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Peavey releases ReValver MK III.V, guitar amplifier modeling software

Peavey has announced the availability of ReValver MK III.V, a guitar amplifier modeling software for Windows and Mac.

Peavey ReValver MK III.V

Developed by veteran tube-amp maker Peavey Electronics, ReValver captures the true characteristics of vacuum tubes while allowing users control over their tonality, configuration, tube types, and gain structures.

ReValver MK III.VReValver MK III.V features the debut of 21 new amp models, including the Peavey 3120, Peavey Masterpiece, Peavey Sensation, Budda Superdrive II, and Budda Superdrive V Series. New effects models in ReValver MK III.V are the classic Peavey VCL-2 tube compressor, the Budda Budwah expression pedal, and the Gate Keeper, a tube-based noise gate. All of the amp models, effects models and deep editing popularized by ReValver MK III are also available in MK III.V.

ReValver utilizes exclusive Peavey algorithms that analyze the interactions of the amps’ components at the circuit level, based on the original schematics. ReValver is able to model every nuance of tube amplifiers with “unprecedented accuracy”.

As advanced as ReValver’s modeling algorithms are, operating the models can be as simple or as in-depth as the user desires. The software GUI is intuitive and easy to use, with a drag-and-drop interface where users can add and subtract individual components and devices such as amplifiers, preamps, power amps, stomp boxes and effects.

Unlocking ReValver’s customization tools is also easy. By right-clicking on an amp model, users can “go inside” and adjust the amp’s tones and components on the Tweak Module GUI. This allows users to modify every imaginable tube parameter on all amplifier models. Users can also modify tube types, power amps, rectifiers, output transformers and tone stacks.

ReValver MK III.V features a robust stompbox and effects section, including various types of chorus, distortion, wah, tremolo, compression, limiters, delays, octaver and much more. Its convolution reverb allows for very complex and smooth reverbs, including sampled spring reverb, and allows users to import their own impulse responses. The VST Host module allows users to load their favorite third-party VSTs for use within the ReValver software.

ReValver MK III.V also features many “under-the-hood” updates. The tube model algorithms have been enhanced, resulting in a new level of realism. The convolution modules have also been updated to improve the handling of imported IRs and new “Brilliance” and “Bottom” parameters have been added to the modules, allowing for further fine-tuning of the impulses’ tonal characteristics. The VST Host module also features enhancements to ensure robustness and ease of use. MK III.V now boasts improved runtime performance on both the operating system and host level, with a focus on upgraded Pro Tools support.

ReValver MK III.V features

  • 21 amplifier models, including the Peavey 6505, 6505+, JSX, 3120, Classic, ValveKing, Masterpiece and Sensation.
  • 12 preamp models.
  • 9 power amp models.
  • 21 stompbox/pedal-type effects.
  • 12 rack-style effects.
  • VST Host module.
  • 32-bit and 64-bit operation modes.
  • More than 150 speaker simulations using real-time convolution and membrane modeling.
  • 8 utility functions, including tuners, signal splitters, analyzer and more.
  • Fully MIDI mappable.

ReValver MK III.V for Windows and Mac (VST/AU/RTAS) is available to purchase for a MSRP of $299.99 USD.

More information: Peavey / ReValver MK III


TC Electronic announces Blacksmith, new crown jewel of the bass amp 2.0 concept

TC Electronic has introduced the Blacksmith, a bass amp which unites immense power and versatility, achieving raw excellence.

TC Electronic Blacksmith

With Blacksmith on-stage, power is not an issue – large clubs, major venues or full-scale stadiums, Blacksmith covers it all. A massive 1600 watts delivers a huge bass tone that will follow the user’s slightest moves while playing those hard-rocking bass lines and hammering riffs.

