Xenium Audio has released X-Tube, a free tube amplifier effect plug-in for Windows.
X-Tube is a Microsoft Windows VST plugin that simulates tube amplifier saturation effect. VST plugin can be used in Microsoft Windows 32/64bit (XP SP2 or later, Windows 7) OS with any VST DAW.
Xenium’s X-Tube simulates a one stage 12AX7 tube amplifier.
- Type of vacuum tube for simulation – 12AX7.
- Mono, Stereo, Qudro and 5.1 audio track support.
- 64-bit floating point processing.
- Easy to use and operate.
- Zero latency processing.
- 1x, 2x, 4x, 8x, 12x, 16x oversampling mode.
- IIR-type 3 Band equalizer with ±12dB range.
- Separate adjustment of drive and bias.
- 12 Factory presets, 8 User presets.
X-Tube is available to download as a freeware VST effect plug-in for Windows.
More information: Xenium Audio / X-Tube
Sonimus has updated its Satson channel and buss effect plugins to version 1.2.
Sonimus Satson 1.2 comes with a new VU meter valistic.
Designed to emulate a console-based workflow (including metering, saturation, stereo crosstalk, and trim), Satson will help you mix faster and better.
Our Satson plugin features a carefully modeled and calibrated VU meter, high quality high-pass / low-pass filters, and analog console-like saturation (including stereo crosstalk).
Changes in Satson v1.2
- Several minor bug fixes.
- New VU Meter valistic: added 0VU=-20dBfs.
- Fixed problems with some hosts.
Satson for Windows and Mac (AU/VST) is available to purchase for $39 USD.
More information: Sonimus / Satson
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, Plugin Alliance
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on Apr 25, 2012
The Plugin Alliance has announced the release of bx_saturator, a multi-band M/S saturation and distortion effect plug-in by Brainworx.
The bx_saturator is an M/S & multi-band saturation tool which can be used for mastering, mixing and sound-design.
It offers a warm and subtle distortion which works wonders on individual signals and can even be applied to the stereo master channe in the M/S stereo model. Brainworx´ NEW “True-Split” crossover technology ensures that Mid and Side channels are perfectly in phase.
The bx_saturator belongs to the new „Brainworx Rock´n´Roll line“ of creative plugins. Technical excellence for the creative musician and engineer.
Although we offer a mono / multi-mono version of the plugin we consider the stereo M/S plugin the main version which will enable you to thicken and boost any stereo signal or mix in a more discrete way than ever.
The bx_saturator for Windows and Mac (VST/AU/RTAS/AAX) is available to purchase for the introductory price of $179 USD (regular $229 USD).
More information: Plugin Alliance / bx_saturator
Pro Tools Expert has announced the release of Saturation Knob, a free AAX effect plug-in for Mac by Softube.
We are thrilled to announce a FREE Tape Saturation plug-in from Softube, Avid and the Pro Tools Expert site. It is both AAX DSP and Native formats. Get Softube’s Saturation Knob plug-in free by completing the form, and add some analog warmth to your tracks.
Softube Saturation Knob AAX plugin available exclusively from Pro Tools Expert
The Saturation Knob plug-in is compatible with AAX DSP and AAX Native systems running Pro Tools 10 or Pro Tools HD 10 on Mac OS (no iLok authorization required).
More information: Pro Tools Expert / Saturation Knob
AudioTeknikk has updated its freeware Equilibre equalizer effect plug-in to version 0.9.
Equilibre uses double precision and oversampling in the critical parts of the filter structure. This is a very good sounding equalizer with minimal digital artifacts, firm bass and analog shaped curves for that airy nice high frequencies. It has a practical and intuitive GUI. Well suited for mixing and mastering.
AudioTeknikk Equilibre parametric equalizer effect
Changes in Equilibre v0.9
- Changed GUI. Parameters have now individual readouts.
- Fixed automation problem causing audio mute and crashes.
- Small changes in the saturation algorithm.
- Improved CPU consumption.
AudioTeknikk’s saturation filter and distortion plug-in GreenEugene was also updated. Version 1.20 now features controls for the output level and dry/wet signal.
The AudioTeknikk VST plugins for Windows are available to download at no cost.
More information: AudioTeknikk
SKnote has released Grasso, a complete saturation and dynamics unit for Windows and Mac.
It is NOT a compressor, no thresholds. It is NOT an envelope shaper, no triggering.
It includes some special features like level-independent dynamics, tube-saturation stage, dynamic and level-independent pre-drive filtering, spank control and a modeled power-supply.
It is very useful to add color and dynamic control to mixes and single tracks, from subtle to extreme.
Grasso provides subtle to strong level-independent processing
- Level-independent dynamics.
- Level-independent dynamic filtering (on attack and decay).
- Detailed control on tube circuits with several options.
- “Spank” feature (post-drive dynamic response).
- Modeled “weak” power supply (more harmonics or “sagging”).
- Special post drive expander for great dynamics.
Grasso for Windows and Mac VST/AU, RTAS/AAX coming) is available to purchase for $29.99 USD.
More information: SKnote / Grasso
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, Sound Performance Lab
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on Mar 20, 2012
Sound Performance Lab has announced the Analog Elemental Series and MasterBay S, two new products SPL will be showcasing at the Musikmesse.
Analog Elemental Series: 13 new products, one concept
The 13 different Analog Elemental units result from the mix of six different preamps and processing modules. One single product combines two of the following modules in a 1U 19-inch rack:
- Premium Microphone Preamplifier
- Preference Microphone Preamplifier
- Transient Designer
- TwinTube Tube Saturation Processor
- Dual-Band De-Esser
- DynaMaxx Compressor/Limiter
SPL Analog Elemental Series – Premium Preamp / DynaMaxx
This series was conceived to meet two very popular demands our customers have expressed throughout the years: on the one hand it offers the possibility to have the exceptional preamps of the RackPack modular series in the traditional 19-inch format; while, on the other hand, it offers perfect front end and processing possibilities for any situation ranging from pure preamplification to specific processing needs for vocals and instruments ― all combinations are readily available.
MasterBay S: The S-Class Patchbay
When it comes to mastering, a patchbay is not always enough: even for experienced users a simple comparison of different processors or processing paths can become a headache.
SPL MasterBay S
The new MasterBay S can manage up to four stereo processors comfortably and its fascinating possibilities allow you to get the best results out of your equipment:
- Four switchable inserts
- Parallel Mix function
- Automatic A/B comparison with freely selectable intervals
- Loudness compensation
- Trim potentiometers for all input and output levels
- Big level knob for dynamic fading
- Always reduces signal conversion to the minimum
SPL will launch these new products at the Musikmesse in Frankfurt, Germany, March 21-24, 2012 (Stand B 82 in Hall 5.1).
More information: Sound Performance Lab
SoundToys has launched the Little Radiator Official Contest, a chance to win a free saturation effect plug-in and more.
It’s a chance to get a free tube saturation plug-in called Little Radiator™, and to win more cool stuff by giving the free plug-in to your friends.
You might even win the grand prize: PLUGGED FOR LIFE! All SoundToys plug-ins for as long as you live or SoundToys lives.
SoundToys Little Raditor models the classic sound of the Altec 1566A mic preamp
The deadline for entering the contest is March 29th, 2012.
Little Radiator is a free introduction to Radiator, scheduled for release in April, 2012.
This upgrade from Little Radiator is based on the Altec 1567A (the 1566A’s big brother). It’s the next level in this classic sound with extra control and an extra SoundToys twist. Details coming soon.
More information: SoundToys / Little Radiator