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Softube launches version 2.0 of its plugins (incl. AAX 64-bit)

Softube 2.0 plug-ins in Pro Tools 11

Softube has announced version 2.0 of its plug-ins, offering support for AAX 64-bit across the entire product line.

Furthermore, all plug-ins have been completely redone from the ground up utilizing the latest CPU techniques available, and most of them show a vastly improved CPU performance for all plug-in formats. The prices remain the same and the upgrade is free to current Softube users.

While Pro Tools 11 users will be happy to hear that Softube’s plug-ins are now available in AAX 64 bit versions and fully compatible with Pro Tools 11, they are not the only ones to get good news today.

One of Softube’s most popular plug-ins, Tube-Tech Classic Channel, now has a decreased CPU usage of circa 50% – meaning you can use almost twice as many instances as you could before at the same load of your computer’s processor. Summit Audio Grand Channel shows a circa 40% decrease while Vintage Amp Room, Bass Amp Room, Valley People Dyna-mite and Trident A-Range typically use 25-35% less CPU power compared to the previous versions. These examples are all for using the plug-ins in stereo and at 44.1 kHz sample rate.

Softube plug-ins v2.0

  • Same world class sound as before.
  • Vastly improved CPU performance for most plug-ins on all plug-in formats.
  • AAX 64 bit support.
  • Free upgrade.
  • Unchanged prices.
  • 20 day trial license available to all (requires iLok).

The 2.0 update is now available to download to Softube plug-in users.

More information: Softube

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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

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Softube lowers plug-in prices up to 40%

Softube plug-ins price drop

Softube has announced it has lowered the prices of its audio processing effect plug-ins up to 40%.

More is More for Less! Massive Price Drop of up to 40%

Softube is announcing a massive price drop of up to 40% today, making our award-winning plug-ins even more affordable.

The changes differ for each product, so be sure to check out the complete list below.

Product
Vintage Amp Room $329 $219 -33%
Tube-Tech Classic Channel $699 $489 -30%
Tube-Tech CL 1B $449 $329 -27%
FET Compressor,
Summit Audio TLA-100A,
Tube-Tech PE 1C,
Trident A-Range,
Valley People Dyna-mite
$279 $219 -21%
Bass Amp Room,
Metal Amp Room,
Passive-Active Pack,
Tube-Tech ME 1B
$199 $159 -20%
TSAR-1 Reverb $329 $269 -18%
Amp Room Bundle (dealer only) $499 $299 -40%
Studio Collection (dealer only) $999 $799 -20%

More information: Softube

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Universal Audio announces UAD-2 Satellite DUO and QUAD Firewire DSP Accelerator Packages

Universal Audio has announced the impending release of UAD-2 Satellite DUO and QUAD Firewire DSP Accelerator Packages.

UAD-2 Satellite

As the newest members of UA’s UAD-2 Powered Plug-Ins platform, the UAD-2 Satellite family combines DSP acceleration with the plug-and-play simplicity of Firewire 800/400 – perfect for modern, Intel-based iMacs and MacBook Pros.

UAD-2 SatelliteThe UAD-2 Satellite puts the entire UAD Powered Plug-Ins library within easy reach of Firewire 800 and 400-equipped computers; no PCIe card installation required. In developing these UAD plug-ins, UA’s DSP engineers work with leading hardware manufacturers – including Roland, Neve, Studer, dbx, Solid State Logic, Lexicon, Manley, Empirical Labs, Trident, SPL, EMT and more – using their exact schematics, golden units, and experienced ears. This gives computer-based musicians and engineers the warmth and harmonics of classic analog recordings, wherever they mix.

Available in DUO or QUAD processor format (with either two or four Analog Devices SHARC processors, respectively), UAD-2 Satellite packages provide a processing “boost” for digital audio workstations, and include a selection of classic analog emulation plug-ins, right out of the box.

Notable UAD-2 Satellite features include:

  • Access the UAD Powered Plug-Ins library on select Firewire 800 and 400 equipped computers.
  • Compatible with a wide range of modern Intel-based iMacs and MacBook Pros.
  • Run larger mixes in Pro Tools, Logic, Cubase, Nuendo, Performer and more – without taxing host computer CPU.
  • 5 models to choose from:
    • DUO (Core).
    • DUO Flexi (w/ $500 Plug-In Voucher).
    • QUAD (Core).
    • QUAD Flexi (w/ $500 Plug-In Voucher).
    • QUAD Omni v5.7 (w/ 50 UAD plug-ins).

The complete line of UAD-2 Satellite DSP Accelerators is slated for a Q1 2011 release with prices starting at $899 MAP USD.

More information: Universal Audio

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eSoundz releases Classic Rock Piano and Ocean Way Drums SE, ReFills for Reason

eSoundz Classic Rock Piano & Ocean Way Drums SE

eSoundz has announced the release of two new ReFills for Propellerhead Reason: Classic Rock Piano and Ocean Way Drums SE.

The Classic Rock Piano from Sonic Reality is an audiophile 6-velocity multisampled instrument recorded by legendary producer / engineer Ken Scott (The Beatles, Supertramp, David Bowie, Elton John, Pink Floyd and more), the artistic hand behind our EpiK DrumS collection.

