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Time+Space launches The Sound of Abbey Road Studios contest

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Time+Space has launched a contest in which you can win tickets to a unique event at the world famous Abbey Road Studios.

The Sound of Abbey Road Studios

To celebrate the upcoming release of Garritan’s Abbey Road CFX Concert Grand virtual piano, UK distributor Time+Space are giving you the chance to win a pair of tickets worth over £175 to “The Sound of Abbey Road Studios” – a series of talks taking place in April and May which mark a new opportunity to visit Abbey Road Studios’ world famous Studio Two.

Hosted by Brian Kehew and Kevin Ryan – the authors of the critically acclaimed book Recording the Beatles, the lectures will explore the evolution of recording techniques and equipment as well as offer demonstrations using both new and vintage equipment.

What’s more, renowned former Abbey Road engineer Ken Scott will also be in attendance to offer his unique insight into life at the world’s first purpose built recording studios.

To enter, complete and submit the entry form on the Time+Space website or Facebook page before the April 12th, 2014. The winner will be randomly selected shortly after this date.

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Waves releases Reel ADT plugin

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Waves has introduced Reel ADT, an artificial double tracking effect plug-in for Windows and Mac.

Waves Reel ADT

Waves/Abbey Road Reel ADT is the first plugin to successfully emulate Abbey Road Studios’ pioneering process of Artificial Double Tracking.

The effect that became an integral part of Abbey Road’s signature sound was initially created at the famed studios in the 1960s to meet the needs of some very special clients: The Beatles.

All the character, depth and panoramic sound of this inimitable classic effect can now be created digitally, simply and for real: Reel ADT.

Reel ADT features

  • Developed in association with Abbey Road Studios.
  • Genuine tape-sounding ADT plugin.
  • For the first time ever, a full exact recall automation of the ADT effect.
  • Different tape sounds for source and ADT signals.
  • Exclusive 2-voice component.
  • Separate drive control for each path.
  • Manual and automatic control MIDI-assignable manual control for the most authentic user experience possible.

Reel ADT is available to purchase for the introductory price of $99 USD for Native (regular $200 USD) / $300 USD for Soundgrid.

More information: Waves / Reel ADT

MakeMusic & Abbey Road Studios intro Garritan Abbey Road CFX Concert Grand

Garrian XFX Concert Grand

MakeMusic and Abbey Road Studios have announced the upcoming release of Garritan Abbey Road CFX Concert Grand, a new virtual instrument featuring the Yamaha CFX Concert Grand piano recorded in Abbey Road Studios’ historic Studio One.

“In creating our new CFX Concert Grand virtual piano, we’ve partnered with the very best,” said Gary Garritan, MakeMusic director of instrumental sciences. “Abbey Road Studios is an undisputed world leader, where brilliant engineers blend the latest technology with legendary equipment and acoustics. This same ‘best of both worlds’ approach also drove the design of the Yamaha CFX Concert Grand Piano. The flagship concert grand of the Yamaha piano line, the CFX is a stunning instrument that has elevated the art of piano making.”

“We’re delighted to have captured the fine details of this remarkable piano in this spectacular studio. The result is an incredible new virtual piano with a power, richness and clarity that is unmatched.”

Garritan Abbey Road CFX Concert Grand provides users three discrete microphone perspectives:

  • Classic – captures the natural tonal character, clarity and nuance of the CFX.
  • Contemporary – produces a bright and brilliant sound with definitive attack from the hammers.
  • Player – delivers the unique experience of playing from the piano bench in Studio One.

The CFX Concert Grand includes the powerful ARIA player, and is designed to be a perfect addition to music notation-based programs, like Finale, as well as to all sequencers and digital audio workstations.

“It’s been an absolute pleasure working with Gary and the MakeMusic team on the CFX project,” said Mirek Stiles, head of audio products at Abbey Road Studios. “The ability to mix both close and ambient signals, as if you are in Studio One, is simply breathtaking. This beautifully sampled instrument is worthy of the Abbey Road Studios name.”

The CFX virtual instrument will be available to purchase for $259.95 USD (download) / $299.95 USD (boxed/USB flash drive).

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Softube relaunches Abbey Road Studios Brilliance Pack

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Abbey Road Studios Brilliance Pack

Softube has announced that the Abbey Road Studios Brilliance Pack is now part of its product family and ready for all major plug-in formats, including AAX 64 bit.

Today will be a brighter day! The Abbey Road Studios Brilliance Pack is now part of Softube’s product family and ready for all major plug-in formats, including AAX 64 bit. The new version is free to current Brilliance Pack owners, and offered at a generous introductory price to everybody else!

