NUGEN Audio intros MasterCheck loudness tool

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NUGEN Audio MasterCheck

At the 137th AES Convention, NUGEN Audio is celebrating 10 years of service to the music and audio post-production communities by introducing MasterCheck, the first modern loudness tool for the music industry, as well as a significant update of Visualizer, the company’s industry-leading audio analysis tool.

MasterCheck is the first music-industry-specific audio plug-in designed to facilitate mix and mastering for the modern world of loudness normalized playout. iTunes®, Spotify®, and DAB Radio all now use loudness normalization, and MasterCheck reveals how the consumer will hear audio on these music platforms, and others, by using internationally recognized loudness, dynamics, and true-peak standards. Ideal for every aspect of music production including recording, mixing, mastering, compilation, archive, and restoration, MasterCheck can also be used for producing podcasts at optimal loudness levels for dialog clarity within the listener environment. With MasterCheck, audio engineers can employ a single plug-in to apply loudness matching and dynamic content analysis, using techniques such as peak-to-loudness ratio (PLR) to compare multiple sources. The advanced side-chain loudness matching can also be used to audition signal paths, without the “improvement” of increased loudness, to understand precisely how various effects, such as compression, can change the sound with no influence from the loudness enhancement.

Version 2 of Visualizer is the latest incarnation of NUGEN Audio’s audio analysis suite designed for high-end music professionals. Ideal for music mixing and mastering, as well as audio post-production, Visualizer provides comprehensive audio analysis for recording, mixing, and mastering in a single plug-in. A standardized reference set of professional tools is designed to help audio engineers work faster, avoid mistakes, repeat past successes, and understand the success of others.

Based on customer feedback, Visualizer now features numerous user interface enhancements including a fully resizable interface, a multiview feature that enables engineers to compare multiple sources with a single plug-in, and a difference view showing the difference between two input signals. Visualizer is available in a version supporting Avid Pro Tools | HDX, as well as a stand-alone application version.

At AES137, NUGEN Audio will preview a new upmix process specifically designed for film and TV production. Capable of producing a downmix-compatible upmix with optional dialog isolation in the center channel, the new technology is projected to be available in early 2015.

More information: NUGEN Audio

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iZ Technology Corporation launches RADAR 6 & ADA II + Classic 96 and Ultra Nyquist I/O boards now available

iZ Technology Corporation has announced RADAR 6, the updated flagship multi-track recorder.

iZ RADAR 6

RADAR, the premier choice for hard disk multi-track recording and playback employed by recording studios, scoring stages, theaters, and post production houses around the world, has been updated with new features and improved speed, storage technology, editing, audio performance and user interface.

RADAR has long been the recording platform that offers the highest sound quality on the market. Built with world-class converters, Adrenaline DR technology, dual digital/analog power supplies, near-zero jitter, and near-zero latency up to 192kHz, RADAR systems transcend the digital barriers of sonic quality.

Thanks to RADAR 6’s new storage architecture, recording and moving files is fast and easy. You can record 24 tracks at 192 kHz to a 64 or 128 GB SD card and plug it directly into your laptop for use with your favorite DAW. Record and/or copy and deliver tracks in seconds on a USB 3.0 thumb drive. Or record directly to RADAR’s high-speed solid-state drives for maximum performance. RADAR’s open storage architecture gives you the most options.

New in RADAR 6

  • Sound Quality: World-class Classic 96 and Ultra Nyquist converters and the new Adrenaline DR technology.
  • Speed: Direct SATA recording for over 2 times faster cueing editing and data transfers.
  • Storage: Solid state SATA, USB 3.0, thumb drives and remote network access make recording and file transfer fast and flexible.
  • Portability: nearly 40% shorter and 14 lbs lighter than RADAR V.
  • Improved user interface: full front panel controls with tactile transport keys and a comprehensive high resolution multi-page touch screen supporting industry standard wide screen resolutions.
  • Editing: Comprehensive editing from the front panel touch screen as well as a virtual meter bridge, touch-screen macro keys, multiple mark in/out markers for batch exports and audio CD creation from a single project.
  • Acoustic Noise: control room ready with super quiet low speed power supply fan and all solid-state storage drives.
  • Cost: RADAR 6 has a lower retail price than RADAR V.

