Blue Cat updates Plug’n Script plugin to v1.1

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Blue Cat's Plug'n Script

Blue Cat Audio has released version 1.1 of Blue Cat’s Plug’n Script, a new version of the scripting plug-in that can be programmed to build custom audio and MIDI effects or virtual instruments inside most Digital Audio Workstations (DAW).

This new version mainly adds MIDI FX support for Logic Pro X, new controls in the user interface, new audio file player and recorder scripts, as well as new programming interfaces for scripters.

A few bugs have also been fixed (details below). For this new release, Blue Cat Audio has also opened a scripts repository on GitHub for script writers and developers to share their scripts and experience.

Changes in Blue Cat’s Plug’n Script v1.1

  • Audio Unit can now be loaded as a MIDI effect in Logic Pro X.
  • The user interface now displays switch buttons for Boolean parameters instead of knobs.
  • Discrete parameter values can now be selected from a dropdown menu.
  • New API: scripts can now use plain strings as user input.
  • New API: scripts can now read and write files.
  • New scripts and presets: added audio player and recorder scripts and a wave file utility class.
  • Developers can now share their scripts on a dedicated Gather repository: https://github.com/bluecataudio/plugnscript.
  • Fixed: implemented pass-thru for MIDI events when no processing function is declared (default script for example).
  • Fixed: Audio Unit Synth version did not appear as an Instrument.
  • Fixed: script was reloaded when starting playback in Reaper, and the effect was not applied immediately.

The plug-in is available for purchase at a 25% introductory discount until October 15th, 2014, priced at 59 EUR/$74 USD (regular 79 EUR/$99 USD).

More information: Blue Cat / Plug’n Script

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Blue Cat Audio releases Plug’n Script scripting plugin

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Blue Cat Audio has released Blue Cat’s Plug’n Script, a new scripting plug-in that can be programmed to quickly build custom audio and MIDI effects or virtual instruments, without quitting your favorite Digital Audio Workstation (DAW).

Blue Cat's Plug'n Script

With this plug-in, it is possible to write your own real time or offline processors or instruments, with very little knowledge about programming: it is a very simple way to start learning audio and MIDI processing.

Experienced audio software developers will also find it convenient to quickly prototype algorithms right into a DAW and drastically reduce development costs.

It can also be used by non-programmers as a multi-purpose processor, thanks to the 46 scripts and 120 presets that are included in the package.

Plug’n Script features

  • Audio and MIDI scripting plug-in.
  • Build your own Audio and MIDI effects or virtual instruments.
  • Simple scripting syntax, using the AngelScript language (similar to C++, Java or JavaScript).
  • The user interface adapts to scripts automatically. Build your own using Blue Cat’s KUIML language.
  • Up to 48 input parameters and 32 outputs, with full MIDI and automation control.
  • Use your favorite Integrated Development Environment (IDE) for editing.
  • Integrated JIT (Just In Time) compiler for optimal performance (scripts are not interpreted but compiled).
  • Includes 46 scripts and 120 presets for sound synthesis, MIDI FX, audio FX (comp, gate, tremolo echo, filters…), waveform generation and more.
  • Surround support (up to 8 audio channels).
  • Integrated undo/redo.
  • Use the included user interface or write your own for your own scripts.

Plug’n Script for Windows and Mac (VST/AU/RTAS/AAX/DX) is available for purchase for 59 EUR / $74 USD until October 15th, 2014 (regular 79 EUR / $99 USD). Existing Blue Cat Audio customers will receive a special offer by email.

More information: Blue Cat Audio / Plug’n Script

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ADSR Sounds intros Reaktor Core Masterclass video course

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ADSR Reaktor Core Masterclass

ADSR Sounds has launched Reaktor Core Masterclass, a video tutorial course on the Core programming environment in Reaktor.

Reaktor Core is a complex and sophisticated programming environment that can be used to create almost any sound generator or effect you can imagine. However, even experienced Reaktor users are often confused by it.

