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Zynaptiq releases Pitchmap v1.5 with cross-platform support

Zynaptiq has released version 1.5 of Pitchmap, the latest edition of their real-time polyphonic pitch-mapping and pitch correction plug-in.

Zynaptiq Pitchmap
This free update adds support for VST, RTAS and AAX Native on both Mac and Windows platforms, as well as many enhancements and fixes.

PITCHMAP is a demixing-based plug-in that allows changing melodies and harmonies of any mixed musical recording in real-time, either by transforming them to new ones played on a MIDI keyboard, or by setting freely defined target scales.

Based on Zynaptiq’s proprietary MAP (Mixed-Signal Audio Processing) artificial intelligence technology, PITCHMAP can be applied to a wide variety of tasks, including original music production, remix work, correction of tuning issues and creative manipulation of existing recordings.

Changes in Pitchmap v1.5

  • Now also supports VST (32/64bit), RTAS and AAX Native (32/64bit) on Mac and Windows, in addition to AudioUnits on the Mac.
  • Improved algorithm.
  • New preset management functionality accessible from within the plug-in GUI allows user presets to be used across all plug-in formats on all platforms.
  • New factory presets organized by application.
  • Completely re-designed automation system for improved automation workflow.
  • New option to enter values numerically by double-clicking controls.
  • Snapshots now contain Sliders and Keyboard states only for better workflow.
  • Enhanced compatibility with Mac OS X Sandboxing.
  • New authorization app for a more streamlined user experience.

Pitchmap for Windows and Mac is available to purchase for $399 USD/369 EUR (incl. VAT).

A special “side-grade” edition of Pitchmap is also available for a limited time for owners of other complementary pitch processing software, priced at $199 USD/ 179 EUR.

More information: Zynaptiq / Pitchmap

iMusicAlbum releases Master FX for iPad

Master FX for iPad

iMusicAlbum has launched Master FX, a multipurpose effect processor for guitar, synthesizer and voice, providing a wide range of high-quality and creative effects options for audio processing.

Includes a broad selection of audio processing options, comprehensive presets system, flexible audio routing options for connecting effect modules, audio player and recorder, low latency and highest quality of audio processing.

Master FX is intended for real-time processing of sound from one or two external instruments or microphones separately while playing or singing. It can also mix instrument sound or voice with pre-recorded audio tracks. Master FX can also be used as a sound processor within a variety of other musical applications as it supports Audiobus. This allows the app to be used as an effects processor as part of an iOS-based multitrack recording system.

Master FX features

  • Built-in effects: 3-Band parametric equalizer, Chorus, Flanger, Pitch modulator, Delay, Reverb, Compressor, Limiter on main output.
  • Low-latency for real time playing.
  • Up to 6 effects at once.
  • Various options for connecting effect modules.
  • Processing of the two channels separately.
  • Built-in player with playlists feature.
  • Convenient playback control.
  • Built-in recorder with switching sources (input, processed, output).
  • Individual presets for each effect module.
  • Global presets for all module parameters and connections.
  • Includes control options designed specifically for live performance.
  • Supports Audiobus in Effect or Output position.
  • Support Dropbox web service (you will need free Dropbox account).
  • Exchange files between applications through audio clipboard.
  • Support “Open in” feature to move audio files from other applications.
  • Option “Open file in” sends file directly to another application.
  • Access to files through internal Web service in local network.
  • Support for iTunes file share.

The Master FX app is available to pruchase for $11.99 USD.

More information: Audio Mastering Studio / Master FX

Advanced Audiowaves updates Track Align Pro to v1.2.0

Advanced Waves has released version 1.2.0 of Track Align Pro, a VST plug-in for Mac allowing to time align an audio track to a reference one in real-time.

Advanced Audiowaves Track Align Pro

TAP processing is looking at each sample of the incoming audio signal and find its position in relation to the side-chain reference track exactly like any audio engineer would do by zooming inside the audio waveforms. But instead of just looking to the first samples or first audio transients to save time, TAP processes the input audio along the full length of the track in order to keep it always aligned.

Changes in Track Align Pro v1.2.0

  • Steinberg Cubase 7.0.6 & Nuendo 6.0.6 official support.
  • Mac OS X 10.9 Mavericks ready.
  • Lastest detection engine refinements.
  • Improved audio signal discrimination between similar and unrelated audio signals.
  • New side-chain led red state when audio signal is unrelated to audio input.
  • Fix wrong audio buffer at end of audio clips on silent or inactive audio track.
  • Improved delay changes when audio track is silent or inactive.
  • Graphical user interface code redesign for better performance.
  • Fix initial graphical user interface state.
  • Fix possible lock of graphical user interface.
  • Fix – known issue – graphical user interface crash when closing a project.
  • Latest iLok protection and activation.

