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Free Plugins:Antress Vst Effects

Posted by Ms.Tris Beats On January - 12 - 2010

I’m off to an early start this morning. I plan to make a few beats and finish getting things prepared for our new little addition:

We are naming her GiGi. She is a Maltipoo (Maltese & Poodle Mix). I pick her up Thursday and she will need a lot of attention for several days in the beginning. I figure I’ll log in for live help during her many naps next week.

After I get a few new tracks done today, I’ll be mixing a few beats I did ending last year. I’m going to try out some of the Antress Effects. I found the link through twitter, the specs are awesome and I love the look of these babies. Here are a few pictures w/listed features:

Modern Compressor
* Power On/Off button.
* Gate On/Off button.
* Gain Reduction meter include.
* Post-gate control (-96 to -30 dB)
* Gate time control.
* Threshold control (0 to 48 dB).
* Attack time control (1 ms to 50 ms).
* Release time control (60, 125, 250, 500ms, 1, 2, 4sec).
* Ratio switch (1.5:1, 2:1, 4:1, 8:1, 16:1, 32:1 and Tank mode).
* Side-Chain high pass filter control (off to 300 Hz).
* Mix control (0 to 100 %).
* Gain control (0 to 30 dB).

* Modern Equalizer.
* EQ In/Out button.
* Phase flip In/Out button.
* High-pass filter control (off, 60, 120, 180, 240, 300, 360 Hz).
* Low-freq control (60, 80, 100, 150, 200 Hz).
* Low gain control (-18 to +18 dB).
* Low Peak/Shelf modes button.
* Med-freq control (500, 1200, 1800, 2400, 3200 Hz).
* Med gain control (-18 to +18 dB).
* Med bandwidth control.
* High-freq control (3000, 6000, 9000, 12000, 16000 Hz).
* High gain control (-18 to +18 dB).
* High Peak/Shelf modes button.
* Mix-Ratio control.
* Output control (-18 to +18 dB).

* Modern Spacer.
* Power On/Off button.
* Stereo level meters include.
* Pre-Delay control (off to 2 secs).
* Time control (off to 10 secs).
* Room Depth control (15 to 3000 m).
* Room Width control (20 to 300 m).
* Mix control.
* LS, MF, HF, HS controls for Reverb EQ.
* Output control (-18 to +18 dB).

There are many to download on the site. The great thing is, they come in one convenient FREE zip file. When you use yours, let me know how you like them. I’ll do the same.
Visit the Antress main website to download: Enjoy!~

Happy Beat Making To All
Pz Til Later!~

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Mixing: Eq Tips and Tutorials

Posted by Ms.Tris On July - 13 - 2009

Good morning all! Ready to roll …Hope all has been well with you and the beats are flowing.


Mixing is one of the most important parts of music production. You could have the hottest beat on the planet, if the mix is not great, then the beat will sound crappy.

So many questions come to mind about mixing. Where do you start, how do you know what effects to add etc. There are no set rules to mixing, but there are tips that will help you tremendously through out the process.

I was one who always allowed the engineer to mix. A professional engineer who has studied the area of sound frequencies and mixing, has a trained ear. He or she may notice things in music that the producer or beat maker may not.

A professional engineer will know the frequency range of a kick drum, snare, instruments, and vocals. I’m learning that this is essential to achieve a great mix.

This also reminds me that EQ may be one of the most important plugins to learn. Now that I have advanced into engineering..yaay! I am doing a lot of study on eq and various plugins. We will eventually cover my favorites, but I think this is the best place to start when beginning to mix.

Today I’ll post few videos I found that cover frequency and Eq..

I did a post all about sound frequency here A Look At Sound Frequency. I suggest taking a quick look for review, then watch the videos. Repetition is a great way to commit music techniques to memory. on to the vids…

Home Recording – EQ Tips – HypnoticAudioSecrets by khaliqovision

I love this one! Really explains parametric eq..
EQ – EQ’ing Tutorial byPrimeLoops

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Switched To Roland Edirol M-16DX

Posted by Ms.Tris On June - 3 - 2009

I’m good to go! I will probably be getting a new hard drive soon, so I haven’t done a repair on the windows sndvol32. Thanks Rooky for your advise! I did a little research and repairing windows looked like the best way to fix my problem.

I have a lot of files to back up etc. before doing any windows adjustments. Yesterday I fiddled around to find other solutions until then.


After hours of tech maintenance I remembered my edirol mixer can serve as a soundcard…. YAY to that!

