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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.

Eiosis Announce New AirEQ Premium EQ Plug-in Without The Premium Price

Community member Matt Blue let us know about this new release from Fabrice Gabriel at Eiosis.

Fabrice describes the new AirEQ Premium as…

Beyond analog. I designed it with a vision of achieving musical, technical and sonic excellence.

The design reflects the elements with Air and Earth bands as well as Water and Fire curves.

Fabrice describes the curves and bands…

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Better Workflow With Your AudioSuite Plug-ins

When I am mixing TV shows I tend to use AudioSuite plug-ins because they are printing the effect to the audio and then it’s permanent.

The disadvantage I find with these plug-ins is that you always have to reach for them in a menu everytime you want to use them.This is really inefficient in my opinion. So here is a quick tip on how to create your own AudioSuite plug-in shortcuts.

Choose An AudioSuite Plug-in

Choose an AudioSuite plug-in and place it on your screen where it does not conceal any important workspace. This is where your plug-in always will be open up.

The Numpad

On you numpad press Period (.) then 1 (it could be  number from 1 to 99) and then the + key and this window will pop up. Here you have the ability to choose between Window Layout or Transport Window. I usually go for the Window Layout.

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Review Of Massenburg DesignWorks® MDWEQ5 Parametric Equalizer Plug In For The UAD Platform

Russ takes a look at the new Massenburg DesignWorks® MDWEQ5 Parametric Equalizer Plug In For The UAD Platform.

Described as “A unique, ultra-powerful EQ, the Massenburg DesignWorks MDWEQ5 plug-in for UAD-2 and Apollo interfaces provides crystal clear processing at the highest resolutions. The MDWEQ5 plug-in is accurate, precise, and ear-tuned by the man who invented the term, “parametric EQ,” George Massenburg.”

See it in action and find out what Russ thinks of it.

Watch the review of the Massenburg DesignWorks® MDWEQ5 Parametric Equalizer plug In For The UAD Platform 

Universal Audio Announces New Mixing And Mastering Plug-Ins From Brainworx And Massenburg Designworks

Universal Audio has announced three new plug-ins developed with partners Brainworx and Massenburg Designs. They include the Vertigo Sound VSM-3 Mix Satellite plug-in, Vertigo Sound’s VSC-2 Compressor plug-in and the Massenburg DesignWorks® MDWEQ5 EQ plug-in. All three will have mix engineers and mastering engineers smiling.

Vertigo Sound VSM-3 Mix Satellite Plug-In — $299

Developed by Brainworx, the Vertigo Sound VSM-3 Mix Satellite Plug-In is an obsessive emulation of the Vertigo Sound VSM-2, beloved by mixing and mastering engineers for its bounty of colorful saturation flavors. The VSM-3 offers innovative controls for expertly targeted harmonic generation, as well as plug-in-only features such as the THD Mixer’s Harmonic Balance control and the ability to run the unit’s two harmonic generators simultaneously — either in parallel or series — giving the user even more tweakability than the original hardware.

Key Features:
●    Two sophisticated coloration generators recreated from the Vertigo VSM-2 hardware and authenticated by Vertigo Sound
●    2nd Harmonic FET Crusher for warm saturation or distortion
●    3rd Harmonic Zener Blender for bright, clear, saturation or distortion
●    Crusher and Blender can each be applied to specific signal frequency ranges and then further filtered using the Shape control
●    M/S decoding and encoding for each circuit allows processing of entire stereo signal, or Mid or Side stereo channels

Vertigo Sound’s VSC-2 Compressor Plug-In — $299

The Vertigo VSC-2 Quad Discrete VCA Compressor was Vertigo Sound’s very first product, putting the German company on the map with its genius juxtaposition of vintage sonics and high-tech design.Developed by Brainworx, the Vertigo Sound VSC-2 Compressor Plug-In for UAD-2 and Apollo interfaces is an exhaustive emulation of this modern classic — right down to its four hand-built discrete VCAs — delivering legendary compression textures with a modern signal path and controls.

