Universal Audio has announced the debut of Softube’s Vintage Amp Room, Metal Amp Room, Bass Amp Room, and Acoustic Feedback Deluxe plug-ins for the UAD Powered Plug-Ins platform and Apollo High-Resolution Audio Interface.
Softube’s Vintage, Metal & Bass Amp Room Plug-ins.
With the addition of renowned Softube Amp Room plug-ins to the UAD platform, owners of UAD-2 DSP Accelerator hardware now have industry-leading guitar and bass amp modeling at their fingertips. And, when used with the award-winning Apollo Audio Interface, the Softube Amp Room plug-ins allow musicians and producers to jam, write, and record through stunning guitar or bass sounds with near-zero latency.
“We’re delighted to see our very popular Amp Room products finding their way to the UAD platform,” says Softube Product Manager, Niklas Odelholm. “They are a perfect match for Apollo, where you can use Amp Room for directly recording guitar, bass, electric pianos, and other instruments through these world-class amplifiers.”
“It’s extraordinary to have Softube onboard as a UAD Direct Development partner,” says UA CEO and Founder Bill Putnam, Jr. “The Amp Room plug-ins are truly best-in-class, and will put some very inspiring tools in the hands of UAD and Apollo users.”
Softube’s Acoustic Feeback Deluxe Plug-In.
Available as part of an upcoming UAD Software release, the following plug-ins and bundles will be available for purchase via UA’s Online Store:
Softube Vintage Amp Room — $199US
Three versatile and classic vintage amps from the 1960s.
White amp model delivers classic, distorted rock n’ roll grit.
Brown amp model provides warm clean tones, breaking up at higher volumes.
Green amp model offers chimey-to-distorted tones, plus vibrato/tremolo.
Detailed speaker cabinet modeling with adjustable stereo mic positioning.
Softube Metal Amp Room — $149US
Extreme high gain amplifier model delivers burly, aggressive metal guitar sound.
Two speaker cabinet models with fully adjustable stereo mic positioning.
Fast, program-dependent one-knob noise gate — ideal for palm muting.
Softube Bass Amp Room — $149US
Superior model of a versatile 1970s bass amplifier.
Thick, solid preamp distortion and power amp distortion at extreme settings.
Includes three distinctive speaker cabinets (Classic, Rocker, and Oddbird) with adjustable stereo mic positioning.
Separate DI controls allow for blending of direct vs. amped signal.
Softube Amp Room Bundle — $299US
The ultimate collection of Softube Amp Room plug-ins for UAD-2 and Apollo hardware.
Vintage Amp Room showcases three iconic guitar amps from the 1960s.
Metal Amp Room adds raw, aggressive metal guitar sound to any recording.
Bass Amp Room delivers the dead-on sound of a classic 1970s bass amp.
Softube Acoustic Feedback Deluxe — $149US
True physical modeling of rich, inspiring guitar feedback effect.
Fully responsive to vibrato, bends, slides, and more.
Simple controls for level, tolerance, harmonics and subharmonics.
Universal Audio has unveiled numerous future enhancements for its award-winning Apollo High-Resolution Interface — turning the popular unit into a scalable system capable of recording larger music projects on both Mac and Windows 7 machines.
Among the new Apollo interface features slated for delivery in the first half of 2013 is multi-unit cascading, which combines two Apollo interfaces into a single elegant system via FireWire or Thunderbolt. Multi-unit cascading provides simultaneous use of 16 analog inputs / outputs, including eight Apollo mic preamps, plus 12 digital inputs and outputs — perfect for tracking a full band.
New Apollo Software to Deliver Multi-Unit Cascading & Numerous Console Software Enhancements; Separate UAD / Apollo Software Updates Bring Softube Amp Room, New LA-2A Collection, and API 500 Series EQ Plug-Ins.
The boost in Apollo connectivity is navigated via a redesigned Console application, offering better visual feedback, a new Mix-Merge mode, and a Pro Tools mode which greatly simplifies integration with Pro Tools systems.
“A year after its introduction, Apollo has become the top-selling audio interface in its class,” says UA CEO and Founder, Bill Putnam Jr. “We’re committed to enhancing its creative possibilities, through ongoing software improvements and a growing roster of new plug-in titles from UA and Direct Developer partners like Softube.”
