The Audio Animals Studio Blog will be a week by week run down of all the goings on in and around the studio. We’ll start this blog by telling our readers a little bit about Audio Animals and it’s background. Audio Animals was created by engineers Paul Ashmore and Nick Burchall on October 9th 2012. This was the day we filed with companies house and registered Audio Animals as a limited company. The name Audio Animals was a carefully constructed name that has reason and meaning behind it. We wanted to created a name that others could associate with and in many ways if you are in to audio you a bit of an audio animal. A name is important and needs to be remembered almost stamped in people minds. Which is why we kept to a simple yet effective branding design. Over the years we have evolved as a company, forward thinking and building the brand to what it is today. Below you can see the evolution of the studio through each year from 2013, 2014, 2015 and present day 2016.
Solid State Logic Console
The SSL console is the centre piece to our analogue mixing setup. All audio is summed through our SSL madi AX converters to the SSL summing mixer where a number of eq’s and compressors can be inserted in to their required chain. To say analogue summing makes a huge difference is an understatement. It’s now a part of our sound and we could not achieve the results we achieve without using one. We opted for a modular based SSL console instead of one of the larger consoles. The reason for this was simple. We didn’t want to restrict ourselves to using only one series of SSL channel strip. We wanted 36 channels of audio summing which we can increase if required. This design means we can expand the console with our needs. The perfect console for an ever changing online mixing studio. The X rack also sports total recall so recalling a mix from a previous session is a simple task that takes no time at all. Another excellent feature and must have for a studio mixing music for clients that may require edits once the mix has been completed. More info on our mixing and mastering service here.
Maselec MLA 3 Mastering Compressor
The centre piece of our mastering chain is the Maselec MLA 3, the glue. The compressor that finalises the master into a perfectly constructed and controlled piece of music. 3 bands of mastering grade compression that include gain, attack, release, ratio and threshold. Assignable to specific frequency band for perfect isolation of what you require to compress. The Maselec MLA 3 will make it into 99% of the tracks we master. In combination with the Maselec MPL 2 limiter it is nothing short of excellence at the final stage of the master chain. More info on our mastering service here.
Gabrielle Musicardo Feat. French Montana – Fuego
(Mastered By Audio Animals)
Recently we’ve been working with French Montana’s producers and had the pleasure of seeing Fuego released at the beginning of this month. We love working with all artists big and small but it was a huge pleasure to work on a track featuring French Montana. Must say a huge thank you to Phinestro for recommending us making the connection with the French Montana camp. Download on Itunes here.
Free 641mb Wav Sample Pack Download
We started April by releasing a free download of some of our now discontinued sample packs. We have discontinued these sample packs in order to make way for our new sample pack range coming May 1st 2016. Back Catalogue Bundle is a collection of Audio Animals samples from our back catalogue. As of the 1st of April our back catalogue of previous Audio Animals sample packs will be discontinued and no longer available to purchase. Sample packs in download below include Electric Guitar Sessions, Kitchen Hits, Korg MS20 Hits, Live Drum Hits, Mc Vocals Hits, Metal Guitar Hits and Minibrute Hits.
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AAS-002 :: Studio Cymbals Vol.1
With the release date of our new range of sample packs getting closer I decided to sit and record a video demo of the kontakt sampler in action, showcasing what it involves and what samples are included in it. This is by far the biggest sample pack I have ever created. Last year it took me around 100 hours to record over 2 weeks and 3 months to splice. I was recently asked if I’d do it again. To which I replied I’m already purchasing cymbals on ebay to record for Vol.2.
Studio Cymbals Vol.1 is a collection of 4800 live cymbal samples recorded within a studio environment. A total of 100 cymbals have been recorded ranging from small 6 inch splashes to large 21 inch rides, in 6 easy to switch kontakt samplers . Each cymbal has been recorded using 4 different drum sticks (wood stick, plastic stick, wood mallet, nylon mallet) spanning across 4 octaves/48 notes. Additionally a sizzle chain has been applied to each cymbal hit adding sizzle and brightness to the straight cymbal sound. Within this kontakt sampler is a convolution reverb including 128 unique impulse responses. Impulse responses include indoor rooms, industrial spaces, enclosed spaces, school, mental hospital, gunpowder mill, military fort and aircraft base. Available to download here May 1st 2016…..
