Tokyo Dawn Labs updates SlickEQ & SlickEQ GE to v1.1.0

Tokyo Dawn Labs has released version 1.1.0 of the SlickEQ and SlickEQ GE mixing/mastering equalizer effect plug-ins.

TDR VOS SlickEQ

This minor update fixes several little bugs, greatly reduces general CPU consumption and even adds a new “ECO” processing mode.

Changes in SlickEQ v1.1.0

  • New “Eco” processing mode with almost zero latency.
  • Reduced overall CPU usage.
  • Stepped frequency/gain knobs activated by ctrl+drag or right mouse button drag.
  • Increased user presets slots count.
  • Minor UI adjustments.
  • Various minor improvements.

SlickEQ is available as a freeware for Windows and Mac (VST/AU/AAX). SlickEQ Gentleman’s Edition costs 30 EUR.

More information: Tokyo Dawn Labs / SlickEQ

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Acustica Audio releases Titanium & Green effect plugins

Acustica Audio has announced the release of its Titanium multi-band compressor and Green, an equalizer effect plug-in for Windows and Mac.

Acustica Audio Titanium

Titanium is the very first multiband compressor of its kind in the sampled audio plug-in market. Acustica Audio, in a move that is bold even for a cutting-edge company like that, has sampled one and is now bringing it to you in the form of a ground-breaking and great sounding Acqua plug-in.

Compared to more traditional compressors, there are very few multiband compressors available, both hardware and software. Of the software plug-ins available, none are based on sampling, and none come close to the sound of Titanium.

Titanium is based on the exciting new compressor technology that uses:

  • a new extremely fast engine;
  • newly developed envelope followers that give a performance and functionality unheard of in Nebula/Acqua until now;
  • a new tech for modelling the envelope follower shape.

Titanium for Windows and Mac (VST/AU) is available for purchase for 129 EUR.

Green is an equalizer characterized by “astonishing precision and sonic accuracy”.

Acustica Audio Green

Acustica has been trying to work on the perfect equalizer for many years. Our products are designed to provide the highest possible quality, without compromise. Never trust rushed judgments: some products cause transients to be damaged and have unmusical phase responses. If at first listen they may sound usable and dangerously similar, in the long run your music will lose transparency and become terribly blurry and confusing. This is a new problem that is rarely emphasized, but which can make a huge difference to the communication capacity of your emotional message.

If the hardware musicality is what you are looking for and you feel this is one thing that has not been perfectly reproduced in the software world yet, now’s the time for you to reap the fruit of our experience. The Green Equalizer is inspired by a reference standard parametric equalizer, characterized by astonishing precision and sonic accuracy when sculpting the response of any source. Green Eq offers overlapping frequency bands, which provide great precision and flexibility, a complete control over a wide frequency range and “Q” setting, along with 15 dB of cut or boost on five individual bands. The Low and High bands offer counter-clockwise detents for shelving curves in addition to the variable “Q” values from 0.4 to 4 found in the other three bands.

Green for Windows and Mac (VST/AU) is available for purchase for 119 EUR.

More information: Acustica Audio

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Kuassa releases EVE-MP5 Program Equalizer for Reason

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Kuassa has announced the release of EVE-MP5, a program equalizer Rack Extension for Propellerhead Reason.

Kuassa EVE-MP5

Kuassa EVE-MP5 is a reproduction of two of the most sought-after classic hardware equalizers, the Pultec* MEQ-5 Midrange Equalizer and the EQP-1A Program Equalizer.

We drew inspiration from them and combined both EQs into a compact 3U device with a color coded, straightforward interface intended for fast workflows and maximum usability.

EVE-MP5 features

  • Combination of the two Pultec* EQs into a compact 3U device.
  • Color coded knobs and straightforward interface for fast workflows.
  • Special Saturation unit on the input path with automatic level compensation.
  • Simultaneously boost and attenuate on the same low frequency.
  • Distinct Pultec* natural filter curve.
  • Dial up large amount of boost or cut without sacrificing naturalness and musicality.

The EVE-MP5 is available for purchase for the introductory price of 35 EUR/$45 USD until January 1st 2015 (regular 49 EUR/$59 USD).

More information: Kuassa / EVE-MP5

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FabFilter launches Holiday Sale + Pro-MB & Pro-Q 2 updated

FabFilter has announced the launch of its Holiday Sale, offering 25% discount on all plug-in bundles for a limited time.

