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512 Audio: new Script & Tempest USB mics, audio interface for streamers

512 Audio rangeDuring CES 2022, Warm Audio spin-off 512 Audio unveiled a pair of new USB microphones and an audio interface meant to streamline audio production for content creators. The microphones in question are called Script and Tempest, and the sleek little box is the 512 Audio Interface. With Warm Audio resources and expertise to readily tap into, I figure these will be solid products for the money.

512 Audio Script USB microphone

512 Audio Script

512 Audio Script USB microphone

Script is a dual-capsule USB microphone with onboard gain and mute controls. Its sound profile is modelled after the Warm Audio WA-14, in itself a clone of the venerable AKG C414. The microphone features both cardioid and omni pickup patterns as well as a dedicated headphone jack. It’s supposedly optimised for voice and speech, which makes sense considering the C414’s vocal mic heritage.

The Script will be available in Spring 2022 at GBP 130. More information here.

512 Audio Tempest USB microphone

512 Audio Tempest

512 Audio Tempest USB microphone

Tempest is a large-diaphragm condenser that replicates the design and character of the Warm Audio WA-47Jr, a popular choice for a Neumann U47 clone. It supports a recording resolution of 24-bit / 48kHz which is quite adequate. Connecting over USB-C, the microphone features gain controls, a mute control and a headphone jack with dedicated volume knob. Modeled after the old U47 which sounds right on almost anything, the Tempest is capable of handling voice (for podcasts and livestreams), acoustic instruments, and vocals alike.

The Tempest will be available in March 2022 at GBP 155. More information here.

512 Audio Interface

512 Audio interface

512 Audio interface

The 512 audio interface is an uncomplicated means of digital recording. It features a pair of XLR mic/instrument inputs with studio quality preamps, as well as an input for stereo line devices (such as phones) to record external audio along with the incoming signals. I think the latter is something undeservedly rare that should be seen on more audio interfaces, because I’m sick of Y-cables. Anyway, the 512 interface also offers two headphone outputs with independent volume controls.

More information about the 512 interface (such as its price) will be revealed by Summer 2022. For the time being, feel free to pay a visit.

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Audified Linda IronVerb: algorithmic reverb plug-in with metallic nuances

IronVerbDeveloper Audified collaborated with producer Martin Linda once more to deliver a new plug-in. IronVerb is an algorithmic reverb with a distinct metallic character, 6 reverb modes, and a unique Ironize effect among all else. Let’s dig in…

Linda IronVerb

Above all, IronVerb is an algorithmic reverb like they always made ’em. It does nearly all sorts of ambiance, going from subtle all the way to blast-off into the ether. But there’s also a nifty trick called Ironize – a type of modulation contributing an ‘iron-like sound’ (smooth, glossy) to reverb tails. That’s one way of freshening up familiar reverb sounds.

The reverb itself offers 6 different modes – Flutter (periodic warbling), Plate (vintage plate), Slapback (echo-like), Dense (narrow, sharp), Steel 1 (steel barrel), Steel 2 (same, slower attack).

The available parameters include Predelay, Size, Feedback, Width, a Normal / Long switch, Dampening amount, Dampening frequency, Resonance, and Hi-pass. That’s lots of tweaking potential right there, and below is the Ironize section with the Ironize (Clean to Full Iron), Mod Amp (Clean to Wicked), and Mod Speed (Slow to Fast) parameters. The control set is complete by Dry and Wet mix faders.

IronVerb GUI

The IronVerb GUI

I’d say IronVerb offers a pleasant, satisfying amount of control over what’s likely a pretty complex reverb engine. I love it when you can dial in an interesting sound in a straightforward, but not limited fashion. I think this is what Audified set out to accomplish, and the result is an interesting reverb plug-in with a special twist.

Linda IronVerb – Price and availability

Linda IronVerb is priced USD 49 at the moment, down from the regular price of USD 99. You can download a free trial version before purchase. The plug-in is available in AAX, AU, and VST3 formats for Windows 7+ (32 & 64-bit) and macOS 10.11+ (64-bit).

