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Eiosis introduces new AirEQ plug-in at NAMM 2013

Eiosis has announced its re-launch with a major new version of the AirEQ plug-in for Windows and Mac OS X in VST, AU, RTAS and AAX formats.

“My goal was to make something that goes beyond the bandwidth control, something that would drastically change the sounds and extend the possibilities of equalization. AirEQ’s revolutionary Character parameter adds a new layer of control that will become vital to every audio engineer.” – Fabrice Gabriel, CEO of EIOSIS, AirEQ designer, and algorithm designer of the multi award winning Slate Digital products.

Eiosis AirEQ
AirEQ’s revolutionary Character Control goes Beyond Analog, allowing incredibly transparent, tight boost and cuts in the digital domain, adding a brand new dimension to the standard parametric equalizer.

With its unprecedented Character and Strength parameters, Air and Earth bands, transparent and precise sound, and exceptional high quality processing; AirEQ is your ideal, go-to equalizer for everyday tracking, mixing and mastering.

Additionally, with its ease of use, ergonomics features, musical Q/Gain adjustment behavior, flexible display options, low CPU and zero delay processing, AirEQ is truly unique in design.

AirEQ will be available in 2 versions: AirEQ (MSRP $219.99 USD) and AirEQ Premium (MSRP $349.99 USD).

More information: Eiosis

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Analogue Drums releases Fat Stacks for Kontakt

Analogue Drums Fat Stacks

Analogue Drums has announced the release of Fat Stacks, a new sampled drum library for Native Instruments Kontakt.

Fat Stacks is a natural sounding vintage club kit. With small drums for a big sound, this kit can set the tone for a range of styles that need an organic, lively beat. We think it sounds good for R’n’B, hiphop, funk, raw drum’n’bass, and even acoustic tracks.

With several mic layers to blend, the sound of the kit can go from snappy and clean to gritty and lofi with the twist of a knob. There are 4 snare variations and two kick variations to keep things interesting.

Fat Stacks features

  • Multi-sampling: each kit component contains up to 8 velocity layers for expressive detail and dynamics.
  • Mic layers: 6x individually controllable mic layers: Close mics, Overheads, Room mics, Smash mic, Kick Sub, and Snare-Bottom
  • Round-robin: natural performance thanks to round-robin hits.
  • Layouts: Keyboard and eKit/V-Drum optimised mapping layouts provided. The layout is General MIDI (GM) compatible.
  • Output routing: stereo and multi-channel output versions provided.
  • Kontakt instrument interface: with instrument volume, mic layer, pan and input device controls.
  • Sensitivity control: increase the sensitivity of the kit for more intricate and subtle performances or leave it set to full dynamic range for heavier tracks.
  • Presets: for quickly dialing up different sounds.
  • eKit mode switch to ‘eKit’ mode when using a Roland V-Drum kit, or leave set to ‘Keyboard mode’ for direct MIDI sequencing.
  • Trigger maps: for sound replacement – kick, snare, toms – each with separated mic layers.

The Fat Stacks kit is available to purchase for $19 USD. Fat Stacks is compatible with Kontakt full version (v3+), and mappings for Slate Digital Trigger are also provided.

More information: Analogue Drums / Fat Stacks

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Slate Digital intros Virtual Buss Compressors—Three analog modeled dynamic processors

Slate Digital has announced Virtual Buss Compressors, a new plugin in Slate Digital’s Virtual Analog series.

Slate Digital Virtual Buss Compressors
VBC comprises FG4014, FG8014, and FG MU compressors.

VIRTUAL BUSS COMPRESSORS offer three unique sounding, 100% analog modeled dynamic processors that are ideal for program material.

Every nuance of real analog compressors has been modeled including the exact nonlinear characteristics of their transformers, tubes, vcas, amplifiers, phase distortions, harmonic distortions, and timing.

The first compressor is called the FG4014. It is modern, clean, pristine, and can compress program material in a musical but transparent manner. It is perfect for all types of mixes and masters, and even sounds great on drum overheads and acoustic guitar.

