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on Feb 26, 2014
MeterPlugs has announced that its audio plugins are now compatible with Pro Tools. The plugins, K-Meter and LCAST Loudness Meter, were previously available in Audio Unit and VST 2.4 formats for Mac and Windows. Now users can download AAX versions of the plugins for use with Pro Tools 10.3.6 or greater. The update is free for existing users.
K-Meter and LCAST help you take loudness and true-peak measurements. K-Meter is built around Bob Katz’s K-System, an integrated metering and monitoring system that helps you target commonly used loudness levels in a variety of genres. It stands in opposition to the hyper-compressed recordings of the loudness wars era. Instead of focusing on maximizing peak levels, K-Meter places emphasis on dynamic range and sensible loudness levels.
LCAST helps you ensure that your audio is broadcast-ready. It is aimed at content creators who need to comply with precise loudness and peak level requirements. It includes presets for North American broadcasters (ATSC A/85), European broadcasters (EBU R128) and more. LCAST features a graphical history view of integrated, short-term and momentary loudness levels. You can pan and zoom the view to isolate areas of interest and make comparisons.
Both plugins are available for Mac and Windows in 32/64-bit Audio Unit, VST 2.4 and AAX formats. K-Meter costs $49 USD, LCAST Stereo is $199 USD and LCAST Surround is $399 USD.
More information: MeterPlugs
Sound Magic has released version 1.5 of its Piano One for Mac, a free virtual piano instrument.
The Sound of Piano One comes from the Yamaha C7 concert grand, a true workhorse in the professional piano world, appearing on famous concert stages, in international competitions and in prestigious music events throughout the world.
Changes in Piano One v1.5 for Mac
- Improved polyphony numbers.
- Supports newest OSX Version.
- Better reverb settings.
- Improved CPU usage.
- Many minor fixes.
The plug-in is available to download for Windows and Mac (VST/AU) at no cost.
More information: Sound Magic / Piano One
Audio Damage has released version 1.2.0 of Tattoo, the drum & percussion synthesizer instrument for Windows and Mac.
With twelve voices inspired by the famous X0X series of analog drum machines and an internal sequencer that is second to none, Tattoo makes an excellent addition to the arsenal for any electronic music producer.
Changes in Tattoo v1.2.0
- Fix for a graphics bug that was causing crashes when the UI was opened in Logic X and Bitwig Studio (and possibly other OS X hosts).
- DRM removed.
- Digitally signed installers.
Tattoo for Windows and Mac (VST/AU) is available to purchase for $59 USD.
More information: Audio Damage / Tattoo
VirSyn has announced the release of a 64-bit AU version of its CUBE resynthesizer instrument.
We are happy to announce the release of a native 64 bit Mac OS X AudioUnit version for the legendary Spectral Morphing Resynthesizer CUBE.
“With Cube, VirSyn brings a whole new approach to additive synthesis. In the past, the shear number of variables necessary to do additive effectively have made it cumbersome and not very practical. Cube’s innovative interface and capabilities make it expressive, powerful, and fun to use.”
Celebrating the 64 bit release you can also benefit from our winter special offer for most of our products. This is the first release in a series of new 64 bit versions of our instrument line. Expect 64-bit versions of all instruments on Mac and PC in the next months. This will also include VST3 and AAX compatible plugins.
CUBE is available to purchase for 99 EUR during VirSyn’s Winter Sale, which ends March 31st, 2014.
More information: VirSyn / CUBE
Elephant Development Software has announced availability of its Temptress, a plug-in providing inspiration and modern musical production elements within a powerful virtual instrument.
Temptress is a new concept for songwriting and productions. Unsurprisingly, Elephant Development Software assembled a team of top songwriters and producers to create contemporary musical content while simultaneously expertly engineering an exciting new way to integrate chord progressions and musical phrases into user’s productions in any key and at any tempo they choose (using an innovative industry-leading pitch shift and time-stretch engine) — all in realtime, locked to the host sequencer!
Temptress is both a blast and a breeze to use. The simple yet powerful browser in the Temptress plug-in window provides previews of the diverse musical content in its ever-expanding library — all but a click away. Whether pop, rock, dance, hip-hop, or country floats your musical boat, the huge (over 3GB) TEMPTRESS CORE library’s hundreds of cues have got you covered. Future libraries will provide cues in ever-expanding genres and will even work in conjunction with previous libraries to
expand their creative possibilities. Feel free to utilise the plug-in’s already awesome-sounding audio elements or the actual MIDI data used to create the cues. The choice is yours. Either way, simply drag-and-drop directly from Temptress to tracks in the host DAW to have stunning-sounding musical phrases immediately available at your fingertips. It’s surely simplicity itself.
