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TC-Helicon and Sennheiser join forces

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Vocal processing expert TC-Helicon and audio specialist Sennheiser have unveiled their partnership in the field of vocal effects microphones.

TC-Helicon / Sennheiser

Combining their extensive expertise in creating tools for vocalists and microphone technology, the two companies have been working on joint research projects since 2011, and will launch a joint product at NAMM in January 2013.

“The initial spark for our co-operation was at NAMM 2011, when TC-Helicon premiered a microphone with controls for vocal effects and Sennheiser demonstrated ‘Concept Tahoe’, a beatboxing microphone developed in their research lab in the USA,” says Kevin Alexander, CEO of TC-Helicon. “We had never met, we had never talked – and happened to be showing the same product!”

“We sat down together right at the show in a very open and friendly atmosphere and talked about what we were working on in our respective companies. We immediately saw each other as partners,” says Michael Polten, Director Customer Relationship Management at Sennheiser. “TC-Helicon’s mission is to give singers full control and Sennheiser’s aim is to provide excellent microphones – so our brands were a perfect fit.”

TC-Helicon and Sennheiser started a joint research project, exploring how to interface their products to provide one-stop solutions for singers and musicians – products that will make a real difference for their users. The first results of the commitment will be seen at NAMM 2013, where the companies will launch a joint product.

Kevin Alexander: “We are very excited about this upcoming product bundle. Taking the most innovative microphone brand and the most popular vocal processing brand can only be a good thing for singers.”

More information: TC-Helicon / Sennheiser

Nucleus SoundLab and TPSD launch Pay-What-You-Want Christmas ReFill Bundle

Nucleus SoundLab / TPSD Christmas Bundle

Nucleus SoundLab has announced a Pay-What-You-Want Christmas ReFill Bundle in collaboration with Tom Pritchard Sound Design.

In the spirit of indie game and music bundles, Nucleus SoundLab and Tom Pritchard Sound Design launch the Christmas 2012 ReFill Bundle. The bundle allows you to choose your price for a package of 9 amazing Reason ReFills by these two proven ReFill developers.

For a minimum of $9.99 you can get some musical inspiration courtesy some of the best Reason ReFills out there: Synthesis Collection, Pantheon III, Celluloid Beats and Ambient Drums.

Pay $49.99 and you get three more amazing ReFills as well: GuitarScapes, Synthetic Kits and Filter Research 2. All told, the combined regular price of both ReFill tiers is almost $300! Top Contributors will also receive further prizes.

The Christmas 2012 ReFill Bundle is the perfect bit of holiday cheer for any discerning Reason musician or producer. But it won’t last forever – the sale ends December 28th, 2012. Happy Holidays from everyone at Nucleus SoundLab and Tom Pritchard Sound Design!

More information: Nucleus SoundLab

Audiobus app-to-app audio for iPad & iPhone by A Tasty Pixel and Audanika

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Audiobus

A Tasty Pixel in partnership with Audanika has launched Audiobus, a revolutionary new app for iPad and iPhone set to reinvent iOS music making with its ability to connect music apps together, just as cables connect audio equipment.

Support for the app is already built into such leading iOS music apps as Rebirth, JamUp, NLog, Sunrizer and more, with over 750 more developers registered to implement Audiobus in their own music apps.

“Audiobus is going to fundamentally change the way people make music on the iPad and iPhone,” said Audiobus developer Michael Tyson. “The app works like virtual audio cables, turning a platform of isolated apps into a community of pluggable components that work together seamlessly, far greater than the sum of their parts. Nothing like this has even been attempted before.”

The app is the result of a twelve-month collaboration between A Tasty Pixel, developer of iOS audio apps Loopy and Loopy HD, and Audanika, developer of SoundPrism and SoundPrism Pro. Loopy, Loopy HD, and SoundPrism Pro have been placed on sale for the launch.

With a clean and simple user interface, the app allows users to easily connect the output of one Audiobus-compatible app into the input of another, playing a synthesizer live into a looper or multi-track recorder, or using one app to manipulate the live output of another.

“It’s what so many iOS music makers want: to be able to use multiple apps at the same time, mixing together the audio from each of them into a single project,” wrote leading musicians’ gear website Music Radar recently, dubbing the app “groundbreaking”.

Audiobus is launching today together with eleven other leading iOS music apps which have added support for the inter-app audio routing platform: Propellerheads’ Rebirth for iPad, JamUp and JamUp Pro, Sunrizer Synth, SoundPrism Pro, Loopy and Loopy HD, MultiTrack DAW, NLog Synth Pro and NLog MIDI Synth, sir Sampleton, and Funkbox.

Twenty-five additional noteworthy developers, including Moog and Intua, have been invited to the developer program and have already begun to add Audiobus support, prior to a public launch of the Audiobus Software Development Kit (SDK). Over 750 additional developers have signed up to add Audiobus support to their apps once the Audiobus SDK is made public.

Audiobus is now available on the App Store for $9.99 USD.

More information: Audiobus

Ohm Force updates Ohm Studio to Rev 71285

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Ohm Studio (audio patterns handles)

Ohm Force has released a new revision of its Ohm Studio real-time collaborative digital audio workstation for Windows and Mac.

Start a project, invite musicians and make music together. It’s as simple as that. Download the application and join a worldwide online cohmunity of musicians and producers. Ohm Studio, together sounds better.

