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Steinberg announces Cubase 7 and Cubase Artist 7

Steinberg Cubase 7

Steinberg has announced the upcoming releases of Cubase 7 and Cubase Artist 7.

Coming on December 5, 2012, Steinberg is already presenting the unique solutions and enhancements within the latest incarnations of Cubase, the most advanced music production system today.

With an array of Virtual Studio Technology (VST) instruments and effects plus production tools employed by producers around the world, Cubase 7 and Cubase Artist 7 now include the new MixConsole mixer, the newly developed channel strip, Chord Track, significant workflow improvements and integration, new content and much more.

“This time around we focused in on one of the primary features in Cubase: the mixing. The result is the entirely new MixConsole, with never-before-seen transparency, fidelity, and functionality. Thanks to the built-in channel strip modules and their excellent-sounding EQ and dynamics, the days are finally over when we opened five plug-in windows per track to get the mix going. We also took care of many details that’ll make a big difference in time-critical situations, such as the Remote Control Editor, the redesigned Channel Settings window and the track, channel and plug-in finder. Version 7 is our commitment to the professional community and elevates Cubase to the top of every producer’s wish list,” said Helge Vogt, product marketing lead at Steinberg.

Steinberg Cubase 7
Mixing in Steinberg Cubase 7 with the new MixConsole.

Cubase 7 features

  • State-of-the-art music production system used by thousands of professionals around the world.
  • Award-winning 32-bit floating-point Steinberg audio engine with up to 192 kHz, 5.1 surround, flexible routing and full automatic delay compensation.
  • Unlimited audio, instrument and MIDI tracks .
  • Superb composing, editing and mixing features with unparalleled multitrack editing and quantizing, take comping and automation tools.
  • All-new MixConsole provides the ultimate mixing experience with unmatched flexibility and integrated EQ/Dynamics channel strip modules for epic pro-console sound.
  • Comprehensive set of 8 outstanding virtual instruments with over 2,800 sounds, including HALion Sonic SE workstation, Padshop granular synth, Retrologue virtual analog synth, LoopMash 2 and the MPC-style Groove Agent ONE drum machine.
  • Complete suite of 66 high-end audio and 18 MIDI VST effect processors, including VST Amp Rack guitar tone suite, REVerence convolution reverb, Voxengo CurveEQ and many more.
  • VariAudio for MIDI-style note editing of monophonic audio tracks and automatic voicing harmonization and auto-tuning effect.
  • Chord Track for easy chord management and re-harmonizing plus intelligent composing assistance for generating beautiful chord sequences.
  • VST Expression 2 for unique instrument articulation management and expression control on single-note level .
  • Professional music notation and score printing.
  • MediaBay file and preset management system .
  • Cross-platform 32/64-bit for Windows and Mac OS X.

Cubase Artist 7 features

  • Complete music production system, offering a set of superb audio/MIDI recording, editing and mixing tools.
  • Based on proven Steinberg Cubase technology used by professionals around the world.
  • Award-winning 32-bit floating-point Steinberg audio engine with up to 192 kHz, flexible routing and full automatic delay compensation.
  • Supports 128 MIDI and 64 simultaneous audio tracks .
  • Includes 8 outstanding virtual instruments with over 2,400 presets, including HALion Sonic SE workstation, Padshop granular synth and Retrologue virtual analog synth, LoopMash 2 plus the MPC-style Groove Agent ONE drum machine.
  • Comes with a suite of 46 audio and 18 MIDI VST effect processors, including Pitch Correct for vocal intonation correction, VST Amp Rack guitar tone suite, Brickwall Limiter and Tube Compressor.
  • Chord Track facilitates working with chords in a project context.
  • Streamlined score editing feature set.
  • MediaBay file and preset management system .
  • Project Assistant with dozens of common templates helps getting started quickly.
  • Cross-platform 32/64-bit for Windows and Mac OS X Intel.

The Cubase 7 and Cubase Artist 7 full retail versions are available from resellers and through the Steinberg Online Shop from December 5, 2012. The suggested retail price for Cubase 7 is 599 EUR and 299 EUR for Cubase Artist 7. Prices including German VAT.

Customers who have activated Cubase 6.5 and Cubase Artist 6.5 since October 25, 2012, are eligible for a free, downloadable Grace Period update to the latest version.

More information: Steinberg / Cubase

Livid Instruments intros Alias 8 controller

Livid Instruments has announced its new Alias 8 USB powered MIDI controller.

