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Cytomic updates The Glue to v1.1.5

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Cytomic The Glue

Cytomic has released version 1.1.5 of The Glue, a buss compressor effect plug-in for Windows and Mac.

With improved performance and compatibility v1.1.5 of The Glue is now available as a free update to all customers. The Glue has always had very low aliasing, but now with optional oversampling it is one of the cleanest compressors on the planet, analog or digital.

Changes in The Glue v1.1.5

  • Recent feature: smoothed Threshold, Makeup, Range, Mix, and Sidechain HP controls so no pops, clicks, or zipper noise when adjusted from gui or automated.
  • Recent feature: linear phase high quality oversampling to support up to 12 MHz (x256) – note that x2 is recommended for Realtime and x8 is recommended for Render.
  • Recent feature: next and previous preset buttons.
  • Fixed: controls now re-drawn in correct position after loading a preset.
  • Fixed: you can now use both the AU and VST version at the same time in hosts that support both (eg: Ableton Live or Studio One).
  • Fixed: removed CPU spikes when drawing the graphical user interface on Mac.
  • Fixed: removed CPU spikes on first play, and when switching oversampling amounts.
  • Fixed: preset menu not showing with some hosts on PPC.
  • Fixed: reduced memory footprint with large oversampling amounts with large host buffer sizes.

The Glue for Windows and Mac (VST/AU/RTAS) is available to purchase for $99 USD.

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Cytomic The Glue, compressor effect updated to v1.1.4

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Cytomic The Glue

Cytomic has released version 1.1.4 of The Glue, a compressor effect plug-in for Windows and Mac.

The Glue is a high quality analog modeled plug-in based on The classic 80′s British big console buss compressor with some additional features. It uses the same high quality algorithms used in circuit simulation packages but optimised for real time use. It’s quick and easy to use and has an uncluttered interface.

Changes in The Glue v1.1.4

  • New feature: smoothed Threshold, Makeup, Range, Mix, and Sidechain HP controls so no pops, clicks, or zipper noise when adjusted from gui or automated.
  • Recent feature: linear phase high quality oversampling to support up to 12 MHz (x256) – note that x2 is recommended for Realtime and x8 is recommended for Render.
  • Recent feature: next and previous preset buttons.
  • Fixed: removed CPU spikes when drawing the graphical user interface on Mac.
  • Fixed: removed CPU spikes on first play, and when switching oversampling amounts.
  • Fixed: preset menu not showing with some hosts on PPC.
  • Fixed: reduced memory footprint with large oversampling amounts with large host buffer sizes.
  • Known issue: you cannot use both the AU and VST version at the same time in hosts that support both (eg: Ableton Live or Studio One).

The Glue is available to purchase for $99 USD. The update is free to all customers.

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Cytomic updates The Glue to v1.1.3, compressor effect plug-in

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Cytomic The Glue

Cytomic has released version 1.1.3 of The Glue, a compressor effect plug-in for Windows and Mac.

The Glue is a high quality analog modeled plug-in based on The classic 80′s British big console buss compressor with some additional features. It uses the same high quality algorithms used in circuit simulation packages but optimised for real time use. It’s quick and easy to use and has an uncluttered interface.

Changes in The Glue v1.1.3

  • Fixed: mono oversampling now working that was broken in v1.1.2.
  • Fixed: hang on render in Cubase and Nuendo by not reporting latency change during render. Until Steinberg fix the issue at their end renders will not have correct automatic latency correction.
  • [v1.1.2] New: updated linear phase high quality oversampling to support up to 12 MHz (x256) – note that x2 is recommended for Realtime and x8 is recommended for Render.
  • [v1.1.2] New: slightly improved preset handling with next and previous buttons.
  • [v1.1.2] Fixed: unwanted smoothing of Mix and Makeup Gain on first process block.
  • [v1.1.2] Fixed: needle is now reset of when not processing audio.
  • [v1.1.2] Fixed: detection of offline rendering in Reaper and Sonar.
  • [v1.1.2] Fixed: reporting of dynamic latency in VST version in Live and possibly other hosts.

The Glue is available to purchase for PC and Mac (VST/AU/RTAS) for $99 USD.

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Cytomic The Glue, compressor effect updated to v1.1.2

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Cytomic The Glue

Cytomic has released version 1.1.2 of The Glue, a compressor effect plug-in for Windows and Mac.