More information

Linda IronVerb – Video

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Analogue Solutions Fusebox X: More notes, more sockets, more orange

Analogue Solutions Fusebox XAnalogue Solutions updates the Fusebox monophonic synthesizer to the Fusebox X tri-phonic synthesizer with more patching ability and loads of other improvements.

Fusebox X

It’s deliciously orange and even brighter than the original Fusebox. It’s the sort of synth that dominates the space it sits in largely because it sits up in such a demanding fashion.

We don’t have the finer details yet and hopefully, more demo videos will be along in time, but we do know that the Fusebox X has 3 notes of polyphony. I’m not sure if that simply means that the three oscillators have been freed to play their own tunes or if the polyphony is fully articulated through a filter and VCA for each voice. However, as this is based on the core of the original then it’s likely to be paraphonic with the individual oscillators moving independently through the one filter and VCA section – that makes the most sense.

The basic structure remains the same with the 3 VCOs enjoying sync and cross-modulation, a noise generator, a SEM-like 12dB filter, 2 envelopes and an LFO.

Analogue Solutions Fusebox X

Analogue Solutions Fusebox X

Further enhancements include replacing some of the rocker switches that defined routing with patch sockets making it much more free-flowing. The Interval Generator and Patternator pots have had an upgrade and gains a clock input with automatic transposition. The arpeggiator has been replaced with a mini step sequencer. It also has a 440Hz tuner tone built-in for giving you a reference to tune the oscillators to.

Analogue Solutions are taking orders for £1,350 and there will be limited numbers available direct and via their international dealers.

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Minimal Audio launches new FREE plug-in Rift Feedback Lite

Minimal Audio Rift Feedback LiteMinimal Audio has pulled the feedback engine from its awesome Rift distortion plug-in and released it for FREE as Rift Feedback Lite. The plug-in lets you explore the musical capabilities of feedback. You can go wild with resonators, comb filters and delays, and even play it like an instrument. Get it while it’s free!

Get Minimal Audio Rift Feedback Lite for FREE

Minimal Audio introduced themselves last year with Rift, a true beast of a creative distortion plug-in. If you haven’t checked it out yet, here’s our First Look Review of Rift.

Rift’s unique morphing filter is already available separately as Rift Filter Lite. It was free initially, but now costs USD 49. So it’s great news that another processor from Rift is now available for free: Rift Feedback Lite.

According to Minimal Audio, Rift Feedback Lite features a physical modeling feedback engine that includes tuned resonators, comb filters and various synced delays. You can adjust the time, spread, and of course feedback, and there’s a pair of high pass and low pass filters for additional tone shaping. A choice of stereo spread and ping pong modes allows for interesting stereo effects.

The developer says that the feedback can be tuned to the key of your track using preset scales, out of which you can pick the desired notes. The plug-in even has a MIDI input that allows you to play the feedback like an instrument and create melodic effects.

Minimal Audio Rift Feedback Lite

The plug-in supports light and dark modes

Price and compatibility

Minimal Audio Rift Feedback Lite is now available for free from the developer’s website. It looks like it’ll eventually become a paid plug-in for USD 29, so it’s probably a good idea to grab it while it’s free.

The plug-in runs on macOS 10.9 or higher and Windows 10 in AU, VST, VST3 and AAX formats.

More information about Rift Feedback Lite


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Best free plug-ins this week: Valvola, Dystortion and OrangeFlavor

Best free plug-ins this weekHappy new year and welcome back to our weekly freeware series! We’re kicking off 2022 with three fantastic distortion and saturation plug-ins. Check out Valvola, Dystortion and OrangeFlavor!

Looking for more free plug-ins? Check out our huge archives! And if you’ve missed the best free plug-ins of 2021, you can find them here.

