‘Smooth eq – expansion pack for Waves Q-clone’. The smooth mix….
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I am very excited to offer the second expansion pack of this nature available anywhere to my knowledge.
This package is modelled on an EQ that has true NEVE pedigree. The man himself made this one in other words. It can be described as well – smooth and sweet perhaps – never harsh and never really shrill it has a pillowy sound that works well when you do not want a hard sound. This release works well in tandem with my first release Superlative EQ . Superlative Eq is a slightly harder sound, glassy perhaps or diamond topped as they say.
This package took me five days to put together so I hope you will appreciate the time and effort put into making this a tool for your super fast mixing.
This set of presets is sampled to the highest specifications such that the difference between the sampled hardware and the sample you use is in the magnitude of negligible. This is truly analog sound in the box with no compromises. This set is sampled using Orpheus by Prismsound and is considered by some to be among some of the best convertors in the world. I have used short DIY gold tipped cables to connect the hardware to the box so there is virtually no loss in quality.
Don’t settle for emulations costing far more and sounding inferior. Get great quality presets from my blog in the coming months.
Welcome to a new way of mixing. Basically I have taken the hard work out of your hands by spending hours studying recordings to find settings on my hardware that are generic enough to be used by a wide range of people on a wide range of instruments. But you might say – what if I don’t like your mixing decisions……don’t worry – I have given you plenty of wiggle room as each folder has numerous presets with subtle and also vast differences.
Next unzip the package and place the folder anywhere but in the Q-clone folder as it slows down the loading and the menu system is not that intuitive. I suggest you place them anywhere and use the load dialogue. On windows set the open dialogue explorer window to ‘list’ so that all the presets are visible without the need to scroll. The way to do this is to right click – go to view – and choose list. Not sure of a Mac.
The package contains 862 presets. They are grouped by instrument but please note that some instruments
from the same family differ so much in timbre that no preset is perfect every time. However because there are so many you will find that some presets overlap in their usability. A preset made for a piano may well suit electric guitars and those made for kick drum may well work on bass. There are no effective rules so please just go ahead and experiment with what sounds work for you.
At this point perhaps you may want to download my other free offering that compliments this library perfectly from my blog http://www.henryolonga.net/Blog/?p=266 . This package you want to unzip- and place in your q-clone presets folder which is in the Waves folder in program files. This is because you want to have this available to you in the preset menu. This will come in handy when you like a preset but wished it had an adjustment somewhere such as less bass : in that case you could use the high end tracking eqs low shelf to remedy this or use the other eqs in Q-clone. Simply use the add feature in q-clone to add the adjustment using this high end tracking eq. And it also allows you to mix just with that particular eq and avoid my decisions altogether – but what’s the fun in that hey…..
You may also want my other presets library ‘colour mix’ which adds even more flexibility to mixing.
http://www.henryolonga.net/Blog/?p=478 . Some eye opening stuff there. Again – probably best not to place it in your q-clone presets as it is a vast library.
Once you have unzipped the ‘Superlative eq expansion pack for Waves Q-clone’ and placed it in a convenient location such as the audio drive you use, you will want to take this package for a test run………..q-clone is so simple that even a novice could mix with it………just click load, chose a preset and off you go.If you like it ….great – if you don’t, try another until you smile……..
I suggest you use these first in your chain on a track. Obviously the buss stuff is exempt but I find that with the tight kits for example – if I compress after the Q-clone preset with a good compressor like CL 1B or Sonnox dynamics, it sounds crazy good. The full mix and drum folders may help lift your mixes to give them a more polished sound. You may want to use these sparingly as the polished sound of the eq may begin to build up and you can go way OTT quickly and it becomes a harsh brittle mix quickly. So use if you have material that is dull or flat. But on the right material these can be incredible. Once in a while there is a bizarre bug in the plugin that may either make the volume 12 Dbs or – 48 Dbs. So if you get your head blown off or hear nothing – check the level meter. All of the presets were sampled at unity gain so simply get things back to zero and re-save the preset.
Also because of this please make sure you trim your track input by maybe 15 – 20 Dbs. In Cakewalk Sonar I just go all the way to minus 18.This is good audio gain staging anyway. There are also some really loud presets so please take care when loading them. Never run the plugin into the RED – it does not saturate so clipping is hard digital clipping that is very unpleasant. Please leave a comment on my blog if you enjoy the use of these samples and if you really dig them it will be of great encouragement to me to sample more stuff.
The other thing you could consider is sampling your own gear and sharing that too…..
Good luck mixing with this, it is my first Preset packaged eq for Q-clone and I hope it gives you absolutely first class results.