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Audiomeals releases Plug-In Channel Strip for Mac

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Audiomeals Plug-In Channel Strip

Audiomeals has announced the release of Plug-In Channel Strip, a prototype audio app conceived for music production, live sets and audio post-production, including voice and sound design.

Plug-In Channel Strip features eight plug-in modules where you can load any VST effect to design your own VST channel strip, including plug-ins like equalizers, delays, reverbs, distortion, flanger, compressors or any other VST effect from your computer.

Send your mic or instrument input into PCS to design the sound you want while PCS processes the incoming audio through eight plug-In modules.

Plug-In Channel Strip features

  • Optional 100Hz High Pass Filter at input stage.
  • Up to 8 plug-ins channel strip.
  • Save & Recall options.
  • Mono & Stereo Input modes.
  • Virtual Instrument module available. Play any virtual instrument through the plug-in channel strip.
  • Vocoder module available. Load any virtual instrument to use it as your vocoder sound source, feed the vocoder with your mic input and process the audio through the plug-in channel strip.
  • Output recording on WAV-AIFF-SD2-AU formats. Up to 192kHz/32-bits, depending your soundcard.
  • Use Plug-In Channel Strip within any DAW or audio editor via Soundflower or JK Pipe (for Protools).

The Plug-In Channel Strip for Mac OS X 10.6 or later is available to purchase for $7 USD / 5 EUR. Windows version is coming soon.

More information: Audiomeals

Minimal System offers 50% off Mixing & Mastering plugins

Minimal System Mixing and Mastering Plugins sale

Minimal System has announced that its mixing and mastering effect plug-ins for Windows are available to purchase at a 50% discount for a limited time.

The Minimal System Group have developed a comprehensive range of both mixing and mastering plugins to help producers of all skill levels (From novice to professional mastering engineer) achieve the best sound possible.

Our complete suite of plugins is everything a producer would need to mix down and master a tracks to a very high standard (Knowledge of the mixing and mastering process is required to use these plugins effectively).

From EQ’s to Compressors, Gates to Channel Strips The Minimal System Group have a plugin to tackle any rogue frequency and push your music to its limit.

More information: Minimal System

Universal Audio releases API Vision Channel Strip Plug-In

Universal Audio API Vision Channel Strip

Universal Audio has announced the release of API Vision Channel Strip, an effect plug-in for the UAD platform and Apollo.

For over 40 years, API mixing consoles have become synonymous for audio excellence and multi-platinum recordings. From the Foo Fighters to Fleetwood Mac’s classic Rumours, API mixing desks are legendary for their colorful punch and warm analog detail. Now Universal Audio is pleased to release the API Vision Channel Strip Plug-In for the UAD Powered Plug-Ins platform and Apollo audio interfaces.

Featuring five API modules — the 212L Microphone Preamplifier, 215L High/Low Cut Filters, 235L Gate/Expander, 225L Compressor/Limiter, and 550L 4-Band Equalizer — the API Vision Channel Strip plug-in allows owners of Apollo audio interfaces and UAD-2 DSP Accelerator hardware to impart their tracks with the same focus, punch, and harmonic detail as its high-end hardware counterpart.

API Vision Channel Strip features

  • Faithful channel strip emulation from API’s flagship Vision analog console.
  • Comprised of five distinct modules: 212L Mic Preamp, 215L High/Low Cut Filters, 235L Gate/Expander, 225L Compressor/Limiter, and 550L 4-Band Equalizer.
  • Models custom 2520 API op-amp and transformers with circuit nonlinearities.
  • Allows recording in real time via Apollo interfaces (sub-2ms latency) and/or mixing workflows via UAD-2 hardware.
  • More than 70 artist presets from Joe Chiccarelli, Neil Dorfsman, David Isaac, Nathaniel Kunkel and John Paterno.
  • Requires UAD-2 DSP Accelerator Card, available from authorized dealers worldwide.

API Vision Channel Strip is available for purchase for $299 USD.

More information: Universal Audio / API Vision Channel Strip

IK Multimedia intros 3 new T-RackS collections + Group Buy

IK Multimedia has announced a group buy for its new British Studio Series, Vintage Compressors Bundle, and Multiband Series of T-RackS collection.

IK Multimedia T-RackS Group Buy

We are proud to introduce three T-RackS processor collections that are available both in the IK Store and Custom Shop.

  • T-RackS British Studio Series – Three classic British console-based processors and channel strips.
  • T-RackS Vintage Compressors Bundle – A collection of vintage dynamics modules with four timeless processors.
  • T-RackS Multiband Series – Four high-precision multiband processors.

These brand new collections, each priced at $149.99 / €119.99, let you add the sound of some all-time famous consoles and hardware processors to your studio.