The second compressor is called the FG8014. This analog beast of a compressor is a hybrid model of a famous british console compressor combined with characteristics of another famous compressor known for it’s red faceplate. It’s punchy, fat, tight, and rich sounding, with a drive control that can enhance the transformer saturation to give it even more attitude. It is an amazing buss compressor for all types of music including rock, pop, country, hip hop, house, and more. It also sounds amazing on drum busses and even individual drums like kick snare and toms. This compressor was designed to be the ultimate “dream buss compressor”.

The third compressor is called FG MU. It is modeled after the classic Fairchild 670, but then we added characteristics of two modern Vari MU compressors as well. It is absolutely gorgeous sounding with a warm, fat, deeeeep, musical character that is perfect for all types of music. For mastering, it can add the perfect final bit of glue, air, depth, and transient sparkle.

All of the compressors in the VBC bundle have a variable hi pass filter, AND a mix knob that can be used to control the ratio of the compressed signal to the dry signal. The FG MU can be used in stereo and mid/side. Each compressor can be used in a series, and the series can be rearranged by dragging and dropping. Compressing a mix with each one doing a very little amount can sound amazing! The series also makes it very easy to A/B/C the compressors on source material. Finally, VBC will come with stock presets made by some of the industry’s top mixers.

Virtual Buss Compressors will be available November, 2012, with an introductory price of $199 USD.

More information: Slate Digital

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Slate Digital launches Steven Slate Drums 3.5 to 4.0 Upgrade Sale

Steven Slate Drums EX / Platinum

Slate Digital has announced a limited time Upgrade Sale, offering users of Steven Slate Drums a chance to upgrade to the latest version of the virtual drum instrument for Windows and Mac at a reduced price.

SSD4 replaces the Kontakt player version of SSD with a state of the art virtual instrument built from the ground up by the Slate software team. SSD4 is easier to use, has an internal groove player, incredible editing and remapping features, the ability to import your own sounds, and most of all, new algorithms have been implemented that make the drums sound way better!

But most of all, you get the Slate DELUXE kits. These new kits are unprocessed and recorded with four times the detail of the classic kits in 3.5! Add new vintage Ludwig kits, Gretch Jazz kits, new metal kits, and even some amazing Electronic kits to your drum arsenal! Plus, the new SSD4 playback algorithms ensure the most natural and realistic playing. You also get the new Deluxe cymbal pack featuring SOULTONE cymbals!

Steven Slate Drums Upgrade Deal

Upgrade/Crossgrade Pricing:

  • Platinum 3.x to Platinum 4.0: $149 discount – COST: $99.
  • EX 3.x to EX 4.0: $49 discount – COST: $29.
  • EX 3.x to Platinum 4.0: from $49 to $149 discount (depending on number of expansion packs).
  • Competing Drum Software to Platinum: $149 discount.

The promotion ends Wednesday October 31st, 2012.

More information: Steven Slate Drums / SSD 4.0 Upgrade

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Analogue Drums releases Big Mono Redux

Analogue Drums Big Mono Redux

Analogue Drums has announced Big Mono Redux, a drum sample library.

After numerous requests from users of Big Mono, we revisited the original recording session from 2003!

We’ve come up with a new drum library with the same sweet sound as the original Big Mono, but now with loads of options for sonic control.

Round-robins, controllable mic layers, adjustable sensitivity and even panning controls are provided to fit the kit into your track. With the same heritage as the original Big Mono, it’s a vintage Ludwig kit, tracked through killer mics and a ’70s Neve directly to 2″ tape.


Overview of features and presets of Analogue Drums Big Mono Redux for NI Kontakt.

