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Sound Magic Pianist v2.0 released

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Sound Magic has announced version 2.0 of Pianist, a revolutionary effects unit that has been specially designed to give you control of your piano tracks/recordings.

Pianist is designed around a simple 3 step system. First, color your piano sound, changing the darkness or airiness to fit the room, the song, the ideal. Next, adjust the dynamics, change from hard hitting thunder to dancing pianissimo. The special designed compressor here can help you fit your piano track into any style of music! Finally, play with the space – move it around, left and right, create lush reverbs, tighten it up with a small club feel. All of these operations are easy to understand – no complicated technical terms, no engineering degree needed!

Sound Magic Pianist 2.0
Sound Magic’s Pianist lets you shape the sound of your keyboard tracks.

Changes in Pianist v2.0

  • New improved algorithm for reverb.
  • Add Microphone Modeler feature which.
  • New AIR channel will bring life on high frequency.
  • Improved position algorithm.
  • Better fit for Supreme Piano 3.
  • Add A/B Comparison feature.
  • rearrange automation names and settings.
  • Add help hints to all controls.
  • Many minor changes.

Pianist for Windows (VST/Supreme Piano 3 add-on) is available to purchase for 49 EUR.

More information: Sound Magic / Pianist

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Sound Magic releases Vocalist effect plugin for vocal processing

Sound Magic Vocalist

Sound Magic has announced Vocalist, a VST effect plug-in for vocal processing.

Vocalist is a unique, comprehensive and powerful tool for your vocal tracks. It combines effects units such as De-esser, EQ, Compressor, Doubler and Reverb and each one has been optimized for the human voice. And, as always, Sound Magic has made the Vocalist incredibly easy to operate.

Vocalist features

  • Internal 64-bit floating point precision.
  • Combines De-esser, EQ, Compressor, Doubler & Reverb for vocals.
  • Special Designed Effect Units and Workflow for Vocal Processing.
  • Innovative Mixer enables users to control all effects in a mixer.
  • Easy to operate EQ enables users to control basic frequency or brightness of the vocal using only one slider.
  • Innovative Doubler design provides a unique, impact sound and expand the sound in 3D sound field.
  • Special Designed High- Quality Reverb adds beautiful ambience to the vocal Innovative AIR channel add more life the vocal sound.
  • Support up to 32Bit/384KHz resolution.

The Vocalist VST plug-in for Windows costs 80 EUR.

More information: Sound Magic / Vocalist

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Sound Magic Neo Plasma multi delay effect updated to v1.2

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Sound Magic Neo Plasma

Sound Magic has released version 1.2 of its Neo Plasma multi delay effect for Windows.

Neo Plasma is a new concept in multi delay type effects, completely unlike other systems.

Neo Plasma uses a Plasma Collision System to maximize the randomness of several parameters, creating a bigger and richer sound than is possible with standard FX boxes.

Changes in Neo Plasma v1.2

  • Fixes swap between left and right channel on some systems.
  • Default settings adjusted for a more natural sound.
  • New algorithm for plasma system.
  • Random range adjusted.
  • Many minor changes.

Neo Plasma for Windows (VST/Supreme Piano 2 add-on) costs 49 EUR.

More information: Sound Magic / Neo Plasma

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Sound Magic Esser Terminator plug-in released

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Sound Magic Esser Terminator

Sound Magic has announced its Esser Terminator de-esser effect plug-in for Windows.

Sometime in a vocal recording, you will hear sounds like “esssss” or “shshsh”. That’s called esser. It is a common case but does not good in a mix. You have to remove them as soon as possible.

Esser Terminator is the right tool for doing that without cutting the high frequency as dynamic EQ method by using Sound Magic innovative algorithm. Esser Terminator delivers a smooth and transparent sound. In addition, Esser Terminator provides 4 controls for you to fit in your case. If you need a tool for de-esser job frequently, Esser Terminator is the one.

The plug-in (Windows VST) is available to purchase for 29.90 EUR. Existing Sound Magic customers pay 25 EUR.

More information: Sound Magic / Esser Terminator

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Sound Magic releases Piano One Special Edition free piano plugin

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Sound Magic Piano One

Sound Magic has announced Piano One Special Edition, a free virtual piano instrument for Windows and Mac.

In order to Celebrate Piano One is selected as one of the 27 best free VSTs by music radar! Sound Magic releases Piano One Special Edition. The Special Edition contains all the presets published up to Sep 2012, 20 presets in total and most important, adds previous hidden key noise and harmonic controls into automation list, which previous only available on our commercial products.

The Sound of Piano One comes from the Yamaha C7 concert grand, a true workhorse in the professional piano world, appearing on famous concert stages, in international competitions and in prestigious music events throughout the world.

By utilizing the Sound Magic Hybrid Modeling Engine, Piano One offers both the Realistic Sound of Sampling and the Playability of Modeling. Hybrid Modeling provides an instantaneous feeling – no delay – and a truer and richer sound than canbe created with either sampling or modeling alone. What’s more, Piano One utilizes only 160MB, which is quite a small footprint, making Piano One usable even on older PCs. There is no waiting time when loading and the CPU usage is so small that it’s virtually unnoticeable.

