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Universal Audio Releases UAD v9.2 + New Plugins

Universal Audio releases UAD Software v9.2 along with five new plugins for Apollo Audio Interfaces and UAD Accelerators.

Universal Audio

Overview

UAD Software v9.2 arrives with several enhancements, feature improvements, and five new additions to their award-winning lineup of plugins. The free update is compatible with all UAD-2 products (Apollo, Satellite, PCIe) and external connection types (Thunderbolt, FireWire, USB 3). Learn more about the UAD Software v9.2 here.

Antares Auto-Tune Realtime

Legendary for its vocal enhancing and creative applications, the Antares Auto-Tune effect revolutionized vocal production and is a must-have tool for the modern music producer’s toolkit.

A UA exclusive, Antares Auto-Tune Realtime for UAD-2 hardware and Apollo interfaces is the ultimate low-latency tuning solution — optimized for instant live vocal tracking in the studio or on stage.

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SSL 4000 G Bus Compressor Collection

Integral to the hit-making SSL sound, the G Bus Compressor is a legend for making mixes bigger, more powerful, and punchy, all the while enhancing cohesion and clarity.

Officially licensed and approved by Solid State Logic, Universal Audio proudly unveils the SSL 4000 G Bus Compressor Collection, a thorough circuit emulation that goes beyond UA’s original SSL G Bus Compressor plug-in by adding major workflow enhancements while capturing every sonic element of the iconic hardware.

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Pure Plate Reverb

Engineered by the modeling experts at Universal Audio, Pure Plate Reverb offers the organic, lush sonics of plate reverb in a simple, affordable package — and with all of the essential features. Perfect for beginners and pros alike, Pure Plate Reverb gives any source the unmistakable warmth and texture that only plate reverb can provide.

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Fuchs Train II Amplifier

Developed by Brainworx and officially endorsed by Fuchs Audio Technology, the Fuchs Train II guitar amplifier plug-in perfectly emulates the tonal complexity of this powerful boutique tone machine that has been a go-to for the likes of Mark Knopfler, Brad Paisley, and Cheap Trick’s Rick Nielsen. Exclusively for UAD-2 hardware and Apollo interfaces.

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Eden WT800 Bass Amplifier

Developed by Softube, the Eden WT800 Bass Amplifier plug-in is an exacting emulation of this industry standard bass amp, down to its onboard bi-amping, compression, 5-band EQ, and magical Enhance knob. Exclusively for UAD-2 hardware and Apollo interfaces.

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New in UAD v9.2

  • Antares® Auto-Tune Realtime
  • SSL® 4000 G Bus Compressor Collection
  • Pure Plate Reverb
  • Fuchs® Train II Amplifier
  • Eden® WT800 Bass Amplifier
  • New Plugin Features
  • Several New Enhancements and Changes
  • Operating System Compatibility Improvements
  • Mac and Windows Improvements and Feature Changes
  • Thunderbolt Mixed Multi-Unit Compatibility with Windows 10 PC Systems
  • Windows Driver Improvements
  • Console 2 Application for Apollo FireWire Multi-unit Cascading
  • Apollo FireWire Driver Improvements
  • Firmware Updates
  • Pro Tools Improvements

Visit Universal Audio for the full list of release notes here.

 


About Universal Audio

Founded in 1958 by Bill Putnam Sr., Universal Audio has been synonymous with innovative recording products since its inception. A favorite engineer of Frank Sinatra, Nat King Cole, Ray Charles and more, the late Bill Putnam Sr. was a passionate innovator who is widely regarded as the father of modern recording — with many of his legendary studio and equipment designs still in use today.

Universal Audio was re-founded in 1999 by Bill’s sons, James Putnam and Bill Putnam Jr., with two main goals: to faithfully reproduce classic analog recording equipment in the tradition of their father; and to design new digital recording tools in with the sound and spirit of vintage analog technology. To that end, Universal Audio employs the world’s brightest DSP engineers and digital modeling authorities to develop our award-winning UAD Powered Plug-Ins platform. Featuring the most authentic analog emulation plug-ins in the industry, our DSP gurus work with the original hardware manufacturers — using their exact schematics, golden units, and experienced ears — to give UAD plug-ins warmth and harmonics in all the right places, just like analog.

With 165 employees and offices in Los Angeles, Colorado, and Amsterdam, Universal Audio is headquartered near Silicon Valley in Scotts Valley, California — where our classic analog gear is still hand-built, one unit at a time.

Software or hardware, every Universal Audio product is backed by a decade’s long legacy of innovation, superlative quality, and technical passion.

 


Mixing and Mastering Program

Transform rough ideas and basic compositions into dance floor bangers and sonically pleasing commercial quality masters. Learn the well-kept industry secrets of EQ, compression, panning, level balancing, reverb and special effects.

Mixing and MasteringAbout This Program

This program gives you everything you need to refine tracks into a clear commercial quality release, including special mixing and mastering techniques for dubstep, techno, house, trance, downtempo, hip-hop, and the gamut of electronically-produced music. You will learn to mix and master your tracks using the same plugins that top industry engineers use every day, including plugins by Izotope, Soundtoys, Sonnox, Altiverb, and more.

What’s Included

  • Mixing & Mastering Level 1: Mix
  • Mixing & Mastering Level 2: Modify
  • Mixing & Mastering Level 3: Master

Additional Information

Visit the Mixing and Mastering course page for detailed information on this program here.

If you have questions, please call -855-938-2776 or send us a message.

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Plugin Spotlight: Moog Multimode Filter Collection by Universal Audio

This plugin spotlight features the Moog Multimode Filter Collection by Universal Audio, a set of truly authentic, analog-sounding Moog filter emulations.

Moog Multimode Filter

Overview

The legendary sound of Moog analog filters have long reigned supreme as the most influential and musical‑sounding filter circuits ever designed. In a successful effort, Moog and Universal Audio have combined their renowned talents to design a new Moog Multimode Filter Collection for UAD-2 hardware and Apollo interfaces.

Capturing the incredibly rich presence and sought after filter characteristics, the Moog Multimode Filter Collection comes bundled with the new Moog Multimode Filter XL plus the previously available Moog Multimode Filter, and the low DSP Moog Multimode Filter SE. These three plugins offer truly authentic, analog-sounding Moog filter emulation, coupled with powerful modulation and control functions that can be used as a tone-shaping secret weapon in a mix or a source of creative madness in a live performance.

Moog Multimode Filter XL

Moog Multimode Filter XL

Built for the modern music producer or audio engineer, the Moog Multimode Filter XL combines various incarnations of Moog designs with expanded modulation and envelope capabilities, improved filter design, and a full-featured, 16-step multi-lane step sequencer for modulating the plugin’s control parameter values over time.

Designed in collaboration with Moog Music Chief Scientist Cyril Lance, the Moog Multimode Filter XL is a more advanced version of UAD’s original Moog Multimode Filter plugin. The new design offers separate filters that can be modulated separately, more filter modes, a variety of filter slopes, a wider range of cutoff frequencies, an envelope follower circuit with a selection of sound shaping parameters and control destinations, endless LFO modulation possibilities, and an intuitive, full-featured, four-lane 16-step sequencer.

Key Features

  • Based on the Moog Sub 37, the improved nonlinear filter design includes four different filter slopes, a full 20Hz to 20kHz frequency range, plus Lowpass, Highpass, Bandpass, and Notch filtering with self-oscillation.
  • Drive control for increasing the amount of saturation gain before the filter, plus a Boost (+20) button that increases the gain range of the Drive circuit.
  • Independent Envelope Attack and Release controls borrowed from The Moog Ladder 500, plus four assignable Envelope destination selections for Filter Cutoff, Resonance, Modulation Amount, and Rate. Also, a Sensitivity control for setting the level of the input signal as it passes into the envelope follower and an Amount control for setting the degree to which the envelope destination is affected by the dynamics of the input signal.
  • Borrowed from the Moog Sonic Six, the LFO Modulation section features two fully independent, Tempo Sync/Tap Tempo controlled LFO Rate controls plus seven independent LFO Wave selections including Slewed Random from the Sub 37. This section also has global LFO Amount, Balance, and Width controls that affect the behavior of both LFOs simultaneously.
  • Borrowed from the Moog Voyager, the Spacing control detunes two separate hard-panned filters for creating stereo spatial effects.
  • 16-step Sequencer with four assignable lanes that feature Sequence Length, Amount, Glide, plus global Direction, Sync, and Swing controls.
  • Output section controls for setting final output volume, wet/dry mix, stereo/mono operation, and left/right balance.
  • The collection includes Moog Multimode Filter XL, Original Moog Multimode Filter, and DSP-lite “SE” version.
  • Comes loaded with artist presets from The Glitch Mob, The Crystal Method, Benno de Goeij, Christoffer Berg, and more.

