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Mackie announces DL1608 live sound mixer with iPad control

Mackie has introduced the DL1608, a 16-channel digital live sound mixer with iPad control.

Mackie DL1608

The Mackie DL1608™ redefines live mixing by combining the proven power of a full-featured digital mixer with the unmatched ease and mobility of an iPad.®

With 16 boutique-quality Onyx mic preamps and the performance of 24bit Cirrus Logic® AD/DA converters, you have unparalleled sound quality. Seamless wired to wireless iPad control means you can mix from anywhere in the venue. This gives you the mobile freedom to control not only the mix, but also powerful plug-ins like EQ, dynamics, effects and more.

The sleek DL1608 even supports up to 10 iPads. Forget bulky consoles and racks of gear. The power is at your fingertips.

DL1608 features

  • Proven Hardware That Sounds Great
    • 16 Onyx mic preamps
    • High-end Cirrus Logic® converters
    • Ultra low-noise, high-headroom design
    • 6 aux sends for monitor mixes
    • Master L/R output for mains
  • Tons of Built-In Processing
    • Powerful, touch-sensitive plug-ins
    • 4-band EQ, gate and compression on inputs
    • 31-band GEQ and comp/limiter on outputs
    • Global reverb and delay
  • Wireless Mixing
    • Seamless wired to wireless mixing
    • Tune the room from anywhere
    • Get on stage to ring out monitors
    • Personal monitor mixing
    • Use up to 10 iPad devices simultaneously
  • Total Control from Your iPad
    • Intuitive Master Fader app
    • “Grow and Glow” visual feedback
    • Preset and snapshot recall
    • Record the mix to the iPad for instant sharing
    • Integrate music from any app into the mix
  • Install Friendly Features
    • PadLock™ feature locks down iPad for permanent installs
    • Industry standard Kensington lock secures mixer
    • Compact footprint saves precious workspace
      • 15.5″ x 11.5″ x 3.9″
      • 6.9 lbs / 3.2 kg

More information: Mackie / DL1608


Sonimus updates Satson console effect plugin to v1.1

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Sonimus Satson

Sonimus has updated Satson, a console emulation plug-in for Windows and Mac.

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 v1.1

  • Several minor bug fixes.
  • Stability improvements.
  • New crosstalk mode (now satson has two crosstalk modes).
  • VU Meter Position (PRE/POST switch).
  • Reduced Noise Floor.
  • GUI improvements.

Satson for Windows and Mac (VST/AU) is available to purchase for the introductory price of $39 USD until August 30, 2011 (regular price $50 USD). The update is free for existing users.

More information: Sonimus / Satson


Native Instruments announces SOLID MIX SERIES and TRANSIENT MASTER

Native Instruments has announced Solid Mix Series and Transient Master, two new products that expand its recently established range of GUITAR RIG-based studio effects.

The new SOLID MIX SERIES emulates the distinctive EQ and dynamics sections of one of the most revered mixing consoles of all time, while TRANSIENT MASTER recreates a popular hardware processor that provides highly efficient transient processing. All products can used be used with the free GUITAR RIG PLAYER software, or expand the arsenal of the upcoming new GUITAR RIG 5.

Native Instruments Solid Mix Series

Based on sophisticated component modeling, the SOLID MIX SERIES recreates the essential components of a classic mixing desk whose sonic signature has shaped popular music. The series consists of three individual modules that provide the tools to create a polished and professional-sounding mix. “Solid EQ” emulates the legendary equalizer section of the console with its 4 parametric bands as well as the adjustable low-cut and high-cut filters, which allows for especially musical and transparent sound shaping of all signal types. Switchable EQ types also offer the selection between two distinctive generations of the original hardware with their specific sound characteristics.

“Solid Bus Comp” is an authentic emulation of the sought-after bus compressor, renowned for the way that it “glues” mixes together and singlehandedly creates a “finished” studio production sound. Taking advantage of the new features of the GUITAR RIG 5 generation, it also provides a sidechain input as well as a dry/wet control for parallel compression. As the third component, “Solid Dynamics” provides a combined dynamics section with stereo compressor, expander and gate that lends itself to the precise dynamics processing of individual tracks.

Native Instruments Transient Master

TRANSIENT MASTER is inspired by a highly popular modern studio processor, and provides a unique and especially efficient method to treat drums and percussive instrument sounds by directly reshaping the envelope of the signal. Through the “Attack” and “Sustain” parameters of the software, TRANSIENT MASTER can both add natural punch and definition, or blend individual instruments further back into the mix, without any of the sonic artifacts associated with regular compression methods.

The SOLID MIX SERIES will be available in September 2011 for $229 USD / 199 EUR, with the individual components available for $119 USD / 99 EUR each. TRANSIENT MASTER will be available at the same date for $119 USD / 99 EUR.

Both products will also be included in the new KOMPLETE 8 ULTIMATE, with TRANSIENT MASTER also being included in the new KOMPLETE 8.

More information: Native Instruments / Solid Mix Series / Transient Master


Harrison Consoles releases Mixbus 2.0

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Harrison Consoles Mixbus

Harrison Consoles has announced the release of Mixbus 2.0, a progressive workstation that combines open-source development with Harrison’s 30-year heritage of building world-class mixing systems.

