snaredrums
• Rogers Wood 4,5“x14”
• Slingerland 70´s 6,5“x14”
• GMS Picollo 13”

Toms
• 12″ GMS
• 14″ GMS
• 16″ GMS
• 18″ GMS´

Hats
• 14″ Sabian HHX Manhattan
• 16″ Zildjian Crash Hats

Cymbals position 1
• 19″ Sabian AA Medium Thin
• 16″ Sabian HHX Evolution
• 18″ Sabian Jack DeJonette Encore
• 13″ Sabian Jack DeJonette Encore

Cymbals position 2
• 18″ Sabian HHX Evolution
• 16″ Sabian HHX Evolution Ozone
• 18″ Sabian Jack DeJonette Encore
• 17″ Sabian HHX Evolution

Ride
• 21″ Sabian Handhammered Vintage
• 22″ Sabian Handhammered Raw Dry

Cocktail

Kickdrum
• Yamaha w. Snares
• Yamaha without snares

Snare
• Yamaha Snare BIG

Snare2
• Yamaha High Snare

Tom
• Yamaha Tom

Hats
• 14” Zildjian

Ride/Cymbal
• Ride Mikaelsson Custom                                                                                  Source

Installation.
Installing EZdrummer is easy, fast and EZdrummer only takes up about 1.5GB hdd space, this includes the pop/ rock EZX and Cocktail EZX.

The GUI
Main window

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The EZdrummer GUI is simple and easy to understand, To the left on the top menu we find a presets for the loaded EZX library. At the center of the top menu we will find the Loaded EZX library (default is pop / rock), and here we can change to our other installed EZX libraries.

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Below the main window we find the buttons for  Mixer, Humanize function, grove library, Velocity control and the groove player.

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The mixer view features a basic internal mixer, from here we can control volumes for each drums, set Outputs for each channel and also turn of bleed for snare and overhead.

The Groove window
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The grove window is close to the one we saw in Superior drummer 2.0, Both EZdrummer and superior drummer 2.0 can use the same Grove libraries so any SDX, EZX or Toontrack grove library you install will work in both EZdrummer and Superior 2.0

Humanize Function

CocktailTo make life even easier for the user Toontrack added the Humanize feature to make sure the drums sound realistic, This feature should always be active as it makes a huge difference.

The velocity knob

po rock This function allows you to internally set velocity for groves in the included groove library.

Working with EZdrummer
The first time i loaded EZdrummer i was struck with how fast it loaded up, i was a bit confused about the small ram use (About 286MB ram). I do not no what magic Toontrack put into EZDrummer, but the sound is very good specially when we look at the small amount of ram and CPU it uses. I could directly see and hear how Toontrac perfectly succeeded with the EZ concept, Everything is simple to understand and the sound is pre processed just perfectly to make it sound good without any additional tweaking and yet still enough headroom to do so if needed. The Humanize function makes a noticeable difference and i would recommend always keeping it on.

Creating a great sounding drumtrack using the Groove libraries is so easy and fun. mix and match, merge two different groves to make your own groove, the possibilities are endless.
Superior drummer 2.0 users can load the EZX libraries in S2, giving you more ways to adjust, tweak and mix the sound to your liking.

Since i got EZdrummer it has been my main Drum VSTI when i start a project, If i feel i need something different i swap to Superior drummer and mix the drums.

Now EZdrummer was initially meant for the home users and songwriters, but i have heard a fair amount of finished songs (even on the radio) where EZDrummer has been used.

So how does it sound?
The pop / rock EZX comes with a modern sound with a over all lite plastic touch and a sweet snappy feal to the sound, The cocktail kit has a true Samba touch to the sound.

Here is a sample of EZdrumme pop / rock

Here is a sample of EZdrummer Cocktail

Conclusion
Toontrack is spot on with EZdrummer, it is very light on HDD, CPU and RAM usage but still sounds very good. No matte if your a novice or Professional, and no matter what music your into, Toontrack EZdrummer has something that will fit your needs.
Working with EZdrummer is dead easy and the results is amazing, there is enough headroom to tweak the sound should you need to.
I also must aplude Toontrack, EZdrummer is 6 years old, but due to the simplicity and ever growing set of different expansions EZdrummer still feels fresh and up to date.
If you ask me i would say Toontrack defines the old saying “why change a working concept?”.
Looking on the market today EZdrummer can be found for $99 and that is a great price!
No matte if your a novice or Professional, and no matter what music your into, Toontrack EZdrummer has something that will fit your needs.

