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  1. Johnny Blade

    Folk songs

    +1 vote here too.
  2. Johnny Blade

    Ozone 9 & Samplitude

    Hi all. iZotope Ozone 9 has been officially released. Is anyone here already testing it with Samp?
  3. Johnny Blade

    Ozone 9 & Samplitude

    Yes, I think so! Thanks for sharing that!
  4. Johnny Blade

    Folk songs

    One more vote for the collection. You are very competitive, how cool! Come on, friends of the forum! It's very quick and easy to vote!
  5. I would like to exchange some impressions here with those who feel comfortable with the theme. A few years ago I had stopped using AM-Munition with all its spectacular arsenal of features, notably as limiter/clipper in the last slot of the mastering plugins chain. Since then, I have preferred to use the alternatives from iZotope Ozone, which has served me very well, especially its Vintage Limiter, which I like very much. However, I recently decided to try AM-Munition again, but in order to fit it better in my projects, I worked through all its parameters until I found "the sound" I was looking for. To my surprise, I found the same reasons that made me move away from it: no matter how I configure it, AM-Munition always delivers a very open and cold sound. "Cold" is the word that best sums up my frustration. I set the compressor, limiter and the saturated clipper in the background, so that the "cold" aspect did not appear. I even abused saturation, hoping to achieve a "warm" quality, but in the auditions of different monitors, the "cold" sound was always a constant, conclusion shared with everyone who was with me. I know the Samplitude's user manual very well, have read the AM-Munition chapter many times, and watched endless times all videos made by Master Kraznet. I know Opto Compressors, by their very nature, deliver considerably "transparent" and "open" sound, which certainly makes them fit many projects. However, in my case, in both pop and heavy metal songs, this virtue makes me avoid the plugin, which is very sad because I am fully aware of its firepower. I sadly put the AM-Munition aside again to return to the Ozone options, that sound much more "analogue/warm" to my ears. Is the delivery of this "cold" sound from AM-Munition - even with its great saturator - a public acknowledgment that I have finally gone crazy, or is it really something to be expected because of its Opto Compressors?
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    AM-Munition: open and cold?

    Yes. A legendary genius. And below, you can watch and hear the Master talking with Tim Dolbear about AM-Munition, at 03'46'':
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    AM-Munition: open and cold?

    Yeah... I'm going to change my approach with the plugin, I am convinced that I am neglecting in fundamental ways. And about eFX Limiter, this is already an old acquaintance of mine. Very light and incredibly powerful. Fits easy into any project! Thank you so much for everything!
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    AM-Munition: open and cold?

    Yes! It's interesting to see how many elite limiters fail in my projects (Hard Rock / Heavy Metal) when I need to remaster songs that have been very compressed. To keep them at an RMS volume of, say, -10dBFS, the peaks generally decrease and the wave takes on a small flat shape even though the volume is strong (-10dBFS RMS). AM-Munition is the only processor I don't see this happening, which amazes me. The waves retain their natural design and the peaks freely strike the specified top (-0.1dB) without any forced decrease. The way AM-Munition handles transients is, to put it mildly, spectacular. Yeah ... I have serious reason to believe that my relationship with AM-Munition has failed all these years because I didn't handle it properly, even though I'm not an equalization lover... Here is a fundamental explanation. In fact, I've always calibrated the saturation sliders in every way imaginable, really being certain that this way I'd get warmer or at least less "cold" sound. Yes, as I said above, whenever the result didn't satisfy me, I focused on saturation sliders. My frustration is that I know what AM-Munition is and its potential, but I have never been satisfied with it. However, with the repeated rereading of your explanations, I begin to believe that my approach to the plugin is unfair and cruel. AM-Munition is not a doctor or pharmacist to cure previous oversights. I see here that my approach to it really needs to change so that it can deliver what is to be expected of him and not what I want it to do. Processors preceding AM-Munition in the plugin chain should be handled with more caution on my part. It's a unique tool and I see that I shouldn't be treating it the same way as more conventional ones. More than that, it is quite true that a certain lack of patience with the calibration of these sliders (saturation) contributed a lot to a quick disappointment. I need to talk to him again. I need to hear better and more carefully what it has to teach and show me. Patience is a virtue and insistence is the path of success. I have no adequate words to express my thanks for the time you have decided to devote to this topic. I am very grateful indeed.
  9. Johnny Blade

