Dirac Research has announced a new version of Dirac Live Room Correction Suite, its acclaimed room correction software product.
The new Stereo Version is based on the same state-of-art technology as the original Full Version, with the main difference that it supports only two-channel playback. It features full mixed-phase impulse- and frequency response optimization, born from more than a decade of research and development.
“Many users of the multichannel version have discovered the benefits of using the Dirac Live technology with two-channel systems,” said Christoffer Ahlén, Director, Consumer Division and Marketing at Dirac.
“As the Full Version of Dirac Live is evolving into a more advanced multichannel product, a need for a more straightforward two-channel version has been identified. We can now offer such a product, at a lower price Point,“ Ahlén concluded.
With the Dirac Live Room Correction suite and a microphone (available from Dirac’s online store or authorized resellers), the user performs a simple multipoint measurement of the listening room. Dirac Live then automatically corrects the deficiencies in the sound from the audio system and room, providing the purest possible music reproduction.
The suite has been tailored for consumers who use their computer as an audio source, and leverages the computer’s built-in processing power. It has been designed with simplicity in mind without compromise in terms of sound quality and/or flexibility for the advanced user. A point of emphasis is that the software optimizes all sound from the computer regardless of the media player used.
Dirac Live Room Correction Suite is available to purchase for MSRP 389 EUR (Stereo Version) / 650 EUR (Full Version).
More information: Dirac / Dirac Live Room Correction Suite
Voxengo has released version 2.6 of SPAN, a free real-time “fast Fourier transform” audio spectrum analyzer effect plug-in for Windows and Mac.
For the most part it was derived from Voxengo GlissEQ dynamic parametric equalizer and reproduces its spectrum analysis functionality. SPAN is available in AudioUnit, VST and now VST3 plug-in formats (including native 64-bit support), for Mac OS X (v10.5 and later), and Windows computers.
Changes in SPAN v2.6
- Right-clicking on the spectrum will copy the frequency pointer to the clipboard.
- “dBFS.30″ and “dBFS.15″ metering options added.
- 1/9 and 1/12 octave smoothing options added.
- 65536 block size option added.
SPAN is available to download as a freeware effect plug-in.
More information: Voxengo / SPAN
HoRNet Plug-Ins has released version 2.0 of its VU Meter, an effect plug-in for monitoring your audio signal.
Knowing exactly the intensity of the signal you are putting inside your DAW is crucial if you want to use your equipment in its sweet spot, this plugin is inspired by this thread on GearSlutz (a must read) and it’s useful to avoid recording your signals to hot.
Changes in VU Meter v2.0
- Improved detection system which is much more precise and smooth.
- Up to 12 different colors for the meter bar (useful for those recording multiple tracks at once).
- Autogain setting that automatically adjusts input gain so that the signal never peaks above +1/+2 VU.
- VST3 support.
VU Meter for Windows and Mac (VST/AU) is available to purchase for 3.99 EUR.
More information: HoRNet Plug-Ins / VU Meter
Zplane.development has announced the release of version 3.1.2 of its PPMulator cross-platform peak & loudness metering plug-in for digital audio workstations.
This plugin provides a precisely calibrated workspace for recording, editing, mixing and mastering.
The plug-in is available in two versions: PPMulator+ and PPMulatorXL; the latter offers additional features such as EBU R128 loudness metering and batch audio file processing.
Changes in PPMulator v3.1.2
- Support for AAX Native (32/64 bit) on Windows and Mac.
- Support for ATSC/A85 (only PPMXL).
- Support for larger files (> 2GB).
- Improved resampling.
PPMulator for Windows and Mac (VST/AU/RTAS/AAX/Standalone) is available to purchase for 79 EUR (PPMulator+) / 119 EUR (PPMulater XL). The update is free for all registered users.
More information: Zplane / PPMulator
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iZotope has announced updates for its Insight metering suite for post production and broadcast applications, the Ozone 5 complete mastering system, and the Trash 2 effect plug-in for audio mangling, distortion, and experimentation.
Changes in Insight v1.02
- Plug-in formats: Added support for 64-bit AAX for Pro Tools 11.
- Presets: Updated presets to reflect latest BS.1770-3 loudness standards.
- Fix: Addressed an issue with intermittent hangs in Digital Performer 8.01.
