Amplitube vs Guitar Rig – a detailed comparison

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As any guitar player knows, Guitar Rig and Amplitube are undoubtedly two of the most famous and popular guitar emulators available. They’re the best at what they do, but which one is actually better?

We have updated our article in light of the recent Amplitube 5 release, available on IK Multimedia’s website. Comparing to Amplitube 4, this one has been upgraded user experience department, being by far much more user friendly. It now suports Retina-displays and the GUI is fully-scalable. Also, in the new department you now have the option to do parallel effects, with the addition of the dry/wet control and a lot more devices to play with.

For those interested in an upgrade path from Amplitube 4 to 5, here is a sheet from IK Multimedia, explaining the differences and also listing the contents of the Amplitube 5 package.

And if you are interested in a music production laptop as well, we have an updated comparison article right here for you.

Today we’re going to talk at length about the differences and similarities between Amplitube and Guitar Rig, their pros and cons, features, specs, and ultimately decide which platform offers bigger and better benefits, so let’s begin with the most recent price, avaialble by clicking these buttons:

To be fair, we will compare Amplitube 5 to the “PRO” version of Guitar Rig – because the free version is in a league of it’s own. Sadly there is no free entry point to Amplitube, so we have to have an apples-to-apples comparison.

Guitar Rig 6 Amps

For the lack of better words, the selection of amps, cabinets, and effects stacked into the Guitar rig is absolutely incredible. Of course, its eclecticism and versatility mainly depends on which package you’ve opted for, but even the factory Guitar Rig 6 Player is better-rounded than the vast majority if boutique guitar emulators.

You’ll be able to choose between some of the iconic amps, such as Hot Plex, Citrus, Tweed Delight, Jazz Amp, Hot Solo+, and many others, although the bulk of these presets are reserved for Guitar Rig 6 Pro users.

The newest additions (in comparison to the Guitar Rig 5 Pro) are the Chicago, Bass Invader, and the Fire Breather amps, all of which bring brand-new and highly unique features to the table.

Overall, Guitar Rig offers surprisingly authentic, great-sounding amps.

Amplitube 5 Amps

Amplitube’s selection of amps is perfect for literally all kinds of music styles and subgenres. The Standard Amplitube 5 package has 34 devices while the MAX version has a whopping 107 items.

You’ll be able to use five British Stack amps, including Brit 8000 and Brit 9000, the Red Pig, Brit Valve, the Brit Silver, two American Tube amps, as well as a solid-state Bass preamp. The standard edition of Amplitube 5

If you want the full list of devices available, IK Multimedia has created this sheet, which also compares Amplitube 5 with the previous version.

These amps work wonders regardless of whether you’re looking for a poppy sound, a fuzzed jazzy tone, or a heavily distorted metal timbre. However, Guitar Rig’s selection of amps is just slightly broader.

Guitar Rig 6 Cabinets

Guitar Rig 6 offers matched cabinets for their amps, which is generally pretty great. Furthermore, you’ll be able to make great use of the Control room cabinets & mics features if you’ve upgraded to Guitar Rig 6 Pro.

However, the downside here is that you won’t be able to mix and match ‘unmatched’ cabinets like you would with Amplitube.

Amplitube Cabinets

As far as cabinets go, Amplitube 5 offers 27 models, while the MAX version comes equipped with a HUGE ARRAY of 101, including six 4 by 12s (matching the amps), one 1 by 12 Open Vintage cab, a 2 by 12 Closed Vintage cab, and a 1 by 15 Bass Vintage cabinet.

While Guitar Rig had the upper hand in terms of the amp selection, Amplitube does a bit better job in the realm of cabinets, offering more than twice as many models and presets.

In a nutshell, this is more than you’ll need to capture the sonic essence of the recognizable sounds of guitar heroes with ease.

Guitar Rig 6 Effects

There are almost more guitar effects aboard the Guitar Rig 6 platform than can be counted, starting with five delays (Twin, Delay Man, Psyche Delay, Quad Delay and Tape Echo), 12 Distortions (Fuzz, MeZone, Sledgehammer, Gain & Treble boosters, Cat, Demon, Skreamer and more), 10 Dynamic effects, 5 EQs, 7 filters, 8 modulation effects, 3 Pitch effects, 9 reverbs, and three ‘Special’ effects (Resochord, Ring Modulator and Grain Delay).

Barely a dozen of these effects are available as factory presets, though, which means that more than half of aforementioned guitar effect models are only available with the Guitar Rig 6 Pro package.

Amplitube Effects

The Amplitube simulator offers 10 different stompbox models, including choruses, flangers, delays, wahs, diode overdrives, volume pedals, graphic equalizers, compressors, tremolos, and acoustic simulators. With the new Amplitube 5 version you can run them in paralel with the dry/wet setting.

All of these effects are taken from actual analogue effect pedals and sound as original and authentic as can be. The same list of items contains an inventory of all the stomp effects contained.

The good and the bad of Guitar Rig 6

Basically, Guitar Rig 6 is free to download, which is a massive benefit in itself. However, the factory presets selection is modest, to say the very least, which means that it’s a pretty basic software with relatively poor versatility if you don’t upgrade to the ‘Pro’ version at some point.

