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Avid Releases VENUEPack 4 – Plug-In Suite and Real Time Analyzer for VENUE Digital Consoles

Avid has announced VENUEPack 4, a new suite of professional plug-ins and utilities that will come bundled with all VENUE digital console systems, providing live sound engineers with more creative options than ever.

From re-creations of popular vintage hardware to the latest studio processing effects, VENUEPack 4 includes 30 powerful plug-ins from Avid and third-party partners including Flux::, Focusrite, JOEMEEK, Line 6, and others.

VENUEPack 4 plug-ins run natively on all VENUE systems—no external plug-in runner or separate laptop required. They offer high-quality sound, reliable performance, exceptionally low latency, automatic delay compensation support, and can be controlled right from the console surface.

“VENUE’s integrated plug-in system eliminates the need for external outboard gear or plug-in runners, giving the user unprecedented creative choice,” says Greg Kopchinski, Avid product manager. “VENUEPack 4 provides a unified set of popular plug-ins for live sound, making it easier than ever for engineers to move between VENUE consoles and use the great-sounding, low-latency effects they’ve come to appreciate.”

In addition to the suite of plug-ins, VENUEPack 4 also includes the Flux:: Pure Analyzer Essential software application, a modular RTA system that provides mix engineers with an extensive range of live audio analysis and measurement tools when installed on a Mac- or Windows-based laptop. Pure Analyzer can also utilize the Flux SampleGrabber plug-in to support direct signal acquisition across an Ethernet network from VENUE system monitor and mix busses.

Avid VENUEPack4
Collage of plug-ins included in Avid’s VENUEPack4 collection.

VENUEPack 4 features

  • Classic Compressors Bundle—Emulations of five coveted hardware processors (includes BF-2A, BF-3A, Purple Audio MC77, Fairchild 660, and Fairchild 670 plug-ins).
  • Eleven—Hyper-realistic emulations of the world’s greatest vintage and modern guitar amps.
  • Flux:: Pure Analyzer Essential—Network-driven, real-time signal analyzing software.
  • Focusrite d2 and d3—Models of the classic Focusrite red equalizer and compressor/limiter.
  • Impact—Console-style mix bus compressor.
  • JOEMEEK Bundle—Classic emulations of the SC2 compressor and VC5 Meequalizer.
  • Line 6 Echo Farm—Models of several classic echo hardware processors and pedals.
  • Moogerfooger Bundle—Realistic emulations of four classic audio effects and synth modules (includes 12-Stage Phaser, Analog Delay, Lowpass Filter, and Ring Modulator plug-ins).
  • Pultec Bundle—Realistic emulations of three vintage Pultec EQs (includes EQH-2, EQP-1A, and MEQ-5 plug-ins).
  • Reel Tape Suite—Delivers the warmth and characteristics of analog tape and machine effects (includes Reel Tape Saturation, Reel Tape Delay, and Reel Tape Flanger plug-ins).
  • Reverb One—World-class reverb processing, with complete parameter control.
  • ReVibe—High-performance, highly detailed room-modeling reverb.
  • Slightly Rude Compressor—Custom compressor that’s both musical and aggressive.
  • Smack!—Fool-proof compressor/limiter that provides a wide range of sonic variations and color.
  • TL Aggro—High-quality emulation of a vintage analog FET compressor.
  • Voce Bundle—Emulations of classic vibrato and rotating speaker effects (includes Voce Chorus/Vibrato and Voce Spin plug-ins).

Avid has also announced a free VENUEPack 4 webinar featuring Robert Scovill.

Veteran sound engineer and Avid® live sound market specialist, Robert Scovill, will host a free webinar on August 15th at 10 am PT (1 pm ET) to introduce the new VENUEPack 4 plug-in bundle. Robert will offer an overview of the included plug-ins followed by a deep dive into using Flux Pure Analyzer Essential, an exciting new addition to the pack. Attendance capacity is limited, so register today to reserve your spot.

VENUEPack4 is available worldwide now. Existing VENUE owners can upgrade their VENUE systems to VENUEPack 4 at 50% off the standard upgrade price through September 14, 2012.

More information: Avid / VENUE

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OverToneDSP releases PTC-2A Pultec style EQ for Mac OSX

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OverToneDSP has announced the release of the PTC-2A equalizer effect plugin for Mac.

Modelled on the classic Pultec EQP-1A, the PTC-2A features separate LF Boost and Attenuate controls, a transformer-coupled valve amplifier emulation and the control interaction responsible for all the signature Pultec sounds, including the famous ‘low-end trick’ in which LF Boost and Attenuate controls are used simultaneously to provide tight bass boost without losing detail.

OverToneDSP PTC-2A
The PTC-2A is modelled using measured data and schematics from the real hardware.

PTC-2A features

  • Separate LF Boost and Attenuate Controls — Simultaneous low frequency boost and cut, emulating the classic Pultec ‘Low-end trick’.
  • Physical Control Weighting — Replicates the ‘feel’ as well as the look of high quality rotary controls.
  • Passive Filters — 6dB / Octave passive filter emulation maintains the smooth frequency response and desirable control interaction of the original vintage designs.
  • Transformer-coupled gain stage — Similar to the original Pultec EQs, the passive filters are followed by a transformer-coupled tube amplifier stage which further enhances the vintage qualities.
  • De-cramped Mid-Range Filter — Innovative DSP technology models the behaviour of an analogue peak filter more closely than conventional digital algorithms, even at low sample rates.

