Softube sets free Saturation Knob plugin

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Softube Saturation Knob

Softube has announced that its Saturation Knob effect plug-in is now available at no charge.

As of today, Softube’s Saturation Knob is available as a free download. It can be used in any VST, Audio Units or AAX host—and also as a Rack Extension in Propellerheads Reason—on both Mac and Windows platforms. You’re welcome.

The Saturation Knob has previously been available exclusively for Presonus Studio One and Pro Tools users, but today we make it available for users of other DAWs as well. For VST, AAX and Audio Units, Saturation Knob is part of the installer package, which includes all Softube plug-ins.

No iLok is required for using the Saturation Knob. For any of the other Softube plug-ins in the installer package, iLok owners can download 20 day demonstration licenses. To demo Solid State Logic XL 9000 K-Series for Console 1, a Console 1 system is required.

More information: Softube / Saturation Knob

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That Sound announces Darren King Drums

That Sound has announced Darren King Drums, an upcoming sample pack featuring signature sounds from the drummer of MuteMath, recorded at Smoak Stack.

That Sound Darren King Drums

Behold! The legendary sounds of the drummer of MuteMath. This enormous drum library captures the untamed style of Darren King in great detail. These signature sounds are dirty and messy in the best of ways. Darren’s favorite drums from your favorite records recorded with vintage gear and tape machines. Darren’s drums are overtly processed and pushed hard through API pre amps, various compressors, and Studer and Teac tape heads.

We recorded 8 Kicks, 10 Snares, 2 sets of toms, Hi-hat, Ride, and 2 Crashes all in great detailed multi-velocity. We couple those multi-velocity samples with hundreds of unique “one-shot” samples.

For icing on the cake, we give you hundreds of fully mixed beats and loops by Darren King. A huge variety of tempos and styles lets you drop Darren in your songs or start writing from one of his beats.

The pack will be available for purchase soon.

More information: That Sound / Darren King Drums

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Studio Devil launches Winter Sale – Up to 40% off

Studio Devil has announced the launch of its Winter Sale, offering up to 40% off its effect plugins.

Studio Devil Winter Sale

If you were waiting for a reason to get the best tube modeling on the planet, well now’s the time!

Until December 31st, enjoy these awesome discounts on Studio Devil’s world-class tube modeling plugins…for Bass Amp Modeling, Guitar Amp Modeling, and Tube Preamplifier Modeling for your mix.

Studio Devil Winter Sale

  • Amp Modeler Pro: $89 (normally $149)
  • Bass Amp Pro: $69 (normally $99)
  • Virtual Tube Preamp: $79 (normally $129)

The sale ends on December 31st, 2014.

More information: Studio Devil

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Positive Grid releases BIAS Desktop Amp Matching Modeler

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Positive Grid has announced the release of BIAS Desktop, a groundbreaking guitar amp modeler with Amp Matching technology that offers an entirely new concept of putting any tube amplifier tone and feel into a plug-in for Windows and Mac.

Positive Grid BIAS

BIAS Desktop features the most accurate, thorough and versatile guitar-amp modeler and designer engine, and it can accurately capture the tone of any tube amplifier, users can then share or download amp models from BIAS’s built-in ToneCloud® amp-sharing platform.

“Instead of providing a fixed number of amp models, BIAS Desktop represents an entire new concept on guitar sound: guitar players can now virtually design their own amps, using Amp Matching Technology to capture their golden tube amplifiers,” says BIAS Product Manager Calvin Abel, “and finally they can share or download thousands of amp models on ToneCloud, also we are currently working with worldwide artists and studios to expand this platform.”

The Amp Matching™ in BIAS Desktop utilizes a collection of underlying technologies that analyze and compare a currently designed BIAS amp model with the sound of any tube amp, the corresponding cabinet and microphone. It then executes the tonal compensation and enhancement needed to make this current amp model accurately match the target amplifier. For the first time in history, guitar players are free to design, modify and capture the most unique and individual soul of tone, into the digital domain and keep it ready for studio recording applications.

Built-in with BIAS, ToneCloud allows guitar players to share their custom amp models and download over thousands custom BIAS amps created by other users — including signature recording artists. Guitar players can share and download not just customized amp models only, using Amp Matching, every possible amp tone ever created becomes available. Positive Grid is currently working with worldwide artists and engineers to create professional custom amp models and studio amp matched models to expand this platform.

BIAS Desktop features

  • The most complete, accurate, and versatile amp modeling software available in the world.
  • 36 HD amp models included with the introductory release.
  • Amp Matching captures any miced amp or recorded track and creates a matched model.
  • Share and download thousands of artist- and user-created and matched amp models on ToneCloud.
  • Fully customizable preamps, tone stacks, power amps, transformers, cabinets and mic selection and placement—mix and match!.
  • Customize the look and feel of your own amp panel; change the name, tolex, panel and knobs..
  • Works the way guitarists think: tweak gain and overdrive, swap out tubes and transformers, change the cabinet and mic position, and shape the tone with different tone stacks and two 8-band equalizers.
  • Included noise gate and room simulator.
  • Create a virtually unlimited number of custom amps.
  • Quick preset facility recalls each of your 8 favorite settings in turn with just one tap.

BIAS Desktop is available for purchase for $99 USD (includes all amp design modules and access to ToneCloud to download thousands of amp models). BIAS Professional is priced at $199 USD, and adds Amp Matching Technology, Exclusive Amp Matching Models on ToneCloud, and three Amp Design Expansion Packs (Glassy Pack, Crunch Pack and Insane Pack).

More information: Positive Grid / BIAS Desktop

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Shattered Glass Audio releases SGA1566 tube preamp plugin

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Shattered Glass Audio has announced the release of SGA1566, a free tube preamp effect plug-in for Windows and Mac.

Shattered Glass Audio SGA1566
Shattered Glass Audio’s SGA1566 can be used to add warmth to a track, as a saturation compressor, or to add “dirt” with tube overdrive.

SGA1566 is loosely based on a single channel vintage tube preamplifier. We have made some changes to the original schematic, added tone controls, and made it stereo.

To achieve the most authentic analog sound, the whole circuit is simulated in real time using the high performance circuit simulator. However, this level of sound fidelity comes at a price of high CPU utilization.

For cases where such a CPU hit is prohibitive, we have added a model that is significantly less CPU intensive but slightly less accurate than the circuit simulation.

SGA1566 features

  • Authentic analog sound through real-time high-performance circuit simulation.
  • Preamp featuring two 12AX7 voltage amplification stages.
  • CPU friendly model of the circuit.
  • Two-band active Baxandall EQ that can be placed either at the beginning or at the end of the signal chain.
  • Up to 4x oversampling.
  • Mono or stereo processing mode.

The plug-in is available to download for Windows and Mac (VST/AU).

More information: Shattered Glass Audio / SGA1566

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