Gearnews’ Top 5 YouTube music production channels

best youtube music production channelsAs the world’s foremost video platform, YouTube is an endless source of production-related content. If you know where to look, that is! Cats, trolls, celebrities making fools out of themselves… yes, there’s too much noise in the crowded platform these days. That’s why we’d like to help out by introducing 5 of our favorite music production gurus on YouTube. Hit ‘Subscribe’ on each without hesitation, for these guys have it all, and they are giving it away largely for free!


Josh is a rocker and a consummate expert on everything Logic Pro X. His channel offers a threasure throve of education on home recording, production, and music/audio technology. Of particular note are the deep and up-to-date guides to Apple’s DAW. They are of the same professional quality, perhaps even more extensive than some of the paid-for courses I’ve taken. Love this dude!


Recording engineer and producer Glenn Fricker is known for his brutally honest perspectives on everything and anything used to record heavy music. They are peppered with a sizable serving of humor, which makes his videos all the more entertaining. It helps that the material is easy to digest and to the point, too. The videos feature plenty of band performances and in-field audio demos alongside great tutorials on recording guitars and drums. All in all, Glenn doesn’t miss a beat!

Ken ‘Hiwatt’ Marshall

I have a soft spot for Ken because he is the producer and live sound man for two of my most beloved acts – Skinny Puppy and Front Line Assembly. On his channel, he’s practically giving away the entire industrial production shop along with very helpful advice on composition, remixing, studio building, and production in general. His attitude is super friendly and you can see his eyes glowing with restless passion about his craft. Absolutely amazing content for fans and producers alike!


Of all the ridiculously good synth guys on YouTube (such as our own Robin), I think Mark Doty takes the cake and eats it. The man is a synthesizer savant who’s able to break down any synth’s performance features to the tiniest details and do so in an engaging, musical way. He is immediately on point with the latest synth releases and you can learn tons and tons about them just from watching. His uploads are super regular, the man hardly takes a break. An absolute favorite and a go-to channel for synth perspectives.

Andrew Huang

Partially deaf yet completely brilliant, Andrew has built a musical following of over 2 million subscribers, catapulting him into YouTube stardom. At the same time, he’s not some glossed over guy with bland, promotion-ridden content. Quite the opposite, Andrew is all about experimental music. He’s able to churn out a tune out of pretty much anything, from household objects and shaving supplies to radiators and sounds from outer space. His channel is just great for anyone who loves music for what it is and isn’t pinned to particular genres.

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iZotope Nectar 3 Plus brings Vocal Unmasking and quicker pitch correction

iZotope Nectar 3 PlusNectar 3 is a powerful vocal processing package and my go-to treatment for cleaning up voice recordings. That is, unless I’m feeling analog and want to chain up any of the virtual mix rack / gear emulation plug-ins I own. But as an all-out digital channel strip, Nectar 3 is superb. That’s why I’m glad to see it updated with new features and improvements in the form of Nectar 3 Plus.

iZotope Nectar 3 Plus

First off, iZotope has introduced Unmasking to Nectar’s automated Vocal Assistant. Unmask works pretty much the same as in Neutron 3. It uses iZotope’s inter plug-in communication protocol to analyze the rest of your tracks (which have Relay or other iZotope production plug-ins on them). Then, it applies dynamic and frequency processing to bring your vocals up and clear in the mix. Turn on the Dynamic setting, and this happens only while vocal tracks are playing. This is a typically clever iZotope feature that can potentially save hours of drawing automation curves. The unmasking process is visualized in the EQ window and the amount of processing applied can be adjusted from a single Amount slider. The slider is available per-track for targeted processing. Good stuff!

Nectar 3 Plus - Vocal Unmasking

Nectar 3 Plus’ vocal unmasking in action.

