SideChain Compression in Ableton Live

August 29, 2012 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

AfroDJMac takes us on a tour exploring SideChain Compression:

Ableton Live sidechaining tutorial part 1: Compression. Ableton’s compressor, gate, and auto filter all have side chaining capabilities. In this first part of a three part series, I will show how the sidechaining function on the compressor works.

Music created with AfroDJMac’s Premium Ableton Live Packs: http://afrodjmac.spinshop.com

Three new nice virtual products – Sequencer, Compressor and EQ Plug-in

August 28, 2012 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

Loopmasters has introduced the Realstrings Online Loops Sequencer, a web-based sequencer by Chris Savage, offering a new way to demo loops from Realstrings sample packs. The sequencer allows you to play with some of the loops before you decide to buy, so you get a better idea of whether your music would benefit from these packs than you might get from the usual audio demos.

We are always looking at new ways to showcase loops packs; here’s an innovative tool from string loops producer Pete Whitfield at realstrings.com – an online loops sequencer.

For loops packs that are construction kits, what better way to try before you buy? Sequence and layer the loops to see how they work in an interactive, musical context.

An iPad version is coming soon, plus some more functionality, based on user feedback.

More information: LoopBlog

The CT5 is a revision of their popular CT4 compressor. The sonic characteristics that made the CT4 such a versatile and easy-to-use compressor remain intact.  ‘The core sound remains 99% the same; I’m tweaking one of the internal filters for the better and improving the dynamic range of the compression circuit,’ says Steven Massey.

The new model improves on a good thing by adding a more aggressive, higher ratio compression curve option, a wet-dry signal blending control, and sidechain input capability.  Further, Steven explains, ‘The highest compression setting on the CT4 is equivalent to about 8 on the CT5, even without the limit option enabled.  Thus, more compression is available to the user, which is, of course, better.’

Many of these new features were implemented due to customer requests.  ‘We encourage feedback, not just from the beta testers, but from everyday users,’ says the newest guy at Massey Plugins, Kevin Weber. ‘I truly enjoy checking in on our web forum and seeing what folks have to say. Sure there are some unrealistic requests, but some spot on ones as well. We take those ideas to heart, even the crazy ones.

More info here >>

High-Resolution AAX EQ Plug-in For Pro Tools

Developed by the creator of the parametric EQ, George Massenburg,Avid says that the new Massenburg DesignWorks (MDW) Hi-Res Parametric EQ Plug-In for AAX continues to define the state-of-the-art in digital equalization. Here’s all the details in their own words…

Designed for Pro Tools|HD systems, version 5 offers new AAX DSP and AAX Native support, giving operators the flexibility to use the EQ across the entire Pro Tools product line, including Pro Tools|HDX systems. With its nearly unmeasurable low distortion, unprecedented clarity, unmatched smoothness, consistent EQ parameter representation, and superb high-frequency response (especially near Nyquist frequency at 44.1/48k), MDW Hi-Res Parametric EQ is designed for optimal definition in the mixing environment.

MDW Hi-Res Parametric EQ operates in double precision 64-bit floating point processing to take advantage of the maximum capability of the ProTools system. This new generation plug-in emulates the constant shape reciprocal filter curves of Massenburg’s legendary GML 8200 equalizer — the industry-standard reference. The plug-in offers a choice of three or five bands of equalization (both versions support the ultra-wide 10 Hz to 41 kHz frequency range) to target certain frequencies, or conserve DSP resources when only three bands of EQ are needed.

Professional Features
MDW Hi-Res Parametric EQ offers a number of features to help achieve better mixes. It allows viewing the frequency grid in 6, 12, or 24 dB resolution for more accurate representation of the equalizer settings. It also offers various filter types and a wide selection of Q and frequency values.

IsoPeak lets the operator quickly isolate and sweep through the frequency spectrum to find a targeted frequency quickly, a benefit of parametric equalization. One can also toggle between two EQ band settings using A/B snapshots, copy one setting to the other, and invert the phase of a track. And when used with Avid control surfaces, the EQ organizes the bands into ergonomic groups on the channel strips.

