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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Universal Audio EP-34, Classic Tape Echo + dbx 160 compressor / limiter (UAD Softwave Version 5.7.0)

Universal Audio

Universal Audio has released UAD Software Version 5.7.0, including the EP-34, a classic tape echo plug-in, and the dbx 160, a compressor/limiter plug-in.

Released in September 2010, UAD Software Version 5.7.0 represents another step forward for the award-winning UAD Powered Plug-Ins platform.

UAD v5.7.0 includes the new EP-34 Classic Tape Echo plug-in for UAD-2, the now officially-sanctioned dbx 160 Classic Compressor/Limiter plug-in (formerly VCA VU), and improvements for Windows users.

Changes in UAD Softwave Version 5.7.0

  • New UAD-2 delay plug-in: EP-34 Classic Tape Echo.
  • UAD VCA VU is now officially licensed and renamed to UAD dbx® 160.
  • (UAD-2) Firmware update resolves potential flash memory errors.
  • (Win) UAD Meter settings are now obeyed under certain DAWs with Vista/Win7.
  • (Win RTAS) Manley Massive Passive and Precision Enhancer Hz are now installed on non-english language systems.
UAD EP-34 Classic Tape Echo

The EP-34 is a warm, highly adjustable, tape echo emulation inspired by two classic Echoplex units.

Universal Audio’s EP-34 Tape Echo plug-in gives guitar players and mix engineers the rich, warm tape delay effects of vintage Echoplex units, now on the UAD-2 Powered Plug-Ins platform for Mac and PC. One need only listen to classic recordings from Jimmy Page, Brian May, Chick Corea, Eddie Van Halen, Eric Johnson and Andy Summers to hear the Echoplex sound in action. Unlike other Echoplex emulations, the EP-34 is the first plug-in that targets specific behaviors of both the EP-3 and EP-4 Echoplexes.

EP-34 features

  • Highly desirable sound of original EP-3 and EP-4 Echoplex tape delay units, now available as a UAD-2 plug-in for Mac or PC.
  • Tape echo effects virtually indistinguishable from those used on countless classic recordings of the past six decades.
  • Unique movable record head design creates warm, rich sound unlike any other delay unit.
  • Provides a range of tones, from simple slap effects to self-oscillation chaos.
  • Amalgam of features from EP-3 and EP-4 hardware units, plus “digital only” extras for modern mix use.
  • Requires a UAD-2 DSP Accelerator Card available from authorized dealers worldwide.
UAD EP-34 Classic Tape Echo

The dbx® 160 compressor / limiter is a faithful plug-in emulation of the first commercially available VCA compressor.

The dbx 160 Compressor/Limiter is an officially licensed and faithful emulation of the legendary dbx 160 hardware compressor/limiter — still widely considered the best VCA compressor ever made. Originally designed and sold by David Blackmer in 1971, this solid-state design set the standard for performance and affordability. The dbx 160 (commonly referred to as the “VU”) is a highly regarded studio staple, famous for its simple control set and firm, distinct compression characteristics. Unlike later monolithic IC units, the “VU” uses a series of discrete components for gain reduction resulting in unique nonlinearities not found in other VCA compressors — a sonic distinction from later models. The UAD Powered Plug-In version of the dbx 160 captures all of the sonic nuances from our “golden” modeling unit, plus the simple control set of the original hardware, including Threshold, Compression (Ratio) and Output Gain. Just like with the hardware, LED threshold indicators are provided in the plug-in, as well the Input/Output/Gain Change VU meter for which the unit is famous.

dbx® 160 Compressor / Limiter features

  • Officially licensed plug-in model of the dbx 160 — the first solid-state VCA compressor.
  • Modeled discrete version with unique nonlinearities.
  • Same simple control set of its analog counterpart.
  • Threshold, Compression and Output controls.
  • LED threshold indicators just like the original.
  • Input/Output/Gain Change VU meter.
  • Modeled from desirable ‘non-monolithic’ original design, adding unique nonlinearities.
  • Requires a UAD-1 or UAD-2 DSP Accelerator Card available from authorized dealers worldwide.

The EP-34 and dbx 160 are available to purchase for $199 USD each. Until 1 October you can get 20$ off on a second plug-in with the purchase of the EP-34 or dbx 160.

More information: Universal Audio / EP-34 Classic Tape Echo

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