If you want a quick round-up of some of the hottest new software releases for use in music and post-production then at Production Expert we've created this summary. We tell you what the brand says and what we think, we also include links to help you find out more.
This week we take a look at:
Reel To Reel Tape Emulation By Antelope Audio
What Antelope Audio Say About Tape To Tape
In modern production, adding tape saturation has become like adding reverb – you need it everywhere because nobody likes the sterile perfection of digital sound. With all the love and knowledge Antelope Audio founder Igor Levin has gathered about tape machines since the 70s, he set our team on a mission not to revive the classics, but to build the ideal tape machine of today.
Reel To Reel combines the best tape formulas, the best tape heads and the finest electronics. The combinations between all those will create endless scenarios. You can experiment with bias settings, tape hiss amounts, switch between four types of tape and adjust wow & flutter amounts. Mastering these parameters will allow you to achieve the warmth and color you crave in the desired amounts. Reel To Reel is an FPGA-powered effect, meaning it functions with no latency. The Antelope Audio tape machine will finally allow producers and recording artists to monitor the effect of our FPGA tape machine in real time, and not only during post-production.
What We Think About Antelope Audio About Reel To Reel
Antelope are doing some great work with there FPGA effects platform and Reel To Reel is yet another free plug-in for all of us users of Antelope Audio interfaces. Tape To Tapes easy to use un-cluttered interface makes it very quick to add great sounding tape saturation tones to your music, either over the entire mix or on a track by track basis.
If you are working on a smokey jazz track then you should reach for the Type 3 setting which will enhanced low and mid range yet keep the dynamics of the piece. If you are working on a full all out rock track try type. The tape saturation is lower but it gives a higher THD and keeps our lovely modern frequency response.
Four very natural yet distinct tone colours.
Easy to use user interface
It’s hard to make your music sound bad with Reel To Reel
It’s a free plug-in if you own a qualifying piece of Antelope hardware
Only works on the Antelope FPGA platform
Learn More About Reel To Reel directly from Antelope Audio.
Edge Family Of Modelling Condenser Microphones From Antelope Audio
What Antelope Audio Say About The Edge Family
Mono, Stereo or 360° Edge Family is mic modelling perfected. Our most advanced vintage mic emulation, for every recording application with 3 new microphones:
Edge Solo is a large-diaphragm condenser specifically designed to recreate the true sound of legendary cardioid-pattern single capsule microphones. Combined with our powerful modeling technology, it allows users to emulate some of the world’s most iconic microphones.
Edge Duo is a large-diaphragm condenser designed for capturing vocals and instruments with pristine clarity, depth and detail. Independent outputs from the capsule’s dual membranes allow next-level modelling of on and off axis response and complete control over pickup pattern even after recording.
Edge Quadro is a game-changing stereo/surround mic with two dual-membrane capsules and a rotating head. Delivering four channels for independent processing will allow for stereo techniques like M/S, X/Y, Blumlein, and even 3D sound. Users can select a different emulation and polar pattern for each head. The upper head can be rotated noiselessly even while the microphone is actively recording, delivering virtually limitless variations in tonality and stereo image.
A Mic Locker Full Of Classics
Our constantly expanding library of mic emulations serves up a treasure trove of vintage analogue mics with uncanny accuracy. Developed through exacting analysis of the original models, measured in one of the best anechoic chambers in Europe, the Edge emulations deliver all the character and expressiveness heard on countless hit records.
What We Say About The Edge Family By Antelope Audio
The team at Antelope have been very busy indeed. The original edge microphone was being demonstrated at NAMM 2018 and I have to admit I was a little sceptical. But it also has to be said a noisy trade show floor is not the place for any kind of critical listening. However, once I got the Edge, now known as the Edge Duo back to my studio, I was very impressed. Antelope are the most recent player to enter the world of microphone modelling but they are not hanging around with development. With Edge Family they now have a range of 3 mics (4 if you count the small diaphragm Verge mic) that should cover, even the most demanding of engineers recording needs. The range of mic models is ever growing and thus far the software updates have ben free.
