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Slate Digital have announced that VIRTUAL TAPE MACHINES AAX Public Beta is now in VTM customers’ user accounts. They have also informed us that owners should look for the email that was just sent to you for detailed information.
Slate VTM Public Beta
This update for Pro Tools users has been long awaited and although this is a public beta of the highly popular VTM it will give users welcome relief.
With models of both a 2 inch 16 track from NRG Recording, and a ½ inch 2 track machine from Howie Weinberg Mastering, the VTM will give your mixes analogue colouration found using tape t
Slate VTM Video Review
If you are new to this plug-in then check our video review some months ago here
Russ takes a look at the Blue Cat Patchworks plug-in. It offers the chance to host multiple VSTs, parallel processing, channel strip saving and multi synth hosting in two different formats. Find out how it works and what he thinks.
Show & Tell Review Of Waves Metafilter Plug-in On Bass Synth
Russ shows the extent to which the Wavesmetafilter can mash up a bass sound using some of the built in features.
Show & Tell Review Of Waves Metafilter Plug-in On Drums
In the second example he shows how automation can be used in a DAW to change the filter in Waves Metafilter.
Show & Tell Review Of Waves Metafilter Plug-in On Hi-Hats
In this final example Russ uses the Follower function in the Metafilter to change how hi-hats sound.
Is this a filter on steroids? Watch this review and decide.
Designed around a multimode filter with extensive modulation options and powered by Waves’ Virtual Voltage technology first found in the Waves Synth Element synth, Waves MetaFilter is described as having everything you need in a sound-shaping filter plugin.
MetaFilter lets you individually modulate the filter’s cutoff, resonance and delay time using three separate modulators – a 16-step sequencer, an LFO, and an envelope follower with a sidechaining option – making it easy to achieve effects such as filter sweeping, tremolo, auto wah, rhythmic gating, ducking, and hypnotic modulating delays with saturation buildups.
- Three separate modulators:
- 16-step sequencer,
- LFO, and envelope follower with sidechaining option
- Fat analog sound quality
- Intuitive MIDI Learn
- Fully modulatable analog delay
- Powered by Virtual Voltage technology
There’s something special about using hardware, it can take an average virtual instrument and make it sound great. Russ shows you who to get the routing done and then how to get the track recorded in Pro Tools.
The gang at Boz Digital Labs have released a FREE plug-in Bark of Dog which is simply a low Pass Filter with Resonance.
However, when we say ‘simply’ that is not to imply it has lttle effect, in facts this cool little plug-in can add so much energy to the low end of a track it should perhaps be called Balls Of Dog!
They say; Bark of Dog is a bass resonance filter that lets you increase your low end without turning up the flab. I like to think of it as a way to boost the low end while still keeping it under control. While the controls are super simple, the effect that this has on controlling the low end in a mix is pretty exciting.
We’ve just had a quick try of it and it is indeed a very useful little plug-in that had a multitude of uses, it can be used in gentle ways or can do some serious damage if you are that way inclined.
Bark of Dog is AAX, RTAS VST and AU for both Mac and Windows.
Earlier this week we revewed the new Rob Papen RP-AMOD plug-in.
The Rob Papen RP-Amod features ‘Phaser’, ‘Flanger’, ‘Chorus’, ‘Ensemble’ and ‘Tremelo’, which are classic audio modulation FX. You can also ‘tempo sync’ them to your music, and you can use two FX at the same time in various routing configurations. These routing options are not only in serial and parallel, but you can also ‘filter split’ the audio signal ahead of going to both of the FX.
It’s now shipping as PC AAX 32/64bit version.
If you are an owner of a Rob Papen product then go and grab it for FREE here.
Russ takes a look and listen to the Rob Papen RP Amod, a plug-in featuring modulation based effects that is FREE to existing Rob Papen customers.
Another community tip sent in by Eoghan Tyrrell, this time as a video showing how you can create your own favourite presets for plug-ins, which of course can be from the factory presets or ones that you create yourself. Although Eogham shows it on a Mac, because the plug-in presets are stored in a similar way on Windows machines, this should work on Windows systems too.
UPDATED: In the earlier version of this story we mentioned that Fabfilter One is a FREE plug-in - this is incorrect. Apologies for the confusion.
The word FREE can often conjure up the idea of something being worthless; for many years the VST world has been filled with worthwhile FREE plug-ins yet Pro Tools users have often felt a little left out of the FREE plug-in world. However there seems to be a growing collection of FREE plug-ins for Pro Tools RTAS and AAX that are well worth investing your time into.
Here are a selection of some FREE synths worth checking out.
