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Zynaptiq announces UNVEIL v1.6 – Adding Windows VST x64 and AudioSuite Preview

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Zynaptiq Unveil

Zynaptiq has announced version 1.6 of UNVEIL, the realtime de-reverberation and signal focusing plug-in.

This free update adds VST x64 support for Windows users, enables the Preview function for AudioSuite use of the AAX version, as well as several minor enhancements and fixes, and will be available February 15th, 2013. Zynaptiq will be showing the new version at the NAMM show in Anaheim, January 24th-27th, 2013, Hall A Booth #6224.

UNVEIL is a real-time, de-mixing based plug-in that allows attenuating or boosting reverb components within a mixed signal of any channel count, including mono sources. Additionally, UNVEIL allows bringing the key features of a recording into focus, or moving them to the background, by attenuating or boosting perceptionally less important signal components.

New in UNVEIL v1.6

  • Now also supports 64bit operation as VST on Windows systems.
  • For the AAX Plug-In, AudioSuite Preview functionality is now enabled for ProTools version 10.3.3 and above.
  • The RTAS plug-in now supports EuCon in ProTools.
  • Improved compatibility with Apple Final Cut Pro X.
  • Mac: Authorization now valid system-wide.
  • Mac: Authorizer app now launches on install.
  • Increased time-out and removed nag screens for the free trial version.

UNVEIL is available to purchase for 399 USD/EUR (prices in EUR inclusive of 19% VAT). The free UNVEIL v1.6 update will be available from Zynaptiq February 15th, 2013.

More information: Zynaptiq / UNVEIL

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FabFilter updates all plug-ins with graphics acceleration and more

FabFilter

FabFilter has updated all FabFilter plug-ins to add GPU-powered graphics acceleration.

In addition, FabFilter Twin 2, Timeless 2 and Volcano 2 now feature the collapsible modulation section that was first introduced in FabFilter Saturn. All plug-ins have also received bug fixes and various other improvements.

Changes in FabFilter plugins

  • All plug-ins now contain the GPU-powered graphics acceleration introduced in FabFilter Pro-DS, ensuring ultra-smooth animation while leaving the main CPU free to do audio processing.
  • FabFilter Twin 2, Timeless 2 and Volcano 2 have a new Modulation button to easily show and hide the modulation section. By default, the modulation section is hidden to make the plug-in less intimidating at first, but you can easily look ‘under the hood’ when you want to tweak a preset or design your own.
  • FabFilter Twin 2 displays a new keyboard section in the interface when the modulation section is hidden. The component display at the top of the interface contains a new Main EG component button, letting you easily tweak EG parameters when browsing presets.
  • When multiple bands are selected in FabFilter Pro-Q, the Frequency, Gain and Q knobs will now let you change parameters of the selected bands while preserving their relative differences. Double-clicking a knob still lets you set all bands to the same value.
  • Updated all VST 3 plug-ins to support new features in VST 3.5, such as a host-provided right-click menu for each parameter in the interface. Steinberg’s CMC-AI controller is now also supported.
  • Added mouse wheel support to buttons with pop-up menus, such as the distortion style button in FabFilter Saturn.
  • Added Options > Open Other Preset option to the presets menu, making it easy to open a preset that’s not in the regular presets folder.
  • FabFilter Twin 2 and Timeless 2 now remember which section in the component display is expanded in Wide mode.
  • Fixed compatibility issues with Adobe Premiere on Windows and OS X.
  • Fixed a bug in the mono AudioSuite plug-ins that caused the Whole File option at the bottom to be disabled.
  • The Mac OS X version now requires OS X 10.5 and an Intel processor. Previous versions are still available for download if you need OS X 10.4 or PowerPC support.

The updates are free for existing FabFilter customers. Updates and 30-day trial versions are available for download now at www.fabfilter.com/download.

More information: FabFilter

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iZotope releases Trash 2—Distort, mangle & transform audio

iZotope has announced the release of Trash 2, an audio mangling and distortion device for Windows and Mac.

iZotope Trash 2
Completely rewritten from the ground up, Trash 2 has an entirely new sonic architecture, brand new features, optimized performance, better sound quality, and support for modern hosts and formats.