Key Features:
●    Faithful recreation of the Vertigo VSC-2’s all-discrete VCA compressor circuitry, authenticated by Vertigo Sound
●    Provides the rich tonal characteristics of classic compressors with modern mastering-grade audio specifications
●    Soft mode for a threshold-related ratio that automatically increases with higher input signal
●    Brick mode to operate the VSC-2 as a limiter, effectively cutting off signal peaks

Massenburg DesignWorks® MDWEQ5 EQ Plug-In — $299

A unique, ultra-powerful equalizer, the Massenburg DesignWorks MDWEQ5 plug-in provides crystal clear processing at the highest resolutions. A go-to EQ for music, as well as game developers and engineers in film and television, the MDWEQ5 plug-in is accurate, precise, and ear-tuned by the man who invented the term “parametric EQ,” George Massenburg.

Key Features:
●    Created by George Massenburg, the pioneer of parametric equalization
●    IsoPeak® function for finding problem frequencies quickly and accurately
●    Maximum bit-depth processing with zero coloration and distortion 
●    Includes two plug-ins; the 5-band MDWEQ5 EQ and 3-band MDWEQ3 EQ

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Acon Digital Announce New EQ Plug-in Equalize With Mixed Phase Mode

Acon Digital has released Equalize, a parametric equalizer plug-in that combines unique features with  an intuitive user interface.

A Fresh Look At EQ

Rather than produce yet another EQ plug-in they have taken a ne look at what is needed in an EQ plug-in annd so unlike existing equalizers, not only the frequency, gain and bandwidth, but also the filter slope can be adjusted freely for each frequency band. The filter slope can be set anywhere from 3 to ultra-sharp 120 dB per octave.

Unique Mixed Phase Option

Equalize operates as a zero latency plug-in when using the minimum phase mode or can preserve phase relationships in the linear phase mode. Another new unique feature is the additional mixed phase mode that allows latency adjustments in the range 5 to 120 milliseconds while preserving the phase relationships as far as possible. That gives a unique control over potential pre-ringing which is a common problem with linear phase filtering.

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Pro Tools Fundamentals - The Target Button

Often when deciding what to post an article about I’ll open Pro Tools and just look around for something useful but overlooked. I’m sure I’m not alone in knowing far more about Pro Tools than I actually use and while learning a feature is all very well, unless it becomes embedded into your workflow you’re unlikely to use it regularly. One such feature of Pro Tools is the target button which I have to admit I’ve ignored pretty comprehensively for many years. So am I missing something?

What Is The Target Button?

The Target button (which used to look like a round archery target but has since turned square) is found in the top right of some floating windows in Pro Tools and its purpose is to direct actions towards a particular window when multiple windows are displayed. At its simplest it can be used to “de-focus” a plug-in window allowing a second plug-in window to be opened without the other closing. Admittedly this is more easily achieved by holding shift before opening the second window but it does illustrate the point that the target button being lit makes that window the “important one”.

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Waves Manny Marroquin Tone Shaper Plug-In Review - Extended Video 

Russ takes a look at the Waves Manny Marroquin plug-in series and gives an extended show and tell and let’s you know what he thinks.

Click here to see his thoughts on the Waves Manny Marroquin Tone Shaper plug-in

Softube Have A Huge End Of Year Sale - Many Plug-ins Up To 50% Off

Our friends at Swedish plug-in powerhouse (that sounds like a dance act) Softube have a huge end of year sale - many plug-ins up to 50% off.

They say on their web site:

From today (November 6) and all the way until January 7, all plug-ins that are currently released (see Exceptions below) will be 50% off here in our webshop and at all Authorized Softube Dealers. A similar deal goes for Reason Rack Extensions—with a few exceptions, these are also 50% off in the Propellerhead store.

But what about the bundles, you ask? We didn’t forget about those, so visit your nearest dealer and enjoy the 30% discount we offer on those! Yes, visit your nearest dealer—the bundles are dealer exclusive and not sold through our own web store.


The only fine print in this deal is that there just might be some new stuff coming out while the sale is active. So any new products we are releasing on any platform during the sale period will not be discounted. We also excluded the very recently released Amp and Bass Amp for the Reason Rack Extensions.

To check out more about the Softube end of year sale visit their website