Sean McClellan

SeanDJPicWe are happy to welcome Sean McClellan to the L2 Music roster, and we have a wonderful EP lined up. Stay tuned!

In the meantime, make sure to check out Sean’s impressive history on Beatport and his SoundCloud!

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Free audio plugins from KLANGHELM

I’m going to use this blog to post free stuff and tutorials for producers and engineers from time to time. And I will only talk about stuff I use myself. ;-)

I used both plugins on my latest album “THE GREAT ESCAPE“. And all productions of the past 1 year, actually.

So, today I want to introduce 2 plugins from KLANGHELM to you. They’re not only free but amazing, and apart from this, all their products (also the paid ones) are excellent, but this is another topic.

IVGI – saturation & distortion

IVGI can deliver very soft and subtle saturation, that feels at home on the master buss. It is equally capable of very dense and dirty distortion effects to spice up single tracks. IVGI’s base sound is comparable to the DESK mode in the big brother SDRR.

Just as SDRR, IVGI reacts dynamically to the input signal. Even the modeled fluctuations react dynamically and also change depending on the drive setting, so that it doesn’t get in the way of the SOUND. Stereo tracks benefit from it’s modeled crosstalk behavior. Just as its big brother SDRR, IVGI features a “Controlled Randomness”, which determines the internal drift and variance inside the unit. It contributes to the liveliness and realness of IVGI’s saturation character. All internal processes are modulated to some extent to make this possible.

IVGI gives you a sensible amount of controls to manipulate the character of the saturation itself. It offers a unique ASYM MIX knob to alter the symmetry of the signal without affecting the harmonic content much. Usually, asymmetry leads to an increase of even order harmonics. But in IVGI’s case, dialing the asymmetry makes the negative part of the signal “cleaner”. This way you can preserve the dynamic structure of the source and get a more transparent result. Actually, you can think of ASYM MIX as a transparency control.

IVGI also lets you alter the frequency dependency of the saturation with the RESPONSE control.

IVGI is internally calibrated to 0VU = -18dBFS.

I use IVGI as final plugin behind everything else on my master bus to give the final touch. Since I use it, all of my stuff sounds richer, warmer, more analog, just better.

On the next one I have to say that I use very little compression on audio in general, and when I do, I compress in several stages, because I firmly believe that every frequency range needs a different amount of compression. And this one here is a very good and ultra-simple way to do this. Here’s what the creator has to say:

DC1A - effortless character comp

DC1A is the little brother of the compression monster DC8C. I’ve taken a few of my favorite settings from DC8C and tried to make it work in a two control context. Sound wise it’s comparable to the PUNCH mode in DC8C but offers a few additional features, such as negative ratio and stereo unlink. I’ve always wanted to do a compressor with just an input and output knob, a compressor that just works: gentle, faithful, from almost invisible, smooth leveling to heavy pumping with a nice crunchy saturation and punchy enough to treat drums with.

DC1A looks like a one trick pony. But don’t get fooled by the lack of additional controls. You may be surprised on how many different material this little thing works. DC1A is heavily program dependent, so is the saturation.

DC1A is free! So try it out for yourself.

What I really like about KLANGHELM plugins: they’re light, simple and high quality. All I need for a good workflow and great sounding mixes.

FRISKY Loves Latvia – July 26 2014

FRISKY Loves Latvia
Premiere: Saturday July 26th @ 8AM EST / 3PM Latvia [convert timezone]

Taking a musical journey to the Baltic states, FRISKY will be transmitting the sounds of Latvia in the newest episode of the popular FRISKY Loves series. Considered part of both Northern and Eastern Europe, Latvia offers a diverse collection of music, especially when it comes to the electronic side. Making an impact in the industry since the 80’s, Latvia is the home one of the premiere electronic music groups Zodiac, and USSR’s first vinyl DJ Janis Krauklis. Continuing from their early roots, FRISKY Loves Latvia will be showcasing some of the country’s current most influential DJs and producers. Representing the Latvian scene from various angles are many talented artists including Bogdan Taran, Ed De Dano, Electricano, and Kaspar Kondrat. Visit the FRISKY Loves Latvia page to see the complete lineup of DJs who will be bringing you a full day of tunes straight from the heart of their country, and tune in on Saturday July 26th beginning at 8AM EST [convert timezone] to join the newest era of Latvian electronic music.


Infinite Music
Hosted by WindWill
Premiere July 27 2014 @ 8AM EST [convert timezone]

WindWill’s relationship with electronic music can be heard in his beautiful blends of ambient and chillout woven together throughout his sets. Peaceful and thoughtful, his DJ mixes are complete with pure and soul soothing vibes. His influences from New Age music and the sounds of Cafe Del Mar, as well as a wide variety of various genres, create something special when combined. They become epic journeys that take the listener to a new place with each track, all while connecting seamlessly from start to finish. WindWill’s new show on FRISKY CHILL “Infinite Music”, will be the perfect avenue for these journeys, a space where he can achieve his goals of connecting to the listener through his heart. Tune into the premiere on July 27th at 8AM EST [convert timezone] and listen to his Chillout Sundays mix to get to know WindWill.

A guitar play that haunts me for almost 30 years

There is no one, has never been and most likely will never be a guitarist (and composer) like Mark Knopfler. He has influenced me like no other, I’d say, although I’m not exactly a guitarist.

Below is the most sensitive and emotional guitar solo I have heard in my life, which really starts at 4.18, that’s why the video directly starts at this mark. Feel free to listen to the entire brilliant song, of course.

And notice the quality of the recording (even if it’s only a YouTube video!). This was recorded 30 years ago, in 1984. Stunning! I bow to Bob Ludwig.