RADAR 6 is now available to purchase, starting at under $8,600 USD.

iZ also launched its ADA II A/D and D/A converters at the 133rd AES Convention in San Francisco.

iZ ADA II

Featuring pristine iZ conversion, and innovative modular I/O structure, intuitive touch screen controls, and direct interfacing to native DAWS and Pro Tools, ADA is a powerful tool designed to meet the creative and technical needs of true audio professionals.

Not only does the new ADA II offer the most transparent, true-to-source conversion available today, it’s now even more powerful than the original ADA I and comes with a larger 10.1” higher-resolution display. The user interface is easier to use with the main screen showing both the A/D and the D/A meters. The new front panel is fingerprint-resistant and offers a high-contrast white LED ring-lit power switch.

ADA II supports the 24-channel transformer balanced AES card, and features a new ProTools sample rate error indicator. ADA II is fully compatible with iZ’s new Classic 96 and Ultra Nyquist analogue I/O option cards. Each ADA is made-to-order in 8, 16, or 24 channel configurations with customizable I/O ratios. With its ground-breaking modular design, ADA evolves over time as your studio needs change – re-configure I/O ratios and add channel-count to the original ADA frame as required.

With a single touch, ADA’s Graphic User Interface controls settings and preferences – including the comprehensive A/D & D/A routing options. Full screen mode brings all 48 high-resolution meters into view for accurate reference monitoring.

ADA connects to Logic, Nuendo, REAPER, and other native DAWs via low-latency, low-jitter MADI digital I/O. For Pro Tools|HD users, add an iZ Dual Pro Tools|HD Option Card to ADA and plug directly into the Pro Tools Core Card. If you want the sonic purity of a RADAR, but prefer to mix in a DAW, you need to get an ADA.

ADA II is available to purchase starting at under $6,700 USD.

Furthermore, iZ’s Classic 96 and Ultra Nyquist new generation 8-channel analogue I/O cards are now available, offering the most pristine and euphonic converters iZ has ever produced.

iZ Classic 96 / Ultra Nyquist
The Classic 96 and Ultra Nyquist analogue I/O cards.

iZ’s Classic 96 Analogue I/O card maintains that signature, high-quality iZ audio without compromising disk space. Never harsh or biting, the iZ Classic 96 converter card is optimized to bring clear, transparent sound to studio and live recording applications. The Classic 96 analogue I/O cards boast the same warmth, bottom end, and performance characteristics as the historic Classic analogue I/O cards, but with the sample rate range extended to 96 kHz.

Also available now are the long awaited follow on to the legendary Nyquist (96 kHz) and S-Nyquist (192 kHz) analogue I/O cards: the Ultra Nyquist Analogue I/O cards. With lower noise and distortion than even the famed S-Nyquist design, the Ultra Nyquist analogue I/O cards combine the best attributes of both the Nyquist and the S-Nyquist into one unified design. iZ Technology’s Ultra Nyquist analogue I/O cards will lift the blanket off any mix. Characterized by rich, warm tones, with incredible presence and crystal clear highs, the Ultra Nyquist converters preserve audio integrity by providing the highest high-fidelity conversion possible on any recording.

The Classic 96 is available to purchase for $1,295 USD, Ultra Nyquist is $1,995 USD.

More information: iZ Technology Corporation

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SoundToys Radiator mixer amp plugin announced

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SoundToys has announced Radiator, a mixer amplifier effect plugin for Windows and Mac.

SoundToys Radiator

Come see SoundToys at AES in San Francisco, booth #619, and get your badge scanned for a chance to win the new Radiator plug-in. Or pick up a SoundToys bundle at special AES Show Floor prices. You can also see the real gear that inspired the new Boutique Series plug-ins, Radiator and Devil-Loc, and meet the SoundToys crew.