The Moog Ladder Filter

Moog Multimode Filter

Turning electricity into music, the late electronic music pioneer and inventor of the Moog Synthesizer Bob Moog is famously known for developing legendary analog synthesizers that have inspired generations of musicians and audio engineers. What makes Moog synthesizers so unique is the Voltage Controlled Filter circuitry used in all Moog Synthesizers to this day. Moog’s Ladder Filter is the heart and soul of his instruments and is an essential element of the lush, thick sound that make Moog synthesizers so renowned.

On October 10, 1966, Bob Moog filed the patent #3,475,623 titled “Electronic High Pass and Low Pass Filters Employing the Base to Emitter Diode Resistance of Bipolar Transistors,” which became one of the most influential elements in the Moog sound. Interestingly, Moog’s design gained its name ‘The Ladder Filter’ from the original filter circuit schematic which shows two symmetrical cascades of four transistors and a capacitor between each pair of transistors that does indeed look like a ladder.

Moog Ladder Filter

The Ladder Filter was the first voltage controlled filter design. By using voltage control such as keyboards and envelopes to steer the harmonic content of music over time, the Ladder Filter allowed new ways of manipulating sound which massively advanced musical expression. The Ladder Filter became so revolutionary that it was inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame in 2013 for being a great technological achievement that has changed the world.

Nearly 50 years later, Moog’s Ladder Filter remains one of the most musical‑sounding filters heard on countless hit records and used by some of the biggest names in the music industry since its inception. The illustrious sound of the filter was so well received that it quickly become the design reference and sonic benchmark for nearly every synthesizer that has followed.

The great achievements of Bob Moog’s innovative designs and legendary sound has placed him in history as the founding father of synthesizers and the original inspiration for so much of today’s electronic music.

Take Away

The Moog Multimode XL plugin is truly an impressive emulation of the most musical audio filtering circuits ever devised. It delivers that classic Moog richness and personality of the original hardware while also offering modern functionality for sequencer-based music production. What makes this filter stand out from the pack other than its amazing sound and rhythmic precision is that it combines several classic and modern Moog instrument features into one simple, creative control set.

The Moog Multimode Filter Collection is a great set of tools perfect for sculpting and manipulating sounds like the pros. Enhance your music by adding subtle to extreme textures to synths, drums, and other sources or create various styles of expression across the stereo field with independent LFOs. The Drive circuit alone adds musical warmth that will push your sounds harder in the mix. Even better, is that the new plugin design offers modern features such independent control and an intuitive, four-lane step sequencer loaded with options for creating some filter madness.

Moog and UAD have done a stellar job with this plugin. It’s also inspiring to have the opportunity to work with a legendary processor that has been a major recording studio staple for so many decades. This set is remarkably one of the finest “character” filter plugins available today, and at an affordable price. Another great achievement for Universal Audio!

Availability

The Moog Multimode Filter Collection plugin for UAD-2 hardware and Apollo interfaces is available to download at Universal Audio for $249.

 


About Universal Audio

Founded in 1958 by Bill Putnam Sr., Universal Audio has been synonymous with innovative recording products since its inception. A favorite engineer of Frank Sinatra, Nat King Cole, Ray Charles and more, the late Bill Putnam Sr. was a passionate innovator who is widely regarded as the father of modern recording — with many of his legendary studio and equipment designs still in use today.

Universal Audio was re-founded in 1999 by Bill’s sons, James Putnam and Bill Putnam Jr., with two main goals: to faithfully reproduce classic analog recording equipment in the tradition of their father; and to design new digital recording tools in with the sound and spirit of vintage analog technology. To that end, Universal Audio employs the world’s brightest DSP engineers and digital modeling authorities to develop our award-winning UAD Powered Plug-Ins platform. Featuring the most authentic analog emulation plug-ins in the industry, our DSP gurus work with the original hardware manufacturers — using their exact schematics, golden units, and experienced ears — to give UAD plug-ins warmth and harmonics in all the right places, just like analog.

With 165 employees and offices in Los Angeles, Colorado, and Amsterdam, Universal Audio is headquartered near Silicon Valley in Scotts Valley, California — where our classic analog gear is still hand-built, one unit at a time.

Software or hardware, every Universal Audio product is backed by a decade’s long legacy of innovation, superlative quality, and technical passion.

 


Kontour Tutorial

Sound Design Komplete Program

Finding the right sound can be like looking for a needle in a haystack. Learn the fundamentals of synthesis and sampling and gain the depth of knowledge to shape sounds the way you want them or make your own sounds from scratch.

About This Program

Become fluent in the language of sound design and synthesis with this comprehensive program. This six-level Sound Design program uses Native Instruments’ Komplete as a platform for learning synthesis and sampling techniques. Starting with an introduction to the properties of sound, this comprehensive series of courses covers the major techniques used for contemporary sound design.

You will learn to create your own sounds with a variety of techniques and add a personal sonic signature to your tracks. We introduce you to the latest synthesis and sampling technologies and show you how to use the world’s largest and most diverse sound library. In the advanced levels, you will acquire total control over all aspects of the Komplete instruments while practicing genre-based sound design.

What’s Included

  • Sound Design Level 1: Introduction to Komplete
  • Sound Design Level 2: Synthesis with Massive, FM8 and Absynth
  • Sound Design Level 3: Sampling with Kontakt and Battery
  • Sound Design Level 4: Advanced Sound Design
  • Sound Design Level 5: Reaktor Ensembles and Production Techniques
  • Sound Design Level 6: Reaktor Programming and Instrument Building

Additional Information

Visit the Music Foundations course page for detailed information on this program here.

If you have questions, please call 877.DUBSPOT or send us a message.

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Plugin Spotlight: Analog Strings by Output

Get an in-depth look at Analog Strings by Output, an innovative virtual instrument designed for creating and manipulating string sounds.

Analog Strings

Analog Strings Overview

The team at Output continues to impress with innovative software instruments and groundbreaking concepts. The creative force behind the development of REV, SIGNAL, EXHALE, and SUBSTANCE have extended their line of impressive music production tools with Analog Strings, a radically new approach to crafting and performing strings sounds that are insanely unique and cutting-edge.

“Analog Strings is a modern take on string production. We were meticulous in our sampling but then spent months messing it all up to create something new and different. We’re really excited to hear the music it inspires.” – Gregg Lehrman, Output’s Founder and CEO.

At its core, Analog Strings is a modern virtual instrument for Native Instruments KONTAKT line of devices designed for creating and manipulating string sounds like no other instrument can. Cleverly wrapped up in Outputs signature modern designed interface, Analog Strings offers advanced modulation routing, dual tape loopers, dual arpeggiators, flux sequencing, and four macro sliders along with some insane sound design possibilities. The Output team has also captured the best of the best by recording two string orchestras, the rarest vintage synths, and unconventional elements that can all be blended to create some unmatched sounds. Back that with a 39 GB sound library and 500 presets and you have enough content to push the boundaries of string creation.

Analog Strings in Action

Watch the Output team perform with Analog Strings.

Main Page Fun

The Main Page features Analog Strings’ unique macro design and is where all the fun happens. Here you make quick changes to the instrument’s mix, sound sources, and macro settings. This page is where you’ll want to be when you’re not dialing in the details of the sound, but rather exploring presets and performing with assignable Macros.

Analog Strings

The controls on the bottom half of the main page will remain throughout the instrument regardless of which page you are using. Here you can mute, mix, reverse, or mutate playback settings depending on the type of source you’re playing.

Advanced Editing

Sculpt and manipulate your sounds with precision on Analog String’s Edit Page. This page is where the trigger settings for both sound sources can be set. Dive deep into the details with essential controls for editing the volume/amplifier ADSR envelope, the pitch ADSR envelope, pitch flutter, stereo pan field, tuning, and playback settings. You can also enable/disable monophonic and legato modes from the Edit Page as well as access more advanced features for even more immersive control.

Analog Strings

In the Advanced menu, you can set the key range, swap stereo perspective (for orchestral sources), adjust the glide time, dial in velocity sensitivity, edit color settings per layer, and much more.

FX Page

The FX Page offers a vast selection of audio effects and controls for dialing both Layer FX and Global FX.

Layer FX

Analog Strings
  • Filter: Eleven different filter types with frequency cutoff, resonance control, velocity sensitivity cutoff modulation, and Filter Envelope.
  • EQ: Three frequency bands with adjustable bandwidth and gain cut/boost controls.
  • Distortion: Equipped with three types of distortion styles that include Tube, Drive, and Lo-Fi.
  • Compressor: Threshold, ratio, attack, release, and gain control.
  • Delay: Tempo-synced delay time, feedback, L-R pan amount, wet/dry mix control.
  • Reverb: Room modeled reverb with pre-delay, size, and dry/wet control.

