Technology for The Artist
One of the industry's most innovative and iconic companies for audio engineering tools.
Empirical Labs is known for offering some of the most amazing hardware on the planet. Creative genius Dave Derr has offered some of the most innovate music tools to the audio engineering world. Our personal favorite would have to be the Distressor, the swiss army knife of analogue compression and tonal shaping.
In the summer of 2016 Empirical Labs launched it's first modeling of its iconic tone in the software realm. The mixing plugin is called the Arousor and it does exactly that. This mixing plugin offers analogue warmth, smooth saturation, and a host of amazing sounding digital options sound stunning like hardware. It goes to show that anything with the Empirical Labs name on it is nothing less than quality,
Our education facility is outfitted with a entire rack of Empirical Labs gear. We run Distressors, the Fatso, Lil' Freq EQs, and of course the Arousor on every students sessions. There is just something amazing and special about these products that do something no other gear does. Do yourself a huge favor and check them out! You will thank yourself massively for doing so!
Creativity That Inspires
MeldaProduction offers some of the most creative tools on the market that will banish your case of "creative block."
There is nothing clean about these plugins, and thank God! You could spend a week just playing with one plugins parameters let alone trying to tackle an entire bundle. These epic tools are packed with features, knobs, and very awesome presets for any application (such a rare find)!
The GUI interface of all the plugs are very special. They are big, packed with options, and will inspire you to be more creative than you have ever been. These tools will change the way you compose, mix, and master. There are too many favorites for us to list, but we will say the real fun comes in automating these puppies!
The tweakability of all the MeldaProduction products are insane (in the best ways imaginable). The MeldaProduction line has a character and a vibe to them that is unreal, and sonically delightful. These products will take you a bit to learn, but once you do... you will rarely stray away from them.
If you do not own any of the MeldaProduction plugins yet, go download some now! Seriously! Several are free of charge and to be quite honest could easily cost a pretty penny as they are straight up quality. This, in our opinion, says a lot about the company. Anyone who makes quality free plugins is a company you want to invest in! If free kicks ass... imagine what you get for a little cash! You can tell they care about the artists... and for this alone, we are proud to be working with them.
The Secret Weapon
Waves Audio is not the only company making waves in the music production world.
Wave Arts is a secret weapon for many producers who are going OTB back ITB. These plugins offer clarity and punch in ways that will make you never lean towards the off button.
The Wave Arts products thrive on the mix bus and for post production work. If you are looking for a very transparent and powerful peak limiter the Final Plug is for you. For us, though we love all the products, we can not seem to stop using the Multiband compressor. Every one of our advanced mixing classes features this poweful tool.
Its rare to find a company that offers mixing tool, mastering tools, dialog tools, and post productions tools all under the same roof. If you want to know a little trade secret, its Wave Arts.
Vintage Sounds for a Digital Market
One of the industry's most innovative and iconic companies for audio engineering tools.
BAE are manufactures of high end microphone preamp/equalizers faithful to vintage designs of the seventies and before. With a penchant for high quality transformers like Carnhill (St lves) and Jensen, everything is as close to the vintage philosophy as possible. Not only that but we insist everything is hand-wired/soldered using discreet electronics and not economized on a circuit board.
As lovers of vintage Neve products we can tell you that BAE offers the most vintage sound recreations on the market. In a blind test I believe we would be hard pressed to tell a difference. We are talking super rich, warm, round, big low ends, with the most soothing and music mids and highs that will make you hard-pressed to want to spend the high cost for anything with a vintage sticker on it.
BAE products are not cheap, and we are very happy about this. You truly pay for what you get when it comes to audio engineering gear, and we are beyond pumped to be partnered with the one most influential companies on todays music market. We teach both 19in and 500 series units in a variety of our mixing courses and let's just say, we could not be more grateful to hear some vintages tones on modern tunes!
Most Arguably The Most Famous Name In Audio Engineering
API has a history rooted in the 1960s — the decade when the search for preserving audio quality was at its most frantic. The now-legendary recordings that were made during the '60s and '70s live on today as historic landmarks for the music industry. I am proud to say that API was an integral part of that past and is proud to carry on that tradition.
Today API is both pleased and gratified to continue to play a major role in the recording and production of music. As we enter our fifth decade of manufacturing the best audio gear we can, API stands ready to deliver that same warm analog "magic" that we have been known for since the 1960s.
We are beyond stoked to be working with API as we offer Pre Amps, EQ, and Compressors in all of our physical courses at The Music and Recording Arts Academy. We don't need to say much about these products, you know what they are and how they sound! Even if you only have the plugins!
