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Some Tips For Using Blue Cat Audio PatchWork in Standalone Mode

In this free video tutorial Russ gives some tips for using Blue Cat Audio PatchWork in standalone mode.

He offers tips for both keyboard and guitar players and shows how powerful this little application can be for live use.

Watch the free Blue Cat PatchWork video tutorial here

How To Use Waves One Knob Pumper Plug in 

Russ shows 3 ways to use the new Waves One Knob Pumper plug-in in this free video. He uses it on synth, bass synth and drums.

Watch the free Waves One Knob Pumper video here

Waves Announce Free Black Friday Plug-in Is OneKnob Pumper

For all of you who thought it might be a OneKnob plug-in, congratulations!

So for this Black Friday is giving away a brand new plugin developed especially for you. It’s yours and it’s free untile the end of Cyber Monday. After that the regular price for OneKnob Pumper will be $80.

It is designed for achieving an instant ducking effect because OneKnob Pumper simulates sidechain compression, saving you the need to route the kick track to the sidechain input of a compressor. The punch line has to be…

It’s ducking awesome.

We will get a video review as soon as we can.

Sound Radix Release Another Innovative Plug-in - Drum Leveler

From the people that have brought us such innovative plug-ins such as Auto Align and Pi comes another very clever plug-in.

Drum Leveler is a new beat detection-based downward and upward compressor/expander. By selectively applying gain to single drum beats, Drum Leveler enables you to achieve the desired target level for each beat, without affecting bleed noise or beats that are out of the user-defined processing range.

Unlike traditional envelope-followers and VCA’s, Drum Leveler runs an advanced new algorithm that takes full advantage of modern CPU’s allowing unparalleled control over your drums’ dynamics.

Watch the video presented by our very own beats expert James Ivey.

Drum Leveler Features

  • Transparent, beat detection-based simultaneous upward & downward  compressor and expander
  • Applies gain to each beat individually to achieve set target level
  • Gain reduction and expansion is transient-accurate to the drum beat  for natural, distortion-free transients reproduction
  • Dual threshold levels allows processing any level range to affect only specific beats within a track such as ghost notes or bleed without affecting other beats
  • Mono, Stereo, Dual Mono and Mid/Side operation modes
  • Easy to use and intuitive user interface

Drum Leveler Price 

Normal price - $149

Existing Sound Radix customers can get it for $99. To take advantage of this offer log into your Sound Radix account before December 30th 2014 after which this offer will expire.

Download The Demo And Try It

A free fully functional trial version is available for download on the product page

System Requirements 

Drum Leveler is available in 32 and 64 bit , AAX64, RTAS (32-bits only), VST2/3, and Audio Units (Mac only) formats. 

  • Mac: Intel Mac Dual Core 2GHz or faster, 4GB RAM, Mac OS X 10.6.x or higher, Audio Units, AAX, RTAS, or VST Compatible DAW. 
  • Minimum requirements PC: Intel Duo 2GHz or faster, 4GB RAM, Microsoft Windows XP or higher, AAX, RTAS or VST Compatible DAW.

Blue Cat Announce PatchWork 1.6 - Now Standalone Operation

Our friends at Blue Cat have anounced PatchWork 1.6 which now includes standalone operation.

PatchWorks is already an indespensible part of many workflows offering the chance to host otherwise incompatible plug-ins.

New Features:

  • Now available as a standalone application.
  • Fixes and compatibility improvements: Improved presets and session load/save performance (up to 4 times faster in some situations).
  • Fixed issue with Izotope Audio Units that were configured as mono effects on stereo tracks.
  • Fixed crashes during auto save with Kontakt 5 in Pro Tools 11.

More Information

The standalone version is probably the fastest and lightest way to quickly load and use your audio plug-ins: no need to launch a full-featured and DAW application to load and control multiple virtual instruments, or to play your guitar thru your favorite audio effects.

The application supports real time low latency audio processing (up to 8 channels) and listens to all available MIDI ports. You can load up to 64 VST or Audio Unit plug-ins (effects or virtual instruments), in series or parallel. Audio / MIDI Prefs It is also possible to mix the audio inputs with virtual instruments, so that you can work both inside and outside the box at the same time. And you can choose the tempo and time signature to synchronize instruments and effects loaded into the application.

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Flux:: Release V3 Of Their Free Stereo Tool Plug-in

Stereo Tool from Flux:: has been in my tool kit ever since it came out as it is very useful for manipulation of stereo audio that isn’t as it should be, or you need to change.

Gain, Phase & Image Width

It features control of input gain and individual pan for left and right channels. A phase inverter is also available on each channel. Overall stereo pan and stereo width settings are also available to help you get the stereo image as you would like it.

Metering too

Stereo Tool v3 also offers visual feedback reflecting the signal content. There is a vector scope display, as well as PPM meters for both inputs and outputs, and a phase correlation meter.


Stereo Tool v3 is available in native versions, AU, AAX and VST. 

Get The Brand New Waves Plug-in Free This Friday - Here's How

Our friends at Waves are launching a brand new plug-in this Friday and you can get it FREE.

They say on their tease page;

This Black Friday everyone is going home with a brand new Waves plug-in. FREE.

We have no idea what it will be.

  • What do you think it will be?  
  • What would you like it to be?

To find out more and to make sure you get the brand new Waves plug-in click here. Lets hope that they have laid on plenty of bandwidth capacity as everyone tries to download it at once.

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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