Even though Logic Pro X offers a shredload of plugins that can make great guitar tones, there’s a whole other world of third-party guitar amp simulator plugins to explore. Here’s an overview of some of the best free guitar amp plugins for Mac to get you started.
New-York based producer and engineer Chris Vandeviver at Brass Palace Recording recently sent me a guest post and accompanying Youtube video tutorial about how to emulate the effect of analog summing using Logic Pro X’s Compressor plugin.
She’s all yours, Chris!
MenuBUS – “The Master Bus for your Mac” – lets you run audio unit plugins on your Mac’s system output, straight from the menu bar.
This is good stuff. Vintage synth aficionados, go check out modularsamples.com, a great resource for some free EXS24 Instruments. Their latest addition consists of over 8Gb of audio samples taken from the Roland System 101 Model 101, the legendary semi-modular monosynth from 1975.
In Mac OS X, using ‘Paste and Match Style’ (keyboard shortcut: ⌥⇧⌘V) can be a true timesaver when you need to send emails to your mixing or mastering engineer to comment on audio files he or she has processed and sent to you. Here’s how I’ve been using the OS X keyboard shortcut this crazy busy week.
Vintage tones, man!
Soundtoys’ first-ever equalizer plugin, the Sie-Q, is free through October 13th (reg. $129).
I thought this video was nice and quite refreshing. New York recording engineer and producer Christopher Vandeviver shares some of his tips on how to deal with the intimidation of a blank project in Logic Pro X. Highly recommended to those suffering from BPA (Blank Project Anxiety).
New York City based horn & string arranger Charles Schiermeyer has put together a free Logic Pro X script that enables you to control the Vintage B3 plugin from a Korg Kronos – as though it were a real Hammond B3.
Cool news for Logic Pro X users and fans of Fabfilter plugins: as with Universal Audio plugin presets, you can now browse all Fabfilter plugin presets in Logic Pro X’s Library, thanks again to music composer and sound designer speakerfood.
Chances are slim you missed this, just in case you did: Fabfilter’s fab multiband distortion and saturation plugin – Saturn – is 50% off until June 1st, and now costs € 65,-.
Thanks to UAD forum contributor speakerfood, you can now easily browse all Universal Audio plugin presets (now version 9.0.0) in Logic Pro X’s Library Window.
TrainYourEars EQ 2.0 is a new application for Mac and PC that makes EQ ear training for mixing engineers cool and super intuitive. Use it on a regular basis, and the app will help you take the guesswork out of EQing.
London! Mark the date: this Wednesday 17th of February, our very own Martin Delaney from Ableton Live Expert will be giving a talk about creating music on the iPad Pro.
New York recording engineer and producer Christopher Vandeviver from Brass Palace kindly wrote…
What better than a webinar featuring a mix engineer with an epic track record?
Mark the date.
Rogue Amoeba, developers of Audio Hijack and other audio tools for OS X, yesterday released Loopback, a new app that lets you route audio between Mac applications.
Softube recently published an enjoyable interview with Eric Sarafin, aka Mixerman (from the book “The Daily Adventures of Mixerman“), on their website.
Happy 2016 everyone! Here’s an overview of 5 free EXS24 instruments that are definitely worth checking out, made by long-time indie sample library developer Dennis Burns at Bolder Sounds from Colorado, USA. Both his paid and free sample libraries can be heard the world over, from small home project studios to the Hollywood silver screen.
On the Logic Pro page in the official Support Communities, Apple has published 5 Logic Pro X video tutorials on October 12th.
Hey guys! Just wanted to share with you this new collection of free drum samples by realdrumsamples that I’ve been enormously impressed with lately. They offer a kick-ass 100+ free drum samples pack on their homepage available for anyone to download.
A small selection of music industry heavyweights already using the drum sounds are:
- Los Da Mystro (Rihanna, Mariah Carey, R. Kelly)
- Souldiggaz (Beyonce, Lady Gaga, Jennifer Hudson)
- Young Fyre (Rick Ross, Lil’ Wayne, T-Pain)
- Claudio Cueni (Dr. Dre, 2Pac, Nas)
What the Pros Say…
Jay Fisher, who made the samples, is getting some great feedback.
American hip-hop producer, audio engineer and mixer Neal Pogue (Outkast, Pink, Nicki Minaj, LL Cool J) says:
“I love what I heard! The 808’s, snares and percussions, these sound so great. Can’t wait to start using them.”
Multi-platinum recording engineer and record producer, Dave Aron (U2, Dr. Dre, The Notorious B.I.G., Snoop Dogg) says:
“I like the wide variety and sonic quality. I really like ’em.”
Producer, mixer and engineer Jean-Marie Horvat (Beyonce, Timbaland, Trey Songz, Justin Timberlake) simply says:
“They sound Amazing.”
Exclusive Discount for Logic Pro Expert readers
If it could even get any better, I’ve also been able to get an exclusive discount on their Premium Packages for Logic Pro Expert readers. Just enter LPE20 for a 20% discount at the realdrumsamples website, should you decide to buy them. You can always try out the free drum samples first by clicking the button below, all that’s required is your name and email address.
Go get ‘m!