The Glue is a high quality analog modeled plug-in based on The classic 80′s British big console buss compressor with some additional features. It uses the same high quality algorithms used in circuit simulation packages but optimised for real time use. It’s quick and easy to use and has an uncluttered interface.

Changes in The Glue v1.1.2

  • New: updated linear phase high quality oversampling to support up to 12 MHz (x256) – note that x2 is recommended for Realtime and x8 is recommended for Render.
  • New: slightly improved preset handling with next and previous buttons.
  • Fixed: unwanted smoothing of Mix and Makeup Gain on first process block.
  • Fixed: needle is now reset of when not processing audio.
  • Fixed: detection of offline rendering in Reaper and Sonar.
  • Fixed: reporting of dynamic latency in VST version in Live and possibly other hosts.

The Glue is available to purchase for PC and Mac (VST/AU/RTAS) for $99 USD.

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Cytomic updates The Glue to v1.1.0

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Cytomic The Glue

Cytomic has released version 1.1.0 of The Glue, a compressor effect plug-in for Windows and Mac.

The Glue is a high quality analog modeled plug-in based on The classic 80′s British big console buss compressor with some additional features. It uses the same high quality algorithms used in circuit simulation packages but optimised for real time use. It’s quick and easy to use and has an uncluttered interface.

Changes in The Glue v1.1.0

  • New: linear phase high quality oversampling up to 768 kHz.
  • Fixed: freeze on render in Wavelab 7.
  • Fixed: denormal bug causing extra cpu usage with long sections of silence.
  • Fixed: improved Pro Tools TDM compatibility.

The Glue is available to purchase as an effect plug-in for PC and Mac (VST/AU/RTAS) for $99 USD.

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Cytomic The Glue, compressor effect updated to v1.0.16

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Cytomic The Glue

Cytomic has released version 1.0.16 of The Glue, a compressor effect plug-in for Windows and Mac.

The Glue is a high quality analog modeled plug-in based on The classic 80′s British big console buss compressor with some additional features. It uses the same high quality algorithms used in circuit simulation packages but optimised for real time use. It’s quick and easy to use and has an uncluttered interface.

Additions over the original circuit include an ultra-fast attack time of up to 0.01mS and a Range knob which backs off the compression to give incredibly natural sounding attacks and limits the maximum amount of compression applied. Also included are external sidechain support and an adjustable sidechain highpass filter.

Changes in The Glue v1.0.16

  • New: Improved analog modeling for analog sounding attacks.
  • New: Optimised analog modeling for greater efficiency.
  • New: 64-bit Mac Au.
  • New: 64-bit Win Vst.
  • New: Double click on outer notches of controls to jump to that value.
  • New: Double click in the centre of controls to enter text values.
  • New: Peak needle, optional, click on the VU to toggle.
  • New: Needle drawing with more accurate motion blur.
  • New: Logic 5.x support on Win (no ext sidechain).
  • New: Adobe Premiere support (no ext sidechain).
  • New: Wavelab 5.x support (no ext sidechain).
  • Fixed: Wavelab 6 no longer hangs on startup.
  • Fixed: Keystrokes are passed to host.

The Glue is available to purchase for PC and Mac (VST/AU/RTAS) for $99 USD.

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Review: Cytomic The Glue

There are many applications for compression, from subtly fixing dynamics to creating wild effects. In my experience compressors (both hardware and software) are often the subject of heated discussions about analog versus digital, sound coloring and transparency, harmonics, transients, etc. If you are looking for a review that goes into these kind of technical details you are in the wrong place.

For those who don’t know me, making music is my hobby, not my profession. My tools include lots of free plug-ins like Variety Of Sound’s Density mkII and NastyVCS, and commercial ones such as FabFilter’s Pro-C — currently my favorite slap it on anything to make it sound good compressor.

I have a fairly simple approach when it comes to dynamics processing: I use whatever sounds good.

Cytomic The Glue

Luckily there are some great developers out there who know how to create compressor plug-ins that sound great straight out of the box, with minimal effort on the user’s part.

One of those developers is Cytomic founder Andrew Simper. Cytomic might not ring a bell, but Andrew is not exactly new to the scene. Working as the head DSP developer of FXpansion, he was responsible for doing the algorithms for the excellent D-CAM Synth Squad, and the effects for both Guru and BFD2.

With The Glue Andrew basically did a complete re-write of the compressor algorithm he previously developed with FXpansion, improving and adding a bunch of things in the process.

