Waves intros dbx 160 Compressor / Limiter plugin

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Waves has introduced the dbx 160 Compressor / Limiter, an effect plug-in developed in collaboration with Harman Professional.

Waves dbx 160

Considered one of the best drum compressors ever, the original dbx® 160 stands tall among its peers, boasting a very clean sound with minimum THD. The fast-acting dbx 160 compressor was used in almost every major recording in the late ‘70s and throughout the ‘80s, and later models in the 160 series also became industry standards.

Created in collaboration with dbx, the Waves dbx 160 compressor / limiter plugin is an authentic-sounding software version of this storied piece of hardware. In addition to its meticulous modeling of the vintage compressor, the Waves dbx 160 plugin incorporates unique and exclusive features not found in the original hardware, such as Waves’ MS Matrix, mix and noise controls, and a stereo component. The result is a must-have compressor / limiter for use in the studio, live, or both.

“To get closer to the realism of live performance” has been a goal of dbx since the company’s inception in the 1970s. This goal has come full circle with the Waves dbx 160 compressor / limiter plugin, which enables users to achieve stunning realism in the studio or to add nuance to an actual live performance.

The plugin is to be released soon. Pricing TBA.

More information: Waves / dbx 160 Compressor / Limiter

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de la Mancha sets free sixtyfive compressor plugin

de la Mancha has announced that its sixtyfive vintage-style RMS Compressor inspired by the dbx® 165A, is now available to download as freeware.

de la Mancha sixtyfive
sixtyfive can deliver a range of compression from gentle smoothing of vocal performances to brutal slamming of your drum buss.

It’s a soft-knee RMS compressor with a vintage flavour. The RMS detection and soft-knee help to give a smooth and musical compression experience, the non-linear response imparts character and the gentle saturation brings colour and warmth. As well as all of the originals features, this version adds parallel compression, extended knob ranges and peak metering

sixtyfive used to be payware, but is now free. If you would like to make a donation in appreciation, please consider donating to Cancer Research UK in order to help care for and find a cure for cancer sufferers. Any amount you can afford is appreciated and will help to fund international research projects in all aspects of cancer.

The sityfive plug-in is available to download for Windows (VST).

More information: de la Mancha / sixtyfive

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Universal Audio announces UAD-2 Satellite DUO and QUAD Firewire DSP Accelerator Packages

Universal Audio has announced the impending release of UAD-2 Satellite DUO and QUAD Firewire DSP Accelerator Packages.

UAD-2 Satellite

As the newest members of UA’s UAD-2 Powered Plug-Ins platform, the UAD-2 Satellite family combines DSP acceleration with the plug-and-play simplicity of Firewire 800/400 – perfect for modern, Intel-based iMacs and MacBook Pros.

UAD-2 SatelliteThe UAD-2 Satellite puts the entire UAD Powered Plug-Ins library within easy reach of Firewire 800 and 400-equipped computers; no PCIe card installation required. In developing these UAD plug-ins, UA’s DSP engineers work with leading hardware manufacturers – including Roland, Neve, Studer, dbx, Solid State Logic, Lexicon, Manley, Empirical Labs, Trident, SPL, EMT and more – using their exact schematics, golden units, and experienced ears. This gives computer-based musicians and engineers the warmth and harmonics of classic analog recordings, wherever they mix.

Available in DUO or QUAD processor format (with either two or four Analog Devices SHARC processors, respectively), UAD-2 Satellite packages provide a processing “boost” for digital audio workstations, and include a selection of classic analog emulation plug-ins, right out of the box.

Notable UAD-2 Satellite features include:

  • Access the UAD Powered Plug-Ins library on select Firewire 800 and 400 equipped computers.
  • Compatible with a wide range of modern Intel-based iMacs and MacBook Pros.
  • Run larger mixes in Pro Tools, Logic, Cubase, Nuendo, Performer and more – without taxing host computer CPU.
  • 5 models to choose from:
    • DUO (Core).
    • DUO Flexi (w/ $500 Plug-In Voucher).
    • QUAD (Core).
    • QUAD Flexi (w/ $500 Plug-In Voucher).
    • QUAD Omni v5.7 (w/ 50 UAD plug-ins).

The complete line of UAD-2 Satellite DSP Accelerators is slated for a Q1 2011 release with prices starting at $899 MAP USD.

More information: Universal Audio

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Eric Beam releases 165a Compressor/Limiter – Nebula Programs

Eric Beam has released 165a Compressor/Limiter, a collection of programs for Acustica Audio’s Nebula.

The 165 changed the method & usage of audio compression when released. The 165 vca design was a 1st in the industry & set the standard for countless compressor designs afterward. The 165a is an excellent Channel or Bus insert. It can be the perfect solution for anything requiring more punch & presence.

Eric Beam 165a Compressor/Limiter programs for Nebula
Eric Beam 165a Compressor/Limiter programs for Nebula

165a Compressor/Limiter programs

  • 165a 2:1 – Attack Time = 2ms-12 Release Time = 5/800ms Capture Ratio = 2:1
  • 165a 4:1 – Attack Time = 2ms-12 Release Time = 5/800ms Capture Ratio = 4:1
  • 165a 20:1 – Attack Time = 2ms-12 Release Time = 5/800ms Capture Ratio = 20:1
  • 165a LoFi – Free Download – LoFi FX compressor

The 165a Compressor/Limiter programs are available to purchase at $5 USD each. The 165a LoFi can be downloaded at no cost from Eric’s website.

More information: Eric Beam / 165a Compressor/Limiter

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Universal Audio releases QUAD Omni (V5.7) DSP Accelerator Package to UAD-2 Platform

Universal Audio QUAD Omni DSP Accelerator Package

Universal Audio has announced the release of the new UAD-2 QUAD Omni (v5.7) DSP Accelerator Package.

The UAD-2 QUAD Omni (v5.7) is Universal Audio’s most powerful and flexible processing hardware — packaged with UA’s most complete plug-in bundle for professional power users.

Specifically, the UAD-2 QUAD Omni (v5.7) gives producers and engineers 50 award-winning UAD Powered Plug-Ins on Mac or PC — saving thousands of dollars versus buying the plug-ins individually. The PCIe card features four Analog Devices SHARC chips to “power” the world’s finest analog emulation plug-ins, including classics from Manley, Neve, Roland, BOSS, dbx, Empirical Labs, EMT, Fairchild, Harrison, Helios, Little Labs, Pultec, SPL, Teletronix and more.

UAD-2 QUAD Omni (v5.7) DSP Accelerator Package features

  • Flagship quad-processor DSP Accelerator Card for UAD Powered Plug-Ins on Mac or PC.
  • Access the world’s finest emulations of analog classics: Manley, Neve, Roland, BOSS, dbx, Empirical Labs, EMT, Fairchild, Harrison, Helios, Little Labs, Pultec, SPL, Teletronix and more.
  • Includes 50 plug-ins from UAD software releases up to and including v5.7, plus a $100 Plug-In Voucher redeemable from UA’s Online Store.
  • Save $4000+ versus buying the plug-ins individually.
  • Run large, professional mixes in Pro Tools, Logic, Cubase, Nuendo, Performer and more — without taxing host computer CPU.
  • Available for purchase from authorized UA Dealers worldwide.

Universal Audio / UAD-2 QUAD Omni (v5.7) DSP Accelerator Package

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