Vocal processing: Electric Voice

September 12, 2012 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

Further adventures in vocal processing using the TC Helicon Voiceworks and the iVoxel vocoder iPad app.

More on the TC Helicon VoiceWorks:

This popular harmony processor has been used by songwriters, performing musicians, and jingle and movie music creators to put their creative stamp on vocals. VoiceWorks has a full complement of vocal processing tools from microphone preamp to four voices of harmony generation, pitch correction, reverb and tap tempo delay, compression and EQ. There’s even a song mode that allows you to step through a pre-programmed series of steps with the optional Switch3 footswitch.

  • A complete signal path from mic input to stereo output. All you add is a PA, (or DAW) and your voice.
  • Capable of creating up to 5 part harmony or doubling with your voice
  • Harmonies can be controlled by MIDI keyboard or by setting key and scale
  • 100 user-programmable presets
  • Reverb and delay can be used simultaneously and have extensive editing parameters
  • Thicken effect adds lush detune-style chorusing to your lead vocal in addition to other effects
  • Compressor, 3 band EQ and gate
  • Editor program for Mac and PC available free via download

The popular Alloy mixing suite gets a major update

August 15, 2012 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

iZotope has announced the first major update to its Alloy mixing tools suite, since first introducing it in 2009. With Alloy 2, mixers can experience a number of new sound shaping capabilities, as well as improved ergonomics, low CPU usage, and zero latency operation. First time customers of Alloy have a limited window to get a significant discount. Alloy 2 will be available for $149 until September 6, 2012 after which, its suggested retail price will be $199. (iZotope customers who purchased Alloy 1 on or after June 27, 2012 will receive a free upgrade to Alloy 2 upon release, and a special upgrade price of $79 will be available for all Alloy1 customers who purchased before June 27, 2012).

Alloy is an advanced mixing suite that combines six essential tools in one self-contained and completely configurable plugin. Applications abound for mixers, producers, remixers, and post/broadcast professionals. Plugin formats include Pro Tools 7.4+ (RTAS/AudioSuite), AAX, VST, VST3, Audio Unit, and DirectX.

“A modern twist on classic mixing, Alloy 2 takes the traditional channel strip and brings it into the future with powerful sound-shaping tools, exceptional sound quality, and a streamlined workflow. Thoughtfully designed for mixing purposes across the music, audio, post and broadcast industries, Alloy 2 is perfect for engineers, musicians, and producers looking to sculpt their sound while addressing common mix issues.”

Key Features

Get six powerful tools in one integrated plug-in:

– Equalizer, Dynamics, Exciter, De-Esser, Transient Shaper and Limiter
– Achieve exceptional sound quality, balancing vintage emulation with digital precision Hear results immediately with zero latency performance, whether tracking in real-time or in the midst of a mix session
– Visualize mixing decisions with rich meter displays to guide the way
– Start fast, then go deep with over 250 presets and a tweaker’s paradise of advanced controls.

What’s New for Alloy 2?
Fans of Alloy 1 will benefit from Alloy 2’s sonic enhancements, highlights of which include a redesigned Exciter module, a revamped multiband Transient Shaper, a host of new EQ filters, including Treble and Bass Baxandall filters, and more. Alloy 2 users will also click less to achieve more thanks to both a fully overhauled user interface, enlarged to make more controls accessible, and a new Overview panel that dynamically adjusts to show only the most relevant settings of the modules in play.

With low CPU usage and zero latency operation, Alloy 2 can be used again and again across a wide range of tracks and buses, making it a perfect mixing complement to iZotope’s flagship mastering suites, Ozone 5 and Ozone 5 Advanced. To this end, Alloy 2 also features an internal Meter Tap, which provides immediate visual feedback from Alloy 2’s tracks and buses in the Ozone5 Advanced Meter Bridge.

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Cakewalk’s SONAR X2 – first look

August 2, 2012 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

Here’s a teaser of Cakewalk’s latest edition of Sonar named X2, check it out

http://www.cakewalk.com/SONAR-X2
SONAR X2 Producer
Professional Recording, Mixing & Mastering
From getting a great tone to releasing the final mix, today’s musicians must master every element of the music production process. SONAR X2 is there every step of the way and takes each element to the next level of power and usability. And thanks to the revolutionary Skylight user interface, SONAR X2 lets you move seamlessly among the elements, instantly going from recording to editing to mixing and back again. Dial up the perfect synth sound with Rapture or a searing guitar tone with TH2 Producer. Record it, tighten it, chop it, and drop it in the Matrix for realtime triggering. Shape it with the expandable ProChannel. Warm it with the new Console Emulator. And do it all with a single Smart Tool. It’s genius.

