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Brainworx Reversed Advent Calendar – Up to 47% off bundles & 25% off plugins

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Brainworx Reversed Advent Calendar

Brainworx has announced its Reversed Advent Calendar, a limited time promotion.

Brainworx, SPL, elysia & Vertigo would like to say thank you for a great 2011. Since BX is working closely with SPL, elysia and Vertigo on the plugin development we thought it would save you and us a lot of emails to send out one combined X-Mas newsletter this year, offering you one great X-Mas promotion.

So, today we are starting our infamous REVERSED ADVENT CALENDAR again.
This year for the first time all 4 companies join forces, giving you the chance to grab some of the hottest plugins of 2011 at very cool savings.

Get your favorite plugins or any bundle or upgrade at (almost) “holy rates”. ;-)
The faster you are the more you save … 25% off today, 24% off Dec 2, 23% Dec 3, … etc.

Bundles are discounted by 20% – 30% anyway, so with the additional X-Mas discounts you may save up to 47% on our bigger bundles now.

More information: Brainworx

Universal Audio debuts bx_digital V2 EQ and SPL Vitalizer MK2-T for UAD-2

Universal Audio has announced the release of the first new Direct Developer plug-ins for the UAD-2 Powered Plug-Ins platform: the Brainworx® bx_digital V2 EQ plug-in and the legendary SPL® Vitalizer MK2-T plug-in.

Brainworx bx_digital V2 EQ

The Brainworx® bx_digital V2 EQ is an award-winning mastering EQ, named as the “Gear of the Decade” by Future Music magazine. The bx_digital V2 EQ offers three modes — M/S Mastering, M/S Recording, and L/R Stereo — with a unique “SixPack” Master Section, 11-band EQ with Shifter EQs to 22 kHz, and built-in M/S De-Esser, Dynamic EQ, and extensive metering options. An included bx_digital V2 Mono plug-in provides the same Mastering EQ-quality sound for mixing applications. For many engineers, this incredibly smooth-sounding processor is simply the ultimate software equalizer.

The SPL® Vitalizer MK2-T is an authentic emulation of the popular tube-based Vitalizer hardware unit, a longtime staple of top mixing and post-production engineers. Offering a patented technology for greater perceived loudness and clarity without unnatural artifacts, the Vitalizer provides independent Bass and Mid-Hi processing that works in both the time and frequency domains to effectively unmask overlapping sounds. As both a fixative and an enhancement tool, the Vitalizer MK2-T is a mixing must-have.

These new UAD-2 Powered Plug-Ins are noteworthy both in their unique sonic capabilities, as well as their being developed in their entirety for the UAD-2 platform by the software engineers at SPL and Brainworx — two of the audio industry’s most respected brands — as part of a new UAD-2 SDK (software development kit).

Available for purchase via UA’s Online Store, the Brainworx bx_digital V2 EQ sells for $329 USD, and the SPL Vitalizer MK2-T sells for $249 USD.

The Brainworx bx_digital V2 EQ and SPL Vitalizer MK2-T plug-ins are now available as part of the new UAD Software v6.0 release, which includes the new Ampex® ATR-102 Mastering Tape Recorder Plug-In, as well as significant improvements to Pro Tools and support for Mac OS X Lion.

More information: Universal Audio / bx_digital V2 EQ Plug-In / Vitalizer MK2-T

Universal Audio releases Ampex ATR-102 Mastering Tape Recorder plug-in for UAD-2

Universal Audio has announced the released of the Ampex ATR-102 Mastering Tape Recorder Plug-In, a faithful emulation of the Ampex ATR-102 Tape Recorder for the UAD-2 Powered Plug-Ins platform.

Ampex ATR-102 Mastering Tape Recorder Plug-In

For more than three decades, the two-channel Ampex ATR-102 Tape Recorder has turned music recordings into records. The perfect complement to the workhorse Studer® A800 Multichannel Tape Recorder Plug-In, the officially sanctioned ATR-102 plug-in provides the final, cohesive analog polish and punch for any in-the-box mastering session, without the ongoing maintenance and calibration of a physical tape machine.

Impeccably developed over a nine-month period in the renowned UAD engineering tradition — and incorporating presets from noted ATR-102 users Chuck Ainlay, Richard Dodd, Buddy Miller, and Mike Poole — the ATR-102 Mastering Tape Recorder Plug-In faithfully replicates the unique dynamics, frequency response, and saturation characteristics of the original hardware. Scrutinized and fully authenticated by Ampex Corporation, the sound of the ATR-102 plug-in for UAD-2 is virtually indistinguishable from its analog cousin.

