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SSL announce 3 new Duende Native plug-in developments

Solid State Logic has announce a trio of major new developments for their acclaimed Duende Native range of plug-ins at the 2014 ProLight & Sound Show (Hall 8. Stand L80).

SSL Duende Native

The superior audio quality and deep feature set of the SSL Duende Native plug-in range has earned the respect of a very discerning clientele through the years. The three new plug-ins complement the existing range with two plug-ins (X-Saturator & X-ValveComp) designed to bring some analogue saturation and distortion emulation to your digital DAW and the third (X-Phase) delivering high precision frequency specific phase correction. The new plug-ins are due for public release by May 1st 2014. To coincide with the new plug-in release SSL has announced migration of the entire Duende Native plug-in collection to the iLok copy protection system. SSL has also announced a summer release for AAX versions of the entire suite.

“We’re excited to bring these new tools to the Duende family. Like the others in the Duende range the new plug-ins are a mix of easy-to-use sound sweeteners and technical problem-solvers.” says Jim Motely, Head Of Business for Workstation Partner Products at SSL. “By responding to our customer’s requests to move to what many see as the industry-standard copy protection system we hope to ensure that using Duende plug-ins is as simple an experience as possible”.

The plug-ins will be available from May, 2014. Release of versions of the entire Duende Native plug-in suite which are compatible with Avid AAX format and thus ProTools 11 are due for release in Q3 2014. The AAX versions will be free to all existing iLok based Duende Native plug-in owners.

More information: Solid State Logic / Duende Native

Softube releases Console 1 next generation audio mixer

Softube has announced the release of its Console 1 computer based audio mixing solution for Windows and Mac.

Softube Console 1

Console 1 will not only give you the world-class sound of the included Solid State Logic SL 4000 E model, but also the analog workflow of using physical knobs and buttons when you mix.

Console 1 is all about great sound and intuitive, hands-on control.

Console 1 features

  • Next generation mixer.
  • Tightly integrated hardware/software system.
  • Solid State Logic SL 4000 E model included.
  • Hands-on control and intuitive workflow.
  • Use with any major DAW.
  • Parametric equalizer, compressor, gate, transient shaper, high/low cut filters and harmonics/distortion.
  • Customize the channel by adding any Softube equalizer or dynamics plug-in.
  • The system will run and the settings can be adjusted without having the hardware connected.

Console 1 has a list price of $1,099 USD / 849 EUR, with an expected street price of $999 USD / 799 EUR (including 19% sales tax).

More information: Softube / Console 1

Samples From Mars releases TR 909 Samples Library

Samples From Mars TR 909 Samples Library

Samples From Mars has launched its TR 909 Samples Library, a collection of raw TR 909 samples reecorded to tape.

If you’re after raw, banging 909 samples, look no further. To finish off our Drum Machine Samples Collection we’ve taken a Roland TR 909 Drum Machine and recorded it through a legendary SSL 4000 G+ analog console to a mastering reel to reel 1/4″ tape machine.

After using various high end processing (almost exclusively analog), we edited every hit by hand, and arranged the best ones into corresponding folders, named simply and sorted chromatically for maximum ease of use.

TR 909 Samples Library features

  • 332 24bit, royalty free TR 909 samples recorded through an SSL Console to tape.
  • Every hit has been re-pitched extensively & arranged by tuning.
  • 72 deep kick drums, ranging from clean to dirty, low to hi.
  • 61 punchy & saturated snares.
  • 199 additional Claps, Hi Hats, Toms, Rims, & more.

The sample pack costs $18 USD.

More information: Samples From Mars / TR 909 Samples Library

Drum Broker releases Minty Drums Vol. 2 sample pack

Drum Broker Minty Drums Vol 2

The Drum Broker has announced Minty Drums Vol. 2, a collection of drum and percussion samples.

Fresh beats need fresh drums! Enter, Minty Drums Drums Vol. 2, the follow up to the wildly popular Minty Drums & Percussion drum kit, another all new installment of must have drum samples for your production arsenal.

Minty Drums Vol. 2 features 238 live & original drum samples processed through a variety of outboard analog equipment including: SSL Preamp, Manly Preamps, Studer 2″ tape machine

Drum Samples come as crispy 24-Bit Samples with plenty of Analog Flavor.

The sample pack costs $24.99 USD.

More information: Drum Broker / Minty Drums Vol. 2

EastWest announces Stormdrum 3 pre-order

EastWest Stormdrum 3

EastWest has announced that its Stormdrum 3 percussion instrument is now available to pre-order.

Stormdrum 3 is the first virtual instrument to include EastWest’s new PLAY 4 software. In PLAY 4, EastWest replaced some third party components; added Avid’s new AAX format that will allow Pro Tools 11 users to use EastWest’s virtual instruments 64-bit, greatly improving performance; added new time-stretch software optimized for loops (with sync to sequencer); added a new mixer page (with sub-channels for mic positions), added background loading, and other new features. To top it all off, EastWest now offers SSL FX from Solid State Logic, the industry leader in mixing technology; and an upgraded EastWest reverb. The new FX section is available as an optional upgrade for all legacy EastWest PLAY collections, but will be included FREE for SD3 users.

