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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

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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

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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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Producers Choice releases HD SSL Vinyl drum kit sample pack

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Producers Choice HD SSL Vinyl

The Producers Choice has released the HD SSL Vinyl, a collection of drums processed with the legendary SSL 4000G analog console.

Ever wondered why songs on the radio sound so warm and full? Most engineers will print mixes to analog tape, then mix using an analog console to achieve a warm, punchy and full mix.

If you want the ‘analog’ sound without the time and expense, then use this drum kit to inject some warmth and legendary SSL sparkle to your mix!

HD SSL Vinyl features

  • 56 Warm Kicks, 29 HD Snares, Claps, Warm 808/Basses, Percs & More!
  • Over 100MB of High Definition, 24bit WAV drum samples. Easy to use in your favourite audio software or sampler.
  • Perfect for boom bap, hip hop or any other urban/pop music!
  • Launch bonus:
    • 50 Gorgeous Vinyl Drum Breaks/Loops (Limited release of 50 copies).
    • 20 Vinyl Crackle samples to overlay and add unique warmth to any track.

The sample pack is available to purchase for $34 USD.

More information: Producers Choice / HD SSL Vinyl

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Solid State Logic launches Alpha-Link MX audio converters

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Solid State Logic has announced the launch of Alpha-Link MX, the first of a new generation of SSL A-D/D-A converters that deliver superior SSL audio quality in an affordable format for the serious project studio.

SSL Alpha-Link MX 16-4
SSL Alpha-Link MX scalable high performance DAW I/O for the pro project studio.

The new generation SSL converters build on the reputation of the highly respected larger Alpha-Link SX and AX models which are used in leading commercial recording facilities across the world alongside SSL’s AWS and Duality consoles.

The Alpha-Link MX range consists of two different 1 U units that can be used individually or combined to create larger systems. Each unit features 64 channel digital audio I/O via Fibre Optic MADI In/Out connections which can be used to connect to any suitably equipped MADI device including SSL’s own MadiXtreme, MX4 and Delta-Link computer audio interfaces, or to cascade multiple MX units. The ‘Alpha-Link MX 16-4’ has 16 analogue inputs and 4 analogue outputs, making it an ideal 16 channel capture device with 4 outputs for artist and studio monitoring. The ‘Alpha-Link MX 4-16’ has 4 analogue inputs and 16 analogue outputs, making it an ideal solution for 16 channel analogue summing with 4 channels of audio capture. Up to four MX units can be cascaded in any combination in a daisy chain. In this way systems with up to 80 analogue connections which are routable to a single 64 channel MADI In/Out connection can be created. MX units have a switchable reference level to enable matching with the rest of your studio system, with a range of settings between +24dB and +14dB. Alpha-Link MX units are configured via a set of simple, intuitive front panel controls with status indicator LED’s providing clear status and level information.

Alpha-Link MX units are available bundled with an SSL MadiXtreme 64 Mac or PC audio interface to provide the perfect high quality low cost pro DAW I/O solution.

Alpha-Link MX features

  • High quality SSL A-D/D-A converter technology.
  • 64 channel Fibre Optic MADI digital audio In/Out.
  • Alpha-Link MX 16-4: 16 analogue In, 4 analogue Out (balanced).
  • Alpha-Link MX 4-16: 4 analogue In, 16 analogue Out (balanced).
  • Cascade up to 4 Units for up to 80 analogue connections.
  • 44.1 to 96kHz operation with varispeed up to ± 10% (192kHz operation will be available as a free firmware upgrade by 31/12/2012).
  • Switchable reference level with a range of settings between +24dB and +14dB.
  • Perfect Partner for SSL MadiXtreme, MX4 & Delta-Link interfaces.
  • Simple front panel setup controls.
  • Dedicated tri-colour signal activity LED’s.
  • BNC Word Clock sync In/Out.
  • Rear panel analogue connection via standard 25 pin D-Sub.

Alpha-Link MX is available now from SSL resellers worldwide.

The Alpha-Link MX 16-4 and MX4-16 are £849 GBP / 1,449 USD / 1091.60 EUR each. I/O bundles with the MadiXtreme 64 are available at £999 GBP / $1,699 USD / 1276.47 EUR (prices excl. VAT/local taxes).

More information: Solid State Logic / Alpha-Link MX

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SSL announces SoundScape V6.2

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Solid State Logic has announced the release of Soundscape V6.2 at MusikMesse 2012.

SSL SoundScape V6

This new version of SSL’s industrial strength DAW introduces significant new features which will benefit the existing Soundscape user community and facilitate a series of ‘workflow specific’ products based on Soundscape’s highly evolved audio workflow and file management. Soundscape V6.2 actually combines two of SSL’s software products with the integration of Pro-Convert, SSL’s DAW Project translation tool. The Soundscape V6.2 Pro-Convert installation offers direct import/export to a series of third party DAW’s from the Soundscape File Menu. V6.2 imports/exports audio file and selected audio track, clip and marker data for Pro Tools 9 Sessions, Cubase/Nuendo Track-Archives, Final Cut XML and Samplitude/Sequoia EDL projects.

A new Console Control Module introduces a hardware control implementation that offers elegant physical control over the software using SSL’s Nucleus and Matrix hybrid DAW control consoles. The new hardware control implementation delivers deep integration between SSL’s multi award winning hardware control surfaces and Soundscape’s advanced audio production workflow. The Soundscape V6.2 release also enables Soundscape to be used with SSL’s MadiXtreme 64/128 PCIe audio interfaces for the first time facilitating direct connection to audio converters, MADI equipped consoles and routing systems for lower cost system specification where systems don’t require a software mixer environment. Soundscape V6.2 can still be purchased with an SSL MX4 interface if a DSP driven mixer and plug-in environment is still required. MX4 systems include the SSL Bus Compressor and EQ & Dynamics plug-ins as standard.

More information: Solid State Logic / SoundScape

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Sound Magic releases Neo Dynamic – 10 Compressors/Limiters in 1

Sound Magic has announced Neo Dynamic, a compressor/limiter modeling effect plug-in for Windows.

Sound Magic Neo Dynamic

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, API and TubeTech. Each of these has their own famous “flavors” ready to use.

Neo Dynamic features

  • Internal 64 Bit Double Precision Floating Point.
  • A total of 10 compressors and limiters modelled after such famous hardware including:
    • SSL 4000G Compressor
    • API 2500 Stereo Compressor
    • Tube-Tech CL-1B Compressor (Not in Demo Version)
    • EMI RS124 Compressor (Not in Demo Version)
    • Neve 33609 Compressor Custom Edition(Not in Demo Version)
    • Sound Magic Default Compressor
    • Waves L2 Limiter (Not in Demo Version)
    • EMI TG124 Limiter
    • Sound Magic Neo Limiter
    • British Vintage Limiter (Not in Demo Version)
  • Has a THD+N (Total Harmonic Distortion + Noise) ranging from -63dB to -135dB. Depends on the types and settings you choose.
  • Powerful add-on system makes it easy to add additional compressors and limiters in the future.
  • Incredibly Accurate Modeling by Sound Magic’s Award Winning Modeling Technology.
  • Sensor Network Technology which helps musicians to achieve better dynamic processing.
  • Different plug-in version to fit for usage on Sidechain.
  • Up to 32Bit/384KHz resolution.

Neo Dynamic is available for Windows as a VST effect plug-in and Magic Pianos add-on, priced at 49 EUR.

More information: Sound Magic / Neo Dynamic

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