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zplane announces sonicAPI.com online audio processing service

zplane sonicAPI.com

zplane.development has announced the launch of a free beta of its new sonicAPI.com online audio processing service.

sonicAPI.com offers an API for professional grade audio effects and high end music processing engines to web and app developers. For a long time, many of these technologies were only accessible through proprietary C++- interfaces as opposed to the easy-to-use HTTP interface sonicAPI.com provides.

The featured technologies include effects such as reverberation, time stretching and pitch shifting (changing the tempo and pitch independently) and analysis engines for the detection of tempo, loudness, and musical key. More technologies will be added continuously. They enable developers to build services for automatic audio database tagging, for creating mash-ups of songs with different tempo and key, and for applying state-of-the-art effects to their recordings.

“The increasing diversity of programming languages and platforms used for music processing results in increasing difficulties for developers to integrate our highly optimized C++ software development kits into their apps. Moving these technologies into the cloud and offering an easy, platform-independent interface speeds up the development cycle and allows our technologies to be used on any platform in any programming language”, says founder Alexander Lerch.

More information: zplane.development / sonicAPI.com

Solid State Logic launches E-Series EQ & Dynamics modules for 500 series racks

Solid State Logic has announced the release of the E-Series EQ Module and E-Series Dynamics Module for the popular API 500 Series modular rack format.

The legendary 1980’s SSL SL 4000 E is one of the all-time classic consoles and has been featured on countless great recordings. The release of these new E-Series EQ and E-Series Dynamics Modules makes the gritty tonal character of the channel processing from this much-loved console available to a new group of users.

The SSL console sound has been available in 12 different modules for SSL’s own modular X-Rack system for many years. The system enjoys a large and enthusiastic customer base (more than 15,000 modules sold) that reap the benefits of the very high-quality power supply and on board TotalRecall™ offered by SSL‘s X-Rack. The release of two modules for the widely-used 500 Series modular rack platform makes a small slice of the SSL sound available to a wider user base. The new modules will be shown at the forthcoming 2012 AES Show in San Francisco (Booth 1005)

SSL 611DYN / 611EQ
The new E-Series Dynamics and EQ modules for API’s 500 series.

The E-Series Dynamics Module for 500 Series racks reproduces the legendary sonic signature of the fully-flavored VCA channel dynamics section of the SL 4000 E console channel strip.

The E-Series Dynamics Module features a compressor/limiter and an expander/gate, both of which return faithfully to the circuitry and key components that define the sound of the original SL 611 E Series channel strip. A true RMS converter is used in the side chain while the gain element is an all-discrete design identical to the Class A VCA chip used in the original unit.

The compressor contains additional switching options that allow a user to defeat the over-easy curve and to use a linear release instead of the more usual logarithmic curve. The result is a compressor with three distinct voices, each with its own musical character.

The E-Series EQ Module for 500 Series racks features two different EQ’s found on editions of the console produced between 1979 and 1987. Each EQ has unique response curves and tonal character.

Historically, the type of EQ fitted in an individual console was distinguished by the colors used on the LF knob caps so the two flavors have become known as the ‘Brown’ and ‘Black’ EQ’s. On the E-Series EQ Module, you can switch between these two different flavors of EQ that have been loved by generations of professional producers.

The SSL channel EQ is the classic four band design with fully parametric LMF and HMF with Q controls, which has become the industry standard channel EQ configuration. The E-Series EQ features selectable shelving or Bell curve operation for the LF and HF frequencies.

E-Series EQ & Dynamics features

  • Immortal SSL SL 4000 E Series circuitry.
  • Based on original SL 611 E console channel strip.
  • Dynamics
    • Class A VCA replication.
    • Classic Expander/Gate configuration.
  • EQ
    • “Black-242” and “Brown-02” twin EQ design.
    • Versatile four band channel EQ.
    • Bell curve option on HF and LF.
    • Fully parametric LMF and HMF with Q.

Both modules are available now from SSL Resellers worldwide, priced at £518 GBP/$889 USD/646 EUR + VAT or Sales Tax.