ATR-102 Mastering Tape Recorder Plug-In features

  • Ampex®-authenticated plug-in emulation of the ATR-102 Mastering Tape Recorder — the most popular professional 2-track machine ever made.
  • Provides rich, cohesive tape sound, without the hassles of calibration, maintenance, tape degradation, etc..
  • Adjustable (L/R) Tape Delay, Wow, Flutter, and Crosstalk.
  • Requires a UAD-2 DSP Accelerator Card available from authorized dealers worldwide.
  • Models entire ATR-102 electronic path, including transformers, amplifiers, Input, Record. and Repro paths.
  • Featuring multiple Tape Formulas and Calibration Levels for mix down.
  • Independent L/R Input Gain (Record) and Output (Reproduce) Level.
  • IPS Speed/Emphasis Curve chooses between 3.75 NAB, 7.5 NAB, 7.5 CCIR, 15 NAB, 15 CCIR, 30 AES.
  • Independent L/R record Bias, Record EQ, and Playback EQs, with Auto and Manual Cal capabilities.

The Ampex ATR-102 Tape Recorder Plug-In is available to purchase in UA’s Online Store for $349 USD.

The Ampex ATR-102 Tape Recorder Plug-In is available as part of the new UAD Software v6.0 release. In addition to the Ampex ATR-102 plug-in, v6.0 includes the release of the Brainworx® bx_digital V2 EQ and SPL® Vitalizer MK2-T direct developer plug-ins, as well as highly anticipated Pro Tools compatibility enhancements and Mac OS X Lion support.

More information: Universal Audio / Ampex ATR-102 Mastering Tape Recorder Plug-In

SPL Reducer, the new red hot power soak

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SPL Reducer

Sound Performance Lab has announced the Reducer, a new passive power soak.

The Reducer attenuates the power output of the guitar amp. This means that all sorts of amps, especially tube amps, can now be overdriven without the need of having to be too loud.

So whenever you need the best sound of your guitar amp, with the Reducer you always get it. The Reducer works entirely passive and converts the amp’s energy into heat – this ensures best sound characteristics and can turn it into a really hot unit indeed!

Reducer features

  • Max. input load: 200W RMS @ 8 ohms.
  • Simple insertion between amp and cabinet.
  • Passive principle, requires no own power supply.
  • No sound degradation.
  • Switchable impedance for all amps (4, 8, or 16 ohms).
  • Point to point handwired.
  • Developed and handcrafted in Germany.

SPL Reducer has a recommended retail price of 277 EUR / $449 USD. Prices excluding VAT.

More information: SPL / Reducer

Universal Audio announces Lexicon 224 Digital Reverb Emulation for UAD-2 Powered Plug-Ins Platform

Universal Audio has announced the impending release of the highly anticipated Lexicon 224 Digital Reverb plug-in for the UAD-2 platform.

Universal Audio Lexicon 224

From the moment it was unleashed on the audio industry in 1978, the original Lexicon 224 Digital Reverb — with its tactile, slider-based controller and famously lush reverb tail — almost single-handedly defined the sound of an entire era, and remains one of the most popular and influential digital reverb units of all time.

The result of UA’s acclaimed modeling expertise, the Lexicon 224 plug-in for UAD-2 precisely captures all eight reverb programs available in original 224 firmware version 4.4, including every tunable parameter, with unique fader-style controls — inviting easy experimentation and sonic exploration. In UA’s exhaustive modeling tradition, the Lexicon 224 emulation also incorporates the original unit’s input transformers and early AD/DA converters — nailing the entire signal path right down to the last detail.

Additionally, the Lexicon 224 emulation for UAD-2 features direct input and presets from famous Lexicon 224 users, including Chuck Zwicky (Prince, Jeff Beck), Eli Janney (Jet, Ryan Adams), David Isaac (Eric Clapton, Luther Vandross), E.T. Thorngren (Talking Heads, Bob Marley), and Kevin Killen (U2, Peter Gabriel).

“The Lexicon 224 has been a significant player on hit records for three decades,” said Matt Ward, President of Universal Audio. “But as with so many great vintage hardware units, original Lexicon 224′s are getting harder and harder to find. Luckily, with Lexicon’s assistance and our own elite DSP team, we can offer the true, iconic sound of the 224 to anyone making music with a UAD-2 DSP Accelerator on their Mac and PC.”

“The 224 was really the product that launched the Lexicon brand,” commented Michael MacDonald, Harman Professional Executive Vice President of Marketing and Sales. “At Lexicon, we continue to push the boundaries of audio processing in new directions, but we entrusted UA to accurately model this classic unit from our past, which is really their forte. We look forward to similar collaborations with UA in the future.”

