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Blue Cat updates Analysis Plug-ins for Windows and Mac

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Blue Cat Audio Analysis Plug-Ins

Blue Cat Audio has announced the release of new versions its audio analysis plug-ins for Windows and Mac.

This update mainly brings output data refresh rate customization to improve MIDI or automation output for smoother side chaining, new trigger mode for the oscilloscope, note display for spectrum analyzers, pan law selection for stereoscopes, performance improvements on Mac and much more…

Changes in Blue Cat Analysis Plug-ins

  • Digital Peak Meter Pro v3.5
    • Output data rate (MIDI CC or automation) can now be customized, from 20 to 500 Hz.
    • Increased the default output data rate (from 20 to 50 Hz) for smoother side chaining and increased meters precision.
    • All meters can now be reset with a single button.
    • Envelope graphs can now be zoomed.
    • Windows: improved settings dialog loading time.
    • Mac: user interface performance improvement (up to 30% lighter on cpu).
  • FreqAnalyst Multi v1.91
    • Output data rate can now be customized, from 20 to 500 Hz.
    • Increased the default output data rate (from 20 to 50 Hz) for smoother spectrum display.
    • Note value for the current mouse location is now displayed, in addition to the frequency.
    • Windows: improved settings dialog loading time.
    • Mac: user interface performance improvement (up to 30% lighter on cpu).
  • FreqAnalyst Pro v1.94
    • Output data rate (MIDI CC or automation) can now be customized, from 20 to 500 Hz.
    • Increased the default output data rate (from 20 to 50 Hz) for smoother side chaining and more precise spectrum display.
    • Note value for the current mouse location is now displayed, in addition to the frequency.
    • Windows: improved settings dialog loading time.
    • Mac: user interface performance improvement (up to 30% lighter on cpu).
  • Oscilloscope Multi v1.7
    • Output data rate can now be customized, from 20 to 500 Hz.
    • Increased the default output data rate (from 20 to 50 Hz) for smoother curve display.
    • New trigger mode: the oscilloscopes can now be synced using a trigger, based on the value and direction of the incoming audio signal.
    • Windows: improved settings dialog loading time.
    • Mac: user interface performance improvement (up to 30% lighter on cpu).
  • StereoScope Multi v1.91
    • Output data rate can now be customized, from 20 to 500 Hz.
    • Increased the default output data rate (from 20 to 50 Hz) for more precise display.
    • Several pan laws can now be selected to match your preferences.
    • Windows: improved settings dialog loading time.
    • Mac: user interface performance improvement (up to 30% lighter on cpu).
  • StereoScope Pro v1.9
    • Output data rate (MIDI CC or automation) can now be customized, from 20 to 500 Hz.
    • Increased the default output data rate (from 20 to 50 Hz) for smoother side chaining and more precise display.
    • Several pan laws can now be selected to match your preferences.
    • Center position is now displayed with numbers in addition to the graphical meter.
    • Windows: improved settings dialog loading time.
    • Mac: user interface performance improvement (up to 30% lighter on cpu).

The upgrade is free for existing customers and can be downloaded from the same location as the previous version. If you do not own these plug-ins yet, demo versions in DirectX, VST, RTAS and Audio Unit formats are available for download.

More information: Blue Cat Audio

iZotope update Nectar to v1.1

iZotope Nectar

iZotope has released version 1.1 of Nectar, a complete vocal processing toolkit for Windows and Mac.

Nectar is a complete set of 11 vocal production effects combined in one plug-in that’s designed to give you immediate results.

Built-in Styles get the grunt work out of the way so you can focus on the creative finishing touches.

Changes in Nectar v1.1

  • Reverb improvements
    • Nectar’s Reverb has been overhauled for a better sound, including improved workflow for dialing in great vocal reverb settings. Because of these changes, users may notice that sessions saved with Nectar Version 1.0 sound different. For guidelines on adjusting the Reverb of existing sessions in Version 1.1, please refer to this knowledgebase article.
  • Pitch-related improvements
    • Adds a “Non-formant preserving” mode, which allows you to turn formant preservation on or off. Small (less than 1.5 semitone) shifts that occur in subtle pitch correction often sound better with formant preservation turned off, while large shifts will be better with formant preservation on. Tip: Turning off formant preservation is also good for special effects (like the Chipmonk and Dark Lord Styles).
    • In supported hosts, dragging a note in the Manual Pitch Editor now creates a color highlight to better see the target pitch of the note you’re dragging.
    • In supported hosts, dragging a note will also produce a tone so you can hear the target pitch of the note you’re dragging.
    • Pitch transpositions now sound more natural due to a change in the envelope shape.
    • Optimizations to pitch correction algorithms for faster performance.
  • Doubler improvements
    • Adds Low, Medium, and High quality modes to the Doubler module. Note that the version 1.0 Doubler was the equivalent of the High quality mode.
    • Doubler CPU usage is dramatically lowered in Version 1.1 (5.7x at High quality and 13x at Low quality).
  • Other changes and fixes
    • Improved host compatibility on OS X in 64-bit VST formats.
    • Includes the new iZotope Crash Reporter to help customers automatically submit crash reports to iZotope for rapid diagnosis and bugfixing.
    • In several hosts, keyboard shortcuts meant for the host are no longer “eaten” by some windows, especially in the floating Manual Pitch Editor window.
    • Fix to iLok authorization issue in some hosts where loading Nectar prompted an “Error: unable to open protection interface” message.
    • Stability enhanced in several hosts. Rare crashes or hangs in isolated hosts were also fixed.
    • Performance improvements for Tracking mode.
    • Pitch algorithm quality improvements: fixed bugs causing glitching such as stuttering, clicking, and popping.
    • Minor bugfixes and performance enhancements.

