Loomer updates Shift plugin to v2.3.1

Loomer has released version 2.3.1 of its Shift pitch shifter and delay plug-in for Windows, Mac, and Linux.

Loomer Shift

Shift is a diatonic granular pitch shifting delay. Shift combines an intuitive and beautiful user interface, with a great sounding granular synthesis engine. Shift’s flexibility allows a palette of timbres ranging from basic echo effects, through intelligent harmonies, to exotic evolving ambient soundscapes.

Changes in Shift v2.3.1

  • (new) AAX 64-bit Native plug-ins for Windows and Mac OS X.
  • (new) New modern flat-style UI.
  • (new) UI can now be dynamically rescaled.
  • (feature) Keyboard entry of rotary parameter values. Rotary controls can now be typed directly into by clicking on the text value below the control.
  • (improvement) Improved performance on real-time and very low-latency systems.
  • (improvement: Windows) The 32-bit and 64-bit VST plug-ins are now installed as separate components. You can choose which one (s) to install, as well as selecting different install folders for each architecture.
  • (feature: Linux) Added “Show Directory” to the preset browser, which will will reveal the selected preset directory in your window manager.
  • (improvement: Mac OS X) Installer and all installed components are now signed in compliance with Mac OS X’s Gatekeeper system.
  • (improvement) Significantly improved UI response speed; reduced CPU usage when parameters are automated whilst the UI is open.
  • (improvement: Linux) Presets and configuration files are now located to comply with the XDG Base Directory Specification. Older installations will still use any existing preset library location to maintain backwards compatibility.
  • (fix: Mac OS X Audio Unit) Fixed minor memory leak in parameter names.
  • (improvement) Fixed CPU spikes which could occur when changing quickly cycling through presets.
  • (fix) Fixed typo in display when detuning by a diatonic fourth or fifth.
  • (fix) Fixed parameter jumps that could occur in certain hosts when modulating parameters using the XY pad.
  • (improvement) Added notches to mid-point of bi-directional modulation rotaries to make it easier to set the values to 0.

Shift is available for purchase for £45 GBP ex. VAT.

More information: Loomer / Shift

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Exponential Audio intros Excalibur multi fx plugin

Exponential Audio has announced Excalibur, the “most powerful and flexible effects plug-in you can find”.

Exponential Audio Excalibur
Combining delay, flanger, pitch, distortion and more into a powerful modular architecture, Excalibur gives you millions of combinations.

During development our testers and previewers have honoured us by comparing Excalibur to many classic studio effects units, we’ll let you decide which ones when you hear it. We think emulation is nice, but we wanted to take that and build on it, adding all the things you could have never have done with the original hardware units.

We asked those who got to preview Excalibur how they would describe it, they said:

“An audio processing Swiss Army knife.”
”Multi effects box of days past.
”The most extensive Multi-FX, all- in-one plug-in available.”
”A Sound designers multi-FX unit.”

Imagine a multi-effects unit that works like a modular synth and you’re starting to get close to the heart of Excalibur.

Its modular architecture allows you to assemble millions of effects, configured in ways you’ve only been able to imagine.

“Emulation is nice, but we wanted to take that and build on it, adding all the things you could have never have done with the original hardware units”

The plug-in will be available for Windows and Mac (VST/AU/RTAS/AAX) in Spring 2015 at an introductory price (regular $199 USD).

More information: Exponential Audio

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Klevgränd Produktion releases R0Verb reverb & delay

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Klevgränd Produktion has announced the release of R0Verb, a “multi delay-line space machine” for Mac OS X and iOS.

Klevgränd Produktion R0Verb

This audio effect filter is a hybrid between a simple reverb and a very complex delay. R0Verb consists of up to 50 separate delay lines, and via the unique user interface it puts you in charge of every single delay with controls for volume, pre-delay, feedback and high shelf.

It can be used for everything from simple delays to complex spaces, but always remains simple in appearance and easy to use. It also has a nice randomizer function, for inspiration or just get a head start in designing a unique space.

R0Verb is available for purchase for $7.99 USD (Audio Unit) / $3.99 USD (iOS)..

More information: Klevgränd Produktion / R0Verb

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stw-audio updates REFLEX+ echo/reverb plugin to V2

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stw-audio has released version 2 of REFLEX+, a delay algorithm based echo/reverb effect plug-in for Windows and Mac.

stw-audio REFLEX+ V2

REFLEX+ V2 ships with over 70 factory presets and is fully compatible with V1 parameter settings.

