Wednesday, 16 August 2017

Fiedler audio plugin premiere takes center STAGE with exclusive Plugin Alliance availability

Plugin Alliance, a new ‘Über-standard’ supporting all major plugin formats and uniting some of the best-known international audio companies under one virtual roof, is proud to announce availability of stage — seriously enhancing the inherent ambience in any source signal by applying advanced spatial and stereo panning algorithms, adding valuable texture, depth, and nuance to stems, mixes, or masters as the plugin premiere from Plugin Alliance partner fiedler audio.
 stage utilizes sophisticated spatial processing techniques to take a good mix or master and make it better. By using sophisticated stereo panning, delay lines, and phase modulation, stage smoothly serves up what would otherwise require routing schemes of a confusingly complex nature and multiple plugins to achieve. As such, stage waves goodbye to copying tracks and setting up the Haas effect delay — when a sound is followed by another sound separated by a sufficiently short time delay (below the listener’s echo threshold), the listener perceives a single fused auditory image with a perceived spatial location dominated by the location of the first-arriving sound while the lagging sound also affects the perceived location (though its effect is suppressed by the first-arriving sound) — or panning stereo tracks within a DAW (Digital Audio Workstation) while using another plugin to control stereo width. By bringing these tried and tested techniques under one virtual roof, stage enables efficient stereo workflow with maximum flexibility and accuracy… all of which yield greater perceived width with new levels of musical clarity.

See and hear Plugin Alliance’s stunning stage trailer here:
 
With stage, stereo imaging is fatter without sacrificing dynamic range, and individual tracks can be positioned with extreme precision — perfect for instantly intensifying substance and adding tactility to the user’s sound. Stylish, thanks to its gorgeous GUI (Graphical User Interface) implementation, and benefitting from low CPU (Central Processing Unit) consumption, stage seeks to take center stage as a go-to plugin for satisfying spatial augmentation and manipulation needs. Needless to say, stage is needed by anyone and everyone involved in music and audio production… professional or otherwise!
 Features:
* IN (input) section with stereo corrective tools like MS blend and L/R tilt.
* PANORAMA section with two sophisticated algorithms that place both mono and stereo sources precisely  within the stereo panorama (pan) while adjusting for width.
* AMBIENCE section for subtle stereo width enhancement, additional perceived depth, size and texture, tone coloration, or creative LFO frequency modulation effects.
* Dedicated wet and dry bypass functions for accurate monitoring of added effect.
* OUT (output) section optimized for mastering workflows.


stage is available for purchase — as an AU-, VST2-, and VST3-supporting plugin for Mac OS X (10.8 through 10.12), Windows (7 through 10), and Pro Tools 10.3.10 (or higher) — exclusively from Plugin Alliance for an introductory promo price of $99.00 USD until August 31, 2017, rising to $179.00 USD thereafter. (A fully-functional, 14-day trial is available to anyone registering for a free Plugin Alliance account here: http://www.plugin-alliance.com/en/registration.html)

Note that the proprietary Plugin Alliance Installation Manager means users can select, download, and install only the products and formats needed for their system.

For more in-depth information, including several superb-sounding audio demos, please visit the dedicated stage webpage here: https://www.plugin-alliance.com/en/products/fiedler_audio_stage.html 
 
About Plugin Alliance (www.plugin-alliance.com)
Santa Cruz, California’s Plugin Alliance offers industry-leading pro audio plugins and plugin bundles from acclaimed developers such as Brainworx, Chandler Limited, elysia, Black Box Analog Design, and SPL with customer-friendly prices, licensing procedures, and financing options. Far more than just a website, it is a new ‘Über-standard’, supporting all major plugin formats and uniting some of the best-known international audio companies under one virtual roof.


About fiedler audio (www.fiedler-audio.com)
fiedler audio was founded in Germany in 2013 with the goal of developing the highest quality products for sound and sound design. Dedicated to the creation of professional music and audio software that expands the horizons of musicians, DJs, audio engineers, and producers, its ongoing mission revolves around allowing amateurs and professionals alike to realize their dreams and ideas at the highest level possible — whatever they are and wherever they may take them… in the studio, at a gig, in the comfort of their living room, or even down in the park, fiedler audio’s software showcases new and innovative ways to evolve.

