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Of course, the Scheps Omni Channel is a great all-around channel strip. Yet its flexibility allows for unconventional applications too: here we explore 7 unusual things it can do for guitars—from truly authentic wah, to acoustic-type dynamics for electric guitars, to monster sustain.

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Distortion is an incredible producing and mixing utility that can often bring unexpected and interesting results. Here we’ll look at some of the more bold, creative and not-so-subtle ways that distortion can be used in your productions.

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Analog modeling is a mysterious process to many—so let’s pull back the curtain, and reveal how a physical process or piece of gear turns into a software plugin.

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Choosing which plugins to add to your creative arsenal can feel overwhelming. We’ve compiled a “buyer’s guide” of all-time user favorites to help you find the essentials for your productions and mixes.

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Guitars are fantastic instruments for sound design and noise creation. Industrial and Shoegaze bands experimented with guitar FX layers to create otherworldly and synth-like sounds. See how you can produce these sounds using plugins.

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A DeEsser is an effective tool for more than just vocals. Learn how to use it to obtain a sweeter, warmer tone from your guitars, either from mic'd recordings or through amp sims.

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Drums are a living, breathing instrument and require ambiance around them to sing properly. Each space will convey a distinct vibe to the song—learn how to shape your drum reverbs for the sound you want.

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Producer/engineer/mixer Joe Barresi (QOTSA, Slipknot, Bad Religion) talks returning to the studio with Tool for their long-awaited album Fear Inoculum, and shares his approach to recording, mixing and experimenting with the band.

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Groove is a critical factor in modern music, but for producers who are not drummers, it can be a challenge to create an interesting feel for the song. Learn to use your time-based FX tools to create inspiring rhythmic ideas.

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Time and energy are valuable resources in the studio. Learn how to utilize tools such as the Renaissance plugins to stay efficient and arrive at your creative vision more quickly.

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