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eaReckon updates MIDI Polysher & Ferret 4×4 to v1.1.0

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eaReckon has released version 1.1.0 of MIDI Polysher and Ferret 4×4, two freeware plug-ins that have been rebuilt from scratch and are now available as 32/64-bit plug-ins for Windows and Mac OS X.

MIDI Polysher

MIDI Polysher is a free VST plugin formerly designed as a MIDI filter for the early versions of BloXpander, EaReckon’s live-oriented host, which now features an integrated and full-featured MIDI filter, so BloXpander users do not really need MIDI Polysher anymore.

However, over the past few years, musicians have shown interest for this plug-in which can be used in other VST compatible DAWs. MIDI Polysher is a VST MIDI filter that offers the possibility to virtually split your master keyboard into multiple key and velocity zones. It also provides a transpose option, a MIDI channel filter and three global filters (CC, Pitch Bend and Aftertouch).

Ferret 4×4 has been designed to add more audio routing capabilities to BloXpander by taking advantage of its sidechaining and multi-output capabilities. However, it can be used in some other DAWs to create audio links between different channels/tracks.

Ferret 4×4 features four pairs of inputs and four pairs of outputs, each of them having its own adjustable level and pan parameters. The internal behavior of Ferret 4×4 is quite basic: inputs are mixed down and the resulting stereo signal is sent to outputs depending on user settings. This plug-in can be used to create extra “aux return” channels, mix down multiple signals to be sent to a single effect or a physical output, create headphone mixes, etc.

Both plug-ins are available to download free of charge.

More information: eaReckon

Native Instruments announces MASCHINE STUDIO & MASCHINE 2.0

Native Instruments has announced MASCHINE STUDIO and MASCHINE 2.0, the new flagship groove production studio and next generation of MASCHINE software.

Considerably bigger than the original hardware, MASCHINE STUDIO provides expanded tactile control and new hi-resolution color displays, setting a new precedent in intuitive, hands-on, computer-based beat production. As with the acclaimed MASCHINE and MASCHINE MIKRO, MASCHINE STUDIO is an integrated solution combining the latest software technology with a hardware-based workflow.

MASCHINE 2.0 features a host of enhancements – including a new mixer page and dynamic drum synth plug-ins – designed to deliver more power and speed to all three MASCHINE production studios.

NI Maschine Studio

Providing complete hardware control over virtually all software functions, MASCHINE STUDIO’s workflow is centered on 16 highly-responsive multi-color backlit pads, a new Edit Section with jog wheel, a Level Section and two hi-resolution color displays – a major hardware advancement. The displays enable producers to focus on MASCHINE’s hardware workflow, providing detailed visual feedback of the software’s powerful features. When editing samples or working in MASCHINE’s clip-based pattern sequencer, the displays show an overview of the full selection on the left screen while the right screen allows for detailed fine-tuning when slicing, editing, and composing. When browsing, the displays provide easy navigation and selection of projects, groups, sounds, instruments, effects, and samples with KOMPLETE Instruments and Effects product icons visible directly from the hardware.

NI Maschine Studio

A new Edit Section provides dedicated buttons and a jog wheel with LED indicators for visual feedback and enhanced functionality. The jog wheel allows quick adjustments to volume, tempo, and swing settings, and speeds up browsing and editing. The Level Section provides a convenient volume knob and a multi-purpose meter display for master, group, sound, and cue levels plus monitoring for up to four selectable input sources when a multi-channel audio interface is connected. Dedicated control buttons allow fast switching between MASCHINE STUDIO’s sampler, arranger, mixer, and browser, and provide direct access to channel settings and an all-new plug-in strip. For producers already using external equipment, one MIDI input and three MIDI outputs allow MASCHINE STUDIO to function as a command hub, controlling all equipment from one comprehensive controller. On the underside of the unit, a highly sturdy, built-in collapsible stand provides the optimal angle for working with MASCHINE STUDIO.

NI Maschine 2.0

MASCHINE 2.0 presents a major revision of Native Instruments’ groove production software, delivering a host of powerful features to MASCHINE STUDIO, and both generations of MASCHINE, and MASCHINE MIKRO. A tag-based attribute browser makes samples and presets easy to find while the new plug-in strip make MASCHINE’s internal plug-ins much more accessible by displaying their individual user interfaces instead of generic buttons and knobs. A brand-new, dedicated mixer page provides detailed level adjustment and flexible routing of MASCHINE 2.0′s aux sends, plug-ins, and unlimited groups and insert effects. A new audio engine with multi-core technology adds sidechaining and allows higher instrument, effect, and plug-in counts, faster load times and more. High-quality 32-bit float internal summing delivers the latest advancements in professional sound quality.

