Joey Sturgis Tones has launched JST Clip, a powerful peak clipper built for sonic perfection.
JST Clip is my version of a clipper that is built with the mixing and mastering engineer in mind.
This powerful peak clipper is designed to be the last stage of dynamic control while preserving your transients and generating harmonic saturation. Prevent digital overs with pleasing sonics, and increase the boldness of your source with ease.
JST Clip for Windows and Mac (VST/AU) is available for the introductory price of $25 USD.
iZotope has announced it has licensed a suite of audio repair and restoration tools for the debut of Sound Forge Pro Mac, Sony’s Professional Digital Audio Editor.
Built on a clean slate for OS X, Sound Forge Pro Mac provides a contemporary application environment that’s perfect for recording, editing, processing, and rendering broadcast-quality audio master files.
“Sony was looking for highly innovative, easy-to use technology to raise the bar,” says Alex Westner, Director of Business Development for iZotope, Inc. “We’re proud to be a part of the long-awaited release of Sound Forge Pro Mac.” Sound Forge Pro Mac includes three algorithms to solve common audio problems: iZotope’s DeClicker, DeNoiser, and DeClipper. These professional sound repair tools allow quick results directly in the Sound Forge interface. The inclusion of additional iZotope technology in Sound Forge’s Mac version is a perfect complement to the iZotope Mastering Effects Bundle, found already in Sound Forge Pro for PC since 2007.
“These new audio repair plug-ins are versatile, easy-to-use, and work like magic in a wide variety of situations,” says Dave Chaimson, vice president of global marketing for Sony Creative Software. “For more than a decade, audio professionals have turned to Sound Forge software for recording and editing, and we’re pleased to bring iZotope’s acclaimed tools into the mix.”
Sound Forge Pro Mac software, including audio repair algorithms and mastering effects powered by iZotope, is now available worldwide through software stores and online retailers for an MSRP of $299.95 USD.
FXpansion has announced the release of its Maul multi-band distortion and tone-shaping plugin with advanced modulation.
Maul is suited to all music requiring powerful sound-sculpting abilities – everything from subtle warming and loudness generation to shredding distortion and experimental creative effects.
Maul features 3 separate drive stages, each of which can act on a different frequency range with any of 32 distortion types. The available algorithms include DCAM-modelled germanium diode, tube and transistor-based circuits, clippers, overdrives, waveshapers of various kinds and bit-crushing devices for digital distortion flavours. Each drive stage also features control over transient-shaping, saturation circuitry and additional post-process tone filtering.
The built-in TransMod modulation system allows you to animate Maul’s parameters with the internal LFOs, envelope follower and sample & hold devices as well as with external MIDI note input. This turns Maul into an extremely flexible device capable of dynamic filter patterns, rhythmic gating effects with extra bite, loudness and harmonic excitation effects and wild, dynamic distortion that can transform your audio.
FXpansion introduces its Maul multi-band distortion and tone-shaping plug-in.
3-band creative distortion and tone-shaping device.
DCAM-modelled circuits, clippers, waveshapers, overdrive, bitcrushing and more.
Additional per-band transient-shaping control.
Saturation circuitry modelling.
2x oversampling with 4x Hi Def mode for extremely high quality.
Advanced TransMod modulation and MIDI note control.
Built-in MIDI Learn for plugin controls.
32-bit and 64-bit support.
VST, AU and RTAS plugin formats on Windows 7 and Mac OSX 10.6.2 or later.
Maul is available as a download-only product priced at $99 USD / 79 EUR / £69 inc VAT where applicable.
An introductory price of $70 USD, 55 EUR, £48 GBP inc VAT is available for all registered owners of Geist, DCAM: Synth Squad, Tremor, Etch, DCAM Dynamics, BFD2 and BFD Eco (and customers purchasing Maul at the same time as any of these products) until 31 October 2012.
de la Mancha has updates its Strip T’s channel strip effect plug-in for Windows to version 1.01.
Strip T’s is a channel strip plugin, designed to be as straight-forward to use as possible but with a wide range of sonic sculpting possibilities. It has a gate, low-cut filter, 3 band EQ, soft-knee compressor and soft/hard clipper, plus metering and a full stereo audio path.
dlM Strip T’s stereo channel strip with gate, filter, EQ, compressor and clipper stages.
