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.
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.
“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:
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 <<<
BY THE WAY, check out the new toy gears instrument.
Thanks! Have a good one!
Sorry it’s been a while, friends. So much has been in the works. The first thing to mention is that darren (who will be appearing at loop 2017 in November by the way) has been hard at work updating isotonik studios so that it loads faster, has a better layout, and is an overall improved experience. Along with the update, the final 2 packs which round off the fourth PerforModule Collection have now launched. To those who’ve already purchased the collection: THANK YOU! I really hope that it helps you make more awesome music, faster. That’s the whole point, right?
What does compression sound like?
What are compressors actually doing to our audio?
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.
Click here to get DynaMixing Five for Ableton Live 9 Suite. includes a suite of eleven Ableton Live effect racks brand-new for 2017, each designed to provide a specific useful tool for production & mixing, both surgical and characterful in style.