Additionally, the Pitch module has been improved with the addition of a Learn button. The engine automatically detects your vocal register and offers three related keys to set up your pitch correction. Of course, you can still set the key manually and transpose your audio in steps. I think the Pitch module is very useful and quick to operate, now even more so with the Learn button. I’ve grown into the habit of creating all-out pitch corrected duplicates of my vocals and burying them in the mix for added subtle thickness and pitch correction. It’s not the same as properly doubling and correcting vocals, but I find it a useful technique.

iZotope presumably wants to keep the pitch correction simple to use. Which is why it’s bundling Nectar 3 Plus with a copy of Melodyne 5 Essential for precise pitch-shifting. It’s a nice entry into the world of Melodyne that’s perfectly capable of fixing wrong notes. It’s also a good bit of added value. There’s also the RX 8 Breath Control module, borrowed from the developer’s flagship audio restoration suite. If your vocal’s too breathy for radio, maybe you can take care of that with RX 8 Breath Control.

Otherwise, Nectar 3 Plus contains all the modules found in Nectar 3 Standard – EQ, Pitch, Dimension (modulation effects), Harmony, Compressor, Reverb, and De-esser. Also included is a free MGMT Artist Preset pack to go alongside the hundred or so factory presets. I’m particularly fond of how iZotope design their presets – great starting points and general-purpose treating with just a click of the mouse! Of course, it really pays off to know your production techniques so that you’re able to tailor the presets for your specific production instead of using them as a crutch. So don’t go all automation-happy if you’re somewhat new to producing. Learn the trade, it can only help.

Price and availability

While not a free update, the upgrade price for owners of Nectar 3 Elements and Standard is fair. The upgrade from Standard is EUR 50, the upgrade from Elements is EUR 99. The regular price for Nectar 3 Plus is EUR 199, and at this point you might look into all the sales and bundles offered by the developer and its distributors, such as Thomann (affiliate link). If you are confused by the buying options, simply get in touch with iZotope’s customer support and they will help you out, they are consistently awesome. That, or your distributor’s sales agents.

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You Can Use That Plugin Alliance $20 Voucher AGAIN (Ends Today)

Plugin Alliance Mega Sale

Plugin Alliance is letting everyone use the $20 coupon code the second time. The ongoing Mega Sale at Plugin Alliance ends today. Five days ago, we posted about the Plugin Alliance Mega Sale and the coupon code that could be used for an additional $20 discount without a minimum spend. With the $20 voucher, you […]

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Best free plug-ins this week: Multiply, Graillon Free and UpStereo

Best free plug-ins this weekThis weeks collection of the best free plug-ins brings you three classics. We’ve got a chorus with a couple of neat extra features, a pitch shifting and correction plug-in and a stereo enhancer. Check out Multiply, Graillon Free and UpStereo!

Looking for more free plug-ins? Our archive is the place to go!

Acon Digital Multiply

Acon Digital MultiplyThis great free chorus effect has been out for a while, but has recently been upgraded to support VST3 and macOS Catalina. Acon Digital Multiply lets you add up to six additional voices to the original signal, which are processed using a phase randomizing filter to avoid comb filter effects. The pitch and loudness can be modulated. Multiply also offers an integrated equalizer and stereo width control, and there’s even a pre-delay for diffuse echo effects.

Multiply is available for Windows 7 or higher and macOS 10.8 or higher in VST, VST3, AU and AAX formats.

Get Multiply here

Auburn Sounds Graillon 2 (free edition)

Auburn Sounds Graillon 2Graillon by Auburn Sounds is a pitch correction, pitch shifting and vocal transformation plug-in. Like many of the developer’s plug-ins, it’s available in paid and free versions. The free version offers a pitch shifter for transposing voices up or down and a pitch correction module for that popular robotic sound. By investing USD 29 in the full version, you get additional features like pitch-tracking modulation for all sorts of unique vocal effects and transformations.

Graillon 2 is available for Windows, macOS and Linux in VST, AAX, AU and LV2 formats.

Get Graillon 2 here

QuikQuak Audio UpStereo

QuikQuak Audio UpStereoUpStereo by QuikQuak Audio is a free stereo enhancer with additional capabilities. The latest version supports multiple plug-in formats in 64 bits and offers several improvements over previous versions. You can adjust the stereo width from mono to normal to wide. UpStereo now also offers four loudness wave shapers, which saturate the mix to give it more perceived loudness, and simple Air and Bass boosters for giving those frequencies a subtle boost.