Blacksmith offers more than excessive power, with renowned Bass amp 2.0 features such as integrated chromatic bass tuner, refined tone-shaping tools including 4 bands of EQ, SpectraComp™ ‘per string compression’, TubeTone™ ‘complete Tube pre- and power amp recreation’ and TweeterTone™ ‘intelligent HF control’ as well as the unique 3 user-defined memories, Blacksmith takes bass amplification to a new level in more than one respect.

Blacksmith is capable handling cabinet combinations all the way down to 2 ohms, so ultimately, four RS410 cabinets could be fired up simultaneously – that’s 16 x 10” or 8.7 square foot of speaker cones blasting air at the bass player standing in front of the rig… Better put that foot on the monitor to keep upright.

Blacksmith features

  • Power – 1600 watts (4500 watts peak).
  • Presets – 3 user-defined presets.
  • On-board chromatic tuner – Always active for instant pitch monitoring at any time.
  • SpectraComp™ – Multi-band compression – the musical way to compress!
  • TubeTone™ – Emulation of both the tube preamp and tube power amp sections.
  • 4-band EQ – Semi-parametric Bass, Lo-Mid, Hi-Mid and Treble.
  • TweeterTone™ – Front panel tweeter level control for crisp and modern bass tones.
  • Transformer balanced Line Driver – Studio-grade DI for ultra-clean signals to PAs or DAWs.

The Blacksmith will be available in March, 2011, priced at a MSRP of $3,599 USD / €2,350 EUR List Price (excl. VAT).

More information: TC Electronic / Blacksmith


TC Electronic PolyTune iPhone App updated to v1.1

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TC Electronic PolyTune iPhone App

TC Electronic has released version 1.1 of the PolyTune iPhone App, a software tuner for iOS.

The new version 1.1. software makes the PolyTune app fully compatible with iPhone4 as well as the iOS 4 operating system. You also get full Retina display support for the ultimate viewing experience when you’re tuning.

Further, a brand new Color Blind feature has been included, which allows you to switch out the green/red colors with yellow/blue.

Finally, we improved the overall graphics, and the app now has a new, very appealing icon that will stand out perfectly on your iPhone’s home screen.

The new PolyTune iPhone App is available to purchase for the introductory price of $0.99 USD until midnight December 19, 2010. The version 1.1 update is free for all existing PolyTune iPhone App users.

More information: TC Electronic / PolyTune iPhone App


Studio Devil releases Virtual Bass Amp Pro

Studio Devil Virtual Bass Amp Pro

Studio Devil has announced the release of Virtual Bass Amp Pro, a virtual bass amplifier and effect plugin for Windows and Mac.

Studio Devil VBA Pro features

  • 2 Discrete Channels each with independent compressor, gain, tone, and limiter controls modeled using Studio Devil’s patented digital vacuum tube modeling technology.
  • A/B Switch and MIX Control to switch between channels or blend both channels together.
  • Bi-Amp Mode with tunable crossover lets you send lows to one channel, highs to the other, and then process and mix them independently.
  • Tube Preamp Controls: Dual tube preamps with Gain, Boost, Bass, Tunable Mids, and Treble controls that interact with your tone just like on real tube amps.
  • Power Amp Limiters: Dual power amp limiters with Drive and Variable Clipping controls.
  • Channel B Phase Switch lets you add or subtract harmonics and tone from your mix.
  • 5 Cabinet Emulation Modes: 8×10, 4×10, 1×15, DI Emulator, and Bypass Modes featuring cabinet models from the Red Wire Impulses® collection.
  • 12-Band Graphic EQ for precision tone sculpting.
  • 2 Studio Quality Effects: Custom Bass Chorus and World-Class Reverb.
  • Built-In Chromatic Tuner to stay in tune.
  • Master Volume control.
  • Import and Export Presets and Banks via XML files to share your tones with everyone via the Internet, email, and blogs.

Virtual Bass Pro is available to purchase for $99 USD. VBA and Amp Modeler Pro owners can upgrade/crossgrade for $59 USD.