Let’s discuss the positives and negatives of Guitar Rig 6 PRO:

Pros:

  • Decently affordable upgrade to Guitar Rig 6 free
  • Exceptional range of guitar amps
  • Quality analogue bass amp
  • Authentic sounding tools, models and presets
  • Unparalleled selection of effects
  • Decently easy to use, even by beginners

Cons:

  • The basic (free) package is not overly versatile
  • Difficult to mix and match cabinets
  • Almost no effect pedals and stompboxes to speak of in the free package

The good and the bad of Amplitube

Amplitube is decently approachable guitar software that packs a hefty selection of stompboxes, amplifiers, cabinets, speakers, microphones, effects, and rack units. With the new update to Amplitube 5, the user interface is extremely well built, scalable and looks great on Apple devices.

Obviously, it’s more expensive than the (free) Guitar Rig 6, but it is well worth the buck considering how beginner-friendly and eclectic it is. Some of the highlighted advantages and disadvantages of Amplitube are:

Pros:

  • Highly intuitive interface
  • Excellent selection of stompbox effects, amplifiers, cabinets and microphones
  • Several rack effects and speakers
  • Onboard tuners
  • Constantly expanding roster of amps and effects
  • Great for beginners and seasoned veterans alike

Cons:

  • Not available for free, although demo can be downloaded free of charge

Conclusion

The specs, features, and UI were some of the most notable parameters we took into consideration when comparing the performance of Amplitube and Guitar Rig.

Even though these guitar simulator programs are completely different, they actually do have a lot in common. Both programs are laden with a myriad of top-quality amps and effects, and both actually sound extraordinarily great.

Be it as it may, Guitar Rig tends to do a bit better only because there is a free version to which Amplitube cannot compete.

Without cutting Amplitube’s worth short, it’s amazing software that has enormous potential to usurp Guitar Rig’s throne in near future.

Best Prime Day 2020 Music Promotion Deals

It’s (kind of) finally here- The shopping season is upon us and as always, retailers are starting off with a bang with amazon’s prime day.

Although pioneered by Amazon, several brands have joined in on the fun and have started offering up to 90% off their products.

And, as always, we’re here to guide you through the best deals and freebies

VST Plugins Prime Day Deals

Waves

As usual, Waves is running a series of crazy discounts. They are marketed as black Friday deals, though we’ll include them here are they are still on time for prime day.

We still consider their subscription to be one of the best deals out there, especially because it includes a free trial period of 1 month– more than enough to produce several award-winning tracks.

Scheps Omni Channel- 74% off (38.99$)

The Scheps Omni Channel gets its name from the brilliant Andrew Scheps- engineer to jay z, Adele, Metallica, and many others.

This channel strip is a staple of any modern producer, and it’s now 74% off!

Vocal Rider- 86% off (35.99$)

Vocal rider is known for its simplicity and effectiveness. It will adjust your vocals automatically with great results.

It’s at 86% off for a limited time.

Waves Tune Real Time- 82% off (35.99$)

If you run a studio or record vocals frequently, this is a must have VST. It allows singers to stay in tune in real time. It’s basically a magic box that makes anybody a great singer.

At this price, this is a great tool to just play around if you ever wondered how your voice would sound if recorded professionally.

There are a bunch more waves plugins heavily discounted at the waves website, these are only the ones that caught our attention, for a full list, click on the link below:

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W.A Productions Back to School Bundle- 95% off (9.99$)

For the price of an expensive coffee, you’ll get WA Babylon, instascale and instachord.

It’s a no-brainer.

Soundspot Union & Expansions sale 90% off (16$)

IK Multimedia

Total Studio Max 2- 75% off (249.99$)

17 synths with over 2000 presets, 2 400 instruments, 34 effects, 39 high end audio processors, guitar amps, samples, and much more.

All this for 249.99$ (Down from 999$). What more can we say?

Sample Tank 4- 50% off (149.99$)

Included in Total Studio Max 2.

This is a huge sound library of over 260GB with a beautifully designed interface.

IK Multimedia is running a couple of other promotions, which you can check in the link below:

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Amazon U.S Prime Day Music Deals

Amazon’s prime music deals are too many to list in one single post.

So feel free to browse headphones, musical instruments, and home audio using the link below:

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Ableton Live 10 Review

Ableton Live is a software sequencer for recording and mixing live performances as well as composing, arranging, mixing, and mastering original music.

DJs and music producers alike favor its control suite over other software sequencers. Ableton Live 10 is the best update the software has received.

This review evaluates its main features in terms of the users who would benefit from them.

We’ll go over any possible drawbacks you may experience with the Ableton Live 10 Suite, but for music producers, mixers, arrangers, DJs, and other industry professionals, the Live 10 update is the best version of an already multifunctional application.

The Interface

You may already know that Ableton Live has an intuitive, simple interface set up in two views: arrangement and session.

This allows you to play samples and MIDI sequences live, or in a predetermined order so you can trigger the instruments or third party sounds manually.

The Live 10 update improves on the formula even more.

It’s clean and intuitive in the refreshed Live 10 design, with the previous skin options changing to more comprehensive themes that change how you interact with Live 10 based on your preferences.

