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DMG Audio updates EQuality, Compassion and EQuick

DMG Audio

DMG Audio has released updates of its EQuality, Compassion and EQuick effect plugins for Windows and Mac.

I’ve been hard at work, adding features, improving performance, and focusing hard on stability. I’m very pleased to present this round of updates.

Also, the next update should include AAX-Native support (free for existing customers).

Changes in EQuality v1.16/Compassion v1.05/EQuick v1.01

  • Fixed textbox display, ProTools Mac RTAS.
  • Fix crash when switching between DMGAudio plugins in ProTools using header menu.
  • Fixed obscure potential crash bug.
  • VST3 versions support presets.
  • Fixed clip-light handling in ProTools.
  • Fixed bug whereby host redraw would slow down when UI was open.
  • Improved AudioSuite metering and processing.
  • Enable Windows ProTools automation menu.
  • Fixed issues relating to window resizing in ProTools.
  • Added A/B Automation type preference.
  • Always report zero latency when expired/hard bypassed.
  • Can now right-click the A/B menu to toggle. [EQuality/Compassion]
  • Fixed bug where saving filter with 48db/oct (entered numerically) reloads as 42db/oct. [EQuick/EQuality]
  • Fixed bug whereby analyser could hide high-frequency spikes. [EQuick/EQuality]
  • Fix Spec-analyser pops. [EQuality]
  • Clip/Limiter is now post M-S decode. [Compassion]
  • Added Limiter pre/post parameter. [Compassion]
  • Added Expander Threshold offset parameter. [Compassion]
  • Fixed issue whereby Auto-release depended on manual release parameter. Warning: This might change sessions where autorelease is used. If so, set auto-release short time to match manual release time. [Compassion]
  • Fixed bug whereby detectors would display incorrectly as Peak in detector graph. [Compassion]
  • Reduced memory usage by 14MB/instance. Now 3.2MB/instance. [Compassion]
  • Added Peak/Hold indicator for limiter gain reduction. [Compassion]
  • Exclude filters/notches when computing maximum gain while dragging. [EQuick]
  • Ctrl+Alt+Click to delete all selected bands. [EQuick]
  • Fix Band Type control in VST3. [EQuick]
  • Added mousewheel-zoom to graph. [EQuick]
  • Speed up mousewheel adjustment of filter slopes. [EQuick]
  • Fixed Solo in Stereo Mode menu. [EQuick]

The updated versions are now available to download from DMG Audio.

More information: DMG Audio

Cakewalk SONAR X1 Production Suite now shipping

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Cakewalk SONAR X1 Production Suite

Cakewalk has announced the SONAR X1 Production Suite is now shipping and available the world over from Roland distribution partners.

The SONAR X1 Production Suite is the most powerful and affordable professional music production suite available on the Windows platform.

SONAR X1 Production Suite includes:

  • SONAR X1 Producer precisely suited for today’s music production with its unparalleled user interface design providing the very best in a clean and modern creation environment.
  • SONAR X1 Producer Expanded providing additional functionality that includes modular ProChannel capability, Softube’s Saturation Knob ProChannel module, revolutionary FX Chains 2.0, one-click SoundCloud integration, and Music XML support.
  • PC4K S-Type Expander / Gate ProChannel Module expertly crafted, providing legendary large format console Expander / Gate functionality.
  • Z3TA+ 2 the next generation waveshaping synthesizer.

Cakewalk SONAR X1 Production Suite has an estimated street price of $499 USD, and is available exclusively at select music and sound retailers worldwide.

More information: Cakewalk / SONAR X1 Production Suite

FabFilter updates Pro-G to v1.01 (incl.Ducking style)

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FabFilter Pro-G

FabFilter has updated the Pro-G gate/expander plug-in to version 1.01, adding a much requested ‘ducking’ style and various bug fixes and small improvements.

Originally released in May 2011, FabFilter Pro-G is a top-quality gate/expander plug-in with flexible side chain routing options and a streamlined, well-designed user interface. Equipped with linear-phase oversampling, mid/side processing and precise metering, Pro-G is an indispensable addition to any mixing and mastering tool kit.