In addition, customers who place a pre-order for SD3, scheduled to ship July 15, will be able to use the SSL/EW FX section for other PLAY collections as an additional bonus when available. The FX section includes a SSL EQ and Dynamics Channel Strip, Transient Shaper, and SSL’s legendary Stereo Bus Compressor; plus an upgraded “true stereo” reverb from EastWest plus new features. Now, with it’s combination of the new PLAY 4 software, the best sound processing tools available, and world class percussion instruments, Stormdrum 3 is the most advanced percussion virtual instrument to date and a must-have.

EastWest Stormdrum 3
Stormdrum 3 includes 90 Gigabytes of all new percussion.

Stormdrum 3 features

  • Features the best instruments from the private collection of Mickey Hart.
  • Features additional instruments from the Remo private collection, hand picked by Remo himself.
  • Played by master percussionists Mickey Hart, Greg Ellis and Chalo Eduardo.
  • Produced by Nick Phoenix, “Two Steps From Hell” composer and creator of Stormdrum 1 and 2, epic percussion collections.
  • Includes tempo synced percussion performances directed and played by Mickey Hart, with Greg Ellis, Chalo Eduardo and Nick Phoenix
  • Includes 5 user-controllable mic positions for each instrument.
  • Recorded in the world famous EASTWEST Studio 1, the home of major Hollywood soundtracks and television themes.
  • Includes new PLAY 4 64-bit/32-bit software on both MAC and PC, more user control and detail than any other collection.

Stormdrum 3 is available to pre-order for $395 USD / 295 EUR (ex. VAT). The projected release date is July 15th, 2013.

More information: Soundsonline / Soundsonline (Europe)

UAD Holiday Sale – 20-60% off over 50 plugins

UAD Holiday Sale

Universal Audio launches Holiday Sale, offering up to 60% off its plug-ins and bundles.

Giant UAD Holiday Sale — Save 20-60% Storewide — including $100 Savings on Manley, Lexicon, and EMT!

The long-awaited UAD Holiday Sale is here! Give yourself the gift of UA’s most coveted plug-ins and bundles at some of the deepest discounts in history.

No coupon codes necessary. Simply cart the UAD Powered Plug-Ins & Bundles you want and save.

The UAD Holiday Sale ends December 31st, 2012.

More information: Universal Audio

Solid State Logic launches E-Series EQ & Dynamics modules for 500 series racks

Solid State Logic has announced the release of the E-Series EQ Module and E-Series Dynamics Module for the popular API 500 Series modular rack format.

The legendary 1980’s SSL SL 4000 E is one of the all-time classic consoles and has been featured on countless great recordings. The release of these new E-Series EQ and E-Series Dynamics Modules makes the gritty tonal character of the channel processing from this much-loved console available to a new group of users.

The SSL console sound has been available in 12 different modules for SSL’s own modular X-Rack system for many years. The system enjoys a large and enthusiastic customer base (more than 15,000 modules sold) that reap the benefits of the very high-quality power supply and on board TotalRecall™ offered by SSL‘s X-Rack. The release of two modules for the widely-used 500 Series modular rack platform makes a small slice of the SSL sound available to a wider user base. The new modules will be shown at the forthcoming 2012 AES Show in San Francisco (Booth 1005)

SSL 611DYN / 611EQ
The new E-Series Dynamics and EQ modules for API’s 500 series.

The E-Series Dynamics Module for 500 Series racks reproduces the legendary sonic signature of the fully-flavored VCA channel dynamics section of the SL 4000 E console channel strip.

The E-Series Dynamics Module features a compressor/limiter and an expander/gate, both of which return faithfully to the circuitry and key components that define the sound of the original SL 611 E Series channel strip. A true RMS converter is used in the side chain while the gain element is an all-discrete design identical to the Class A VCA chip used in the original unit.

The compressor contains additional switching options that allow a user to defeat the over-easy curve and to use a linear release instead of the more usual logarithmic curve. The result is a compressor with three distinct voices, each with its own musical character.

The E-Series EQ Module for 500 Series racks features two different EQ’s found on editions of the console produced between 1979 and 1987. Each EQ has unique response curves and tonal character.

Historically, the type of EQ fitted in an individual console was distinguished by the colors used on the LF knob caps so the two flavors have become known as the ‘Brown’ and ‘Black’ EQ’s. On the E-Series EQ Module, you can switch between these two different flavors of EQ that have been loved by generations of professional producers.

The SSL channel EQ is the classic four band design with fully parametric LMF and HMF with Q controls, which has become the industry standard channel EQ configuration. The E-Series EQ features selectable shelving or Bell curve operation for the LF and HF frequencies.

