Sound Magic has announced Serenade Headquarter, a multi effects unit for the Serenade Pro audio interface.
Based on the hardware, it combines Virtual Preamp, Headphone Mix and other technology to enhance the audio interface, turn it into an effect unit, and thus achieve a better sound for your music and recordings. With Serenade Headquarter, you can simulate speaker on your headphones, color your music and recording and adjust volume without loss in dynamic range. And because it is calibrated the sound with the hardware, it can achieve more precise final result than common software effects.
Virtual Preamp is a brand new technology developed by Sound Magic to improve the timbre and sound quality when dealing with different volume levels. Usually when you turn down the volume in software, the noise floor of the hardware does not change. This results in the loss of dynamic range. When you turn up the volume, the background noise is also increased and the dynamic range does not improve. Virtual Preamp enables users to avoid the loss of dynamic range when turning down the volume and improves the dynamic range when turning up the volume. During the amplifying process, high end analog gear has the special ability to add their unique color to the final sound. This is a killer point that has fascinated most musicians and audiophiles for years. Virtual Preamp technology has not only managed to reproduce this ethereal quality of vintage analog gear, but also provides a selection of different colors for the sound – and lets you choose the tonal color that best suits your music. Simply choose the virtual vintage gear you’d like to use and find the color that best fits your personal taste.
Headphone Mix technology is suitable for those who make their music on a headphone monitoring system. It combines an environment simulation system, a frequency compensating system and HRTF technologies to emulate the “feeling” of speakers on your headphones. With it, you can achieve incredible results when mixing and mastering. Although the sound you hear in your headphones may be more detailed than what comes from a comparably priced speaker system, the imaging of the sound field is still a weak point for headphones. Our Headphone Mix Technology is the solution. By combining our environment simulation system, our frequency compensating system and HRTF technologies, Serenade can reproduces that speaker “feeling” in your headphones. This greatly improves the utility of any headphone system.
More information: Sound Magic / Serenade Headquarter
Sound Magic has announced Serenade Workstation, a complete package comprising the Serenade 384KHz USB2.0 Audio Interface, a Digital Audio Workstation, a DSD/DXD Effect Plugin Bundle and a DSD&PCM Bi-directional Converter Software.
Back in 1999, The “Next Generation” Audio Format was introduced by Sony and Philips as a successor to the standard audio CD technology (PCM). It was called Digital Stream Data – formally known as Super Audio Compact Disc. DXD (which stands for the Digital Extreme Definition and has a 24 Bit/352.8KHz resolution) is an alternative encoding scheme developed to aid in editing DSD. Neither format became as popular as they were expected to for 3 main reasons:
- DSD is a format which is very difficult to edit and process directly
- Most professional audio interfaces are at 24Bit/192KHz, and cannot support higher resolution (such as 24Bit/352.8KHz), nor do they have native playback support for the DSD format
- The workstation which can make DSD/DXD formats are far too expensive for most musicians
Serenade Workstation managed to solve these issues by:
- Providing a USB audio interface which supports up to 32 Bit/384KHz (which can playback DXD) and native playback support for 4 kinds DSD resolutions: DSD64,DSD128,DSD256 and DSD512.
- Providing a DAW and plug-ins that work at 32 Bit/352.8KHz and 32 Bit/384KHz resolution, allowing for nearly lossless conversion to DSD. This makes DSD an editable format, allowing for mixing and mastering.
- Providing the entire solution at a very affordable price of $999, far less than any other DSD/DXD workstation – and even lower than a lot of common mixing/mastering solutions.
Serenade will officially be released at the beginning of December, 2014.
More information: Sound Magic / Serenade Workstation
Sound Magic has announced the release of the Fazioli Rose, a virtual Fazioli “Brunei” concert grand piano instrument for Windows and Mac.
Fazioli “Brunei” is the most expensive concert grand piano. Fazioli, base in Italy, is considered to produce the best sounding grand pianos nowadays. Based on its famous Fazioli F308, the 10 foot concert grand model, Fazioli “Brunei” is decorated with flowers in mother of pearls, features semi-precious stones in various types. Not only the appearance changes a lot, but also Fazioli “Brunei” was specially tuned by factory engineers to achieve a unique sound, it has a deeper bass and mellower in sound compared to F308. By using the best Microphones and AD/DA converter nowadays, we successfully captured Fazioli “Brunei” unique sound. And after almost 1 years’ modeling processing, we finally get an vivid instrument with a rather small size compared with other sampled instruments.
