New from Ample Sound, Ample Guitar SJ (Super Jumbo), based on a Gibson Acoustic SJ-200 Vintage Custom Shop guitar, is there most comprehensive release yet. It combines all of the performance and tone shaping characteristics found throughout their other instruments.
One of the many features, I think, that makes this phaser particularly remarkable is its ability to have the all-pass filters react to a variety of sources other than the usual LFO shape(s) most phasers use. Here I'll explore its ability to have the all-pass filters react to the envelope from an external signal.
UJAM has just released a line of virtual bassists. Mellow, Royal, and Rowdy. As with their virtual guitarists and drummers, these instruments ship with a fantastic library of phrases in a variety of styles that can easily conform to your own chord progressions. And, as with their other instruments, they are designed to get a variety of tones with minimal fuss. UJAM have sure got the right formula for striking the balance between complexity and ease of use. Which is no small feat! They provide just the right amount of detail. Too much, and it becomes daunting to understand. Too little, and it’s dismissed as a toy. With these, we get a library of fantastic sounding tweak-able grooves. Plus something new!
It has only been very recently that the phase shifter has been rediscovered as the great effect it really is. There has been a resurgence with new versions and re-issues from boutique as well as the old guard pedal makers, In the past year, we have also seen a number of plug in developers offer their take on the phase shifter. In this article, we’ll take a look at a few of my favourites.
This changes everything. Arcade is a loop synthesizer with new content delivered every day and tools to transform it all so it sounds like you.
Together with drums and hardware manufacturer Drum Workshop, Audified has developed DW Drum Enhancer, a new plugin for enhancing and processing drum sounds. Where you'd normally use several plug-ins to gate, compress, EQ and saturate your drums, DW Drum Enhancer does that all.
DW Drum Enhancer
From Audified's website:
"DW Drum Enhancer is not just one effect. It has got several EQs and compressors inside. By dialing the drum type, the plug-in automatically chooses appropriate gate and compressor model and sets the 3-band EQ's frequencies to ideal values. Five types of valve saturation will give your drum tracks the real-life feel."
Interestingly, you'll get five types of saturation to play with, to add color and character to your drum sounds:
- Presence – adds a higher amount of signal on mid-high frequencies.
- Vintage – for smoother highs and more harmonics.
- Brown – has a nearly flat response, with light high frequencies rolling off and nice higher harmonics punch.
- White – for a higher amount of signal on higher frequencies and a balanced ratio between even and odd harmonics.
- LoFi – contains less low and high frequencies.
Pricing & Compatibility
DW Drum Enhancer is available now for $149 (reg. $199.)
Mac OS X 10.9 - Mac OS X 10.13. AAX 32/64bit, AU 32/64bit, VST2 32/64bit, VST3 32b, VST3 64b
For more information or to try out DW Drum Enhancer for free for 30 days, head over to:
Michael Carnes, from Exponential Audio, has done some incredible sleuthing to suss out a mysterious, seemingly random problem some users have been experiencing with his products in the latest Logic Pro X 10.3.3 update.
It seems that under certain very specific circumstances, users have been reporting that some Exponential Audio plug-ins have disappeared from Logic Pro. The Plug-in Manager doesn't show them at all, and the auval scanner never even opens them. Yet they still appear in other AU hosts. After careful deduction, the following conclusions (and remedy) were drawn by Michael.
So, if you are using any of the Exponential Audio reverbs or delays and have experienced them mysteriously disappearing; read on:
• I’ve only seen it with Logic Pro X 10.3.3
• I’ve only seen it on MacOS High Sierra.
• My High Sierra systems all use the APFS file system. I don't know if this shows up on systems with rotating drives.
• The problem seems to occur when a plugin is installed when another version of the plug was not on the system. In other words, a virgin system.
• After installation, the plugin does not appear on the list of available plugins.
• The plugin does not appear in Plugin Manager as a failed scan.
• The plugin is visible in the Finder.
• Deleting the au cache file has no effect on the visibility of the plugin.
• A rescan will not find the plugin.
A reboot of the system appears to fix the problem.
If any of you have experienced this problem, this remedy should work for you.
Learn more about Exponential Audio products here:
To celebrate 45+ years of Eventide, you can own every Eventide plug-in by purchasing the new Anthology Xl bundle. It includes all 17 plug-ins from the original Anthology X bundle, plus six new creative plug-ins that were introduced recently. Valued at over $3,500, it's on sale now for $899!
