hey guys it’s Marc Mozart and the
legendary intern MJ Deech aka The Meech how are you doing? It’s my pleasure to present to you guys
a brand new plugin called REFERENCE and it’s my favorite category of plugins.
I tell you why: If you don’t buy the plugins it’s going to be a lot more
expensive compared to buying it. That is because in the old days when we had a console like this you had a full row of
external inputs like here and this is where you would be able to listen to
your references like your favorite records, the rough mix, the song demo,
whatever you need to listen to. To do this today you would still need a
monitor-controller or a big ass SSL-console and a whole bunch of
D/A-converters like we have back here. Let’s say you have 10 references. That
means you would need to drop 10 stereo tracks into your DAW, route them to 10
pairs of stereo converters, then bring them into a monitor controller or a
console, that’s at least three to five thousand US dollars, euros, pounds,
whatever. If you need the SSL, I mean it looks nice but it’s going to
cost you another 50 grand. Thank God some clever people invented a category of
plugins. I would call them “Reference Plugins”. We had a plugin called
“Magic AB” for a while which is an absolute favorite of mine. There is
another one called “Melda MCompare” that has been out for a while, but other than in a
category of compressors and EQ’s where there’s literally thousands.
I know of three plugins in that category and “REFERENCE” is a
brand-new one and I think it’s kicking the other ones ass. Why? Well let’s start!
Let’s pretend the song we have in the background is our mix we work on.
I’m pressing “Original” and I can play the mix. Here we go! This is a
production my intern Meech was working on. They sing in German,
okay, why not? This is Jonathan Fischer and
we bring in some references and it’s amazing because it’s simply a
drag-and-drop from anywhere on your hard drive. There’s one reference. “It looks
very easy” Another reference, this is two references and there we go.
“Original”, “Reference”, Oh the reference is a lot more louder than the
original, so what do we do? Here’s the little thing right? Click here, Wow,
it’s the same volume. So that’s something that kicks the other plugins ass. Going
to say “ass” alot in this. So automatically matching volumes which is absolutely
great. “Yeah and if you want to match all of the three references…”
What is this, you can switch between LUFS, Peak?
LUFS is the meter that shows you what Loudness unit this track has.
Loudness units full scale. The peak shows you the highest peak of the level
in dB. And with “Gain” you can set up the gain for each track. So we match that and
my reference is also following the timeline. So I can go through the timeline and if
that reference is the same song as my original, it will also
automatically line up. Then we can also switch the reference to free that means
it’s not attached to the timeline. So I can just go anywhere…
How does this work? Ah, this is fantastic. “You can create loops!”
I don’t know what I’m doing here but obviously I can select various
things here so this is the free mode. I know from the manual that I can create
loops. I don’t know how because I’m only
looking at manuals but I don’t read them. So you can do loops, we know that.
But you have to find out yourself how to do loops. I have no idea but
it’s possible. So the volume matching, the loops, this is something… That’s not true,
“Magic AB” can do the loops right? The volume matching is new! I like
to drag and drop, this is very good and we have also tested, that I can quit the
session, reload the session, and it will find the files again. I can bring it
in from anywhere and of course you can do Mp3, Wav-files, AIFF, any type of common
audio files. Something other special is the trinity-display. But let me
see, I want to get my head around this. Let’s go back to mirror mode
on my timeline. “Original”, “Reference” and there’s this
button, BAM, I can match all references. Yeah, this is so easy, from reference to
reference to original they all have the same level. I don’t even need
to explain, this is so easy and simple and it saves a lot of time.
Definitely! Then, let’s check this down here. It is called the trinity-display
and there you can see many different things. For example I can do this.
I can zoom into the low-end, and compare the low-end of my original
against the low-end of my reference. I see this to be very useful for EDM stuff
where you really want to zone in on the kick. Where’s my bass-pressure
volume coming from and compare it and work your ass off until you match
the reference. I think this is really useful. I can do the mid-range, the
highs, I can change the crossover- frequency and I think you can also add
other bands of frequencies. Yes, I don’t know but I don’t want to try
it now, I think 3-band is great especially, because I only ever want to zone
in to one. I wouldn’t know why to have five bands. Let me go out of this
multiband mode. And then let’s see, there’s this little
purple colors in these different bands and they show you,
whether your original is more, or less compressed than…you know more about this
than I because I don’t read manuals, but yeah that is what you
said. It shows you if the original song is more or less compressed than the
reference. So one look and you can see where you mix is sitting compared to your
reference, in terms of compression, loudness, you can zone into different
frequency ranges…So yeah, I mean we’ve messed with this now for a while.
One thing that I had the pleasure to give input is: I am coming from the
console or let’s say I love a console and I love my Hardware buttons. So I told
the developers to give me some hardware buttons to switch from reference to
origina, so I can route this to my computer keyboard. But I can also use an
external MIDI input. So I can use my beautiful Native Instrument
Komplete Kontrol keyboard and just put it to a Hardware button, or if you have a
DAW controller it’s really easy. You don’t even need your DAW to have to
function. You would do it in the plugin. It’s a learn thing and you
can learn an MIDI event and then use a button, keyboard, whatever to switch back
between “Original” and “Reference”. Which is great because if I’m
listening a song I don’t often really want to look at my monitor, and I
don’t want to use the mouse, and I’m not really a fan of the mouse, and you can just
assign it to a hardware button. That’s cool, yeah. I think overall I’m going
to use this from now on. I hope the “Magic AB” guys, you know, look at this and say:
“Oh shit, they got us at our ass”, and bring in some new features, so the
competition keeps going. But for now this is my number one favorite reference
plug-in. And in the comments I have a download link for you: Two weeks fully
functional trial, two weeks or 15 days, whatever is better for you. Try
it, and if you want to buy it, you press BAM and it’s leading you into my shop.
Yes, because it’s my favorite category of plugins. It saves you a lot of money. I’m
selling this in the Mixed by Mark Mozart shop and you can get the “Magic AB”
plugin, or you can get the “REFERENCE” plugin for now I think these guys got
the lead. Test it, if you like it buy it and that’s it. Cool, yeah!
All right, sounds good, check it out See you! Bye!