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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

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......

Waves Greg Wells Signature Series

The Greg Wells Signature Series bundle comprises three plug-ins: MixCentric, VoiceCentric and PianoCentric. It’s designed to give you great-sounding mixes, and vocal and keyboard tracks, lickety-split and with minimal fuss. The bundle is the result of a collaboration between Waves and Greg Wells, the multiple Grammy Award–nominated producer, songwriter and mix engineer whose work with Adele,......

Slate Digital FG-Bomber

FG-Bomber ($129) is a new module for Slate Digital’s Virtual Mix Rack plug-in (VMR), an effects rack into which you can load up to eight compatible Slate signal-processing modules. Combining digital models of analog transient processing, sustain-enhancing compression and tube saturation into one module, FG-Bomber’s GUI is designed for ease of use—just four controls and a VU meter. Bomber’s......

Lindell Audio 100% Lindell Bundle

Lindell Audio is a Swedish company offering a range of hardware and software products for audio production. The 100% Lindell Bundle includes all four plug-ins made by the company: the 254E, PEX-500, 7X-500 and 6X-500. The collection comprises digital emulations—with significant modifications—of classic Neve, Pultec and UREI hardware units and the modern Lindell 6X-500 (a transformer-coupled......

Sonicsmiths The Foundry

Sonicsmiths thinks presets are so yesterday. The company’s new virtual instrument, The Foundry, uses parameter-value randomization instead of fixed presets to create an almost infinite number of unique four-voice patches (four discrete multi-samples mixed together). Specify the type of sound you want—for instance, a mysterious pad or pulsing horror patch—and The Foundry will dish out something......

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