Good solid hardware (Only Edge Duo tested so far).
Fantastic sounding mic models
Good software integration with Antelope interfaces.
Native versions of the mic modelling software for non Antelope Audio interface users.
The modelling side of the GUI of some of the Antelope interfaces is a little confusing to start with.
You can check out James’ full review of the Edge and Verge microphones or learn more about the Edge Family of microphones from the Antelope Audio website. We look forward to getting the entire Edge Family in for demo session very soon.
SU-023 The Bomblet From Soyuz Microphones
What Do Soyuz Say About The SU-023 Bomblet
Introducing the newest member of the Soyuz family, the SU-023, aka The Bomblet.
The Bomblet is a unique large diaphragm condenser microphone that, like all of our mics, is 100% handmade at our facility in Russia. It features a rare Soviet era triple back plate capsule, a proprietary toroidal transformer, a beautiful wooden box and a custom mounting ring. The sound and build quality of The Bomblet is unmatched by any microphone in its class.
What We Say About The Soyuz SU-023 Bomblet
The SU-023 is a stunning little microphone. Soyuz set out to build yet another of their amazing sounding mics at a price point that is a little more attainable to us, the recording masses. In doing so they have pitched the SU-023 in with some of the microphone elite and in my opinion they have pulled it off. The Bomblet ships for around £1300 and while yes this is a lot of money, I think the SU-023 holds it’s own with the like of a new U-87 Ai or TLM-49 which are significantly more costly.
Beautiful smooth sound quality
Solid Build (built like a little Russian tank)
Easy to use
Small enough to use on almost any sound source
Even for the baby of the Soyuz range quality comes at a price.
You can read James’ full review of the SU-023 Bomblet by Soyuz here or check out the Soyuz website.
Drum Designer By UVI
What Does UVI Say About Drum Designer?
Drum Designer has been developed to offer deep sound-shaping controls. Unlike sample packs which can be disappointing to manipulate, Drum Designer unlocks your drums, giving you the ability to surgically alter the individual components of each sound. Craft tight and hard-hitting kits with absolute control, easily match existing sounds to your track, instantly create variations, modulate any detail, and design wild new textures.
Created for producers and sound designer of any genre, Drum Designer provides innovative tools allowing you to shape, pitch and tweak drum sounds in ways that would have been previously impossible or prohibitively time consuming. Born from a deep analysis of drum production techniques, Drum Designer delivers 4 specialised instruments along with a dedicated 8 part sequencer, a massive collection of 5,700+ samples, 2,000+ meticulously created drum presets, 316 kits, and more.
What Do We Think About UVI Drum Designer?
Drum Designer is another one of those products by UVI which showcases UVI’s amazing abilities to provide users with great sounding libraries which are cleverly developed to ensure both ease of use and total creative freedom for end users. Drum Designer is based solely around 4 drum engines; Kick, Snare, Cymbal & Clap. Each section offers total control over an extensive collection of components within its respective drum sound. Plenty of effects including transient shaping, soft clipper, stereo width control, EQ and convolver modules… we can’t think of anything else we need!
The built-in sequencer isn’t anything much to shout about but trust us when we say that’s no bad thing. We jumped straight into making patterns without even thinking about it. UVI have managed to produce a product so familiar in design that it really is a simple as getting to work with this one. The samples all sound great, plenty of styles, impacts, textures and hits to keep the EDM through to pop producers happy for years.
Tiny 2GB of hard drive space required for samples
Straight forward UI
Huge variety of hits that easily cater for a wide variety of electronic music
Learn More About Drum Designer By UVI
In the coming weeks we’ll publish a video showing you what you can achieve with Drum Designer, in the mean time check out UVI for more information. Drum Designer is currently available for $99 until 1st October (regular $149)
Reformer Pro By Krotos Audio
What Do Krotos Audio Say About Reformer Pro?
You do your best sound design work when you can manifest what you hear in your mind. Reformer Pro offers a whole new way of interacting with sound.
Analyse sound libraries with our Analysis Tool.
Perform sounds in real-time via the world’s first Dynamic Input – using a microphone, MIDI or directly from the UI.