Brainworx celebrates 10 years of premium plugins

“The guys… were using a custom-built M/S matrix with some decent, regular EQs, and I was blown away by what they could do with it.” - Brainworx CEO Dirk Ulrich, 2017

Brainworx is proud to kick-start celebrating its 10th anniversary at the forefront of industry-leading pro audio plugins development by announcing an appropriately-titled 10 Years/10 Deals promotional campaign sale starting on August 11, which will be the first of a number of ‘10-themed’ events that the cutting-edge company has planned, so stay tuned.
 Brainworx plugins are the result of an analog and digital DNA
10 years is a long time in the fast-paced pro audio plugins development world and Brainworx has clearly come a long way during that time, finding favour with many notable recording engineers, producers, and artists around the globe. Getting there, though, was a stroke of genius. Who better to put that trailblazing 10-year journey to glory into its present-day (plugin) perspective than Brainworx CEO Dirk Ulrich. “10 years ago I was producing music for a living, and I was at a big studio in Cologne to have some of my mixes mastered,” he recalls. “The guys there were using a custom-built M/S matrix with some decent, regular EQs, and I was blown away with what they could do with it. This is when I decided I wanted to build a hardware analog EQ with an M/S matrix built in, so I started working on this with a friend of mine. To prototype we worked with a software development kit from a German company, Creamware. Once we had a functioning prototype of an M/S EQ inside the box, we showed it to the Creamware guys and they said, ‘Wow! You should absolutely make a plugin out of this.’ Funnily enough, the hardware never went into production because we had a plugin ready, took it to some trade shows, and it completely took off, so we’ve focused on developing software ever since. We began to create more plugins based on M/S technology, and people seemed to really dig what we did with each new release.”


The rest, as they say, is history… with the Brainworx-branded M/S standard EQ, bx_digital V3, really representing where the company is at today. “This is the third generation of bx_digital, the EQ plugin that basically started Brainworx as a plugin company,” continues company owner Dirk Ulrich, before adding: “Seeing the V3 come to life… daddy couldn’t be prouder!”

Black magic meets passion and power
Perhaps he could. Cue bx_console E, the latest trailblazing flagship plugin from Brainworx that truly represents its past, present, and future. bx_console E pairs a 72-channel emulation of the high-end, hit-making British E Series console — complete with comprehensive COMPRESS (compressor/limiter), full-featured EXPAND (expander/gate), powerful four-band parametric EQ, and wide-ranging (high pass and low pass) FILTERS. Brainworx’s brainchild is much more than a channel strip plugin with multiway routing, representing 10 years of refinement in its development of EQ and dynamics processors with cutting-edge circuit modeling of the analog domain to reset the bar for creating an authentic large-format mixing console experience in-the-box. Brainworx’s patent-pending TMT (Tolerance Modeling Technology) simulates the channel-to-channel variances of the E Series’ electronic components on each and every instance of the plugin. After a decade of technological advancement and refinement, establishing itself as one of the world’s premier plugin developers, and trailblazing technologies like TNT, bx_console E clearly demonstrates that both Brainworx and its far-flung customer base have a bright future ahead of them.
 
The technical achievements of the last 10 years alone are noteworthy enough, but Brainworx’s success is also deep-rooted in Dirk Ulrich’s extensive experience as a producer and audio engineer, work which continues to this day. His desire to build better tools for his chosen profession has driven the company’s capacity to create tools that just work for professionals. Professional through and through, his enduring enthusiasm comes through loud and clear when talking about bx_console E and TMT: “It’s hard to describe the excitement of sitting at a real analog, large-format E Series console, comparing it to our bx_console E plugin emulating the exact same console, and not being able to tell the difference. Other emulations miss the most crucial part of what makes those big boards so desirable, which is the depth and width of the sound; you can only get that from many slightly different channels together, working their magic on the music.”

