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IK Multimedia EQ 73 and EQ 81 Review

No sooner had we posted the news about the new IK Multimedia EQ 73 and EQ 81 than Eli over at Logic Pro Expert has a complete review of the new Neve 1073 and 1081 Eq models from IK Multimedia.

His complete review gives audio examples as well as suggested applications for these new plug-ins from the IK Multimedia team.

IK Multimedia EQ 73 and EQ 81 Features

As we said in our earlier news item, IK Multimedia have gone further than simply modelling the EQs, these version include pre-amp modelling and MS processing too. Other features include;

  • Fully compatible with Mac OS X (Universal Binary), and Windows (XP / Vista / 7 / 8)
  • Supported plug-in formats: VST, RTAS, AAX, and Audio Units
  • Works within the T-RackS CS Standalone application
  • High-quality oversampling
  • High-precision and high-transparency digital processors
  • Accurately analog-modeled vintage classic devices
  • Full-latency compensation support

IK Multimedia EQ 73 and EQ 81 Review

Head over to Logic Pro Expert for the extensive review of the new IK Multimedia EQ 73 and EQ 81 plug-ins.

IK Multimedia EQ 73 and EQ 81 Review

IK Multimedia Release EQ73 And EQ81 EQs For The 'Neve' Sound 

IK Multimedia have released two new EQs the EQ73 and EQ81 based on, in their words, ‘classic British EQs’, which in other words means the Neve 1073 and 1081.

IK Multimedia EQ73 And EQ81 Modelling

IK Mulitmedia claim that what sets these units apart is “The EQ 73 and EQ 81 are the only two digital models featuring the full preamp circuitry on top of the most musical sounding EQ section”.

So even if you’ve already got versions of these classic British gems you may want to check the sound out on the new IK Multimedia EQ73 And EQ81. 

IK Multimedia EQ73 And EQ81 Specifications

  • Fully compatible with Mac OS X (Universal Binary), and Windows (XP / Vista / 7 / 8)
  • Supported plug-in formats: VST, RTAS, AAX, and Audio Units
  • Works within the T-RackS CS Standalone application
  • High-quality oversampling
  • High-precision and high-transparency digital processors
  • Accurately analog-modeled vintage classic devices
  • Full-latency compensation support
  • Supports sampling rates up to 192 kHz
  • DSM™ and SCC™ proprietary IK technologies for extremely accurate digital models of analog hardware devices
  • Native compatibility with 64-bit applications and operating systems

More Informations and price

Review of the Chandler GAV19T for UAD-2 

In this video James takes a look at the new GAV19T guitar amp plugin.

He shows you around the amp and shows how real this thing sounds.

Watch the UAD Chandler GAV19T review

More On Blue Cat Audio's PatchWork v1.2 To Be Released Next Week

Our friends at Blue Cat Audio have been very busy improving their VST Hosting plug-in PatchWork, adding even more features and we gave you an exclusive sneak peek yesterday.

We can now reveal that PatchWork 1.2 is due to be released next week, bringing the promised MIDI routing capabilities and many more enhancements. Existing owners can already download it as a preview using their current license

The team at Blue Cat have been very busy and they tell us that the preview version has been extensively tested, but may not be the final version. If you do try the review, then they do ask you to report back to tell them if it works fine for you (or not).

Blue Cat Audio PatchWork v.2 - New Features:

  • MIDI Routing: custom MIDI routes can be created to connect plug-ins together and with the host application to send and receive MIDI.
  • Plug-in instance renaming: it is now possible to give a name to each instances of a plug-in.
  • Mono to stereo processing: the plug-in can now be used as a mono to stereo plug-in and process mono tracks with stereo effects in hosts that support it.

Blue Cat Audio PatchWork v.2 - Improvements:

  • Improved performance of undo tracking when loading presets for plug-ins with many parameters.
  • The “Parameters Map” menu item is now checked when a parameter is mapped.
  • Improved performance when changing the size of the plug-in user interface.
  • Fixes and compatibility improvements:
  • Fixed keyboard stealing issue in many host applications when sub plug-ins editors are opened (except 32-bit applications on Mac).
  • Fixed compatibility issue with Pro Tools 9 on Mac (random crashes).
  • Fixing crashes with some plug-ins requesting information while being opened.

Waves Kramer Master Tape - $29 TODAY ONLY

Our friends at Waves are offering Kramer Master Tape for $29 instead of $200 today only.

Developed in association with Eddie Kramer, the Kramer Master Tape plugin is modeled on a rare vintage 1/4” reel-to-reel machine. With adjustable tape speed, bias, flux, wow & flutter, and noise parameters, the Kramer Master Tape provides comprehensive control over the contours of your sound. And to top it off, we’ve added a flexible slap & feedback delay, ideal for rock, dance, dub, you name it. For recording, mixing, mastering, and more, bring the richness and warmth of real tape saturation to your DAW with the Kramer Master Tape plugin. It’s the reel deal.

