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Universal Audio announces new Analog Classics plug-in bundles

Universal Audio has announced new Analog Classics plug-in bundles for its award-winning Apollo interfaces and UAD-2 DSP Accelerator cards.

Realtime Analog Classics Plus

Building upon the original Analog Classics bundle — which is still offered on select UAD-2 titles— the reconfigured Analog Classics line adds new industry-leading analog emulation plug-ins such as the 610-B Tube Preamp & EQ Plug-In to new Apollo audio interfaces and UAD-2 PCIe and Satellite DSP Accelerator Cards.

2014 Analog Classics Bundle Lineup for UAD-2 and Apollo

  • Analog Classics Bundle (Free with new UAD-2 PCIe SOLO/DUO and Satellite DUOs) – Featuring legacy versions of UA’s flagship 1176 and Teletronix LA-2A compressors and the Pultec EQP-1A and Pultec Pro equalizers, the Analog Classics bundle also features the popular RealVerb Pro and CS-1 channel strip.
  • Analog Classics Plus Bundle (Free with new UAD-2 PCIe QUAD/OCTO and Satellite QUADs) – This new bundle includes all of the plug-ins in the Analog Classics bundle, plus the new 610-B Tube Preamp & EQ, legacy Fairchild 670 Compressor, and UA Precision Enhancer Hz plug-ins.
  • Realtime Analog Classics Bundle (Free with new Apollo Twin SOLO/DUOs) – The new Realtime Analog Classics bundle features all of the plug-ins in the Analog Classics bundle plus UA’s new 610-B Tube Preamp & EQ plug-in and vintage guitar and bass amp emulations from Softube — both of which work seamlessly with Apollo’s onboard Realtime UAD processing.
  • Realtime Analog Classics Plus Bundle (Free with new Apollo DUO/QUAD and Apollo 16s) – This new bundle includes all of the plug-ins in the Realtime Analog Classics bundle, plus the legacy Fairchild 670 Compressor and UA Precision Enhancer Hz plug-ins.

More information: Universal Audio

Universal Audio intros Fairchild Tube Limiter Collection for UAD & Apollo

Universal Audio has released Fairchild Tube Limiter Collection for the UAD platform and Apollo audio interfaces.

Fairchild 670
The Fairchild 670 tube limiter for UAD & Apollo.

For a half-century, the Fairchild 670 and 660 tube limiters have defined many of popular music’s most revered vocal and drum sounds, from Pink Floyd and the Beatles to classic Motown singles. Now, Universal Audio has fully captured Fairchild’s revered tube character with the Fairchild Tube Limiter Plug-In Collection for the UAD Powered Plug-Ins platform and Apollo Audio Interfaces.

In 2004, Universal Audio released the Fairchild 670 Legacy plug-in, which was quickly heralded as the best Fairchild 670 emulation available. Today, UA’s team of DSP experts have improved the original time constants and gain reduction curves while modeling — for the first time ever — the complete tube-powered amplifier and transformer sections of their hardware counterparts. Far beyond other Fairchild emulations, only the new UAD Fairchild Limiter Collection is based on an accurate circuit model of Ocean Way’s “golden-reference” units.
The Fairchild Tube Limiter Collection also offers “digital only” features such as sidechain filtering, dry/wet parallel blend, and headroom controls, giving owners of Apollo audio interfaces and UAD-2 DSP Accelerator hardware modern workflow appointments.

Fairchild Tube Limiter Collection

  • Includes the Fairchild mono 660 and stereo 670, each with their own sonic attributes and feature sets.
  • Models entire electronic path, including tube amplifiers and transformers for complete analog color and behavior.
  • Based on Ocean Way’s famous, meticulously maintained Fairchild “golden units” .
  • Lateral-Vertical mode for stereo imaging and balance control.
  • Includes all-new “digital only” features such as sidechain filtering, dry/wet parallel blend, and headroom controls.
  • Requires UAD-2 DSP Accelerator Card or Apollo Interface, available from authorized dealers worldwide.

