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.
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.
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)
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.
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.
Native Instruments has introduced the Premium Tube Series, a new collection of high-end effects, capturing the warm, natural sound of tube-driven hardware.
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.
Softube has launched a limited time sale on its compressor effect plugin.
Our compressor campaign includes all our dynamics processors with a hefty 20% discount!
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!
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’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.
Softube has announced a Back to the Roots sale, offering $50 or more discount on all Amp Room products.
Softube’s Vintage Amp Room: The white power amp, brown blues amp & green rock amp.
This month we are going back to the roots. To celebrate this we are offering a $50 discount on our praised Amp Room plug-ins! The offer ends July 17.
Vintage Amp Room was the first plug-in released under the Softube brand and has since been followed by the more aggressive Metal Amp Room, the bass focused Bass Amp Room and of course the Amp Room Bundle. The bundle is only available from our authorized dealers.
For pricing information visit the Softube web store or an authorized Softube dealer.
Propellerhead Software has posted a video featuring various third party developers who are working on bringing their products to the Reason platform with Rack Extensions.
3rd party devs on Rack Extensions: Rob Papen, Magnus Lindström (Sonic Charge), Dave Spiers (GForce), Kurt Kurasaki & Makoto Kobayasgi (Korg), Angus Hewlett (FXpansion), Rico Baade & Robert Fehse (Sugar Bytes), Niklas Odelholm (Softube), Urs Heckmann (u-he).
Meet some of the developers bringing Rack Extension devices to Reason’s rack! Rack Extensions allow 3rd party developers to bring their expertise, sounds, and inspiring workflow into Reason by merging some of the best elements of typical plugin expandability with the best elements of Reason’s ongoing commitment to stability, efficiency, and musicality.
In this video you’ll get a look at some of the first Rack Extensions to arrive in Reason’s rack, hear direct from the developers themselves and, most importantly, see just how massive this expansion will be for your music.
Pro Tools Expert has announced the release of Saturation Knob, a free AAX effect plug-in for Mac by Softube.
We are thrilled to announce a FREE Tape Saturation plug-in from Softube, Avid and the Pro Tools Expert site. It is both AAX DSP and Native formats. Get Softube’s Saturation Knob plug-in free by completing the form, and add some analog warmth to your tracks.
Softube Saturation Knob AAX plugin available exclusively from Pro Tools Expert
The Saturation Knob plug-in is compatible with AAX DSP and AAX Native systems running Pro Tools 10 or Pro Tools HD 10 on Mac OS (no iLok authorization required).