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Universal Audio releases Millennia NSEQ-2 Parametric EQ for UAD & Apollo

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Brainworx Millennia NSEQ-2

Universal Audio has announced the Millennia NSEQ-2, a parametric equalizer plug-in for the UAD platform and Apollo audio interfaces.

A mainstay in many of the world’s leading studios and mastering houses, the Millennia NSEQ-2 Parametric EQ is revered for its startling realism and transparent musicality. UAD direct developer Brainworx has now put this high-end EQ at your fingertips with the Millennia NSEQ-2 Plug-In for the UAD Powered Plug-Ins platform and Apollo Audio Interfaces.

By perfectly emulating Millennia’s exclusive Twin Topology circuit and pure Class A transformerless circuitry, the Millennia NSEQ-2 plug-in offers a less-is-more approach to the audio chain, yielding a powerful, sonically neutral, analog EQ that brims with spectacular clarity. With the ability to switch between an all-triode 300-volt vacuum tube signal path, and an all-discrete JFET solid-state signal path, you’re afforded two distinctly different EQs, each with colossal amounts of headroom and an array of sonic flavors and colors.

Millennia NSEQ-2 features

  • Faithful model of the legendary Millennia NSEQ-2 Class A Twin Topology (Vacuum Tube and Discrete Solid State) Parametric Equalize.
  • Switch between tube and solid state topologies.
  • New features such as M/S (mid/side) mode, Link mode, and an Output Trim control.
  • Fully parametric stereo EQ with unprecedented sonic purity & integrity.
  • Developed for the UAD Powered Plug-Ins platform by Brainworx.
  • Requires UAD-2 DSP Accelerator Card or Apollo Interface, available from authorized dealers worldwide.

The Millennia NSEQ-2 plug-in is available to purchase for $299 USD.

More information: Universal Audio / Millennia NSEQ-2

Plugin Alliance launches Summer Sale

Plugin Alliance Summer Sale

Plugin Alliance has launched its Summer Sale, offering discounts on its plugins and bundles for a limited time.

Summer Sale 2013 on! Huge savings up to 75%!

Brainworx, SPL, Mäag, elysia, Noveltech, ProAudioDSP, Vertigo.
Many plugins under $100! SPL & Brainworx starting under $50!

ALL plugins discounted up to 50% until June 30.
These offers can be combined with the Dynamic Discounts of our interactive web store to save up to 75%!

More information: Plugin Alliance

Plugin Alliance tops Avid AAX Pack plug-in count and announces updates

Plugin Alliance has announced that it has contributed six multi-format (including AAX DSP/AAX Native) plug-ins to Avid’s recently-released AAX Pack, making it the main contributor to this 18-plug-in-strong bundle.

The AAX (Avid Audio eXtension) plug-in format was launched last year alongside Pro Tools 10 to provide better workflows and sound parity when sharing sessions between DSP-accelerated and native-based Pro Tools systems; AAX Pack offers Pro Tools|HDX and Pro Tools|HD native owners running Pro Tools 10 software a must-have collection of superior-sounding, studio-essential AAX plug-ins from the world’s leading plug-in providers, including six of the best from Plugin Alliance.

Avid AAX Pack

Plugin Alliance plugins included in AAX Pack

  • Brainworx bx_limiter is a great-sounding, simple, but effective low-latency limiter plug-in designed to help determine how many dB of dynamics to reserve for each and every signal — go louder with more punch, less distortion!
  • Brainworx_XL V2 is based upon the M/S technology taken from Brainworx’s bx_digital, a ‘modern classic’ high-end analogue M/S EQ developed in 2006/7 — maximize your loudness with this powerful peak limiter!
  • elysia alpha compressor is a software recreation of elysia’s acclaimed mastering compressor, emulating its sound and features to match the analogue hardware as closely as possible — programmed by the coding experts from Brainworx!
  • Mäag Audio EQ4 successfully models Mäag Audio’s renowned EQ4® (500 Series) equaliser — retain original sound integrity and enhance ‘airy’ frequencies while shaping sounds to perfection with this studio-coveted six-band EQ!
  • Pro Audio DSP Spectrum Mapper V2 was developed by former Sony OXF R3 digital console development team members using groundbreaking adaptive techniques — create great-sounding vocal tracks with this unique compressor/limiter/de-esser!
  • SPL TwinTube transfers the warm, transparent, and smooth sound of analogue tube and coil filtering to the digital domain — add the warmth and presence of SPL’s renowned RackPack modular system processor!

