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Review: Nomad Factory Retrology Motown

Nomad Factory recently released Retrology Motown, a bundle of 2 equalizer plug-ins designed to improve the quality of digital sound recordings.

The plug-ins aim to recreate the warm sound qualities of legendary analog hardware passive equalizers used by Motown engineers.

Nomad Factory Retrology Motown
Images from the development of Retrology Motown.

Retrology Motown includes Retro Music-Tone and Retro Film-Tone, two 7-band passive equalizer plug-ins. Except for the frequency bands, both equalizers are identical.

Music-Tone and Film-Tone both feature proportional Q’s which have:

  • a broad Q with small boost/cuts
  • a narrow Q with greater boost/cuts

In other words: small adjustments to the bands will result in more subtle changes over a wider bandwidth, while driving the numbers closer to min/max values affects fewer frequencies.

Installation of the plug-ins was pretty straightforward. Nomad Factory uses PACE Interlok protection, which seems to be problematic for quite some people. Although it’s my personal belief that this type of copy protection does not stop piracy, a company is entitled to try to protect their products. (If you dislike PACE enough to not buy their products, please just let Nomad Factory know they’ve lost a potential sale).

Anyway, I had absolutely no problems installing PACE and registering the plug-ins with the Challenge/Response authorization (iLok authorization is also available).

Nomad Factory Retrology Motown Film-Tone
Nomad Factory Retrology Motown Film-Tone

With everything in place I did a little comparison with a few other EQ’s. The samples below are identical except for the EQ used (files were normalized after recording).

Clean beat | Fruity Parametric EQ | KarmaFX EQ | Retrology Film-Tone

Note: since the Film-Tone has a Proportional Q there’s no way I could A/B them with 100% accuracy.

So what do I think?

The Retrology equalizers have a straightforward user interface which is easy to use. They are also very light on the CPU.

Whether or not you can call its sound analog or vintage I’ll leave up to you, but I quite liked the results I got with these EQ’s.

Nomad Factory offers a fully functional 10 day trial version, so I advice you try them on your own material to see how you like them.

More information: Nomad Factory / Retrology Motown

Eiosis updates E²Deesser to v1.2

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Eiosis E2Deesser

Eiosis has released version 1.2 of E²Deesser, a de-esser plug-in.

E²Deesser now supports Syncrosoft, and features the VST, RTAS and AU versions for both Windows and Mac OSX.

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Flux updates all products to version 1.3 and adopts iLok

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Flux has updated all products to version 1.3 and iLok licence management is now available.

Every Flux plug-in now features an Automation button managing the A/B Morphing slider.

When engaged , only the Morphing slider is used to control the host automation in read and write modes. No other plug-in parameter is managed by the host automation.

When Automation is disabled all the plug-in parameters are managed by the host automation for both write and read modes. The Morphing slider can still control all the plug-in parameters, but its position is ignored by the host automation for both read and write modes.

This Automation feature permits to simplify the host Timeline when automating Flux plug-ins. It also permits to control the Morphing slider from a control surface.

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Eiosis updates E²Deesser to v1.1

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Eiosis E2Deesser

Eiosis has released version 1.1 of E²Deesser, a de-esser plug-in for the Mac.

E²Deesser version 1.1 brings a variable lookahead delay, which allows getting very smooth responses and unprecedented processing transparency for a de-esser. The lookahead value is adjusted according to the detection and latency parameters, while keeping fixed plugin latency for the host automatic delay compensation.

The sibilants attacks can be then perfectly detected without using a low response parameter, i.e. fast attack and release behaviors. Thus you can obtain a very smooth and transparent de-essing process : even with extreme sibilant reduction, the voice always sounds natural, without any abruptness or “lisp” effect.

E²Deesser is available in Native (150 EUR) and TDM (300 EUR) formats (iLok required).

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Eiosis releases E²Deesser

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Eiosis E2Deesser

Eiosis has released E²Deesser, a de-esser plug-in for Mac.

E²Deesser features

  • Detection controls: Reduction, Response, Frequency, Amount Vu Meter, and Listen
  • Sibilants controls: Global gain, Filter type (peak/dip, high shelf, 6dB, and 12dB low passes), Equalization band, and Listen
  • Voiced controls: Filter type (peak/dip and shelf filters), Equalization band, and Listen

E²Deesser is available in Native (150 EUR) and TDM (300 EUR) versions (iLok required).

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Should copy protection schemes like iLok and PACE be boycotted?

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PACE logo

There seems to be a never ending discussion about PACE/iLok and copy protection in general.

Some people dislike these methods so much that they will not even consider buying a product anymore if it has one of these protection schemes.

Adam from Audio Damage is one of them.

He writes on his blog:

PACE doesn’t stop piracy; any copy-protection system can, and will be, defeated. What PACE does do is prevent legitimate users of software products from using products which they’ve paid for.

Very similar to Microsoft’s WGA; it fails to stop piracy, but causes lots of problems for legitimate users…

So, are you going to keep buying products with PACE/iLok, or are you going to (as Adam puts it) “keep doing business with companies that assume you’re a criminal and treat you as such”?

Peter Kirn posted about this at CDM as well. Check the comments there and at Adam’s blog for more opinions.