Life Hacks

I really think all those ¬†“XX [fill in stuff] that will make you speechless (or whatever)” articles have become the new Web 3.0 pest, or whatever you want to call it. Money making bullshit for a generation of cheap TV shows infected retards that believe everything they see.

But hey, this is really great:

The 46 Most Brilliant Life Hacks Every Human Being Needs To Make Life Easier.

Sean McClellan

SeanDJPicWe are happy to welcome Sean McClellan to the L2 Music roster, and we have a wonderful EP lined up. Stay tuned!

In the meantime, make sure to check out Sean’s impressive history on Beatport and¬†his SoundCloud!

Filed under: Artists, News Tagged: artist, artists, ep, progressive, release, releases, roster, sean mcclellan, tech house, techno

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Free audio plugins from KLANGHELM

I’m going to use this blog to post free stuff and tutorials for producers and engineers from time to time. And I will only talk about stuff I use myself. ūüėČ

I used both plugins on my latest album “THE GREAT ESCAPE“. And all productions of the past 1 year, actually.

So, today I want to introduce 2 plugins from KLANGHELM to you. They’re not only free but amazing, and apart from this, all their products (also the paid ones) are excellent, but this is another topic.

IVGI – saturation & distortion

IVGI can deliver very soft and subtle saturation, that feels at home on the master buss. It is equally capable of very dense and dirty distortion effects to spice up single tracks. IVGI’s base sound is comparable to the DESK mode in the big brother SDRR.

Just as SDRR, IVGI reacts dynamically to the input signal. Even the modeled fluctuations react dynamically and also change depending on the drive setting, so that it doesn’t get in the way of the SOUND. Stereo tracks benefit from it’s modeled crosstalk behavior. Just as its big brother SDRR, IVGI features a ‚ÄúControlled Randomness‚ÄĚ, which determines the internal drift and variance inside the unit. It contributes to the liveliness and realness of IVGI’s¬†saturation character. All internal processes are modulated to some extent to make this possible.

IVGI gives you a sensible amount of controls to manipulate the character of the saturation itself. It offers a unique ASYM MIX knob to alter the symmetry of the signal without affecting the harmonic content much. Usually, asymmetry leads to an increase of even order harmonics. But in IVGI’s case, dialing the asymmetry makes the negative part of the signal ‚Äúcleaner‚ÄĚ. This way you can preserve the dynamic structure of the source and get a more transparent¬†result. Actually, you can think of ASYM MIX as a transparency control.

IVGI also lets you alter the frequency dependency of the saturation with the RESPONSE control.

IVGI is internally calibrated to 0VU = -18dBFS.

I use IVGI as final plugin behind everything else on my master bus to give the final touch. Since I use it, all of my stuff sounds richer, warmer, more analog, just better.

On the next one I have to say that I use very little compression on audio in general, and when I do, I compress in several stages, because I firmly believe that every frequency range needs a different amount of compression. And this one here is a very good and ultra-simple way to do this. Here’s what the creator has to say:

DC1A¬†–¬†effortless character comp

DC1A is the little brother of the compression monster DC8C. I’ve taken a few of my favorite settings from DC8C and tried to make it work in a two control context. Sound wise it’s comparable to the PUNCH mode in DC8C but offers a few additional features, such as negative ratio and stereo unlink. I’ve always wanted to do a compressor with just an input and output knob, a compressor that just works: gentle, faithful, from almost invisible, smooth leveling to heavy pumping with a nice crunchy saturation and punchy enough to treat drums with.

DC1A looks like a one trick pony. But don’t get fooled by the lack of additional controls. You may be surprised on how many different material this little thing works. DC1A is heavily program dependent, so is the saturation.

DC1A is free! So try it out for yourself.

What I really like about KLANGHELM plugins: they’re light, simple and high quality. All I need for a good workflow and great sounding mixes.

A guitar play that haunts me for almost 30 years

There is no one, has never been and most likely will never be a guitarist (and composer) like Mark Knopfler. He has influenced me like no other, I’d say, although I’m not exactly a guitarist.

Below¬†is the most sensitive and emotional guitar solo I have heard in my life, which really starts at 4.18, that’s why the video directly starts at this mark. Feel free to listen to the entire¬†brilliant song, of course.

And notice the quality of the recording (even if it’s only a YouTube video!). This was recorded 30 years ago, in 1984. Stunning! I bow to Bob Ludwig.

Gig Databases

Yea. As a touring (or even a local) DJ, something to enter your upcoming gigs into so that it gets noticed on the web is essential, in my very humble opinion.

There seem to be endless providers for that already, and I’ve been through some of them in the past few years. Some of them are free, some not. And ‚ÄĒ as always ‚ÄĒ free or not, it says nothing about the quality of the service. That’s my observation, at least.

So, after all those years, one or the other might be surprised who is my winner:

artistdata

They were actually the first one years ago I jumped on, then they got acquired by SonicBids and I thought things went south from this moment on. And this was the case for a while, until SonicBids seemed to have thought it might be a good idea to maintain the service a bit and add a few new features.

Today, artistdata is so rich and packed with features that I can’t list everything here in a post. I recommend you check it out yourself. Oh, and it’s one of the free services.

You can see my gigs as an embedded iCal feed in the sidebar on the right beside this article. But the whole service offers a lot more options. I guess you can spend an entire day configuring this, and admittedly, its user-friendliness is not the total winner. But once you get used to it it’s easy.

They also provide an¬†“ArtistData Profile” page, which collects all the stuff about you and showcases it, but well … the design is pretty “limited”. But better than nothing. ūüėČ

FREE DOWNLOAD: Sasha – Xpander | Neil Browne Remix by strippedmuzikclub

The 25th in our series of Free Downloads and we have a special one for you here as London based producer / dj Neil Browne bravely takes on an all time classic from 1999 Sasha’s “Xpander” which he has delivered in fine style. Neil has been making waves with his own originals and remixes all of which you can check out via Beatport.

Neil Browne tracks @ Beatport:
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Sasha “Xpander” – Original (Re-Mastered)
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