Variety Of Sound has launched Thrillseeker VBL, a free Vintage Broadcast Limiter effect plug-in for Windows.
Thrillseeker VBL is a “modded” version, which not only has the classic gain reduction controls but also grants detailed access to the amount and appearance of harmonic tube amplifier distortion occurring in the analog tube circuit.
Bringing mojo back – Thrillseeker VBL is an emulation of a “vintage broadcast limiter” following the classic Variable-Mu design principles from the early 1950′s. They were used to prevent audio overshoots by managing sudden signals changes.
From today’s perspective, and compared to brickwall limiters, they are rather slow and should be seen as more of a gain structure leveler, but they still are shining when it comes to perform gain riding in a very musical fashion – they have warmth and mojo written all over.
ThrillseekerVBL is available to download as a freeware VST effect plug-in for Windows.
Slate Digital has launched Virtual Buss Compressors, a plug-in suite comprising three unique sounding, 100% analog modeled dynamic processors that are ideal for program material.
Every nuance of real analog compressors has been modeled; including the exact nonlinear characteristics of their transformers, tubes, VCAs, amplifiers, phase distortions, harmonic distortions, and timing.
Virtual Buss Compressors contains 3 models of some of the industry’s most sought after analog gear.
The FG-GREY is a replication of the classic British console compressor, with some fat sounding transformers added in to beef up the low end. The GREY will give your mix that classic glue and punch that you’ve heard on so many hits!
The FG-RED is a replication of the classic RED mixbuss compressor that has been used for decades by some of the world’s top mixers. It sounds tight, punchy, and has rich harmonics from the output transformers.
The FG-MU is a hybrid of several tube compressor designs that is lush, warm, fat, and open sounding. The MU will give your mix tons of depth and analog vibe!
Each compressor also includes a hi pass filter and parallel mix wet/dry knob for ultimate flexibility! Finally, some of the most common professional presets have been added to each compressor to get you started quickly!
Virtual Buss Compressors features
3 Unique 100% Analog Modeled Buss Compressors.
Precisely emulated circuit paths including amplifiers and transformers.
Tons of classic presets used by top mix engineers.
Available as a rack or individual plugins.
2 Activations per user.
The VBC bundle is available for $199 USD, including a free iLok 2 until July 12th, 2013.
Tronsonic has launched Kork M500 Micro Preset, a virtual synthesizer instrument for Native Instruments Kontakt.
I tried to get it as close (both visually and audibly) as I could to the original late 70s preset synth (as used by OMD on many records), and also added a few extra features like polyphony and a tape compression and damage effect.
In order to maintain the purity of the waveforms, I chose not to sample to tape (hence the ‘tape fx’ section), but used valves and a chain of nearly 100 year old interstage transformers to capture the audio.
All of the presets are selectable via the interface (as with the real synth), as well as the effects/edit section under the red button.
As you can see, the tape input gain and warmth settings are also controllable via dedicated attack and decay envelopes, enabling a very accurate emulation of ‘hitting’ the tape, and its compression effects. The random gain, warmth and tone are also synced to the tape speed frequency knob, which controls the wow and flutter.
The Kork M500 Micro Preset library is available at the introductory price of £11.99 GBP until June 29th, 2013 (20% off regular).
Studio Devil has announced a Summer Sale, offering its effect plug-ins at a discount for a limited time.
Studio Devil is running its first Summer Kickoff Sale! You thought it was gonna be hot this year? Hotter than Hell with Studio Devil…check this out…
If you were waiting for a reason to get the best tube modeling on the planet, now’s the time.
Until June 30th, 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:
Included in the Magnetic II Bundle are two of Nomad Factory’s most unique plug-ins, Magnetic II and Echoes.
Magnetic II is a Reel-to-Reel Audio Tape Warming effect that gives tracks a vintage tape sound. It features nine tape models with pure analog reel-to-reel tape speeds, tape/tube saturation and tape color effects, as well as a dedicated vintage-style EQ and a built-in “Boost” mastering section.
Echoes is an Analog “Echo Box” plug-in designed to emulate classic delay effects. Echoes models are based on vintage Echoplex® 1, Echoplex 3, Tel-Ray®, Electro Harmonix®, and Boss® delay units.*
The bundle is available to purchase for $99 USD until May 31st, 2013 (regular individual price $258 USD).