Mixbus provides an integrated “analog-style” mixer along with a world-class editor in a very cost-effective package. Version 2.0 represents a dramatic leap forward for mixing and editing in the box.

Changes in Mixbus 2.0

  • New Mixer Features:
    • 8 Mix Bus Sends! We doubled the mixbuses so there are enough for groups as well as FX returns. Even more of what made Mixbus special!
    • Plugin Effect Control Sliders allow you to map plugin controls directly to controls on the mixer strip. Give your plugins the Mixbus treatment!
    • Input Trim, Makeup Gain, Sidechain, and Master Limiter controls are now available directly from the mixer window.
    • Improved Mixer navigation and display, including narrow mixer strip and the ability to show/hide Mix Buses as needed.
    • New Phase-Correlation meter on the Master Bus displays mono compatibility of the stereo mix.
    • Polarity (phase) buttons on the top of every mixer strip.
    • Plugins, sends, inserts and the fader now appear in a single redirect box at the top of the mixer strip. This allows easier signal reordering and allows more space for Mixbus controls.
  • Editor Improvements:
    • New, improved Crossfade, Layering, and Automation editing.
    • “Smart Object” Mode : Allows a combination of object and range mode.
    • Ripple Editing mode : Greatly speeds up the process of spoken-word and radio edits.
    • Regions are transparent while being dragged, but switch to opaque when you drop them in place. Line up transients on overdubs with ease!
  • Other Improvements:
    • New, better documentation and easier installation.
    • More keybindings such as mute/solo/record for selected tracks. Keyboard power-users never have to touch the mouse for recording & editing.
    • Taller, higher-contrast faders on the mixer strips.
    • Many user-suggested menu tweaks which make the most-used functions easier to find.
    • Range-selection behavior now allows you to drag down across multiple tracks at once – while also supporting edit groups.
    • Realtime automation recording is much more robust; you can even record automation while looping!
    • Automation and Region Gain Line editing is much faster. You can now grab a range of time and drag the automation line for quick level rides.

Mixbus 2.0 is available to purchase for Mac and Linux (Windows under development) for $219 USD.

More information: Harrison Mixbus


Sonimus releases Satson console emulation effect

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Sonimus Satson

Sonimus has released Satson, a plugin designed to emulate the workflow of the consoles on your computer and get better and fastest mixes.

It has a VU meter carefully modelled and calibrated, high quality high-pass / low-pass filters and analog console like saturation (includes stereo crosstalk).

Satson features

  • Get better mixes with VU Meters which help to level the tracks to get an ideal headroom (you can set the VU 0VU = -18 dBfs or 0VU = -14 dBfs) and you can use the GAIN control like a trim (NOTE: More GAIN more saturation).
  • Take advantage of the high quality filters, these are sweet and pleasant to the ear.
  • Saturation is based on two high-end analog consoles giving warmth and “glue” to the tracks and busses. It has two modes “FAT off” (subtle distortion, high dynamic range) and “FAT on” (more hot and less dynamic range).
  • Satson Buss has Stereo Crosstalk, this gives depth/3D feel (can be disabled).

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

More information: Sonimus / Satson


Harrison Mixbus, console mixing software updated to v1.5

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Harrison Mixbus (on Linux)

Harrison Consoles has released version 1.5 of Harrison Mixbus, a console mixing software for Linux and Mac OSX.

Mixbus is an “analog console” that has been incorporated into a Digital Audio Workstation. The Mixbus engine was developed in-house at Harrison Consoles, where we have been designing high-end digital and analog consoles for over 30 years.

Changes in Harrison Mixbus v1.5

  • New Region-Gain-Range editing mode.
  • New “Join Playhead to Edit Range” transport/editing mode.
  • New key-mappable “play with pre-roll” in Transport menu.
  • Channel compressor controls are tweaked for easier setup with drums & percussion.
  • Dynamic automation is now “thinned” during recording. Thinning strength is configurable via ardour.rc file.
  • Fixed bug with automation editing associated with zooming in & out while editing.
  • Fixed bug where end marker moves to the end of last recorded region whenever you change the end trim of any region.

Harrison Mixbus is available to purchase for $79.99 USD. The update is free for current Mixbus users.

More information: Harrison Mixbus


Plogue Chipsounds, 8-bit sound chip emulator updated

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Plogue Chipsounds

Plogue has released version 1.5 of Chipsounds, a virtual synthesizer which authentically emulates vintage 8bit-era sound chips.

The most advanced 8-bit sound chip emulator is doing even more to save endangered sound chip species!

In addition to having a totally new Interface and improved sound authenticity, Plogue is saving 3 new sound chips from extinction and adds many additional features.

Changes in Chipsounds v1.5

  • Totally different skin (fits on all monitors and ebooks).
  • Current mixer strip is always available.
  • You can now enter some values using keyboard.
  • New Amplitude LFO added.
  • Two asignable drawable user LFOS.
  • New: uPD1771C (as used in the Super Cassette Vision).
  • New: uPD65010G (as used in the PV-1000).
  • New: M5232 (as used in the Poly-800).
  • DMG-01′s wave channel now has extra phase modulation (Pmode) and vertical offset (VPOS) settings.
  • Added new MIDI Delay Module.
  • Added Swing to Arpeggiator.

Chipsounds is available to purchase an instrument plug-in for PC and Mac (VST/AU/RTAS) for $95 USD.

More information: Plogue / Chipsounds