Track Align Pro for Mac (VST) is available to purchase for 219 EUR. Requires iLok.

More information: Advanced Audiowaves

Blue Cat Audio updates Blue Cat’s MB-7 Mixer to v2.1

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Blue Cat Audio MB-7 Mixer

Blue Cat Audio has released version 2.1 of the MB-7 Mixer, a multi-band processing plug-in with VST hosting capabilities.

This new release mainly brings workflow enhancements, such as copy/paste capabilities, plug-ins layout restore, direct access to bypass and editor window, as well as plug-ins compatibility improvements.

The free broadband add-on skin has also been updated to include the new features and streamline the usage of the plug-in in single band (broadband) mode.

Changes in MB-7 v2.1

  • Bypass and display editor commands are now directly available from buttons in the plug-in slots.
  • Plug-ins editors can now be restored on open (position on screen is now saved in session and presets), with an option in the preferences to disable restoration.
  • Copy/paste plug-ins between slots using the system clipboard (you can copy paste between instances, or in different applications).
  • Copy/paste the plug-in’s current state from the presets menu using the system clipboard.
  • “Center Plug-in Editor” command to bring back plug-ins editors that may be lost on the screen.
  • Improved support for plug-ins with multiple I/O configurations (the number of channels is now passed to the plug-ins).
  • (Mac) Inserted plug-ins window do not follow the MB-7 Mixer window anymore.
  • (Mac) plug-in version number is now available when using “Get Info” in the Finder.
  • Fixed: (Mac) RTAS version could cause some GUI issues in Pro Tools with some plug-ins (blank windows).
  • Fixed: (Mac) About window does not show up first in the corner of the screen.
  • Fixed: (Win) Alt-Click on a control now resets the value to default in Pro Tools, as expected.

The MB-7 Mixer plug-in is available to purchase for 99 EUR.

More information: Blue Cat Audio / MB-7 Mixer

Antares releases AVOX 4 vocal toolkit

Antares

Antares has announced the release of AVOX 4, the fourth generation of the Antares Vocal Toolkit.

AVOX 4 is fully 64-bit compatible and includes AAX Native versions of all of the AVOX plug-ins. In addition, AVOX 4 now includes Mic Mod EFX Classic Microphone Modeler, for a total of eleven unique vocal processing plug-ins.

AVOX 4 features

  • Harmony Engine Evo Vocal Modeleing Harmony Generator – The quickest, easiest tool for creating realistic harmonies.
  • Mic Mod EFX Classic Microphone Modeler – lets the mics you own sound like the mics you wish you owned.
  • MUTATOR Evo Extreme Voice Designer- the ideal tool for unique vocal special effects and post-production sound design.
  • ARTICULATOR Evo Digital Talkbox – perfect for talking guitars, singing synths, whispering voices, and a wide range of special effects.
  • WARM Tube Saturation Generator – warms up vocals with Antares’ world-renowned analog tube modeling technology.
  • ASPIRE Evo Aspiration Noise Processor – the world’s first tool for modifying a voice’s breathiness independently of its harmonic content.
  • THROAT Evo Physical Modeling Vocal Designer – subtly (or radically) re-sculpt vocal characteristics with a meticulously crafted physical model of the human vocal tract.
  • DUO Evo Vocal Modeling Auto-Doubler – automatically generates a doubled vocal part with unmatched ease and realism.
  • CHOIR Evo Vocal Multiplier – turns a single voice into up to 32 distinct individual unison voices; assign instances of CHOIR to voices singing harmony and voila, instant choir.
  • PUNCH Evo Vocal Impact Enhancer – gives your vocal more dynamic impact, allowing it to cut through a dense mix with clarity and power.
  • SYBIL Evo Variable Frequency De-Esser – tames vocal sibilance with a flexible compressor and a variable sidechain frequency to match any vocal performance.

AVOX 4 is available to purchase for $399 USD. Upgrades to AVOX 4 and all of the individual AVOX plug-ins are available at the Software Upgrade Page. Those who purchased AVOX Evo, Harmony Engine Evo, Mic Mod EFX or any individual AVOX Evo plug-in after May 1st, 2013, are eligible for a free upgrade to the 64-bit version of the plug-in(s).

More information: Antares / AVOX 4

iZotope announces Nectar 2 Vocal Production Suite

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iZotope Nectar 2

iZotope has announced Nectar 2, the next version of its award-winning vocal processing technology.

Coming in October 2013, Nectar 2 will bring the best of digital innovation and analog character into a complete set of tools specifically for voice.

