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MeldaProduction MStereoGenerator & MStereoScope released (+ plugins updated to v7.04)

MeldaProduction has announced the release of MStereoGenerator, an artificial stereo image generator.

MStereoGenerator is a unique mono to stereo (or even surround) expander, which makes your tracks sound wider, stronger and punchier. And it’s perfect for almost any audio material from vocals and saxophones to drums. Integrated equalizer lets you adjust which parts of the spectrum you want to expand and stereo scope gives you an immediate view of the resulting stereo width.

MeldaProduction MStereoGenerator
MStereoGenerator can generate an artificial stereo image from mono tracks or expand existing stereo image. And is almost completely mono compatible.

MStereoGenerator features

  • Unique widening algorithm.
  • 2D stereo field analyzer and channel peak meters.
  • 4 global modulators.
  • M/S, single channel, up to 8 channels surround processing.
  • Smart randomization.
  • Automatic gain compensation (AGC).
  • Extremely advanced and easy-to-use user interface.
  • MIDI controllers with MIDI learn.
  • Very fast, optimized for SSE and SSE2 processors.
  • Global preset management and online preset exchange.
  • Fully automatable.
  • Supports VST, VST3 and AU interfaces on Windows & Mac, both 32-bit and 64-bit.

MStereoGenerator is available for the introductory price of 20 EUR (regular 50 EUR). The plug-in is free to MTotalBundle and MMixingBundle users.

MeldaProduction has also released MStereoScope, a freeware effect plug-in.

MStereoScope is a stereo width analyzer, which also lets you solo specific parts of the signal – mid, side and separate channels.

Furthermore, MeldaProduction’s plugins were updated to version 7.04, providing some more fixes and optimizations, including the addition of virtual keyboards to all text input fields and much more.

More information: MeldaProduction

MeterPlugs releases LCAST Loudness Meter

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MeterPlugs has announced the release of the LCAST Loudness Meter effect plug-in for broadcast.

MeterPlugs LCAST
LCAST supports all the major loudness specs and has easy-to-use presets for the most popular ones.

LCAST makes it easy to take loudness measurements and supports the latest loudness standards, ATSC A/85, EBU R128 and ITU BS.1770-2, which aim to eliminate loud commercials and improve audio quality in broadcast.

If you are working with mono and stereo programmes, LCAST Stereo gives you everything you need to ensure your programmes meet broadcast requirements:

  • support for ATSC A/85, EBU R128 and ITU BS.1770-2;
  • loudness history plot, which shows you how loudness loudness–momentary, short-term and integrated–changes over time (up to 24 hours);
  • loudness range display;
  • custom loudness variance measurement, which shows you how dynamic your audio is;
  • true-peak metering for each channel;
  • overload indicators with adjustable threshold;
  • gated and un-gated loudness; and
  • custom color regions in the history plot.

LCAST Surround includes all the same features but gives you surround sound, up to 5.1 channels. It also includes loudness logging, a powerful feature that allows you to export all loudness data recorded by LCAST into a CSV file, which can be opened in a 3rd party app like Microsoft Excel. This gives you the flexibility to create custom reports, perform additional processing and integrate LCAST into your workflow.

LCAST for Windows and Mac (VST/AU) is available to purchase for $199 USD (Stereo) / $399 USD (Surround).

More information: MeterPlugs / LCAST Loudness Meter

Steinberg launches crossgrade offer for Nuendo Live users

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Steinberg Nuendo 5 Crossgrade

Steinberg has announced a worldwide crossgrade offer that allows users of Nuendo Live to purchase Nuendo 5 at a 15% discount.

“Nuendo is the logical step forward for Nuendo Live customers keen to create a fully integrated live and studio production setup. By offering this crossgrade, we’re helping our valued customers establish seamless links in the chain of audio production,” commented Timo Wildenhain, Nuendo product marketing manager at Steinberg.

Nuendo Live features an efficient user interface that observes the single-window concept without unnecessary options to avoid clutter and streamline processes. Also providing an unlimited number of recording channels, Nuendo Live comes with EBU standard RIFF 64 Broadcast Wave File and multitrack output option for virtual soundchecks. Dedicated live tools include its record panel displaying essential recording information and many more great features, such as seamless integration with Yamaha CL consoles.

Nuendo 5 boasts an ADR toolset with advanced take and marker handling, EDL import and Clip Packages for easily archiving, previewing and retrieving audio file clusters. Multitrack editing tools, grouping events and editing across multiple lanes are eminently convenient alongside reworked transient hitpoint detection and phase-stable audio quantization to expedite workflows. Also included are more than 70 VST 3 plug-ins, such as the Nuendo Post-Filter and Surround Panner, this being part of the comprehensive surround features that have been the hallmark of the Nuendo audio engine since its inception. Further recording and mixing capabilities round out the extensive feature set in Nuendo.

Steinberg have also released their latest maintenance update for Nuendo 5, version 5.5.4, to ensure project compatibility between Nuendo and Nuendo Live.

The crossgrade offer is available at a suggested retail price of 1,529 EUR including German VAT.

More information: Steinberg / Nuendo 5 Crossgrade

IOSONO launches Anymix Summer Sale – 40% off surround plugin


IOSONO has announced a summer sale for its Anymix Pro surround mixing effect plugin for Windows and Mac.

Celebrating the summer season with a special summer sale, IOSONO is granting a 40% discount on its surround mixing plug-in Anymix Pro. The VST / RTAS plug-in will be available for just EUR 180 until August 31, 2012.

