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Source Audio intros Soundblox Hub Manager v2.0

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Source Audio has announced the release of the Soundblox Hub Manager, a free companion software application for the Soundblox Hub v1 integrated multi-pedal system.

Source Audio Soundblox Hub Manager

The Soundblox Hub and Hub Manager introduce the exciting new concept of “smart” effects pedal boards, bringing professional sophistication and control to the effect rigs of guitar and bass players of all levels.

“High-end effects touring rigs are expensive and complicated,” says Source Audio founder, Roger Smith. “The Hub and Hub Manager make it easy for musicians to achieve a professional level of power and control over their effects pedal collections without the expense and complexity.”

Source Audio Soundblox Hub
The Soundblox Hub, originally released in Oct. 2013, provides the flexibility and power of a complex multi-effects unit with the simplicity of individual stompboxes.

The Hub is a compact unit that connects with up to five of Source Audio’s Soundblox 2 pedals, unlocking their MIDI capabilities and uniting them into a powerful multi-effects processor and switching system. The Hub allows users to save the on/off states, knob positions, and external control assignments of each connected pedal to create up to 128 unique multi-pedal presets (or “scenes”). Simply dial in a sound with the pedals, then save the state of the entire pedal board with a single button press on the Hub. Scenes can then be recalled with any external MIDI foot-switcher or device that sends MIDI Program Change messages.

The Hub Manager is the perfect companion software application for the Soundblox Hub. It offers an extremely intuitive interface and easy-to-understand graphic display. With the Hub Manager, users can create and edit scenes, name them, export/import scene files, and share them with other Hub owners. The graphics make it refreshingly simple to understand the components of each pedal board scene – simply click a pedal image to reveal a straightforward graphic display of that pedal’s knob settings and external control assignments. The Hub connects to all Windows or Mac computers with a standard USB cable.

Soundblox Hub Manager version 2.0.1 is available to download for Windows and Mac.

More information: Source Audio

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Nucleus SoundLab releases Filter Research 4 ReFill for Synchronous

Nucleus SoundLab has announced the release of Filter Research 4, a ReFill for the Synchronous Rack Extension from Propellerhead Software.

Nucleus SoundLab Filter Research 4

Back in 2008, Nucleus SoundLab released the world’s first effects Reason ReFill – Filter Research 1. Now, almost exactly six years later, we are continuing to evolve effects sound design with Filter Research 4! This ReFill is built to specifically take advantage of Propellerhead’s new pattern-based effect Rack Extension – Synchronous. With the power of Synchronous available, a whole new range of creative effects patches is now possible.

Synchronous allows for effects that have a vast amount of dynamics, with it’s capability to draw flexible modulation curves. With that sonic potential, our team of experienced Reason sound designers – who actually created the entire Synchronous factory patch library – has crafted a set of patches designed to bring a new sense of movement to whatever type of audio you want to process. The results of our work are MIDI-triggered stutters, complex robotic ambiences, gritty saturations, deep space FX, hybrid filterscapes and so much more.

You won’t be disappointed with Filter Research 4′s attention to detail. All the standard highlights of Nucleus SoundLab ReFills are still present: Unique Combinators with unique Combinator controls; full categorization of both Combinators and device patches; careful volume-balancing for every single patch. This time the pitch-bend and modwheel are also mapped to creative destinations to put even more effects power at your fingertips! Whether you need to mangle a sample beyond recognition, or just add some subtle sizzle to your productions, Filter Research 4 has just what it takes to make it happen.

Filter Research 4 features

  • 158 unique effects Combinators across 13 categories.
  • All Combinator rotaries/buttons/modwheel/pitchwheel uniquely mapped.
  • Patches designed by veteran Reason sound designers.
  • Requires: Synchronous Rack Extension.

Filter Research 4 is available for purchase for $49 USD.

More information: Nucleus SoundLab / Filter Research 4

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Holderness Media releases Caramel distortion & crusher effect for iPad

Holderness Media has announced the release of Caramel, a highly playable distortion, crusher and fattener effect processor for iPad.

Caramel (performance view)

Designed for use with the Audiobus app and USB audio interfaces, Caramel lets you easily add grit, punch and character to input sources such as drums, synth, bass and guitar. Create punchy distorted drum sounds and basslines, colorful lo-fi digital distortion and more.

Caramel also works as an Inter-app Audio effect inside hosts such as AudioShare, Auria, Cubasis and Apple’s own Garageband. Caramel supports Core MIDI for controlling the effect parameters with your favorite MIDI controllers.