Apollo owners will soon be able to play and record in real time through some of the world’s finest guitar amp emulations, courtesy of the acclaimed Softube Amp Room plug-ins — including Vintage Amp Room, Metal Amp Room, and Bass Amp Room. Softube Amp Room plug-ins will be available as part of an upcoming UAD/Apollo software update, along with the brand new LA-2A Classic Leveler Collection and API 500 Series EQ Collection plug-ins.
Apollo is a high-resolution 18 x 24 FireWire/Thunderbolt-ready audio interface that delivers the sound, feel, and flow of analog recording. Using Apollo, music producers and performers can track audio through a range of classic UAD analog emulation plug-ins — from Neve, Studer, Manley, Lexicon and more — in real time, and with a sleek, elegant workflow on both Mac and Windows 7 systems.
M-Audio has announced their new M-Track Series of USB audio/MIDI interfaces.
Offering three distinct models, the M-Track Series combines a robust feature set with extreme ease of use to create versatile audio/MIDI interfaces for every level of musician.
M-Audio’s M-Track Quad four-channel USB Audio/MIDI interface.
Starting with phantom-powered XLR jacks, line inputs with guitar-level switching, TRS audio inserts, and latency-free monitoring, the M-Track Series provides a comprehensive range of inputs, outputs, and connection options designed to work efficiently in the modern studio or on the go. Simple controls, effective metering, and rugged chassis make the M-Track Series ideal for withstanding the rigors of day-to-day use. From the entry-level M-Track to the pro-line M-Track Quad, each model offers a reliable platform that can accommodate the myriad of devices that can come and go in a changing project studio.
“With a deep feature set and solid build, the M-Track Series provides each musician with the best value in audio interfaces available today,” according to M-Audio Product Manager Dan Steinberg. “Each model continues the M-Audio tradition of delivering a level of versatility, performance, and value that sets new standards among audio/MIDI interfaces. In addition, each interface includes Ignite by AIR music creation software; the Plus and Quad models also include Avid® Pro Tools® Express—complete with iLok—providing a tremendous advantage.”
M-Track Pro & M-Track two-channel portable USB audio/MIDI interfaces.
M-Track — This entry-level model offers two-channel operation. Each channel provides both XLR and 1/4″ inputs. Phantom power (48V) and guitar-level switching are provided. Professional audio converters and discrete preamp design deliver up to 24-bit, 48 kHz digital audio for use with virtually any software. 4-segment LED metering and multiple status lights provide real-time visual feedback. A single USB cable provides both power and data, making setup a snap. Intuitive controls include individual gain knobs, a convenient zero-latency mix knob, plus a headphone output with its own level knob. MIDI in and out jacks are provided, in addition to the balanced main 1/4″ outputs. Ignite by AIR music creation software and Ableton Live Lite 8 complete this powerful package.
M-Track Plus — At home in the more advanced digital studio, the step-up M-Track Plus is built on the M-Track’s foundation, with the addition of coaxial S/PDIF digital input and output jacks on the back panel and a robust metal casing. M-Track Plus comes equipped with Ignite by AIR music creation software plus Avid Pro Tools Express, complete with the iLok USB key—a $49.99 value.
M-Track Quad — The flagship of the family, M-Track Quad offers up to four simultaneous audio inputs. As with the entire M-Track family, the M-Track Quad features four individual mic inputs with selectable 48V phantom power, 1/4″ line inputs with guitar-level switching, and perchannel audio inserts. A second set of outputs operates independent of the monitor level control, providing extra versatility. The four-channel M-Track Quad includes an AC power supply plus three USB outputs, allowing it to function as a powered USB hub. MTrack Quad also comes equipped with Ignite by AIR music creation software plus Avid Pro Tools Express, complete with the iLok USB key—a $49.99 value.
M-Audio will be exhibiting at Booth 6700 at the 2013 Winter NAMM show, January 24-27 in Anaheim, California.
Roland has announced the STUDIO-CAPTURE USB 2.0 audio interface, the new flagship of the acclaimed CAPTURE family of computer-based recording interfaces.
Featuring pro-level performance, generous I/O that includes 12 premium-grade mic preamps, and a flexible, mobile design that’s equally at home in the studio or on the road, STUDIO-CAPTURE sets an all-new standard in USB audio interfaces.
