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iZotope releases Insight – Essential Metering Suite

iZotope Insight

iZotope has announced the release of its Insight essential metering suite for post production and broadcast applications.

Insight provides a full suite of audio analysis and metering tools, perfect for visualizing changes made during the mixing process, troubleshooting problematic mixes, and ensuring compliance with broadcast loudness standards. Fully customizable and scalable, Insight allows audio engineers to visually monitor all relevant information from a mix in a convenient floating window, empowering users to look deeper into their audio with intelligent analysis tools and real-time monitoring capabilities.

Insight helps ensure adherence to current broadcast standards using the most advanced metering technology available today, with meters for immediate loudness calculation and True Peak detection, loudness calculation over time, and faster than real-time offline loudness calculation. Advanced visualization and spatialization displays further aid in detecting problems that the ears cannot perceive, like the innovative new Surround Scope and the 3D Spectrogram. Also included are convenient user presets, designed for an array of engineering applications, for quick and easy access to common metering and loudness configurations. Alternatively, users can define new presets with their own preferred customizations, giving Insight unmatched flexibility in the metering space. The perfect tool for post, broadcast, and music engineers, video editors, and sound designers, Insight allows users to keep an eye as well as an ear on the mix at all times.

“iZotope is excited to offer broadcast, post and audio engineers an elegant metering solution that can be custom fit to any workspace and workflow,” says Brett Bunting, Insight Product Manager. “Unlike other metering products, Insight integrates a full collection of state-of-the-art meters into one customizable window, allowing you to easily monitor and visualize all aspects of your audio.”

iZotope Insight
Insight visually guides you throughout the mixing process, empowering you to look deeper into your audio with intelligent analysis tools and real-time monitoring capabilities.

Insight features

  • Immediately detect potential mix problems through real-time visual monitoring and color-coded alerts.
  • Ensure audio is fully compliant with current loudness standards with forward-thinking tools that adhere to standards like BS.1770-1/2/3, then document adherence with an exportable log or graph.
  • Perform deep and flexible analysis with zoomable meters and the ability to route audio from any tracks or buses to Insight.
  • Design your ideal metering view by choosing the meters you want to see, customizing them, and resizing the Insight window to fit your current workflow.
  • Get an extensive suite of metering tools in a single plug-in, including True Peak Meters, Loudness Meters, Loudness History Graph, Stereo Vectorscope, Surround Scope, 2D/3D Spectrogram, and Spectrum Analyzer.

Insight is available for the introductory price of $399 USD through November 29, 2012 (Regular MSRP: $499 USD / €449 EUR) or for free to Ozone 5 Advanced Customers. Ozone 5 Standard customers can upgrade to Ozone 5 Advanced for $399 USD through November 29, 2012 and receive Insight for free. Customers who already own Ozone 5 Advanced will be notified via email with details to install Insight for free.

More information: iZotope / Insight

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Blue Cat Audio releases StereoScope Multi 2.0 stereo field analysis plugin

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Blue Cat Audio has announced StereoScope Multi 2.0, a completely new version of the multiple tracks stereo field analyzer effect plug-in for Windows and Mac.

Blue Cat’s StereoScope Multi is a unique tool that enables the visualization in the stereo field of the audio signal of multiple instances on a single screen, in order to compare them or detect conflicts. Just like for the other plug-ins of now fully refreshed Blue Cat’s Multi Pack bundle, this new version comes with a completely redesigned user interface with improved workflow and readability, as well as many new features and enhancements: a new presets manager, new MIDI and automation mapping capabilities, many new presets, Windows AAX support, multiple display sizes, and much more (details below).

The plug-in is available alone or as part of Blue Cat’s Multi Pack, the company’s multiple tracks audio analysis solution. It can also be found in the Blue Cat’s Analysis Pack bundle that contains the company’s complete collection of audio analysis plug-ins. New customers can purchase both the analysis plug-in and its associated bundles with up to 15% off until the end of the month. Customers who recently purchased the plug-in will receive the upgrade for free, and others can upgrade to the new version for a small fee. Demo versions can be downloaded on www.bluecataudio.com, in VST, RTAS, AAX, Audio Unit and DirectX formats (32 and 64-bit).