A True Bundle Of Joy
A Cornucopia of Tools That You Will Fall In Love WIth
Nomad Factory is slowly becoming a name in the mixing world that people are starting to talk about often. Are you coming to the party late?
Nomad Factory competes on a high level with some of the best tools on the market. As long time NI uses here we can say these these products give us the sonic palette that most want Komplete for. If you know anything about NI Komplete, you will now know just how great these products are!
The bundle is packed with everything from tube gear to Pultec clones. There is really something for everyone. Not to mention, the whole BBE line is available here too. This is big for people like us who have a few sonic maximizers in our racks but are too lazy to turn them on! Overall, very impressive tools, very well designed, great GUI interfaces, and most of all - TONE!
Vocal Processing and Editing Tools Of The Highest Caliber
Stacking vocals is a time honored process in studio recording. Dealing with a ton of vocal layers in the mix is always a process and takes significant longer to edit than it does to record audio.
Up until the last few years vocal editing and stacking has been a nightmare. The software on the market has been good, but nothing by our perception has been great. That all changed when we started using Revoice 3 from Synchro Arts.
In previous studios a few of our instructors had worked with this companies software called Vocalign. Though it did a great job for syncing vocals there was some jitter and things did not sound as pristine as we were looking for. With Revoice 3, Synchro Arts has taken what was a well designed and very functional plugin and turned it into a standard application that has some serious power!
If you are doing a lot of recording, or you are layering a lot of parts and need these layers to synch up well and in time in the mix, you should seriously consider the Revoice 3 software. It literally covers all vocal needs and them some!
JOEY STURGIS TONES
No Brainer Creative Tools
Joey Sturgis is an engineer who made his mark on modern metal and metal core music years ago. These days, while balencing a busy studio schedule, education courses, and more Joey has found time to design amazingly simple and amazing sounding creative tools which are offered at bargain prices
These plugins may have been designed for rockers out there, but we can tell you all that these tools can be applied to any genre and will offer a plethora of advantages to the creative process.
The JST line thrives on production and sound design. While these plugins can and should be used in the mix, there is something special about many of these products when added to digital synths, samples, and more. The JST products could easily be more complex or cost more but that is not the approach of Joey.
Joey wants people making music, not thinking about making music! It is for this reason that these plugins are insanely affordable and very easy to use. These plugins will do wonders for beginners and advanced engineers. While demos are not available, it is not a big deal because you can just skip Starbucks for a week and buy a few plugins instead! The creator in you will be thankful!
Recording History in the Living Present
High quality in a custom setting has always been the hallmark of Sunset Sound. In business for over 50 thriving years 50th Anniversary the five-room facility has stayed the course it set originally: serving the needs of musical artists using customized consoles, discrete component equipment, and vintage microphones.
That philosophy has proven itself over the decades and also appeals to a large group of very contemporary artists including such luminaries as The Black Keys, Jason Mraz, Sheryl Crow, Beck, Daughtry, Paramore, M83, Rascal Flatts, The Dixie Chicks, Ryan Adams, Morrissey, Maroon 5, Avenged Sevenfold, Slipknot, Kellie Clarkson, and many, many more.
Sunset Sound has a repuation that is second to none. Thanks to Sunset Sound the Music and Recording Arts Academy offers Alan Smart Compression products for mixing and mastering which are integrated into all upper level audio engineering courses. Though we have a real SSL Bus Comp, these Alan Smart models offer a modern punch and vibe that is downright addicting!
Mastering Caliber Plugins
Plugin-Alliance is one of the top software manufacturing and desinging cmpanies in the game. If this company is new to you, you have been missing out on alot! It is time for you to join us in 2016 and seriously look into several of the vintage plugin emulations and innovative modern creations.
Plugin-Alliance offers outstanding emulations of Brainworx Mid/Side Mastering EQs, Millennia clean tube EQs, Vertigo SSL-style bus compressors, Vintage Neve Channel Strips, and so much more. No matter what genre you are in, there is an authentic and CPU friendly tone waiting for you!
In our facility we have hardware units by Maag, Elysia, SPL, and Dangerous Audio. We are literally blown away by the sonic beauty, harmonic richness, and tone that these plugins capture. It is no wonder why some of these gems are also available on the UAD platform! Stop reading this, and go demo some products! With 14 days as a trial you can see for yourself just how amazing the tools sound.