STUDIO-CAPTURE offers a powerful, versatile solution for today’s musicians, composers, and recording engineers. It delivers quality equivalent to dedicated rackmount audio interfaces costing much more, all in a compact, go-everywhere package that’s ideal for traveling production, tabletop use in home studios, or permanent installation in commercial recording facilities.
Roland Studio-Capture 16×10 interface with 12 premium mic preamps.
High-performance USB 2.0 audio interface for studio and mobile production.
16 audio inputs and 10 audio outputs, including 12 premium mic preamps (VS PREAMP).
VS STREAMING delivers ultra-stable, low-latency driver performance for Windows and Mac.
AUTO-SENS intelligently sets optimal input levels for all preamps.
Individual input/output meters and input channel buttons.
Four independent, software-controlled monitor mixes.
XLR monitor out, direct monitor, and dual headphone outputs with independent front-panel level knobs.
Coaxial digital I/O; MIDI I/O with FPT.
Expand your I/O by using two STUDIO-CAPTUREs together, both controlled with a single driver.
Precious Sound has announced PreBrute, the worlds first sample based Kontakt synth based on the Arturia MiniBrute.
We were lucky to get our hands on one and decided that it would be a ideal synth to sample for our engine. We have spent many months painstakingly sampling the synth with 4 different signal chains.
Our flavour system is just that you can select along the 4 oscillators what waveform and flavour (sampling chain) to choose from, so you have 20 waveform choices but 80 possible choices per Osc including the different flavours.
While sampling PreBrute we pushed our preamps hard to imprint characteristics of the actual pre to the sound resulting in subtle/extreme changes.
We also tracked the raw sound to cassette tape using a Tascam 122mk3, we tracked at a slow speed to naturally roll off some of the high end giving the tape waveforms a really warm and smooth sound.
2.16GB Kontakt 5 Library.
7,612 24bit samples.
“4Scoop” engine for Kontakt.
Includes 45 presets.
PreBrute is available at a special 25% off festive discount until January 7th, 2013, priced at £30 GBP (regular £39.99 GBP). Prices inc. VAT. Owners of any “4Scoop” based product are entitled to a additional 10% discount part of a newly established Loyalty Scheme.
Studio Devil has announced the release of Virtual Tube Preamp, a tube preamp modeling effect plug-in for Windows and Mac.
This product marks a new advancement in non-linear circuit modeling. We have created new algorithms and techniques to improve the accuracy and authenticity of vacuum tube and analog circuit modeling that we like to call “second-generation” Studio Devil technology. By focusing on modeling a single-stage tube preamp, we have been able to place a larger amount of CPU resources on this one task. The result is the most advanced and highly accurate digital reproduction of tube preamp analog circuitry.
Virtual Tube Preamp features
Discrete Vacuum Tube Preamplifier Channel using the best vacuum tube modeling technology available to faithfully emulate the dynamic and expressive nature of real vacuum tube preamplifiers using Studio Devil’s proprietary vacuum tube circuit modeling technologies.
Input Drive Control adjusts the strength of the signal feeding the input grid of the virtual tube preamplifier.
Output Level Control to adjust the output signal strength and to compensate for low drive settings.
Bass Contour Control to sweep the value of the cathode bypass capacitor which controls the low frequency and dynamic saturation responses of the preamp.
Treble Rolloff Control to tweak the value of intrinsic and parasitic capacitances in the simulated vacuum tube preamp, giving control over the natural warmth and softness associated with real vacuum tube preamps.
Bias Switch to select from two preset tube bias levels which vary the interaction of gain, asymmetrical drive, and dynamics of the preamplifier.
Invert Switch permits controlling the phase of the preamplifier and the polarity of the class-A asymmetry.
CPU Switch adjusts the modeling algorithm to balance the tradeoff between accuracy and CPU load allowing multiple instances to run on even slower workstations.
Overload LEDS assist in setting healthy levels by indicating when the input signal is overdriving the tube preamp and when the output level clips.
The Virtual Tube Preamp is available for the introductory price of $99 USD through December 31st, 2012 (regular $129 USD). Existing Studio Devil users can get the plug-in for $79 USD.