Changes in Ohm Studio Rev. 71285

  • New: Audio Patterns now have handles to adjust their Fade-in, Volume and Fade-out values. Select one (or more) Audio Patterns, go to Edit mode, then click and drag a handle to edit its value, or double-click it to set it back to its default value.
  • Improvement: the new overhauled server architechture provides faster project loading/unloading and project “isolation” (if a project crashes or takes a long time to load, other projects should no longer be blocked or slowed down).
  • Improvement: the Volume parameter of Audio Patterns is now expressed in dB (rather than in %) and can now be used to boost the level of a Sample above its original value.
  • Improvement: Aux Racks can now be renamed and freely moved inside the Mixer view.
  • Improvement: mouse cursors have been updated to adopt either a Windows or a Mac “look and feel”. Choose between the white (Windows) or black (Mac) cursor theme in your Display preferences.
  • Fix: fixed several bugs with the mouse cursor image not refreshing properly (e.g. the Eraser tool could sometimes be displayed instead of the Arrow tool)
  • Fix: fixed a bug that caused the status indicator of the Chat panel not to work (i.e. it was always green).

The new Ohm Studio application is available to download now.

More information: Ohm Studio

IOSONO announces collaboration with Steinberg—Anymix Pro integrated into Nuendo 6

IOSONO Anymix in Nuendo 6

IOSONO has announced the collaboration with leading pro-audio manufacturer, Steinberg Media Technologies, a subsidiary of the Yamaha Corporation.

IOSONO’s industry-acclaimed plug-in Anymix Pro is an integral part of Nuendo 6, Steinberg’s newly announced version of its renowned post and audio production system. Nuendo 6 with Anymix Pro onboard will be released in the first quarter of 2013.

“We really enjoyed working with a professional team of specialists, who have exceeded our expectations,” remarks product marketing manager for Steinberg Timo Wildenhain on the joint collaboration. “Anymix Pro is an awesome plug-in for panning and upmixing – a perfect choice for Nuendo 6, the world’s most advanced surround mixing DAW,” he continues.

Anymix Pro instantly adjusts loudness and EQ settings automatically once the signal is moved within the listening space. Also on board Anymix Pro are high-quality upmix features, making it easy to upmix stereo channels to 8.1 surround or backwards by keeping the naturalness of the original sound. In addition, Anymix Pro can be highly configured according to individual needs. Anymix Pro directly integrates into the new mix console of Nuendo 6.

“We’re really excited that Steinberg has recognized the potential of the IOSONO technology, and we’re proud to be a part of the most powerful surround-production environment available today,” comments Olaf
Stepputat, CEO at IOSONO.

Anymix Essential and Anymix Pro will continue to be available as stand-alone products to be used with all digital audio workstations supporting VST / RTAS. The plug-in will be further developed by IOSONO, as Robert Steffens, the company’s director of software development, states: “The feedback we received from audio professionals regarding Anymix was extremely positive. We’ll continue to create high-quality
surround mixing solutions for our customers, and we’re already working on Anymix Pro 2, supporting Avid’s new AAX format.”

More information: IOSONO

Yamaha and Steinberg intro Nuage integrated audio production system

Yamaha and Steinberg have joined forces to create Nuage, an advanced production system that empowers professionals in the television, advertising, film, and media industries with unprecedented capabilities and efficiency.

Yamaha / Steinberg Nuage
Yamaha hardware integrates seamlessly with Steinberg software in a cohesive platform that ushers in a new era of post-production productivity.

Digital audio workstations, controllers, interfaces: professional post-production capabilities can only be realized when all components work together in perfect harmony. Nuage Integrated Audio Production System brings it all together in a collaboration that defines new standards of quality and workflow efficiency for virtually every aspect of the production process. Yamaha control and interface hardware seamlessly integrates with Steinberg Nuendo DAW software in a purpose-built system that offers unprecedented productivity and flexibility as well as premium audio quality.

Discerning engineers and artists who already depend on the sonic quality and intuitive workflow of Steinberg’s native-processing Nuendo DAW will be pleased to learn that Nuendo 6, included with Nuage, takes that performance to a new level. And for maximum system versatility the dedicated Yamaha control surface and audio interface hardware is modular, so you can easily create a custom configuration that ideally matches your application.

Nuage for mixing, editing, dialog replacement in audio post production applications. Top-class hardware and software in perfect harmony at last.


Yamaha & Steinberg’s DAW System “NUAGE”.

More information: Steinberg / Yamaha

Bedroom Producers Blog intros Commodore 64 Synthesizer Sessions DELUXE

BPB / Rhythmic Robot C64 Synth Sessions Deluxe

Bedroom Producers Blog has announced Commodore 64 Synthesizer Sessions DELUXE, a sound library developed for the KVR Developer Challenge 2012, in collaboration with Rhythmic Robot.

Commodore 64 Synthesizer Sessions DELUXE is the final release in the Commodore 64 Synthesizer Sessions sample pack series. It comes with 30 multi-sampled instruments which were recorded directly from three different versions of the Commodore 64 home computer.

The majority of the sounds in the sample pack are completely new, but I’ve also included re-edited versions of some of the sounds from the previous two releases.

Many users of the first two packs asked for a custom Kontakt interface with on-screen controls. So, I decided to ask Rhythmic Robot to join the project since these guys are the masters of turning vintage instruments into Kontakt sample libraries. Thankfully, they said yes and created a brilliant custom interface for Commodore 64 Synthesizer Sessions DELUXE!

In order to make the library accessible to virtually everyone, I’ve included SFZ and Zampler patches for all 30 instruments. All patches (including the Kontakt ones) are designed to alter the original sounds as little as possible, so that the original character of the SID chip is preserved as much as possible.

The sound library is a free download at KVR Audio.

More information: BPB / Commodore 64 Synthesizer Sessions DELUXE

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