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LVC-Audio updates Clip Shifter plugin to v1.1

LVC-Audio has released version 1.1 beta of the Clip Shifter audio effect plug-in for Windows.

Clip Shifter is a plugin designed to provide saturation and clipping effects to your audio. This can be useful for individual tracks, busses, and overall mixes.

The sonic characteristics of the clipping distortion can be altered from hard, brickwall-style clipping, to softer saturation with compression. The threshold controls for Clip Shifter’s clipping can be set to dynamically change based on the transient characteristic of the incoming audio.

LVC-Audio ClipShifter
The ClipShifter plug-in gets a new interface.

Changes in Clip Shifter v1.1 beta

  • User Interface:
    • Rearranged controls
    • Added waveform history viewer
      • Default view displays 10 seconds. The blue handle underneath the waveform view can be slide left and right to change the display anywhere from 0.25 to 20 seconds.
      • Both the input, output, and clipping threshold are displayed.
      • Horizontal lines representing the Initial and End thresholds are displayed. Clicking and dragging the lines will change the corresponding thresholds..
      • VU lines are represented on the waveform view. The blue handle to the left of the waveform view can be adjusted to focus on the upper portion of the waveform view. The view can be adjusted to approximately -2 dB (i.e., only the portions of the waveform greater than -2dB will be displayed).
    • VU meters
      • The VU meters view can be scaled like the waveform history control. The handle on the left of the waveform history view adjusts the VU display as well..
      • Loudness indicator is added to the Output VU. This displays the range between the peak level and the RMS level. The more narrow this shape is, the less dynamic range..
      • Ballistics of the meters were changed
        • VU (shaded area) – 0.1ms attack, 300ms decay
        • PPM (solid blue line) – 3ms attack, 5000ms decay
        • Peak Reduction – 0.1ms attack, 1000ms decay
        • RMS (for loudness meter) – 1000ms attack, 1000ms decay
  • Controls:
    • Clip Shape: Increased the lowest setting of the control. The lowest setting approximates a compression setting of 1.5:1.
    • Attack and Release time of Clipping Threshold: Changed from a linear curve to a logarithmic attack and release curve. The attack time was expanded to range from 1ms to 3500ms. The release time is set as a multiple of the attack time (fast equals twice the attack time, regular equals 10 times the attack time).
    • Alias Filter: Added filter to remove alias effects at higher frequencies. There are 4 settings: off, 1, 2, and 3. Numbers 1, 2, and 3 are more aggressive low-pass filters to remove any aliasing. There may be some unintended side-effects of rolling off audible frequencies.
    • Harmonics control: Add even-order harmonics to output. The original algorithm only produced odd-order harmonics. Even order harmonics can be added by decreasing the harmonics control. At a setting of 1.0, only odd-order harmonics are present. Note: adding more even-order harmonics can also increase to the output of the plugin, depending on the input and output gain settings.
    • Preset control (test feature): Small square at the bottom-left corner of the plugin. Clicking the box will save a file on your desktop called preset.txt with the values of the controls. If you select this text (or text from another file) and copy the text to the clipboard (i.e., control-C), you can load the preset back into the plugin. Right-clicking the square will load text from the clipboard and change the current settings of the plugin. At this time, this is only a test feature and it will be improved in the future.

The v1.1 beta is available to download for Windows (32/64bit VST) at no cost.

More information: LVC-Audio / Clip Shifter


MaxSynths releases DSP-1 dynamics processor plugin

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MaxSynths has announced the release of the DSP-1, a dynamics processor for drum tracks.

MaxSynths DSP-1

DSP-1 is a high performance dynamic signal processor specifically designed to process drum tracks. DSP-1 can be used as an insert effect on single drum channels (bass drum, snare drum, overheads, etc.) or to process the entire drum bus.

The aim of this effect is to increase the perceived level of the processed audio without introduce too much color or artifacts and, above all, avoiding distortion. With DSP-1 it’s very easy to maximize the audio level of your drum track without make it sound over compressed or distorted.

DSP-1 features

  • Intelligent Dynamic Processor (IDP).
  • Saturator with three different operation modes.
  • Transparent increment of the perceived volume level.
  • Automatic peak limiter.
  • High precision input/output VU-meter.
  • Low CPU usage.

DSP-1 for Windows (VST) is available to purchase for 16.90 EUR.

More information: MaxSynths / DSP-1


Terry West releases MHorse and MoJoe free effect plugins

Terry West has released two new freeware effect plugins for Windows.

MHorse is a master channel processor.

Terry West MHorse
MHorse features an alternative for the CS12M series plugins. It has a smaller GUI and less options for faster results.

MHorse features

  • Bypass.
  • EQ Bypass.
  • Seperate In-Output gain with Pan.
  • Output -3dB option.
  • 13 graphic bands.
  • 4 Q wide settings.
  • Serial/Parallel EQ modes.
  • Decardboard, Punch, Body and Shine (39K) modes.
  • MS Clarity processor.
  • NY compressor Solo + Motown eq.
  • Tape saturator.
  • DC remover.
  • MS Stereo Widener.
  • Lopass/hipass filters.
  • EQ 12-10-8-6 dB switches.
  • Invert output switch.
  • Led output meters with peak/peakhold leds.
  • Pan peak/correlation meter.
  • Input/output Peak leds.
  • Auto Gain Control for effects.
  • Effects energy meters.
  • Solo left/right channel.
  • Tooltips.

MoJoe is an analog parallel equalizer effect plugin.

Terry West MoJoe
A true parallel eq to give audio that special “mojo”.

MoJoe features

  • Bypass.
  • 3 parallel bands with each 4 freq’s.
  • 3 parallel independed saturators on each band.
  • Vibe mode: MS processor, Tapenoise and Crosstalk emulation.
  • Led output meters with peakhold and over leds.
  • Tooltips.
  • 14 presets.

