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Waves Announce Multitrack Recorder - Tracks Live

Click on this image to see a much bigger version of the Waves Tracks Live InterfaceWaves are aiming to rock the NAMM 2015 show with the release of Tracks Live. It would seem that from their partnership with DigiCo and their experience in live sound Waves have developed Tracks Live to make it as easy as possible to record the show.

Tracks Live has been designed to enable easy switching between stereo out and multi out modes, allowing you to toggle back and forth between recording and virtual soundcheck with the click of a button. The automatic multichannel re-routing engine also adapts to any changes you make on the fly.

Waves Tracks Live Highlights

  • ASIO/Core Audio-compatible and works with virtually any audio interface
  • PC and Mac-compatible
  • Record and play back hundreds of tracks
  • Supported sample rate of up to 192 kHz
  • File formats compatible with all popular DAWS
  • Automatic track routing configuration
  • Fast switching between recording and virtual soundcheck
  • Meter bridge view for easy monitoring
  • System lock (to protect against accidental key pressing)

There aren’t any details of pricing yet or configuraton examples yet but this does seem to be Waves almost but not quite breaking into the DAW market.

Waves Announce The Signature Series Butch Vig Vocals Plug-in

In their expanding range of Signatures Series plug-in Waves have now added the Butch Vig Vocals plug-in. Among the most influential rock producers of recent decades, Butch Vig has had a hand in shaping the sound of modern rock. From Nirvana and Smashing Pumpkins to Foo Fighters and his own band Garbage, Butch has contributed his signature sound to some of the most legendary albums from the grunge era to the present.

The defining element of the “Butch Vig Sound” is his vocal stamp. Butch developed the sound of distorted vocals, and it is this sound that the Butch Vig Vocals plug-in is designed to faithfully recreate.  This plug-in delivers straightforward vocal processing with pleasant distortion and lots of air frequencies, adding an uncompromising quality to any vocal track.

Waves Unveils A New Reverb Plug-in The H-Reverb

The Waves H-Reverb plug-in is a new reverb plug-in from Waves that is based on innovative algorithmic FIR (Finite Impulse Response) reverberation technology.

Waves tell us that H-Reverb incorporates their advanced analog modeling along with a drive control, that offers signal behaviour that until now was found exclusively in high-end hardware reverb devices. This design enables input drive, a technique favoured by many top engineers. The FIR engine also lets you shape and customise the reverb decay envelope in ways beyond the linear standard, resulting in perfectly gated, real reverse, and very long and dense reverb tails. Mick Olesh, Waves EVP of Sales & Marketing, told us…

Waves is extremely excited about releasing the H-Reverb. We went to great lengths to make this the most comprehensive and best-sounding reverb plugin possible, incorporating invaluable input from industry-leading mixing engineers.

Additional features include:

  • Impulse-variable resonant filtering for creating unfamiliar and advanced reverb effects
  • EQ and dynamics module for compression, ducking and de-essing
  • ADA analog modeling and drive control for input clipping
  • Full buildup timing and shaping
  • Pre-delay BPM sync
  • Artist presets from the industry’s leading mixing engineers
  • Support for full 5.1-channel surround setups

Presets From Top Artists

H-Reverb also will include an impressive library of artist presets from the industry’s leading mixing engineers. Their personal settings may be the perfect space you’re looking for, or simply a great place to start from. 

Waves Team Up With Harman To Produce The Waves dbx 160 Plug-in

Waves has produced a plug-in emulation of the infamous dbx 160 compressor. Considered to be one of the all time greats as a drum compressor as well as being great on Bass, Vocals, I could go on, the original dbx 160 compressor was used in almost every major recording in the late 1970s and throughout the 80s, and so became an industry standard.

The Waves dbx 160 plug-in has been developed in collaboration with Harman and is an authorised emulation from Harman with the Waves developers using advanced and meticulous modeling technologies that results in what Waves claim to be the most authentic-sounding emulation in existence.

Jason Kunz, dbx Market Manager of Recording & Broadcast told us….

We at dbx Professional Products are very excited to be working with Waves on the legacy 160 dbx plugin. The meticulous detail that Waves dedicates to their product development is clearly heard in the finished product.