The Most Iconic VST Synth in Music Production
Sylenth1 is a virtual analog VSTi synthesizer that takes the definitions of quality and performance to a higher level. Until now only very few software synthesizers have been able to stand up to the sound quality standards of hardware synths. Sylenth1 is one that does.
Sylenth1 is not just another synth. It was built from a producer's point of view. It was built to produce superior quality sound and music. It was built to perform. A lot of research has been invested in order to achieve unheard warmth and clarity. The graphical interface ensures the highest level of usability so you can fully unleash your creativity.
Our educators all have personal licenses to this synth and have been using it for years. With the 2016 update to 64bit it is hands down the best tool on the market for sound design and music production. If you are an EDM and Pop lover or maker there is a good change over 70 percent of the music you listen to is made with Slyenth1!
Cutting Edge Audio Technology
The goal at Sound Radix is to develop innovative software tools to help producers and audio engineers achieve the best sound possible. They prefer smart algorithms, while incorporating easy-to-use and immediate interfaces. Chances are you won't see them making any hardware emulations but rather cutting-edge tools, designed to help you get the best job done fast while having fun.
The Radical 2 Bundle is what we teach and we could not be happier with how simple yet complex these tools are. For phase alignment issues these are without a doubt the best on the market. In terms of dynamic EQ look no further than the musically creative Surfer EQ2.
For students and musicians who are doing their own recordings, and a fan of using multiple mics, these phase align tools can turn the poorest mic placement into something that sounds like it took days to setup. If you are in the box and working on EDM the Drum Lever can be a Godsend for loops and samples. No matter what your genre, these tools will help. We can honestly say these are some of the most innovative and forward thinking plugin on the market. We are pumped to be part of the revolution!
PLUG and MIX
Stomp Boxes That Will Change The Way You Mix
We have all seen stock box looking plugin models, but you have never heard anything of that box shape format like Plug and Mix have to offer.
We are just scratching the surface of these products as their VIP Bundle has just a shade under 50 plug in it! But what a 50! Everything from vintage guitar amp tones to Moog style filters. There really is a box or two for everyone!
These tools really go a long way with you needing to push the rotary knobs very far. At our academy we have a few hardware pieces of some of these emulations and we have to admit the plugins in some cases sound better. Granted our gear is old and needs service, but that is the best benefit of modern and vintage sounding plugs, they never break!
Plug and Mix is doing something very cool and you guys should know about it. These plugs will not break the bank and they will impact your mixes. These wont go far in the mastering phase, but if you load you mix up with them mastering should not need to much.
GREAT RIVER ELECTRONICS
Handcrafted Audio Engineering Tools That Will Blow You Away
Great River Electronics Inc. designs, manufactures, and markets superior quality professional audio products that are built to perform and capture your sound with integrity, character, and accuracy. The company has an experience base in excess of twenty years in analog and digital domains of audio processing.
For years we have worked in studios that are stocked with Great River products. The tone that these creations offer paired with the flexibility is something that we as educators would prefer to live with vs live without. No longer do we need to travel to high end studios to hear the tone Great River offers because they are an official partner of the Music and Recording Arts Academy.
From tracking, to mixing, to mastering these tools offer a sonic signature that no other company in existence offers. Anyone who has ever heard these products can agree, Great River simply offer a tone that is truly unique and special!
For students looking to go ITB investing in the 500 series format is the way to go. It affordable, customizable, portable, and best of all offers the same tonal quality and design as the larger 19 in units. If you ask yourself a question it would simply be, "What is not to love about the 500 platform. If you are thinking our going this way, look into Great River and snag yourself one of the most musical EQs on the market to pair with a versatile compressor that can do it all!
ELECTRONIC MUSICIAN MAGAZINE
Something For Every EDM Artist and Producer
There is still something special about a hard copy of a magazine that isn't on a screen.
Electronic Musician Magazine is one of the most well regarded publications in the industry and for damn good reason. It is simply packed with awesome stuff!
People these days do not take enough time to learn. This is one of those magazines that will teach you a lot about your craft, not to mention showoff some cool gear too!
When students walk into our academy we want them to read things that will fill them with inspiration and knowledge they can take home with them. We are proud to have a table with great literature for people thanks for everyone at Electronic Musician Magazine.
SOLID STATE LOGIC
The Zenith of Mixing
SSL - The three coolest letters of the alphabet put together!
SSL is just flat out special to us all. Reading the name itself just makes you feel all warm and gooey inside.