    Ozone 9 & Samplitude

    Interesting... I'm still waiting for 10/15 secs to load an O9 plugin into the X4. And it's not X4 fault.
  10. Johnny Blade

    Ozone 9 & Samplitude

    O8 is perfect.
  11. Johnny Blade

    Ozone 9 & Samplitude

    Yes. We all need an update! O7 and O8 are still great and much better to load. I think the new scalable skin is the villain.
  12. Johnny Blade

    Ozone 9 & Samplitude

    The same here!!! And many users of other DAWS have also experienced this delay. I am disappointed! Good news, I'm going to check this out, thanks for that!!
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    AM-Munition: open and cold?

    OK, it is quite possible that I did not have a cognitive level at the height of great technical specifications, but in the case of this topic, when I referred to "cold" I was focused on the prevalence of mid-high frequencies that the results were presenting me. I don't like to use EQs indiscriminately. I avoid them. In my perception of the results, AM-Munition delivers a very nice, open sound - as you might expect from Optos Compressors - but at the same time I felt that this "opening" also ended up contributing more "treble" end results like if high-mid frequencies were injected, and that's what kept me from the plugin. However, it is very possible that my lack of dexterity caused this...
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    AM-Munition: open and cold?

    WOW... Thanks for your collaboration, @Sascha!!! This explanation will surely make me reflect and better define the sound quality I like to handle in my projects! I'm a big fan of your work, and I always feel very honored by your appearances in my modest debates! Thank you very much!
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    Folk songs

  16. Johnny Blade

    Folk songs

    Done (for now )!
  17. Johnny Blade

    Strange Sounds - Cinematic Stories (Album)

    6th album? WOW, congratulations and keep it up!!!
  18. Johnny Blade

    AM-Munition: open and cold?

    hi, @hyper.real. Thanks for reading this topic. AM-Munition is a fabulous tool, but unfortunately it doesn't fit on my projects (audio mastering for friends who have fun with music). I have preferred the iZotope Ozone 8 options and recently Limitless - which I avoided for a long time for being multiband. These options deliver a more analog and warm sound to my ears. And about Molot, it is very dark. Any Fairchild emulation is better, I don't like it.
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    AM-Munition: open and cold?

    OK, thanks a lot, tdor and Terry! I'll consider all your suggestions!
  20. Johnny Blade

    AM-Munition: open and cold?

    Hi there, @tdor! Take a look here: https://www.gearslutz.com/board/music-computers/603774-plugs-simulate-sound-analog-transformers.html Yes, I know, thanks. Not my taste. Ozone 8 Maximizer IRC IV and Limitless best meets my needs when the project calls for a multiband limiter. 1 - I don't know either, but I would love to be informed about it. Maybe, the first link I put above has some clues! 2 - Dou you Dopamine? It's an enhancer (not harmonic enhancer), a kind of tape saturator. It delivers a fat, big, analog sound without creating harmonics; it just enhances existing frequencies and does it very well. Very, very cool. Hey, thanks for that! This will be my dedicated reading and research of the night!
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    AM-Munition: open and cold?

    Thanks for the suggestion! I have forgotten Molot in my arsenal, I will do some tests with it again. However, as I recall, it was designed primarily as a compressor, not exactly as a limiter. Moreover, it seems to me that its primary function was to give weight and body to the guitar tracks. At least that's what developer (Vlad) pointed out. I remember that Molot delivered a denser and "darker" sound, but this is a vague memory, I'll see again how it behaves in my projects! Thanks again!
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