Cakewalk intros ProChannel support for +10db David Bendeth Signature Series Compressor

Cakewalk has announced ProChannel support for the +10db David Bendeth Signature Series Compressor plug-in from Boz Digital Labs.

+10db David Bendeth Signature Series Compressor

The +10db Compressor Plug-in, the brainchild of producer David Bendeth (Paramore, Breaking Benjamin, Papa Roach, Of Mice & Men, A Day to Remember) and audio plug-in designer Boz Digital Labs, is a channel strip plugin meticulously modeled after one of the industries most iconic hardware compressors.

This rare analogue unit has never before been designed into a plug-in. Along with harnessing the sonic feel of this unique piece, the +10db also comes with 10 presets that were created by Bendeth, allowing users’ drum and vocal tracks to benefit from his years of experience in the studio.

SONAR’s ProChannel was a feature that was introduced in SONAR X1 Producer, and has continued to evolve. This analog-style channel strip offers SONAR customers the ability to create their own mixer architecture, with customizable mixer channel strips. Accessible on every track and bus inside of SONAR, musicians can get that epic, vintage sound of classic records from the past 25 years.

“Both Boz and I are excited about the prospect of working with Cakewalk and supporting SONAR, ” says Bendeth. “They have such a great long history in the world of computer-based recording. We are also very proud of the +10db compressor and look forward to future collaborations with Cakewalk in the coming years.”

The +10db Compressor includes three separate plugins: +10db Compressor, +10db Equaliser and +10db Channel Strip. The Compressor and Equaliser will be available as ProChannel modules and all plugins will also be available as AU, VST3, AAX, and RTAS on Mac and Windows-based digital audio workstations.

The plug-ins will be available at the Cakewalk Store starting late January, 2015.

More information: Cakewalk


Audio Assault updates Head Crusher to v1.2

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Audio Assault has released version 1.2 of Head Crusher, an analogue saturation effect plug-in for Windows and Mac.

Audio Assault Head Crusher

Head Crusher is the ultimate analogue saturation workhorse, Head Crusher can go from subtle warmth to full on harmonic destruction.

Use it to give drums more power, to make vocals stand out in the mix and sound more aggressive, even use it with a synthesizer and cook up new and exciting sounds, the possibilities are endless.

Changes in Head Crusher v1.2

  • Gain recalibration.
  • Fixed latency issues.
  • Fixed phasing issues.
  • Added mix knob.
  • Fixed recognition errors in Logic X.

Head Crusher (VST/AU/RTAS/AAX) is available for purchase for $29.99 USD (personal/small business license) / $49.99 USD (full license).

More information: Audio Assault / Head Crusher


Lindell Plugins announces Lindell 254E dynamics plugin

Lindell Plugins has announced the Lindell 254E, a limiter and compressor effect plug-in for Windows and Mac.

Lindell 254E

In 1968 the classical 2254 compressor/limiter was built for ABC to make their television broadcast sound better. It later, with the E revision, became an industry standard studio compressor that you’ve heard on countless hits.

47 years later we are now introducing a faithful plug-in of this beautiful vintage diode bridge compressor/limiter.

The Lindell 254E will be available in VST, VST3, AU, RTAS and AAX plug-in formats and cost $125 USD.

More information: Lindell Plugins


Applied Acoustics Systems announces Strum Acoustic GS-2

Applied Acoustics Systems has announced the upcoming release of Strum Acoustic GS-2, an all-new version of its award-wining Strum Acoustic GS-1 guitar track production plug-in.

Applied Acoustics Systems Stum Acoustic GS-2

Strum Acoustic GS-2 will ship with a new streamlined interface, a new equalizer and compressor module, a new multieffect processor as well as native 64-bit operation on Mac OS X and Windows, and much more. The factory library has been completely redesigned and includes an impressive collection of steel and nylon guitars.

Strum is based on an elaborate voicing module which automatically voices chords played on the keyboard as a guitar player would on the fretboard. Strumming and picking actions are reproduced by an auto-strum function, special strumming keys, or MIDI loops.

“We have completely reviewed the modeling behind Strum – from the string to the body – and reconsidered how the different elements interact with each other; we now have a whole new level of realism and dynamics,” said Marc-Pierre Verge, CEO of AAS, “With its extensive collection of guitars and the ability to tweak them as required, Strum Acoustic is more than ever a perfect solution for creating great sounding acoustic guitar tracks.”

