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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.
We are very pleased to announce that Antares are the latest brand to partner with Pro Tools Expert as they release the most recent version of Auto-Tune which features Antares’ new Flex-Tune technology, with what they describe as an “ultra low-latency mode for tracking and live performance in real time, and an even better workflow”.
Auto-Tune 8 Flex Tune
The new Flex-Tune feature allows you to set the rate at which Auto-Tune corrects pitch away from the scale notes, allowing singers much more freedom to exercise their vocal creativity while still providing the pitch correction and audio quality that Auto-Tune that people expect from Antares.
Auto-Tune 8 Low Latency
Auto-Tune 8 also features a new, ultra-low latency mode that provides real time correction for tracking and live performance, editing tools that are now active during playback and are apparently even easier to use. Add to that, a more customizable workflow designed to enhance your recording experience and you have Auto-Tune 8.
Auto-Tune 8 Automatic Mode (Click For Full Size)
The Softube Saturation Knob is a great plug-in but previously only available via Avid or PreSonus, now Softube have set the beast free and you can now download it in AAX, RTAS, VST2, VST and AU completely free and without having to sign up. Softube write;
As of today, Softube’s Saturation Knob is available as a free download. It can be used in any VST, Audio Units or AAX host—and also as a Rack Extension in Propellerheads Reason—on both Mac and Windows platforms. You’re welcome.
The Saturation Knob has previously been available exclusively for Presonus Studio One and Pro Tools users, but today we make it available for users of other DAWs as well. For VST, AAX and Audio Units, Saturation Knob is part of the installer package, which includes all Softube plug-ins.
No iLok is required for using the Saturation Knob. For any of the other Softube plug-ins in the installer package, iLok owners can download 20 day demonstration licenses.
The Mutronics Mutator was a stereo analog filter and an envelope follower which can be used to create mind boggling filter effects on any sound source. The original hardware was used by acts such as Radiohead, Daft Punk, Nine Inch Nails, Chemical Brothers and Beck, and it had a big part in defining the sound of the 1990s. Because a key component of the hardware Mutator became unavailable the industry thought we had lost the unique sound of the Mutator until now.
Softube Create Mutator - The Plug-in
Mutator has an analog voltage controlled filter (VCF) for each of its two channels, which can create synth-like filter sweeps on any sound source that is fed into the unit. The filter can be controlled from a number of sources, for example the envelope follower, which sweeps the filter in proportion to the amplitude of the sound source. In Gate mode, the filter is either on or off, and the filter can also be controlled by the on-board LFOs. These have four waveforms, which create filter sweeps in our out of time with the music.
Another option is to use the external sidechain input, to have an external sound source control the filter movements. For example, insert the Mutator on a pad track and have the filter move in sync with a drum loop. You can also link or unlink the two channels for trippy stereo effects, use the Width control to extend the stereo field and use the Mix knob to blend in the original sound source with the mutated sound.
James Dunbar & Steve Crow, the creators of the orginal Mutronics said of the Softube Mutator…
We are very pleased with the sound of it. We thing they have done a very good job of getting the sound right which for us is very important. We’ve A/Bed it with a hardware version and then tried to mimic the settings on each and they are very, very close.
Softube Mutator Plug-in Formats & Price
The plug-in is available as an AAX, VST and Audio Unit plug-in, for use in most major DAWs on both Mac and Windows. It retails for USD 199 from authorized Softube dealers, and a generous 20 day demonstration license is available for free but be aware this does require an iLok USB dongle.
Softube Saturation Knob Now Available For All
In other Softube news, they have announced that they have made the free Saturation Knob plug-in that Pro Tools users have enjoyed for a while now available to all DAW users. It is now be used by any VST, Audio Units or AAX host—and also as a Rack Extension in Propellerheads Reason—on both Mac and Windows platforms.
Our friends at Quiet Art have announced their latest plug-in Defaulter, a Pro Tools clip gain normalizing plug-in. Quiet Art already make the popular Wave Rider plug-in. Defaulter is compatible with both ProTools 10 & 11.
Quiet Arts say;
Defaulter is the Pro Tools clip gain normalizing plugin. It is a perfect companion for WaveRider, and an excellent addition to any collection of gain staging plugins.
Clip gain is the best thing Pro Tools adopted in recent years. Now, you have a tool to help you get the most out of it.
