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Sound Performance Lab intros Phonitor 2 headphone preamp

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Sound Performance Lab has announced Phonitor 2, bringing preamplifier/monitor controller functionality and remote controllable volume to the headphone preamp.

SPL Phonitor 2

We are uber-happy to introduce the successor of our legendary Phonitor headphone preamp. We have kept all proven features while incorporating some major improvements — as such, the new Phonitor can be used as the ultimate monitor controller and preamp for three different sources.

Likewise, we revised the 120-Volt technology in order for it to perform better, which resulted in our measurement gear being outclassed. Even our creative team got even more creative and came up with a fascinating name: “Phonitor 2.” There’s only one thing that remained unchanged: the price.

Phonitor 2 features

  • 120 Volt headphone amp and preamp/monitor controller.
  • For dynamic and balanced headphones.
  • For all headphones with an impedance of >10 Ohms (>40 Ohms for balanced headphones).
  • Volume adjustment with any remote control.
  • Frequency response: 4Hz – 480kHz (-3dB).
  • THD+N: HP 0.00091 %, Line output 0.00085%.
  • Dynamic range: HP 133.62dB/Line 134.37dB.

The Phonitor 2 costs MSRP 1,649 EUR.

More information: SPL / Phonitor 2

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Plugin Alliance updates plug-ins + Producer Series Bundles released

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Plugin Alliance

Plugin Alliance has announced free updates for all its plug-ins.

The Next Generation!

We just released a Major Update for all your Alliance Plugins.

Changes in plug-ins

  • Improvements and more flexibility for license activation.
  • Activate either single plugins or all plugins on any device.
  • Stability fixes and host-specific improvements (PT11, Logic ProX, VST3).
  • Fixed mouse-wheel issues on Windows, etc.

The updates are now available as a free download for existing customers.

Plugin Alliance has also announced the release of 9 new Producer Series Bundles, a number of application specific collections for drums, vocals, guitars, mastering etc.

Producer Series Bundles

Producer Series Bundles

  • Save up to 60% with our 9 new bundles and pay them off in up to 3 rates.
  • 4 – 7 plugins per bundle. Application specific collections.
  • Brainworx. elysia. Maag. Noveltech. ProAudioDSP. SPL. Vertigo.
  • You only pay for what you don´t own yet: If you own some of the contained plugins already your price will be reduced automatically.

More information: Plugin Alliance

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SPL intros Car Vitalizer app for iOS

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SPL Car Vitalizer

Sound Performance Lab has announced Car Vitalizer, a sound enhancement app for iOS.

Enjoy professional sound tuning in your car – no screwing, no further hardware, no expertise required! Get the new Car Vitalizer® App für iPhone, iPad und iPod touch.

For many of us, the car is one of the last retreats where we can still listen to music or audio books undisturbed. So car stereos that aren’t optimally adapted to the in-car acoustic environment are real kill-joys.

SPL is a professional audio manufacturer creating sought-for technology for the world’s most famous music production facilities. Now we have ported our patented sound enhancing technologies to the iPhone and iPad in the form of the new Car Vitalizer App — finally professional sound enhancing available to all car owners.

Car Vitalizer for iOS is available to purchase for 6.99 EUR via in-app purchase. The app is free to try for three days.

More information: SPL / Car Vitalizer

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SPL Madison MADI interface now available

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SPL Madison

Sound Lab Performance has announced that its Madison 16+16 channel MADI interface is now available.

We had already presented some prototypes at the Musikmesse in Frankfurt, Germany, earlier this year. Now we have concluded all tests and we are utterly convinced that the MADI interface is an extremely reliable, powerful and high-quality solution.

The Madison concept rests on three principles: straightforward operation, flexible expansion capabilities and impeccable sound. Moreover, the Madison ought to set a new price standard in its league: 1.499 Euros MSRP for Germany incl. 19% VAT, 1.214 Euro excl. VAT, 1.899 USD (USA).

We place the Madison in all environments and situations where professional standards are required: from home and project studios to professional recording facilities and orchestra recordings, as well as for mobile and fixed installations.

Madison features

  • 16 AD and 16 DA converters in 1U.
  • Superb sounding converters with a sophisticated analog section on 36 V audio rails.
  • +24 dBu professional output level.
  • Best price/performance value.
  • Up to 64 I/Os on 1 MADI port (4 units).
  • Latency-neutral MADI chaining.
  • 44.1 to 192?kHz, ±10% vari-speed.
  • SPL clock-shop for jitter-free operation.
  • Ultra-compatible, always operational MADI IO with ultra low conversion latencies.
  • Four directly selectable reference levels: 15/18/22/24.
  • Simple operation and setup right from the front panel controls.
  • Ergonomic, distance-readable meters for clear level status indication of any I/O channel.
  • Fanless, absolutely silent low-power design (max. 30?W).
  • Redundant power supply optionally.
  • Four analog, 8-channel multicore DB 25 sockets (TASCAM industry standard).
  • Made in Germany.

The Madison is available to purchase for 1.499 EUR RRP Germany (incl. 19% VAT) / $1,899 USD.

More information: SPL / Madison

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Plugin Alliance launches Summer Sale

Plugin Alliance Summer Sale

Plugin Alliance has launched its Summer Sale, offering discounts on its plugins and bundles for a limited time.