The plugin is available to purchase for £40 GPB.

More information: OverToneDSP / PTC-2A

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ILIO announces over 75% off Pulse-Tec EQs from Nomad Factory

ILIO has announced a limited time offer for Pulse-Tec EQs from Nomad Factory.

Nomad Factory Pulse-Tec EQs promotion at ILIO
Nomad Factory Pulse-Tec EQs promotion at ILIO – Just $30 until April 30th

Available through Monday, April 30, 2012, Nomad Factory’s Pulse-Tec EQs will be offered at over 75% off the retail price of $129, making it $30.

Nomad Factory’s Pulse-Tec EQs combines the legendary Pultec Mid-Range Equalizer MEQ-5 and the well-known Pultec Program Equalizer EQP-1A into a single high quality plug-in, the PULSE-TEC EQs. The PULSE-TEC EQs’ sections can be enabled or disabled individually or used simultaneously for full range analog equalizations. Also included is an analog Pre-Amp section that adds Input Level and Output Level controls, as well as a simple ‘Clipper’ limiter at the master output section.

More information: ILIO

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OverTone DSP releases PTC-2A equalizer plugin

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OverTone DSP has released the PTC-2A, an equalizer effect plug-in for Windows.

Inspired by the classic Pultec EQs and modelled using measured data and schematics from real hardware, using algorithms originally developed for the linuxDSP PEQ-2A, the PTC-2A is an affordable emulation of one of the most sought-after vintage EQs, for Windows XP / 7 Digital Audio Workstations.

OverTone DSP PTC-2A
PTC-2A Pultec inspired program equalizer

PTC-2A features

  • Separate LF Boost and Attenuate Controls — Simultaneous low frequency boost and cut, emulating the classic Pultec ‘Low-end trick’.
  • Physical Control Weighting — Replicates the ‘feel’ as well as the look of high quality rotary controls.
  • Passive Filters — 6dB / Octave passive filter emulation maintains the smooth frequency response and desirable control interaction of the original vintage designs.
  • Transformer-coupled gain stage — Similar to the original Pultec EQs, the passive filters are followed by a transformer-coupled tube amplifier stage which further enhances the vintage qualities.
  • De-cramped Mid-Range Filter — Innovative DSP technology models the behaviour of an analogue peak filter more closely than conventional digital algorithms, even at low sample rates.

The PTC-2A for Windows (VST) is available to purchase for £39.95 GBP.

More information: OverTone DSP / PTC-2A

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Universal Audio announces Apollo audio interface

Universal Audio has announced Apollo, a high-resolution audio interface that combines UA’s analog design heritage with esteemed UAD Powered Plug-Ins in a sleek, elegant recording system for Mac and PC.

Universal Audio Apollo

With Apollo, music producers and performers can finally track through UAD Powered Plug-Ins in real time, via a professional 18 x 24 FireWire/Thunderbolt™-ready audio interface that delivers class-leading 24-bit/192 kHz sound quality.

“Apollo is the culmination of 10 years of analog and digital audio development here at UA,” said Bill Putnam Jr., Universal Audio founder. “In many ways, it’s brought the analog and digital sides of our company together. With Apollo, we’re delivering the sound, feel, and flow of analog recording with all the conveniences of modern digital equipment, including next-generation Thunderbolt technology.”

Apollo is, first and foremost, a well-built, high-resolution audio interface, featuring premium mic preamps and top-end converters to deliver the lowest THD and highest dynamic range in its class. Its Core Audio and ASIO* drivers ensure compatibility with all major DAWs, including Pro Tools, Logic Pro, Cubase, Live, and more. Moreover, Apollo’s Console application and companion Console Recall plug-in (VST/AU/RTAS) provide control and recall of all interface and UAD plug-in settings within individual DAW sessions, even months and years later.

Apollo features

  • 18 x 24 FireWire/Thunderbolt™-ready audio interface for Mac and PC*.
  • Realtime UAD Processing for low-latency (sub-2ms) tracking and mixing w/ UAD Powered Plug-Ins**.
  • Premium mic preamps, top-end converters, and uncompromising analog design.
  • Front-panel controls for all commonly used features.
  • Full recall of interface and UAD plug-in settings within DAW sessions via Console Recall plug-in (VST/RTAS/AU).
  • 8 analog inputs: 4 digitally controlled analog mic preamps; 8 balanced line inputs; 2 front-panel JFET DIs.
  • 14 analog outputs: 8 balanced line outs; 2 digitally-controlled analog monitor outs; 2 dedicated stereo headphone outs.
  • 10 channels of digital I/O: 8 channels of ADAT; 2 channels S/PDIF; Wordclock I/O.
  • Dual FireWire 800 ports (standard).
  • Thunderbolt I/O Option Card for connectivity to new Macs and PCs (card sold separately) †.
  • Available in DUO Core and QUAD Core processor models.
  • Includes “Analog Classics”.
  • plug-ins: LA-2A Classic Audio Leveler, 1176LN Limiting Amplifier, and Pultec EQP-1A Program Equalizer.

