Waves launches Black Friday Sale + Free OneKnob Pumper plugin

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Waves has launched its Black Friday sale, offering up to 30% off its plugins.

In celebration of the sale, the OneKnob Pumper instant ducking effect (auto-sidechaining) plug-in is available to download for free for a limited time.

Waves Black Friday Sale

This Black Friday, Waves is giving away a brand new plugin developed especially for you. It’s yours. FREE.

Designed for achieving an instant ducking effect, OneKnob Pumper simulates sidechain compression, saving you the need to route the kick track to the sidechain input of a compressor.

Waves Black Friday Sales

  • 20% off when you buy 2 plugins.
  • 25% off when you buy 3 plugins.
  • 30% off when you buy 4 plugins or more.

The sale ends November 30th, 2014.

More information: Waves

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Review: Cableguys VolumeShaper 4 plugin

Cableguys has just launched version 4 of its VolumeShaper effect plug-in for Windows and Mac.

Cableguys VolumeShaper 4

VolumeShaper is a plugin for shaping and automating the levels of any audio signal.

From sidechain compression effects to extreme gating, from tempo-synced stutter to precise sample-shaping, VolumeShaper provides a wealth of creative musical effects with a visual approach to volume.

Version 4 adds a bunch of new features and improvements, including multiband functionality, a spectrum view, a large selection of default waveforms for faster editing, GUI improvements, and a preset library.
It looks a little like Cableguys combined VolumeShaper 3 with KickStart, joining powerful editing with ease of use and quick results.

While the sidechain compression type effect is probably what VolumeShaper is most used for, the plug-in is way more versatile and it offers extensive control over audio level modulations.

The flexible waveform editor lets you draw your custom waveforms with ease, which can lead to some creative results.

VolumeShaper 4 waveform editing

Just like using a graphics program, draw waveforms with ease and precision. Create smooth bezier curves, peaks, cuts and slopes using soft or hard breakpoints, producing gentle transitions or sharp bends in the waveform. As with all Cableguys plugins, this offers great flexibility and is much better than what any DAW can do, for hard or softer musical curves.

Plus: Right-clicking in the waveform in a free area provides more options, such as undo+redo, copy+paste, randomization, bypassing the waveform, mirroring of points, and options for the waveform grid and for the oscilloscope.

VolumeShaper 4 includes a nice collection of categorized presets so you can quickly load waveforms for trimming, ducking, rhythmic modulation, etc. and you can also store your own presets.

On the whole the editing part is a bit less finicky than the previous version, which had quite small buttons.

VolumeShaper 4 band split

Also new in version 4 is the option to split the audio in up to three bands in order to apply the effect only to certain frequencies.

This is very very useful if you don’t want the whole audio stream to “pump”, but only want to duck out the bass when the kick hits, or to duck out the mids to provide space for the snare drum.

Limiting the ducking to certain frequencies provides a more subtle and professional effect.

Different curves can be set for the bass, mid and high bands, with a helpful spectrum view available to see what’s going on. The multiband functionality makes it possible to get more targeted results.

For more creative effects, VolumeShaper houses an LFO, which can run free or be synced to sequencer bpm or note frequency. With MIDI triggering you get control over the LFO by using MIDI notes in your sequencer.

VolumeShaper 4 is currently available for 32/64-bit Windows and Mac in VST/AU formats. AAX will follow soon. Note that for triggering VolumeShaper with MIDI you’ll need to use VST.

This short video shows some of the presets in VolumeShaper 4.

So what do I think?

Product: VolumeShaper 4 by Cableguys
Format: VST/AU
Price: 30 EUR/$40 USD
Like: Flexible, easy to use
Don’t like: —
Verdict: 9/10

Let me start by saying that a lot of what you do with VolumeShaper can also be done with automation, depending on the DAW software you use. However, VolumeShaper is all about workflow and ease of use.

Version 4 of VolumeShaper takes this plugin to another level. Multiband support gives you finer control over your effects, while the waveform presets speed up workflow. The interface is more streamlined and it is easy to see what is going on with the spectrum view and sample-precise oscilloscope. And of course there’s the flexible waveform editor we see in all Cableguys plug-ins.

In short, VolumeShaper 4 is a most excellent tool for controlling the level of your audio, regardless of the DAW you use.

More information: Cableguys / VolumeShaper

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Cableguys releases VolumeShaper 4 plugin

Cableguys has announced the release of VolumeShaper 4, an updated version of the effect plugin for shaping and automating the levels of any audio signal.

Cableguys VolumeShaper 4

From multiband sidechain compression effects to extreme gating, from tempo-synced stutter to precise sample-shaping — VolumeShaper provides a wealth of creative musical effects with a visual approach to volume.

VolumeShaper features multiband waveform-based editing, a comprehensive selection of preset curves, a precise oscilloscope, a big spectrum view and an updated preset library. It runs sample-accurate in sync with your DAW, in Hz mode up to the audible range or retriggered via MIDI.

Changes in VolumeShaper 4

  • Multiband functionality.
  • Spectrum view.
  • A big selection of default waveforms for streamlined editing.
  • Improved UI.
  • Preset library.

VolumeShaper 4 for Windows and Mac (VST/AU, AAX coming) is available for purchase for 30 EUR / $40 USD. It is also included in the Cableguys Bundle (Curve 2, FilterShaper 3, VolumeShaper 4, MidiShaper) for 149 EUR / $199 USD.

More information: Cableguys / VolumeShaper 4

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Hinton & Fairchild releases BIGKIXDIPPA plugin

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Hinton & Fairchild have released BIGKIXDIPPA, a free sidechain emulator effect plug-in for Windows.

Hinton & Fairchild BIGKIXDIPPA

Hinton & Fairchild’s BIGKIXDIPPA is a Side-Chain Emulation Effects Pug-in for Win32.

The ideal partner to BIGROOMKIXSYNTH, this Host Synced Volume shaper will emulate perfectly any Side-Chain Effect you need, from Pumpin’ to subtle you can choose from Preset shapes or tailor make and save your own using the editing envelope section.

The plug-in is a free download for Windows (VST).

More information: Hinton & Fairchild / BIGKIXDIPPA

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db audioware updates Sidechain Compressor & Sidechain Gate to v2.0

db audioware has released version 2.0 of Sidechain Compressor and Sidechain Gate, two effect plug-ins for Windows and Mac.

db audioware Sidechain Compressor

Sidechain Compressor is a flexible VST/AU compressor plug-in. It can be used as a regular channel strip compressor for clean crisp compression & limiting across a wide range of mixing jobs (e.g. adding punch to drum tracks or presence to vocals). For additional flexibility, the sidechain controls (Lo Cut/Hi Cut/Shape) let you customise the compression response.

Sidechain Gate lets you perform clever mixing techniques, by using a source track to gate a destination track. For example, you can use a complex hi-hat pattern in one track to rhythmically gate a synth pad in another track. Or simplify a busy bass guitar by gating it from a kick drum track (so the bass guitar is only heard when the kick drum sounds).

Changes in Sidechain Compressor & Gate v2.0

  • 64-bit VST and Audio Unit plug-in support (for hosts such as Logic Pro X, Cubase, Reaper).
  • Easier licensing (challenge/response has been replaced with a simple serial number).
  • A new sidechaining mechanism (using 4 inputs) in addition to the existing Universal Sidechain feature (Requires a host which supports multi input plug-ins such as Reaper).
  • Support for the latest OS X and Windows operating systems.

Sidechain Compressor and Sidechain Gate are available for purchase for $79 USD and $59 USD respectively. Existing owners of previous versions of these plug-ins can upgrade for $20 USD.

More information: db audioware

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