Neo Piano features a custom built Hybrid DFD/RAM system. It is a very flexible system which can be optimized for different playing applications. If you are using an old system with low RAM, DFD will work well. If you are using a top performance 64-bit system with plenty of RAM, you can choose to play Neo Piano totally from RAM. A balance of DFD and RAM samples can be utilized to optimize general performance. In All cases Sound Quality remains at the highest level. For live stage performances, the entire piano sample set can be loaded into RAM, removing any worries about OS interference with Hard Disc access. For Studio and Composition use, DFD is ideal with modern computers.
A major breakthrough in Neo Piano Engine is the resonance engine. Every Grand Piano has a very large soundboard which reflects sound which resonates together with the piano’s wood body. This is a continuous process and makes every note sound unique. In order to simulate this behavior, Sound Magic first captures multi angle IRs from the soundboard, then applies new technology to convert those IRs into Resonance Engine Algorithms. The result is a concert hall sound reproduction full of life.
Style Designer is a special function which allows you to quickly and easily set the piano’s musical style, such as pop, jazz, rock, classical or soft. When you move the style level dial, it will change several internal parametric.
Fazioli Rose for Windows and Mac (VST/AU) is available for purchase for 129 EUR/$169 USD/£105 GBP.
More information: Sound Magic / Fazioli Rose
Sound Magic has announced the release of Imperial Grand with Neo Piano Hybrid Modelling Engine, the successor of the “Imperial Grand” virtual piano instrument.
Imperial Grand starts with the famous dark, rich Bösendorfer tone. By using the newly developed Neo Piano Engine, Imperial Grand reproduces the magnificent dynamic and various timbre colors of a Bösendorfer 290 SE.
The unique feature of Imperial Grand is that you can forge your own sound with it. Through our online customize sound system, you can easily forge your personal sound. You not only get a standard Bösendorfer sound ,but also get a sound fit for your taste. And more important, other Imperial Grand users do not have this sound because it is customized for you only. This makes Imperial Grand unique to you and cannot duplicate. It will become your “secret ” weapon in your music production.
Neo Piano features a custom built Hybrid DFD/RAM system. It is a very flexible system which can be optimized for different playing applications. If you are using an old system with low RAM,DFD will work well. If you are using a top performance 64bit system with plenty of RAM, you can choose to play Neo Piano totally from RAM. A balance of DFD and RAM samples can be utilized to optimize general performance. In All cases Sound Quality remains at the highest level. For live stage performances, the entire piano sample set can be loaded into RAM, removing any worries about OS interference with Hard Disc access. For Studio and Composition use, DFD is ideal with modern computers.
A major breakthrough in Neo Piano Engine is the resonance engine. Every Grand Piano has a very large soundboard which reflects sound which resonates together with the piano’s wood body. This is a continuous process and makes every note sound unique. In order to simulate this behavior, Sound Magic first captures multi angle IRs from the soundboard, then applies ground-breaking technology to convert those IRs into Resonance Engine Algorithms. The result is an amazing concert hall sound reproduction full of life.
Imperial Grand for Windows and Mac (VST/AU) is available for purchase for 129 EUR/$169 USD/£105 GBP.
More information: Sound Magic / Imperial Grand
Sound Magic has announced Dynamic Bundle, a collection of 5 dynamic processing plug-ins at a discounted price.
Neo Loudness is a comprehensive tool designed to control loudness. Neo Loudness not only includes traditional compressors and limiters, but it also features a new type of Maximizer.
Neo Dynamic is a new concept in dynamic processing technology. Different from ordinary compressors/limiters, Neo Dynamic not only offers more sonic variety than traditional units, it is far easier to use. Neo Dynamic starts with 10 compressors/limiters, modeled after famous brand names such as SSL,API,TubeTech and so on. Each of these has their own famous “flavors” ready to use.
Neo Preamp is reminiscent of a vintage channel strip which not only boosts or cuts the audio signal, but also add “things” to it. People like to remember that this or that particular vintage gear added a certain color to their recordings – and this is exactly what Neo Preamp does.
Neo Transient is a new concept for level independent dynamic processing. Unlike common compressors and limiters, Neo Transient reacts on Transients – those short peaks in the audio signal – rather than the overall signal loudness level. In this way, Neo Transient creates an entirely new way to process your tracks.
Meter Man is a plug-in features different K-System Meters.
The bundle is available for purchase for 199 EUR. Existing users who have already purchased any plug-in in the dynamic bundle can upgrade by paying the difference.
More information: Sound Magic / Dynamic Bundle
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