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Solid State Logic releases Offline Setup software for SSL Live console

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Solid State Logic has announced that its SSL OffLine Setup Application for the SSL Live console is now available for free download.

Solid State Logic Offline Software
The SSL OffLine Setup Application, or SOLSA, allows creation and editing of Live console Showfiles on a laptop or desktop PC.

Almost anything that can be done on a Live console can now be manipulated and configured ‘offline’ when access to a console is not possible.

Software functionality includes console architecture configuration and setup of Fader Tile Layers and Banks. Stageboxes and I/O routing can be assigned along with the creation of scenes and other automation editing. SOLSA also allows you to add effects, manipulate channel processing settings, bus routing and VCA assignments. SOLSA includes the same Help System as the Live console software, offering a built-in user guide with tutorials and reference sections.

SOLSA is intended to enable engineers to configure Showfiles in preparation for shows but it is a fantastic way for anybody to explore and learn about the SSL Live console.

The software is a free download for Windows.

More information: Solid State Logic / Offline Software

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SKnote releases Agata micro console

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SKnote has announced Agata, a hardware micro console unit for tracking, summing, mixing and processing.

SKnote Agata

Agata features

  • 8 input channels, with link option for more units.
  • 8 individual output channels.
  • Stereo mix buss.
  • British input and output transformers.
  • Class A amplifiers.
  • Line and mic level inputs.
  • Passive emphasis networks (per-channel, affect sound and saturation).
  • Output pads.
  • Three rack units.
  • “Rock” sound.
  • XLR and TRS individual ins and outs.

Agata is available for purchase for the introductory price of MSRP 1,800 EUR (excl. VAT/taxes and shipping).

More information: SKnote

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Sonimus updates Britson to v1.1

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Sonimus has announced version 1.1 of Britson, adding support for Channel and Bus Grouping to the console effect plug-in for Windows and Mac.

Sonimus Britson

Instances can now be “grouped,” creating the possibility of affecting all instances by making changes to just one.
Groups can be named. For example, you may choose to group all drum channels and buses into a group named “Drums.” This group can then be controlled from Master instance.

From the Master Instance, Saturation and FAT mode may be toggled on/off and TRIM may be controlled for input. Trim control may be applied to channels, buses, or both.

Changes in Britson v1.1

  • Several minor bug fixes.
  • Fixed VU Meter Related issue with some DAWs.
  • Added grouping.

Briston for Windows and Mac (VST/AU/RTAS/AAX) is available for purchase for $39 USD.

More information: Sonimus / Britson

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Sonimus releases Britson console plugin

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Sonimus has announced the release of Britson, a new console emulation designed to emulate both the workflow and sonic character of analog mixing consoles.

Sonimus Britson
The Britson Channel and Buss plugins by Sonimus.

Britson is inspired by a classic british 8014 console, it was modelled to get that classic warm, open, 3D characteristics.

Britson features features

  • Flexibility to be used subtly or aggressively (to overdrive virtual or real instruments, for example).
  • Two Saturation Modes: Normal (subtle distortion, high dynamic range) and Fat (hotter signal, lower dynamic range).
  • Optional Stereo Crosstalk which lends a sense of depth and three-dimensionality to your mixes.
  • Filters (both low and high pass). Britson’s filters are tuned to sound sweet and pleasant to the ear.
  • Saturation which can be disabled (when using Britson for trim and metering purposes exclusively).
  • Three EQ Color Mode options (on Britson Buss instance) for use on your master track: Default (no color), Master – Loudness, and Master Bright.
  • Zero latency and no group delay.
  • Carefully optimized algorithm for low CPU consumption. Britson allows for a remarkably high number of instances per session.
  • Internal 64-bit floating point double-precision.
  • Hassle-free installation. No activation or serial. Each buyer receives a personalized copy for use in the studio, on the laptop, etc.

Britson for Windows and Mac (VST/AU/RTAS) is available to purchase for $39 USD.

More information: Sonimus / Britson

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Sonimus intros Britson analog console emulation

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Sonimus Britson

Sonimus has announced Britson, an upcoming console emulation plug-in for Windows and Mac.