Changes in Pro-G v1.01

  • Added new ‘Ducking’ style, implementing inverted gate/expander behavior. A typical application of ducking is to automatically lower the level of a musical background track when a voice-over starts, and to bring the level up again when the voice-over stops (in movies and on radio broadcasts). Ducking can also be used to achieve the well-known and very popular ‘pumping’ effect, much used in modern dance music.
  • Improved keyboard handling on Windows, fixing the “space key stealing” problem in Studio One and FL Studio.
  • Improved mouse handling behavior in Pro Tools when Cmd+Ctrl / Ctrl+Win -clicking a control to show the automation timeline.
  • Fixed crash in MOTU Digital Performer with the mono version of Pro-G.

FabFilter Pro-G for Windows and Mac (VST/AU/RTAS) is available to purchase for 129 EUR / $174 USD / 114 GBP. The FabFilter Pro-G 1.01 update is available now.

More information: FabFilter / Pro-G

Voxengo updates Drumformer to v1.1

Voxengo Drumformer

Voxengo has updated Drumformer, a multiband drum and master track dynamics processing plug-in for Windows and Mac.

This update fixes the user interface redraw issue happening on Mac OS X 10.5, and implements memory usage optimizations.

Drumformer can operate in broadband, 2-band and 3-band modes, with each band having compressor-expander and saturation modules. The sound of the compressor can be defined as “gluey with a ping”, because it instantly creates a “tight and glued together” sound while emphasizing the transients. The saturation module offers you a choice between six saturation modes, each having a smooth sound and differing harmonic content.

Drumformer v1.1 features

  • Broadband, 2- and 3-band operation.
  • 3-band compressor/expander.
  • 3-band saturation module with 6 modes.
  • Broadband gate module.
  • Parametric equalizer.
  • Output clipper module.
  • External side-chain capability.
  • Real-time FFT spectrum analyzer.
  • Stereo and multi-channel processing.
  • Internal channel routing.
  • Channel grouping.
  • Mid/side processing.
  • Up to 8x oversampling.
  • 64-bit floating point processing.
  • Preset manager.
  • Undo/redo history.
  • A/B comparisons.
  • Contextual hint messages.
  • All sample rates support.
  • 16 ms compensated processing latency.

Drumformer is available to purhcase for the introductory price of $79.95 USD until September 30th, 2011 (20% off regular price of $99.95 USD).

More information: Voxengo / Drumformer

LinPlug releases Relectro effect plug-in

LinPlug has announced the release of relectro, an effect plug-in for Windows and Mac.

The relectro is some kind of effect not yet existing, its dedicated to transform drum loops into something sounding substantially different, electronic, strange … suitable for almost any kind of electronic music

LinPlug relectro

relectro features

  • Main processing section with effects similar to
    • - Compressor / expander alike section
    • - Cut-filter with infinite edge steepeness
    • - Comprehensive pitch sections for
      1. relative pitch changing of the input
      2. pitch fixing of the input
      3. (inverted) pitch following of the input signal
    • - Variable wave repeat
    • - Variable waveform replacement
    • - EQ-alike section with 2 bands
  • Main modulation section with
    • - Two conventional LFO
    • - Two modulation step sequencer
    • - Modulation matrix with pitch- and volume-follow
  • Output section with HP and LP filters and chorus.
  • Two wheels for dry/wet blending and morphing.
  • MIDI program change supported.
  • MIDI learn. Settings can be saved / restored.

The LinPlug relectro for Windows and Mac (VST/AU/RTAS) is avaialble to purchase for $79 USD / 59 EUR.

More information: LinPlug / relectro

Cakewalk announces SONAR X1 Production Suite

Cakewalk SONAR X1 Production Suite

Cakewalk has announced the SONAR X1 Production Suite, the most powerful and affordable professional music production suite on the Windows platform.

ONAR X1 Producer has everything needed to deliver the polished, “radio-ready” recordings that are expected in today’s music industry – all in one box. Now, the SONAR X1 Production Suite expands on those capabilities with additional production tools, enhanced views, ProChannel modules, and Z3TA+ 2, one of the most powerful and acclaimed virtual instruments in history.

