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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

FabFilter Pro-C 2

Featuring mid-side processing, parallel compression capability and advanced sidechain functionality, FabFilter’s original Pro-C was an effective wideband compressor plug-in in a crowded field. Its new version, Pro-C 2 ($179), adds five new compression “styles” and extremely powerful new controls. Now it’s a force to be reckoned with. ......

MOTU Digital Performer Version 9.01

MOTU has released a major upgrade to Digital Performer, and it’s actually a twofer, as it includes the company’s flagship soft synth, MX4 MultiSynth. Five additional plug-ins and a multitude of great workflow enhancements add to the workstation’s allure. I reviewed DP Version 9.01 ($499; upgrades begin at $195) on an 8-core Mac Pro running OS X 10.9.5. ......

Waves H-Reverb

Waves’ H-Reverb has a few tricks up its sleeve that most ’verbs can only dream of.  Dynamic (ducked) and non-linear reverbs—rarely seen in plug-in form—join input and output echoes, amplitude and frequency modulation, overdrive, compression and de-essing to make H-Reverb the exciting new kid on the processing block. Most important, the effects sound excellent. ......

iZotope Ozone 6.1 Advanced

iZotope’s release of Ozone 5 Advanced three years ago marked the transformation of the software mastering suite from prosumer to professional product. Ozone 6 Advanced adds a new Dynamic EQ module, stand-alone application and redesigned GUI. The new version discontinues Ozone 5’s rarely used Reverb processor and gating capabilities for the Dynamics processor. A less-expensive, standard version......

Sonic Farm Berliner

Canadian manufacturer Sonic Farm used the design for the vintage Telefunken V76 mic preamp as a starting point for its superb new mic/line/instrument preamp, the Berliner. Among the changes made to the classic design were substituting EF86/EF806 pentode tubes for the V76’s two cascaded EF804s, which are out of production. The 1RU Berliner’s input transformer also has a 1:20 ratio (the V76’s had......

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