Defaulter analyzes the clip and applies clip gain adjustments to bring it up or down to meet your specified peak level. It ignores clips with levels below the user set threshold.
Try Quiet Art Defaulter
If you want to try out the new Quiet Art Defaulter plug-in, there is a demo download on their web site.
In their next daily deal Waves are offering their SoundShifter plug-in for the next day or so they are offering SoundShiffter for $49 instead of $149.
What Is SoundShifter?
SoundShifter is a pitch-shifting and time-shifting processor. It enables you to change keys, tempos, durations, and manipulate the time-pitch continuum with accuracy and clarity. For tonal transformation and transposition, SoundShifter is well worth a look especially at this price. It has Parametric, Graphic, and Real-time components with punchy, smooth, transient, and sync modes, with time, tempo, bars, samples, SMPTE, feet & frames, pitch, interval, and frequency controls.
You only have a short period of time to take advantage of this deal so check it out here.
Boz Digital Labs are fast becoming well known for good quality, low cost plug-ins. They make some great plug-ins at good process and have a really nice ‘small-developer’ attitude.
Eli Krantzberg has just done an extended review, including their cool new A/B sound examples over at our sister site Logic Pro Expert. Eli writes;
2014 is a great year to be a DAW owner. New plug-ins of all sorts keep coming fast and furious. Some are hardware emulations, some are hybrids using existing technology to enhance older paradigms, while some are completely new and unique. And the prices are lower than ever. Enter Boz Digital Labs; one of the great new crop of up and coming plug-in developers. They have just released a new plug-in called +10dB, a faithful recreation of the rare and sought after Compex Vocal Stressor. This unit has a unique sonic signature and vibe to it; and has not already been emulated to death by every other plug-in developer. And no, it is not just another hardware channel strip emulation. With the absence of physical hardware restraints, Boz Digital Labs have gone beyond simple imitation. The plug-in comes in three flavours. Dynamics section only, Equaliser only, or the bundle that combines them together into a single channel strip. Here I’ll take a look at the bundle version.
It’s a great review and well worth a read, check it the Boz Digital Labs +10dB review over at Logic Pro Expert
FabFilter Holiday Sale
To celebrate the end of the year, they are running a Holiday Sale in their online web store. Until January 1st 2015, they are offering 25% discount on all of their plug-in bundles.
Existing FabFilter owners should also log into your account and you may well find some additional offers just for you.
FabFilter Pro-MB and Pro-Q2 Free Updates Including retina Support
They have just released updates for their Pro-MB and Pro-Q 2 plug-ins which introduce Retina support on OS X and High DPI support on Windows. Also in these updates the Pro-MB now features interface resizing, Full Screen mode, horizontal zooming, side chain spectrum visualization and more!
These updates are free for existing users, and they are fully compatible with existing sessions and presets.
FabFilter Pro-Q2 Free Tutorial
Watch Russ’ free tutorial on how to match the EQ of two tracks with the FabFilter Pro-Q2 plug-in
In this free Pro Tools video tutorial Russ takes a look at the Avid Pitch II plug-in, in this short tutorial he shows how it can be used on guitars.
Read Understanding the Pro Tools Pitch II plug-in for more information
What Avid Say About The Pitch II Plug-in
Pitch II is a pitch-shifting plug-in that is available in DSP, Native, and AudioSuite formats. Pitch II is designed for a variety of audio production applications, ranging from pitch correction of musical material to sound design.
Pitch II supports 44.1 kHz, 48 kHz, 88.2 kHz, and 96 kHz sample rates for all plug-in formats. Pitch II also supports 176.4 kHz and 192 kHz sample rates for Native and AudioSuite plug-in formats.
Pitch II is available in mono, mono-to-stereo, and stereo channel formats.
Pitch processing typically uses the technique of varying sample playback rate to achieve pitch transposition. Changing audio sample playback rate results in the digital equivalent of vari-speed- ing with tape. This is usually unsatisfactory since it changes the overall duration of the material.
Pitch transposition with Pitch II involves a much more complex technique. Pitch II digitally re- aligns portions of the re-sampled audio waveform itself, while using de-glitching crossfades to mini- mize undesirable artifacts. The result is a processed signal that is transposed in pitch, but still retains the same overall duration of the original, unprocessed signal.
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!