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Holophone and Q5X announce technology partnership

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Holophone / Q5X

Holophone, originators of multi-channel surround sound microphones, and Quantum5X, creators of leading edge professional broadcast quality wireless audio solutions, have joined together to develop a new standard in handheld wireless microphone systems.

The upcoming NAMM 2013 in Anaheim will mark the debut of the first of three upcoming single channel wireless systems, featuring Holophone’s new customizable handheld Super C supercardioid condenser mic.

Holophone’s new single channel microphones feature the same proprietary capsule design employed in the company’s acclaimed surround sound mics, including the award-winning H2-PRO®, the world-class standard for concert sound, broadcast, film, and music recording.

Q5X is the preeminent manufacturer of professional broadcast quality wireless systems designed for the most demanding sports and live event productions. The new wireless systems will integrate Holophone’s cutting edge line of high-quality, customizable handheld microphones with Q5X’s acclaimed high broadcast quality radio frequency technologies, to create a state of the art, audiophile quality wireless system delivering unparalleled sound, performance, and show-stopping looks.

“We are pleased and delighted to announce this partnership,” remarked Q5X President Allen Kool. “Holophone is world renowned for their groundbreaking surround sound audio systems, and this alliance builds on the strengths of both companies’ technologies. Together we will be significantly raising the bar for sonic quality and performance for wireless microphone systems.”

“Q5X is the only wireless technology manufacturer that can meet Holophone’s exacting standards for sound quality, and we’re excited by the potential of this alliance,” added Holophone President and Founder Michael Godfrey. “This is a great opportunity for both our companies, but more importantly, it’s an exciting time for audio professionals. This is the new standard in custom wireless systems.”

Holophone and Q5X will showcase the first of several handheld single channel systems in Booth 5399 in Hall B at the NAMM show in Anaheim, California January 24-27, 2013. A series of remote control wireless microphone systems will be introduced at April’s NAB Show in Las Vegas.

More information: Holophone / Q5X

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IOSONO announces Anymix Pro Christmas Sale

IOSONO Anymix Pro Sale

IOSONO has launched a Christmas Sale for its Anymix Pro surround mixing plug-in for Windows and Mac.

Anymix Pro is the ideal solution for an easy, yet precise creation of surround mixes. It comes with a broad selection of up- and downmix preferences and individual panning features tailored to be used in post-production, broadcast, music and game sound design.

Anymix Pro 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. The included surround panning mode offers deep control of channel positioning within the surround field, including distant-dependant adjustment of loudness and timbre for a smooth workflow.

The Anymix Pro plug-in for Windows and Mac (VST/RTAS) is available to purchase for 219 EUR until December 31st, 2012 (regular 299 EUR).

More information: IOSONO / Anymix Pro

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IOSONO announces collaboration with Steinberg—Anymix Pro integrated into Nuendo 6

IOSONO Anymix in Nuendo 6

IOSONO has announced the collaboration with leading pro-audio manufacturer, Steinberg Media Technologies, a subsidiary of the Yamaha Corporation.

IOSONO’s industry-acclaimed plug-in Anymix Pro is an integral part of Nuendo 6, Steinberg’s newly announced version of its renowned post and audio production system. Nuendo 6 with Anymix Pro onboard will be released in the first quarter of 2013.

“We really enjoyed working with a professional team of specialists, who have exceeded our expectations,” remarks product marketing manager for Steinberg Timo Wildenhain on the joint collaboration. “Anymix Pro is an awesome plug-in for panning and upmixing – a perfect choice for Nuendo 6, the world’s most advanced surround mixing DAW,” he continues.

Anymix Pro instantly adjusts loudness and EQ settings automatically once the signal is moved within the listening space. Also on board Anymix Pro are high-quality upmix features, making it easy to upmix stereo channels to 8.1 surround or backwards by keeping the naturalness of the original sound. In addition, Anymix Pro can be highly configured according to individual needs. Anymix Pro directly integrates into the new mix console of Nuendo 6.

“We’re really excited that Steinberg has recognized the potential of the IOSONO technology, and we’re proud to be a part of the most powerful surround-production environment available today,” comments Olaf
Stepputat, CEO at IOSONO.

Anymix Essential and Anymix Pro will continue to be available as stand-alone products to be used with all digital audio workstations supporting VST / RTAS. The plug-in will be further developed by IOSONO, as Robert Steffens, the company’s director of software development, states: “The feedback we received from audio professionals regarding Anymix was extremely positive. We’ll continue to create high-quality
surround mixing solutions for our customers, and we’re already working on Anymix Pro 2, supporting Avid’s new AAX format.”

More information: IOSONO

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iZotope announces Insight—Essential Metering Suite

iZotope has announced Insight, an essential metering suite for post production and broadcast applications.

More than just a traditional metering plugin, Insight provides the valuable visual feedback imperative to the mixing and mastering stages of any audio project. In addition, Insight offers peace of mind and added security to audio engineers seeking compliance with BS.1770 loudness standards, as specified by regulations like the CALM Act.

Insight provides a full suite of audio analysis and metering tools, perfect for visualizing changes made during mixing and mastering, troubleshooting problematic mixes, and ensuring compliance with broadcast loudness standards. Fully customizable and scalable, Insight allows you to visually monitor all relevant information from your stereo or surround mix in a convenient floating window. With level meters, loudness meters, a spectrogram, spectrum analyzer, vectorscope, surround scope, and a loudness history graph, Insight allows you to keep an eye as well as an ear on your mix at all times.

Insight features

  • Immediately detect potential mix problems through real-time visual monitoring and color-coded alerts.
  • Ensure your audio is fully compliant with current loudness standards with forward-thinking tools that adhere to standards like BS.1770-1/2/3.
  • Perform deep and flexible analysis with zoomable meters and the ability to route audio from any tracks or buses to Insight.
  • Design your ideal metering plug-in by choosing the meters you want to view, customizing them, and resizing the Insight window to fit your current workflow.
  • Get an extensive suite of metering tools in a single plug-in, including true-peak level meters, loudness meters, loudness history graph, stereo vectorscope, surround meter, 2D/3D spectrogram, and spectrum analyzer.

Insight will be released mid-November, 2012. Insight will be available separately and will be included with all purchases of Ozone 5 Advanced. Upon Insight’s launch, all existing Ozone 5 Advanced customers will be notified with details to install Insight for free.

More information: iZotope / Insight

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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

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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

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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

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