Plugin Alliance has also announced major updates for all its currently available plug-ins from global partners Brainworx (Germany), elysia (Germany), Mäag Audio (USA), Noveltech Audio (Finland), Pro Audio DSP (UK), SPL (Germany), and Vertigo Sound (Germany); all are now conveniently grouped in the same menu (named Plugin Alliance) and listed alphabetically — no need to go searching anymore.

The AAX Pack is available to registered Pro Tools|HDX and Pro Tools|HD Native owners for $1,295 USD from all Avid pro audio resellers until December 14, 2012. All six Plugin Alliance plug-in licenses sold as part of the AAX Pack are non-transferrable and must be registered on the Plugin Alliance website to activate them.

More information: Plugin Alliance / AAX Pack

Universal Audio Precision K-Stereo Ambience Recovery & Shadow Hills Mastering Compressor plugins announced

Universal Audio UAD-2

Universal Audio has announced the upcoming Precision K-Stereo Ambience Recovery and Shadow Hills Mastering Compressor plugins for its UAD-2 platform.

Created by Universal Audio in collaboration with famed mastering engineer Bob Katz, the K-Stereo Ambience Recovery plug-in extracts ambient cues from source recordings — allowing users to precisely enhance the stereo depth and imaging of mixes without unnatural artifacts.

Universal Audio K-Stereo Ambience Recovery Plug-In
The Precision K-Stereo Ambience Recovery Plug-In for UAD-2.

“The K-Stereo plug-in gives mastering engineers an easy, organic-sounding solution for excessively small mixes or mixes that need more space and depth — from classical to jazz, rock, or hip-hop,” said Bob Katz. “Because we’re effectively ‘pulling out’ the ambience that’s already in the recording, the results sound much more natural. I’m happy to be working with UA to bring K-Stereo to the UAD platform.”

Designed for critical 2-track mastering or post-production applications, the K-Stereo plug-in offers a “do-no-harm” approach to adding depth and width to busy or narrow-sounding mixes. Using elements of the Haas effect and other psychoacoustic principles, the plug-in transparently enhances existing ambience and early reflections without adding artificial reverb or changing the ratio of center elements to side elements.

Precision K-Stereo Ambience Recovery Plug-In features:

  • Unique ambience recovery and stereo processing tool, created and patented by famed mastering engineer Bob Katz.
  • Extracts ambient cues from the source material, naturally adding depth and width to the stereo field.
  • Perfect for fixing busy or “narrow” mixes at the mastering stage.
  • 3-band Ambience Filter EQ for further shaping the effect.
  • Mid/Side gain controls available to adjust the center-to-side balance.
  • Left/Right Gain controls for final stereo image balancing and leveling.
  • Custom user presets created by Bob Katz.

Created by UAD Direct Development partner Brainworx and Shadow Hills Industries founder Peter Reardon, this true-to-life plug-in emulation of the hallmark Mastering Compressor expertly tempers dynamics and tames transients like no other device on the market.

“The Shadow Hills Mastering Compressor hardware is capable of delivering so much character and color, from subtle to very dramatic. It was important to me that any plug-in emulation provided the same sonic experience,” said Shadow Hills’ Peter Reardon. “Thankfully, the team at Brainworx and Universal Audio have faithfully brought this hardware product to life in the digital world.”

Universal Audio Shadow Hills Mastering Compressor Plug-In
The Shadow Hills Mastering Compressor Plug-In for UAD-2.

As the go-to compressor on recordings by Muse, Gnarls Barkley, Coldplay, John Mayer, Regina Spektor, and more, the Shadow Hills Mastering Compressor features a world-class signal path, controlling music dynamics in two stages — first with an Optical section, then with a Discrete (VCA) section. Both sections can be bypassed, providing a variety of compression sounds (Optical, Discrete, and combined) from a velvet touch to an iron fist.