“We were excited to revisit what made Nectar so ideal as a vocal processing plug-in,” says Brett Bunting, Product Manager for iZotope Inc. “We’ve spent a lot of development time incorporating new ideas designed with our users in mind. Nectar 2 users won’t believe how quickly they’ll be able to recreate classic vocal sounds or invent brand new ones.”

With Nectar 2, add character to tracks with modeled plate reverb, harmonic saturation, and new creative effects. Stay in tune, remove distracting breaths without the need for audio editing, transform a single vocal take into a harmonized ensemble, and much more.

Nectar 2 features

  • Add harmonies to vocal tracks with the new Harmonizer. Play with intelligent automatic settings or define your own with a MIDI controller.
  • Add space and character to vocals with the EMT 140-modeled Plate Reverb module, featuring a unique saturation control to emulate the original plate’s preamp.
  • Finesse vocal takes quickly with the new Pitch Editor and Breath Control plug-ins.
  • Explore seven new creative effects in the new FX module.
  • Dive in with a streamlined Overview panel for simple adjustments and added metering for visual feedback.
  • Choose from 150+ new presets in styles that range from classic to modern.

Customers who purchased Nectar after August 1, 2013 will receive a free upgrade to Nectar 2 upon release. Special upgrade pricing will be available for all previous Nectar and Nectar Elements customers upon release.

More information: iZotope / Nectar 2

TC Electronic announces UpCon audio upconverter

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TC Electronic has announced UpCon, a combined and uncompromising upconversion and downmix processor in a single, high-density rack unit.

It continuously monitors the channel format of the incoming audio, and if the signal falls back from true 5.1 to stereo, UpCon seamlessly cross-fades into a convincing 5.1 surround upconversion without adding any interruptions or artifacts.

TC’s UnWrap HD algorithm is the go to upconverter for film and mastering professionals. The sheer sound quality achieved during upconversion is unrivalled and can be heard in countless cinema movies and music tracks. UpCon is based on UnWrap HD and shares its ultra low latency as well as its overkill processing resolution.

TC Electronic UpCon

Loudness Transparency

Contrary to many competing products, the upconverted audio is loudness transparent. Many format converters will output a significantly different signal in terms of perceived loudness compared to the source, but this is not the case with UpCon. Broadcasters often need to stay within certain boundaries according to regulation or recommendation and by letting UpCon handle the conversion from stereo to 5.1, it is possible to stay compliant regardless of the signal’s channel format.

Automatic Input Detection, GPI or Metadata

The hardware is based on the TC Electronic DB6 platform and UpCon offers the same extended control possibilities. Ease of use is key and it can detect the incoming signal channel format automatically. In case the engineer wants more manual control, UpCon also offers extensive GPI control, or it can be set up to react to incoming metadata.

UpCon also offers the same expandability as DB6 Multi. It comes with one 3G SDI stream standard, but it can be expanded with one or two optional UpCon 3G cards for a maximum of 3 simultaneous SDI streams – the ultimate cost-effective, high-density solution.

Redundancy and Reliability

It does not matter how well a transmission unit does its job if it is not completely reliable. Being the last line of defense in a live scenario calls for ultimate redundancy and reliability. Therefore, UpCon comes with dual low-noise fans, dual fuses and dual power inlets for feeding the unit from two independent power sources. This way, broadcasters are virtually risk-free of losing signal while on air.

UpCon is by definition inserted at a very critical point of the audio signal path, and it is an ‘always on’ type of unit that needs to deliver non-stop performance year after year. Should the unlikely event happen that DB6 loses power, transmission will go on thanks to the Relay Bypass feature that passes the stream directly from input to output no matter what happens. Further, if one of the power sources should fail, notification can be given using GPIO or SNMP traps.

The UpCon will be available in Q4 2013.

More information: TC Electronic / UpCon

Celemony updates Melodyne with AAX support

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Celemony has announced the release of a free update for Melodyne editor, assistant and essential, now also supporting the AAX plug-in interface and, with it, the 64-bit operation of Melodyne under Avid Pro Tools 11.

Celemony Melodyne in Pro Tools 11
The Melodyne editor in Avid’s Pro Tools 11 digital audio workstation.

The multi-award-winning audio tool Melodyne is in use on many Pro Tools systems. With the update to Version 2.1.1, Melodyne can now also be operated under the new AAX interface of Pro Tools 11, which employs 64-bit processing. This makes clear gains in terms of both performance and reliability possible – primarily when correcting and optimizing longer recordings.

The update is free of charge for users of the current Version 2 of Melodyne editor, assistant and essential and is already available for download. Besides AAX compatibility, it also contains a variety of bugfixes and optimizations, and is therefore recommended to all users.

More information: Celemony