Unlike in Live 9, clip fade-ins don’t need to be enabled separately in Live 10 – there are built-in shortcuts for that and other commonly used processes that allow you to instantly reposition clips in your track or fold all arrangement tracks.

The Chase MIDI Notes tab lets the program resume long sound clips without them needing to be manually retriggered.

Just looking at Live 10, you know you’re getting a more refined suite than previous updates. The browser is now color-coded for your curated content, managing your updates, and curating your tracks.

The typeface is clean and easy to read, as it has been on other Live versions, but this time with more customization options to help users make it as easy to read for them as they want.

Capture, Wavetable, and other devices like Pedal and Drum Bass all appear on the interface in more intuitive ways to help with the efficiency of your design.

Arrangement view has improved that design by grouping your features intuitively to avoid a cluttered interface, even though Live 10 has more features than ever before.

If you know what all that means, then you’re in the right place in your industry to make use of Ableton Live 10.

Even if you don’t have experience with other interfaces, the options for instrumentation and effects may convince you.

The Push 2 interface that has been integrated into Ableton Live 10 also gives you more options in terms of applications and an even more refined interface.

Those who use Push on their devices will be happy to read on and discover how Ableton has fixed one of the major drawbacks of previous updates, which was the lack of Push features.

Push integration

The Push interface gives Ableton Live 10 access to premium features, making it a more versatile studio DAW than any on the market.

Ableton Live 10 doesn’t have to be established with Push but Push and Push 2 offer a lot of useful expanded functionality that makes Live 10 even more interactive.

The vibrant Push display could be a huge asset to organizing your work in a live performance setting or a studio composition setting.

Push also allows Live 10 to visualize each note in MIDI clips, which enhances users’ ability to sequence them, something that previous Live 10 suites have been lacking and now can’t do without. Push enhances the already stellar MIDI sequencing on Ableton Live 10 by showing notes in four rows, accentuated by a separate sequencer section. 

Push users should love the full integration with Live 10, including the new features and vibrant, intuitive interface changes. Using new devices in the suite like Wavetable and Echo is not only easy but they look great too.

Previous Live updates have been a little slow getting full device integration up to speed with the Push interface, which has made Mac users and “Push natives” a little slow to get on board. Those worries are gone with Live 10.

Instrumentation options

Ableton Live 10 features synth options that give mixers way more utility than previous updates to the suite. The range of timbres and the sheer number of presets all situated on the vibrant Push 2 display makes Live 10 more multifaceted than the versions that preceded it.

New audio effects give users a ton of options, including echo, drum base, and pedal, all of which provide modes for mixing and production that can make Live 10 even more customizable.

Echo allows users to program delays, similar to a tape system. Drum Base is a tool that gives users more audio shaping options than before by combining transient shaping, compression, and distortion into one mechanic.

Pedal is the best guitar distortion effect added to Ableton Live in all its updates, including dedicated sub controls for manipulating the low end of the spectrum better than any previous version.

Live packs

Ableton Live 10’s live pack options aren’t for everyone, particularly those who are overwhelmed by bundled content in an already multifunctional design suite.

However, they have a lot to offer those looking for even more options and are better in Live 10 than they’ve ever been.

These packs include Build and Drop and other themed content packages, including stylistic instrument presets and effects that help consolidate the creative process around a style built-in to the samples. They help mixers by providing MIDI clips and samples and more raw material in keeping with the live pack’s theme.

The instrument packs in Live 10 aren’t a significant jump in variety from the Live 10 presets, but some users may find the options for hybrid kits to be useful, as they include more instrument mixes and a host of MIDI beat clips that pair with the other kits and applications. The Drum Booth kit, for instance, is perfect for acoustic mixing. Synth Essentials comes with all the samples and presets needed for an electronic mix.

These packs may not appeal to everyone, but for many users they expand the information available in Live 10 to customize mixes so it’s worth it to see them improve from Live 9.

Wavetable

Wavetable is the main device in the new packs that we’ll talk about since it’s probably the most useful for the average Live 10 user.

Wavetable has a wide palette of synthesizers and instruments that make its design capabilities much improved over its predecessors.

You can use it to morph hundreds of wavetables using classic and synthetic forms and two flexible filters.

It’s Live 10’s main synth collection for a reason, and works perfectly in tandem with Operator and Analog on Ableton’s system.

With the ability to make adjustments in the form of automation and to edit MIDI clips together, Wavetable is a great addition to your already packed feature list with Push, drum pads, keyboards, and more operating on the Live 10 interface.

Demo

A demo option sweetens the deal for the Ableton Live 10 suite because it allows you to practice on its basic features for free.

If your system requirements are in order, you have nothing to lose by trying out the Live 10 demo.

Cons

We didn’t notice cons with the interface or features available with the Ableton Live 10 design suite. The main drawback is that Live 10 loads slower on iMac than Live 9.

The Takeaway

Ableton Live 10, like its previous versions, is most notable for its features and interface.

The applications, live packs, instrument and clip options, and other features give mixers, arrangers, and composers all the tools they need to boost their audio design station with one of the best mixing and design suites available.

Its integration with Push gives Live 10 options for applications and devices, as well as useful MIDI visualization options.

Wavetable and Echo, as well as other live packs and applications, give Live 10 a ton of building options that include everything from a themed interface to new instrument and clip packs.

