Universal Audio intros Apollo Expanded software

Universal Audio has announced Apollo Expanded software, coming exclusively for Apollo audio interfaces as part of UAD Software v8.0, to be released in March 2015.

Universal Audio Apollo Expanded

With Apollo Expanded, users of Thunderbolt-equipped Apollo Twin, Apollo DUO, Apollo QUAD, and Apollo 16 audio interfaces can freely combine up to four Apollos and six total UAD-2 devices — adding I/O and DSP as their studio grows.

Apollo Expanded also marks the introduction of Console 2.0 software, giving Thunderbolt-equipped Apollo users dynamic new workflow options, with more than 25 new user-requested features.

Apollo Expanded features

  • “Mix and Match” up to four Apollos (any model) over Thunderbolt (Mac).
  • Simple Thunderbolt cable connection between units.
  • Combine up to six UAD-2 devices per system.
  • New Flex Driver lets users customize Core Audio I/O — name, save, and share presets for different hardware setups and DAWs.
  • Star clocking over Thunderbolt distributes high-quality clock to all Apollos.
  • Add an Apollo Twin for desktop monitor control as well as additional DSP and connectivity.

Console 2.0 Software features

  • New high-resolution / Retina-compatible 64-bit software interface for Thunderbolt-equipped Apollos.
  • Channel Strip presets lets users see, save, and recall UAD plug-in chains.
  • Numerous monitoring improvements including Alternate Monitors, new Control Room functions, and enhanced headphone cue management.
  • New UAD plug-in categories and individual Show/Hide functionality.
  • Enhanced plug-in features such as preset auditioning and drag & drop functionality.
  • Per-input Record/Monitor effect switching.
  • Multi-level Undo and Redo for plug-in assignments and parameters.

Apollo Expanded is part of upcoming UAD Software v8.0, which, in addition to Mac OS X 10.10 Yosemite compatibility, also adds all-new plug-in categories to the UAD Powered Plug-Ins platform.

New plug-ins UAD Software v8.0

New UAD v8.0 plug-ins

Sound Machine® Wood Works® Plug-In — $299

  • Lets acoustic guitar piezo pickups sound like a studio-miked acoustic.
  • Get rich acoustic sounds in noisy environments or when high-quality miking is not possible.
  • Re-voice the source guitar’s resonance and acoustic properties live or at mixdown.
  • Freedom to re-mic during mixing, changing and adding microphones as needed.

UA Distortion Essentials Plug-In Bundle — $249

  • Features the legendary Ibanez Tube Screamer TS808, Raw Distortion™ (based on the vintage early-80s Pro Co Rat), and Bermuda Triangle (based on the early 70s-era) Electro-Harmonix Big Muff Pi) plug-ins*.
  • Harnesses Unison™ technology to precisely emulate the circuit interaction, gain range, and clip points of the original stompboxes.

Antares Auto-Tune Live Plug-In — $249

  • Realtime pitch correction and manipulation with iconic Auto-Tune effect.
  • Incredibly low latency for instant response, onstage or in the studio.

Friedman Amplifiers Plug-In Collection by Brainworx — $249

  • Includes spot-on emulations of the industry-leading Friedman DS40 and Friedman BE100 guitar amplifiers.
  • Audition 66 different Recording Chains to match the perfect tone to the part.
  • Fine-tune sounds with an onboard FX Rack that includes a noise gate, EQ filter controls, and host-syncable lo-fi delay.
  • Developed by Brainworx exclusively for UAD-2 hardware and Apollo Audio Interfaces.

Apollo Expanded Software will be available in March 2015.

More information: Universal Audio

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Softrave releases Vintage Analog Filter & Vintage Double Phaser plugins

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Softrave has announced the release of two effect plug-in for Windows.

Softrave Vintage Analog Filter and Double Phaser
Softrave’s Vintage Analog Filter and Double Phaser VST plugins for Windows PC.

Vintage Analog Filter Vst is constructed to emulate analog instability of electric circuits of vintage filters. You can control the level of analog detune with analog drift section. you also have big choice of waves to modulate filter to make psychedelic, cosmic or just disco and house effects. With this plug you can add some vintage analog feel to boring digital sound.

Vintage Double Phaser Vst is providing classical phase shift effect and some extended possibilities. You can create phase shift effect on left and right channel separately that makes strange unique sound. Or just enjoy classic phaser sound. Its good for guitars, pads, drums and percussion lines. This plugin was inspired by The Worm guitar pedal by Electroharmonix.

The plug-ins (Windows/VST) are available to purchase for 11 EUR/$15 USD each.

More information: Softrave

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Avid announces Pro Tools + Eleven Rack bundle

Avid has announced the release of Pro Tools® + Eleven Rack®, a new, specially designed bundle for guitarists that includes the world’s most popular professional recording software, a DSP-accelerated audio interface that offers hyper-realistic emulations of classic amps and effects, and the Eleven Rack Expansion Pack – delivering a powerful live performance and recording solution for guitarists at an incredible value.