Livid Alias 8

The Livid Alias 8 delivers the quick and dirty control you need in a durable, compact package with high-quality controls. Perfect as a portable mixer control, the Alias 8 is designed to satisfy the essential needs of every studio or a live rig.

Eight “channel strips” of knobs, faders, and buttons, and a full-size master fader easily adapt to traditional mixing. The dual-function encoder makes it easy to change the MIDI channel (up to 15 channels), instantly extending its reach to control more of your software, while always keeping track of any LED feedback on the other channels. The encoder can also be used as a MIDI control for flipping through tracks or adjusting your cue volume – just push the encoder down to change its function.

Alias 8 features

  • 8 – 30mm faders.
  • 1 – 60mm fader.
  • 16 – rotary potentiometers.
  • 16 – RGB LED backlit buttons.
  • 1- push-button detented encoder.
  • 2 analog expansion ports for Livid XPC and DIY controllers (up to 16 additional analog controls).
  • 15 banks of control on separate MIDI channels.
  • Character display.
  • USB powered class-compliant MIDI.
  • Crafted by hand in Austin, TX USA.

The Alias 8 is now available to pre-order, priced at $299 USD.

More information: Livid Instruments / Alias 8

Review: D16 Group LuSH-101 multi-timbral polyphonic synthesizer plugin

D16 Group’s LuSH-101 is probably one of the most anticipated synthesizer plug-in of 2012. Since the initial announcement of the synth (then named Shioiter) over three years ago, it has been a long wait with few progress updates.

LuSH-101

With such a long development stage – or rather the general public being in the know so early on – there will always be some hype and (unfounded) high expectations. And sure enough, when LuSH-101 finally arrived the reception was mixed. Some people instantly dismissed it for not emulating the SH-101 faithfully enough, having too many bells and whistles, being a CPU hog, or it just not living up to the “one synth you’ll ever need” tagline. Others have praised LuSH-101′s resemblance to the sounds of the classic Roland synthesizer, or appreciate the additional features included in the plug-in offers.

Though I must admit I have always wanted an MC-202, I am not all that interested in how precise D16 modeled the SH-101. I’ve heard some audio clips comparing the both and it can certainly sound very similar, but LuSH-101 has a lot more to offer than its hardware counterpart.

The multilayer architecture guarantees that both the sound design possibilities and number of unique situations in which LuSH-101 can be used are virtually limitless. Layered sounds can be created simply by assigning the layers to the same MIDI channel; the results can sound as massive as anything imaginable! Assigning the layers to different keyboard zones allows you to create even the most sophisticated splits. Of course, you can always assign the various layers to different MIDI channels for 8-part multitimbral usage. And, virtually any combination of splits, layers, and multitimbrality is possible with just a single instance of LuSH. With each layer working as an independent synthesizer with its own polyphony, parameters, enhanced arpeggiator, and a palette of only the finest insert effects, LuSH-101 can push your creativity to unprecedented levels!

D16 Group LuSH-101
LuSH-101 certainly looks like a vintage hardware synthesizer. Love it or hate it.

Let’s take a quick look at the specs.

LuSH-101 features

  • Multi-layer, 8 independent layers (synths) saw, square/PWM, noise oscillators, A sub osc, supersaw, hardsync, multi-mode and passive hipass filters, 2 LFO’s and envelopes, insert effects, mod matrix, and arpeggiator.
  • Mixer panel with 11 output busses (8 layers + 3 fx), compressor and EQ for each, and reverb, chorus, and tempo-syncable delay send fx.
  • Includes 1,700 presets, with 5 categories (layer, arp, reverb, delay, and global).

First off, let me say that LuSH-101 requires quite a lot of processing power. Even a single layer sound can take up a considerable amount of CPU – especially when using multiple voices – let alone multiple layer sounds. That said, with careful programming and lowering some settings you can still get decent results on older systems like my good old duo core Pentium.

d16 LuSH-101 oscillator section

The sound of LuSH-101 starts with the oscillators. These do not necessarily have an “analog” vibe to my ears, but they do have a pleasant high quality sound about them.

Mixing square (pwm), saw, sub and noise oscillators you have a limited palette, but this can actually help you get creative in a “less is more” kind of way.

