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Our friends at DDMF, the makers of the hugely popular plug-in host Metaplugin, have announced a new channel strip plug-in The Strip. Please note the GUI is a single long GUI and not split as shown in this story.
The Strip Channel Strip Plug-in
The Strip is cited by Christian at DDMF as “the essential channel strip” and based on a hybrid design of some very nice vintage plug-ins. Even better The Strip boast low CPU usage and should happily sit on every track without putting your DAW into a sweat. It comes available in VST, AU, RTAS and AAX format, 32 and 64 bit, for Windows and OSX (10.6 and higher) Even better it is a temptingly low price of $39 right now.
Full Specifications Of DDMF The Strip
- Low and High pass filter
- four peaking filters
- Low shelf filter
- gate with variable threshold, range, attack and release to prevent unwanted noise
- smooth compressor section
- 2x oversampling available
- EQ section with just the nicest little bit of saturation
- order of EQ and compression interchangeable
- available in VST, AU, RTAS and AAX format, 32 and 64 bit, for Windows and OSX (10.6 and higher)
Find Out More About The Strip
You can find out more and download a demo of The Strip from the DDMF web site.
Our friends at FabFilter have released, as promised, the new version of their amazing Pro-Q EQ plug-in. The new features include Full Screen mode, unique Natural Phase processing, Auto Gain, Spectrum Grab, Gain-Q interaction and slope support for all filter types make Pro-Q 2 better than its predecessor.
Completely Redesigned From the Ground Up
This is no little upgrade, the team at FabFilter have completely redesigned the internal filter engine which not only improves the existing zero latency and linear phase modes but also makes it possible to add a new natural phase mode and have filter slopes from 6dB per octave to a massive 96dB per octave.
FabFilter Pro-Q 2 Fey Features
- Natural Phase mode to perfectly match the magnitude response of analog EQ’ing while also closely matching the analog phase response, without noticeable pre-ring or a long latency
- Full Screen mode for super-precise adjustments
- Spectrum Grab: just grab and adjust a peak in the real-time spectrum analyser right away!
- Universal slope support for all filter types, for example enabling users to make ultra-narrow bell filters or very steep shelves including 18, 30, 36, 72 and 96dB/oct.)
- Highly improved Linear Phase mode, offering a better magnitude response and smooth changes without zipper effects
- New EQ filter types: Tilt Shelf and Band-Pass, in addition to the existing Bell, High/Low Cut, High/Low Shelf and Notch filter shapes
- Gain-Q interaction option: when enabled, Q and gain influence each other in a pleasant way often found in analog mixing consoles
- EQ Match feature to automatically match the spectrum of another track via the side-chain input
- Auto Gain automatically adjusts the output gain to compensate for the audible gain loss or increase introduced by the active EQ bands
- Improved spectrum analyser with adjustable range, tilt, freeze, and horizontal zooming
- Optional piano roll display
- Flexible interface resizing
- Full output level meter
- Phase Invert option
- Highly improved CPU optimisation: Pro-Q 2 uses less memory and is more than twice as efficient as its predecessor!
- Improved analog magnitude matching in Zero Latency mode
Pricing And Upgrades
FabFilter Pro-Q 2 is now available for EUR 149, USD 199 or GBP 124, supporting both Windows and Mac OS X in VST and VST 3, Audio Units, AAX, RTAS and AudioSuite plug-in formats.
Existing FabFilter customers can purchase or upgrade to Pro-Q 2 with very attractive discounts by logging in to their online user account.
Try Before You Buy
You can download the Pro-Q 2 from the download page on the FabFilter site and try it out for free for 30 days. Then if you decide to buy it you just use your personal license key to unlock it.
Show & Tell Review Coming Soon
We will be making one of our show and tell reviews of this plug-in very soon.
AIR Music Technology introduces The Riser, an all-new synthesizer for creating powerful transitions. Created with electronic dance music producers and DJs in mind, The Riser infuses tracks with progression and hype brimming with AIR’s signature sound quality.
What Is The Riser Synth Plug-in?
At the heart of The Riser are three editable sound generators – sweep, noise, and chord – letting the user manipulate the movement, timber, and tonality of the transition. Three low-frequency oscillators (LFOs) provide modulation duties to each patch, including beat-synced movements and the “Pumper” effect – a modern pulsating effect used to modify dynamics. Reverb, delay, and mixer controls let the user shape transition volume, effect saturation, and stereo imaging. Users may draw transitions from scratch, or, edit 300 presets spanning rises, falls, swells, fades, and more.
Why Was The Riser Plug-in Created?
“We understand the science behind the suspense and emotion that a great transition delivers,” noted Ben Wendelstein, AIR Music Tech Product Manager, “Until now, recreating the transition in your head has been a convoluted, manual process. The Riser puts intuitive sound-shaping tools right where you need them so you can design effects that keep the listener on the edge of their seat.”