UpStereo runs on macOS 10.8 or higher and Windows 7 or higher in VST, VST3, AU and AAX formats (64 bit).

Get UpStereo here


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Best Sample Packs This Week: Rush drums, ambient guitars, a Motown Wurlitzer

The Best New Sample Packages This WeekThe best sample packs this week include a robust set of drum samples for Sample Tank recorded by legendary RUSH drummer Neil Peart, ambient guitar swells, a sample set for creating progressive house tracks, a 100 person choir, and a Motown Wurlitzer straight out of Hitsville, USA.

IK Multimedia Neil Peart Drums

As the heart and soul of progressive pioneers Rush, Neil Peart is widely regarded as one of the best drummers to ever play the instrument. This set for Sample Tank includes 2,000 samples, 800 grooves, and 17 full songs across 2GB of total content. Everything was captured by Rush producer Nick Rasculinecz on the very same kit that was used on the band’s Snakes and Arrows album and tour. Each drum has eight velocities, and each individual kit piece can be broken out and processed without affecting other elements of the kit. While the songs come at pre-determined tempos, Sample Tank’s STRETCH engine makes it seamless to morph them to your own needs without affecting tone or pitch. Put one of the best drummers of all time into your stack for just $79.

In Session Audio Guitar Swell

Add post-rock shimmer with this unique sample pack containing sustained, effected, and guitar swell sounds. You can play chords as well as single notes, or autogenerate your own lines and phrases within the plug-in. There is a fine level of detail over dynamics of the guitar. You can select which pickup you want to use, and even bend notes. Within the interface is control over volume and the pan of each side of the stereo field, as well as the curve and ADSR of the envelope, vibrato, and how the sounds transition.

Effected sounds were created with a number of professional pedals including the Strymon Big Sky, Ventris Dual Reverb, Electro-Harmonix POG ,the classic Digitech Space Station – even synthesizers! Some of the 10 guitars used to create the samples include a Strat, Les Paul, PRS, and Jazzmaster – among others. There are even a number of other instruments included to augment your sounds like cello, vibraphone, synths, other guitars, and more.

It runs only on Kontakt and Kontakt Player. Guitar isn’t an easy instrument to sample, but In Session Audio did a great job at recreating the nuances. It’s being offered for the introductory price of $97.99 right now, but retails for $139.99.

Ghosthack Electro Bass House

Designed for progressive house, this new set from masters of their craft Ghosthack adds an insane 667 new sounds to your library. This includes vocal and synth shots, drum and bass shots, one-hits, and FX. 175 loops create atmosphere and break the beat down or build it back up. The drum loops come in stems, and there are 70 MIDI files so you can shift things around however you’d like. Rounding things out are 20 Serum presets. Everything is royalty-free across over 800MB of material. It’s available for the intro price of $29, retailing for $58.

Performance Samples Oceania II

Add an angelic, 100-singer (male and female) choir with this Kontakt instrument. Built upon its predecessor, this iteration offers more ways to control the vocals, 12 total syllables, double the ensemble size, and two different vocal releases with two variations each. Each vocalist was recorded separately in a pristine hall with two different micing positions – close and decca tree. Everything comes in just over 3.5GB in 24-bit, 48kHz, but will only run on Kontakt 5.8.1 and higher. Currently, it’s available at the intro price of $149, $99 if you own the previous version. Full price after October 9 is $219.

Past to Future Reverbs Motown Wurlitzer

The Wurlitzer 200A electric piano is not only a classic instrument, but one of the cornerstones of the timeless Motown sound. This simple yet powerful sample pack brings the glory days of one of the most famous record labels of all time to your Kontakt library. All samples were recorded to analog tape, truly recalling the sound that made so many hit songs. The interface is simple to use, with just a few controls over volume and vibrato. And to enhance things even further there is a built-in room reverb from the Lexicon 480 unit. This legendary Motown instrument is only $10.

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