In this course, we’ll show you how to use Core from the ground up – learn the advantages Core has over Reaktor Primary, how to take advantage of different signal types, and how to create basic building blocks for synthesis such as oscillators and envelopes.

In addition, we cover the Partials Framework, an advanced set of tools released by Native Instruments to facilitate programming additive and modal synthesis. The Partials Framework is used as the basis for Razor, possibly the most popular Reaktor synthesizer ever.

The 3 hours course (21 videos) is available for purchase for $37 USD.

More information: ADSR Sounds / Reaktor Core Masterclass

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Steinberg ends development of VST 2

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Steinberg VST

Steinberg has announced that it will no longer continue to develop and maintain the VST 2 software interface but focus efforts entirely on the Software Development Kit (SDK) development of VST 3. All Steinberg host applications will remain VST 2 compatible.

“After introducing the SDK of version 3 to the VST community five years ago, we believe it’s time that VST 2 slowly comes to an end,” remarks Timo Wildenhain, product marketing manager at Steinberg. “VST 3 reflects today’s technological advancements and meanwhile a considerable number of VST hosts and plug-ins support VST 3.”

Initially launched in 1996, VST creates a professional studio environment on PC and Mac computers, allowing the integration of virtual effect processors and instruments into any VST host application. Being an open standard, the possibilities offered by VST continuously grow. In 1999, Steinberg introduces the second version of VST to great acclaim, witnessing new virtual effect processors and instruments developed by Steinberg and other companies. 2008 sees the release of VST 3, now featuring multiple MIDI ports, surround sound capability and side chaining. Meanwhile VST 3.5 supports Steinberg’s VST Expression for creating and editing multiple controller values on a single-note level as well as providing an intuitive way to work with instrument articulations.

While VST 3 was introduced in 2008, Steinberg’s technical support and development of the VST 2 SDK is now at a closing point. The VST 3 development kit not only generates VST 3 plug-ins, but also is capable of rendering to VST 2 and AU formats, making it the ideal choice for outputting three formats.

“Our host applications, such as Cubase, Nuendo and WaveLab, will continue to support VST 2. We are, however, planning to make the SDK for VST 2 unavailable by the end of this year,” Wildenhain continues.

More information: Steinberg

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Blue Cat Audio licenses audio plug-in technology to Zynaptiq

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Blue Cat Audio has announced that Zynaptiq is licensing Blue Cat Audio’s “Kitty” audio plug-ins development kit to port their UNVEIL plug-in to multiple platforms.

Zynaptiq Unveil

Zynaptiq’s recently announced UNVEIL 1.5 update is a major rework of their unique realtime de-reverberation and signal focusing plug-in. Based on artificial intelligence powered de-mixing, UNVEIL allows the user to attenuate or boost the amount of reverb contained in a mixed recording, and bringing out or suppressing inherent detail. Thanks to Blue Cat Audio’s technology, it is now available on both Mac and PC, in VST, Audio Unit, AAX and RTAS formats and includes multiple new features and enhancements.

“When we were evaluating our options for bringing UNVEIL to more formats and platforms, we were determined to settle for nothing but the very best solution.” said Denis H. Goekdag, CEO of Zynaptiq. “Well, we have found exactly that at Blue Cat Audio. Their Kitty SDK is highly functional as well as rock-solid, and their development team combines profound know-how with high efficiency and reliability – a perfect match for our state-of-the-art technology.”

“Zynaptiq is one of the most innovative audio companies out there,” says Guillaume Jeulin, founder and CEO of Blue Cat Audio. “It was natural for us to work together: our software development framework complements Zynaptiq’s unique algorithms. It gave them the opportunity to port their Mac-only Audio Unit plug-in to all major plug-in formats, on both Mac and Windows systems, in record time. We are proud to be part of Zynaptiq’s effort to make their incredible plug-in available on most Digital Audio Workstations (DAW).”

More information: Blue Cat Audio / Zynaptiq

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