Music Bundle Box announced – plugins bundle at 80% off

Music Bundle Box has announced a discounted plug-in bundle featuring products from various audio software developers, including Crysonic, SugarBytes, Blue Cat Audio, Audiffex, SFX Machine, eaReckon, Timeworks, Melda Production, and Intelligent Devices.

Music Bundle Box

Inspired and motived by the successfull ‘Mac Bundle Box’, Music Bundle Box is about to release a bundle with 80% price reduction. The bundle price will be around 150$. Plus, 5% of the benefits will be gave to the charity UNICEF.

This might seem a huge difference; but this effort is balanced by the amount of developpers present in the pack and one must admit it is a successful formula for all parties.

Musicians and producers also want to discover new softwares to inspire their creativity. These kind of bundles promotions are a great way to do this. So, in order to respond to this large demand, we decided to provide a great deal between developers and musicians.

This will be possible with a large number of email subscriptions. Musicians, composers, music producers, take the opportunity! Suscribe now to the Newsletter, you will be uptated as soon as we achieve this limited offer this fall.

More information: Music Bundle Box

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Review: Intelligent Devices MegaDelayMass

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Intelligent Devices MegaDelayMass

Earlier this year, Intelligent Devices released a number of interesting plug-ins. The Time Modulator (a Marshall Time Modulator), Slip-N-Slide (spectral processing with controllable randomization) and multi-tap delay effect MegaDelayMass. Not your standard effect processors.

I took a look at MegaDelayMass, a delay effect with a twist.

Think about this: up to 100 separate delay taps that can be either rigidly time synched OR completely randomized. Go from vocoderish resonation to unusual, non-linear, reverby sounds. Control the volume of the head of the delay or the tail! Randomize panning! Control randomized “clumping” through a logarithmic curve. Use it as a non-linear room simulator (especially if you’re a fan of pre-delay). Affect the phase of individual taps. Add a regenerative delay that only plays back ONLY the sound of the taps and can be placed anywhere over 2000 ms with control over its own feedback and phase!

Although MegaDelayMass is perfectly capable of simple tap delay effects, it is obviously made to do some more exciting things.

The interface of MegaDelayMass has 4 sections:

  1. Taps — Set the amount of taps (up to 100), the length of the delay line (max 2,000 ms) and a pre-delay offset time. The most interesting controls here are the randomize function which allows for a random placement of the taps, and the shape parameter which will let you position taps linear, exponential or logarithmic.
  2. Levels — Set the amplitude levels for the first and last tap, also with randomize and shape parameters.
  3. Panning — Both the start and end panning positions of the taps can be manipulated in 200 discrete positions, with once again the randomize and shape parameters. This section also has a Phase Flip which allows random flipping of the phase of taps from 0% to 100%. A handy Ping Pong switch is available to automatically have the stereo position of taps alternate for that familiar ping pong delay effect.
  4. Feedback — The processed output can be sent through the delay line a second time. The delay can be positioned between 0 and 2,000 ms (Fb Delay), and the amount of delay regeneration can be controlled (Fb Level). A dry/wet slider allows for mixing of the signals. To avoid phase problems you can activate the Invert button, which flips the phase of the feedback delay.

One thing I haven’t mentioned yet is the handy display in the GUI. Although quite small, it is a great way to see what is going on with your taps. Here’s how the manual puts it:

This is a graphical representation of the actual number of taps and their placement over time (positioned from left to right), position in the stereo field (position from top to bottom), with the states of individual tap’s amplitudes (brightness) and phases (color – white is “in phase”, red is “out of phase”).

Intelligent Devices MegaDelayMass

In the example above I set 48 taps lined up at exponential 32, so lots of the taps are in the early part of the delay. They are positioned slightly uneven with a random value of 30. The panning goes from 100% left in the start to 100% right in the end, but since I enabled Ping Pong (visible in the full screenshot, click the image above to see it) the taps alternate left and right.

I made a few demo sounds so you can get an idea of the type of things this effect plug-in is capable of. Every sound clip will first have a dry/unaffected sound, followed by the exact same loop with MegaDelayMass on it.

You can find many more sound examples on the MegaDelayMass product page. Make sure to check the ones where the delay duration is controlled with a keyboard via MAX/MSP.

MegaDelayMass is available as a VST effect plug-in for PC and Mac (AU and RTAS may be supported in the future) for $49 USD. A trial version is available for download from the product page (requires PACE).

So what do I think?

MegaDelayMass isn’t the first multi-tap delay effect I have seen, but it certainly is the first with 100 taps. Playing around with its settings on various audio sources I found the plug-in to be very musical. It invites you to find sounds you haven’t heard before.

While it is easy to get lost in experimental effects you can also apply just a little of this unique effect to your audio. The dry/wet slider is there for a reason!

I can recommend MegaDelayMass to those looking for a creative effect, those who like their effects to be capable of some serious FSU. If you don’t know what FSU means, or if you are just looking for a simple (multi) delay effect this one is probably not the right one for you.

In short I found MegaDelayMass to be tons of fun. It gets my creative juices going, mangling sounds almost beyond recognition. I found it equally useful for spicing up sounds by applying the effect with moderation.

