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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

iZotope Nectar, vocal processing plug-in now shipping

iZotope Nectar

iZotope has announced it is now shipping Nectar, a complete vocal processing toolkit announced earlier this month at the AES show in San Francisco.

“Nectar is designed so professionals can work faster and beginners can get results quickly,” explains Hart Shafer, Vice President of Product Management for iZotope. “With both a high level style-specific interface and eleven advanced modules, end users can choose how much creative control they want over the sound. Either way, the result is high quality vocals.”

Nectar offers 110 professionally designed vocal production styles in 12 genres powered by 11 processing modules that include Pitch Correction (automatic and note editor modes), Breath Control, Compressors, DeEsser, Doubler, Saturation, EQ, Gate, Limiter, Delay, and Reverb. Users will select an included style and then customize it with faders tailored to that style. For further customization of their vocal sound, users can switch to the Advanced View and access all of the controls of the underlying modules that power the plug-in.

iZotope Nectar is ideal for audio engineers, voice over artists, singer/songwriters, recording enthusiasts, podcasters, and anyone else who records sung or spoken vocals. Its dozens of styles cover genres including: Alternative & Indie, Blues/R&B, Classical, Country, Dance & Electronica, Hip Hop & Rap, Jazz, Pop, Rock, and Spoken Word.

Nectar is available to purchase for the introductory price of $199 USD until December 13th, 2010 ($299 USD MSRP).

More information: iZotope / Nectar

iZotope announces Nectar: Complete Vocal Suite

iZotope Nectar

iZotope has announced Nectar, a new plug–in which includes a complete vocal processing toolkit.

Nectar offers dozens of professionally designed vocal production styles powered by eleven processing modules. Users will select an included style and then customize it with faders tailored to that style. For further customization of their vocal sound, users can switch to the Advanced View and access all of the controls of the underlying modules that power the plug-in.

“Nectar takes the pain out of vocal processing,” says Hart Shafer, Vice President of Product Management for iZotope. “The combination of its innovative style-specific interface and access to eleven advanced modules mean that users can quickly dial in great vocal sounds without being creatively restricted.”

Nectar includes Pitch Correction, Breath Control, Compressors, DeEsser, Doubler, Saturation, EQ, Gate, Limiter, Delay, and Reverb modules. Among other innovations, Breath Control offers users a target mode, which allows them specify the desired level of breaths detected in the track. Pitch Correction includes both auto and graphical pitch editing controls.

iZotope Nectar is ideal for audio engineers, voice over artists, singer/songwriters, recording enthusiasts, podcasters, and anyone else who records sung or spoken vocals. Its dozens of styles cover genres including: Alternative & Indie, Blues/R&B, Classical, Country, Dance & Electronica, Hip Hop & Rap, Jazz, Pop, Rock, and Spoken Word.

Nectar will be available for Windows and Mac (VST/AU/RTAS/AudioSuite/MAS/DX) for the introductory price of $199 USD for the first 30 days after release, currently scheduled for mid-November, 2010 (regular price $299 USD).

More information: iZotope / Nectar

iZotope releases RX 2, updated audio repair toolkit

iZotope RX (Denoiser)

iZotope has announced the release of RX 2, a complete audio repair suite for Windows and Mac.

iZotope RX™ 2 is the most complete audio repair toolkit on the market, enabling you to remove noise, hiss, buzz and hum, eliminate clicks and crackle, restore clipped audio, visually select and suppress unwanted sounds, resynthesize missing audio and much more.

RX 2 Advanced extends the standard version of RX 2 with new, specialized tools designed for audio professionals.

New in RX 2

  • New Denoiser Algorithms – New Global Smoothing control reduces the distracting, watery artifacts introduced by most denoiser algorithms and a high-frequency enhancement avoids the dullness commonly associated with noise suppression.
  • Improved Declick & New Decrackle – Declick features improved click detection and new Decrackle algorithm designed to treat continuous background crackle from vinyl and older media.
  • Freehand Selection & Magic Wand – New Lasso, Brush and Magic Wand tools allow natural, freehand selections of problem sounds. Additionally, the Magic Wand can automatically select a sound and its harmonics for incredibly fast editing.
  • Improved Batch Processing – Updated batch processor streamlines your workflow by letting you chain multiple modules, process multiple files and use multiple CPUs.
  • Intelligent Hum Module – Automatically identify the base frequency of hum for precise removal. The module will even recommend when the Denoiser should be used to more effectively treat certain kinds of hum.
  • Session Support – Your edit history is automatically saved when you quit and reloaded when you restart. The entire state of the program including your selection is saved. This new feature also works in the event of a computer crash or power outage, so you can get back up and running immediately.
  • Channel and Phase Operations – New Channel Ops module features left/right channel mixing and arbitrary phase rotation operations, both of which are crucial when restoring audio transferred from tape.
  • Pre-roll and Post-roll Support – Customize the amount of audio played before and after an edit for context when previewing edits.
  • Fade Support – The Gain module now includes support for fades with several fade types.
  • New in RX 2 Advanced:
    • Adaptive mode in Denoiser to remove noise that changes over time.
    • Deconstruct, a new class of audio manipulation for control over noisy and tonal components of sound.
    • 3rd party plug-in support enabling any processing on spectrogram selections and in Compare and Batch Processing features.
    • iZotope 64-bit SRC™ for sample rate conversion, MBIT+™ for dithering and iZotope Radius® for changing time and pitch.
    • Time-stamped log creation, essential for forensics and archival documentation.
    • Spectral Repair multi-resolution mode for more accurate separation of noise and desired content.
    • Automatic Azimuth alignment and precise sub-sample control of delay for tape restoration.

