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Sonnox updates Oxford DeBuzzer and Oxford SuprEsser (Mac)

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Sonnox Oxford DeBuzzer

Sonnox has released updates for the Mac versions of Oxford DeBuzzer and Oxford SuprEsser, two effect plug-ins for PC and Mac.

Changes in Oxford DeBuzzer AU v1.0.1/VST v1.0.2

  • Fixes crash in Snow Leopard.

Changes in Oxford SuprEsser AU v1.1/VST v1.0.1

  • Added new installer technology. Separated AU installer from VST version.
  • Fixed crash in Logic when instantiating or re-opening a closed GUI.
  • Fixed problem with .aupreset installation.
  • Zoom now implemented to original spec.

More information: Sonnox

Sonnox releases Sonnox Restore

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Sonnox Restore

Sonnox has announced the release of Sonnox Restore, a suite of three plug-ins designed to accurately restore audio recordings that are impaired.

Restore represents a quantum leap beyond previous restoration plug-in technology with its advanced algorithms and novel features that allow fast and extremely effective removal of pops, clicks, crackles, scratches, hum, buzzes and extraneous background noise from virtually any recording.

Capable of exceptionally high quality audio repairs, the three plug-ins are intuitive and easy to use, with each interface providing detailed graphical feedback, benefiting the user by saving time which of course is critical in the post-production process.

Sonnox Restore features
DeClicker

  • Three sections with individual thresholds and controls: DePop, DeClick and DeCrackle
  • Event display gives intuitive visual feedback of energy and duration of detected events
  • ‘Exclude Box’ to select events that should not be repaired
  • Dialogue Mode that allows two separate sets of control settings distinguished by input level
  • Excitation displays to aid accurate setting of threshold controls
  • Three audition modes, including option to listen to only removed events
  • Advanced algorithms for accurate detection and high quality repair

DeBuzzer

  • High performance hum and buzz removal using advanced algorithms
  • Separate Detect and Remove Sections for intuitive workflow
  • Scalable high resolution FFT of input signal shows strongest harmonics and removal filter
  • Very accurate setting of fundamental over 3 frequency ranges
  • Integrating frequency display shows strength of fundamental
  • Tracking mode can be set to Automatic or Fast to follow fundamentals that wander in frequency, or to Freeze for fundamentals that vary in amplitude
  • Choice of removal filters: Comb for general purpose narrow removal over many harmonics, or Parametric EQ for a more musical removal over a small set of harmonics
  • Two audition modes, including option to listen to the removed buzz

DeNoiser

  • High performance noise removal using advanced algorithms
  • Separate DeHisser, Detect and Remove Sections for intuitive workflow
  • High resolution FFT of input signal showing noise profile
  • Efficient DeHisser for preparation before wide-band noise reduction
  • Detector noise profile can be set to automatic, freeze or manual
  • Noise threshold and reduction are controllable in frequency bands using adjustable bias curve
  • Two audition modes, including the option to listen to the removed noise
  • Warmth control for sweetening after noise removal
  • Make-up gain for true A/B comparisons

Sonnox Restore is available to purchase for Windows PC and Mac (VST/AU/RTAS), priced at £1,195 GBP. Sony Restoration Tools owners can exchange their licence for £895 GBP until February 28, 2010.

More information: Sonnox / Sonnox Restore

Sony Creative Software updates Sound Forge Pro to v10.0a

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Sony Creative Software Sound Forge Pro 10

Sony Creative Software has released version 10.0a of Sound Forge Pro, an audio editor for Windows PC.

Sound Forge™ Pro 10 software efficiently and reliably provides audio editors and producers complete control over all aspects of audio editing and mastering. Whether in the studio or field, it’s the ultimate all-in-one production suite for professional audio recording and mastering, sound design, audio restoration, and Red Book CD creation. New features in Sound Forge Pro 10 include precise event-based editing, integrated disc-at-once CD burning, musical instrument file editing and processing, and pristine audio conversion and time stretching.

