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Some of you may remember “Little Microshift” Which was a limited availability Free Plugin Soundtoys released as part of their annual SXSW “Share and Win” competition.
Much like what happened with the the Devil-Loc Plugin from the year before we have been expecting an upgraded “Big Brother” version….. Well Here it is, With added Focus Frequency, Detune and Delay Parameters for even more Control.
In Sound Toys own words:
Go Even Wider
MicroShift makes it wide. Be it vocals, synths, guitars, backing vocals or whatever you choose to run through it, MicroShift uses this classic studio trick to spread it out, thicken up, or give a new space to any track you hit with it. Of course, the SoundToys spin takes it beyond the original with the new “Focus” knob that lets you push and widen specific ranges without affecting the rest of the track. Amazing for adding “shimmer” to a vocal, or “air” to a guitar. Control of the detune amount, delay, and a mix knob let you tweak the effect to fit just right in the track. MicroShift combines the classic sound of the hardware with new advanced features, and a super easy to use interface. Simply Huge.
A Bit of micro-shifting History
The technique has been around since the early days of pitch-shifting, using devices like the Eventide H910(x2), H3000, the AMS DMX 15-80, and all the way to plug-ins like our own SoundBlender and PurePitch. The idea is fairly simple, small amounts of delay and or pitch-shift panned hard left and right. The formula’s are all a bit different on all the devices, but the effect is essentially the same. It adds a width, space, depth, and thickness to vocal and background vocals. Of course it’s been used on lots of other things but that’s kind of where it started. It’s also still a vital part of most mix engineers “bag of tricks”. Oh, and let’s not forget the guitars. It was also used by guitarist to get crazy huge walls of sound, and bring solos out front (where they should be).
Russ shows how using Soundtoys Filterfreak can really give your virtual instruments the gutsy sound they often lack when compared to real hardware.
SoundToys have just announced official Pro Tools 11 AAX 64 bit support as a free update for registered users of their effects bundles.
At the same time they have updated the Audio Units plugins to be compatible with OSX Mavericks.
Here’s the full press release:
SoundToys Official Pro Tools 11 for Mac Support.
We are very proud to announce this new version FREE for registered users. It took a lot of work, and a lot of our time to recode our plug-ins for the new AAX 64 Native format and Pro Tools 11. We appreciate your patience, and thank you for your support along the way. So without further ado…
The SoundToys Effects and Boutique plug-ins now include full AAX Native support for Pro Tools 11 on the Mac.
The new installers are available for download from your SoundToys account now for the full line of real-time native plug-ins. (and there was much rejoicing. NO reallly, we are totally rejoicing)
Windows Native AAX 64-bit plug-ins are in development, though no release date is set. Speed is a non-realtime plug-in for Avid’s AudioSuite processing, and is also still in development.
*Avid has not yet certified OS 10.9 Mavericks, so this release covers only OS 10.8.3 Mountain Lion.
Audio Units for Mavericks Update
This update also includes full support for Audio Units on Mac OS X Mavericks. This applies to all SoundToys real-time native plug-ins, and is free for all registered users in their SoundToys account.
This update features Mavericks compatible Audio Units versions for the native SoundToys Effects plug-in line (v4.3.1), as well as the full Boutique Series (v1.3.1), and all forth-coming plug-ins. Compatible hosts on Mavericks include Logic, Live, and Digital Performer.
Speed is a non-realtime plug-in for the Pitch & Time Machine in Logic only, and is still in development. No other Audio Unit hosts support this type of plug-in at this time.
For more info Click Here.
Thanks for your support,
The SoundToys Team
Updated on Thursday, October 17, 2013 at 12:41PM by Mike Thornton
Updated on Friday, October 18, 2013 at 7:48PM by Mike Thornton
Soundtoys have quietly placed release versions of their plug-ins in users accounts. However when I download my installer there is still no Pitch Doctor or Speed.
In the TDM Effects Bundle AAX installer there are Crystallizer, Decapitator, Echoby, FilterFreak1, FilterFreak2, PanMan, PhaseMistress and Tremolator.
Also still Mac only for AAX 64 bit.
Other plug-ins also available are Little Microshift, Little Radiator, Radiator, Devil-Loc and Devil Loc Deluxe.
For me personally the two plug-ins I am really waiting for are the ones that are missing. Pitch Doctor was my preferred pitch correction software and I was hopeful that it would be included but unfortunately not but it progress in the right direction.