High-Resolution Filtering
MDW Hi-Res Parametric EQ 5.0 assures true high-resolution operation. The plug-in delivers double-precision 64-bit processing for vanishingly low distortion for optimal clarity and transparency (think natural-sounding). It also provides high-resolution 96 kHz sample-rate processing for audio recorded at 48 kHz or 96 kHz, and 192 kHz sample-rate processing for 92 kHz audio, allowing for maximum resolution, increased headroom, and fewer artifacts, including lower noise typical of generic equalizers. And with variable Qs (adjustable bandwidths) from 25.6 (1/18 of an octave) to 0.1 (6-2/3 octaves), MDW Hi-Res Parametric EQ 5 delivers unmatched precision and maintains predictable filter curves.

Excellent DSP Efficiency
MDW Hi-Res Parametric EQ 5 allows the operator to select five bands of EQ for enhanced efficiency on Pro Tools|HDX systems or three-band mode for even greater instance counts. On Pro Tools|HDX, the five-band version delivers seven, eight and three instances for 48 kHz, 96 kHz and 192 kHz, respectively, while the three-band version delivers instance counts of ten, eleven and five for sessions of 48 kHx, 96 kHz and 192 kHz, respectively.

  • Wide frequency selection, from 10 Hz to 41 kHz, with variable Q and choice of three- or five-band EQ
  • Double-precision 64-bit processing for unprecedented clarity
  • Emulates GML 8200 constant shape reciprocal filter curves – the industry-standard reference
  • IsoPeak(r) functionality quickly solos a target frequency quickly and precisely
  • A/B snapshots allow settings comparisons
  • Supports both AAX and AAX Native plug-in formats

System Requirements
AAX and AAX DSP versions require Pro Tools version 10.2 or later. AAX DSP plug-in requires Pro Tools|HDX.

Pricing and Availability:
See Avid website.

More information:

Vitamin C – emulation of an Orange Squeezer guitar compressor

August 19, 2012 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

Distorque has released Vitamin C, a free emulation of an Orange Squeezer guitar compressor. It has added controls for tweaking or for completely reshaping the compression.

Vitamin C is not a studio compressor, it has the quirks and imperfections of the original Orange Squeezer that gave it its unique character.

The Orange Squeezer is a guitar compressor that was released in the 1970s as part of the Dan Armstrong effect line. It has been used prominently by artists like Mark Knopfler and Jeff Baxter for its smooth squish and sustain.

Features:

  • Switchable 2x oversampling.
  • 32-bit and 64-bit versions.
  • Stereo and Mono operation.
  • Bass and Treble EQ.
  • Dry blend control.
  • Additional compressor controls: Attack, Release, Threshold, and Ratio.

Vitamin C is free and is available for 32- and 64-bit Windows as a VST effect plug-in.

Punch Evolved – new compressor effect plug-in for Windows

August 17, 2012 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

Minimal System Instruments has released Punch Evolved, a compressor effect plug-in for Windows.

The original Punch compressor is one of Minimal System Instruments most popular and respected plugins. Punch is an up-to-date version of one of the all time classic analogue compression and limiting processors, the 1176AE.

The new Punch Evolved plugin takes this highly respected processor even further with a completely redesigned engine and the addition of new sound shaping features such as Mid/Side processing, EQ, and Gate sections.

Punch Evolved features

  • Ultra-fast attack time.
  • Unique Analogue Modelled characteristics.
  • FET Gain Reduction Emulation.
  • Input & Output Gain Adjustment Knobs with adjustable Attack and Release Settings.
  • An array of ratio’s including 2:1, 4:1, and 8:1 perfect for compression duties – but there is also the 20:1 ratio designed for full limiting applications.
  • Mid/Side Processing.
  • Gate with controls for Threshold, Attack, and Release.
  • EQ with controls for Low/Mid/High.
  • Custom Output Transformer Emulation design.
  • Full automation capabilities.
  • Flexible VU metering options.
  • LED Visual Feedback.
  • Professionally designed GUI.
  • Fantastic Presets produced by Movie Iga and Kendal Osborne.
  • Based on the 1176AE Limiting Amplifier Compressor.
  • Fantastic on drums!

The Punch Evolved plug-in for Windows (VST) is available to purchase for £19.95 GBP.