If you can’t make it to the show, well, the official Radiator release is right around the corner, so keep an eye out for that. We’ll have opportunities for everyone who got Little Radiator to upgrade, and some more specials, but in the mean time, here’s a first look at Little Radiator’s big brother.

More information: SoundToys

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Zynaptiq announces UNVEIL v1.5 incl. VST, RTAS & AAX support for Windows and Mac

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Zynaptiq

Zynaptiq has announced version 1.5 of UNVEIL, a realtime de-reverberation and signal focusing plug-in.

This free update adds VST, RTAS and AAX support for both MacOS X and Windows systems, as well as several workflow enhancements, and will be available November 15th, 2012. Zynaptiq will be showing the new version at the 133rd AES Convention in San Francisco, October 26th-29th, 2012, booth 639.

UNVEIL is a real-time, de-mixing based plug-in that allows attenuating or boosting reverb components within a mixed signal of any channel count, including mono sources.
Additionally, UNVEIL allows bringing the key features of a recording into focus, or moving them to the background, by attenuating or boosting perceptionally less important signal components.


Zynaptiq UNVEIL De-Reverberation and Signal Focusing: Applications For Post-Production.

Changes in UNVEIL v1.5

  • Now supports RTAS, AAX Native and VST on MacOS X and Windows in addition to AudioUnits.
  • New preset management functionality accessible from within the plug-in GUI allows user presets to be used across all plug-in formats on all platforms.
  • New multi-mono capability in Logic Pro 9.x to allow for individual settings for channels in multi-channel/surround scenarios.
  • New authorization app for more streamlined user experience.
  • Completely re-designed automation system for improved automation workflow.
  • New factory presets.
  • New option to enter values numerically by double-clicking controls.

The free UNVEIL v1.5 update will be available November 15th, 2012, from within the automatic update system of the v1.07 plug-in.
UNVEIL is priced at 399 USD/EUR (prices in EUR inclusive of 19% VAT) and available from the Zynaptiq website as well as select retailers.

More information: Zynaptiq / Unveil

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TC Electronic to Display ‘Live Aid’ Processing for System 6000 MKII for the first time at AES 2012

TC Electronic System 6000 MKII

TC Electronic has announced it will exhibit its state-of-the-art, BS.1770-3 compliant processing and metering solutions for System 6000 MKII at AES 2012 in San Francisco (Booth 1019).

TC Electronic will again be exhibiting at the annual AES convention in the US, displaying the latest solutions for measuring and correcting loudness in post, production, mastering and broadcast.

For the first time, AES visitors will be able to experience ‘Live Aid’ processing for System 6000 MKII. The Live Aid license includes the ALC6 algorithm that introduces no less than five innovative, industry-first features. Without sacrificing audio quality, even OB and Live production may now comply with the latest international standards on loudness and true-peak level. Live Aid also contains the DMix algorithm that is able to downmix, loudness process, headphone optimize and true-peak limit any mono, stereo or 5.1 source. Precise conditioning of a program for Mobile TV, iPod or IPTV is now possible, thus creating a perfect 5.1 audio and a Mobile feed directly off the OB truck.

TC Electronic LM6

In conjunction with TC’s highly acclaimed Radar Loudness Meter, ‘Live Aid’ forms the ultimate package for any production, post or mastering facility delivering content for film or broadcast. In short, the Radar Loudness Display provides the user with coherent information of all relevant loudness data, including history, in a single, recognizable view. The Radar Meter is available on several different platforms such as System 6000 MKII, DB4 MKII/DB8 MKII and LM2, as well as in the form of native plug-ins supporting AAX, RTAS, Audio Suite, AU and VST formats.

All of TC’s loudness solutions reflect the latest standards, even the recently updated ITU-R BS.1770-3. Loudness-related products have already been updated to comply with this brand new incarnation of the BS.1770 loudness standard, including System 6000 MKII, DB4, DB8, DB4 MKII, DB8 MKII, DB2, LM2 and the plug-ins LM6 and LM2. AES visitors are invited to come by the TC booth to experience these newly updated products on site.

More information: TC Electronic

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