iZotope intros Ozone 6 mastering suite

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iZotope has announced Ozone 6, the upcoming update to its complete mastering system for Windows and Mac.

Ozone 6, the latest version of iZotope’s complete mastering system, has a workflow centered around creativity: A redesigned, modern interface guides and inspires users of all experience levels at every step, so you can freely experiment with ease.

Reinvent timeless sounds by harnessing the sonic texture of classic analog gear, then tweak with the surgical precision of digital software. An intuitive display and robust visual feedback let you dial in your signature sound in just a few clicks.

Whether you’re a professional engineer or a home studio producer, Ozone 6 gives you everything you need to effortlessly produce professional-sounding masters in one elegant package.

Ozone 5 is currently on sale for $199 USD / $599 USD (Ozone 5 Advanced). A free upgrade to Ozone 6 is included with a purchase.

More information: iZotope

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Audio Ease updates Speakerphone for Mac to v2.1

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Audio Ease has released version 2.1 of Speakerphone for Mac, an audio plug-in that provides authentic speakers of any size together with their natural environments.

Audio Ease Speakerphone 2

The long awaited 64 bits AAX update of Speakerphone has been released. It adds 64 bits, AAX for ProTools 10.3.8 and up, host based presets, modern speakers form tablets flatscreens and smartphones, and the entire GUI, old fashioned as it is, is now at Retina Resolution.

Speakerphone has become the industry standard solution when a speaker needs to be faked in any production. It contains Impulse Responses of hundreds of authentic Phones, PA’s, guitar cabinets, helmet intercoms, and big old tube radios, together with ambiences, distortion, leslie, GSM codecs and all other processing specific to these quirky devices. Speakerphone can be heard it in every major Hollywood production, sometimes on almost the entire dialogue as recently in ‘Gravity’.

Windows support is not yet included in this release, but it has followed closely during Mac development so more news about that soon. However, the Mac version of the AAX RTAS MAS VST and AU plug-in that Trent Reznor uses daily to ‘un Steely-Dan’ his audio,” is free for all users of Speakerphone 2, and fully backward compatible with previous versions of what Joe Baressi has called ‘the plugin that *does* sound like ass.

Changes in Speakerphone 2.1

  • 64 bits.
  • AAX (does require Pro Tools 10.3.8 or up).
  • New smartphone, tablet and flatscreen TV speaker IRs added !.
  • New preset browser.
  • Factory presets also in host format.
  • Retina display support.

Speakerphone 2 is available for purchase for 395 EUR excl. VAT.

More information: Audio Ease / Speakerphone

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UVI releases Sparkverb reverb effect plugin

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UVI Sparkverb

UVI has announced Sparkverb, a reverb effect plug-in for Windows and Mac.

With a cutting-edge algorithmic design, Sparkverb breaks the boundaries of contemporary reverbs giving users modern and innovative controls that dramatically enhance usability, speed and creative freedom while delivering breathtaking sound quality and remarkable CPU efficiency.

Whether you’re working with small ensembles, massive orchestras, sound design or anything in-between, Sparkverb offers a unique experience and innovative feature set that helps you work faster, smarter and more creatively than ever before.

The Sparkverb license can be freely stored on a computer (no iLok USB smart key required) or on a portable and convenient iLok USB smart key. Users can conveniently switch between these two license protection modes at any time.

Sparkverb for Windows and Mac (VST/AU/RTAS/AAX/MAS) costs $199 USD.

More information: UVI / Sparkverb

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iZotope releases Nectar Elements vocal plug-in

iZotope Nectar Elements

iZotope has announced the release of Nectar Elements, the latest addition to the Nectar family of vocal plug-in effects.

Built on the same award-winning DSP as Nectar, Nectar Elements features an easy-to-use interface designed with the singer-songwriter, podcaster, or home recordist in mind. With ten vocal processing effects working behind the scenes, Nectar Elements simplifies vocal production, allowing users to focus on their sound, not their set-up.

“By introducing Nectar Elements, iZotope is pleased to offer single-click vocal production to a broader set of users,” says iZotope Product Manager, Brett Bunting. “Our vocal product line is focused on great sound and simple workflow. With Nectar Elements, anyone can quickly explore a wealth of complete vocal sounds, each with unique and intuitive control.”

Nectar Elements features dozens of Style presets that let you choose between a variety of classic and creative vocal styles, from Motown to Grunge to radio-ready podcast. Easily and quickly adjust the simple controls to find your voice and make it shine.

Nectar Elements features

  • Rapidly audition different vocal sounds with professionally-designed Style presets in a wide variety of Genres.
  • Personalize your sound with easy-to-use controls that drive sophisticated vocal processing.
  • Levels: Quickly get punchy vocals with the loudness you need for consistency across your tracks.
  • Space: Help settle your vocals into your mix with delays and reverbs that add ambience and “smoothing.”
  • Dedicated per-Style controls: Adjust intelligent sliders that perfectly complement the Genre and Style of choice.
  • EQ: Enhance and sculpt the tone of your voice, or adapt any Style to suit your sound’s needs.
  • De-Esser: Easily remove unwanted “ess” sounds and sibilance using just one intelligent slider.
  • Gate: Remove room tone and other unwanted noise quickly to get vocals crisp and broadcast-ready.
  • Automatic Pitch Correction: Fix out-of-tune notes so you can keep those “almost perfect” takes.

Nectar Elements is available to purchase for MSRP $129 USD / 99 EUR. Additional preset packs for Nectar and Nectar Elements are available for free.

More information: iZotope / Nectar Elements

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iZotope updates Ozone & Ozone Advanced to v5.03

iZotope Ozone / Ozone Advanced

iZotope has updated its Ozone 5 mastering effects suite to version 5.03.

iZotope’s complete mastering system in a single integrated plug-in includes eight essential mastering tools: Maximizer, Equalizer, Multiband Dynamics, Multiband Stereo Imaging, Post Equalizer, Multiband Harmonic Exciter, Reverb, and Dithering.

Ozone 5 Advanced adds seven additional component plug-ins, extended features in every module, and a comprehensive suite of configurable meters.

Changes in Ozone v5.03

  • Plug-in formats: Added AAX Native support for Pro Tools 10.
  • Operating systems: Added Windows 8 support.
  • Operating systems: Added OS X 10.8 support.
  • Feature enhancement: Changed wording of “Match From” to “Reference” for the Matching EQ.
  • [Ozone Advanced] Fix: Improved Host Bypass communication for component plug-ins (Advanced feature only).

Ozone 5 for Windows and Mac is available to purchase for $249 USD (Ozone 5) / $999 USD (Ozone 5 Advanced).

More information: iZotope / Ozone

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