Sinevibes has announced version 2.0 of Sequential, a multi-effect sequencer AudioUnit plugin for Mac OS X.
This new version has been totally reworked from the ground up according to a newly-developed design language, it also brings two new effect types and a host of other improvements.
Sinevibes Sequential lets you re-architect loops into completely new, rich material.
Sequential 2.0 features
Effects galore — Sequential features a total of 16 fine-tuned algorithms which filter, distort or even synthesise sound – with phaser and frequency shifter just added in version 2.0. Regardless of the music genre, you can add subtle spice or completely warp everything. Even a plain static waveform becomes a whole performance on its own.
Polished precision — With fast and seamless switching, as well as variable sequencer rate and swing ratio, Sequential easily matches the timing of any part. Each effect has its own unique character and dynamic response, inviting you to explore this tool like a musical instrument.
Engaging workflow — Sequential features a sleek user interface which puts all of its features right at your disposal. With clever colour coding and visual feedback, it instantly gets into your creative flow. In fact, using Sequential almost feels like playing a game – proving that work and fun can mix.
Sequential 2.0 for Mac (AU) is available to purchase for $39 USD. The update is free to existing users.
Tek’it Audio has announced the release of Badass 2, a multi effect plug-in for Windows.
Badass 2 is a multi-effects distortion plug-in. With the help of twelve effects available simultaneously, including two distortions, pre and post filters, a lo-fi resampler, a bit degrader, a pitch-shifter, a frequency cutter, a frequency booster, a ring modulator, a limiter and a compressor, Badass 2 is armed to distort your sound in the way you want.
Nomad Factory has announces version 1.5 of MAGMA, adding a modulation matrix and VST chainer to the virtual studio rack.
The new modulation matrix in Nomad Factory’s Magma virtual studio rack.
MAGMA version 1.5 adds two significant new modules. The first is a Modulation Matrix with up to 32 source/destination routings, 8 programmable LFOs, and a programmable 16-step sophisticated MSEG Multiple Segment Envelope Generator that allows users to create up to 8 unique envelopes for modulation sources. All sources, including MIDI messages, can control any parameter of any MAGMA effect loaded in the virtual rack. The second new module is called the VST Chainer, which allows users to load and access all other Nomad Factory plug-ins or any 3rd party VST plug-ins for use in the MAGMA routing and processing environment.
Both of these modules are offered as a no-cost upgrade version 1.0 of MAGMA that already features new types of audio processing, routing, and flexibility in a simple, intuitive package. MAGMA 1.5 comes with 65 All New Effects. Featuring 1-rack-unit interfaces that can be loaded and rearranged using up to four racks, MAGMA also comes with a flexible routing matrix enabling serial, parallel or combined routings.
Effects Categories Include, Dynamics, Equalizers, Pre-Amps, Distortions, Reverbs, Delays, Modulation, Sequencers, Filters, Special FX, and Guitar FX.
Magma v1.5 will be available January 31, 2013. Both new modules are offered as a no-cost upgrade to users of version 1.0.
AfroDJMac has introduced his 71st free Ableton Live Pack, Drum Multi FX.
This rack is exactly what I use when I play live. It has both a high and low pass filter. As you turn the filter knobs, the resonance increases, making the effect more dramatic as you turn it up. Second is a Reverb/Delay knob. When the knob is in the middle, the signal remains dry. Turn it left and you add reverb. Turn it right, you add delay. Two FX on one knob, sweet! Third, we have a Bit Crusher/ Beat Repeat knob. Again, the middle is clean. Turning left does the bit crushing. Turning right activates a Beat Repeat. The further you go left, the bit crushing morphs. The further right you go, the repeat time changes. So on four knobs you get six effects. This is perfect when you need to make the most of your MIDI controllers.
The bottom four macros are your Beat Repeats. As soon as you turn the knob past zero, the Beat Repeat turns on. Each knob controls a different Beat Repeat with a different grid size. I like to map these knobs to a Momentary Midi button. This means the effect will only trigger while I hold down the button. To smooth out the sounds, each knob also triggers a subtle Chorus effect. I’ve found this helps mitigate any pops or clicks.