10 Years/10 Deals celebratory sale
Music is assuredly at the heart of everything ‘Made by Brainworx’… but Dirk Ulrich’s company has clearly come a long way during its 10-year tenure. What better way to kick-start celebrating its 10th anniversary at the forefront of industry-leading pro audio plugins development, then, than by offering 10 hand-picked Brainworx plugins — ranging from that third generation of the plugin that started it all to its innovative entry into the wonderful world of reverb, bx_rooMS, and also including a must-have ‘mystery’ plugin at a must-have-drunk-too-much-at-the-anniversary-party price of only $19 USD — as part of that appropriately-themed 10 Years/10 Deals sale, starting on August 11.

Brainworx’s appropriately-themed 10 Years/10 Deals celebratory sale starts on August 11 and runs through to August 27 with 10 hand-picked plugins available at attractively discounted pricing available exclusively from its US sister company/distribution partner Plugin Alliance here: https://www.plugin-alliance.com
 About Brainworx (www.brainworx-music.de)
Since 2007, Brainworx has developed a reputation for creating sonically-advanced plugin tools at its German HQ. Highlights include the Brainworx-branded M/S-standard EQ, bx_digital V3, and game-changing bx_console channel strip. As the founding development partner of Plugin Alliance, Brainworx has also developed partnerships with SPL (Germany), Shadow Hills Industries (USA), Dangerous Music (USA), Ampeg/LOUD Technologies (USA), Friedman Amplification (USA), and many more besides.

Friday, 4 August 2017

Brainworx brings British E Series console analog authenticity to trailblazing 72-channel bx_console E plugin

“With 72 subtly-different modelled channels reproducing the nuances of a large analog console, bx_console E as a mix tool is huge, powerful, and satisfying.”
- Richard Chycki, mix engineer (Aerosmith, Dream Theater, Rush, Skillet), 2017

 Industry-leading pro audio plugins developer Brainworx is proud to announce availability of bx_console E — their trailblazing flagship plugin that pairs a 72-channel emulation of the high-end, hit-making British E Series console complete with comprehensive COMPRESS (compressor/limiter), full-featured EXPAND (expander/gate), powerful four-band parametric EQ, and wide-ranging (high pass and low pass) FILTERS, together with incredibly flexible signal routing (just like the original console), and much more besides — exclusively from Plugin Alliance.