Anthology Xl Bundle
Blackhole, Fission, TVerb, Ultratap, MangledVerb, and 2016 Stereo Room have been included in this new “everything” bundle.
That’s 23 plug-ins in total; including everything from the original groundbreaking emulations of their legendary rack-mount effects, all the way up to their new Structural Effects technology found in Fission.
Here is what you get:
• Fission (see my review of Fission) — split sound into transient and tonal parts • UltraTap (see my review of Ultratap) — rhythmic delays, glitchy reverbs, huge pad-like volume swells... • H3000 Factory — load presets from the original H3000 or build your own • H3000 Band Delays — eight, highly-customizable delays • Octavox — eight voices of diatonic pitch shifting • Quadravox — four voice, lower CPU footprint Reverb: • Blackhole — extraterrestrial reverb • Tverb — Tony Visconti-inspired triple reverb • MangledVerb (see my review of MangledVerb) — good reverb gone bad • 2016 Stereo Room — classic SP2016 sound • UltraReverb — DIY pro-reverb effects channel Clockworks
• H910 — original Harmonizer® and first digital effects processor • H910 Dual — two H910s cunningly ganged • H949 — deglitch, micro pitch, and randomized/reversed delays • H949 Dual — two H949s cunningly ganged • Omnipressor — comp/exp/limiter/reverse dynamics with side chain! • Instant Phaser — world’s first studio phaser • Instant Flanger — first faithful simulation of tape flanging
• UltraChannel — ultimate channel strip • EChannel — simpler, lower CPU footprint • Precision Time Align — precision sub-sample delay • EQ45 — circuit model of the Urei 545 parametric EQ • EQ65 — circuit model of the Urei 565 filter set
Presets from Top Artists
There are over 2900 presets across the 23 plug-ins to help get you started.
Many presets were created by acclaimed artists and mix engineers like Dave Pensado, George Massenburg, Tony Visconti, Vernon Reid, Richard Devine, Joe Chiccarelli, Roy Hendrickson, Alessandro Cortini, Andrew Scheps, Erin Tonkin, Jonathan Schenke, Robin Finck, Chuck Zwicky, and Suzanne Ciani.
Anthology XI’s 23 plug-ins represent a combined value of over USD 3,500.00 if purchased individually. They're available as AAX/AU/VST formats for Mac OS X 10.7 and up, and Windows 7+ and up. No iLok dongle is required.
The bundle can be purchased at an introductory price of USD 899.00. Upgrades from Anthology X and individual Eventide plug-ins are also available. This sale ends January 11, 2018. MSRP thereafter is $1,799.00 USD.
For more in-depth info, upgrade pricing, and a fully-functional 30-day demo version, visit:
Watch Eventide’s enticing Anthology XI video playlist here: https://goo.gl/RMaBm5
Good news for mixing and mastering engineers: Amsterdam based audio plugin company Fabfilter has announced FabFilter Pro-L2, the follow-up version of their Pro-L limiter plugin for mastering and mixing. In a recent Pro Tools Expert poll, Fabfilter's Pro-L was voted Most Used Limiter Plugin amongst Pro Tools Users.
What's New in FabFilter Pro-L2
- New limiting styles, including a "Modern" style for preserving punch, and a "Safe" style which avoids distortion at all costs, suitable for dynamic orchestral recordings.
- An external side chain input for applying brick wall limiting to a full mix while you're working with multiple stems. After summing the stems, the result will be brick wall limiting.
- True peak limiting to catch intersample peaks.
- Short-term, momentary, and integrated loudness metering to conform to new broadcast standards, and optimize loudness for streaming platforms (iTunes, Spotify, Youtube, et al.)
- In the output section, a 1:1 mode lets you push the input gain while the output gain is attenuated by the same amount, so you can hear precisely what the limiter is doing without experiencing an increase in volume.
- Option to filter DC offset from the input signal.
- Support for multi-channel surround formats up to 7.1, Dolby Atmos (AAX version).
- Up to 32 times oversampling.
Watch and hear Dan Worrall guide you through all new features in about 8 minutes:
Watch mastering engineers Darcy Proper and Sander van der Heide check out FabFilter Pro-L 2's new features at Wisseloord Studios in Hilversum, The Netherlands:
Pricing & Availability
Pro-L2 will be available to try out and for purchase on December 5th for EUR 169/$199/£149 from the FabFilter website.