More information: Intelligent Devices / MegaDelayMass

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Intelligent Devices releases free Marshall Time Modulator patch bank

Intelligent Devices Marshall Time Modulator

Intelligent Devices has announced the release of a free patch bank for Marshall Time Modulator, a faithful emulation of the hardware Marshall Time Modulator, an analog effects unit that modulates and manipulates audio delay times.

Now, in the twenty-first century, after bringing back a lot of sonic nostalgia by releasing the Marshall Time Modulator as a plug-in, we’ve decided it’s time to shake things up a little (or a lot) by releasing a new, and slightly extreme, patch bank for the Marshall Time Modulator for FREE!

These new patches showcase some of the more “excessive” (pronounced “exciting”) modulation effects possible with the software as well as highlighting several sounds that are new to the Time Modulator plug-in involving new LFO shapes and the new ability to change the phase of the delay outputs.

So, don’t delay, or do (but keep it under 400 ms and modulate) and try these out!

Marshall Time Modulator is available as a VST effect plug-in for Windows and Mac for $149 USD.

More information: Intelligent Devices

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Intelligent Devices releases MegaDelayMass

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Intelligent Devices MegaDelayMass

Intelligent Devices has released MegaDelayMass, a new kind of multi-tap delay effect plug-in for Windows and Mac.

Think about this: up to 100 separate delay taps that can be either rigidly time synched OR completely randomized. Go from vocoderish resonation to unusual, non-linear, reverby sounds. Control the volume of the head of the delay or the tail! Randomize panning! Control randomized “clumping” through a logarithmic curve. Use it as a non-linear room simulator (especially if you’re a fan of pre-delay). Affect the phase of individual taps. Add a regenerative delay that only plays back ONLY the sound of the taps and can be placed anywhere over 2000 ms with control over its own feedback and phase!

Also, If you’re familiar with Pure Data, MAX/MSP or REAKTOR, you can easily create patches that allow you to “play” the resonation. Awesome! (Exceptionally lovely with stereo input.)

MegaDelayMass: changing the world one hundred things at a time.

MegaDelayMass features

  • Quickly create and control an army of delay taps.
  • Put them in mathematical order for resonant and tube like results.
  • Use randomization and log patterns to create dense and rich trails.
  • Create sweeping or alternating panning patterns for stereo or bounce trails.
  • Control individual tap phases as a percentage.
  • Automate the parameters with your favorite host software to “play” a dynamic resonator.

MegaDelayMass is available for Windows and Mac (VST) for $49 USD. A demo version is available for download from the product page. It is fully functional for 8 days, but requires PACE drivers.

Visit Intelligent Devices for more information and audio demos.

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Intelligent Devices releases Marshall Time Modulator and Slip-N-Slide

Intelligent Devices has released Marshall Time Modulator and Slip-N-Slide, two VST effect plug-ins for Windows and Mac.

Intelligent Devices Marshall Time Modulator

Once in a while something is created that is so good, so unbelievably useful, it becomes “timeless”…

The Marshall Time Modulator is one of those creations. Before there was much “digital” anything, and before records were considered something anachronistic and nostalgia evoking, back when “Dark Side of the Moon” was new and Hip-Hop kind of a distant dream, Stephen St. Croix had an idea: What would happen if you took the the longest analog delay line possible, gave it the greatest signal to noise ratio in a piece of outboard gear, and then made the modulation of it possible over such a wide range that it could effect sound in ways sublime AND outrageous. Something so utilitarian and necessary that it could fit in equally well on Stevie Wonder’s “Songs in the Key of Life,” or as the means of giving extra gravitas to the sound of a bad acid trip. Stephen called it: The Marshall Time Modulator. You’ll call it “indispensable”.

The Marshall Time Modulator features

  • Two separate delay lines, in a ratio of 1:2 or 1:4., each with their own volume, phase and pan controls and a joint feedback control.
  • Once modulation is added, the ratios between the delay lines don’t change, but together the delay lines can be continuously swept over the range from minimum to maximum time over the LFO (Low frequency Oscillator) rate. This is a function of the interaction between the Time Delay, Preset, Time Modulation, LFO Shape and LFO Speed parameters working together.
  • From subtle thickening, to reverb loving “spin”, to the sound of vinyl left out on the hood of an ’84 Camaro in the Black Rock Desert in the last week of August, The Marshall Time Modulator has all the bases covered – and then some.

Slip-N-Slide

Slip-N-Slide features several different frequency domain effects, each with a significant amount of control over the effected as well as uneffected portions of the sound and each affording either a little or a lot of randomness.

Intelligent Devices Slip-N-Slide

With Slip-N-Slide you can create almost anything from shimmering, temporally rigid, spectral tremolos to slurred speech, to quirky, reverse-gate sounding effects, to new ambiances to continuously new rhythmic and sonic artifact riddled accents. The combination of spectral processing with controllable randomization is very powerful.

Slip-N-Slide features

  • Unique frequency domain audio morpher/mangler.
  • Modify existing sounds or to create whole new sounds from existing material.
  • Create patterned or random slides of the spectral content, create a spectral sample and hold.
  • Pluck out individual components from complex sounds.
  • Or mix and match.

The Marshall Time Modulator and Slip-N-Slide are available for Windows and Mac (VST) for respectively $149 USD and $79 USD. Demo versions are available for download.

Visit Intelligent Devices for more information and audio samples.

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