Get it now

Show And Tell Review Of Plug-in Boutique Big Kick

Russ checks out a new plug-in from Plug-in Boutique, Big Kick that offers the chance to create huge kick sounds by mixing samples and synth kick drums to create synth kick parts or enhance existing performances.
Russ takes a look to see if this new plug-in from new developers Plug-in Boutique is enough to get them noticed and even more importantly good enough to add to your music production toolbox.
Find out what he things and listen to the samples in this full show and tell review.

40% Off All Softube Dynamics Plug-ins Until May 13th

Our friends at Softube are offering 40% off their Dynamics plug-ins until May 13th.

The deal includes some classic compression and limiting on the following Softube plug-ins;

40% Off  Softube Summit Audio TLA-100A
Dynamic control with mild authority.

40% Off  Softube 
FET Compressor Classic for a reason.

40% Off  Softube Tube-Tech CL 1B
The compressor with that opto sound.

40% Off  Softube Valley People Dyna-mite
Compressor, gate, expander—a Swiss army knife with an attitude.

Click here for more information on the Softube Dynamics sale

10 Free Pro Tools Plug-ins For Bass Distortion

Inspired by Russ’s article 10 Free Pro Tools Plug-ins Every Guitarist Should Try I thought I might see what was on offer for bass players. I’m not talking about EQ and compression here but bass distortion.

Using Distortion On Bass Guitar

Over the last few years I have gone from almost never using distortion on bass to almost never leaving a bass track clean. I’m not talking about Muse style fuzz here but gentle saturation effects. I have found this to be a very useful treatment for bass as introducing some distortion generates additional harmonics and can have the effect of raising the apparent level of the bass without actually turning it up by giving the ear extra information above the fundamental. Its possible to use surprising amounts of distortion on a bass track without the effect being one of distortion as much as gelling with the rest of the track. As with so many things context is everything.

The thing I look for in bass distortion is a sense of integration with the original clean sound. This is highly subjective but the least successful plug-in distortions I have heard have a sense of being stuck on top of the original sound rather than being a part of it. Additionally increasing distortion should be accompanied by a reduction in dynamic range and this compression effect makes a significant contribution to the overall feel of the effect.

At the end of the day there is no good or bad here, just personal preference but the striking thing about all of these plug-ins is that they all sound different and some dramatically so.

I restricted my choices to free AAX64 plug-ins. Some of these plug-ins were only available for a limited time. I did not include plug-ins with unlimited demo modes (for example Massey plug-ins) as they are not strictly speaking free.

To hear examples watch the free video.

10 Free Pro Tools Plug-ins For Bass Distortion - Air Distortion 

Originally included to make up the numbers - I’d tested nine, ten is so much neater, this little-used by me (actually possibly never used) plugin is surprisingly flexible.

10 Free Pro Tools Plug-ins For Bass Distortion - Avid Lo-Fi

A real favourite of mine, in this application just use the distortion and saturation controls.

10 Free Pro Tools Plug-ins For Bass Distortion - Softube Saturation Knob

The biggest strength of this plug-in is its simplicity, no danger of endless tweaking here. 

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Waves Announce Vitamin Sonic Enhancer Plug-in - Review To Follow

Waves have announced a new plug-in Waves Vitamin, described as a multiple sonic enhancer for mixing, mastering and live sound.

A plug-in with a name that is asking for more puns than you can shake a stick at, Waves Vitamin is a multiband harmonic enhancer and tone-shaping plug-in.

Background On Waves Vitamin

The Waves Vitamin plug-in features zero-latency processing, making it useful for both studio and live use. It can be used as either an insert on tracks or via a mix buss.

Vitamin is descibed as a combination of EQ, compression and saturation and is suitable for use on vocals, guitars, synths, drums or an entire mix.

Waves Vitamin Features At A Glance

  • Parallel multiband harmonic enhancer with five individual bands
  • Control over the crossover frequency points between bands
  • Control over the mix of the direct signal with the enhanced version
  • Per-band stereo width control
  • Punch control for smoothing or accentuating punchiness and dynamics
  • Zero-latency processing

More Information On Waves Vitamin

Click here to find out more and to download a Waves Vitamin demo


Eventide H3000 Factory AAX Native Plug-in Downloads 2.1.1 Now Available

Eventide have announced that the H3000 Factory Native Plug-in Downloads 2.1.1 are now available to all Eventide users.  

This includes both 32bit and 64 bit versions of AAX installers for Pro Tools 11 and below.

How To Get Eventide AAX Plug-Ins For Pro Tools

Users must have a valid license and iLok in order for plug-ins to work. 

