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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>

PreSonus releases Studio One 2.5 — DAW gets nearly 100 enhancements + Softube Saturation Knob

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PreSonus has announced the release of Studio One 2.5, a major update to the company’s Studio One 2 DAW.

PreSonus Studio One
Studio One offers an integrated approach to recording music, from tracking to mixing to mastering and distribution.

This free (to Studio One 2 users) update adds nearly 100 enhancements and features, as well as many bug fixes. All versions of Studio One 2 have been updated, including Studio One Artist, Producer, Professional, and Free.

Although the update adds some entirely new features, it mostly builds on existing Studio One 2 features, completing and enhancing functionality based on PreSonus’ original vision and on user feedback.

Changes in Studio One v2.5

  • Comping Improvements. Single-swipe comping with automatic beaming into parts makes comping much faster and more powerful.
  • Folder Track Editing. Edit directly on the Folder Track, with a waveform preview for all tracks in the folder. This simplifies workflow with large track counts.
  • Track Transform Improvements. Multitrack transform for virtual instruments. Now you can instantly turn complex multi-output virtual instruments into audio tracks and back.
  • Ampire XT has been completely overhauled. All-new cabinet impulse responses, matched with reworked amp models, results in a significant improvement in sound quality.
  • Automation Enhancements. Easier and faster editing of automation envelopes.
  • Audio Export Enhancements. Rendering multiple outputs at once results in much faster exports-a huge timesaver.
  • Re-recording from Buses. This is a completely new feature that enables you to use the output of virtual instrument or bus channels as the input to an audio track. In this way, you can print from buses or instruments to new audio tracks in real time.
  • Drag-and-drop Event Effects. Drag-and-drop workflow is even faster with a new modifier key that lets you do things like drag-and-drop effects directly onto events in the arrangement.
  • Wet/Dry Mix and Mix Lock for Effects. Built-in parallel processing on PreSonus Native Effects. For example, you can drop a compressor on a drum bus, crank the ratio, and drop the threshold to squash the drums mercilessly, and then only mix that squashed sound 20% with the original, unprocessed sound.
  • Legato and Overlap Correction (MIDI).Instantly apply or remove legato from MIDI tracks quickly and simply-a huge time-saver.
  • Check the release notes for more details.

Studio One 2.5 is available immediately and is free to all users.

In addition, all Studio One Producer and Professional users can now download a free copy of Softube’s Saturation Knob plug-in.

Softube Saturation Knob

Saturation Knob is an easy-to-use, versatile way to add tape-saturation-like distortion to your tracks. The knob controls the amount of saturation, and you can switch between three different distortion characteristics. With the switch set to Neutral, the entire frequency spectrum of the sound gets distorted when you turn up the Saturation knob. Put it on Keep Low, and the saturation will mainly affect the lower part of the frequency spectrum, while the top end stays clear. With Keep High selected, the low end will retain its clear sound, and only the high-frequency components of the sound will get distorted.

The plug-in is provided in a Studio One Extension, and it is not necessary to create a Softube account or authorize the plug-in.

More information: PreSonus / Studio One

Softube launches Holiday Sale

Softube has announced a Holiday Sale, offering discounts on selected plugins.

Softube Holiday Sale

Holiday campaign! Hurray! From today, throughout Black Friday, Cyber-Mondays, and just ol’ plain boring Wednesdays, until January 10, here’s the Softube Holiday campaign with up to $100 discount on our most popular products.

Softube Holiday Sale

  • TSAR-1 reverb
  • Mix Bundle (Including FET Compressor, Passive Equalizer, Active Equalizer, Focusing Equalizer and TSAR-1R reverb)
  • Summit Audio Grand Channel
  • Tube-Tech Classic Channel

The sale ends January 10th, 2012. The reduced prices are available through Softube dealers as well as the Softube web store.

More information: Softube

Softube launches The Big Fall 2012 Contest

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Softube has announced the Big Fall 2012 Contest, a chance to win Softube plugins.

Softube Big Fall 2012 Contest

Yes, it’s time we made a big serious Facebook contest! By answering three simple questions you get the chance to be the winner of lifetime licenses to the entire current Softube plug-in range. Yes, each single current (November 2012) Softube plug-in in native AAX, AU or VST formats – for both Mac and Windows of course.

To multiply your chances of winning, be sure to share the contest among your friends. When you submit your entry, a Share window will pop up. It may be a good idea to use that, because for every person who enters the contest via your Share link, you get one extra entry to the contest! So … many shares means a big chance of winning!

