Variety Of Sound has introduced Thrillseeker XTC, a freeware exciter effect plugin, developed for the KVR Developer Challenge 2012.
Thrillseeker XTC is a contemporary exciter build around a true parallel analog style equalizer design. Thrillseeker XTC is all about adding weight, vibe and attitude back to the sound. It delivers all the character of an analog signal path and provides what digital processing usually is hard pushed to, including a rich low-end experience and that vibrant ‘expensive’ top-end.
Thrillseeker XTC was made for musicians and engineers to pleasingly enhance audio during the mixing or mastering stage.
Thrillseeker XTC features
Three parallel coupled equalizers containing three stateful saturators.
Each based on a sophisticated non-linear and frequency dependent algorithm with memory.
Pre-selected frequency ranges
LOW band: 70-450Hz
MID band: 0.8-5kHz
AIR band: 3.2-18kHz
Two flavors included with different internal gain-staging
Black version to mix at rather conservative levels around -18dB RMS.
Blue version to mix towards hotter target levels.
Additional analog signal path idiosyncrasies modelled.
Classic VU style metering as well as loudness unit measurements based on ITU-R BS.1770.
Mix control for dry/wet mixing and output level control.
Win32 / VST compatible plug-in with SSE2 assembler optimized signal path.
Tested and known to work in many VST hosts as well as running jbridge wrapped in 64bit hosts.
The Thrillseeker XTC plugin for Windows (VST) is available from KVR Audio.
FXpansion has announced the release of its DCAM EnvShaper Rack Extension, a processor for controlling transients in Propellerhead’s Reason music production software.
Front and back panel of the DCAM EnvShaper Rack Extension for Reason.
DCAM EnvShaper takes a different approach to controlling dynamics than conventional compressors. It allows you to adjust the attack and sustain portions of transients within a signal. The technique has all kinds of uses such as increasing the punch of attacks or the apparent size of a sound’s reverb, or for problem-solving tasks like reducing bleed levels in drum mics without using a noise gate.
DCAM EnvShaper also includes a modelled saturation circuit and control over its response to transients of different speeds, providing additional flexibility and creative possibilities.
The Rack Extension is now available to purchase for $29 USD / 25 EUR inc. VAT.
Voxengo has updated its TransGainer effect plug-in for Windows and Mac to version 1.4.
Voxengo’s attack and sustain reshaping audio plugin, TransGainer.
TransGainer allows you to specify positive or negative gain adjustment for a sound’s transient stage. You can also choose an expected average time between transients and transient threshold level so that the algorithm delivers you the most precise results possible. With the help of TransGainer you can pass the border from good to excellent audio recordings.
This updated version fixes user interface freezing on Mac OS X 10.8.
Transient stage loudness adjustments.
Two different processing algorithms.
5 processing modes in the “legacy” algorithm.
Transient-to-transient time control.
Stereo and multi-channel processing.
Internal channel routing.
Up to 8x oversampling.
64-bit floating point processing.
Contextual hint messages.
All sample rates support.
Zero processing latency.
TrainsGainer (VST/AU) is available to purchase for $79.95 USD.
iZotope has announced the release of the next generation of Alloy, a forward-thinking mixing suite that combines six essential tools in one self-contained and completely configurable plug-in.
A modern twist on classic mixing, Alloy 2 takes the traditional channel strip and brings it into the future with powerful sound-shaping tools, exceptional sound quality, and a streamlined workflow. Thoughtfully designed for mixing purposes across the music, audio, post and broadcast industries, Alloy 2 is perfect for engineers, musicians, and producers looking to sculpt their sound while addressing common mix issues.
“Whatever the track, Alloy 2 provides a wealth of tools that give you both corrective and expressive control over your audio while mixing. We went out of our way tocreate a tool that not only raises the bar sonically, but also enables engineers to achieve a desired sound simply and efficiently with a more seamless workflow,” says Brett Bunting, Alloy Product Manager. “Those who havenever used Alloy before will be amazed by the number of mixing solutions contained within a single plug-in, while users of Alloy 1 will be struck by how much we’ve managed to add and enhance while still improving usability.”
Alloy 2′s new Overview Panel: A simplified view where you can easily monitor and tweak relevant settings of the currently-enabled Alloy modules. Panel also updates instantly while previewing presets, highlighting the modules and settings used by each.
Alloy 2 features
Get six powerful tools in one integrated plug-in: Equalizer, Dynamics, Exciter, De-Esser, Transient Shaper and Limiter.
Achieve exceptional sound quality, balancing vintage emulation with digital precision.
Hear results immediately with zero latency performance, whether tracking in real-time or in the midst of a mix session.