The Fairchild Tube Limiter Collection is available to purchase for $299 USD.

More information: Universal Audio / Fairchild Tube Limiter Collection

Liveschool free Ableton Live drum racks

Liveschool has released a number of free drum rack packs for Ableton Live.

Fairchild 808
  • Fairchild 808 — The samples were recorded by manager of Studios 301 and Ableton Certified Trainer Anthony Garvin as we were preparing for our next focus course on Mixing and Mastering. They were recorded from an original TR-808 through one of 301′s custom built DI boxes, and then patched through the Fairchild 670 via the SSL K-Series console, finally being captured into Ableton Live by an Apogee Rosetta 200 ADC. Multiple passes of some of the samples where made to include variations on each element, such as a short punchy kick, and the long-decay sub type kick.
Vermona DRM1 MKIII
  • Vermona DRM1 MKIII — Using the per-sound outputs on the Vermona, each sample was passed through a series of outboard gear suited to that sound. As with our 808 Drum Rack, some these samples were recorded via Studios 301′s very rare (and very valuable) Fairchild 670 compressor. Going beyond the Fairchild this time, we took advantage of more of 301′s outboard gear, and customised the signal chain for each new sound.
Korg Volca Beats
  • Korg Volca Beats — Over in Studio 2 at Studios 301, the samples were recorded direct from the Korg Volca Beats into an API 512c Lunchbox pre-amp, then through a channel of the SSL 9000k console for some slight compression and EQ, before being captured back in to Ableton Live with a Apogee Rossetta 200 ADC. It might be a consumer priced drum machine, but it was amongst some giants (with giant price tags) over at 301. It was pretty surreal hearing the Volca’s meaty analog kick booming through the Genelec 1039A main monitors in Studio 2.

The racks are available to download from Liveschool at no cost.

More information: Liveschool / Ableton Live drum racks

OverTone DSP launches Vintage Mastering Bundle

OverTone DSP Vintage Mastering Bundle

OverTone DSP announced the release of the Vintage Mastering Bundle, comprising the FC70 Fairchild 670 Limiter and PTC-2A Vintage Pultec EQ plug-ins for Windows and Mac OS X.

The PTC-2A is a superb emulation of the legendary Pultec EQP-1A, one of the most sought-after vintage equalizers. Separate LF Boost and Attenuate controls provide the signature Pultec sounds, while, as in the original hardware, a transformer-coupled tube amplifier stage further enhances the vintage qualities. Innovative filter technology provides a genuine analogue response without requiring conventional CPU-intensive techniques.

The FC70 emulates the legendary smooth, effortless dynamic control and uniquely musical character of the classic Fairchild 670 limiter. Modelled using measured data and schematics from genuine hardware, the FC70 uses a fully balanced design, combined with innovative delay-free feedback topology to emulate the original circuitry. The sidechain includes the fast attack and program dependent release settings of the original, combined with Lateral / Vertical, Independent and Linked stereo channel modes.

The bundle is available or purchase for the introductory price of £25 GBP until July 31st, 2013 (30% off individual prices).

More information: OverTone DSP / Vintage Mastering Bundle

Slate Digital intros Virtual Buss Compressors—Three analog modeled dynamic processors

Slate Digital has announced Virtual Buss Compressors, a new plugin in Slate Digital’s Virtual Analog series.

Slate Digital Virtual Buss Compressors
VBC comprises FG4014, FG8014, and FG MU compressors.

VIRTUAL BUSS COMPRESSORS offer three unique sounding, 100% analog modeled dynamic processors that are ideal for program material.

Every nuance of real analog compressors has been modeled including the exact nonlinear characteristics of their transformers, tubes, vcas, amplifiers, phase distortions, harmonic distortions, and timing.

The first compressor is called the FG4014. It is modern, clean, pristine, and can compress program material in a musical but transparent manner. It is perfect for all types of mixes and masters, and even sounds great on drum overheads and acoustic guitar.

