Voxengo updates VariSaturator to v1.11

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Voxengo has released version 1.11 of VariSaturator, an audio effect plug-in designed to apply saturation effects to audio material.

Voxengo VariSaturator

VariSaturator can be used both to boost the loudness of the audio tracks without increasing their peak levels proportionally, and to apply subtle harmonic coloration that makes tracks sound more pronounced and polished.

Changes in VariSaturator v1.11

  • Added VST3 support.
  • Implemented color scheme editor with load and save functions.
  • Added “Brown” and “White” color schemes.
  • Redesigned the infrastructure controls.

VariSaturator for Windows and Mac (VST/AU) is available for purchase for $59.95 USD.

More information: Voxengo / VariSaturator

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stw-audio updates REFLEX+ echo/reverb plugin to V2

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stw-audio has released version 2 of REFLEX+, a delay algorithm based echo/reverb effect plug-in for Windows and Mac.

stw-audio REFLEX+ V2

REFLEX+ V2 ships with over 70 factory presets and is fully compatible with V1 parameter settings.

Changes in REFLEX+ V2

  • Preset management (host/format independent).
  • Pan modulation.
  • Two new time modes (X-Delay I+II).
  • Two independent effect slots (Reflex lines).

The plug-in (VST/AU) is available for purchase for the introductory price of 29 EUR until end of February, 2015 (regular 39 EUR incl. VAT). The update is free for all existing customers.

More information: stw-audio / REFLEX+

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Review: eaReckon EARebound delay plugin

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Over the years I have collected a nice amount of delay plug-ins. My favorites include OhmBoyz, NastyDLA, ET-200, More Feedback Machine 2, Satin, ValhallaFreqEcho, RP-Delay, Sigmund, Timeless 2, Replika, … I’m probably forgetting some, but I guess it is clear I like my delays.

Some of these offer simple one-trick pony effects, others are capable of much more complex things.

The EARebound plug-in by eaReckon falls in the latter category.
It was originally designed to quickly create rhythm lines from percussive sounds recorded in various environments.

The idea behind EARebound was to create an effect featuring 15 delay lines and a workflow similar to the one provided by a good old drum machine. This tool had to offer 16 commutable and synchronized “steps”, with each of them being independently shaped and placed in space by a series of dedicated effects.

A confidential prototype was then born in 2011, offering 15 delay lines, a saturation module, two filters, a chorus and a positioning tool. This prototype was enough to create rhythm lines from any kind of recorded sounds within a couple of minutes. It was already lots of fun and saved time!

Further development of EARebound led to a solid multi-delay unit that excels in creating rhythm and spicing up your existing loops.

eaReckon EARebound

The interface of EARebound looks a bit like a groovebox/drum machine. The step sequencer in the bottom controls the input, 15 individual delay lines, and 1 global delay line.

The input can be muted and the fx applied to the source can be disabled as well. The steps in the sequencer have a solo button, and the global delay line can be set to either include or exclude the source input. The global line allows for looping the “sequencer pattern”. You can achieve some lovely creating special effects by using short delay times.

In the middle of the interface we find input & output controls on the left and right, with a handy section that lets you process low frequencies in various ways with stereo/multi-channel, split LF & pre/post parameters.

By clicking the edit button in the sequencer, you can set the effects for each of the delay lines (and the input). EARebound includes the following:

  • 7 saturation/distortion units
  • high-pass & low-pass filter
  • modulation line with 4 chorus/tremolo lines
  • level with feedback control
  • position X/Y pad for panning and multi-channel output control
  • and delay time with division multiplier (0-16x) and base division (up to 1/64 incl. dotted & triplet), and a knob to set the delay time manually.

All of these parameters can be adjusted from the main view, but if you want to see everything in one screen you can also use the mix view. This shows the effects applied to the input and 15 delay lines and you can modify parameters directly. In version 1.0.2 of EARebound, two Global Edit modes (same or relative value) were added, allowing you to edit parameters for all lines at the same time.

A third view shows a “Time Line” of delay times for the input and 15 delay lines. The circled points show output and feedback parameters, providing an intuitive overview of what’s going on exactly. Again, you can modify some parameters on the spot.

Other notable features include MIDI learn & control, a wonderful “Random” button (with optional parameter locks), and multiple stereo outputs, which allows the use of a 3rd party plug-in to process selected delay lines.

In the video below you can hear some of the presets on a simple melody done with u-he’s upcoming Hive synth.

So what do I think?

Product: EARebound by eaReckon
Format: VST/AU
Price: 99 EUR
Like: Deep & flexible, fun to use
Don’t like: —
Verdict: 9/10

Sometimes you want your delay effects quick and easy, other times you want to take it a step further and create something more deep and complex. EARebound does both, without ever getting complicated.

By including saturation & distortion models, filters and modulation options, EARebound is very flexible, offering much more than simple delay effects. The interface is very intuitive and a joy to work with.