Check your Fabfilter account for details regarding introductory offers and upgrade options on the day of release. Upgrades will be paid, with discounts ranging from 50% to 65% depending on what Fabfilter plugins you already own. According to Fabfilter's Facebook page, if you buy Pro-L now, you’ll get a free upgrade to V2.
Eventide has been busy lately. They blurred the lines between delay and reverb with their recent UltraTap plug-in which I reviewed here. Now reverb and distortion are married together in a very original new plug-in called Mangledverb.
Mangledverb - a Good Reverb Gone Bad
Mangledverb's reverb algorithms have been ported directly from Eventide's H9 Harmonizer hardware unit, and are capable of creating everything from lush reverbs to distortion laden sound sculpting chaos!
In addition to standard reverb controls, it also provides for a frequency based overdrive and wobble effect to be blended into the reverb path. And as with UltraTap, it is designed for morphing parameters in real time via the Ribbon control and HotSwitch button.
The Ribbon is an easily programmable macro that controls multiple parameters simultaneously. The HotSwitch is used to jump between two snapshots.
Eventide playfully describes Mangledverb as a good reverb gone bad. This plug-in adds a lot of edgy aggressive over the top personality into what we think of as traditional reverb. It’s fun, it’s dirty, it’s trashy, and ships with a ton of inspiring presets to get you started.
- Create other-worldly soundscapes by increasing the reverb Size and Overdrive.
- Use the plugin as Mono-In/Mono-Out, Mono-In/Stereo-Out or Stereo-In/Stereo-Out for ultimate flexibility.
- Smoothly move from a subtle Softclip distortion to complete Overdrive for ripping transitions.
- Use the Wobble control to make hair-raising detuning effects.
- In a live performance situation, use The Ribbon control to manipulate multiple reverb parameters.
- Program the HotSwitch to instantly change multiple parameters at once.
- Mangledverb is optimized for live use with MIDI control of The Ribbon and Tap Tempo for quick meta-control on the fly.
- Use Mix Lock to scroll through presets while keeping the wet-dry mix constant.
Our colleague Dan Cooper, at our sister site Pro Tools Expert, has created a free tutorial to get you up to speed with this deep reverb/distortion hybrid.
MangledVerb is available at an introductory price of $49.00 until November 30, 2017 (rising to an MSRP of $79.00 after that) from Eventide dealers and its website.
A 30-day fully-functional demo version is available, and the plugin is also available as part of Eventide’s Ensemble Subscription bundle here:
For more in-depth information, visit the dedicated webpage here:
Universal Audio has updated their software to version 9.4. Included in the update are four new plug-ins: Dytronics Tri-Stereo Chorus from Softube, Gallien-Kruger 800 RB Bass Amp from Brainworx, and the Ocean Way Microphone Collection developed by Townsend Labs. And last but not least, the Empirical Labs EL8 Distressor Compressor plug-in.
Dytronics Tri-Stereo Chorus
Developed by Softube for UAD hardware, this plug-in is a faithful recreation of the 80’s Dytronics CS-5 Tri-Stereo hardware unit. Three independent bucket-brigade delay lines make this a unique sounding chorus. Controlling the center, left, and right lines separately, combined with the unit’s modulation parameters, allows for the creation of complex, rich swirling analog style chorus textures.
The price is $199, with a special upgrade offer of $99 for owners of the UAD Dytronics Cyclosonic Panner plug-in.
Learn more about it here:
Gallien-Kruger 800RB Bass Amp
This plug-in, developed by Brainworx for UAD hardware and Apollo interfaces, is based on the original hardware unit, which was renowned for its bi-amp architecture, and DI output. This plug-in recreates the bi-amp features by providing two different power amps. One for the lows, and one for the highs. There is an adjustable crossover, along with a master volume for each amp. It also includes a choice of recording chains with cabinet/microphone combos for each of the 800RB’s two amplifiers. Voicing filters and a 4-band EQ round things out nicely.
This plug-in is priced at $149.
