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Samplecraze releases Square Wave Drums

Samplecraze Square Wave Drums

Samplecraze has announced the release of Square Wave Drums, a collection of 200 kick samples, 200 snare samples and 150 clap samples.

In view of all the over-compressed drum samples available in the marketplace we at Samplecraze decided to process drum samples beyond the ceiling whilst maintaining their sonic integrity. Something that our competitors have not been able to achieve.

Whilst over-compressing drum samples has been a technique used for a long time, most have not been able to avoid the usual problems associated with over-compression: noise, distortion, sonic anomalies and artefcats and so on are by-products of badly overcompressed drum samples and the techniques required to drive through the ceiling and go beyond the clip (digital ceiling) have more to do with experience and understanding gain structuring and dynamic management.

At Samplecraze we have always believed, and taught, that maintaining the dynamic range is of utmost importance when processing any audio data. However, in this instance, we decided to experiment and see how far we could go beyond the ceiling without experiencing sonic anomalies and the result is Square Wave Drums.

Square Wave Drums is available to purchase as a download, priced at $39.99 USD. A demo pack of 30 samples can be downloaded from the product page.

More information: Samplecraze / Square Wave Drums


Cytomic updates The Glue beta to v1.0.13

Cytomic The Glue

Cytomic has released released public beta version 1.0.13 of The Glue, an analog modelled bus compressor plug-in for Windows and Mac.

Changes since The Glue v1.0.11

  • Fixed Random crashes on exit.
  • Added back all io configs (4-2, 2-2, 2-1, 1-1) to support hosts that don’t support external sidechaining. This will mean on some hosts that you see multiple copies of The Glue, one will be with and one without external sidechaining.
  • 80 Factory Bank 1 presets.
  • Mac Rtas version.
  • Au now supports mono and stereo operation and typed units for automation.
  • Any single Mac copy can be renamed to .vst .component or .dpm and it will work as a vst au or rtas respectively so you only need to download it once.
  • Updated post envelope follower low pass filter algorithm more closely match the analog response.

The Glue public beta is available for download as a 14-day trial. It can be registered for $99 USD.

Purchasing the Beta entitles you to a full license of The Glue, and you have full rights to all 1.x updates, including a Manual and Presets once they are ready.

The RTAS version is only for Mac at the moment. People buying The Glue now will receive the Win RTAS version for free once it is ready.

Visit the public beta page for details.


Review: Blue Cat Audio Dynamics v3.0

Blue Cat Audio

Blue Cat Audio has released quite a number of updates recently, including Mac VST and Audio Unit support for both their commercial and freeware plug-ins.

The latest plug-in to receive a major update is Dynamics, a flexible dynamics processor.

Version 3 introduces new features like mid/side processing, new stereo linking options, additional presets, and lots more.

Dynamics 3.0 key features

  • Full featured dynamics processor: compressor, gate, limiter, expander, waveshaper.
  • Total control over processor and signal: continuous peak/RMS and Opto/VCA modes selection, dry/wet control for parallel compression, input and side chain filters.
  • Stereo or mid-side processing with multiple channels linking options.
  • Post brickwall limiter or waveshaper.
  • Optimal monitoring: real time display dynamics response and input/output envelopes, zooming capability and main compression information can be recorded as automation curves.
  • Up to 4x oversampling for the best sounding quality.
  • Unique and easy side chain compression, ducking, gating, etc.
  • Multiple skins included for optimal user experience.
  • Plugin window transparency management.
  • No latency.

One plug-in, many uses

If you want to get picky you could argue Dynamics actually isn’t actually one plug-in – it includes a stereo and a mono version – but what I am getting at here is the fact that Dynamics is more than just a simple compressor/limiter effect.

Let’s take a look at the main user interface.

Blue Cat Audio Dynamics 3.0
Blue Cat Audio Dynamics 3.0, lots of controls! (click image for full screenshot)

The image above is the default full interface. Blue Cat’s skinning engine also supports the use of custom skins, so you can change both the look & feel, i.e. to only have the controls you need. This way it can look like a limiter, gate, modeler/waveshaper, etc.

Browsing the presets you will find that Dynamics 3.0 is useful for many different applications. Below is an audio snippet featuring some of the presets on the same material (the first 8 measures is the original “dry” sample).

Blue Cat Audio Dynamics 3.0 demo (1.2 MB, 192kbit mp3)

This is just a small selection of presets showcasing what Dynamics is capable of. Blue Cat calls it “the most flexible all-in-one dynamics processor”, which I think is a bold statement, but it sure is a versatile plug-in.

Dynamics 3.0 is available for Windows and Mac (VST/DX/AU) for 95.20 EUR / $127.20 USD.

So what do I think?

Dynamics 3.0 has a lot to offer. Advanced (yet easy to use) side-chain options, innovative real-time MIDI control, detailed monitoring of what’s going on… Sometimes more really is more.

I love the flexibility of this plug-in. While it is lots of fun dialing in some experimental settings, Dynamics also performs really well doing some of the more bread & butter type compression styles.

