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Positive Grid announces BIAS Desktop guitar-amp designer and modeler plug-in

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Positive Grid has introduced BIAS Desktop, a groundbreaking guitar-amp designer and modeler plug-in for Windows and Mac.

BIAS Desktop

Available in VST, Audio Units, RTAS and AAX formats, BIAS Desktop features the most realistic modeler engine, Amp Matching (a pioneering first for DAW plug-ins), BIAS Expansion Packs and the ToneCloud preset-sharing platform. Amp Matching analyzes any live or recorded guitar tone and exactly recreates it within BIAS Desktop.

BIAS Desktop features

  • BIAS — BIAS is an amp designer, modeler and processor that includes 36 of the most sought-after vintage and modern amps in rock ‘n’ roll history as a starting point for user customization. Users can modify these amps and virtually build their custom amps by swapping out the tubes, preamp, transformer, tone stacks, cab and mic to create their own distinctive signature sound. Users can also upload their amp creations to ToneCloud, BIAS’ own amp-sharing platform, to share their custom presets with other users.
  • Amp Matching — Amp Matching allows musicians to instantly replicate any real amp tone in the world, right in their Mac or PC. Simply input signal from a miked amp or pre-recorded guitar track, and BIAS Desktop will invisibly insert additional processing into the signal path to make your current amp precisely match the tone of the inputted guitar signal. No other plug-in can do this. Once the tone is captured and replicated, the user can save it as a custom preset and share it with other musicians on Positive Grid’s proprietary social network, ToneCloud.
  • Standard, Glassy, Crunch, and Insane — In addition to the industry-acclaimed BIAS Standard control modules, BIAS Desktop includes three new dedicated preamp and power amp modules optimized for various playing styles and tone: Glassy, Crunch, and Insane. Inside these new BIAS Expansion Pack modules, the controls for each preamp, power amp, cabinet and EQ module are tailored specifically to these three fresh styles, providing users with even more precise amp customization.
  • ToneCloud — ToneCloud is a proprietary social-networking platform that allows musicians to create, share and download over 10,000 custom BIAS amps, including those created and uploaded by signature recording artists. With BIAS Desktop, guitarists can share every possible amp tone, including those created using the new BIAS Expansion Packs and Matched Amps.

BIAS Desktop is schedule for release in Q3 2014. Positive Grid currently invites experienced and talented individuals to join them in shaping this project and give early feedback prior to the product’s release.

More information: Positive Grid / BIAS Desktop

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Nugen Audio releases SEQ-S equalizer plugin

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Nugen Audio has announced the release of SEQ-S, a high-fidelity, linear-phase equalizer ideal for music production and mastering as well as film and post-production applications.

Nugen Audio SEQ-S

With support for mono, stereo, 5.1, and 7.1 surround, SEQ-S provides sonic sculpting and precision EQ matching including stereo mid-side operation, automated spectrum analysis, curve smoothing, and a direct-draw spline interface for corrective applications.

“With SEQ-S, we’re providing the industry’s most advanced linear-phase spline-match EQ — enabling sound professionals to massage and correct any audio with incredible resolution and precision that is far beyond what’s possible with a traditional parametric interface,” said Jon Schorah, creative director, NUGEN Audio. “Unlike many digital EQs, SEQ-S features a phase profile that is linear across the frequency spectrum, which results in natural-sounding EQ changes and produces minimal phase artifacts. SEQ-S also includes a unique resolution setting that can be used with high precision in the low frequencies, allowing for highly transparent adjustments without muddying the mix.”

Through SEQ-S’s direct-draw interface and detailed spectrum analysis, users can quickly identify and specifically fine-tune their audio with ease. When coupled with EQ matching via sonic fingerprinting, the solution offers powerful creative possibilities for audio professionals. For instance, they can match one recording to another to capture the “flavor” of a piece of source audio and then transfer it to the current project — a technique that can be used on individual tracks to unify different takes and microphone positions.

In addition, SEQ-S’s EQ invert button provides a minimally invasive technique for creating space in a complex mix, a task that is typically too cumbersome with a traditional EQ. In a typical music project, by “sampling” the vocal and then using the EQ invert button to apply the inverted curve to the backing, users can gently create specific space without unnecessarily damaging the original tonality of the underlying audio.

SEQ-S for Windows and Mac (VST/AU/RTAS/AAX/AudioSuite) is available for MSRP $249 USD.

More information: Nugen Audio / SEQ-S

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Audiffex updates ampLion to v1.1.1

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Audiffex has released version 1.1.1 of ampLion, a guitar suite for Windows and Mac.

Audiffex ampLion

ampLion is all-in-one software guitar solution with amps, cabinets, pedals, rack effects and live mode support. ampLion uses very accurate simulation of the amp circuits, taking into account every part of the modeled devices.

Changes in ampLion v1.1.1

  • [Standalone] Advanced audio player with speed and tempo adjustments, loop, iTunes playlist import, etc.
  • [Standalone] Recorder, allowing to record dry or effected sound, with or without the audio player output.
  • [Standalone] Metronome.
  • [Plug-in] Now available in 64-bit versions and also in AAX format.

ampLion is available for purchase for $99 USD. ampLion also has a free version.

