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David Siu takes the The Big 4 Bundle in Plugin Alliance Giveaway

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Plugin Alliance The BIG 4 Bundle

David Siu – a recent graduate from Collin College (Plano/Dallas area) music program – has won the recent Big 4 Bundle giveaway at rekkerd.org.

David likes to compose anything “from urban styles to up-tempo dance, plus a bit of misc. experimental & jazz.”

On his website Resonative it says:

Music are messages. Sometimes it’s a story too long to tell, sometimes bits of feelings one cannot into words. Maybe that tiny slice of life at 10, or a faint whisper from the sky. And other times they just speak, without reason.

I write messages. Hope they speak to you.

After having a listen to some of his songs on SoundCloud, I caught up with David for some Q&A.

rekkerd: Could you share some details on your musical works?
David: I like many things so it’s a bit of master-of-none… But piano is my main instrument, so lots of my music stem from my own playing at the keyboard. I grew up with Japanese pop music, so lots of them kind of rub off from that.

rekkerd: How do you incorporate software and plugins in your creative processes?
David: They are big part of it! My whole rig is based around my Macbook Pro, so pretty much everything is done ITB (in the box, Ed.). I tend to do rough sketches/programming in DAW, work with the ideas away from the computer for some time, and finally finishing out ITB again. Love mixing with outboards, but nothing beats plugins for me under a deadline.

rekkerd: What are your first impressions of the Big 4 Bundle plug-ins?
David: Totally blown away. All of them add something pleasant with just a small dose yet faithful to the signal. Especially Elysia Alpha, which I’ve been eyeing for some time but refused to demo in fear of going broke… Thanks to Rekkerd I don’t have to anymore! All 4 had already walked themselves into mixes I’m working on. They aren’t unicorns that shoot rainbow skittles the moment you drop them in, but with a couple clicks at the right place they absolutely make things sing.

rekkerd: Anything you’d like to share with rekkerd.org readers?
David: According to my friend, watching a person (me) giggling while tweaking knobs on the screen is apparently very creepy… So don’t do that.

And please support your local young composers! Massive shoutout to Rekkerd and Plugin Alliance :D

Thank you David, and many thanks to all who participated in the giveaway.

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Plugin Alliance releases Noveltech Character and SPL De-Esser Collection

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The Plugin Alliance has announced the release of the Noveltech Character and the De-Esser Collection by SPL.

Noveltech Character

CHARACTER™ intelligently enhances the relevant characteristics found in the source, automatically adjusting complex sets of parameters rather than only statically boosting e.g. one specific frequency region.

This revolutionary approach allows you to get to the desired results much faster – with almost instant gratification, requiring only three intuitive user parameters!

SPL De-Esser Collection

The SPL De-Esser Collection – these plugins KICK S. This plugin collection contains of 2 Analog Code plugins, emulating the best analogue De-Esser available. No other De-Esser gets the job done so easily while keeping the original vocal signal so “untouched”.

While the CLASSIC DE-ESSER is available right away we are finishing the DUAL-BAND DE-ESSER plugin right now and will add it to the installer as a FREE UPGRADE to all existing users by April 1st.

The Character plug-in and SPL De-Esser Collection are available for the introductory price of $99 USD (regular $149 USD) and $149 USD (regular $199 USD) repsectively, until April 4th, 2012.

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Plugin Alliance intros SPL De-Esser Analog Code plugins and Noveltech Character

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Plugin Alliance has announced new plugins from SPL and Noveltech, to be released via the Plugin Alliance platform.

Plugin Alliance SPL and Noveltech preview

If you ask professionals about the best choice for an easy fix for the most common vocal problem you will most likely hear about the SPL De-Esser. We’re releasing Analog Code plugin emulations of BOTH versions, the Classic 9629 and the new RackPack Dual-Band De-Esser this month. We even added M/S modes for mastering purposes.

Info about the SPL De-Esser hardware: please click here.

The NOVELTECH Character plugin was available exclusively for the discontinued TC POWERCORE platform so far. A new cooperation between the Plugin Alliance and Noveltech (from Finland) will now make this innovative plugin available for all native formats and TDM / VENUE systems. Right now the plugin is undergoing some small adjustments and a facelift for a great new look (see the picture above, showing the work in progress). Please stay tuned.

The Character plugin uses Noveltech’s IAF (Intelligent Adaptive Filtering) technology, which affects both the frequency response and dynamic properties of the input material in a highly time varying sense. Offering results you simply cannot achieve with traditional EQ or compression.

Info about Noveltech’s Character plugin: please click here.

The new plug-ins will be available from Plugin Alliance this March.

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Plugin Alliance Giveaway: The BIG 4 Bundle

Plugin Alliance

Dirk Ulrich of Brainworx recently launched the Plugin Alliance, a one-stop shop for several plug-in developers.

These currently include Maag Audio, Elysia, SPL, Vertigo, Brainworx, with plug-ins from Millenia, Chandler, Neve, and Charter Oak to be expected in 2012.

