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Heavyocity Symphonic Destruction | Kontakt Sample Library Review | Music Production

Heavyocity Symphonic Destruction Let’s do a Kontakt sample library review of Heavyocity Symphonic Destruction and check out some amazing sounds and samples for music production.

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StrongMocha’s Review of NotateMe and PhotoScore – Your Music Writing, Scoring, and Arranging Lab

Sheet Music has been a source of enjoyment for generations. It is a musical notation that includes the staff lines, the notes and rests, as well as other notations such as tempo indications, dynamics, and articulations. It’s been around since at least the 12th century and, as far as we know, it hasn’t changed much…

Atmospheric Pads Soundset Playthrough

Soundtoys Effect Rack In this video, I demonstrate some of the presets from my preset pack Atmospheric Pads for Soundtoys Effect Rack. Containing 25 presets for Soundtoys 5 Effect Rack, Atmospheric Pads is designed to add a beautiful atmospheric ambiance to dry synth pads. Simply dial in the mix knob, and hear your sounds transform. These…

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CosMix | The mixer that will bring a smile on your face

CosMix A lot of cool stuff is coming from the Netherlands like NerdSeq, Error, Tasty Chips, and TINRS. But a relatively new brand is Cosmotronix that already gave us the super handy Delta-V dual function generator with built-in VCA, and now the CosMix, a small and straightforward mixer with four mono inputs, two stereo inputs,…

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Library Spotlight – World Percussion Creator

World Percussion Creator World Percussion Creator is a virtual instrument sample library designed to convey natural sound in a new, larger, and more flexible way.

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Zebra Lazarus Vol 3 Walkthrough

Lazarus Vol 3 Walkthrough Zebra Lazarus Vol 3 Walkthrough, The Unfinished released Zebra Lazarus Volumes 3 and Volume 4. The Lazarus series was fundamentally inspired by the scores of the Deus Ex and Mirror’s Edge games, but also Quantum Break, The Division, and Mass Effect. It’s futuristic, it’s synthetic, it’s sci-fi. Zebra Lazarus Vol III Zebra Lazarus Vol III continues…

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Zebra Lazarus Vol 4 Walkthrough

Lazarus Vol 4 Walkthrough Walkthrough of Zebra Lazarus Vol 4 – available today (Friday, 23rd July) The Unfinished released Zebra Lazarus Volumes 3 and Volume 4. The Lazarus series was fundamentally inspired by the scores of the Deus Ex and Mirror’s Edge games, but also Quantum Break, The Division, and Mass Effect. It’s futuristic, it’s synthetic, it’s sci-fi. Zebra…

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Let’s explore Kontakt Player Sample Library Tyrolean Harp | Weyrerton

Tyrolean Harp by Weyrerton In this video, I want to explore and feature the Tyrolean Harp by Weyrerton. It is available as a Kontakt Player sample library. Check out the link below to learn more.

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Intellijel Metropolix – The Queen Of Lead Sequencing

Metropolix – One Of The Best Sequencers Just Got Better I sold my old Metropolis a year ago and always missed it a bit because of the ‘stages’, a unique way to make a simple eight-note sequence come to life. I was really happy when the new Metropolix came out that has all the cool…

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Monome Teletype | Episode 1 | First Patch

Teletype First Patch It’s been nine (!) days since my last video and that’s because I had to rebuild my production PC – and learn a few Teletype commands. The Teletype may not be for everyone, but if you’re not afraid of writing some code, this thing will be able to do some amazing stuff….

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Library Spotlight – Threnody Strings

Threnody – Avant-Garde Strings by Soniccouture With Threnody Soniccouture released something a little different from the many string libraries already on the market. The focus in Threnody is an avant-garde string articulations, such as those you hear in late 20th century orchestral music or science fiction film soundtracks

U-he Diva: Archeus Preset Walkthrough (Ambient Presets)

U-he Diva: Archeus Preset Walkthrough In this video I show you some of the presets from my soundset Archeus for U-he Diva. Also available now is the Diva Collection, a bundle comprised of Tom’s Archeus and Voltis soundbanks for Diva at a discounted price.  For a limited time, Archeus is available from www.tomwolfe.co.uk for the…

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Qu-Bit Nebulae V2 | First Patch

Qu-Bit Nebulae V2 NOTE: This is a first patch video and there’s a lot to figure out by trial on error because the manual doesn’t provide a typical workflow for certain scenarios. So I will definitely revisit this module and try to help you understand it. There are many granular solutions for Eurorack, where Arbhar,…

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Those Super Cheap Violins And Violas On eBay – Are They Any Good?