The verdict

Editors “No matte if your a novice or Professional, and no matter what music your into,

Toontrack EZdrummer has something that will fit your needs”

I want to thank Toontrack for letting me do this review.

And to my readers…. THANK YOU!!!

Steinberg HALion 4.5 Review

September 29, 2012 Leave a comment

Wazzup Dawfreaks…
Hope life is fine and the music production is blooming.
Today we are going to have a look at Steinbergs virtual sampler HALion 4.5

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Introduction to Steinberg and HALion 4

About Steinberg
Steinberg has been providing award-winning, technologically advanced music and media production products for musicians and producers of music, video and film since 1984. Today, Steinberg is one of the world’s largest manufacturers of audio software and hardware, with more than 1.5 million users worldwide. Steinberg also provides business customers with license management and copy protection systems. The Steinberg range of products has long since found world renown in all aspects of modern digital audio processing, and form the backbone of facilities specializing in music composition and production, mastering, restoration, broadcast, sound design, audio post for the film industry among many others.                                        Source

Steinbergs words about HALion 4

Since the first version of HALion in 2001 Steinberg set the standard for virtual samplers time and again. By introducing HALion 4 Steinberg continues with its tradition of excellence, reinventing the acclaimed HALion technology while preserving the outstanding HALion sound. Based on the completely newly developed HALion 4 engine, an array of new features and innovations have been added to make HALion 4 the most powerful and comprehensive yet ultra-flexible and user-friendly VST sampler and sound creation system ever.                                                                      Source

 

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HALion 4.5
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HALion 4.5 is a Multi channel, Multi-Timbral VST 3.5 sampler instrument, The installation of HALion 4.5 is a two DVD installation, you get a 15-gig sound library with 1,600 factory presets. If you are a Cubase user and have HALion Sonic SE installed, HALion 4.5 will recognize and ad them for you to use inside HALion 4.5.

The HALion 4.5 GUI
Being a Cubase user for many years I have found that Steinberg makes nice GUI´s and always manages to make the layout of their software and plugins easy to understand.
HALion 4.5 comes with a great looking GUI with a lot of deep tweaking features, lets go through some of the main features of the HALion 4.5 GUI.

 

top
On the top of HALion 4.5 we find the Plugin section, program slot section, Master section, and performance toolbar.

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Below that is the toolbar, here we can load multi channel programs, switch things like insert and sends on and of, activate ram saving mode and undo / redo last commands.

 

 

Slot rackOn the Left side we find the Slot rack, This is where all your loaded program will be shown and each program can have its own dedicated midi channel.

 

 

 

A great thing with Multi channel samplers like HALion is that you can have more than one instrument getting the information from a specific MIDI track saving workspace, and allowing us to create our own sounds by using more instruments than one and the tweak the panning, volume, and effects.

HALion 4.5 can load up to 64 slots in the slot rack, and that is more than enough for most of us.

 

 

Each Slot will have a dedicated icon so you can se what sort of instrument is loaded.

 

 

 

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In the Center of HALion 4.5 we will by default find the MediaBAY, This is where we brows or search for the instrument we are looking for. we have Category, Sub Category, Style Character and below that we will se the results.

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The right side of HALion 4. holds advanced program details and controls that I will not go into in this review.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Below that we find a program Table that shows the loaded programs and the amount of ram they use.
we also find a history tab that gives you history events for the changes done in HALion 4.5, NOTE that this resets every time you close your DAW.

 

 

 

 

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The Bottom section of HALion 4.5 holds a PAD trigger section, Program specific controls and a Visual Keyboard.

 

Lets go a bit Deeper

We have now had a look at the main features of the HALion 4.5 GUI, but beneath the surface there is even more going on and here follows some of them.