Look what I found in my SoundToys account tonight. Public beta installers for AAX Native 64 bit SoundToys plug-ins. The ReadMe with the installer says…
This installer includes eight plug-ins (Decapitator, EchoBoy, Crystallizer, Tremolator, PanMan, PhaseMistress, FilterFreak 1 and FilterFreak 2) supporting 64-bit operation for the AAX Native format. It is intended to be installed on top of an existing SoundToys V4 installation. By installing you acknowledge that you are aware this is beta software and you are installing it at your own risk. No additional manuals or documentation will be installed.
Keep them coming SoundToys, please can I have Speed and Pitch Doctor asap?
SoundToys seem to be taking advantage of this weekend’s developments and taking their site down too this weekend. This is what they have said….
We will be doing some necessary website maintenance tonight in conjunction with iLok.com. From 6pm Friday, June 7th until 6pm Saturday, June 8th PDT (and possibly some time before and after) our store, user accounts, as well as the iLok.com site will be unavailable. This may also affect your access to installers. If you need to make a purchase, move authorizations, get installers, or perform any other account-related activity, we encourage you to do that right away. We appreciate your patience and apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. We will work to get everything back to normal as soon as possible. Thanks, The SoundToys Team
Now it may be they need to make changes to their site in conjuncton with the changes at iLok or they may be taking the opportunity to do a major overhaul of their site. Personally I am waiting for their range of plug-ins to be released as AAX 64 bit, after all Apple take their site down when they announce new products, somehow I don’t think it translates to plug-ins, but I can hope…
In SoundToys’ newsletter that has just landed in my Inbox they say…
With the recent announcement of the pending release of Pro Tools 11 a lot of questions about AAX are popping up, so here’s the scoop from our side. We’re deep in development for AAX native and hope to get it into a public beta soon. Our goal is to have a solid official release before Pro Tools 11 hits the streets.
We have launched round two of our public beta. This round will include all seven of our real-time native plug-ins in 64-bit Audio Units. Round one gave us some great feedback and we’re really looking forward to finalizing Audio Units and getting it out the door officially. SoundToys Native Effects owners can get the Public Beta installer from their SoundToys accounts now.
So another key plug-in manufacturer on track for AAX plug-ins ready for Pro Tools 11.
SoundToys have posted this update on their Facebook page.
“To all of our customers, We’ve been putting in many long days over the past year to get 64-bit support working for all of our plug-ins, and for you! It’s been a huge amount of work, and we’re not done yet, but we have made great progress. Here’s where we are:
Windows VST All native plug-ins are working as 64-bit Windows VSTs. These are currently in internal testing as we work to fix a couple of annoying little bugs.
Audio Units EchoBoy, Decapitator, Crystallizer, PanMan, Tremolator, Radiator, Devil-Loc, and PhaseMistress are now working as 64-bit Audio Units, and are in various stages of internal and external beta testing. FilterFreak and Speed are in the process of being finished up, and should be done in a couple of weeks.
Mac VST VST/64 for the Mac still needs some work. Most of the hard work has already been done as part of the 64-bit AU porting process. We expect this to take about a month of development time.
Mac AAX We have also been hard at work on porting our plug-ins to Avid’s new AAX native format for Pro Tools 10 and on. We have a little more work to do on this, but expect to get the full native line working on AAX native fairly soon.
Windows AAX We still have a fair amount of work to do here. This will come after Mac AAX.
Public Beta Everyone here at SoundToys is working hard to get these updates out to you as fast as reasonably possible. To do that, we will begin a phased public beta program starting next week. We are starting small, with a limited selection of plug-ins and customers, and will expand the program as our testing and development moves along.
The first public-beta phase will start with EchoBoy and Decapitator for AudioUnits, for SoundToys Native Effects bundle owners only. Windows VST public beta will be released as soon as we fix those pesky bugs. The beta installers will be accessible from your SoundToys account, and you will receive an e-mail when you are eligible for public beta.
Thanks for your support and patience.
- Ken and the whole SoundToys Team”
Way Back in March Soundtoys ran a competition in conjunction with a new free plugin release which was only available for a limited time as part of their annual SXSW promotion,
The “Little Radiator” (pictured above).
Was a free Pre-Amp saturation, “warming” , “distortion” plugin with simple drive and wet/mix control.
Now it seems that the full version with expanded features release is iminent,
Users who won prizes in the competiontion were also promised upgrades to the full version once released.
Those upgrades are now filtering through to the winners and although not yet visible in the soundtoys online shop, I suspect it soon will be,
Here are the details of the plugin taken from the manual
As of Today (21/12/2012) the plugin is officially released and full information is now available on the Soundtoys Website along with special upgrade pricing of just $49, a savings of $40 off the regular upgrade price for current owners of “Little Radiator”.
Offer ends January 3, 2013
Also Soundtoys have posted a walkthrough video on their website