The Apollo High-Resolution Audio Interface will be available in both DUO CORE and QUAD CORE processing formats (with either two or four Analog Devices SHARC processors, respectively). Apollo will be shipping in the first quarter of 2012, with an estimated street price of $1,999 (DUO processing model) and $2,499 (QUAD processing model). Apollo’s Thunderbolt Option Card will be shipping in the first half of 2012, with an ESP of $499 USD.

More information: Universal Audio / Apollo

* Compatible with Mac OS X 10.6 and 10.7; Windows 7 support coming Summer 2012.
** All trademarks are recognized as property of their respective owners. Individual UAD Powered Plug-Ins sold separately.
†Thunderbolt I/O option card coming Summer 2012.

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IK Multimedia Hot Buy: Get 60% off any T-RackS 3 Singles

IK Multimedia T-RackS 3 Singles

IK Multimedia has announced it is continuing the “Hot Buy” monthly promotion with a 60% discount on its best-selling T-RackS 3 Singles effects plug-ins.

T-RackS 3 Singles are a range of EQs, compressors, limiters and other essential studio plug-ins. A great combination of warm, analog-modeled studio gear and cutting-edge digital processors, this line has something for musicians in every style and genre.

Highlights of the line include an amazing model of a Fairchild 670 compressor, Pultec EQP-1A EQ, a unique custom opto-compressor, linear phase EQ, and even a comprehensive metering suite.

All of these plug-ins offer high-fidelity oversampling for crystal clear transparency, plus vintage FX feature IK’s SCC™ and DSM™ modeling technology for unbelievably accurate analog tone. All T-RackS 3 Singles are VST/AU/RTAS compatible and work with all of today’s popular DAWs and operating systems!

From now to April 30, 2011, purchase any T-RackS 3 Single for $39.99 USD / €29.99 EUR (excluding taxes). Use discount code SINGLES to take advantage of this offer.

More information: IK Multimedia / T-RackS 3 Singles Hot Buy

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TC Electronic announces crossgrade option to Universal Audio UAD-2 Powered Plug-Ins platform, development of PowerCore range ceases

TC Electronic and Universal Audio have announced a collaboration to offer a high value crossgrade option to UAD-2 for registered PowerCore users worldwide, as further development for the PowerCore range comes to a halt.

UAD 2 Quad

As part of a larger strategic review, TC Electronic has decided to cease further development of the PowerCore product range. With the most recent release of software version 4.0, PowerCore is fully compatible with current operating systems and DAWs – 32 bit as well as 64 bit. TC Electronic will continue to sell all of the existing PowerCore plug-ins and hardware variants and will keep offering user support for the platform. Also, TC Electronic will continue its general computer recording activities, including audio interfaces and plug-ins.

In addition, TC Electronic announces a collaboration with Universal Audio in order to offer a crossgrade program, allowing registered PowerCore users to receive a value pack of up to $1,300 worth of UAD Powered Plug-Ins free of charge when registering their newly purchased UAD-2 DSP Accelerator Package.

TC Electronic Product Manager Thomas Valter says: “We are proud to work with one of the industry leaders in external DSP power solutions to offer our users a top-notch addition to their existing PowerCore setup.”

The crossgrade offer is valid from February 1, 2011 to June 30, 2011. In order to qualify for the crossgrade offer, PowerCore users must register a new UAD-2 package, including the recently announced UAD-2 Satellite Firewire DSP Accelerator, within this period. Further, the offer is only valid to new users, i.e. users that are new to the UAD Powered Plug-Ins platform.

PowerCore users, who qualify and want to make use of this offer, simply have to register their newly purchased UAD-2 DSP Accelerator Package via Universal Audio’s website. During the registration process, they just enter the serial number of their PowerCore unit which will trigger the release of the corresponding UAD Powered Plug-Ins.

The crossgrade offer includes three different plug-in packages that are linked to corresponding UAD-2 processor level purchased (SOLO, DUO, or QUAD):

  • UAD-2 SOLO / SOLO Flexi / SOLO/Laptop crossgrade plug-in package contains:
    • Fairchild ($149)
    • Cambridge ($149)
    • Pultec-Pro ($79)
    • Total Value: $377
  • UAD-2 DUO / DUO Flexi / Satellite DUO crossgrade plug-in package contains:
    • Fairchild ($149)
    • Cambridge ($149)
    • Pultec-Pro ($79)
    • LA-3A ($149)
    • DreamVerb ($149)
    • Total Value: $675
  • UAD-2 QUAD / QUAD Flexi / QUAD Omni / Satellite QUAD crossgrade plug-in package contains:
    • Fairchild ($149)
    • Cambridge ($149)
    • Pultec-Pro ($79)
    • LA-3A ($149)
    • DreamVerb ($149)
    • Precision Limiter ($199)
    • Precision Equalizer ($199)
    • Precision Multiband ($249)
    • Total value: $1322

More information: TC Electronic / Universal Audio

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