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Ignite Amps updates NRR-1 tube preamp plugin to v2.0

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Ignite Amps NRR-1

Ignite Amps has updated its free NRR-1 custom 3 channels tube preamp effect plug-in to version 2.0.

NRR-1 is a digital emulation of a three channels tube preamplifier for guitar. It has been developed to accurately model its real harware counterpart, built for Fleshgod Apocalypse guitarist Cristiano Trionfera by Ignite Amps, back in 2009.

The NRR-1 core circuit is mainly based on a famous boutique preamplifier made in ’88, modded to suit Cristiano’s needs in the best possible way. It can deliver tones from jazzy clean, to blues or rock crunch, to modern bonecrushing metal rhythms and leads, with everything in between.

Changes in NRR-1 v2.0

  • Native x64 support for Windows/OSX (VST/AU).
  • New modeling engine for circuit simulation:
    • Improved math models stability and accuracy.
    • Improved dynamic and transient response for triode stages.
    • Improved frequency dependent triode/load interaction.
    • Increased filters complexity and accuracy for interstage circuits and tonestacks.
  • Changed VST ‘UniqueId’.
  • Reworked GUI.
  • Minor bugs fixed.

The NRR-1 plug-in for Windows and Mac (VST/AU) is a free download.

More information: Ignite Amps / NRR-1

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Audient intros iD22 audio interface

Audient has introduced its new iD22 audio interface at the MusikMesse in Frankfurt.

iD22 provides two classic audient microphone preamplifiers, ALL NEW pristine AD/DA convertors that have been designed to deliver impeccable detail and impressive depth during both tracking & mixing.

iD22 is expandable via ADAT i/o – perfect for partnering with an ASP008 for 10-ch recording [total 10-in, 12-out + headphones]. Our console-style monitor controller functionality and USB2.0 connectivity complete the ergonomic desktop package.

Audient iD22
iD22 will transform your DAW into a world-class recording system by connecting directly to your microphones, computer and monitors.

iD22 features

  • 2-in, 6-out high performance 24-bit/96kHz AD/DA converters.
  • 2 superb class-A mic preamplifiers & 1 discrete JFET instrument input.
  • Fully balanced insert points for integrating outboard gear.
  • High current headphone amplifier fed by an independant DAC.
  • Main and alternative stereo outputs.
  • User defined monitoring functionality with hardware control.
  • USB2.0 class compliant connectivity with integrated DSP mixer.

Price and availability TBA.

More information: Audient

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Universal Audio announces Apollo 16 high-resolution audio interface

Universal Audio has announced the Apollo 16 Thunderbolt-ready audio interface.

Delivering world-class conversion with 16×16 analog I/O, this uncompromising FireWire/Thunderbolt-ready interface combines superior sound and flexible routing with powerful onboard UAD-2 QUAD processing. With its professional DB-25 connectivity and multi-unit cascading for up to 32×32 analog I/O, Apollo 16 sets a new standard in high-resolution recording with classic analog sound.

UAD Apollo 16

“Building on the success of the original Apollo interface, the Apollo 16 is our flagship audio converter,” says Bill Putnam Jr., Universal Audio founder and CEO. “Its sound quality and scalability make it ideal for pairing with mixing consoles and outboard preamps, and the ability to track through UAD plug-ins in real time provides powerful sonic options for professional studios.”

Building upon decades of UA hardware expertise, Apollo 16 features meticulous analog circuit design, top-end converters, and DC-coupled outputs — providing the lowest THD and highest dynamic range of any converter in its class. Apollo 16′s deep, wide soundstage and exceptionally open and transparent sound makes it the ideal centerpiece for professional recording facilities.

With its standard UAD-2 QUAD processing onboard, Apollo 16 allows real time processing with UAD Powered Plug-Ins — with as low as sub-2ms latency — so recordists can monitor, audition, and “print” audio through stunning analog emulations from Ampex, Lexicon, Manley, Neve, Roland, SSL, Studer, and more. Apollo 16′s onboard UAD processing is also available during mixing and mastering, so that music producers can employ UAD plug-ins (VST, RTAS, AU) throughout the creative process.

Apollo 16 boasts straightforward 16×16 analog I/O via convenient DB-25 connections. Two Apollo 16 units can be cascaded over MADI for an expanded system with eight UAD processors and 32×32 simultaneous analog I/O, capable of handling large professional mixes. Dedicated XLR monitor outputs and stereo AES-EBU digital I/O round out the Apollo 16′s rear-panel audio connections.

Apollo 16′s routing capabilities include four stereo cue mixes with individually assignable outputs, and a new “Virtual I/O” feature that allows for Realtime UAD Processing of DAW tracks and virtual instruments.

Apollo 16 also offers compatibility with Intel’s high-bandwidth Thunderbolt technology on Macs via a user-installable dual-port Thunderbolt Option Card (sold separately). Thunderbolt provides greater UAD plug-in instances, improved performance at high sample rates, and reduced UAD plug-in latency in the DAW versus Apollo’s standard FireWire connection.

The Apollo 16 is expect to ship in Q2 2013, with an estimated street price of $2,999 USD. Apollo’s Thunderbolt Option Card is now available for an estimated street price of $499 USD.

More information: Universal Audio / Apollo 16

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Nick Crow releases Wagner Sharp preamp effect plugin

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Nick Crow has released Wagner Sharp, a free tube guitar preamp emulation plug-in for Windows and Mac OS X.

Nick Crow Wagner Sharp

Wagner Sharp features

  • 64-bit floating point processing.
  • All sample rates support.
  • Two channels (stereo mode to be able to handle double tracks). Each channel is activated when there is a signal at its input, which saves CPU resources.
  • Up to 64x oversampling (depends on the host sample rate).

Wagner Sharp is available to download for Windows and Mac (32/64bit, VST/AU) at no cost. Donations are welcome.

More information: Nick Crow

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Ignite Amps updates The Anvil tube preamp effect plugin to v2.0

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Ignite Amps has released version 2.0 of The Anvil, a free custom tube preamp effect plug-in for Windows and Mac.

The Anvil is a digital emulation of a three channels tube preamplifier for guitar. It has been developed to accurately model its real hardware counterpart, designed by Andy Zeugs. The Anvil has three completely independent channels, with different signal paths and separate tonestack controls, to maximize its versatility.

Ignite Amps The Anvil
Ignite Amps The Anvil custom tube preamp (front & back panel).

Changes in The Anvil v2.0

  • Native x64 support for Windows/Mac (VST/AU).
  • New modeling engine for circuit simulation:
    • Improved math models stability and accuracy.
    • Improved dynamic and transient response for triode stages.
    • Improved frequency dependent triode/load interaction.
    • Increased filters complexity and accuracy for interstage circuits and tonestacks.
  • Changed VST ‘UniqueId’.
  • Minor GUI changes.
  • Minor bugs fixed.

The Anvil is a free download for Windows and Mac (VST/AU).

More information: Ignite Amps

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Universal Audio announces Softube Amp Room Plug-Ins

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.

Universal Audio Softube Amp Room Plug-Ins
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 Acoustic Feeback
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.

More information: Universal Audio

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Universal Audio enhances Apollo audio interface with key system features & new plug-ins

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.

Universal Audio Apollo
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.
Universal Audio Apollo

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.

More information: Universal Audio / Apollo

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