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Waves releases Manny Marroquin Signature Series Collection

Waves has released the Manny Marroquin Signature Series Collection, a collection of 6 effect plugins that were designed to be innovative, effective and easy to use.

Waves Manny Marroquin Signature Series

Four-time GRAMMY® award-winning mixing engineer Manny Marroquin takes the Waves Signature Series to a new level with six hybrid plugins that bring his unique workflow to your studio.

Alongside his personalized versions of tried-and-true favorites like EQ, reverb, delay and distortion, Manny introduces the innovative new Tone Shaper and Triple D plugins which are destined to become mixing essentials as well.

Combining inspiration from his impressive collection of unique and boutique hardware, together with the fruits of his imagination, the Manny Marroquin Signature Series gives you direct access to the same tools Manny uses to mix hit after hit after hit.

The collection is available to purchase for $299 USD.

More information: Waves / Manny Marroquin Signature Series

iZotope releases Nectar Elements vocal plug-in

iZotope Nectar Elements

iZotope has announced the release of Nectar Elements, the latest addition to the Nectar family of vocal plug-in effects.

Built on the same award-winning DSP as Nectar, Nectar Elements features an easy-to-use interface designed with the singer-songwriter, podcaster, or home recordist in mind. With ten vocal processing effects working behind the scenes, Nectar Elements simplifies vocal production, allowing users to focus on their sound, not their set-up.

“By introducing Nectar Elements, iZotope is pleased to offer single-click vocal production to a broader set of users,” says iZotope Product Manager, Brett Bunting. “Our vocal product line is focused on great sound and simple workflow. With Nectar Elements, anyone can quickly explore a wealth of complete vocal sounds, each with unique and intuitive control.”

Nectar Elements features dozens of Style presets that let you choose between a variety of classic and creative vocal styles, from Motown to Grunge to radio-ready podcast. Easily and quickly adjust the simple controls to find your voice and make it shine.

Nectar Elements features

  • Rapidly audition different vocal sounds with professionally-designed Style presets in a wide variety of Genres.
  • Personalize your sound with easy-to-use controls that drive sophisticated vocal processing.
  • Levels: Quickly get punchy vocals with the loudness you need for consistency across your tracks.
  • Space: Help settle your vocals into your mix with delays and reverbs that add ambience and “smoothing.”
  • Dedicated per-Style controls: Adjust intelligent sliders that perfectly complement the Genre and Style of choice.
  • EQ: Enhance and sculpt the tone of your voice, or adapt any Style to suit your sound’s needs.
  • De-Esser: Easily remove unwanted “ess” sounds and sibilance using just one intelligent slider.
  • Gate: Remove room tone and other unwanted noise quickly to get vocals crisp and broadcast-ready.
  • Automatic Pitch Correction: Fix out-of-tune notes so you can keep those “almost perfect” takes.

Nectar Elements is available to purchase for MSRP $129 USD / 99 EUR. Additional preset packs for Nectar and Nectar Elements are available for free.

More information: iZotope / Nectar Elements

Cakewalk announces CA-2A T-Type Leveling Amplifier plugin + NAMM Sale

Cakewalk has announced the CA-2A T-Type Leveling Amplifier, with support for VST, Audio Units, and SONAR X2 Producer’s ProChannel.

This legendary vintage electro-optical tube compressor has been meticulously modeled and crafted by Cakewalk’s developers to deliver the classic, highly desirable sound heard on countless platinum recordings.

Cakewalk CA-2A T-Type Leveling Amplifier
Cakewalk’s CA-2A emulation of the Teletronix LA-2A compressor.

Since the 1960s, professional engineers have relied on the unique characteristics of this tube-based compressor to work its magic on an array of different types of tracks. Cakewalk developers modeled this unit and originally made it available as a ProChannel module in their flagship DAW, SONAR, and then in late 2012 released the RE-2A version as a Propellerhead Rack Extension. Now with the announcement of the CA-2A, musicians, producers, and engineers can use this highly regarded DSP technology in any VST or AU compatible DAW – at a fraction of the cost and with all the modern technological conveniences.

