Hardware vs Plugins

There is still a lot of us get confused whether Hardware is better sounding or Software plugins is better. Well, to my experience, both have their own pros and cons. To put it simple, investing for an hardware Compressor, EQ or  Mic-Pre is costly when compared to a plugin. But hardware has its beauty of adding its own color or tone value to our modern digital recording converters.

Analog Recording

Those old school recording studios still use analogue EQ’s, Compressor’s, reverb etc., and they all add great sounding tone to the final mix even though they are mixed finally in the DAW like Avid Protools.

Whereas investing for a Plugins are always cheaper and portable and does not include any physical wiring! They simulate the tone from the original model of the hardware processing unit and adds rich tone to your mix in your DAW. However, still many people feel that you tweak the knobs only using your mouse or controller etc and don’t get the feel of touching the real hardware box.


Final thoughts:

  • Hardware has its own color and tone
  • Software plugins is portable and updates are easier
  • Hardware outboard gear requires wiring
  • Software plugins can be inserted in many channels depending on the DAW capacity
  • Mixing on both hardware and software is way called Hybrid mixing in today’s modern world, you get the best of both side.

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Protools 7 band EQ and Compressor plugin

Hi there,

Well, most of the home studio users or starters on Avid Protools(DAW) have a misunderstanding of the Avid Stock Plugins. In my career as a sound engineer for the past 15 years, I have been using these two best Protools 7-band EQ and the Compressor for years and have used them on various type of tracks etc.

As i say that there are no fixed rules in your mixing, at the end of the day, it how you used them on your tracks for the mix.

7 Band EQ Avid Protools

7 Band EQ Avid Protools

This EQ can do a lot more faster and its notch filter is very powerful and efficient. Mainly its because the way the graph which is displayed is too user friendly from 20Hz to 20 KHz, with an Hi Pass filer and a LP Filter. This is not only an 7-band EQ but also a Phase Flip Button on the top left corner which is very handy, and the most final important point is that it occupies very minimal on your RAM & CPU  usage when you handle large sessions.

Compressor Avid Protools

Compressor Avid Protools

This is my favourite goto plugin compressor in my most sessions. Its fast,  easy to adjust and most is the display of the Gain Reduction Meter which helps us to read things faster. It also has a built-in Side Chain compression feature to use it effectively on your mix session. This also uses very minimal RAM & CPU usage.

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Mixing and Mastering Course

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If you already know how to record your vocals, Acoustic Guitar, Keys, Bass / Electric Guitar, but still feel that you don’t know where to start for MIXING your song, here is the course just designed for many home studio owners/ musicians and audio enthusiast.

I know you would have watched many YouTube videos and blogs to see how to mix drums, vocals etc., but still does not sound tight and punchy like those PRO engineer’s mix. So you just open your Digital Audio Workstation (DAW) and start inserting your plugins etc with some Presets and follow YouTube videos to match the levels but does not work!

At last feel so frustrated and never feel like finishing the song or mix the song for 10 times using Trial and Error method!

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* Mastering your FINAL mix of your song

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Guitar Recording Workshop

Learn to record and mix your guitars the correct way. In this 3 days workshop, you will learn the prepartion and setup of recording your Electric guitar and Acoustic Guitar using different methods to get great results at your home.

In the second phase, you will learn all about the Technical connections and signal flow into your DAW for recording
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Guitar Recording

In the last phase, you will be learning about the Editing and Mixing your guitar tone and shape and add prescence in your mix of your song. This includes EQ’ing technique and compression. All with a LIVE Artiste Demo. This is open to all as the participants are limited.

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Mixing Secrets

How do I mix a song? Where do I start? What is Mixing? The Truth : Its not just tweaking the knobs and using EQ’s, Compressors and effects. Many people think that if they have a DAW, they can easily mix a song so fast! For Example : Tweaking a Vocal track is adding EQ, Compressor and effects. It requires lot of experience and one should know what frequencies is best and what frequencies is not best for the track. To know the Art of MIXING using Any DAW like Protools, Logic, Cubase etc., mail me at babalkp@gmail.com or call 9884145966 

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