Mixcraft 9, Waves Berzerk, Steinberg UR-C Interface, Free Plugins & more

Mixcraft 9, Waves Berzerk, Steinberg UR-C Interface, Free Plugins & more

December 5, 2019 4 By Kailee Schamberger


in this episode of the home studio show
I’m looking at Steinberg UR-C audio interfaces mixcraft 9 digital audio
workstation a new distortion from waves plugins, N-track studio 9.1 update
free plugins and much more I’m Zane and this is the home studio show this is a
weekly show where I do audio tech news reviews and sometimes tips basically I
talk about the latest audio tech gear like audio interfaces and microphones I
also look at plugins new and old and digital audio workstations plus I make
sure to review free plugins in every episode you can also download every
episode as a podcast if you want to take me on the road with you and you can go
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first up in news steinberg the people behind the great digital audio
workstation Cubase they’ve released updated versions of their UR audio
interfaces and there are three audio interfaces in this new line there’s the
UR22C which is a two input two output audio interface then there’s the
UR44C which has 6 inputs but you can only record four of them at the same
time and then there’s the UR816C which is 16 inputs and of those 16
inputs eight of them are mic preamps all of these interfaces have a rugged metal
housing and offer 32 bit recording up to 192 Khz sample rate they also
claim to have super low latency and can offer faster transmission speeds to and
from your computer thanks to the USB C connection you can even connect these
audio interfaces to your iOS device be sure to check the link in the
description for more information and pricing next in news acoustica
mixcraft has been updated to mixcraft 9 if you
aren’t familiar with mixcraft it’s a digital audio workstation and they claim
to have the best workflow and they also say that it’s the best in ease-of-use
some of the new and notable features in version 9 include the addition
of the voltage modular synthesizer that comes with 45 modules you also get a new
suite of over 10 plugins from tone boosters cherry audio and acoustica
another new and notable feature is you can convert audio tracks into MIDI this
is a very cool feature that can be done with the included Melodyne plug-in there
are numerous other upgrades and features in mixcraft 9 be sure to check the link
in the description for more information there’s a new distortion in town over at
waves plugins and if you were fortunate enough to take advantage of the Black
Friday offer then you’d have this plug-in right now now this new waves
plug-in is called berzerk and it claims to be a creative distortion plug-in
designed to inspire musical ideas you get 10 original distortion shapes that
have wildly different personalities and if you can’t decide which one you want
to use press the go berzerk button and it will randomize each distortion shape
you can throw this plug-in on pretty much anything in your mix and it will
give your tracks new sounds that will stand out from the boring digital audio
that’s out there if you’re not familiar with waves they create some great
professional quality plugins and they offer them at very reasonable prices
again check that link in the description for more information on berserk and the
other waves plugins and more digital audio workstation news N-track studio
has been updated to version 9.1 and with this you get over 10 gigabytes of
royalty-free beats and loops new tools like vocal tune which is an auto tune
style tool and you also get the new guitar and bass amp sims where you can
simulate real life gear again the link is in the description if you want some
more information on N-track studio 9.1 please give this video a big thumbs up
if you’re enjoying it so far and I’ve got that trivia question coming up in
just a bit where if you answer it correctly you’ll get a shout out in the
next episode but right now we’re going to move on to the plugins worth checking
out section and first up I have izotope trash 2 this is another creative
distortion plug-in that can be used on pretty much every track
you can use various modules in trash to like delay and filters that give you a
lot of options for coming up with unique sounds one of my favorite modules in
trash 2 is the convolve module this models realistic amps devices
cabinets effects and speakers there are so many options here and you can even
load your own impulses into trash 2 plus if you need some inspiration to get
started you can check out some of the 100 presets which is what I’m going to
do right now and of course you can check the link in
the description for more information on trash 2 and now the next plugin worth
checking out is tracktion biotek 2 this is a very
cool synth that uses natural and environmental samples to create its
sounds the interface is pretty cool you can adjust this image in the center and
take your sounds even further it also includes over 500 patches to get you
started so let’s give biotech to a listen and check out some of those
patches right now now before we get to the free plugins section of the show I
have the trivia section and last week I had two people answer the trivia
correctly they were innocent bystander and Ronnie Cremer thank you so much guys
for watching and if you want to have a shout out in the next episode be sure to
answer this trivia question correctly name the song and the original band or
artist from these lyrics I’m bulletproof nothing to lose fire away, fire away if
you know the answer be sure to put it in the comments below and if you’re among
the first 10 people to do so you’ll get a shout out in the next episode now
let’s move on to the free plugins of the week and the first plug-in we’re going
to look at is a new one from sampleson and this is called push this is a
one-button generative synth for Mac and Windows and every time you push the one
button in the middle it will create a new patch you can further edit this
patch in the Edit panel but if you’re stuck for a sound this can be a cool way
to come up with some new ideas so let’s give it a try and see what kind of
sounds we get when we push the button be sure to let me know what you think of
push in the comments below and the next free plugin of the week is from a
company called sender spike and this is their signal noise sn-02G vu meter now a
vu meter may look like a fairly simple plugin but this one does offer some
features in addition to the great analog meter looks it can operate as a dual
mono or stereo meter depending on your track it has four fixed nominal
reference levels for 0 DB vu there’s – 12 – 14 – 18 and – 20 dB this can really
help you in your gain staging there’s a switchable display of some mono on both
meters left-right or mid side for stereo tracks only plus there’s some more
features in there if you have a free or paid plugin or any other audio software
that you think I should check out in a future episode be sure to let me know in
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