The CA-2A is suitable for just about any audio material, but it particularly excels on vocal tracks, producing transparent musical results, while preserving the dynamic performance. It also sounds great on electric and acoustic guitars including bass instruments, as well as piano, wind instruments and other tracks needing a smooth rich texture.

Cakewalk developers have put a great deal of effort into the research and development of the CA-2A, and the plugin gets its legendary sound from a variety of different factors. Depending on the incoming program material, the modeled T4 circuit uses an electroluminescent panel to determine the exact attack time (around 10 milliseconds,) and an optical photo cell to determine the release time; all while carefully modeling the amplifier’s tubes and electro-optical device – just like the original hardware unit. The CA-2A also includes a Fast Resetting Photocell Memory feature that will allow the processor to respond with more agility than the original hardware unit when needed on material such as drums and slap bass.

In addition, the compressor serves as a “soft-knee” type slope with a fixed attack time of 10 milliseconds and a two-stage program-dependent release structure which results in warm analogue character. Unlike typical dynamics processors that have a fixed compression ratio across all frequencies, the CA-2A gain reduction varies at different frequencies. It also features an R37 control, true to the original hardware, where the compressors responsiveness to high frequencies can be adjusted. The R37 control has been a secret trick for many world-class engineers who use it as a natural de-esser- on vocals.

“With the CA-2A, we are excited to bring this critically acclaimed DSP technology to a broader range of musicians,” says Cakewalk Product Manager, Brian Desmond. “The response from the SONAR and Reason user base has been overwhelmingly positive, so it made perfect sense to make the CA-2A available to all VST or AU compatible DAWs.”

Cakewalk engineers have also implemented a side-chain function in the CA-2A, allowing the compressor to react to program material from one track, and apply it to another. This is an improvement that many mixing engineers will find useful for a wide variety of use cases, such as ducking or pumping of synth sounds in EDM.

CA-2A T-Type Leveling Amplifier features

  • Meticulously modeled.
  • With only a few simple controls, it’s easy to use and provides instant gratification.
  • Warm, smooth and natural sounding compression characteristics.
  • Frequency-dependent gain reduction.
  • Compressor and Limiter modes.
  • Up to 40 dB of smooth gain reduction.
  • Sidechain input for ducking, de-essing and pumping.
  • Gain reduction CV output to modulate other effects.
  • Zero latency for real-time tracking and mixing.
  • Fully modeled “R37″ HF Pre-emphasis control.
  • VST, Audio Units & ProChannel compatible.

The CA-2A T-Type Leveling Amplifier will be available in late January for $99 USD / £79 GBP / 99 EUR. Customers who previously purchased the PC2A (ProChannel Module) format can upgrade for $19.99 USD / £15.99 GBP / 19.99 EUR.

Cakewalk has also announced a NAMM special, offering a 20% discount on orders of $149 USD or more.

In honor of NAMM 2013, Cakewalk is offering all customers 20% savings on orders of $149 more. There’s never been a better time to upgrade your studio with critically-acclaimed products including SONAR X2 Producer upgrades, Z3TA+ 2 upgrades, expansion Packs, videos, and of course the new CA-2A Leveling Amplifier. Offer ends January 31st.

More information: Cakewalk / CA-2A T-Type Leveling Amplifier

Waves announces Manny Marroquin Signature Series Collection & GEQ Graphic Equalizer Plug-in

At NAMM 2013, Waves has announced the upcoming release of the Manny Marroquin Signature Series Collection.

Waves Manny Marroquin Signature Series

Waves Audio (booth 6824) announces the Manny Marroquin Signature Series Collection, custom plugins developed in collaboration with GRAMMY® Award-winning mix engineer Manny Marroquin (Rihanna, Maroon 5, Shakira).

The collection consists of six plugins: Delay, Reverb, EQ, Tonal Shaper, Distortion and Triple D (DeEsser, DeHarsher, DeBoxer).

Waves has also announced the GEQ Graphic Equalizer plug-in for Windows and Mac.

Waves GEQ

Developed primarily for live users (but sure to find a home in the studio as well), GEQ features selectable cut and boost at 1/3 octave intervals, using two unique filter types.