More information: Audiffex / ampLion

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Applied Acoustics Systems releases String Studio VS-2

Applied Acoustics Systems has releases String Studio VS-2, an updated version of the string modelling synthesizer plug-in for Windows and Mac.

String Studio VS-2

String Studio VS-2 is a string modeling synthesizer plug-in that swaps the traditional oscillator sound source for a string.

With its picks, bows, hammers, fingers, frets, dampers, and soundboards, it is a unique blend of acoustic modeling and regular synth-control features—you won’t believe how crazy you can go with a simple string.

Changes in String Studio VS-2

  • Factory library — The completely renewed factory library has well over 600 production-ready sounds classified for fast and intuitive exploration.
  • Sean Divine signature sounds — A collection of 50 inspiring signature presets by producer Sean Divine.
  • Compressor and equalizer — These new additions are perfect to add punch and definition to your sound, letting you cut through any dense mix or stage.
  • Limiter — The new output limiter protects your ears and monitors during experimentation with the synth’s parameters while providing a maximum of distortion-free dynamics.
  • Streamlined interface — Redesigned from the ground up, the new interface now divides String Studio VS-2 into three panels: Play presents shortcuts to the performance and effect parameters including bypass switches for quick edits; Edit lets you tweak and create your sound; while FX supplies equalizer, compressor, multi-effect, and reverb processors for a final sheen.
  • Bank and program manager — String Studio VS-2’s new manager allows simple and efficient organization, backup, and sharing of your sounds.
  • Backward compatible with VS-1 presets — Simply put your String Studio VS-1 exported presets in String Studio VS-2‘s bank folder to convert them.
  • Overhauled effects — Reinvigorated and polished, String Studio VS-2’s multi-effect processor features our best sounding chorus, delay, phaser, flanger, distortion, notch filter, wah-wah, auto-wah, and reverb to date!
  • Microtonal tunings via Scala scale files — String Studio VS-2 now supports the Scala scale file format for microtonal music making.
  • Native 64-bit AU, VST, and AAX plug­ins — String Studio VS-2 now runs in native 64-bit on Mac OS X and Windows making it compatible with the latest sequencers.

String Studio VS-2 for Windows and Mac (VST/AU/AAX) is available for the introductory price of $99 USD until July 1st, 2014 (regular $199 USD). The just-released Frontier sound bank by Daniel Stawczyk is included free of charge during this promotion.

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Stillwell Audio updates its plugins to v3 incl. AAX

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Stillwell Audio has announced the release of version 3 of its instrument and effect plug-ins for Windows and Mac.

Stillwell Audio

Two years in the making, Version 3 means it’s finally time for Pro Tools users to experience the quality of everything we do at Stillwell Audio, and to enjoy the way we do it. Do you use a VST3 host? Ask no more, because now we’ve got you covered as well.

We have a new website (did you notice?) and *tada* please bid welcome to Broadsword, our newest developer. Of course, by ‘Everything’ we mean ‘not quite everything’, because PsychoDither is not quite up to V3 (stand by for that!) and ‘Microshope’ has been discontinued.

More information: Stillwell Audio

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IK Multimedia announces SampleTank 3 + Pre-Order

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IK Multimedia has announced that its SampleTank 3 virtual instrument is coming in July.

IK Multimedia SampleTank 3

Over 10 years in the making, SampleTank 3 is finally coming out this July. With 33 GB of sounds, over 4,000 instruments, over 2,000 MIDI files and 2,500 loops, SampleTank 3 sets the new standard for software sound workstations.

It’s been rebuilt from the ground up: it has a completely new sound set, fully redesigned easy-to-use interface, new sounds with true-to-life “round robin” and multiple articulations, a new patterns player with MIDI patterns, new effects derived from AmpliTube and T-RackS, a new loop management feature, new filters, a new Live mode and much more.

Powerful, functional and effortless, SampleTank 3 is your essential tool for studio composition and live performance.

SampleTank 3 will be available for download in July. Until its release it can be purchased at a special pre-order price:

  • Upgrade $99.99 USD/79.99 EUR — For all SampleTank 2 XL and Miroslav Philharmonik full users (including Total Studio and Total Workstation users).
  • Crossgrade $149.99 USD/119.99 EUR — For all IK users of paid software, apps and hardware.
  • Regular version $249.99 USD/199.99 EUR.

On release SampleTank 3 will be available for a 2-month introductory price:

  • Upgrade $149.99 USD/119.99 EUR (regular $199.99 USD/159.99 EUR).
  • Crossgrade $199.99 USD/159.99 EUR (regular $249.99 USD/199.99 EUR).
  • Regular $299.99 USD/239.99 EUR (regular $349.99 USD/279.99 EUR).

A boxed version will also be available after release. Prices are excluding taxes. JamPoints or coupons cannot be applied on pre-orders.

More information: IK Multimedia / SampleTank 3

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Future Audio Workshop announces Circle²

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Future Audio Workshop has announced Circle², an updated version of the powerful, easy-to-use software synthesizer for Windows and Mac.

