Plugin Alliance has announced that it has contributed six multi-format (including AAX DSP/AAX Native) plug-ins to Avid’s recently-released AAX Pack, making it the main contributor to this 18-plug-in-strong bundle.
The AAX (Avid Audio eXtension) plug-in format was launched last year alongside Pro Tools 10 to provide better workflows and sound parity when sharing sessions between DSP-accelerated and native-based Pro Tools systems; AAX Pack offers Pro Tools|HDX and Pro Tools|HD native owners running Pro Tools 10 software a must-have collection of superior-sounding, studio-essential AAX plug-ins from the world’s leading plug-in providers, including six of the best from Plugin Alliance.
Plugin Alliance plugins included in AAX Pack
Brainworx bx_limiter is a great-sounding, simple, but effective low-latency limiter plug-in designed to help determine how many dB of dynamics to reserve for each and every signal — go louder with more punch, less distortion!
Brainworx_XL V2 is based upon the M/S technology taken from Brainworx’s bx_digital, a ‘modern classic’ high-end analogue M/S EQ developed in 2006/7 — maximize your loudness with this powerful peak limiter!
elysia alpha compressor is a software recreation of elysia’s acclaimed mastering compressor, emulating its sound and features to match the analogue hardware as closely as possible — programmed by the coding experts from Brainworx!
Mäag Audio EQ4 successfully models Mäag Audio’s renowned EQ4® (500 Series) equaliser — retain original sound integrity and enhance ‘airy’ frequencies while shaping sounds to perfection with this studio-coveted six-band EQ!
Pro Audio DSP Spectrum Mapper V2 was developed by former Sony OXF R3 digital console development team members using groundbreaking adaptive techniques — create great-sounding vocal tracks with this unique compressor/limiter/de-esser!
SPL TwinTube transfers the warm, transparent, and smooth sound of analogue tube and coil filtering to the digital domain — add the warmth and presence of SPL’s renowned RackPack modular system processor!
Plugin Alliance has also announced major updates for all its currently available plug-ins from global partners Brainworx (Germany), elysia (Germany), Mäag Audio (USA), Noveltech Audio (Finland), Pro Audio DSP (UK), SPL (Germany), and Vertigo Sound (Germany); all are now conveniently grouped in the same menu (named Plugin Alliance) and listed alphabetically — no need to go searching anymore.
The AAX Pack is available to registered Pro Tools|HDX and Pro Tools|HD Native owners for $1,295 USD from all Avid pro audio resellers until December 14, 2012. All six Plugin Alliance plug-in licenses sold as part of the AAX Pack are non-transferrable and must be registered on the Plugin Alliance website to activate them.
Tokyo Dawn Labs and vladg/sound have collaborated to release the Proximity effect plug-in for Windows and Mac, as part of the KVR Developer Challenge 2012.
This plug-in is an easy to use distance “pan-pot” based on several psycho-acoustic models. The idea is to give mixing engineer a reliable tool which allows him to manipulate the “depth” of several sound sources in a straight forward and convincing manner.
Several models can be combined:
Distance signal delay by speed of sound.
Distance gain loss.
Absorption of high-frequencies in air.
Stereo width manipulation.
Proximity effect of virtual microphone.
Distance based early reflections.
All of them can be turned on and off to taste. Distance modulation options extend the creative possibilities even further. Units can be switched from metric (meters) to imperial (inches).
Proximity is available in 32 and 64-bits versions for Windows and Mac (VST/AU).
Tokyo Dawn Records has also announced it is working on also working on a major “TDR Feedback Compressor II” update and a new “TDR Sibilance Controller” plug-in.
Sound Magic has announced Vocalist, a VST effect plug-in for vocal processing.
Vocalist is a unique, comprehensive and powerful tool for your vocal tracks. It combines effects units such as De-esser, EQ, Compressor, Doubler and Reverb and each one has been optimized for the human voice. And, as always, Sound Magic has made the Vocalist incredibly easy to operate.
Internal 64-bit floating point precision.
Combines De-esser, EQ, Compressor, Doubler & Reverb for vocals.
Special Designed Effect Units and Workflow for Vocal Processing.
Innovative Mixer enables users to control all effects in a mixer.
Easy to operate EQ enables users to control basic frequency or brightness of the vocal using only one slider.
Innovative Doubler design provides a unique, impact sound and expand the sound in 3D sound field.
Special Designed High- Quality Reverb adds beautiful ambience to the vocal Innovative AIR channel add more life the vocal sound.
Support up to 32Bit/384KHz resolution.
The Vocalist VST plug-in for Windows costs 80 EUR.
Pro Audio DSP has released version 2.0 of its Dynamic Spectrum Mapper prismatic compressor & mastering limiter plug-in for Windows and Mac.