Global FX

Analog Strings
  • Filter: High and lowpass filters with frequency cutoff and resonance control.
  • EQ: Three frequency bands with adjustable Q and gain cut/boost controls.
  • Distortion: Emulates the tone of classic British guitar amps. Gain sets the ‘preamp’ gain, the bass, middle, and treble are tone color controls.
  • Compressor/Limiter: Compressor offers a threshold control, ratio range from 1:1-1:25, attack/release and gain. The limiter has input gain controls and release time.
  • Motion: Chorus and Phaser effects with selectable depth, speed, feedback, phase, and wet/dry controls.
  • Delay: Two tempo-synced delay time, feedback, L-R pan amount(ping-pong) and wet/dry mix control.
  • Convolution Reverb: Select from up to sixteen different ‘creative’ impulse responses and seven different realistic impulse responses. Control the pre-delay time, early reflection size, late reflection size, cutoff frequencies of high and lowpass filters, and the overall wet/dry mix.

Feel The Rhythm

Each layer of Analog Strings sports two independent rhythm generators that can be either set to LFO or Step Sequencer. The rhythm generators can be used to modulate layer volume, layer pan, filter cutoff, filter resonance, tube saturation, distortion drive amount, lo-fi distortion bits, and lo-fi distortion sample rate. The top section of the page also offers controls for setting the rate (speed) of modulation and dialing in the amount of modulation being sent to either of the eight available modulation destinations. You can also quickly enable/disable all rhythmic modulation or any individual rhythm generator. This section also features Flux, a reimagined step rate sequencer that determines the modulation rate of all rhythm generators. Each step of the flux rate sequencer has a rate parameter – meaning when the flux sequencer reaches a step, all rhythms with Flux enabled will modulate at the rate set to the current Flux Rate sequencer step. Additionally, you can set each Flux sequencer step to remain on the current step for a set amount of time.

Analog Strings

Moving further down the interface is where you select between the LFO or Step Sequencer modulation types. Each modulation type offers a selection of controls and access to presets that include LFO wave shapes and Step Sequencer patterns. In addition, you can also draw your own step pattern or create a custom LFO shape.

Arpeggiatorize

Analog Strings’ dual arpeggiator is the most advanced arp Output has built to date. Select the direction of arpeggiation from a menu offering twelve arp types and then release arpeggio madness with a host of controls for adjusting the speed, duration, gate time, swing, octave, and velocity.

Analog Strings

The step table shown in the arpeggiator allows you to program in the accent level of each note in the arpeggio. Here you can adjust the number of steps, reverse or randomized steps, control the amount of repetition of each step, and set a pedal setting which determines whether the highest or lowest note will be alternated when ‘pedal’ is enabled.

Heaps of Presets

Analog Strings comes loaded with 500 explosive presets that can quickly be swapped out from any page. The dedicated Preset Page gives you access to a monstrous list of presets with an ultra helpful tag filter that offers 30 tags to help filter your search by characteristic. You can also “star” favorite presets and then sort the preset list by favorites.

Analog Strings

Key Features

  • A playable instrument with 500 presets
  • 39 GB sound library (20 GB compressed)
  • Powerful dual-layer sound engine
  • Four central macro sliders unique to each preset
  • Advanced modulation routing
  • Layer FX and global FX
  • Dual arpeggiators
  • Dual tape loopers
  • Flux sequencing
  • Syncs to tempo
  • Preset menu with smart tagging
  • Built-in help menu

The Breakdown

Analog Strings brings a new era of advanced sound design to the forefront and is capable of serving some seriously styled-out string sounds. The elegant but modern looking design, intuitive control, and flexibility make it an excellent tool for creating and manipulating simple or complex string sounds with little effort. Everything about this thrilling plugin sparks instant creative inspiration and is a must have if you’re looking for an innovative and highly expressive new software instrument.

Pricing and Availability

Available at Output and Authorized Output Dealers for $199 USD
For more information and bundle options visit the Output.com.

 


About Output

Output is a modern music company developing innovative software for musicians, composers, producers and sound designers. The focus is simple – enable music makers to BE CREATIVE.

 


Kontour Tutorial

Sound Design Komplete Program

Finding the right sound can be like looking for a needle in a haystack. Learn the fundamentals of synthesis and sampling and gain the depth of knowledge to shape sounds the way you want them or make your own sounds from scratch.

About This Program

Become fluent in the language of sound design and synthesis with this comprehensive program. This six-level Sound Design program uses Native Instruments’ Komplete as a platform for learning synthesis and sampling techniques. Starting with an introduction to the properties of sound, this comprehensive series of courses covers the major techniques used for contemporary sound design.

You will learn to create your own sounds with a variety of techniques and add a personal sonic signature to your tracks. We introduce you to the latest synthesis and sampling technologies and show you how to use the world’s largest and most diverse sound library. In the advanced levels, you will acquire total control over all aspects of the Komplete instruments while practicing genre-based sound design.

What’s Included

  • Sound Design Level 1: Introduction to Komplete
  • Sound Design Level 2: Synthesis with Massive, FM8 and Absynth
  • Sound Design Level 3: Sampling with Kontakt and Battery
  • Sound Design Level 4: Advanced Sound Design
  • Sound Design Level 5: Reaktor Ensembles and Production Techniques
  • Sound Design Level 6: Reaktor Programming and Instrument Building

Additional Information

Visit the Music Foundations course page for detailed information on this program here.

If you have questions, please call 877.DUBSPOT or send us a message.

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Universal Audio Releases UAD v9.1 + New Plugins

Universal Audio releases UAD Software v9.1 along with five new plugins for Apollo Audio Interfaces and UAD Accelerators.

Universal Audio

Overview

UAD Software v9.1 arrives with several enhancements, feature improvements, and five new additions to their award-winning lineup of plugins. The free update is compatible with all UAD-2 products (Apollo, Satellite, PCIe) and external connection types (Thunderbolt, FireWire, USB 3). Learn more about the UAD Software v9.1 here.

SSL 4000 E Channel Strip Collection

Introduced in 1979, the SSL 4000 E console brought a modern sound to the world, powering more Platinum-selling records than any other. It’s bold, punchy character and incredible dynamics have made the SSL 4000 E a true industry standard and a bastion of modern recording.

In close partnership with Solid State Logic®, Universal Audio proudly unveils the all-new SSL 4000 E Channel Strip Collection for UAD-2 hardware and Apollo interfaces — an exacting end-to-end circuit emulation that goes far beyond UA’s original standard-defining SSL 4000 E Channel Strip plug-in.

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Moog Multimode Filter Collection

Moog analog filters have long reigned supreme as the most musical audio filtering circuits ever devised. With incredibly rich, fat filtering, and built-in sequencing capabilities, the new Moog Multimode Filter Collection for UAD-2 hardware and Apollo interfaces represents a major advancement for dance and electronic producers.

Built for modern sequencer-based song production, the new Moog Multimode Filter XL plug-in — a one-year effort between Moog Music and UA — borrows from various incarnations of Moog designs, nailing the essential Moog filter character unlike any software emulation in history.

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OTO BISCUIT 8-bit Effects

With gritty bitcrushing, lo-fi multi-effects, and analog filtering, the hard-to-find BISCUIT 8-bit Effects processor is a legend among EDM producers, DJs, and remixers. Developed by Softube, the OTO BISCUIT 8-bit Effects plug-in is an exacting emulation of this modern cult classic that lets you endlessly deconstruct your sources. Exclusively for UAD-2 hardware and Apollo interfaces.

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Fuchs Overdrive Supreme 50 Amplifier

An homage to the mysterious, insanely expensive Dumble™ Overdrive Special, the Fuchs Overdrive Supreme 50 Amplifier delivers smooth, complex overdrive, and deep, three-dimensional clean tones with endless headroom. Developed by Brainworx, the Fuchs Overdrive Supreme 50 Amplifier plug-in expertly captures all of the nuance and tube-powered tone shaping of this legendary amplifier. Exclusively for UAD-2 hardware and Apollo interfaces.

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bx_subsynth Subharmonic Synthesizer

Born in the days of disco, subharmonic synthesizers helped overcome the low-end limitations of vinyl, giving DJs, sound designers, and club mixers pounding kick drums and booty-shaking basslines that defined dance music. Developed by Brainworx, the bx_subsynth Subharmonic Synth plug-in takes its cues from the iconic dbx 120XP Subharmonic Synthesizer, but with a host of modern features.