The Riser Highlights:
- Transition designer optimized for electronic music production
- 3 editable oscillators;
- sweep, noise, and chord
- 3 LFOs; free-running, tempo-synced, and Pumper
- Pumper effect creates pulsating movement based on native DAW tempo
- Configurable delay and reverb with wet/dry processing
- Adjustable panning movements and master stereo width control
- AU, VST, AAX; 32- and 64-bit; Mac or Windows
15 Day Pre-Release Trial Of The Riser Plug-in
The AIR Riser Plug-in Price And Shipping Date
The Riser will be available for purchase on September 1st, 2014 with a price of $79.99 USD. For more information, visit www.airmusictech.com/theriser
Watch The Exclusive Pre-Release Review Of The New AIR Riser Plug-in
Pro Tools Expert were given an exclusive pre-release copy of the new AIR Riser plug-in, you can watch our video review of the AIR Riser plug-in here.
Sound Radix the creators of Auto-Align and SurferEQ have announced AAX AudioSuite compatiblity.
This will now enable users to be able to print their tracks by copying and pasting their settings.
ClipShifter is a wave-shaping clipping-style limiter that can be used in various points of a mix. It is now in AAX and RTAS beta.
LVC Clipshifter - Free Version
ClipShifter uses what the developer describes as ‘a unique threshold control to change the clipping threshold dynamically based on the transient characteristics of the incoming audio.’
The clipping distortion can be altered to offer various effects ranging from hard, brickwall-style clipping, to softer saturation with compression. Get in deeper and tweak the sdditional parameters to control the even- and odd-order components of the saturation.
ClipShifter is released as a free and paid-for plug-in.
LVC Clipshifter - Paid Version
The paid version adds
- oversampling (2, 4, and 8 times) with selectable double processing,
- mid/side processing, and a 3-way multiband frequency control.
The multiband frequency control can be used to apply clipping to certain frequency bands independently, while the free version applies the audio clipping to the entire frequency spectrum.
LVC Clipshifter - Download
We’ve just started a series on the value of channel strip plug-ins in the modern recording set-up, so it might be good to know what AAX channel strip plug-ins are worth taking a look at.
For Pro Tools users with RTAS plug-ins, unless you read otherwise these will also work as RTAS plug-ins in Pro Tools. If you are not sure what AAX plug-ins will work in your Pro Tools system then check out our comprehensive AAX plug-in database.
Let us know what you think by taking our poll and also adding any comments at the end of the article.
UAD API Vision
A more recent addition to the UAD powered plug-in collection, this is an awesome model of a strip used on albums by such recording greats as Fleetwood Mac and the Foo Fighters. It packs a lot of punch, currently in a Mac only beta for AAX we reviewed it here.
Avid Channel Strip
The Avid Channel strip is part of the plug-ins that ship with more recent versions of Pro Tools, it might be free but that doesn’t mean it should be dismissed in preference for those costing money. Modelled on the channel strip from the System 5 console it has a lot to offer, the collapsible GUI is a real bonus when running out of screen real estate.
The awesome Acon Digital Multiply plug-in, recently reviewed on Pro Tools Expert is 1 of 37 entries to win the KVR Developer Challenge this year.
The winner gets up to 60% of the prize fund, currently at around $1400.00
However Acon Digital Multiply is the only plug-in that is AAX and supports Pro Tools users.
We think plug-in developers who support Pro Tools users should get our support, so we encourage to go and vote for Acon Digital to win here.
It seems that not all convolution reverbs are not created equally, some offer a stereo simulation but not true stereo operation.
Reverberate provides a rich and dynamic reverb from impulse responses by modulating an amalgamation of two, separately controllable true stereo IRs using an LFO. Further modulation is possible using the post-processing effects; an all-pass interpolator chorus and delay unit provide a fuller sound and an over-sampled analogue prototype paragraphic equaliser is provided with dual LFOs. These features make for a livelier, more creative sound than typically associated with some convolution reverbs.
Until the end of this month LiquidSonics’ Reverberate is just £35 on Pro Tools Expert. Download the demo and find out for yourself why convolution reverbs costing 5 to 10 times the price struggle to beat this gem.
For lovers of Waldorf synths then there’s some great news. Waldorf have released 64 bit versions of their plug-ins in AAX format, the updates features Largo, PPG Wave 3.V and the Waldorf Edition.
Waldorf Largo AAX
Largo offers three fat oscillators, two of them with sub oscillators. These oscillators include models of classic analog waveforms as well as a selection of waves from the PPG and Waldorf Wave stored in two Wavetables. All these run through two Waldorf multimode filters with steep cutoff, resonance up to self-oscillation and a drive stage to add even more punch and grainyness to the sound. Ultra-fast envelope generators and flexible LFOs as well as an easy to understand, yet extremely versatile modulation matrix make for a sound designer’s dream.
PPG Wave 2 AAX
PPG Wave 2 was the very first digital Wavetable synthesizer with analog filters that allowed completely new worlds of sound and endless sonic possibilities. Shortly afterwards, the successor PPG Wave 2.2 came out and was born to make history. With a gigantic arsenal of waveshapes, it could not only reproduce known analog sounds, but also brilliant choirs, bells and whistles. The digital sounds of wavetables had been unheard until then and offered sensational sonic evolutions by smoothly going through 64 waves back and forth.
The Waldorf Edition AAX
The Waldorf Edition features the famous and award-winning PPG Wave 2.V, Attack and D-Pole plug-ins as VST and AudioUnit variants.
Russ takes and look and listen to the latest addition to the Universal Audio UAD stable the British favourite Thermionic Culture Vulture.
He gives it a run on bass, guitar and vocals and shows the fun that can be had with this unique audio plug-in.