Changes in REFLEX+ V2

  • Preset management (host/format independent).
  • Pan modulation.
  • Two new time modes (X-Delay I+II).
  • Two independent effect slots (Reflex lines).

The plug-in (VST/AU) is available for purchase for the introductory price of 29 EUR until end of February, 2015 (regular 39 EUR incl. VAT). The update is free for all existing customers.

More information: stw-audio / REFLEX+

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Review: eaReckon EARebound delay plugin

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Over the years I have collected a nice amount of delay plug-ins. My favorites include OhmBoyz, NastyDLA, ET-200, More Feedback Machine 2, Satin, ValhallaFreqEcho, RP-Delay, Sigmund, Timeless 2, Replika, … I’m probably forgetting some, but I guess it is clear I like my delays.

Some of these offer simple one-trick pony effects, others are capable of much more complex things.

The EARebound plug-in by eaReckon falls in the latter category.
It was originally designed to quickly create rhythm lines from percussive sounds recorded in various environments.

The idea behind EARebound was to create an effect featuring 15 delay lines and a workflow similar to the one provided by a good old drum machine. This tool had to offer 16 commutable and synchronized “steps”, with each of them being independently shaped and placed in space by a series of dedicated effects.

A confidential prototype was then born in 2011, offering 15 delay lines, a saturation module, two filters, a chorus and a positioning tool. This prototype was enough to create rhythm lines from any kind of recorded sounds within a couple of minutes. It was already lots of fun and saved time!

Further development of EARebound led to a solid multi-delay unit that excels in creating rhythm and spicing up your existing loops.

eaReckon EARebound

The interface of EARebound looks a bit like a groovebox/drum machine. The step sequencer in the bottom controls the input, 15 individual delay lines, and 1 global delay line.

The input can be muted and the fx applied to the source can be disabled as well. The steps in the sequencer have a solo button, and the global delay line can be set to either include or exclude the source input. The global line allows for looping the “sequencer pattern”. You can achieve some lovely creating special effects by using short delay times.

In the middle of the interface we find input & output controls on the left and right, with a handy section that lets you process low frequencies in various ways with stereo/multi-channel, split LF & pre/post parameters.

By clicking the edit button in the sequencer, you can set the effects for each of the delay lines (and the input). EARebound includes the following:

  • 7 saturation/distortion units
  • high-pass & low-pass filter
  • modulation line with 4 chorus/tremolo lines
  • level with feedback control
  • position X/Y pad for panning and multi-channel output control
  • and delay time with division multiplier (0-16x) and base division (up to 1/64 incl. dotted & triplet), and a knob to set the delay time manually.

All of these parameters can be adjusted from the main view, but if you want to see everything in one screen you can also use the mix view. This shows the effects applied to the input and 15 delay lines and you can modify parameters directly. In version 1.0.2 of EARebound, two Global Edit modes (same or relative value) were added, allowing you to edit parameters for all lines at the same time.

A third view shows a “Time Line” of delay times for the input and 15 delay lines. The circled points show output and feedback parameters, providing an intuitive overview of what’s going on exactly. Again, you can modify some parameters on the spot.

Other notable features include MIDI learn & control, a wonderful “Random” button (with optional parameter locks), and multiple stereo outputs, which allows the use of a 3rd party plug-in to process selected delay lines.

In the video below you can hear some of the presets on a simple melody done with u-he’s upcoming Hive synth.

So what do I think?

Product: EARebound by eaReckon
Format: VST/AU
Price: 99 EUR
Like: Deep & flexible, fun to use
Don’t like: —
Verdict: 9/10

Sometimes you want your delay effects quick and easy, other times you want to take it a step further and create something more deep and complex. EARebound does both, without ever getting complicated.

By including saturation & distortion models, filters and modulation options, EARebound is very flexible, offering much more than simple delay effects. The interface is very intuitive and a joy to work with.

Features like the alternate views, low frequency splitting and a “Random” knob that produces useful results show that some good thought was put into this plug-in.

In short, if you want a delay effect that offers both ease of use and extensive control, EARebound is definitely worth checking out.

More information: eaReckon / EARebound

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