The hardsync on the square and saw is achieved by using a hidden oscillator. It has its own sound, I quite like it. The saw can also be stacked to create a supersaw. Not my type of thing really, but I hear it’s pretty sweet.

d16 LuSH-101 filter section

To the right of the source mixer is the filter section, with a multi-mode (lowpass, bandpass, highpass) resonant filter and a passive highpass, which is said to have a characteristic RC analogue filter. The multi-mode filter has two modes:
- Normal: The overall peak volume of the filter output is constant across the Cutoff frequency and Resonance domain and the filter itself is softer in comparison to SH-101 variant.
- SH-101: More unstable and analogue like with faithful emulation of self-oscillations appearing in SH-101.

d16 LuSH-101 envelopes / LFOs

I have no idea how faithful this emulation is, but the SH-101 mode sounds quite different from the normal one so make sure you give it a try. Note that some filter stepping is audible, and I am not sure if this is intended but it doesn’t bother me to be honest. Two envelopes and two LFO’s are available to control various parameters, including things like pitch, pulse width, and cutoff & resonance of the multi-mode filter.

LuSH-101 offers various trigger modes for its envelopes and LFOs, and a special SH-101 mode can be selected from the options panel. The envelopes are also nice and fast, which is demonstrated by the lovely drum sounds this synth can produce.

d16 LuSH-101 arpeggiator

Moving a bit further to the right of the interface we find the arpeggiator. This features various modes (up, down, up/down, random, etc), a host of tempo/rates, shuffle, chords, gate and tie sequencer, and more. I tend to do everything in my host, but I have to say an arp like this is easy and fun to use.

To spice things up a bit, LuSH-101 also includes some internal insert effects: Chorus, Flanger, String Ensemble, Phaser, Vowel Filter, Distortion, Decimator, and Tremolo. These are simple, solid effects. I especially like the vowel filter and decimator, and the chorus is great for creating lush sounds. You can currently only select one effect at a time, but note that you can set a different effect for each of the 8 layers.

The mixing panel lets you mix all your layers in channel strips. Each channel comes with a compressor, equalizer, and 3 send fx controls for the global reverb, delay and chorus effects. These effects also have dedicated channel strips with an EQ.

On the one hand I like this approach of designing a sound pretty much completely within a synth, on the other hand I feel it is a bit silly to be mixing and applying compression, eq, etc. in a plug-in when you could simply do this in your host software. I’m still a bit divided on the whole thing.

d16 LuSH-101 mixer panel
LuSH-101 mixing panel with 8 layer channel strips and 3 fx channels.

All parameters of LuSH-101′s individual layers (incl. arp, insert fx, mod matrix, etc) can be stored in a timbre preset. The arpeggiator also has its own presets, and so do the reverb and delay in the mixer panel. All settings within an instance of LuSH-101 are stored within a global preset.

The presets browser feels a bit outdated to me. Preset name, author and rating are stored, yet there is no search option or tagging system available. It is basically plain old hierarchical folder browsing. That said, the presets themselves include many wonderful sounds. Lots of quality presets categorized in bass, drum, fx, mono/lead, poly, and tempo based folders.

Alright, a few more bits and bobs before I round up.

LuSH-101 features a plain and simple (boring?) modulation matrix. Source, destination, and amount in a simple panel. Some useful parameters are missing from the destinations list, but more will be added in a future update. A wider range of modulation values would be useful as well.

Talking about updates, the interface has received a good portion of critique from users who either can’t fit the whole thing on their screens, find the huge keys a waste of space, or simply can’t read a thing with those tiny text labels.

Fortunately, the developers are listening and the option to hide the keyboard – which I also though was waste of space, but would you believe I miss it when it’s hidden… – was implemented already, and additional interface sizes are planned for an upcoming update. At a later stage we should even be able to pick our favorite colors for the GUI, just like the early Shioitor teaser shots suggested.

Lastly, when first trying to automate something within your host you will find LuSH-101 doesn’t send out anything by default. As there are too many parameters to assign within the VST/AU spec of 128, you are left to do your own maps. A bit annoying to have to set up, but it’s probably something you are only going to do once and you can use your custom map as a default for subsequent sessions. And again, it has already been announced that improvements for parameter handling, automation and the modulation matrix are planned. LuSH-101 is only going to get better with time.

Check the demo tracks below to listen to the sounds of LuSH-101.

So what do I think?

Product: LuSH-101 by D16 Group
Format: AU/VST (RTAS and AAX coming)
Price: 149 EUR / $199 USD
Like: High quality, beautiful sound, great presets, layers
Don’t like: High CPU use, presets browser
Verdict: 9/10

Quality comes at a price, and I don’t mean the actual price tag. LuSH-101 requires a lot of processing power. There is no denying that this can be a deal breaker for those with “underpowered” machines.

