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PreSonus introduces Add-ons for new Studio One 2.6.2

PreSonus has announced it is now shipping Studio One 2.6.2, the latest update to its award-winning DAW software.

The company is also shipping three new Add-ons for Studio One: Ampire XT Metal Pack Extension, Goldbaby Essentials Vintage Drum Machines, and Studio One Artist MP3 Converter.

Studio One 2.6.2 introduces support for Add-ons, which are program extensions, soundsets, plug-ins, and other assets exclusively for Studio One 2.6.2 and higher. Add-ons are available for purchase directly from the PreSonus online store. The update also fixes a few known issues.

Ampire XT Metal Pack
The Ampire XT Metal Pack Add-on includes 6 new amp models and 6 new speaker-cabinet emulations.

Studio One Add-ons

  • The Ampire XT Metal Pack is an extension for PreSonus’ Ampire XT Native Effects™ plug-in that includes six new amp models and six new speaker-cabinet emulations designed specifically for metal guitarists. It also includes a brand-new Metal Drumkit for the Impact virtual drum instrument.
  • Goldbaby Essentials is an exclusive soundset for PreSonus’ Impact virtual drum instrument that features a collection of 500 vintage analog and digital drum machine and beatbox samples. Designed by acclaimed producer and sound designer Goldbaby, the sounds in this set have been meticulously sampled, edited, and post-processed using analog tape machines and studio tools. Goldbaby Essentials comes with 32 ready-to-play Impact drum kit presets and 124 new Musicloops.
  • MP3 Converter is an extension that adds professional-quality (up to 320 kB/s) MP3 encoding and drag-and-drop MP3 decoding to Studio One Artist 2.6.2 and higher.

PreSonus Studio One Add-ons can be purchased directly online and are installed by dragging-and-dropping on the Studio One application icon or window.

Ampire XT Metal Pack and Goldbaby Essentials cost $29.99 USD each, and MP3 Converter is $9.99 USD. The Studio One 2.6.2 update is free to all registered users of Studio One 2.

More information: PreSonus / Studio One

Slate Digital intros Virtual Microphone System

Slate Digital VMS

Slate Digital has introduced the Virtual Microphone System, a new microphone system which includes two microphones, a dual pre-amp converter, and a software plug-in module.

Using a super clean and transparent microphone and pre-amplification chain in conjunction with The VMS software, Slate recreates the color and character of some of the most beloved classic mic’s and pre-amps used in the recording industry.

Switch between a virtual 47 and a ribbon 121 and try them through different preamps. Or put a virtual 57 on a snare drum or guitar amp. Zero latency means you can record directly into your DAW using these virtual mics and preamps. And do it all at a fraction of the price!

Slate Digital does it again with another groundbreaking product from the guys who really love this stuff.

The VMS will be demonstrated at the Winter NAMM 2014, booth #6921.

More information: Slate Digital / Virtual Microphone System

Quadelectra releases CV Suite Parametrix for Reason

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Quadelectra CV Suite Parametrix

Quadelectra has launched CV Suite Parametrix, a Rack Extension for Propellerhead Reason that lets you control any CV Input signal as if it was a parameter.

CV Suite Parametrix is the third “child” of our CV Suite Line series…

This is a simple straightforward and very handy device that will turn any CV Input in an automatable parameter.

CV Suite Parametrix features

  • Four individual parameter to CV converters can be controlled per device.
  • You can select whether each parameter will expand across bipolar or unipolar range…
  • All parameters can be named by clicking to the label tapes next to the headings.
  • An additional dedicated CV Modulation Input is provided per parameter, the range (trim knob) and the appliance of which you can set and automate too from the front panel.

The Rack Extension is available to purchase for 7.50 EUR.

More information: Quadelectra / CV Suite Parametrix

Alexander Zolotov releases Virtual ANS v2.0

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Alexander Zolotov has released version 2.0 of Virtual ANS, a full-featured professional tool which allows you to create unusual, deep, atmospheric sounds.

Virtual ANS
With this app you can draw a complete piece of music, or convert sound to image (sonogram) and then make some complex sonogram modifications.

Virtual ANS is a software simulator of the unique Russian synthesizer ANS – photoelectronic microtonal/spectral musical instrument created by Russian engineer Evgeny Murzin from 1938 to 1958. Murzin named his invention in honour of the composer Alexander Nikolayevich Scriabin.

The instrument was used by Stanislav Kreichi, Alfred Schnittke, Edison Denisov, Sofia Gubaidulina, Edward Artemiev and other Soviet composers. You can hear the sound of the ANS in Andrei Tarkovsky’s movies Solaris, The Mirror, Stalker. In 2004, the British experimental group Coil released CoilANS, a boxed set of experimental drone music performed on the ANS.

Changes in Virtual ANS v2.0

  • Rewritten from scratch with the following systems support: iOS, Android, OSX, Linux, Windows.
  • Optimized for realtime playing.
  • Version 2 can load *.vns files from version 1, but not vice versa.