- Huge Core Library (over 3GB comprising hundreds of cues) with more expansions coming all the time.
- Musical cues covering popular music styles, including pop, rock, dance, hip-hop and country.
- Ability to audition and use cues at any key, tempo or time signature utilizing a fantastic industry-leading pitch shift and time-stretch engine.
- Musical cues created by renowned producers and programmers using the latest and most popular synths and sound banks.
- Ability to drag-and-drop audio and midi clips from plug-in window directly to your DAW’s tracks.
- Cues can be sorted by style, tempo, key or time signature and auditioned in real-time, locked to your sequencer.
- Compatible with DAWs and sequencers that support VST, AU, or RTAS plugins.
- Inspiration at your fingertips.
Temptress is available to purchase for $149 USD.
More information: Temptress
Cableguys has released version 3.1 of FilterShaper 3, a flexible filter effect plug-in for Windows and Mac.
FilterShaper 3 – Filter, volume and pan modulation plug-in.
FilterShaper 3 takes a giant leap into unconventional sound design with two powerful filters, freely editable modulation curves, and an immensely flexible modulation framework.
The new Sallen-Key type filters deliver a rich, warm, intricate sound. Create complex, shifting, interweaving effects. Apply subtle nuances or giant wobbles. From filtersweeps and stereo tremolo to surgically-precise filter control and multiband sidechain effects.
Changes in FilterShaper v3.1
- Improved waveform editing.
- The “Drive” parameter is ramped now.
- Improved sound of the new Sallen-Key type filters for high resonance values.
- Improved tuning for the 24db versions of the Sallen-Key type filters.
- Bug fixes:
- The Envelope Followers did not work properly under Mac OS X.
- Triggering LFOs via MIDI could lead to clicks.
FilterShaper 3 for Windows and Mac (VST/AU) is available to purchase for 69 EUR/$89 USD incl. VAT.
More information: Cableguys / FilterShaper
Flux has announced the release of version 3.0 of its Pure Series Dynamics Tools, comprising the Pure Compressor, Expander, DCompressor, and DExpander, which now all support 64-bit and AAX Native/DSP.
In addition, the following bundles are now also available in 64-bit and AAX: Elemental Pack, Pure Pack and Recording Pack, and can from now on be used on all major native platforms (AU/VST/AAX Native) in both 32- and 64-bit, as well as on the AVID HD-X AAX DSP platform with ProTools 11 in 64-bit.
For all current owners of any of these plug-ins, the upgrade to the v3 builds with 64-bit and AAX Native, is free of charge, all that’s needed is to download the v3 installers from the download page.
If you want to try any of the mentioned tools, go to the download page and request a trial licence (iLok or Flux:: dongle required)
The Pure Series plugins and bundles are now available to purchase at a 30% discount.
More information: Flux:: sound and picture development
Sinevibes has announced a sale for its Multitude quad delay Audio Unit plug-in for Mac (AU).
A conventional delay constantly processes and echoes all of the audio on the input. Multitude uses gate sequencers to control sends into four individual delay lines – allowing you to activate them at precise moments in time, such as only on particular notes, chords, or hits.
Multitude is available as an Audio Unit plug-in and comes in 32/64 bit format for Intel Macs running OS X 10.6 or later.
- Four independent delay units with forward and reverse playback modes.
- Five gate sequencer tracks for dry input signal and four delay sends, eight separate sequences storable per preset.
- Eight simultaneous effect processors per delay unit: frequency shifter, sample rate and bit depth reducers, circuit bender, noise, multi-mode filter, saturation, and flanger. Effects can be placed before, after, or inside each delay’s feedback loop.
- Two separate low-frequency oscillators per delay unit, each with 16 modulation destinations, multiple waveforms, and adjustable chaos feature.
Until 15th March, the plug-in is available for a special price of $39 USD (regular $59 USD). 100% of the revenue from this sale will be donated to the victims of the democratic revolution in Ukraine, to support the recovery of wounded activists and protesters, and to support the wives and children of those who lost their lives.
More information: Sinevibes /