Changes in Ozone 5/Ozone 5 Advanced v5.04
- Plug-in formats: Added 64-bit AAX support for Pro Tools 11.
- Feature enhancements: Improved EQ filter speed.
- Fix: For the Matching EQ, snapshot selections will now always save with sessions.
- Fix: For the Matching EQ, fixed issue where snapshots would intermittently show/hide when selecting events in the History list.
- Fix: Fixed issue where Copy To Mid/Side/Stereo was not working properly.
- Fix: For Retina displays, fixed issue where combo boxes would display incorrectly.
Changes in Trash v2.02
- Plug-in formats: Added 64-bit AAX support for Pro Tools 11.
Please note: These updates no longer supports 32-bit AAX. Customers accustomed to using 32-bit AAX in Pro Tools 10 can instead use the RTAS plug-in format without any degradation in audio quality. For your convenience, any session saved with the 32-bit AAX versions will automatically open with RTAS.
More information: iZotope
Voxengo’s automated voting system has launched group buys for selected Voxengo effect plug-ins.
Save up to 50% off the GlissEQ dynamic equalizer plugin for Windows and Mac.
Voxengo Group Buys
- Deft Compressor, an audio signal compressor plug-in. The characteristic feature of this compressor is its ability to produce “slim” and “slick” sounding compression, with intelligibility enhancement effect.
- GlissEQ, a dynamic parametric equalizer plug-in. The most interesting and unique feature of GlissEQ is the dynamic behavior of its filters.
- Shinechilla, an experimental creative sound effect plug-in. Shinechilla allows you to generate and blend 2nd, 3rd and 4th harmonics with the original dry sound. The harmonic generation process offered by Shinechilla is quite unique on the plug-in market since it produces almost no intermodulation distortion.
- SPAN Plus, a real-time “fast Fourier transform” audio spectrum analyzer plug-in. SPAN Plus is an extended version of the freeware SPAN plug-in: SPAN Plus provides several additional features such as PNG file export, real-time spectrum import/export and static spectrums display.
The group buy voting stage for these plug-ins ends July 12th, 2013.
More information: Voxengo / Group Buys
TC Electronic has announced the additional of 3G capability to its TouchMonitor TM7 loudness meter.
TouchMonitor TM7 is a very popular loudness meter for mobile trucks and small installations where space is always an issue. Broadcasters have wished for the same 3G SDI capability of the larger TouchMonitor TM9, and now a TM7 model with that exact I/O configuration is available.
TM7 accepts all SD, HD and 3G formats available on the market. Apart from the 3G SDI interface (including SDI loop through), it also features 4 digital AES3 inputs (8 channels) and 4 digital AES3 outputs (8 channels) via a D-sub connector. The internal routing matrix offers great flexibility and even includes routing SDI to AES, optionally using the meter as an SDI to AES converter while measuring the signal simultaneously.
Like the other versions of TouchMonitor, TM7 with 3G SDI features intuitive touch screen control, USB connections, GPIO, Ethernet, VGA output and highly flexible, user-definable screen layouts. It is also compliant with all major broadcast standards and a plethora of software options are available, including TC Electronic’s highly acclaimed Loudness Radar Meter that provides a complete overview of any loudness landscape at a glance, including Loudness History, Momentary Loudness and numeric values for e.g. Program Loudness and Loudness Range.
More information: TC Electronic / TouchMonitor TM7
Martin Zuther has released version 1.05.0 of traKmeter, a free loudness meter effect plug-in.
Most digital audio equipment sadly only has peak meters. This is readily understandable as you want to avoid digital clippings by all means. However, the lack of average meters makes correct gain staging almost impossible.
For gain staging, you need average meters or – even better – a combination of peak and average meters. And this is were traKmeter comes in.
traKmeter has an average level meter that is centered around -20 dB FS RMS and a peak level meter that is aligned to -9 dB FS. It supports stereo and 8-channel audio signals, has two scales, two ballistics modes and is very easy to use. Additionally, all meters have been thoroughly validated.
Changes in traKmeter v1.05.0
- LV2 plug-in (GNU/Linux).
- Experimental 64-bit version for Windows.
- Display maximum level on overload.
- Smooth switching of crest factor.
- Full re-calibration.
The traKmeter plug-in for Windows and Linux (VST/LV2/Standalone) is available to download free of charge.
More information: Martin Zuther / traKmeter