A single oscillator synth with enough sound shaping options to give a palette of cool synth sounds, the option of PWM is always welcome on a single oscillator synth as it gives the possibility of creating extra depth from the single source - a trick used in the very early synths. Available in VST, VST3, Audio Units, AAX Native formats (all both 64-bit and 32-bit), as well as RTAS (32-bit only) More from Fabfilter
Linplug Alpha FREE
A cut down free version of the popular LinPlug Alpha, this 16 voice, 2 oscillator synth includes many of the features of the paid for version. There are over 30 waveforms to choose from as well as useful filters and a single LFO. Mac and PC RTAS only. More from Linplug
NI Reaktor 5 Player
Reaktor 5 is one of NI’s flagship products and Reaktor Player is a great way to explore the almost limitless potential of this modular synth design. NI offer a free download of over 200 synths based around 3 synths as part of this starter series. Mac and PC, RTAS and AAX. More here
A one oscillator, one filter, single envelope synth, Podolski has been around for several years in different incarnations. it also features a Zebra-style arpeggiator/sequencer plus chorus and delay effects. Mac and PC. More about AAX here (Mac)
In a recent demo of the new Roland AIRA range, they revealed what they call “plug out technology”. They went on to say that they will be making VST plug-ins of a lot of their classic synthesizers. Roland aim to start with the classic SH101 synth.
The new AIRA System 1 Plug-Out Synthesizer will also act as a controller for the new plug-ins, but even better the new System 1 can then host the VST as a “plug-out” to use on the road without the need for a computer.
Roland say the new sounds are created using ACB (Analog Circuit Behaviour) that models everything at component’s behaviour at component level. We’ll add that acronym to the long list we’ve been presented with over the years. :)
Setting that aside. we’re looking forward to these new addition to the Roland range. They include;
- AIRA TR-8 Rhythm Performer TR808 and TR909 - $499
- AIRA TB-3 Touch Bassline - $299
- AIRA VT-3 Voice Transformer vocal effects processor and vocoder - $199
- AIRA System-1 Plug-Out Synthesizer — $599
The idea of Roland created plug-ins is interesting and we look forward to checking them out.
Check out this extensive article with video from Gizmodo
Softube have today released their long awaited Console 1 hardware, which at NAMM had its SSL emulation software officially endorsed by Solid State Logic, we have a review copy on its way to us, so watch this space.
Its list price is USD 1099, with an expected street price of USD 999. In Europe, the list price is EUR 849, expected street price EUR 799 (including 19% sales tax).
Included in the purchase is Softube’s new model of the classic console Solid State Logic SL 4000 E, officially endorsed by Solid State Logic after ruthless scrutiny by SSL’s own experts.
Following on from my recent series on Channel Strips I thought I would post this simple guide to creating a user default.
To create a user default setting, I made the changes I wanted to Channel Strip. These were to change the default process order from [EQ, Filter, Dynamics, Volume] to [Filter, Dynamics, EQ, Volume] and to change the LF and HF sections to shelf, and finally hide the EQ section. I then saved the setting as “CS Compressor” using the preset menu at the top of the plug-in window.
With the setting saved, I then set this particular user setting as the plugin’s user default as shown below:
The final stage of the process is to change the plug-in default from factory to user setting:
The gang over at Xfer have released OTT - Multiband Compressor effect as a FREE download.
It’s a pretty simple bus comp that can be used to add some extra balls to your tracks.
It’s AAX and works in Pro Tools 11, it is also VST and AU. AAX Mac only
Download from our free plug-ins database and play with it and let us know what you think.
At NAMM this winter, Waves have announced two new plug-ins.
The Waves Abbey Road Reed ADT
This is a plug-in deigned to emulate Abbey Road Studios’ process of Artificial Double Tracking - a signature effect created at the studio in the 1960s for The Beatles. Over the years, many have tried to replicate the effect, but only with some success. This is largely because a definitive description of the exact process used at Abbey Road has, until now, been a closely guarded secret. Waves have developed this plug-in in association with Abbey Road.
Abbey Road engineer Ken Townsend created the original Artificial Double Tracking (ADT) by connecting the primary tape machine to a second, speed-controlled machine, two versions of the same signal could be played back simultaneously. And by gently varying the speed of the second machine, the replayed signal could be moved around just enough to make it sound like a separate take. The introduction of ADT was a milestone in the history of sound recording, and the technique was used heavily on many recording sessions at Abbey Road Studios.
Reel ADT with its modeled tape sound and emulation of wow and flutter, this plug-in can enhance any track with the impression of two separate takes, giving you the closest possible results to real double tracking. All the character, depth and panoramic sound of this inimitable classic effect can now be created digitally, simply and for real. Mirek Stiles, Head of Audio Products, Abbey Road Studios told us…
From my time as an assistant engineer, I remember the setting-up of ADT as being a lengthy process, but totally worth it. Not only hearing, but also controlling ADT for the first time was amazing. Using the remote vari-speed on the tape machine, it was possible to add lush movements, stereo width and dramatic depth to almost any track. For the first time ever, Waves has captured not only the true sound of ADT, but also the feel of this classic effect.
MetaFilter lets users individually modulate the filter cutoff, resonance and delay time using three separate modulators – 16-step sequencer, LFO and Envelope follower – to achieve effects such as filter sweeping, tremolo, auto-wah, rhythmic gating, ducking and hypnotic modulating delays with saturation buildups.