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Also in UAD v9.1

Universal Audio

UAD v9.1 software also features Apollo Thunderbolt multi-unit compatibility for Windows 10 — now mix-and-match up to four Apollo Thunderbolt audio interfaces for up to 64 x 64 channels of analog I/O on Mac or Windows 10. Apollo FireWire multi-unit configurations are also now supported in Console 2 on Mac and Windows.

New in UAD v9.1

  • SSL® 4000 E Channel Strip Collection
  • Moog® Multimode Filter Collection
  • OTO® BISCUIT 8-bit Effects
  • Fuchs® Overdrive Supreme 50 Amplifier
  • Brainworx® bx_subsynth Subharmonic Synth
  • Mac and Windows Improvements and Feature Changes
  • New Platform Features
  • Several New Enhancements and Changes
  • Operating System Compatibility Improvements
  • Thunderbolt Mixed Multi-Unit Compatibility with Windows 10 PC Systems
  • Windows Driver Improvements
  • Console 2 Application for Apollo FireWire Multi-unit Cascading
  • Apollo FireWire Driver Improvements
  • Firmware Updates
  • Pro Tools Improvements

Visit Universal Audio for the full list of release notes here.

 


About Universal Audio

Founded in 1958 by Bill Putnam Sr., Universal Audio has been synonymous with innovative recording products since its inception. A favorite engineer of Frank Sinatra, Nat King Cole, Ray Charles and more, the late Bill Putnam Sr. was a passionate innovator who is widely regarded as the father of modern recording — with many of his legendary studio and equipment designs still in use today.

Universal Audio was re-founded in 1999 by Bill’s sons, James Putnam and Bill Putnam Jr., with two main goals: to faithfully reproduce classic analog recording equipment in the tradition of their father; and to design new digital recording tools in with the sound and spirit of vintage analog technology. To that end, Universal Audio employs the world’s brightest DSP engineers and digital modeling authorities to develop our award-winning UAD Powered Plug-Ins platform. Featuring the most authentic analog emulation plug-ins in the industry, our DSP gurus work with the original hardware manufacturers — using their exact schematics, golden units, and experienced ears — to give UAD plug-ins warmth and harmonics in all the right places, just like analog.

With 165 employees and offices in Los Angeles, Colorado, and Amsterdam, Universal Audio is headquartered near Silicon Valley in Scotts Valley, California — where our classic analog gear is still hand-built, one unit at a time.

Software or hardware, every Universal Audio product is backed by a decade’s long legacy of innovation, superlative quality, and technical passion.

 


Mixing and Mastering Program

Transform rough ideas and basic compositions into dance floor bangers and sonically pleasing commercial quality masters. Learn the well-kept industry secrets of EQ, compression, panning, level balancing, reverb and special effects.

Mixing and MasteringAbout This Program

This program gives you everything you need to refine tracks into a clear commercial quality release, including special mixing and mastering techniques for dubstep, techno, house, trance, downtempo, hip-hop, and the gamut of electronically-produced music. You will learn to mix and master your tracks using the same plugins that top industry engineers use every day, including plugins by Izotope, Soundtoys, Sonnox, Altiverb, and more.

What’s Included

  • Mixing & Mastering Level 1: Mix
  • Mixing & Mastering Level 2: Modify
  • Mixing & Mastering Level 3: Master

Additional Information

Visit the Mixing and Mastering course page for detailed information on this program here.

If you have questions, please call 877.DUBSPOT or send us a message.

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How to Sidechain Third-Party Plugins in Ableton Live

Dubspot’s Rory PQ explains how to route audio and sidechain with third-party plugins in Ableton Live.

Ableton Live

Overview

Ableton Live 9 offers built-in sidechain controls with integrated routing choosers for Compressor, Glue Compressor Auto Filter, Multiband Dynamics, and Gate, as well as various Max4Live devices. This helpful feature allows you to select another available track as a sidechain source from within the device itself. Having the option to quickly route an audio signal input to trigger parameters within a plugin is extremely useful. For example, using Live’s Compressor to sidechain compress a bass part using the signal routed from a kick track to enhance the relationship between the two is a very common use of this feature.

However, third-party plugins used within Ableton Live do not currently provide a built-in chooser to select an external sidechain input source and requires a bit more manual configuring to route audio. This limitation is partly due to the VST technology developed by Steinberg in 1996 which allows the integration of virtual effect processors and instruments into your digital audio environment. However, in 2008 Steinberg released VST3 which provides several new features, capabilities, and improvements. Among the many new enhancements is improved external sidechain support and the ability to route audio within a plugin natively. This improvement is great news, but unfortunately, Ableton Live 9 does not currently support VST3. Therefore, in the meantime, we have to manually create a way to route audio to effects and instruments.

In this tutorial, we will explain how to route audio into third-party plugins in Ableton Live.

Sidechaining with Third-Party Plugins

Sidechaining with third-party plugins that have external sidechain input features can be easily achieved in Ableton Live with internal Track Routing using a tracks mixer In/Out Section in either the Arrangement or Session View. The downside of this approach is that you will need to create a new audio source track for every third-party plugin you wish to sidechain from.

Ableton Live

For this example, we will use FabFilter’s Pro-C compressor placed on a bass MIDI Track, a kick MIDI Track used as the source for the sidechain signal, and an additional sidechain Audio Track which is used to route the audio signal from the kick track to Pro-C. Let’s get started!

  • Route the sidechain source signal from the kick track to the dedicated sidechain track by selecting the kick track from the ‘Audio From’ chooser in the sidechain track’s I/O Section.
  • Send the source signal from the sidechain track to a third-party plugin by selecting the track with the loaded plugin from the top ‘Audio To’ chooser in the sidechain track’s I/O Section, which is the bass track in this example. Then from the bottom ‘Audio To’ chooser, select the third-party plugin, which is Pro-C in this example.
  • From the dedicated sidechain track, set the Monitoring to ‘In’ so that it receives the source signal from the kick track.

Note: In the example above, you will not hear the signal from the sidechain track because the audio is only being routed to the third-party plugin and is no longer being sent to the Master output.

Final Thoughts

This approach may seem like a tedious process, but until Ableton Live supports VST3, this is our best working option. If you wish to set up additional sidechain tracks to route audio to other third-party plugins then simply duplicate the original sidechain track and select the corresponding outputs from the ‘Audio To’ choosers. You can even group all the tracks to preserve screen real estate.

 


Ableton Live Producer Certificate Program

At Dubspot our world-class instructors provide the most complete and cutting-edge Ableton Live learning experience. The Ableton Live Producer Certificate Program is the flagship of our music training. After completing this program, you will leave with a portfolio of original tracks, a remix entered in an active contest, a scored commercial to widen your scope, and the Dubspot Producer’s Certificate in Ableton Live.

About This Program

This program is about learning Ableton Live by going through the entire process of being an artist, by developing your own sound through a series of sketches and experimentation. You will also learn the ins and outs of this powerful software through a series of exercises designed to help you master the steps involved in producing your own music. After a level of getting familiar with the tools that Ableton has to offer, you will then develop your sonic ideas into full-length tracks. You will be exposed to a variety of approaches to arrangement and composition, storytelling techniques, ways of creating tension and drama in your music. At the end of the day, it is the sum total of your choices as an artist that define your sound, and levels 2 – 6 will give you the experience of actually completing tracks to add to your portfolio.

What’s Included

  • Ableton Live Level 1: Beats, Sketches, and Ideas
  • Ableton Live Level 2: Analyze, Deconstruct, Recompose, and Assemble
  • Ableton Live Level 3: Synthesis and Original Sound Creation
  • Ableton Live Level 4: Advanced Sound Creation
  • Ableton Live Level 5: Advanced Effect Processing
  • Ableton Live Level 6: Going Global with your Music

Overview

  • Dubspot’s complete Ableton course load: six levels/48 class sessions
  • 132 hours of hands-on instruction
  • Additional lab hours to work on assignments in Dubspot’s onsite facilities
  • 24/7 access to Dubspot Online’s Ableton Live course videos
  • Access to the course videos for one year after course completion

Additional Information

Visit the Ableton Live course page for detailed information on this program here.

If you have questions, please call 877.DUBSPOT or send us a message.

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Becoming a Music Producer Pt. 2: Music Career Tips

In this second part one of a three-part series, multitalented musician Michael Emenau a.k.a. MNO explores various music career options for music producers and discusses how to optimize your search for work opportunities.

Music Producer

Here’s the situation: you’ve developed your skills, acquired some great gear, created a few tracks, and built an online presence. What’s next? In this article, we’ll look at some ways to approach a career in becoming a music professional whether independently, through an internship or a paying gig. Here we go!

