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Blue Cat Audio updates 8 audio plug-ins

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Blue Cat Audio

Blue Cat Audio has released an update of 8 audio plug-ins to fix a few compatibility issues and improve the experience on newer systems.

This update includes new versions for Blue Cat’s Dynamics (broadband dynamics processor), MB-5 Dynamix (multiband dynamics processor), FreqAnalyst Pro (spectrum analyzer), StereoScope Pro (stereo field analyzer), the Blue Cat’s Parametr’EQ series (Parametric equalizers) and Blue Cat’s Remote Control (virtual control surface).

Changes in the update

  • Fixed 64-bit VST MIDI Events not sent for the first output parameter in the list.
  • Windows VST installer now detects the VST plug-ins path and remembers previous install location for updates.
  • Fixed Audio Unit validation issue on OSX Mavericks/Logic Pro X.
  • Fixed VST plug-in window frame not showing in Cubase 7.5 (32-bit) on Mac.
  • Fixed VST version that could not be loaded in Audio Hijack (Mac).

The update is now available to downloaf for existing customers free of charge.

More information: Blue Cat Audio

Blue Cat Audio updates PatchWork to v1.1

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Blue Cat Audio has released version 1.1 of PatchWork, the “universal plug-ins patchbay” plug-in that can host up to 64 VST plug-ins into any Digital Audio Workstation (DAW).

Blue Cat's PatchWork
With Blue Cat’s PatchWork it is possible to chain effects in series or create up to 8 parallel chains that can be activated independently.

This new version mainly brings sub plug-in automation support thanks to new parameter mapping features, phase flip and gain compensation for parallel chains, a few compatibility improvements and many more enhancements (details below): It is now possible to map hosted plug-ins’ parameters to external parameters that can be controlled by host automation or external control surfaces.

Changes in Blue Cat’s PatchWork v1.1

  • New Features:
    • New parameters mapping feature for sub plug-ins automation (includes a “learn” mode for easy mapping): Up to 40 parameters can be mapped to external controls. Usual Blue Cat Audio plug-ins’ advanced automation and MIDI control features can also be used to map controllers to sub-plug-ins parameters.
    • New layout to display mapped automation controls in the main user interface.
    • Added phase flip buttons for each parallel chain, so that you can easily compute differences between signals or correct phase problems introduced by some plug-ins.
    • Link all pre and post gain knobs so that pre gain changes are automatically compensated by the post gain knobs. This can be used to easily push dynamics or distortion plug-ins without increasing the volume.
  • Fixes and compatibility improvements:
    • In some hosts, when no plug-in is inserted, level meters remained frozen when stopping transport.
    • Fixing crashes with GRM Tools plug-ins that changed their audio I/O count dynamically (“Reson” for example).
    • Fixing sample rate initialization issue with Nebula when using copy/paste.
    • The plug-in can now be used as a virtual instrument in Cubase and Studio One (it used to be silent).
    • Some plug-ins that required the deprecated “effIdle” VST message should now work properly (Steinberg’s Virtual Guitarist for example).

Blue Cat’s PatchWork for Windows and Mac is available to purchase for 47 EUR / $63 USD until December 31st, 2013 (regular 59 EUR / $79 USD).

More information: Blue Cat Audio / PatchWork

Blue Cat Audio releases PatchWork plug-in patchbay

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Blue Cat Audio has announced the release of Blue Cat’s PatchWork, a new plug-in that can be described as a “universal plug-ins patchbay”.

Blue Cat PatchWork
PatchWork can host up to 64 VST plug-ins into any Digital Audio Workstation.

It is possible to chain effects in series or create up to 8 parallel chains that can be activated independently, and create many effects or instruments configurations within the plug-in, without the need for multiple busses. These configurations can be saved as presets and recalled instantly, or shared with multiple DAWs, using any plug-in format. Despite the plug-in’s name, no wiring or cabling is required: configuring plug-ins routing is as simple as adding or removing a row or a column in the rack’s matrix.

For each plug-in slot, latency compensation, presets management, undo/redo integration, and individual plug-in bypass are included for optimal operation. The plug-in also stores the position of the window for each plug-in so that the layout is restored with the session or saved with presets.

PatchWork features

  • Configurable VST plug-ins rack: host up to 64 third party plug-ins or instruments in series or parallel.
  • Available as an effect or virtual instrument.
  • Build your own effects chains: up to 8 “pre” and “post” plug-ins slots to chain plug-ins in series.
  • Parallel processing made easy: up to 8 parallel plug-ins chains.
  • Host up to 8 virtual instruments in parallel and mix them within the plug-in.
  • Global Dry/Wet control (“Mix”).
  • Copy and paste plug-ins with their settings between slots.
  • Recall complex processing setups and plug-ins layouts with one click and share them between your DAWs.
  • Input and output levels monitoring.
  • Plug-ins Latency compensation.
  • Integrated undo/redo.
  • Fully configurable user interface, with multiple sizes.

PatchWork is available to purchase at an introductory discount of 20% until December 31st, 2013. Existing Blue Cat Audio customers can purchase the plug-in with 40% discount.

