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Waves Abbey Road REDD Consoles Plugin released

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Waves has introduced the Abbey Road REDD Consoles Plugin, an emulation of the REDD consoles of Abbey Road Studios.

Waves REDD.17/37.51
Abbey Road REDD.17 & REDD.37-.51 console emulations by Waves.

London’s Abbey Road Studios were at the epicenter of a seismic shift that rocked the world of music during the 1960s, and changed the course of popular culture forever. The Beatles, The Hollies, Pink Floyd and countless other luminaries made musical history at Abbey Road Studios, trailblazing a revolution that resonates to this day.

And at the heart of it all: The REDD consoles, custom-designed, built by and named for Abbey Road Studios’ in-house Record Engineering Development Department. Renowned for their silky smooth EQ curves, extraordinary warmth and lush stereo imagery, there’s something magical about the REDDs that sound like no other console.

Waves meticulously recreated the color, character and tonal complexity of the original desks: The REDD.17 which still belongs to Abbey Road Studios, and the REDD.37 console now owned by Lenny Kravitz. The result is an impressive pair of plugins that deliver the dimension, depth and richness of these console classics.

REDD features

  • Based on the legendary REDD.17, REDD.37 and REDD.51 consoles.
  • Delivers the classic British sound of the 1960s.
  • Continuous EQ controls.
  • Developed in association with Abbey Road Studios.

REDD is available for the introductory price of $199 USD (regular $349 USD). REDD.17 and REDD.37-.51 are Native and SoundGrid compatible. REDD is available separately as well as in Waves Mercury, SoundGrid® Pro and SoundGrid® SD7 Pro bundles.

More information: Waves / Abbey Road REDD Consoles

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Sound Magic releases Neo Dynamic – 10 Compressors/Limiters in 1

Sound Magic has announced Neo Dynamic, a compressor/limiter modeling effect plug-in for Windows.

Sound Magic Neo Dynamic

Neo Dynamic is based on Sound Magic Award Winning Modeling Technology. This makes Neo Dynamic more like a sampler than typical compressors and limiters. It embodies several algorithms (such as sample sets) that make this plug-in easy to expand and extend with new compressors/limiters models in the future.

Neo Dynamic starts with 10 compressors/limiters, modelled after famous brand names such as SSL, API and TubeTech. Each of these has their own famous “flavors” ready to use.

Neo Dynamic features

  • Internal 64 Bit Double Precision Floating Point.
  • A total of 10 compressors and limiters modelled after such famous hardware including:
    • SSL 4000G Compressor
    • API 2500 Stereo Compressor
    • Tube-Tech CL-1B Compressor (Not in Demo Version)
    • EMI RS124 Compressor (Not in Demo Version)
    • Neve 33609 Compressor Custom Edition(Not in Demo Version)
    • Sound Magic Default Compressor
    • Waves L2 Limiter (Not in Demo Version)
    • EMI TG124 Limiter
    • Sound Magic Neo Limiter
    • British Vintage Limiter (Not in Demo Version)
  • Has a THD+N (Total Harmonic Distortion + Noise) ranging from -63dB to -135dB. Depends on the types and settings you choose.
  • Powerful add-on system makes it easy to add additional compressors and limiters in the future.
  • Incredibly Accurate Modeling by Sound Magic’s Award Winning Modeling Technology.
  • Sensor Network Technology which helps musicians to achieve better dynamic processing.
  • Different plug-in version to fit for usage on Sidechain.
  • Up to 32Bit/384KHz resolution.

Neo Dynamic is available for Windows as a VST effect plug-in and Magic Pianos add-on, priced at 49 EUR.

More information: Sound Magic / Neo Dynamic

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EMI announces David Bowie ‘Golden Years’ App

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EMI Music has announced the David Bowie ‘Golden Years’ App for iOS.

David Bowie Golden Years App

Following the release last year of the David Bowie ‘Space Oddity’ EP Application, on June 6th EMI will release the ‘Golden Years’ App, and Golden Years remix E.P. on CD, 12″ & Digital Download.