Easy license management, hassle-free installation, great sound and reliability. One license file for all your plugins, that´s it.

While I do use a few plug-ins that require a hardware dongle, I totally prefer not having to use them. I think it’s pretty exciting Plugin Alliance has created this software based system for managing all licenses of Plugin Alliance plug-ins in one place.

If you are interested in checking out how all this works, just head on over to the Plugin Alliance website and get some (or all) of the free plug-ins from Elysia (niveau filter), SPL (Free Ranger), and Brainworx (bx_cleansweep V2 & bx_solo).

But wait, there’s more!

Plugin Alliance The BIG 4 Bundle

Plugin Alliance has kindly donated a free copy of The BIG 4 Bundle (value $777 USD), to be given away to one lucky rekkerd.org reader.

The BIG 4 Bundle includes:

  • bx_XL M/S Mastering Limiter – The new Loud!
  • elysia alpha compressor – all discrete M/S Mastering Compressor
  • SPL Passeq – 72 coil filters Monster EQ
  • Vertigo VSC-2 – “The Mercedes of VCA Compressors” (Vintage King USA)

This bundle will give you a rock solid and tight mastering chain or stereo bus setup. The bx_XL, Passeq and alpha Compressor all work in M/S modes optionally.

To enter the giveaway you need to answer the following questions:

  1. bx_XL is based upon the M/S technology from which other Brainworx plug-in?
  2. Which switchable frequencies are available for the sidechain hipass filters on the Vertigo VSC-2?
  3. The elysia alpha compressor plugin offers a signal coloration different from the hardware unit, what is this mode called?
  4. How many different sets of adjustments can be saved within one instance of SPL’s Passeq?

Make sure to send in your answers before March 17th, 2012, 11:59PM CET for a chance to win a copy of The BIG 4 Bundle. The winner will be randomly chosen from all correct entries, and announced on this page on March 18th, 2012.

Good luck!

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Plugin Alliance releases Maag Audio EQ4

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Plugin Alliance has announced the release of Maag Audio EQ4, a 6 band equalizer effect plug-in for Windows and Mac.

Plugin Alliance Maag EQ4
Plugin Alliance Maag EQ4 with AIR BAND

The Maag Audio EQ4 can be heard on countless famous voices (Madonna, Celine Dion, Black Eyed Peas, Snoop Dogg and many more). Producers like David Reitzas, Dave Pensado and Dylan Dresdow call the EQ4 their go-to-EQ for vocals and other critical sources.

The EQ4 offers super tight low-end and the famous AIR BAND®, a ma(a)gical sweepable hi-frequency filter that goes up to 40 kHz, designed by Cliff Maag.

Maag Audio EQ4 for Windows and Mac (VST/AU/RTAS/AAX) is available to purchase for the introductory price of $179 USD until March 3rd, 2012 (regular $229 USD).

More information: Plugin Alliance / Maag Audio EQ4

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Plugin Alliance launches Vertigo VSC-2 Give-Away

The Plugin Alliance has launched a Vertigo VSC-2 Give-Away, a limited time chance to win the 6,000 US$ “Golden Unit” VSC-2 which was modeled for the VSC-2 plug-in.

Vertigo VSC-2 Give-Away

When we model a hardware unit to turn it into a multi-award-winning plugin we always look for a “Golden Unit” which we pick in cooperation with the hardware manufacturer. The plugin will sound exactly like this unit when we are done, so it´s important to use a unit that meets the specs exactly and just sounds great.

The VERTIGO team has offered us to give away the compressor unit we modeled to one of you!
We will pick the winner February 29th. You qualify if you own a valid license of the plugin.

Every existing user qualifies as well. If you already own the plugin, you take part in the drawing!

The VSC-2 plug-in is avaialble to purchase for $279 USD until February 29, 2012 (list price 299 USD).

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Plugin Alliance launches The BIG 4 Bundle

Plugin Alliance The BIG 4 Bundle

Plugin Alliance has announced the BIG 4 Bundle, a collection of effect plugins for Windows and Mac.

4 Alliance plugins by Brainworx, elysia, SPL & Vertigo in one state-of-the-art bundle.

This bundle will give you a rock solid and tight mastering chain or stereo bus setup.

Big on your screen, HUGE in sound.

The BIG 4 Bundle includes:

  • bx_XL M/S Mastering Limiter – The new Loud!
    The bx_XL, Passeq and alpha Compressor all work in M/S modes optionally.
  • elysia alpha compressor – all discrete M/S Mastering Compressor.
  • SPL Passeq – 72 coil filters Monster EQ.
  • Vertigo VSC-2 – “The Merceds of VCA Compressors” (Vintage King USA).

The BIG 4 Bundle for Windows and Mac (AAX/AU/RTAS/TDM/Venue/VST) is available to purchase for the opening price of $777 USD, 34% off list price of individual plugins. Please note that (only) bx_XL is not available for TDM and VENUE systems.

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