Both plugins for Windows (VST) are available to download at no charge.

More information: Terry West


PreSonus releases Studio One 2.5 — DAW gets nearly 100 enhancements + Softube Saturation Knob

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PreSonus has announced the release of Studio One 2.5, a major update to the company’s Studio One 2 DAW.

PreSonus Studio One
Studio One offers an integrated approach to recording music, from tracking to mixing to mastering and distribution.

This free (to Studio One 2 users) update adds nearly 100 enhancements and features, as well as many bug fixes. All versions of Studio One 2 have been updated, including Studio One Artist, Producer, Professional, and Free.

Although the update adds some entirely new features, it mostly builds on existing Studio One 2 features, completing and enhancing functionality based on PreSonus’ original vision and on user feedback.

Changes in Studio One v2.5

  • Comping Improvements. Single-swipe comping with automatic beaming into parts makes comping much faster and more powerful.
  • Folder Track Editing. Edit directly on the Folder Track, with a waveform preview for all tracks in the folder. This simplifies workflow with large track counts.
  • Track Transform Improvements. Multitrack transform for virtual instruments. Now you can instantly turn complex multi-output virtual instruments into audio tracks and back.
  • Ampire XT has been completely overhauled. All-new cabinet impulse responses, matched with reworked amp models, results in a significant improvement in sound quality.
  • Automation Enhancements. Easier and faster editing of automation envelopes.
  • Audio Export Enhancements. Rendering multiple outputs at once results in much faster exports-a huge timesaver.
  • Re-recording from Buses. This is a completely new feature that enables you to use the output of virtual instrument or bus channels as the input to an audio track. In this way, you can print from buses or instruments to new audio tracks in real time.
  • Drag-and-drop Event Effects. Drag-and-drop workflow is even faster with a new modifier key that lets you do things like drag-and-drop effects directly onto events in the arrangement.
  • Wet/Dry Mix and Mix Lock for Effects. Built-in parallel processing on PreSonus Native Effects. For example, you can drop a compressor on a drum bus, crank the ratio, and drop the threshold to squash the drums mercilessly, and then only mix that squashed sound 20% with the original, unprocessed sound.
  • Legato and Overlap Correction (MIDI).Instantly apply or remove legato from MIDI tracks quickly and simply-a huge time-saver.
  • Check the release notes for more details.

Studio One 2.5 is available immediately and is free to all users.

In addition, all Studio One Producer and Professional users can now download a free copy of Softube’s Saturation Knob plug-in.

Softube Saturation Knob

Saturation Knob is an easy-to-use, versatile way to add tape-saturation-like distortion to your tracks. The knob controls the amount of saturation, and you can switch between three different distortion characteristics. With the switch set to Neutral, the entire frequency spectrum of the sound gets distorted when you turn up the Saturation knob. Put it on Keep Low, and the saturation will mainly affect the lower part of the frequency spectrum, while the top end stays clear. With Keep High selected, the low end will retain its clear sound, and only the high-frequency components of the sound will get distorted.

The plug-in is provided in a Studio One Extension, and it is not necessary to create a Softube account or authorize the plug-in.

More information: PreSonus / Studio One


Variety Of Sound TesslaPRO mkII saturator plugin released

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Variety Of Sound has announced the release of TesslaPRO mkII, a transient aware signal saturator effect plug-in for Windows.

Variety Of Sound TesslaPRO mkII
Stateful Saturation takes advantage of some sought after analog qualities and preserves them accurately during their transfer into the digital domain.

Based on stateful saturation algorithms, it features an internal expandable ‘color model’ architecture and right from the start five different models are already included being three different ‘console style’ models plus one generic ‘tube stage’ and a ‘tape warmth’ saturation model.

It also introduces advanced DSP processing which is designed to have it applied across the entire mixing stage by featuring zero latency processing and further optimized assembler coding yielding a ~40% lower CPU footprint compared to its predecessor. Its very unique transient control appears further improved, vibrant 2nd order harmonic generation was added and better support for gainstaging is included now.

The plugin is available as freeware for Windows (VST).

More information: Variety Of Sound / TesslaPRO mkII


Yuroun intros YSD-pHATNER plugin

Yuroun Sound Design has released YSD-pHATNER, a VST effect plug-in for Windows.

YSD-pHATNER is a mastering tool, a sound fattener/destroyer in one. It can be used on the master channel or on individual channels to fatten up a lead, bass or drum sound.

Yuroun’s pHATNER mastering limiter effect plugin.

YSD-pHATNER features

  • Brick wall limiter.
  • Multi mode filter (with 18 filters and 2 effects).
  • Saturator for tape style saturation.
  • Main section with an overdrive, stereo widener, amp knob.
  • parabolic saturator for extra fattness.
  • route manipulation.
  • preset manager.

The YSD-pHATNER plug-in for Windows (VST) is available to purchase for 9.95 EUR. A free version with limited features is available as well.

More information: Yuroun / YSD-pHATNER


LVC-Audio Clip Shifter free effect plugin

LVC-Audio Clip Shifter

LVC-Audio’s entry to the KVR Developer Challenge 2012 is Clip Shifter, a plugin designed to provide saturation and clipping effects to your audio.

This can be useful for individual tracks such as kick, snare, room mics, bass, etc.; on mix busses such as drums; and on overall mixes. The sonic characteristics of the clipping distortion can be altered from hard, brickwall-style clipping, to softer saturation with compression.

The threshold controls for Clip Shifter’s clipping dynamically responds to the transient characteristic of the incoming audio. Distortion/Saturation can be selectively applied to part of the audio signal.

Clip Shifter is available as a Windows 32-bit or 64-bit VST plugin.

More information: LVC-Audio