Like the hardware version, the Shadow Hills Mastering Compressor plug-in offers selection of three distinct output transformers (Nickel, Iron, and Steel) — taking the signal from “clean” to “colored” and “dirty” — as if selecting from the output stages of three distinct classic analog consoles.

Whether employed on a vocal chain, drum buss, or on the master fader, the Shadow Hills Mastering Compressor’s unique control and character will inspire creativity.

Shadow Hills Mastering Compressor Plug-In features

  • Meticulous emulation of the Shadow Hills Mastering Compressor, licensed and endorsed by Peter Reardon.
  • Created by Brainworx, developed exclusively for the UAD Powered Plug-Ins platform.
  • Separate Optical and Discrete (VCA) dynamics sections for two-stage serial dynamics control.
  • Transformer matrix switches between Nickel, Iron, and Steel output transformers — like selecting between 3 distinct vintage console outputs.
  • 90Hz sidechain filtering for musical compression of low-frequency program material.
  • Large, accurate VU meters provide Optical, Discrete, or Output gain views.
  • Custom presets created by Shadow Hills founder and designer Peter Reardon.

Both plug-in are available as part of the upcoming UAD Software v6.3.2 release, scheduled for early November. The Precision K-Stereo Ambience Recovery Plug-In will be $199 USD, the Shadow Hills Mastering Compressor will be $299 USD.

More information: Universal Audio / UAD-2 Plug-Ins

Plugin Alliance intros bx_rockrack PRO v1.1 incl. 2 new Jazz amps

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Plugin Alliance has announced version 1.1 of bx_rockrack PRO, the guitar amp plug-in for Windows and Mac.

BX give you just a few (perfectly) modeled tube-amps, and the way they have captured COMPLETE recording chains in some of the best equipped studios with the help of very experienced engineers is simply revolutionary. Select your favorite speaker / recording chain, choose your amp, tweak the gain and EQ settings, and there you go.

World-class guitar sounds, recallable and reliable. If you have ever tried to record the same identical amp in the same studio twice and ended up frustrated because the results just were NOT the same in the end you know what we are talking about.

brainworx bx_rockrack
bx_rockrack PRO by brainworx now offers 7 channels, modeled to sound like classic amps.

Changes in bx_rockrack PRO v1.1

  • A total of 7 amps incl. the 2 new Jazz amps.
  • Jazz amps based on the traditional American Jazz sound.
  • Bypass internal recording chains and use external speaker simulation.
  • Improved noise gate.
  • Many smaller bugfixes and optimized CPU-usage.

Brainworx has also announced that the standard version of bx_rockrack is now upgrade to PRO. All existing users get the PRO version free of charge.

bx_rockrack is available to purchase for $249 USD.

More information: Plugin Alliance / bx_rockrack

Make any mono signal stereo with brainworx bx_stereomaker plug-in

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Brainworx has announced the release of bx_stereomaker, an effect plug-in that can turn any mono signal into stereo.

brainworx bx_stereomaker
Widen any mono signal in modern mixes with brainworx bx_stereomaker.

bx_stereomaker creates a virtual S signal with analog style filters using advanced digital science. You can solo this virtual S signal! bx_stereomaker will enhance any mono signal to stereo, while allowing you to balance the center of the stereo signal and paying attention to the frequency range of your signal.

We call this release a “public beta” just like we do with all brand-new plugins. We always test our plugins internally, of course, but with almost countless different setups out there we cannot test every possible setup. This release is an unlimited fully functional version and can be tested and bought from NOW on.

bx_stereomaker is available to purchase for the introductory price of $95 USD until September 15th, 2012 (regular price $129 USD).

More information: Brainworx / bx_stereomaker

Plugin Alliance adds USB flash drive activation to licensing system

Plugin Alliance has announced it has added flexible and convenient USB flash drive activation to its licensing system as of July 13th, 2012.

Plugin Alliance USB flash drive activation

Aside from its growing family of unsurpassed effects plug-ins — meticulously modelling high-end hardware from the likes of Brainworx, Mäag Audio, SPL, and Vertigo Sound, Plugin Alliance has always prided itself on its easy-to-use licensing system (using a single file to manage all licenses for activation on up to three computers)… clicking Activate when launching a new plug-in for the first time downloads a new license file to the computer in question from the Plugin Alliance server. Couldn’t be simpler, surely?