RX 2 is available to purchase for the introductory price of $249 USD (regular $349 USD) or $749 USD for RX 2 Advanced (regular $1199 USD) through October 31, 2010. RX customers can upgrade to RX 2 Advanced for $499 USD (also valid until October 31, 2010).

More information: iZotope / RX 2

iZotope RX, 64-bit Audio Unit support for audio restoration suite

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iZotope RX

iZotope has released version 1.3 of RX, a complete standalone application and suite of plug-ins designed for audio restoration.

iZotope RX™ is the most complete audio restoration product on the market, a unique standalone application designed from the ground up to combat a range of audio problems. In addition to unique workflow features designed to help you get the best results, RX’s powerful tools can do processing that plug-in based restoration products simply cannot do. This paired with completely new processing technology results in cleaner, more natural sounding noise reduction and audio repair.

RX is ideal for audio restoration and archiving, recording and mastering, broadcasting and podcasting, video production, forensics, and any application that demands spotless results and a truly complete range of restoration tools.

Changes in iZotope RX v1.3

  • 64-bit Audio Unit support for native operation in 64-bit Logic Pro 9.1 and later.
  • New peak finding feature will automatically locate exact peaks in the Spectrum Analyzer faster and more effectively than manual zoom.
  • New shortcut to choose time selection bounds in the RX application: simply listen and press the [ and ] keys during playback to set selection start and end points.
  • Many minor fixes and performance enhancements.

iZotope RX is available to purchase for PC and Mac for $349 USD. RX Advanced – an extended version of RX designed for professionals who want greater control over signal processing and delivery options, is available for $1199 USD.

More information: iZotope / RX

Blue Cat Audio updates FreqAnalyst and StereoScope Series, and Oscilloscope Multi

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Blue Cat StereoScope Pro

Blue Cat Audio has released updates for its FreqAnalyst and StereoScope series, and Oscilloscope Multi, analysis plug-ins for Windows and Mac.

These new versions bring performance improvements for both the user interface and the signal processor.

The plug-ins now require an SSE2-capable processor on PC, and audio processing can be up to twice faster on some machines.

Changes in FreqAnalyst Pro v1.9 & Multi v1.7 / StereoScope Pro & Multi v1.7 / Oscilloscope Multi v1.5

  • Improved user interface performance and increased graphs display refresh rate.
  • Improved signal processing performance (up to twice faster on some systems!). The plug-in now requires a processor supporting SSE2.
  • Reduced memory footprint.
  • Faster skin loading.

More information: Blue Cat Audio

Blue Cat Audio announces Blue Cats DC Pack

DontCrac[k] Blue Cats DC Pack

Blue Cat Audio has announced the Blue Cats DC Pack, a time-limited special offer on all its effect plug-ins, available from DontCrac[k].

We are happy to announce that we have teamed up with DontCrac[k] to create an exceptional limited-time offer, in order to celebrate the availability of all our plug-ins for Pro Tools and 64-bit platforms: check out our very special DontCrac[k] bundle including our best selling plug-ins at an incredible price! It’s about $1200 worth of plug-ins for $289 only!

This exclusive offer with our partner DontCrac[k] will last only until June 30th, so don’t miss it!

Blue Cats DC Pack includes

  • Blue Cat’s Digital Peak Meter Pro
  • Blue Cat’s Dynamics
  • Blue Cat’s FreqAnalyst Multi
  • Blue Cat’s FreqAnalyst Pro
  • Blue Cat’s Liny EQ
  • Blue Cat’s ParametrEQ
  • Blue Cat’s Stereo Liny EQ
  • Blue Cat’s Stereo ParametrEQ
  • Blue Cat’s StereoScope Multi
  • Blue Cat’s StereoScope Pro
  • Blue Cat’s Widening Liny EQ
  • Blue Cat’s Widening ParametrEQ

Blue Cat Audio plug-ins are available for PC and Mac (VST/DX/AU/RTAS).

More information: Blue Cat Audio / DontCrac[k]

Synapse Audio announces June Special for Hydra

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Synapse Audio Hydra

Synapse Audio has announced a June Special for Hydra, a multi-model synthesizer designed for use in all genres of electronic music.

The Hydra is a highly versatile synth, capable of anything from huge, beautiful stereo pads to vivid leads and violent sub basses, and even synthetic drum sounds.

Hydra features

  • The oscillator routing can be switched between three radically different models, which is almost like having three different synthesizers in one – each model has it’s own distinct character and sonic capabilities.
  • The logical organization of the user interface makes it easy to maintain a good overview of the high number of parameters, and design your own original sounds.
  • The online help system provides detailed information about every parameter.
  • Two of the three oscillators have 39 preset waveforms, and can be individually saturated. Envelopes can be switched to percussive mode, turning the instrument into an extremely versatile drum sound synthesizer.
  • A number of effects are built in: a chorus/delay effect with a tempo sync option, a special bass expansion unit for solid sub basses, and a roaring distortion effect.
  • It comes with a library of 150 useful and imaginative presets, including house/club style organs, bells and percussions, basses, subtle ambient atmospheres, powerful leads and rich stereo pads.

For the period of one month, the Hydra VSTi for Windows and Mac OS X will be available for $49 USD / 39 EUR instead of the regular price of $59 USD / 49 EUR. The offer expires on June 30th, 2010.

More information: Synapse Audio / Hydra