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.
iZotope has announced the release of the next generation of Alloy, a forward-thinking mixing suite that combines six essential tools in one self-contained and completely configurable plug-in.
A modern twist on classic mixing, Alloy 2 takes the traditional channel strip and brings it into the future with powerful sound-shaping tools, exceptional sound quality, and a streamlined workflow. Thoughtfully designed for mixing purposes across the music, audio, post and broadcast industries, Alloy 2 is perfect for engineers, musicians, and producers looking to sculpt their sound while addressing common mix issues.
“Whatever the track, Alloy 2 provides a wealth of tools that give you both corrective and expressive control over your audio while mixing. We went out of our way tocreate a tool that not only raises the bar sonically, but also enables engineers to achieve a desired sound simply and efficiently with a more seamless workflow,” says Brett Bunting, Alloy Product Manager. “Those who havenever used Alloy before will be amazed by the number of mixing solutions contained within a single plug-in, while users of Alloy 1 will be struck by how much we’ve managed to add and enhance while still improving usability.”
Alloy 2′s new Overview Panel: A simplified view where you can easily monitor and tweak relevant settings of the currently-enabled Alloy modules. Panel also updates instantly while previewing presets, highlighting the modules and settings used by each.
Alloy 2 features
Get six powerful tools in one integrated plug-in: Equalizer, Dynamics, Exciter, De-Esser, Transient Shaper and Limiter.
Achieve exceptional sound quality, balancing vintage emulation with digital precision.
Hear results immediately with zero latency performance, whether tracking in real-time or in the midst of a mix session.
Visualize mixing decisions with rich meter displays to guide the way.
Start fast, then go deep with over 250 presets and a tweaker’s paradise of advanced controls.
What’s New for Alloy 2?
Fans of Alloy 1 will benefit from Alloy 2’s sonic enhancements, highlights of which include a redesigned Exciter module, a revamped multiband Transient Shaper, a host of new EQ filters, including Treble and Bass Baxandall filters, and more. Alloy 2 users will also click less to achieve more thanks to both a fully overhauled user interface, enlarged to make more controls accessible, and a new Overview panel that dynamically adjusts to show only the most relevant settings of the modules in play.
With low CPU usage and zero latency operation, Alloy 2 can be used again and again across a wide range of tracks and buses, making it a perfect mixing complement to iZotope’s flagship mastering suites, Ozone 5 and Ozone 5 Advanced. To this end, Alloy 2 also features an internal Meter Tap, which provides immediate visual feedback from Alloy 2’s tracks and buses in the Ozone5 Advanced Meter Bridge.
Overview of iZotope’s Alloy 2 Essential Mixing Tools.
Alloy 2 is available to purchase for the introductory price of $149 USD until September 6th, 2012 (regular $199 USD /159 EUR). iZotope customers who purchased Alloy 1 on or after June 27, 2012 will receive a free upgrade to Alloy 2 upon release. A special upgrade price of $79 USD will be available for all Alloy 1 customers who purchased before June 27, 2012.
Sound Performance Lab has announced the Analog Elemental Series and MasterBay S, two new products SPL will be showcasing at the Musikmesse.
Analog Elemental Series: 13 new products, one concept
The 13 different Analog Elemental units result from the mix of six different preamps and processing modules. One single product combines two of the following modules in a 1U 19-inch rack:
Premium Microphone Preamplifier
Preference Microphone Preamplifier
TwinTube Tube Saturation Processor
SPL Analog Elemental Series – Premium Preamp / DynaMaxx
This series was conceived to meet two very popular demands our customers have expressed throughout the years: on the one hand it offers the possibility to have the exceptional preamps of the RackPack modular series in the traditional 19-inch format; while, on the other hand, it offers perfect front end and processing possibilities for any situation ranging from pure preamplification to specific processing needs for vocals and instruments ― all combinations are readily available.
MasterBay S: The S-Class Patchbay
When it comes to mastering, a patchbay is not always enough: even for experienced users a simple comparison of different processors or processing paths can become a headache.
SPL MasterBay S
The new MasterBay S can manage up to four stereo processors comfortably and its fascinating possibilities allow you to get the best results out of your equipment:
Four switchable inserts
Parallel Mix function
Automatic A/B comparison with freely selectable intervals
Trim potentiometers for all input and output levels
Big level knob for dynamic fading
Always reduces signal conversion to the minimum
SPL will launch these new products at the Musikmesse in Frankfurt, Germany, March 21-24, 2012 (Stand B 82 in Hall 5.1).