Learn more here:
Ocean Way Microphone Collection
This collection of microphone models is designed to work in conjunction with the Townsend Labs Sphere L22 Microphone. So, it is only for users who own this. These mic emulations are captured from the Allen Sides mic locker at Ocean Way Studios and include 12 microphones from Neumann, Sony, RCA, AKG, and more. The three-dimensional modeling emulates the proximity effect, polar patterns, and other off-axis characteristics of these microphones.
The price for this 12 mic collection is $249.
Check here for more information:
Empirical Labs® EL8 Distressor Compressor
The Empirical Labs Distressor has been difficult to model due to the variety of changing compression characteristics available with the original unit’s various settings. This plug-in, developed in partnership with Empirical Labs founder Dave Derr, is an end-to-end circuit emulation that captures all the features, nuances, and coveted qualities fo the original Distressor Compressor. Starting with a meticulous circuit trace and component study of Dave Derr’s selected “golden unit,” the team went on analyze three more Distressor units to ensure the tightest circuit model recreation possible. The addition of a dry/wet control allows for even more flexibility to the creative potential of this plug-in.
The Empirical Labs EL8 Distressor Compressor plug-in is selling for $299.
Learn more about it here:
For those who may be unfamiliar with it, Chromaphone 2 from Applied Acoustics Systems is a fantastic and inspiring software instrument. AAS specializes in instruments featuring software modeling.
What is Chromaphone 2?
Chromaphone 2 is somewhat similar to Logic Pro’s Sculpture, in that it models various string and blown sound sources. But Chromaphone 2 takes it further. It models a host of resonator types and impact generating sources. It allows for combining multiple resonator types and impact generators and controlling the way they interact with each other.
But more importantly, it is WAY easier to navigate and use than Sculpture.
I personally find it way more intuitive and more fun to play!
I find it has a huge range of sonic possibilities that go from realistic emulations to hyper-real hybrid blends of different resonators types that create unique complex and interesting sounds that are always very playable from a keyboard.
Review - Chromaphone 2
Here is a review video I did on Chromaphone 2 to give you an idea of what it is all about:
Until the end of October, there is an exclusive deal in place for the expert sites that includes a full license plus eight additional sound banks (all really inspiring to play!) for over 40% off.
I’d strongly suggest checking it out and taking advantage of this fantastic offer.
You can find out more about Chromaphone 2 here:
Free Chromaphone 2 Tutorials
And as a bonus, whether you purchase this deal or already own Chromaphone 2, I have a complete set of instructional videos on it available completely free here:
Loyal Logic Pro Expert readers will know that I have been using an Apogee Ensemble audio interface for the past two and a half years. I have recently switched to Universal Audio’s 8p interface. My main reason has less to do with being unhappy with the Ensemble, which I am not, but more to do with wanting to explore Universal Audio’s Unison technology.
Video - Two Emulations Back to Back
I'll be posting monthly videos here showing some of the plug-ins in use. And for this, my first Apollo 8p video, I want to start at the very beginning and show you what it is all about. So, if you want to get a handle on what Unison is and hear two of its classic preamp and EQ emulations back to back, check out the video below.
Universal Audio Unison Technology
The built-in DSP (Digital Signal Processing) in Universal Audio's Apollo interfaces allows users to process audio directly at the input stage before it even reaches Logic Pro. The built-in preamps on the Apollo already sound great, but Unison allows plug-ins to be used to emulate classic console preamps, channel strips, and even guitar amplifiers.
Unison-enabled UAD preamp, guitar amp, and pedal plug-ins reconfigure the physical input impedance, gain staging response, and other parameters of Apollo’s mic preamp hardware to match the emulated hardware’s design characteristics.
A New Old Frontier
For me, being able to modify the mic preamp sound and impedance, and record to disc with exceptional sounding EQ and compression emulations directly in the signal path is an exciting new frontier I am eager to explore.
It's a very old frontier because this is the way it used to work in large console tracking studios back in the day. You'd tweak the EQ, compression and mic gain directly on the mixing console, and commit to tape.
Getting a Sound Right at the Source
Now, we all have great sounding plug-ins; either within Logic Pro or from third-party developers. But the Universal Audio plug-ins, especially the ones with Unison enabled functionality, are particularly lovingly accurate emulations that stand out from the rest. They can also be used as traditional channel inserts post tracking of course.
But the idea of getting “a sound” right at the source has a lot of appeal. Sure it will likely still need some processing in the mix. But getting a unique sound with lots of character at the source is a great foundation to start a project or mix on.
