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Using Waves CLA Guitars To Transform A Basic Electric Guitar

In this free video tutorial Russ takes a look at the CLA guitars plug-in, an easy to use instant gratification plug-in that can help those using basic audio interfaces to get a variety of different sounds in their tracks.

This Waves CLA Guitars is on special offer this weekend - check it out here

Free Dynamics Processor Plug-in From Tokyo Dawn - The TDR Kotelnikov For Mac And PC

The gang at Tokyo Dawn have released another cool free plug-in, the TDR Kotelnikov standard. This is what they have to say about it;

TDR Kotelnikov is a wideband dynamics processor combining high fidelity dynamic range control with deep musical flexibility. As a descendant of the venerable TDR Feedback Compressor product family, Kotelnikov has directly inherited several unique features such as a proven control scheme, individual release control for peak and RMS content, an intuitive user interface, and powerful, state of the art, high-precision algorithms.

With a sonic signature best described as “stealthy”, Kotelnikov has the ability to manipulate the dynamic range by dramatic amounts, while carefully preserving the original tone, timbre and punch of a musical signal. As such, it is perfectly suited to stereo bus compression as well as other critical applications.

The concept is “proudly digital” in the sense that it doesn’t try to emulate any previously existing device. This is the original!

TDR Kotelnikov Features

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DMG Audio Release AAX DSP Version Of Their EQuality Plug-in

This plug-in is a very popular plug-in especially in the post community and it is great to see that even a smaller developer like DMG Audio have taken the trouble to produce a DSP version of their EQ plug-in EQuality.

Very Low CPU Usage

DMG Audio have prided themselves on the low CPU usage load their plug-in put on the computer and that extends to the AAX DSP version too. They tell us that that you can get up to 56 mono or 21 stereo instances on one HDX chip! See below for the full details at different sample rates….

  • Mono instances per chip: 56,42,18 at 48/96/192
  • Stereo instances per chip: 21,10,4 at 48/96/192

EQuality Overview

If you haven’t come across EQuality then here is a brief overview…

  • Very low CPU usage for every track of your mix
  • Generates super-high-quality prototypes. Clear undistorted top.
  • Digital+ mode; turns awesome into perfect.
  • Linear/Analogue/Minimum phase modes for master and special channels
  • 6 bands, 2 shelf/bells, 4 bell/notches, Q 0.1->50, +/-36dB range
  • 2 fully parametric filters (high and low-pass), 6/12/18/24/30/36db/oct Q 0.1->20
  • Three different UI modes to taste - full, graph and knobs.
  • M/S processing modes
  • Windows - AAX 32, AAX 64, RTAS, VST, VST3, VST 64, VST3 64. 
  • Mac - AAX 32, AAX 64, RTAS, VST, VST3, VST 64, VST3 64, AU32+64bit, 

More information on AAX DSP version of EQuality here.

Review Of Slate VMR Virtual Mix Rack - Vintage Plug in Rack

Russ takes the new Slate Virtual Mix Rack plug-in for a spin. Find out what he thinks of it and see it in action.

Slate say: The VIRTUAL MIX RACK continues the Slate Digital tradition of providing the absolute most authentically modeled analog sound in a digital audio plugin.The ‘VMR’ includes four world class mix modules, including two classic equalizers and two versatile mix compressors, with more modules to be developed.

The ‘VMR’ operates as a Virtual 500 series rack with hot-swappable modules, putting your whole processing chain in ONE WINDOW. This allows you customize your own channel strip, with signal flow following the modules, in any order you choose. Mix and match filters from different EQs. Chain an EQ before or after your compressor. Moving modules around is easy, fast, and creates no break in audio playback. Audition signal chains faster, easier, and in real time with the Slate ‘VMR’

So is it buy, try or walk on by? Watch this review of the Slate VMR Virtual Mix Rack to find out.

Amazing PEQ 1 FREE - Parametric EQ and Preset Warmer Plug-in

The guys at Amazing Machines have released the Amazing PEQ 1 FREE - Parametric EQ and Preset Warmer Plug-in, for use in Native Instruments Reaktor 5.8 or newer.

The Amazing PEQ-1 FREE is a straightforward Overall Tone Shaping tool, capable of drastically change an audio source with its 1 Band Mid-Range Equalizer and its Preset Warmer. We’ve given it a quick spin and it is a very nice little plug-in for a quick, simple and straightforward way of tone shaping a track, we tried it on a piano and a drum track, both benefitted from it.

Amazing PEQ 1 FREE Features:

  • 1 Reaktor Ensemble
  • 1 Band Parametric Equalizer
  • Preset Warmer

Amazing PEQ 1 FREE Compatibility:

Native Instruments’ Reaktor 5.8 or newer.

