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Ignite Amps updates The Anvil tube preamp effect plugin to v2.0

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Ignite Amps has released version 2.0 of The Anvil, a free custom tube preamp effect plug-in for Windows and Mac.

The Anvil is a digital emulation of a three channels tube preamplifier for guitar. It has been developed to accurately model its real hardware counterpart, designed by Andy Zeugs. The Anvil has three completely independent channels, with different signal paths and separate tonestack controls, to maximize its versatility.

Ignite Amps The Anvil
Ignite Amps The Anvil custom tube preamp (front & back panel).

Changes in The Anvil v2.0

  • Native x64 support for Windows/Mac (VST/AU).
  • New modeling engine for circuit simulation:
    • Improved math models stability and accuracy.
    • Improved dynamic and transient response for triode stages.
    • Improved frequency dependent triode/load interaction.
    • Increased filters complexity and accuracy for interstage circuits and tonestacks.
  • Changed VST ‘UniqueId’.
  • Minor GUI changes.
  • Minor bugs fixed.

The Anvil is a free download for Windows and Mac (VST/AU).

More information: Ignite Amps

AIR announces Vacuum Pro and Loom virtual instruments

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AIR Music Technology has announced the Vacuum Pro and Loom virtual synthesizer instruments.

Vacuum Pro is a polyphonic analog tube synthesizer that “travels light-years beyond” the original monophonic Vacuum, first developed by the AIR team as part of the Pro Tools Creative Collection from Avid. The new Vacuum Pro is polyphonic, offering up to 160 oscillators plus substantial improvements in both horsepower and features.

Loom is an entirely new modular additive synthesizer. While both of these new synthesizers offer detailed control, each also provides programming aids and shortcuts to create custom user-created sounds quickly. Each contains 250 presets created by the AIR team. The Eco (economy) mode reduces the draw on the host processor, with minimal effect on the final sound.

AIR Vacuum Pro
AIR Vacuum Pro Polyphonic Analog Tube Synthesizer.

Vacuum Pro features

  • Super-wide, fat, and organic analog sound.
  • Two individual parts, expandable to four.
  • 250 presets.
  • Smart Sound Randomizer to quickly design unique sounds.
  • 11 Smart Knobs for macro control over parameters.
  • Economy mode reduces load on the host processor.
  • VST, AU, RTAS, and AAX.
  • 32- and 64-bit.
AIR Loom
AIR Loom Modular Additive Synthesizer.

Loom features

  • 30 distinct sound modules, freely combinable in 10 cells.
  • Point-and-click sound morphing with powerful control.
  • 250 presets.
  • Smart Sound Randomizer to quickly design unique sounds.
  • Economy mode reduces load on the host processor.
  • VST, AU, RTAS, and AAX.
  • 32- and 64-bit.

Air Music Technology will be exhibiting at Booth 6700 at the 2013 Winter NAMM show, January 24-27 in Anaheim, California.

More information: AIR Music Technology

Nick Crow updates free TubeDriver effect plugin to v1.2 (incl. Mac VST/AU)

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Nick Crow has announced version 1.2 of TubeDriver, a freeware tube amp effect plugin.

Nick Crow TubeDriver

TubeDriver – tube amplifier emulation plug-in for Windows (VST 32 and 64bit) and Mac OS X (VST and AU 32 and 64bit).

Changes in TubeDriver v1.2

  • Post Low Pass filter added (6 dB/oct).
  • Post High Pass filter frequency control added.
  • Removed drift and noise functions.
  • Some changes in the interface.
  • Mac OS X compatibility added.

The TubeDriver effect plugin is available to download as freeware.

More information: Nick Crow

SoundToys releases Radiator effect plugin

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SoundToys has introduced Radiator, a dual drive tube input channel and EQ, based on the classic Altec 1567A tube mixer from the 1960s.

Soundtoys Radiator
SoundToys Radiator Altec tube mixer amp plugin.

The original Altec 1567A hardware was a rack-mounted five-input tube mixer with removable transformers, a simple two-knob EQ, an unmistakable green faceplate, and a whopping 97 dB of gain.

The sound, by today’s standards, is colored and gritty, with a heaping helping of good old fashion hardware noise. In its day, it was used on many early Motown hits, and found its way into the PA racks of countless churches and school auditoriums across the USA.

Radiator brings the classic Altec tube sound to desktop recording rigs, capturing the distinctive warmth and punch of the original hardware. Featuring the modeled bass and treble tone controls from the original unit, a mix control for easy parallel processing, and the saturation and harmonic effects of the original hardware’s input and output amplifiers. All of these different circuit elements interact, allowing a wide range of tones to be created with just a few simple knobs. Plus we let you decide if the original noise is on or off.

Radiator for Windows and Mac (VST/AU/RTAS/AudioSuite) is available to purchase for $129 USD. Users of Little Radiator can upgrade to Radiator for only $49 USD until January 3rd, 2013 (regular upgrade is $89 USD).

More information: SoundToys / Radiator

LSR audio updates COMPrime to v1.4

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LSR audio has updated its COMPrime vintage tube compressor effect plug-in to version 1.4.

COMPrime reduces the dynamic range i.e. the difference between quiet and strong sounds. Quiet sounds are amplified by the makeup level, while the louder ones are first affected by a gain reduction.

LSR audio COMPrime
LSRaudio COMPrime is a vintage channel compressor plugin.

Changes in COMPrime v1.4

  • New progressive compression curve.
  • Soft or medium knee.
  • New attack/release curves.
  • Very fast reaction.
  • Soft overshoot.
  • Extended makeup level (-15 / +15).

The COMPrime plugin is available to purchase for $49 USD.