More information: Solid State Logic

500-Series EQ and Dynamics processors by OverTone DSP

OverTone DSP 500-Series

OverTone DSP has released the EQ500 and DYN500 effect plug-ins for Windows.

Styled as virtual API-500 format modules, the 500-Series bundle includes the EQ500 and DYN500, channel EQ and dynamics VST plugins.

The DYN500 provides soft-knee compression, and a gentle ‘tape saturation’ style overdrive when driven at high levels. The EQ500 provides a versatile three band parametric EQ. Both plugins are capable of mono or stereo operation and are designed to be economical with CPU resources and screen real-estate.

500-Series features

  • DYN500
    • Soft-Knee compression – Smooth transition from 1:1 compression below the threshold to that determined by the ratio control above it.
    • Tape saturation / Valve overdrive – Gentle analogue style overdrive when driven beyond 0dBFS.
    • Innovative, efficient DSP – Designed for ‘one in every channel’ usage, the DYN500 benefits from innovative CPU-efficient processing without sacrificing audio quality.
  • EQ500
    • Three band parametric EQ – Adjustable HF and LF shelves and fully adjustable mid-range parametric.
    • CPU efficient, high quality DSP – The EQ500 perfectly complements the DYN500 as part of an efficient high quality ‘one in every channel’ processing solution for DAWs.
  • User Interface
    • Physical Control Weighting – Replicates the ‘feel’ as well as the look of high quality rotary controls.
    • DPI-aware GUI – Automatically upscales for system settings above 96dpi, improving usability on a wide range of different screen sizes and resolutions.
    • Compact UI – Designed to be as intuitive and easy to use as traditional console channel processing, without adding unnecessary on-screen clutter.

The 500-Series plug-ins for Windows (VST) are available to purchase for £25 GBP each, or bundled for £40 GBP.

More information: OverTone DSP / 500-Series

dlab releases Audio Plugin Generator & APG Composer free iOS app

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dlab has released Audio Plugin Generator, a rapid prototyping tool for audio engineers.


Demonstration of Audio Plugin Generator prototyping tool by dlab.

The Audio Plugin Generator is a great prototyping tool for audio algorithms, allowing to create VST plugins within minutes. Plugins are generated in an automated process from Simulink models, which enables DSP engineers to develop algorithms using a clean and easily understandable representation.

The generated VST plugins give access to parameters and signals of the underlying model. This means that parameters can be tuned in real-time and signals can be analyzed graphically. Furthermore, signals can be logged to a file, which can be used for offline analysis and easy creation of test cases.

Audio Plugin Generator is available to purchase for 1000 CHF. A free Lite version (1 input, 1 output) is available to download upon registration. Note: the software requires MATLAB with Simulink and DSP System Toolbox, Real-Time Workshop or Simulink Coder, Visual Studio (2008/2010_ or Visual Studio Express, and a VST Plugin host.

AGP Composer

dlab has also released the free APG Composer app for iOS.

This app combines a 3-voice FM synthesizer with an implementation of the Logique Analogique sequencer, which triggers notes when a weighted sum of different signals exceeds a threshold.

The app was created from a Simulink* model without writing app-specific code, using the Audio Plugin Generator source code.

More information: Audio Plugin Generator / APG Composer

Sound Magic releases Neo Dynamic – 10 Compressors/Limiters in 1

Sound Magic has announced Neo Dynamic, a compressor/limiter modeling effect plug-in for Windows.

Sound Magic Neo Dynamic

Neo Dynamic is based on Sound Magic Award Winning Modeling Technology. This makes Neo Dynamic more like a sampler than typical compressors and limiters. It embodies several algorithms (such as sample sets) that make this plug-in easy to expand and extend with new compressors/limiters models in the future.

Neo Dynamic starts with 10 compressors/limiters, modelled after famous brand names such as SSL, API and TubeTech. Each of these has their own famous “flavors” ready to use.

