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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

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

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

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

DontCrack releases V.I.P. Plug-in Series

DontCrac[k] DC Analoger

DontCrac[k] has announced the launch of the V.I.P. Plug-in Series, a new audio plug-ins suite that might change the way you think about audio plug-ins.

The DontCrack “V.I.P. plug-in series” aim audio professionals that, in todays market need simple and easy-to-use audio tools in their everyday tasks. In response to that demand, DontCrack has partnered with leading plug-in designers from around the world to bring a series of high quality plug-ins that offers instant sonic satisfaction while offering a clean interface with only the most essential knobs and switches to quickly tweak sound parameters.

V.I.P. Plug-in Series includes:

  • DC Analoger – vintage tape & tubes emulator plug-in.
  • DC Brightness – Abbey Roads like brightness plug-in.
  • DC Chorus Ensemble – deep chorus ensemble effect.
  • DC Clarisonix – sub bass and harmonics enhancer.
  • DC Classic Flanger – silky smooth flanger effect.
  • DC Classic Phaser – vintage multi-stage phaser effect.
  • DC Cool – Uni-Vibe based effect.
  • DC Digital Plate – EMT based “Gold Plate” analog reverb.
  • DC Digital Reverb – Eventide based reverb.
  • DC Dimension 3D – Roland “Dimension D” type effect.
  • DC Distorted – smooth distortion effect.
  • DC Echoflex – Echoplex based tape delay effect.
  • DC Electro Optical – two channel electro-optical compressor/limiter.
  • DC Retro Compressor – retro sounding compressor.
  • DC Retro Equalizer – API like classic EQ.
  • DC Retro Filter – great sounding retro filter.
  • DC Retro Limiter – great sounding limiter.
  • DC Transcontrol – SPL based transient designer.
  • DC Tremolo Pan – versatile tremolo and panning effect.
  • DC Ultramaxit – easy to use level maximizer plug-in.

The V.I.P. series plug-ins are available to purchase in a bundle for $299 USD until October 10th, 2011 (MSRP $599 USD). Individual plug-ins are $49 USD each.

V.I.P. Bundle owners will get all subsequent plug-ins released for the V.I.P. series free of charge. In 2012 the bundle is expected to include over 40 plug-ins in total.

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

Waves releases The King’s Microphones effect plugin

Waves has announced the release of The King’s Microphones, a special microphone simulation effect plugin for Windows and Mac.

Waves The King's Microphones

Used exclusively by the royal family for speeches on momentous occasions, each of these three priceless microphones dating back to the 1920s and 1930s was tailored and tuned especially for its specific user: King George V, King George VI, and Queen Elizabeth. Beautifully designed and decorated with gold, silver, and chrome adornments bearing the royal coats of arms, each is a one-of-a-kind aesthetic masterpiece with its own distinctive sonic character. The King’s Microphones plugin offers stunningly accurate recreations of the originals’ unique frequency responses, with three proximity settings for each.

Discovered deep within the vaults of EMI outside London by Peter Cobbin, senior recording engineer at Abbey Road Studios, the microphones were used to record music and dialogue for the film, the first time they had been used by anyone outside the royal family. Cobbin, who worked closely with Waves on the development of the plugin, commented, “It was exciting to know we had the very microphone used by King George VI, the central character of this film, and I thought how appropriate and inspiring it would be to have the microphones present at our recording sessions. The royal microphones are works of highly-skilled craftsmanship.

The King’s Microphones for Windows and Mac (native formats) is available to purchase for $99 USD.

More information: Waves / The King’s Microphones

Abbey Road Plug-Ins RS124 Compressor, limited time 55% discount

Abbey Road Studios RS124 Compressor Plug-in

Abbey Road Plug-Ins is offering a limited time 55% discount on the RS124 Compressor, an authentic emulation of the legendary EMI tube compressor.

The RS124 Compressor Plug-In provides authentic emulations of the valve compressors that were introduced in 1960 and in constant use at the studios throughout the decade. This IS the sound of Abbey Road 60s recordings! Their warm, creamy sonic personality and unique features such as the ‘HOLD’ function made them the compressor of choice for recording, mixing and mastering. Each unit was hand-built and exclusive to Abbey Road Studios and are still in use at the studios today.

RS124 Compressor features

  • Three authentic compressor models based on vintage Abbey Road units.
  • Each model recreates the sound and behaviour of the hardware unit.
  • Authentic replication visually and sonically of the original hardware.
  • Tested and approved by Abbey Road Studios’ Director of Engineering, Peter Cobbin.
  • Added SuperFuse mode for more aggressive compression effect.
  • Dedicated LCR version allowing Pro Tools HD users to ‘stack’ all three units on top of one another.

The RS124 Compressor is now available to purchase for $250 USD (TDM) / $150 USD (LE/AU/VST).

More information: Abbey Road Studios / RS124 Compressor

Native Instruments releases Abbey Road Modern Drums, Kontakt-based drum instrument

Native Instruments Abbey Road Modern Drums

Native Instruments has announced the release of Abbey Road Modern Drums, a new instrument developed together with the iconic British recording studios.

Providing two high-end drum kits for use in the free KONTAKT PLAYER and the KONTAKT 4 sampler, ABBEY ROAD MODERN DRUMS gives musicians and producers access to expertly engineered drum sounds for contemporary music production of any genre, with the highest possible level of fidelity and authenticity.

ABBEY ROAD MODERN DRUMS complements the previous 60s, 70s and 80s installments, and is based on two renowned drum kits that are a staple of modern studio productions – a Drum Workshop Collector’s Series “White Kit” and a Pearl Reference “Sparkle Kit”. Further expanded with various distinctive cymbals from Sabian and Zildjian as well as three snare drum options each, both kits were recorded with painstaking precision in Abbey Road’s Studio Two and Studio Three, taking full advantage of the acoustic properties of these famous recording rooms.

Abbey Road Modern Drums features

  • Utilizes both contemporary and vintage high-end recording equipment to achieve ultimate sound quality across all individual instruments of the kits.
  • Over 40,000 samples, 24-bit, 44.1 kHz.
  • 7.2 GB library size, using the new Kontakt 4 sample compression (17.4 GB uncompressed!)
  • Up to 27 velocity layers for a single articulation.
  • Up to 6 variations of drum hits at the same velocity for added realism.
  • Additional compressed Mono Overhead and Mono Room samples for additional sound possibilities.
  • Three snare options for each kit.
  • Separate Right and Left hand samples for the most common Snare, Tom, and Hihat articulations.
  • Snare Top/Bottom and Kick In/Out samples.
  • Optional snare bleed samples for many drums.
  • Includes a selection of different MIDI mappings accommodating the established layouts of various popular
    electronic drum kits and third-party drum libraries.
  • Highly functional user interface offers convenient control over all articulation, sound shaping, mixing and routing functions. Advanced randomization can even add subtle nuances to the tone and timing to make it virtually indistinguishable from a studio-recorded drum performance.

Abbey Road Modern Drums is available to purchase as a download and on DVD for $119 USD / 99 EUR.

More information: Native Instruments / Abbey Road Modern Drums