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SKnote releases DDD Dimension Chorus plugin

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SKnote has launched DDD, a chorus effect plug-in for Windows and Mac, emulating the Roland Dimension D.

SKnote DDD
The DDD Dimension Chorus plugin by SKnote.

Modeled after a famous rack device, DDD is a fantastic tool to add beautiful dimension and thickness to tracks. From chorus to transparent and subtle, it is extremely simple and effective.

Bucket Brigade (BBD) analog delay is emulated, together with the compander sections (compression and expansion for better BBD performances).

DDD features

  • BBD modeling.
  • Compander.
  • Mono/stereo mode.
  • Mix function.
  • Extended modes.

The plug-in is available to purchase for Windows and Mac (VST/AU), priced at $29.99 USD.

More information: SKnote / DDD

Computer Music 197 freebie: SKnote Snap transient exciter

SKnote Snap

Computer Music has announced that its latest magazine includes a free copy of SKnote Snap, a transient exciter plug-in for Windows and Mac.

Brighten or dull the attack and sustain of your sounds with Snap, a unique transient exciter plugin created exclusively for CM by software perfectionists SKnote. Their other analogue-flavoured creations include the console-emulating Stripbus, tape saturator Roundtone, and the mighty MCAudioLab EQ1passive equaliser.

Snap detects your incoming transients (or attack) and allows you to apply two intelligently-linked filters to your signal. You can add brightness to a snare or hi-hat’s crack, tame a drum group’s spikiness, or soften a piano’s sustain without blunting its attack.

SKnote Snap features

  • ‘Hit’ and ‘Body’ knobs to treat attack and/or sustain for precise dynamic sculpting.
  • Brighten or dull transients independently of the signal’s sustain.
  • Great for shaping drums, percussion, guitars, groups or mixes.
  • Transient metering and value readouts.
  • Clear, compact interface.
  • 32-/64-bit PC VST.
  • 32-/64-bit Mac AU/VST.

The plugin is included with Computer Music 197 (and onwards).

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SKnote intros Catena multiband stereo processor

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SKnote Catena

SKnote has announced Catena, a stereo routing, splitting, mixing, multiband console in 3 rack units.

Also includes an internal mid/side matrix for mixed stereo/mid-side processing. Five stereo channels are available. Main stereo input can be split and sent to the next channel and so on. Stereo returns are split and sent again (series mode) or main stereo input is sent to every stereo channel.

Stereo returns are mixed through stereo volume controls and sent to individual outputs. Per-channel mute/bypass controls.

In multiband mode, main stereo input is split into four frequency bands with fine crossover frequency controls (24 dB/octave). Each band is sent to individual send outputs, mixed back through volume controls, sent to individual outputs. All kinds of parallel/series/multiband/mid-side processing arrangements are available for hardware chains.

Catena features

  • Four stereo split sections with sends.
  • Series (independent channels) and parallel (main input to all channels).
  • Five stereo channels with stereo volume controls (stepped).
  • Four frequency bands with stepped fine controls (16 steps).
  • Internal mid-side matrix.
  • Stepped controls.
  • Active inputs and outputs.
  • XLR inputs and outputs.

Catena is available to purchase at the AES 2013 launch price of $799 USD (ex. taxes & shipping).

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SKnote introduces Somma and Ferro hardware units & MCAudioLab EQ1 plugin

SKnote has launched Somma and Ferro, two hardware audio processor units.

SKnote Somma

Built around the old “analog computing” technique, Somma is designed to provide deep control on the dynamic harmonic content of audio tracks, stems, mixes, masters.

Somma features eight balanced input channels with individual saturation model selection (six independent configurations available on each channel) and saturation level controls, providing deep control on the amount of dynamic harmonic enhancement and on the behavior of each channel.

Somma features

  • Eight input channels (linkable as four stereo pairs), expandable.
  • Balanced or unbalanced input and output stages.
  • Second and third harmonic saturation.
  • Individual controls for each channel (saturation curve, saturation amount).
  • Texture controls on the master stereo bus (low band for punch, high band for air).
  • Independent saturation and volume controls for the master stereo bus.

Ferro is a stereo parallel air EQ.

SKnote Ferro

Including a fully discrete signal path and input and output transformers, Ferro is a passive stereo device (no mains) that dynamically adds mid and high frequency range presence, weight and open-ness to tracks, stems, mixes and masters.

Including custom inductors and transformers, Ferro also features a switchable inter-channel (left-right) coupling control to set the amount of galvanically insulated interaction between the channels, happening in the selected range.