HoRNet Valvola

HoRNet ValvolaCraving that classic tube distortion sound? Valvola by HoRNet Plugins has got you covered with emulations of seven different types of tubes, including triodes and pentodes like the 12AX7 and EL84. According to HoRNet, the emulations were pulled from their Guitar Kit and Analog Stage plug-ins. The developer points out that the distortion isn’t static, but changes with your music thanks to an emulation of the memory effect. There’s only one control for the gain, and a pair of load and save buttons.

Valvola is free of charge, but the developer asks that you share the download page on Twitter or Facebook before downloading. The plug-in runs on macOS 10.11 or higher and Windows Vista or higher in VST, VST3, AU and AAX formats (64 bit).

Get Valvola here

Stoff Audio Dystortion

Stoff Audio DystortionDystortion is the first plug-in by Stoff Audio. The developer says that he comes from an audio engineering background and didn’t have much prior coding experience. But he set out on a long journey to teach himself C++ and the JUCE framework to create this distortion plug-in, which works just as well on guitar and bass as on everything else. If that doesn’t deserve a donation, I don’t know what does! The plug-in’s only control is a large gain knob that lets you dial in the amount of distortion.

Dystortion is available for Windows and macOS in VST3, AU and AAX formats.

Get Dystortion here

SNFK Music OrangeFlavor

SNFK Music OrangeFlavorThe third free distortion plug-in today is OrangeFlavor by SNFK Music, “a saturation beast designed after analog principles”, as the developer writes. In addition to the Drive and Output Gain knobs, the plug-in features a neat frequency visualizer that lets you see the added harmonics introduced by the distortion circuit. It also features a behind-the-scenes anti-aliasing algorithm that removes digital artifacts. Which one is your pick out of this week’s three free distortion effects?

OrangeFlavor is available for macOS and Windows in VST3 and AU formats.

Get OrangeFlavor here

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The Best Music Theory Resources for Musicians and Producers, Paid and Free!

Best Music Theory Resources for Musicians and Producers Online Book GearnewsMusic theory is great! Even just learning the basics, the stuff you can pick up in a week makes it so much easier to compose and play music. It’s like getting the keys to the castle! Alas, not that many are keen. In my experience, the prospect of learning music theory sounded daunting to everyone not from a musical background. And it certainly sounded daunting to me when I was younger. I don’t think the culprit is music theory itself, but rather the way it’s taught and presented.

If you know zilch about music theory and stumble upon a random lesson online on modes or whatever, it’ll hurt ya brain! And long before that, we all had those godawful music classes in school where the teacher was mental, the songs sucked, and nothing made sense. Further in life, there’s nothing left to turn you onto music theory other than things like a deep appreciation for music, strong personal examples from musicians you admire, or the frustration of wanting to create something but not knowing how.

Fortunately, it’s never too late to educate and enrich yourself provided you can spare the time and effort. If you want to finally learn music theory or quickly brush up on the basics, I offer 6 tried and tested sources (by me). Hopefully, you’ll click with the content they offer just like I did and end up getting up to speed in no time!

1. Idiot’s Guides: Music Theory (3rd Edition)

01 Complete Idiot's Guide to Music Theory

Michael Miller – this guy teaches!

This fantastic book did what approximately 30 others before it couldn’t – it taught 23-year old me music theory in a little over a week! When I started, my mind was a mess of loosely connected, poorly understood musical concepts I randomly picked up from the internet. But I remember clicking with Michael Miller’s writing from the get-go, which makes sense – he literally wrote this book for idiots, it’s on the cover!

Having finally found my feet, I ended up learning enough music theory to carry me through the entirety of my failed musical career! I got a lot more out of this book than one’d expect given it’s designed for complete novices. Yet I never felt overwhelmed by any of the material. My reasoning for the book’s effectiveness lies in its competently chosen content that’s explained in a friendly, down-to-earth, but also focused manner. The writing is nowhere near dry, but it’s also stripped of corny jokes. There are no sudden skill jumps, either. That’s exactly how I imagine a great teacher would be approaching the subject.