Features like the alternate views, low frequency splitting and a “Random” knob that produces useful results show that some good thought was put into this plug-in.

In short, if you want a delay effect that offers both ease of use and extensive control, EARebound is definitely worth checking out.

More information: eaReckon / EARebound

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Shattered Glass Audio releases SGA1566 MkII plugin

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Shattered Glass Audio has released SGA1566 MkII, a virtual tube preamp effect for Windows and Mac.

Shattered Glas Audio SGA1566 MkII

SGA1566 MkII adds major processing and feature enhancements to SGA1566. At the heart of SGA1566 MkII is a single channel vintage tube preamplifier with added two-band active Baxandall EQ and stereo processing. To achieve an authentic analog sound, the preamp circuit is simulated in real time using the high performance circuit simulator.

The two-band Baxandall EQ can be positioned either before or after the preamp, or be completely taken out of the signal chain. Up to 8x oversampling can be used to eliminate aliasing. SGA1566 MkII offers two different filter types for use in oversampling. The SGA1566 is designed to add warmth to a track, as a saturation compressor, or to add “dirt” with tube overdrive.

SGA1566 MkII features

  • Authentic analog sound through real-time high-performance circuit simulation.
  • Preamp featuring two 12AX7 voltage amplification stages.
  • CPU friendly model of the circuit.
  • Three selectable CPU modes.
  • Two-band active Baxandall EQ that can be taken out of the signal path or placed either before or after the preamp.
  • Up to 8x oversampling with two choices of filtering.
  • Mono or stereo processing mode.

SGA1566 MkII (VST/AU) is available for purchase for $29.99 USD. The plug-in is free for those who donated $15 USD or more to Shattered Glass Audio before January 15th, 2015.

More information: Shattered Glass Audio / SGA1566 MkII

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Synchro Arts releases Revoice Pro 3

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Synchro Arts has announced the immediate availability of Revoice Pro 3, a major upgrade to the application already used worldwide by top audio professionals for the fastest and easiest timing and pitch alignment of vocals, instruments and ADR.

Synchro Arts Revoice Pro 3

Now Revoice Pro 3 offers stunning new sound quality, powerful new tools, and workflow enhancements for users of all popular DAWs including Logic Pro X, Cubase, Nuendo and Pro Tools.

Revoice Pro 3 arrives with a host of improvements and major new features, including the simplest and fastest Warp functions for manually adjusting audio timing and pitch, What’s more, users report that Revoice Pro 3 provides the most natural and transparent-sounding processing available.

At the heart of Revoice Pro is our unique Automatic Performance Transfer (APT) process, which can give one signal the timing, pitch, vibrato and level features of another signal, and the realistic Doubler function. These, along with the added Warp process mean there is now a one-stop, time-saving, high-quality solution for creative and corrective audio manipulation tasks.

In addition, integration with most DAWs is now faster and easier than ever, using the simple Revoice Pro Link plug-ins or fast and familiar drag-and-drop or copy-and-paste operations.

For those new to Revoice Pro there simply is nothing else that offers vocal time and pitch alignment, combining the power, ease of use and best-in-class sound that Revoice Pro offers. Say goodbye to feature poor, hard to use and glitchy vocal plug-ins.
Revoice Pro delivers for both music and post applications… hearing is believing.

Changes in Revoice Pro 3

  • Manual Pitch and Time Warping of audio – intuitive, easy to select and manipulate time and pitch and maintain the highest quality.
  • Pitch correction functions – select modes over any range, with automatic snap to pitch grid options.
  • Time-variable Pitch transfer parameters – graphically vary pitch tightness, offset and transfer strength to control the APT function’s processing.
  • Easily create and change stacked tight vocals – change a Guide signal’s timing or pitch, and all related output tracks follow the changes automatically.
  • Improved Interface – Simpler, cleaner, faster and easier to understand and use.
  • Stunning audio quality– processing can produce totally transparent time and pitch adjustments.
  • AU Monitor plug-in – plays Revoice Pro’s output through AU stereo insert and tracks DAW’s playback in same way as Revoice Pro’s RTAS and VST3 monitor plug-ins.
  • Enhanced Doubler – can modify timing of output and has longer and negative time delay up +/- 200 ms.
  • Now works with even more DAWs – see www.synchroarts.com for details.
  • Hundreds of improvements and fixes – added to simplify and speed up learning and using.

Revoice Pro is available for purchase for RRP $599 USD/449 EUR/£374 GBP. Prices ex VAT where applicable. A 14-day free trial license (iLok-based) for Revoice Pro is avaialble from Synchro Arts.

Existing owners should visit http://www.synchroarts.com/store to check their eligibility for a discounted or free upgrade. Discounts are available on trade-ins for current VocALign owners.

More information: Synchro Arts / Revoice Pro 3

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