Independent Music Professional

An independent professional producer is someone who produces tracks for themselves or others with the intention of monetizing the final product. Essentially make music and get paid. So, how do you find clients who will pay you to make music for them? First, you need to be able to show off your abilities. Building an active online presence where people can hear your original music or mixes, as well as see how active you are in the music industry is a great way to showcase your talents. No matter how much you talk about what you can do, you still need to show you can deliver. However, even once you’re online, you will also need to generate enough interest in what you do that people actually listen to the music you’ve shared.

DJ Your Own Music and Showcase Your Work

One excellent way to promote your original productions is to play them in a DJ mix. First, you’ll need to find some places to perform, a subject I discussed in “How to Make Money in the Electronic Music Business – Without Being a Famous Dj/Producer.” However, I don’t recommend playing full sets with 100% original music. Instead, mix your originals with a selection of other similar music. Spread the word that you are spinning your tracks, promote the sets, and get your music heard on the dancefloor. This approach will create interest in your production skills and attract like-minded people. These are your potential clients, treat them with respect, put in the time, and soon people will be asking you to work with them.

Advertise Your Talents

Another way to find clients is to promote yourself on various online advertising and marketplace websites such Craigslist. It’s a grim approach, but a viable road to take. A typical ad headline might read:

  • Free recording session – I will mix your band’s music
  • I will write/produce songs for your lyrics – $200 song
  • Hip hop beats and samples for sale
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This approach may seem monotonous, but it’s an option that works. There are many people out there who dream of becoming the “Next Big Thing,” and you may be able to help them. Look at this as an opportunity to meet people, get experience, find out if you can deliver, and hopefully get paid. Just bear in mind that getting paid may not be an option at the beginning. There’s a lot of competition, and even if you end up working for free, you’ll be gaining experience.

Persistence is what pays off in this game. Weigh the pros and cons of working with a certain artist, and if you think this person could go somewhere, or that you will learn and grow as a producer, then go for it! If your heart tells you that you are wasting time, then get out. Remember, if you are providing your services for free (or cheaply), you are paying for your own time. Consider whether an artist will help your career move forward. Don’t spend valuable time spinning your wheels with an artist on a project you’re not happy with, you may miss out on another potentially successful project.

Network and Make Connections

Another, more personal way to find clients is to get out there and network with like-minded people within your local music scene. Any producer should consider this approach to be part of the job description. Go out as much as possible to see local artists and get a feel for the talent that’s out there. While watching bands or DJs, try to envision how you would approach them and offer your musical talents for future projects. You’ll need to be able to articulate this vision to any artist you approach for potential production work – part of the job of a producer is to be a salesman as well.

Music Producer

Once you find an artist that you feel you could help, approach them. Tell them who you are and what you do. If they like you, they will give you a chance. Maybe this means producing/remixing a track of theirs for free. Take the opportunity and prove to them that with your help, they will become great. Once you start working with an artist, you can follow them up the ladder, and concurrently the artist may even follow you. For example, a producer friend of mine originally did live mixing for a band, which led to doing a remix that radically changed the sound of the band. This led to his inclusion as a sound designer/touring band member. It’s up to you to make opportunities happen. Connecting with artists in person is incredibly valuable – online connections only go so far. When you’re face to face, the action happens faster and greater confidence is built.

Below are a few ideas to offer artists:

  • Offer to remix a track for free. If they are impressed the door will open. One of my current production gigs came after I gave an artist my honest (and not-so-kind) opinion of their tracks, and then I offered to make a new version of another track.
  • Be up front and honest. Suggest what you would do and how you would do it. If there are things you can’t deliver, say so. Not every situation calls for on-the-job training – it’s often better to get someone who’s great at shooting video or recording drums instead of doing it yourself, poorly.
  • Find ways to add value to your services. For example, find a way to get a cheap or free studio, or know places where the artist can perform. Connections are key – another reason why it is important to know your local scene. If you don’t have all the answers, always be willing to find solutions.

Internships and Job Opportunities

Another way producers gain experience on their way to becoming professional artists is spending time at record labels and production/music houses.

Music Producer

Record Labels

Record labels still exist, and the classic coffee serving and reply to email internship jobs still exist as well. Some pay a stipend, while others pay nothing at all besides the experience of being immersed in the record industry. This approach is still worth something to consider – having access to people who make and sell music can give you an edge. Having a foot in the door can lead to very unexpected places. Becoming associated with a label will also give you a serious reality check about how the business actually runs. This experience can be an invaluable education. Today, labels are so squeezed for profits that any label still in business (except those funded by rich people as hobbies) is lean and efficient. My old label, Six Degrees Records, is run by seasoned professionals who have an enormous amount of experience to share. Contrary to much that is said, most indie and small labels are run by music lovers whose primary goal is to get great music out into the world. However, like most things in life, money is a corrupting influence, and sadly music is no different.

As an intern, you can see what works, gain valuable hands-on experience, and meet like-minded people. A friend of mine started as an intern at an indie label, which led to a job organizing audio files into genres, which then lead to being a music director at a branding firm. He now lives in Europe and works for Spotify, while writing, producing, and DJing.

Video Game Companies

Working for a video game company as a composer, musician, sound designer or an audio engineer to create audio that drives the game and enhances the player experience is another great music career option. Some of the bigger video game companies have their own audio department. The video game industry is rapidly expanding, and there is an increasing demand for unique sound effects, soundtracks, and dialog for video games. Another great advantage that comes with working at a video game company is the access to new and innovative technologies.

Advertisement Music

There are music houses that do nothing but crank out music for TV and other types of advertisement. These full-time jobs are rare to come by and are mostly staffed by word-of-mouth. The budgets for ad music have also been squeezed; many companies now outsource to independent composers. If this work interests you, go pound the pavement and try to meet the boss. I am sometimes contacted by music houses to submit a demo for a bid they are making to a client. Composers used to get paid for submitting demos, but not so much anymore. Nowadays, the money only comes if the client buys your music. I made contacts for this type of work by sending out demo reels to every music house I could find.

Film And Television

Getting work in film and television is often about relationships. Ultimately, it is the director who chooses the composer – so get out there and meet some directors! There are hundreds of music licensing houses that service film and television. This is a whole subject in itself. Here’s an article to get you started.

 


 About Michael Emenau

Michael Emenau (McGill 1989, BAC Music, classical percussion, composition) has worked professionally as a vibraphonist/percussionist, composer, producer, remixer, and arranger for 25 years. He plays diverse genres such as Jazz, Rock, Drum & Bass, Salsa, Techno, Country, Hindustani, Gospel, Baroque, Jewish, Film, and Orchestral music. During this time he has recorded on over 180 CD’s, composed music for eight films, toured internationally, and lived on three continents. His newest project SUSSEX is a mélange of Roots, Ragtime, and American reaching #4 on the Euro-American charts as well as charting in the top 30’s on the US Roots Radio Report (tracking all independent albums).

Connect with MNO on Facebook | Twitter | SoundCloud | Website

 


Logic Pro Producer Certificate Program

Master Logic Pro X with our complete program. You’ll get a comprehensive overview of the composition process in Logic and create a portfolio that includes a collection of original tracks, a remix entered in an active remix contest, a re-scored scene from a film, and sound effects and music for a video game.

About This Program

In this program, you will develop the technical and creative skills needed to write and arrange music in Logic Pro X. You’ll create unique sounds using synthesizers and samplers, and learn how to mix and process those sounds with Logic’s vast array of effects. You’ll begin by creating a series of short sketches which are then developed into a portfolio of arranged and mixed tracks over the course of six levels. You’ll also create a remix, enter an active remix competition, score a scene from a feature film, and add music and sound effects to a video game. This program will help you develop and express your creative voice as an artist while teaching you the skills necessary to create the music you imagine.

What’s Included

  • Logic Pro Level 1: Shake Hands with Logic
  • Logic Pro Level 2: Completing Your First Track
  • Logic Pro Level 3: Mixing Essentials
  • Logic Pro Level 4: Sound Design & Instrumentation
  • Logic Pro Level 5: Advanced Composition & Production
  • Logic Pro Level 6: Taking Your EP Global

Additional Information

Visit the Logic Pro course page for detailed information on this program here.

If you have questions, please call 877.DUBSPOT or send us a message.

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iOS Music App Spotlight: Modstep by AppBC

San Francisco producer Scott Whitehead introduces us to Modstep, a modulation and MIDI sequencer for the iPad.

Modstep

Overview

Developed by AppBC, Modstep is labeled as a Modulation Monster and the first full-blown MIDI sequencer for the iPad. Modstep allows you to create music on your iPad with your favorite IAA Apps, Audio Units, Mac and PC software, and MIDI hardware as well as the internal drum sampler and synth. This versatile app can be used as the centerpiece of your setup to create and perform music on the go, in the studio, or on stage.