The second compressor is called the FG8014. This analog beast of a compressor is a hybrid model of a famous british console compressor combined with characteristics of another famous compressor known for it’s red faceplate. It’s punchy, fat, tight, and rich sounding, with a drive control that can enhance the transformer saturation to give it even more attitude. It is an amazing buss compressor for all types of music including rock, pop, country, hip hop, house, and more. It also sounds amazing on drum busses and even individual drums like kick snare and toms. This compressor was designed to be the ultimate “dream buss compressor”.

The third compressor is called FG MU. It is modeled after the classic Fairchild 670, but then we added characteristics of two modern Vari MU compressors as well. It is absolutely gorgeous sounding with a warm, fat, deeeeep, musical character that is perfect for all types of music. For mastering, it can add the perfect final bit of glue, air, depth, and transient sparkle.

All of the compressors in the VBC bundle have a variable hi pass filter, AND a mix knob that can be used to control the ratio of the compressed signal to the dry signal. The FG MU can be used in stereo and mid/side. Each compressor can be used in a series, and the series can be rearranged by dragging and dropping. Compressing a mix with each one doing a very little amount can sound amazing! The series also makes it very easy to A/B/C the compressors on source material. Finally, VBC will come with stock presets made by some of the industry’s top mixers.

Virtual Buss Compressors will be available November, 2012, with an introductory price of $199 USD.

More information: Slate Digital

Avid Releases VENUEPack 4 – Plug-In Suite and Real Time Analyzer for VENUE Digital Consoles

Avid has announced VENUEPack 4, a new suite of professional plug-ins and utilities that will come bundled with all VENUE digital console systems, providing live sound engineers with more creative options than ever.

From re-creations of popular vintage hardware to the latest studio processing effects, VENUEPack 4 includes 30 powerful plug-ins from Avid and third-party partners including Flux::, Focusrite, JOEMEEK, Line 6, and others.

VENUEPack 4 plug-ins run natively on all VENUE systems—no external plug-in runner or separate laptop required. They offer high-quality sound, reliable performance, exceptionally low latency, automatic delay compensation support, and can be controlled right from the console surface.

“VENUE’s integrated plug-in system eliminates the need for external outboard gear or plug-in runners, giving the user unprecedented creative choice,” says Greg Kopchinski, Avid product manager. “VENUEPack 4 provides a unified set of popular plug-ins for live sound, making it easier than ever for engineers to move between VENUE consoles and use the great-sounding, low-latency effects they’ve come to appreciate.”

In addition to the suite of plug-ins, VENUEPack 4 also includes the Flux:: Pure Analyzer Essential software application, a modular RTA system that provides mix engineers with an extensive range of live audio analysis and measurement tools when installed on a Mac- or Windows-based laptop. Pure Analyzer can also utilize the Flux SampleGrabber plug-in to support direct signal acquisition across an Ethernet network from VENUE system monitor and mix busses.

Avid VENUEPack4
Collage of plug-ins included in Avid’s VENUEPack4 collection.