It’s been a decade since Trash first arrived as the ultimate distortion toolkit. As the years have passed, it’s remained a cult favorite of artists such as Nine Inch Nails, Noisia, Garbage, Ko?n, Sigur Rós, and anyone looking to add dirt, grime, and character to their tracks. Fully overhauled from Trash 1, Trash 2 adds a wealth of new features including twenty new distortion algorithms, fresh filter modules, fifty new impulse responses, multiband waveshaping, 64-bit and AAX support and much more.

“For Trash 2, we wanted increase the level of freedom in the features that Trash 1 users loved best,” explains Product Manager Jack Côté. “Now you can have even more influence over your sound, whether you’re loading your own impulse responses, creating new filter combinations, or designing and editing your own multiband waveshapes. With Trash 2, it’s a new era of personalized distortion.”

Trash 2 features

  • Distort in ways you never dreamed with the Trash module’s 60+ distortion algorithms, perfect for transforming your sound into something never before heard.
  • Design your own unique distortions, from massive to mild and everything in between, with a new, customizable, multiband Waveshaper.
  • Let your tracks inhabit any space or object with the new Convolve module. Choose from over 100 impulse responses, or load your own to put your bass in a washing machine or your keys in a cave.
  • Find a new voice: make your audio speak and growl with two redesigned Filters, each one featuring new vowel formant filters, screaming peaks, node modulations, and more.
  • Start trashing your audio immediately with an extensive new preset library and an ear-friendly Limiter that ensures you can play without fear.

For even more sonic mayhem, add the Edge Expansion Pack to Trash 2.

Full of extra-exotic and extra-gritty presets for a broad range of sonic treatments, the Edge Expansion Pack is perfect for unconventional guitars, synth basses, synth pads, drum mangling, and more. With 30 new impulse responses for further tone coloring and 70 new presets built directly for these impulses, the Edge Expansion content was born to bring out the best of Trash 2′s classic out-there sound.

Trash 2 is available to purchase for the introductory price of $149 USD through December 6th, 2012 (regular $249 USD MSRP, €195 EUR). The Trash 2 Edge Expansion Pack is available for $29 USD / €25 EUR.

For a limited time, Trash 2 will be available as part of iZotope’s new Creative Bundle which includes Trash 2, the Trash 2 Edge Expansion, Iris+5, and Stutter Edit. This collection is priced at $499 USD / €399 EUR, and available until December 31st, 2012.

Trash 1 customers who purchased on or after October 1, 2012 will receive upgrades to Trash 2 for free. For Trash 1 owners who purchased prior to October 1, 2012, special upgrade pricing of $99 USD will be available.

More information: iZotope / Trash 2

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iZotope releases Insight – Essential Metering Suite

iZotope Insight

iZotope has announced the release of its Insight essential metering suite for post production and broadcast applications.

Insight provides a full suite of audio analysis and metering tools, perfect for visualizing changes made during the mixing process, troubleshooting problematic mixes, and ensuring compliance with broadcast loudness standards. Fully customizable and scalable, Insight allows audio engineers to visually monitor all relevant information from a mix in a convenient floating window, empowering users to look deeper into their audio with intelligent analysis tools and real-time monitoring capabilities.

Insight helps ensure adherence to current broadcast standards using the most advanced metering technology available today, with meters for immediate loudness calculation and True Peak detection, loudness calculation over time, and faster than real-time offline loudness calculation. Advanced visualization and spatialization displays further aid in detecting problems that the ears cannot perceive, like the innovative new Surround Scope and the 3D Spectrogram. Also included are convenient user presets, designed for an array of engineering applications, for quick and easy access to common metering and loudness configurations. Alternatively, users can define new presets with their own preferred customizations, giving Insight unmatched flexibility in the metering space. The perfect tool for post, broadcast, and music engineers, video editors, and sound designers, Insight allows users to keep an eye as well as an ear on the mix at all times.