More information: Blue Cat Audio / PatchWork

Blue Cat Audio updates Blue Cat’s MB-7 Mixer to v2.1

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Blue Cat Audio MB-7 Mixer

Blue Cat Audio has released version 2.1 of the MB-7 Mixer, a multi-band processing plug-in with VST hosting capabilities.

This new release mainly brings workflow enhancements, such as copy/paste capabilities, plug-ins layout restore, direct access to bypass and editor window, as well as plug-ins compatibility improvements.

The free broadband add-on skin has also been updated to include the new features and streamline the usage of the plug-in in single band (broadband) mode.

Changes in MB-7 v2.1

  • Bypass and display editor commands are now directly available from buttons in the plug-in slots.
  • Plug-ins editors can now be restored on open (position on screen is now saved in session and presets), with an option in the preferences to disable restoration.
  • Copy/paste plug-ins between slots using the system clipboard (you can copy paste between instances, or in different applications).
  • Copy/paste the plug-in’s current state from the presets menu using the system clipboard.
  • “Center Plug-in Editor” command to bring back plug-ins editors that may be lost on the screen.
  • Improved support for plug-ins with multiple I/O configurations (the number of channels is now passed to the plug-ins).
  • (Mac) Inserted plug-ins window do not follow the MB-7 Mixer window anymore.
  • (Mac) plug-in version number is now available when using “Get Info” in the Finder.
  • Fixed: (Mac) RTAS version could cause some GUI issues in Pro Tools with some plug-ins (blank windows).
  • Fixed: (Mac) About window does not show up first in the corner of the screen.
  • Fixed: (Win) Alt-Click on a control now resets the value to default in Pro Tools, as expected.

The MB-7 Mixer plug-in is available to purchase for 99 EUR.

More information: Blue Cat Audio / MB-7 Mixer

Blue Cat Audio updates 9 plug-ins for Pro Tools 11 + Summer Sales announced

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Blue Cat AAX

Blue Cat Audio has announced the release of an update for 9 additional plug-ins to support Pro Tools 11, and announces summer sales to celebrate that all 21 Blue Cat Audio plug-ins are now available in 32 and 64-bit AAX Native format.

Pro Tools 11 users can now enjoy Blue Cat’s Dynamics (broadband dynamics processor), MB-7 Mixer (multiband mixing tool), MB-5 Dynamix (multiband dynamics processor), FreqAnalyst Pro (spectrum analyzer), StereoScope Pro (stereo field analyzer), the Blue Cat’s Parametr’EQ series (Parametric equalizers) and Blue Cat’s Remote Control (virtual control surface) on their system, in addition to the 12 other plug-ins released last week.

The update is free for existing customers and is available for download from the same page as the initial purchase. Special prices for the release of these new Pro Tools 11-compatible versions will be available until the end of July (15% off all plug-ins and 10% off all bundles). They apply to all plug-in formats: VST, Audio Unit, RTAS, AAX and DirectX.

The sale ends July 31st, 2013.

More information: Blue Cat Audio

Blue Cat Audio Releases Blue Cat’s Liny EQ v5.0

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Blue Cat's Liny EQ

Blue Cat Audio has released version 5.0 of Blue Cat’s Liny EQ, a complete rewrite of the low latency linear phase EQ plug-in.

Blue Cat’s Liny EQ is an 8 bands linear phase graphic equalizer with very low latency and comprehensive visual feedback: it processes audio signals without phase distortion, with an unusually short latency (less than 3 milliseconds).

Version 5.0 has now a brand new, fully customizable user interface, and includes many new features and enhancements: premium visual feedback with EQ curves, spectrum and spectrogram displays, new EQ shapes, single and dual channels modes, a new presets manager, Windows AAX support, multiple display sizes, new MIDI and automation mapping capabilities, and much more.

Blue Cat’s Liny EQ is available to purchase at a 25% introductory discount until June 15th, 2013. The Blue Cat’s Master Pack (which also includes Liny EQ) is 15% off.

Customers who recently purchased the software (in the past 3 months) will receive the upgrade for free, and others can upgrade to the new version for a small fee. Other Blue Cat Audio customers can purchase the plug-in with 40% discount.

More information: Blue Cat Audio / Liny EQ

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

Blue Cat Audio releases DP Meter Pro v4.0

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Blue Cat Audio has announced DP Meter Pro 4.0, a multi-purpose audio levels meter and envelope generator, formerly known as Blue Cat’s Digital Peak Meter Pro.

Blue Cat DP Meter Pro
The DP Meter Pro plug-in has been completely redesigned in version 4.0.

The plug-in now comes with a brand new user interface with many new features and enhancements: fully customizable meters, crest factor display, levels histograms for precise dynamic range analysis, surround support, a new presets manager, Windows AAX support, multiple display sizes, new MIDI and automation mapping capabilities, and much more…

Blue Cat’s DP Meter Pro 4.0 is available to purchase at a 16% discount off the regular price of 59 EUR / $79 USD until March 10th, 2013. The upgrade for Digital Peak Meter Pro users is 11 EUR / $15 USD. Users who have purchased the plug-in in the past 6 months can upgrade at no cost.

More information: Blue Cat Audio / DP Meter Pro