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”.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.