Mixer

The Internal Mixer works like a normal DAW mixer, Steinberg included a nice set of useful plugins to use either on each individual channel or on busses.
Since HALion 4.5 is a Multi channel VSTI you can send up to 32 programs or busses to separate tracks in your DAW.

Edit

The Edit section is divided into six categories, Macro, Sound, Zone, MIDI Mod, Mapping and Sample. From here you can tweak the the sound of each program in many different ways.

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One of the cool features in HALion 4.5 is the Key switch feature, in this image I have a Bass guitar program loaded that has different sounds within the program. If I press C 0 I will trigger the Semi hammer sound, if I then press D 0 I will change to Semi pull of.
This will allow me to Program a Bass track to sound extremely realistic.
These key switching controlles can be adjusted with the MEGA Trig feature that you can se beneath Key switch C-2 in the image above.

 

Working with HALion 4.5
HALion 4.5 is a most impressive Sampler, now I have to admit I have not gone through all the features in depth but many of us don’t do that, we just want it to work, sound good and allow us to get realistic sounding instruments from the sampler. HALion 4.5 has professional sounding samples, a huge amount of tweaking options and the included plugins sounds great. The Included Library is impressive and there is a huge verity of sounds included and no matter if your in to metal, classic music or HIP-HOP HALion is a great sampler to have.

For Cubase 5 and 6 users Halion 4.5 has more to give since it is a VST 3.5 instrument you can use VST expression in Cubase for even more great tweaking.

In my reviews I try to ad a Video to show you the software or VSTI in action, This video of HALion 4.5 is just a small sample demo to show you HALion 4.5 in action.

 

 

Conclusion
Steinberg has succeeded in delivering a great VSTI sampler, it is simple to understand yet extremely flexible with allot of tweaking options. The huge library leaves no one behind, and no matter what music you are in to HALion 4.5 is a great Sampler to have in your studio.
HALion 4.5 will work great with any DAW software that supports VST and will provide you with a lot of great sounding samples for your music production.

Cubase users gets a little bonus in HALion 4.5, VST 3.5 and VST expression opens up for allot of adjustments and tweaking, an example to this is that you do not need to load more programs to pan, set volume or other MIDI controls to one specific note or section on a track. Being able to use VST expression is on its own an amazing feature.

From the bottom of my heart I really recommend Steinbergs HALion 4.5 to anyone who needs a great sounding flexible VST sampler.

PROS

  • Huge amount of presets
  • great sounding
  • flexible
  • VST 3.5

Cons

  • none

The Verdict
Editors

“From the bottom of my heart I really recommend Steinbergs HALion 4.5 to anyone who needs a great sounding flexible VST sampler.”

 

I want to thank Steinberg for letting me do this review.

and to my readers…. THANK YOU!

Propellerhead Reason 6 Review

April 14, 2012 1 comment

Wazzup Dawfreaks…
Today we will have a look at a Propellerhead Reason 6

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A little about Propellerhead

Formed in 1994, Propellerhead Software is a privately owned company based in Stockholm, Sweden. Renowned for its musician-centric approach, Propellerhead has created some of the world’s most innovative music software applications, interfaces and technology standards.

Musicians, producers and the media have praised Reason, ReCycle and ReBirth applications for being inspiring, great sounding and of superior quality. Technologies such as ReWire and the REX file format are de-facto industry standards, implemented in all major music software.

Today, Propellerhead’s products are used all over the world by hundreds of thousands of professionals and enthusiasts for all kinds of music making. Source

 

Reason 6

Propellerheads own words about Reason

Reason is a virtual studio rack with all the tools and instruments you need to turn your ideas into music. With its generous sound bank and intuitive flow, Reason helps you along in the creative process and is the music software that never gets in your way.

Walk into any professional recording studio and you will see racks filled to the brim with different tools used in music production from reverb to compressors, vocoders, synths, distortion units, and parametric EQs. The studio’s rack is the heart of its creative factory. Reason is no different. That is why we have outfitted your computer with a virtual rack filled with all the same gear. They look and function exactly like their hardware cousins. Even better, they sound just as good too.

