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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Positive Grid updates Final Touch app with Apple AAC encoder

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Positive Grid has announced that version 1.1.0 of its Final Touch audio post production system for iOS now includes real-time auditioning through the Apple AAC encoder, which provides accurate level metering and preparation for Mastered for iTunes process on a Mac.

Positive Grid Final Touch

With this new update, Final Touch adds real-time auditioning through the Apple AAC encoder, which provides accurate level metering and preparation for Mastered for iTunes process on a Mac. The AAC format is considered to be the successor of the MP3 format, as it delivers better sound quality than MP3 at similar bit rates.

Final Touch combines seven essential mastering tools into one integrated system: Pre and Post Linear Phase EQ modules, a Dynamics module with a highly flexible stereo/mid-side multiband compressor/limiter, Stereo Imaging, Reverb, and a Maximizer with Comprehensive Dithering and noise-shaping options. The final mix can be exported and shared via email, Dropbox, iTunes and SoundCloud.

The new Final Touch update includes the new AAC preview feature, an increased 256kbps bitrate in AAC format exporting, and overall performance improvements. Positive Grid will continue working with Apple engineers to release the right tools to export any mastered track using “Mastered for iTunes” directly from Final Touch.

Final Touch is available for purchase for $19.99 USD from the iTunes App Store. The app requires an iPad 2 or newer to operate.

More information: Positive Grid / Final Touch

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Focal Press intros Mastering Audio – The Art and the Science (3rd Edition)

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Focal Press has announced the third edition of Mastering Audio – The Art and the Science, a book by Bob Katz on audio mastering.

Bob Katz Mastering Audio

Completely rewritten and organized to address changes that will continue to influence the audio world, this third edition includes several new chapters addressing the influence of loudness measurement and assessment and provides explanation of how mastering engineers must integrate loudness measurement and PLR assessment in their mastering techniques.

Mastering Audio: The Art and the Science, Third Edition also includes the newest approaches to equalization, monitor response measurement and correction, the psychoacoustics of clipping, an extended discussion of restoration and noise reduction techniques, an extended set of listening examples, and an updated chapter on surround mastering including coverage of Pure Audio BluRay.

“You need to read this book – it’s up-to-date, factual and it will help take you to a new golden age of audio production and mastering.” – Bob Ludwig , Grammy winning Mastering Engineer

The book is available for purchase for $39.95 USD / £25.99 GBP.

More information: Focal Press / Mastering Audio – The Art and the Science

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Synthblitz Audio updates VA RAXS effect plugin to v1.1

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Synthblitz Audio has released version 1.1 of VA RAXS, a vintage-looking effect rack, designed for mastering and remastering.

Synthblitz Audio VA RAXS

Changes in VA RAXS v1.1

  • New 16 + 16 band EQ with adjustable “Q”.
  • New stereo image processor with frequency band controls.
  • New reverb with bandpass filter.
  • Added “advanced” menu.
  • Added preset manager.
  • Added sub frequency controls.
  • Fixed db overloud protection problems with Reaper and more hosts.

VA RAXS for Windows (VST) is available for purchase for 39 EUR.

More information: SynthBlitz Audio / VA RAXS

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MasterMix Buss Compressor 50% off at Minimal System

Minimal System has announced a limited time sale on the MasterMix Buss Compressor, an analogue modelled buss compression effect plug-in for Windows.

Minimal System MasterMix Buss Compressor

The MasterMix Buss Compressor is a labour of love for us here at Minimal System and is designed for those producers looking to add the finishing touches to their latest masterpiece.

Modelled on legendary buss compressors from classic analogue consoles the MasterMix Buss Compressor is a mixing and mastering powerhouse.

MasterMix Buss Compressor features

  • Analogue Modelled Buss Compressor.
  • The MasterMix Buss Compressor is designed for use on the Master Buss and also on sub-groups (Drum Groups etc).
  • Tape simulator stage complete with tape hiss and saturation.
  • Great visual feedback.
  • Functional and easy to use GUI Design.
  • Very low CPU usage.

The plug-in is available for Windows (VST) for £14.99 GBP until October 1st, 2014 (regular £29.99 GBP).

More information: Minimal System / MasterMix Buss Compressor

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