Changes in Sound Forge Pro v10.0a

  • You can now edit samples in musical instrument files. Select the sample you want to edit, and then choose Edit > Event > Edit to open the selected sample in a new data window. After editing, you can save your changes back to the musical instrument file or to a different format.
  • Disc-at-once workflow improvements:
    • Audio moves with CD tracks when dragging CD tracks with the Edit tool.
    • CD tracks move with events when dragging events with the Event tool.
    • CD Tracks can now be locked to audio/events using Options > Lock Audio and CD Tracks.
  • Added automation support to the élastique Timestretch plug-in.
  • You can now edit the Original Tempo setting in the élastique Timestretch plug-in.
  • Scrollbars have been added to the Plug-In Chainer.
  • When you have data windows maximized, the window title is now italicized during playback to indicate which window is playing.
  • Improved AAC file support.
  • Fixed a bug that prevented Sound Forge Pro from opening or saving MPEG-4 audio when QuickTime 7.6.4 is installed.
  • Fixed a bug that could cause corruption in Broadcast Wave Format metadata.
  • Fixed a bug that prevented the waveform from being displayed properly within a smooth fade-in curve when zoomed out.
  • Fixed a bug that could cause the élastique Timestretch plug-in to crash on 32-bit PCs that do not support SSE2.
  • Fixed a bug that could cause markers to shift after using the iZotope 64-bit SRC plug-in.
  • Fixed a bug that prevented read-only project files (*.frg) from opening properly.
  • Fixed a bug that could cause Save to truncate tailing silence in certain scenarios.
  • Fixed a bug that prevented Mix/Replace from displaying the entire mixed result.
  • Fixed a bug that could cause short clicks at the end of certain preview operations.

More information: Sony Creative Software / Sound Forge Pro

Aftershock Promotions launches Deep Velvet Remix Competition

Aftershock Promotions Deep Velvet Remix Contest

Aftershock Promotions has launched a new remix competition.

We are back with another remix contest and this time it’s your chance to remix the voice of Melanie Weston in Deep Velvet’s house track ‘Over You’.

Originally released back in early January 2008 on the Funklife records label, it sure got the crowds stirring up with performances at venues such at the Scala (London), Pacha (London), SE1 club plus many more throughout the early part of the year.

The track has been supported by numerous club / radio DJ’s including Kiss100, Galaxy, FireFM, MOS Radio, SSRadio to name a few.

Deep Velvet Remix Contest Prizes

  • 1st Place:
    • Any 5 DVD Sample Libraries from the Loopmasters Artist Series collection libraries
    • 3 Sonic Foundry / Sony Media Software Loop Libraries
    • Featured on the full re-release of ‘Over You’
    • Artist feature page on Aftershock Promotions
    • Remix oppurtunity to appear on an upcoming Aftershock Promotions label release.
    • The winning 1st place track to be featured in a future Aftershock Podcast show.
  • 2nd Place:
    • A choice of any 3 DVD Sample Libraries from the Loopmasters Artist Series collection libraries
    • Featured on the full re-release of ‘Over You’
    • Remix oppurtunity to appear on an upcoming Aftershock Promotions label release
    • The winning 2nd place track to be featured in a future Aftershock Podcast show
  • 3rd Place:
    • A choice of any 1 DVD Sample Libraries from the Loopmasters Artist Series collection libraries
    • Featured on the full re-release of ‘Over You’
    • Remix oppurtunity to appear on an upcoming Aftershock Promotions label release.
    • The winning 3rd place track to be featured in a future Aftershock Podcast show

To enter just download the sample pack from the contest page and submit your remix before 4 December, 2009.

More information: Aftershock Promotions

Sony Creative Software releases Sound Forge Pro 10

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Sony Creative Software Sound Forge Pro 10

Sony Creative Software has announced the release of Sound Forge Pro 10, a professional digital audio production suite for Windows.

Sound Forge Pro 10 new features include event-based editing, disc-at-once CD burning, iZotope™ 64-bit SRC™ (sample rate conversion), MBIT+™ dither (bit-depth conversion), musical instrument file processing, and the élastique Pro timestretch/pitch shift plug-in. In addition, Sound Forge Pro 10 software provides exclusive new enhancements, including customizable window layouts, metadata editing, performance optimizations, and interactive tutorials. These new features create a powerful and flexible audio production environment, increasing workflow and efficiency while consistently delivering the pristine audio quality the recording industry has come to expect from Sound Forge software.

