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Universal Audio announces enhanced Pro Tools compatibility & Mac OS X Lion support

Universal Audio has announced enhanced Pro Tools compatibility and Mac OS X Lion compatibility with their newest software release, UAD Powered Plug-Ins v6.0.

Now available as a free download on the UA website for Mac and PC users worldwide, UA’s new v6.0 software will ensure that customers running Mac OS X 10.7 will have full compatibility with their UAD Powered Plug-Ins.

UAD Powered Plug-Ins v6.0

New in UAD software v6.0

  • UA-developed RTAS plug-ins, replacing current VST-to-RTAS Adapter.
  • Full support of all Pro Tools control surfaces, including customized control layouts.
  • Fully automatable plug-in parameters, with values and ranges displayed in automation lanes and on control surfaces.
  • Plug-in names clearly displayed in the Pro Tools Mix and Edit windows.
  • Plug-ins sorted by category in the Pro Tools plug-ins menu.
  • Quick installation process.
  • Many other workflow improvements.

In addition to tight Pro Tools integration and support for Mac OS X Lion, UAD Powered Plug-Ins software v6.0 includes the release of the Ampex® ATR-102 Mastering Tape Recorder Plug-In, as well as Brainworx® bx_digital V2 EQ and SPL® Vitalizer MK2-T Direct Developer plug-ins.

More information: Universal Audio

Universal Audio releases Ampex ATR-102 Mastering Tape Recorder plug-in for UAD-2

Universal Audio has announced the released of the Ampex ATR-102 Mastering Tape Recorder Plug-In, a faithful emulation of the Ampex ATR-102 Tape Recorder for the UAD-2 Powered Plug-Ins platform.

Ampex ATR-102 Mastering Tape Recorder Plug-In

For more than three decades, the two-channel Ampex ATR-102 Tape Recorder has turned music recordings into records. The perfect complement to the workhorse Studer® A800 Multichannel Tape Recorder Plug-In, the officially sanctioned ATR-102 plug-in provides the final, cohesive analog polish and punch for any in-the-box mastering session, without the ongoing maintenance and calibration of a physical tape machine.

Impeccably developed over a nine-month period in the renowned UAD engineering tradition — and incorporating presets from noted ATR-102 users Chuck Ainlay, Richard Dodd, Buddy Miller, and Mike Poole — the ATR-102 Mastering Tape Recorder Plug-In faithfully replicates the unique dynamics, frequency response, and saturation characteristics of the original hardware. Scrutinized and fully authenticated by Ampex Corporation, the sound of the ATR-102 plug-in for UAD-2 is virtually indistinguishable from its analog cousin.

ATR-102 Mastering Tape Recorder Plug-In features

  • Ampex®-authenticated plug-in emulation of the ATR-102 Mastering Tape Recorder — the most popular professional 2-track machine ever made.
  • Provides rich, cohesive tape sound, without the hassles of calibration, maintenance, tape degradation, etc..
  • Adjustable (L/R) Tape Delay, Wow, Flutter, and Crosstalk.
  • Requires a UAD-2 DSP Accelerator Card available from authorized dealers worldwide.
  • Models entire ATR-102 electronic path, including transformers, amplifiers, Input, Record. and Repro paths.
  • Featuring multiple Tape Formulas and Calibration Levels for mix down.
  • Independent L/R Input Gain (Record) and Output (Reproduce) Level.
  • IPS Speed/Emphasis Curve chooses between 3.75 NAB, 7.5 NAB, 7.5 CCIR, 15 NAB, 15 CCIR, 30 AES.
  • Independent L/R record Bias, Record EQ, and Playback EQs, with Auto and Manual Cal capabilities.

The Ampex ATR-102 Tape Recorder Plug-In is available to purchase in UA’s Online Store for $349 USD.

The Ampex ATR-102 Tape Recorder Plug-In is available as part of the new UAD Software v6.0 release. In addition to the Ampex ATR-102 plug-in, v6.0 includes the release of the Brainworx® bx_digital V2 EQ and SPL® Vitalizer MK2-T direct developer plug-ins, as well as highly anticipated Pro Tools compatibility enhancements and Mac OS X Lion support.