When Modstep was first released in 2015, it aimed to be that ‘Ableton in a Box’ which has eluded everyone but the developers of Ableton itself. What is it about Ableton that’s so great; time stretch, clip launch, plugins, tight integration, interface? Yes. Can any of this be achieved on a touch screen without losing sight of what’s so great about iPad music apps? Let’s see.

Modstep suffered growing pains common to early releases, and as a result, we chose not to review it until it was fully baked. The developers addressed the frustrating stability issues and rather than reworking the ambitious UI, they engaged the talented Jakob Haq to produce a series of training videos. The former was necessary, and the latter is an excellent solution to a difficult problem that lets you meet the developers halfway to their vision.

Working with Modstep

Modstep uses a clip launch metaphor as the top layer of its interface. Each clip contains note and automation data. The clips are organized in rows and columns (scenes and instruments) and are also color coded and named. There are also controls for moving clips around, assigning columns to instruments, live MIDI and audio recording, and much more – all of the important features you’d expect from a DAW. Instrument targets can be hardware synths, iOS synths and effects or the full featured sampler and synth included with Modstep. When you drill down from a clip you can view it as either a piano roll or in a sequencer view. Many features overlap between these two views, but the sequencer view adds live performance sequencer options like ‘Active Step’ and disabled steps where the piano roll excels for individual note editing.

Modstep

As sequencer apps go, Modstep strikes a powerful balance between composing and performing. A compelling feature of Modstep’s sequencer is the clip within a clip functionality. A MIDI clip can contain up to 16 bars which can be individually disabled, transposed, and reordered or played at different speeds. If you like to have the ability to change your mind, this is the place to do it. Further, note velocity and length can be edited on the fly using your choice of the two interfaces. If you find the scaling on the sequencer interface a little fiddly as I do, the piano roll is less fast but more precise. In addition to editing velocity and note length with the drag of a finger, Modstep provides easy access to synth modulation values – thus the name.

Modstep

Modstep’s unique weapon is its library of synthesizer CC value mappings. As you build a channel in Modstep, you can associate CC values for your synth by dragging them out of the inventory of synth templates and into your channel. You can then select sound design functions like filter cutoff or decay and then automate them using an intuitive finger-drag interface or XY pad. In the end, it works like a custom LFO designer. All your edits are saved with your MIDI clip and can be further edited on the fly. Once you figure out the interface, the ease of selecting mod targets and drawing in automation will make you wonder why it’s not a standard feature on every app.

Modstep also adds a useful audio mixer including master channel effects. You can record individual tracks or the master mix, then drag up to 30 seconds of that audio back into the onboard sampler. This is very cool if you’re working entirely in the box but unfortunately, does not include audio from external hardware instruments. It’s always something…

Modstep

Apple chose not to include a global file manager into iOS. Modstep creates its own with a folder system for synth templates, audio recordings and samples, midi files, and Modstep sessions. The latter includes an autosave feature that’s always running and serves as an undo. Thanks Modstep! As with so many things about this app, the file system is powerful and a little confusing. For sessions, recordings and saved midi files, folders and contents are displayed left and right. For instrument selection, you browse a cascading menu that expands as you drill down. Edit, transpose, and quantize are expanding menus across the top while playback speed and bar enable/disable are elsewhere. You get the idea. Again, Haq’s tutorials to the rescue.

Modstep

Final Thoughts

Modstep successfully merges several apps worth of features into one interface. The touch and drag functions of iOS are leveraged successfully although sometimes it’s easy to forget where you are and delete something instead of selecting it. A little patience and a little time invested in the YouTube tutorials pays off with powerful integration, excellent live features, and a fast interface. Ableton in a touch interface box? Perhaps.

Availability

Modstep is available to download from the App Store.

 


About Scott Whitehead

Scott Whitehead listens to and produces electronic music in San Francisco. He also makes interactive art at the crossroads of music and technology as well as spoils the heck out of his pit bull. Hear some of Scott’s work on SoundCloud.

 


EDU Summer Sessions

Music Foundations Program

Unravel electronic music’s origins, build your chops, learn musical language and theory, and make and play music the way you want. Students will develop a deeper understanding of the roots and lineage of a variety of electronic and dance music genres, strengthen their keyboard skills, and learn valuable music theory, deepening their creative practice and facilitating effective collaborations with musical partners.

About This Program

The best producers, DJs, and musicians in the world strive to be well-rounded. So should you. In Dubspot’s Music Foundations Program, you’ll explore three major aspects of music: rhythmic theory, melodic theory, and critical listening.

Most pioneering early electronic musicians had years of conservatory training in theory and performance but had access to very limited technologies. In today’s musical world, it’s the opposite: we have a powerful and versatile array of electronic music making tools at our fingertips, but often fall short in our theoretical understanding of how electronic music works.

Our Music Foundations program is designed to fill this gap and provide training in fundamental skills and concepts with the electronic musician, DJ, and producer in mind. In this course, you’ll build your chops and learn the basics of musical language and theory so that you can make and play the music you want. You will also develop a deeper understanding of the roots and lineage of a variety of electronic and dance music genres, and explore compositional techniques and song structure. The weekly homework lessons for all three courses have been designed using Ableton Live, and along the way you’ll also learn the basics of Ableton and how to use it as a powerful tool to improve your musicianship in a variety of ways.

What’s Included

  • Music Foundations Level 1: Pads & Rhythmic Theory
  • Music Foundations Level 2: Keys & Melodic Theory
  • Music Foundations Level 3: Critical Listening

Additional Information

Visit the Music Foundations course page for detailed information on this program here.

If you have questions, please call 877.DUBSPOT or send us a message.

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Plugin Spotlight: Cooper Time Cube MkII by Universal Audio

This plugin spotlight features the Cooper Time Cube MkII by Universal Audio, a unique emulation of the original garden hose-based mechanical delay device.

Cooper Time Cube

Overview

The UAD line of plug-ins is famously known for their unmatched ability to emulate legendary classics with precision at the highest quality. The Cooper Time Cube is an example of their mastery to not only capture the original sound characteristics and functionality but to also provide modern enhancements for today’s sonic demands.

Designed by Duane H. Cooper and Bill Putnam, the Cooper Time Cube was a garden hose-based mechanical delay device introduced in 1971. Over the years it has achieved cult status as the most unique delay processors ever made. Famous for its short delay and doubling effects, the original the Cooper Time Cube offers simplicity at its finest as well an impressive ability to sit perfectly in the mix.

The Cooper Time Cube MkII plug-in for UAD-2 hardware and Apollo interfaces is a precise emulation of the coveted original hardware unit. It faithfully captures the sound of the original delay system, while offering modern delay features making it a versatile, fat-sounding space maker worth checking out.

Key Features

  • Designed by Duane H. Cooper and Bill Putnam — one of the most unique delays ever made
  • All the vibe of the original, with modern feature enhancements
  • Two delay lines can be set independently and adjusted with Delay, Decay, Pan and Volume controls
  • Separately adjustable tempo sync for both A & B delay lines
  • “Coils” selection recreates the original sound of the CTC regardless of Delay setting
  • Treble and Bass tone controls, High Pass Filter, Wet Solo, and analog-style metering
  • MIMO, MISO and SISO operation (SISO is true stereo)
  • Requires a UAD-2 DSP Accelerator Card or Apollo Interface available from authorized dealers worldwide

The Original Cooper Time Cube

Cooper Time Cube

Designed by Dr. Duane H. Cooper of the University of Illinois and Bill Putnam of UREI, the original UREI/Universal Audio Model 920-16 Cooper Time Cube was a unique delay system that introduced a garden-hose-based mechanical delay to the stage in 1971. Originally created specifically for recording studio and motion picture sound applications, the original Cooper Time Cube became famous for its unmatched short delay and doubling effects, as well its astounding ability to enhance sounds in the mix. However, the hardware unit was limited and only provided 14ms, 16ms or a combined 30ms delay setting. Although it was less flexible than conventional tape-based delays of the time, the Cooper Time Cube provided a unique character that became highly sought after. In addition, only 1,000 were ever made.

Cooper Time Cube

The original Cooper Time Cube hardware was built with a rugged 2′ x 2′ plywood housing filled with coiled tubing, Shure SM57-style microphone capsules at both ends of each line used as speakers and pickups, and a series of tooled aluminum blocks with “tuning screws” at various places for tuning the delay. Also, the entire delay mechanism was suspended on springs within the housing to maintain “acoustical isolation,” and was then filled with packing peanuts. In addition, a 3 1/2″ x 19″ rack mount unit provided two audio channels, a power supply, access to four UREI 1109 line amplifiers, independent delay line input gains, a meter to view the delay output, and four TRS jacks for front-panel signal access and routing. The rear of the unit included two standard 25″ microphone extension cables with XLR-3 type connectors for interconnecting the chassis and the housing.

