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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

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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

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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

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Waves Abbey Road REDD Consoles Plugin released

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Waves has introduced the Abbey Road REDD Consoles Plugin, an emulation of the REDD consoles of Abbey Road Studios.

Waves REDD.17/37.51
Abbey Road REDD.17 & REDD.37-.51 console emulations by Waves.

London’s Abbey Road Studios were at the epicenter of a seismic shift that rocked the world of music during the 1960s, and changed the course of popular culture forever. The Beatles, The Hollies, Pink Floyd and countless other luminaries made musical history at Abbey Road Studios, trailblazing a revolution that resonates to this day.

And at the heart of it all: The REDD consoles, custom-designed, built by and named for Abbey Road Studios’ in-house Record Engineering Development Department. Renowned for their silky smooth EQ curves, extraordinary warmth and lush stereo imagery, there’s something magical about the REDDs that sound like no other console.

Waves meticulously recreated the color, character and tonal complexity of the original desks: The REDD.17 which still belongs to Abbey Road Studios, and the REDD.37 console now owned by Lenny Kravitz. The result is an impressive pair of plugins that deliver the dimension, depth and richness of these console classics.

REDD features

  • Based on the legendary REDD.17, REDD.37 and REDD.51 consoles.
  • Delivers the classic British sound of the 1960s.
  • Continuous EQ controls.
  • Developed in association with Abbey Road Studios.

REDD is available for the introductory price of $199 USD (regular $349 USD). REDD.17 and REDD.37-.51 are Native and SoundGrid compatible. REDD is available separately as well as in Waves Mercury, SoundGrid® Pro and SoundGrid® SD7 Pro bundles.

More information: Waves / Abbey Road REDD Consoles

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Native Instruments launches Kontakt 10 year anniversary sales special – 50% off Kontakt + sound libraries

Native Instruments has announced a limited 10-day sales special on Kontakt and 10 popular Kontakt instruments, celebrating the 10th anniversary of the leading sampler.

Customers will be able to buy the full version of KONTAKT 5 – including its extensive and renowned 43 GB library – for half price up until July 7th, 2012. The 50% offer is also valid on the critically acclaimed KONTAKT-based instruments DAMAGE, SESSION STRINGS PRO, ALICIA’S KEYS, SCARBEE FUNK GUITARIST, ABBEY ROAD 70s and MODERN DRUMMER, VINTAGE ORGANS, WEST AFRICA, SCARBEE PRE BASS and KONTAKT RETRO MACHINES MK 2.

Native Instruments 10 Years of Kontakt
Get Kontakt and Kontakt Instrument libraries at 50% off in celebration of 10 years of Kontakt.

The first version of KONTAKT was released in 2002, and soon became an essential part of every professional studio. Introducing new features to the sampling world and expanding the sonic arsenal with each new version, KONTAKT revolutionized sampling and remains the industry standard, used by professional producers and engineers alike for a multitude of musical genres, sound design and film scoring.

With the arrival of the free KONTAKT player in 2010, KONTAKT became an even more attractive prospect to third-party instrument developers, leading to the highly regarded series of KONTAKT Instruments available today.


Renowned producers and musicians congratulate NI on the birthday of the industry sampler.

10 year anniversary sales specials:

  • KONTAKT 5 – $199.50 USD / 189. 50 EUR
  • DAMAGE – $169.50 USD / 149. 50 EUR
  • SESSION STRINGS PRO – $169.50 USD / 149. 50 EUR
  • ALICIA’S KEYS – $59.50 USD / 49.50 EUR
  • SCARBEE FUNK GUITARIST – $59.50 USD / 49.50 EUR
  • ABBEY ROAD 70s DRUMMER – $59.50 USD / 49.50 EUR
  • ABBEY ROAD MODERN DRUMMER – $59.50 USD / 49.50 EUR
  • VINTAGE ORGANS – $59.50 USD / 49.50 EUR
  • DISCOVERY SERIES: WEST AFRICA – $59.50 USD / 49.50 EUR
  • SCARBEE PRE BASS – $44.50 USD / 39.50 EUR
  • KONTAKT RETRO MACHINES MK2 – $39.50 USD / 34.50 EUR

The offers are valid for the above-named KONTAKT products bought at the NI Online Shop while stock lasts until July 7th, 2012.

More information: Native Instruments / 10 Years of Kontakt

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Native Instruments releases ABBEY ROAD DRUMMER Series

Native Instruments has released the Abbey Road Drummer Series, a comprehensive rework of their successful Abbey Road Drums instruments.

These new instruments allow both experienced and hobbyist musicians and producers to create authentic acoustic drum tracks, combining meticulously-sampled drums, recorded at Abbey Road Studios, London, with a comprehensive Groove Library and a detailed Mixer Section with class-A studio effects. This ‘Drums, Studio, Drummer’ approach was pioneered recently in Native Instruments’ STUDIO DRUMMER, and the new ABBEY ROAD DRUMMER instruments use the same technical framework, based on KONTAKT 5. The instruments run in the latest version of KONTAKT 5 or the free KONTAKT 5 PLAYER. Owners of existing ABBEY ROAD DRUMS products are entitled to a free upgrade to the new version of the instruments they own.