Boz Labs Imperial Delay Ships

Boz Labs have announced that their latest plug-in Imperial Delay is shipping.

Imperial Delay aims to deal with two things, powerful delays with ease of use. On their web site they say;

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Show And Tell Review Of Positive Grid BIAS Desktop Guitar Amp Modelling Plug-in

Russ takes the new Positive Grid BAIS Desktop amp modelling plug-in for a spin.

Positive Grid claim that BIAS Desktop is not only a great amp modelling plug-in for guitarists, but with the added options to tweak to your heart’s content, grab new sounds free from the community Tone Cloud and also model your own sounds right from within the plug-in.

Does it live up to all the claims, Russ checks it out in this extended review. Find out what he thinks.

Watch the Positive Grid BAIS Desktop review here

Show And Tell Review Of Avid Pro Series Multiband Dynamics

Russ takes a look at the latest addition in the Avid Pro Series range of plug-ins for Pro Tools. The new Avid Pro Series Multiband Dynamics. It has a couple of tricks up its sleeve, watch the video to find out what they are and see what Russ thinks.

In this review of the new Avid Pro Series Multiband Dynamics we look at:

  • The feature set on this new AAX Native and DSP plug-in.
  • The sidechain feature and how it works.
  • The extra plug-in that ships free with the Avid Pro Series Multiband Dynamics

Watch this video review of the Avid Pro Series Multiband Dynamics here

A-Z Of Pro Tools - A Is For AAX

Our sister sites are running the A-Z of their DAWs, we thought it was a nice idea so here goes.

The A-Z of Pro Tools, some letters will yield deeper articles than others, but it will be fun to do.

A is for AAX.

The AAX plug-in format was announced on 20th October 2011, AAX being the acronym for Avid Audio eXtension. AAX was developed to replace the RTAS and TDM plug-in formats which were 32 bit and made it impossible for Avid to create a 64bit DAW.

AAX is a 64 bit plug-in format made exclusively for Pro Tools 10 and 11. 32 bit versions of AAX plug-ins worked in Pro Tools 10. It took a little longer to implement it into Avid’s video editor - Media Compser but as of v8.1 Meda Composer now supports AAX Native plug-ins too.

AAX Native And AAX DSP

There are 2 types of AAX plug-in:

  • AAX Native for use in Pro Tools, Pro Tools HD Native and Pro Tools HDX systems
  • AAX DSP for use in Pro Tools HDX systems.

With AAX, you can share sessions between DSP-accelerated Pro Tools systems and native-based Pro Tools systems and continue using the same plug-ins. Your sessions will sound exactly the same, regardless of the rig you’re using.

How Many Developers Have Ported To AAX?

AAX has been a huge success for Avid with many vendors porting to AAX Native, there are now several hundred AAX plug-ins and instruments for use in Pro Tools 11.

AAX DSP porting has been less popular with around 50% of developers who made TDM versions of Pro Tools plug-in only porting their TDM plug-ins to AAX native formats. However some other developers have created AAX DSP plug-ins for the first time. In reality there are far more AAX Native plug-ins than there are AAX DSP, this is partly due to the efficiency of the new Avid 64bit audio engine making DSP less of a requirement for many Pro Tools users.

Where I Can Find AAX Plug-ins?

Pro Tools Expert started the first AAX database on the web and we continue to maintain it to make sure Pro Tools users can find out what AAX plug-ins are available, check the AAX plug-in database here

Xfer Records Announce Serum A New Wavetable Synthesizer

Our friends at Xfer Records have announced Serum, a new Wavetable Synth with a host of extra features. Serum is available for Mac OS X and Windows in VST, AU and AAX plug-in formats.

Xfer say:

“The dream synthesizer did not seem to exist: a wavetable synthesizer with low aliasing / high-quality sound, visual and creative workflow-oriented interface, the ability to create / import / edit / morph wavetables, and manipulate these tables further in real-time.”

Wavetable Editor With FFT, Formulas, Draw

A full-blown utility inside the plugin - Serum has a comprehensive wavetable editor built right in, and you can create your own wavetables in a variety of ways. Import audio directly from audio files - Serum has a variety of methods and options for importing + analyzing audio (WAV or AIFF) for breaking it apart into individual waveforms:

  • You can import single-cycle wavetables of course, as well as many at once (with in-built sorting options, or manual re-ordering).
  • Morph between various wavetables using standard linear interpolation (crossfading) or via harmonic/spectral morphing.
  • Draw directly on the waveform, with optional grid-size snapping and a variety of shape tools.
  • Generate or modify waveforms using FFT (additive).
  • Create or process waveforms using formula functions.
  • Processing menu options allow you to do the other tasks you would want, such as apply fades, crossfades, normalize, export, and much more.

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