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IK Multimedia releases Black 76 and White 2A, new mixing legends as add-ons to T-RackS

IK Multimedia has announced the release of two new T-RackS mixing plug-ins modeled on two of of the world’s most renowned analog compressors: the Black 76 Limiting Amplifier and the White 2A Leveling Amplifier.

These prestigious effects are available as single plug-ins for the most popular DAWs or can be integrated in the new T-RackS suite of mixing and mastering effects now updated with 64-bit compatibility both in standalone and plug-in mode.

IK Multimedia T-RackS Black 76
IK Multimedia T-RackS Black 76

The Black 76 Limiting Amplifier is modeled after what is probably the most used, most known, most wanted, and most universally recognized compressor / limiter in the audio industry. There are probably no professionally created records without tracks using this unit. It’s a true legend and a piece of history. The engineers that made this FET based compressor reached a level of cleverness and magic that only true visionary geniuses can achieve. While there are many revisions of this hardware, we modeled the LN version, revision E, because it’s the one that has the most sonically recognized and wanted character thanks to its input transformer and class A output stage.

This compressor can be used on literally everything: drums, drum sub-mixes, vocals, bass, guitars, piano, choirs, brass, strings, etc. It adds its sonic footprint to the sound that for many reasons simply makes music sound better. Vocals, for example, will gain presence, consistency, clarity and punch in a way simply not obtainable with other units. Drums will gain power and density with total control over the level of “snap”, and guitars will get a magic midrange zone that makes them truly sing. The Black 76 is a must for mixing, but thanks to the perfectly stereo linked version we provide with MS option, it can also be effectively used for mastering if used with care!

IK Multimedia T-RackS White 2A
IK Multimedia T-RackS White 2A

The White 2A Leveling Amplifier is based on a legendary vintage unit that is entirely tube-based. It’s a totally different device in terms of construction where all the compression magic happens inside an optically coupled element formed by a fluorescent panel and some photocells: the famed T4A element. There is no electronic circuitry involved with the compression itself. It’s just a tube amp with photo-resistors, lighted by a fluorescent panel driven by the output signal. At the time of this invention, there were not many ways of making an audio compressor: only variable-mu and optical. Optical was the simplest one, and if proper elements for both the light emitting panel and the photocells were matched, magic happened.

Originally intended for use in broadcasting, it immediately became a truly signature unit for music recording and mixing. It’s a must-have for both tracking and mixing vocals, but it’s also tremendously effective on electric bass, upright bass, piano, winds and many other tracks where you need a gentle compression with great warmth and consistency. This is one of the few units in the audio industry that nobody will allow to be substituted for anything else.

Both the Black 76 and the White 2A are available as single T-RackS mixing plug-ins for all popular DAW platforms in RTAS, AU and VST formats, priced at $99.99 USD / 74.99 EUR each (excl. tax).

IK Multimedia has also updated T-RackS and all its effect processors to version 3.5 – now supporting all 64-bit DAWs – and the update is available a free download to all existing T-RackS Deluxe, Standard, shell and singles users.

More information: IK Multimedia / T-RackS


Eric Beam releases 3500 Studio Sampler and DME 1968 programs for Nebula

Eric Beam 3500 Studio Sampler / DME 1968

Eric Beam has released 3500 Studio Sampler Color/Texture (Eventide) and DME 1968 FET/Tube Compressor (Drawmer) programs for Nebula by Acustica Audio.

3500 Studio Sampler Color/Texture

  • Loop Thru of the h3500 DFX sampling board.
  • Hardware samplers & lofi AD/DA signal paths add a grit/crunch to whatever they process. A common quality found in countless Electronic & HipHop productions.
  • Captured via Lynx conversion
  • Programs:
    • 3500 Samp 32-8
    • 3500 Samp 32-16
    • 3500 Samp 441-8
    • 3500 Samp 441-16

DME 1968 FET/Tube Compressor

  • A modern studio classic known for it’s big open sound & solid low end.
  • Captured via Lynx conversion @ 24/96.
  • Programs:
    • DME 1968 STD – Attack Time = 2-50ms Release Time = 100-1000ms
    • DME 1968 BIG – “Big” switch engaged (side-chain filter) – Attack Time = 2-50ms Release Time = 100-1000ms

The 3500 Studio Sampler programs are available to purchase for $4 USD, DME 1968 STD & BIG are $10 USD each.

More information: Eric Beam


Short links for April 1st, 2008

Some interesting things I bookmarked on on April 1st, 2008:

Vintage Mics
  • Pocket Piano Arduino Shield – A board for making the Arduino into a portable stand alone music synthesizer. It plugs directly into the Arduino board and provides 25 multiplexed keys (2 full octaves), 4 pots, status LED, reset switch, digital to analog converter IC, and a RCA audio jack.
  • FET Preamp Cable – A phantom powered discrete FET (Field Effect Transistor) preamp built into the plug of a guitar cable. It provides almost all the advantages of an on-board preamp with none of the disadvantages.
  • Reprap – n. any open-source rapid prototyping machine that can manufacture a significant fraction of its own parts; v.t. (in lower case: to reprap) to make something in a RepRap machine. Arduino was chosen for the next stage of RepRap development.
  • Hackers Publish German Minister’s Fingerprint – To demonstrate why using fingerprints to secure passports is a bad idea, the German hacker group Chaos Computer Club has published what it says is the fingerprint of Wolfgang Schauble, Germany's interior minister.