Whether it’s used for creating rhythmic loops and tracks from sound bites, adding a subtle effect to a guitar part, or simply mangling a vocal track just for the fun of it, MetaFilter make it an interesting tool to investigate for creating and producing innovative, eccentric and cutting-edge music, in the studio and on stage. Waves told us,
Designed around a modulatable multimode filter using Waves’ proprietary Virtual Voltage technology, Waves MetaFilter has everything users need in a sound-shaping filter plugin. The versatile MetaFilter creative effects unit provides all the warmth, depth and fatness of classic analog filters, with the modern control and endless flexibility that uniquely characterize Waves tools.
Here is another plug-in to go AAX Native and AAX DSP too. Its the Massenburg DesignWorks MDW Hi-Res Parametric EQ 5® plug-in. It has been developed by the creator of the parametric equaliser George Massenburg.
Version 5 offers new AAX Native 64 and AAX DSP 64 formats for compatibility with Pro Tools 11.1 and above. Massenburg, who has spent a lot of time refining this AAX 64-bit version, says….
The latest MDW® EQ5-AAX DSP continues the MDW tradition of highest-quality, double-precision maths, resulting in the highest measurable performance–the lowest artifacts–of any commercially available digital equaliser. The MDW EQ user interface presents a finely tuned EQ human interface, with controls that reflect a deep understanding of the ergonomics of EQ control and use, and the expectations of what an engineer expects to hear when a knob is turned. MDW EQ controls are always easily readable and controls are easily settable. The MDW EQ and the MDW EQ5-AAX continue to be the standard against which all other EQ plug-ins are measured.
Avid have updated the TL Space page on their site and now show the Space plug-in instead and it is available in AAX Native and AAX DSP formats.
More good news in that if you already own TL Space (TDM) or TL Space Native? Your upgrade to Space (AAX DSP/Native) is free. You can find installers for your free upgrade in your Avid Account and even better you can use your same iLok authorization.
- 64-bit AAX plug-in performance, optimised for Pro Tools
- Snapshots mode supports rapid seamless changes between 10 different reverb scenes
- Full input and output surround metering on screen at all times
- Impulse responses stored in Pro Tools session for easy sharing
- Zero latency on Pro Tools|HDX systems
- Fully featured reverb engine for mono, stereo, and with Pro Tools HD surround formats up to 5.0
- Includes a library of reverb and effect impulses for music and post
- Impulse library browser for quick and easy auditioning
- Supports 44.1, 48, 88.2, and 96 kHz sample rates
- Pro Tools|HDX (AAX DSP/Native) running Pro Tools 11.1 or higher software
- Pro Tools|HD Native or other Pro Tools system running Pro Tools 11.1 or higher software (AAX Native, AudioSuite)
- iLok 2 USB Smart Key for authorization; not included
With the announcement of the new Universal Apollo Twin comes a new technology called Unison, in the words of Universal Audio “More than three years in the making, Unison is an exclusive analog/digital integration system that gives the user continuous, realtime, bi-directional control and interplay between Apollo’s physical hardware and UAD software mic preamp models. With Unison, the Apollo mic preamp’s analog impedance, gain stage sweet spots, and component-level circuit behaviors are adjusted in real time prior to analog-to-digital conversion to accurately emulate the target mic preamp model.”
As you can see from the image above (click to enlarge) as the microphone passes from the analog input and then to A/D the digital plug-in and the analog input are in constant communication and adjustments are being made relative to the impedance and gain staging, this will vary depending on the plug-in you use. The 610 is just the start of ‘Unison’ equipped plug-ins from UA.
This technology makes a huge difference to the future of plug-ins, rather than simply passively modelling the audio signal, Unison creates a dynamic and evolving relationship between the analog and digital realm - this take plug-ins a step closer to the real thing.
For existing Apollo users worried about missing out on this new technology there is some good news.
“Apollo was designed and built with mic preamp modeling in mind, and has included input impedance switching from the very beginning — every Apollo mic preamp is Unison-ready,” says Universal Audio CEO Bill Putnam Jr. “The UA 610-B Tube Preamp and EQ is the first of many Unison-enabled plug-ins for the UAD Powered Plug-Ins platform. It’s included with the new Apollo Twin desktop interface, and will be available for all Apollo customers in Q1.”
Watch out interview with Jed Allen from Universal Audio here
Now you have the opportunity to buy the only plug-in that was on all 3 lists of plug-ins that got the Pro Tools Expert Team’s attention - Revoice Pro from Synchro Arts at a very special price.
This deal is not going to be round for long, so if you want to take the opportunity to get this great plug-in at an even better price, they buy it today because it may not be here tomorrow.
There is a lot we could say about how it works and what it can do, but you are best to watch the videos and see and hear how easy it is to use this unique plug-in.
- A Quick Tour For Music Applications
- What’s New in Revoice Pro v2.2
- Quick Tutorials
- Replacing Unusable Vocal tracks from Live Recordings
What can it do?
Revoice Pro automatically time-aligns and tunes existing double tracks and ADR, or creates double tracks with astonishing speed, accuracy and quality. What’s more, you control the tightness of the time and pitch corrections. You’ll save hours of manual editing. But when you need to manually adjust time, pitch or level, Revoice Pro 2.2 now offers unbeatable precision, control and quality. Revoice Pro now supports Windows and OS X.