This classic Steinway grand piano was recorded at Emblem Studios in Calabasas, California, a recording studio space formerly known as American Recording, where many legendary artists have recorded: Carlos Santana, Billy Preston, Three Dog Night, Bonnie Raitt, Meat Loaf, Joe Cocker, Rob Thomas among many others. The piano was recorded through the studio s famous Trident A Range console using the same microphones and miking techniques that Ken Scott has used to record on famous classic rock records. A world class expressive piano instrument, the all new Classic Rock Piano is ready to be the centerpiece of your next piano-based masterpiece. You can also purchase this product for the Yamaha Motif XS and XF at Motifator.com. Coming soon for other formats!

The Classic Rock Piano ReFill is available to purchase for the introductory price of $69 USD (MSRP $99 USD).

Ocean Way Drums SE is a collection of three libraries for both Reason and Infinite Player for Kontakt.

Each Volume includes 5 stereo drum kits recorded with 3 different ambiences (15 total kits per volume) at the legendary Ocean Way Recording Studios in Los Angeles. Ocean Way Drums SE was created by acclaimed producer/engineers Allen Sides and Steven Miller in the famous Studio B of Ocean Way Recording. The remarkable acoustics of Ocean Way s historic Studio B enabled each instrument to be recorded at the optimal distance and angle – and with the microphones that best captured the full frequency and dynamic range of that instrument. Ocean Way Drums SE puts the sound and power of Ocean Way Recording, the most awarded studio complex in the world, right in your hands! For the Infinite Player version, the Infinite Player is required, but for a limited time, we will include the Infinite Player for free if you do not already have it (a $50 value!). Also coming soon for SampleTank!

Ocean Way Drums SE is available to purchase at the introductory price of $79 USD per volume (MSRP $99 USD per volume).

More information: eSoundz

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Softube releases Trident A-Range

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Softube Trident A-Range

Softube has announced the release of the Trident A-Range, a channel equalizer effect plug-in for Windows and Mac.

The Trident A-Range is a legendary piece of equipment. As only thirteen A-Range consoles were ever made, it remains a holy grail for sound engineers and producers around the world that hope to create works of art equal to those that were originally recorded on the A-Range — David Bowie’s Ziggy Stardust, Queen, Elton John, the list goes on…

The A-Range plug-in from Softube is the first and only native and TDM plug-in that has been fully endorsed by original designer Malcolm Toft and Trident Audio.

The plug-in is a model of a channel on one of the original 13 Trident A-Range consoles. We chose to model channel 15 from the console at Sweet Silence Studio ‘B’ in Denmark, producer Flemming Rasmussen’s favorite channel for recording lead vocals. Flemming also used it for the solo and rhythm guitars on Metallica’s “Ride The Lightning” and “Master of Puppets”, and Ritchie Blackmore’s guitar on the Rainbow albums “Difficult to Cure” and “Bent out of Shape”.

The A-Range channel features four bands of equalization and high and low pass filters. The sound of the bands is often referred to as “colorful” and “musical”. When running a hot enough signal through the original unit and boosting the bands, it is possible to get it to distort, the result is a hairy and effective saturation that is just right in some situations, and just wrong in others!

Trident A-Range features

  • Created together with original designer Malcolm Toft.
  • Each and every component carefully modeled.
  • Same sweet sounding EQ filters that made the original legendary.
  • Interaction between the different bands, making this equalizer one of its kind.
  • Saturation control.
  • Very CPU friendly.

The Trident A-Range EQ is available at the introductory price of $229 USD (VST/AU/RTAS) or $329 USD (TDM/RTAS/VST/AU/VENUE) through February 2010.

More information: Softube / Trident A-Range

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Universal Audio releases UAD Software Version 5.5.0

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Universal Audio has released version 5.5.0 of the UAD Software installers.

UAD Software Version 5.5.0 represents another step forward for the award-winning UAD Powered Plug-In platform.

It includes the colourful new Trident A-Range Classic Console EQ plug-in for UAD-1 and UAD-2, enhancements for EMT 250 and 1176LN/SE plug-ins, and performance improvements for Mac users.

UAD Trident A-Range Classic Console EQ
UAD Trident A-Range Classic Console EQ

Changes in UAD Software Version 5.5.0

  • New EQ plug-in: UAD Trident A-Range Classic Console EQ
    • 4-band active EQ modeled from one of only 13 original Trident A-Range desks
    • Licensed and endorsed by Trident Audio Developments, created by Universal Audio
    • Unique filter response curves modeled to exacting detail
    • Inductor-based EQ design yields band interaction between bell and shelving filters
    • Unique ability to combine cut filters for unusual filtering responses
    • Cosmetics match the original module’s “aubergine” (eggplant) finish
  • (EMT 250) New Noise parameter optionally eliminates modeled noise floor
  • (EMT 250) Improved Wet/Dry slider mouse tracking
  • (1176LN/SE) Added output dB labels for controls view and automation
  • (RTAS) Mellowmuse ATA plug-in and manual are updated to version 1.4 (Vista users: see note below)
  • (Mac) UAD-2 SOLO/Laptop now supports “Higher Performance” graphics mode
  • (Mac) Resolved Err -50, Not Responding, and Kernel Panic errors with UAD-2 Duo & Quad
  • (Mac) Resolved excessive UAD-2 unload times when quitting Logic Pro
  • (Mac) Resolved UAD-1e wake from sleep issue on some Mac Pro systems
  • (Mac) Fixed scrolling of horizontal controls which were previously reversed

More information: Universal Audio / UAD Software

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