More info here >>

New stuff: Punch Evolved compressor VST

August 15, 2012 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

Minimal System Instruments releases Punch Evolved compressor VST for Windows

The original Punch compressor is one of Minimal System’s most popular and respected plug-ins and is an up-to-date version of one of the all time classic analogue compression and limiting processors, the 1176AE. They say that the new Punch Evolved plug-in takes this even further with a completely redesigned engine and the addition of new sound shaping features such as Mid/Side processing, EQ, and Gate sections.

Features:

  • Ultra-fast attack time.
  • Unique Analogue Modelled characteristics.
  • FET Gain Reduction Emulation.
  • Input & Output Gain Adjustment Knobs with adjustable Attack and Release Settings.
  • An array of ratio’s including 2:1, 4:1, and 8:1 perfect for compression duties – but there is also the 20:1 ratio designed for full limiting applications.
  • Mid/Side Processing.
  • Gate with controls for Threshold, Attack, and Release.
  • EQ with controls for Low/Mid/High.
  • Custom Output Transformer Emulation design.
  • Full automation capabilities.
  • Flexible VU metering options.
  • LED Visual Feedback.
  • Professionally designed GUI.
  • Fantastic Presets produced by Movie Iga and Kendal Osborne.
  • Based on the 1176AE Limiting Amplifier Compressor.
  • Fantastic on drums!

Pricing and Availability:
£19.99

Punch Evolved

Free Circuit-Modelled Compression Plug-In

July 19, 2012 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

FXpansion DCAM Dynamics offers a variety of different flavours of high-quality circuit-modelled dynamics processing. The included plugins are perfect for everything from taming tricky transients to heavy, creative sculpting effects and everything in between. Classic console bus compression and channel limiting amp processors are provided alongside a transient shaper and frequency-selective compressor making DCAM Dynamics a great all-purpose dynamics toolbox.

Availability & Pricing

DCAM Dynamics is available as a download-only product from the FXpansion web shop!
Pricing is USD $99.00, EUR €79.00, GBP £69.00 inc VAT where applicable.

http://www.fxpansion.com/dcamdynamics
http://www.fxpansion.com/dcamfreecomp

AfroDJMac is back with a new Ableton rack

June 16, 2012 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

AfroDJMac has released a free New York Style Compressor for Ableton Live.

I have built a super handy Ableton Live audio effect rack for New York Style or Parallel Compression, and offer it to you as my newest Free Ableton Live Pack!

It works by compressing the audio (usually squashing the daylights out of it!) and mixing that processed signal with the original. The compressed signal has the fullness that a compressor offers, but the original maintains the dynamic range that the compressor can destroy. The end result is you get to have your cake and eat it too, the best of both worlds.

To achieve this effect in Ableton Live, I have built an Audio Effect Rack that has two chains: one with a Compressor (plus a Saturator for a little extra flavor), and one chain that allows the audio to pass through unaffected. The download link is below. The eight macro knobs allow for control over the most commonly used parameters (Threshold, Ratio, Attack, Release…) as well as an overall volume that allows you to mix in as much of the compressed signal as you like. I particularly like this effect on drum tracks, because it beefs them up while preserving their impact. Feel free to get creative an use it on all kinds of tracks (I’ve had a lot of success with vocals and acoustic guitars).

The Ableton Rack is a free download.

Get it here >>

Heads up: Inpressa – new multiband compressor effect plugin

May 19, 2012 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

According to Crysonic, the upcoming Inpressa multiband compressor effect plugin provides zero latency plus stereo and mono compatibility combined with the company’s unique new proprietary technology in order to deliver a one of a kind type of effect.

Crysonic notes that Inpressa offers full double precision processing natively, which employs very steep 24 dB / Oct crossover filters — virtually eliminating leakage into adjacent compression bands. All available parameters are variable supporting full automation with extreme precision control. The plugin automatically chooses the most appropriate peak detection circuit depending on the audio material being worked on, which was previously impossible to do unless you had a countless number of expensive compressors.

About the effect, the manufacturer comments, “Transcending other similar plugins of its type, Inpressa is set to achieve vintage and modern sounding professional results on individual busses and the final master mix.”

At this time, not much else is known about Inpressa; however, Crysonic does say this: “The most noteworthy part of Inpressa is expressed not only by employing a new state of the art technology but understanding and providing incredibly efficient workflow without crowding the interface with ‘most of the time unnecessary’ options. Inpressa will be available soon to increase depth, definition, and loudness of all music productions.”

