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MiniReview – Pro Series Studio Plug-Ins

Posted by Mikers On January - 22 - 2016 ADD COMMENTS

Positive Grid’s approach to software development has always been one of innovation and industry firsts. And the California based company is once again leveraging these strengths in its latest software release.

Positive Grid’s Pro Series Studio Plug-Ins are a collection of three classic sounding audio compressors available in  VST, RTAS, and AAX Native format, for Mac and PC. These professional level plug-ins take advantage of the company’s expertise in DSP engineering, resulting in them being the world’s first compressor plug-ins with component level modelling and profiling capabilities, allowing for virtually unlimited presets, including famous brand compressors, plus settings from professional studio engineers and producers.

Tube2In much the same way that Positive Grid’s Amp Match® technology works in its BIAS software for guitarists, the company says the “unique compression matching works by measuring the dynamic response, pre and post filters, non-linear transformer characteristics, and attack, release, and ratio curves to capture the nuanced sound of any compressor”.

The three compressors include FET, Optical and Tube models, each featuring the unique nuances of these classic models, but with the added ability to tweak settings way beyond the usual attack, release, ratio, and threshold parameters.

The Tube Compressor models both the look and sound characteristics of a classic analogue tube compressor. Swapping out different tubes, transformers, and capacitors, as well as an adjustable bias offers an incredible amount of customisation, from the overall warmth and tonal richness to subtle harmonic differences.

The Optical Compressor emulates the light source circuitry and sound of these popular vintage compressors. Generally speaking, this type of compressor offers the most transparent gain reduction, which is great for controlling levels without altering the character too much. In addition to exchangeable tubes and capacitors there is even an option to adjust the light source type and sensitivity, for even greater fine tuning of the attack and release parameters.

Optical2The third plug-in, and my favourite sounding of the bunch, the FET or Field Effect Transistor compressor models the tube emulation of these legendry solid–state compressors. This compressor captures the extra ‘colour’ these models are known for, plus the quick attack time, release time and look ahead function. And of course in addition to that, is the extra component that can be tweaked such as knee width and high and low cut.

It’s also worth mentioning the slick looking high resolution 3D graphics that have been used in these virtual compressors. Everything from the meters and control dials, to the pairs of tubes that glow according to the level of audio, look realistic.

Essentially there is no one compressor that is always right or wrong for the job. When deciding which one to use, it can be as simple as a personal choice, or using one that you’re most familiar with. In the end the more customisation you have at your disposal, the greater power you have to get the desired sound you’re after. And that is ultimately the strongest feature of the Pro Series Studio Plug-Ins. To date there are no equivalent plug-ins offering the same amount of tweakable accessibility.

FET2Whether you end up diving deep into all the various settings each of these compressors offer, or you’re happy just dialling up some of the many presets that Positive Grid says will be available in the not too distant future, this tri of studio quality sound compressors are a welcome addition to any DAWs plug-in library.

For the latest on these plug-ins, head here – http://www.positivegrid.com/pro-series/index.html

The Pro Series Studio Plug-Ins are available from Positive Grid’s online store for $199 US.

Lurssen Mastering Console

Posted by Mikers On January - 20 - 2016 ADD COMMENTS

screen480x480 (13)Lurssen Mastering Console puts you at the controls in the studio with all of the secret tools, settings and techniques of world renowned multi-Grammy Award winning mastering engineer Gavin Lurssen and his team. Now you can master your music on the go on your iPad and get the professional, Grammy award-winning sound that the studio is known for. Pop, rock, hip-hop and more, Lurssen Mastering Console can help you achieve amazing mastering results when a trip to Los Angeles just isn’t in the budget.

THE WHOLE IS GREATER THAN THE SUM OF ITS PARTS – THE LURSSEN MASTERING CONSOLE DIFFERENCE

Lurssen Mastering Console is a totally unique and new approach to digital audio mastering. It’s designed to help you capture the magic of the Lurssen Mastering studio’s entire mastering audio processing philosophy. Instead of giving you just a collection of individual processors and presets, Lurssen Mastering Console provides you with models of the complete mastering gear processor chain as a whole. The interactions between the individual processors have been digitally recreated which recreates the synergistic “whole is greater than the sum of its parts” sound that has earned Gavin and Lurssen Mastering multiple Grammys.

