Institute of Art Design + Technology
Dún Laoghaire

Mark Allidine 

BA [Hons] Creative Music Production

Hello! I'm Mark. I'm a Dublin based producer and musician who studied Creative Music Production. Over the past four years I have been developing my skills in sound engineering, production, coding and much more. I have been lucky enough to work on many varied projects from composition and studio recording, to remote work with New York based hip-hop artists. More recently my focus has shifted to mix engineering and personal projects with clients and my band, find-joy. My personal social media accounts and some of my own work is also linked here!

Project Description

This thesis is a comparison of free and paid audio plugins and hardware. This project aims to discover whether or not freeware plugins can stand up to their paid counterparts in the context of a mix and if there is a significant time investment making it not worthwhile.

Mix engineering – a comparison of free and paid audio plugins and hardware

This project was worthy of study as many producers particularly in a home setting have developed a habit of purchasing many audio plugins without understanding them thoroughly or often not using many of them as they come in bundles. This research aims to examine if there are any huge differences between free and paid audio plugins and whether or not the same results can be achieved with one approach or the other.