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iZotope releases Trash 2—Distort, mangle & transform audio

iZotope has announced the release of Trash 2, an audio mangling and distortion device for Windows and Mac.

iZotope Trash 2
Completely rewritten from the ground up, Trash 2 has an entirely new sonic architecture, brand new features, optimized performance, better sound quality, and support for modern hosts and formats.

It’s been a decade since Trash first arrived as the ultimate distortion toolkit. As the years have passed, it’s remained a cult favorite of artists such as Nine Inch Nails, Noisia, Garbage, Ko?n, Sigur Rós, and anyone looking to add dirt, grime, and character to their tracks. Fully overhauled from Trash 1, Trash 2 adds a wealth of new features including twenty new distortion algorithms, fresh filter modules, fifty new impulse responses, multiband waveshaping, 64-bit and AAX support and much more.

“For Trash 2, we wanted increase the level of freedom in the features that Trash 1 users loved best,” explains Product Manager Jack Côté. “Now you can have even more influence over your sound, whether you’re loading your own impulse responses, creating new filter combinations, or designing and editing your own multiband waveshapes. With Trash 2, it’s a new era of personalized distortion.”

Trash 2 features

  • Distort in ways you never dreamed with the Trash module’s 60+ distortion algorithms, perfect for transforming your sound into something never before heard.
  • Design your own unique distortions, from massive to mild and everything in between, with a new, customizable, multiband Waveshaper.
  • Let your tracks inhabit any space or object with the new Convolve module. Choose from over 100 impulse responses, or load your own to put your bass in a washing machine or your keys in a cave.
  • Find a new voice: make your audio speak and growl with two redesigned Filters, each one featuring new vowel formant filters, screaming peaks, node modulations, and more.
  • Start trashing your audio immediately with an extensive new preset library and an ear-friendly Limiter that ensures you can play without fear.

For even more sonic mayhem, add the Edge Expansion Pack to Trash 2.

Full of extra-exotic and extra-gritty presets for a broad range of sonic treatments, the Edge Expansion Pack is perfect for unconventional guitars, synth basses, synth pads, drum mangling, and more. With 30 new impulse responses for further tone coloring and 70 new presets built directly for these impulses, the Edge Expansion content was born to bring out the best of Trash 2′s classic out-there sound.

Trash 2 is available to purchase for the introductory price of $149 USD through December 6th, 2012 (regular $249 USD MSRP, €195 EUR). The Trash 2 Edge Expansion Pack is available for $29 USD / €25 EUR.

For a limited time, Trash 2 will be available as part of iZotope’s new Creative Bundle which includes Trash 2, the Trash 2 Edge Expansion, Iris+5, and Stutter Edit. This collection is priced at $499 USD / €399 EUR, and available until December 31st, 2012.

Trash 1 customers who purchased on or after October 1, 2012 will receive upgrades to Trash 2 for free. For Trash 1 owners who purchased prior to October 1, 2012, special upgrade pricing of $99 USD will be available.

More information: iZotope / Trash 2

Waveshaper releases Modulok free percussive sample pack

Waveshaper Modulok

Waveshaper has announced Modulok, a free sample library featuring percussive sounds.

Modulok is a percussive sample pack made using two semi-modular analogue synths, a couple of vintage synthesizers and a bunch of analogue FX all linked together in a modular fashion.

Crafted by hand with love and care, the goal is to bring out the character of the analogue sound, both smooth and wild, futuristic and retro, raw and advanced, in a big & versatile drum-sample pack, suitable for all kind of music. Analogue but not cliché, this pack knows no boundaries.

Modulok features

  • 364 one-shot samples, gathered in 4 categories: kicks, snares & lasers, hats & cymbs, percussions & sfx (each categories being also sub-divided in 2 sub-categories for a quicker browsing).
  • 23 loops of analogue drones and textures for your audio production.
  • 24bit, 48Khz stereo WAV files.

The sample pack is available to download at no charge as part of the KVR Developer Challenge 2012.

More information: Waveshaper / Modulok

Sinevibes releases Circuit multiband waveshape modelling plugin

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Sinevibes has announced the release of Circuit, its latest Audio Unit effect plugin for multiband waveshape modelling.

Circuit splits the signal into three frequency bands, and passes each band through its own processing engine which offers 12 different algorithms – from sine-based waveshape transformers and foldback distortion, to circuit-bent filters, lo-fi and ring modulation. These models can be further modulated by an input envelope follower, tempo-synchronized LFO or two-dimensional Lorenz attractor. All this is wrapped into a stylish, colour-coded interface based on Sinevibes’ innovative design language, which makes it incredibly fun to work with.

Sinevibes Circuit
Sinevibes Circuit multi-band waveshape modelling plug-in for Mac.