More information: Studio Devil / Virtual Bass Amp Pro


MeldaProduction releases MAutoAlign and MTuner (+ v4.02 update)

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MeldaProduction MAutoAlign

MeldaProduction has released MAutoAlign and MTuner, two new effect plug-ins for Windows and Mac.

MAutoAlign is an automatic solution for problems with phase cancellations when recording a single instrument using multiple microphones. Instead of searching for optimal delays and phase inversions, this plugin analyses the audio material in all tracks at once and solves the problem for you. The plugin is free for users of MTotalBundle and MMasteringBundle, or available for riddiculous introductory price of 20 EUR as usual.

Another plugin is MTuner, which is a simple frequency analyzer designed mainly for tuning guitars and is free.

MAutoAlign features

  • Unique multitrack design – the plugin does not need any advanced techniques with sidechains etc. All you need is to do is to place one instance to each track. These will automatically talk to each other and perform the analysis without need for your interaction.
  • Completely transparent processing – the plugin only delays each track and potentially inverts phase of some of them. But performs no filtering or any other advanced processing which alters the signal.
  • Advanced metering system – provided meters display frequency cancellations useful to judge how much of the signal is lost when mixing the tracks together.
  • Up to 8 channels surround processing – our plugins can handle not only mono and stereo signals, but also up to 8 channels of surround audio, making them ideal for audio production for movies, games etc.
  • Extremely advanced and easy-to-use user interface – our products are always designed to enhance the workflow. You can easily change all values, fine-tune each control in multiple ways. Easy orientation in a standardized GUI, textual editing and smooth visualization with almost unlimited zooming are standard in all of our plugins. Moreover our plugins are the world first (and still the only ones), which support resizable and stylable GUI’s.
  • MIDI controllers with MIDI learn – you can map any parameter to any MIDI controller or MIDI keyboard and control it realtime or record and automate it.
  • Very fast, optimized for SSE and SSE2 processors.
  • Fully automatable.

MTuner features

  • Detects frequency, note and deviation from correct pitch in cents – resolves frequencies in range 50Hz to 2kHz, which is enough for most instruments and vocals.
  • History log – displays more than 20 previous notes, which is useful to quickly convert melodies into notes.

MeldaProduction has also released version 4.02 of its effect plugins, which fixes some problems and adds several features, mostly to plugins from MCreativeBundle.

More information: MeldaProduction


IK Multimedia releases AmpliTube 2 for iPhone

IK Multimedia AmpliTube 2 for iPhone

IK Multimedia has released AmpliTube 2 for iPhone, a major update to the leading guitar software for iPhone.

AmpliTube 2 for iPhone offers incredibly realistic tones and effects, full multi-track recording capabilities and an advanced practice tool – all in one convenient mobile app, from the leaders in analog gear modeling software for professional recording studios. Use the AmpliTube iRig interface adapter to connect your guitar to your iPhone/iPod touch/iPad and you are ready to rock!

New in AmpliTube 2 for iPhone

  • New built-in one-track recorder with re-amping feature (free update).
  • New multi-track recorder with 4 tracks and master FX section with 3 effects: Reverb, EQ and Compressor (available as in-app purchase).
  • 5 new stompbox effects: Compressor, Reverb, Parametric EQ, Graphic EQ and Limiter (available as in-app purchase).
  • Improved sound quality of gear and cabinets with DSP parts derived from AmpliTube 3 and T-RackS 3 for Mac/PC (free update).
  • Export recordings and mixes as high quality WAV audio files or send them by email as MP3s (free update).
  • Import songs as backing tracks directly from user iPod library, from iTunes using file sharing or Wi-Fi (free update).
  • New SpeedTrainer allows players to slow down/speed up imported songs without affecting the pitch (free update).
  • Up to 50 songs can now be imported (free update).
  • New preset naming feature (free update).
  • New Setup panel including input and output level controls (free update).
  • New scrollable menu for easier and faster gear selection in the FX and AMP sections (free update).