The contest is available to Softube Facebook fans.

More information: Softube / Big Fall 2012 Contest

Cakewalk SONAR X2 available now

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Sonar X2 Producer

Cakewalk has announced that its SONAR X2 music production software is available now.

SONAR X2 is undoubtedly the best version of SONAR to date. Not only does it introduce exciting new features, but much time and care went into refining almost every aspect of the program.

With an ear to our customers and a keen eye on what today’s musicians need, we improved performance, workflow, aesthetics, and stability. Our goal? To craft a program that excels at every stage of music production and enables musicians to sound their very best. With literally hundreds of enhancements and improvements, SONAR X2 delivers the best music production experience on the market today.

New in Sonar X2

  • A better experience
    • Skylight—The Skylight user interface was a huge innovation in SONAR X1 and it’s even better in SONAR X2. With Auto Zoom, Timeline Zoom, Smart Grid, and a revamped NOW time, Skylight looks better than ever and contains numerous improvements that make it faster and more fluid.
    • Better Views—Many of SONAR’s views have been updated to improve function and match the look and feel of the Skylight interface. New Take Lanes, enhanced Clips Pane, improved PRV, Loop Construction View and the revamped Matrix View are better integrated and dramatically improve user experience.
    • Improved Smart Tool—Introduced in SONAR X1, the Smart Tool drastically reduced the need to switch tools. In SONAR X2, the Smart Tool practically eliminates the need completely. And most common functions don’t even need a modifier key. Range select across tracks, paint MIDI notes, draw automation and more.
    • Plus
      • Over 100 other UI enhancements
      • Windows 64-bit support for all versions of SONAR X2
      • Audio engine optimizations
      • MIDI engine improvements
      • Easier installation and improved Online Help
      • Windows 8 and touch screen support (coming in free patch)
  • Enhanced workflow
    • Matrix View—The Matrix View brings a live performance feel to SONAR with clip triggering and realtime arranging capabilities. SONAR X2′s Matrix View is revamped with rock-solid playback of audio and MIDI, per-cell trigger resolution, flexible routing, and external MIDI hardware support.
    • Automation—SONAR X2 now includes Automation Lanes which make it easier to create professional, dynamic mixes. In addition to lanes, SONAR X2 includes new Latch, Touch, Overwrite, and Punch, modes as well as improved editing with the Smart Tool including freehand and line drawing.
    • SoundCloud and more—Online music and social media are a huge part of music today. With SONAR X2′s integrated SoundCloud support, you can distribute your own music and notify your fanbase instantly. In addition, you can export MIDI to your favorite notation software using MusicXML, burn CDs and more.
    • Plus
      • Smart Grid
      • Track Lanes
      • Replace a synth for one step instrument swap
      • Enhanced screensets for one touch workflow management
      • New per-clip MIDI editor
      • Improved track and data selection
  • New plug-ins and tools
    • Overloud TH2—SONAR X2 now features the critically acclaimed Overloud TH2 technology with special editions of TH2 SONAR (SONAR X2 Essential and Studio) and TH2 Producer (SONAR X2 Producer). Just plug-in and experience the most realistic guitar sounds ever available in any DAW.
    • R-MIX SONAR—Exclusively available in SONAR X2 Producer, R-MIX SONAR will change the way you mix forever. Now you can visualize your mix and use R-MIX SONAR to isolate different parts of your mix for the ultimate creativity. All powered by Roland’s powerful V-Remastering technology.
    • Console Emulator—Inject the sound of three legendary consoles right into SONAR X2 Producer’s ProChannel, bringing “in the box” mixing to a whole new level. Add it to any channel or bus and dial in the warm sound of these legendary analog hardware consoles – all with the flexibiity of software.
    • Plus
      • BREVERB SONAR VST & ProChannel (Producer exclusive)
      • Softube Saturation Knob for ProChannel (Producer Exclusive)
      • Modular ProChannel with updated EQ (Producer exclusive)
      • Updated LP-64 mastering plug-ins (Producer exclusive)
      • Critically-acclaimed Rapture synthesizer (Producer exclusive)
      • FX Chains with new presets for each version
      • ProChannel FX Chains (Producer exclusive)

SONAR X2 is now available to purchase in Essential, Studio, and Producer Editions. Various upgrades are available to Cakewalk customers as well.

More information: Cakewalk / SONAR X2

Native Instruments Premium Tube Series high-end effects by Softube

Native Instruments has introduced the Premium Tube Series, a new collection of high-end effects, capturing the warm, natural sound of tube-driven hardware.

