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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

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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

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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

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iZotope updates Ozone & Ozone Advanced to v5.03

iZotope Ozone / Ozone Advanced

iZotope has updated its Ozone 5 mastering effects suite to version 5.03.

iZotope’s complete mastering system in a single integrated plug-in includes eight essential mastering tools: Maximizer, Equalizer, Multiband Dynamics, Multiband Stereo Imaging, Post Equalizer, Multiband Harmonic Exciter, Reverb, and Dithering.

Ozone 5 Advanced adds seven additional component plug-ins, extended features in every module, and a comprehensive suite of configurable meters.

Changes in Ozone v5.03

  • Plug-in formats: Added AAX Native support for Pro Tools 10.
  • Operating systems: Added Windows 8 support.
  • Operating systems: Added OS X 10.8 support.
  • Feature enhancement: Changed wording of “Match From” to “Reference” for the Matching EQ.
  • [Ozone Advanced] Fix: Improved Host Bypass communication for component plug-ins (Advanced feature only).

Ozone 5 for Windows and Mac is available to purchase for $249 USD (Ozone 5) / $999 USD (Ozone 5 Advanced).

More information: iZotope / Ozone

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Vintage Synth Pads announces Lush Life for Lush-101

Vintage Synth Pads Lush Life

Vintage Synth Pads has announced Lush Life, a soundset for the Lush-101 software synthesizer by D16 Group.

Lush Life is a new set of 150+ presets and 60+ new timbers for Lush101. Over 210+ new sonic elements.

In this collection we focus on pads and emulations of classic hardware. This classic collection was inspired by and will remind you of: D50, Dx7, ObXa, Expander, Odyssey, CS80, Moog Modular.

We did our best to emulate some of the sounds and styles from these classics but in a modern way. Many presets are layers of multiple synths such as a D50 and CS80. Of course, there are more then just pads but that is the main focus.

Also included: Bass, Leads, Keys, Apegs, Fx.

The soundset will cost $34.95 USD. It is now available to pre-order at a 30% discount, use code 30now at checkout Lush Life will be available within 2 weeks (the discount will end upon release).

More information: Vintage Synth Pads / Lush Life

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Propellerhead Software releases PX7 FM Synthesizer Rack Extension

Propellerhead Software has announced the release of the PX7 FM Synthesizer, a new Rack Extension for Reason.

Propellerhead PX7 FM Synthesizer

The PX7 FM Synthesizer is a six operator FM synth for the Reason rack. As a faithful recreation of the popular DX series keyboards, it provides a wealth of new sounds, ranging from classic 80′s bass and brass to modern textures, leads and growls.

PX7 FM Synthesizer features

  • Six operator classic FM synthesis for the Reason rack.
  • 32 selectable algorithms.
  • Advanced envelope generator.
  • Includes tons of classic and vintage presets, ranging from 80′s bass to keys and brass.
  • Comes with a set of new, exclusive patches for modern music productions.
  • PX7 does not require a full understanding of FM synthesis—the macro controls make tweaking sounds fast, easy and fun.
  • Propellerhead’s online patch converter lets you convert any Yamaha DX7 patch to PX7 format.
  • CV control of operator levels lets you apply modulation from any device in the Reason rack.
  • Combine two PX7 synths with the Combinator to easily create layered sounds that never was possible with the hardware it’s based on.

The PX7 is available to purchase for $99 USD.

More information: Propellerhead / PX7 FM Synthesizer

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iZotope releases Trash 2—Distort, mangle & transform audio

iZotope has announced the release of Trash 2, an audio mangling and distortion device for Windows and Mac.

iZotope Trash 2
Completely rewritten from the ground up, Trash 2 has an entirely new sonic architecture, brand new features, optimized performance, better sound quality, and support for modern hosts and formats.

It’s been a decade since Trash first arrived as the ultimate distortion toolkit. As the years have passed, it’s remained a cult favorite of artists such as Nine Inch Nails, Noisia, Garbage, Ko?n, Sigur Rós, and anyone looking to add dirt, grime, and character to their tracks. Fully overhauled from Trash 1, Trash 2 adds a wealth of new features including twenty new distortion algorithms, fresh filter modules, fifty new impulse responses, multiband waveshaping, 64-bit and AAX support and much more.

“For Trash 2, we wanted increase the level of freedom in the features that Trash 1 users loved best,” explains Product Manager Jack Côté. “Now you can have even more influence over your sound, whether you’re loading your own impulse responses, creating new filter combinations, or designing and editing your own multiband waveshapes. With Trash 2, it’s a new era of personalized distortion.”

Trash 2 features

  • Distort in ways you never dreamed with the Trash module’s 60+ distortion algorithms, perfect for transforming your sound into something never before heard.
  • Design your own unique distortions, from massive to mild and everything in between, with a new, customizable, multiband Waveshaper.
  • Let your tracks inhabit any space or object with the new Convolve module. Choose from over 100 impulse responses, or load your own to put your bass in a washing machine or your keys in a cave.
  • Find a new voice: make your audio speak and growl with two redesigned Filters, each one featuring new vowel formant filters, screaming peaks, node modulations, and more.
  • Start trashing your audio immediately with an extensive new preset library and an ear-friendly Limiter that ensures you can play without fear.

For even more sonic mayhem, add the Edge Expansion Pack to Trash 2.

Full of extra-exotic and extra-gritty presets for a broad range of sonic treatments, the Edge Expansion Pack is perfect for unconventional guitars, synth basses, synth pads, drum mangling, and more. With 30 new impulse responses for further tone coloring and 70 new presets built directly for these impulses, the Edge Expansion content was born to bring out the best of Trash 2′s classic out-there sound.

Trash 2 is available to purchase for the introductory price of $149 USD through December 6th, 2012 (regular $249 USD MSRP, €195 EUR). The Trash 2 Edge Expansion Pack is available for $29 USD / €25 EUR.

For a limited time, Trash 2 will be available as part of iZotope’s new Creative Bundle which includes Trash 2, the Trash 2 Edge Expansion, Iris+5, and Stutter Edit. This collection is priced at $499 USD / €399 EUR, and available until December 31st, 2012.

Trash 1 customers who purchased on or after October 1, 2012 will receive upgrades to Trash 2 for free. For Trash 1 owners who purchased prior to October 1, 2012, special upgrade pricing of $99 USD will be available.

More information: iZotope / Trash 2

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