Synthblitz updates VA RAXS plugin to v1.2

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Synthblitz Audio has released version 1.2 of its VA RAXS multi-effect mastering rack plug-in for Windows.

Synthblitz Audio VA RAXS

VA RAXS is now equipped with its own saturators that allow the rack to operate in several modes, including one dedicated to the emulation of analog circuits.

Changes in VA RAXS v1.2

  • New dB module processor (check dBfs and RMS for each module and for outputs).
  • New features for sub (Q control and more).
  • New feature cut-frequency for incoming signal (cut from 1 hZ up to 40 hZ).
  • New switch Mono/Bypass for test (in the amplifier).
  • 3 mode for processing incoming signal (bypass saturators, internal saturators and analog emulator).
  • New shourtcuts and mouse double click – right click.
  • New feature “after output compensation” (up to -1.5dBfs).
  • New parameters for gain input and gain output.
  • New internal saturators.
  • New algorithm for va mode (circuit emulator).
  • New flash alerts for output over the zero db (Show dB saturating and more).
  • Show dBfs and RMS for each module (also RMS percentage in/out).
  • Improved refresh for VU METER coil.
  • Fixed error frequency eq 10k and 8 k and “Q” resonance problem.
  • Changed parameters for eq (from +/-24 to +/-12dB, more usefull for mastering).
  • Fixed preset parameters (resolve more error when save reverb eq and others in project).
  • New Presets (up to 28 presets).
  • Fixed “rename” in preset manager.
  • Add new visual features in plasma emulator (amplifier).
  • New parameter for predelay in reverb.
  • Add post-delay for each channel in reverb.
  • New Limiter settings, now double position switch (-0.1dBFS and -1dBFS).
  • Modified limiter “speed control” now works with attack (more bass and RMS).
  • Improved “fast mode” compressor.

VA RAXS for Windows (VST) is available for purchase for 39 EUR.

More information: SynthBlitz Audio / VA RAXS

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Toontrack’s annual Metal Month to kick off tomorrow + EZmix 2 Rock & Metal Guitar Bundle

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Toontrack has announced that the fifth edition of its annual Metal Month will be launched on October 31st.

The month will include seven new metal related product releases, starting today with two new bundle titles for EZmix 2. This year also sees Toontrack as the main presenter of the Devin Townsend Project/Animals as Leaders North American co-headlining tour, culminating in a free live stream of the November 26 Chicago show on Toontrack’s website.

”Metal Month is by far one of the most exciting and successful months of the year for us as a company”, said Peter Knutsson, Toontrack’s CEO. ”It’s a testament of our deep-rooted ties to the metal community and a celebration of the very foundation on which the company was built. We’re beyond excited about what we have in store, and to top it off with a free live stream from bands all relying heavily on our products in their creative processes is the perfect way to crown what we believe will be our biggest year yet”.

None of the seven products slated for release in November have yet been officially announced. Each week of the month, one or more products will be revealed online.

”Every year leading up to November, we work as hard as we possibly can to outdo ourselves and bring our users the most inspiring set of tools and sounds we possibly can come up with”, said Mattias Eklund, Toontrack’s co-founder and head of Sound Design. ”This year we present new titles that span almost all our product lines. We’ll introduce collaborations with new producers, new drummers and new guitarists, all contributing to amazing products for EZdrummer 2, Superior Drummer 2, EZmix 2 and our line of drum MIDI”.

In addition, several metal related Toontrack titles are on generous discounts all through November.

Toontrack has also launched the EZmix 2 Rock & Metal Guitar Bundle, comprising the powerful multi-effect mix tool EZmix 2 with six individual expansion titles, all centered around rock and metal guitar.

EZmix 2 Rock & Metal Bundle

We couldn’t wait – here’s a guitar-soaked prelude to Metal Month: EZmix 2 Rock & Metal Guitar Bundle.

From the twang of the ’60s to the metal chug of today. With nearly 300 unique tones or settings, this is the ultimate resource for rock and metal guitar.

EZmix 2 Rock & Metal Guitar Bundle features

  • Includes EZmix 2 and six (6) individual EZmix Packs.
  • Suited for producing rock and metal oriented music.
  • Close to 300 individually crafted settings for guitar or bass.
  • Tones for rhythm, lead, clean and more.

The bundle is on sale for 149 EUR (regular 249 EUR).

More information: Toontrack

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iZotope releases Ozone 6 & Ozone 6 Advanced

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iZotope Ozone 6

iZotope has released Ozone 6, the latest version of the creative mastering suite for Windows and Mac.

Elevate a good-sounding mix to a professional-sounding master with Ozone. iZotope’s critically acclaimed mastering software has all the tools you need to produce a full and polished sound.

With a striking new interface and a modern workflow, Ozone 6 both guides and inspires your creativity at every step.