“iZotope is excited to offer broadcast, post and audio engineers an elegant metering solution that can be custom fit to any workspace and workflow,” says Brett Bunting, Insight Product Manager. “Unlike other metering products, Insight integrates a full collection of state-of-the-art meters into one customizable window, allowing you to easily monitor and visualize all aspects of your audio.”

iZotope Insight
Insight visually guides you throughout the mixing process, empowering you to look deeper into your audio with intelligent analysis tools and real-time monitoring capabilities.

Insight features

  • Immediately detect potential mix problems through real-time visual monitoring and color-coded alerts.
  • Ensure audio is fully compliant with current loudness standards with forward-thinking tools that adhere to standards like BS.1770-1/2/3, then document adherence with an exportable log or graph.
  • Perform deep and flexible analysis with zoomable meters and the ability to route audio from any tracks or buses to Insight.
  • Design your ideal metering view by choosing the meters you want to see, customizing them, and resizing the Insight window to fit your current workflow.
  • Get an extensive suite of metering tools in a single plug-in, including True Peak Meters, Loudness Meters, Loudness History Graph, Stereo Vectorscope, Surround Scope, 2D/3D Spectrogram, and Spectrum Analyzer.

Insight is available for the introductory price of $399 USD through November 29, 2012 (Regular MSRP: $499 USD / €449 EUR) or for free to Ozone 5 Advanced Customers. Ozone 5 Standard customers can upgrade to Ozone 5 Advanced for $399 USD through November 29, 2012 and receive Insight for free. Customers who already own Ozone 5 Advanced will be notified via email with details to install Insight for free.

More information: iZotope / Insight

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FabFilter releases Pro-DS — Intelligent de-esser plug-in

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FabFilter Pro-DS

FabFilter has announced the release of its Pro-DS de-esser effect plug-in for Windows and Mac.

Featuring ingenious vocal sibilance detection, powerful processing options and insightful metering, truly transparent de-essing becomes effortless with FabFilter Pro-DS.

The unique newly developed Single Vocal algorithm in Pro-DS has an uncanny ability to separate sibilance from non-sibilance in individual vocal recordings. It almost always works right away without the need for complex manual tuning, making the de-esser very easy to set up. Alternatively, the classic Allround detection implements a custom side-chain filter path, tuned to perfection for de-essing full mixes or high-frequency limiting of any material.

The intuitive interface in FabFilter Pro-DS makes it easy to find the right settings quickly with great visual feedback. A large real-time level display shows a scrolling input waveform and highlights the parts affected by the de-essing algorithm, showing you exactly how much processing is going on. Finding the right Threshold setting becomes a trivial task with the circular side-chain input meter around the Threshold knob. In addition, the side-chain filter slider displays a real-time spectrum analyzer, enabling you to easily zoom in on problem frequencies. Advanced GPU-powered graphics acceleration ensures seamless animation and also keeps the main CPU free to do audio processing.

To fine-tune the sound, FabFilter Pro-DS offers optional look-ahead (up to 15 milliseconds) and adjustable stereo linking. In addition to general wide-band processing, linear-phase split-band processing is also available. Together with optional mid/side processing (affecting only the mono or stereo content) and up to four times linear-phase oversampling, Pro-DS is capable of highly transparent de-essing in the most demanding situations. All this power combined with its innovative, easy-to-use interface makes Pro-DS the perfect de-essing solution for any mixing and mastering job.

FabFilter Pro-DS
FabFilter Pro-DS is a highly intelligent and transparent de-essing plug-in, perfect for processing single vocal tracks as well as entire mixes.

Pro-DS features

  • Highly intelligent ‘Single Vocal’ detection, and classic ‘Allround’ detection.
  • Transparent, program-dependent compression/limiting.
  • Adjustable Threshold, Range and High-Pass and Low-Pass side-chain filtering settings.
  • Wide Band or linear-phase Split Band processing.
  • Optional look-ahead time up to 15 ms.
  • Freely adjustable stereo linking.
  • Optional mid-only or side-only processing.
  • Up to four times linear-phase oversampling.
  • Real-time de-essing display, clearly showing the affected parts of processed audio.
  • Side-chain input meter, making it easy to choose a good Threshold value.
  • Real-time spectrum analyzer built into the HP/LP filter controller.
  • GPU-powered graphics acceleration.
  • High-quality 64-bit internal processing.
  • Double-click text entry of parameter values.
  • Large and compact interface sizes (with or without the real-time level display).
  • Stereo and mono plug-ins available.
  • Supports common Pro Tools hardware control surfaces, such as Avid ICON D-Control and D-Command.
  • All the usual FabFilter features you’ve come to expect: perfectly fine-tuned knobs and controllers, interactive MIDI Learn, undo/redo and A/B switch, Smart Parameter Interpolation for smooth parameter transitions, an extensive help file with interactive help hints, sample accurate automation, advanced optimization, and more.