The Plugin Alliance has announced the release of the Noveltech Character and the De-Esser Collection by SPL.
CHARACTER™ intelligently enhances the relevant characteristics found in the source, automatically adjusting complex sets of parameters rather than only statically boosting e.g. one specific frequency region.
This revolutionary approach allows you to get to the desired results much faster – with almost instant gratification, requiring only three intuitive user parameters!
The SPL De-Esser Collection – these plugins KICK S. This plugin collection contains of 2 Analog Code plugins, emulating the best analogue De-Esser available. No other De-Esser gets the job done so easily while keeping the original vocal signal so “untouched”.
While the CLASSIC DE-ESSER is available right away we are finishing the DUAL-BAND DE-ESSER plugin right now and will add it to the installer as a FREE UPGRADE to all existing users by April 1st.
The Character plug-in and SPL De-Esser Collection are available for the introductory price of $99 USD (regular $149 USD) and $149 USD (regular $199 USD) repsectively, until April 4th, 2012.
Plugin Alliance has announced new plugins from SPL and Noveltech, to be released via the Plugin Alliance platform.
If you ask professionals about the best choice for an easy fix for the most common vocal problem you will most likely hear about the SPL De-Esser. We’re releasing Analog Code plugin emulations of BOTH versions, the Classic 9629 and the new RackPack Dual-Band De-Esser this month. We even added M/S modes for mastering purposes.
Info about the SPL De-Esser hardware: please click here.
The NOVELTECH Character plugin was available exclusively for the discontinued TC POWERCORE platform so far. A new cooperation between the Plugin Alliance and Noveltech (from Finland) will now make this innovative plugin available for all native formats and TDM / VENUE systems. Right now the plugin is undergoing some small adjustments and a facelift for a great new look (see the picture above, showing the work in progress). Please stay tuned.
The Character plugin uses Noveltech’s IAF (Intelligent Adaptive Filtering) technology, which affects both the frequency response and dynamic properties of the input material in a highly time varying sense. Offering results you simply cannot achieve with traditional EQ or compression.
Info about Noveltech’s Character plugin: please click here.
The new plug-ins will be available from Plugin Alliance this March.
MOTU has unveiled Digital Performer version 8, a major upgrade to their flagship audio workstation software.
MOTU Digital Performer 8
Recognized throughout the industry as a leading workstation application for Mac, Digital Performer 8 will now be available for both Mac OS X and Windows 7. During in-booth demos, MOTU debuted other significant new features, including a new video playback engine, Punch Guard™ confidence recording, 14 new user interface themes, and 15 new included plug-ins.
“With a long history of firsts, Digital Performer is widely considered to be a leader in audio software technology,” said Jim Cooper, MOTU Director of Marketing. “We are thrilled to bring Digital Performer’s leading role of exceptional performance and innovation to Windows-based recording artists, producers, engineers, remixers, composers and anyone looking for advanced desktop music and audio production.”
DP8 will operate in 32-bit or 64-bit mode on Mac OS X and Windows 7. On Windows, it will support VST plug-ins and Rewire. MOTU demonstrated DP8 running on HP Z Workstations and HP EliteBook Mobile Workstations provided by Hewlett-Packard.
Other new DP8 features
Punch Guard™ records an extra four seconds of audio before and after record passes, allowing users to edge-edit in/out points to “uncover” audio material accidentally cut off during recording.
DP8′s new video engine allows full-screen viewing of full 720 or 1080 HD video clips on a primary or secondary computer monitor, or on a conventional HDMI or SDI video monitor connected to a MOTU video interface such as the HD Express or HDX-SDI.
Digital Performer’s Themes allow users to change the entire look of the software with one click. DP8 adds 14 new themes, including “Hi-Fi”, “Arctic”, and “None More Black”.
MOTU demonstrated 15 new plug-ins to be included with DP8, including two new classic guitar amp models, a bass cabinet model, several classic guitar pedals, modeled analog delay, a multi-band dynamic equalizer, a de-esser, the Subkick™ kick drum enhancer, and Springamabob™, a modeled vintage spring reverb processor.
Digital Performer 8 will ship Spring, 2012. Pricing is TBA.
MOTU also demonstrated iPad support for CueMix FX, the mixing and effects processing engine in MOTU’s current line of audio interfaces.
With a simple software update, MOTU audio interface users will be able to control the mixing and processing features in their MOTU interface from OSC-compatible iPad software, which offers graphic, multi-touch control over the hardware’s mixer, EQ, compression and reverb.
iPad support for CueMix will ship as a free software update in Spring, 2012.