More infomration and to download Eventide AAX Native versions visit their web site.

Peavey Revalver 4 AAX Plug-in For Pro Tools - Video

Hot on the back of our recent post of free Pro Tools plug-ins for guitars Peavey have released a new video of their updated guitar amp and effects plug-in ReValver 4, the new version now also offers AAX 64 bit compatibility with Pro Tools 11. It also allows the user to host VST and Audio Units plug-ins within Pro Tools.

ReValver is a guitar amp and effects plug-in that allows the user to geek out. 

Peavey Revalver 4 Highlights include 

  • Peavey’s ReValver 4 also features ACT (Audio Cloning Technology) modules that allow the user to mold and shape the guitar sound at both the input (before amp modeling) and output (after modeling). At the input, ACT turns ReValver into an instrument modeler by altering the incoming guitar signal to mimic the sound and characteristics of other instruments, such as acoustics, folk instruments, and even other electric guitar and pickup combinations. At the output, ACT allows the user to load presets that sculpt the signal to fit in a recording mix or mimic the sonic characteristics of famous guitar rigs.
  • With improved Impulse Responses, ReValver 4’s RIR 2 feature takes cabinet modeling to a whole new level of accuracy and realism by giving the user independent control of speaker configuration, microphone, and mic placement, allowing for almost endless tone shaping options. Plus, the new Pedal Board feature provides a familiar environment to build and edit an effects chain.
  • With ReValver 4 also comes the introduction of the ReValver Amp Store, allowing users to purchase new amps, stompboxes, effects, and ACT content through in-app purchases. Users can begin with the free version of ReValver 4, and then simply purchase the additional content they desire.
  • ReValver 4 supports the powerful new AAX plug-in format for Pro Tools®, and can now host both VST and AU plug-ins even in a Pro Tools environment. As always, the software can also be used as a stand-alone virtual amplifier. 

Check out the Peavey Revalver 4 exclusive video preview here

10 Free Pro Tools Plug-ins Every Guitarist Should Try

There’s a lot of people making music on Pro Tools and a lot of them are looking for some great guitar sounds. You may be limited by both space and cash and so the chance of being able to throw a Marshall stack up and mic it with vintage microphones is about as likely as the Pope being in a Beatles reunion line-up.

However, don’t let a lack of cash or space stop you from getting some great guitar sounds, here are Free Pro Tools plug-ins that every guitarist should try.

Sansamp PSA-1

One of the gems of the FREE plug-ins that come with Pro Tools, Sansamp PSA-1 is used by some of the top names in the industry including Daniel Lanois and Mark ‘Spike’ Stent and it has been used on countless tracks. It features an excellent set of controls as well as some very cool presets, check it out for both clean and dirty tones, it works on other material too, ace on bass. RTAS and AAX. Check out our video on how to use Sansamp

IK Multimedia Amplitube Custom Shop

A FREE version of AmpliTube 3 with 24 models including a digital chromatic tuner, 9 stomps, 4 amps, 5 cabs, 3 mics, 2 rack effects, even better you can use their cool try before you buy store to check out an almost limitless supply of guitar amps and effects. RTAS and AAX

Native Instruments Guitar Rig 5 Player

Guitar Rig 5 Player is the free guitar amp and effects processor from Native Instruments, combining creative effects routing possibilities with ease-of-use and pristine sound quality. The included FACTORY SELECTION library provides one amp with 17 cabinet emulations, plus 13 effects and sound modifiers to shape and enhance any audio signal. RTAS and AAX.

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Kush UBK1 Goes AAX For Pro Tools - Mac And Windows

Kush UBK1 is now avaiable in AAX 64 bit and 32 bit for Pro Tools 11, Mac and Windows.

Kush are one of those developers that make a few very cool plug-ins, UBK is one such plug-in.

The Kush UBK1 is a unique plug-in offering both saturation and compression and adding them in a very unqiue way.

Kush UBK1 Review

We got our hands on it in March 2012 and reviewed it, we loved it so much it got our Editors Choice Award, you can check out the video review of the Kush UBK1 here.

Kush UBK1 Formats

  • UBK-1 32-bit AU  1.2.2
  • 32-bit VST  1.2.2 
  • 32-bit AAX   1.1.1
  • (Native & DSP)
  • 32-bit RTAS  1.0.8 
  • 64-bit AU  1.2.2
  • 64-bit VST  1.2.2
  • 64-bit AAX  1.2.0


  • 32-bit VST  1.2.2 
  • 32-bit RTAS 1.0.8
  • 64-bit VST  1.2.2
  • 64-bit AAX  1.2.0

Find out more here 

How To Automate SoundToys Little PrimalTap 

Russ shows how to use automation in Pro Tools to give the SoundToys Little PrimalTap life. He shows on drums and guitars and explain how to select, arm and write automation on the fly or within the Pro Tools time line.
GET THIS PLUG-IN FREE HERE - Offer ends 28th March 2014

TSL Release Free SurroundZone2 Plug-in For Soundfield Recordings

TSL have released SurroundZone2 and it is available free of charge to give anyone the freedom to manipulate SoundField B-Format and A-Format recordings. 

