IK Multimedia has announced the release of ARC 2, an update for the acoustic correction system that combines a measurement microphone, measurement software and a correction plug-in for most popular DAWs to improve the acoustics and sonic reliability of your studio.
ARC works by measuring your room using the included measurement microphone and measurement software and then generates an algorithm to provide a correction of your room’s acoustic problems that you can apply to your mix using the included plug-in.
You can record and mix with confidence knowing that what you hear from your speakers is a faithful representation of how your music will translate to the outside world.
The ARC advanced room correction system just got more advanced.
New in ARC 2
Completely redesigned interface for improved usability.
Smoother, more natural sound in the mid-range and high frequencies.
New combined L/R correction option maintains focus in perfectly symmetrical control rooms.
New customizable target curves now can match engineers’ personal timbre tastes.
New “Alt References” templates mimic the sound of consumer listening devices like car systems, speaker boxes, etc. allowing the engineer to test how mixes translate on different systems.
New Monitor Control panel interface streamlines workflow.
Fewer measurements now provide higher quality results and shortens set-up time.
Measurements can be saved and used for multiple correction set-ups.
ARC 2 is available to purchase for $299.99 USD / €249.99 EUR. Registered ARC users can update to ARC 2 for the introductory price of $99.99 USD / €84.99 EUR until August 31, 2012 (regular $149.99 USD / €124.99 EUR). Prices exc. taxes.
Nucleus SoundLab has announced the release of Reason Wizardry Season Two, a compilation of Reason Wizardry video tutorials.
Through Reason Wizardry Season Two, you will continue to benefit from the vast sound design experience of Nucleus SoundLab Lead Designer Jeremy Janzen. Since 2005, Jeremy has pushed the boundaries of sound design in Reason – first by implementing 100% unique Combinators in a Refill; followed by the first commercial effects Refill; and finally by introducing detailed and educational PDF documentation for each patch. In keeping with this history of innovative sound design and sharing knowledge, Reason Wizardry Season Two goes even farther to walk you through Reason’s inner depths.
Reason Wizardry Season Two isn’t meant to rehash the basics. It won’t show you how to create a pattern in Redrum or how to load a sample in NN-19. Instead, by assuming each user had already read the manual and has a basic knowledge – Reason Wizardry skips directly to the good stuff. Each issue is packed with info on how to get the very most out of Reason devices, how to create your own sounds that step away from the cliches, and the not-so-obvious tricks that will save you time in your productions.
Reason Wizardry Season Two features
10 full-length video tutorials.
Consists of nearly 7.5 hours of video and weighs in at 3.6gb.
Captured at crisp 800×600 resolution (some issues are 1280×720 HD).
Includes 68 example patches.
All the Main Topics from each included issue are listed below:
Wavesequencing in Reason
Hybrid Modular Synths in Reason
Advanced Thor Step Sequencer Usage
Reason 5 New Device Tips (Kong, Combinator CV Inputs, Sampling and more)
Sampling VST Instruments into Reason
MultiLoop Technology (as seen in NanoSequences)
Ear Training – for Sound Design
Reason CPU Testing
Reason Wizardry Season Two is available to purchase for $29 USD.
Cakewalk has announced the release of its SONAR X1 Advanced Workshop with Craig Anderton instructional DVD.
Beyond simple tutorial on how to get up and running with SONAR X1, this compilation of advanced workshop videos provide in-depth exploration of techniques that add up to a true master class.
SONAR X1 Advanced Workshop with Craig Anderton, a ground-breaking collection of advanced SONAR X1 techniques, is Cakewalk’s first official video tutorial. Craig is one of the most respected music industry experts in the world today, and his novel, real-world insights and tips will help any SONAR X1 user make music more creatively and efficiently.
The 1 hour and 40 minute video touches on a wide range of subjects, including vintage effects emulation, repairing damaged tracks, mastering within SONAR, “virtual multi-miking” techniques for acoustic instruments, perfect looping with any pad, convolution-based sound design, constructing a looper in SONAR with unique features, humanizing step sequencer patterns, album assembly, and much more – 31 videos total.
Presented in a practical, easy-to-understand style that demystifies otherwise complex topics, these videos also represent the state-of-the-art in video instruction with tight editing, superb sound quality, and excellent use of the video medium.