Unlike a real studio, however, if you want another synth or an extra compressor you can create one from a menu rather than taking that second job or signing up for those experimental clinical drug trials.   Source

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Reason 6 A step forward
As with any new software release Propellerhead added new plugins, instruments and features in Reason 6. BUT With Rreason 6 Propellerhead did not just upgrade the software with plugins like Pulveriser, The Echo, Alligator Or Line6 amp plugins.
the most important new feature Propellerhead added to Reason 6 was audio recording,
a very welcome feature for many if not all Reason fans. 
To me who have never used reason before it struck me kind of weird that a software as huge as Reason is in the music industries did not have audio recording until now.
Reason 6 is now also comes in 64bit.

Click to se all the NEW FEATURES in Reason 6

 

First impression.

As I started up Reason 6 for the first time I felt a bit disoriented, Reason 6 does not follow the regular look of a DAW software so it took me a moment to get going so I decided to look at one of the demo songs to get a better view at things.
A project 

Reason 6 has everything you are used to in a DAW software when you get yourself oriented.
The Track list has a nice concept and looks pretty nice, after about one hour in  Reason 6 the layout  sank in and I had the basics to get going with some music.

Working with Reason 6

The rack
One of them features that makes reason a bit more unique is the Rack view.
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Every little plugin or instrument is loaded into the rack, it might not be seam like a big deal to start with but when you press TAB things change….

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Advanced routing anyone??
Now you will not have to rout things on your own, but if you want to this will open up for allot of sound tweaking options.

MIDI editing.
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Reason comes with a standard MIDI editor, on the top we find a piano roll and below that a Velocity adjustment section.
Nothing to advanced going on here, but its enough to make your songs.

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Here is the midi tool selector.

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Recording audio is as I mentioned before a huge step forward for Reason, but you can not just record.. you get comp editor, and Time stretch & audio transpose features as well.

The new HUGE Mixer.
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The new Mixer in Reason 6 is HUGE, so huge I could not get a full screenshot of it.

A small test project.

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Reason to me has always been more a digital music kind of software, but with Reason 6 Propellerhead added some new features in Reason 6, opening up for rock based tunes to be created and recorded directly in Reason.
A feature I have not mentioned earlier is a feature that is a standard for Reason, ReFILLS!!

ReFills are sample library expansion, from what I have heard they do sound very good and there are some nice ReFILL expansions for rock out there.

Combinator

This image shows a J Pick Rock Bass ReFill loaded into the instrument Combinator.
Throughout my little test tune I used Combinator for all instruments and the Line6 plugins on my guitar audio tracks.

The results??
Here is a small video showing my Test tune in Reason 6.

This video was recorded and edited in Camtasia Studio

 

ReWire

Now the ReWire feature is not new, but it has to be mentioned.

ReWire is a system for transferring audio data between two computer applications, in real time. Basically, you could view ReWire as an "invisible cable" that streams audio from one computer program into another.                        Source and more info

This feature alone is a good reason to grab Reason 6 , since the instruments in Reason can be routed to your other DAW software.
From my testing the ReFILLS that comes with Reason sounds very nice and are very low on recourses so you get a huge set of extra sounds for your music creation and you don’t really have to learn a new DAW software.
 

Pros

  • Stable
  • good instruments
  • Now features Audio recording.
  • ReWire
  • ReFILLS
  • 64bit version
  • good sound

Cons

  • No VST support
  • Basic audio and midi tools

 

Conclusion.
Reason gave me a mixed feeling..
In the end of the day its al down to preferences, To pick a DAW software that suites you requires DEMO testing and pages like Dawfreak.se.
I can not go through all the things included in a software but I can pick the things that I believe is important..
Ask yourself what do you want to do with the DAW Software?
Reason 6 to me is a great songwriters software. Its fast, stable and does have allot of tools to make your song ideas come to life.
But as a fully featured DAW Software Reason 6 has a long way to go, Many of the other DAWS features more advanced features for both audio and midi editing and nearly all of them comes with VST support opening up for you to make the choices of what plugins and instruments you want to get allowing you to personalize your sound.  
If you already have a DAW software and want a second software to work with, I can fully recommend Reason 6. Not only do you have a second software to create your music in, Using the ReWire feature opens up allot of new sounds to your existing DAW.. HOW?
Well I do not know of many DAW software that does not have ReWire support so Reason 6 is in the end a nice companion to your existing DAW software.