Seems my sound problem may lead me to better sound quality over all. This will take some getting used to. I will have to make adjustments to my monitors and daw settings so I can find the “sweet spot” in my mixes. I also have to configure all my software to work with the mixer.

So far so good and I can wrap up the last tutorial this morn…
I could have finished the tutorial in 2 parts but I ran into that problem. The next part is short, only two final steps….be back in about an hr with those..

Here’s a video of the mixer I am using now… wish me luck, I am excited to get to really working with it..
EDIROL Digital Audio Mixers In Depth

Happy Beat Making To All
Pz Til Later

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Mixer Bus Send Inserts???

Posted by Ms.Tris On January - 22 - 2009

What’s up to all!~ Well I finally got the energy to do my pc cleaning… I opened up the panels and dusted parts and fans. I am pretty sure I’ll do a repair of windows soon or install a new hard drive…Just thought I’d mention that so you can remember to keep your power supply cool and fans flowing freely..

Yesterday I had a lonnnggg session at Streetlegal Studios. Mark Carey is engineering a project that was recorded partially in my lab. I always learn from watching him mix. He tried to explain how I can use “busses” in Reaper. WHOA…I have avoided this for a while now….I really know nothing about this. Mark opened my eyes on how this can help with cpu issues and save time when mixing.

While I continue to clean the studio, this is a good time to watch some videos about using audio buss inserts… If anyone wants to add to this, hit me through the contact page. I am open for guest post or link exchange…… now let’s get to some tech stuff 🙂

The videos I found are for protools, but I am sure we can get the basic concept of bus/sends.

Expert Village Add Aux Bus In Protools

EditorsKeys Aux Track In Protools

This one is great!~
Mic1One Auxiallary Tracks and Bussing
Mic1one on youtube

Happy Beat Making to All
Pz Til Later

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Mixing 2: Monitoring Your Music

Posted by Ms.Tris Beats On September - 25 - 2008

Wouldn’t it be nice if we could all have a studio full of Genelec Monitors like this :

Town House Studios- London Featuring Genelec Monitoring system. Picture courteous

Well since I don’t, I have to make the best use of what I have. When I began producing I started with 49.00 $ pc speakers from staples. I would make beats that sound great in my lab, but in the car? I could hear all types of muffled kicks, and instruments that were too loud. On my path to a perfect mix, I learned that I need to “hear” differences in the frequencies of the sounds I use. I also realized my low budget Pc monitors just wouldn’t give an accurate response to certain frequency ranges.

After visiting several forums, I began to gather more knowledge about monitoring sound. I had no idea years ago how important studio monitors and headphones were. I finally invested in some Sony Mdr 7506 headphones, and I noticed a difference right away. The mix got a little better, but there were things that still needed fixing. I still use the Sony headphones but not for the main mix.

I am sure you have heard producers and engineers say “Don’t mix entirely through headphones”. I must agree with them. I had to learn the hard way, I continued to mix with my Mdrs, and I continued to wonder why does my kick sound crappy. One reason is, many companies make headphones for “enhanced” listening which usually results in a false representation of mid range/highs and lows. That means my kicks (low), and Snares/percs etc.(mid range/highs), were all sounding good but not accurate.
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I’m Ready To Mix: The Introduction

Posted by Ms.Tris On September - 12 - 2008

Happy Friday to you. I’ll be on for live help a little later, I have a producer coming through for a 4 hour production session…so hit me up between 11:30 and 3:30 est. The next time I’ll be available is Tues. 9-16-08

This time last year I bought this mixer for my hardware. It’s a nice mixer but too pricey in my opinion, and I don’t like the way the Mpc kicks sound from it. I was going to sell it until engineer Mark Carey told me to dive into to the manual first. I did, and I’m getting better results because I took time to read and learn.

Here I am at one of the most important parts of music production,” The Mix”….sends chills just thinking about it huh :-). Ask any few engineers and they will all give different ways to go about mixing a song. Google it and you could spend months reading articles from the results. There are no set techniques. As we mentioned with music theory, there are some basic principles that apply to almost every genre of music when mixing. Once you begin learning the basics, and practice, it get’s easier.

I’m growing more fond of engineering, well at least the mixing aspect. I’ve been getting help from great engineers in my area, and will interview them starting next month. There is a lot to cover on the subject. I will post as I find different things, as I mix, and as engineers give me advise. This is the introduction to “Ms.Tris Mixing 101”. We’ll get to our awesome mixes together, remember I am learning with you….
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