Ridin’ the dynamic range

Dynamics processing is one of the most important techniques in the audio engineer’s bag of tricks. Compressors, limiters, expanders and gates are examples of these tools and they come in a wide variety of types and functions both as hardware and plugins. Let’s take a look at how these techniques can be useful to your music-making, whether you are a player or a producer.

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MB-7 Mixer: The Box Of Audio Magic

Multiband processing with your favorite VST/AU plugins

Multiband processing opens up a new world of possibilities for creative producers. Traditionally, this has been a technique used by mastering engineers to glue a mix together with purpose-built tools for multiband compression, or to control the stereo width of a complete mix with multiband techniques.

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Delay – From Tape To Late Replies

Delay is perhaps one of the most well-known and often or even over-used effects in music production. Since the early days of rock’n roll recordings in the 50s, tape delay was an important part of the sound: the slapback guitars, the beefed-up vocals. Creative use of tape delay would follow in the 60s with pioneering artists such as Jimi Hendrix and Pink Floyd. About that time, delay also got easier to handle when Philips brought out the Bucket Brigade Device (BBD) chip that could delay a signal electronically, making bulky and fragile tape machines redundant.

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Significant Updates Announced at NAMM / Previews Available

We are happy to announce significant free updates for 6 plug-ins! Blue Cat’s DynamicsProtectorFreqAnalyst MultiStereoScope Multi, Oscilloscope Multi and DP Meter Pro will be demoed on our booth (#16300) at NAMM this week.

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Store Update: USD / EUR / VAT Made Simple

One Single Price for All

With the increase of individuals purchasing on our store and since the USD/EUR rate is now getting close to 1, we have decided to simplify the shopping experience on the bluecataudio store: all prices are now identical in USD and EUR, and wherever you live in the EU (VAT is included in the fixed public price).

Prices Remain Almost the Same

These modifications might induce very small price changes compared to the previous policy, depending on the products and your country of residence, but there is no major impact on pricing, don’t worry!

Of course, if you are a business within the EU (and outside of France), VAT can still be deduced upon purchase.

Enjoy!

A Blue Cat Audio Plug-In On CNBC

Find of the day: Blue Cat’s FreqAnalyst Pro has been spotted on a CNBC commercial!

Blue Cat's FreqAnalyst Pro on CNBC

Of course, it’s not a paid product placement for subliminal advertising 😉 – it looks like it was simply used by a drums manufacturer in the show to analyze the response of their products.

Thanks to RealHomeRecording for the heads up! You can check it out here (around 2:12-2:13).