Looking past this issue (and once again coming to terms with bouncing/freezing in your host), there is also no denying that LuSH-101 is a proper monster synthesizer that is capable of producing high quality sounds. Beyond the SH-101 comparison, LuSH-101 offers so much more than the recreation of a classic. The layering system is really nice, especially for designing dynamic pads.

I am also well impressed with D16 Group’s fast response to user requests/critique. If the first update and the list of upcoming improvements are anything to go by, it looks like LuSH-101 will only get better with time. I hope that there will also be some CPU optimization, or perhaps they could do a lite version with less options, but I will say it again: Quality comes at a price.

Hats off to the D16 team for what they have achieved.

With the version 1.0.1 update, the LuSH-101 demo now allows 30 minutes of testing (and no more annoying pop-up window) so go check it out.

More information: D16 Group / LuSH-101

WaaSoundLab releases Electro Dub Vol 1 sample pack + 20% off selected titles

WaaSoundLab Electro Dub Vol 1

WaaSoundLab has announced the release of its Electro Dub Vol 1 sample library, a collection of 5 dark post-apocalyptic themes including Logic templates and MIDI files.

Get the party started with this laser blasts and stroboscopic beats battle! If you are looking for that heavy melodic yet powerful dub wobble bass, then this is the way to go…

Expect to find all the material you need to create innovative productions ; a sample pack loaded with urban and futuristic tones. Just enter the (video) game! The sound of Nero and Skrillex is just one click-away!

Electro Dub Vol 1 features

  • 1.95 GB total content.
  • 5 Logic Pro templates.
  • 711 Loops.
  • 50 EXS24 instruments (121 multi samples).
  • 50 Channel strip settings (Logic presets).
  • Additional folders include:
    • 10 Construction beats (BD/SD, HH, FX, Full) = 42 loops
    • 21 Electro Dub FXs
    • 20 HH loops
    • 22 Seqs (dry, perc, reverse, crush) = 62 loops
  • Formats: WAV, Apple Loops, REX2, MIDI Files.

The sample pack is available to purchase for 54.95 EUR.

WaaSoundLab has also announced a price reduction on selected sample libraries:

More information: WaaSoundLab / Electro Dub Vol 1

McDSP now shipping AAX versions of select plug-ins

McDSP AAX

McDSP has announced AAX support is now available for a number of its audio effect plug-in for Windows and Mac.

McDSP is proud to announce AAX DSP and AAX Native support for select McDSP plug-ins. The McDSP AAX versions are a free update to McDSP v5 customers.

Our HD v5 plug-ins have been configured to take advantage of the incredible processing power within the new Avid HDX hardware. HDX owners will see incredible gains in headroom and efficiency while Native users will see improvements with the latest multicore processors.

The following v5 plug-ins are now available with AAX DSP and AAX Native support:

  • Analog Channel
  • CompressorBank
  • FilterBank
  • 6030 Ultimate Compressor
  • 4020 Retro EQ
  • 4030 Retro Compressor
  • 4040 Retro Limiter

The AAX format is only supported in Pro Tools 10.2 and later versions, on Mac OS X 10.7.4 and later versions, and Windows 7.

More information: McDSP

iZotope releases Alloy 2 – Essential Mixing Tools

iZotope Alloy 2

iZotope has announced the release of the next generation of Alloy, a forward-thinking mixing suite that combines six essential tools in one self-contained and completely configurable plug-in.

A modern twist on classic mixing, Alloy 2 takes the traditional channel strip and brings it into the future with powerful sound-shaping tools, exceptional sound quality, and a streamlined workflow. Thoughtfully designed for mixing purposes across the music, audio, post and broadcast industries, Alloy 2 is perfect for engineers, musicians, and producers looking to sculpt their sound while addressing common mix issues.

“Whatever the track, Alloy 2 provides a wealth of tools that give you both corrective and expressive control over your audio while mixing. We went out of our way tocreate a tool that not only raises the bar sonically, but also enables engineers to achieve a desired sound simply and efficiently with a more seamless workflow,” says Brett Bunting, Alloy Product Manager. “Those who havenever used Alloy before will be amazed by the number of mixing solutions contained within a single plug-in, while users of Alloy 1 will be struck by how much we’ve managed to add and enhance while still improving usability.”

iZotope Alloy 2
Alloy 2′s new Overview Panel: A simplified view where you can easily monitor and tweak relevant settings of the currently-enabled Alloy modules. Panel also updates instantly while previewing presets, highlighting the modules and settings used by each.