VENUEPack 4 features

  • Classic Compressors Bundle—Emulations of five coveted hardware processors (includes BF-2A, BF-3A, Purple Audio MC77, Fairchild 660, and Fairchild 670 plug-ins).
  • Eleven—Hyper-realistic emulations of the world’s greatest vintage and modern guitar amps.
  • Flux:: Pure Analyzer Essential—Network-driven, real-time signal analyzing software.
  • Focusrite d2 and d3—Models of the classic Focusrite red equalizer and compressor/limiter.
  • Impact—Console-style mix bus compressor.
  • JOEMEEK Bundle—Classic emulations of the SC2 compressor and VC5 Meequalizer.
  • Line 6 Echo Farm—Models of several classic echo hardware processors and pedals.
  • Moogerfooger Bundle—Realistic emulations of four classic audio effects and synth modules (includes 12-Stage Phaser, Analog Delay, Lowpass Filter, and Ring Modulator plug-ins).
  • Pultec Bundle—Realistic emulations of three vintage Pultec EQs (includes EQH-2, EQP-1A, and MEQ-5 plug-ins).
  • Reel Tape Suite—Delivers the warmth and characteristics of analog tape and machine effects (includes Reel Tape Saturation, Reel Tape Delay, and Reel Tape Flanger plug-ins).
  • Reverb One—World-class reverb processing, with complete parameter control.
  • ReVibe—High-performance, highly detailed room-modeling reverb.
  • Slightly Rude Compressor—Custom compressor that’s both musical and aggressive.
  • Smack!—Fool-proof compressor/limiter that provides a wide range of sonic variations and color.
  • TL Aggro—High-quality emulation of a vintage analog FET compressor.
  • Voce Bundle—Emulations of classic vibrato and rotating speaker effects (includes Voce Chorus/Vibrato and Voce Spin plug-ins).

Avid has also announced a free VENUEPack 4 webinar featuring Robert Scovill.

Veteran sound engineer and Avid® live sound market specialist, Robert Scovill, will host a free webinar on August 15th at 10 am PT (1 pm ET) to introduce the new VENUEPack 4 plug-in bundle. Robert will offer an overview of the included plug-ins followed by a deep dive into using Flux Pure Analyzer Essential, an exciting new addition to the pack. Attendance capacity is limited, so register today to reserve your spot.

VENUEPack4 is available worldwide now. Existing VENUE owners can upgrade their VENUE systems to VENUEPack 4 at 50% off the standard upgrade price through September 14, 2012.

More information: Avid / VENUE

ILIO announces 65% off Nomad Factory’s Analog Signature Pack for a limited time

ILIO has announced a limited time offer for the Analog Signature Pack from Nomad Factory.

Nomad Factory Analog Signature Pack

Nomad Factory’s Analog Signature Pack includes three vintage processing plug-ins—an EQ, Limiter, and Compressor—that support Audio Units, VST, and RTAS formats.

The Program Equalizer EQP-4 is a full range stereo channel unit, featuring low and high cut, low and high frequency boost and attenuation (shelving or peaking) as well as two overlapping bands of equalization.

The LM-662 Dual Limiting Amplifier is a recreation of the classic Fairchild 670 limiter, imbuing instrumental tracks with the classic 670 sound.

Finally, the Studio Channel SC-226 is a stereo channel recording plug-in, featuring four band equalizer, an analog “signature” optical compressor and, at the heart of the shelving and bell filters, a tube simulator and Brick-Wall peak limiter designed to reproduce the warmth of vintage recordings with unrivaled quality and realism.

Starting Friday, March 16, 2012, Nomad Factory’s Analog Signature Pack will be 65% off the retail price of $199 USD, just $69 USD. This special price is available only until Friday, March 30, 2012. The Analog Signature Pack special promotional price is available from authorized dealers and on the ILIO website.

More information: ILIO / Analog Signature Pack

Waves intros PuigChild hardware compressor/limiter

Waves has introduced the PuigChild, a hardware compressor/limiter unit.

Modeled on a rare vintage Fairchild 670 from the personal collection of Grammy® award-winning producer/engineer Jack Joseph Puig, the PuigChild hardware compressor faithfully recreates the unmistakable sound of the original.

Featuring dual mono, linked, and lateral vertical stereo modes, 16/24-bit digital I/O, and outstanding AD/DA converters, housed in a rugged 2U rack unit, the PuigChild is a world-class compressor – in the studio or on the road.

Waves PuigChild compressor/limiter

PuigChild features

  • Dual mono, linked, and lateral vertical stereo modes.
  • State-of-the-art 24-bit converters.
  • Analog and digital connectors for all popular formats.
  • 125 dB dynamic range.
  • Switchable.

The PuigChild is available to purchase for $3,680 USD.

More information: Waves / PuigChild