Changes in Strip T’s v1.01
A DC offset could be introduced by switching the EQ module on/off – fixed.
The % sign on the MIX knob could be badly displayed on some systems – fixed.
Strip T’s for Windows (VST) is currently available to purchase for $8.70 USD in the dlM Group Buy 2012 (70% off any plug-in until June 18th, 2012).
de la Mancha has released Strip T’s, a channel strip effect plugin designed to be as straight-forward to use as possible but with a wide range of sonic sculpting possibilities.
It has a gate, low-cut filter, 3 band EQ, soft-knee compressor and soft/hard clipper, plus metering and a full stereo audio path.
Strip T’s brings together the knowledge and experience from developing individual effect plugins like the QB-3 EQ, sixtyfive compressor and ClipStar soft clipper. By combining the core parts of these effects, a significant amount of CPU is saved compared to running these plugins individually.
Each stage can be turned off when not needed to save further CPU, and a mono version is also available which is even more efficient.
Strip T’s features
Stereo Channel Strip with gate, filter, EQ, compressor and clipper stages.
Full stereo signal path (mono version also included).
Noise gate with attack & release plus indicator to show when in operation.
Low-cut filter to take out inaudible sub bass and free up headroom.
3 band EQ, with selectable frequency ranges and EQ shapes.
Soft-knee, RMS Compressor with parallel compression and external sidechain.
Clipper offering soft and hard clipping.
dB meters showing current and peak levels for input and output.
Developed with SE 1.1, so no problems with multiple instances.
Stereo, Mono and non-sidechain versions included.
Strip T’s is available to purchase as a VST effect plugin for Windows for $29 USD.
Distorque has released version 0.9.2 beta of Plusdistortion, a VST plugin emulation of a MXR Distortion+.
I’ve been looking into VSTs recently as a way to emulate analog stompboxes. I’m actually a bit disappointed by how few effect emulations there are, especially with free VSTs. So, I pulled out an old copy of SynthEdit (from back when the free version allowed your VSTs to have backgrounds), and I’ve made an emulation of the MXR Distortion+. It took a bit of research, especially for emulating the diode clippers. Most diode models are iterative, which would be too time-consuming for a realtime effect. After some experimenting with functions, I ended up using Vout=arctan(6*Vin)/7 to simulate the whole diode clipping setup.
Here’s the structure of the whole effect: Input attenuator -> Input HPF -> Pickup simulation LPF -> Op amp gain -> Op amp HPF -> Op amp bandwidth LPF -> Op amp clipper -> Output HPF -> Output LPF -> Output attenuator -> Diode clipping emulation -> Volume
Plusdistortion is available as a free download for Windows (VST). Feedback on this beta version is appreciated.
de la Mancha has released ClipStar, a soft clipper effect for Windows.
ClipStar is a soft clipper effect plugin, designed to prevent peaks in a subtler way than hard clipping, increase loudness and add pleasing saturation.
Where ClipStar differs from other clippers is that it can leave the low frequencies untouched, where distortion is more evident, and allow a greater boost in gain without noticeably degrading the signal.
You can use ClipStar for peak protection, for loudness gain or for sympathetic distortion depending on your mood and the phase of the moon.
Vintage style soft clipper with low frequency bypass and comprehensive metering.
In gain & Out gain adjustable to +/- 30 dB.
Soft clip limit can be set from 0 to -30 dB.
Low frequency bypass cut off from 0 to 1000 Hz.
Low frequency gain can be adjusted from +/- 30 dB.
Subtle colouring from a home-made blend of harmonics, saturation and noise.
Optional hard limiting on final output.
Metering covers stereo input, output and gain reduction. All meters show actual and peak levels.
Adjustable peak meter hold time.
Double-click knob resets.
Developed with SE 1.1.
ClipStar is available to purchase as a VST effect plug-in for Windows for $15 USD.
de la Mancha has also announced a special offer for ClipStar.
Get $10 off ClipStar if your purchase is $35 or more. Add ClipStar and any plugin worth $20 or more to your basket and you will get a $10 discount (available until 31 Dec 2010)