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Variety Of Sound TesslaPRO mkII saturator plugin released

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Variety Of Sound has announced the release of TesslaPRO mkII, a transient aware signal saturator effect plug-in for Windows.

Variety Of Sound TesslaPRO mkII
Stateful Saturation takes advantage of some sought after analog qualities and preserves them accurately during their transfer into the digital domain.

Based on stateful saturation algorithms, it features an internal expandable ‘color model’ architecture and right from the start five different models are already included being three different ‘console style’ models plus one generic ‘tube stage’ and a ‘tape warmth’ saturation model.

It also introduces advanced DSP processing which is designed to have it applied across the entire mixing stage by featuring zero latency processing and further optimized assembler coding yielding a ~40% lower CPU footprint compared to its predecessor. Its very unique transient control appears further improved, vibrant 2nd order harmonic generation was added and better support for gainstaging is included now.

The plugin is available as freeware for Windows (VST).

More information: Variety Of Sound / TesslaPRO mkII

Variety Of Sound brings the mojo back with Thrillseeker XTC exciter plugin

Variety Of Sound has introduced Thrillseeker XTC, a freeware exciter effect plugin, developed for the KVR Developer Challenge 2012.

Thrillseeker XTC is a contemporary exciter build around a true parallel analog style equalizer design. Thrillseeker XTC is all about adding weight, vibe and attitude back to the sound. It delivers all the character of an analog signal path and provides what digital processing usually is hard pushed to, including a rich low-end experience and that vibrant ‘expensive’ top-end.

Variety Of Sound Thrillseeker XTC
Thrillseeker XTC was made for musicians and engineers to pleasingly enhance audio during the mixing or mastering stage.

Thrillseeker XTC features

  • Three parallel coupled equalizers containing three stateful saturators.
  • Each based on a sophisticated non-linear and frequency dependent algorithm with memory.
  • Pre-selected frequency ranges
    • LOW band: 70-450Hz
    • MID band: 0.8-5kHz
    • AIR band: 3.2-18kHz
  • Two flavors included with different internal gain-staging
    • Black version to mix at rather conservative levels around -18dB RMS.
    • Blue version to mix towards hotter target levels.
  • Additional analog signal path idiosyncrasies modelled.
  • Classic VU style metering as well as loudness unit measurements based on ITU-R BS.1770.
  • Mix control for dry/wet mixing and output level control.
  • Win32 / VST compatible plug-in with SSE2 assembler optimized signal path.
  • Tested and known to work in many VST hosts as well as running jbridge wrapped in 64bit hosts.

The Thrillseeker XTC plugin for Windows (VST) is available from KVR Audio.

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Get a selection of the best free music plugins at Plugin Boutique’s new Free Plugins Area

Plugin Boutique Free Plugins Area

Plugin Boutique has announced the launch of its new Free Plugins Area, offering instrument and effect plug-ins from various developers.

Featuring all types of plugins including Bit Crushers, Chorus, Delay, Filters, Distortion, EQ, Drum Machines, Flangers, Gates, Limiters, Phasers, Modulators, Synths, Mastering Tools and much more including charts to show you the most downloaded and top rated.

Once you are signed up at the site you simply select the plugins you want and they are added to your account to download, and what’s more you will also be notified when any of them are updated so you always have the most current versions of them on your computer. If you have the time you can also rate the plugins on a variety of merits in order to help fellow producers choose the best plugins for themselves.

Currently the new free area has plugins from companies including Inear Display, 7air Media, Vladgsound, Distorque, Sinevibes, Melda, Variety of Sound, Softrave, Blue Cat Audio, Minimal System Instruments, GTG Synths and many more.

More information: Plugin Boutique / Free Plugins Area

Variety Of Sound releases Density mkIII free compressor effect plugin

Variety Of Sound has released Density mkIII, an update to the free bus compressor effect plugin for Windows.

The mkIII version of this compressor introduces quite a lot and deep optimizations of the compressor engine especially but not limited for its use in audio mastering situations. The transient response is spot on now over the entire spectrum and it creates sonic depth and dimension: It renders audio like a three-dimensional image. This feature is very much supported by stateful saturation, which is also included now and appears on the stage as a brand new developed “VCA color” model and can be dialed in to taste.

With Density mkIII not only transients are managed in a musical and mastering grade fashion – it also renders a three-dimensional audio image, which truly supports perceived depth and dimension. And if stereo width is what you’re up to then dial in the M/S mode with just a single switch and start tweaking both channels individually.

Variety Of Sound Density mkIII
Density mkIII introduces improved transient response over the entire spectrum.

