Softube sets free Saturation Knob plugin

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Softube Saturation Knob

Softube has announced that its Saturation Knob effect plug-in is now available at no charge.

As of today, Softube’s Saturation Knob is available as a free download. It can be used in any VST, Audio Units or AAX host—and also as a Rack Extension in Propellerheads Reason—on both Mac and Windows platforms. You’re welcome.

The Saturation Knob has previously been available exclusively for Presonus Studio One and Pro Tools users, but today we make it available for users of other DAWs as well. For VST, AAX and Audio Units, Saturation Knob is part of the installer package, which includes all Softube plug-ins.

No iLok is required for using the Saturation Knob. For any of the other Softube plug-ins in the installer package, iLok owners can download 20 day demonstration licenses. To demo Solid State Logic XL 9000 K-Series for Console 1, a Console 1 system is required.

More information: Softube / Saturation Knob

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Universal Audio launches Vertigo Sound VSM-3 Mix Satellite, VSC-2 Compressor, Massenburg DesignWorks MDWEQ5 EQ

Universal Audio has announce the release of three new Direct Developer plug-ins — the Vertigo Sound VSM-3 Mix Satellite, Vertigo Sound VSC-2 Compressor, and the Massenburg DesignWorks MDWEQ5 plug-ins for the UAD Powered Plug-Ins platform and Apollo audio interfaces.

Vertigo Sound VSM-3 Mix Sattelite
Vertigo Sound VSM-3 Mix Satellite Plug-In

Developed by Brainworx, the Vertigo Sound VSM-3 Mix Satellite Plug-In is an obsessive emulation of the Vertigo Sound VSM-2, beloved by mixing and mastering engineers for its bounty of colorful saturation flavors. The VSM-3 offers innovative controls for expertly targeted harmonic generation, as well as plug-in-only features such as the THD Mixer’s Harmonic Balance control and the ability to run the unit’s two harmonic generators simultaneously — either in parallel or series — giving the user even more tweakability than the original hardware.

Vertigo Sound VSM-3 Mix Satellite features

  • Two sophisticated coloration generators recreated from the Vertigo VSM-2 hardware and authenticated by Vertigo Sound.
  • 2nd Harmonic FET Crusher for warm saturation or distortion.
  • 3rd Harmonic Zener Blender for bright, clear, saturation or distortion.
  • Crusher and Blender can each be applied to specific signal frequency ranges and then further filtered using the Shape control.
  • M/S decoding and encoding for each circuit allows processing of entire stereo signal, or Mid or Side stereo channels.
Vertigo Sound VSC-2 Compressor
Vertigo Sound VSC-2 Compressor Plug-In

The Vertigo VSC-2 Quad Discrete VCA Compressor was Vertigo Sound’s very first product, putting the German company on the map with its genius juxtaposition of vintage sonics and high-tech design. Developed by Brainworx, the Vertigo Sound VSC-2 Compressor Plug-In for UAD-2 and Apollo interfaces is an exhaustive emulation of this modern classic — right down to its four hand-built discrete VCAs — delivering legendary compression textures with a modern signal path and controls.

Vertigo Sound VSC-2 Compressor features

  • Faithful recreation of the Vertigo VSC-2’s all-discrete VCA compressor circuitry, authenticated by Vertigo Sound.
  • Provides the rich tonal characteristics of classic compressors with modern mastering-grade audio specifications.
  • Soft mode for a threshold-related ratio that automatically increases with higher input signal.
  • Brick mode to operate the VSC-2 as a limiter, effectively cutting off signal peaks.
Massenburg DesignWorks MDWEQ5
Massenburg DesignWorks MDWEQ5 EQ Plug-In

A unique, ultra-powerful equalizer, the Massenburg DesignWorks MDWEQ5 plug-in provides crystal clear processing at the highest resolutions. A go-to EQ for music, as well as game developers and engineers in film and television, the MDWEQ5 plug-in is accurate, precise, and ear-tuned by the man who invented the term “parametric EQ,” George Massenburg.

Massenburg DesignWorks MDWEQ5 EQ

  • Created by George Massenburg, the pioneer of parametric equalization.
  • IsoPeak® function for finding problem frequencies quickly and accurately.
  • Maximum bit-depth processing with zero coloration and distortion.
  • Includes two plug-ins; the 5-band MDWEQ5 EQ and 3-band MDWEQ3 EQ.