How to mix vocals – Reason Tips

July 28, 2012 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

More info on Reason: http://www.propellerheads.se/products/reason/

Gary Bromham’s guide to vocal recording: http://goo.gl/Vjyek

In this Reason Tips video Mattias gives you some valuable pointers on mixing vocals. Since vocals are often what carries the track, it’s important to get them sitting right in the mix! Learn how what frequencies to pay attention to and how to make a de-esser in Reason’s mixer in this video.

Announced today: Polar – old school harmonizer coming to Reason 6.5

June 11, 2012 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

Propellerhead today announced Polar, a new Rack Extension audio effect to be available at the launch of the next versions Reason and Reason Essentials later this month.

Polar is an old school harmonizer and pitch-shifter effect with a host of modern tricks up its sleeves. Designed for classic harmonizing, stereo widening, and real-time pitch shifting, Polar also invites users to experiment with buffer looping and audio freezing to create otherworldly effects.

Consisting of selectable dual pitch-shifters with classic, smooth and looping algorithms, Polar is created for singers, producers, guitarists and remixers looking for transparent pitch-shifting as well as creative ways of turning bland recordings into wide, evolving soundscapes. The built-in LFOs, auto-panning, envelope and buffer lock provide further sound sculpting possibilities, while delay and feedback turns single-note recordings into arpeggios.

For more information about Rack Extensions, Polar, and to listen to audio examples, visit www.propellerheads.se/go/74B1DC9D

Pricing and availability
Polar will be released simultaneously with version 6.5 of Reason and version 1.5 of Reason Essentials Q2 2012, at a price of USD $69/EUR €55. Polar will be available for purchase in the Propellerhead Shop.

Neo Reference – new tool for processing digital music

June 5, 2012 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

Neo Reference is a new tool for the final processing of digital music.

Neo Reference uses different algorithms to emulate the Signal to Noise Ratio, Stereo Crosstalk and Frequency Response Curve of the several most commonly used playback devices, including HIFI devices, Computer Audio, Car Audio, Mobile Phones and MP3 players.

Features:

  • Internal 64-bit floating point precision
  • 4 Types of Dithering with depth control
  • 15 Sound Magic’s cutting edge noise shaping algorithms
  • Accurate modeling on Signal to Noise Ratio, Stereo Crosstalk and Frequency Respond Curve of common used playback devices
  • Can be combined use with Headphone Mix Version 3.0 for complete playback system emulation

Neo Reference is available as a Windows VST or Add-on for Supreme Piano 2 for €49.00. See the Supreme Piano site for details and demos.

Neo Reference – new VST plug-in that combines dithering and noise shaping algorithms

May 29, 2012 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

Neo Reference is a brand new tool for the final processing of digital music. It combines several of Sound Magic’s cutting edge dithering and noise shaping algorithms that will change the sound of your music and let you find the best timbre for your individual style. The company says that each dither and noise shape has its own unique timbre and that what you need to do is listen to them carefully and you find the one that works best for your sound.

“You can also use Neo Reference to show you what your music will sound like on different playback devices. This killer feature allows you to preview your music as it would sound in your car, iphones, on a boom box – or an audiophile system. By Using Sound Magic Award Winning Modeling Technology, Neo Reference uses different algorithms to emulate the Signal to Noise Ratio, Stereo Crosstalk and Frequency Response Curve of the several most commonly used playback devices. Evaluate the sound quality of your music on different playback devices. Hear what your music will sound like on HIFI devices, Computer Audio, Car Audio, Mobile Phones and MP3 players. Make your style of music explode on all of these devices, adjusting your sounds for optimal playback – without having to run out to your car with a CD that you just burned! Your music will sound better and more balanced on all of these devices, not just your monitors. You can even use it to make different versions of your music to better market to specific customer groups – which may lead to more music sales!”

Neo Reference is provided as a Windows VST or Add-on for Supreme Piano 2.

Features

  • Internal 64-bit floating point precision
  • 4 Types of Dithering with depth control
  • 15 Sound Magic’s cutting edge noise shaping algorithms
  • Accurate modeling on Signal to Noise Ratio, Stereo Crosstalk and Frequency Respond Curve of common used playback devices
  • Can be combined use with Headphone Mix Version 3.0 for complete playback system emulation

Pricing and Availability:
€49.00

More information:

All new – SLVR Spreader

May 17, 2012 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

SLVR Spreader is a state-of-the-art stereo widener suitable for mixing and mastering. It combines different stereo imaging technologies, letting you apply ample amounts of widening without weakening the overall sound. Use it on individual tracks like vocals, on group tracks like drums, and all the way to the final master.

Widening without Weakening

Most stereo wideners work by increasing the level of the side signal against the mid or center signal (often referred to as mid-side imaging). This results in a wider sound but it also weakens everything in the center section (e.g. Bass, Kick, Vocals, Snare). The problem is that you can’t just bring up the center level, as that will simply cancel out the widening, which brings you back to square one.