What Does A $37 Viola Sound Like? There are a ton of super cheap violins and violas on eBay. I’ve always been really curious about them: what you can expect for those kind of bargain basement prices? To find out, I ordered a couple of violas–one of them was just 37 bucks! Today we’re going…

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StrongMocha’s Review of Spitfire Symphony Orchestra Professional

Review of Spitfire Symphony Orchestra Professional Spitfire Symphony Orchestra Professional or SSO Professional is under review today. If you interested in similar libraries from Spitfire Audio also take a look at StrongMocha’s Review of Spitfire Audio BBC Symphony Orchestra, or Studio Orchestra Professional Review – Strings, Brass and Woodwinds Bundle by Spitfire Audio. Sound The…

Arturia Pigments: Aurora Preset Walkthrough (Cinematic Textures)

Aurora Preset Walkthrough (Cinematic Textures) In this video I show you a range of presets from my soundbank Aurora for Arturia Pigments. With a focus on cinematic textures, Aurora contains more than 100 presets and 40 samples for Arturia Pigments. From granular soundscapes to atmospheric pads, this set is full of long, morphing textures with…

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Omnisphere 2: Solus Preset Walkthrough (Lo-Fi Ambient Synths)

Solus Preset Walkthrough In this video I show you some of the presets from my soundbank Solus for Omnisphere. Ranging from crackly, atmospheric pads to delicate, brittle keyboards, these preset explore and celebrate the beauty in the imperfect. Solus has a warm, grainy character at the heart of it and proudly displays its flaws. This makes…

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Review of The Amazonic – AMA 1 Virtual Instruments from the Amazon Forest

The Amazonic – AMA 1 Review of Premium Ethnic Instruments The Amazonic is concentrating on creating premium virtual ethnic instruments played by native people and connected to social causes. The Amazonic – AMA 1 is the initial chapter of a music library never recorded before! Recorded directly in the depths of the Amazon rainforest and…

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Library Spotlight – Tyrolean Harp

A Rare Harp with an Alternative and Unique Wooden Sound Tyrolean Harp is a relatively unheard instrument. The Tyrolean Harp produces a colorful range of emotions. From beautiful and soft to harsh and brutal. Like the mountainous surrounding, it is from. Tyrolean Harp Features 3 Different Styles: Pluck, Nail, Harmonic​ Mix In Between Three Microphone Positions:      …

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Library Spotlight – Pattern Strings & Oscillation Strings by Ben Osterhouse

Library Spotlight – Pattern Strings & Oscillation Strings Ben Osterhouse’s Pattern Strings offers a unique approach to ostinatos by providing a collection of tempo-synced rhythmic fragments.

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Sound Pack – Cinematic World – Essential Cinematic Sound Effects

Sound Pack – Cinematic World This library is designed with one thought in mind – to provide AAA quality and innovation. Our team consists of several award-winning sound designers, whose credits include titles such as Disney+, Diablo 3, The Outsider, Soul, Starcraft 2, Heroes of the Storm, Hearthstone, Assassin’s Creed Valhalla, Mortal Shell, and many…

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Checking out Saga Acoustic Trailer Percussion!

Checking out Saga Acoustic Trailer Percussion! Saga Acoustic Trailer Percussion is an amazing percussion library from Red Room Audio. Firstly, it can be absolutely HUGE and epic, but it’s also incredibly detailed… from big, epic taiko drums to the ridiculously massive “silo booms”, down to the detailed solo drums and metals, it all sounds fantastic….