Changes in Density mkIII

  • The handling of inter modulation distortion (IMD) has been improved and there is no HF exaggeration caused by this anymore.
  • The transient response of the compressor is now more focused and consistent over the entire spectrum reducing coloration artifacts.
  • Instead, a VCA color model has been implemented which can be dialed in as needed, providing a strong 2nd and 3rd order harmonic as well as frequency and load dependent higher order harmonic distortion artifacts.
  • The SC filter option was optimized to better decouple the subsonic frequencies below 90Hz.
  • The TIMING presets had been changed and features faster and more modern release time settings (see below).
  • P5 and P6 are introducing true program dependent release time behaviour now.
  • A timing readout is displayed now for about 5 seconds when the according parameters are changing.
  • The COMP mode has been slightly changed and features a curve with soft-knee characteristics.
  • The parameter naming (as seen in host automation) is revised and the parameters are sorted now.
  • The RELAX option has been adjusted and also allows to speed up the attack times.
  • The linking algorithm has been revised.

The Density mkIII is available to download as a freeware VST effect plug-in for Windows (32-bit).

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Variety Of Sound announces Density mkIII: providing depth and dimension, mastering grade

Variety Of Sound has announced Density mkIII, an updated version of the free compressor effect plug-in for Windows.

Variety Of Sound Density mkIII
One of my favorite compressors gets some exciting new features and improvements in mkIII.

The mkIII version of this compressor introduces quite a lot and deep optimizations of the compressor engine especially but not limited for its use in audio mastering situations. The transient response is spot on now over the entire spectrum and it creates sonic depth and dimension: It renders audio like a three-dimensional image. This feature is very much supported by stateful saturation, which is also included now and appears on the stage as a brand new developed “VCA color” model and can be dialed in to taste.

With Density mkIII not only transients are managed in a musical and mastering grade fashion – it also renders a three-dimensional audio image, which truly supports perceived depth and dimension.

Density mkIII is expected to be released this June.

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Variety Of Sound releases NastyDLA mkII

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Variety Of Sound has released NastyDLA mkII, an updated version of the classic chorus echo device with tape-delay simulation.

The mkII version of this plug-in is an overall technical redesign and features “stateful saturation” algorithms for an overall improved sound experience and changes several things under the hood. Basically, NastyDLA mkII remains feature wise the very same but introduces the input stage modelled by this new and exciting technology and also redesigns the tape compression algorithm for an improved IM distortion performance. In general, the distortion generation appears to be more analog like and the perception of width and depth has been improved significantly.

Variety Of Sound NastyDLA mkII
Variety Of Sound NastyDLA mkII (Windows VST 32-bit)

Changes in NastyDLA mkII

  • The behaviour of the input stage has been changed. It acts output level compensated now and only is active if the SAT switch is engaged. It is modeled based upon a stateful saturation algorithm which sound wise turns in to a way better distortion performance as well as a more “3d” sound perception.
  • The tape compressor has been improved for a better IM distortion performance and a less muddy sound.
  • The level of noise which can be dialed in has been altered. The level itself is corrected and by moving the according knob to the left-most position the noise can be switched off.

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

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Variety Of Sound announces mkII versions for NastyDLA and TesslaPRO

Variety Of Sound TesslaPRO

Variety Of Sound has announced mkII versions for NastyDLA and TesslaPRO to be released during Q2/2012.

By this, all the sonic bliss of stateful saturation algorithms will be made available for both, the highly regarded classic chorus echo device with tape-delay simulation and the critically acclaimed “transient aware” signal saturator.

Stateful Saturation takes advantage of some sought after analog qualities and preserves them accurately during their transfer into the digital domain:

  • high frequency shimmer and sheen without digital harshness
  • depth and ’3d’ imaging side effects before distortion itself becomes apparent
  • audio transient dynamics that remains vibrant and alive
  • natural and impressive bass response

NastyDLA mkII remains feature wise the very same but introduces the input stage modelled by this new and exciting technology and also redesigns the tape compression algorithm for an improved IM distortion performance. TesslaPRO mkII will go way further by introducing a variety of different signal coloration options, ranging from console style distortion models up to typical mic/preamp colors.

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Variety Of Sound updates BaxterEQ to v1.0.1

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Variety Of Sound has updated its BaxterEQ transparent mastering and mix buss shelving equalizer effect for Windows.

Finest tonal sweetening and finishing which always stays true to the source

  • natural and accurate bass response
  • authentic analog like HF curve rendering
  • smoothest shelving operation

Changes in BaxterEQ v1.0.1

  • A smaller GUI version is included.
  • VST vendor tag is corrected.

BaxterEQ is a freeware VST effect plug-in for Windows (32-bit).

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