More information: LSR audio / COMPrime

IK Multimedia launches T-RackS Custom Shop mixing & mastering suite

IK Multimedia T-RackS Custom Shop

IK Multimedia has announced the launch of the T-RackS Custom Shop, the updated version 4.0 of its world-class mixing and mastering suite for Mac and PC.

Now T-RackS is even more powerful, with the new Custom Shop feature, which was originally introduced in our AmpliTube software. Custom Shop opens from within T-RackS, and lets you browse, audition, and purchase any processor in the T-RackS collection. It’s like having a really cool vintage and cutting edge modern digital gear shop at your fingertips, 24/7.

On top of this, five new processors have been added to the T-RackS lineup, including the Quad Series of precision multiband units, and the British Channel, a meticulous emulation of the channel strip from a classic mixing desk. Black 76 and White 2A, vintage dynamics processors have been updated to make them even more authentic and hardware-like sounding.

IK Multimedia T-RackS Custom Shop
The White 2A Leveling Amplifier in T-RackS Custom Shop.

T-RackS CS Bundle Collections

  • Classic – formerly T-RackS Standard, it includes the four original T-RackS processors: Classic Compressor, Classic Multi-band Limiter, Classic Clipper and Classic Equalizer, plus the metering suite.
  • Deluxe – includes everything in T-RackS CS Classic, plus Vintage Tube Compressor/Limiter Model 670, Vintage Tube Program Equalizer, Opto Compressor, Brickwall Limiter, and Linear Phase Equalizer.
  • Grand – includes everything in T-RackS CS Deluxe, plus seven additional processors: Quad Comp, Quad Limit, Quad Image, De-Esser, British Channel, Black 76 and White 2A. It provides the full collection of 16 T-RackS processors, featuring all the new modules released so far (not including CSR).

T-RackS CS Grand is available for $399.99/€319.99 (all prices ex. taxes), T-RackS CS Deluxe is priced at $199.99/€159.99 and T-RackS CS Classic at $79.99/€59.99.

Through January 7, 2013, a special 50%-off introductory upgrade price for T-RackS Grand is offered to users who’ve purchased any previous T-Racks Deluxe or Standard bundle, or single plug-in. These special upgrade prices start as low as $99.99/€79.99 and go up to $149.99/€119.99, depending on the version.

Credit Packs for purchasing à la carte models in the Custom Shop start as low as $19.99/€15.99, for 20 credits, and go up incrementally to $499.99/€399.99 for 1,000 credits. The cost for T-RackS processors inside the Custom Shop ranges from 40 to 120 Gear Credits each.

A free version of T-RackS Custom Shop is also available, including two fully functional modules (classic EQ and metering). It can be downloaded for free from the IK User Area upon registration.

More information: IK Multimedia / T-RackS Custom Shop

Studio Devil releases Virtual Tube Preamp plugin

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Studio Devil Virtual Tube Preamp

Studio Devil has announced the release of Virtual Tube Preamp, a tube preamp modeling effect plug-in for Windows and Mac.

This product marks a new advancement in non-linear circuit modeling. We have created new algorithms and techniques to improve the accuracy and authenticity of vacuum tube and analog circuit modeling that we like to call “second-generation” Studio Devil technology. By focusing on modeling a single-stage tube preamp, we have been able to place a larger amount of CPU resources on this one task. The result is the most advanced and highly accurate digital reproduction of tube preamp analog circuitry.

Virtual Tube Preamp features

  • Discrete Vacuum Tube Preamplifier Channel using the best vacuum tube modeling technology available to faithfully emulate the dynamic and expressive nature of real vacuum tube preamplifiers using Studio Devil’s proprietary vacuum tube circuit modeling technologies.
  • Input Drive Control adjusts the strength of the signal feeding the input grid of the virtual tube preamplifier.
  • Output Level Control to adjust the output signal strength and to compensate for low drive settings.
  • Bass Contour Control to sweep the value of the cathode bypass capacitor which controls the low frequency and dynamic saturation responses of the preamp.
  • Treble Rolloff Control to tweak the value of intrinsic and parasitic capacitances in the simulated vacuum tube preamp, giving control over the natural warmth and softness associated with real vacuum tube preamps.
  • Bias Switch to select from two preset tube bias levels which vary the interaction of gain, asymmetrical drive, and dynamics of the preamplifier.
  • Invert Switch permits controlling the phase of the preamplifier and the polarity of the class-A asymmetry.
  • CPU Switch adjusts the modeling algorithm to balance the tradeoff between accuracy and CPU load allowing multiple instances to run on even slower workstations.
  • Overload LEDS assist in setting healthy levels by indicating when the input signal is overdriving the tube preamp and when the output level clips.

The Virtual Tube Preamp is available for the introductory price of $99 USD through December 31st, 2012 (regular $129 USD). Existing Studio Devil users can get the plug-in for $79 USD.

More information: Studio Devil / Virtual Tube Preamp

Cupwise FX Radio Junk effect plugin

Cupwise FX Radio Junk

Cupwise FX has entered the Radio Junk effect plugin in the KVR Developer Challenge 2012.

Radio Junk is a small but unique suite of effects made from 2 junky old radios, one solid-state (from the 70s) and the other a tube radio (from the 50s). The radios were ‘sampled’ using technology similar but superior to the common convolution impulses out there. It’s called Nebula, and it can capture the sound of what’s being sampled at different dynamic levels, and it can also capture some of the distortion, unlike standard convolution.

These effects use a variant of the Nebula tech called ‘Acqua’, which just means that these are stand-alone effects, and you don’t need Nebula to load them (it’s built in, basically). The radios were sampled in extreme ways to get some nasty lo-fi effects.

Since these were made with the Nebula technology, they will sound different from other plug-ins out there.

Radio Junk is available to download as a freeware VST effect plug-in.

More information: Cupwise FX / Radio Junk