Visualize mixing decisions with rich meter displays to guide the way.
Start fast, then go deep with over 250 presets and a tweaker’s paradise of advanced controls.
What’s New for Alloy 2?
Fans of Alloy 1 will benefit from Alloy 2’s sonic enhancements, highlights of which include a redesigned Exciter module, a revamped multiband Transient Shaper, a host of new EQ filters, including Treble and Bass Baxandall filters, and more. Alloy 2 users will also click less to achieve more thanks to both a fully overhauled user interface, enlarged to make more controls accessible, and a new Overview panel that dynamically adjusts to show only the most relevant settings of the modules in play.
With low CPU usage and zero latency operation, Alloy 2 can be used again and again across a wide range of tracks and buses, making it a perfect mixing complement to iZotope’s flagship mastering suites, Ozone 5 and Ozone 5 Advanced. To this end, Alloy 2 also features an internal Meter Tap, which provides immediate visual feedback from Alloy 2’s tracks and buses in the Ozone5 Advanced Meter Bridge.
Overview of iZotope’s Alloy 2 Essential Mixing Tools.
Alloy 2 is available to purchase for the introductory price of $149 USD until September 6th, 2012 (regular $199 USD /159 EUR). iZotope customers who purchased Alloy 1 on or after June 27, 2012 will receive a free upgrade to Alloy 2 upon release. A special upgrade price of $79 USD will be available for all Alloy 1 customers who purchased before June 27, 2012.
FXpansion has announced the release of DCAM Dynamics, a suite of four dynamics effect plugins for Windows and Mac.
Compress a specific range of the spectrum with FXpansion’s DCAM CrossComp.
DCAM Dynamics offers a variety of different flavours of high-quality circuit-modelled dynamics processing. The included plugins are perfect for everything from taming tricky transients to heavy, creative sculpting effects and everything in between. Classic console bus compression and channel limiting amp processors are provided alongside a transient shaper and frequency-selective compressor making DCAM Dynamics a great all-purpose dynamics toolbox.
With lovingly modelled bus compression and limiting amplifier circuits, DCAM Dynamics’ BusComp and ChanComp provide 2 staples of studio compression distilled into plugin form.
The EnvShaper plugin offers envelope-style transient control, allowing you to adjust the attack and sustain portions of complex audio material. Finally, DCAM CrossComp provides frequency-selective compression. Its high-quality crossover allows you to compress a specific range of the spectrum and mix it back in with the rest of the signal, offering flexible approaches to loudness and dynamic tone sculpting without having to use a complicated multiband processor.
All the DCAM Dynamics processors feature saturation circuits, built-in MIDI learn functionality and a variety of monitoring ‘listen’ modes. DCAM Dynamics operates at 2x oversampling, with a switchable Hi Def mode for 4x oversampling with extremely high quality results.
DCAM Dynamics features
Circuit-modelled plugin compression suite.
Classic console bus compression.
Channel limiting amp compression.
Envelope Shaper for transients in complex mixes.
Frequency-dependent compression for creative tone sculpting.
Saturation circuitry modelling.
2x oversampling with 4x Hi Def mode for extremely high quality.
Built-in MIDI Learn for plugin controls.
Secondary side-chain input and full MIDI control in compatible hosts.
32-bit and 64-bit support.
VST, AU and RTAS plugin formats on Mac OSX 10.6.2 and Windows 7.
The DCAM Dynamics suite is available to purchase for $99 USD/79 EUR/£69 GBP inc. VAT where applicable.
FXpansion has also released DCAM FreeComp, a free circuit-modelled compression effect plug-in.
DCAM FreeComp is a realistic model of a classic console bus compressor design, designed to gel subgroups and entire mixes together while enhancing punch and definition.
It’s also excellent at taming peaks in individual tracks and instruments, creative sculpting and heavy, pumping compression effects.
The DCAM FreeComp is available as a freeware effect plug-in for Windows and Mac.
SoniqWare has announced the picoSeries, a series of effect plugins designed with simplicity in mind.
SoniqWare releases picoSeries, a range of plugins designed for maximal simplicity of use while embedding the advanced SoniqWare sound processing algorithms: picoQuiet (noise reduction), picoEdge (attack transient processing), picoTail (release transient processing).
Single knob operation… plus a few a knobs we really could not manage to drop
The picoSeries plug-ins are available to purchase for Windows and Mac (VST/AU), priced at 34 EUR / $44 USD each.
SoniqWare has also updated its MT-1 Multiband Transient Processor, SG-1 Spectral Noise Gate, and PE-1 Linear Phase Parametric Equalizer with various minor fixes and improvements and the release of AU and VST3 versions.