If the adjustment and automation options on MIDI playback, instrument mixes, and customizable interfaces aren’t big enough selling points, Live 10 also offers a demo period that gives users the chance to experience its features without financial risk.

This offsets the premium price of Live 10, but it’s not so outside the market prices of other suites to criticize it on those grounds.

In fact, if you’re a designer looking for an improved version of Live 9, Live 10 ups Ableton’s game in its creative features, sound library, and intuitive interface.

Its new integration with third-party programs makes it an even better option for designers looking for an all-in-one design suite to mix, arrange, compose, and master existing or new music.

With the addition of a free trial, you don’t even have to take our word for it: you can try it out yourself.

Best Plugins for Logic Pro X

Logic Pro X comes with a lot of different amazing stock plugins. You can create a hit record with everything that comes by default.

For music production or for mixing vocals, you can do it all using an array of well crafted plugins that will help you define your sound like the pros.

Sample delay:

This is a plugin that a lot of people overlook including myself until recently, you can slap this bad boy on any sound you’d like to be panned differently and to sit a little wider in the mix.

You can either choose to have a delay on the right or on the left. This doesn’t work too good with instruments that are typically known to hit directly in the middle (Kicks, snares for example) but it works wonders on FX like risers.

It helps give life to instruments or voices.

You can also use them on open hats and percussion as well.

I recommend trying it out and seeing how it influences your mix and finding how it fits perfectly to your taste. It’s very easy to use, only has two knobs and the job is done very quick. Great simple interface to work with on this plugin.

Bit crusher:

This plugin is fantastic for adding a bit of distortion to anything you’d like. I personally like to use it on kicks and snares to add a little grit. What’s important to keep in mind is that less is more. Always.

Play around with the mix knob as it will become your best friend to achieve the best results possible to have a powerful sound but that doesn’t sound too distorted either.

Try adjusting the down sampling along with the resolution to find the best balance to enhance your sound.

Rather simple plugin to use as well and quick to get what you need out of it.

Channel EQ:

The default EQ that comes with logic has a very transparent sound, is incredibly easy to get by on, and is visually engaging.

It’s a go to for easy adjustments on any track.

What makes this EQ special is it’s simplicity and visually appealing look. It demands very low CPU usage and therefore makes it a favourite for applying in whichever situation.

Pitch Correction:

Logic comes with it’s own built in Pitch Correction, also known as Autotune.

It’s very easy to use and only requires to adjust two knobs, one to put in the key of the song, the other is to adjust the power of the autotune applied.

It can achieve great results and can sound very robotic if needed.

Stereo delay:


This is a plugin I use just about in every mix. From vocals to transitions to hi hats, it works literally everywhere.

What’s amazing about this plugin is that you get to adjust each side individually to generate very interesting rhythms that compliment each other.

By default the left side comes at 1/4 and the right side is at 1/8. I tend to leave it as it and play with the feedback to fit my taste for that particular track.

You can play around with this plugin on hi hats to make intricate patterns that make tracks very bouncy. To make this plugin even better, the creators made sure to include a built in filter for each side.

So you get to filter high or low frequencies left and right and really craft a sound that is unique. One of my favorite stock plugins by far.

Tremolo:

The tremolo is another interesting plugin that can be used for many different situations. It works well to add movement in a song.

It pans the sound left and right continuously, and can be very fluid or extremely rapid, depending on the speed.

Putting a tremolo on instruments help it stand out in the mix, and always be in motion.

Exciter:

The exciter is another tool that comes with Logic Pro’s arsenal that can be used virtually anywhere.

This plugin can enhance pleasant harmonics or if needed more prominent distortion, but when used in little amounts it can tremendously boost a whole track.

This plugin works well in the mixing stage as well when wanting to add some extra harmonics on a master bus.

You can use it on a piano to give a little more grit and power, it works very well with guitars as well. It can be applied on vocals as well to make them stand out more in a mix.

Apple and Ableton Offer 90 Day Free Trial for Logic Pro X and Ableton 10 Live

In yet another act of kindness in the music production industry, Apple and Ableton have made their flagship music production suites available for free for 90 days!


At a time where most of us are stuck at home, this is a great opportunity to take the plunge into the higher end of DAWs.

Retailing at 199.99$ (Logic Pro X) and at 750$ (Ableton 10 Live), these are truly unbelievable offers, though they won’t last forever. So beware, if you get hooked on one of these, you might end up having to pay the full price.

In any case, you only live once, so why not enjoy these freebies while they last.

Here are the links:

Apple’s Logic Pro X

Ableton 10 Live

Best Online Beat Maker- Reviewed and Compared

It’s really mindblowing when you think of all the things that we have at disposal today.

Whether you’re a beginner, intermediate, or a full-blown pro, there are so many resources and different tools that you can use in creating your own original music.

In fact, we kind of take it for granted in some way, not always realising how great we have it now compared to musicians from a few decades ago.

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Whether you want to record your instruments and vocals, or whether you want to make electronic music – it’s all possible even with a decent home studio setting.

But the topic of todays article is online beat makers.

It turns out that you don’t even need to bother too much with combining a bunch of random plugins in your DAW in order to do stuff.

You can just use one of the online beat makers and create anything for electronic music, hip-hop, or anything that your heart desires.

