Balanced Audio Technology to celebrate its 20th anniversary with debut of new preamps and power amps at CES 2015

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Balanced Audio Technology

Balanced Audio Technology has announced it will celebrate its 20th anniversary at CES 2015 with the introduction of four new products: the VK-23SE and VK-43SE solid-state stereo preamplifiers and the VK-225 and VK-225SE solid-state stereo power amplifiers.

We cordially invite you to experience BAT’s refreshing approach to audio design and 20 years of audio engineering expertise at The Venetian during show hours at the show, taking place January 6-9 in Las Vegas.
The VK-23SE preamplifier, like all BAT preamps, features fully balanced circuit topology throughout. The VK-23SE utilizes BAT’s exclusive Unistage™ single-gain-stage, zero-feedback design, the shortest possible signal path and more to achieve superb resolution and musical accuracy. (SRP: $4,995.)
The VK-43SE is the company’s new top of the line solid-state preamplifier. It is a dual-monaural design and incorporates BAT’s Unistage zero-feedback topology and many additional refinements for extraordinary musical realism. The VK-43SE’s massive power supply delivers extremely wide dynamic capability (SRP: $8,995).

The BAT VK-225 amplifier uses a discrete bipolar output transistor design to provide exceptional clarity and dynamic authority. It delivers 150 watts per channel power output into 8 ohms, and features audiophile-grade components throughout, the shortest-possible signal paths with zero negative feedback and other attributes for superlative sound (SRP: $4,995). The VK-225SE amplifier (SRP: $6,495) adds BAT’s SUPER-PAK power supply circuit with greatly increased energy storage capacity, to convey music with effortless dynamic authority, nuance and realism.
At CES 2015, BAT is also showcasing its flagship REX II vacuum-tube stereo preamplifier and power amplifier and a host of its ultimate-performance audio components in a complete audio system featuring the AVID HiFi Diva II SP, Sequel SP and Acutus Reference SP turntables, Solidsteel’s new S3 and S5 entertainment racks and more.

The new Balanced Audio Technology components can be heard at The Venetian, Las Vegas, NV, Suite 29-122, during show hours: Tuesday, January 6th – Friday, January 9th. You may also schedule an appointment to visit the room. Geoff Poor, Director of Sales for Balanced Audio Technology; Steve Shade, Director of International Sales; and other key people will be on hand to give you the news about Balanced Audio Technology’s latest components.

More information: Balanced Audio Technology

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Voxengo updates Boogex free guitar amp & cabinet plugin to v2.0

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Voxengo Boogex

Voxengo has announced the release of version 2.0 of Boogex, a free guitar amplifier and cabinet simulation effect plug-in for Windows and Mac.

Boogex is a guitar amplifier plug-in with a variety of sound shaping features for professional music production applications. With Boogex it is possible to get a heavy distorted sound as well as slight “jazzy” saturation sound. Boogex is also able to apply any speaker cabinet impulse response (selection of built-in impulses is available).

The processing latency is close to zero making it possible to use Boogex for real-time guitar processing. Boogex also includes reverberation module derived from Voxengo OldSkoolVerb reverb.

Boogex now supports most user interface features latest Voxengo plugins offer, including undo/redo history, preset manager, user interface coloration and others. Most importantly, this updated version 2.0 features an improved guitar amplification algorithm which provides a set of processing modes.

The plug-in is available to download for Windows and Mac (VST/AU).

More information: Voxengo / Boogex

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Studio Devil launches Winter Sale – Up to 40% off

Studio Devil has announced the launch of its Winter Sale, offering up to 40% off its effect plugins.

Studio Devil Winter Sale

If you were waiting for a reason to get the best tube modeling on the planet, well now’s the time!

Until December 31st, enjoy these awesome discounts on Studio Devil’s world-class tube modeling plugins…for Bass Amp Modeling, Guitar Amp Modeling, and Tube Preamplifier Modeling for your mix.

Studio Devil Winter Sale

  • Amp Modeler Pro: $89 (normally $149)
  • Bass Amp Pro: $69 (normally $99)
  • Virtual Tube Preamp: $79 (normally $129)

The sale ends on December 31st, 2014.

More information: Studio Devil

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TSE Audio updates TSE X50 amp emulation to v2.3

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TSE Audio has released version 2.3 of TSE X50, an amp effect plug-in for Windows and Mac.

TSE Audio TSE X50 v2.3

The X50 is a digital emulation of a famous US guitar amp. Because two almost similar amps were made both red channels are modeled. The green channel is modeled after the first amp.

Changes in TSE X50 v2.0

  • New plugin that will be expandable with future enhancements, such as amps, pedals, rack units, etc.
  • Redesigned user interface for better workflow.
  • Customizable and completely redesigned pedal board.
  • Added a new IR pack from Kalthallen Cabs.
  • Completely new and redesigned Dual IR loader with EQ filters.
  • New customizable fx rack.
  • Mac is now supported in 32-bit as well.
  • 32/64-bit AU/VST support (AAX later this fall).
  • Overall better CPU efficiency.
  • Improved X50 modeling further.
  • Every processing stage is bypassable.
  • Input learn function can target passive pickups.

The plug-in is available for purchase for 29.99 EUR. The v2.3 update is a free upgrade for all 2.0/2.0.1 registered users.

More information: TSE Audio / TSE X50

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Shattered Glass Audio releases Ace free tube amp plugin

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Shattered Glass Audio has announced Ace, a free tube amplifier effect plug-in for Windows and Mac.

Shattered Glass Audio Ace

Ace is a faithful digital emulation of a legendary 1950s, American, all tube, tweed, 5W amp. We have added to the model two of the most common amplifier mods: adjustment of the amount of feedback and addition of grid stopper resistors, both of which can be turned off for the original amp sound.

For added flexibility, speaker emulation can be switched out in case you want to use a different speaker emulator. Ace also features 2x, 4x, or 8x selectable oversampling.

Simple controls and a conservative CPU usage make ACE easy to use in live settings as well as for re-amping.

Ace features

  • Accurate modeling of the whole circuit to capture dynamic interactions between amp stages.
  • Authentic 12AX7 and 6V6GT vacuum tube models.
  • Models of the two most common amp mods.
  • Adjustable strength of the input signal with up to 12 dB boost.
  • Cabinet simulation that can be switched on or off.
  • Selectable 2x, 4x, or 8x oversampling.

The plug-in is available to download for Windows and Mac as freeware (VST/AU).

More information: Shattered Glass Audio / Ace

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