To celebrate the new collections we’re pleased to announce our brand spanking new Group Buy program, and this time it’s a huge auditory feast for your ears! Now you’ll save big on these special bundles of T-RackS Processors.

To join the group buy simply purchase one of the eligible products and when the group buy reaches 250 participants, you will get one of the eligible products of your choice for free. The group buy ends November 8th, 2013.

More information: IK Multimedia / T-RackS Group Buy

Samplephonics releases Vintage Brass + Nevo Analogue Machines Pre-order

Samplephonics Vintage Brass

Samplephonics has announced the release of its Vintage Brass sample library.

Vintage brass contains a stunning collection of Trumpet and Flugel loops, incidentals, mini construction kits and one shot samples, all recorded through a vintage recording chain for extra character, and provided dry for utmost flexibility.

The trumpet and flugel loops are split into 4 useful tempos of 110, 125, 140 and 85/170 beats per minute and are designed to work with a variety of genres, from hip hop to dnb and chillout to dubstep.

Vintage Brass costs £27 GBP.

Samplephonics has also announced Nevo Analogue Machines, a virtual instrument library for Native Instruments Kontakt, ReFill and Logic Pro.

Samplephonics Nevo Analogue Machines

We teamed up with renowned producer Yoad Nevo, and spent months sampling away at his various analogue synthesizers, as well as using his vintage Neve desk to create some huge stereo sounds and ended up with:

  • Over 17,000 sampled analogue waveforms from a Mini Moog, JX10, SH-101, Oberheim M6R, Juno 106 and a Korg MS10.
  • Over 1000 presets
  • Multiple round robin layers
  • Modeled filters, analogue style sequencer, arpeggiator, chord generator, custom stereo and chorus effects and more!
  • Custom Kontakt 5 Interface, Logic Pro channel strip presets and a Reason Refil (available to download separately)

Nevo Analogue Machines is now available to pre-order for £69 GBP (regular £89 GBP). The library will be released on November 1st, 2013.

More information: Samplephonics

PreSonus introduces RC 500 channel strip

PreSonus has announced the RC 500, a top-of-the-line channel strip for professional recording engineers and recording musicians.

PreSonus RC 500

The RC 500 combines an ultra-low-distortion, high-gain, solid-state Class A preamplifier with the same custom-designed FET compressor and semi-parametric EQ circuitry found in the highly lauded PreSonus ADL 700 tube channel strip. The result is consistent, transparent, detailed audio, suitable for a wide variety of applications, and reminiscent of classic, vintage solid-state preamp designs.

The newest member of the PreSonus family of preamps/processors, the RC 500 was designed by PreSonus engineering ace Robert Creel (hence, “RC”), who also designed the PreSonus XMAX™ preamp, the ADL 700, and many other favoite PreSonus analog circuits. For some time, the PreSonus offices have buzzed with rumors that Creel was working on an amazing and very special solid-state preamp; happily, the rumors were true!

Creel’s new microphone preamp features a Class A hybrid input stage with discrete transistors and the latest-generation, low-distortion operational amplifiers. The design maintains the sonic qualities of Class A and benefits from the repeatability in performance of the operational amplifier.

Compared to a tube preamp, this solid-state preamp offers better definition at the edges of its frequency response range. High frequencies are crisper and low frequencies are tighter, producing a transparent, musical signal that retains the “airiness” of a room and provides a more three-dimensional result than a tube mic preamp can deliver.

Of course, the preamp sports 48V phantom power, polarity invert, and a -20 dB pad. In addition, it includes a 12 dB/octave highpass filter set at 80 Hz.

The RC 500’s FET compressor perfectly complements the new solid-state preamp. Controls include fully variable attack (0.5 to 10 ms), release (30 to 500 ms), and threshold (-25 to +20 dBu), as well as hardware bypass. Ratio is fixed at 3:1.

FET (Field-Effect Transistor) compressors use transistors to emulate a triode-tube sound. This type of compressor generally provides a faster attack time and better repeatability than the optical compressors that are more commonly found in channel strips in this price class. Combined with the consistent repeatability of the RC 500’s solid-state preamp, this is sure to make the new channel strip a favorite in pro studios.

The 3-band semi-parametric EQ was designed with musicality in mind, combining isolated filters and optimized, per-band Q to provide subtler signal shaping without harsh artifacts. All bands have Gain (±16 dB) and Frequency controls, with overlapping frequency ranges between the mid and high bands and fixed Q (0.5). The low and high bands are switchable between shelving and peak.

Both the Compressor and EQ sections feature a relay bypass.

Rear-panel XLR mic and line inputs (with front-panel Input Select switch) and a front-panel ¼” TS instrument input accept a variety of sound sources. Dual-mode analog VU metering enables monitoring of output and gain-reduction levels. A master level control adjusts the overall output from -80 to +10 dB.

