PLUG-IN COLLECTIVE X – Mastering the Mix
Free GROW plug-in + 6-month license to LEVELS
Kicking off the new year for our Plug-in Collective community, from 10 January we’re offering a real boost to your mastering with a free GROW plug-in from Mastering the Mix (worth £17), plus a 6-month license to their trouble-shooting tool LEVELS (retailing as a plug-in at £49). As a registered Focusrite hardware customer, get your hands on these versatile, intuitive plug-ins by checking out your Focusrite account – you’ve got until 7 March 2019 to grab the deal. If you haven’t yet registered go to [link to Register page].
GROW is a dynamic module within the popular ANIMATE plug-in, which enables you to increase the width of selected frequencies using a psychoacoustic precedence effect, spreading frequencies super-wide. Only audio that surpasses the set threshold will be pushed wide, so you don’t have to settle for a static and boring width, or worry about mangling the rest of your mix.
ANIMATE uses a sophisticated algorithm to create an all-pass filter to dramatically reduce harmful phase cancellation resulting from the filtering process, injecting real life into your mixes to get your music jumping out of your speakers.
What we particularly like about GROW is the vibrant and clean interface, how quickly you can get a noticeable result, and just how good the thing sounds!
Achieving wideness without completely clearing out the middle of your mix (which can lead to problems if you’re playing on big rigs – often set in mono) is a bit of a dark art. With GROW we found we could reach the desired levels of width across specific frequency bands (with an amazing level of control) really quickly.
LEVELS is an invaluable trouble-shooting tool, perfecting your mastering by monitoring the elements of your mix and alerting you to any technical problems. Anyone who’s having their music mastered can stumble on metering issues – is my master bus peaking at the right level? Is it over compressed? How clean is the sub and bass? These things can sometimes be really difficult to accurately monitor in non-ideal or DIY studio spaces, so it’s amazing to have this helping hand to complement your monitors and your own ears.
With a refreshingly intuitive interface, and presets for CD, Club, Streaming, YouTube and more, LEVELS helps you quickly diagnose problems and gives practical advice on how to fix them. So you can spend less time wondering why your mix isn’t working, and more time being creative.
We’re really excited to be working with Mastering the Mix on this offer: with production standards across all styles of music reaching new levels (no pun intended) every year, there are some companies doing everything they can to help us as producers get the very most out of our mixes, and Mastering the Mix is one of them.
Plug-in Collective is the community connecting you, Focusrite and the most innovative software brands. Keeping up to date with the constant wave of releases is vital if you want to find the best plug-ins: let Plug-in Collective help you keep ahead of the curve, offering you free software downloads and generous discounts on the latest tools.
Nobody else works with software manufacturers quite like us, giving customers access to new inspirational tools for their next production. All you have to do is register your Focusrite gear, then every couple of months an offer will pop up in your Focusrite account. For full details, visit focusrite.com/plugin-collective