Ampex ATR-102 Mastering Tape Recorder Plug-In Trailer for UAD-2

September 3, 2011 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

Introducing the Ampex ATR-102 Mastering Tape Recorder plug-in for UAD-2. In this short video, you’ll see (and hear) side-by-side hardware to plug-in comparisons, as well as testimonials from artists and engineers on one of the most beloved two-track tape machines ever made.

Background info:

For more than three decades, the two-channel Ampex ATR-102 Tape Recorder has turned music recordings into records. The perfect complement to the workhorse Studer® A800 Multichannel Tape Recorder Plug-In, the officially sanctioned ATR-102 plug-in provides the final, cohesive analog polish and punch for any in-the-box mastering session, without the ongoing maintenance and calibration of a physical tape machine.

Impeccably developed over a nine-month period in the renowned UAD engineering tradition — and incorporating presets from noted ATR-102 users Chuck Ainlay, Richard Dodd, Buddy Miller, and Mike Poole — the ATR-102 Mastering Tape Recorder Plug-In faithfully replicates the unique dynamics, frequency response, and saturation characteristics of the original hardware. Scrutinized and fully authenticated by Ampex Corporation, the sound of the ATR-102 plug-in for UAD-2 is virtually indistinguishable from its analog cousin.

“With the Ampex ATR-102, we’ve taken the time to provide all the popular tape formulas and hands-on calibration options of the original hardware,” said Matt Ward, President of Universal Audio. “With a mastering tape deck as iconic as the ATR-102, we wanted to make sure that its sound remained fully intact in the virtual world.”

“To bring the complexity of a such an iconic tape recorder as the ATR-102 to the digital world is no small feat,” said Gordon Strickland, Chairman and CEO of Ampex Corporation. “Universal Audio is the only company we could trust to faithfully and accurately model our Ampex legacy products, as they too have a legacy that spans back half a century with their analog products.”

Available for purchase via UA’s Online Store, the Ampex ATR-102 Tape Recorder Plug-In sells for $349.00.

The Ampex ATR-102 Tape Recorder Plug-In is available as part of the new UAD Software v6.0 release. In addition to the Ampex ATR-102 plug-in, v6.0 includes the release of the Brainworx® bx_digital V2 EQ and SPL® Vitalizer MK2-T direct developer plug-ins, as well as highly anticipated Pro Tools compatibility enhancements and Mac OS X Lion support.

ATR-102 Mastering Tape Recorder Plug-In features include:
Ampex-authenticated plug-in emulation of the ATR-102 Mastering Tape Recorder — the most popular professional 2-track machine ever made
Provides rich, cohesive tape sound, without the hassles of calibration, maintenance, tape degradation, etc.
Adjustable (L/R) Tape Delay, Wow, Flutter, and Crosstalk
Requires a UAD-2 DSP Accelerator Card available from authorized dealers worldwide
Models entire ATR-102 electronic path, including transformers, amplifiers, Input, Record. and Repro paths
Featuring multiple Tape Formulas and Calibration Levels for mix down
Independent L/R Input Gain (Record) and Output (Reproduce) Level
IPS Speed/Emphasis Curve chooses between 3.75 NAB, 7.5 NAB, 7.5 CCIR, 15 NAB, 15 CCIR, 30 AES
Independent L/R record Bias, Record EQ, and Playback EQs, with Auto and Manual Cal capabilities.

More information on the ATR-102 Mastering Tape Recorder Plug-In:
www.uaudio.com/store/special-processing/ampex-atr-102.html .

RealBeat has now been released

September 2, 2011 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

Jörg Piringer has released RealBeat, a sampler app for iOS that enables you to record sounds and create rhythms out of them.

Record your voice, your fridge, your neighbour’s dog or let your iPhone or iPad speak and make rhythms out of the sounds immediately.

RealBeat concentrates on simplicity and fast results. No steep learning curve or cluttered screens! Get creative in an instant!

RealBeat features

  • Sampler (record sounds easily).
  • Text to Speech (let your device speak for you).
  • Modify the sound (pitch, reverse, distortion, reverb, …)
  • Sequencer (make rhythms).
  • Patterns (modify the rhythm easily).
  • Live effects (manipulate in realtime).
  • Mixer.
  • Export sounds to other apps via Audio Copy.
  • Export sounds to your computer via iTunes.
  • Works with internal microphone.

RealBeat for iOS 4.0 or higher is available to purchase for $1.99 USD.

More info here >>

Record your voice, your fridge, your dog or let your iPhone or iPad speak and make rhythms out of the sounds

August 31, 2011 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

You can beat reality! Record your voice, your fridge, your neighbour’s dog or let your iPhone or iPad speak and make rhythms out of the sounds immediately.
RealBeat concentrates on simplicity and fast results. No steep learning curve or cluttered screens! Get creative in an instant!