More information: Universal Audio / Ampex ATR-102 Mastering Tape Recorder Plug-In

Waves releases MPX Master Tape effect plugin

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Waves MPX Master Tape

Waves has introduced the MPX Master Tape, a virtual tape effect plug-in modeled in association with Eddie Kramer.

Developed in association with Eddie Kramer, the MPX Master Tape plugin is modeled on a rare machine consisting of an Ampex 350 transport and 351 electronics. With adjustable tape speed, bias, flux, wow & flutter, and noise parameters, the MPX provides comprehensive control over the contours of your sound. And to top it off, we’ve added a flexible slap & feedback delay, ideal for rock, dance, dub, you name it. For recording, mixing, mastering, and more, bring the richness and warmth of real tape saturation to your DAW with the MPX Master Tape. It’s the reel deal.

MPX Master Tape features

  • Modeled on the Ampex 350/351 1/4″ reel-to-reel.
  • Adjustable tape speed, bias, flux, wow & flutter.
  • Slap & feedback delay.
  • Up to 24bit 96kHz resolution.
  • Mono and Stereo components.
  • Supports TDM, RTAS, Audio Suite, VST, AU.
  • PC and Mac compatible.

The MPX Master Tape is available to purchase for $99 USD (Native) / $149 USD (TDM).

More information: Waves / MPX Master Tape

CD Sound Master releases R2R- The Essential Analog Tape Collection

CD Sound Master R2R - The Essential Analog Tape Collection

CD Sound Master has announced the release of R2R- The Essential Analog Tape Collection, a program library for Acustica Audio’s Nebula.

R2R contains a virtual living museum of reel to reel analog tape recorders ranging from early tube designs to popular consumer favorites, to some of the finest machines ever made!

R2R- The Essential Analog Tape Collection features

  • 170 analog tape programs for Nebula.
  • Recreated tape machines: Struder A800 MKIII, Otari MTR-10, Struder Revox B77 Pro, Wollensak 1515, Lafayette Radio RK-142, Sony TC-640, Akai 4000DS MKII, TEAC W-6004 Dual Cassette.
  • Tapes used: Ampex/Quantegy Grand Master 456, Ampex 499, ATR, Scotch 206, Scotch 290, Scotch 111, Sony PR-150, Maxell UD-3590, Maxell UD-XL-3590B, Maxell XLII.
  • Various tape speed settings for specific models recorded.

R2R is available for purchase for $99 USD. R2R-FREE includes 4 free programs for Nebula, and is available as a free download so Nebula users can demo R2R.

More information: CD Sound Master

Goldbaby Productions releases Tape MR-16

Goldbaby Productions Tape MR-16

Goldbaby Productions has released the Tape MR-16, a free pack of samples from the Korg MR-16 MIDI Rhythm Sound Unit.

Hugo writes:

It’s been a while since I gave a sample pack away. So here you go… the Tape MR-16.

The MR-16 was Released in 1985. It has 19 drum sounds… I think they are either 12 bit or 8 bit PCM samples (not sure). They sound pretty LoFi but solid. I have done the usual tape treatment using an Ampex 1/2 inch valve tape machine and A Hitachi Cassette deck.

The Tape MR-16 is available for download here.

Also make sure to get your copy of any Goldbaby product today for a change to win that MBase 01. There’s only one week left in this giveaway.

Check Goldbaby Productions for more information.

Review: Goldbaby Productions Tape Drum Machines Vol 2

Goldbaby Tape Drum Machines Vol 2

Goldbaby Productions has released yet another collection of classic drum machine samples: Tape Drum Machines Vol 2.

The follow up to Tape Machines Vol 1. More classic drum machines given some tape love!

