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Holderness Media releases Stereo Designer for iPad

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Holderness Media has launched Stereo Designer, an easy to use multi-purpose stereo shaper and Mid/Side processing effect for iPad.

Stereo Designer

Designed for use with the Audiobus app, Stereo Designer lets you easily sculpt the stereo image of input sources such as vocals, guitar and synths. Create unique wide stereo images, stereoize a mono input, apply mid/side processing and more.

Stereo Designer also works as an Inter-app Audio effect inside hosts such as AudioShare, Auria, Cubasis and Apple’s own Garageband.

Stereo Designer features

  • Control individual Left/Right channel volume, panning, filter and more.
  • Mid/Side (M/S) processing mode lets you adjust the volume, high and low pass filters for Mid and Side independently.
  • Widen or reduce the stereo width of an input signal.
  • Independent panning position of each channel, allowing for interesting stereo placement.
  • Individual High and Low Pass filter per channel for additional stereo shaping.
  • Phase (polarity) invert Left/Right channels.
  • Isolate the Left or Right channel and manipulate the resulting mono signal.
  • “Stereoize” mono inputs using individual channel delay + High and Low Pass filters.
  • Sum Left and Right channels to mono.

Stereo Designer is now available on the App Store for $2.99 USD.

More information: Holderness Media / Stereo Designer

Variety Of Sound releases SlickHDR effect plugin

Variety Of Sound SlickHDR

Variety Of Sound has launched SlickHDR, a free “Psychoaccoustic Dynamic Processor” effect plug-in for Windows.

Technically speaking, SlickHDR contains a coupled network of three dynamic processors with two of them running in a “stateful saturation” configuration and one based on look-ahead processing.

Fixed amounts of the unprocessed signal are then injected into the network at several specific points and also mixed back into the networks output.

Being networked, all processors are highly interacting with each other and this is utilized to cope with a wide variety of sound (sic!) to balance the perceived audio dynamic range.

SlickHDR features

  • Balances the perceived global vs. local micro dynamics of any incoming audio.
  • Creates a rich in contrast, detailed and clearly perceived image which translates way better across different listening environments.
  • Provides a convenient workflow by simply adjusting three dynamic processors to show a roughly same load.
  • Offers further and detailed control about overall tone and release time behavior.

SlickHDR is available to download as a freeware VST effect plug-in for Windows.

More information: Variety Of Sound / SlickHDR

Sony releases Sound Forge Pro 2.0 for Mac + SpectraLayers Pro updated to v2.1

Sony Sound Forge Pro Mac 2.0

Sony Creative Software has launched version 2.0 of its Sound Forge Pro audio editing software for Mac.

Generate flawless audio files with Sound Forge™ Pro Mac. New features include in-depth metering utilities, top-tier vocal processing, and the freestanding Convrt™ Batch Processing Automation Tool.

Seamless integration with SpectraLayers™ Pro 2 provides the finishing touch, delivering the ultimate in waveform and spectral editing program integration. Employ Sound Forge Pro Mac in your studio workstream and open smooth new pathways to audio excellence in OS X.

Changes in Sound Forge Pro Mac 2.0

  • Convert Batch Processing Automation Tool. A freestanding utility for mass file format conversions, plug-in signal and effects processing treatments, and file metadata attachments including art. Convrt can handle repetitive chores in the background while recording and editing audio in the Sound Forge Pro Mac workspace.
  • Interoperability with SpectraLayers Pro 2.1. Transfer audio data between Sound Forge Pro Mac and SpectraLayers Pro and experience the thrill of working freely across the world’s premiere waveform and spectral editing applications.
  • iZotope Nectar Elements. The included Nectar Elements plug-in makes vocal treatment a snap. Get great results quickly by loading one of Nectar’s professionally designed Style presets and then customizing your sound by adjusting dedicated controls.
  • Loudness Meters. Win the volume war with new metering options. EBU R128/CALM (Commercial Advertisement Loudness Mitigation Act) compliant metering helps you follow the new rules while maximizing the dynamic range potential of your audio.
  • Event Mode Improvements. Convert regions to events, lock event markers, region markers, and envelope points to events, and automatically ripple successive events forward in time while editing.
  • FLAC file format support. Generate files in this popular lossless format that features space-saving compression and comprehensive metadata-handling capabilities.
  • Auto Trim/Crop tool. Automatically remove unnecessary silence in a sound file while fading the edges of program segments in and out with user-controlled fade lengths.
SpectraLayers Pro

Sony has also updated its SpectraLayers Pro software application for audio spectrum editing to version 2.1.