 

I would like to thank Propellerhead for sending me this sample of Reason 6.

Hope to se you back soon.

PreSonus Studio One Professional 2

November 4, 2011 19 comments

Wazzup Dawfreaks….
So the time has finally come and with no further due I give you my review of…

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Introduction.

PreSonus was founded by Jim Odom in 1995, his goal was to build professional and affordable music production tools for musicians and audio engineers.

For more information about the history of PreSonus and for an in depth look at their products I recommend you visit their webpage www.presonus.com.

Two years ago PreSonus stepped into the world of DAW software with the launching of Studio One. I first came across Studio One when I was visiting the local music store and both me and the guys at the music store was impressed with what PreSonus had done with Studio One.
About 3 Weeks ago I was given the opportunity to work with PreSonus as they released the next generation of Studio One.

Today I will give you my review of Studio One professional 2, and I will go through some of the new features in Studio One as well as trying to show you the exceptional workflow of Studio One.
For a complete list of the different versions of Studio One and to see all the new features, what’s included and introduction videos visit the nice web page for Studio One version 2.
http://studioone.presonus.com/.

Installation

I got the download version of Studio One Professional 2, the complete package is divided into 21 parts and it took me about 30 minutes to download and install everything including Melodyne essentials and Native instruments Komplete Elements.

Studio One Professional ships with 31 64-bit Native Effects, 4 instruments and a HUGE collection of instrument samples, sounds and loops. I also found that PreSonus has understood the need for presets since Studio One holds loads of presets and even complete channel strip settings. Not only that, but PreSonus have added some excellent third party sounds and instruments.

Looking at the content of Studio One I am very impressed at what’s included, especially since the price of Studio One Professional is set at as low as €383.45 making Studio One Professional the best value DAW software on the market.

To get a complete view of what’s included, follow the link below to the PreSonus web page.

http://studioone.presonus.com/what-is-included/

My Computer.
Motherboard: Gigabyte x58a-ud3r rev.2
Cpu: Intel i7 930 @ stock 2.8ghz
Cpu cooler: Noctua nh-u12p se
Ram: 12gb Corsair Dominator lately swapped to vengeance DDR 3 1600mhz
Graphic card: MSI 560 TI twin frozr
Hdd´s: System disk Kingston SSDnow v+100 128 gb,
and 2 Samsung spinpoint F3 1 TB each.
Interface: Focusrite Saffire LE that has broken inputs 😦
OS: Windows 7 Professional 64bit.
I have not done any major tweaks and processor scheduling is set as Windows 7 default.
This is to test programs and plugins in a normal home pc environment.

Before I continue I want to say that all images in this review can be opened in full size so you can get a clear view of what I want to show you.

First impression

Startup

When Studio One starts up you will see a start page that looks like the image above.
From here you can create a new song, mastering project, or open an existing document such as midi files, PreSonus Capture™ Sessions, Steinberg Cubase Track Archives, Steinberg Sequel Projects, Kristal Audio Engine Projects, and Open TL Files. You can also find a list of recently created & opened files, songs, projects and you are also able to set up default artist information and setup your audio devices. On the right hand side, if the computer has an internet connection, you will receive news feeds from PreSonus and you will also find the demos and tutorials here if they are installed.

I want to start fresh so I click on New Song to start working with Studio One, as you can see there are a lot of different song templates to choose from, here I will choose to start an Empty Song.

New song

Setting up Studio One is easy and one of many great features in Studio One is how PreSonus have looked at the key commands / Keyboard shortcuts in Studio One. For new users you will soon get into the default key commands and you can find them all in the help section of Studio One. For users coming from other DAW software, PreSonus have thought of you as well and have hooked up presets so that you can load the key commands from Cubase, Logic and Pro tools. If you don’t like these key commands you can customize them to your liking and you can also export them for backup.

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On the next page we take a look at working with MIDI in Studio One Professional 2


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