The Abbey Road Studios Brilliance Pack consists of three unique treble equalizers, built and used at Abbey Road studios in the 1960′s. We at Softube originally developed the plug-in pack for Abbey Road, and following the recent news that Abbey Road will not continue offering their plug-ins, we are now incorporating it in Softube’s product roster.

The plug-ins have been rebuilt and updated to version 2.0, and also works for Pro Tools 11 (AAX 64 bit).

The Brilliance Pack is available to purchase for $219 USD, with an introductory price of $164 USD until January 9th, 2014. Current owners of an original license for Brilliance Pack can transfer that license into a Softube one with the Abbey Road Studios Brilliance Pack upgrade.

More information: Softube / Abbey Road Studios Brilliance Pack

Waves & Abbey Road Studios launch J37 tape saturation plugin

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Waves and Abbey Road Studios have launched the J37 tape saturation plugin, a precision model of the very machine used to record many of the greatest masterpieces in modern music.

Waves J37 Tape saturation plugin

With a variety of user-adjustable controls including Tape Speed, Bias, Noise, Saturation, Wow and Flutter, the Waves: Abbey Road J37 faithfully recreates the inimitable sonic signature of the original machine. In addition to the J37 itself, three exclusive oxide tape formulas have been modeled.

Specially developed by EMI during the ‘60s and ‘70s, each formula has its own unique frequency response and harmonic distortion behavior. In order to push the envelope even further, a comprehensive Tape Delay unit has been added to complement those warm tones.

The Waves: Abbey Road J37 tape emulation plugin will bring stunning analog warmth to your digital recordings, delivering a level of hardware realism never before experienced “in the box.”

Abbey Road J37 features

  • Tape saturation plugin.
  • Created in association with Abbey Road Studios.
  • Modeled on the machine used to create countless classic ’60s tracks.
  • Includes models of three exclusive tape formulas developed by EMI.
  • Adds analog warmth to digital recordings.
  • Controls for Bias, Wow, Flutter, Tape Speed and more.
  • Comprehensive Tape Delay including three different delay types, Sync, LP and HP filter controls and more.

The J37 plug-in is available to purchase for the introductory price of $149 USD (Native) / $249 USD (Soundgrid).

More information: Waves / J37 Tape

Waves releases RS56 Passive EQ plugin

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Waves has announced the release of the RS56 Passive EQ effect plug-in, developed in collaboration with Abbey Road Studios.

Waves R56 Passive EQ
The Waves RS56 passive equalizer is an extremely musical-sounding EQ.

A passive equalizer with powerful sound-shaping capabilities, the RS56 Universal Tone Control was originally introduced in the early 1950s and used in Abbey Road Studios to prepare recordings for the record-lathe, as part of the process we now know as “mastering.” Later, Abbey Road’s pop engineers began using the RS56 for studio recordings because of its abilities to dramatically manipulate sound – unlike the basic treble and bass EQs found on the mixing consoles of the time. This earned it the nickname “The Curve Bender.”

Waves and Abbey Road Studios have faithfully recreated the unique magic of the RS56, using advanced circuit modeling techniques based on the original schematics. Like its hardware predecessor, the Waves: Abbey Road RS56 passive EQ plugin features three bands with four selectable center frequencies for each and six different filter types, plus independent or linked control over the left and right channels. The result is an extraordinary equalizer that is as effective today as it was when it was created over half a century ago.

RS56 Passive EQ features

  • Based on the legendary RS56 Universal Tone Control passive EQ.
  • Three bands with four selectable center frequencies for each.
  • Six different filter types.
  • Independent or linkable left/right controls.
  • Developed in association with Abbey Road Studios.

The RS56 is available to purchase for the introductory price of $99 USD (native) / $149 USD (Soundgrid).

More information: Waves / RS56 Passive EQ

Avid Highlights New Product Offerings, Recent Partnership Announcements and Expanded Training Program at NAMM 2013

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Avid has released a round of announcements from NAMM 2013 which include a partnership with the world-famous Abbey Road Studios, the expansion of its Avid Learning Partner Program to include Sibelius certification, and new product offerings for its professional audio and live-sound customers.

Avid NAMM 2013

“Providing valuable resources and developing the professional tools to help our valued customers produce amazing music continue to be priorities for Avid, as demonstrated by the news being shared at NAMM this year,” said W. Sean Ford, Vice President of Worldwide Marketing, Avid. “We’ve set the standard for our industry with our innovative products and programmes and we’re particularly excited to be offering formalised certification for Sibelius, which will ensure that music educators have the training they need to inspire the next generation of composers, and the Pro Series line of plug-ins, which lay the groundwork for our expanding AAX portfolio.”