So let’s get into it – what are the best online beatmakers?

We’ve done some digging and have come up with this list. Any of these beat makers work well for most of the electronic or hip-hop music settings you need.

#1- LoopLabs

While it’s mostly hip-hop oriented, LoopLabs provides a great platform for basically any type of music.

But the best part about it is that it’s beginner-friendly, while also retaining some of the really important and very complex features which make it useful for full-blown professionals.

This online music studio has an abundance of different royalty-free sounds. There’s anything for electronic, hip-hop, and music, and even genres like jazz, funk, and many others.

It features tens of thousands of samples, and the sound library is constantly growing.

In case you’re a vocalist, this is pretty much like a dream come true.

You can easily record your voice over any beat in an instant.

It’s also possible to remix already added tracks, or even record any of your parts over them. LoopLabs is a very useful online music-making collaborative tool.

#2- Splice Beat Maker

Splice is essentially like a large GitHub for musicians.

It’s based on collaborative projects and a vast library of DAWs and different plugins.

However, one of its greatest features is the Splice Beat Maker.

The great thing about this one is that it’s really easy to use. The interface is very intuitive and really easy to figure out.

Once again, we have collaborative projects and a whole bunch of different options for any music genre you need.

Just add your tracks, instruments, and start laying out beats.

Note: you can check out our review of splice sounds here.

When you’re done, you can download your track either as MIDI or Toraiz SP-16 files.

#3- Mixxx

Although it can come in handy for various different settings, Mixxx is mostly intended for DJs.

In fact, it’s pretty much a collection of tools that a DJ would need for their live sets.

Once again, like with many of the great online beat-making software, it’s easy to use and can come in handy for both pros and beginners.

It features the classic key and BPM detection with the possibility to sync different tracks when they’re played together.

There’s also an integrated DJ control support with already mapped out controls.

Aside from these and an abundance of effects, there’s also integrated vinyl record control.

The whole thing is rounded up with their community and great support that you can get for any problems that might occur along the way.

#4- Dumb.com

According to their own words, Dumb.com is a “source for dumb stuff.” Anything from fun harmless activities and jokes, up to a few different types of beatmakers.

It’s pretty obvious that with a website like this one you won’t really get a professional beatmaker.

But this is still a fun little addition to their website and there are seven different types that you can use on your computer, as well as an additional one for iPhone.

It’s available through a browser and works as a flash plugin.

#5- Drumbot

Drumbot is a service with multiple tools for musicians.

You can find some great effects, sequencers, a tuner, and, of course, a virtual drummer.

This beatmaker is also a flash plugin that you can use to create drum beats for any type of music you need. It comes as a perfect solution for those who want to jam out without a drummer.

It’s really straightforward, making it very simple to use. The controls for it are also laid out on the keyboard.

But you can’t expect much of it. Similar to the one on Dumb.com, it’s more of a helpful addition for any jam session rather than a serious software.

#6- Soundtrap

While not that flashy or designed for pros, Soundtrap provides a very simple interface for multi-track projects.

It’s designed for a wide variety of genres and even features guitar amp simulations and AutoTune.

Among these features, we can also find their Patterns Beatmaker.

It also comes with a great deal of pre-made beats and presets that you can use or further edit.

#7- CreateRaps

Here we have a very useful piece of software that you can use without any downloading.

As the name CreateRaps suggests, it’s mostly intended for rap music and rap beats.

How it works is that you choose any of the royalty-free premade beats, record your rapping over it, and download the file. That’s basically it!

Obviously, this is not something a professional would use, but it’s rather a beginner’s tool for making any rap and hip-hop tracks on the go. It’s fairly simple and all you need is a simple microphone and near-zero latency operation.

Minimal System Group Dreamscape Review

Whatever is the instrument that you play, whether you sing, or whether you prefer to make synths and other virtual instruments in your DAW – you can’t make music with a completely dry sound.

Well, you technically can, and nobody is stopping you, but there’s hardly any chance you’ll make it sound appealing and enjoyable.

This is why the use of atmospheric effects has been an important part of every mix since way back in the 1950s. To this day, musicians of any genre are still using delay and reverb effects to give that new dimension and feel of “spaciousness” to whatever they’re making.

But these effects became more complex as time went by. For instance, any type of a reverb – whether it’s a rack-mounted unit or a pedal – had more features and parameter controls that would add a different “flavor” in real-time or to recorded audio tracks. Eventually, we got an abundance of great plugins that would serve this purpose, mostly in the studio for recording and mixing.

There’s one particular reverb plugin that we’re interested in here, and it’s called DreamScape.

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This plugin was conceived, designed, and created by a company called Minimal Systems Group. Featuring some very detailed and advanced control, this plugin was released back in 2013 and is still in use today.

The idea with such a plugin was to decrease the CPU usage and bring more of that analog “warmth” in the output, which is something that’s becoming increasingly popular these days.

Since there are plenty of interesting features in this one, we decided to look into DreamScape and examine it closer.

So if you’re looking for a new reverb plugin for your own work, or are generally interested in reverbs, come right in and check this one out.

Features

It does not take more than a glance at it to realise that DreamScape is a plugin with very detailed parameter controls.

It’s intended as a fully custom effect with its special atmosphere generator.