Big Mono Redux features

  • 4 Kontakt instrument files for stereo/multi-out, Keyboard & V-Drum mappings.
  • 1,234 sample sound files in unencrypted 24bit, 44.1khz WAV format (814MB unzipped).
  • Multi-sampling: each kit component contains up to 8 velocity layers for expressive detail and dynamics.
  • Mic layers: 5x individually controllable microphone perspectives: Coles 4038 in Decca front-of-kit position, Coles 4038 Decca – overhead; Neumann U87 Decca – side, Close mics, and snare-bottom.
  • Round-robin: natural performance thanks to round-robin hits.
  • Layouts: Keyboard and eKit/V-Drum mapping layouts provided. The keyboard layout is General MIDI (GM) compatible.
  • Output routing: stereo and multi-channel output versions provided.
  • Kontakt instrument interface: with volume, mic and pan controls.
  • Sensitivity control: increase the sensitivity of the kit for more intricate and subtle performances or leave it set to full dynamic range for heavier tracks.
  • Presets: for quickly changing sounds.
  • Trigger maps: for sound replacement – kick, snare, rack tom, floor tom – each with separated mic layers.

The Big Mono Redux sample library is available for Kontakt (full version v3+ required), and mappings for Slate Digital Trigger are also provided. It can be purchased and downloaded directly from the Analogue Drums website for $9.95 USD.

More information: Analogue Drums / Big Mono Redux

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Slate Digital emulates analog tape with Virtual Tape Machines plugin

Slate Digital has released Virtual Tape Machines, an analog tape emulation plug-in for Windows and Mac.

Slate Digital Virtual Tape Machines
Get the big, fat, warm, deep, rich, and exciting sound of analog tape with VTM.

To capture the sound of tape is to capture a living, breathing sound that dynamically reacts to the music going on to it. Slate Digital Chief Technology Officer Fabrice Gabriel utilized his electrical engineering degree as a foundation for his comprehensive study of the physical processes that occur when recording to analog tape through a tape machine. What began with science led to Fabrice’s discovery of the seemingly magical properties of tape and inspired him to create his most advanced, dynamic algorithms yet. Two industry-standard machines were precisely modeled. What followed was a year of critical listening and algorithm tweaking, with some help from the expert ears of Slate Digital CEO, Steven Slate.

The result is the Virtual Tape Machines plugin. With models of both a 2 inch 16 track from NRG Recording, and a ½ inch 2 track machine from Howie Weinberg Mastering, the VTM will give your mixes an absolutely authentic analog vibe that will take your mixes to the next level. With added dimension, fatness, depth, and warmth, you’ll wonder how you ever mixed without it!


The making of the Virtual Tape Maschines plugin.

Virtual Tape Machines features

  • Most advanced, dynamic, true-to-life analog tape emulation ever achieved.
  • 16 track 2″ machine and 1/2″ mastering deck.
  • VTM is a dynamic, interactive, living, breathing replication of tape recording. No static modeling..
  • Two tape formulations, two tape speeds.
  • Calibration, bass alignment, wow & flutter, constant gain I/O, grouping, noise reduction.

The VTM plug-in for Windows and Mac (VST/AU/RTAS) is available to purchase for $249 USD (free iLok included).

More information: Slate Digital / Virtual Tape Machines

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Steven Slate Digital releases VCC RC-Tube

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VCC RC-Tube (MixBuss)

Steven Slate Digital has released VCC RC-Tube, an authentic emulation of a classic 1950′s all tube broadcast console.

The RC Tube Channel is intended to be placed on the inserts of your mix channels, and the RC Tube Mixbuss is intended as the first insert on your master fader. Together, this plugin package will recreate the sound of a vintage tube mixer, giving your mix a rich, fat, warm, and deep sound that until now, was unattainable with a 100% digital mixer.

VCC RC-Tube features

  • Brings the sound of 1 legendary analog console to your DAW.
  • Models all characteristics of both the channels and the analog summing.
  • Intel Mac 32bit: RTAS, AU, VST.
  • Intel Mac 64bit: AU, VST.
  • Windows 32bit: RTAS, VST.
  • Windows 64bit: VST.
  • *iLOK2 Dongle Required.

TC-Tube is available to purchase for $49 USD plus shipping for iLok2 included for a limited time. It is also included in the Virtual Console Collection ($249.99 USD).

More information: Steven Slate Digital / RC-Tube

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