Ferro features

  • Completely passive, custom inductors and transformers.
  • One stereo or two mono channels.
  • Parallel dynamic equalisation.
  • Six band-selections available for each channel.
  • Input and output transformers bypass individual controls.
  • 100% wet switch for parallel processing.
  • True-bypass switches.
  • Inter-channel crosstalk control for the selected frequency band.

Somma and Ferro are available to purchase for the introductory Musikmesse price of $799 USD / $499 USD respectively. DIY kits are $649 USD / $449 USD. Prices ex taxes and shipping.

SKnote has also released the MCAudioLab EQ1, a passive equalizer effect plug-in for Windows and Mac.

SKnote MCAudioLab EQ1
MCAudioLab EQ1 SKnote Plugin – Solid State and Tube power supply edition.

A pultec-style equaliser, with tube output stage, solid state and tube power supply options.
It includes two stacked units for linked or dual control, plus a special 1U device with boosting (driving the inputs), and switchable Left-Right and Mid-Side matrix mode.

The emulation also includes both power supplies options, solid state and tube, independently switchable for each single unit.

The MCAudioLab EQ1 for Windows and Mac (VST/AU/RTAS) costs $29.99 USD. It is free with the purchase of a hardware unit from MCAudioLab.

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SKnote releases Rev250 reverb effect plugin

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SKnote has announced the release of Rev250, a reverb and multi-effect modeled after the well known first digital reverb produced.

SKnote Rev250
The Rev250 is modeled after the EMT 250 electronic reverberator unit.

It is designed to sound deep and warm, with lots of attitude. All stages have been modeled, including the input filtering and analog/digital conversion stage.

Rev250 features

  • Internal level control (input gain, compensated for at the output), for the optimal internal control (number of bits effectively used).
  • Input level metering (after gain control), for fine tuning of the resolution used.
  • Controls as from the original hardware unit.
  • Mid/side balance for effect width control.
  • Dry/wet balance.
  • Includes chorus, phaser, and delay.

Rev250 for Windows and Mac (VST/AU) is available to purchase for $29.99 USD.

More information: SKnote / Rev250

SKnote releases XTrim mixing tools

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SKnote XTrim

Sknote has released XTrim, a set of mixing tools for fine trimming and automation.

XTrim includes a VU-meter and is useful for gain staging and metering purposes, also in virtual-analogue mixing setups (tape machine and console emulations and more).

XTrim features

  • Stereo.
  • Automatable.
  • Smooth filters.
  • Stereo control.
  • Mid/Side balance.
  • Micro delay.
  • L/R delay.
  • Pitch shifting.
  • VU metering.

XTrim for Windows and Mac (VST/AU, RTAS/AAX coming) is available to purchase for $19.99 USD.

More information: SKnote / XTrim

SKnote releases C165a compressor effect plugin

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SKnote has launched the C165a, a circuit modeled emulation of a VCA compressor with internal peak limiter.

C165a has been developed by measuring and testing a classic VCA compressor with a great sound and very simple to use. Its features have been extended including sidechain filters, a sample-aligned parallel mixing control and a limiter switch.

SKnote C165a
The VCA compressor is great for immediate punch and smooth sustain, on percussive and sustained tracks and on full groups/mixes.

C165a features

  • Mono/stereo.
  • Auto mode for easy compression, punch and smooth sustain.
  • 4x oversampling for nice saturation.
  • Internal sidechain equalizer (low, mid and high bands).
  • Internal limiter with controlled distortion (for more punch, peak control or creative drive – switchable).
  • Sample aligned internal parallel compression.
  • Knee meter (leds) and in/out/compression meter.
  • Simple 3D interface.
  • From transparent compression to extreme punch, sustain and creative distortion.

The plugin is available for Windows and Mac (32/64bit, VST/AU/RTAS), priced at $29.99 USD.

More information: SKnote / C165a

SKnote releases Stagespace and ThreeD effect plugins

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SKnote has announced the release of its Stagespace reverb and ThreeD mono to stereo effect plugins for Windows and Mac.

SKnote Stagespace
Stagespace—Clean, deep, wide. Simple and powerful.

Stagespace is a versatile algorithmic reverb.

Stagespace features

  • From small rooms to large lush halls.
  • Non linear behaviour, multi-mode stereo, modulation.
  • Dual stereo, mono to stereo.

ThreeD is a versatile mono to stereo widener and stereo enhancement effect.

ThreeD features

  • Several algorithms. Based on phase, panning, time.
  • Mono to stereo, stereo to stereo, stereo management (mid/side).
  • Add stereo content to mono sources, where mid/side cannot work.
  • Add stereo width without adding reverb.
  • Manage the stereo field in a mix.

Both plugins are available to purchase for Windows and Mac (VST/AU), priced at $19.99 USD each.

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