Although being quite dark, the interface is easy to get around, with controls clearly labeled and grouped in sections (outlined with a blue border). The option to set the opacity of the plug-in is a nice touch. Just make sure to detach the plug-in window or the opacity of your whole application might change as well.

In the end it is the sound that counts though, and I think Dynamics does a great job here. I already have a number of compression/limiter effects, but as with many other effects (and instruments I guess) there is always room for more.

Dynamics 3.0 is perfectly suitable for beginners, as well as advanced users who can’t stop tweaking.

Visit Blue Cat Audio for more information, and make sure to check out the demo for yourself and see how you like it.


de la Mancha announces Spring 09 Special Offer

de la Mancha Spring 09 Special Offer

de la Mancha has announced a Spring 09 Special Offer.

This time-limited special offer bundle saves 50% on the cost of buying each plugin individually. The offer is valid until 5th May 2009

You are encouraged to try the demo versions before purchase, which you can download from the individual product page.

Spring 09 Special Offer includes

  • bathtub, 2 flexible and configurable stereo compressors.
  • dirtbox 3, effect plug-in designed to compress, distort and modulate your audio.
  • unstable, pitch modulation effect.

All three plug-ins are available as VST effect plug-ins for Windows PC, for a special bundle price of $34 USD.

More information: de la Mancha


Cytomic releases The Glue v1.0.7 public beta

Cytomic The Glue

Cytomic has released released a public beta of version 1.0.7 of The Glue, an analog modelled bus compressor plug-in for Windows and Mac.

Cytomic was formed in December 2007 by Andrew Simper as a company dedicated to producing DSP plugins using analog modelling based on quality algorithms, with a focus on ease of use and reasonable pricing. Andrew has been Head DSP Developer for FXpansion for the past 4 years, where he coded the effects for Guru and BFD2, and created the D-CAM: Synth Squad (to be released Q2 2009). Cytomic software is currently in use by top musicians and has already featured on number one singles on Beatport.

The Glue features

  • Accurate analog model of famous British mix bus compressor of the 80′s
  • Ultra-fast attack time of up to 0.01 mS
  • Range knob to naturally control the maximum compression applied
  • Peak Clip to optionally hard limit transients
  • DSP coded using C++ and assembler, Interface coded using the Juce framework (C++)

The public beta is available for Windows and Mac (VST/AU). It times out after 14 days and it has no load, no paste, and no parameter automation. The public beta version can be registered for $99 USD.

By buying the beta you will receive all future updates and product support for all 1.X version of The Glue, and you are a fully registered user with all the same rights as someone buying later will recieve, but you get to use the plugin earlier and in a slightly less stable state

Visit the public beta page for details.


Pleasurize Music Foundation updates TT Dynamic Range Meter to v1.3

Pleasurize Music Foundation TT Dynamic Range Meter

Pleasurize Music Foundation has released version 1.3 of TT Dynamic Range Meter, a plug-in and standalone application for measuring the dynamic range in audio.

From the manual:

Out clearly‐defined goal is to discover and categorize over compression and to prevent overs with good true peak metering. We supply a whole number system from DR4 to DR14 to define the dynamic quality of a recording on one glance.
In order to achieve this goal, we have conducted extensive experimentation and have decided to obtain the “official” DR Value from the TT DR Offline Meter. A real‐time measurement would have certainly taxed the patience of users in determining the official and correct DR value.

Changes in TT Dynamic Range Meter v1.3

  • The TT Dynamic Range Meter Plug‐in is unchanged since version 1.2a.
  • The TT DR Offline Meter has two important new features:
    • File/Folder Switch: You have the choice to measure a complete image file of a sound carrier or the complete content of a folder. In folder mode please make sure to measure the complete album and avoid double or missing tracks within the folder for correct results. Folder mode is required for proper measurement in case of varying peak headroom from track to track. This would cause deviating results if measured in file mode. The folder mode enables easy DR measurement of CDs in combination with grabber software.
    • Logfile: If active the measurement process will write a logfile into the directory of the investigated folder. The logfile contains information like the total number of tracks, official DR value, peak and RMS information.

Important! Use just the TT DR Offline Meter to get the official DR value! The Plug‐in is designed
for true peak and dynamic monitoring purposes.

The TT Dynamic Range Meter is currently available as a standalone application and VST plug-in for Windows PC (RTAS and AU version are planned for May 2009).

Visit the Pleasurize Music Foundation for more information.


Short links for December 9th, 2007

Some interesting things I bookmarked on on December 9th, 2007:

  • Paint fragment from Belmont Art Park – The fragment is about 1cm thick, and appears to consist of about 150-200 layers of paint.
  • Compression for Dummies – Learning how to effectively apply compression in your mix can take a significant amount of study time, patience, and good old fashioned experience.
  • Aracade game on oscilloscope – Flickr user Moose2000 did a cool mod: MAME + sound card + oscilloscope = star wars arcade game.