GEQ features

  • Classic component with proportional Q.
  • Modern component with independent non-interactive filter types.
  • 30 ISO bands.
  • 6 dB, 12 dB, 18 dB selectable cut & boost.
  • Independent HPF, LPF and a parametric bell per side.
  • Zero latency.
  • 2 input RTA with external input options.
  • RTA input difference mode with auto-suggest function.
  • Link L/R.
  • Touch Support with Fader Draw functionality.

The Manny Marroquin Signature Series Collection and GEQ Graphic Equalizer Plug-in will be available soon with pricing TBA.

More information: Waves

IK Multimedia launches T-RackS Custom Shop mixing & mastering suite

IK Multimedia T-RackS Custom Shop

IK Multimedia has announced the launch of the T-RackS Custom Shop, the updated version 4.0 of its world-class mixing and mastering suite for Mac and PC.

Now T-RackS is even more powerful, with the new Custom Shop feature, which was originally introduced in our AmpliTube software. Custom Shop opens from within T-RackS, and lets you browse, audition, and purchase any processor in the T-RackS collection. It’s like having a really cool vintage and cutting edge modern digital gear shop at your fingertips, 24/7.

On top of this, five new processors have been added to the T-RackS lineup, including the Quad Series of precision multiband units, and the British Channel, a meticulous emulation of the channel strip from a classic mixing desk. Black 76 and White 2A, vintage dynamics processors have been updated to make them even more authentic and hardware-like sounding.

IK Multimedia T-RackS Custom Shop
The White 2A Leveling Amplifier in T-RackS Custom Shop.

T-RackS CS Bundle Collections

  • Classic – formerly T-RackS Standard, it includes the four original T-RackS processors: Classic Compressor, Classic Multi-band Limiter, Classic Clipper and Classic Equalizer, plus the metering suite.
  • Deluxe – includes everything in T-RackS CS Classic, plus Vintage Tube Compressor/Limiter Model 670, Vintage Tube Program Equalizer, Opto Compressor, Brickwall Limiter, and Linear Phase Equalizer.
  • Grand – includes everything in T-RackS CS Deluxe, plus seven additional processors: Quad Comp, Quad Limit, Quad Image, De-Esser, British Channel, Black 76 and White 2A. It provides the full collection of 16 T-RackS processors, featuring all the new modules released so far (not including CSR).

T-RackS CS Grand is available for $399.99/€319.99 (all prices ex. taxes), T-RackS CS Deluxe is priced at $199.99/€159.99 and T-RackS CS Classic at $79.99/€59.99.

Through January 7, 2013, a special 50%-off introductory upgrade price for T-RackS Grand is offered to users who’ve purchased any previous T-Racks Deluxe or Standard bundle, or single plug-in. These special upgrade prices start as low as $99.99/€79.99 and go up to $149.99/€119.99, depending on the version.

Credit Packs for purchasing à la carte models in the Custom Shop start as low as $19.99/€15.99, for 20 credits, and go up incrementally to $499.99/€399.99 for 1,000 credits. The cost for T-RackS processors inside the Custom Shop ranges from 40 to 120 Gear Credits each.

A free version of T-RackS Custom Shop is also available, including two fully functional modules (classic EQ and metering). It can be downloaded for free from the IK User Area upon registration.

More information: IK Multimedia / T-RackS Custom Shop

Plugin Alliance tops Avid AAX Pack plug-in count and announces updates

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.

Avid AAX Pack

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.

More information: Plugin Alliance / AAX Pack

Tokyo Dawn Labs and vladg/sound introduce Proximity pan/pot effect plugin

TDR / Vladgsound Proximity

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.

Tokyo Dawn Labs Sibilance Controller
TDR Sililance Controller vocal de-esser effect plugin.

This is a dedicated vocal de-esser designed for precise and unobtrusive reduction of offending sibilance.

The concept is based on accurate band extraction via linear phase filters (either bell or shelf shaped) and a highly specialized, level-independent sibilance detection algorithm.

Two modes are available, full-band and split-band.

More information: Tokyo Dawn Labs / Proximity

Sound Magic releases Vocalist effect plugin for vocal processing

Sound Magic Vocalist

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.

Vocalist features

  • 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.

More information: Sound Magic / Vocalist