Simpler, no; more flexible, maybe. Now the Plugin Alliance activation system is even more flexible, offering users complete freedom to roam by transferring their licenses and plug-in installers to a single standard USB flash drive requiring only one USB port — unlike most other proprietary USB-based licensing systems.

A USB flash drive can be used to run Plugin Alliance plug-ins on other computers without having to activate those specific machines beforehand; plug-ins can be quickly copied onto different computers (or Avid’s VENUE live sound production systems) on a temporary basis before being deleted with no need to deactivate the computer (and/or console) afterwards, making it a perfect solution for touring FOH engineers or recording engineers who regularly work in different studios.

What’s more, Plugin Alliance has rigorously tested its new ‘roaming’ license system with Waves’ License Center-based equivalent while Waves did likewise; both companies are happy to report that users can use the same USB flash drive for their Plugin Alliance and Waves plug-ins and license files without interfering with each other. Simply perfect.

Imagine the convenience of being able to take your complete Plugin Alliance plug-in collection wherever you like, whenever you like, all on one single standard USB flash drive. Well, there’s no need to imagine anymore.

Wherever you may roam… plug in to your new Plugin Alliance production or recording home!

More information: Plugin Alliance

Brainworx bx_rockrack guitar amp plug-in available from Plugin Alliance

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Plugin Alliance has announced the release of bx_rockrack, a guitar amp plug-in par excellence, developed by Plugin Alliance founder member Dirk Ulrich’s renowned German plug-ins company Brainworx.

Brainworx bx_rockrack

BX give you a handful of perfectly modeled tube-amps, and the way they have captured COMPLETE recording chains in some of the best equipped studios with the help of very experienced engineers is simply revolutionary. Select your favorite speaker, choose your amp, tweak the gain and EQ settings, and there you go.

World-class guitar sounds, recallable and reliable. If you have ever tried to record the same identical amp in the same studio twice and ended up frustrated because the results just were NOT the same in the end you know what we are talking about.

Unlike most other guitar amp plug-ins, bx_rockrack can be controlled just like a real amp and small effects rack; moreover, with so many perfect-sounding set-ups to choose from, its recording chains need not be edited or altered — simply select the cabinet, microphone, studio, and… keep on rockin’ in the real world! A nice-sounding vintage delay, noise gate, and high-quality guitar tuner are also at hand, helpfully, while some innovative Brainworx filters speedily shape amp set-ups with ease.

bx_rockrack can easily be played live since it offers a CPU-friendly, ultra-low-latency engine, so multiple instances can comfortably be run on any modern computer. The basic version includes the amps, recording chains, and Effects Rack, while the soon-to-be released PRO version will offer additional guitar-orientated plug-ins, plus an ability to use the bx_rockrack recording chains with other guitar amp plug-ins, or even real guitar amps via their line-out connections to the computer.

Brainworx bx_rockrack
Brainworx bx_rockrack features a choice collection of high-end guitar amp models that exactly emulate guitar recording in the highly-coveted Brainworx studio or The Mix Room.

bx_rockrack features

  • 5 channels modeled to sound like these classic amps: Clean Marshall® JCM800®, Lead Marshall® JCM800®, Clean ENGL® 530, Lead ENGL® 530, MesaBoogie® Rectoverb®
  • Cabinets used: Marshall® 1960 TV, MesaBoogie® 4×12, Orange® 2×12, Diezel® 4×12.
  • Original recording chains from The Mix Room (Ben Grosse) and Brainworx Studio (Dirk Ulrich).
  • Microphones: Vintage Neumann® CMV-563, Royer® 121, Shure® SM57.
  • Consoles: NEVE® VXS72 (Brainworx Studio), plus TAB® V76 mic preamp, SSL 9000K (The Mix Room LA) with Vintage Neve 1073 preamps & EQs.

The bx_rockrack for Windows and Mac (VST/AU/RTAS/AAX) is available to purchase for the introductory price of $199 USD until July 30, 2012 (regular $249 USD)

More information: Plugin Alliance / bx_rockrack