There are some pretty unusual analog modelling characteristic controls on it, intended for making those rich and lush atmospherics effects. Everything is enhanced with the company’s specially designed reflection algorithm.

For the purpose of creating detailed effects, the DreamScape plugin is divided into two main sections. We have the added filter and modulation section, in addition to the main part of the plugin dedicated to basic and advanced reverb parameter controls.

In the main part, we can find a total of 12 virtual knobs and four virtual switches on it.

First off, we have the essential reverb parameters, like pre-delay, reflections, room size, and the inevitable mix/blend control.

Now, there are a few other interesting parameters here, concerning the room shapes and dimensions. For instance, there are two knobs labeled as “low floor” and “high ceiling” that further help shape the room feel.

In addition, we can also find other advanced controls, like the amplitude curve, time curve, as well as reverb start and reverb stop. And since this is a stereo reverb plugin, there’s a control determining the stereo “width” of the effect.

The filter and modulation section gives some interesting controls, as well as the possibility to tweak left and right channels individually.

This section can add somewhat of an “unconventional” tone to the standard reverb. You’ll be able to get some experimental and even synth-like tones using this section.

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Performance

Overall, the DreamScape reverb plugin gives an abundance of options. You can use it for pretty much any instrument or vocal track.

In addition, you can use it with or without the filter/modulation section. The graphic interface is pretty intuitive and easy to get by with, so there’s hardly any chance that you’ll have issues with using the plugin.

As promised by Minimal System Group, the plugin does indeed have a low CPU usage.

However, there’s a huge drawback with the fact that this is a 32-bit plugin. You can use it on a 64-bit system, but you’ll need to use the jBridge software in order to make it work. Not exactly the most practical solution for just another reverb plugin.

While the reverb itself can be used in some conventional ways, any additional advanced parameter tweaking goes into experimental territories.

For an average producer, this will be a huge letdown, as the resulting tones are something that would be appealing to those who love meddling with weird and unusual reverbs and feedbacks.

Like we already mentioned, using the filter and modulation section, you get some vintage synth-oriented overtones. And, to be perfectly honest, this can be somewhat annoying. We’d rather have a lush and spacious reverb, rather than an experimental platform for wacky sounds that have no practical value in modern music.

Conclusion

To put it simply, DreamScape is a good reverb that won’t break your wallet.

It scores well in terms of versatility, and its intuitive design, as well as the experimental-friendly environment, deserve a nod. It’s a good entry level reverb with some advanced features and a good price. On occasion, you’ll be able to find some super cheap deals on it, going well below the $10 mark.

We have a very low CPU usage, which is all great. The intuitive graphic interface and easy-to-use controls are something that everyone loves.

If you want a serious advanced level spacious and lush reverb plugin, we’d rather advise you go with something else. In case you feel experimental and would really love to play around with a few unusual analog-like reverb presets, then wait for the price to drop and get DreamSpace.

How to Make FL Studio Run Faster

FL Studio is, without any doubt, one of the best digital audio workstations that you can use for the recording of pretty much any genre of music.

Of course, it’s especially known for its compatibility with various plugins for different synths and effects, making it one of the best options for electronic music.

Developed by the Belgian company Image-Line Software and released originally as Fruity Loops back in 1997, it has now become a go-to DAW for countless creative music makers.

However, just like with any great piece of software you find in 2021, you might have some performance issues due to certain compatibilities or just inadequate hardware components of your computer.

If this is the case with you and FL Studio don’t worry, you’re not alone in this.

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If something is running slow, or just not as fast as it is supposed to, there’s always a solution.

With this being said, let us look at the different ways on how to make FL Studio run faster.

And if you still can’t make FL run smoothly, maybe it’s time to buy a new laptop. We have a very good comparison and review set on the best music production laptops on the market today.

Monitoring your CPU

The first thing you need to do is to check out the CPU load directly in the FL Studio.

In the top screen of the FL Studio, you’ll see a small window tracking down CPU usage and RAM memory usage.

In case any of these values are getting too high, it means something’s not right.

Symptoms might include unwanted clicks and glitches in the audio. If you’re experiencing poor performance or any other issues, keep your eyes on the memory and CPU usage window.

Configuring audio settings for FL Studio

Poor performance sometimes might be due to the inadequate settings for the hardware you have.

For instance, if you set the buffer size to the minimum, or somewhere close to it, but your computer can’t handle it, you should consider raising it to the spot where it stops being an issue.

The bigger the buffer size, the easier your computer will respond to all the things going on in the program.

However, a larger buffer size increases latency, which can be an issue with the real-time instrument or vocal recording.

In case you’re not doing any kind of recording but just mixing, there’s no need to keep buffers at a lower level. But if you’re recording, try and find that sweet spot that doesn’t make it impossible for you to perform and that still allows normal operation.

For this, you’ll need to go to Options, Audio Setting, and then select the “Asio4ALL” or “FL Studio Asio” in the “Device” menu.

You can increase the buffer length to where it works best for you. Try and set the sample rate to 44100 Hz and the “Priority” to “highest.”

There are a few other switchable options in the audio settings, including the “Triple buffer” and “Mix in buffer switch”. Try stitching them on and off and see if there’s any change in the overall performance. If nothing happens, set them back the way they were.