E-Series EQ & Dynamics features

  • Immortal SSL SL 4000 E Series circuitry.
  • Based on original SL 611 E console channel strip.
  • Dynamics
    • Class A VCA replication.
    • Classic Expander/Gate configuration.
  • EQ
    • “Black-242” and “Brown-02” twin EQ design.
    • Versatile four band channel EQ.
    • Bell curve option on HF and LF.
    • Fully parametric LMF and HMF with Q.

Both modules are available now from SSL Resellers worldwide, priced at £518 GBP/$889 USD/646 EUR + VAT or Sales Tax.

More information: Solid State Logic

Universal Audio announces new UAD-2 hardware and UAD Powered Plug-In software bundles

Universal Audio has announced a complete re-imagination of the popular UAD Powered Plug-Ins platform.

Highlighted by the new flagship UAD-2 OCTO DSP Accelerator card, featuring eight SHARC processors, the UAD-2 Series offers new Custom and Ultimate software bundles and more affordable pricing for all UAD-2 SOLO, DUO, and QUAD DSP Accelerator models.

UAD-2 OCTO Ultimate
Universal Audio UAD-2 OCTO Ultimate bundle.
  • New OCTO DSP Accelerators — Heavyweight Processing Power
    The new top-of-the-line UAD-2 OCTO DSP Accelerator ($1,499US) features eight SHARC processors on a single PCIe card and easily installs into a PCIe-equipped Mac or PC workstation or compatible expansion chassis — giving music producers and engineers twice the processing power of its UAD-2 QUAD DSP Accelerator counterpart. For UAD power users running large audio sessions with high UAD plug-in instances and/or high sample rates, the UAD-2 OCTO DSP Accelerator is the uncompromising professional solution.
  • New UAD-2 “Custom” Bundles — Pick Any 3 UAD Plug-Ins
    For just $400US more than a UAD-2 DUO, QUAD, or OCTO “Core” DSP Accelerator model, UAD users can now step up to UAD-2 Custom bundles, selecting any three individual UAD plug-ins within 45 days of their new UAD-2 hardware registration. With a world-renowned UAD plug-in library that includes Ampex®, Manley®, Lexicon®, Studer®, EMT®, Empirical Labs®, Neve®, SSL®, Roland®, and more, UAD-2 Custom bundles deliver a potential software value of more than $1,000US (depending on UAD plug-ins selected), at significant savings to new UAD-2 users.
  • New UAD-2 “Ultimate” Bundles — The Definitive Collection
    Combining the most powerful UAD-2 DSP Accelerator hardware with the most complete UAD plug-in bundle available, the new UAD-2 OCTO Ultimate (PCIe card format) and UAD-2 Satellite QUAD Ultimate (FireWire format) packages offer an extensive library of more than 55 UA-developed plug-ins, up to and including UAD Software v6.3*. These UAD-2 Ultimate packages represent the definitive collection of more than 10 years of UAD plug-in development.
  • More Affordable UAD-2 SOLO, DUO, and QUAD Core Models
    Alongside the new UAD-2 hardware and software introductions, UA is debuting new, more affordable pricing for the “Core” models of UAD-2 SOLO, DUO, and QUAD PCIe hardware and UAD-2 DUO and QUAD Satellite FireWire hardware. All UAD-2 Core models include the popular “Analog Classics” plug-in bundle, featuring the LA-2A Classic Audio Leveler, 1176LN/1176SE Classic Limiting Amplifiers, Pultec EQP-1A, and RealVerb Pro plug-ins. Additional UAD plug-ins can be purchased from UA’s Online Store.

“We’re excited by the additional power and flexibility that this new UAD-2 lineup provides,” says CEO and Founder, Bill Putnam, Jr. “Not only has the processing power doubled with the UAD-2 OCTO model, but it’s now easier for users to customize their UAD-2 packages right out of the box. And with our new aggressive pricing for SOLO, DUO, and QUAD Core models, UAD-2 is now even more accessible to producers who want to add authentic analog tone in their recordings.

Estimated US Street Prices for UAD-2 Desktop (PCI-Express) and Satellite (FireWire) DSP Accelerators:

  • UAD-2 OCTO (PCIe): $1,499 (Core) / $1,899 (Custom) / $5,499 (Ultimate).
  • UAD-2 QUAD (PCIe): $999 (Core) / $1,399 (Custom).
  • UAD-2 DUO (PCIe): $699 (Core) / $1,099 (Custom).
  • UAD-2 SOLO (PCIe): $299 (Core).
  • UAD-2 QUAD Satellite (FireWire): $999 (Core) / $1,399 (Custom) / $4,999 (Ultimate).
  • UAD-2 DUO Satellite (FireWire): $699 (Core) / $1,099 (Custom).

More information: Universal Audio / UAD Powered Plug-Ins