Circuit features

  • Morph lifeless waveforms into entirely new, rich and dense sounds.
  • Transform synth basses and leads into completely different, layered material.
  • Re-synthesise and mangle electronic drum loops beyond recognition.

Circuit is available to purchase for $29 USD. It is also included in the Sinevibes plug-in bundle for $119 USD.

More information: Sinevibes / Circuit

FXpansion launches Maul multi-band distortion & tone-shaping effect

FXpansion has announced the release of its Maul multi-band distortion and tone-shaping plugin with advanced modulation.

FXpansion Maul
Maul is suited to all music requiring powerful sound-sculpting abilities – everything from subtle warming and loudness generation to shredding distortion and experimental creative effects.

Maul features 3 separate drive stages, each of which can act on a different frequency range with any of 32 distortion types. The available algorithms include DCAM-modelled germanium diode, tube and transistor-based circuits, clippers, overdrives, waveshapers of various kinds and bit-crushing devices for digital distortion flavours. Each drive stage also features control over transient-shaping, saturation circuitry and additional post-process tone filtering.

The built-in TransMod modulation system allows you to animate Maul’s parameters with the internal LFOs, envelope follower and sample & hold devices as well as with external MIDI note input. This turns Maul into an extremely flexible device capable of dynamic filter patterns, rhythmic gating effects with extra bite, loudness and harmonic excitation effects and wild, dynamic distortion that can transform your audio.


FXpansion introduces its Maul multi-band distortion and tone-shaping plug-in.

Maul features

  • 3-band creative distortion and tone-shaping device.
  • DCAM-modelled circuits, clippers, waveshapers, overdrive, bitcrushing and more.
  • Additional per-band transient-shaping control.
  • Saturation circuitry modelling.
  • 2x oversampling with 4x Hi Def mode for extremely high quality.
  • Advanced TransMod modulation and MIDI note control.
  • Built-in MIDI Learn for plugin controls.
  • 32-bit and 64-bit support.
  • VST, AU and RTAS plugin formats on Windows 7 and Mac OSX 10.6.2 or later.

Maul is available as a download-only product priced at $99 USD / 79 EUR / £69 inc VAT where applicable.

An introductory price of $70 USD, 55 EUR, £48 GBP inc VAT is available for all registered owners of Geist, DCAM: Synth Squad, Tremor, Etch, DCAM Dynamics, BFD2 and BFD Eco (and customers purchasing Maul at the same time as any of these products) until 31 October 2012.

More information: FXpansion / Maul

WaveShaper intros KORG KR-55 and PLASTICID MkII sample packs

WaveShaper KORG KR-55

WaveShaper has announced the release of two new drum sample packs.

The KR-55 pack includes 7 kits with 142 one-shot samples (WAV, 24bit 48khz stereo), from clean and transparent to punchy and saturated.

With its plastic beige enclosure design, the Korg KR-55 looks like a late 70s’ nerd wet dream.

Every single sound from this 1979 preset drum machine is just perfect : snappy snare, punchy bass drum, electronic hi hats and exotic percussions with a retro flavour. Heavily used by early electro bands, its raw sound just fit in any mix and any genre.

The sample pack costs $3.90; a free demo pack is available to download.

WaveShaper Plasticid MkII

The Plasiticid MkII sample pack includes 133 one-shot samples (24bit, 48Khz stereo WAV files) from the Boss DR-110 drum machine.

Plasticid MkII takes the critically-acclaimed Plasticid drumsample pack one step further, with 121 new samples gathered in 15 kits.

This new version aims at coloration and expands the sonic palette of the venerable Boss DR-110, processing it using vintage hardware to shape it up nicely. The cymbals are spitting, the bassdrum is kicking, and the snare and claps tones ranging from dark to bright make each kit acting like a rebirth for the mighty dr-110! Great care has also been taken about recording a semi open hat sample for even more epxression.

The MkII kit is available to purchase for $3.40 USD; The “classic” kit is still available for $1.40 USD. Existing customers can upgrade to MkII version at no cost.

More information: WaveShaper

Sinevibes Circuit multi-band waveshaper announced

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Sinevibes has introduced Circuit, an effect plugin designed for multi-band waveshape modelling.

Sinevibes Circuit
Circuit is an innovative multi-band waveshape modeling effect for radical sound sculpting.

Circuit splits the signal into three frequency bands, and passes each band through its own processing engine which offers 12 different models – from sine-based transformers and foldback distortion, to circuit-bent filters, lo-fi and ring modulation. These models can be put in motion by an envelope follower, tempo-synchronized modulator or two-dimensional Lorenz chaos generator.

All of these features are wrapped into a fun and simple to use, yet stylish colour-coded interface, which features Sinevibes’ innovative new design language. Circuit is also based on a future-proof graphics engine that supports the Retina MacBook Pro and of course all forthcoming high-resolution Mac computers.

