iZotope Ozone 10 review

Ozone, iZotope’s mastering plug-in, is available in its tenth reincarnation. Its Master Assistant takes a lot of work out of your hands. And yet, it doesn’t force you to accept its results, leaving all the room you need for a creative result. Oh, and the Assistant can match your music to a musical reference, including your own reference tracks. In short, iZotope has released a master plug-in that towers above everything else.… Read More iZotope Ozone 10 review

Orchestral Tools Berlin Con Sordino Strings for film composers and musicians who need emotion on the verge of exploding

Orchestral Tools’s SINE Player is the only music creation plug-in for DAWs I know of that allows you to achieve results so close to conducting a real-world instrument or orchestra you can’t hear the difference. Their Berlin Series has been expanded with the Berlin Con Sordino Strings collection. It’s a large set of string samples,… Read More Orchestral Tools Berlin Con Sordino Strings for film composers and musicians who need emotion on the verge of exploding

Spacelab Interstellar reverb plug-in review

Fiedler Audio, the company behind Spacelab Ignition and Interstellar, was founded in 2013 and based its plug-in on scientific research. Much of Spacelab’s appeal is related to the interface and the Fraunhofer-based 3D-reverb technology. Spacelab combines reverb, 3D-panning, and spatialisation in one plug-in. Spacelab’s Interstellar reverb plug-in is like the movie: a grand scale on a scientific foundation. … Read More Spacelab Interstellar reverb plug-in review

Unmasking tracks, adding Trash distortion and matching a track’s sound with that of an instrument? iZotope Neutron 4 makes it easy

Neutron 4’s new features all build on the machine learning algorithms that are now at the core of all iZotope products I have reviewed. Neutron is a mixing plug-in and its AI-powered Mix Assistant no longer asks questions before it starts analysing your track. It comes with a new Assistant View that is much better than the previous version’s. The Assistant starts listening as soon as you play audio. It produces a reference starting point, like the old one. The resemblance ends there, though. Once you have your starting point, which in my tests was faster than with the old version, you’ll be taken to a control center where you can perfect your sound or associate it with an instrument from a list of presets or one that you sampled.… Read More Unmasking tracks, adding Trash distortion and matching a track’s sound with that of an instrument? iZotope Neutron 4 makes it easy

SINE Player Time Macro and Micro bundle sounds review

The SINE Player sound system based on actual recordings in the famous Teldex Studios in Berlin, Germany, is constantly growing with new collections. The latest one is called TIME Macro and TIME Micro. Both collections are associated with “chronographic” or “chronometric” scenes. The Macro set uses a symphonic orchestra setup, while the Micro set uses a chamber orchestra. Orchestral Tools calls them “structures” and while that is a close description of these collections it might make people think they’re not suitable for music not related to scenic events like in a documentary or a movie. That would be a mistake.… Read More SINE Player Time Macro and Micro bundle sounds review

Orchestral Tools SINE Player is even more powerful than I thought

As you may have discovered already I have been reviewing some of Orchestral Tools’s music sound collections and so far I’ve been impressed, but I just minutes ago stumbled into a video that made me realise I’m not even scratching the surface yet. Shame on me, as I did read the user guide, but what the guy in this video is talking about never made it to a useful level of consciousness, apparently. By the way, Orchestral Tools has a bunch of videos they made themselves. In one of them, their founder Hendrik Schwarzer guides you through the plug-in and points out that you can download some free collections as well — all recorded in those same famous Teldex studios!… Read More Orchestral Tools SINE Player is even more powerful than I thought

Review of Orchestral Tools’s Andea collection

Orchestral Tools recently released Andea, a huge collection of instruments played by people of the Andes and the rest of South-America. This type of music is a genre that appeals to many composers, be it for film, TV, music or other. It’s a collection based on Richard Harvey’s unique collection of Andean music instruments. Mr. Harvey is a BAFTA Award-winning English musician and composer. Many of us will know his music from the days of The Da Vinci Code, The Lion King and many others.… Read More Review of Orchestral Tools’s Andea collection