Piano One is available for Windows and Mac (VST/AU) at no cost.

More information: Sound Magic / Piano One

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Sound Magic bundles Neo Dynamic and Neo Loudness in Dynamic Bundle

Sound Magic has announced the release of the Dynamic Bundle, a collection of two Neo effect plug-ins for dynamic processing.

Dynamic Bundle currently includes Neo Dynamic and Neo Loudness, which features Compressors, Limiters and Maximizers.

Sound Magic Neo Dynamic

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 is based on Sound Magic Award Winning Modeling Technology. This makes Neo Dynamic more like a sampler than typical compressors and limiters. It embodies several algorithms (such as sample sets) that make this plug-in easy to expand and extend with new compressors/limiters models in the future. Neo Dynamic starts with 10 compressors/limiters, modelled after famous brand names such as SSL, TubeTech and so on. Each of these has their own famous “flavors” ready to use.

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.

For years, producers have wanted their music to be louder and louder. So the brickwall limiter became the main weapon for getting to that maximum volume. However, there is always a price to pay when pushing to the extreme. The music would tend to lose its “breath” and sound too “tight”. Sound Magic has spent years designing a solution for this issue and has developed a new algorithm that can make the sound as loud as a brickwall limiter (even achieving within -5dB Average RMS), without destroying the original natural sounds. Neo Loudness keeps the “breath” of the original music.

The Sound Magic Neo Loudness Algorithm is based on psychological acoustics, the science that shows how human ears are less sensitive to loudness when it reaches certain ranges. Neo Loudness uses this area to compress the audio signal. When using traditional limiters – and under heavy limiting – music will sound very tight and breathless. The main instruments will sound like they are being pushed way forward. With Neo Loudness, the overall result is a more natural sound while the imaging of the instruments is hardly changed.

The Dynamic Bundle (Windows VST/Supreme Piano 2 add-on) is available to purchase for 99 EUR. An upgrade from one of the plug-ins to the bundle costs 30 EUR.

More information: Sound Magic

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Sound Magic Piano Thor updated to v1.5 for Mac

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Piano Thor

Sound Magic has announced Mac version 1.5 of its Piano Thor virtual Steinway piano instrument.

This is the sound of the piano “Thor” developed from the most famous Steinway piano – perhaps the most famous grand piano – in history. This is the Steinway D numbered CD443, the piano that Vladimir Horowitz loved most. The CD443, Mr. Horowitz’s last piano, was selected by the artist for his own personal home use. When he was first introduced to this instrument, Mr. Horowitz had reservations about the piano’s action (which was rather heavy) but came to love the instrument so much that, when he briefly considered concertizing in 1989, he planned to take the CD443 with him. This piano was used for recording sessions made at his home in both 1988 and 1989.

Piano Thor featured an amazing dynamic range which other pianos were hard pressed to compete with. It had more “bite” when it was played really hard but it produced a soft, singing tone when played softly. And Steinway’s famous singing tone and bell like sympathetic resonances made it a truly great piano. This vast dynamic contrast and its lighting fast response won this superb instrument the name “Thor”, the Norse god of storms and thunder.

Changes in Piano Thor v1.5

  • Add Audience Mic Position.
  • Add Key Release Modeling.
  • Add String Resonance.
  • Adjust Dynamic.
  • Many Minor Changes.

Piano Thor for Windows and Mac is available to purchase for 129 EUR.

More information: Sound Magic / Piano Thor

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Sound Magic Laurel Pipa Chinese lute sample library released

Sound Magic has announced the release of Laurel Pipa, a Chinese lute sample library.

Sound Magic Laurel Pipa

The Pipa, also known as the Chinese lute, is one of the most popular Chinese instruments and has been played for almost two thousand years. In comparison to western instruments such as violins or guitars, the Pipa has traditionally been dependent on many performance skills to produce it’s wide variations in sound.

Laurel Pipa is the largest sampled Pipa to appear on the market. Our 2.5GB library covers nearly all existing performance skills of Pipa, with over 15 categories and 60 variations.

To ensure the maximum accuracy and musicality in the reproduction of this complex and beautiful sound, Sound Magic invited the virtuoso from the prestigious Central Academy of Drama in Beijing to record their wide variety of sounds. To make it easier for you to sound like one of these world reknowned Pipa performers, Sound Magic has developed a simpler set of controls to let you control all 60 skills on the fly.

By using the best recording gear available on the market, including a Neve console, dCS AD converter and Beyerdynamic MC740 Microphones. Laurel Pipa brings you super clarity and an expressive sound. Laurel Pipa has over 2000 samples, each recorded with 24Bit/96KHz resolution for maximum fidelity.

Laural Pipa is available as an instrument plugin for Windows and Mac (VST/AU) and as a sample library for Native Instruments Kontakt. Each format is priced at 99 EUR.

More information: Sound Magic / Laurel Pipa

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