Enable the “Smart Disable” feature in FL Studio

Another option you’ll find in the Audio Settings is the “Smart Disable” feature.

You can then enable it and go to Tools Menus, Macros, and then select the “Switch smart disable for all plugins.”

This way, all the instruments and effects plugins will be turned off when they’re not making any sounds. Depending on the type of project, this feature can significantly decrease your CPU usage.

You should also know that the Smart Disable feature is only active during playback. It will be disabled during any rendering.

Look at how many channels are you rooting in the FL Studio mixer

What you also need to be paying attention to is the number of channels you’re routing to in the FL Studio mixer. The larger the number of channels, the higher the chances that CPU load will rise faster than usual. In order to prevent this issue, you might want to plan everything out in advance before starting a project.

Look whether your plugins are 32 or 64 bit

Whenever you’re using any kind of plugins in the FL Studio, it is important to see whether they are the correct VST version.

For instance, if you have a 64 bit FL Studio version, then you should use only 64-bit versions of VST plugins.

Using the 32-bit plugin versions on the 64 bit FL Studio, there’s a high chance your CPU usage will skyrocket. This is because your computer will need to adjust to the same version. This whole process is referred to as “bridging.”

Check whether your CPU is running at full speed

There are also things you need to check outside of the FL Studio itself.

For instance, you might have a certain power saving setting on that is preventing your CPU from running at its full speed.

If you’re using Windows, then open up the settings (can be accessed via Start menu), go to the Control Panel, System and Maintenance, and then select Power Options. You should then select your power management to the “High Performance Mode.” If you’re using a laptop, always make sure that you’re plugged in and not running solely on the battery.

As for macOS, go to System Preferences, then Energy Saver, and then find the “Computer Sleep” slider and select it to “Never” mode.

Or, instead, you can check the box labeled as “Prevent computer from sleeping automatically when the display is off.”

There are a few other power-related features in the settings that might help you use your computer’s full CPU potential.

Final Thoughts

We hope this guide has helped you in making FL Studio run great. If you still encounter issues with your studio, maybe your laptop is too old and needs an upgrade. In this direction, we would like to point you in the right direction, to our article on the best music production laptops on the market in 2021.

Best Rent-to-own VST Plugins [2021]

EDITOR’S NOTE: Looking for a summarised list of best rent-to-own VST plugins? Check the table below, with our selection of the four best rent-to-own services. Also please note that this list is constantly updated so bookmark it for later reference.

If you are on a mobile device, scroll left and right in the table to see all the entries, and up and down in the cells to see all the content.

Name Plugins Included Cost per month Our Rating
Editor’s Value Choice
Splice Rent-to-Own
49 plugins on offer. Including: Serum, Ozone 9, Arturia, Studio 1 Professional. Starts at 4.99$ per plugin.
Option for a free 3 day trial.
4.7/5
CHECK OFFER
Waves Subscription Over 200 waves plugins. to choose from.
You will NOT OWN them at the end, you have to keep paying to access them.
6.99$ for 16 plugins.
9.99$ for 42 plugins.
19.99$ for 60 plugins.
4.9/5
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Reason+ Subscription First month FREE!
Weekly sound packs
70+ instruments and effects
19.99$ 4.6/5
CHECK OFFER
Landr Rent-to-Own Lethal Synth
Auto-tune
9.99$ 4.1/5
CHECK OFFER

It’s really fascinating when you think how easy it is today to make your own home studio and be able to make solid music with it. What’s more, you can even set up a mobile studio with your laptop and an audio interface and take it anywhere with you to either record or just make your music. It’s something that opens up new possibilities and was unimaginable back in the old days.

What’s also great is that you can even rent different plugins by using some handy services today.

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In this brief guide, we will be taking a closer look and explaining how so-called “rent-to-own” plugin services work, as well as some great products that you can get on them.

Rent-to-own VST plugin system

The whole idea is to have a service and a system that will allow you to rent plugins for a certain monthly price. But, as the name of this concept would suggest, if you rent these plugins long enough to pay for their full price, the product (or, in some cases, a bundle of multiple products) is yours.

It’s the same principle we see on the housing market when you rent a home for a while, see if it fits your needs, and decide if you want to keep paying for it until you pay off the full price. You can just cancel any time you want.

What’s really useful here is that you no longer need to deal with demos and all the annoying features that come with such them.

And you don’t have to buy a full version after 30 days only to realize that you don’t really like this product 3 months after paying the full license price. Is there a plugin you think will help you in your creative endeavors? Try and rent it for a few months and see what the full product with all of its features is like.

If you think you’ll need the plugin in the longterm, you can keep renting it until you pay off the full price. If you need it for some smaller tweaks and adjustments in a few of your songs, then rent it for a month or two.

It really is that simple.

NOTE: Waves had a rent to own service but it has been discontinued. Instead, they made it cheaper but removed the “own” part, so that you perpetually pay for the subscription.

There are usually no extra charges and you pay around the same price in the end as you would for the plugin on the creator’s website. The plugins you can purchase via these services can be effects, synths, or any other different products, sometimes even entire Digital Audio Workstations.