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AKG C411 PP Contact Microphone – Field Recording Real World Test

CONTACT MICROPHONE – Why you should have one! When I first started sound recording I didn’t have a contact microphone and regret not purchasing one earlier! Since owning this inexpensive device, I’ve been able to record sounds with less ambience and it has given me more inspiration when I’m out in the field! There are…

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Ambient ASF 2 MK2 Hydrophone – Real World Test in Iceland

Ambient ASF 2 MK2 Hydrophone – Real World Test While traveling around Iceland in a camper van, we’ve been putting our new equipment to the test! With all the available water and different conditions in Iceland, we knew we had to try out the Ambient ASF 2 MK2 Hydrophone. This waterproof microphone is perfect to…

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Audio Gear for Beginners to Advanced

Audio Gear for Beginners to Advanced Field recording gear for beginners to advanced! In this updated video we show you our newest audio equipment that we’re use while recording sounds around the world!

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Deity Microphones D4 DUO REVIEW & TEST

Deity D4 Duo microphone real-world test review Hi friends! We made it to Zagreb, Croatia and we thought it would be fun to take you around and test out the new Deity D4 Duo microphone! This brand new vlogging mic is one of a kind. Deity Microphones features: front and rear microphones two windjammers compact/…

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Library Spotlight – Areia Lite

Library Spotlight – Areia Lite Areia Lite Edition is an emotional string ensemble instrument for Native Instruments’ free Kontakt Player with full NKS integration. Both Areia Lite Edition and the full version of Areia share the same lush Hollywood sound that takes you from delicate and soft to aggressive and epic. See also our articles on Exploring Kontakt…

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Library Spotlight – Midnight Grand & Woodchester Piano

Library Spotlight – Midnight Grand & Woodchester Piano Woodchester Piano is the first in Fracture Sounds new series of collaborations with talented composers and artists, bringing you a range of finely crafted virtual instruments full of personality. This library was produced in close collaboration with film and TV composer James Everingham (Apollo: Missions to the…

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Best Microphones For Music Production And Sound Design

Frequency Matters In this video, I show you exactly why I use certain microphones and recording devices for music producers and sound designers. Spoiler alert, particular mics can record higher frequencies, which provides more options and makes field recording truly a treasure hunt! From a hydrophone (underwater microphone), Lom Geofon, Lom Prizor, to the Sennheiser…

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Best Audio Bag for Field Recording

Best Audio Bag for Field Recording Best backpack for recording audio? In this video, we show you the bag I use every day when I’m out recording sounds. See how I pack, organize, and customize this bag for my field recording trips. For the past 2 years, I’ve used this backpack in all types of…

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Manfrotto Nanopole – the best stand for field recording?

Manfrotto Nanopole Who would have thought that this Manfroto Nanopole would be such a game-changer?! Let me tell you, I’ve gone through so many janky and annoying tripods so far. Luckily, I discovered this light stand and my love for field recording grew even more. I hope you enjoy this sit down video where I…

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Library Spotlight – Damage 2

Library Spotlight – Damage 2 After nearly a decade, the epic sequel to the iconic original has finally arrived. Damage 2 is here too. It’s the epic ensembles recorded at Skywalker Sound. It’s all the things that made the original Damage great, except bigger, and better. Welcome to the next creation of percussion virtual instruments….

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Audio-Technica BP4025 Real World Test – Best Stereo Microphone on a Budget?

Best Stereo Microphone on a Budget? Audio-Technica’s BP4025 Real World Test – Best Stereo Microphone on a Budget This is the stereo export!! Last one was mono… oops! When I started recording sounds I searched for the perfect beginner microphone. I’ll be honest, I made a few mistake purchases and I wish I knew about…

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Checking Out the Extended Guitar Bundle by Edu Prado Sounds!

Extended Guitar Bundle by Edu Prado Sounds These libraries part of Extended Guitar Bundle (Affiliate Link) are incredibly versatile, extremely useful for all kinds of projects, from pop beats to cinematic textures; and include built-in effects such as reverb, delay, drive, and cutoff. Bowed Guitar is, of course, samples that were captured by playing an acoustic guitar with a bow. You…

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Library Spotlight – Cinematic Studio Woodwinds (pt.2 – The Details & Criticisms)

Library Spotlight Part 2 – Cinematic Studio Woodwinds Cinematic Studio Series – Cinematic Studio Woodwinds is the latest addition to the Cinematic Studio Series collection. Whether you want to blow the roof off with the bright penetrating sound of the piccolo, express emotion with the beautiful lyrical oboe, or vibrate the floor with the deep and…

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Library Spotlight – Cinematic Studio Woodwinds (pt.1 – The Sound & Value)

Library Spotlight – Cinematic Studio Woodwinds Cinematic Studio Series – Cinematic Studio Woodwinds is the latest addition to the Cinematic Studio Series collection. Whether you want to blow the roof off with the bright penetrating sound of the piccolo, express emotion with the beautiful lyrical oboe, or vibrate the floor with the deep and powerful…

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Zoom H6 vs Zoom H8 (Which is Best for you?!)