Blue Cat Audio StereoScope Multi

Changes in StereoScope Multi 2.0

  • New Features:
    • Brand new fully customizable user interface:
      • New look and feel.
      • Show/hide what you need.
      • Curves names can now be displayed on the graph (overlay).
      • Single or multiple displays modes.
      • Multiple display sizes
      • Improved readability.
      • Animated transitions.
    • All instances can now be forced to synchronize.
    • New integrated presets manager:
      • Load/save presets from the plug-in’s user interface.
      • Organize presets with folders.
      • Customize the default preset.
      • Exchange presets easily.
    • Automation range and response curve can now be customized for each parameter.
    • Automation and MIDI settings (channel, MIDI learn etc.) are now accessible from the main user interface.
    • AAX plug-in format is now also supported on Windows (Pro Tools 10.2 required).
  • Improvements:
    • Improved Graph rulers display when zoomed.
    • Routing matrix automatically displayed when opening the plug-in for the first time for easier setup.
    • New presets to make setup easier.
    • Plug-in name has been shortened for a clearer display in mixer view for most host applications.
    • The windows installer now automatically detects the most appropriate VST install path.
    • License is now shared between plug-ins types (register only once for all formats).
    • Added new presets.
    • Improved value display in fine edit window.
  • Optimizations and Performance Improvements:
    • Reduced VST plug-in loading time.
    • Improved parameters precision (now stored as 64-bit).
    • More compact presets format (uses less space and loads faster).
    • Smaller binaries on Mac (dropped PowerPC support).
  • Bug Fixes:
    • Fixed presets-related crashes in Cubase on Mac.
    • Fixed user interface display issues in Wavelab on Mac.
    • Fixed keyboard stealing issue in Digital Performer 7 on Mac.
    • AAX/RTAS on Mac: Fixed audio engine freeze or error issue with Pro Tools on some Mac configurations.

The plug-in is available to purchase for the introductory price of 67 EUR / $84 USD until November 30th, 2012 (regular 79 EUR / $99 USD). Prices ex. VAT.

More information: Blue Cat Audio / StereoScope Multi

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Blue Cat Audio releases Oscilloscope Multi 2.0 effect plugin

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Blue Cat Audio has introduced its Oscilloscope Multi 2.0, a brand new version of the multiple tracks oscilloscope effect plug-in for Windows and Mac.

Blue Cat’s Oscilloscope Multi is a unique tool that enables the visualization of the waveform of multiple instances on a single screen in order to compare them or detect phase, synchronization or distortion issues.

This new version comes with a completely redesigned user interface with improved workflow and readability as well as many new features and enhancements: a new presets manager, new presets, Windows AAX support, multiple display sizes, and much more.

Blue Cat Audio Oscilloscope Multi 2.0
Blue Cat Audio Oscilloscope Multi 2.0.

Changes in Oscilloscope Multi 2.0

  • New Features:
    • Brand new fully customizable user interface:
      • New look and feel.
      • Show/hide what you need.
      • Curves names can now be displayed on the graph (overlay).
      • Single or multiple displays modes.
      • Multiple display sizes
      • Improved readability.
      • Animated transitions.
      • XY curves can now be saved in memory slots.
      • XY curves can now use waveform memories to compare with saved waveforms.
    • New integrated presets manager:
      • Load/save presets from the plug-in’s user interface.
      • Organize presets with folders.
      • Customize the default preset.
      • Exchange presets easily.
    • Automation range and response curve can now be customized for each parameter.
    • AAX plug-in format is now also supported on Windows (Pro Tools 10.2 required).
  • Improvements:
    • Improved Graph rulers display when zoomed.
    • Routing matrix automatically displayed when opening the plug-in for the first time for easier setup.
    • New presets to make setup easier.
    • Plug-in name has been shortened for a clearer display in mixer view for most host applications.
    • The windows installer now automatically detects the most appropriate VST install path.
    • License is now shared between plug-ins types (register only once for all formats).
    • Added new presets.
    • Improved value display in fine edit window.
  • Optimizations and Performance Improvements:
    • Reduced VST plug-in loading time.
    • Improved parameters precision (now stored as 64-bit).
    • More compact presets format (uses less space and loads faster).
    • Smaller binaries on Mac (dropped PowerPC support).
  • Bug Fixes:
    • Fixed presets-related crashes in Cubase on Mac.
    • Fixed user interface display issues in Wavelab on Mac.
    • Fixed keyboard stealing issue in Digital Performer 7 on Mac.
    • AAX/RTAS on Mac: Fixed audio engine freeze or error issue with Pro Tools on some Mac configurations.

Oscilloscope Multi 2.0 for Windows and Mac (VST/AU/RTAS/AAX/DX) costs 39 EUR / $49 USD incl VAT.

The plug-in is available alone or as part of several bundles such as Blue Cat’s Analysis Pack, the company’s flagship audio analysis solution. New customers can purchase this plug-in and its associated bundles with up to 15% off until the end of November. Customers who recently purchased the plug-in will receive the upgrade for free, and others can upgrade to the new version for a small fee.