2. Ableton – Get started making music

02 Learn music with Ableton

Ableton gets the basics across in its characteristic way – clean and clever.

I believe no major DAW maker has promoted an educated and mindful approach to music creation quite like Ableton. The ‘Making Music’ book is as practical as it is beautifully written but there’s also this wonderful Ableton project to consider. It’s a series of interactive music theory lessons carried within an audio-visual environment that’s very similar to working in Live. It all happens inside your browser, though. Learning Music is a fantastic approach to introducing music theory essentials within a context that’s immediately familiar to most modern producers.

3. Coursera – Fundamentals of Music Theory

03 Coursera Fundamentals of Music Theory

The University of Edinburgh admirably opens up academic schooling to anyone on the internet.

If you want a proper academic music schooling without getting rejected from your local conservatory or experiencing the dubious thrills of college life, the best place is the University of Edinburgh’s free course on Coursera. The privilege of university education delivered for free is among the few things left that make today’s internet more pleasant than it is toxic. That aside, the UOE course covers the fundamentals of Western music theory as well as it possibly gets. It has been up on Coursera for ages, it’s still regularly maintained, and it’s just a fantastic all-around display on behalf of the Edinburgh university. With nearly 271,000 ‘students’ having enrolled so far, even if less than half of them made it ’till the end, that’s still tens of thousands of newly musically educated people, all from the comfort of their homes. It’s a thing of beauty and I’m compelled to ask – isn’t it high time we rethink the whole academic education thing? Like, do we need another pandemic or something?

4. Signals Music Studio

04 Signals Music Studio

Jake at Signals Music Studio is a glowing example of geeking out, having fun, and contributing to open education.

Signals Music Studio (Jake Lizzio) teaches music theory in the context of songwriting and playing guitar. Recording and music production are covered as well. There’s also the Music Deep Dives series offering unique insights into a broad choice of tunes. I mean, look at that stuff – did you ever consider the similarities between System of a Down and Bon Jovi (whaaa?!) All in all, the content is super valuable and what’s even better is that a large amount of it is up on YouTube for free! Jake makes a big point of opening up musical education to those unable to afford paid lessons, which is the kind of deed I wholeheartedly support. He never misses an opportunity to crack a joke while at it, too! What a champ.

5. Music Theory for Producers (Beginners and Advanced) – Producertech

05 Producertech music theory courses

Rob Jones at Producertech is a consummate teacher of music theory and production.

Producertech instructor Ron Jones dishes out top-notch education geared specifically towards electronic music producers. He’s a got a pair of music theory courses for Beginner and Advanced producers where all the concepts are immediately applied within a DAW/production context. That’s music education catching up with the times. All of Rob’s videos I’ve seen have been remarkably streamlined and focused. His NI Maschine course taught me the ropes like nobody’s business back in the day.

As far as my understanding goes, Rob’s on top of his game, so any of his content comes highly recommended from me. Producertech is a paid platform (part of Loopmasters) but the prices are more than reasonable.

6. MaqamWorld (Arabic music theory)

06 MaqamWorld

MaqamWorld is a viable educational source as much as it is a preservation of Arabic cultural heritage.

Beyond the basics, music theory is a vast subject and Western musical theory is just the tip of iceberg. The Arabic Maqam modal system is a large body of musical knowledge to explore. The Maqam is nothing like the Western musical system you may be familiar with, which makes it all the more intriguing. It has enough of the obscure and the exotic to keep you entertained for a glance at the basics. It also has enough of the academic to really challenge your studies if you decide to venture deep. Regardless of your intent, MaqamWorld is the best introduction to the subject that you can experience online. It’s like a beautiful Arab music textbook coming alive in your browser. One that’s obviously made with deep love and appreciation for world music and culture.