Available for purchase via UA’s Online Store in Q2 2011, the Lexicon 224 Digital Reverb plug-in will sell for $349US. Lexicon 224 Digital Reverb plug-in features include:

  • Lexicon-endorsed, UA-modeled for complete accuracy
  • 8 reverb programs and 1 chorus program from final Lexicon v.4.4 firmware
  • Models entire analog circuit and digital path for total authenticity

The Lexicon 224 Digital Reverb plug-in will be available as part of the new UAD Software v5.9.0 release, slated for Q2 2011. In addition to the Lexicon 224 Digital Reverb plug-in, v5.9.0 includes UA’s first-ever Direct Developer plug-ins from Brainworx and SPL, as well as improvements for UAD-2 Satellite users.

More information: Universal Audio / UAD-2 Plug-Ins

Sound Performance Lab NEOS, 120v mixing and monitoring console

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Sound Performance Lab NEOS

Sound Performance Lab has announced NEOS, the world’s first 120 volts mixing and monitoring console.

Compared to standard mixer designs, NEOS’ operational voltage is increased fourfold — more power means higher overall performance: more than 30 dB input headroom, 125 dB dynamic range, 100 dB S/N ratio.

NEOS features

  • 24 channel mixing and monitoring console.
  • Compact 19″/7 U housing format.
  • Chain as many NEOS as you like.
  • Ultimate mixing quality.
  • Ultimate monitoring quality.
  • Designed and handcrafted in Germany.

SPL will demonstrate the NEOS at stand 5.1/B82 of the MusikMesse.

More information: Sound Performance Lab

Wave Alchemy free sample packs

Wave Alchemy

Our friends at Wave Alchemy have released a number of free sample packs, which are now available to download directly from rekkerd.org.

Wave Alchemy is an innovative sound design company based in Nottingham in the United Kingdom. We specialize in the development of cutting-edge sample libraries which are produced to perfection using a collection of highly sought after vintage and new-age studio equipment.

These freebies are a great taster of their commercial products, so make sure to check the Wave Alchemy website for more high quality royalty free sound libraries.

Wired Electronics

Wave Alchemy Wired Electronics

Wired Electronics is the result of an intensive recording session with Wave Alchemy’s semi-modular synth setup! This 100% free sample pack consists of 74 freshly recorded 24-bit analogue drum samples which have been crafted from the ground up using our semi-modular system and treated through a selection of our favourite signal processors!

Wired Electronics

  • Kit used: Moog Voyager , Moog CP-251 CV processor , Moog VX-351 , Moog MF-107 , Moog MF-101 , Moog MF-102 , Future Retro XS , Korg MS-20.
  • Sound Shaping: Empirical Labs Fatso & Distressor , A-Designs EM-PEQ , Spectra Sonics 610 , Valley People 610 , Thermionic Culture Vulture.

Wired Electronics Downloads: 5394 times

606 Drums

Wave Alchemy 606 Drums

606 Drums by Wave Alchemy serves up 290 drum samples from Roland’s sought-after TR-606 drum machine. The samples included have been lovingly recorded through an API pre-amp with many sounds boasting multiple round robin variations, accent and velocity layers! 606 Drums contains four pre-mapped drum kit patches for use with Kontakt 2, 3, & 4 and Battery 3. Each kit makes extensive use of multiple velocity layers, round robin sample playback techniques and choke groups to create truly expressive sample instruments.

606 Drums

  • Driven Kit – Includes 41 TR-606 drum samples which have been recorded and processed through a Thermionic Culture Vulture MV to give a harmonically rich and extremely colourful sound. This kit includes 5 round robin samples per sound.
  • Dry Kit – includes a whooping 168 TR-606 drum samples which have been recorded clean through an API 512c pre-amp. This kit has been recorded in 96K, 24-bit and includes 8 round robin samples per sound as well as 3 accent / velocity layers per hit!
  • Stereo FX Kit – Includes 41 TR-606 drum samples which have been recorded and abused through a Moog Voyager’s stereo filtering capabilities whilst being controlled by a ton of MoogerFoogers and various other CV gear! This kit sounds almost totally unrecognisable to the true TR-606 sound…
  • Warm Kit – includes 40 TR-606 drum samples which have been treated to generous amounts of vintage compression, EQ and saturation from a range of Wave Alchemy’s extensive outboard collection! This kit includes 5 round robin samples per sound.