Price : £25 – £100
Size : 6.19 gb
Release Date : May 1st 2016
Impulses Response Recording
One of my big passions is going out recording impulses responses. The whole process is exciting. First you find the location you want to go and visit. I like search google for abandoned derelict building and then go on google maps satellite image to locate them and look at them from a birds eye view. Over the past couple of weeks I have been recording impulse responses in a few locations. A gunpowder mill, bomb store and military fort. My favourite of the 3 was the gunpowder mill. Around 200 different builds to record in all sounding totally different. Below are some images of the rooms I recorded whilst out recording impulses responses. The reason for recording impulse responses is to add them to our new kontakt samplers. The addition of 128 unique rooms from unique places really expands the pack and the sounds that you can create. Organic recordings of drums run through organic recordings of rooms is an incredible combination that brings life to any piece of music.
Building A Virtual Analogue Synth In Kontakt
We started the week by reaching a life time goal of ours. We finished the construction of our first virtual analogue synth sampler. I’ll try not to blow my own trumpet here, but wow it sounds incredible, and the sounds we have been designing on it are something else. The reason we built this synth was for a few reasons. The main reason being is it possible to create an analogue synth that sounds like an analogue synth within a kontakt sampler. Turns out the answer is yes. We began by creating various analogue waveforms and staking them together combining tones to create a totally unique wavetable of analogue sounds. Now with the analogue tones spliced into a seamless loop we could begin designing the sampler and the features it will have. We kept the design relatively simple and the reason for this was that we wanted to create a tone creation synth. A synth that can create tones so unique and rich in harmonics that when played little or no added effects need be applied. You can get straight down to designing the sound and shaping it without bogging down in the fundamentals of going too crazy over complicating things. The synth itself hosts 100 analogue tones assignable to 2 oscillators. A third oscillator is assigned to a patch we made years back called the perfect analogue sub. It’s the one and only sub we will ever use. It’s perfect. Included in the synth is an lfo, lowpass filter, highpass filter, adsr filter, adsr amp, convolution reverb, 4 eq’s and bus compressor. I’m really looking forward to releasing this product on the market and hearing the sounds other producers create using it. Pictured below are 4 screenshots of the analogue waveforms included in the Analogue Tones Vol.1 kontakt sampler. Available to download here June.
What It Sounds Like – Chiminea
A few weeks ago we recorded a chiminea for an up and coming metals kontakt sampler and wav sample pack. The chiminea we have recorded here is a custom made version that resides in the garden as a heating and burning tool. The bottom section is made from a beer keg and the spout is constructed from steel. This makes for an awesome sound. No matter where you hit the chiminea sound spills out of the chimney in a unique fashion. We recorded the chiminea using a nylon mallet, in order to create a low tone with as little impactive hit as possible. Later whilst using this sound in film scores we will tune the samples down an octave or two. Thus creating a tonal sound used for reverse sweeps and low frequency layers.
In the demo below we have reversed and tuned the recording down by one and two octaves. This is to showcase how a sound like this can recorded and reprocessed to create a different sound all together.
RePro Alpha VST (Free Download)
An excessively CPU hungry anti-optimized monophonic synthesizer, in essence a stripped down version of the Sequential Circuits Pro. But hey it’s free we can deal with that. Join the discussion about this VST over at KVR Audio forum here.
Elysia – Niveau Filter Plugin (Free Download)
Get the niveau filter section of our famous mpressor plugin – it’s free! Add punch to muffled snares, reduce the harshness from active pickups, create some wonderful Dub and LoFi sounds… there are so many ways to benefit from this little tool. It’s fast, efficient, and most important: It sounds great! This filter is a specialist in changing the overall sonic character of a signal with ease. It features two comprehensive controllers and is capable of producing convincing results in no time at all. Whenever a classic shelving filter would be too limited and a fully parametric filter would be too much, the niveau filter is the perfect tool. Its main function is to change the proportions between high and low frequencies. The principle is quite similar to a pair of scales: Dependent on the gain setting around a variable center frequency, the high frequencies are boosted whereas the low frequencies are attenuated (or vice versa) at the same time. The center frequency can be shifted continuously between 26 Hz and 2.2 kHz or between 260 Hz and 22 kHz respectively (when the x10 switch is activated). The characteristics of the filter change in the extreme positions of the EQ Gain controller: The fully counter-clockwise setting will give you a low pass filter; fully clockwise position will result in a high pass filter. The niveau filter plugin is available for PC and Mac in 32 and 64 bits. The following formats are supported: AAX, RTAS, AS, VST2.4, VST3, and AU. Download Free Here.
Dj’s Birthday Cakes
When I used to dj I would have been over the moon receiving a cake like this. Some of these cakes have incredible attention to detail. Even down to the waveform on the displays on the CDJ’s.