NI Maschine 2.0 Drum synth

Also new and exclusive to MASCHINE 2.0 are five drum synth plug-ins meticulously developed with Native Instruments’ years of experience in software synthesis. Each instrument caters to a specific drum type, and delivers an easy-to-use interface. The plug-ins are capable of a wide range of sounds – from crisp and digital, to warm and analog, featuring accurate acoustic-sounding drums. Because they are based on synthesis, producers have a refined level of control over the sound of each drum.
Not only are these plug-ins fully-adjustable and automatable directly from the MASCHINE hardware, they now add a signature sound aesthetic to the world of MASCHINE.

Maschine 2.0 Mixer with plug-ins

In addition to hosting any VST or Audio Units plug-in, MASCHINE 2.0 comes with an 8+ GB sound library of professional, production-ready sounds. Also included are full versions of Native Instrument’s acclaimed MASSIVE synthesizer, the unique synthesizer for percussive and mallet sounds PRISM, the powerful compressor SOLID BUS COMP, and the meticulously sampled vintage electric piano SCARBEE MARK I, providing a versatile setup ready for any production task. MASCHINE can be used as a standalone on either MAC or PC systems, but also loads as a VST, Audio Units or AAX plug-in in all major DAWs for seamless integration with existing production environments. MASCHINE 2.0 software features batch export of full songs, groups, and single sounds in lossless WAV or AIFF formats in up to 32-bit/192kHz quality. Import of older MASCHINE projects, iMASCHINE projects, REX files, and MPC programs is also fully supported.

MASCHINE STUDIO is available for purchase at retailers worldwide and at the NI Online Shop from November 1, 2013 for $999 USD / 999 EUR. MASCHINE 2.0 is included with MASCHINE STUDIO and all MASCHINE and MASCHINE MIKRO products shipping on or after November 1, 2013.

Current MASCHINE users can purchase MASCHINE 2.0 on the NI Online Shop from November 1, 2013 for $99 USD / 99 EUR. Customers who purchase MASCHINE or MASCHINE MIKRO between October 1, 2013 and November 1, 2013 will receive MASCHINE 1.8 with purchase and a free download for MASCHINE 2.0. They will be able to download the new software on November 1, 2013.

More information: Native Instruments / MASCHINE STUDIO

Nicky Romero & Cableguys launch Kickstart sidechain plugin

Nicky Romero and Cableguys have collaborated to bring an effect plug-in for creating the sidechain compression effect with ease: Kickstart.

Kickstart plugin
Based on Cableguys VolumeShaper, Kickstart is the fastest way to achieve the popular sidechain compression effect.

Sidechain compression: no top-notch EDM, house or R&B production can do without. Kickstart is the fastest way to get that signature sidechain effect in your own tracks.

Nicky Romero and Cableguys got it all laid out for you. Forget complicated compressor routings, simply drop Kickstart on your channels—a big Mix control and hand-crafted modulation curves get you started.

You can use Kickstart in any VST or AU sequencer such as Ableton Live, Logic, Cubase, Fruity Loops, etc

Kickstart features

  • Mix control.
  • 16 hand-crafted modulation curves.
  • Precise oscilloscope.
  • Synced or retriggered via MIDI.
  • Loop and one-shot modes.

Kickstart is available to purchase for 10 EUR / $15 USD.

More information: Kickstart

Twisted Lemon releases Sidekick5 effect plugin

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Twisted Lemon Sidekick5

Twisted Lemon has recently released Sidekick5, a side-chaining effect plugin for Windows and Mac.

SideKick5 makes side-chaining very easy in your VST and AudioUnit DAW. Side-chaining is a useful tool for musicians, producers, video editors and in radio broadcasting.

This 5th generation of SideKick5 has completely been rewritten to improve compatibility, performance and useablility.

Sidechain5 features

  • 16 stereo virtual buses to use as sidechain.
  • Spectral ducking and keying with a notch and bandpass filter.
  • Intuitive filter control with a XY pad.
  • Visual feedback of the sidechain and output spectrum.
  • Listen button for auditive feedback of the sidechain channel.
  • Master drive control with saturation to boost and fatten your sound.
  • Total Recall Automation, all parameters including the sidechain numbering will be saved in your projects.
  • Factory and custom presets, save your favorite settings as preset within SideKick5.

Sidekick5 for Windows and Mac (VST/AU) is available to purchase for 35 EUR.