Summer Sale 2013 on! Huge savings up to 75%!

Brainworx, SPL, Mäag, elysia, Noveltech, ProAudioDSP, Vertigo.
Many plugins under $100! SPL & Brainworx starting under $50!

ALL plugins discounted up to 50% until June 30.
These offers can be combined with the Dynamic Discounts of our interactive web store to save up to 75%!

More information: Plugin Alliance

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Universal Audio ships Apollo 16 audio interface

Universal Audio has announced it is shipping the Apollo 16 Audio Interface and new UAD Software v.7.0, which provides multi-unit cascading, Virtual I/O, and other enhancements to both the Apollo 16 and Apollo audio interfaces.

UAD Apollo 16
Universal Audio’s Apollo 16 audio interface provides 16 x 16 analog I/O with world-class sound and realtime UAD processing.

Apollo 16 is Universal Audio’s flagship 24-bit/192 kHz audio interface, delivering world-class conversion with 16 x 16 analog I/O. This uncompromising FireWire/Thunderbolt-ready* interface combines superior sound and flexible routing with powerful onboard UAD-2 QUAD processing. So you can track audio in real time through the full range of classic UAD analog emulation plug-ins — from Neve, Studer, Manley, Lexicon and more — on both Mac and Windows 7.*

Building upon decades of UA hardware expertise, Apollo 16 features meticulous analog circuit design, top-end converters, and DC-coupled outputs — providing the lowest THD and highest dynamic range of any converter in its class. Two Apollo 16 units can be cascaded over MADI for an expanded system with eight UAD processors and 32 x 32 simultaneous analog I/O, capable of handling large professional mixes.

Apollo 16 also offers compatibility with Intel’s high-bandwidth Thunderbolt technology on Macs via a user-installable dual-port Thunderbolt Option Card (sold separately). Thunderbolt provides greater UAD plug-in instances, improved performance at high sample rates, and reduced UAD plug-in latency in the DAW versus Apollo’s standard FireWire connection.

Apollo 16 is available for an estimated street price of $2,999 USD. Apollo’s Thunderbolt Option Card is also now available for an estimated street price of $499 USD.

Universal Audio’s new UAD Software features enhancements for Apollo and Apollo 16.

Universal Audio’s latest UAD Software v7.0 provides significant enhancements to Apollo’s workflow and expandability and adds the new Ocean Way Studios, SPL TwinTube, and Sonnox Inflator plug-ins to the UAD Powered Plug-Ins platform. Among these enhancements is multi-unit cascading, which allows for combining two Apollo 16 interfaces (for 32 x 32 analog I/O) or two Apollo interfaces (for 16 x 16 analog I/O, with eight Apollo mic preamps) into a single elegant system via FireWire or Thunderbolt.

The boost in Apollo connectivity is navigated via a redesigned Console application, offering better visual feedback, a new PT Mode which simplifies outboard hardware integration with Pro Tools, and a new Virtual I/O feature that allows for Realtime UAD Processing of DAW tracks and virtual instruments.

More information: Universal Audio / Apollo

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Universal Audio releases SPL TwinTube & Sonnox Oxford Inflator for UAD

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Universal Audio has announced the release of UAD Software v7.0, featuring two new Direct Developer plug-ins — SPL TwinTube and Sonnox Oxford Inflator.

SPL TwinTube

Developed by SPL for the UAD Powered Plug-Ins Platform, the SPL TwinTube Processor Plug-In is an authentic software version of the world-class tube effects processor, adding analog tube warmth, saturation, and harmonic distortion without impacting dynamic range. With two fully independent stages — which can be run together or separately — the SPL TwinTube Plug-In provides a wide-ranging palette of sonic shaping, from smooth and creamy overdrive to deep, growling saturation.

SPL TwinTube features

  • Authentic plug-in version of the world-class SPL TwinTube tube effects processor.
  • Adds analog tube warmth, saturation and harmonic distortion to instruments and vocals.
  • Boosts presence and spatial imaging without increasing overall dynamic range.
  • Easy, intuitive interface and simple workflow.
  • Developed for the UAD Powered Plug-Ins platform by SPL.
  • Requires a UAD-2 DSP Accelerator Card or Apollo Audio Interface.

The SPL TwinTube Plug-In is available to purchase for $199 USD.

Sonnox Oxford Inflator

Sonnox Oxford Inflator Plug-In – The Professional Standard for Adding Power and Punch — Without Squashing.

Developed by Sonnox for the UAD Powered Plug-Ins Platform, the Oxford Inflator does what so many dynamics processors only pretend to do — increase the apparent loudness of a mix or individual tracks without audibly affecting sonic quality or reducing dynamic range.

Sonnox Oxford Inflator features

  • Adds power, presence, and warmth to program material.
  • Increases perceived loudness of any source, without audibly affecting sonic quality.
  • Provides virtual headroom, allowing percussive peaks to pass without signal overload.
  • Direct and band-split modes for maximum flexibility and optimal DSP usage.
  • Developed for the UAD Powered Plug-Ins platform by Sonnox.
  • Requires a UAD-2 DSP Accelerator Card or Apollo Audio interface.

The Sonnox Oxford Inflator costs $179 USD.

More information: Universal Audio

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