The DSM V2 will capture both, the frequency-domain and the dynamic characteristics of even the most complex audio material. This “capture” can then be used in its original form (or even be altered using the Parametric Threshold EQ) to control the dynamics of the audio material and increase the loudness. That´s if you use the DSM V2 plugin as a mastering limiter.
In fact it can do much more than this. It can serve as a great de-esser, vocal enhancer and compressor, and it can add some nice magic to your audio.
DSM V2 is available to purchase from the Plugin Alliance, at the introductory price of $279 USD (regular $329 USD). The upgrade is free for all customers who purchased the original DSM from August 1st, 2012 onwards.
Sound Magic has announced its Esser Terminator de-esser effect plug-in for Windows.
Sometime in a vocal recording, you will hear sounds like “esssss” or “shshsh”. That’s called esser. It is a common case but does not good in a mix. You have to remove them as soon as possible.
Esser Terminator is the right tool for doing that without cutting the high frequency as dynamic EQ method by using Sound Magic innovative algorithm. Esser Terminator delivers a smooth and transparent sound. In addition, Esser Terminator provides 4 controls for you to fit in your case. If you need a tool for de-esser job frequently, Esser Terminator is the one.
The plug-in (Windows VST) is available to purchase for 29.90 EUR. Existing Sound Magic customers pay 25 EUR.
FabFilter has announced the release of its Pro-DS de-esser effect plug-in for Windows and Mac.
Featuring ingenious vocal sibilance detection, powerful processing options and insightful metering, truly transparent de-essing becomes effortless with FabFilter Pro-DS.
The unique newly developed Single Vocal algorithm in Pro-DS has an uncanny ability to separate sibilance from non-sibilance in individual vocal recordings. It almost always works right away without the need for complex manual tuning, making the de-esser very easy to set up. Alternatively, the classic Allround detection implements a custom side-chain filter path, tuned to perfection for de-essing full mixes or high-frequency limiting of any material.
The intuitive interface in FabFilter Pro-DS makes it easy to find the right settings quickly with great visual feedback. A large real-time level display shows a scrolling input waveform and highlights the parts affected by the de-essing algorithm, showing you exactly how much processing is going on. Finding the right Threshold setting becomes a trivial task with the circular side-chain input meter around the Threshold knob. In addition, the side-chain filter slider displays a real-time spectrum analyzer, enabling you to easily zoom in on problem frequencies. Advanced GPU-powered graphics acceleration ensures seamless animation and also keeps the main CPU free to do audio processing.
To fine-tune the sound, FabFilter Pro-DS offers optional look-ahead (up to 15 milliseconds) and adjustable stereo linking. In addition to general wide-band processing, linear-phase split-band processing is also available. Together with optional mid/side processing (affecting only the mono or stereo content) and up to four times linear-phase oversampling, Pro-DS is capable of highly transparent de-essing in the most demanding situations. All this power combined with its innovative, easy-to-use interface makes Pro-DS the perfect de-essing solution for any mixing and mastering job.
FabFilter Pro-DS is a highly intelligent and transparent de-essing plug-in, perfect for processing single vocal tracks as well as entire mixes.
Highly intelligent ‘Single Vocal’ detection, and classic ‘Allround’ detection.
Adjustable Threshold, Range and High-Pass and Low-Pass side-chain filtering settings.
Wide Band or linear-phase Split Band processing.
Optional look-ahead time up to 15 ms.
Freely adjustable stereo linking.
Optional mid-only or side-only processing.
Up to four times linear-phase oversampling.
Real-time de-essing display, clearly showing the affected parts of processed audio.
Side-chain input meter, making it easy to choose a good Threshold value.
Real-time spectrum analyzer built into the HP/LP filter controller.
GPU-powered graphics acceleration.
High-quality 64-bit internal processing.
Double-click text entry of parameter values.
Large and compact interface sizes (with or without the real-time level display).
Stereo and mono plug-ins available.
Supports common Pro Tools hardware control surfaces, such as Avid ICON D-Control and D-Command.
All the usual FabFilter features you’ve come to expect: perfectly fine-tuned knobs and controllers, interactive MIDI Learn, undo/redo and A/B switch, Smart Parameter Interpolation for smooth parameter transitions, an extensive help file with interactive help hints, sample accurate automation, advanced optimization, and more.
FabFilter Pro-DS for Windows and Mac (VST/AU/AAX/RTAS/AudioSuite) is available to purchase for 149 EUR/$189 USD/£124 GBP. Bundles with FabFilter Pro-DS and other FabFilter plug-ins are also available. Existing FabFilter customers can purchase Pro-DS with a discount by logging in to their online user account.