Avid Pro Tools + Eleven Rack

Pro Tools + Eleven Rack features

  • Experience incredible sonic range with emulations of classic amp tones inspired by Fender®, VOX®, Marshall®, Soldano, Mesa/Boogie®, Bogner®, Ampeg® and Matchless®*, among others.
  • Enhance tones and embellish tracks with a broad assortment of classic stompbox effects inspired by MXR®, Electro-Harmonix®, Ibanez®, Pro Co, Univox®, and more*.
  • Compose, record, edit, reamp and mix using industry-standard Pro Tools software.

Pro Tools + Eleven Rack is available to purchase for $1,259 USD.

More information: Avid / Pro Tools + Eleven Rack

* Eleven Rack is not connected with, or approved or endorsed by, the owners of the Ampeg®, Bogner®, Electro-Harmonix®, Fender®, Ibanez®, Marshall®, Matchless®, Mesa/Boogie®, MXR®, Pro Co, Soldano, Univox®, or VOX® names. These names are used solely to identify the guitar amplifiers, cabinets, speakers, and effects emulated by Eleven Rack.

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WaveShaper launches with Monokkon and [UDS + EH] Sample Packs

WaveShaper

WaveShaper has launched its website with the release of Monokkon and [UDS + EH], two sample packs by Sink.

WaveShaper Monokken

Monokkon Sample Pack is a collection of sounds made with the Gakken SX-150 analog synthesizer and the Korg Monotron.

The Gakken is a cheap japanese do-it-yourself analogue synthesizer. The Monotron is korg’s smallest and latest analogue synth, using the same filter as the legendary ms-20. Both are fun pieces of gear to play with !

All the sounds in this kit was made using these nasty little plastic units (and even sometimes both at the same time by feeding one into the other using their external audio input). The overall sound is raw, bleepy and modulated : enjoy !

WaveShaper [UDS + EH]

The [UDS + EH] Sample Pack is a collection of drum kit sounds.

This drum kit was made by processing some sounds from a rare russian vintage Marsh UDS drum synth by the nasty Electro-Harmonix Micro Synth. Enjoy some filthy analogue goodness !

The Monokkon and [UDS + EH] sample packs are available in two versions:

  • Free: mono, 16bit/44.1khz audio samples.
  • Pay-what-you-want: stereo, 24bit/48khz audio samples.

More information: WaveShaper

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Short links for November 27th, 2008

Indamixx Laptop

Some interesting things I found recently:

# Indamixx Laptop is First Pre-Configured Music Netbook, Running Linux, $499 – CDM has more on the Indamixx Laptop, a sub $500 laptop pre-bundled with energy XT, a bunch of samples and over 260 plugins and effects.

Oh, and you get a free T-shirt.

The Indamixx Laptop is now available for pre-order ($99 deposit, pay another $400 when it ships).

# Buddha Machine 2 released: Ambient device – The Buddha Machine is a small audio-gear, some kind of "multipurpose ambient device". It is a small portable device with batteries, a speaker and some build-in audioloops. You can select the soothing loops and they keep on playing. With two controllers you can select the volume and (this is the special part) the pitch of the loop. Nothing really special, compared to the things you can do with audio-software, but this device is very charming and inviting to some nice uses.

# quiet_channel: analog MIDI drum machine — R Scott's DIY analog MIDI drum machine:

The drum sound circuitry was taken from a broken old Farfisa organ. I removed the entire rhythm accompaniment assembly and later built a power supply for it, turning it into a stand-alone drum machine.

# Guthman Musical Instrument Competition (submissions open) – The first Guthman Musical Instrument Competition presented by GTCMT and Harmonix (makers of Guitar Hero and Rock Band) will award $10,000 to the best novel musical instruments as judged by a panel of experts from Harmonix, Wired, and Georgia Tech.

# Processing 1.0 – Version 1.0 final is out!

Processing is a programming language, development environment, and online community that since 2001 has promoted software literacy within the visual arts. Initially created to serve as a software sketchbook and to teach fundamentals of computer programming within a visual context, Processing quickly developed into a tool for creating finished professional work as well.

Nick's DIY spring reverb

# THE SPRINGATRON 3000 — a DIY spring reverb from Nick’s World of Sythesizers:

This is basically a giant spring reverb made from 10 slinkys. I was trying to make the best sounding spring reverb possible, I think I achieved this but it is probably the most inconvenient spring reverb ever made. The reverb time (sustain) is so long that the springs need damping and I found that the best material for doing this is a slice of cucumber wedged under the end of each spring, other materials like foam or rubber tend to kill all the treble.

Many other cool things on Nick’s website, like this interactive flash version of The Beast.

# Module Glitch Pas preview – Luigi @ NUSofting has put up a preview of some kind of glitch pad plug-in. It's an early beta but it already looks very promising.

# MIDI Retrofit Kits: MIDI2600 — MIDI-to-Joystick / MIDI-to-Keypad Adapter for Atari 2600. Translates incoming MIDI notes to joystick or keypad control signals for any Atari 2600 console MIDI-controlled.

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