The Waves dbx 160 is intended for use in the studio and live. It also features an MS matrix, mix and noise controls, and a stereo component (the original hardware was mono only) and will be available in both Native and SoundGrid versions.

Sonnox Go Live With A Dedicated Sonnox Live Bundle For Avid Venue & S3L Users

Sonnox have announced the Sonnox LIVE bundle specifically for use with Avid VENUE and S3L consoles. It includes the Oxford EQ and Dynamics plug-ins, the versatile Oxford Reverb, TransMod for altering attacks, Inflator for adding presence, and the brand new SuprEsser DS.

Sonnox tell us that their plug-ins have been road-tested on the most demanding of world tours, for the likes of J-Lo, Peter Gabriel and Massive Attack, and deliver a pristine and polished performance at every show!

Sonnox LIVE Only For Avid Venue & S3L

Please be aware that Mac and Native licences are not included in this specially-priced bundle for Avid Live consoles. Sonnox tell us that the equivalent bundle including Native and Mac licences would cost £1,056 / $1,674 and that upgrades and cross-grades from Sonnox LIVE will not be available.

Sonnox LIVE Plug-In Formats

Sonnox LIVE contains 5 plug-ins, EQ, Dynamics, Inflator, TransMod, Reverb - that support both TDM and AAX DSP formats

A 6th AAX DSP plug-in, SuprEsser DS, is included for the exclusive use of S3L users.

Sonnox LIVE Price

£599 - $949 - 765 Euros

Softube Announce New Transient Shaper Plug-in

Softube today announces the coming release of the new plug-in Transient Shaper. Transient Shaper can not only perform transient shaping in an unusually smooth manner, but it’s also dual band which opens to a new realm of possibilies. We’re demonstrating Transient Shaper at the NAMM show in Anaheim, California, and it will be released in February.

More About The New Softube Transient Shaper

The dual band operation of Transient Shaper means that the user can set it to affect only the treble or bass portion of a sound—separately for the Sustain and Punch parameters—and leave the rest untouched. For example, on drum overheads, this means you can turn up the Sustain knob and set its frequency control to Wide. This will simultaneously stretch out the room sound and cymbals, as well as give you more sustain and boom to the toms. But let’s say you don’t want boomier toms. Then you set the Sustain knob’s frequency control switch to Hi, in which case the Sustain processing only affects the high frequencies, i.e. the cymbals and room, but leaves the toms just the way they are. Set the switch to Lo, and hear how you now only get boom from the toms, but the room sound and cymbals stay unaffected.

This makes Transient Shaper a much more versatile tool than most transient shaping plug-ins, and its use goes way beyond drums and percussion—it can do wonders to enhance clarity of a vocal track, turn up (or down) room sound in acoustic instrument recordings, and much more.

Softube Transient Shaper Specifications And Price

The plug-in will be available as an AAX, VST and Audio Unit plug-in, for use in most major DAWs on both Mac and Windows. It will retail for USD 89 from authorized Softube dealers (USD 99 from our More Is More Webstore), and a 20 day demonstration license will be available for free (requires an iLok USB dongle).

More information and a product video will be available at the time of release.

Apollo Expanded - A Mac Based Studio Ecosystem That Can Grow With Your Needs

Apollo Expanded may well turn out to be the star of NAMM 2015. I’ll get the skunk on the table early on in this article - yes it’s Thunderbolt so it is only for Mac users right now. However for those Mac users investing in the latest generation of Apple Macs it is the ideal way to build a system.

It means someone can start by buying the baby Apollo Twin and then as their needs change they simply add more interfaces or horsepower in the form of Satellites.

What we have is one system that meets the needs of every user from the hobbyist to a powerful studio set-up with say 4 x Apollo 16 interfaces. At the very least 4 Apollo 16s will give you 64 channels of I/O with real-time DSP processing.

In the 1980s I went shopping with a friend for a Yamaha DX9 synth. It was the baby brother of the Yamaha DX7 synth and around £300 less to buy. In the end he bought the DX7, I asked what had changed his mind and he said “Every time I played the DX9 I would have been dreaming of playing the DX7.”