With its extensive feature set, ultra-low noise (-102 dB S/N ratio), 50 dB gain (mic input, with the pad out), extended frequency response of 10 Hz to 25 kHz (±1 dB), and top-of-the-line, consistently repeatable sound, the RC 500 is a superb creative tool for serious recording engineers and musicians.

The RC 500 is expected to ship in September 2013 with an anticipated MAP/street price of $999.95 USD.

More information: PreSonus

EastWest announces Stormdrum 3 pre-order

EastWest Stormdrum 3

EastWest has announced that its Stormdrum 3 percussion instrument is now available to pre-order.

Stormdrum 3 is the first virtual instrument to include EastWest’s new PLAY 4 software. In PLAY 4, EastWest replaced some third party components; added Avid’s new AAX format that will allow Pro Tools 11 users to use EastWest’s virtual instruments 64-bit, greatly improving performance; added new time-stretch software optimized for loops (with sync to sequencer); added a new mixer page (with sub-channels for mic positions), added background loading, and other new features. To top it all off, EastWest now offers SSL FX from Solid State Logic, the industry leader in mixing technology; and an upgraded EastWest reverb. The new FX section is available as an optional upgrade for all legacy EastWest PLAY collections, but will be included FREE for SD3 users.

In addition, customers who place a pre-order for SD3, scheduled to ship July 15, will be able to use the SSL/EW FX section for other PLAY collections as an additional bonus when available. The FX section includes a SSL EQ and Dynamics Channel Strip, Transient Shaper, and SSL’s legendary Stereo Bus Compressor; plus an upgraded “true stereo” reverb from EastWest plus new features. Now, with it’s combination of the new PLAY 4 software, the best sound processing tools available, and world class percussion instruments, Stormdrum 3 is the most advanced percussion virtual instrument to date and a must-have.

EastWest Stormdrum 3
Stormdrum 3 includes 90 Gigabytes of all new percussion.

Stormdrum 3 features

  • Features the best instruments from the private collection of Mickey Hart.
  • Features additional instruments from the Remo private collection, hand picked by Remo himself.
  • Played by master percussionists Mickey Hart, Greg Ellis and Chalo Eduardo.
  • Produced by Nick Phoenix, “Two Steps From Hell” composer and creator of Stormdrum 1 and 2, epic percussion collections.
  • Includes tempo synced percussion performances directed and played by Mickey Hart, with Greg Ellis, Chalo Eduardo and Nick Phoenix
  • Includes 5 user-controllable mic positions for each instrument.
  • Recorded in the world famous EASTWEST Studio 1, the home of major Hollywood soundtracks and television themes.
  • Includes new PLAY 4 64-bit/32-bit software on both MAC and PC, more user control and detail than any other collection.

Stormdrum 3 is available to pre-order for $395 USD / 295 EUR (ex. VAT). The projected release date is July 15th, 2013.

More information: Soundsonline / Soundsonline (Europe)

Steinberg releases Cubase Elements 7

Steinberg Cubase Elements 7

Steinberg has announced the release of Cubase Elements 7, the entry-level music production system for sound recording, editing and mixing, with many new features and enhancements that greatly expand on proven Cubase functionality.

Cubase Elements 7 is state-of-the art technology and quality provided in a moderately priced music production software that throws its doors wide open to the fascinating world of Cubase.

“Cubase Elements 7 is the choice for aspiring producers and musicians looking for a complete package which doesn’t break the bank while offering a whole lot of features right out of the box,” said Carlos Mendoza Rohde, product marketing manager at Steinberg.

After unveiling Cubase 7 and Cubase Artist 7 to great acclaim at the end of last year, Cubase Elements 7 now completes the latest Cubase range, offering new sounds, new effects and many other features that easily turn any Mac or Windows computer into a music production system.

New in Cubase Elements 7

  • New MixConsole provides the ultimate mixing experience with 192 kHz support.
  • Integrated EQ/Dynamics channel strip modules for epic pro-console sound.
  • Global Chord Track to work with harmonies in a project context.
  • Hermode tuning changes the intonation of your synthesized notes dynamically on the fly .
  • VST Amp Rack guitar tone suite for studio-grade guitar tracks .
  • FLAC lossless compression codec, ReWire for 64-bit environments and direct access to SoundCloud.
  • ASIO-Guard provides intelligent dropout-prevention algorithms.
  • Steinberg Hub provides video tutorials, support and product news.

Cubase Elements 7 is available to purchase for MSRP 99.99 EUR. The Cubase Elements 7 update from Cubase Elements 6 is MSRP 49.99 EUR. Prices including German VAT.

Customers who purchased a copy of Cubase Elements 6 from April 15, 2013, are entitled to the free Grace Period update to Cubase Elements 7.

More information: Steinberg / Cubase Elements 7