The new plug-in merges the functionality from the original “Surround Zone” and “SPS200 Surround Zone” plug-ins into one new plug-in. At the same time they have added some new controls such as “Snap Tilt” and “individual polar pattern control” for the surround modes.

They have also released a range of quick start guides for different DAWs including a Pro Tools Quck Start Guide.

TSL SurroundZone2 Supported Output Formats:

  • Stereo (Mono)
  • 5.0, 5.1, 6.0, 6.1, 7.0, 7.1
  • B-Format

TSL SurroundZone2 Controls:

  • Input and Output trims
  • Hi-Pass Input filter
  • Mic Orientation: End-Fire and Invert
  • Solo and Mutes for the Individual outputs
  • Rotate, Snap Tilt (individual front and rear tilt) and Zoom
  • Individual Width Controls
  • Individual Polar Pattern Controls

TSL SurroundZone2 Plug-in Formats:

  • AAX Native, both 32-bit and 64-bit, for both PC and Mac
  • VST, both 32-bit and 64-bit, for both PC and Mac
  • AU, both 32-bit and 64-bit. Mac only

1000 Copies Of AIR Vacuum Pro For $49

Our friends at AIR have just tipped us off to this killer deal on the awesome synth AIR Vacuum Pro, normally $199 not $49! 

Limited to the first 1000 purchasers use code VACPRO49 at the cart.

More About Vacuum Pro

Vacuum Pro is one of the new super synths from the AIR team, you can watch our show and tell review of it here

To find out more and to buy click here

RecallTone - A Plug-in That Stores Images, Video & Notes With A Session

RecallTone is an interesting new tool that is another one of those moments that we discussed in Podcast 108 where someone sees the need for a tool and creatures it. 

It provides a convenient storage and handling of pictures, movie & MIDI data of the hardware equipment’s settings, along the saving of text notes and various useful automation scripts. 

More Information On RecallTone

RecallTone enables you to load (drag and drop supported) files of gear’s pictures and movies into the plug-in’s UI. These are then saved by the DAW host, within the DAW session. This is extremely useful for saving settings of rack gears, but also microphones positions, guitar amplifiers settings, etc. Once saved, you can see these in full screen for manual recall.

RecallTone is also able to store and send out MIDI program changes, and recordable SysEx messages, providing recall of MIDI equipments.

RecallTone also has a powerful script section, which can launch external applications on instantiation or de-instantiation of the plug-in. This can be used for example when syncing Rewire applications or virtual samplers applications to the DAW session, opening lyrics text file, etc. Upon de-instantiation (i.e. when session is closed), external 3rd party automation applications or scripts can be started for various tasks, like mp3 processing, FTP upload, etc.

There is also a notes section for storing comments, lyrics, chords or any text data.

How To Get RecallTone

The price is just 49 Euros. More information from the Tritone Digital web site

Review DDMF 6144 Eq

Is it possible to get the sound of a Neve Portico 5033, which in hardware form costs around $1725 in a plug-in costing $39? We got an email from a community member suggesting we check out the DDMF 6144 Eq, which is indeed a model of a Neve Portico 5033 for $39.

At Messe last week I was up late drinking with some of my fellow writers from other blogs and news sites and we all agreed that the constant “but does it sound like the hardware” is a little silly.

I have a dbx160 UAD plug-in and I also own the hardware, which I purchased after owning the UAD version, I have them for different reasons, some of it completely irrational and for the same reason I buy books and don’t own a Kindle – there are times when you simply want to grab a knob (cue Frankie Howard impression!)

We buy plug-ins for various reasons; cost, flexibility and portability and as technology gets better so do the plug-ins. If I had limitless funds and choice and din’t need to travel then I would probably grab the hardware all the time, again mainly for reasons you can’t show on a spec or spread sheet!

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Use Waves Metafilter To Transform A Guitar 

Waves Metafilter on a guitar can transform it from something OK to something more interesting, in this FREE video tutorial Russ shows how you can use the Waves Metafilter on electric guitar and the various ways you can take a basic chord structure and bring it to life.

Get an extra 10% off this plug-in using this link

Show & Tell Review Of SoundToys Little PrimalTap 

Russ takes a look at the latest offering from Soundtoys Little PrimalTap and he is impressed!
Soundtoys are offering this plug-in FREE for a limited time. Get it using this special code