Circuit for Mac (32/64-bit AU) will be available in October 2012. It can be pre-ordered for $19 USD. Customers who purchase the Sinevibes’ Complete AudioUnit collection (and those who purchased it after 1st September 2012) will receive Circuit as a free bonus.

More information: Sinevibes / Circuit

Cakewalk releases Z3TA+ 2 waveshaping synthesizer for Mac

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Cakewalk Z3TA+ 2

Cakewalk has announced the availability of Z3TA+ 2 Waveshaping synthesizer for Mac OS X 10.6.8 or higher in VST3 and AU formats.

Z3TA+ is highly revered as a classic synthesizer with unique character and tonality. It’s unmistakable signature sound has been used in countless electronic, trance, and dance productions around the globe for a decade. The key to Z3TA+’s success has been its formidable sound synthesis generation engine, featuring unique per-oscillator waveshaping capability, vast filters, multi-stage envelope generators, morphing and advanced modulation matrix with powerful effects routing.

Z3TA+ 2 builds upon the solid foundation of this classic waveshaping synthesizer with improved controls via a complete user interface overhaul for extensive, hands-on control of parameters including envelopes, effects routing, waveshaping, and performance functions. Real-time performance and expression controls are centralized into the Performance Module featuring the new Adaptive Pitch Bend. All this provides new inspiration for sound design, real-time expression, and is all bounded by impeccable sound quality.

Z3TA+ 2 loads all original Z3TA+ patches and sports a new browser providing easy access and organization of patches. Z3TA+ 2 also includes a thousand new presets from renowned sound designers Nico Herz of Big Tone Studios (who crafted many of the original Z3TA+ patches), Francesco Silvestri/FI Sound, Frank Genus/Pro Sounds, Chad Beckwith/ FI Sound / Patch Arena and other talented designers.

Z3TA+ 2 for Windows and Mac (VST/AU) is available to purchase for an estimated street price of $99 USD/79 EUR/£69 GBP. Customers who purchased Z3TA+ 2 for Windows will automatically receive the Mac installer in their store account at no additional charge. Registered Z3TA+ customers can upgrade for $49 USD/39 EUR/£35 GBP. Prices include VAT.

More information: Cakewalk / Z3TA+ 2

WaveShaper releases MR-10 Grey Matter and Soul Sisters Trio drum sample packs

WaveShaper has announced the MR-10 Grey Matter and Soul Sisters Trio, two new drumsample packs.

The MR-10 is a compact analogue drum machine from the early 80′s made by Yamaha. It features 5 pads that you can hit to trigger the sounds and some cheesy tango & waltz presets.

WaveShaper MR-10 Grey Matter

This tiny grey box has a rather characteristic sound, with a deep kick (somewhat reminiscent of the infamous 909) and a quite unique snare. The tone knob lets you shape the sound of the kit, and it is very efficient on the toms and snare. It sounds 200% analogue, but not like the usual suspects, so this carefully recorded WaveShaper pack will fit in any of your music productions, from electro pop to doom exotica !

As always, great care has been taken to keep the original sound alive and kicking with a high headroom, but some subtle tube coloring and compression assures you to make this kit sound unique.

The pro kit gathers 5 tone variations from each of the 7 individual sounds, in stereo, 24bit, 48khz wav files. It is available to purchase for $1.40 USD. A free kit includes one full sample kit (7 sounds, mono, 16bit/44.1khz wav files).

The Soul Sisters Trio sample pack includes samples from three retro drum synthesizers.

WaveShaper DR-55B

Built at the same time, these three small retro boxes share several features, but like soul sisters, they each have their unique character and a different sound.

The Boss DR-55 features a rimshot and a tone control. It was used by a bunch of artists in the past decades for its signature sound.

The Soundmaster SR-88 has a very delicate, soft, analogue sound and is perfect for electro tracks or sweet retro songs.

The Amdek RMK-100 is the rarest of the bunch. It was built by Roland and sold as a DIY project, which makes it very hard to find. The sound is the rawest of the three, and the hi-hats are a true gem for any acid and electro lover.

I recorded them with the usual care, through a custom chain of gentle tube compression and a tube preamp. I made several takes in order to capture the subtle analogue variations of each sound, and also processed them with a vintage hardware eq (and some distortion on one kit to make it dirtier and punchier). Any round-robin able softsampler will love to be fed by these analogue sounds!

The pro kit gathers 57 samples, 48khz-24bit stereo Wav files), available to purchase for $4.90 USD. The nasty pack contains more than 170 samples, priced $6.90 USD. A free kit contains some samples from the 3 drum machines (17 samples, 44,1khz-16bit mono Wav files).

More information: WaveShaper