With Lurssen Mastering Console, you have automatic access to a lifetime’s worth of professional audio mastering experience. It helps you quickly get great sounding results thanks to its 20 pre-made “Styles” templates, which have been created and optimized by Gavin Lurssen, mastering engineer Reuben Cohen and the rest of the team. These templates reflect decades of combined mastering experience and fit a broad range of musical genres.

Using Lurssen Mastering couldn’t be easier: Just create a project, load a song, then select an appropriate “Style” from the drop-down menu. Take control via an Input Drive knob and a five band EQ as well as a “PUSH” knob, which lets you subtly and uniformly nudge the EQs so you can “ride” the flow of the song and add that special Lurssen “magic” to your music. You can view and automate changes to the two knobs by using the waveform display with three different automation modes. You can make adjustments to EQ settings and save those as presets for easy recall — a preset consists of a style plus your adjustments. You can also view the physical gear chain and make subtle adjustments via the Chain view. When you’ve finished your mastering work, you can export your song to File Sharing, SoundCloud and more in a variety of popular file formats for final distribution and delivery.

With the Lurssen Mastering Console you can easily master audio with your iPad while on the go.

Features:
• Created with Grammy Award winning Mastering Engineer Gavin Lurssen and his team
• Digitally reproduces Lurssen Mastering’s unique studio workflow, techniques and signal chain philosophy
• Synergistic “whole is greater than the sum of its parts” mastering app for iPad
• 20 pre-made “Styles” created by Lursssen Mastering that reproduce the settings and gear used to master different genres
• 3 easy-to-navigate displays: A Studio view with controls, a Wave waveform view and a Chain view for the individual processors
• Controllable Input Drive knob
• Adjustable 5 band EQ with fixed frequency
• “PUSH” Knob to subtly enhance selected song passages via uniform EQ adjustment
• Full automation available to adjust controls to audio content
• Gangable Input Drive control for stereo balance tweaks
• Input/Process assignable VU metering
• Stereo/Mono monitoring capability
• 88.2/96kHz output processing
• Audio import from device library
• FREE app that allows demo of settings and features (limited to first 2 minutes of audio, intermittent silence injected plus no output/export options)
• Single full version in-app purchase “unlock” provides all functions and features of the app

Get the latest here – http://www.ikmultimedia.com/products/lurssen/

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NeoductionTools

Posted by Mikers On January - 20 - 2016 ADD COMMENTS

screen322x572Neoductiontools, all audio tools you need, always at hand.

This application is a gift from Neoduction to all audio professionals. We started with 12 simple applications, and this is just the beginning of something bigger we want to build for you.
Some of these tools help with very simple calculations that may seem obvious. Our aim is for this app to serve all audio engineers across all levels of knowledge.

APPLICATIONS V 1.0.1

WIRE ATTENUATION; Calculate the loss of high frequencies in the transport of an electrical signal due to the impedance, capacitance and the length of the signal cable.

SPEED OF SOUND: Calculate the variations in the speed of sound caused by the air temperature in degrees C, and Kº Fº. The result is given in several different units.
Do you know the speed of sound in the North Pole? How is it different during a 20:00 pm show at the location where I’m doing soundcheck at 15:00 pm?

SABINE T-60: A way to roughly estimate the decay at 60 dB of reverberation time, knowing the dimensions, key materials and room shape.

BPM / DELAY: Calculate the time in ms of musical notation of a known tempo. You can also tap if you don’t know it.

FILE WEIGHT: Do you have space on your hard disk to start recording this multitrack project? Find out safely.

SAMPLES / FREQUENCY: This calculator will be useful to know the variations in the wavelength of a frequency as a function of temperature. e.g., how many samples make up an 18KHz wave at 48KHz?

OUTPUT IMPEDANCE: The eternal question of how many speakers can be connected to this amplifier and in what way, and the estimated power applied accord to his impedance, also you can check the power received by each speaker.