SSL has left arguably the biggest mark on music history from its legendary sounds to iconic design. SSL consoles are what records sound like people often say. It is for this reason we are damn proud to offer software and hardware SSL training at our academy.
Our academy is outfitted with SSL Pre Amps, SSL EQ, SSL Bus Compression, SSL Analog Summing, and thanks for the good people at SSL the entire SSL Duende software bundle. We are blown away with how amazing these plugins sound in direct comparison to our hardware. For anyone looking to have that "record" sound, you need to check out these plugins. SSL offers everyone a 30 day trail period vs. the more common 14 days most companies offer. If you don't fall in love with several if not all of the Duende plugins in 30 days, well... you might want to get your hearing checked!
Mastering Tools Made By Mastering Engineers
Lose The Loudnes War and Make Great Music!
Meter Plugs is changing the way we teach and work every day. These tools are the literal definition of "priceless."
We have the blessing to teach both Perception and Dynameter. Rather than trying to explain what these plugins do, allow us to quote the Meter Plugs website which articulates these plugins in epic fashion. "Dynameter displays a measurement called PSR - the difference between the peak level and the loudness. Higher PSR readings are typically found with more dynamic recordings, whereas heavily limited or clipped material usually shows lower PSR values. Dynameter measures the PSR in real-time, and also displays a colour-coded history graph, giving you an intuitive snapshot view of the dynamic profile of your music."
"Perception allows you to hear through “loudness deception” and make truly impartial, accurate decisions about the best possible sound for your music - quickly and easily. You can instantly bypass entire FX chains to make A/B comparisons of EQ settings, compression and more. Even better, Perception will level-match and sync your sources so that "loudness deception" and plugin delay do not influence your decisions." We can not speak enough about the products. A mastering engineer without Meter Plugs is simply one who is lacking some of the most innovative tools on the market.
Drum Triggering Software For Producers
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Drumagog is a software plug-in which replaces acoustic drum tracks with your choice of other samples. But Drumagog also offers the “secret weapons” top mix engineers use to give hit records polish and power. It is this exclusive combination of replacement and enhancement tools that has made Drumagog the industry standard for more than a decade.
Having a trigger based software platform is a must for modern music producers. With many people composing with sample packs and others recording live drums in very abstract locations without proper acoustic treatment it helps to be able to enhance any type of drums with great triggering! There are a few of these tools on the market, but we feel, this one is the best! You seriously need to check it out!
Kick Ass Ableton and Thrid Party VST Sound Design Tools
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Vital Audio creates innovative tools and fresh sounds that will help music producers make better music faster. Vital Audio may be new the the industry but designer Ronni Zag has a clear vision that will help recording artists and music producers with multiple aspects of the creative process.
As an artist and producer themselves, Vital Audio's goal is to create sounds/tools that any music producer can get massive use out of. Don't take our word for it through, checkout the site, and see the the wildly cool Ableton Live Multiband Splitter in action or hear sound files of the high res sound packs for EDM. Overall, if you are in the market for some quality stuff to enhance you art, you need to check this site out.
Change The Way You Make Music
Xfer Records is no secret and is slowly becoming a power house in the industry of music production!
As if Steve Duda was not a legend already he has created some products that are changing the way people make music.
From the LFO Tool to the power soft synth Serum, there is something for every style of music in the EDM world. The coolest part about these tools are they are reaching the Pop community and other genres. That shows the power and application Xfer brings to the table.
Students can not enough of the synths and power behind the products. There is very little we can say that you have not read, heard, and watched online. The best thing you can do is just give in a cut them a check!
Affordable Amp Modeling Software
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Kuassa is a software development company specializing in digital guitar amplification and audio processing. As musician themselves, they believe that music tools should be as straightforward as possible, putting aside all obstruction that can slowing-down the inspiration will be an essential goal for any kind of musicians and engineers alike, from bedroom studios to major studios in Hollywood.
We are proud to be aligned with Kuassa. Any recording artist and/or music producer would greatly benefit from having these sonic gems available in any DAW format.
The Guitar Magazine We Grew Up On
Our Favorite Choice For Everything Guitar
Playing instruments in our generation is somewhat of a dying art. For those of us who still do, we love quality magazines on the industry.
We have been reading this magazine since we were kids. Back 20 years ago being in a rock band was the dream. These days kids are looking to headline EDC behind some Pioneer CDJ's.
All is not lost, as playing guitar will forever be rock and roll! Having a publication like Guitar World keeps everyone at our academy grounded to our roots despite the amount we teach software all day, lol.