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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

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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

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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

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Nomad Factory announces Blue Tubes Bundle promotion

Nomad Factory has announced that it is now offering its Blue Tubes audio processing bundle at a limited-time discounted price of $299 USD (normally $399) through September 16, 2011. The promotion is being managed by their North American distributor, ILIO.

Nomad Factory Blue Tubes Bundle

The Blue Tubes Bundle V3 is a collection of 19 processing plug-ins that recreate the warm sound qualities of classic analog hardware. The plug-ins were designed according to the strict design principles of the hardware they reproduce, while maintaining a transparency that lets the original signal shine through with just the desired amount of brilliance and character.

All 19 plug-ins in the bundle provide a simple and functional “vintage-style” interface, as well as very low CPU consumption for lightning-fast processing. In keeping with the previous versions of their top-quality audio processing plug-ins, the Blue Tubes Bundle V3 has been totally redesigned by Nomad Factory to offer even more features for enhancing users’ digital sound recordings.

Blue Tubes Bundle features

  • 6 Dynamics Processors (Limiter – Expander – Compressor – Noise Gate – DeEsser – BrickWall).
  • 6 Equalizer Processors (2-band – Baxandall – Graphic – Vintage – 5-band – Filters).
  • 6 Effects Processors (Chorus – Phaser – Vintage Echo – Delay – OverDriver – Imager).
  • 1 Channel Strip Processor (Tube Emulator – Gate/Expander – Compressor – Equalizer – Filters).
  • Full Automation for all parameters on PC and Mac OS X.
  • Easy-to-use vintage interface.

The Blue Tubes Bundle $299 USD promotional price is being offered through dealers throughout North America, on their websites, and through the ILIO website at www.ilio.com. All Blue Tubes plug-ins are available as downloads only.

More information: Nomad Factory / ILIO

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Vengeance Sound releases Vengeance Mastering Suite – Stereo Bundle

Vengeance Sound Mastering Suite - Stereo Bundle

Vengeance Sound has announced the release of Vengeance Mastering Suite – Stereo Bundle, a collection of 5 plugins for mastering.

The Vengeance Mastering Suite – Stereo Bundle is a collection of stereo processors that can be used during mastering by contemporary producers.

Beside mastering tasks the user can create stereo material out of mono material with vocals, basslines, guitars, and synths, etc.

Vengeance Mastering Suite – Stereo Bundle features

  • 5 Plug-ins in one Bundle: VMS Shifter, VMS Expander, VMS Stereo Splitter, VMS Analyser, VMS MIDI Transmitter.
  • Complete stereo channel strip: manipulate anything in the stereo field.
  • Can be used for mastering in addition to solo instruments (vocals, basslines, and synths, etc.).
  • Graphic live feedback.
  • 3 EQs.
  • Mono 2 stereo processors: create stereo information from mono material.
  • Stereo compressor (taken from VMS Multiband Compressor).
  • Real-time FFT analyzer, real-time stereo vectorscope, real-time waveform view.
  • Output limiter.
  • Modulation envelope – creative and experimental results: apply a synced envelope to stereo mix level, mono mix level etc.
  • Many presets included: ranging from complete masterings to special FX.
  • All parameters can be automated.

The Vengeance Mastering Suite – Stereo Bundle for Windows and Mac (VST/AU/RTAS) is available to purchase for €99 EUR/£85 GBP/$140 USD. Note: requires eLicenser dongle.

More information: Vengeance Sound

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One Small Clue releases Preston Gate effect plugin

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One Small Clue Preston Gate

One Small Clue has announced Preston Gate, a high quality gate, expander and ducker effect plug-in for Windows.

It is ideal for adding punch to drums, dynamics shaping and noise removal.

Preston Gate features a clearly designed interface that balances flexibility and immediacy. Attack, Hold and Release parameters offer precise control over the gate envelope behaviour. While the Ratio and Range parameters allow just the right effect strength to be dialed in.

Preston Gate can be triggered with an external input, either audio or MIDI. The key signal can be further processed with low and high cut filters to improve gating accuracy.

Preston Gate for Windows (VST) is available to purchase for $49 USD.

More information: One Small Clue / Preston Gate

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FabFilter releases Pro-G gate/expander plug-in

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FabFilter has announced the release of Pro-G, a gate/expander effect plug-in for Windows and Mac.

Following the very well-received Pro-L limiter, Pro-Q equalizer and Pro-C compressor plug-ins, FabFilter now introduces FabFilter Pro-G: 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 the FabFilter tool kit.

FabFilter Pro-G

FabFilter Pro-G offers five meticulously fine-tuned algorithms, including classic analog models and upward expansion, as well as specific designs for vocal and guitar processing. In combination with the adjustable threshold, ratio, range settings and attack, release, hold and look-ahead times, Pro-G will process your drum and vocal tracks smoothly and with character. At the same time, Pro-G is also the perfect tool to subtly and precisely restore lost dynamics while mastering.

As you would expect, the well-thought-out interface has been crafted with much attention to detail. FabFilter Pro-G’s prominent real-time level display and accurate meters smartly combine input, output and gain reduction levels, giving you immediate insight in the plug-in’s dynamic behavior. Together with the transfer curve and threshold level feedback, choosing the right settings at the right time couldn’t be easier.

A click on the Expert button will resize the interface to make space for additional external side-chain input and side-chain filtering controls. The expert panel contains wet/dry level and panning controls, and allows the side-chain path and linking to be set up in any way imaginable. The interface conveniently adapts its size to reveal the expert controls only when needed, making it just as easy to use FabFilter Pro-G as a straightforward gate, or as a full-featured creative expander.

Pro-G features

  • Five perfectly fine-tuned expander/gate algorithms: Classic, Clean, Vocal, Guitar and an upward expansion style.
  • Beautifully program-dependent attack and release curves.
  • Precise and helpful metering, including a real-time level display.
  • Low CPU usage.
  • Adjustable range, hold time and knee settings.
  • Optional look-ahead time up to 10 ms.
  • Expert mode that offers highly customizable side chain and level options, conveniently hidden in normal mode.
  • Mono, stereo or mid/side processing.
  • Up to four times linear-phase oversampling.
  • Zero-latency operation mode.
  • External side chain option.
  • MIDI triggering: open the gate/expander with your MIDI keyboard.
  • Separate dry/wet level settings.
  • Easy to set up for common gating/expansion situations with the included factory presets.
  • Stereo and mono plug-ins available.
  • All the usual FabFilter quality you’ve come to expect: perfectly fine-tuned knobs and controllers, interactive MIDI Learn, undo/redo and A/B switch, Smart Parameter Interpolation for smooth parameter transitions, an extensive help file with interactive help hints, sample accurate automation, SSE optimization, and more.

Pro-G for Windows and Mac (VST/AU/RTAS/AudioSuite) is available to purchase for 129 EUR / $174 USD / £114 GBP. Bundles with FabFilter Pro-G and other FabFilter plug-ins are also available. Existing FabFilter customers can purchase Pro-G with great discounts by logging in to their online user account.

More information: FabFilter / Pro-G

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