The SpectraLayers Pro 2.1 update features seamless interoperability with Sound Forge Pro Mac 2, an efficient reverb removal process, an improved noise reduction algorithm, expanded noise removal process options, and user interface improvements that make this update a must have.

Take advantage of the power of SpectraLayers Pro and enjoy full integration with the entire Sound Forge Pro line on both Mac and PC platforms.

Sound Forge Pro 2 for Mac is available to purchase for $299.95 USD; SpectraLayers Pro costs $399.95 USD. Both are bundled in the Audio Master Suite for $499.95 USD.

More information: Sony Creative Software

iMusicAlbum updates Audio Mastering app for iPad to v2.0

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iMusicAlbum has launched version 2.0 of the Audio Mastering application for Apple’s iPad.

The first fully functional professional quality audio mastering application for iPad. For everyone who wants to take their final mixes to the next level.

Based on high-quality sound processing algorithms, this application turns your iPad into a real mastering studio.

Audio Mastering 2.0 for iPad
Audio Mastering 2.0 comes with some new color schemes, including this light one.

Changes in Audio Mastering v2.0

  • Fully updated 32-bit audio processing algorithms.
  • Standard and Advanced processing control modes.
  • Parametric equalizer in addition to graphic.
  • Spectrum analyzer with switching connection points.
  • Switchable crossover frequency for Stereo Imaging.
  • Additional controls for Maximizer.
  • Separate adjustment of input level reduction.
  • Improved controls for presets.
  • Compare mode for presets in each track.
  • Inter-App Audio supported.
  • New color schemes of visual interface.
  • Built-in description updated.

The app is available to purchase for $12.99 USD.

More information: Audio Mastering

Universal Audio launches Apollo Twin audio interface

Universal Audio has introduced the Apollo Twin, a high-resolution desktop interface with realtime UAD processing.

Universal Audio Apollo Twin

This sleek 2×6 Thunderbolt audio interface for Mac combines the same high-quality 24/192 kHz audio conversion of Universal Audio’s acclaimed Apollo series with onboard Realtime UAD SOLO or DUO Processing. With its ergonomic desktop design, rugged aluminum construction, and front panel headphone and instrument connections, Apollo Twin allows Mac users to record in real time (at near-zero latency) through the full range of UAD Powered Plug-Ins available in the UA Online Store, including titles from Neve, Studer, Manley, Lexicon, API and more.

Apollo Twin also introduces new Unison™ technology.* Built on an integration between Apollo’s mic preamps and its onboard UAD plug-in processing, Unison unlocks the authentic tone of the most sought-after tube and solid state mic preamps — including their all-important impedance, gain stage “sweet spots,” and component-level circuit behaviors.

Apollo Twin will ship with Universal Audio’s “Realtime Analog Classics” UAD plug-in bundle, featuring legacy editions of the LA-2A Classic Audio Leveler, 1176LN Limiting Amplifier, and Pultec EQP-1A Program Equalizer, plus Softube Amp Room Essentials, the all-new 610-B Tube Preamp plug-in, and more.

Apollo Twin features

  • Desktop 2×6 Thunderbolt audio interface with world-class 24-bit/192 kHz audio conversion.
  • Realtime UAD Processing for tracking through vintage Compressors, EQs, Tape Machines, Mic Preamps, and Guitar Amp plug-ins with near-zero (sub-2ms) latency.
  • Thunderbolt connection for blazing-fast PCIe speed and rock-solid performance on modern Macs.
  • New Unison technology offers stunning models of classic tube and transformer-based mic preamps.
  • 2 premium mic/line preamps; 2 line outputs; front-panel Hi-Z instrument input and headphone output.
  • 2 digitally controlled analog monitor outputs for full resolution at all listening levels.
  • Up to 8 channels of additional digital input via Optical connection.
  • Includes “Realtime Analog Classics” UAD plug-in bundle, featuring Legacy editions of the LA-2A Classic Audio Leveler, 1176LN Limiting Amplifier, and Pultec EQP-1A Program Equalizer, plus Softube Amp Room Essentials, 610-B Tube Preamp, and more.
  • Runs UAD Powered Plug-Ins via Audio Units, VST, RTAS & AAX 64.
  • Available with either UAD-2 SOLO or UAD-2 DUO DSP processing onboard.