More information: Blue Cat Audio / Oscilloscope Multi

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iZotope releases Alloy 2 – Essential Mixing Tools

iZotope Alloy 2

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.”

iZotope Alloy 2
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.

More information: iZotope / Alloy 2

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Blue Cat Audio releases FreqAnalyst Multi 2.0 spectrum analyzer plugin

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Blue Cat Audio has announced version 2.0 of FreqAnalyst Multi, the unique multiple tracks spectrum analyzer plug-in for Windows and Mac.

This new version comes with a completely redesigned user interface with improved workflow and readability as well as many new features and enhancements: a new presets manager, new MIDI and automation mapping capabilities, many new presets, Windows AAX support, multiple display sizes, and much more…

Blue Cat FreqAnalyst Multi
FreqAnalyst Multi lets you visualize the spectral content of several audio tracks on the same screen with extreme smoothness and high resolution, for both time and frequency.

New Features:

  • Brand new fully customizable user interface:
    • New look and feel.
    • Show/hide what you need.
    • Curves names can now be displayed on the graph (overlay).
    • Single or multiple displays modes.
    • Multiple display sizes
    • Improved readability.
    • Animated transitions.
  • All instances can now be forced to synchronize.
  • New integrated presets manager:
    • Load/save presets from the plug-in’s user interface.
    • Organize presets with folders.
    • Customize the default preset.
    • Exchange presets easily.
  • Automation range and response curve can now be customized for each parameter.
  • Automation and MIDI settings (channel, MIDI learn etc.) are now accessible from the main user interface.
  • AAX plug-in format is now also supported on Windows (Pro Tools 10.2 required).

Improvements:

  • Improved note display (now uses a +/-50 value for cents).
  • Improved Graph rulers display when zoomed.
  • Routing matrix automatically displayed when opening the plug-in for the first time for easier setup.
  • New presets to make setup easier.
  • Plug-in name has been shortened for a clearer display in mixer view for most host applications.
  • Changed the default VST install path on Windows.
  • License is now shared between plug-ins types (register only once for all formats).
  • Added new presets.
  • Improved value display in fine edit window.

Optimizations and Performance Improvements:

  • Reduced VST plug-in loading time.
  • Improved parameters precision (now stored as 64-bit).
  • More compact presets format (uses less space and loads faster).
  • Smaller binaries on Mac (dropped PowerPC support).

Bug Fixes:

  • Fixed presets-related crashes in Cubase on Mac.
  • Fixed user interface display issues in Wavelab on Mac.
  • Fixed keyboard stealing issue in Digital Performer 7 on Mac.

Note: this new version can be installed side by side with the previous version for backward compatibility reasons. Installing this new version won’t break your previous projects.

FreqAnalyst Multi 2.0 is available to purchase with 15% discount through July, 2012, priced at 67 EUR/$84 USD (regular 79 EUR/$99 USD). The upgrade is free for users who have purchased the plug-in in the past 5 months, and a special upgrade price is available for others.

More information: Blue Cat Audio / FreqAnalyst Multi

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To DX With Love + Casino Soundsets for iOS Synthesizers released

Sunsine Audio To DX With Love & Casino

Sunsine Audio has released two new soundsets: To DX With Love for DXi and Casino for the Cassini synth for iOS.

Sunsine Audio’s love letter to the glorious world of 80s FM. 64 presets for the DXi iOS synthesizer, utilizing every feature of the instrument. From bright, bell-like, and cutting to dark, fuzzy and rich, these presets emphasize everything desirable about FM.

One of our favorite new synths for the iOS, Cassini is very powerful and sounds great but unfortunately doesn’t come loaded with a good deal of sounds. Casino is our response – 59 high quality presets showcasing this synths strengths, namely its ability for deep, rich evolving sounds and extensive, dynamic modulation. Thick basses, ethereal pads, glitchy “arp-chord” chiptune, vintage replications – we even threw in a oldschool gunshot!

The soundsets are available to purchase for $2.49 USD each.

More information: Sunsine Audio

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Blue Cat Audio releases Free Pack II

Blue Cat Audio has announced the release of Blue Cat’s Free Pack II, a complete redesign of its free plug-ins bundle.

This new package includes several new plugins (dual channel EQ, stereo phaser), brand new user interfaces, as well as dozens of new features and enhancements: a new presets manager, new MIDI and automation mapping capabilities, many new presets, Windows AAX support, and much more…

We encourage you to check them out, the whole package is entirely free!

Blue Cat's Free Pack II

The Free Pack II plug-ins are available for Windows and Mac (VST/AU/RTAS/AAX/DirectX, 32/64-bit).

More information: Blue Cat Audio / Free Pack

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