It’s especially useful if there’s a pricy plugin that you set your eyes on but can’t afford to pay the full price upfront. All of the best vst plugins, the ones used by the pros, are now available for anyone with a few extra dollars per month.

With all this in mind, we’ll now go into some of the rent-to-own plugin services that you can find online.

Splice Rent-to-own VST plugins

Splice is one of the most famous services of this kind. On there, you can also buy royalty-free samples, get your hands on some of the plugins in the rent-to-own section, or even buy DAWs. Splice can either be used in the browser or via their specialized desktop app.

This app allows you to open project files of a few different DAWs: Logic Pro, Ableton Live, GarageBand, or FL Studio.

It also comes as an extremely useful service for collaborative projects, serving as sort of a GitHub for musicians. The rented plugins can be used in individual DAWs or within the app.

Whether it’s plugins or any other services that they offer, you can purchase them with Splice credits. There are four pricing models for buying these credits, going from $7.99 per month up to $139.99 per year.

At the moment, there are 49 plugins and DAWs to choose from. The list includes Ozone 9 Advanced compressor and EQ, Serum synth, Punchbox distortion and synth, and others. Some of these made our best vst synth list.

Here are some of the plugins on offer at Splice rent-to-own VST plugins:

Plugin NamePlugin Maker
1. SerumXfer Records
2. Ozone 9 AdvancediZotope
3. VocalSynth 2iZotope
4. Nectar 3iZotope
5. Neutron 3 AdvancediZotope
6. V Collection 7Arturia
7. Studio One ProfessionalPreSonus
8. Ozone 9 + Neutron 3 AdvancediZotope
9. Decimort 2D16 Group
10. MOVEMENTOutput
11. PigmentsArturia
12. RX 7 StandardiZotope
13. PunchboxD16 Group
14. Neutron 3 StandardiZotope
15. Toraverb 2D16 Group
16. Devastor 2D16 Group
17. Ozone 9 StandardiZotope
18. Ozone 9 + Neutron 3 StandardiZotope
19. Circle²FutureAudioWorkshop
20. ZoneAudiaire
21. Regroover ProAccusonus
22. ParallelsSoftube
23. BeatformerAccusonus
24. D16 FX BundleD16 Group
25. NuxxAudiaire
26. TekturonD16 Group
27. AntresolD16 Group

Waves Subscription (NOT OWNED)

Waves.com is a service that sells an abundance of different plugins. There are over 200 plugins for any kind of studio work that you need: effects, synths, distortions, even specialized professional-level guitar plugins. Waves VST plugins are top class, trusted and recommended by almost everyone in the industry.

Even if the service does not end with a full ownership of plugins, it is still worth noting on the list.

These plugins and different software can be bought in bundles. There are three basic subscription models for bundles. Depending on the number of plugins that you want, they offer a Silver, Gold and Platinum package.

If you feel that first you want to try music production with free products and then move to rent professional VST plugins, we have an extensive list here.

Of course, you can just cancel any time before the subscription period ends and you’ll be charged for the last payment at the end of the billing cycle. What’s really great is that there are literally hundreds of plugins to choose from.

You can also buy different product bundles straight away if you don’t feel like taking the subscription.

Aside from these, Waves offer different educational courses, digital mixers, racks, and even some specialized hardware products.

Reason+ Subscription (NOT OWNED)

This one is new and interesting for most old-school producers like myself. Oh, Reason! We loved you, but now we don’t because we all love Ableton now. Reason was the… reason we started. It had all the flexible routing that we need, and the workflow that suited us best until something better appeared.

We now Reason is back, and with a vengeance. If you already own Reason software, you will get 50% off the first year, which is great. For 19.99 per month you get not only plugins, but also the Reason stand-alone DAW and Reason Rack. Reason Rack is a plugin host (VST/AU/AAX) that you can insert into your own DAW of choice to access the main contents of this pack, which are 70+ plugins plus a lot of sound packs. These sound pack are always new and interesting and are updated weekly.

The 70+ plugins contain all the stuff that Reason has ever made! Also, you will get access to everything that Reason will make in the future. The Reason+ companion app will automatically give you the recent updates, for both devices and sample libraries. And if you are not sure, you get the first month free of charge!

Landr Rent-to-own VST Plugins

With Landr, you can try out plugins and other products for 3 days completely free of charge. But the platform is also very well-known for its different trap beats and samples and also allows collaborative projects, kind of similar to the Splice model.

Their main plugin offer is a synth called Lethal. This is a very versatile synthesizer plugin with around 50 GB of different sounds (with all expansions included), presets, and samples.

The monthly rent-to-own price is $9.99 and you can stop it or cancel it at any time. Although it’s aimed for trap sounds, it comes really in handy for other genres as well. With Lethal, you can get any of the 24 different expansions, each specified for a certain style of music. These expansions, however, are charged separately.

On display is also a very nifty auto-tune effect.

Final Thoughts

Investing in a good set of plugins for your music production setup can really have an impact on your sound. It used to be the case that the premium VSTs such as the ones sold by waves were only available for the professional studios, but fortunately along with technical innovation, plugin companies have been investing in business model innovation.

The results are great for the bedroom producer. You can now go pro for only a few bucks a month. We hope this article has helped you choose a rent-to-own service. If you have any other suggestions, please leave them in the comment box below.