It’s a smart move by Universal Audio, it means that anyone who jumps into the Apollo Thunderbolt ecosystem is able to with confidence knowing that however meagre their first investment is that it won’t be wasted should they wish to expand later.

A system that takes Mac users from dipping their toe in the water to being the core of a powerful modern recording studio over time is in our minds a very cool thing.

Universal Audio Introduces New Apollo Expanded Software - Powerful Expandable System

Our friends at Universal Audio have announced a major new release of the Apollo software that offers some excellent new features.

With Apollo Expanded, users of Thunderbolt-equipped Apollo Twin, Apollo DUO, Apollo QUAD, and Apollo 16 audio interfaces can freely combine up to four Apollos and six total UAD-2 devices — adding I/O and DSP as their studio grows.

Apollo Expanded also brings the introduction of Console 2.0 software, giving Thunderbolt-equipped Apollo users dynamic new workflow options, with more than 25 new user-requested features.

Apollo Expanded — Key Features:

  • “Mix and Match” up to four Apollos (any model) over Thunderbolt (Mac)
  • Simple Thunderbolt cable connection between units
  • Combine up to six UAD-2 devices per system
  • New Flex Driver lets users customize Core Audio I/O — name, save, and share presets for different hardware setups and DAWs
  • Star clocking over Thunderbolt distributes high-quality clock to all Apollos

Console 2.0 Software — Key Features:

  • New high-resolution / Retina-compatible 64-bit software interface for Thunderbolt equipped Apollos
  • Channel Strip presets lets users see, save, and recall UAD plug-in chains
  • Numerous monitoring improvements including Alternate Monitors, new Control Room functions, and enhanced headphone cue management
  • New UAD plug-in categories and individual Show/Hide functionality
  • Enhanced plug-in features such as preset auditioning and drag & drop functionality
  • Per-input Record/Monitor effect switching
  • Multi-level Undo and Redo for plug-in assignments and parameters

Apollo Expanded is part of upcoming UAD Software v8.0, which, in addition to Mac OS X 10.10 Yosemite compatibility, also adds all-new plug-in categories to the UAD Powered Plug-Ins platform.

Russ gives his opinion on this news here

New Brainworx Friedman Amplifiers Plug-In Collection For UAD Platform

UAD have announced more plug-ins shipping with UAD v8.0 in the next few weeks. This time from leading developers Brainworx, the Friedman Amplifiers Plug-In Collection for the UAD Platform.

Features Of Brainworx Friedman Amplifiers Plug-In Collection For UAD Platform

  • Includes spot-on emulations of the industry-leading Friedman DS40 and Friedman BE100 guitar amplifiers
  • Audition 66 different Recording Chains to match the perfect tone to the part
  • Fine-tune sounds with an onboard FX Rack that includes a noise gate, EQ filter controls, and host-syncable lo-fi delay 

More info will be available at the Universal Audio web site soon.

Universal Audio Announce UA Distortion Essentials Plug-In Bundle - Classic Guitar Distortion Stomp Boxes

Universal Audio have announced the new UA Distortion Essential Plug-in Bundle aimed at guitarists wanting some legendary guitar stomp boxes. The bundle consists the legendary:

Ibanez Tube Screamer TS808

The Ibanez Tube Screamer is an iconic stomp box made popular by Stevie Ray Vaughan. It has had several incarnations with the TS800 been the original and highly sought after. It is one of the most popular overdrive pedals.

Raw Distortion™

Based on the vintage early-80s Pro Co Rat, from Wikipedia “The Pro Co “The RAT” is a guitar effects pedal produced by Pro Co Sound. The original RAT was developed in the basement of Pro Co’s Kalamazoo, Michigan facility in 1978. Numerous variations of the original RAT pedal are still being produced today.”

Bermuda Triangle

A pedal used by such luminaries as David Gilmore, Frank Zappa and Carlos Santana this plug-in is based on the early 70s-era Electro-Harmonix Big Muff Pi stomp box.

Unison Technology

All three pedals harnesses Unison™ technology to precisely emulate the circuit interaction, gain range, and clip points of the original stompboxes.

Price And Shipping

The new UA Distortion Essentials Plug-In Bundle will cost $249 and ship with UAD v8.0 in the next few weeks.

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