Replace or add texture to pre-recorded audio in your DAW.
Automate your audio directly from the timeline.
Select or mute any sound from within your libraries.
Perform impacts and add extra definition using our unique Transient Engine.
Create constantly evolving soundscapes and variations.
Reformer Pro allows sound designers, producers, musicians and performers to design, automate and perform any sound in real-time, like never before.
Whether you already hear the sound in your mind, or you’re looking to experiment and search for the never-before-heard, Reformer Pro gives you powerful sonic tools to bring your sound to life.
Reformer Pro also utilises the world’s first Dynamic Input technology, taking procedural, sample-based audio processing to new heights and into previously unexplored territory.
What We Say About Reformer Pro from Krotos Audio
Big claims indeed. Can Reformer Pro, with the Reformer Libraries, Transform Your Sound Design Workflow? I went to see top Sound Engineer Ric De Mowbray at his SoundTown facility in Bristol, to find out.
Krotos have a history of presenting sound-design tools in a way that inspires and innovates, plus they also curate an enormous resource of sound libraries, so you’ll never run out of something new to try.
I’m not going to do a traditional Pro’s vs Cons list, as the Pro’s would absolutely dominate. Our only slight misgiving was that in order to get a stepping stone into this wonderful world of live dynamic input sound-design, you really have to have one of the sound effect library bundles, which does somewhat increase the price. However, if you already have an established sound effects library of your own, Krotos provide a great tool for importing your own into Reformer Pro.
So back to the original question which triggered this test “Can Reformer Pro really transform your sound design workflow?” In a word, yes. Especially if you work in a field that’s saturated with sound-design cliches, it’s great to be able to produce truly unique sound-design, in a way that really integrates other disciplines into the process.
Reformer Pro Price And Availability
Reformer Pro by Krotos Audio, is available as an AAX, AU and VST plug-in priced at £334.80 with the sound effect libraries start at £12. The Krotos Bundle as used in this review is £358.80 (all prices listed include UK VAT).
You can read the full review of Reformer Pro here.
Revoice Pro 4 By Synchro Arts
Synchro Arts has launched Revoice Pro 4, which they claim to be the ultimate toolbox for timing and pitch adjustment, with over 70 new features and improvements over the previous version. These include:
Improved handling of musical vibrato
New APT Music and Dialog modes
Graphic and workflow improvements
ARA 2 support
Cloud based licensing
What Do We Think Of The New Synchro Arts Revoice Pro 4?
Paul Drew took a look at using Revoice Pro 4 and the new ARA 2 function, in Studio One 4…
Revoice Pro 4 can take a bit of time to get your head around, but there is not another all in one package that can do what it does. The results that it can achieve are truly amazing, and in certain situations could be the make or break of a production, especially if the singers pitch and timing leave a lot to be desired. Revoice Pro 4’s pitch correction interface can be confusing but with a bit of practice can achieve excellent results. With the added ARA2 integration, Revoice Pro becomes a perfect companion for Studio One.
Is Revoice Pro 4 good for Post Production And ADR?
Post Production specialist Alan Sallabank was lucky enough to be a beta tester for Revoice Pro 4 and has already put it to good use. Revoice Pro 4 has already rescued me from an out of sync and out of tune nightmare on a major TV Drama series. I never expected it to work, but the results were utterly outstanding.
Introductory Offer And Upgrade Deals
Synchro Arts Revoice Pro 4 is released today, Monday September 17, 2018. The introductory period ends October 17, 2018—after which the normal prices will apply. All prices listed exclude sales tax or VAT.
New full license: $479 ($599)
Upgrade from previous Revoice Pro versions: $144 ($180)
EU – except UK
New full license: €367 (€459)
Upgrade from previous Revoice Pro versions: €108 (€135)
UK and rest of World
New full license: £333 (£416)
Upgrade from previous Revoice Pro versions: £99 (£124)
Upgrades are free to users who bought Revoice Pro 3.3 on or after March 12, 2018.
You can read the full news article about Revoice Pro here.