Tape Machines Vol 2 features

  • 10 Drum Machines: Linn Drum, CR-78, TR-626, DDR-30, Bohm, DR-55, RPM-40, RX-5, KPR-77 and the Synsonics Pro.
  • 3 Tape Machines: Ampex valve 1/2 inch 2 track, Otari MX5050 1/4 inch 2 track, and the Hitachi 3 head Cassette deck.
  • 1838 x 24 Bit drum samples.
  • Bonus: 36 x CR-78 Rex beats.

Tape Drum Machines Vol 2 is available as a wav pack for $24 USD, and for GURU and Battery 3 for $29 USD each.

So what do I think?

Sometimes less is more, but not so with Goldbaby’s sample libraries. Even if you have more drum samples than you’ll ever use, there’s always room for some extra Goldbaby goodness.

My favorites in this collection are the Bohm and Suzuki RPM-40 machines. The Bohm (the notes in the logo suggest it’s actually Böhm, which is quite likely since it’s a German machine) does some really raw and nasty stuff, while the RPM-40 has such a lovely lo-fi sound.

Go check out the sound demos on the Tape Drum Machines Vol 2 page and get your wallet ready, cause there’s a good chance you’re going to want these right away!

More information: Goldbaby Productions / Tape Drum Machines Vol 2

Goldbaby Productions releases Tape Drum Machines Vol 2

Goldbaby Productions Tape Drum Machines Vol 2

Goldbaby Productions has released Tape Drum Machines Vol 2, the follow up to Tape Machines Vol 1. featuring more classic drum machines given some tape love.

Tape Drum Machines Vol 2 features

  • 10 Drum Machines and 3 Tape Machines. 1838 x 24 Bit drum samples.
  • Plus bonus: 36 x CR-78 Rex beats.
  • Drum Machines used: Linn Drum, CR-78, TR-626, DDR-30, Bohm, DR-55, RPM-40, RX-5, KPR-77 and the Synsonics Pro.
  • Tape machines used: Ampex valve 1/2 inch 2 track, Otari MX5050 1/4 inch 2 track, and the Hitachi 3 head Cassette deck.

Tape Drum Machines Vol 2 is available in a GURU version for $29 USD, and as a Wav Pack for $24 USD. A version for Native Instruments Battery 3 will follow soon.

Goldbaby has also released another free pack of samples.

The Tape TR-66 – Rolands lovely 70′s drum machine gets some tape love. 113 x 24bit drum hits.

More information: Goldbaby Productions / Tape Drum Machines Vol 2

Goldbaby Productions releases Tape Drum Machines Vol 1 and TheTapeVermonaDRM

Goldbaby Productions Tape Drum Machines Vol 1

Goldbaby Productions has released Tape Drum Machine Vol 1, a collection of drum machine sounds recorded on various tape machines.

What do you get if you take 10 drum machines, 4 tape machines and a whole lot of love… 1481 x 24 Bit drum samples… a truly oustanding collection of drum machine sounds infused with the vibe of tape.

Tape Drum Machines Vol 1

  • Drum machines: Linn LM-1, MBase01, Roland TR-505, Boss DR110, Sequential Tom, 4 In The Floor, Yamaha MR-10, MRX-185, Emu Drumulator and MPC The Kit.
  • Tape machines used: Ampex valve 1/2 inch 2 track, Otari MX5050 1/4 inch 2 track, Teac A-350 Cassette Deck and the Hitachi 3 head Cassette deck.
  • Bonus set of Rom based TR-808 sounds also recorded on tape.

Tape Drum Machines Vol 1 is available as a wav pack for $24 USD, and a GURU featuring 12 bundles (including some patterns) and 12 kits costs $29 USD. Battery and ReFill versions are coming soon.

Goldbaby Productions TheTapeVermonaDRM

Goldbaby has also released a free sample pack to celebrate the release of Tape Drum Machines Vol 1.

TheTapeVermonaDRM contains 142 x 24 bit samples of the Vermona DRM, recorded on an Otari MX5050 1/4 inch tape machine. The original drum hits are included as well.

Each drum sound has been recorded multiple times for use in Round Robin Layering. This can help recreate the analog feel of the machine.

Visit Goldbaby Productions for more information, audio demos and a link to download TheTapeVermonaDRM.