606 Drums Downloads: 4651 times

Club Kicks 2

Wave Alchemy Club Kicks 2

Club Kicks 2 serves up 65 speaker shaking kick drum samples from Jomox’s famous AIRBase 99 drum machine. The drum samples included in Club Kicks 2 have been treated with generous amounts of outboard processing and compression, and further harmonically enhanced with a Thermionic Culture Vulture valve distortion box!

Club Kicks 2

  • 65 24bit 100% royalty free kick drum samples which have been recorded through an Agrade signal chain including devices such as the Thermionic Culture Vulture, Empirical Labs Distressor and API 512c preamp.

Club Kicks 2 Downloads: 3982 times

Odyssey FX

Wave Alchemy Odyssey FX

Odyssey FX provides 70 100% royalty free sound effects samples, glitch hits and weird retro noises from the highly soughtafter ARP Odyssey analogue synthesizer. All sound effects have been beautifully recorded through an API 512c preamp in crystal clear 24bit resolution. Whether you produce dance music, acoustic music or design sound for multimedia, game and film, Odyssey FX delivers a great source of weird and wonderful sound effects and is a great addition to any producer’s tool kit.

Odyssey FX

  • 70 24bit 100% royalty free sound effects samples.
  • Swishes, sweeps and falls.
  • Weird hits and stuttered glitch.
  • Retro noises, bleeps and atmospherics inspired by the early Radiophonic Workshop.

Odyssey FX Downloads: 4446 times

Club Kicks

Wave Alchemy Club Kicks

Club Kicks by Wave Alchemy serves up 75 thunderous kick drum samples from Jomox’s famous analogue kick drum module. As with Electrik Drums and Airbase Drums all sounds have been superbly recorded through an API 512c preamp, only this time ALL samples have been enhanced with generous amounts of outboard compression and EQ!
To further this, all 75 samples have then been passed through a Sherman Filterbank distortion unit to add a grittier and more harmonically rich tone! For your convenience we have included both the distorted and predistorted kick drum samples giving you a whooping 150 floor shaking analogue drum hits.

Club Kicks

  • 150 24bit 100% royalty free Club Kick sampled from the Jomox MBase II Drum Machine.
  • 75 kick drums amply processed through highend compressors and EQs.
  • 75 kick drums harmonically enhanced with the Sherman Filterbank filter/distortion unit.
  • Kit List: Jomox MBase 11, API 512c preamp, Empirical Labs Distressor EL8, SSL E Series EQ, SSL E Series Compressor, SPL Transient Designer.

Club Kicks Downloads: 3770 times

More information: Wave Alchemy

Universal Audio announces UAD-2 Satellite DUO and QUAD Firewire DSP Accelerator Packages

Universal Audio has announced the impending release of UAD-2 Satellite DUO and QUAD Firewire DSP Accelerator Packages.

UAD-2 Satellite

As the newest members of UA’s UAD-2 Powered Plug-Ins platform, the UAD-2 Satellite family combines DSP acceleration with the plug-and-play simplicity of Firewire 800/400 – perfect for modern, Intel-based iMacs and MacBook Pros.

UAD-2 SatelliteThe UAD-2 Satellite puts the entire UAD Powered Plug-Ins library within easy reach of Firewire 800 and 400-equipped computers; no PCIe card installation required. In developing these UAD plug-ins, UA’s DSP engineers work with leading hardware manufacturers – including Roland, Neve, Studer, dbx, Solid State Logic, Lexicon, Manley, Empirical Labs, Trident, SPL, EMT and more – using their exact schematics, golden units, and experienced ears. This gives computer-based musicians and engineers the warmth and harmonics of classic analog recordings, wherever they mix.

Available in DUO or QUAD processor format (with either two or four Analog Devices SHARC processors, respectively), UAD-2 Satellite packages provide a processing “boost” for digital audio workstations, and include a selection of classic analog emulation plug-ins, right out of the box.

Notable UAD-2 Satellite features include:

  • Access the UAD Powered Plug-Ins library on select Firewire 800 and 400 equipped computers.
  • Compatible with a wide range of modern Intel-based iMacs and MacBook Pros.
  • Run larger mixes in Pro Tools, Logic, Cubase, Nuendo, Performer and more – without taxing host computer CPU.
  • 5 models to choose from:
    • DUO (Core).
    • DUO Flexi (w/ $500 Plug-In Voucher).
    • QUAD (Core).
    • QUAD Flexi (w/ $500 Plug-In Voucher).
    • QUAD Omni v5.7 (w/ 50 UAD plug-ins).

The complete line of UAD-2 Satellite DSP Accelerators is slated for a Q1 2011 release with prices starting at $899 MAP USD.

More information: Universal Audio