Zoom H6 vs Zoom H8 Zoom H8 12-Track Portable Recorder vs Zoom H6 which is better? In this video, I explain the pros and cons of both of these handy recorders. In my opinion, this depends on what you will be needing this type of recorder for. You’ll have different needs and preferences if you’re…

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Inovus i88 Digital Piano Review [Extended Version]

Inovus i88™ a Feature-Packed Digital Piano The Inovus i88™ is a Digital Piano, offering unmatched realism and a natural piano-like feel and playability.  88 Full-Sized keys are accurately weighted to feel and sound like a real piano.

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ZOOM F6 (32 Bit Float vs 24 Bit Fix Points)

ZOOM F6 The first time I realized the capabilities of 32 bit float in post-production – my mind was blown! If you’ve been following our journey for the past year then you’ve seen the Zoom F6 pop up in nearly all our videos and photos. Since November 2019, I’ve used this recorder in all types…

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Lom Geofón – Real World Test in Iceland

Lom Geofón – Real World Test in Iceland While exploring Iceland, we’ve been putting our new equipment to the test! The Lom Geofón is one of the most unique fielding recording equipment on the market and it’s no wonder why it’s constantly sold out! Come with us as we try out this geophone to capture…

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Zoom H8 Real World Test Video Review

ZOOM H8 REAL WORLD TEST – Zagreb, Croatia In this video we take you to the street of Zagreb, Croatia to test out the new Zoom H8 handy recorder! Now you can hear what this handy recorder is capable of with a user interface for field, music, and podcasting.

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Library Spotlight – Amber Strings

Library Spotlight – Amber Strings

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Library Spotlight – Talos

Library Spotlight – Talos Oh, look. It’s a video that’s not about strings.

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Review of Akai MPC Live II & Akai MPC One

Akai MPC Live II & Akai MPC One Review We covered in our MPC Live and MPC X by Akai Pro Review (2019) the previously released MPC machines. Both devices did already show back in March 2019 how far the non-computer or DAWless machines have developed these days. With an MPC Live or X, it…

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#Jamuary2021 | Day 05 | Alchemy

Alchemy In this jam I’ll take you on a tour around many different synthesis techniques with some help from Sheep (Tides V1), Edges, Maths, Plonk, Blades, Elements, Rings and Clouds. Synthesis often reminds me of Alchemy, the process of turning lead into gold.

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Library Spotlight – Alternative Solo Strings

Alternative Solo Strings Alternative Solo Strings  is a relaunch of Spitfire Audio’s Artisan Cello and Artisan Violin plus additional instruments. Spitfire did take the existing Cello and Violin and added Double Bass and Viola and wrapped everything up in a new interface.

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Library Spotlight – Djembes X3M

Library Spotlight – Djembes X3M Strezov Sampling’s DJEMBE X3M a collection of Djembes recorded in various sections and ensembles, suitable for all kinds of dynamic music and especially film/videogames.

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Checking Out Pornofonic’s Rootbass Bundle!

