Universal Audio launches Vertigo Sound VSM-3 Mix Satellite, VSC-2 Compressor, Massenburg DesignWorks MDWEQ5 EQ

Universal Audio has announce the release of three new Direct Developer plug-ins — the Vertigo Sound VSM-3 Mix Satellite, Vertigo Sound VSC-2 Compressor, and the Massenburg DesignWorks MDWEQ5 plug-ins for the UAD Powered Plug-Ins platform and Apollo audio interfaces.

Vertigo Sound VSM-3 Mix Sattelite
Vertigo Sound VSM-3 Mix Satellite Plug-In

Developed by Brainworx, the Vertigo Sound VSM-3 Mix Satellite Plug-In is an obsessive emulation of the Vertigo Sound VSM-2, beloved by mixing and mastering engineers for its bounty of colorful saturation flavors. The VSM-3 offers innovative controls for expertly targeted harmonic generation, as well as plug-in-only features such as the THD Mixer’s Harmonic Balance control and the ability to run the unit’s two harmonic generators simultaneously — either in parallel or series — giving the user even more tweakability than the original hardware.

Vertigo Sound VSM-3 Mix Satellite features

  • Two sophisticated coloration generators recreated from the Vertigo VSM-2 hardware and authenticated by Vertigo Sound.
  • 2nd Harmonic FET Crusher for warm saturation or distortion.
  • 3rd Harmonic Zener Blender for bright, clear, saturation or distortion.
  • Crusher and Blender can each be applied to specific signal frequency ranges and then further filtered using the Shape control.
  • M/S decoding and encoding for each circuit allows processing of entire stereo signal, or Mid or Side stereo channels.
Vertigo Sound VSC-2 Compressor
Vertigo Sound VSC-2 Compressor Plug-In

The Vertigo VSC-2 Quad Discrete VCA Compressor was Vertigo Sound’s very first product, putting the German company on the map with its genius juxtaposition of vintage sonics and high-tech design. Developed by Brainworx, the Vertigo Sound VSC-2 Compressor Plug-In for UAD-2 and Apollo interfaces is an exhaustive emulation of this modern classic — right down to its four hand-built discrete VCAs — delivering legendary compression textures with a modern signal path and controls.

Vertigo Sound VSC-2 Compressor features

  • Faithful recreation of the Vertigo VSC-2’s all-discrete VCA compressor circuitry, authenticated by Vertigo Sound.
  • Provides the rich tonal characteristics of classic compressors with modern mastering-grade audio specifications.
  • Soft mode for a threshold-related ratio that automatically increases with higher input signal.
  • Brick mode to operate the VSC-2 as a limiter, effectively cutting off signal peaks.
Massenburg DesignWorks MDWEQ5
Massenburg DesignWorks MDWEQ5 EQ Plug-In

A unique, ultra-powerful equalizer, the Massenburg DesignWorks MDWEQ5 plug-in provides crystal clear processing at the highest resolutions. A go-to EQ for music, as well as game developers and engineers in film and television, the MDWEQ5 plug-in is accurate, precise, and ear-tuned by the man who invented the term “parametric EQ,” George Massenburg.

Massenburg DesignWorks MDWEQ5 EQ

  • Created by George Massenburg, the pioneer of parametric equalization.
  • IsoPeak® function for finding problem frequencies quickly and accurately.
  • Maximum bit-depth processing with zero coloration and distortion.
  • Includes two plug-ins; the 5-band MDWEQ5 EQ and 3-band MDWEQ3 EQ.

The plug-ins are available for purchase for $299 USD each.

More information: Universal Audio


Avid announces MDW Parametric EQ 5 Plug-In AAX for Pro Tools 11

Avid and Massenburg DesignWorks have announce that the MDW Hi-Res Parametric EQ 5 plug-in is now compatible with Pro Tools 11.

MDW Parametric EQ 5

The Massenburg DesignWorks® Hi-Res Parametric EQ plug-in, developed by the creator of the parametric equalizer George Massenburg, targets frequencies with precision and refines the human interface, interoperability, and automation integration.

Version 5 offers new AAX Native 64 and AAX DSP 64 formats for compatibility with Pro Tools 11.1 and above, providing the flexibility to use the EQ across the entire Pro Tools 10-based product line, including Pro Tools|HDX systems, for the highest possible sound quality.

Avid Pro Tools software redefines professional music and audio production for today’s workflows. From all-new audio and video engines and turbocharged 64-bit performance, to expanded metering and new HD video workflows, Pro Tools 11 enables users to take on the most demanding sessions and maximize creativity.

MDW Hi-Res Parametric EQ 5 features

  • Process audio in 64-bit floating point resolution using the AAX format.
  • Select frequencies from 10 Hz–41 kHz, with variable Q and a choice of 3- or 5-band EQ.
  • Refine sounds using constant shape reciprocal filter curves from the industry-standard reference.
  • Quickly solo a target frequency band using the IsoPeak® functionality.
  • Compare settings fast with the A/B snapshots capability.

MDW Hi-Res Parametric EQ 5 is available to purchase for $299 USD (Native) / $595 USD (DSP/Navite). Upgrades are available to users of previous versions.

More information: Avid / MDW Hi-Res Parametric EQ 5


Massenburg DesignWorks releases MDW Hi-Res Parametric EQ 3.0

Massenburg DesignWorks has released MDW Hi-Res Parametric EQ 3.0, a plug-in which emulates the filter curves of Massenburg’s legendary GML 8200 reference-standard equalizer.

Massenburg DesignWorks MDW Hi-Res Parametric EQ 3.0
Massenburg DesignWorks MDW Hi-Res Parametric EQ 3.0

From Digidesign:

Designed for Pro Tools|HD® systems, version 3.0 offers new RTAS® support, giving you the flexibility to use the EQ with Pro Tools LE® and Pro Tools M-Powered™ systems too. With its unprecedented clarity, unmatched smoothness, and excellent high-frequency response, MDW® Hi-Res Parametric EQ will help you achieve optimal definition in your mixes.

MDW Hi-Res Parametric EQ 3.0 features

  • Wide frequency selection, from 10 Hz to 41 kHz, with variable Q and choice of three- or five-band EQ.
  • Double-precision 48-bit processing for unprecedented clarity.
  • Emulates GML 8200 constant shape reciprocal filter curves — the industry-standard reference.
  • IsoPeak® functionality lets you quickly solo a target frequency band.
  • A/B snapshots allow settings comparisons.
  • Supports both TDM and RTAS plug-in formats.

MDW Hi-Res Parametric EQ 3.0 is available in a TDM/RTAS version for Pro Tools|HD users at $795 USD, and an RTAS version for all Pro Tools users at $395 USD. Special upgrade pricing is also available if you currently use an older version of the plug-in.

Visit Digidesign for more information.