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IK Multimedia intros 3 new T-RackS collections + Group Buy

IK Multimedia has announced a group buy for its new British Studio Series, Vintage Compressors Bundle, and Multiband Series of T-RackS collection.

IK Multimedia T-RackS Group Buy

We are proud to introduce three T-RackS processor collections that are available both in the IK Store and Custom Shop.

  • T-RackS British Studio Series – Three classic British console-based processors and channel strips.
  • T-RackS Vintage Compressors Bundle – A collection of vintage dynamics modules with four timeless processors.
  • T-RackS Multiband Series – Four high-precision multiband processors.

These brand new collections, each priced at $149.99 / €119.99, let you add the sound of some all-time famous consoles and hardware processors to your studio.

To celebrate the new collections we’re pleased to announce our brand spanking new Group Buy program, and this time it’s a huge auditory feast for your ears! Now you’ll save big on these special bundles of T-RackS Processors.

To join the group buy simply purchase one of the eligible products and when the group buy reaches 250 participants, you will get one of the eligible products of your choice for free. The group buy ends November 8th, 2013.

More information: IK Multimedia / T-RackS Group Buy

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Softube launches Console 1 mixing solution

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Softube has introduced Console 1, an integrated hardware/software music mixing solution.

Softube Console 1
The hardware controller of Softube’s Console 1 mixing solution.

Sound. Workflow. Control. Softube Console 1 is an integrated hardware/software music mixing solution which includes a rugged hardware controller and a modeled analog console channel with some unique additions.

Use the system with any major DAW and enjoy the biggest advantages from digital and analog mixing environments—plus a few new ones.

Softube UK 4k for Console 1
The UK 4k for Console 1, a brand new Softube model of a mixer channel from a classic large-frame British console from the late 1970′s.

Console 1 features

  • Integrated hardware/software music mixing solution.
  • World-class analog channel simulation.
  • Softube’s new modeled analog mixer is included, UK 4k for Console 1.
  • Hands-on control and intuitive workflow.
  • Use with any DAW.
  • Four-band equalizer, compressor, emulated analog console saturation and unique Dynamic Shaper.
  • Built-in sidechain and parallel compression with all Softube compressors.
  • Customize the channel by adding any Softube plug-in.

Console 1 will initially be available for Mac OS X. It is scheduled to be released after the summer of 2013.

More information: Softube / Console 1

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CDSoundMaster releases Classic Console Collection plugins suite

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CDSoundMaster Classic Console Collection

CDSoundMaster has announced the release of its Classic Console Collection suite of audio software plug-ins for Windows and Mac.

These audio plug-ins allow users the use of real analog vintage mixing consoles in their digital mixes using the latest technology. There are five different consoles in the collection, and each can be purchased individually or they can be purchased together at a savings.

These Audio Plug-Ins are created with ultra-realistic, 3D Rendered Graphical User Interfaces, or GUI’s, that allow the user to enjoy the look and feel of the original consoles they are using.

“Our Classic Consoles look, sound, and operate like the real analog desks they represent” says Michael Angel, CDSoundMaster, “… because they are created by recording through the actual original consoles.”
CDS has worked with a process called “V.V.K.T.”, or Vectorial Volterra Kernels Technology for several years now, and when used with an excellence in procedure, signal integrity, and editing, it provides the user with a nearly identical result to using the original console.

The Classic Console Collection is available to purchase for Windows and Mac (VST/AU with included AU Manager), priced at $225 USD. A free, fully functional MCI console program from the collection is also available directly from CDSoundMaster.

More information: CDSoundMaster / Classic Console Collection

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Harrison introduces Mixbus v2.1 with Cloud Integration and Educational Pricing

Harrison has announced the release of version 2.1 of its Mixbus mixing console software, with special features and pricing that make it the preferred choice for educational facilities.

Mixbus is a virtual audio mixing console with an embedded DAW, making it an excellent tool for learning console mixing techniques as well as complex audio editing and processing. The key to Mixbus is that it is, first and foremost, a true audio mixer developed by a company that builds world-class audio consoles. Mixbus presents controls in a what-you-see-is-what-you-get format with knobs for EQ, Filter, Compression, Limiting, Saturation, and associated metering available directly on the screen without opening plugin windows.

Mixbus also provides full workstation features including industry-standard plugins, automation, nondestructive editing, crossfades, import/export, and bouncing. Windows runs on Windows, OSX, and even Linux.

Harrison Consoles Mixbus
Mixbus is a full-featured digital audio workstation with “True Analog Mixing” technology.

Mixbus 2.1 includes three new features that realize the benefits of “cloud computing”:

  • Importing directly from Freesound.org allows users to search a massive online database of royalty-free sounds, searchable by tags such as “drums”, or “car engine”, and import them directly into a session from the Mixbus import window.
  • Exporting final mixes to Soundcloud.org directly from the Mixbus export dialog allows users to securely share their mixes worldwide via the power of cloud computing.
  • New “Metadata” dialog allows users to store critical metadata inside the audio session, and also store critical global user metadata to speed up operations such as BWAV region-stamping, session copyright dates, and login details for included services such as Soundcloud. Metadata stays with the session and can be searched, sorted, stored and scripted using tools that recognize the industry-standard XML format.

What is different about Mixbus that makes it suitable for education?

