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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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Variety Of Sound releases ThrillseekerLA

Variety Of Sound has released ThrillseekerLA, a digital stereo leveling amplifier with truly analog qualities.

ThrillseekerLA not only introduces way smooth gain riding capabilities but first and foremost features a non-linear amplifier stage which is based on a non-linearity with memory yielding creamy signal coloration duties

Variety Of Sound ThrillseekerLA
Variety Of Sound ThrillseekerLA

ThrillseekerLA features

  • Sophisticated and deep gain riding full of musical character and attitude but with virtually no inter-modulation (IM) distortion artifacts.
  • Feedback compression design w/o any samplerate based delay in the loop.
  • Classic input level driven two knob design with additional manual attack and release time interventions.
  • Highly program dependent envelope timing adoption offering attack times ranging from “instantaneously” up to around 100ms and release times from 30ms up to several seconds.
  • Mix level switch to adopt the plug-ins internal gain staging to mixing levels at around -18dBFS.
  • Custom SC filter option to attenuate the SC bass response while slightly boosting the HF spectrum.
  • Additional one pole (6dB per octave) SC low-cut filter adjustable from 20 to 500Hz.
  • External sidechain support.
  • Switchable Input/GR/Output metering display.
  • Variable compression range control from 0 to 100%

ThrillseekerLA for Windows (VST) is available as freeware.

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Variety of Sound announces “Thrillseeker” audio plug-in series

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Variety of Sound has announced Thrillseeker, a new series of audio plug-ins.

The brand new and upcoming Variety of Sound Thrillseeker audio plug-ins series is going to be a plug-in collection premiering Stateful Saturation which is a sophisticated DSP core system for musical harmonic distortion generation based on authentic and truly stateful non-linear models.

Stateful Saturation takes advantage of some sought after analog qualities and preserves them accurately during their transfer right 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

Stateful Saturation opens the door for quite a number of amazing applications ranging from smooth harmonic exciters up to convincing amplifier effects and the DSP core can easily be set in context whether it’s a compressor output stage or a preamplifier circuit, just to name the two.

The first plug-in in the series will be opto-electric circuit model ThrillseekerLA, an audio leveling amplifier with amazing analog like qualities.

It offers sophisticated and deep gain riding full of musical character and attitude but with virtually no inter-modulation (IM) distortion artifacts!

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Variety Of Sound releases BaxterEQ free equalizer plugin

Variety Of Sound BaxterEQ

Variety Of Sound has released BaxterEQ, a freeware transparent mastering and mix buss shelving EQ for Windows.

BaxterEQ features

  • Finest tonal sweetening and finishing which always stays true to the source
    • natural and accurate bass response
    • authentic analog style HF curve rendering
    • smoothest shelving operation
  • Perfectly suited for the mastering chain
    • stepped controls throughout for repeatability and matched channel operation
    • full dual channel layout
    • full mid-side encoding support
    • per channel level control for easy A/B match
  • Artifact free technical design
    • low ripple and distortion filter implementations
    • 64bit floating point internal processing
    • oversampled for superior impulse response
  • Meticulously selected frequencies
    • Baxandall shelving filters
      • LF @ 74, 84, 98, 116, 131, 166, 230 and 361 Hz
      • HF @ 1.6, 1.8, 2.1, 2.4, 3.4, 4.8, 7.1, 11 and 18 kHz
    • 2-pole Butterworth filters
      • LC @ 12, 18, 24, 30, 36, 43 and 54 Hz
      • HC @ 7.5, 9, 11.1, 12.6, 16, 21, 28 and 40 kHz
  • An additional analog signal path emulation provides some subtle but precious stereo imaging improvements.

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

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