3 FREE Plug-Ins I Use For Music Production
Tutorial | Jul 29, 2022
In this video, I show how I use three free plug-ins to achieve my desired loudness target for my production. The first one is DbMeter5, which I use on my master bus to match the loudness peak. The second is Glitch, which I use on my drum bus to add texture and glitchy percussion. The last one is Piano Tech 7, which I use to generate drones by stretching the buffer and making adjustments.
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Questions & Answers #
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What plug-ins do you use most often in your productions? #
I use three main plug-ins most often in my productions: DbMeter5, Glitch, and Piano Tech 7. DbMeter5 is a loudness analyzer and auto-gain plugin that I use on my master bus to hit my loudness targets. Glitch is a pattern sequencer and FX chain plugin that I use on my drum bus to add glitchy percussions to my tracks. Finally, Piano Tech 7 is a piano plugin with a Paul Stretch buffer that I use to generate drones for my tracks.
How do you use DbMeter5 to target your loudness targets? #
I set the reference level to -8 and let the track play through, then I hit the match button and the gain is changed to match the reference level. I then use a DSEQ3 and Newfangled Audio limiter to reduce any frequencies that are above 0 dB.
How do you use Piano Tech 7 to generate drones for your tracks? #
I use the pass-through to disable incoming audio streams and hit record to capture the sound. I then adjust the buffer
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[00:00.000] Hey folks, welcome back to another video.
[00:03.120] It's about three plug-ins that are completely free, and I use most of the times in all of
[00:11.400] my productions.
[00:14.120] And the first one is called DbMeter5, already in version 5 here.
[00:20.280] It's nice and resizable, and it's an loudness analyzer, but it also has some auto-gain functionalities.
[00:28.280] And I use this here most of the times on my master bus, as you can see as the first plug-in,
[00:34.520] and this basically changes the gain of the master channel and drives everything into
[00:42.560] a DSEQ3 here, which gets rid of some harsh frequencies, and then also in the newfangled
[00:49.920] audio elevate mastering limiter.
[00:52.720] And I don't use here the gain of the plug-in itself.
[00:56.720] I basically just use DbProAudioDbMeter5 as a gain tool.
[01:04.680] And I change at the reference level to minus 8.
[01:09.120] That's what I usually target for this type of music genre.
[01:15.560] And then I analyze and use the matching feature here.
[01:18.720] So I just click on short-term loudness max, match, and then the gain is changed as you
[01:24.840] can see here, reduced by minus 1.5 left to match this reference level here.
[01:34.600] And then everything that's above 0 dB gets basically pushed down by the elevate limiter
[01:42.880] And yeah, that's how I hit my loudness targets basically as well.
[01:47.720] And it's an easy way of doing this.
[01:50.320] I can show you how this looks like here, just play this.
[01:56.520] As you can see, nothing changes here, but when I push reset, it basically tries to find
[02:06.680] the maximum loudness peak.
[02:12.280] So I usually let this play here for the whole track or maybe for a sequence of pretty loud
[02:17.400] passages in my track.
[02:19.400] And then when I think it's good, then I hit this match button here, you can see the gain
[02:26.480] changes then.
[02:28.480] So it pushes the loudness a bit louder now.
[02:35.160] When the vocals come in, it's a bit too loud.
[02:38.320] As you can see here, we are already below 8 lbs.
[02:45.560] So when the gain then is finally changed to a correct loudness level, as I said, it goes
[02:56.560] in the DSE Q3 here, get rid of some harsh frequencies from the hi-hats, this is how
[03:04.160] it sounds without.
[03:21.120] So it's a lot of stuff that gets removed here.
[03:26.440] I also like to use here normal liters in normal mode instead of higher, and this basically
[03:35.520] changes the latency pretty heavily.
[03:40.160] Okay, but I don't want to go more into detail with that here.
[03:44.880] Then we go into the new fangled audio limiter here, and there's also of course filter bank
[03:48.960] changing the frequencies here to make it more evenly balanced, and there's also a transient
[03:58.000] shaper and a clipper at the end, so it's basically three plug-ins in one.
[04:03.520] And that's how I basically balance my loudness target, or how I target my loudness target.
[04:12.160] Okay, so that's the first one.
[04:15.480] The next one is on my drum bus here, and it's called Glitch, you probably already know this
[04:24.400] plug in it for so long, and that's already version 2.0 out, which is of course paid.
[04:31.480] But I just use this here, and I know you can do all of this probably natively in Bitvec
[04:38.920] Studio, but I just enjoy sometimes to put a VST plug-in on and press this randomize button
[04:45.600] because you can randomize the steps, which is the pattern sequencer here, and the FX
[04:51.760] itself here, so you have nine FX chains, different effects, and then you can sequence
[04:58.760] these effects here when they are played back.
[05:02.160] So I usually just hit here this both button so you randomize the pattern sequencer and
[05:06.800] the effects itself, and then I use your Bitvec Studio to switch to the Glitch plug-in only
[05:12.880] at the end of the drum bar or at the drum pattern, and this is how it sounds.
[05:22.240] So it glitches out at the end of the pattern, and you can see I have here some automation
[05:37.440] in there, so I don't want to have this glitch alternation here, only happening in this region
[05:45.760] It's not throughout the whole track, it just alternates between having the glitch on the
[05:50.040] drums and sometimes it's going away, so it's not all the time.
[05:54.160] So I'm used to this here basically to get a bit more nice textures and glitchy percussions
[06:01.520] in between the drums with this plug-in.
[06:04.920] So it's also completely free, link is in the description of course.
[06:10.200] The next one is not in the track anymore, but I bounced the drone from this.
[06:25.400] And I made this basically with this Piano Tech 7 here, which is a nice piano plug-in.
[06:34.520] I just used here Paul Stretch, that's how it's called, and that's also VST3 version,
[06:43.440] I think that's also VST2 version, and Clap, and I always use Clap nowadays.
[06:50.520] And yeah, what I do is I use here the pass-through, so I can hear the plug-in output, disable
[07:01.000] this, basically this plug-in blocks all the incoming sound or audio streams, and then
[07:07.680] I just hit record here, and then let this play back here, stretch it a bit, you get
[07:19.320] this nice droney feel.
[07:23.720] You can also use the pitch shifter here, and pitch this down.
[07:41.240] And this is how I generate my drones nowadays, it's pretty easy to do, and you don't need
[07:46.320] to resample anything, put it into a different sample or anything, you just hit record, use
[07:52.520] the buffer, stretch the buffer here, make some adjustments, and you're ready.
[07:58.960] Also nice that you save basically the buffer here with the project.
[08:04.560] So I did some projects where I just resampled here something, hit save on the project, and
[08:11.520] when you recall your project, the buffer is still in there, so it's saved with the preset,
[08:16.320] which is really nice.
[08:17.320] So it's basically a sampler, a sampler with some stretching, and I really like using this.
[08:24.320] So it's also completely free, link is in the description below, and also the track and
[08:29.360] the background is just released on Bandcamp and Spotify and all the streaming services,
[08:36.520] so there's also a link in the description where you can listen to this for longer.
[08:45.520] Thanks for watching, and leave a like if you liked the video, and see you in the next video.
[08:53.880] Thanks for watching, and bye.