AuraPlug has released version 2.4 of AmpFire, an guitar multi-effect plugin.
AmpFire is a special VST effect designed for metal guitar players. AmpFire is a preamplifier, distortion, power amplifier and speaker cabinet simulator in one. AmpFire does not contain effects (except for an input Noise gate). We focused on guitar-sound and low CPU usage when designing AmpFire. Plugins deriving from other manufacturers are easy to add to post-AmpFire VST series. Countless VST effects are available for this.
AmpFire 2.4 comes with a frequency response graph.
Changes in AmpFire v2.4
Advanced zero (low) latency convolution engine, ideal for cabinet simulation.
Internal IR file browser.
Supported file format: RIFF wave-files (.wav) (8/16/24/32-bit, mono/left channel stereo at any sample rate).
Loomer has updated its Sequent effect plugin to version 1.3.3.
Sequent is a modular multi-effects unit, the ideal tool for mangling audio on stage or in the studio.
Changes in Sequent v1.3.3
(feature) Keyboard entry of rotary parameter values. Rotary controls can now be typed directly into by clicking on the text value below the control.
(improvement:Mac OS X) Installer and all installed components are now signed in compliance with Mac OS X 10.8′s Gatekeeper system.
(improvement:Linux) When using the JACK audio system in standalone mode, the JACK Transport now syncs Sequent’s tempo, start/stop status, and playhead location.
(improvement) Step response on the filter, distortion, pan, and delay module parameters has been significantly reduced to allow for tighter control of sequenced automation.
(improvement) Changing sequencer patterns via MIDI keyboard can no longer cause audio glitches when using a realtime audio driver.
(fix) The Master sequencer will now correctly follow a host’s PPQ position, and restart in response to a host’s transport restarting.
(fix:RTAS) Fix for the right-channel muting when bypassing in Pro Tools when used on a mono to stereo track.
(improvement) Significantly improved UI response speed; reduced CPU usage when parameters are automated whilst the UI is open.
(improvement:Windows) Removed C++ runtime libraries redistributable requirement for RTAS plug-ins. The installer no longer installs the C++ runtime library redistributable components when installing the RTAS plug-ins.
(improvement) Routing and sequencing windows are now lighter and clearer.
(improvement) Factory presets now use a compressed pattern format, which are significantly smaller, and so improves preset loading and search times.
Sequent for Windows, Mac and Linux is available to purchase for £49 GBP.
Xhun Audio has released SmartRig Pro, a VST effect plug-in for Windows.
SmartRig Pro is a simple and effective tool for guitarists, musicians and professional sound designers looking for a compact, easy-to-use, analog-modeled Multi Fx/Cabinet suite for both live and/or studio recording use.
Designed for Electric Guitars, SmartRig Pro is suited also to process and color an extended range of instruments like acoustic guitars, acoustic and electric basses, vocals, electric pianos, synthesizers or even to bring back to life old live recordings and audio loops/libraries.
Xhun Audio SmartRig Pro analog modeled multi FX / cabinet suite.
SmartRig Pro features
An all-in-one complete environment featuring Analog Modeled Dynamics Processors, Multi FX Stompboxes and Amp/Cabinets/Room simulation.
CPU-efficient DSP and rock-solid stability for both Live and/or Studio recording use.
Process everything: plug-in any monaural or stereo audio source like acoustic/electric guitars, acoustic/electric basses, vocals, electric pianos, synthesizers or even your old live recordings and audio loops/libraries.
2-In / 2-Out or 1-In / 2-Out processing.
CMP-1: Master Compressor.
EQ-3: 3-band Equalizer.
Four insert effects slots with the possibility to choose between 11 analogue modeled Stompboxes (more will follow).
Including Ambiverb, a high-end resonator-based natural Reverb algorithm.
Amp/Cabinet simulation, with the possibility to choose between 6 legendary Cabinets (more will follow).