FabFilter Pro-DS for Windows and Mac (VST/AU/AAX/RTAS/AudioSuite) is available to purchase for 149 EUR/$189 USD/£124 GBP. Bundles with FabFilter Pro-DS and other FabFilter plug-ins are also available. Existing FabFilter customers can purchase Pro-DS with a discount by logging in to their online user account.

More information: FabFilter / Pro-DS

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TC Electronic to Display ‘Live Aid’ Processing for System 6000 MKII for the first time at AES 2012

TC Electronic System 6000 MKII

TC Electronic has announced it will exhibit its state-of-the-art, BS.1770-3 compliant processing and metering solutions for System 6000 MKII at AES 2012 in San Francisco (Booth 1019).

TC Electronic will again be exhibiting at the annual AES convention in the US, displaying the latest solutions for measuring and correcting loudness in post, production, mastering and broadcast.

For the first time, AES visitors will be able to experience ‘Live Aid’ processing for System 6000 MKII. The Live Aid license includes the ALC6 algorithm that introduces no less than five innovative, industry-first features. Without sacrificing audio quality, even OB and Live production may now comply with the latest international standards on loudness and true-peak level. Live Aid also contains the DMix algorithm that is able to downmix, loudness process, headphone optimize and true-peak limit any mono, stereo or 5.1 source. Precise conditioning of a program for Mobile TV, iPod or IPTV is now possible, thus creating a perfect 5.1 audio and a Mobile feed directly off the OB truck.

TC Electronic LM6

In conjunction with TC’s highly acclaimed Radar Loudness Meter, ‘Live Aid’ forms the ultimate package for any production, post or mastering facility delivering content for film or broadcast. In short, the Radar Loudness Display provides the user with coherent information of all relevant loudness data, including history, in a single, recognizable view. The Radar Meter is available on several different platforms such as System 6000 MKII, DB4 MKII/DB8 MKII and LM2, as well as in the form of native plug-ins supporting AAX, RTAS, Audio Suite, AU and VST formats.

All of TC’s loudness solutions reflect the latest standards, even the recently updated ITU-R BS.1770-3. Loudness-related products have already been updated to comply with this brand new incarnation of the BS.1770 loudness standard, including System 6000 MKII, DB4, DB8, DB4 MKII, DB8 MKII, DB2, LM2 and the plug-ins LM6 and LM2. AES visitors are invited to come by the TC booth to experience these newly updated products on site.

More information: TC Electronic

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Nugen Audio releases ISL—Inter Sample True Peak Limiter

Nugen Audio ISL

Nugen Audio has announced the release of its ISL Inter Sample True Peak Limiter for Windows and Mac.

Finally, there is no need to second guess your sample-peak limiter time and time again, or deliberately increase headroom to avoid a downstream problem. Now you can simply dial in your True-peak limit and let ISL take care of the rest.

ISL is a transparent look-ahead limiter designed to allow you to get on with creative audio production while it takes care of True-peak compliance for you.

ISL uses the standardised True-Peak algorithms of ITU-R B.S. 1770 and related standards and is suitable for the control of audio for Post Production and Broadcast applications. True Peak limiting can also be used to ensure that down-stream Codecs (mp3, AAC etc.) do not introduce distortion into the signal.

ISL features

  • Loudness compatible limiting.
  • Protect against distortion introduced by lossy codecs.
  • Don’t guess, set TP limit directly from the specification to ensure compliance.
  • Mix with your ears, ISL takes care of the rest.

ISL for Windows and Mac (VST/AU/RTAS/AudioSuite) is available to purchase for $249 USD.

More information: Nugen Audio / ISL

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