Ever keen to push the boundaries and pioneer technology, Bowie has, once again, afforded his fans the unique opportunity to access original multi-tracks, allowing them to become remixer and create their own version of ‘Golden Years’, only this time they’ll also be able to share their remixes with friends.

Fans can make their remixes, using eight stems (bounced down from the original 16 tracks), featuring Bowie’s lead vocal, 12-string guitar, bass, drums, guitar, harmonium, percussion (including blocks, congas, claps) and backing vocals. Additionally, they can SHAKE the player (see Notes to editors), which allows for random track selection and “shuffles” track mixes. History is made here for you to discover, remix, and enjoy with friends. The stems for this App were specifically created by ‘Golden Years’ and Station To Station’s original producer Harry Maslin.

This is a revolutionary experience for music fans to recreate their own versions of one of popular music’s most iconic songs.

To coincide with the launch of the App, EMI will release a ‘Golden Years’ E.P. – available on CD, 12” and digital download – featuring the original single version and four brand new remixes of the track created by DJ’s Jeremy Sole, Anthony Valadez, Eric J Lawrence, and Chris Douridas from the US radio station KCRW. These remixes will be exclusive to this E.P. As Station to Station was recorded in Los Angeles, it was fitting for some of KCRW’s leading tastemakers to take on the task. Each DJ took a unique path in recreating, deconstructing or re-imagining the classic song.

Golden Years app features

  • Multitrack view of the original song.
  • Activate / deactivate stem tracks.
  • Change stem tracks volume.
  • Create and save your own mix.
  • Export your mix as an mp3.
  • “Shake to mix”: launches a random mix every time you shake your iPhone.
  • Play/Pause/Repeat.
  • Share with friends.

The Golden Years app for iOS will be available June 6th, 2011.

More information: David Bowie

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Abbey Road Plug-Ins RS124 Compressor, limited time 55% discount

Abbey Road Studios RS124 Compressor Plug-in

Abbey Road Plug-Ins is offering a limited time 55% discount on the RS124 Compressor, an authentic emulation of the legendary EMI tube compressor.

The RS124 Compressor Plug-In provides authentic emulations of the valve compressors that were introduced in 1960 and in constant use at the studios throughout the decade. This IS the sound of Abbey Road 60s recordings! Their warm, creamy sonic personality and unique features such as the ‘HOLD’ function made them the compressor of choice for recording, mixing and mastering. Each unit was hand-built and exclusive to Abbey Road Studios and are still in use at the studios today.

RS124 Compressor features

  • Three authentic compressor models based on vintage Abbey Road units.
  • Each model recreates the sound and behaviour of the hardware unit.
  • Authentic replication visually and sonically of the original hardware.
  • Tested and approved by Abbey Road Studios’ Director of Engineering, Peter Cobbin.
  • Added SuperFuse mode for more aggressive compression effect.
  • Dedicated LCR version allowing Pro Tools HD users to ‘stack’ all three units on top of one another.

The RS124 Compressor is now available to purchase for $250 USD (TDM) / $150 USD (LE/AU/VST).

More information: Abbey Road Studios / RS124 Compressor

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Native Instruments releases Abbey Road 60s Drums

Native Instruments Abbey Road 60s Drums

Native Instruments has released Abbey Road 60s Drums, the first of Native Instruments’ collaborations with Abbey Road Studios London.

This KONTAKT Instrument delivers expressive acoustic drums that combine detailed realism with flexible and nuanced control. Containing no emulations or acoustic modeling of any kind, this instrument consists entirely of high-quality samples of two vintage kits – beautifully recorded with period equipment in Abbey Road’s legendary Studio Two. The sound of ABBEY ROAD | 60s DRUMS can be easily molded from within the instrument itself, going from vintage to modern and taking in all points between.