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New audio tech at CES 2022: Mind Control Earbuds and the Noveto N-1

Audio Tech at CES 2022Some exciting developments from CES 2022 have really stood out in terms of innovation. Let’s take a look at two items in particular that have piqued our interest. Check out the Mind Control Earbuds from Wisear Technology, which makes use of a combination of sensors and an AI algorithm to read your brainwaves, and the Noveto N-1 Bluetooth speaker system with invisible headphone mode for a discrete uniquely earpiece-free listening experience. What are your favorite tech products from CES 2022? Let us know in the comments below.

Mind Control Music Control with Wisear Technology

Based in Paris, France, music tech startup Wisear has been hard at work developing the technology that allows your thoughts to control a smartphone’s basic music playback controls. Using specialized earbuds, the system carries out commands when you think of raising the volume, skipping to the next track, or muting the audio completely. Using sensors from the same manufacturers that created Apple’s AirPods 3 and the Bose QuietComfort earbuds, the system measures your brain activity. The system uses a method called “EarEEG” that combines an AI algorithm with the data captured by the sensors.

Following the presentation at CES 2022, Wisear is looking to partner with an earbud manufacturer to take the Mind Control system onto the commercial market. Their neuronal biosensing solution has other potential applications like controlling a walkie-talkie’s push-to-talk function and their is a world of possibilities that will open up should it be incorporated in VR/AR headsets. As to when exactly we will be skipping through playlists telepathically, only time will tell. It certainly sounds like an exciting prospect either way.

Noveto N-1 Soundbar

Noveto N-1 Invisible headphone solution

Noveto N-1 – Soundbar with Invisible Headphones

Using “Smart-beaming” technology, the Noveto N-1 creates a discrete, localized listening environment from your desktop without the use of headphones. The onboard camera then tracks the listener’s head movements, adjusting the stereo field accordingly. Astonishingly, the system will even balance itself should you tilt your head to one side. The beauty of this hyper-directional speaker technology is that those sitting next to the listener can hear only around 10 percent of the actual volume.

The Noveto N-1 will also support voice commands from Alexa or Google, and numerous sensors allow face, gesture, and sound recognition. When used in conjunction with a voice command system, the N-1 becomes like your own personal virtual assistant, allowing the control of your apps or devices. During their 2021 Kickstarter campaign, the N-1 was priced between $425 and $595 and should emerge on the market around June of this year.

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FKFX Noise Bleach: multi-band noise gate plug-in

FKFX Noise BleachFKFX is a French developer with interesting output thus far. Its latest release is Noise Bleach – a multi-band (you can also call it 8-channel) noise gate plug-in that lets you apply the filtering per frequency band. This makes it possible to pull off surgical clean-ups and introduce rhythmic gating effects.

FKFX Noise Bleach

FKFX Noise Bleach removes unwanted noise and resonances as good as any gate. It can also be used as a production tool to add chops, glitch and stutter effects. It only takes a bit of imagination.

The plug-in offers 8 channels / bands with a Dynamic Matrix Threshold level parameter available for each band. You can also hear individual bands in isolation to make sense of what you’re doing. There is also the following automated functionality to harness:

  • Noise Gate: automatically set thresholds levels for basic gating
  • Noise Bleach: automatically set thresholds levels for hard noise gating
  • Transients: automatically sets thresholds levels to extract the main transients
  • Gate Invert: reverses the gate opening to let you control the removed parts of the signal

Also available are Bypass and Latency Compensation features. By default, Noise Bleach uses its internal latency compensation system, which can be disabled in the plug-in preferences. This makes it possible to apply the plug-in in a live performance context.

FKFX Noise Bleach 0-15 screenshot

All in all, Noise Bleach is a clever and powerful gate. Adding multi-band functionality and some automated smarts to familiar effects like noise gates can make you rediscover them in new and unexpected ways.

Price and availability

Like all FKFX plugins, Noise Bleach is free to download and use with a nag screen timer which rids itself after purchase. That costs a reasonable EUR 39. The plug-in is available in VST and AU formats for modern Windows and macOS computers.