Apollo Twin is now shpping worldwide with estimated street prices of $699 USD (SOLO) and $899 USD (DUO).

More information: Universal Audio / Apollo Twin

* Unison Technology coming to Apollo DUO and Apollo QUAD in early 2014.

Universal Audio announces Unison technology – Classic analog mic preamps for Apollo

Universal Audio

Universal Audio has announced its Unison technology, an audio processing breakthrough that enables the popular Apollo Audio Interfaces’ onboard mic preamps to sound and behave like the world’s most sought-after tube and solid state preamps.

More than three years in the making, Unison is an exclusive analog/digital integration system that gives the user continuous, realtime, bi-directional control and interplay between Apollo’s physical hardware and UAD software mic preamp models. With Unison, the Apollo mic preamp’s analog impedance, gain stage sweet spots, and component-level circuit behaviors are adjusted in real time prior to analog-to-digital conversion to accurately emulate the target mic preamp model.

“Apollo was designed and built with mic preamp modeling in mind, and has included input impedance switching from the very beginning — every Apollo mic preamp is Unison-ready,” says Universal Audio CEO Bill Putnam Jr. “The UA 610-B Tube Preamp and EQ is the first of many Unison-enabled plug-ins for the UAD Powered Plug-Ins platform. It’s included with the new Apollo Twin desktop interface, and will be available for all Apollo customers in Q1.”

Unison features

  • An exclusive analog/digital integration system that’s already built into every Apollo mic preamp
  • Enables Apollo mic preamps to sound and behave like the world’s most sought-after tube and solid state preamps — including their all-important impedance, gain stage sweet spots, and component-level circuit behaviors.
  • Continuous, realtime, bi-directional control and interplay between Apollo’s physical hardware and UAD software preamp model.
  • Requires an Apollo Interface, available from authorized dealers worldwide.

More information: Universal Audio / Apollo

Seelake intros AudioStation X64 & 3D AudioStation

Seelake has announced its AudioStation X64 and 3D AudioStation workstations.

AudioStation X64 is a powerful hardware workstation for live shows, designed as a player for VST plug-ins with a fully-featured mixer, multitrack audio player with Audio/MIDI click, advanced MIDI patchbay, several audio and MIDI inputs and outputs, and is fully manageable from a dedicated remote controller or from an iPad.

Seelake AudioStation

AudioStation X64 features

  • 64-bit embedded-type OS based on the Microsoft Windows 7 kernel, specifically built and optimized for audio signal processing.
  • Intel i5 and i7 quad-core CPUs.
  • Up to 32GB memory.
  • 64-bit VST host-mixer with 32-bit bridge, 100% compatible with any 64-bit and 32-bit VST plugins on the market.
  • Support for any MIDI-USB and Ethernet controllers.
  • Remotely controlled and programmed also from iPad via WiFi (the WiFi signal is generated from AudioStation – no Internet connection or extra hardware needed).
  • Even more functions to control the parameters of the plugins.
  • Compatible with any DAW and music software for Windows 7.

The 3D AudioStation is a workstation for 3D multichannel audio.

It meets requirements for multi-channel production from 5.1 to 3D spatialization for live. A suite of proprietary plug-ins provides all the most important techniques of spatial 3D, including the latest Auto Depth Spherical Surround of 3D AudioStation.

This workstation allows you to use these technologies in critical contexts, such as live concerts, theatrical performances and live electronics, in addition to audio post-production studio.

Seelake will showcase its products at Winter NAMM 2014, booth #7410, Hall A & Arena.

More information: Seelake

NAMM 2014 – Feature Fest for Kemper Profiler Players Software Version 2.3 showcased

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Kemper Amps, the makers of the multi award winning and unique Kemper Profiler present a range of new features that significantly extend the Profiler’s tonal and sonic capabilities for guitar and bass players.