Strum Acoustic GS-2 for Windows and Mac (VST/AU/RTAS/AAX) will be available by the end of the first quarter of 2015 at a suggested retail price of $199 USD. Upgrades will be available for Strum Acoustics GS-1 users.

AAS products are distributed in the US by ILIO. During the NAMM show, AAS will be exhibiting with ILIO in Hall A booth 6724.

More information: Applied Acoustics Systems


Spectrasonics announces Omnisphere 2

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Spectrasonics has announced Omnisphere 2, an update to the power synth module.

Spectrasonics Omnisphere 2

After many years of development, we are thrilled to announce that Omnisphere 2 is coming in 2015.

This is the first v2.0 of any Spectrasonics instrument and it’s truly a gigantic one! Check out the new feature list and the video introduction by Spectrasonics Founder and Creative Director, Eric Persing.

Changes in Omnisphere 2

  • Vast New Synthesis Possibilities:
    • Audio Import – Use your own audio file as a soundsource in Omnisphere.
    • Over 400 New DSP Waveforms for the Synth Oscillator – an increase of 100X.
    • Wavetable Synthesis – Each Waveform is now a Morphing Wavetable.
    • Powerful New Granular Synthesis algorithm.
    • Deeper FM/Ring Mod capabilities for aggressive timbres.
    • 8 New Filter Types – New Power Filters, Vowel, Resonators.
    • New Unison Drift models Analog Polysynth behavior.
    • Expanded Modulation with new sources and many more targets.
    • Polyphonic LFO and Modulation Envelope options.
    • Soundsource Reversing.
  • Now includes over 10,000 sounds!
    • More than 3,000 New patches and soundsources from acclaimed Spectrasonics Sound Design Team.
    • New Omnisphere EDM library with cutting-edge, modern sounds.
    • New Exclusive Soundsources from Diego Stocco’s Custom Built Instruments.
    • New category of Phrase-based Soundsources for granular synthesis.
    • Hundreds of new Circuit Bent Soundsources.
    • Many Innovative new Psychoacoustic Soundsources.
    • New Melodic Cave Stalactites Soundsources.
    • …and much, much more!
  • New Interface:
    • Redesigned Wider User Interface with many improvements.
    • New Show Modulation pane opens modulation routings/sources on left side.
    • New Mini-Browser available at all times.
    • Larger Full Browser Design.
  • Enhanced Browsing Experience:
    • Sound Match™ feature instantly locates any related sounds in the library.
    • Sound Lock™ allows endless useful variations by locking sound aspects while you browse.
    • Easy Sound/Project Sharing for collaborators and third party libraries.
    • Greatly Improved sound organization system.
    • Fast Progressive Loading allows rapid auditioning.
    • Browse Patches by Mood.
    • Expanded Genres.
    • Browse by Oscillator type.
    • Boolean search options.
  • New Arpeggiator Features:
    • Note transposition for step seq-style patterns.
    • Arp pattern lock while browsing.
    • Speed Offset control allows slow down/speed up effects.
    • New modulation capabilities.
  • 25 New FX Units:
    • Innerspace, Quad Resonator, Thriftshop Speaker, Classic Twin, Bassman, Hi-Wattage, Rock Stack, Brit-Vox, Boutique, San-Z-Amp, Stompbox Modeler, Metalzone Distortion, Toxic Smasher, Foxxy Fuzz, Analog Phaser, Analog Flanger, Analog Chorus, Analog Vibrato, Solina Ensemble, Vintage Tremolo, Envelope Filter, Crying Wah, Stomp-Comp, Precision Compressor, Studio 2-Band EQ.
  • Flexible New FX Features:
    • 16 FX units per patch.
    • Full matrix modulation of every FX slot.
    • New Aux FX rack per patch with Pre/Post fader sends.
    • Hundreds of New FX Presets and Racks.
    • Lock FX while browsing.
  • Improvements/Special Features:
    • Live Mode with key splits.
    • Enhanced Orb with Attractor mode.
    • Tweak Trilian Custom Controls Interface inside Omnisphere.
    • Global Clock Speed (Halftime, Doubletime, etc).
  • - and more!

Omnisphere 2 will be available April 30th, 2015, priced at $499 USD/399 EUR. An upgrade from Omnisphere 1 will be $249 USD, while customers who own Omnisphere, Trilian and Stylus RMX pay $199 USD. New Omnisphere customers from October 2014 thru May 2015 will get the update free of charge.

More information: Spectrasonics


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