The Glue features

  • Accurate analog model of classic 80′s British big console buss compressor.
  • 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++).
  • Serial number copy protection with generous license agreement.

Similar to Synth Squad, The Glue is a physics-based circuit simulation using the same values of components like resistors, capacitors, diodes, etc., and a matching circuit structure in order for the model to sound identical to the hardware.

The Glue models a design that is somewhere between an E and G series buss compressor of the classic 80’s British big console buss compressor mentioned earlier in the list of features — the SSL 4000.

There are only a few controls on The Glue so let me briefly explain what they do.

  • Threshold, determines at what dB compression kicks in.
  • Range, an additional parameter that allows more natural sounding results by limiting the depth of the compression. This is not available on the original circuit.
  • Makeup, applies gain to the main compression amplifier to make up for the reduced signal level caused by the compression. There’s no auto-makeup so you will need to adjust this yourself.
  • Attack, the speed at which the compression kicks in. The Glue includes a super fast 0.01mS attack mode which is useful for limiting.
  • Ratio, the amount of compression applied. Ratio 2 (50%) has a soft knee shape, 4 (75%) a medium one, and 10 (90%) a sharp knee. For example, the gain reduction with ratio 4 would be -7.5dB per 10dB over the threshold; 75% of 10dB.
  • Release, determines how fast the compressor goes back to the original volume. Setting this control to “Auto” is a handy way to compress a wide range of material in a gentle way. It uses a slow release time for a base compression value, plus a fast one for transients.
  • Comp(ression) in, basically bypasses the compression when off.
  • Mix, mixes the dry and wet (compressed) signal.
  • Peak Clip in, a fixed waveshaper which can be useful on transients.
  • Side-chain, a highpass filter is available to reduce pumping, and an “Ext(ernal) in” button will let you use any signal you like as a detector.

I was going to post some audio clips but decided against it since the demos on Cytomic website do a terrific job showcasing The Glue. Check them out here.

So what do I think?

Product: The Glue by Cytomic
Format: Effect plug-in for PC and Mac (VST2.4/AU/RTAS)
Price: $99 USD

I personally do not have any experience with the SSL 4000 hardware so I can’t make any comparison. I’ve heard good reports on The Glue, but frankly it’s not that important to me whether this emulation is spot on or not. As I mentioned earlier I just use whatever sounds good and boy does this compressor sound good to me. From subtle compression to insane pumping, The Glue shines whichever way you turn its knobs. I have no complaints sound wise.

I do have a minor gripe concerning the presets management system. It currently offers some nice features like copy & paste functions (even across multiple plug-in instances) and A/B comparison, but you can’t select the presets directly from your DAW. Selecting a preset shouldn’t take more than a mouse-click or two. I think Andrew is going to improve the presets system in the upcoming version 1.0.16 update.

Talking about updates… It might also be good to know that Andrew is not only an incredibly talented developer but also a guy who is genuinely interested in having a dialog with users of his products (as demonstrated by almost 150 pages of The Glue at the KVR forum), taking in suggestions, loyally offering support, and keeping people posted with the latest developments.

Anyway, The Glue is an excellent buss compressor, capable of glueing your mix together in a most wonderful way. It is easy to use and the additional features like the ultra fast attack, and range & sidechain controls are valuable additions.

A 14-day trial version is available to download so you can try this compressor on your own material.

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Cytomic updates The Glue to v1.0.15

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Cytomic The Glue

Cytomic has released version 1.0.15 of The Glue, a high quality analog modeled plug-in based on The classic 80′s British big console buss compressor with some additional features.

It uses the same high quality algorithms used in circuit simulation packages but optimised for real time use. It’s quick and easy to use and has an uncluttered interface.

Additions include an ultra-fast attack time of up to 0.01mS and a Range knob which backs off the compression to give incredibly natural sounding attacks and limits the maximum amount of compression applied. Also included are external sidechain support and an adjustable sidechain highpass filter.

Changes in The Glue v1.0.15

  • Windows RTAS support.
  • Fix for Logic in 64-bit mode using the 32-bit bridge.
  • Fix for Digital Performer, mono mode now works.
  • Fix for Live in full screen mode, menus now appear correctly.
  • Fix for Pro Tools, removal of duplicate plugin menu entry.

The Glue is available to purchase for Windows and Mac (VST/AU/RTAS) for $99 USD.

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