PerforModule Mega Collections!

Restructuring

The PerforModule Pack Collections at Isotonik Studios have been restructured.

There are now 3 main collections which together comprise every one of my sale packs. These are by far your best deal ever at accumulating PerforModule goodies:

DynaMixing Ultimate

This consists of a single “mega” pack which contains a consolidated collection of ALL the racks from 6 entire previous packs: DynaMixing One through Five plus “Ionic FX”.
All devices from those packs are now accesible from a single browser location. Convenient!
These are tools designed for enhancing your workflow for mixing, allowing you to sculpt your sound with robust, innovative capabilities quickly. Many of them include “artificially inteilligent source reactivity” using envelope followers listening to different parts of the input signal to “automagically” modify parameters in real time.
Currently totaling 88 awesome effect racks!
Personally… i use racks from this pack all. The. Time. For mixing. So many of the tools are just the fastest and easiest way to get to a refined result i’m looking for. Down below you can check out some personal favorites and what i might use them for.

Clinicality Collection

These include packs which are of a technical nature, giving you a huge range of tools for very specific tasks. Be all scientifical about stuff!
Includes the packs:

  • Advanced Splytters
  • Amplitude Operands
  • Dephaultz
  • Groovification 1
  • Groovification 2
  • Harmonicality
  • Note Range Setters
  • Testy Mastering
  • Tranzmuterz & Electorz

Niche Collection

Here reside the fun, wacky, and creative batch of oddities providing instruments and effects for “niche” purposes, great for when you want to be spontaneous and just make stuff.
Includes the packs:

  • Bussification
  • Drum Enhancerz
  • Guitaritis
  • One Knob Wonders
  • Planetary Convolution
  • PMX FX Plus
  • PerforModucussion
  • Uno Plus Series

 

Update News

“Advanced Splytterz” has been given a substantial overhaul:

  • now includes: “CenterSides Splytter”, “Ridiculous Splytter”, “FreqSplytter 3-Way”, “FreqSplytter 3-Way MBD”
  • devices given unified layouts
  • it’s now more obvious where you’re supposed to drop effect chains in all splytter devices
  • frequency splytter devices have flatter neutral spectra
  • device name changes: “bell splytter” renamed to “focus splytter”, “way” splytters renamed as “freqsplytters”, “lo-hi” to “low-high”, “LeftRight” and “MidSide” changed to “L-R” and “M-S”
  • various minor fixes

 

“Guitaritis” New Rack

  • Taylor Tuning

I’ve been tuning my acoustic guitar with taylor tuning for a awhile, as i find it beautifully takes care of the intonation issue of chords being perfecly in tune in one position on the neck and being off-tune in other positions.
To use this rack correctly, make sure you turn “auto” on and switch the control to each string before you tune it, as each is tuned to a different target. To harmonize with A440-tuned digital instruments, i like to tune it so the attack of notes is shown a touch sharp while the sustain of a held note parks itself on the given note target.

 

New Pack: “performoducussion”

Custom-sampled percussion instrument sets. Each update includes a new instrument or set of instruments, each with unique macro control fucntionality to enhance their usability.
This new pack is going to keep growing with time. Once you buy it, you will have access to all future updates until it tops out at ten instrument sets.
Currently included are:

  • Tinkular Chimes
    22 different suspended chime melodic mallet instruments
  • Newton’s Percradle
    instrument and midi tempo map crafted from a newton’s cradle
  • Toy Gears
    rotating gears with rampable speed for sound design
  • BrokWurl
    2 weird wooden percussion instruments from a broken, dilapidated instrument found outside

…more on the way!

 

DynaMixing Ultimate New Racks

  • TiltBand EQ
  • TilBand EQ (L-R)
  • TiltBand EQ (M-S)

 

Gifts that Keep Giving

All of the new packs and collections are presented with a “buy it once, keep getting future updates” philosophy in mind. Looking at all the subscription options available around nowadays, i personally find myself overwhelmed by the idea of being locked into monthly payments in order to continue to use audio production tools. At the same time, nobody wants to buy and own something only to have it become obsolete or invalid later, having to then fork out more for the latest and greatest goods. I don’t really like the dichotomy between the two models.

