Loomer updates Shift plugin to v2.3.1

Loomer has released version 2.3.1 of its Shift pitch shifter and delay plug-in for Windows, Mac, and Linux.

Loomer Shift

Shift is a diatonic granular pitch shifting delay. Shift combines an intuitive and beautiful user interface, with a great sounding granular synthesis engine. Shift’s flexibility allows a palette of timbres ranging from basic echo effects, through intelligent harmonies, to exotic evolving ambient soundscapes.

Changes in Shift v2.3.1

  • (new) AAX 64-bit Native plug-ins for Windows and Mac OS X.
  • (new) New modern flat-style UI.
  • (new) UI can now be dynamically rescaled.
  • (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) Improved performance on real-time and very low-latency systems.
  • (improvement: Windows) The 32-bit and 64-bit VST plug-ins are now installed as separate components. You can choose which one (s) to install, as well as selecting different install folders for each architecture.
  • (feature: Linux) Added “Show Directory” to the preset browser, which will will reveal the selected preset directory in your window manager.
  • (improvement: Mac OS X) Installer and all installed components are now signed in compliance with Mac OS X’s Gatekeeper system.
  • (improvement) Significantly improved UI response speed; reduced CPU usage when parameters are automated whilst the UI is open.
  • (improvement: Linux) Presets and configuration files are now located to comply with the XDG Base Directory Specification. Older installations will still use any existing preset library location to maintain backwards compatibility.
  • (fix: Mac OS X Audio Unit) Fixed minor memory leak in parameter names.
  • (improvement) Fixed CPU spikes which could occur when changing quickly cycling through presets.
  • (fix) Fixed typo in display when detuning by a diatonic fourth or fifth.
  • (fix) Fixed parameter jumps that could occur in certain hosts when modulating parameters using the XY pad.
  • (improvement) Added notches to mid-point of bi-directional modulation rotaries to make it easier to set the values to 0.

Shift is available for purchase for £45 GBP ex. VAT.

More information: Loomer / Shift

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Exponential Audio intros Excalibur multi fx plugin

Exponential Audio has announced Excalibur, the “most powerful and flexible effects plug-in you can find”.

Exponential Audio Excalibur
Combining delay, flanger, pitch, distortion and more into a powerful modular architecture, Excalibur gives you millions of combinations.

During development our testers and previewers have honoured us by comparing Excalibur to many classic studio effects units, we’ll let you decide which ones when you hear it. We think emulation is nice, but we wanted to take that and build on it, adding all the things you could have never have done with the original hardware units.

We asked those who got to preview Excalibur how they would describe it, they said:

“An audio processing Swiss Army knife.”
”Multi effects box of days past.
”The most extensive Multi-FX, all- in-one plug-in available.”
”A Sound designers multi-FX unit.”

Imagine a multi-effects unit that works like a modular synth and you’re starting to get close to the heart of Excalibur.

Its modular architecture allows you to assemble millions of effects, configured in ways you’ve only been able to imagine.

“Emulation is nice, but we wanted to take that and build on it, adding all the things you could have never have done with the original hardware units”

The plug-in will be available for Windows and Mac (VST/AU/RTAS/AAX) in Spring 2015 at an introductory price (regular $199 USD).

More information: Exponential Audio

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zplane updates Vielklang Instant Harmony to v2.2.0

zplane.development has released version 2.2.0 of Vielklang, adding AAX support to the versatile vocal editing tool and harmony generator for Windows and Mac.

zplane vielklang Instant Harmony

vielklang Instant Harmony generates harmonies with 2-4 voices. It is packed with musical intelligence and music theory: it detects the best fitting harmonies for each individual input melody, and automatically synthesizes up to four voices with the voices not merely running in parallel but with their voicings selected to sound most natural (voice leading).

Changes in Vielklang v2.2.0

  • Added: AAX support.
  • Fixed: occasional crash when two files were superposed in the arranger.
  • Fixed: second digit of the bar counter was overwritten by the cursor on playback.
  • Fixed: sometimes drop-outs when exporting audio.
  • Fixed: the warn sound of the operating system was triggered, when hitting the space-bar and vielklang had the focus.
  • Fixed: multiple warnings upon reload of a project with mismatching sample rates. Now you will be informed only once.
  • Fixed: multiple file relocation dialogs when a file in a project was deleted or moved. Now you will only be asked once.
  • Fixed: potential crash upon relocating to a different file.
  • Fixed: potential mismatch between intelligent harmonizer ‘accordion’ display and actual harmonizer settings.
  • Fixed: potential crash when deleting a note in the HybridView.

Vielklang for Windows and Mac is available for purchase for $149 USD/100 EUR ex VAT. The upgrade is free of charge for all registered users.

More information: zplane / vielklang

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Tonecarver releases tcStretch plugin public beta

Tonecarver tcStretch

Tonecarver has released a beta version of tcStretch, a free effect plug-in for time stretching, pitch shifting, and blurring.

Time stretch can be up to 1 million times slower. Pitch shift is plus or minus one octave. Blurring blends nearby spectral material to make the output less static.

Playback is sensitive to transients in the source material. Playback rate and blur amount are set independently and automatically adjusted according to the transient contour of the material being stretched. Playing transients at a faster rate than non-transients tends to make the output sound less obviously stretched. Playing transients more slowly than non-transients emphasizes the stretchiness [good when playing in reverse mode with highly transient material]. Adding blur brings in some subtle (or not so subtle) randomness which helps to keep the output less static.

To use the plugin, load a sample (WAV or AIFF), start your DAW transport, and set playback and blur amounts to taste. (Future version will have play/stop controls for playback independent of DAW transport). Region selectors can be used to isolate a portion of the sample to repeat. Volume envelope can be applied for fades.

The plug-in beta is available to download for Windows (32/64-bit VST).

More information: Tonecarver / tcStretch

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DMG Audio updates Compassion, EQuality, EQuick, EQuilibrium & PitchFunk

DMG Audio has updated the Compassion compressor to version 1.12, the EQuality equalizer to version 1.24, and the EQuick & EQuilibrium equalizer plug-ins and PitchFunk pitch/multi-fx processor to version 1.08.

DMG Audio EQuilibrium
DMG Audio EQuilibrium, flexible EQ suitable for all critical professional applications.

Changes in DMG Audio plug-ins

  • Tidying and optimisation.
  • Reduce saved preset sizes further.
  • Fix crashes with undo/redo.
  • Fixes for Sonar.
  • Fix automation of discrete parameters for PT11 AAX.
  • Fix samplerate issues in Wavelab for VST3.
  • EQuality: Remove AAX GR meter.
  • EQuality: Fix “true Q” preference.
  • EQuality: Fix crash with SoundMiner.
  • EQuick: Remove AAX GR meter.
  • EQuilibrium: Remove AAX GR meter.
  • EQuilibrium: Fix “true Q” preference.
  • EQuilibrium: Fix “FX Start” preset.
  • EQuilibrium: Fix rare crash on setup wizard completion.
  • EQuilibrium: Fix recall of filter type buttons.
  • PitchFunk: Remove AAX GR meter.

The updated plug-ins are available for download at DMG Audio.

More information: DMG Audio

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