Native Instruments Premium Tube Series

PREMIUM TUBE SERIES is made up of three individual effects – PASSIVE EQ, VARI COMP and ENHANCED EQ – available either individually or as a high-value bundle. PREMIUM TUBE SERIES makes these effects available for the first time as native plug-ins that run individually within a DAW in VST, AU, RTAS or AAX format. The effects are modeled by Softube, the renowned team behind Native Instruments’ VINTAGE COMPRESSORS.

PASSIVE EQ is a fully-parametric, two-channel, four-band equalizer, with additional high and low pass filters plus a wide collection of presets for all use cases. Characterized by its versatile nature and natural sound, it is well suited to a wide range of production duties – from individual tracks to sub groups and even mastering. As with all the effects in the series, running as an individual plug-in in any DAW gives it significant ease-of-use advantages over hardware units, such as built-in parallel processing options, and mid/side mode.

As its name suggests, VARI COMP is a compressor with a flexible range of use cases, from instrument groups to individual tracks. Emulated to possess a clear and warm ‘analog’ sound, VARI COMP limits and compresses. In limit mode, it uses a unique automatic ratio and knee adjustment, altering the compression ratio from 4:1 up to 20:1 automatically in response to the input signal.

ENHANCED EQ is an easy-to-use effect adept at providing tracks with both subtle definition and rich loudness. Modeled from a boutique studio standard, this is the EQ for adding warmth and weight to the low end of individual tracks, thanks to a special curve produced by simultaneously cutting and boosting the low frequencies. ENHANCED EQ works equally well at adding clarity and shine to midrange.


Native Instruments Premium Tube Series – Boutique Studio Effects by Softube.

The Premium Tube Series bundle is available to purchase for $229 USD / 199 EUR. The individual effects can also be bought separately: Passive EQ $169 USD / 149 EUR, Vari Comp $119 USD / 99 EUR, Enhanced EQ $79 USD / 69 EUR.

More information: Native Instruments / Premium Tube Series

Softube launches Compressor Sale: 20% off

Softube has launched a limited time sale on its compressor effect plugin.

Softube compressors

Our compressor campaign includes all our dynamics processors with a hefty 20% discount!

Softube compressors

  • Tube Tech CL 1B and Classic Channel—A true studio classic, heard on tons and tons of records.
  • FET Compressor—An aggressive and super fast compressor. Use it to mangle your drums or get that in-your-face-type-of-sound. With the added parallel compression it gets even more versatile.
  • Summit Audio TLA-100A—A super easy and smooth one-knob compressor. The TLA-100 has been studio standard for vocals and bass during the past two decades and just got more flexible with the addition of sidechain filtering, saturation control and parallel compression.
  • Valley People Dyna-mite—Squash drums, get a snappy bassline, enhance track dynamics, duck, gate, key or de-ess. The Valley People Dyna-mite is a swiss army knife limiter/expander that does it all!

The sale ends August 21st, 2012.

More information: Softube

Softube intros Summit Audio Grand Channel and EQF-100 Equalizer

Softube has announced the release of the Summit Audio Grand Channel and Summit Audio EQF-100 Equalizer effect plug-ins for Windows and Mac.

The channel strip that always works. Take any track, any bus or any mix – the Summit Audio Grand Channel always sounds right. The Grand Channel combines the warm and smooth tone sculpting EQF-100 passive equalizer with the rich sounding and dead-easy-to-use TLA-100A compressor.

Softube Summit Audio Grand Channel
Softube’s Summit Audio Grand Channel with EQF-100 equalizer and TLA-100A compressor.

Summit Audio Grand Channel features

  • Bundle of 3 plug-ins:
    • Summit Audio Grand Channel plug-in
    • Summit Audio TLA-100A Leveling Amplifier plug-in
    • Summit Audio EQF-100 Full Range Passive Tube Equalizer plug-in
  • Easy to use with huge sonic range.
  • Individual bypass for each of the two units saves CPU.
  • Possibility to change the order of the equalizers and compressor.
  • Each and every component carefully modeled.
  • Extremely analog behavior of frequencies, phase, distortion, attack, release, etc.

The Grand Channel and EQF-100 are available to purchase for the introductory price of $269 USD and $159 USD respectively, until August 4th (regular price $329 USD and $219 USD). Previous owners of the Summit Audio TLA-100A plug-in can upgrade to the Grand Channel Bundle for $99 USD. Prices excl. VAT.

More information: Softube / Summit Audio Grand Channel