Future Audio Workshop Circle²

Our team has been working hard to design and implement several new features, modules and effects to extend the spectrum of sounds that Circle can produce. We’ve also redesigned Circle’s interface – all while retaining our familiar, minimalist look.

We’ll be revealing more details about the project over the coming weeks. Stay tuned and subscribe to our Facebook page or Twitter feed for more info.

Get ready to say hello to Circle².

All existing Circle users will receive the upgrade to Circle² for free, and Circle will continue to be available for the discounted price of 49 EUR/$79 USD until the release.

More information: Future Audio Workshop

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Toontrack updates Superior Drummer to v2.4.0 & EZdrummer to v2.01

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Toontrack has released updated for its Superior Drummer 2 and EZdrummer 2 virtual drum instruments for Windows and Mac.

Superior Drummer 2

Superior Drummer is the undisputed industry standard, award-winning and complete drum production studio that gives you, the user, full creative control to hone, mold and shape the drum sound of your wildest dreams.

Toontrack Superior Drummer 2

Changes in Superior Drummer v2.4.0

  • New:
    • Support for EZdrummer 2 core sound libraries and future EZXs.
    • Support for EZdrummer 2 percussion (available as X-drum from the ‘Producer preset Sounds’ submenu).
    • Support for EZdrummer 2 EZX presets.
    • New mapping tab highlighting of the articulation currently playing.
    • New Velocity Ctrl feature indicating incoming and outgoing velocity.
    • New Help menu header that describes version, build, bits and format of the plug-in.
  • Improved:
    • Busses can now have the same name as existing mic channels (names must still be unique within the same class).
    • During bounce each phase is described by the bounced files name rather than the corresponding mic name.
    • Special handling of right channel output names for Sonar X series and Ableton Live.
    • The X-drum mic assignment window can now be scrolled if required.
    • Improved X-mics assignment from and to the special ‘Kit’ mics found in The Classic EZX.
    • Additional auto-allocation of X-mics rules to minimize manual assignments.
    • Change in the built-in configs for Pop/Rock in line with newly released EZX.
    • Updated Yamaha E-drum preset in line with EZdrummer 2.
  • Fixed:
    • AAX version now ignores the Mono All setting (not relevant to ProTools).
    • AAX version on Windows should no longer crash if a new instance is created after you have loaded 2GB of sounds already.
    • Fix for faulty sends occuring after copying from a mono to stereo channel or after a send has been removed then reinstated.
    • Fix for issues when bouncing mute tails and swirls.
    • Progress bar during bounce should no longer disappears when the plug-in window is closed and reopened.
    • Help Menu link ‘Content Providers’ changed to ‘Expand Superior Drummer’ and points to Superior Line Products page.

EZdrummer 2

EZdrummer 2 takes drum production to a whole new level. It was designed to erase any technical barrier between you and your creativity and introduces several groundbreaking features for quick and easy songwriting.

Toontrack EZdrummer 2

Changes in EZdrummer v2.01

  • Improved:
    • The leading instrument is analyzed with higher penalty for instruments with lower priority.
    • MIDI learn menus open in better places over sliders.
    • When using the amount control with the Latin Percussion EZX results should be more predictable.
    • Kicks from the Number 1 Hits EZX can now be loaded in the regular kick drum position.
    • Selecting with the lasso at the edges of the Song Track no longer leads to unwanted scrolling.
    • After tapping only 1 bar, only 1 bar is displayed in the tap2find area.
    • Suggestions can be aborted before the process has completed.
    • Edit Play Style changes are now applied upon quantizing.
    • After quantizing in Edit Play Style pads are no longer deselected.
    • New menu arrow button on the song part labels.
  • Fixed:
    • Crash fix for multi-out routing change when a sample rate other than 44.1K was used.
    • EZXs with no sounds in mics declared as Close no longer causes the engine to crash.
    • Source files with a block type that cannot be determined should no longer cause a crash.
    • Potential crash fix when trying to open database that doesnt exist.
    • Occassional crash when switching Sound Library.
    • Removing an instrument assigned as Powerhand no longer causes issues.
    • On certain systems preview for the percussion pieces was silent.
    • Velocity values 1 did not count as hits when using the amount control.
    • The engine didn’t apply amount correctly if multiple instruments were selected.
    • Intensity in searches was not drawn correctly.
    • ‘Show in Browser’ now works with user mount points even if a User Libraries header is present.
    • Slashes in file names should be treated more adequately.
    • Metronome preview in standalone mode didn’t work.
    • Stand alone no longer asks for path every time if PlugPath exist but is invalid.
    • When creating a Toontrack account the dialog no longer states that the user should check their mail and verify the account as that is no longer needed.
    • The ‘connection failed’ message now properly appears if failing to login to web shop MIDI.
    • Other Online midi fixes.
    • Some Copy from browser bug fixes.
    • Some User MIDI folder fixes.
    • Memory leaks should no longer occur.

The updates are now available for registered Superior Drummer and EZdrummer customers.

More information: Toontrack

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