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Metric Halo releases Production Bundle For AAX (+ intro sale)

Metric Halo has announced the release of the Production Bundle for AAX at the Musikmesse in Frankfurt (Audiologistik booth – Hall 5.1, Stand A85).

The software will be available starting on 3/26/12 and consists of seven AAX plug-ins compatible with both Native and HDX DSP systems: ChannelStrip 3, Character, Haloverb, Multiband Dynamics, Multiband Expander, Precision DeEsser, and TransientControl.

Metric Halo Production Bundle
Metric Halo Production Bundle for AAX

This bundle provides the all the tools necessary to sculpt a mix. Four of the plug-ins contain audio analysis tools from SpectraFoo, giving the user visual feedback of the plug-in’s processing. “We’re thrilled to release the Metric Halo Production Bundle for Pro Tools 10,” said Allen Rowand of Metric Halo. “We wanted to do more than simply port our existing ChannelStrip plug-in to the AAX format. We wanted to release a suite of software that builds on ChannelStrip’s thirteen year legacy of sonic quality, and gives our customers great signal processing options for Pro Tools 10. We’ll have news for users of other DAWs in the near future, so stay tuned.”

The MSRP for the bundle is $699 USD, with individual plug-ins priced at $199 USD each. Upgrades from ChannelStrip 2 to ChannelStrip 3 are available for $49, and upgrades from ChannelStrip 2 to the Production Bundle cost $549. Owners of Metric Halo’s +DSP software may purchase the Production Bundle for $549, and may purchase the Bundle for $399 if they own licenses for both +DSP and ChannelStrip 2. Customers who have purchased ChannelStrip 2 Native since October 1 are eligible for a free upgrade to ChannelStrip 3.

In order to celebrate the release of the Production Bundle, Metric Halo is offering special pricing from 3/26/12 to 4/26/12.

All Metric Halo software titles (including the Production Bundle, upgrades and Customer Loyalty offers) are 25% off, and customers that purchase any of the company’s award-winning FireWire interfaces during the promotion will receive a free Production Bundle license.

More information: Metric Halo / Production Bundle

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Voxengo Drumformer multiband dynamics effect plugin updated to v1.2

Voxengo Drumformer

Voxengo has updated its Drumformer multiband drum and master track dynamics processing plug-in for Windows and Mac to v1.2.

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 masterfully emphasizing the transients. The saturation module offers you a choice between six saturation modes, each having a smooth sound and differing harmonic content.

Changes in Drumformer v1.2

  • Equalizer’s virtual keyboard issue fixed.
  • A rare crash issue happening in Logic Pro fixed.
  • Plug-in now works correctly on ProTools via FXpansion VST-RTAS adapter.

Drumformer for Windows and Mac (VST/AU) is $99.95 USD.

More information: Voxengo / Drumformer

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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