Virtual ANS is available to download for Android, Windows, Linux and OSX. iOS support is coming soon.

More information: Virtual ANS

TC Electronic announces UpCon audio upconverter

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TC Electronic has announced UpCon, a combined and uncompromising upconversion and downmix processor in a single, high-density rack unit.

It continuously monitors the channel format of the incoming audio, and if the signal falls back from true 5.1 to stereo, UpCon seamlessly cross-fades into a convincing 5.1 surround upconversion without adding any interruptions or artifacts.

TC’s UnWrap HD algorithm is the go to upconverter for film and mastering professionals. The sheer sound quality achieved during upconversion is unrivalled and can be heard in countless cinema movies and music tracks. UpCon is based on UnWrap HD and shares its ultra low latency as well as its overkill processing resolution.

TC Electronic UpCon

Loudness Transparency

Contrary to many competing products, the upconverted audio is loudness transparent. Many format converters will output a significantly different signal in terms of perceived loudness compared to the source, but this is not the case with UpCon. Broadcasters often need to stay within certain boundaries according to regulation or recommendation and by letting UpCon handle the conversion from stereo to 5.1, it is possible to stay compliant regardless of the signal’s channel format.

Automatic Input Detection, GPI or Metadata

The hardware is based on the TC Electronic DB6 platform and UpCon offers the same extended control possibilities. Ease of use is key and it can detect the incoming signal channel format automatically. In case the engineer wants more manual control, UpCon also offers extensive GPI control, or it can be set up to react to incoming metadata.

UpCon also offers the same expandability as DB6 Multi. It comes with one 3G SDI stream standard, but it can be expanded with one or two optional UpCon 3G cards for a maximum of 3 simultaneous SDI streams – the ultimate cost-effective, high-density solution.

Redundancy and Reliability

It does not matter how well a transmission unit does its job if it is not completely reliable. Being the last line of defense in a live scenario calls for ultimate redundancy and reliability. Therefore, UpCon comes with dual low-noise fans, dual fuses and dual power inlets for feeding the unit from two independent power sources. This way, broadcasters are virtually risk-free of losing signal while on air.

UpCon is by definition inserted at a very critical point of the audio signal path, and it is an ‘always on’ type of unit that needs to deliver non-stop performance year after year. Should the unlikely event happen that DB6 loses power, transmission will go on thanks to the Relay Bypass feature that passes the stream directly from input to output no matter what happens. Further, if one of the power sources should fail, notification can be given using GPIO or SNMP traps.

The UpCon will be available in Q4 2013.

More information: TC Electronic / UpCon

SPL Madison MADI interface now available

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SPL Madison

Sound Lab Performance has announced that its Madison 16+16 channel MADI interface is now available.

We had already presented some prototypes at the Musikmesse in Frankfurt, Germany, earlier this year. Now we have concluded all tests and we are utterly convinced that the MADI interface is an extremely reliable, powerful and high-quality solution.

The Madison concept rests on three principles: straightforward operation, flexible expansion capabilities and impeccable sound. Moreover, the Madison ought to set a new price standard in its league: 1.499 Euros MSRP for Germany incl. 19% VAT, 1.214 Euro excl. VAT, 1.899 USD (USA).

We place the Madison in all environments and situations where professional standards are required: from home and project studios to professional recording facilities and orchestra recordings, as well as for mobile and fixed installations.

Madison features

  • 16 AD and 16 DA converters in 1U.
  • Superb sounding converters with a sophisticated analog section on 36 V audio rails.
  • +24 dBu professional output level.
  • Best price/performance value.
  • Up to 64 I/Os on 1 MADI port (4 units).
  • Latency-neutral MADI chaining.
  • 44.1 to 192?kHz, ±10% vari-speed.
  • SPL clock-shop for jitter-free operation.
  • Ultra-compatible, always operational MADI IO with ultra low conversion latencies.
  • Four directly selectable reference levels: 15/18/22/24.
  • Simple operation and setup right from the front panel controls.
  • Ergonomic, distance-readable meters for clear level status indication of any I/O channel.
  • Fanless, absolutely silent low-power design (max. 30?W).
  • Redundant power supply optionally.
  • Four analog, 8-channel multicore DB 25 sockets (TASCAM industry standard).
  • Made in Germany.

The Madison is available to purchase for 1.499 EUR RRP Germany (incl. 19% VAT) / $1,899 USD.

More information: SPL / Madison

Universal Audio ships Apollo 16 audio interface

Universal Audio has announced it is shipping the Apollo 16 Audio Interface and new UAD Software v.7.0, which provides multi-unit cascading, Virtual I/O, and other enhancements to both the Apollo 16 and Apollo audio interfaces.

UAD Apollo 16
Universal Audio’s Apollo 16 audio interface provides 16 x 16 analog I/O with world-class sound and realtime UAD processing.