30% Off on all Universal Audio Unison plug-ins
For those of you who are already Apollo owners, Universal Audio has got a great month-long sale on their Unison preamps. They are offering 30% off on all Unison plug-ins.
Check out the deals here:
McDSP has come out with a new multi-band dynamics plug-in. The 6034 Ultimate Multi-Band Dynamics Processor takes all of the great sounding modules we love from the 6050 Ultimate Compressor and puts them into a new container with a four band crossover network. Multi-Band compression has never been easier, or more fun!
Video - Using the McDSP 6034 Ultimate Multi-Band Dynamics Processor
The cross-over section at the top of the interface is very intuitive to use. There is a low and high shelf, with two bands in between. The choice of slopes (24 dB, 12 dB, or 6 dB per octave) offers great flexibility in how surgical versus smooth sounding you want the transition between the ranges. I like going for a gentler slope on a master bus, for less dramatic differences between the different ranges.
The module section has the familiar modules we know from the 6050 Ultimate Compressor, some of which have been enhanced with internal makeup gain; making them even easier to use effectively in a multi-band context. There are three gating/expansion modules available to round out the choices. I used the EZ G gate to tighten up the bottom end of a drum bus while compressing the areas above with different degrees of intensity.
The module Bay houses the four modules. Each is conveniently fitted with a bypass and solo button.The inclusion of the ability to link them is a nice touch. Often we don't necessarily need dramatic differences in the four different ranges. This allows the user to conveniently set the common values between the modules, while still being able to unlink them when necessary to make specific tweaks where necessary.
And of course, the highlight of the McDSP "ultimate" line of plug-ins, is the easy ability to swap out models on the fly. So, once you have your general settings in place, it is easy and fun to experiment with different types of compression in the different slots.
Tons of Presets
The 6030 Ultimate MB ships with a ton of useful preset to get you started. This plug-in is possibly the least intimidating multi-band dynamics plug-in I have ever come across. It is not only an excellent way for beginners to get started with multi-band compression, but also a fantastic tool for experienced users to quickly audition different styles of compression in different areas of the frequency range.
Logic Pro's MultiPressor is great but has nowhere near the palette of sound options found here.
Head over to McDSP and check it out. It’s currently available at an introductory sale price of $129.
In the following video, hear how Destructor, Blue Cat's distortion and amp modeling tool, can be used for subtle warm saturation to create a full-bodied clean guitar sound.
Using Blue Cat Audio Destructor in the Studio
Part One - Keepin’ it Clean
In part one of this video series, preamp and cabinet settings are swapped and edited to sculpt just the right tone for a rhythm guitar part that adds movement and groove to a TV underscore cue. After that, an alternate clean guitar tone is set up and a counter melody is recorded for the same cue.
Part Two - Sittin' In the Mix
In this video Destructor is used to establish a guitar sound with some drive and personality, but that also sits in the mix and blends with the accompanying instrument tracks. The dynamics range and attack controls are set so that the rhythmic single note part that is recorded has varying amounts of drive based on the force used by the guitarist as he is playing. Then an electric bass part is doubled. A few different presets are explored and tweaked. The threshold and ceiling controls are set in the Shape Dynamics section so that the shaper curve responds to the guitarist’s performance.
Part Three - Two Guitar Tracks, One Part
A tweed setup and blackface vibralux setup are customized for two separate guitar tracks that are designed to function as a single musical part. First the shaper curve, drive, and dynamics are set for an aggressive rock style chord part designed to stand out in the arrangement. The post distortion cabinet EQ is used to enhance the beefy fullness of the lower end. Then the brighter Vibralux tone is used for the second guitar part. Played in a slightly higher register, the Drive, dynamics, and Cabinet EQ are adjusted so the part meshes and blends with the first. Together they create a driving rock groove that sounds like it is played by two different guitarists.
Part Four - Overdrive!
Destructor has settings for every scenario. A heavily driven rock guitar part is recorded with the “Highway to Rock” preset barely altered. It is then panned and doubled with the same preset. The shaper dynamics are set for a different response for the doubled part, which is played in a higher register. The harmonics generated from the two shaper curves blends the parts together perfectly. The US Metal Legends preset is then used as the jumping off point for a screaming lead solo on top of the original two guitar tracks. Delay and reverb are added in the DAW. And the shaper curve is edited so that every note pushes it to the max. The aggressive shaper curve, coupled with a slightly reduced drive, establishes a lead sound that cuts through the entire dense mix while still leaving room for the accompanying guitar tracks to be heard: and felt!
