Mildon Studios has announced the release of its Bluemix and Redmix effect plug-ins for Windows.
Bluemix combines smart EQ, auto compression, and hi-frequency excitation into one easy-to-use plugin.
Redmix puts your tracks on a virtual stage, allowing you to pan from left to right and front to back. It makes effective use of Haas principles combined with spectral shaping and room reverb to create space in the mix.
Get your tracks to sit with Bluemix and then move them around with Redmix.
Bluemix / Redmix features
Smart EQ: Trim, Tighten, Tame.
Auto Compressor: Push.
Gain Reduction Meter.
Exciters: Enhance, Define.
2-Dimensional Panning (L-R + F-B).
Automatic Haas Effect.
The plug-ins for Windows (VST) are available to purchase for $19 USD each, or bundled for $28.50 USD.
iZotope has announced the release of the next generation of Alloy, a forward-thinking mixing suite that combines six essential tools in one self-contained and completely configurable plug-in.
A modern twist on classic mixing, Alloy 2 takes the traditional channel strip and brings it into the future with powerful sound-shaping tools, exceptional sound quality, and a streamlined workflow. Thoughtfully designed for mixing purposes across the music, audio, post and broadcast industries, Alloy 2 is perfect for engineers, musicians, and producers looking to sculpt their sound while addressing common mix issues.
“Whatever the track, Alloy 2 provides a wealth of tools that give you both corrective and expressive control over your audio while mixing. We went out of our way tocreate a tool that not only raises the bar sonically, but also enables engineers to achieve a desired sound simply and efficiently with a more seamless workflow,” says Brett Bunting, Alloy Product Manager. “Those who havenever used Alloy before will be amazed by the number of mixing solutions contained within a single plug-in, while users of Alloy 1 will be struck by how much we’ve managed to add and enhance while still improving usability.”
Alloy 2′s new Overview Panel: A simplified view where you can easily monitor and tweak relevant settings of the currently-enabled Alloy modules. Panel also updates instantly while previewing presets, highlighting the modules and settings used by each.
Alloy 2 features
Get six powerful tools in one integrated plug-in: Equalizer, Dynamics, Exciter, De-Esser, Transient Shaper and Limiter.
Achieve exceptional sound quality, balancing vintage emulation with digital precision.
Hear results immediately with zero latency performance, whether tracking in real-time or in the midst of a mix session.
Visualize mixing decisions with rich meter displays to guide the way.
Start fast, then go deep with over 250 presets and a tweaker’s paradise of advanced controls.
What’s New for Alloy 2?
Fans of Alloy 1 will benefit from Alloy 2’s sonic enhancements, highlights of which include a redesigned Exciter module, a revamped multiband Transient Shaper, a host of new EQ filters, including Treble and Bass Baxandall filters, and more. Alloy 2 users will also click less to achieve more thanks to both a fully overhauled user interface, enlarged to make more controls accessible, and a new Overview panel that dynamically adjusts to show only the most relevant settings of the modules in play.
With low CPU usage and zero latency operation, Alloy 2 can be used again and again across a wide range of tracks and buses, making it a perfect mixing complement to iZotope’s flagship mastering suites, Ozone 5 and Ozone 5 Advanced. To this end, Alloy 2 also features an internal Meter Tap, which provides immediate visual feedback from Alloy 2’s tracks and buses in the Ozone5 Advanced Meter Bridge.
Overview of iZotope’s Alloy 2 Essential Mixing Tools.
Alloy 2 is available to purchase for the introductory price of $149 USD until September 6th, 2012 (regular $199 USD /159 EUR). iZotope customers who purchased Alloy 1 on or after June 27, 2012 will receive a free upgrade to Alloy 2 upon release. A special upgrade price of $79 USD will be available for all Alloy 1 customers who purchased before June 27, 2012.
Tone2 has announced the release of AkustiX Enhancer version 1.1, including major enhancements in sound quality, performance, lower latency, per channel insert support and 64 bit
AkustiX Enhancer is a collection of enhancement effects designed to complement the mix and mastering process. Combined into an intuitive user interface AkustiX offers six powerful mixing effects: Psycho EQ, Stereo Width, Ultra Stereo, Phase Enhance, Multi-Exciter and Smart Filter.
Each effect is based on the latest developments in psycho-acoustic research and offers multiple ways to customize your recordings by using psycho-acoustic processing to further shape and enhance your sound.
Tone2 AkustiX Enhancer – 6 effects to complement your track and mastering process.
Changes in AkustiX v1.1
Enhanced sound for Virtual Surround, Silky Surround, Tone, Diffuse Cream, Noise Reduction and Clarity Enhance.
