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Schwa releases CMX

Schwa CMX

Schwa has released CMX, a stereo microshifter plug-in for Windows and Mac.

CMX thickens and enhances monophonic audio by doubling the signal and applying small amounts of pitch shift and/or time delay to each side.

This technique is often applied to vocals or lead lines. With a light hand, CMX can add just enough fullness to give a part extra presence in a mix. With a heavier hand, CMX can create a rich and polished “expensive production” sound. The added presence is especially effective in musical styles that make minimal use of reverb.

CMX uses a new, unique pitch identification and shifting algorithm from Schwa that is designed and optimized for small, precise pitch shifts, from one cent to a quarter-tone, with perfect phase coherence and maximum smoothness. You can use CMX on exposed, high-quality vocal tracks with complete confidence.

Schwa CMX is available for Windows and Mac (VST/AU) for $50 USD. A Reaper-only, personal use license is available for $30 USD.

Stillwell Audio has also recently released Windows x64 installers for Schwa Olga, Tin Man, Schope, and Bitter.

Visit Stillwell Audio for more information and audio demos.

Schwa updates schOPE to v1.50

Schwa schOPE v1.5

Schwa at Stillwell Audio has released version 1.50 of schOPE, a multitool, multiview, multichannel waveform, frequency, and stereo phase analyzer that lets you superimpose and view multiple audio signals from every dimension.

Isolate and zoom in on exactly the part of the signal you want to see. Freeze the display and use the time offset knobs to visually scrub frequency changes.

schOPE v1.50 is easier to use, prettier, and lower CPU use.

All other Stillwell Audio plug-ins have been updated to v1.52.02 to fix an inadvertent “go-to-website” bug.

Visit Stillwell Audio / Schwa for more information.

Stillwell Audio releases The Rocket & TinMan

Stillwell Audio has released The Rocket, a compressor effect, and TinMan by Schwa, a resonant filter effect.

From the product page:

The Rocket is a character audio compressor, singular in its extraordinary speed, responding in mere microseconds to variations in program level. Being in the order of several thousand times faster than most ordinary compressors, we respectfully submit that The Rocket kicks like a mf.

Stillwell Audio The Rocket
Just like all of Stillwell’s plug-ins, The Rocket has a lovely GUI

The Rocket features

  • Attack (5 µs–2 ms) – At higher settings some percussive attack will be heard. Set low, your drums will know your wrath. And yes, that says microseconds!
  • Release (1 ms–1 s) – Use a longer setting to make your audio pump musically (let the GR meter be your guide.) Lower settings will radically increase room tone, and the aggression of low frequencies.
  • Impetus – For the application of even- and oddorder harmonic distortion to the compressed signal.
  • Decadence – Raises the internal sample rate to reduce aliasing artefacts.
  • Detector HPF – High-pass filters the level detector to restrain the pumping of bass-heavy material.
  • Parallel Compression – Mixes the dry signal,(untouched by the attentions of compression, compensation or impetus) with the effected signal for the easy application of the so-called ‘New York Compression’ technique.
  • Ratio (4:1. 8:1, 12:1, 20:1, all) – The special and characteristic ‘All’ mode results in a high variable ratio that will work wonders on your drum bus.
  • Threshold – Peak level at which compression will be triggered.
  • Sidechain – switches The Rocket’s detection circuit to inputs 3&4, if your host allows, so one signal may be compressed by another.
  • VU mode – Lower VU meter shows Output level (out) or Gain Reduction (GR).
  • Compensation – Applies a make-up gain to compensate for signal level loss due to compression.
  • Auto – Automatically apply an additional compensating makeup gain based on the current ratio and threshold settings.

Schwa TinMan

TinMan is an auto-peaking resonant filter with multiple pitch detection and individually triggered attack/decay envelopes. In other words, it listens to your audio and makes matching spooky wooo-eeee-oooo effects.

Stillwell Audio Schwa TinMan
Schwa’s TinMan, an “Intelligent Resonator”

From the product page:

TinMan uses a new polyphonic pitch detection algorithm to isolate and rank the strongest pitches in the input audio. For each detected pitch, a separate resonant filter, or resonator, is peak-matched to that exact pitch (even if it’s off-key), and an attack envelope is triggered. If a pitch slides, the resonator’s resonant peak will continue to track it. If a pitch ends, the resonator will release until fully quiet.

TinMan usage suggestions

  • Spookiness – If you’re doing a sci-fi soundtrack try feeding something, anything, into TinMan and turn the wet mix up full. My God ! It’s made of people!
  • Movement – Apply liberally to boring synths, bland string washes and tedious reverbs to add some interest and activity.
  • Guitars – From giving arpeggios some flourish to fully-wet synth effects, TinMan loves guitars.
  • Backing Vocals – Everyone knows that bass players can’t sing. But sometimes you just have to use what you’ve got, and Tin Man can even turn it into something that sounds like music.
  • Percussion – Set the time controls fast, the threshold high, and turn off oink. Apply to drums and bass for a whole host of percussive effects and special effects..
  • Enhancement – With ‘Oink’ disengaged, a low threshold and the freqency bar set really high, TinMan can add some sparkly top.

