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Using Mic Mod EFX Classic Microphone Modeler as a One-of-a-Kind Effects Processor

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While our Mic Mod EFX Classic Microphone Modeler is best known for its uncanny ability to make the mics you own sound like the mics you wish you owned, it also leads a second secret life as a unique effects processor, able to transform your audio in ways that nothing else can.

To once again quote film composer Jeff Rona talking about the original Microphone Modeler ('cause hey, we really like this quote):

"[My engineer Alan Meyerson] had experimented with the plug-in on the new Ridley Scott film Gladiator for composer Hans Zimmer, running the entire orchestra through Mic Modeler. For me, he was using the Mic Modeler for enhancing string samples.

All I can say is that the difference was profound and wonderful. Mic Modeler is becoming one of my favorite plug-ins to make everything sound more vibrant and interesting."

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As practical examples, here are some of things you might want to try with Mic Mod EFX:

  • Create a "Hyper" version of one of your source mics. To do this, select Bypass in the Source Mic menu (to pass through the sound of your mic unmodified) and then select that same mic in the Modeled Mic menu. The result will be to accentuate all of the characteristics that give your source mic its unique character, making it sound like itself, only more so.

  • Select a Source Mic that doesn't match your physical mic. In fact, try one whose characteristics are as different as possible from your physical mic. You may well end up with a sound that matches no mic that exists in nature, but that may very well be a good thing.

  • Create a hybrid mic by selecting Bypass in the Source Mic menu to create a virtual mic that combines the sound of your physical mic with the sound of your selected modeled mic.

  • Extreme Proximity settings can give strange, but interesting effects. Try wildly differing settings in the Source and Model sections.

  • Dynamically change proximity settings (on the source mic, the modeled mic, or both) during a performance. If you get something you like, use your DAW's automation capability to bake it into your track.

  • For the really adventurous among you, swap some model files between the Source and Model folders (i.e., put the source file in the Modeled Mic folder and vice versa). This is likely to result in some strange timbres, but sometimes strange is good.

  • And finally, try what Alan and Jeff were doing and put entire sections, or even entire mixes thought Mic Mod EFX. Make "everything sound more vibrant and interesting."

If you already own Mic Mod EFX, give these ideas a try. If you don't own it yet, you can learn all about Mic Mod EFX and download a fully functional time-limited trial version (iLok smart key and ilok.com account required) and try it out on your own projects.

Then visit your Antares dealer or the Antares Online Store and get your own copy.


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