So… i’m attempting to combine the best of the “purchase” vs “subscription” models.

This is exemplified in the performoducussion pack, as is includes a roadmap eventually giving it more than double its initial value, but the concept will apply to all packs. New effect racks or instruments will periodically be added to packs, and when that happens, if you’ve bought the pack, you get the update, including the new effect rack. This way i can also focus on maintaining my current catalog, keeping it polished, modern, bug

Buy a pack once and not only do you get the joy of immediately diving into its racks to get cracking on your own creative endeavors, but you also get the warm and comforting knowledge deep in your tummy that more cool stuff will be coming at you in the future. And you won’t have to do anything but sit there and grab it when it comes at you.

Brand new effect racks for DynaMixing Ultimate, Clinicality Collection, and Niche Collection,as well as new performoducussion instruments, are currently in the pipeline!

 

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A Limiter Tournament

So i set up a Limiter Tournament (using a variation on single elimination style) to decisively rank my Clipper/Limiter/Maximizer plugins against each other. Unlike with compression, which i often like to use for adding character, injecting density, and enhancing groove, my primary purpose for limiters tends to be to increase headroom by curtailing short transient peaks, leading to a consistent, clean output. For this reason, it is not so impractical for me to classify some limiters as “better” than other (unlike with compressors). This is also the reason why i am including clippers and limiters both in the same tournament. Limiters tend to pump and Clippers tend to distort, but lots of plugins have characteristics of both, and the basic purpose is the same for both: to reduce the pokiness of peaks which are so fast we don’t really hear them anyways. Maximizers? What the fuck are those? There is no consensus as different developers release things they call “maximizers” which do different things, but in general, they combine peak limiting with either low-level compression or saturation.

4 limiter/clipper/maximizer models at a time were pitted against each other in contests using HOFA BlindTest with clips gradually pushed into 35dB of limiting, gain-matched using Melda’s MAGC to be able to hear only dynamics, tone, and distortion characteristics without loudness levels affecting perception.

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“Weirdest Of” [2006-2016] Album Release (with Bonus Free Effect Racks)

New Old Music
I’ve finally finished the epic and exhausting task of remastering/re-editing pretty much all of my “Animus Invidious” music spanning the decade of 2006 to 2016 (other than my acoustic album “embrace paradox” and 2 collab albums which were already remastered), including some never-released tracks lying around . I have then assembled a group of them into an album which is available to stream or download for free via bandcamp, as well as a more robust compilation of 5 discs available for mail order. I was never really fully happy with the original presentation of many of these tracks, but with time, i felt far enough removed to approach them a bit more objectively than when i first crafted them. I’ve test listened to these masters enough against other random material to be good with these being their final forms. I could have them all remastered again in another decade… but nothing will ever be perfect because perception is always subjective, so at some point one has to say “i’m done” and move on.
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“But why should i care?” you rightly ask. You’re here for Ableton stuff. We both know this. But fear not, intrepid producer! For with the “Weirdest Of” album download comes a bonus pack of 5 free Ableton Live Audio Effect Racks by PerforModule, named after each disc in the full compilation. What do the racks have to do with the music? Nothing! other than the names. These are brand-new effect racks which are cool, fun, and useful. They each are crafted utilizing a next-level “delta processing” technique where effect chain feeds react dynamically to the input signal (without using maxforlive).

The effect racks (& disc titles) are:
Overworld Travel
Dungeon Excursion
Battle Anxiety
Mystical Dream
Town Respite

Technical Stuff About the Audio Effect Racks
The first knob of each of the racks implements the amount of “delta processing”. Only the portions of the signal loud enough to cross the threshold will pass into the effects chain while the clean remainder of the signal is dynamically compensated downward. This allows for the effect feeds to be triggered in and out dynamically in reaction to the input signals in a manner which preserves overall energy balance. In other words, instead of blending processed signal with clean signal linearly like with a normal dry/wet architecture, clean signal is retained and is only reduced during the moments when processed signal is triggered.

