I’m an audio plug-in programmer from Leiden, a small city in the Netherlands not far from Amsterdam. After studying C++ and DSP for several years, and creating my own DSP-library, I’ve been busy building audio plug-ins for different companies and music studios all around the world. On this page I’ll tell you a thing or two about myself and about my passion for audio and music technology. I’m always looking for interesting projects to put my skills to the test, so if you think I can be of value to your project or business, please send me a message at firstname.lastname@example.org.
A selection of screenshots showing my plug-ins in action (click to take a look)
“I joined freelancer looking for a personal working relationship with a professional audio software developer – and that is exactly what I found with JD. He worked to take my concept and drawings to a full working software. He is detailed in his work and an excellent communicator. His professional demeanor and extensive knowledge is truly a valuable asset. Each of my questions were answered promptly with detail and he went even further by suggesting additional development options that would create the best possible software for compatibly and user function. I recommend JD to anyone seeking a professional audio developer and a personalized collaboration.”
Anthony and John (Maryland):
“Working with JD is by far one of the best decisions you can make in your software development life. The guy is nothing but professional, and was extremely helpful along every step of the way. He met all aspects of the project on time and on budget. We will absolutely be working with him again in the future and highly recommend him for any software development needs!”
Roman and Austin (Czech Republic / Miami):
“JD is amazing!! What a talented guy and super nice… Such wonderful attention to detail! We love what we got!”
“JD’s work was excellent. He was very communicative. Had great suggestions. Delivered everything on time. I would absolutely recommend him.”
My first business
I was born in 1982 and started playing music when I was eleven years old. Guitar and vocals at first, and later on bass guitar and drums as well. When I was fifteen I started recording my songs on my computer. I was hooked immediately and spent the next couple of years producing different kinds of music, experimenting and learning as much as I could. In my early twenties I started my own business writing music for film, and doing mixing and mastering for bands (www.jochemdejong.nl).
Video for my song: Shelter
My book: Home Studio Mastering
The following years I became more and more fascinated by mastering and spent a few years doing research and writing a short book called ‘Home Studio Mastering’, meant for musicians producing music in their home studio (www.homestudiomastering.com). The book got great reviews in The Netherlands, after which I translated it to English. The International magazine MusicTech gave the book an amazing review and a 9-out-of-10 rating. Because of the success of the book, I started thinking about creating my own mastering plug-ins. Approaching thirty, I came up with a workflow based mastering method, consisting of 7 plug-ins and a 7-step manual that guides you through the whole mastering process in under two hours. That was the moment I formed a team of seven passionate freelancers and started learning C++ and DSP to become an audio plug-in programmer.
Booktrailer for my book: Home Studio Mastering
Noiz-Lab: The 7-Step Mastering Suite
I found a great book that got me started: Designing Audio Effect Plug-ins in C++ by Will Pirkle. It didn’t take long before I felt the same passion for programming and signal processing as I felt for audio production. I read a number of DSP books, started a C++ programming course, and in under a year I finished the DSP algorithms for my mastering suite in Will Pirkle’s plug-in framework RackAFX. At that time Will Pirkle asked me to become an administrator on his forum. With the help of the experienced Dutch programmer Theo Niessink – who took care of programming the GUI and protection scheme – we launched the 7-Step Mastering Suite in 2015 (www.noiz-lab.com).
Introductional video for the Noiz-Lab 7-Step Mastering Suite
Becoming a freelance Audio Plug-in Programmer
Inspired by Theo’s skills, I switched from RackAFX to IPlug with the goal to be completely self-reliant as an audio plug-in programmer: DSP as well as GUI. I created multiple plug-ins under the project name ‘New Horizon FX’, and developed a signature plug-in for the successful UK-based artist and producer REDNEK. Because of my experience as a freelance composer and producer, developing this signature plug-in felt really natural to me, and in a lot of ways similar to creating a film score for a director. I felt very motivated to start a career as a (freelance) plug-in developer.
Showcase for the New Horizon series of plug-ins
My own DSP-library
To prepare myself properly for my new career, I started building my own DSP-library: ‘New Horizon DSP’. I created a class hierarchy and came up with style- and naming-rules to make sure the library would be easy to use and maintain. At the moment the library consists of about 75 ready-to-use objects, but the idea is that, for the coming years, I’ll keep incorporating new algorithms as I gain more experience as a plug-in programmer. However, my personal DSP library combined with a few third party DSP libraries, have already proven to be a solid base for successfully developing several plug-ins for different companies and music studios. I do have some more things on my personal to-do list, but I can’t wait to create more plug-ins and collaborate on more interesting projects!
Current class hierarchy of my personal DSP-library (click to expand)
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