Brainworx’s brainchild is much more than a channel strip plugin with multiway routing, however; bx_console E uses patent-pending TMT (Tolerance Modeling Technology) to simulate the channel-to-channel variances of the E Series’ electronic components on each and every instance of the plugin. Put it this way: with 72 slightly different-sounding plugin channels collectively (re)producing all the complexity, depth, nuance, and width with which high-end analog consoles are held in such high regard — regardless of their hit-making heritage, the never-before-heard realism resulting from this trailblazing technology speaks louder than words, while an extremely low CPU (Central Processing Unit) load easily accommodates dozens of instantiations.
But better still, bx_console E enables users to — on a per-channel basis — instantly swap the original console’s EQ revisions, substitute the compressor’s VCA (Voltage Controlled Amplifier) with that from the later-released British G Series console, and use contemporary Brainworx mods that greatly expand the functionality of the plugin way beyond what the original console is capable of. Of course this means that, in essence, engineers can create a dream hybrid mixing console with startling analog sound in the box by blending features of E and G Series consoles with modern functions from within the comfort of their DAW (Digital Audio Workstation).
 Watch Plugin Alliance’s tantalizing trailer for bx_console E
 With the click of a mouse, users can recall a different E Series channel on each instance of bx_console E instantiated in their project, instantly producing that mixed-on-a-large-format-analog-console sound that is still so highly sought after today. That said, on any given plugin instance, another mouse click (of the EQ TYPE button) is all it takes to swap models of the very different-sounding ‘black’ and ‘brown’ EQ revisions for the analog E Series console, either of which can be placed before (PRE) or after (EQ) bx_console E’s dynamics section, or routed to its dynamics sidechain (SC); those ‘hot-swappable’ EQ revisions alone yield a selection of 144 different-sounding console channels to choose from! Further still, another mouse click substitutes a model of the pristine-sounding VCA from the later-released British G Series console’s compressor for the more colorful E Series VCA on any channel. Both COMPRESS (compressor/limiter) and EXPAND (expander/gate) can be triggered by another DAW track routed to their external sidechain input, producing keyed rhythm tracks, ducked guitar fills, and other sophisticated effects.
 Watch Plugin Alliance’s teaser trailer for bx_console E
 Extending bx_console E’s power and flexibility far beyond that of the original console and a typical channel strip, Brainworx Owner Dirk Ulrich and his award-winning development team have added a wealth of additional, modern functions to their meticulous models of the E Series’ vintage circuitry: a convenient MIX (dry/wet) control creates parallel compression effects; an optional secondary release time (REL2) control prevents the compressor from pumping on delicate acoustic tracks, while an adjustable HPF (High Pass Filter) for the compressor’s sidechain increases low-end power and punch on individual tracks, buses, and mixes; a continuously-variable THD (Total Harmonic Distortion) control adds colorful saturation and density to any plugin channel; two alternative THRESHOLD ranges for the expander and gate cover a huge 70 dB range, permitting processing of tracks barely exceeding -60 dBFS; an expander invert function facilitates only hearing the portion of the signal that will be expanded or gated, aiding setting the threshold; the gate’s HYST (Hysteresis) control sets a dedicated closed threshold up to 25 dB lower than the open threshold, preventing sustained guitar notes and ringing cymbals from making the gate stutter; the original E Series’ HPF and LPF (Low Pass filter) frequency ranges can be shifted by a factor of three, allowing for the creation of midrange bandpass filters; a continuously-variable V GAIN (Virtual Gain) knob adds simulated analog noise to any or all plugin channels for additional vintage vibe; comprehensive monitoring and metering sections include solos for mid and side channels, helping users to quickly hunt down undesirable distortion and phase problems on a stereo track or aux; and, last but not least, EUCON (Extended User Control) parameter mapping is provided for Avid controllers, including the flagship S6 control surface.

Brainworx’s bx_console E is so much more than a static channel strip model. It provides hyper-realistic analog large-format-console sound for your DAW. “It’s hard to describe the excitement of sitting at a real analog, large-format E Series console, comparing it to our bx_console E plugin emulating the exact same console, and not being able to tell the difference,” declares Brainworx Owner Dirk Ulrich, before concluding: “Other emulations miss the most crucial part of what makes those big boards so desirable, which is the depth and width of the sound; you can only get that from many slightly different channels together, working their magic on the music.”

bx_console E is available for purchase — as an AAX Native & DSP-, AU-, VST2-, and VST3-supporting plugin for Mac OS X (10.8 through 10.12), Windows (7 through 10), and Pro Tools 10.3.10 (or higher) — exclusively from Plugin Alliance for an introductory promo price of $179.00 USD until August 31, 2017, rising to $299.00 USD thereafter. (A fully-functional, 14-day trial is available to anyone registering for a free Plugin Alliance account here: http://www.plugin-alliance.com/en/registration.html)

Note that the proprietary Plugin Alliance Installation Manager means users can select,
download, and install only the products and formats needed for their system.


For more in-depth information, including several superb-sounding audio demos, please visit the dedicated bx_console E webpage here: https://www.plugin-alliance.com/en/products/bx_console_e.html
 About Plugin Alliance (www.plugin-alliance.com)
Santa Cruz, California’s Plugin Alliance offers industry-leading pro audio plugins and plugin bundles from acclaimed developers such as Brainworx, Chandler Limited, elysia, Black Box Analog Design, and SPL with customer-friendly prices, licensing procedures, and financing options. Far more than just a website, it is a new ‘Über-standard’, supporting all major plugin formats and uniting some of the best-known international audio companies under one virtual roof.

Wednesday, 2 August 2017

Eventide releases unique ULTRATAP plug-in, a new addition to the TEC Award-winning H9 Harmonizer Effects Processor family.