Neo Dynamic features

  • Internal 64 Bit Double Precision Floating Point.
  • A total of 10 compressors and limiters modelled after such famous hardware including:
    • SSL 4000G Compressor
    • API 2500 Stereo Compressor
    • Tube-Tech CL-1B Compressor (Not in Demo Version)
    • EMI RS124 Compressor (Not in Demo Version)
    • Neve 33609 Compressor Custom Edition(Not in Demo Version)
    • Sound Magic Default Compressor
    • Waves L2 Limiter (Not in Demo Version)
    • EMI TG124 Limiter
    • Sound Magic Neo Limiter
    • British Vintage Limiter (Not in Demo Version)
  • Has a THD+N (Total Harmonic Distortion + Noise) ranging from -63dB to -135dB. Depends on the types and settings you choose.
  • Powerful add-on system makes it easy to add additional compressors and limiters in the future.
  • Incredibly Accurate Modeling by Sound Magic’s Award Winning Modeling Technology.
  • Sensor Network Technology which helps musicians to achieve better dynamic processing.
  • Different plug-in version to fit for usage on Sidechain.
  • Up to 32Bit/384KHz resolution.

Neo Dynamic is available for Windows as a VST effect plug-in and Magic Pianos add-on, priced at 49 EUR.

More information: Sound Magic / Neo Dynamic

Universal Audio announces new development partnerships with API and Thermionic Culture

Universal Audio

Universal Audio has announced new development partnerships with API and Thermionic Culture, allowing Universal Audio to expand the range of unique audio processing plug-ins for the popular UAD Powered Plug-Ins platform.

API (www.apiaudio.com) – A recognized leader in the world of analog consoles and outboard gear, API has been building classic, time-tested signal processors for more than 40 years. With this new partnership, UA will be able to bring software emulations of coveted API products to UAD-2 platform users on Mac and PC.

Thermionic Culture (www.thermionicculture.com) – Manufactured and designed in the UK, Thermionic Culture is squarely focused on providing meticulously crafted, all-tube audio gear. With this new partnership, UA will be able to bring Thermionic Culture’s analog philosophy and distinctive sound to more engineers and producers worldwide.

“We’re thrilled to welcome our new partners to the UA family,” says Matt Ward, President of Universal Audio. “The legendary API signal processors and high-quality boutique products of Thermionic Culture both have something unique to offer UAD customers. We’re looking forward to the products that develop from these partnerships.”

More information: Universal Audio

The DSP Dimension releases DiracFxAU pitch shifting plug-in

DiracFxAU

The DSP Dimension has announced the release of DiracFxAU, a freeware pitch shifting plug-in for Mac based on its new DiracFx API.

DiracFx is a high performance pitch shifting and time stretching algorithm that allows changing pitch and speed of audio signals independently of each other at very high quality and very fast speed. Optimized for use on mobile platforms, DiracFx uses no trigonometric operations and is available for iOS, Mac OS X, Windows and Linux.

A feature-limited DiracLE edition of the SDK is available to developers at dirac.dspdimension.com (this distro also contains the AU plug-in), a professional version can be licensed from The DSP Dimension upon request.

DSP Dimension is the former Prosoniq R&D department and the company responsible for developing the DSP technology behind all Prosoniq products.

More information: The DSP Dimension / DiracFxAU

Eric Beam releases RCA/A-iron Line EQ for Nebula

Eric Beam RCA/A-iron Line EQ

Eric Beam has released RCA/A-iron Line EQ, a collection of programs for Nebula by Acustica Audio featuring the vintage RCA 56E two-channel passive line equalizer and “American Iron” preamp gain stage of the API 312.

RCA/A-iron Line EQ features

  • Vintage stereo passive program line EQ + Classic American 312 preamp gain stage.
  • One knob program “tilt” style EQ.
  • Captured via API conversion @ 24/96 & 24/44100 (both 96k & 44100 programs available).
  • Ideal for adding highend sheen or de-mudding a lowend heavy mix.

The RCA/A-iron Line EQ for Nebula is available to purchase for $10 USD.

More information: Eric Beam