New Exciter algorithm.
Enhanced re-sampling in 48, 88 & 96 kHz.
Smart installers for PC and Mac which automatically detect the plugin directory.
64 bit Mac versions (VST and AU plugin; universal binary; requires OSX 10.5 or higher).
0 ms latency (if the host software supports it).
Additional HF filter for 88 & 96 kHz for smoother sound.
Fixed an exotic bug where programs were not loaded properly.
AkustiX for Windows and Mac (VST/AU) is available to purchase for 59 EUR. The update is free for all AkustiX customers.
J1000 has updated its QX24 equalizer/exciter effect plug-in for Windows to version 1.1.
QX24 is one half equalizer, other half exciter. It is authentic design and there are just few other plugins that offer comparable functions without getting too complicated.
Using it properly you’ll be able to accent parts of spectrum where instrument’s character resides making it more prominent, while gently reducing remaining frequencies that often clutter the mix. Sound gets harmonically enhanced mostly with first two harmonics, but if you push it past moderate drive levels it gets much brighter – experiment and find the best way to utilize it.
Changes in QX24 v1.1
Boost mode which extends drive ranges for both filters for more drastic effect (click on logo).
Filters’ on/off switches for separate monitoring of each one.
Real Q factor values.
New knob design.
QX24 is available to download as a freeware VST effect plug-in for Windows.
Sound Magic has released Neo Harmonic, an equalizer/exciter hybrid effect plug-in for Windows featuring a custom shaped filter response curve.
There’s an EQ theory called “Yin and Yang” which says that adjusting one band will automatically influence the others. Neo Harmonic takes this theory to a new level by not only boosting/cutting the selected frequency, but also exciting the harmonic partials of that frequency, extending changes throughout the whole audible frequency band. The result is a unique sound which traditional parametric EQs would be hard pressed to achieve.
Neo Harmonic will give you a fuller sound, with more detail and clarity than is possible with a traditional parametric EQ.
Neo Harmonic features
Innovative Harmonic Excite Technology.
Innovative Custom Curve Shape enables users the define their own harmonic curve to achieve unique sound.
Super Wide Bandwith adjusting range gives users more controls on final sound.
Sample and hold fuction enables users to analyze an audio signal first, then hold its harmonic information and apply to another audio track.
Up to 32Bit/384KHz resolution.
Neo Harmonic for Windows (VST/Supreme Piano 2 add-on) is available to purchase for 49 EUR.
J1000 has released QX24, a freeware equalizer effect plug-in for Windows.
QX24 v1.0 is one half equalizer, other half exciter. It is authentic design and there are just few other plugins that offer comparable functions without getting too complicated. Using it properly you’ll be able to accent parts of spectrum where instrument’s character resides making it more prominent, while gently reducing remaining frequencies that often clutter the mix.
2 parametric band-pass filters that get processed through waveshapers (LF & HF).
Each filter has dedicated drive control that adjusts amount of applied effect.
Mix control for blending LF and HF signal.
Mix control for blending dry and wet signal.
Solo button that monitors only wet signal at maximum level.
All knobs are continuous, allowing fine adjustments of each control.
32-bit internal processing and support for most common sample rates.
QX24 is available to download as a freeware VST effect plug-in for Windows.
iZotope has updated its Ozone mastering system for Windows and Mac to version 5.02.
iZotope’s complete mastering system in a single integrated plug-in includes eight essential mastering tools: Maximizer, Equalizer, Multiband Dynamics, Multiband Stereo Imaging, Post Equalizer, Multiband Harmonic Exciter, Reverb, and Dithering.
Ozone 5 Advanced adds 6 additional component plug-ins, extended features in every module, and an entire suite of configurable meters.
Changes in Ozone v5.02
Improvements to IRC3: lower distortion on low frequency material.
Improvements to IRC3: new “Style” control helps the limiter work with a wider variety of material.
Improved spectrogram functionality with better Meter Tap synchronization.
Improved EQ behavior when double-clicking for a new node.
Other changes and fixes:
Improved keyboard support
Fixed issues with loading EQ snapshots in multiple instances in a session.
Fixed crashes in Steinberg Wavelab.
Fixed UI issue in OS X with Steinberg Wavelab 7.2.
Fixed delay compensation issue for sampling rates above 48kHz.
Fixed issues using crossover Learn feature inside shared crossover network.
Improved Spectrogram behavior when hiding a spectrogram stream.
Ozone for Windows and Mac is available to purchase for $249 USD (Ozone 5) / $999 USD (Ozone 5 Advanced).