New in Sound Forge Pro 10

  • Event-based editing — Event-based editing is ideal for precise audio mastering, assembling project sketches, or laying out tracks for authoring disc-at-once CDs. In Sound Forge 10, users can quickly move, split, slip, and trim events, create fades, apply ASR envelopes and crossfades within in a single data window for more precise audio control.
  • Integrated Disc-at-Once (DAO) CD burning — Integrated disc-at-once CD burning results in time savings and provides a more efficient workflow when generating Red Book compliant disc-at-once premasters of music suitable for professional replication. Perform full PQ code editing, create live-style CDs, add CD text and metadata, and use high-resolution source audio with precise conversion to Red Book audio.
  • Zplane élastique Pro Timestretch DirectX® plug-in — The élastique time stretch and pitch shift plug-in provides better sounding audio when processing audio files. Users can also monitor and adjust settings while previewing in real-time, and select from various stretching methods that are tailored to their source audio including Pro, Soloist, and Efficient modes.
  • iZotope 64-bit SRC (sample rate conversion) and MBIT+ dither (bit-depth conversion) — The iZotope 64-bit SRC utilizes a hybrid low pass filter design, resulting in pristine audio with less aliasing converting material from one sampling rate to another. The iZotope MBIT+ dither employs psychoacoustic methods to distribute noise into less audible ranges, resulting in improved audio and smoother fades when converting the bit rates of audio files.
  • Musical instrument file processing (.DLS, .SF2, .GIG) — Sound Forge Pro 10 software opens, processes, and saves DLS, GigaStudio/GigaSampler, and SoundFont 2.0 musical instrument files. Users can view bank, instrument, note range, and sample information. Effects and processes can easily be added directly to samples.
  • Customizable window layouts — Customizable window layouts are designed to maximize productivity by allowing users to create and save multiple unique interface layout configurations for single and dual monitor systems, and recall a window layout for specific editing tasks such as audio editing, CD layout, and multichannel file editing.
  • Mastering Effects Bundle 2 powered by iZotope™ — The powerful bundle of audio mastering tools included with Sound Forge 10 is valued at over $200 and includes six professional plug-ins to expertly master and enhance audio production: Mastering EQ, Mastering Reverb, Multiband Compressor, Mastering Limiter, Stereo Imager, and Harmonic Exciter.
  • Interactive tutorials — Sony Creative Software’s unique interactive tutorials provide walkthrough demonstrations of common features and functionality, including DAO CD burning, vinyl recording and restoration in order to help users spend less time learning and more time editing and mastering audio projects.

Sound Forge Pro 10 is available for an MSRP of $499 USD.

More information: Sony Creative Software

Sony Creative Software updates Vegas Pro to v9.0b

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Sony Creative Software Vegas Pro

Sony Creative Software has released version 9.0b of Vegas Pro, a professional video & audio production software for Windows.

The Vegas Pro 9 collection integrates two powerful applications that work seamlessly together to provide an efficient and intuitive environment for video and broadcast professionals. This comprehensive suite offers the most robust and progressive platform available for content creation and production. With broad format support, superior effects processing, unparalleled audio support, and a full complement of editorial tools, the Vegas Pro 9 collection streamlines your workflow. From acquisition to delivery, from camera to Blu-ray Disc™, the Vegas Pro 9 collection delivers exactly what you need to produce outstanding results.

Changes in Vegas v9.0b

  • Resolved an issue that could cause the contents of media generators (most often text generators) to change when the Undo command was used.
  • Fixed a bug that could cause Vegas to crash during startup on some computers running Windows XP.
  • Fixed a bug that could cause still images to appear out of focus when rotated via Event Pan/Crop.
  • Fixed a bug that could cause audio dropouts in XDCAM SD (DVCAM) MXF files.
  • Fixed a bug that could cause an error when conforming trimmed XDCAM clips on the PDW-U1 deck.
  • Fixed a bug that prevented some QuickTime files from reading audio properly.
  • Fixed a bug that prevented metadata from being imported with 720-50p XDCAM clips.

More information: Sony Creative Software

Short links for August 10th, 2009

Some interesting things I found recently, and not so recently (since it’s been a while since I posted short links).

Guitare à crayon

# Guitare à crayon

The idea behind “la Guitare à crayon” is to be able to paint and play music with the same instrument (crayon mean pencil in english). It’s a custom usb guitar with open source software: namely, pure data (for sound) and gimp, blender, flash (for visual).

Guitare à crayon

  • Hardware features:
    • Accelerometer X-Axis (for example controlling the octave)
    • Accelerometer Y-Axis (for example controlling an effect)
    • 6 analog strings giving around 10 bits of resolution
    • External input: 1 analog, 1 digital
    • 4 positions switch
    • 8 buttons
    • 4 pots
    • 1 piezo with velocity filter (for example trigging any sound)
    • 1 ir distance sensor (+-6cm – +-20cm)
    • 1 unuseful led (for tapping the bpm)
    • Pressure-sensitive tablet
    • Foot controller (using a led & a photoresistor)
    • Foot switch (looper, change sound, …)
  • Software features:
    • No driver (firmware & bootloader)
    • Linux, Windows, Mac
    • Pure Data poweful DSP (sample, soundfont, fx rack, multiple looper)
    • Gimp for 2d (drawing, painting, photo, …)
    • Gesture tracking on the tablet (linux only)

# Beem – The Future – Lego synth models, inspired by danmcp's paper models. Artwork to the album – Beem "The Future" at www.beem.se

XenonJohn 8 Track Walkman-Pod thing

# 8 Track Walkman-Pod thing (Retro-tech)

Instructables user XenonJohn writes:

This is an admittedly mad project to see what might have happened if Sony had invented the Walkman earlier than they did – and made it so it took 8 track tape cartridges (which came before cassette tapes were invented).