Cooper Time Cube

Before the era of digital delay, the hardware worked by sending live audio through long pieces of tubing to create a time delay. There were two channels, A and B. Each channel is transduced to/from a coiled length of plastic tubing which provides the acoustic “sound columns” that define its distinctive sonic character. The coils for each channel are placed at fixed but different lengths, which defines the available single delay times of 16ms for channel A and 14ms for channel B. The two channels could also be cascaded in series via external routing to create a total delay time of 30ms.

Since its inception, this incredible delay unit has grown a strong following and has found a home in some of the most prestigious studios around the globe and has been used on countless hit records over the years. Top producers and engineers such as Richard Dodd, Vance Powell, and Joe Chicarelli still swear by the Cooper Time Cube for its unique character and its exceptional ability to always sit perfectly in the mix.

Working with Cooper Time Cube

Cooper Time Cube

The Cooper Time Cube MkII plug-in has all the vibe of the original plus modern feature enhancements easily accessible through a user-friendly interface. It is a true stereo plug-in that sports two independent delay processors. Each channel has its own set of controls in addition to global controls. The front panel provides all the controls; there are no hidden panels and options. The plug-in version goes much further by offering all the necessary features expected from a modern delay device such as independent channel controls for Delay times, Decay, Pan, Volume, and Tempo Sync. MkII also incorporates other enhanced tone-shifting features such as a 2-pole high pass filter and a Color switch that toggles between the original filter emphasis of the hardware in position A and the “leveled” filter frequency response in position B, which allows for greater Decay ranges. Lastly, there is also a switch for soloing the Wet signal and a Send switch that allows momentary interruption of the signal being sent into the delay system. In addition, UAD offers 32 presets to get you going with ease. They provide a good starting place to hear all the different delay possibilities.

Take Away

The Cooper Time Cube MkII is a brilliant sounding spatial processor that delivers the sound of the original delay system while offering all the necessary features expected from a modern delay device. The distinct sound of the single or double hose Coil is preserved regardless of delay setting, and either sound is available at the flick of a switch. This delay is great for adding subtle richness and loudness enhancement to any sound using the shorter delay times or for introducing small room ambiances and more traditional echoes with longer delay times.

Also, it’s inspiring to have the opportunity to work with a legendary processor that has been a major recording studio staple for over three decades. Not many delay plug-ins can deliver this magnitude of performance at a fraction of the price that aging hardware version is going for. The Universal Audio Cooper Time Cube MkII is remarkability one of the finest “character” delay plugins available today at an affordable price. Another great achievement for Universal Audio!

Availability

The Cooper Time Cube MkII plug-in for UAD-2 hardware and Apollo interfaces is available to download at Universal Audio.

 


About Universal Audio

Founded in 1958 by Bill Putnam Sr., Universal Audio has been synonymous with innovative recording products since its inception. A favorite engineer of Frank Sinatra, Nat King Cole, Ray Charles and more, the late Bill Putnam Sr. was a passionate innovator who is widely regarded as the father of modern recording — with many of his legendary studio and equipment designs still in use today.

Universal Audio was re-founded in 1999 by Bill’s sons, James Putnam and Bill Putnam Jr., with two main goals: to faithfully reproduce classic analog recording equipment in the tradition of their father; and to design new digital recording tools in with the sound and spirit of vintage analog technology. To that end, Universal Audio employs the world’s brightest DSP engineers and digital modeling authorities to develop our award-winning UAD Powered Plug-Ins platform. Featuring the most authentic analog emulation plug-ins in the industry, our DSP gurus work with the original hardware manufacturers — using their exact schematics, golden units, and experienced ears — to give UAD plug-ins warmth and harmonics in all the right places, just like analog.

With 165 employees and offices in Los Angeles, Colorado, and Amsterdam, Universal Audio is headquartered near Silicon Valley in Scotts Valley, California — where our classic analog gear is still hand-built, one unit at a time.

Software or hardware, every Universal Audio product is backed by a decade’s long legacy of innovation, superlative quality, and technical passion.

 


Mixing and Mastering Program

Transform rough ideas and basic compositions into dance floor bangers and sonically pleasing commercial quality masters. Learn the well-kept industry secrets of EQ, compression, panning, level balancing, reverb and special effects.

Mixing and MasteringAbout This Program

This program gives you everything you need to refine tracks into a clear commercial quality release, including special mixing and mastering techniques for dubstep, techno, house, trance, downtempo, hip-hop, and the gamut of electronically-produced music. You will learn to mix and master your tracks using the same plugins that top industry engineers use every day, including plugins by Izotope, Soundtoys, Sonnox, Altiverb, and more.

What’s Included

  • Mixing & Mastering Level 1: Mix
  • Mixing & Mastering Level 2: Modify
  • Mixing & Mastering Level 3: Master

Additional Information

Visit the Mixing and Mastering course page for detailed information on this program here.

If you have questions, please call 877.DUBSPOT or send us a message.

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Loop Academy and Dubspot Asia Tour 2017

Loop Academy and Dubspot are visiting South-East Asia throughout March to host a series of music production and DJing workshops in Singapore, Hong Kong, and Japan.

Loop Academy

South-East Asia Tour 2017

Loop Academy has partnered with Dubspot to bring a series of workshops dedicated to providing comprehensive education on music production and performance during a month long tour in South-East Asia throughout March 2017. The workshops are presented by established producers and educators, Max Wild, Josh Bess, and DJ Koflow. Each workshop is open to participants of all skill levels from professional musicians to those making music for the first time.

Workshop Topics

  • Intro to Electronic Music Production and DJing
  • Integrating ‘Live’ Instruments and Performing with Ableton Live
  • Beginner Electronic Music Production and Song-Writing with Ableton Live
  • Advanced Electronic Music Production with Ableton Live
  • Integrating Acoustic Instruments and Electronic Production For Live Performance

Tour Dates

Singapore: March 5-12, 2017
Hong Kong: March 18, 2017
Tokyo: March 24-26, 2017

For additional info and registration, visit loopacademy.com.

The Sound of Music Interview

Juice Magazine caught up with Dubspot Alumni and Loop Academy Instructor Maestro Koflow to talk about the Loop Academy and Dubspot collaborative workshop series in South-East Asia.

Loop Academy

Local turntablist Maestro Koflow is acutely aware that a life without music isn’t much of a life at all. Locking arms with an international crew of DJs and producers, including Max Wild and Josh Bess, he started loop Academy, a series of workshops dedicated to providing a comprehensive education on music production. Last year, participant Syafiq Halid became the youngest Ableton Certified Trainer and first Certified Trainer in Singapore. Ahead of the next Loop Academy series next month, Koflow gives us the pulse behind its mission.

How did the collaboration between Loop Academy and Dubspot come about?

In 2015, I went to Dubspot New York for a couple of classes for three months. I met Dubspot Instructor, Max Wild, there. We decided to partner up and create Loop Academy, which is an international collective of music producers, DJs, and educators that offer music production and DJ workshops worldwide. The main reason for the collab was because I realized that while there was an increased interest in music production in our region, not everyone could afford that New York trip. By bringing my friends from Dubspot over, we could help reach out to these talented peeps in our community who need that little push.

How do you think aspiring DJs, producers, and beatmakers can benefit from this collaboration?

The options to study music production and DJing at a high level in Singapore are still quite limited. New York-based Dubspot is considered the industry leader in this field, which is why this is a unique opportunity for aspiring Singaporean producers and DJs. Aside from that, the classroom setting with peers usually motivates better learning.

Share with us how Syafiq Halid became the youngest Ableton Certified Trainer and first Certified Trainer in Singapore.

Ableton Live considered one of the premier music production software programs out there. Certified Trainers are considered experts in the software, and can use their status to gain recognition as established instructors when teaching production. Syafiq was a student at Loop Academy in February 2016, and has worked very hard at mastering the software. At the moment, there are very few Certified Trainers in South-East Asia, and he passed a rigorous test hosted by Ableton in December 2016, that qualified him a Certified Trainer. He is the first Trainer in Singapore, and the youngest ever.

From your point of view, how important is Dubspot to the world of DJing and electronic music?

Dubspot covers everything that you’ll need to learn about the DJ game – from learning your desired software, sound design, mastering, constructing your first song, to performing your song live. To me, it’s a one-stop shop, with some of the industry’s best music-makers and DJs giving lessons and sharing their experiences.

When listening to/watching a DJ set, what are some things you look out for?