The news being showcased at NAMM includes the following:

  • High profile partnerships— Renowned Abbey Road Studios, the masterminds behind hits from today’s hottest musical artists including Adele and Florence + The Machine, is the most recent of a large group of facilities and private studios making the upgrade to Pro Tools®|HDX. In addition to a full studio overhaul to HDX systems, Abbey Road and Avid have also announced the first ever Abbey Road Studios and Avid Song Contest, which will provide visibility for emerging artists competing for the grand prize of a Pro Tools system and opportunity to have a track of their choice mixed with Abbey Road’s Online Mixing platform.
  • Expanded training opportunities— Avid has reinforced its strong commitment to the Sibelius product line with the announcement of the official Sibelius Training and Certification Program, offered through the Avid Learning Partner Program, which will provide valuable training and accreditation to music educators.
  • Innovative product upgrades and launches— Avid expands its AAX plug-in portfolio and adds increased flexibility and integration to the VENUE live-sound system.
    • Pro Series plug-ins: Avid announced the launch of the Pro Series line of AAX Native and AAX DSP plug-ins, featuring three new advanced processors that enable users to sound their best. Pro Compressor and Pro Expander (available now), along with Pro Limiter (coming soon), are the first plug-ins in the series, joining an expanding line-up for the AAX platform.
    • VENUE Mix Rack: Avid’s industry-leading live sound console system is now fully compatible with VENUE Stage 48 and the VENUE Ethernet Snake Card to provide users with unprecedented flexibility and enhanced capabilities.
    • Pro Tools¦ HD Native Thunderbolt: Avid will spotlight its HD Native Thunderbolt solution, which delivers unmatched speed and sound quality using Pro Tools on a laptop or desktop, which debuted at IBC2012 in September.

More information: Avid

Native Instruments introduces Abbey Road Vintage Drummer

Abbey Road Vintage Drummer

Native Instruments has announced the release of Abbey Road Vintage Drummer, a new Kontakt instrument that features the sound of two vintage drum kits from the 1940s.

Both kits were recorded with a combination of state-of-the-art equipment and period microphones at Abbey Road Studios in London, providing a natural, open sound suitable for contemporary productions. For the first time in Native Instruments’ successful ABBEY ROAD Series, VINTAGE DRUMMER includes brush articulations especially recorded to provide the authentic sound and style of the swing/big band era.

ABBEY ROAD VINTAGE DRUMMER features extremely rare instruments from the earliest period of trap kit recording. The first kit consists of a 1940 Leedy 26″ bass drum, and two late-1930s tom toms once owned and used by the legendary percussionist James Blades. This combination delivers an earthy, wide open sound that lends itself to recordings where bigger, but less focused, low end is desired. A classic 1940s Slingerland Radio King was also sampled for this release. The Slingerland’s smaller 22″ bass drum and 13″ and 16″ toms provide more focus than the James Blades kit, but still deliver a warm, chunky timbre to any producer seeking a unique, natural drum sound. To add to the authenticity of this KONTAKT instrument, both kits were recorded with original calfskin heads, period snare drums dating back to the 1920s and original Trans Stamp and First Stamp Zildjian cymbals.

Native Instruments Abbey Road Vintage Drummer
The drums, the studio, the drummer: Ultra-rare drums with the authentic sound and feel of a golden era. Recorded at Abbey Road Studios, London.

VINTAGE DRUMMER was recorded at London’s Abbey Road Studios in legendary Studio Two, originally constructed in the 1930s for big band recording. Alongside traditional microphone techniques, two extremely rare vintage microphones manufactured by EMI in the 1930s were used to add unique tonal color to VINTAGE DRUMMER. Users can mix in these ‘vintage channels’ with the modern state of the art equipment for a wide variety of unique tones not found with modern kits and equipment alone. Any combination of modern and vintage equipment can be dialed in, allowing users to customize the sound in unique and powerful ways.

VINTAGE DRUMMER also features brush articulations – a first for an ABBEY ROAD Series release. Users get inspiring brush techniques, alongside traditional snare sounds played with sticks. All articulations also come as grooves in the included groove library, which contains patterns from ragtime, swing, and jazz as well as a wealth of modern soul, funk, and indie styles. Regardless of genre, producers looking to add original flavor to their productions will find unique textures in ABBEY ROAD VINTAGE DRUMMER.

Abbey Road Vintage Drummer is available to purchase for $119 USD / 99 EUR.

More information: Native Instruments / Abbey Road Vintage Drummer