New Massenburg High-Res EQ for Pro Tools

I’m not always jealous of the Pro Tools platform, but here’s a good reason to be: the Massenburg DesignWorks Hi-Res Parametric EQ, version 2.0 of which started shipping this week. George Massenburg needs no introduction: he’s credited as the creator of the parametric EQ, and makes his own superb (hardware, not software) audio gear as George Massenburg Labs. The EQ plug-in for Pro Tools let you bring some of that top-notch sound into the software realm. The upgrade has a slick, new interface with copying and pasting between bands and A/B snapshots, phase invert, 3- and 5-band versions, and better …

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George Massenburg on Beatles Producer Emerick

Sometimes it's worth pulling something out of comments to make sure you don't miss it. Here, legendary innovator and engineer George Massenburg weighs in on Beatles producer Geoff Emerick (in response to Rian's extended piece on Massenburg, Emerick, and Scheiner last week): Thanks……to Rian Souleles for taking the time to show up and listen to the great questions and answers from both sides of the phone call.   It's worth pointing out that Geoff isn't really secretive about what he's doing. I find that he more just doesn't really remember what he's done. Like Al Schmitt he kind of "twiddles …

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State of Surround: Audio Titans Massenburg, Emerick, Scheiner

Berklee student Rian Souleles brings CDM this report on the state of surround, straight from the mouths of some of the greatest engineers alive. Recently, on a Friday afternoon, about a hundred music technology students crammed into the hot sweaty live room of Berklee College of Music's Studio A just to get a glimpse of the current state of the surround revolution from three of the most prolific figureheads of the industry. Comprising this trinity was the greatest living sound engineers today, Geoff Emerick, Elliot Scheiner and George Massenburg. George Massenburg was on site, acting as MC, while Emerick and …

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SSL Console Processing for Your Mac/PC DAW; Win SSL Gear in Remix Contest

Software companies are constantly claiming they offer “console-grade” processing, and comparing their effects to the legendary console effects from SSL (Solid State Logic). Well, now SSL themselves are getting into the DAW game, with a software/hardware solution called Duende. SSL has announced Duende is now shipping for Mac, coming to Windows in the fall: Duende — Console-Grade Processing for your DAW [Solid State Logic] SSL Duende includes channel and dynamics processing and the Stereo Bus Compressor for mastering. These are not native plug-ins; you connect a sleek, silver DSP hardware rack to your computer via FireWire. It’s too early to …

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Digital Compressor Emulations: Ain’t Nothing Like the Real Thing?

I have to point this one out in case you missed it: none other than George Massenburg chimes in on CDM’s comments on the new Focusrite Liquid Channel (click through to comments on that story for context): Not sure everyone knows that although digital emulators are quite competent at some chores, others, such as comprehensive dynamics, are a different story; it’s my studied opinion that these devices are less than convincing when emulating analog compressors.

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