Caramel features

  • Great for adding punch, grit and sonic character to drums, bass and synths with ease.
  • Compatible with USB audio interfaces such as the Apogee Jam, One, Duet and many more.
  • Crunch, Crush, Girth, Sizzle and Bite parameters for shaping your distortion tone.
  • Girth parameter adds subtle to punishing low end boost to drums and bass.
  • Independent left and right channel effects engines can be linked or controlled independently for interesting stereo distortion.
  • Use Caramel as an effect inside Garageband, Auria, Cubasis, and AudioShare using Audiobus or Inter-app audio.
  • Supports new Audiobus 2 state saving feature for full parameter recall via Audiobus presets.
  • Supports Core MIDI, Virtual MIDI and Network MIDI, plus MIDI learn for easily mapping your favorite controller to Caramel’s effect parameters.
  • Two distinct modes: Perform and Tweak.
  • Playable presets, allowing for interesting sonic experimentation on the fly.
  • Several stereo output modes including Normal Stereo, Wide Stereo and Sum To Mono.

Caramel is available for purchase for $4.99 USD at the iTunes AppStore.

More information: Caramel

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iMusicAlbum releases AltiSpace for iOS

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iMusicAlbum has announced the release of AltiSpace, a convolution reverb for iPad and iPhone.

AltiSpace (iPad)

The realistic sound of famous reverb equipment for your iPad and iPhone! Includes a large built-in library of the highest quality reverb impulses taken from actual devices and the possibility to upload your own reverb space impulses. Intuitive and compact user interface for maximum ease and efficiency.

What is the convolution reverb?

Briefly, convolution reverb is based on a process that digitally ‘captures’ the reverb characteristics of another reverb effects unit or the reverb response of a real acoustic space. It is based on the mathematical convolution operation, and uses a pre-recorded audio sample of the impulse response of the device or space being modeled. The process of convolution multiplies each sample of the audio to be processed (reverberated) with the samples in the impulse response file.

AltiSpace features

  • High-quality, fast convolution algorithm.
  • Parametric equaliser with high and low pass filters.
  • Impulse response envelope editor with “reverse” function.
  • Amplitude and frequence modulator.
  • Stereo width control.
  • Built-in library that contains more than 200 impulse responses from famous analogue and digital reverbs.
  • Upload additional impulse responses in different audio formats.
  • Preset hotkeys, possibility to save current sample and its params.

The app is available for purchase for $5.99 USD.

More information: iMusicAlbum / AltiSpace

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BOSS launches Waza Craft series effect pedals

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BOSS has announced the Waza Craft series, a new line of special edition compact pedals that offers players the ultimate BOSS tone experience.

The debut of the Waza Craft series includes the SD-1W Super Overdrive, BD-2W Blues Driver, and DM-2W Delay. All three pedals provide the classic sound signatures of the past and present BOSS pedals they’re based on, plus switchable modes for customized tones sought after by discerning guitarists.

BOSS Waza Craft pedals

Designed with a passion for premium sound by the master engineers at BOSS in Japan, the Waza Craft series introduces a new chapter in the company’s legacy of exceptional tone. Through meticulously-selected analog components, refined circuitry, and careful attention to the finest design details, Waza Craft embodies the essence of BOSS engineering and the spirit of generations of technical and musical wisdom.

“Waza” is the Japanese term for art and technique, and each of these special edition pedals proudly carries the Waza symbol to represent the artful wisdom and tech-savvy spirit flowing within BOSS design and craftsmanship.

In continuous production for over 30 years, the BOSS SD-1 Super Overdrive is one of the best-loved stomps ever created. The Waza Craft SD-1W hot rods this players’ favorite with a revised circuit design, all-discrete analog components, and switchable Standard and Custom sound modes.

The BOSS BD-2 Blues Driver is also one of the most popular overdrive pedals in the world, and the Waza Craft BD-2W takes this classic’s signature creamy grit to a new level. Like the SD-1W, the BD-2W is built with all-discrete analog components and a revised circuit, and features Standard and Custom sound modes.

Highly sought after since being discontinued in 1984, the BOSS DM-2 Delay is universally revered by tone aficionados for its warm, “bucket brigade” analog delay sound. With the Waza Craft DM-2W, the coveted stomp has been reborn with greater versatility for today’s music styles. Using all-analog circuitry and an authentic BBD delay line, the DM-2W’s Standard mode captures the lush sound and 20-300 ms delay range of the original DM-2. Custom mode instantly changes the sound to a cleaner analog tone with over twice the delay time.

