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Tokyo Dawn Records release SlickEQ plugin

Tokyo Dawn has announced the release of SlickEQ, a mixing/mastering equalizer designed for ease of use, musical flexibility and impeccable sound, developed in collaboration with Variety Of Sound.

TDR / VOS SlickEQ

Three (and a half) filter-bands arranged in a classic Low/Mid/High semi parametric layout offer fast and intuitive access to four distinct EQ modes, each representing a set of distinct EQ curves and behaviors. An elaborate auto gain option automatically compensates for changes of perceived loudness during EQ operation. Optionally, SlickEQ allows to exclusively process either the stereo sum or stereo difference (i.e. “stereo width”) without additional sum/difference encoding.

In order to warm up the material with additional harmonic content, SlickEQ offers a switchable EQ non-linearity and an output stage with 3 different saturation models. These options are meant to offer subtle and interesting textures, rather than obvious distortion. The effect is made to add the typical “mojo” often associated with classy audio gear.
An advanced 64bit multirate processing scheme practically eliminates typical problems of digital EQ implementations such as frequency-warping, quantization distortion and aliasing.

SlickEQ features

  • Intuitive, yet flexible semi parametric EQ layout.
  • Full featured, modern user interface with outstanding usability and ergonomics.
  • Carefully designed 64bit “delta” multi-rate structure.
  • Three EQ bands with additional 18dB/Oct high-pass filter.
  • Four distinct EQ models: “American”, “British”, “German” and “Soviet” with optional non-linearity.
  • Four output stages: “Linear”, “Silky”, “Mellow” and “Deep”.
  • Advanced saturation algorithms by VoS (“stateful saturation”).
  • Highly effective and musically pleasing loudness compensated auto gain control.
  • Oversampled signal path including stateful saturation algorithms.
  • Stereo and sum/difference processing options.
  • Tool-bar with undo/redo, A/B, advanced preset management and more.

SlickEQ is available as a free effect plug-in for Windows and Mac (VST/AU). VST3 and AAX formats will follow later.

More information: Tokyo Dawn / SlickEQ

Variety Of Sound releases SlickHDR effect plugin

Variety Of Sound SlickHDR

Variety Of Sound has launched SlickHDR, a free “Psychoaccoustic Dynamic Processor” effect plug-in for Windows.

Technically speaking, SlickHDR contains a coupled network of three dynamic processors with two of them running in a “stateful saturation” configuration and one based on look-ahead processing.

Fixed amounts of the unprocessed signal are then injected into the network at several specific points and also mixed back into the networks output.

Being networked, all processors are highly interacting with each other and this is utilized to cope with a wide variety of sound (sic!) to balance the perceived audio dynamic range.

SlickHDR features

  • Balances the perceived global vs. local micro dynamics of any incoming audio.
  • Creates a rich in contrast, detailed and clearly perceived image which translates way better across different listening environments.
  • Provides a convenient workflow by simply adjusting three dynamic processors to show a roughly same load.
  • Offers further and detailed control about overall tone and release time behavior.

SlickHDR is available to download as a freeware VST effect plug-in for Windows.

More information: Variety Of Sound / SlickHDR

Variety Of Sound teases SlickHDR effect plug-in

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Variety Of Sound has posted a teaser image of the SlickHDR effect plug-in for Windows.

Variety Of Sound SlickHDR

Since quite a while, I’ve dreamed about a brand new series of plug-ins which will combine the strength of both worlds: analog modeling on the one side but pure digital techniques on the other – incorporating techniques such as look-ahead, FIR filtering or even stuff that comes from the digital image processing domain, such as HDR (High Dynamic Range) processing.

First encounter: SlickHDR

High Dynamic Range (HDR) processing is something pretty much new in the audio domain. While there are lots of theories and implementations available about HDR imaging, this is quite new and sparingly adopted in the audio domain. SlickHDR is going to be a very first approach in applying high dynamic range processing to audio within a VST compatible plug-in.

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Variety Of Sound releases Thrillseeker VBL – Vintage Broadcast Limiter

Variety Of Sound has launched Thrillseeker VBL, a free Vintage Broadcast Limiter effect plug-in for Windows.

Variety Of Sound Thrillseeker VBL
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.

More information: Variety Of Sound / Thrillseeker VBL

Variety Of Sound updates Rescue MK2 to v2.1

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Variety Of Sound has released version 2.1 of the Rescue MK2 free analog style modelled signal designer for Windows.

Variety Of Sound Rescue MK2

It is a sophisticated mid/side based transient processing device which not only allows detailed ’3D’ imaging control but also fancy transient compression and distortion with dynamics that remains vibrant and alive.

Changes in Rescue MK2 v2.1

  • Better support for higher S/R (some minor bugfixes in the internal filter coefficient computations).
  • Critical parts are running at an internal higher sample rate now.
  • The default MIX LEVEL was changed to 0dBFS.

Rescue MK2 is available to download for Windows (VST).

More information: Variety Of Sound / Rescue MK2

Variety Of Sound announces Thrillseeker VBL

Variety Of Sound has announced Thrillseeker VBL, an upcoming “Vintage Broadcast Limiter” effect plug-in.

Bringing mojo back – Thrillseeker VBL is a “Vintage Broadcast Limiter” emulation following the classic Variable-Mu design principles from the early days back in the 1950′s. Their purpose once were to prevent audio overshoots by managing the signals sudden changes w/o tone frequent modulations.

From a today’s perspective and especially compared to brickwall limiters, they are rather slow and more to be seen as a sort of gain structure leveler but still they are shining so much when it comes down to perform gain riding in a very musical fashion: They have warmth and mojo written all over it! Whether given vocals, bass or an entire track – they just deliver.

The release date of Thrillseeker VBL is TBA (expected May, 2013).

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Variety Of Sound releases Rescue MK2 free effect plugin

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Variety Of Sound has announced the release of Rescue MK2, a freeware analog style modelled signal designer for Windows.

Rescue MK2 is the major overhaul of the analog style modelled signal designer already introduced back in 2007. It is a sophisticated mid/side based transient processing device which not only allows detailed ’3D’ imaging control but also fancy transient compression and distortion with dynamics that remains vibrant and alive.

Variety Of Sound Rescue MK2
Rescue MK2 offers transient handling ‘smooth like cake’, stateful saturation and an authentic analog signal path emulation 2.0.

Changes in Rescue MK2

  • Some internal routing changes are streamlining the workflow per channel.
  • Based on true stateful signal saturation algorithms, it provides way smoother transient management and distortion.
  • Better support for different gain-staging levels is introduced.
  • The analog style signal path emulation is a complete rework.
  • The manual is completely rewritten.

Rescue MK2 is a freeware VST effect plug-in for Windows.

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Variety Of Sound announces Rescue Mk2

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Variety Of Sound has announced Rescue Mk2, an update to the envelope dependent signal amplification and analog style saturation in a mid/side configuration

While the initial Rescue implementation was a little bit quirky concerning transient handling, I’ve managed to developed a ‘stateful’ approach over the last years which turned out to be way smoother not only in terms of transient response but also in terms of signal saturation. All this comes down now and there is almost nothing to change to the original concept other than the underlying technology which had been emerged and improved.

Rescue MK2 is going to offer transient handling ‘smooth like cake’, stateful saturation and an authentic analog signal path emulation 2.0. Rescue MK2 maintains a super realistic stereo image, increases depth perception and works great as both, mixing tool and summing on the 2-bus. The new Rescue version will be available by end of January as a freeware VST plug-in.

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