Amazing Machines releases Amazing PEQ-1 FREE

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Amazing Machines has announced the release of Amazing PEQ-1 FREE, a free parametric equalizer and preset warmer for Native Instruments Reaktor.

Amazing Machines PEQ-1 Free

The Amazing PEQ-1 FREE is a straightforward Overall Tone Shaping tool, capable of drastically change an audio source with its 1 Band Mid-Range Equalizer and its Preset Warmer.

Amazing PEQ-1 Free features

  • 1 Reaktor Ensemble.
  • 1 Band Parametric Equalizer.
  • Preset Warmer.

The Amazing PEQ-1 FREE is available to download at no charge. Requires full version of Reaktor 5.8 or newer.

More information: Amazing Machines / Amazing PEQ-1 FREE

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Mackie updates Master Fader controller app to v3.0

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Mackie has announced the availability of Master Fader v3.0, a free controller app for all Mackie DL Series mixers (DL32R, DL1608, and DL806).

Mackie Master Fader

With massive upgrades built specifically for professional applications, Master Fader v3.0 not only offers the tools pros need for the all-new DL32R, it delivers huge benefits to any DL1608 or DL806 user.

“Master Fader is designed from the ground up for wireless mixing. It’s the most intuitive and easy-to-use live sound control app out there,” commented Ben Olswang, Mackie Senior Product Manager. “Now, with a fresh user interface that delivers faster workflow and a whole new toolset designed to meet the rigorous demands of professional live sound applications, Master Fader is better and more powerful than ever.”

Changes in Master Fader v3.0 features

  • Support for the new Mackie DL32R.
  • Upgraded user interface for faster workflow
    • More information available at a glance for faster navigation.
    • New navigation bar with instant access to overview, mixer and channel view.
    • Improved current parameter display that reads more clearly and includes channel color.
    • Better access to secondary views.
    • Updated channel strips provides more channel information at a glance.
  • Added Overview showing all input and output channels at once for fast, simple navigation.
  • Added 4 subgroups with stereo linking and dedicated processing on each subgroup.
  • Added 4 VCAs for professional control over groups of channels.
  • Added digital trim on each input, providing additional input gain control when working wirelessly.
  • Added Routing view providing complete channel routing in one place for inputs, groups and outputs.
  • Added Custom Channel colors and Mix colors for visually differentiated channels, groups and outputs.
  • Updated Selector area adds mute group and view group controls along with a new Masters selector. Together, these 4 selectors control what inputs and outputs are visible.
  • Updated Shows view allows user to add a comment to each show. Added created/modified dates to each show for improved organization.
  • Added flexible Record Output patching with record levels.
  • Added digital Level and Delay control for headphone output.
  • Updated Preset workflow with new location right at the channel.
  • Added ability to export presets, shows and backups via Dropbox or email.
  • Added ability to import presets, shows and backups from 3rd party apps supporting Open In…

Master Fader v3.0 is now available as a free download from the App Store. Master Fader 3.0 is compatible with Mackie My Fader v3.0 (available soon). It is not compatible with My Fader v2.0. Do not update to Master Fader 3.0 at this time if you still need My Fader 2.0 control.

More information: Mackie

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Tonecarver releases tcStretch plugin public beta

Tonecarver tcStretch

Tonecarver has released a beta version of tcStretch, a free effect plug-in for time stretching, pitch shifting, and blurring.

Time stretch can be up to 1 million times slower. Pitch shift is plus or minus one octave. Blurring blends nearby spectral material to make the output less static.

Playback is sensitive to transients in the source material. Playback rate and blur amount are set independently and automatically adjusted according to the transient contour of the material being stretched. Playing transients at a faster rate than non-transients tends to make the output sound less obviously stretched. Playing transients more slowly than non-transients emphasizes the stretchiness [good when playing in reverse mode with highly transient material]. Adding blur brings in some subtle (or not so subtle) randomness which helps to keep the output less static.

To use the plugin, load a sample (WAV or AIFF), start your DAW transport, and set playback and blur amounts to taste. (Future version will have play/stop controls for playback independent of DAW transport). Region selectors can be used to isolate a portion of the sample to repeat. Volume envelope can be applied for fades.

The plug-in beta is available to download for Windows (32/64-bit VST).

More information: Tonecarver / tcStretch

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DSK Music releases DSK Dynamic Guitars plugin

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DSK Music has announced the release of DSK Dynamic Guitars, a free guitar instrument plug-in for Windows and Mac.

DSK Dynamic Guitars

DSK Dynamic Guitars offers 3 high quality guitars (Acoustic, Steel & Nylon), with great realism and dynamic response.

DSK Dynamic Guitars features

  • 3 Guitar types: Acoustic, Nylon & Steel.
  • ADSR envelove control.
  • Reverb fx included.
  • Dynamic velocity response.
  • Panorama control.
  • Voice mode selector.
  • Amplitude Range control.
  • Velocity curve selector.
  • Available for Windows and Mac (32 and 64 bits).

The plugin is a free download.

More information: DSK Music / DSK Dynamic Guitars

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Baauer releases free sample pack + “Searching for Sound” documentary

Baauer has released a free sample pack as part of his “Searching for Sound” documentary.

Music has existed for thousands of years. The variety of sounds, instruments and music cultures around the world is staggering in it’s diversity, yet often, we tend to stick to what we know. There’s something to be said for shaking off your habits and looking beyond the familiar; the world is teeming with sounds that will change your perspective and expand your creative horizons.

It’s this sort of thinking that spurred Baauer to embark on a global adventure in search of fresh sounds to fuel his new album. Looking for a new direction in the wake of the “Harlem Shake” phenomenon, Harry Rodrigues traveled with production partner Nick Hook from the deserts beyond Dubai to the volcanoes of Japan, recording quirky sounds and ancient musical traditions to bend into raw materials to use in the studio. Lucky for us they’ve handed over the full set of samples, giving you the chance to add a new edge to your musical palette and maybe even broaden your vision of sound itself.

The sample pack is a free download from Ableton.

More information: Searching for Sound / Baauer sample pack

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