With SLVR Spreader, you can apply as much widening as you want, as it lets you bring back important center signals lost in the widening. It does this by carefully screening out which parts of the center are being widened and protecting those signals. It also splits the center into 3 bands so that you can restore only the affected frequencies.

Three Powerful Modes

Wide mode uses a mid-side algorithm for widening the signal. This is suitable for stereo recordings, group tracks, and mastering.

Delay mode spreads the signal’s frequencies across the stereo image and applies minute amounts of delay to emphasize the stereo effect. This can be used to fatten ambient sounds like vocals and pads.

Shuffle mode interleaves the signal’s frequencies and spreads them across the stereo image. While the stereo effect is less pronounced in this mode, it can help the signal cut-through a busy mix without introducing artifacts or phase issues.

3 Channel Meters

SLVR Spreader has separate meters for Left, Center, and Right channels, allowing you to apply just the right amount of widening to the signal. For best results, increase the Spread fader until the Center peak is at the same level as or just above the Left and Right peaks.

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Plugin Alliance introduces Brainworx bx_saturator

May 1, 2012 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 


Brainworx’ new bx_saturator is an M/S and multi-band saturation tool that can be used for mastering, mixing, and sound design applications.

“Recording and mixing instruments and vocals using the Mid-Side (M/S) technique is one of the secret weapons that professional audio engineers and producers use when they want to capture a performance in a way described by most listeners as, ‘Natural-sounding,’ ‘Wide,’ and ‘Big.’ Moreover, M/S recordings produce a very mono-compatible sound, and, although bx_saturator brings a mono/multi-mono version of the plug-in to the musical mix, the stereo M/S version of bx_saturator is considered by Brainworx to be the definitive plug-in for thickening or boosting any stereo signal or mix in a more discrete way than ever before.”

As with all other Brainworx bx_ prefixed plug-ins, bx_saturator users can record Mid and Side tracks individually to retain total control over the stereo information until the final stage of production; as implied by name, Brainworx says that it offers a subtle, warm distortion — or saturation — that works wonders on individual audio signals, yet can also be applied to the stereo master channel in the M/S stereo model, while Brainworx’s new ‘True-Split’ crossover technology ensures that Mid and Side channels are always perfectly in phase.

Brainworx tells us that this new plug-in’s creative use knows no bounds: increasing the perceived volume of mixes without them clipping, or bringing delicate signals like acoustic guitars and percussion to the fore in full mixes without increasing their actual level or EQ’ing them in harsh, offensive ways; distorting vocals in full mixes without sacrificing drum-track punchiness or stereo guitar and keyboard clarity, for instance. They say that independently fattening — or even slightly distorting — Mid and Side signals separately for high and low frequencies should serve up a tasty selection of imaginative and inspirational sounds in next to no time… technical excellence for the creative musician and engineer, indeed (And for those needing a helping hand to get them started straight away, bx_saturator handily comes complete with 30 cool presets.)

Pricing and Availability:
Available in 64- and 32-bit versions, Brainworx’s bx_ saturator plug-in can be purchased and downloaded (in all Mac OS X and Windows formats — VST 2.4, VST 2.3, RTAS, AU, AAX) for an introductory price of $179.00 USD (rising to $229.00 USD).
(Note: Plugin Alliance is offering a 30% off list price deal for all bx_ALL 2012 Bundle owners, saving them $69.00 USD — equalling an additional $19.00 USD saving over and above the introductory offer)

More information:

Fraunhofer IIS Previews Pro Tools Plug-in From Sonnox For “Mastered For iTunes”

April 18, 2012 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

Sonnox and Fraunhofer IIS have announced a new version 2 of the Sonnox Fraunhofer Pro-Codec Plug-in that will come with iTunes Plus codec and multi-channel support. At NAB 2012 in Las Vegas, Fraunhofer IIS is showing a preview of the new version of the  Sonnox Fraunhofer Pro-Codec Plug-in.

For the first time, the plug-in enables mastering engineers to use the iTunes Plus codec for real-time auditioning of their mix. This makes the plug-in a tool to mix directly for the “Mastered for iTunes” program, including clipping detection and the possibility for real-time corrections while mixing. For this new functionality, Sonnox has added the Apple versions of the AAC and HE-AAC codecs to the plug-in so that the exact clipping behaviour of the iTunes encoding chain may be monitored.

In addition, Sonnox and Fraunhofer have integrated the latest surround audio codecs MPEG Surround, AAC multi-channel, and HE-AAC multi-channel. These codecs provide improved audio quality for surround music and are used in surround broadcasting and streaming. Of course, the Sonnox Fraunhofer Pro-Codec still includes Fraunhofer implementations of all major MPEG audio codecs, including mp3, AAC, and HE-AAC as well as lossless codecs such as mp3HD and HD-AAC. This makes the Pro-Codec the most powerful codec plug-in available for digital audio workstations.

The upgrade will be available in July for free for all current users of the Sonnox Fraunhofer Pro-Codec.

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