A Professional Guide to Audio Plug-ins and Virtual by Mike Collins

By Mike Collins

While you're an audio expert wanting an entire connection with the complicated global of plug-ins and digital tools, glance no additional. Mike Collins, writer of professional instruments for tune construction, has meticulously surveyed the scene, exhibiting what is on hand and the way they combine into many of the host structures. The ebook explains the variations among TDM, RTS, MAS and VST plug-ins, how they are often used with diverse MIDI + Audio courses and indicates the variety of ideas on hand. It additionally explains digital tools and the way those can be utilized as both plug-ins or stand on my own items. A needs to for each recording studio.


The e-book combines reasons, overviews and key strategies with sensible concerns and hands-on examples. The reader will achieve a extensive realizing of the choices to be had, how they paintings and the probabilities for integration with platforms in addition to the outcome. The e-book additionally encompasses a part on how you can write your individual plug-ins and a advised average plug-ins portfolio for these desirous to start quick.

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The pitch is changed while the time is kept constant. This is in contrast to the way audio can be changed in pitch by speeding up or slowing down the speed of a tape recording – in which case the audio lasts a shorter or longer time, depending on the direction of the pitch change. 4 Digidesign DPP-1. The DPP-1 is best used on an auxiliary return track if you want to apply pitch processing to more than one track at a time, as you need a full DSP chip each time you insert a DPP-1 plug-in. You can use DPP-1 as mono in/out, mono in/ stereo out, or stereo in/out, and clicking on any note in the ascending musical staff lets you quickly select a relative pitch transposition value.

The colour of each marker indicates which threshold/replacement sample will be triggered at each of the three dynamic levels. Move the sliders at the left of the display to set the actual level thresholds at which your loaded files will replace the audio in your source region. The display becomes shaded in three different shades of grey – light, medium and dark – that indicate which amplitudes in the original file will trigger which replacement files. The vertical lines that appear in the display are each coloured to correspond to the colour marked on one of the three sliders – to indicate which peaks in the file will trigger which sample.

With these, it makes sense to bounce tracks to disk, complete with the processing, then use the processed tracks from that point on. This way you can remove the processor-intensive plugin from your session, or use it for another track. Pro Tools HD TDM systems The latest Digidesign Pro Tools HD|Process systems use a very different design – so plug-ins designed to work with PT|24 and MIX systems will not work with HD systems! This is less likely to be a problem for you if you are buying a new HD system today, particularly if it is your first Pro Tools system.

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