STEREO PATTERNS: Calculate the coverage areas of a pair of stereo microphones according to their polar patterns, placement and spacing of the orchestra.

EIGENMODES: Calculate the eigenmodes of a room or space according to its dimensions. Very interesting if you’re building a home studio or want to know how a 140 m² stage parallel to the ground influences your sound work.

Q FACTOR / OCTAVES: Some of us prefer to know the bandwidth of a parametric eq in octaves.

CLUSTER DELAY: Calculate the delay necessary to position two clusters depending on the temperature, the distance between them and the Hass effect.

FREQUENCY / NOTE: Calculate the direct and inverse relationship between frequency and musical note and its deviation, taking into account the overall pitch of the A4 with 440, 441, 442, 443 or 444 Hz.

More details – https://neoductiontools.com/productos.php?prod=APP

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Resampler

Posted by Mikers On January - 14 - 2016 ADD COMMENTS

screen480x480 (7)Resampler is a creativity inducing bit crusher packed with audio algorithms stretched past their limits. Multiple flavors of sample rate reduction and quantization provide endless possibilities for sonic mayhem. There is complex math going on, but Resampler gives you plenty of options without getting bogged down in technical details. By trying a few different settings and tweaking the knobs, you will be creating cool bit crushing effects in no time. Resampler brings flexible bit crushing to your favorite iOS DAW.

Resampler is an Audio Unit Extension that works inside host apps. Just open up your favorite host that supports Audio Units and add it as an effect. Blamsoft brings their experience creating top notch plug-ins for the desktop to iOS. The same features are found in the popular Rack Extension for Propellerhead Reason. You get a desktop quality plug-in at an iOS friendly price.

Tap Developer Website for sound examples. http://blamsoft.com/audio-units/resampler/

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Band Creator

Posted by Mikers On January - 14 - 2016 ADD COMMENTS

screen480x480 (5)* The Smartest Bass and Drum Machine Ever
Band Creator listens to chords you play and creates beautiful accompaniment. It’s like a having real band that plays exactly what you tell them to play.

* Create Any Backing Track You Can Imagine
Jam to the exact backing track you want. To create tracks we use quality samples that were recorded using real instruments.

* Over 40 Different Styles
Band Creator accompaniments you using different styles: Rock, Jazz, Blues, Folk and R&B. Each genre has up to 10 different styles you can play to. Choose the one that inspires you and unleash your creativity!

* Multiple Controls
You can adjust volume separately for each instrument and control the master volume. You can change the tempo and even alternate it to play in double time!

* Practice and Songwriting
Band Creator has 3 banks for each session. You can record different song parts (verse, chorus and bridge) and change it automatically in the right moment.

* Audiobus integration
Band Creator is compatible with Audiobus, an app that lets you to connect your audio apps! You can use generated backing tracks as an input for other apps. Also, you can use another app sound as an input for Band Creator.

What’s New in Version 2.3

* Audiobus integration
Band Creator is now compatible with Audiobus, an app that lets you to connect your audio apps! You’ll be able to use generated backing tracks as an input for other apps. Also, you can use another app sound as an input for Band Creator.

App Trailer –

App Demo

Official site – http://www.bandcreatorapp.com/

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DJ Voxchanger

Posted by Mikers On December - 9 - 2015 ADD COMMENTS

screen480x480 (12)I don’t know how  much ‘professional’ use this app will be good for, but it’s free so no harm it trying it out.

The first app in the world that can separate and transform vocals within any song on your device!

Be amazed as your favorite singers become robots, aliens, monsters, older, younger or the opposite gender, all without affecting their backing tracks! Have fun with your friends! Remix, record and share your transformations as audio or video files, or add them straight to your next live set. The integrated ADX separation technology provides results that are impossible to produce with any other software on the market.