Nectar for Windows and Mac is available to purchase for $299 USD.

More information: iZotope / Nectar

Blue Cat Audio updates FreqAnalyst Multi and StereoScope Multi to v1.9

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Blue Cat Audio has released version 1.9 of FreqAnalyst Multi and StereoScope Multi, two of its flagship audio analysis plug-ins for Windows and Mac.

Blue Cat FreqAnalyst Multi

This update mainly brings to Blue Cat’s FreqAnalyst Multi and Blue Cat’s StereoScope Multi the ability to save difference curves in order to perform comparisons between measurements: the plug-ins are able to compute differences between measurements taken in multiple locations in a digital audio workstation, and it is now possible to save and compare them.

A free tutorial available on the editor’s website (http://www.bluecataudio.com/Tutorials/Tutorial_EQ_Matching_Reaper/) illustrates this new feature, showing as an example how to emulate the frequency response of a guitar amp cabinet with an equalizer.

Changes in FreqAnalyst Multi / StereoScope Multi v1.9

  • Difference curves can now be saved for easier comparisons and EQ matching tasks.
  • Windows uninstaller now proposes to remove preferences as an option.
  • Misc minor user interface and windows installer changes.

FreqAnalyst Multi and StereoScope Multi are available to purchase for 79 EUR / $99 USD each.

More information: Blue Cat Audio

Blue Cat Audio releases MB-7 Mixer Plug-in + New Bundle

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Blue Cat Audio has announced the release of MB-7, a powerful multiband manipulation plug-in for Windows and Mac.

Blue Cat Audio MB-7

Blue Cat’s MB-7 Mixer is a unique plug-in that splits the signal into several frequency bands and lets the user mix them as if they were separate tracks. Each band proposes controls that can usually be found on a mixing console: bypass, mute or solo to isolate frequencies, gain adjustment, “stereoness” (spread) and position in the stereo field (pan). The plug-in also proposes unique linking and grouping options within a single instance, or between several instances, on multiple tracks. It can be used for multiple applications: from mixing to mastering, or audio restoration. Thanks to the comprehensive visual feedback it proposes, the plug-in is also recommended for audio analysis. As an extra, the plug-in has been designed to work in conjonction with the previously released Blue Cat’s MB-5 Dynamix plug-in for multiband side chain dynamics processing.

MB-7 features

  • Multiband mixing console: adjust the levels, panning and “stereoness” of each band separately.
  • Multiple instances linking: group bands within a single instance or between multiple instances of the plug-in, and modify the spectrum on multiple tracks with a single slider.
  • Up to 7 bands, with crossover filters from 6 to 96 dB/Oct for optimal separation.
  • Bypass, mute, solo on every band.
  • Mono switch on master for mono compatibility check.
  • Complete visual feedback with real time response curves and levels display for each band.
  • Side chaining made easy: a unique way to perform multi-band side chain compression, ducking, gating and much more.
  • Plug-in window transparency management.
  • No latency.

Blue Cat’s MB-7 is available to purchase for the introductory price of 69 EUR / $92 USD until April 30, 2011 (regular 80 EUR / $119 USD).

The MB-7 is also available in the new Blue Cat’s MB Dynamix Pack, which also includes the Blue Cat’s MB-5 Dynamix plug-in for multiband side chain applications. The Blue Cat’s Energy Pack and Blue Cat’s All Plugins Pack plug-ins have also been updated to include MB-7. All these products are available at a special introduction price (up to 22% off) until the end of the month. Existing Blue Cat Audio customers have access to several crossgrade offers.

More information: Blue Cat Audio / MB-7

Waves releases OneKnob Series native plugins

Waves OneKnob Series

Waves has announced the OneKnob Series, a collection of native effect plug-ins for Windows and Mac.