The plug-ins are available for purchase for $299 USD each.

More information: Universal Audio

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Audio Assault updates HeadCrusher plugin to v1.1

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Audio Assault has released version 1.1 of HeadCrusher, a saturation effect plugin for Windows and Mac.

Audio Assault HeadCrusher

The ultimate analogue saturation workhorse, go from subtle warmth to full on destruction.

Use head crusher to give power to your drums, make your vocals stand out or just take it to the max and experiment.

Choose from 5 analogue saturation models based on classic studio gear but with that agressive audio assault flavour!

Changes in HeadCrusher v1.1

  • Reworked distortion models.
  • Added presets.
  • 4x oversampling.
  • Bypass Button.
  • Double-click to edit parameters.
  • Alt-click to set default parameters.
  • Fixed Q knob.
  • Fixed click noise on knobs.
  • Fixed output knob/assassinate issues.

HeadCrusher for Windows and Mac (VST/AU/RTAS/AAX) is available for purchase for $29.99 USD.

More information: Audio Assault / HeadCrusher

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LVC-Audio Giveaway – Win one of 5 effect plugins

LVC-Audio is offering rekkerd.org readers a chance to win 1 of 5 free copies of any of its paid effect plug-ins for Windows and Mac.

LVC-Audio ClipShifter

ClipShifter 2 is a wave-shaping audio plugin that functions like a clipping-style limiter.

It provides enough user controls to be useful in all mixing stages: from distorting basses and drums, to maximizing mix buses and warming-up overall mixes.

The sonic characteristics of the clipping distortion can be altered from hard, brickwall-style clipping, to softer saturation with compression.

LVC-Audio Transector

Transector is an aggressive transient-designing audio plugin, used to attenuate various transient qualities of an audio signal.

Use it to boost the initial attack of various instruments, such as adding more crack to a snare or kick drum. Simultaneously, you can use Transector to alter the decaying portion of audio.

This is useful in many situations, such as decreasing the decay of a vocal track, or reducing to amount of room ambiance in drum tracking.

LVC-Audio HotPhuzz

HotPhuzz is a saturation designer plugin.

It is a creative tool that specializes in the creation of distinct saturation tones. HotPhuzz uses a multiband distortion process to create vintage, modern, and unique saturation effects.

Although HotPhuzz can be pushed into over distortion, it excels at creating more moderate saturation sounds. You can call the sounds whatever terms you like, but it still sounds good.

LVC-Audio PreAMPed

PreAMPed is an audio plugin that recreates many of the qualities of analog preamplifiers.

This includes subtle EQ response curves, low- and high- frequency saturation, differences between left and right signals, crosstalk, noise, transformer/coil impulse response, and saturation and EQ changes due to gain changes.

LVC-Audio TonedPLUS

TonedPLUS is a specialized tone shaping plugin with selectable analog modeling.

Expanding on the concept of the free plugin Toned, TonedPLUS is designed primarily for use in the mastering process or on two-track audio busses.

TonedPLUS uses two distinct equalization processes: a three-band tone-shaping matrix, and a specially designed high pass (HP) filter.

For a change to win one of these plug-ins, simply leave a comment below and tell us which plug-in you would like to win.

The deadline for entering the giveaway is October 31st, 2014, 12.00pm. The winners will be chosen randomly and notified shortly after.

Good luck!

More information: LVC-Audio

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Audio Assault releases HeadCrusher saturation plugin

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Audio Assault has announced the release of HeadCrusher, a saturation effect plug-in for Windows and Mac.

Audio Assault HeadCrusher

The ultimate analogue saturation workhorse, go from subtle warmth to full on destruction.

Use head crusher to give power to your drums, make your vocals stand out or just take it to the max and experiment.

Choose from 5 analogue saturation models based on classic studio gear but with that agressive audio assault flavour!

HeadCrusher for Windows and Mac (VST/AU/RTAS/AAX) is available for purchase for $29.99 USD. To celebrate the launch, all Audio Assault plug-ins will be available for $19.99 USD until September 1st, 2014.

More information: Audio Assault

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