>>> grab the album and audio effect racks here <<<

 

Have a good one!

Testy Mastering / PMX FX Plus

Testy Mastering

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“Testy Mastering” is a pack containing an epic effect rack which contains the entire mastering workflow for obtaining a reasonably loud and balanced master or pre-master, mimicking my real-life Tasty Mastering workflow but just using Ableton-native devices. It can be used to effectively polish up your mixdowns for presentation online or for using to test master your mixes, realize their shortcomings, and re-mix before submitting to a professional engineer for final mastering. It contains different modules for specific purposes: Filtering, Surgery, L/R Groove, M/S Groove, LCR Saturation, Serial Limiting, and M/S Analysis. Macro controls are formulated to minimize unwanted side effects such as phase offset, etc, while providing a toolset for enhancing the perceptible audibility by massaging tone and dynamics of a mixdown gracefully. The pack also includes an “Unmastering” rack for restoring a touch of dynamics to completely flattened material as well as a Testy Mastering Template set you can open up to quickly prepare a fresh mastering session.

Testy Mastering Submodules
♥Filtering Module to cut unnecessary sub- and ultra-sonic content clarifying the lows and highs, inject secret “focus sauce”, and massage multiband width using the “M/S Filtering” analysis to make informed decisions. This module alone can transform a mix from “eh” to “wow”.
♥Surgery Module to EQ effectively with selectable bands deliberately bounded in scope and with resonances tied to gain to minimize possible negative effects of over-EQing and to retain the natural heart of the mix.
♥L-R Groove may help prevent peaks from one or the other stereo channel from reducing headroom for the full mix, also offering a unique wideness-enhancing “stereo link inversion” cross-sidechain feature which can make one channel react more to the signal from the opposite side; interesting for making a mix sound more alive rather than flatly consistent (for example, with “inversion” set above 50% in a mix with guitars panned to the right and violins panned to the left, whichever group happened to be playing loudest at a given moment would take precedence, slightly attenuating the other side more).
♥M-S Groove can be used to balance the dynamics between the central and peripheral sides content in relation to each other, for a fuller, more 3-dimensional sound if setting attack, release, and thresholds carefully to pulse with the groove of the song.
♥LCR Saturation is meant to be applied subliminally, not able to hear the effect of each saturator individually. But when you A/B it on and off, it adds a miniscule degree of additional “width, depth and clarity” (thanks ubk happy funtime hour for that phrase).
Set the frequencies by ear at extreme intensity, then dial back into subliminality.
♥Serial Limiting is meant to be used not for ear-blistering loudness levels but rather for a refined, tasteful, and workable procedure implementation which can be used to quickly dial in an acceptable final loudness level without being too extreme in amounts of dynamic squashing. Using multiple forms of limiting/clipping to finalize tracks has in our extensive tests been a most adaptable method for consistent end results on the widest variety of genres and dynamic ranges of source tracks. Depending on a song’s internal energy density, each of the different submodules will be set differently; there is no one “set and forget” setting which will work for most material and thus presets are eschewed. Best general practice is to set so that each limiting stage only very occasionally shaves off the tiniest pixel of gain reduction, other than the soft clipper, which can afford to trigger a bit more often.