The DM-2W also includes a jack for controlling delay time with an optional expression pedal. Two output jacks allow for separate output of delay and direct sounds if desired.

More information: BOSS / Waza Craft series

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Korg launches SDD-3000 Pedal

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Korg has announced the release of the SDD-3000 Pedal, a digital delay unit.

Korg SDD-3000 Pedal

The rack-mounted SDD-3000 which appeared in 1982 was a classic digital delay that dominated the world thanks to its peerless sonic character. The classic delay effect that’s central to the guitar sounds in world-class rock bands owe a great deal to the SDD-3000, which has been the driving force behind numerous famous songs over the years.

The SDD-3000 PEDAL packs all of the SDD-3000′s functionality into a convenient pedal unit. Featuring a pre-amp with ample headroom, a filter circuit that modifies the feedback sound, and modulation waveforms that allow a diverse array of delay effects, it covers all of the SDD-3000′s important elements. In addition to specifications that will satisfy SDD-3000 users, it provides many new functions such as eight delay types, long delay times up to 4,000 milliseconds, selectable modulation waveforms, stereo input/output, and MIDI compatibility. The user interface has also been updated for dramatically improved ease of use.

SDD-3000 Pedal features

  • All features of the legendary SDD-3000 digital delay, packed into a pedal unit.
  • Eight distinct delay types including SDD-3000, Analog, Tape, Modern, Kosmic, Reverse, Pitch and Panning.
  • The preamp that defined the sound of the SDD-3000 is faithfully reproduced.
  • Selectable filters that alter the sound of the delay repeats.
  • Choose from five types of modulation waveforms that modulate the delay time. You can also create waveforms that interpolate between two types, and make fine adjustments to the waveform.
  • Use special sound-shaping techniques such as flanging, chorus, vibrato, doubling, and Doppler effects.
  • A wide range of delay times is available, from 1 millisecond to long delays with a maximum of 4,000 milliseconds.
  • Sync mode lets you specify the delay time in terms of 11 different note values ranging from whole notes to 32nd notes.
  • A total of 80 programs (40 banks x 2 channels) can be saved.
  • LCR function lets you create multi-tap delay effects.
  • MIDI connectors are provided, allowing you to trigger program changes from an external device, or to transmit program data as a bulk dump to and from other units.
  • Seamless bypass and program changes allow you to retain the reverberant sound when switching sounds.
  • Reliable true bypass design.
  • An optional expression pedal can be used to control multiple effect parameters simultaneously.

The SDD-3000 Pedal is available for purchase for SSP £329.99 GBP ex VAT.

More information: Korg / SDD-3000 Pedal

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Sugar Bytes releases Egoist groove instrument plugin

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Sugar Bytes has announced the release of Egoist, a groove instrument plug-in for Windows and Mac.

Sugar Bytes Egoist

Egoist is a groove instrument. Load any audio file and squeeze the groove out of it! Try your mp3 library and use it a a sound source! The additional onboard bass, beat and fx units make Egoist the perfect track sketch tool in the studio and on the road.

Egoist features

  • Slicer — The Slicer arranges up to 16 slices of the loaded sample. Apply different parameters like Reverse, Attack, Decay, Level and pitch with the sequencer. Using the 16 available patterns, up to 16 different samples can be used at any time.
  • Bass & Beat — Egoist includes a great sounding bassline synthesizer/sequencer. The bassline synth offers a mean and strong sound, with different lowpass filter flavors and overdrive. The versatile sequencer is capable of notes and pitch bends of any length.The internal beat box offers kick, snare and hihat, along with a simple sequencer. If you imagine, that you can change the drum sounds with each pattern, limitations start to get you inspired!
  • Effectrix inside — The Effect unit brings funky hickups to your tracks. Engage tapestop, looper, reverb or filter at any time to give your beats that otherworldly feel and create stunning breaks!
  • Song Sequencer — Chain your patterns! Or create stunning breakbeats by changing patterns quickly! The internal Part/Song sequencer lets you sketch your pattern progressions and line out your next track.
  • Always special — The very special Slice Keys turn Egoist into a slice keyboard! Play the sequencer steps on the keyboard, with all their settings and effects, you will not believe how cool that is!

Egoist for Windows and Mac (VST/AU/AAX) is avaialble for purchase for 99 EUR / $99 USD.

More information: Sugar Bytes / Egoist

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