The Advanced version of Ozone 6 includes a powerful new Dynamic EQ that lives and breathes with your music, as well as eight component plug-ins and a suite of configurable meters.

iZotope Ozone 6

Changes in Ozone 6

  • New Analog Hardware-modeled EQ filter shapes — Harness the sonic characteristics of classic EQ designs with new filter shapes including Baxandall Bass and Treble filters and API-style Proportional Q filters. Also new to Ozone 6 are Band Shelf filters and Resonant High and Low shelves.
  • Surgical Mode — All digital linear-phase filters are now matched to analog shapes; however, Surgical Mode allows you to utilize the precision of digital shapes for extreme cuts with minimum slope.
  • Variable EQ Phase Control — Digital linear-phase filters now feature per-node variable phase control for subtly adding phase delay to smooth out boosts that may sound harsh.
  • Seamless Bypass — Audition changes to your audio by gain-matching bypassed audio to your Ozone-processed signal for faster and more accurate A/B testing.
  • Customizable Signal Chain — Host your third-party VST/AU plug-ins in the standalone application. Then build your mastering signal chain from scratch or load a preset and add, remove, and swap the order of modules.
  • Module Gain Meters — Monitor gain-staging across processing modules with Module Gain Meters that instantly illustrate where you’re boosting and cutting gain across your signal chain.
  • Transient Emphasis — Preserve rhythmic detail while maximizing loudness with Transient Emphasis, which adds smart emphasis to transients by preserving sharp attacks.
  • Diode and Dual Triode Exciter Modes — Modeled after actual hardware circuitry, these Exciter modes offer vintage saturation from subtle warmth to more pronounced edge.
  • Stereoize Control — Add width to narrow or mono recordings without introducing phase artifacts.
  • Variable Knee Compression — Get precise control over compression characteristics by choosing between hard and soft compression.
  • Dynamics Detection Enhancements — Simulate smoother analog-style compression with both High-Pass and API Thrust-inspired Tilt filters. Use the True Envelope detection mode for RMS-style compression (flat frequency response and low distortion) triggered equally across the frequency spectrum.
  • New Presets — All newly designed presets utilize the improvements introduced in Ozone 6 including new Component Plug-in Presets with Ozone Advanced.
  • Standalone Application — Now available as both a plug-in and as a standalone application, Ozone 6 adds a number of forward-thinking features that simplify traditional mastering workflows, including:
    • Automatic color-coded waveform segmentation.
    • Tops/tails trims and fades with multiple shape types.
    • Third-party plug-in hosting (VST/AU Support).
    • Single/all-track export with iZotope SRC (sample rate conversion).
    • Auto-adjusted MBIT+ Dither at output.
    • Fully contained project folders.

Changes in Ozone 6 Advanced

  • Dynamic EQ Module — Ozone Advanced adds the new Dynamic EQ module, an EQ that lives and breathes with your music. Harness the precision of an equalizer with the musical ballistics of a compressor. Integrated with an intuitive workflow, these processors work in concert to create a valuable mastering tool that excels where traditional EQs and compressors fail.
  • Dynamic EQ Component Plug-in — Ozone 6 Advanced also includes a component Dynamic EQ plug-in for use throughout your audio editing software signal chain.

Ozone 6 is available for purchase for the introductory price of $199 USD through November 13th, 2014 (regular $249 USD). Ozone 6 Advanced is $599 USD (regular $999 USD).

More information: iZotope / Ozone 6

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Plugin Boutique launches Liquid Notes for Live group buy

Plugin Boutique has launched a group buy for Liquid Notes for Live, a songwriting assistant tool by Re-Compose for editing complex harmonic progressions.

Liquid Notes for Live Group Buy

It offers a controllable range of alternatives for chords and harmonies in singletrack or multitrack MIDI arrangements and makes the theory of harmony fully accessible to you. A powerful harmonic analysis atomizes even complex multitrack songs and detects their various musical elements and their correlations.

Musical adaptation (resynthesis) builds meaningful musical context from various input data (e.g. melodies, bass lines, chords, loops, rhythmic patterns etc.). This information is presented in a simple and clean user interface: Chords appear as rectangular boxes, with a vertical slider and two rotary knobs for changing chord functions, substitutions, and their tensions, respectively.

Liquid Notes for Live will be 50% off once 50 people join the group buy.

More information: Plugin Boutique / Liquid Notes for Live

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Tek’it Audio releases Uinku distortion plugin

Tek’it Audio has announced the release of Uinku, a fold-back distortion effect plug-in for Windows and Mac.

Tek'it Audio Uinku

Uinku creates subtle harmonic changes to extreme distortion helped by the “Drive” control to add saturation and the “Color” control in an effort to bake the perfect tones.

The interface features a “Mix” control for blending the original sound with the sound of Uinku and an “Output Gain” control with a clipper stage to drive distortion further.

Uinku features

  • 2 Flavors of Foldback distortion, including the “Winkl” sound.
  • Distortion drive and color controls.
  • Mix and output gain controls.
  • Activable gain stage clipper.
  • Bypass switch.
  • x16 Oversampling.
  • 64-bit internal processing.
  • Full MIDI automation support.
  • Preset manager, rename, save, load presets and banks.
  • Works in mono or stereo.
  • 16 factory presets.

The plug-in is available for Windows and Mac (VST/AU), priced at 39 EUR / $49 USD.

More information: Tek’it Audio / Uinku

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