RealBeat is a sampler that enables you to record sounds and create rhythms out of them. It also features an easy way to let your device speak and use the sound as a source material for rhythms and loops.

website:
http://apps.piringer.net/realbeat

Nemore – sound installation

August 28, 2011 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

“Nemore” is a garden, consiting of 36 bendable graphite poles. “Nemore” senses the visitor. Each pole has a behavior and reacts to it’s neighbours only: and to the visitor, of course – the visitor acts an “alien neighbour”. We are interested in the question: Does a system arise from the poles behaviour, that we (the observers and the visitor) perceive as angst, curiosity, nervousness, etc.? Each pole has a distinct sound, that builds up a chord, fluctuating in resonance with the movement of the poles.

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The Sound of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

August 26, 2011 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

After eight films over a 10-year span, the epic adventure of Harry Potter and his circle of wizard friends will close the last chapter of this celebrated series with Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2.

Director David Yates returns to direct his fourth Harry Potter film and returns with his talented sound team including Re-recording mixers Stuart Hilliker and Mike Dowson, Supervising Music Editor Gerard McCann, Supervising Sound Editor James Mather, and Sound Designer Dom Gibbs. Expecto Patronum!

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The Sound of “Rise of the Planet of the Apes”

August 20, 2011 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

Acting as a foundation with an origin story for a new film series, Director Rupert Wyatt takes the audience on the science fiction summer hit, Rise of the Planet of the Apes. The stunning visual effects produced by Weta Digital for the apes are complimented by the wide range of sounds recorded and edited for the film.

Leading the sound team is supervising sound editor and sound designer Chuck Michael and co-supervisor John Larsen with the talents of first assistant sound editor Smokey Cloud and sound re-recording mixers Doug Hemphill and Ron Bartlett.

Chimp Haven serves as The National Chimpanzee Sanctuary. They are an independent, nonprofit organization whose mission is to provide lifetime care for chimpanzees who have been retired from medical research, the entertainment industry or no longer wanted as pets. For more information visit:
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Interactive spatial sound synthesis – Tension

August 5, 2011 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

Here is a nice video showing how Kinect from Microsoft really can have a play in music production:

A brief video showing Tension. An interactive spatial sound installation for multiple users. A person enters the space and a generative sound is assigned to that person. The sound pans around in the 6-channel speaker system following the user in the space.

Up to 5 users can use the installation at the same time. Each person modifies the other sounds based on the distance to the other users. The closer you are to other people the more the tension in the sound increases.

The Sound of Harry Potter

July 15, 2011 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

After eight films over a 10-year span, the epic adventure of Harry Potter and his circle of wizard friends will close the last chapter of this celebrated series with Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2.

Director David Yates returns to direct his fourth Harry Potter film and returns with his talented sound team including Re-recording mixers Stuart Hilliker and Mike Dawson, Supervising Music Editor Gerard McCann, Supervising Sound Editor James Mather, and Sound Designer Dom Gibbs. Expecto Patronum!

BEAT to MIDI – correction of poorly captured or performed drum recordings

July 14, 2011 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

Forge Audio Designs has released a free drum replacement tool for Windows, BEAT to MIDI:

BEAT to MIDI will be the first VST release from Forge Audio Designs. BEAT to MIDI is a fast acting, low overhead Beat Detection and Drum Replacement tool which producers and musicians can implement to extract MIDI data from Drum loops.

BEAT to MIDI allows for the correction of poorly captured or performed drum recordings after the recording session has taken place

BEAT to MIDI uses sophisticated algorithms to identify each drum hit (or transient) in the time domain. Once this point is detected, MIDI data can be used to trigger replacement drum samples to alleviate poor quality recordings and/or timing errors

Features:

  • Detection of drum strikes and output of detections to a (defined) single MIDI note
  • Supervised Pattern Matching system to identify drum instruments
  • Detection of drum strikes and drum instruments with output of detections to appropriate (General MIDI defined) MIDI notes
  • Automatic ratio settings to allow easy settings of thresholds

Note:

  • BEAT to MIDI is a PC Only VST 2.4 Plug-in and must be used in a compatible VST Host.
  • BEAT to MIDI has been tested within Cubase 5/6 under Windows 7 but Forge Audio Designs cannot ensure full compatibility with other hosts and Operating Systems at this time.

Re-Recording Mixer Presentation

July 5, 2011 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

Michael Semanick is a two-time Academy Award winner and has been nominated six other times for Achievement in Sound Mixing. He was nominated for all three Lord of The Rings films and won for Return of the King in 2004. He received his second Academy Award for Peter Jackson’s King Kong. Semanick has been nominated twice for his work with Pixar on Ratatouille and Wall-E, and for his efforts on The Curious Case of Benjamin Button in 2008. His nominations for both Wall-E and Benjamin Button were given in the same year. Semanick was recently nominated this year for his work on The Social Network. Michael is excited to be joining our Ex’pression family to speak with the students, faculty, and staff upon the completion of Cars 2 for Pixar.

Ex’pert Series with Michael Semanick hosted at Ex’pression College for Digital Arts in Emeryville, CA on June 23, 2011.

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