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on Oct 02, 2009
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 – 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
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.
- 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
Focusrite has announced the release of 21 new compressor emulations and one new EQ emulation for Liquid Mix.
Focusrite’s Liquid assets will help you to make the most of your Focusrite Liquid products. With Liquid assets, you’ll find a growing library of emulations, programs and snapshots, with helpful filters and information regarding the original unit emulated.
The 15 new compression emulations are based on two compressors:
- API 2500 Stereo Compressor (serial number 001475) — The emulations offer combinations of Soft, Medium and Hard Knee settings; Loud, Medium and Normal ‘Thrust’ settings; and Feed-back and Feed-forward compression. This compressor can offer subtle to aggressive compression. The ‘Thrust’ settings are various levels of high-pass filtering in the sidechain, allowing less bass signal being fed to the compressor’s detection circuit. This results in heavier / punchier bass in the output signal. Feed-back is a vintage style, while feed-forward is a modern style of compression.
- Millenia STT-1 (serial number 0-166) — ‘Twin Topology’ Recording Channel. The emulations offer a combination of value (VT) or solid-state (SS) input stage, with or without transformer (TX), then routed to valve (VT) or solid-state (SS) compressor.
The EQ emulations are based on the original Mk1 Chandler Limited Edition EMI/Abbey Road Passive TG Channel.
This is a Unique EQ! The Chandler Limited Channel MKII Abbey Road Special Edition EMI is a recreation of several classic circuits and combines a TG2 preamp section with an equalizer that was redesigned from an equalization circuit used in the TG12410 Transfer or mastering console. It offers very sweet high frequencies with large inductor-based solid low frequencies, and a very high “Q” mid cut section.
The new emulations are available to download for free for all Liquid Mix users (including Liquid Mix HD).
Visit Focusrite for more information.
The BBC reports on some kind of dispute between Danger Mouse and record label EMI, who reportedly cancelled his new album, Dark Night of the Soul.
A spokesperson for the producer said:
“Danger Mouse remains hugely proud of Dark Night of the Soul and hopes that people lucky enough to hear the music, by whatever means, are as excited by it as he is.”
He added that the album, which comes with a limited edition, “100+ page book” of David Lynch photographs inspired by the music “will now come with a blank, recordable CD-R”.
“All copies will be clearly labelled: ‘For Legal Reasons, enclosed CD-R contains no music. Use it as you will.’”
More info on Danger Mouse on Wikipedia, and more on the new album here.
Abbey Road Plug-ins has released version 1.0.6 of the Brilliance Pack, a collection of authentic emulations of vintage EMI RS127 and RS135 presence EQs.
The plug-ins were developed from original EMI circuit schematics, circuit simulation and digital modelling of vintage Abbey Road units, and retain the operation and characteristics of the original hardware.
Changes in Brilliance Pack v1.0.6
- Mouse clicks being ‘stolen’ from the host application. This issue affected all Mac formats (TDM/RTAS/AU/VST) and could cause host applications to respond sluggishly when mouse clicks were stolen from them by the plug-in windows.
- Crashing in Peak Pro with AU & VST versions.
Visit Abbey Road Plug-ins for more information.