More information

FKFX Noise Bleach – Video

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Improve your production skills: 5 great tutorial sites and channels

Best Audio Tutorial SitesAiming to improve your production skills? There are a great many resources out there, especially since the creator explosion of the last 2-5 years. So, if you’re trying to increase your audio knowledge or simply become a better producer, it’s hard to know where to begin. With the holiday season upon us, some might be gifted with a little more time on our hands than usual, so we’ve shortlisted our Top 5 online production resources for musicians. There are far too many to mention, so we’ve selected a few with strengths in different areas. Please let us know about your go-to audio resources in the comments!

Dan Worrall

Dan Worrall

Over the years, Dan Worrall has built a reputation for creating uncompromisingly thorough and highly informative videos. The response from his content production for clients like FabFilter, UVI, Camel Audio, Tone2 Audio Software, and Sound on Sound magazine, as well as his own personal YouTube channel, have made Dan a cult figure in the audio tutorials game. Even veteran engineers with 20-30 years behind them in the industry have mentioned learning a thing or two from these well-researched explanatory videos.


  • A diverse range of topics with a high level of detail
  • Content created by an experienced engineer


  • The steep technical learning curve
  • Lack of practical music production tutorials for noobs


Underdog Electronic Music School

Launched pre-pandemic out of Brussels, Belgium by techno artist Oscar Verlinden aka Torc, Underdog Electronic Music School provides engaging content for those seeking to learn about the more electronic side of music production. Aside from the free content on Youtube, there are 2 paid long-form video courses of over 40 lessons each, as well as a tiered Patreon membership plan available. The content is detailed and varied enough, delving into essential aspects of sound design like drum synthesis. Although the course follows electronic music, for the most part, there is a great deal a beginner can pick up from the free content alone and the knowledge and techniques covered are relevant to most modern styles of music.


  • The application-based approach means beginners advance quickly
  • Techniques covered in sound design and synthesis modules are useful in most styles of modern music


  • Ableton Live and electronic music specific content doesn’t cater for all
  • More experienced users may find some of the content a tad rudimentary

In The Mix

In The Mix

YouTube channel In The Mix is the brainchild of UK-based mastering engineer and FL Studio specialist, Michael Wynn. The incredibly transparent style of his videos makes them very digestible regardless of the subject matter, and justifies the over 850,000 subscribers on the channel. From product reviews, comparisons, and deep dives to tutorials and useful home studio tips, this channel is an extremely useful resource for musicians, producers, or engineers of any level. Apart from the video content and his mastering service, Michael also offers his own custom presets and sound packs via the In The Mix store.


  • Highly detailed, honest, and well-edited content
  • Diversity of topics means there is something for almost everyone


  • Those seeking info about songwriting or arrangement might be disappointed, however, there are other recommendations on the In The Mix channels list



If you’re looking for a more analog approach to audio, Puremix is one of the best online resources for musicians and engineers looking to learn more about their craft. A well-curated blog and an extensive collection of videos from the household names in the business means there is no shortage of inspiration and the old-style real-world industry approach adds a useful perspective for learners. The paid content is divided into 3 sections specific to beginners, engineers, and musicians, with different subscription plans to suit your needs. Subscribers also get access to a plugin package with some great tools to get you started.


  • Content from highly acclaimed engineers and producers
  • Plugins pack makes the cost of the subscription a little more worthwhile


  • Pricey subscriber-based service
  • Some might find this approach to content a little outdated



One of the largest sources of online tutorials, MacProVideo offers content from certified trainers of many disciplines. There is a huge selection of courses ranging from simple step-by-step how-to’s to feature explainers and more technical videos. The content library is regularly updated as new DAW versions and updates arrive, so you can ensure your knowledge is current – especially if you are a trainer yourself. A monthly or yearly subscription plan unlocks the entire library, which provides an amazing resource for home users, studios, or media companies.


  • One of the largest online video resources
  • Constantly updated with new content


  • The library might be too broad for some
  • Subscriber plans with content of this nature are more suited to beginners

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