Highlights:

– Separate and transform any vocal, in any song (mono or stereo)
– Modify vocals without affecting the rest of the music
– Use matrix buttons to quickly alter the age or gender of any vocalist
– Use faders to freely adjust vocal pitch and timbre and to control vibrato depth and frequency
– Use transformation presets including Alien, Robot, Monster, Tuner, and Harmony
– Memorize, store and recall vocal transformations
– Export final results and share audio and video directly by email, SoundCloud, YouTube, Vimeo, Dropbox, Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr or other installed apps

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SilQ Equalizer

Posted by Mikers On December - 9 - 2015 ADD COMMENTS

silq-main-interface-1SilQ Equalizer – 32 Band Stereo Equalizer

SilQ Equalizer is a sophisticated, high quality 32 band stereo equalizer supporting a great variety of audio inputs (including built-in microphone or hardware) as well as acting as an effect app through IAA and Audiobus.

Use SilQ Equalizer to get the feel you want from your track or mix and hit the ‘RECORD’ button to save the sound that you hear for later use.

The audible frequency spectre is divided into bands with 8 right/left sliders on each view. All center frequencies can be adjusted +/- 20dB.

Key features:
– 64 sliders to adjust gain in stereo
– Ajust gain +/- 20dB on each center frequency
– Multitouch to move several sliders at the same time
– Fast bypass mode for listening and comparing
– Auto mute to avoid feedback
– 4 main frequency bands (Bass/Low Mid/Upper Mid/Treble)
– Direct access to mask out and listen to each band
– A collection of factory presets ready to use for further tweaks
– Save you own presets for later use
– Audio recording
– Open your recordings in AudioShare
– Audiobus and IAA support

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Mixtikl 7 Generative Sequencer

Posted by Mikers On December - 9 - 2015 ADD COMMENTS

screen480x480 (7)Mixtikl 7 Generative Music & Loop Mixer with 12 Track Cell Sequencer

WHAT IS MIXTIKL?
It’s a dedicated multi-platform generative music editor, mixer, arranger and cell sequencer. It includes many modifiable generative music templates that you can easily mix together. Sound generation is via the Partikl Sound Engine, a powerful stereo sound source comprising a modular synth with Soundfont (SF2)/DLS support + live FX.

WHAT YOU CAN DO WITH IT…
Generate high quality, user-customisable, royalty & loop free background music from ambient (relaxation / drone / sleep / meditation etc.) right through to more intense melodic and beat-based loop-tastic EDM mashups using your own or 3rd party loops.

TOP NEW FEATURES IN V7
• Many gorgeous new templates that take advantage of the uprated Partikl Sound Engine 3 (PSE 3)
• Major PSE 3 enhancements:
– Now supports stereo and more advanced synth & fx networks, allowing richer & more interesting sonic capabilities and complete sound “presets”
– Network Editor and all 17 PSE Sound & FX unit UIs have been significantly reworked for much easier use, control and accessibility
– Greatly improved Wavetable Sound Unit now supports stereo SF2 (SoundFont) samples (up to 24bit), allows modulation of pitch, pan, amp & portamento parameters + has integrated envelope editor (linear/log) – all useful for sound shaping
– Improved the PSE-included IM SF2 wavetables with extended “IM Synths” and all new “IM NT3-MT7”
– Amp and Pan controls added to several PSE Sound Units allowing more compact synth networks
• Major useability improvement through combining Mixtikl Sound and FX Attacher screens one Generator Network screen (accessed via Content Cell > Synth & FX button)
• Support for AudioBus 2 and Audiobus Remote Trigger and transport control

OTHER KEY MIXTIKL FEATURES
• Total of 48 independent content cells in 12 tracks for mixing/cell sequencing + many customisable generative music templates (“parts”) [For older Tiklpaks see: Menu > Settings > Show MT6 Tiklpaks]
• Integral “Partikl Sound Engine” (PSE) featuring a SF2/DLS MIDI & modular synth, many high quality wavetables + wide range of Tone Generators, FX units & control units
• Mix in your own / 3rd party WAV / Ogg audio loops (loops not included, but see Tiklpaks below)*
• Transfer in/out recordings, loops, mix files + your own content Paks**
• Play & record (live or mixdown) at up to CD quality (device dependent)
• Edit / customise generative rules & sound networks; adjust mix tempo/root
• Add in pieces you’ve created with Noatikl (not included)
• MIDI out via CoreMIDI / Virtual MIDI (so you can drive external synths)
• Support for Inter-App Audio, Audiobus, Retronyms AudioCopy & AudioPaste

