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Using Waves LoAir In Audio Post Production

In the third and final video in a series of three videos looking at ways to use the Waves MaxxBass, Renaissance Bass and Lo Air plug-ins in audio post production, Mike Thornton shares how to get the best out of the Waves LoAir plug-in.

Click here to watch this free video tutorial

Blue Cat Audio Release Their Plug'n Scripting Plug-In

Blue Cat Audio have unveiled the Blue Cat’s Plug’n Script, a scripting plug-in that can be programmed to build custom audio and MIDI effects or virtual instruments quickly without quitting your favourite DAW software.

With this plug-in, you can write your own processors or instruments, with very little knowledge about programming: it brings an entire development environment into your favourite DAW. It also includes 46 scripts and 120 factory presets for non programmers to use it as a multi effects processor. Read more about it on the Blue Cat’s Plug’n Script page!

25% Off Until 25th October

A special introduction offer with 25% off is available until October 15th. Existing Blue Cat customers should check your email for special offers for existing Blue Cat Audio customers only.

What Is The Plug’In Scripting Plug-in?

Blue Cat’s Plug’n Script can also be used as a regular processor with existing scripts or to get someone else write this very particular effect you have been searching for years and cannot find anywhere.

It is also possible for audio software companies to use this plug-in to quickly prototype algorithms and reduce the time required to develop audio products: writing and testing scripts is lightning fast!

Blue Cat Audio have had this tool in their labs for several years and has been used to prototype lots of their existing plug-ins. It uses the high performance AngelScript scripting engine, originally developed for video games, with a JIT compiler that helps compiling scripts into machine code for optimal performance.

The plug-in includes dozens of audio and MIDI processing scripts as well as several virtual instruments and utilities to enhance your workflow. They can be used as is, or as examples to get started to write your own scripts.

To build complex effects chains using multiple scripts, you might be interested in Blue Cat’s PatchWork, which can host multiple instances of this plug-in in series or parallel. While writing scripts, you might also want to use their analysis tools to check their effect on the signal.

How To Audition Pro Tools Plug-in Presets Without Using Your Mouse

It is possible to audition Pro Tools plug-in presets without using your mouse, simply by using the up and down keys on your computer keyboard and with a modifier key you can jump between preset folders.

This is particularly useful when auditioning synth sounds when playing, but it can be used for any kind of Pro Tools plug-ins, here’s how.

Open The Plug-In Settings Dialog

The plug-in dialog window is a handy feature in that displays in grid form all your saved presets and any shipped with the plug-in. If those presets are in folders then you can also navigate through those too. To open it use the button that looks like two rectangles on top of one another, see red legend above.

To Navigate The Plug-In Settings Dialog With Your Computer Keyboard

You can navigate around this folder using the up, down, left and right arrows on your computer keyboard.

To navigate to a new folder press the CMD key on a Mac or Windows key on a PC and then the up or down arrow key.

That’s it, it’s great when using virtual instruments.

Eventide Release New UltraReverb - Special Introductory Price

Eventide have announced Ultrareverb, they say it’s the culmination of 35 years of reverb R&D.

What Is UltraReverb

Halls, Chambers, Rooms, Plates, and Ambience derived from Eventide’s flagship hardware processor, the H8000 UltraHarmonizer®

Features Of The New UltraReverb

  • Create acoustically natural or other-worldly environments
  • Packed with over 300 killer presets for mixing, mastering, post production, and sound design
  • Includes Artist Presets designed by top engineers and recording professionals
  • No Physical iLok Key required
  • Native format for AU, VST, or AAX64 for Mac or Windows
  • Session compatible with Eventide Reverb HD/TDM from the Anthology II bundle

Special Offer

Until October 17th 2014 Eventide are offering the UltraReverb for $79 instead of $199.

More information can be found here

New Avid Plug-ins On Show As 'Technical Previews' At IBC 2014

Look what I found on the Avid stand at IBC 2014. First is a Multiband Dynamics plug-in

The second is a Sub Harmonic plug-in. 

Technical Previews

Both plug-ins are being shown here at IBC 2014 as technical previews, which means there is no information on price or when they will be released. They may not even look like this. These are been shown as “look at what we are working on”. Just like Avid Everywhere which is also on show here at IBC, there is no information about price and final feature sets.


One thing that was stressed to me is that they will both be AAX DSP as well as AAX Native which hints at Avid’s frustration at the lack of HDX plug-ins.