Britson, besides being a subtle saturator, can be very aggressive if volume is increased from the input.

Just like with a real unit, THD (total harmonic distortion) is low at normal levels, but can easily reach the clipping point without loss of dynamics at normal levels.

Britson’s sound can be very aggressive without the need for a specific switch dedicated to that purpose.

Britson features

  • Flexibility to be used subtly or aggressively (to overdrive virtual or real instruments, for example).
  • Two Saturation Modes: Normal (subtle distortion, high dynamic range) and Fat (hotter signal, lower dynamic range).
  • Optional Stereo Crosstalk which lends a sense of depth and three-dimensionality to your mixes.
  • Filters (both low and high pass). Britson’s filters are tuned to sound sweet and pleasant to the ear.
  • Saturation which can be disabled (when using Britson for trim and metering purposes exclusively).
  • Three EQ Color Mode options(on Britson Buss instance) for use on your master track: Default (no color), Master Loudness, and Master Bright.
  • Zero latency and no group delay.
  • Carefully optimized algorithm for low CPU consumption. Britson allows for a remarkably high number of instances per session.
  • Internal 64-bit floating point double-precision.
  • Hassle-free installation. No activation or serial. Each buyer receives a personalized copy for use in the studio, on the laptop, etc.

Briston will be available to purchase on March 18th, 2014, priced at $39 USD.

More information: Sonimus

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Harrison Consoles unveils 950mx Analog Console

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Harrison Consoles has announced the release of the 950mx, its newest analog console.

Harrison Consoles 950mx

The 950mx is intended for facilities that need an analog monitoring, mixing, and summing solution when working with a DAW. It provides large-format console sound and construction while forgoing the expensive multitrack buses and inline monitoring features that have become less necessary with modern DAW workflows. The 950mx is the perfect centerpiece for a commercial recording studio, live 2-track recording rig, or project studio.

Harrison has been building consoles since 1975, and the 950mx incorporates design elements found across a wide range of console models such as the 32 Series, MR Series (2, 3, 4, 5 and 7), SeriesTen, SeriesTwelve, MPC and LPC.

The 950mx was designed by Harrison’s most experienced analog designers who were challenged to make the best-sounding, highest-spec analog console available today. The 950mx features a robust ground plane, gold module connectors, gold-plated switches, conductive plastic knobs, and fully-differential balanced I/O at every point. The summing busses are carried via PCBs, not ribbon cables. A custom-designed linear power supply provides rock-steady voltage for clean sound, robust EQs, and generous headroom.

The 950mx is the latest model in Harrison’s 950 series consoles, introducing various user-suggested improvements. All 950mx mono input modules now feature individually switchable, sweepable high-and-low pass filters, and 3-band sweepable EQ – featuring the same circuitry as the original Harrison 32-series consoles. Mono input channels also feature switchable inserts, a mic pre (switchable to a line input), 4 aux sends, 100mm P+G faders, 2 Mix Bus assignments, and a post-fader direct output. Stereo input modules feature switchable high-and-low pass filters, 3-band tone controls, balance, channel reverse, mono-sum, input trim, 4 aux sends, 100mm P+G faders, and 2 Mix Bus assignments. Another user-requested feature was the addition of an alternate speaker output.

The mono and stereo modules of the 950m and 950mx are interchangable. 950m users can arrange to have their mono channels updated to the reflect the new features of the 950mx.

The 950mx console features 2 discrete mixbusses, each offering a different flavor at mixdown. Mix Bus 1 features a transformer-balanced output, while Mix Bus 2 is electronically-balanced. The buses can be used separately or may be summed to achieve effects like parallel compression.

The 24-module version is now available in a standalone format with optional legs. For customers with existing analog gear, Harrison has designed a matching line of studio furniture to complement the 950mx console. These pieces include a “sidecar” which provides 10 rack spaces at the desk surface, and a 16-space standalone rack. Both pieces use the same laser-cut and powder-coated aluminum framing as the 950mx – providing a professional and cohesive look for any 950mx user.

More information: Harrison Consoles / 950mx

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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

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