Native Instruments ABBEY ROAD DRUMMER Series

Each of the four ABBEY ROAD DRUMMER instruments includes a Groove Library with over 1,000 grooves, variations and fills. The grooves complement the sound of each instrument: ABBEY ROAD 60s DRUMMER includes rhythms for rock’n’roll, blues, jazz, soul/motown and psychedelic rock, for example. Importantly, all grooves were played live by session drummers for a fluid, authentic feel. The grooves are provided as MIDI files, and can easily be transferred into a host sequencer via drag-and-drop for detailed editing and arrangement. For drummers, the software offers MIDI mapping templates for various electronic drum sets and third-party drum software, plus flexible custom mapping options.

The comprehensive mixer section of the ABBEY ROAD DRUMMER Series gives full control over mic levels on each drum, plus overheads, stereo room mics, snare bleed, and any other specialist mics used during the recording process. Carefully designed mix presets for each kit provide a selection of instantly usable templates based on well-known styles and techniques. Each drum has its own effect chain with a selection of routing options. The selection of effects includes a number of separately-available products, including a professional studio EQ, a studio compressor and TRANSIENT MASTER, plus tape saturation and a high-quality convolution reverb. The Mixer Section, combined with the powerful effects, and the expertly-recorded drum sounds, enables studio-grade sound processing with genuinely professional sound quality and flexibility.

The drum kits, recording techniques and equipment used for each instrument are typical of the period. ABBEY ROAD 60s DRUMMER provides a Gretsch Round Badge kit from the early 60s and a late 60s Ludwig Hollywood kit, for a warm, well-rounded room-sound. A Ludwig Vistalite Tequila Sunrise kit and a vintage Premier kit provide the basis of ABBEY ROAD 70s DRUMMER, with sounds ranging from tight, funky and precise to bombastic heavy rock. ABBEY ROAD 80s DRUMMER provides a Yamaha 9000 and a Slingerland Magnum kit – plus a full set of Octobans for definitive 80s sounds, from edgy new wave to big-budget power metal. ABBEY ROAD MODERN DRUMMER delivers the sound of contemporary rock and pop – well-rounded, with a crisp, top-end and plenty of sub-bass – from a Pearl Reference kit and a Drum Workshop Collector’s Series kit from the mid-90s.

The Abbey Road Drummer Series is available to purchase for $119 USD / 99 EUR per instrument. All four instruments are also available as a bundle, priced $349 USD / 299 EUR.

More information: Native Instruments / Abbey Road Drummer Series

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DontCrack updates V.I.P. Plug-in Series to v1.1.1 (incl. 2 new plugins)

DontCrack DC-Degradiator / Monster Boost

DontCrac[k] has updated the V.I.P. Series Plug-ins of effect plug-ins for Windows and Mac.

Version 1.1 is a free upgrade to all V.I.P. Bundle owners and adds two new plug-ins to the collection for a total of 22 plug-ins at this time.

Changes in V.I.P. Plug-in Series v1.1.1

  • Fixed: Authorization problem on PC machines. (Mac and PC needs to be re-authorized) [v1.1.0]
  • Fixed: RTAS wasn’t loading correctly on some PC machines. [v1.1.0]
  • Fixed: DC-TransControl DSP wasn’t processing correctly. [v1.1.0]
  • Fixed: DC-Chorus Ensemble Factory Presets were corrupted. [v1.1.0]
  • Fixed: DC-Classic Phaser ‘Cirtacular’ preset ‘Freq Range’ caused GUI knob to disappear. [v1.1.0]
  • Fixed: DC-Digital Reverb ‘Decay Time’ knob wasn’t working correctly. [v1.1.0]
  • Changed: DC-Retro Compressor output level was louder of 1.16dB, output level is now at 0dB when threshold at 0. [v1.1.0]
  • Added: Two new plug-Ins (included in the V.I.P. Bundle as a free upgrade): [v1.1.0]
    • DC-Degradiator – Bit Crusher Style Plug-in
    • DC-Monster Boost – Colored Signal Booster Plug-in
  • Fixed: Demo version wasn’t processing audio under certain circumstances.
  • Fixed: Non accessible Presets on Mac.
  • Fixed: Windows XP installer issue.
  • Fixed: DC-EchoFlex presets was saved into ‘EchoPlex’ folder instead of ‘EchoFlex’.

Note: The V.I.P Plug-ins version 1.1.0 requires a re-authorization. Simply launch the authorizer application (from any DC Plug-in) and use the serial number you received to re-authorize the software.

More information: DontCrac[k] / V.I.P. Plug-in Series

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