AmpliTube 2 for iPad is currently in development with even more powerful features and will be announced shortly. Current iPad only users are advised to wait for the dedicated version before going ahead with the in-app purchase of the iPhone version.

More information: IK Multimedia / AmpliTube 2 for iPhone


Digitech releases Vocalist Live 5, vocal harmony & effects processor

Digitech / Vocalist Live 5

DigiTech as introduced the Live 5, the newest addition to the Vocalist product line.

The Live 5 is designed to provide guitarists with the most intuitive, user-friendly, vocal effects and harmony processor available. The pedal will give artists the ability to effortlessly create full, natural sounding 5 part vocal harmonies.

The Live 5 combines studio-quality audio performance, state-of-the-art vocal processing, and an easy-to-use control interface to add up to four independent voices of harmony to a lead vocal to create a full five-part harmony. The Live 5 has Gender Control that gives each harmonizing voice a masculine or feminine sound. Users can customize the natural sound of the harmonizing voices from loose to tight by adjusting the Humanize setting.

Vocalist Live 5 features

  • Automatically follows your guitar chords to generate the correct vocal harmonies using musIQ™.
  • Add up to 4 additional voices of harmony.
  • Gender control allows you to give the harmonies a male and/or female voice.
  • Humanize adjusts the natural sound of the harmonies from loose to tight.
  • Adjustable/Natural sounding, real-time pitch correction.
  • Add different kinds of vocal effects from radio, delay, distortion, and more.
  • Staggered button footswitch layout.
  • 5 metal vacuum switches .
  • Sturdy and durable black metal chassis.
  • Bright, easy-to-read LED display.
  • 100 Presets.
  • A/B Patch per preset .
  • A/B Patch footswitch.
  • Built-in Guitar Tuner.

The Vocalist Live 5 is now shipping with an MSRP of $649.95 USD.

More information: Vocalist by Digitech / Live 5


Tascam TG-7 & TC-8, wide-format tuners

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Tascam TG-7 & TC-8

Tascam has announced the TG-7 and TC-8, two new tuners.

TASCAM’s TG-7 and TC-8 tuners combine fast pitch detection and a 5″ wide backlit LCD display to help musicians dial into perfect pitch. The TG-7, designed for guitar and bass players, has a 1/4″ in and thru and fits perfectly on pedalboards and amplifiers. The TC-8 is tailored for band and orchestra players with alternate tuning scales for period instruments. Both tuners have a built-in microphone and powerful metronome with internal speaker.

The tuner in the TG-7 and TC-8 uses high speed processing to calculate the pitch. Four tuner modes allow up to 1.25-cent steps on the display for maximum accuracy, and the tuner can be calibrated to an installed piano. They have desktop feet with a clip to attach to a music stand, and a tripod mount is also built-in. The metronome on the TG-7 and TC-8 can be set to various beat accents, and tap tempo allows the musician to find the tempo marking for any song.

TG-7 & TC-8 features

  • Chromatic tuner.
  • Metronome with 30-300 BPM range and seven accent values.
  • 5″ Wide backlit LCD display with note value and bargraph displaying pitch deviation.
  • Four display modes: Bargraph, Fine, Strobe Animation and Needle.
  • Oscillator for playing pitch.
  • Built-in speaker for pitch and metronome.
  • Built-in microphone for acoustic instruments.
  • Tuner Calibration mode.
  • Flip-out stand for tabletop use with hooks for music stand mounting.
  • Tripod mount.
  • Tuning modes TG-7: Guitar, Bass, Chromatic, Drop-D, Drop-G, Open-D, Open-G and five user-definable scales.
  • Tuning modes TC-8: Equal Temperament, Pythagorean, Mean tone, Werckmeister III, Kirnberger III, Kellner, Vallotti, Young.
  • 1/4″ in and thru jacks (TG-7) / 1/4″ in jack (TC-8).

The TASCAM TG-7 and TC-8 will be available from select Tascam retailers in December 2010.

More information: Tascam