Casio CZ Emulator Coming To Pro Tools With The Virtual CZ

The Casio CZ sound is coming to Pro Tools thanks to plug-in developer Oli Larkin.

For those with memories of the 1980s the introduction of the Casio CZ series of synths such as the CZ101 and CZ1000 put Casio on the map with their Phase Distortion synthesis.

The Virtual CZ

The Virtual CZ is a plug-in emulation of the original sound and features;

  • Recreates the unique synthesis engine of the CZ synths (it models the flagship CZ-1 but does all the other ones too!)
  • Works as a SYSEX editor/librarian for all CZ hardware as well as an emulation
  • 2 Phase Distortion oscillators per voice(each has 8 wave shapes, which can be different for alternate cycles)
  • 6 loop-able envelope generators per voice(switchable between easy-to-use ADSR and powerful 8-Stage MSEG mode)
  • Tempo sync-able LFO for vibrato, with 7 shapes
  • Ring Modulation and Noise Modulation
  • 32 voice polyphonic/mono/legato modes
  • Unison and detuning effects
  • Stereo panning effects
  • Vintage stereo chorus/ensemble effect
  • Microtonal tuning support
  • Easy to use interface: all key synthesis functions accessible on the front panel
  • Import/export presets for all plugin formats & cross-format preset browser
  • Includes over 200 high quality presets plus ability to load thousands of CZ patches online
  • Available for OSX and Windows in Standalone, VST2, VST3, Audiounit and AAX formats 

Sound Examples

Here are a few sound examples of the new CZ plug-in.


More Information

For more information on the The Virtual CZ click here

Universal Audio 1176 Hardware Versus The UAD 1176 Limiter Plug-in - The Results

Several days ago we ran a post giving audio examples from both the hardware and the software Universal Audio 1176 limiter and their UAD 1176 emulation plug-in. You can read the orginal post here.

We asked you to both vote on your preference and also to comment on why you made the choice.

It was a lot of fun and also somewhat revealing, remember this was about preference and not a test to see who has golden ears, so don’t expect a Grammy for making the choice if it you were right - there was no right answer. To be honest we made the audio and we had to label it so we got them the right way around, which leads us to the most revealing part of the exercise.

It seems that even those of us who use this stuff day in and day out could not spot the difference. The vote was split almost down the middle, which means Universal Audio have done a great job of making the plug-in.

Hardware Or Software 1176?

We have an 1176 hardware limiter at Pro Tools HQ, so does this mean we will be selling it and using the plug-in instead? Not at all, what it means is when we need more than one then we have the plug-in. It also means that if you don’t have the money to buy the hardware version right now, then you can still be assured of the plug-in sounding great in the mix. That has to be good news for everyone!

So which one shall we test next? Suggestions please.

Oh yes, which one was which? A was the plug-in and B was the the hardware.

How To Transform Your Delay Effects In Pro Tools For Free - Free Video Tutorial

In this free Pro Tools video tutorial Russ shows several ways to transform an ordinary delay effect.

He uses all free stuff that ships with Pro Tools to change the sound of the delay and create interesting time based effects for use with synths, guitars, drums even vocals.

Using AIR DB33 On Electric Piano In Pro Tools

In this video Russ shows how to use the DB33 cabinet that comes free with Pro Tools to give an electric piano some character.

He also shows some additional tricks that can be used for mixing and modifying the sound within the mix.

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Universal Audio 1176LN Hardware Limiter Versus UAD1176LN Plug-in Shoot Out

For our latest shoot-out we thought we would have some fun and put the Universal Audio 1176LN limiter versus the UAD 1176LN plug-in to see which one you prefer, or maybe if you can’t tell the difference.

The Audio

3 mono sources were selected for the test; bass guitar, acoustic guitar and female vocal. 3 plug-in presets that ship with the plug-in were selected and then printed to a new track. The original source audio was then sent to the hardware with the settings matched (or as near as can be) with the plug-in and printed to new audio tracks. All audio was then set at -6db for final output for the test.

Bass Guitar Settings On The UAD1176LN Plug-in Settings

Acoustic Guitar Settings On The UAD1176LN Plug-in Settings

Female Vocal Guitar Settings On The UAD1176LN Plug-in Settings

The Audio

Which One Do You Prefer?

Please let us know which on you PREFER. Remember this is not a contest, you may well say you can’t hear a significant difference, if that is the case then make that choice.

Also please take a moment to say why you made the choice you did.