Apollo 16 is Universal Audio’s flagship 24-bit/192 kHz audio interface, delivering world-class conversion with 16 x 16 analog I/O. This uncompromising FireWire/Thunderbolt-ready* interface combines superior sound and flexible routing with powerful onboard UAD-2 QUAD processing. So you can track audio in real time through the full range of classic UAD analog emulation plug-ins — from Neve, Studer, Manley, Lexicon and more — on both Mac and Windows 7.*

Building upon decades of UA hardware expertise, Apollo 16 features meticulous analog circuit design, top-end converters, and DC-coupled outputs — providing the lowest THD and highest dynamic range of any converter in its class. Two Apollo 16 units can be cascaded over MADI for an expanded system with eight UAD processors and 32 x 32 simultaneous analog I/O, capable of handling large professional mixes.

Apollo 16 also offers compatibility with Intel’s high-bandwidth Thunderbolt technology on Macs via a user-installable dual-port Thunderbolt Option Card (sold separately). Thunderbolt provides greater UAD plug-in instances, improved performance at high sample rates, and reduced UAD plug-in latency in the DAW versus Apollo’s standard FireWire connection.

Apollo 16 is available for an estimated street price of $2,999 USD. Apollo’s Thunderbolt Option Card is also now available for an estimated street price of $499 USD.

Universal Audio’s new UAD Software features enhancements for Apollo and Apollo 16.

Universal Audio’s latest UAD Software v7.0 provides significant enhancements to Apollo’s workflow and expandability and adds the new Ocean Way Studios, SPL TwinTube, and Sonnox Inflator plug-ins to the UAD Powered Plug-Ins platform. Among these enhancements is multi-unit cascading, which allows for combining two Apollo 16 interfaces (for 32 x 32 analog I/O) or two Apollo interfaces (for 16 x 16 analog I/O, with eight Apollo mic preamps) into a single elegant system via FireWire or Thunderbolt.

The boost in Apollo connectivity is navigated via a redesigned Console application, offering better visual feedback, a new PT Mode which simplifies outboard hardware integration with Pro Tools, and a new Virtual I/O feature that allows for Realtime UAD Processing of DAW tracks and virtual instruments.

More information: Universal Audio / Apollo

SPL intros Crimson and Madison audio & MADI interfaces

Sound Performance Lab has announced the Crimson USB audio-interface and monitor controller and the Madison 16+16 channel MADI interface at Musikmesse.

SPL Crimson

The SPL Crimson combines a USB interface with high-quality preamps and a separate, fully-featured monitor controller. You can play and play back, record and convert, control and listen with one single device.

So all you essentially need for a truly professional recording setup is the Crimson and DAW.

Crimson features

  • 30 I/O channels (10 recording channels and 20 playback channels).
  • +/- 18V operational voltage for professional levels up to +24dB.
  • Two boutique level, discrete Class A, +/-30V high-voltage mic-preamplifiers.
  • Two Hi-Z instrument preamplifiers.
  • Two separate headphones amps, individually controllable.
  • Connect and control two stereo speaker sets.
  • Monitor signal mix function for playback and recording paths.
  • MIDI input and output via two DIN sockets.
  • USB 2.0, S/P-DIF input and output.
  • 24Bit/192kHz converter.
  • Made in Germany.

The Crimson is scheduled for release in July 2013, with a RRP of 549 EUR (including German VAT) / $725 USD.

The Madison 16+16 channel MADI interface is the “most analog digital converter”, according to SPL.

SPL Madison

With excellent converters and a unique 36 volts analog section, the SPL Madison offers the pure SPL analog sound for every MADI equipped digital console, audio router and PC MADI card.

With 16 input and 16 output channels in a single rack space, the Madison combines state of the art signal conversion with highly reliable clock and MADI processing. And as a true SPL unit it is simple to operate, easy to expand and, of course, an awesome sounding conversion system.

Madison features

  • 16 AD and 16 DA converters in 1U.
  • Superb sounding converters with a sophisticated analog section on 36?V audio rails.
  • +24?dBu professional output level.
  • Best price/performance value.
  • Up to 64 I/Os on 1 MADI port (4 units).
  • Latency neutral MADI chaining.
  • 44.1 to 192?kHz, ±10% vari-speed.
  • SPL clock-shop for jitter-free operation.
  • Ultra-compatible, always operational MADI IO with ultra low conversion latencies.
  • Four directly selectable reference levels: 15/18/22/24.
  • Simple operation and setup right from the front panel controls.
  • Ergonomic, distance-readable meters for clear level status indication of any I/O channel.
  • Fanless, absolutely silent low-power design (max. 30?W).
  • Redundant power supply optionally.
  • Four analog, 8-channel multicore DB 25 sockets (TASCAM industry standard).
  • Made in Germany.

The Madison is scheduled for release in June 2013, priced at RRP 1.499 EUR (including German VAT) / $1.899 USD.

More information: Sound Performance Lab