SONAR X1 Advanced Workshop with Craig Anderton is available at the Cakewalk Store at an introductory price of $29.99 USD/£24.99 GBP/€29.99 EUR.
Sony Creative Software has introduced its SpectraLayers Pro, advanced audio spectrum editor for Windows and Mac.
SpectraLayers is an extraordinary audio editing platform that features unprecedented sound shaping capabilities combined with a truly unique workflow. Explore audio data on a multidimensional spectral display. Unmix audio files into discrete component layers using a variety of smart editing tools. Process extracted layers individually in an unlimited number of ways.
SpectraLayers is an essential application for engineers, sound designers, audio-for-video editors, archivists, and professionals who demand the deepest audio analysis tools. SpectraLayers brings today’s most advanced editing tools to an eminently affordable and approachable platform—available for both Mac and PC.
Extracting frequencies with Sony’s SpectraLayers Pro.
SpectraLayers Pro features
Extreme Audio Editing
Divide audio files into discrete, user-defined layers that can be processed independently and reintegrated to achieve perfect master files.
Remove unwanted noises and artifacts with ease while leaving surrounding audio data completely intact.
Separate music and dialogue into individual component layers.
Perform pitch correction on user-selected components of an audio file.
Employ SpectraLayers in audio mastering, sound design, analysis, and forensics tasks.
All tools are modifiable using a wide range of user-definable sensitivities and tolerances.
Extraction Tools — Extract audio into independent layers using intelligent, programmable tools:
Area — select any audio for transfer from directly within the spectrum graph.
Frequency — track frequencies and transfer them directly to selected layers.
Harmonics — seek and select harmonics in user-defined amounts and orders.
Modification Tools — Operate directly on waveform spectra to perform precise, creative edits:
Creation Tools — Create sound directly in the SpectraLayers interface:
Fidelity / Flexibility
32-bit 96 kHz capable.
SpectraLayers provides seamless file transfer to Sound Forge Pro and other audio editing programs.
SpectraLayers Pro is available to purchase for Windows and Mac, starting at $374.95 USD.
vescoFX has released Cross Delay, an advanced stereo delay effect plug-in for Windows.
Cross Delay allows you to create advanced stereo delay images in your mixes all in a single plugin. Say goodbye to configuring multiple plugins in parallel with complex routing schemes. The controls to allow echo output to be directed between channels is at the unique heart of this VST plugin.
Cross Delay features
64-bit internal processing resolution.
Lots of built in presets to get your mix jumpstarted.
Full automation support of all controls for VST compliant hosts (additional extensions for REAPER).
Sample accurate, zero-latency algorithm.
Delays can be routed to the opposite channel or ping pong between channels.
Single knob, adaptive modulation brings life to the delayed signal.
Single knob, adaptive damping gives the delayed signal extra depth.
Delays can be biased to either side for a wider image.
Turns mono tracks into stereo.
Output can be summed to mono for chorus style effects or to check mono compatibility.
Eliminates complex routing required to create stereo delay effects.
Works with both mono and stereo input.
Works with 64-bit and 32-bit audio hosts running on 32-bit Windows OS.
Cross Delay for Windows (VST) is available to purchase for the introductory price of $19 USD (regular $29 USD).
McDSP Audio Level eXtension (ALX) has released LouderLogic version 1.1, an app which enhances music, audiobooks, and podcasts with perfect volume balance at maximum fidelity.
LouderLogic is the only audio player featuring Audio Level eXtension (ALX) technology by McDSP, eliminating unwanted volume fluctuations between songs and helping listeners hear the quiet parts of their music, books, and podcasts, even in noisy environments. Great for listening in the car, train, or airplane, and for keeping all your music at just the right volume.
McDSP has been improving audio for major motion pictures, music productions, and live performances worldwide for over a decade. Now you can put some of the same advanced patent pending audio algorithms into your iPhone and iPad!
Automatically minimizes volume variations in existing audio library using ALX technology.
Improves audio fidelity and listening enjoyment, even in noisy environments.
Sleek interface for browsing by playlist, album, artist, etc.
Two ALX modes for music and audiobooks/podcasts, with automatic mode switching.
Realtime ALX metering shows amount of audio level extension.
Multitasking support for playing audio in the background.
LouderLogic for iOS is available to purchase for $1.99 USD.