  • Mixbus includes a real mixer console window; it acts as a bridge between analog signal flow and DAW technology. Students who are taught basic signal flow on analog mixer will find an easy transition to DAWs using Mixbus. Or Mixbus can be used in computer-only curriculums to introduce students to analog console operation.
  • Mixbus incorporates many best-in-class DAW concepts such as Playlists, Ripple Edit, Transient Detection and “Smart” tools. It also includes pre-configured keyboard shortcuts that match some popular DAWs. Mixbus was specially designed to incorporate the best practices that have evolved in other DAWs.
  • New “Freesound” import allows students to search a massive online database for royalty-free sounds which can be used in their sessions.
  • New “Metadata” window stores information about the user, session, and the course/instructor. This information is available in the XML session format and may be searched, sorted, and stored for future reference.
  • Portions of Mixbus are open-source. Advanced classes can view the source code of Mixbus, develop plugins, or otherwise take advantage of the open architecture. Session files use an open text-based format that can be operated on with scripts or versioning systems: perfect for streamlining the educational workflow.
  • Mixbus is cross-platform and has the widest compatibility of any DAW available. Because Mixbus runs on Windows, MacOS, and even Linux, your students can use Mixbus on any computer they have available. Mixbus uses industry-standard CoreAudio, ASIO, and JACK I/O; and it loads VST, AudioUnit, and LV2 plugins (depending on platform).
  • Mixbus sounds great! Engineers around the world agree that making a mix in Mixbus is faster and easier than other DAWs, because the most-needed tools are immediately at your disposal, just like a traditional analog recording studio with a console.

Facility administrators appreciate Harrison’s sterling reputation at worldwide facilities including Full Sail, Sony, Universal, ARRI, Mosfilm, Soundfirm, and more. Instructors who are interested in evaluating Mixbus should contact mixbus@harrisonconsoles.com.

To accommodate the tight budgets of schools and students, Harrison is providing 3 new payment methods for Mixbus:

  • Anyone may purchase a Mixbus Subscription for $49 + $9/month.
  • Facilities may purchase a recurring yearly site license for only $999 which provides 10 instructor/lab licenses.
  • Students may subscribe to Mixbus for only $9 per month, waiving the $49 initial payment! This makes it VERY cost-effective for students to install Mixbus on their own systems.

All three new plans provide free updates to Mixbus (including major and minor version updates) during the period of the subscription, as well as email support from Harrison. Subscribers may cancel their subscription after the initial 3 months, and continue to use Mixbus without the free updates or email support. Mixbus is also available for the one-time payment of $219.00 (MSRP)

More information: Harrison Consoles

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Sonimus updates Satson console effect plugin to v1.2

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Sonimus has updated its Satson channel and buss effect plugins to version 1.2.

Sonimus Satson
Sonimus Satson 1.2 comes with a new VU meter valistic.

Designed to emulate a console-based workflow (including metering, saturation, stereo crosstalk, and trim), Satson will help you mix faster and better.

Our Satson plugin features a carefully modeled and calibrated VU meter, high quality high-pass / low-pass filters, and analog console-like saturation (including stereo crosstalk).

Changes in Satson v1.2

  • Several minor bug fixes.
  • New VU Meter valistic: added 0VU=-20dBfs.
  • Fixed problems with some hosts.

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

More information: Sonimus / Satson

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Voxengo releases Warmifier v2

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Voxengo has announced the release of version 2 of Warmifier, a valve warming/harmonic enhancing plugin for Windows and Mac.

Warmifier is a special plug-in which processes audio signal in a way similar to analog valve equipment. By using Warmifier you can achieve valve warming and “console” coloration effects.

Warmifier is applicable both to the complete mixes and to the individual instrument tracks. You have several parameters at your disposal that allow you to control the strength and the color of the effect. Also, you have several valve types to choose from. Each valve type offers a different overall coloration.

While the effect of this plug-in is definitely subtle, the difference it makes is similar to the difference in sound between different analog mixing consoles. In most cases it boils down to adding a subtle “sparkle”, “presence”, “warming” or “solidifying” effect to a sound track it was applied to.

Voxengo Warmifier
Voxengo’s Warmifier provides valve warming and “console” coloration effects

Changes in Warmifier v2.0

  • Multi-platform support.
  • Preset manager.
  • User interface re-scaling.
  • Plug-in instance naming.

Warmifier (VST/AU) is available to purchase for the introductory price of $49.95 USD.

More information: Voxengo / Warmifier

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Waves launches NLS Non-Linear Summer

Waves NLS

Waves has released its NLS Non-Linear Summer, offering the sound of classic consoles in a plug-in.

Waves, together with three of today’s top producer / engineers, is proud to present the NLS Non-Linear Summer: Three legendary consoles – in one powerful plugin.

  • The “magical” solid state console belonging to Mark ´Spike´ Stent (Björk, Muse, Maroon 5, Madonna).
  • The classic console owned by Mike Hedges (The Cure, Siouxsie and the Banshees, Dido, Faithless, Manic Street Preachers, U2), heard on such timeless recordings as Pink Floyd’s The Dark Side of the Moon.
  • The vintage British console customized for Yoad Nevo (Bryan Adams, Pet Shop Boys, Sugababes, Goldfrapp, Air).

Waves modeled over 100 individual channels in all, capturing the unique color, character, and behavior of each and every input and summing bus amp.

Say goodbye to cold digital tracks that lack depth and harmonic complexity, and say hello to the richness and warmth that only analog gear could deliver – until now.

Waves NLS Channel Spike
Waves NLS “Spike”, “Mike” & “Nevo” Channel plugins

NLS Non-Linear Summer features

  • Non-linear summing plugin.
  • Three legendary consoles in one plugin.
  • Over 100 individually modeled channel and summing bus amps.
  • Developed in association with top producer/engineers.
  • Adds analog warmth and character.
  • Global control over all NLS plugins in the session.

NLS is available to purchase for $249 USD (Native) / $349 USD (TDM). Mercury V9 bundles covered by Waves Update Plan receive NLS at no additional charge.

More information: Waves / NLS Non-Linear Summer

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