Blue Cat Audio Destructor is a powerful distortion and amp sim modeling tool capable of simulating any kind of distortion: from harsh digital destruction to smooth compression or guitar amp simulation.
The plugin comes with hundreds of presets and predefined models, inspired by existing gear such as guitar & bass amps, cabinets, compressors, pedals, and tape machines. All parameters of the presets are fully editable, giving you access to an unlimited number of distortion simulations to build your custom guitar tone.
Destructor is available for 99 EUR or $99.
For more information, sound examples and user reviews, visit:
Revoice Pro always has been a great solution for working on multiple vocal tracks simultaneously. And it just got a whole lot better. The new Revoice Pro 3.3. Update now supports transferring audio from Logic Pro X using Selection Based Processing.
Revoice Pro Update
It’s quicker than ever now to transfer your tracks to Revoice Pro. Just call up the Selection Based Processing window and instantiate the Revoice Pro Link plug-in. Set the destination track within the plug-in, select your region within Logic Pro X, and press the Selection Based Processing Apply button. That’s it. Your audio will be magically transferred into Revoice Pro at the correct time position.
Transferring Multiple Audio Files
The really beautiful part is when you need to transfer multiple audio files. Just leave the Selection Based Processing window and Revoice Pro Link plug-in open. Set the next destination and next region and click Apply again. Repeat for each audio file. It took me about ten seconds to transfer four regions from Logic Pro X to four separate tracks in Revoice Pro.
Getting the processed files back into Logic Pro X is a snap too. Option-Shift-click them to drag and drop them back into Logic Pro X’s timeline. And because the time stamping is preserved between the two apps, simply use the Edit —> Move —> To Recorded Position command to have them snap back into place.
Flex Pitch is great for minor tweaks. But when you have multiple tracks that need to be worked on together, there’s nothing like Revoice Pro’s APT (Audio Performance Transfer) function. It’s easy to apply the timing and pitch from one track to multiple destinations. You can tighten up multiple vocal tracks all in one step.
Video - How to get tight backing vocals in Logic Pro 10.3 with Revoice Pro 3.3
You can see this all in action here:
What Is Revoice Pro?
Revoice Pro is a stand-alone program which includes two unique, automatic editing processes, manual time/pitch Warp processes and a double track generator. Revoice Pro's unique APT (Audio Performance Transfer) process can automatically and instantly transfer the timing, pitch, intonation and loudness features from one vocal to one or more target vocals. APT is perfect for matching the timing and tuning of vocal tracks or syncing Automatic Dialog Replacement. And because you control the tightness, you keep it sounding natural. The APT is powered by an advanced version of Synchro Arts' legendary VocALign. If double tracks haven't been recorded, Revoice Pro's Doubler process creates natural-sounding ones.
The Warp process, with an intuitive interface, provides fast, manual manipulation of audio timing, pitch, sibilants, and levels with stunningly transparent processing. What's more, automatic grid-based pitch correction is also available that can take the time and pitch of one track and transfer it to other tracks.
Revoice Pro Trials, Downloads, And Purchasing
A 14-day free trial license (iLok-based) for Revoice Pro 3.3 is available as well as online manuals, demos and tutorial videos.
Full licenses (iLok-based) can be purchased either from their dealers or directly from the Synchro Arts Store.
There are also discounts are available on trade-ins for current VocALign owners.
Recommended Retail Price (RRP) of Revoice Pro is: $599, £374 (ex VAT) €494 (ex VAT)
Until 30th April 2017 Synchro Arts are offering 30% OFF these prices $419, £318 (ex VAT) €345 (ex VAT)
MenuBUS - "The Master Bus for your Mac" - lets you run audio unit plugins on your Mac's system output, straight from the menu bar.
menuBUS is a lightweight menu bar application that lets you capture your Mac's system audio, host Audio Unit plugins in real-time, and pass the processed audio to an audio output of your choice.
Until now applying effects to the system audio has involved the use of multiple apps, audio drivers and aggregate devices, and in the case of paid apps that can solve this problem the user is still left with a lot of prep work and time spent managing app clutter.
- Full control of any Audio Unit plugin.
