REVIEWED: THE IMAGINE-LINE FL STUDIO 12.4 DIGITAL AUDIO WORKSTATION
Throughout the noughties, budding music-makers worldwide found solace in FL Studio’s unpretentious, easy to use layout and affordability. In fact FL Studio, originally released as a 4-track sequencer called Fruity Loops in 1998, could easily claim part responsibility for the rise of bedroom electronic music producers. Fast forward to now, and FL Studio has well and truly grown up to become an all encompassing professional level DAW, without losing its roots.
iZotope Ozone 7 Elements
Ozone 7 Elements is iZotope’s slimmed down, budget and beginner friendly mastering plug-in solution. The idea of a mastering plug-in with very little in the way of technical control over your sound is fairly odd, but actually makes sense in this day and age where automated online mastering services like Landr have flourished. At least with Ozone Elements you have a degree of control and some human ears actually listening to the mix.
iZotope VocalSynth Plug-In
I’ve always wanted a vintage vocoder, like a Korg VC-10 or something, so I was fairly excited to see how a premium modern plug-in meets expectations. VocalSynth is iZotope’s new vocal processing plug-in featuring four re-synthesis engines, a pitch correction engine and five effects modules, designed to help you create everything from subtle harmonies to wild robotic growls.
iZotope Ozone 7 Advanced
IZotope has been at the forefront of ‘in-the-box’ mastering tools since 2002 with their plug-in suite Ozone, responding to demand from a growing scene of bedroom producers, amateur musicians and budding engineers for a more financially friendly way to experiment with the somewhat mystified process of audio mastering. In 2015, now at version 7, Ozone is no longer just an incredibly popular, excellent sounding and user-friendly mastering suite, but a full range of plug-ins for various applications, as well as a standalone mastering app.
First debuting in 2012, Bitwig Studio has slowly been gaining a cult following on the DAW market, primarily taking aim at electronic musicians as an Ableton Live alternative - in fact, the software was in part designed by ex-Ableton software engineers. Booting up Bitwig Studio, it’s immediately apparent there’s a lot of similarities in the two platforms: there is a browser, clip launcher view (called mix view) and arrangement view with each track’s instruments/effects running along the bottom.
iZotope Ozone 6 Advanced Mastering Software Suite
There has always been limited options for high end mastering software suites. In recent years iZotope has become the new name to be added to that very select list. More recently, iZotope products have become readily available in stores within Australia, making sales and support all that much simpler. I got my hands on a copy of their new mastering suite, Ozone 6 Advanced. This is definitely going to change how I approach my plug-in use and how my mixes ultimately come to a final sound.
AVID PRO TOOLS 11 TIER 3 PLUGINS
I have been a Pro Tools user since the later stages of Version 4, when MIDI production within the software was diffi cult to say the least, even using the software as a music creation tool, as opposed to a multi-track recorder, was tough.