In other words, can I make a personal 8 track player with just headphones in the style of a Walkman?

# 8-bit noise synth

vtol's 8-bit noise synth project:

8-bit noise synth is my latest project based on HT-8950 voice changer chip. Like my Lo-Fizer and Noise guitar it can produce noises by itself or process sounds like a lo-fi ring modulator, 8-bit pitch shifter and simple guitar synth/digital fuzz. I've also added two body contacts that change pitch or trigger sounds – in particular mode they work like theremin sensors. Check also 8-bit noise synth ver.2 , ver.3 and Star Noise synth.

# CASSETTE IS NOT DEAD – A lamp made of cassette tapes by ooomydesign.com

ooomydesign.com cassette tapes lamp
You can replace the cassette tapes with your own as well

Available in transparent and colored cassette tapes, 20x13x12cm, price 35 EUR.

# NESynth – Retro game sounds piano for iPhone. NESynth is a virtual synthesizer that simulated 8 bit sound of video games in the 80's.

# Palalab’s Free Music Loops, Samples in ACID™ .WAV format

Palalab is offering free multi-instrumental sample loops in a variety of styles designed to be different, inspire your songwriting and fill out your mix. All loops can be used royalty-free, are properly ACID™ized for quality pitch and tempo transposition, and loop seamlessly.

Every week Palalab posts a new sample pack consisting of 5 loops. Each pack stays up for 4 weeks only, so be sure to bookmark this page and check back regularly.

Korg nanoPAD / nanoKONTROL (image by Jay Vidheecharoen)

# Download Free Korg nanoPAD, nanoKONTROL Scripts for Ableton Live

Peter Kirn writes:

The KORG nanoSERIES has a rabid following among many Ableton Live users, and with good reason. The nanoPAD and nanoKONTROL street for about US$60, provide basic knobs + faders + transport (KONTROL) and pads and X/Y control (PAD), plus a fully-featured, cross-platform editor, but still fit in a backpack. They’re small enough to use in coach on an airplane.

Having to open Live templates, however, just to get the mappings you want is a big pain. So, instead I’ve created a basic set of MIDI Remote Scripts and Kontrol Editor templates for Mac and Windows, Live 6.x and later, and wanted to share them with you.

# Gijs Gieskes WalkSX – The Walkman has a audio recording of some sort, on one side.. (L) And a audio signal that is used to trigger the arduino sequencer on the other side (R), that sequences the Gakken SX-150.

# Techniques for dealing with Phase

Audio Geek Zine - Phase

Jon @ Audio Geek Zine takes a look at what phase is and how to avoid problems with it in your productions.

Phase is a constant concern for recording and mixing engineers. Problems with phase can ruin your music, they can be easily avoided or corrected, but first you need understand how these problems occur.

This guide will attempt to explain almost everything there is to know about phase, what it is, how it happens, what it can sound like and some techniques to deal with it.

# Samples | synthesizers.se – Bunch of free samples including some REX'es of the Yamaha MP-1 and a ReFill featuring Mario Paint sounds.

CD Sound Master releases R2R- The Essential Analog Tape Collection

CD Sound Master R2R - The Essential Analog Tape Collection

CD Sound Master has announced the release of R2R- The Essential Analog Tape Collection, a program library for Acustica Audio’s Nebula.

R2R contains a virtual living museum of reel to reel analog tape recorders ranging from early tube designs to popular consumer favorites, to some of the finest machines ever made!

R2R- The Essential Analog Tape Collection features

  • 170 analog tape programs for Nebula.
  • Recreated tape machines: Struder A800 MKIII, Otari MTR-10, Struder Revox B77 Pro, Wollensak 1515, Lafayette Radio RK-142, Sony TC-640, Akai 4000DS MKII, TEAC W-6004 Dual Cassette.
  • Tapes used: Ampex/Quantegy Grand Master 456, Ampex 499, ATR, Scotch 206, Scotch 290, Scotch 111, Sony PR-150, Maxell UD-3590, Maxell UD-XL-3590B, Maxell XLII.
  • Various tape speed settings for specific models recorded.

R2R is available for purchase for $99 USD. R2R-FREE includes 4 free programs for Nebula, and is available as a free download so Nebula users can demo R2R.

More information: CD Sound Master