Mastering for Loudness?
A huge confusion many of us have about mastering is just how loud to make a track. It’s always possible to push something louder at the cost of dynamic flattening and distortion, so how do we know how hard to push something? It is subjective, but by implementing the workflow outlined in-depth in the included Testy Mastering lesson file (particularly when applying the serial limiting module so that each limiter only occasionally shaves off <1dB) , you can confidently hone in on a reasonable  loudness level which will retain most of your natural dynamics yet be loud enough to compete alongside other streamed material; useful for quickly mastering a mixdown to hear its flaws more quickly for subsequent mix revision (thus the name “Testy”). It’s important to note that this is not an “automatic” or “artificially intelligent” mastering process, but one in which the true power is unleashed with careful setting of each parameter using your own aural instincts. Since Ableton’s limiter is not as transparent as some true-peak limiters which exist on the market, and since a couple of next-level processing options weren’t easily emulatable, if desiring extreme loudness (louder than say -10lufs integrated) we recommend using Testy Mastering for subtle pre-mastering and sending the resulting file to a professional mastering engineer for the final boost. Another approved procedure to juice up a handful more dB of loudness is placing an instance of your favorite, most transparent true-peak limiter vst after Testy Mastering as the very final effect (except for possible dithering). Keep in mind, however, that lufs-based loudness normalization protocols are becoming far more ubiquitous nowadays, as well as the streaming services which implement them, so making ultra-loud versions of tracks becomes less and less necessary. The Tasty Mastering recommendation is to save two final versions of every song, one dynamically mastered around -16 lufs (-18 to -14) for permanent archival and presentation through services which use loudness normalization (itunes, spotify, etc) and one pushed louder (-13 to -7lufs) for places that don’t (such as direct to CD).
Mastering for Performance
If you plan to drop any mastered songs as part of a performance (your productions or those of others), i’d recommend matching each (using ableton’s clip gain, non-destructively) to an integrated lufs of -16 and loops which are not full songs to -23. This will give a nice balance between energy and headroom to be able to stack layers into the master fader to deliver to the venue. This also reduces stress about whether some songs are louder than others in a set and makes the sound crew’s job easier.

 

PMX FX Plus

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“PMX FX Plus” is a pack including audio and MIDI effect racks (+ one template instrument rack) designed for specific instrument types, including updates of ones originally included with various PMX-300 instruments as well as brand new effects.
Includes stuff…

for drums
Attack Room: enhance roominess as well as frontal attack of drums, making them both big and in-your-face

for bass
Bass Texturizer: overall bass colorizer for dull bass parts
Bass Octaver: lower octave enhancer focused on bass guitar note range

for brass
Brasher: enhance frequencies normally associated with harshness and pain

for mallets
Butterfly Tremolo: emulates air pushed through rotating valves of water

for guitars
Combo Amp: select between gain-matched amp + cab models
Funky Auto Wah: filter which is quite reactive to the input signal
12-String: emulates a 12-string guitar’s extra notes
Strumtain: strum effect for midi chord notes

for pads
Creamy PadWasher: washy cream for pads

for clavs
KeyPlunk: emulates the sound of physical keys dropping

for organs
Leslee Rotary: in-depth emulation of a famous dual spinning speaker

for experimental
MS TremoGlitcher: glitchy dimensionality

for pianos
Piano Reverb: moody chromatic tonal reverb

for plucked
Pluck Space: ambience designed for plucked sounds
Harpeggiator: experimental pattern generator

for rhythmic
Rhythmic ResoBumper: exploiting quantized filtration for fun

for ambient
Slowww: fooor looong spaaaces

for winds
Wind Pipe: emulates breathy humanlike timbres for pairing with digital woodwinds

for lead synths
Zoink Container: an instrument rack you drop an instrument into, with built-in filter that follows the note you play leading to an organically moving razor-edge focus

Animus Invidious on the AfroDJMac Music Production Podcast (+ new free effect racks)

I was super stoked to be a guest on the AfroDJMac Music Production Podcast. Here’s your chance to hear my actual, real-life voice(!) The sound quality on my side is not wonderful since i was recorded over skype, but whatexer. I had a great time chatting with Brian about random stuff… the conversation decided upon its own meandering path, touching on various topics including the crafting and sharing of Ableton Live racks, VST hoarding, my custom Elemental Mixing template channel strip database, workflow optimization, cassette processing, dynamic contrast between songs on albums, and even the Legend of Zelda (nerds). All in all it was a very invigorating experience and i definitely wouldn’t turn down being a guest again at some point in the future. I myself have quite enjoyed the other podcasts, as they contain a plethora of unconventional tips which are superb for kick-starting the creative juices.

Oh, and we also dropped a couple free audio effect racks for you to grab, including something i brainstormed up quite a while ago and finally implemented perfectly: ‘Dynamic Panning’ (compresses in one direction while it expands in the opposite for source-reactive width modification).

Check out AfroDJMac’s website to access the show.