Check the manual (.pdf) for details on TinMan.

The Rocket and Schwa TinMan are available for $50 USD each (or $25 USD for a Reaper-only, personal use license). Fully functional evaluation versions are available for download.

Visit Stillwell Audio for more information and audio demos.

Cockos releases REAPER v2.3

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Cockos REAPER v2.0

Cockos has released version 2.3 of REAPER, the powerful Windows application for multitrack recording and editing of audio.

As per usual, the list of changes in this new version is large so please check the download page for details.

I will mention the last line in the changelog for v2.3:

* Cockos += Schwa. HOT.

If you’ve ever done any programming you probably know this means Schwa has been added to the Cockos team. And if you’re a regular rekkerd.org reader I’m pretty sure the name Schwa will ring a bell as well.

Great news!

Visit the REAPER website for more information, and a link to download the last version of REAPER (uncrippled unexpiring shareware).

Schwa releases Oligarc Filter

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Schwa Oligarc Filter

Schwa has released Oligarc Filter, a sophisticated emulation of a classic analog ladder filter, complete with nonlinearity, instability, character, good looks, and danger.

Oligarc Filter features

  • Filter Shape: lowpass, wide bandpass, narrow bandpass.
  • Brickwall Limiter: a soft-clipping limiter to protect your delicate organic structures.
  • Cutoff and resonance knobs.
  • Fully MIDI-controllable.

Schwa Oligarc Filter is available for Windows and Mac (VST/AU) and costs $20 USD. All proceeds will be donated to The Alliance for Climate Protection.

Visit Stillwell Audio for more information and a link to download a demo version of Oligarc Filter.

Stillwell Audio releases Schwa Oligarc

Schwa @ Stillwell Audio has released Oligarc, a collection of four virtual analog FX, tied together by a modulation nerve center that converts the input audio into control signals that can be routed to most of the effect knobs.

Stillwell Audio Schwa Oligarc
Stillwell Audio Schwa Oligarc – The modulation nerve center

From the product page:

Oligarc can be an LFO-driven filter, an envelope-controlled phaser, a gate-triggered saturation effect, or anything else you can think up, including mad combinations of linked modulation of multiple effects at once.

Oligarc contains standalone versions of the Drive, Phaser, and Chorus effects, for more traditional usage — although there’s nothing traditional about these effects.

Oligarc is available for Windows and Mac (VST/AU) and costs $60 USD for a commercial license, or $40 USD for a REAPER-only, non-commercial version.

Visit Stillwell Audio for more information and a link to download an evaluation copy of Oligarc.

Stillwell Audio releases Schwa Olga

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Schwa (Stillwell Audio) has released Olga, a virtual analog synthesizer unlike any other, designed from first principles to be distinctive.

From the product page:

Imagine a handmade experiment from an unlikely place, a synthesizer so full of life and character that it earns the right to be called a musical instrument. Olga encourages risk, experimentation, and exploration, and rewards you with unexpected and exciting sounds, vibrant and human. This is the dusty gem you could spend your life searching for.

Schwa Olga

Schwa Olga features

  • Bezier Antialiased Dynamic Analog Synthesis System
    Olga uses a truly new approach to DSP waveform generation to emulate glorious analog imperfection. Olga’s free running oscillators are in a constant state of structured variability, a deeply musical instability, free of aliasing artifacts and light on your CPU.
  • Gaussian Reactive Oscillator Overdrive Virtual Engine
    Throughout Olga’s signal path, levels can be pushed through saturation and into full overdrive, with a thickness that develops organically, breathing life and character into your music.

Schwa Olga is available for Windows PC (Mac AU version coming soon) and costs $80 USD (Reaper-only, non-commercial use license is available for $40 USD).

Visit Stillwell Audio for more information, audio demos and a link to download an evaluation version of Schwa Olga.

Stillwell Audio releases Schwa Dyno

Stillwell Audio Schwa Dyno

Stillwell Audio has released Schwa Dyno, a threshold-driven dynamic envelope editor VST plugin for Windows PC.

The product page reads:

A radically new way to gain total control over dynamics: it’s a transient designer, compressor, expander, sound designer, and more.

Adjust an intuitive graphical detection circuit to capture transients and waveform peaks, and draw high-order Bezier curves to edit peak dynamics. Use Dyno for anything from adding a little snap to a snare drum or a little sizzle to a cymbal, to morphing a bass line into a crazed rhino pump. All in real time, with amazingly low CPU use.

Check the PDF Manual for detailed information about Dyno.

Schwa Dyno costs $50 USD (or $25 USD for a Reaper-only, non-commercial use license).

Visit Stillwell Audio for more information and to download an evaluation copy of Dyno.