Interview: Soft-Amps Plugin creator Alexander Petrov-Savchenko

When it comes to the plugin producers out there who are cool enough to give their stuff away for free, they don’t get much cooler than Alexander Petrov-Savchenko, better known as AXP, better known still as the juicy brain behind Soft-Amp. Over the years he’s released some stone-cold killer guitar plugins: The sweet Marshall Guv’nor-clone, the SoftDrive; the…

Best DAW for your buck? Reaper Digital Audio Workstation, definitely

A quick rant: I love Reaper. If you’re unfamiliar, Reaper is complete multi-track audio and MIDI recording, editing, processing, mixing, and mastering environment. There’s too much going on in Reaper to put it all here. Suffice to say: if Pro Tools can do it, so can Reaper. This is full-blown professional-quality recording solution. But you…

Interview: Plugin developers Evil Sound Lab

KVR’s 2016 Developer Challenge is on again (check out all the entries here) and among the hopefuls are the bright sparks at Evil Sound Lab, creators of the meaty Malefica virtual high-gain distortion pedal. We liked the sound of their pedal sim and thought it might be worthwhile to pick their brains about things laptop-guitar-ey, so…

Amazing Layne Staley isolated vocals

I’m no vocalist. Let’s get that out there right now. And I must admit, I’m no expert when it comes to mixing vocals either. I often find myself unsure of what compressor I should use and how I should set it; what EQ moves I should do – Cut the lows? Boost the highs?; and…

Isolated: Hotel California lead guitars

Is there a greater staple of classic rock radio than Hotel California? Truly, most of us have heard it so many times now that one could ask just what there is left to say about The Eagles’ classic tale of fame, excess and the overwrought metaphor. Well, as this glorious isolated track shows, there’s more…