Alloy 2 features

  • Get six powerful tools in one integrated plug-in: Equalizer, Dynamics, Exciter, De-Esser, Transient Shaper and Limiter.
  • Achieve exceptional sound quality, balancing vintage emulation with digital precision.
  • Hear results immediately with zero latency performance, whether tracking in real-time or in the midst of a mix session.
  • Visualize mixing decisions with rich meter displays to guide the way.
  • Start fast, then go deep with over 250 presets and a tweaker’s paradise of advanced controls.

What’s New for Alloy 2?

Fans of Alloy 1 will benefit from Alloy 2’s sonic enhancements, highlights of which include a redesigned Exciter module, a revamped multiband Transient Shaper, a host of new EQ filters, including Treble and Bass Baxandall filters, and more. Alloy 2 users will also click less to achieve more thanks to both a fully overhauled user interface, enlarged to make more controls accessible, and a new Overview panel that dynamically adjusts to show only the most relevant settings of the modules in play.

With low CPU usage and zero latency operation, Alloy 2 can be used again and again across a wide range of tracks and buses, making it a perfect mixing complement to iZotope’s flagship mastering suites, Ozone 5 and Ozone 5 Advanced. To this end, Alloy 2 also features an internal Meter Tap, which provides immediate visual feedback from Alloy 2’s tracks and buses in the Ozone5 Advanced Meter Bridge.


Overview of iZotope’s Alloy 2 Essential Mixing Tools.

Alloy 2 is available to purchase for the introductory price of $149 USD until September 6th, 2012 (regular $199 USD /159 EUR). iZotope customers who purchased Alloy 1 on or after June 27, 2012 will receive a free upgrade to Alloy 2 upon release. A special upgrade price of $79 USD will be available for all Alloy 1 customers who purchased before June 27, 2012.

More information: iZotope / Alloy 2

Terry West updates CS-12M Master Channel Strip to v1.69 + Sesam Studio Vocal Gate

Terry West has updated the CS-12M Master Channel Strip VST effect plugin for Windows to version 1.69.

This version is a complete overhaul of previous versions. You can now choose between Serial or the new Parallel EQ filter flow (see manual for details).

The Tape saturation has a independed m/s editing now, Normal, Mid or Side mode. When use only the side can be helpfull to widing the stereo image.

Terry West CS-12M Master Channel Strip
Terry West’s CS-12M Master Channel Strip mastering processor effect for Windows.

CS-12M Master Channel Strip features

  • New Gui design.
  • Bypass.
  • Eq bypass.
  • In-output gain.
  • 12 graphic bands.
  • 4-bands quick eq.
  • 17 q-wide settings.
  • Eq Mix (dry~wet).
  • Punch & Body modes.
  • NY comp. (soft/hard) + Motown eq + Solo.
  • Magnetic tape saturator.
  • 40K Aero enhancer.
  • DeCard function.
  • Side low stabilisator.
  • Output Limiter + Peak/RMS + Link option.
  • 12 bands Spectrum Analyser.
  • Lopass/hipass filters.
  • Monoize function.
  • Clarity function (2 presets).
  • EQ 12-10-8-6 dB switch.
  • Invert output switch.
  • Led in/output meters with peak leds.
  • Peak indicators for bands.
  • Input headroom leds (green/red).
  • Digital clock.
  • Tooltips.
  • 22 presets.

Terry has also released version 1.1 of Sesam, a studio vocal gate effect. Download it here.

More information: Terry West

Loopmasters releases Monomade Logic Channel Strips

Loopmasters Monomade Logic Channel Strips

Loopmasters has announced Monomade Logic Channel Strips, a sound library that focuses on the processing chain of Apple Logic’s Channel Strip.

Monomade, aka Adam White has created an exclusive 15 Bass, 9 FX, 15 Leads, 15 Pad and 15 Pluck Presets all within Logic’s stock ES Synthesizers. Adam has then gone onto process each of the Presets with a custom channel strip signal chain, using the in-built Compressors, Delays, Filters, Limiters, Bitcrushers etc, which really allows you to delve into the mind of the producer and discover how they process their sounds.

Not being tied down to a tempo allows even more flexibility and automation on each of these Channel Strips, and with everything being created especially on the stock Logic Plugins there is no worries about transporting sessions!

The sound library is available to purchase for £19.95 GBP.

More information: Loopmasters / Monomade Logic Channel Strips