I love to listen out for interesting sounds and textures that construct the songs. As for watching, I prefer watching DJs who are actually performing their sets like musicians.

Lastly, what are some of the Loop Academy’s plans for the future?

Loop Academy plans to continue hosting workshops in Singapore and is seeking more opportunities to host workshops worldwide. This year, we are expanding to Hong Kong and Japan, and we hope to continue expanding in the future.

 


About Loop Academy

Loop Electronic Music Academy is an international collective of electronic music producers, DJ’s, performers, and educators that offer the highest level of music education world-wide. Loop Academy’s mission is to create partnerships between artists and education centers around the world and facilitate long-lasting knowledge exchanges. In February 2016 Loop Academy partnered with Dubspot, the New York-based leader of electronic music education, hosting its first series of production and performance workshops in Singapore. In 2017, Loop Academy will be returning to Singapore, as well as partnering with schools in Hong Kong, and Tokyo to offer additional electronic music workshops. The workshops are presented by established producers and educators, Max Wild (New York), Josh Bess (New York/Tokyo), and DJ Koflow (Singapore), and are open to participants of all levels, for both the professional musician as well as those making music for the first time.

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Ableton Live Producer Certificate Program

At Dubspot our world-class instructors provide the most complete and cutting-edge Ableton Live learning experience. The Ableton Live Producer Certificate Program is the flagship of our music training. After completing this program, you will leave with a portfolio of original tracks, a remix entered in an active contest, a scored commercial to widen your scope, and the Dubspot Producer’s Certificate in Ableton Live.

About This Program

This program is about learning Ableton Live by going through the entire process of being an artist, by developing your own sound through a series of sketches and experimentation. You will also learn the ins and outs of this powerful software through a series of exercises designed to help you master the steps involved in producing your own music. After a level of getting familiar with the tools that Ableton has to offer, you will then develop your sonic ideas into full-length tracks. You will be exposed to a variety of approaches to arrangement and composition, storytelling techniques, ways of creating tension and drama in your music. At the end of the day, it is the sum total of your choices as an artist that define your sound, and levels 2 – 6 will give you the experience of actually completing tracks to add to your portfolio.

What’s Included

  • Ableton Live Level 1: Beats, Sketches, and Ideas
  • Ableton Live Level 2: Analyze, Deconstruct, Recompose, and Assemble
  • Ableton Live Level 3: Synthesis and Original Sound Creation
  • Ableton Live Level 4: Advanced Sound Creation
  • Ableton Live Level 5: Advanced Effect Processing
  • Ableton Live Level 6: Going Global with your Music

Overview

  • Dubspot’s complete Ableton course load: six levels/48 class sessions
  • 132 hours of hands-on instruction
  • Additional lab hours to work on assignments in Dubspot’s onsite facilities
  • 24/7 access to Dubspot Online’s Ableton Live course videos
  • Access to the course videos for one year after course completion

Additional Information

Visit the Ableton Live course page for detailed information on this program here.

If you have questions, please call 877.DUBSPOT or send us a message.

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Ableton Live Techniques: Creating Complex Sequences

Dubspot’s Rory PQ explores Generative Music and demonstrates an effective technique used to generate complex sequences of music using Ableton Live’s native devices.

Ableton Live

Generative Music

Generative Music is a term popularized by composer Brian Eno in 1995 to describe music created by a system that is ever-different and changing. The concept of Generative Music is to create entirely random music with a selection of sonic materials resulting in a constantly changing stream of audio that never repeats itself. Brian used an analog delay system consisting of two side-by-side reel-to-reel tape recorders playing at varying speeds to create his famous ambient music.

Early techniques used to generate randomized music was achieved with a unique tape looping technique discovered by Robert Fripp called Frippertronics. This technique uses two reel-to-reel tape recorders configured so that the tape travels from the supply reel of the first machine to the take-up reel of the second, allowing sound recorded by the first machine to be played back later on the second. The audio of the second machine is then routed back to the first, causing the delayed signal to repeat while new audio is mixed in with it. This approach to recording sound creates a degenerative delay, which can be controlled by increasing or reducing the distance between the machines.

Generative Music with Ableton Live

Ableton Live is a perfect example of modern technology that provides MIDI Effects with randomizing features that allow us to easily and effectively produce generative music. This tutorial demonstrates an effective technique used to generate complex sequences of music using Live’s Random device and Drum Rack.

Hat Sequence Example

Bass Sequence Example

Step 1 | Setup

  • Start by creating a MIDI Track with the shortcut command Shift+CMD+T.
  • Creating a new MIDI Clip with the shortcut command Shift+CMD+M.
  • Load up Live’s Random MIDI Device and Drum Rack Instrument on the new MIDI Track.
  • Load the Drum Rack with a selection of samples. The samples can be anything you want. For example, if you are aiming to create a random bass sequence, then fill the Drum Rack with bass sounds. If you plan on creating complex drum sequences and fills, then fill the Drum Rack with percussive sounds. This technique can be applied to any type of sound to create unique variations.
  • Optional Tips: Create a choke group in Drum Rack to avoid sounds or loops from playing over each other and causing clutter. All chains in the same choke group will silence each other when the next sound is triggered. Also, for more control over the sound, it’s recommended to Macro Map controls such as Attack, Decay, Sustain, Release, and any other parameter you use to shape your sounds. The best way to Macro Map the same control for multiple instances of Simpler or Sampler is to first Macro Map the control and then right-click the same control and choose “Map to all siblings” from the context menu.

Ableton Live

Step 2 | MIDI Pattern

  • Create a MIDI pattern in the new MIDI Clip. This can be a long sustained note or a more complex sequence of notes. The MIDI notes can be placed on any sound in any order. Their purpose is to trigger sounds so that the Random device can randomize them.
Ableton Live

Step 3 | Recording Results

  • Create a new Audio Track with the shortcut command CMD+T.
  • From the input chooser in the mixers In/Out section, select the track with the Random device and Drum Rack.
  • Arm the track to record and hit play on the MIDI Clip loaded with all your sounds to record a minute or so of audio.
  • While the audio is recording, adjust the Chance control on the Random device to generate sound variations. The sounds will become more randomized the closer you get to 100%. Alternatively, you can automate the Chance control so that the pattern is always different every time you playback the clip. You can also adjust the Choices control to choose how many different samples will be triggered. If you load a lot of samples, then 24 may be a more suitable number.
  • Play through the recorded audio and pick out your favorite parts. You could even go further and chop different parts out and then combine them to create a more structured pattern.
Ableton Live

Bonus Techniques

Other MIDI devices such as Scale, Velocity, Note Length, and Arpeggiator can be used to control the behavior of the MIDI notes in your pattern. For example, create wild fills by placing Arpeggiator after the Random device and adjusting the Rate control to increase or decrease the speed of the note pattern.

Hat Fill Example

Ableton Live

 


Ableton Live Producer Certificate Program

At Dubspot our world-class instructors provide the most complete and cutting-edge Ableton Live learning experience. The Ableton Live Producer Certificate Program is the flagship of our music training. After completing this program, you will leave with a portfolio of original tracks, a remix entered in an active contest, a scored commercial to widen your scope, and the Dubspot Producer’s Certificate in Ableton Live.

About This Program

This program is about learning Ableton Live by going through the entire process of being an artist, by developing your own sound through a series of sketches and experimentation. You will also learn the ins and outs of this powerful software through a series of exercises designed to help you master the steps involved in producing your own music. After a level of getting familiar with the tools that Ableton has to offer, you will then develop your sonic ideas into full-length tracks. You will be exposed to a variety of approaches to arrangement and composition, storytelling techniques, ways of creating tension and drama in your music. At the end of the day, it is the sum total of your choices as an artist that define your sound, and levels 2 – 6 will give you the experience of actually completing tracks to add to your portfolio.

What’s Included

  • Ableton Live Level 1: Beats, Sketches, and Ideas
  • Ableton Live Level 2: Analyze, Deconstruct, Recompose, and Assemble
  • Ableton Live Level 3: Synthesis and Original Sound Creation
  • Ableton Live Level 4: Advanced Sound Creation
  • Ableton Live Level 5: Advanced Effect Processing
  • Ableton Live Level 6: Going Global with your Music

Overview

  • Dubspot’s complete Ableton course load: six levels/48 class sessions
  • 132 hours of hands-on instruction
  • Additional lab hours to work on assignments in Dubspot’s onsite facilities
  • 24/7 access to Dubspot Online’s Ableton Live course videos
  • Access to the course videos for one year after course completion

Additional Information

Visit the Ableton Live course page for detailed information on this program here.

If you have questions, please call 877.DUBSPOT or send us a message.

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