The cure for tweak fatigue.

Mixing has never been this fast—or this much fun.

OneKnob Series

  • Brighter – An intelligent treble booster that adds brightness from the mid-high range on up, Brighter is perfect for brightening up a track or make it cut through the mix.
  • Driver – Inspired by famous guitar overdrive pedals, Driver is capable of everything from light overdrive to full-on distortion. But it’s not just for guitars; it sounds great as an effect for vocals, piano, synths, drums, bass and more.
  • Phatter – Phatter is a bass booster that provides a quick way to add bottom, weight and body to bass, keys, kick drums and vocals alike, to thicken them in the mix.
  • Filter – From the mixing room to the DJ booth, Filter is a powerful sweepable filter with switchable Resonance modes, perfect for full mixes, loops, analog synths and more.
  • Louder – Using a combination of peak limiting and low-level compression with automatic makeup, Louder effectively makes tracks louder, increasing RMS by up to 24 dB.
  • Pressure – From light, parallel-style compression to pumping and squashing, Pressure is a versatile dynamics processor, ideal for percussive sources like loops and drum busses.
  • Wetter – From short, bright ambiences that are felt more than heard, to longer, darker spaces, Wetter adds instant depth to any track, creating the perfect atmosphere.

The OneKnob Series plug-in collection is available to purchase in native formats for $400 USD.

More information: Waves / OneKnob Series

Wave Arts Dialog, effect plugin for spoken voice processing

Wave Arts Dialog

Wave Arts has announced the release of Dialog, an effect plug-in which combines all the processing needed to clean up, adjust, and sweeten recordings of the spoken voice.

It is perfect for voice-over, film/tv recordings on location or sound stage, and broadcast.

Dialog includes brickwall filters, de-hum and de-buzz processing, broadband noise reduction, de-ploding, de-essing, 10-band equalization, compression, and limiting. Separate presets for each section allow you to get results fast.

Dialog features

  • 10-band EQ section with 11 different filter types and 64-bit processing.
  • Low and high pass brickwall filters with various rolloff slopes.
  • Hum and buzz removal.
  • Broadband noise reduction.
  • De-plode function for plosive or wind rumble attenuation.
  • De-ess function for sibilant attenuation.
  • Compressor.
  • Peak limiter.
  • Comprehensive metering.
  • Master preset manager and preset manager per section.
  • Latency compensation.
  • Fully automatable.
  • Up to 192K support.
  • Mono or stereo.

Dialog for Windows and Mac (VST/DX/RTAS/AU/MAS) is available to purchase for $249.95 USD.

More information: Wave Arts / Dialog

Synapse Audio Xmas Quad Pack, synth bundle discounted

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Synapse Audio Xmas Quad Pack

Synapse Audio has announced the Xmas Quad Pack, a limited time offer on a synth bundle.

Until 31-Dec-2010, you may purchase Dune, EKS-9, Hydra and the X-Poly in a synth bundle for only $199.

If you already own the Hydra, EKS-9 or X-Poly, email us with your serial or receipt and get another 20% off. Don’t miss this special offer!

Xmas Quad Pack includes

  • Dune, a massively deep, versatile, high-quality instrument developed for the needs of professional music producers.
  • EKS-9, a special-purpose software synthesizer, designed to recreate the sound of analog electronic kickdrum sounds – hence the name EKS (Electronic Kickdrum Synthesizer).
  • Hydra, multi-model synthesizer, designed for use in all genres of electronic music.
  • X-Poly, synthesizer plug-in which started out as an emulation of a vintage synth, but went beyond that by adding many improvements and new features over the original.

More information: Synapse Audio

Blue Cat Audio FreqAnalyst, free spectrum analysis plug-in updated

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Blue Cat FreqAnalyst

Blue Cat Audio has released version 1.7 of FreqAnalyst, a free spectrum analysis plug-in for Windows and Mac.

The update includes a new look and feel, 64-bit VST format support on the Mac and several user interface enhancements borrowed from Blue Cat Audio’s commercial plug-ins.

Changes in Blue Cat’s FreqAnalyst 1.7

  • 64-bit Mac VST support.
  • User interface enhancements:
    • Improved readability.
    • Select and zoom with one click.
    • Drag the rulers to move the curve when zoomed.
    • Zooming is now animated.
    • Improved consistency with other Blue Cat analysis tools.
  • Performance improvements (the plug-in now requires an SSE2-enabled processor).
  • Default release time is now shorter.
  • Fixed issue with Freeze button not freezing all curves on the stereo version.

FreqAnalyst for PC and Mac (VST/RTAS/AU/DirectX) is available as a free download from the Blue Cat Audio website.

More information: Blue Cat Audio / FreqAnalyst