Recording technology trailblazer Eventide is proud to announce availability of UltraTap, inaugurating its H9 Plug-in Series as a unique multi-tap effects plug-in capable of rhythmic delays, glitchy reverbs, huge pad-like volume swells, and extraordinary modulation derived from its TEC Award-winning H9 Harmonizer® Effects Processor.

UltraTap is the perfect tool for creating drum fills, vocal choruses, swelling guitar chords, and other evolving effects - everything from reversed reverbs to a massed church choir singing Gregorian chants in Notre-Dame Cathedral! Creatively, it is also optimized for live use; UltraTap's unique HotSwitch and The Ribbon features facilitate programming any combination of the controls and seamlessly morphing from sound to sound.

Says Eventide Director of Marketing Communications Nalia Sanchez: "We’re finding that, increasingly, audio engineers have an H9 stompbox sitting on the console to take advantage of the nearly 50 algorithms that w've crammed into that box. In response to requests for plug-in versions of many of our H9 effects, we've decided to develop a new family of plug-ins - the H9 Plug-In Series. UltraTap comes bundled with 150 presets tailored for the needs of audio professionals and a novel feature for DJs - The Ribbon."
Think of UltraTap as the mother of all Echoplexes and you won't be too far off. That's basically how it operates, but with the flexibility to add as many ˜tape-heads" as you want and expressively control their positions and levels.

Ultimately, UltraTap's unique story stretches way back to 1982 when a flexible 64-tap delay debuted as part of the Factory Program suite within Eventide's SP 2016, the world's first rack-mount programmable audio effects processor. By the late-Eighties that UltraTap algorithm had migrated to the infamous H3000 Ultra-Harmonizer. Then onwards and upwards to the DSP4000 Ultra-Harmonizer and H8000 Ultra-Harmonizer high-end studio rack processors. Thanks to advances in technology, Eventide was able to then include UltraTap in a compact form factor  - the H9 Harmonizer Effects Processor stompbox. So now the DAW-residing UltraTap has come full circle,  bringing all that creative inspiration and superb audio quality back to the studio where it all began 35 years ago! As UltraTap is the first algorithm in the new H9 Plug-In Series to take this trailblazing journey, expect more Eventide algorithms to follow.

Features:
* Over 150 presets designed to inspire, including artist presets by Chris Carter, Colin Newman, Sasha, and many more.
* Manipulate effects in realtime using The Ribbon to morph seamlessly between two settings of any combination of controls.
* Create drastic changes in effect and sound by assigning the HotSwitch to an alternate version of the current settings.
* Smear taps together or modulate them into unheard reverbs by using the innovative Slurm parameter.
* Use up to 64 taps to create simple repeats or morph delays into chorus and reverb.
* Speed up or slow down the rhythmic space between taps by altering the Spread knob.
* Use the onboard LFOs and envelopes to Chop up the sound source into tremolo'd rhythms.
* Modify the stereo image of taps to alternating from hard-panned to mono.
* Sync the Length and/or Chop LFO Speed to the DAW session.
* Use Mix Lock to scroll through presets while keeping the wet-dry mix constant.
* Optimized for live use with MIDI control of The Ribbon and Tap Tempo for quick meta control on the fly.
Watch Eventide's informative introductory UltraTap videos here:
UltraTap is available now (as an AAX/AU/VST plug-in for Mac OS X 10.7+ and Windows 7+) at an introductory price of $49.00 USD (rising to an MSRP of $79.00 USD thereafter) from Eventide dealers and its website: https://www.eventideaudio.com (A fully-functional 30-day demo version is available; UltraTap is also available as part of Eventid's Ensemble Subscription bundle.)

For more in-depth information, please visit the dedicated UltraTap webpage here: https://www.eventideaudio.com/ultratap
About Eventide (www.eventideaudio.com)
Since 1971, Eventide has remained at the forefront of recording technology. In 1975 it revolutionized the audio industry by creating the world's first commercially available digital audio effects unit, the H910 Harmonizer®. Since then, its legendary studio processors, stompboxes, and plug-ins have been heard on countless hit records.
© 2017 Eventide Inc.