FabFilter Holiday Sale

To celebrate the end of the year, we are running a Holiday Sale in the online FabFilter web shop! Until January 1, we offer 25% discount on all plug-in bundles. In addition, if you already own one or more FabFilter plug-ins, your online FabFilter account* also offers you discounts of 25% or more during the Holiday Sale.

Don’t miss out on this chance to complete your FabFilter collection, or recommend FabFilter plug-ins to a friend!

FabFilter Pro-MB

FabFilter has also updated the Pro-MB and Pro-Q 2 effect plug-ins, including Retina support.

We have just released updates for FabFilter Pro-MB and Pro-Q 2, introducing Retina support on OS X and High DPI support on Windows. And that’s not all: Pro-MB now features interface resizing, Full Screen mode, horizontal zooming, side chain spectrum visualization and more!

Changes in Pro-MB v1.10

  • Added Retina support on OS X and High DPI support on Windows.
  • Added a new Large interface size, in addition to the existing Normal interface size.
  • Added Full Screen mode for super-precise adjustments.
  • Added horizontal zooming in the display.
  • It is now possible to move a band horizontally while holding down its solo button.
  • Added a Side-Chain option to the real-time spectrum analyzer.
  • Updated the AAX plug-ins to report the current gain reduction to Pro Tools so it can be visualized in the mixer and in control surfaces.
  • Minor improvements and bug fixes.

Changes in Pro-Q v2.02

  • Added Retina support on OS X and High DPI support on Windows.
  • Introducing Solo Gain. While soloing a band, you can now adjust the listening gain by moving the mouse up and down.
  • Fixed a bug that caused the Gain Scale slider (in the output section) not to work in Linear Phase mode, and improved its behavior in Natural Phase mode.

These updates are fully compatible with previous versions, and free for existing FabFilter Pro-MB and Pro-Q 2 owners.

FabFilter Pro-Q 2 is available for EUR 149/$199 USD/£124 GBP, and FabFilter Pro-MB is available for EUR 169/229 USD/£139 GBP.

More information: FabFilter

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Sonic Studio releases Amarra sQ in–line DSP utility

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Sonic Studio has released version 2.0 of Amarra sQ, a new utility that joins Amarra, Amarra Hifi, Amarra Vinyl and Amarra Symphony High Resolution Audio (HRA) software for file–based playback.

Sound Studio Amarra sQ

Amarra sQ is an in–line DSP (Digital Signal Processing) utility that provides real time equalization for any and all audio sources on Mac OS. Making use of two proprietary Sonic Studio technologies, Sonic EQ and SonicStream, Amarra sQ gives the user access to powerful “equalization” tools to custom tailor the sound of any audio source, from a CD or music file, to streaming movies and songs. Fourteen factory Sonic EQ presets correct the response of popular headphone models from Apple, Audeze, Grado, Mr. Speaker and others, while additional presets fine tune playback for popular music genres, from acoustic and classical to jazz and rock. An infinite number of user presets can also be saved and recalled at any time.

Installed along with Amarra sQ, SonicStream is a highly optimized, ultra–fidelity 32 bit software driver that routes the Mac’s output to the input of Amarra sQ as its input “device.” Amarra sQ takes that input, runs it through four bands of Sonic EQ equalization, adjusts overall gain and redithers the signal. The final output is then routed directly to the output device, bypassing Mac OS’ Core Audio. Four redithering algorithms are available, including Sonic Studio’s proprietary noise–shaped form, along with adjustment of resonant frequency for noised shaping as well as turn–off delay.

Recent trends in consumer audio have hastened the rise in popularity of HRA or High Resolution Audio, including new high resolution streaming services. With its superior 32 bit driver, plus Sonic EQ and redithering technologies, Amarra sQ is ready for new listening experiences in the home or at work. Chris Connaker, founder of popular web site Computer Audiophile, is convinced of Amarra sQ’s merit. “I’m listening to TIDAL (HRA streaming) through Amarra sQ and I can’t live without it now,” Connaker said. “On my MacBook Pro, Amarra sQ makes all the difference in the world!”

Founder and company President Jonathan Reichbach developed the new software to enhance and personalize the audio experience for modern media consumers. “Everyone streams movies from YouTube and Netflix, or listens to music via iTunes, Pandora or Spotify,” he stated. “Sonic Studio provides affordable, pro quality tools to make everything you listen to better.”

Amarra sQ is available for purchase for $29.95 USD.

More information: Sonic Studio / Amarra sQ

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