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Producer Space – Free Sample Packs & More!

Our good friends over at Producer Space have recently launched a community focused free membership site with lots of free exclusive sample packs, articles and more!

For the launch of the site they have a ton of free products for you, but notable mentions definitely go to Euphoric Trance Vocals, Soulful House Vocals, Cybersecurity Words, Dance Vocal Shouts and the Cover Art Scroller Template!

To gain access the the free products, you can sign up for a free membership by clicking here: http://www.producerspace.com/register/

Be sure to also join Producer Space mailing list if you would like to be notified of new releases, (which they aim to release weekly).

http://www.producerspace.com
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Slate Digital AES 2016 Announcements

AES 2016 is now in full swing with 4 big announcements from Slate Digital!

AES Announcement 1 of 4!!!

Introducing FG-Stress, an Official Emulation of the Empirical Labs Distressor! Available soon in the Everything Bundle, now at $14.99

AES Announcement 2 of 4!!

Introducing VERBSUITE CLASSICS REVERB! Eight of the industry’s most classic reverbs all in ONE PLUGIN! Going to beta next week, very close to release!

AES Announcement 3 of 4!!

Introducing Repeater Modeled Delay! TWENTY THREE Incredible sounding delay units in one plugin with a fast and powerful interface! It’s in beta RIGHT NOW folks! Fixing some bugs and then it’s out!

AES Announcement 4 of 4!! The BIGGIE!!

Last year I realized that the world of software sales was changing, but the audio plugin business was not. Audio Pros were spending thousands of dollars to purchase the latest and greatest audio plugins, and often regretting some of those decisions when they realized that the software retained very little value. That’s why we launched the Everything Bundle in 2015, which offered engineers every one of our plugins, top third party plugins, and every new plugin we come out with, for only $24.99 monthly.

Many people feared that we’d raise the price of the bundle as we started to add value, and the concern only increased as we added two thousand dollars worth of new plugins to the Everything Bundle last year alone. I assured people that this was not our intentions, and that when we hit a certain milestone, we’d want to decrease the price.  Well, the milestone has been reached.

Starting today, you can get the Slate Digital EVERYTHING BUNDLE Annual plan billed monthly for only $14.99 or pay up front for $179.88. That’s 40% OFF our previous rates. I know everyone kind of hates the term “no brainer” but with this deal it might actually be quite fitting!

If you were to buy all the analog modeled tape machines, consoles, preamps, compressors, equalizers, guitar amps, dessers, mastering limiters, reverbs, delays, and more, you’d be spending several thousand dollars.

Check out what EVERYTHING users are saying:

Bonus Announcement!

Everything Bundle Monthly Users who want to switch from $24.99 to the $14.99 Annual Billed Monthly plan can find out how to do it by clicking the image below

Notes: The new plan doesn’t have the LX480, but the Verbsuite Classics Plugin has models of the 480, AND, it has SEVEN other amazing reverb models that you will love! It will be in beta next week. Second note, the new plan STARTS after your current billing cycle is over!

WHAT SORT OF HEADPHONES DO I NEED IN THE STUDIO?

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 What headphones should I use for production? The never ending question that we are asked the most. The guys over at Sounds Easy give you a run down of the the different types available, and what’s best in the studio. They have also provided us with another discount code you can use on a pair of headphones!

OPEN BACKED HEADPHONES

Generally, the most expensive headphones are reserved for critical listing, and analysing mixes in the studio. These headphones are nearly always an open-back design, meaning the enclosing earpiece has been in part left open. This is achieved by choice of materials or ventilation inbuilt into the hard exterior enclosure. Open-back headphones will omit a lot of sound because of this, and may even sound like small speakers to anyone nearby!

The two main reasons you would choose an open-back design are:

1) They are significantly less fatiguing on your ears. This is critical if you are going to be spending long hours mixing in one sitting.
2) The cavities in the design create a more natural, spacious and transparent sonic response making them ideal as a professional reference when mixing.

Open-back designs, however are no good for performers when recording in the studio. Given they omit a lot of sound, this will create spill into the microphone. The other consideration when choosing a pair of expensive open-back headphones is their output impedance. Simply put, headphones with a higher output impedance will have a lower overall volume and will struggle when connected to a consumer headphone output, (like an ipod for example) and cheaper audio-interface headphone amps. If you need a headphone with a higher output look for an impedance of 80 ohms but if you have a good quality audio interface or a dedicated headphone out you may want to look for a headphone with an impedance of 250 ohms. This is why you may see one model of headphones with varying impedance’s. There are dedicated headphone amplifiers designed to optimise these headphones, such as the Apogee Groove or the new Rupert Neve headphone amp.

CLOSED BACK HEADPHONES

Closed-back headphones are ideal for recording sessions, as they will minimise the spill  omitted from the headphones and significantly reduce any unwanted sound being captured by the microphone(s) situated in close proximity to the headphones. (like when recording a vocal for example). Not only do these headphones prevent sound being omitted they also keep any unwanted noise getting into the headphones when monitoring. On the down side closed backed headphones can have a tendency to make you feel a bit cut off to the outside world and give you the feeling of working in a vacuum when putting in an all nighter. Closed backed headphones will also have varying impedances – This is especially the case with the Beyer Dynamic DT770 range.

DJ HEADPHONES

DJ Headphones are also closed-back design, and have been optimised for better low frequency response – a characteristic that is typically better in open-back designs. These headphones are often smaller in design and will work at high volumes needed when monitoring in a club. The cups on Dj headphones are mostly smaller – this is just an ergonomic design so that they don’t get in the way when dropping some sick beats, or so DJ’s can tilt their head in concentration when lining up that killer next track. Because DJ’s are often twisting their headphones, DJ headphones are typically more robust when compared to studio headphone designs.

NOISE CANCELLING HEADPHONES

Noise cancelling headphones are designed to enhance the listeners experience, by blocking out noise coming from the outside world. Closed-back headphones do this to some extent, however noise cancelling headphones have incorporated superior technology to achieve this isolation. Noise cancelling headphone technology combines an inbuilt microphone that first samples the outside environment. An out of phase waveform is generated, therefore cancelling out the exterior noise. They work especially well in situations such as flying – where you have a constant exterior sound-source. A lot of people buy noise cancelling headphones with the thought of cutting out water cooler gossip in an office situation – gossip is always an interesting part of the office routine so I don’t know why you would want to cancel that out, but technically speaking because chatter is not a constant sound, noise cancelling headphone will do little to eliminate this – best to use ear plugs in this instance.

EARBUDS

Earbuds are ideal for personal use, and are great for portability too. They are much harder to permanently damage making them great to take on a run, cycle or to the Gym. Many also have head-set features making them much more versatile, and especially useful when used in conjunction with mobile devices. The other type of earbud style headphone are called in-ears. These are much different to conventional ear-buds, in that they have been designed to work as personal monitor systems for live performers. Musicians on stage can choose to have a separate mix sent to their in-ears, such as their own vocals to enhance their onstage performance. Or they may be used as the main send source for a musician or band’s monitor mix. In-ear headphones are used and sold in conjunction with wireless receivers.

Hopefully this article gives you a better understanding of what headphone with best suit your needs.

In conjunction with this blog we are giving you extra discount on our entire headphone range – Just use this coupon at the checkout to save even further on our already discounted prices – Coupon Code HEADBLOG  

Coupon Code Valid till the end of July! 

www.soundseasy.com.au

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