Kemper Amps Profiler Rack

Kemper Amps constantly update the Profiler Software for architectural enhancements, performance and effects updates. Version 2.3 new features include:

Parallel Path for Bass Processing

This is a feature dedicated for electric bass, can be utilized with any other instrument as well, of course. The Profiler offers a variety of profiles for bass players already, as well as loads of effects and distortion FX that can be used in combination with a bass. But, just like with traditional bass rigs when playing through a distorting amplifier or a distortion pedal, the bass can loose some fundamental bass frequencies. That’s why a parallel feed of the clean bass signal usually is mixed in parallel to the distorted or otherwise processed signal for maintaining the bass frequencies and the original dynamics.
The Profiler now features an optional parallel signal path from the instrument input straight to the output for exactly this purpose, bypassing the Stack section and all effects including the delay and reverb. When the parallel path is activated, it also grabs Stomp A and B away from the regular signal path and puts both into the parallel path. This provides Stomp A and B for applying a compressor and an equalizer individually to the parallel path, while Stomp C and D and the effects remain in the regular signal path. This is great for both live and recording situations.

Analog Octaver – Not only for bass players’ delight

The analog octaver is a classic effect usually used by bass players. But of course it can be utilized for any instrument. The analog octaver adds two lower octaves (-1 and -2) to the original signal. This is achieved with a modeled analog detection circuit which manipulates and filters the input signal. The Analog Octaver should be used for single notes only as intervals or chords might create unstable results.
The Kemper Profiler octaver model features significantly improved tracking for faster response compared to the original devices. The LowCut parameter finally reduces the energy of the low notes. This allows for higher levels of both low octave voices without having to deal with deep growl and rumble produced.

NSA for Tempo – Beat Scanner

The Beat Scanner is a great alternative to using the TAP tempo. The activated Beat Scanner algorithm will listen to the rhythm of the guitar and detect the accurate tempo in BPM in a few seconds. It is not required to play anything special, any riff should do if played with certain accuracy. Beat Scanner allows for creating tempos between 80 and 160 BPM. The Beat Scanner won’t detect whether the tempo is 70 BPM or double – 140 BPM. It will choose 140 in this case.

Headphone Space

The Headphone Space parameter adds a small room simulation to the master signal. When listening to sound coming from loudspeakers the reflections from the floor, the walls and objects around add to the original sound. Even a mono signal will result in a stereo image once the room reflections reach the ears. When listening through headphones these missing reflections result in an artificial listening experience that quickly leads to listening fatigue. To avoid this, the Profiler now features the Headphone Space effect allowing to add virtual reflections to the headphone signal delivering a sense of room and natural space. Even a mono signal will result into a subtle, pleasing stereo image.
Hard wired to the Profiler’s headphone out the space effect can also be utilized for listening through regular speakers or for recording. For this purpose the space effect is also available for the post stack effects slots.

Pedal Vinyl Stop

Vinyl Stop is a variation of the already available Pedal Pitch effect. While Pedal Pitch can create a “dive bomb” effect three octaves down, Pedal Vinyl Stop will turn the pitch of the instrument down to exactly zero by swelling up the pitch pedal, just as you would stop a vinyl record with your hand. No sound is heard, until you swell the pitch pedal down again, making the instrument sound as the motor has turned back on again. No pitch adjustments available or necessary with this effect, just put the pitch pedal to the metal.

Reamping – everything built in to run High and Dry

The method of Reamping is very popular in studios and means recording the unprocessed instrument signal while recording the processed amp signal at the same time on separate tracks. This allows for feeding the unprocessed guitar signal at a later time to an amp again to experiments with various settings that might cater for a better mix without the need to play the guitar a second time. Usually some special equipment is required to convert the high impedance guitar signal into an appropriate signal at studio level for recording. The opposite “reamping” path from the recording to the tube amp needs appropriate processing as well. In case of the Profiler this is much more straightforward and easy as the connections and impedances of the Profiler already deliver all the required connectivity for reamping right out of the box. Both recording the pure instrument signal and reamping can be performed either via the analog outputs and inputs or the SPDIF connections.

Version 2.3 of the Profiler Software will be available for free to registered users of the Kemper Profiler during the first quarter of 2014.
More information: Kemper Amps