- Works with any Audio Unit plugin that works in your DAW.
- You can save your own presets. These can be switched with keyboard shortcuts.
- Unlimited plugin slots, draggable via drag & drop.
menuBUS is still under development, but you can get early access by becoming a tester.
To download, click the link at the top of the menuBUS website.
The app will cost $39 USD once it goes on sale in March 2017.
Your email address and macOS 10.10+ are required....
Update - menuBUS version 0.96
Updated March 13th 2017.
Here are a few new features that have been requested by testers and have made the application better.
There is now a choice of buffer sizes between 32 - 4096 samples. This choice is stored with the preset too, so can be changed on the fly to enable lower latency settings for tracking.
There is now a choice between enabling device clock synchronization and disabling it. Synchronization is enabled by default to help menuBUS be compatible with the most audio setups, but synchronization isn't required in every case and does technically change the sound.
Presets are now much more powerful. Nearly every aspect of menuBUS's state is stored with the preset - including which output device to use and the audio channels of that device to output from. Super handy for users who want to switch quickly between monitoring paths with a customizable keyboard shortcut.
Since the first public release, menuBUS latency has been decreased greatly through driver and engine optimizations. menuBUS now adds only 16ms of delay to the overall audio signal at 44k/32 and only 10ms at 96k/64.
Global Plugin Bypass
menuBUS now has a global plugin bypass button with the ability to assign a keyboard shortcut to enable/disable all hosted audio plugins. To assign a keyboard shortcut, just right-click on the button and an entry field pops up. When menuBUS detects a new audio device has been added a notification appears, giving the user a choice between sticking with the current output or to switch to the new device.
SoundRadix have just announced the immediate availability of 32 Lives V2 for Mac.
32 Lives V2 for Mac
According to SoundRadix, the new version brings Steinberg VST plug-ins support in addition to Audio Unit plug-ins and significantly increased stability. SoundRadix have built a Sandbox for plug-ins: If one plug-in crashes, it won't bring the whole house down, your DAW will continue to run and you'll be able to save your work.
What's new and improved in 32 Lives V2
- All new VST plug-ins support
- Sandboxed plug-ins: a crashing plug-in will not crash other plug-ins or host
- Freshly redesigned and improved plug-ins manager application
- iLok authorization (Disk authorization & iLok 1, 2, 3 are supported)
- Improved compatibility with macOS 10.12 (Sierra)
- Improved stability of plug-ins with Carbon UI
- Installer: improved plug-in wrapping performance
- Fixed display of non-Retina plug-ins on Retina displays
- Bug fixes and performance optimizations
The 32 Lives V2 upgrade is free to all existing users. A trial version is available.
For more information, visit SoundRadix 32 Lives. A free iLok account and the iLok License Manager application are required for authorization. No additional purchase or an iLok USB key are required.
In the following short demo video you can watch how Eli Krantzberg is using the Fabfilter Pro R Reverb plugin on drums.
Using the Fabfilter Pro R on Drums
After finishing a short series of videos about the new Pro R Reverb plugin for Groove 3, Eli's put together a little video recording himself playing drums along with some simple bass and piano. He recorded several eight bar sections, then mixed them down with his favourite Fabfilter Pro R drum room presets. He did four bars with the plug-in bypassed, then four with it active each time.
The new FabFilter Pro-R algorithmic reverb sounds fantastic, and is really intuitive and fun to use. Here are some short before/after examples of six of my favourite drum room presets. The plug-in is placed on the drum bus and blended with the dry signal via the plug-in’s Mix knob.
Make sure to listen either on good monitors or with headphones.
Fabfilter Pro R Review
Over at Pro Tools Expert, editor Dan Cooper has already taken a good look at Fabfilter's new reverb plugin, its typical Fabfilter GUI design and workflow capabilities. Watch why Dan has given Fabfilter Pro R the Pro Tools Expert Editor's Choice Award:
Pricing & Demo Download
Fabfilter Pro R currently is priced at € 169,-.
The new reverb plugin is included in the Total Bundle which is priced at € 644,- (incl. VAT). The FabFilter Total bundle contains 14 plug-ins worth € 1706,-
Visit Fabfilter's download page to download fully functional 30-day trial versions of all Fabfilter's plug-ins. When the demo versions expire, you simply unlock them with a personal license key, available for purchase in the online shop.