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David E Ross releases Peaking Filter Banks

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David Ross Peaking Filter Banks

David Ross has released Peaking Filter Banks, a freeware VST plug-in effect featuring three separate banks each consisting of 12 peaking filters.


  • 3 banks of Peaking Filters – Resonators
  • Master tune, fine tune
  • Control Peaking Filter gain and width
  • Pre \ Post Lowpass and Highpass filters

Visit David Ross‘ website for more information and a link to download Peaking Filter Banks VST.


Source Audio celebrates release SoundBlox Pro Bass Envelope Filter with giveaway at NAMM

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Source Audio has announced it will be celebrating the release of their new Soundblox Pro Bass Envelope Filter by giving away one pedal each hour to visitors of their NAMM booth #312 on Wanna Play Saturday July 23rd.

Source Audio SoundBlox Pro BEF

The BEF Pro builds on the wildly popular Soundblox Bass Envelope Filter with a wide array of features for the touring professional. With the BEF Pro each filter type can be modulated by four distinct sources: envelope, tap tempo enabled LFO, Hot Hand™, or an expression pedal wah. The BEF Pro also boasts an impressive set of tweak-able options including an adjustable 7-band graphic EQ, 6 save-able preset banks, 8 different LFO waveforms, adjustable positive and negative filter sweeps and a Wet/Dry Mix knob to the interface featuring Source Audio’s signature Lo-Retain™ mixing algorithm.

Phish bassist Mike Gordon added the Soundblox Pro Bass Envelope Filter to his touring rig in early June (joining the Multiwave Bass Distortion Pro). Speaking of the BEF he said, “I’ve had a eureka experience with the Soundblox Bass Envelope Filter. It is the first unit with enough control to preserve the low-end without sacrificing clarity.” Source Audio’s positive impact on Mike’s bass tone is a frequent topic online.

The schedule of the giveaway on July 23rd is as follows:

  • 11 am – Soundblox Classic Distortion
  • 12 pm – Soundblox Tri-Mod Flanger
  • 1 pm – Soundblox Tri-Mod Phaser
  • 2 pm – Soundblox Tri-Mod Wah
  • 3 pm – Soundblox Multiwave Distortion
  • 4 pm – Wireless Hot Hand Wah
  • 5 pm – Soundblox Pro Bass Envelope Filter

The winners of each hour’s giveaway will be announced on the Source Audio Facebook Page and Twitter Feed @sourceaudiofx. Participants must submit their email addresses at the Source Audio NAMM booth to be eligible for each drawing.

The Soundblox Pro Bass Envelope Filter will be available to purchase July 20th, for $219 USD street.

More information: Source Audio / SoundBlox Pro Bass Envelope Filter


David Ross updates PFB, EQ18 and DJEQ

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David Ross Peaking Filter Banks

David Ross has updated 3 of his VST effect plug-ins to VST2.4.

A bug that was occurring when the GUI was closed is fixed for Peaking Filter Banks and DJEQ. Furthermore EQ18 was updated with a Q control for each band allowing for improved control over EQ’ing.

David Ross’ other plug-ins are scheduled to be updated to VST2.4 in the near future as well.

Visit David Ross’ website for more information and links to download the updated plug-ins.


Rob Papen produces extras for The 4 Element Synth book/DVD set

Rob Papen has announced the release of additional online content for The 4 Element Synth subtractive synthesis instructional book/DVD set.

Rob Papen The 4 Element Synth

Appropriately subtitled The secrets of subtractive synthesis, this 200-plus-page enlightening tome was many years in the making, effectively dating back to 2001 when Rob Papen started teaching exclusive masterclasses in synth sound design in his well-stocked studio using the likes of his beloved Roland Jupiter 8 programmable polysynth and seminal Korg MS-20 semi-modular monosynth alongside other vintage analogue classics and more modern counterparts. Here he developed an approach to working with subtractive synthesis that he termed The 4-Element Synth© — hence the book/DVD set’s title. As implied by name, the book basically breaks subtractive synthesis down into four digestible and distinct chapters or elements: Element-1 / Oscillators, Element-2 / Filter, Element-3 / Amplifier, and Element-4 / Modulators — each of which receive their own equally easy-to-follow DVD treatment, thanks in no small part to the talented author and presenter’s easy- going onscreen persona.

No teaching technique needs to be set in stone, however; there is almost always room for improvement — or even additional content, as is the case with The 4 Element Synth. The beauty of online content is that it can, of course, be updated far faster than print or physical media, which is exactly what Rob Papen has done by uploading two additional Element-4 / Modulators chapter-related bonus videos here:

Anyone who has already purchased The 4 Element Synth book/DVD set is invited to thereby (re)read the LFO and Element-2 section (p152) and then watch an all-new accompanying video about LFO and resonance modulation. Meanwhile, the Three points to keep in mind using an envelope section (p107) also benefits from additional demonstrative video content; as Rob Papen himself says, “There’s another important point about envelope modulation of the filter. As we’ve said already in the Element-2 chapter, many producers and synth players often use only the cutoff knob; they forget that there is also an envelope amount and the envelope settings that can change the sound — and not just a little bit! Keep these three points in mind when you’re working with the filter section of your synthesizer.”

Speaking of synthesizers, apart from those aforesaid analogue classics and a rather impressive looking (and sounding) ‘Moog-alike’ System-22 modular system from — all of which make musical onscreen appearances throughout The 4 Element Synth DVDs, Rob Papen also makes much use of his own company’s Predator — a ‘phat’ sounding killer soft synth that combines inspiring presets and first-class features to create the perfect ‘go-to’ synth for contemporary music production. Predator and Predator RE users can also download the preset banks used on the DVDs from here:

Needless to say, anyone wishing to literally uncover the secrets of subtractive synthesis should surely look no further than The 4 Element Synth book/DVD set — now more enlightening than ever, thanks to these latest enhancements!

The 4 Element Synth book/DVD set is available to purchase within the EU for 74 EUR (inc. VAT), or 69 EUR plus shipping (where appropriate) outside the EU. The set is also available from US dealer Sweetwater, as well as via various European dealers.

More information: Rob Papen / The 4 Element Synth