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Michael Cooper

Michael Cooper is a recording, mix, mastering and post-production engineer with over three decades of experience behind the console. A contributing editor for Mix magazine since 1996, Cooper has written over 400 articles on the subject of pro audio. He is the owner of Michael Cooper Recording in Sisters, Ore. SoundCloud: Soundcloud.com/michael-cooper-recording

Slate Digital Repeater Vintage Modeled Delay

Slate Repeater emulates dozens of delay devices, including many vintage analog and digital models. The models have obscure names to avoid trademark issues, but experienced users will recognize their pedigrees with handles like Coopy Cube, Digital 42, DM-2, Plexy Echo and Space Delay. Also included are models of delays created using various tape machines (including an early ’80s Japanese......

Zynaptiq Adaptiverb

Adaptiverb uses an entirely new approach to reverb processing, and it sounds incredible. In Zynaptiq’s own words, “Rather than stacking delay/allpass nodes or convolving the input with an IR, Adaptiverb employs machine learning, ray-tracing and source separation techniques to synthesize a reverb tail that automatically adapts to the audio context it is used in.” As a result, Adaptiverb can......

MCDSP ML8000 Advanced Limiter

The McDSP ML8000 Advanced Limiter incorporates two completely independent stages of limiting: Its 8-band limiter is followed in the audio path by a wideband master limiter. The plug-in’s proposed primary application is mastering, but it’s also extremely well-suited to use on buses and individual tracks. Wide-ranging Knee controls—one for each limiter stage—adapt the processor to use as a......

Dynaudio LYD 7

The LYD 7 is Danish manufacturer Dynaudio’s mid-sized model in its new LYD Series of near-field monitors. Featuring a 7-inch woofer and 28mm (1.1-inch) soft-dome tweeter, the monitor’s small footprint—7.32x12.6x11.65 inches (WxHxD)—makes it well suited for use in home studios, edit rooms and other small setups where space is at a premium. ......

Grove Hill Audio Liverpool Tube Compressor

The Liverpool is a hot-rodded version of the EMI RS124 compressor, which was used in early Beatles albums recorded at Abbey Road Studios. Its lineage predates the Fab Four’s seminal albums, however, as the RS124 was itself a modified Altec 436C compressor, fashioned by EMI engineers. Incorporating an all-tube signal path and solid-state power supply, the single-channel, feedback-style Liverpool......

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