Abbey Road 60s Drums features

  • Two highly sought-after vintage drum kits:
    • The Gretsch round badge White Marine Pearl (Jasper Shell) from the early 60s includes a 24” kick drum, one 13” and one 16” tom.
    • The second kit is a Ludwig Hollywood from 1967 with a 22″ kick, and 12″, 13″ and 16″ toms.
  • Snare drums include a Ludwig chrome Supra-phonic 400 (1966), Ludwig wooden jazz Festival (1966), Ludwig Mahogany (1959) and Slingerland Radio King (1964).
  • A selection of vintage Zildjian cymbals were used from the early and late 60’s, including a rivet cymbal dating from 1963.
  • Recorded using only the absolute best period equipment, including the legendary REDD.17 valve mixing desk from 1958, an EMI TG mixing desk introduced in 1967 as well as a valve Studer J37 4 track 1-inch tape machine from 1964.
  • Executively Produced by Peter Cobbin, Abbey Road’s Director of Engineering, recorded by Mirek Stiles and assisted by John Barrett and Kris Burton. Native Instruments sound designers Paul Maurer and Nicki Marinic were on hand to oversee the sessions. Drumming duties were performed by one of London’s top musicians, Ralph Salmins.
  • Over 29,000 24-bit, 44.1 kHz samples.
  • 6.3 GB library size, using the new Kontakt 4 sample compression.
  • Up to 30 velocity layers for a single articulation.
  • Up to 6 variations of drum hits at the same velocity for added realism.
  • Separate vintage and modern mic samples for direct, overhead mono, overhead stereo, and room mics.
  • Two snare options for each kit.
  • Separate Right and Left hand samples for the most common Snare, Tom, and Hihat articulations.
  • Snare Top/Bottom and Kick In/Out samples.
  • Optional snare bleed samples for many drums.

Abbey Road 60s Drums is available to purchase for 99 EUR. DVD Delivery starts on February 1st.

More information: Native Instruments / Abbey Road 60s Drums

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SoundToys introduces Decapitator Analog Saturation Modeling Plug-in at AES

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SoundToys has introduced Decapitator, an analog saturation modeling plug-in for PC and Mac.

Sometimes little ideas take on a life of their own, especially at SoundToys. SoundToys users had been loving the “analog” sound of plug-ins like EchoBoy and FilterFreak so much that they asked SoundToys to create a dedicated saturation plug-in. The designers at SoundToys weren’t content to just copy a few bits of code from those popular plug-ins. Instead, they started on a multi-year search for the analog “mojo”, collecting all sorts of classic and obscure mic preamps and console channels, and developing new techniques for simulating the organic character that only comes from a properly aged (and abused) piece of gear.

SoundToys Decapitator
SoundToys Decapitator – Analog Saturation Modeling Plug-In

Now, SoundToys is finally ready to demonstrate the first product of that tone quest — Decapitator. Decapitator models the saturation or distortion created when driving professional analog studio equipment. SoundToys analyzed vintage and modern classics from Neve, API, Ampex, EMI and Thermionic Culture, and more to create accurate models of high-end studio gear. Decapitator creates that highly sought after analog sound from subtle harmonic changes to extreme driven distortion.

Decapitator will be available in the 4th quarter of 2009 for TDM/RTAS/AudioSuite, AudioUnits, and VST. More details and demo versions will be posted at http://www.soundtoys.com/ as they become available.

More information: SoundToys

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Analogue Drums releases Splitsticks

Analogue Drums Splitsticks

Analogue Drums has released Splitsticks, a drum sample library featuring a Slingerland drumkit.

Sticks and stones may break your bones but Splitsticks won’t. Played with HotRod™ sticks, it’s the same tasty Slingerland 4-piece ’60s kit that we used for Popsticks, but with a more laid-back sound – somewhere between the sound of brushes and regular sticks.

Reduced velocity sampling means it uses less system resources than Popsticks. Close mic and room mic options give plenty of scope for mixing things up. Tracked through a ’74 Neve desk, and as always onto a nice thick roll of tape.

Splitsticks features

  • Slingerland 4-piece ’60s kit, recorded through a 1974 EMI Neve desk at York St Studio. Recorded in stereo, directly to tape. Converted using Apogee Rosetta converters.
  • 308 discrete wav samples, quick-reference card (PDF), sampler mapping files.
  • Sample format: 24bit, 44.1khz, Stereo, Wav format.
  • Compatability: Native Instruments Battery 3, Native Instruments Kontakt 2 & 3 and EXS24 / Logic.

Splitsticks is available for purchase for $14.95 USD.

More information: Analogue Drums

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