RootBass & RootBass TANG by Pornofonic – 70% Off Sale RootBass and RootBass TANG are vintage mechanical bass instruments constructed from multi-sampled vintage analog synthesizers, physical actuators, noise artifacts, and amp/cabinet impulses. For only $29.99 (normally $99.99), get ROOTBASS and ROOTBASS TANG (Affiliate Link) by Pornofonic! The Rootbass Bundle from Pornofonic utilizes a unique approach…

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Checking Out the Ethnic-World Collection by Aria Sounds

Ethnic-World Collection by Aria Sounds The collection ETHNIC-WORLD COLLECTION by Aria Sounds features 3 unique instruments: Indian Bansuri Flute, Chinese Xiao Flute and Celtic Harp. For just $24.99 (normally $131), get the Ethnic-World Collection (Affiliate Link) by ARIA SOUNDS! Powered by the full version of Kontakt 5 or higher, these beautifully sampled instruments sound authentic…

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Library Spotlight – Vista Strings by Performance Samples

Performance Samples’ Vista Strings Vista is a legato strings library featuring a larger-than-life, romantic chamber sound, four dynamics (from a true PP all the way up to an intense FFF), slurred legato, same-note bow-change repetition samples, multiple attack types, and more. Just like Con Moto, the sustains, legato, and other assets were recorded “in motion.” The…

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Library Spotlight – The Orchestra Complete 2

Sonuscore’s The Orchestra Complete 2 THE ORCHESTRA COMPLETE 2 is the flagship of Sonuscore’s “The Orchestra” (see our The Orchestra by Best Service / Sonuscore Review) product family combining the force of the original 80-piece orchestra with new articulations and powerful new features. It includes Sonuscore new instrument HORNS OF HELL as well as STRINGS OF…

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Exploring Kontakt Sample Library Performance Samples Vista

Performance Samples’ Vista in this video we are exploring the Kontakt sample library Vista by Performance Samples. This sample library does one thing only and it does it absolutely well – legato.

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Riffer v.3 by Audiomodern | Tutorial & Review of Update Features

Riffer – The Creative MIDI Sequencer Riffer is a smart MIDI tool that generates musical riffs & sequences by combining pitch, duration, velocity & density. Built for your sounds, software & hardware. Turn them into something of your own or let it run endlessly using the infinity mode. Riffer (Affiliate Link) is a smart MIDI…

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Video Review – Accusonus Rhythmiq Review

Accusonus Rhythmiq Review Rhythmiq allows you to instantly jam with your beats. Get unlimited beat variations with the turn of a single knob. Generate and save new Rhythmiq (Affiliate Link) patterns and instantly create fills and build-ups. Enable your A.I. Beat Assistant and let Rhythmiq perform your beats in real-time like when you are jamming…

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Lo-Fi Bundle Review [Extended Version]

Lo-Fi Bundle – FX Bundle by Exclusive Bundles Lo-Fi Bundle FX Bundle (Affiliate Link) by Exclusive Bundles+ (Affiliate Link) is available at Plugin Boutique. Wavesfactory Cassette (Affiliate Link) is an audio plugin that imparts the unique character and sonic imprint of an often maligned recording medium, one that offers a sound like nothing else. This is not a…

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Walkthrough – Tom Wolfe’s New Lunnen an Omnisphere SoundSet

Walkthrough – Lunnen an Omnisphere SoundSet Lunnen is a set of 100 presets inspired by British TV Drama for Spectrasonics Omnisphere 2. Influenced by scores including Broadchurch, Black Mirror, Marcella and Happy Valley, Lunnen captures the understated nature of these scores, while acknowledging the moments of gripping intensity. Designed to be a toolkit of British…

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Library Spotlight – Rhythmus

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Ibanez TS9 Tube Screamer – Tutorial, Demo & Review

Ibanez TS9 Tube Screamer – Tutorial, Demo & Review Check out our ‘Ibanez Tube Screamer’ Tutorial, Demo & Review with ‘Nathan Cleary Music!’ featuring a deep dive through some of the features, sounds, pros and cons of the famous Ibanez TS9. The Tube Screamer Overdrive is a tried and tested classic for a good reason….

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Accusonus Drumatom 2 Video Review [Professional Edition]

Accusonus Drumatom 2 Video Review Reduce or completely eliminate drum bleed. Not only during pauses, but on exact drum hits as well. Control Hi-Hat bleed on your Snare track, tighten up your close mics and free up headroom for the rest of your tracks. Fix poorly recorded drums and experiment with your mixing tools (EQs,…

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Library Spotlight – Alive Underground Drums

Alive Underground Drums Alive Underground Drums is a huge collection of high-end drum kits recorded in a large underground carpark for epic drums. This is a massive instrument and a true labor of love (almost a year of Nicolas Signat’s work).