SONAR X1 Production Suite includes:

  • SONAR X1 Producer precisely suited for today’s music production with its unparalleled user interface design providing the very best in a clean and modern creation environment.
  • SONAR X1 Expanded providing additional functionality that includes modular ProChannel capability, Softube’s Saturation Knob ProChannel module, revolutionary FX Chains 2.0, SoundCloud integration, and Music XML support.
  • PC4K S-Type Expander / Gate ProChannel Module expertly crafted and completes legendary, full channel strip functionality.
  • Z3TA+ 2 next generation waveshaping synthesizer.

Cakewalk SONAR X1 Production Suite has an estimated street price of $499 USD, and will be available exclusively at select music and sound retailers worldwide October 2011.

More information: Cakewalk / SONAR X1 Production Suite

Cakewalk announces PC4K S-Type Expander / Gate Module for SONAR X1 Producer Expanded

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Cakewalk has announced the PC4K S-Type Expander / Gate Module for SONAR X1 Producer Expanded customers.

Cakewalk PC4K S-Type Expander Gate Module

The PC4K S-Type Expander / Gate Module is expertly crafted by the Cakewalk DSP team and rounds out our legendary, vintage-style, ProChannel modeling. The PC4K S-Type Expander / Gate Module features a classic design providing gate function to remove unwanted sound from a signal and upward expansion, employed by countless engineers to expand the dynamics of vocals and instruments. The PC4K S-Type Expander / Gate can be toggled between Gate and Expander mode, has standardized Threshold, Ratio & Range controls, and switches to enable Fast Attack and side chain input.

SONAR X1 Producer‘s ProChannel console strip already provides a number of options to get pro-studio sound in the box. Its highly musical EQ, PC76 U-Type/classic FET and PC4K S-Type bus compressors, tube saturation, and flexible drag & drop routing make it a powerful SONAR X1 asset.

SONAR X1 Expanded delivers fully modular capability to the ProChannel providing flexible customization options. ProChannel strips can be customized to have any combination of installed modules available on any channel. Favorite combinations can be set as default for tracks and busses.

SONAR X1 Producer customers can purchase the PC4K S-Type Expander / Gate Module with SONAR X1 Expanded downloads together for $79 USD / €69 EUR / £59 GBP (vat inclusive) on the Cakewalk store starting late September 2011. The PC4K S-Type Expander / Gate Module download is $49 USD / €39 EUR / £35 GPB (vat inclusive).

More information: Cakewalk / PC4K S-Type Expander / Gate

Expert Sleepers releases ES-4 S/PDIF / CV Interface and ES-4 Gate Expander

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Expert Sleepers ES-4

Expert Sleepers has announced two new additions to their range of Eurorack format synth modules, the ES-4 S/PDIF / CV Interface and the ES-4 Gate Expander.

The ES-4 converts a standard S/PDIF input into five channels of control voltage.

Two of the five channels are calibrated to provide over 5 octaves of 1V/octave pitch CV. In conjunction with the supplied software, this gives the ES-4 the functionality of a traditional two channel MIDI/CV converter, but with sample accurate timing, something USB-based interfaces can only dream of.

The remaining three channels are general purpose outputs (for use as e.g. gates, envelopes, LFOs) and each have a nominal range of 0-10V or ±5V (user selectable).

The ES-4 will connect to any audio device using the S/PDIF standard. This includes the digital audio output provided as standard on all recent Macs.

Expert Sleepers ES-4 Gate Expander

The ES-4 Gate Expander is a Eurorack module which works in tandem with the ES-4 to offer 8 on/off outputs for use as gates, triggers, clocks etc.

Up to five ES-4 Gate Expanders can be attached to one ES-4 – one per ES-4 channel. (The 8 outputs of the Gate Expander reflect the 8 bits of CV information passed to the ES-4′s DACs.)

Therefore you can combine the modules to create a system with up to 40 independent gate outputs – all driven from a single S/PDIF connection.

The ES-4 Software also provides the ability to use each Gate Expander output as a MIDI port. This allows the user to generate sample accurate, jitter-free MIDI, without any of the timing problems that plague traditional MIDI interfaces (famously described by Vince Clarke of Erasure).

The ES-4 is available to purchase for MSRP £151 GBP; The ES-4 Gate Expander is £64 GPB. Prices excl. VAT.

More information: Expert Sleepers / ES-4