More information: Twisted Lemon

Softube releases Valley People Dyna-mite Rack Extension for Propellerhead Reason

Softube has announced the release of the Valley People Dyna-mite Rack Extension for Propellerhead’s Reason software.

Softube Valley People Dyna-mite RE
Softube’s Valley People Dyna-mite is now available in Rack Extension format.

The Dyna-mite is a unique and quirky analog limiter/expander, originally designed by Valley People in the 1980′s.

The Dyna-mite is well known for its limiting that goes from snappy to ruthless, its de-essing capabilities and its highly useable expander/gate mode.

Both the original model and the software simulation also have an external input that gives great possibilities for using the Dyna-mite for keying/sidechaining.

The Valley People Dyna-mite RE is available for the introductory price of $119 USD until Friday, February 15th, 6 pm CET (regular price $149 USD).

More information: Softube / Valley People Dyna-mite RE/a>

Voxengo Deft Compressor effect plugin updated to v1.4

Voxengo has updated its Deft Compressor audio track and bus compressor effect plug-in for Windows and Mac to version 1.4.

Deft Compressor is an audio signal compressor plug-in for professional audio production applications. The characteristic feature of this compressor is its ability to produce “slim” and “slick” sounding compression, with intelligibility enhancement effect. Such result is achieved by compressor’s timing function that closely resembles the S-curve (sigmoid curve) on both attack and release stages. S-curve timing function also helps compressor to sound “warm” and “clean” at most settings.

Voxengo Deft Compressor
Deft Compressor is perfectly usable for compressing vocals, drums, guitars and other instruments, both technically and creatively. Beside that, it can be used to compress mix groups and full mixes.

Changes in Deft Compressor v1.4

  • Native 64-bit AudioUnit and VST support on Mac OS X added.
  • Key signal gain parameter added.
  • Plug-in’s popup-windows now recover last position after reopening.
  • Mouse backward and forward buttons can be used for parameter value selection.
  • The “Min Infrastructure” user interface display mode added.
  • The “Flat Level Meters” level meter display mode added.
  • Version change history information window added.
  • The input level meter can be dragged now for threshold adjustment.
  • Fixed user interface freezing on Mac OS X 10.8.

Deft Compressor for Windows and Mac (VST/AU) is available to purchase for $69.95 USD.

More information: Voxengo / Deft Compressor

AfroDJRack Easy Sub Bass Ableton Live Pack + 2 Minute Ableton Tip: Sidechain Compression

AfroDJMac Easy Sub Bass Rack

AfroDJMac has released Easy Sub Bass, a free Live Rack designed to easily add sub bass to any synthesizer in Ableton Live.

Sub bass is an important part of many types of electronic music. It is not so much heard as it is felt. It can give a track tremendous power.

For this free Ableton Live Pack, I have created an instrument rack that features two different chains. The first contains a simple sine wave synth that provides the sub bass. The second chain is almost empty, leaving room for you to drop any instrument you’d like to add a little sub bass to.

Brian has also posted a new episode of “2 Minute Ableton Tips”, in which sidechaining in Ableton is explored.

Side chaining is a very effective way to get your tracks to react to each other. I wrote an article about sidechaining for Sonic Scoop’s blog, check it out for some background and creative uses. Anyway, Ableton Live has three devices that can be side chained together: The Compressor, The Gate, and The Auto Filter. This week will deal with the Compressor.

More information: AfroDJMac

Klanghelm updates DC8C compressor to v1.1

Klanghelm has updated its DC8C advanced compressor effect plug-in to version 1.1.

From opto style, peak compression, external sidechaining, RMS compression, Feedback, Feedforward compression (and everything inbetween) to negative ratios, zero latency brickwall limiting, from snappy transient treatment to smooth transient rounding – everything is possible.

Klanghelm DC8C compressor
Klanghelm’s clear, smooth, open, and distinct compressor plug-in DC8C

Changes in DC8C v1.1

  • OS X: better behavior of the switches.
  • Fix: SC-HPF in EASY mode is working now.
  • Slightly cleaner GUI, better readability of the value displays.
  • All four EASY mode styles are zero latency now.
  • Redesigned sidechain filters.
  • GR meter now reflects actual gain reduction and attack/release times.
  • New: soft bypass (by clicking at the meters, smooth transition from compressed to clean signal and vice versa).
  • New: sidechain listen (incl. filters).
  • New: external sidechain.

DC8C for Windows and Mac (VST/AU) is available for the introductory price of 20 EUR.

More information: Klanghelm / DC8C