More details will be revealed as we get closer to Inpressa’s release (TBD).

New concept for level independent dynamic processing

April 26, 2012 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

Sound Magic has introduced Neo Transient:

Unlike common compressors and limiters, Neo Transient reacts on Transients – those short peaks in the audio signal – rather than the overall signal loudness level. In this way, Neo Transient creates an entirely new way to process your tracks.

Neo Transient allows you to completely reshape the attack and sustain characteristics of a sound. You can shorten or lengthen the attack of all kinds of percussive signals, such as the bass drum, snare drums, toms, congas and so on, to give them more impact, change them to a punchier sound. Or go the other direction and make those sounds gentler than before.By boosting the attack period of a sound, such as a bass drum, the mix can be made to sound more transparent. Instruments can be mixed at lower volume while still maintaining their positions in the mix without costing needed headroom. By boosting the sustain stage of the sound, you can emphasize the ambiences and reverb-tails of the sound.

Neo Transient offers two entirely different sets of detection algorithms.These two algorithms have different sounds and will provide you more choices on the final sound it shapes. Parametric controls in Neo Transient are arranged in a easy to understand, musical manner. Neo Transient is a “must have” for processing your percussive signals while recording, mixing or mastering.

Features:

  • Two Innovative algorithms, One for level independent dynamic processing , One for peak dependent processing.
  • Parametric controls are arranged in a easy to understand, musical manner.
  • Adjustable Delay for look forward processing
  • Built-in A/B Compare function enables you to compare different settings
  • Up to 32Bit/384KHz resolution

Neo Transient is available now for €49.00.

More info here >>

Big Blue Compressor – new tube-modeling compressor from 112dB

April 9, 2012 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

112dB has announced that Big Blue Compressor, a tube-modeling compressor, is now available in native RTAS, VST and AU formats for Windows and Mac OS X for the retail price of €149 / $149.

Big Blue Compressor is a modern compressor with vintage qualities. Although it can sound transparent whenever necessary, it was designed to give character and warmth to your sound. Some interesting features greatly expand the sonic arsenal of this plug-in. Not only more traditional goodies such as variable hard/soft knee, and dry/wet mix, but also novel additions such as stereo narrowing or widening, mid/side operation, adjustable latency, and a separate preamp section (for that extra oomph).

112dB says there’s one unique feature they guarantee you won’t find in any other plug-in: “the choke”. This knob enables you to “choke” your sound the same way it’s done in tube compressors. Without delving too much into the scientific details: analog compressors don’t have the look-ahead function that is common in digital compressors, but they do have another way to smooth out transients that have become too loud. In tube compressors, this is done by saturating (choking) the sound during the attack time. And that’s precisely what gives them their highly desirable sonic character. 112dB applied this principle to their choke function. In other words: instead of emulating a specific vintage tube compressor, they’ve tried to capture the essence of what makes tube compressors in general sound so great.

Features:

  • Tube-compressor-style dynamic saturation.
  • Separate preamp section for extra overdrive.
  • Variable-knee limiting with proprietary tube modeling.
  • Dry/wet control for parallel compression.
  • Stereo imaging: stereo narrowing or widening, mid/side mode.
  • Auto makeup gain, in addition to user-adjustable makeup gain.
  • Adjustable look ahead from 0 to 5 ms.
  • Peak/RMS compression mode.
  • Sidechain monitor option.
  • User-adjustable latency from 0.01 to 5 ms (6 to 440 samples @ 44.1kHz).
  • Low- and high-pass filters on input and side chain with unique scaling, allowing for high-precision adjustments at critical frequencies.

Availability

Big Blue Compressor is available immediately in RTAS/AS/VST/AU format for Windows XP/Vista/Windows 7 and Mac OS X 10.4 (Tiger), 10.5 (Leopard), 10.6 (Snow Leopard), and 10.7 (Lion).

The introductory price of €99 (Europe) / $99 (worldwide) is valid through August 15, 2012, after which the regular price becomes €149 / $149.

An unrestricted 60-day evaluation version is available from 112dB.com/ bigblue/compressor/?demo

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