More details – http://intermorphic.com/mixtikl/

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Noatikl 3 Generative System

Posted by Mikers On December - 9 - 2015 ADD COMMENTS

screen480x480Noatikl 3 Generative Music Composer & MIDI Generator System
WHAT IS NOATIKL?
It’s a 16 track MIDI generating powerhouse with 120+ parameters & many included generative music templates. Sound generation is via the integral Partikl Sound Engine, a powerful stereo sound source comprising a modular synth with Soundfont (SF2)/DLS support + live FX, but Noatikl also supports MIDI out if instead you want to drive external MIDI synths/samplers etc.

WHAT YOU CAN DO WITH IT…
• Use it to help break composer’s block with new melodies & ideas
• Experiment with generative (MIDI) music composition and sound design
• Create high quality, royalty-free, totally custom generative music / soundscapes: ambient, drone, relaxation, experimental etc.
• Play / control external MIDI synths, samplers and other MIDI controllable units
• Use your own SF2 in the Partikl Sound Engine
• Create / share / edit Noatikl pieces for use in Mixtikl (not included)

TOP NEW FEATURES IN V3
• Many gorgeous new templates that take advantage of the uprated Partikl Sound Engine 3 (PSE 3) [Note: For older Tiklpaks see: Menu > Settings > Show NT2 Tiklpaks]
• Major PSE 3 enhancements:
– Now supports stereo and more advanced synth & fx networks, allowing richer & more interesting sonic capabilities and complete sound “presets”
– Network Editor and all 17 PSE Sound & FX unit UIs have been significantly reworked for much easier use, control and accessibility
– Greatly improved Wavetable Sound Unit now supports stereo SF2 (SoundFont) samples (up to 24bit), allows modulation of pitch, pan, amp and portamentp parameters + has integrated envelope editor (linear/log) – all useful for sound shaping e.g. nice smooth ambient sounds
– Improved the PSE-included IM SF2 wavetables with extended “IM Synths” and all new “IM NT3-MT7”
– Amp and Pan controls added to several PSE Sound Units allowing more compact synth networks
• Support for AudioBus 2 and Audiobus Remote Trigger and transport control

KEY NOATIKL PARAMETERS
• Voice types: Ambient, Rhythmic, Repeat, Follows, Fixed Pattern – used to generate MIDI notes
• Rules: Scale, Harmony, Rhythm, Next Note – used to constrain and filter the notes composed
• Chords: Many parameters for controlling chording and arpeggiation
• Controllers & Micro controllers: Many parameters for controlling MIDI
• Note to MIDI CC Mapping: Used to emit MIDI controller data instead of MIDI events, useful for controlling synths and other parameters
• Many more … see the extensive Noatikl Music Engine Guide for detailed information on all parameters

WHY GENERATIVE MUSIC?
Generative music is “endless music created by a system”. People want to explore it for a whole host of reasons – from wanting to create new ideas to break creative block to a curiosity to try something different.

More details – http://intermorphic.com/noatikl/

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Kuvert – Swedish Envelopes

Posted by Mikers On December - 2 - 2015 ADD COMMENTS

screen480x480 (6)Kuvert allows you to draw five different envelopes. These envelopes control different effect parameters, and can be drawn freely or onto a grid. The envelopes are looped, while the incoming audio isn’t (unless you’re feeding it looped material of course). This is a powerful & fun way of altering your sounds to a whole new level, sometimes not even recognizable! Thanks to the looping nature of the plug-in, it will fit very well into any musical context. One way of using it would be to revitalize any looped material within a few seconds.

Noteworthy features:

• Volume envelope
• Low cut filter envelope (with resonance)
• High cut filter envelope (with resonance)
• “Glitch” envelope (alters timing)
• Delay send envelope (with tempo synchronised time, filter and feedback
• IAA (With tempo sync if host sends it)
• MIDI clock sync
• Load / Save presets
• Audiobus
• Documentation (on the product web page)

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