Anymix is the ideal solution for an easy, yet precise creation of surround mixes. It comes with a broad selection of up- and downmix preferences tailored to be used in post-production, broadcast, music and game sound design. Anymix can be used to convert any input setup from mono to 8.1 to any output format from stereo to 8.1 and vice versa. The plug-in offers features for individual panning and high-quality upmixing. Anymix doesn’t only redistribute audio material to a certain output configuration, but gives the mixer full control over important parameters, turning the mono or stereo mix into a realistic surround scenario.

Anymix Pro is available to purchase for 180 EUR until August 31st, 2012. Anymix Essential is available for the regular price of EUR 159.

More information: IOSONO / Anymix

Maggot Software releases Spanner for Pro Tools

Maggot Software has announced Spanner, a powerful surround channel manager, panner, remapper and downmix plugin for AVID Pro Tools.

Maggot Software Spanner

It is the result of years of personal frustration with the Pro Tools panner and bussing setup and solves many of the common complaints about the surround workflow in Pro Tools.

If you ever work in surround you’ll appreciate this plugin I’m sure, but if mixing-in-the-box is your thing you’re going to see this as a major step forward.

Spanner features

  • True surround panner.
  • Up and down-sizes multiple track formats.
  • Infinitely flexible folddown with Audiosuite support.
  • Pre-fade lfe send.
  • Panner window follows track selection.
  • Post-pan meters in mix and edit windows.
  • Double-precision, low CPU overhead.

Spanner for Mac (AAX) is available to purchase for the introductory price of $199 USD through April, 2012 (regular $249 USD).

More information: Maggot Software / Spanner

IOSONO introduces Anymix surround mixing plug-in (50% off intro price)

IOSONO has introduced Anymix, an innovative surround mixing plug-in for Windows and Mac.

IOSONO Anymix (Essential)

Anymix is the perfect solution for an easy, yet precise creation of surround mixes. It offers a wealth of features for individual panning and high-quality upmixing. The plug-in comes with a broad selection of up- and downmix preferences tailored to be used in post-production, broadcast, music and game sound design. Anymix doesn’t only redistribute audio material to a certain output configuration, but gives you full control over important parameters, turning the mono or stereo mix into an ultra-realistic surround scenario.

Anymix features

  • Ultra-realistic surround sound from mono up to 8.1 and backwards – With Anymix you can create up to 8.1 surround mixes from any format – and backwards! This can be done using the upmix feature or the built-in panning mode.
  • Extensive channel movements and setup of single sources – Each input channel can easily be edited. You can adopt the position, delay, volume, LFE-gain and the spreading/size of the channel to your personal preferences. This enables you to create a setup tailored to your individual production.
  • Distant-dependant adjustment of loudness and timbre* – To create immersive mixes even faster, Anymix Pro allows you to automatically change gain, delay and a shelf EQ according to the distance of the audio channel to the listener. This can be used to create a sense of distance automatically without automating these parameters in your DAW.
  • Flexible and easy upmix – The built-in upmix feature can be used to convert between different input and output formats. Using Anymix Essential, you can choose one of the industry-standard formats from the dropdown menu. Activate the upmix mode and choose one of the presets to achieve the desired spatial impression. And, you’re done!
  • Full control over ambience and direct signal share* – The Pro version allows you to separately control the share of direct and ambient sounds. All aspects of the upmix, including stage width, rotation, divergence, gain and more can be adjusted to your preferences and the final upmix can be moved freely within the listening area.

* only available in Anymix Pro

Anymix for Windows and Mac (VST/RTAS) is available to purchase for the introductory price of 150 EUR (Pro) / 80 EUR (Essential) until March 31, 2012. Prices include 19% VAT.

More information: IOSONO / Anymix

Hal Leonard publishes Pro Tools: Surround Sound Mixing

Hal Leonard Books has published Pro Tools: Surround Sound Mixing by Rich Tozzoli.

Pro Tools: Surround Sound Mixing

This second edition is updated with the latest information on monitoring and controlling sound, preparing a mix, recording in surround, using software plug-in, mastering in surround, and marketing your mixing skills.

This essential guide takes readers through all the steps needed to record, mix, and produce multichannel music with Avid (formerly Digidesign) Pro Tools. It covers preproduction, recording, setup, mixing, and delivery of surround music, and explains how to use Pro Tools to deliver mixes for DVD, HDTV, Blu-ray and SACD.

Pro Tools: Surround Sound Mixing discusses encoding mixes for Dolby Digital and DTS, mixing to picture, and the strengths of the Pro Tools platform. In addition, the included DVD provides audio examples of the concepts illustrated in the book, and interviews with professionals working in the multichannel business round out the instruction.

Pro Tools: Surround Sound Mixing features

  • Monitoring and controlling surround sound.
  • Preparing a final mix.
  • Multichannel mixing.
  • Software plug-ins and surround-related hardware.
  • Mastering surround tracks.
  • Additional surround outlets such as game production.
  • 5.1, 6.1, and 7.1 formats, including those for Blu-ray and SDDS.
  • The latest additions and changes in Pro Tools 9.

Pro Tools: Surround Sound Mixing contains multiple interviews with notable audio professionals for further insight as well as pictures, diagrams, and screen shots to help the reader grasp complex concepts.

Pro Tools: Surround Sound Mixing is available to purchase for $39.99 USD.

More information: Hal Leonard / Pro Tools: Surround Sound Mixing

Toneboosters plugins updated to v2.4

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Toneboosters has updated its VST audio processing plugins to version 2.4.

Changes in v2.4

  • All plugins – Many improvements in resource management and GUI updates.
  • EZQ
    • Fixed bug to open web page twice when clicking on info button.
    • Added activate/deactivate functionality to the draggable node.
  • Isone and Isone Surround
    • Improvement in HRTF transfer functions and early reflections simulation.
    • Added output VU meter (Isone) to identify signal levels and clipping.

More information: Toneboosters