BLUE CAT AUDIO DESTRUCTOR PLUG-IN
Versatile Amp Sim & Sonic Mangler
This tone-shaping channel strip from Blue Cat ($99 Mac/PC) simulates analog or digital distortion, guitar and bass amps, saturation, clipping, compression, bit crushing and more. The GUI comes with hundreds of editable presets, plus 1,400 visual styles to customize the screen. Other features include an input gate and compressor, pre and post-filtering, dynamic shaping controls including a brick wall limiter, sidechain or internal triggering of distortion, real-time spectrum analysis, and dynamic distortion curve display with embedded signal histograms.
PLUG-IN ALLIANCE BX_ROCKRACK V3
High-End Guitar Amp Simulators
Brainworx bx_rockrack V3 ($199 / $29 upgrade) is a collection of eight 1:1 emulations of high-end guitar amplifiers from Marshall, Mesa and ENGL packed into one plug-in. The group of 40 impulse responses combines cabinets with EQ settings and other gear including an onboard noise gate, vintage delay, plus shaping filter effects. Improvements over the original include workflow enhancements, reduced CPU usage and increased sound quality. The V3 player is free and features all amps and 26 non-editable presets. Users have unlimited access to bx_rockrack V3 Player’s presets and can upgrade to the full version at any time. Other collections include Brainworx bx_metal2 ($49) emulating the Boss MT-2 stomp box, and the Brainworx bx_blackdist2 ($49), an emulation of the ProCo Sound RAT 2 pedal.
STUDIO TECHNOLOGIES MODEL 362
Listen-Only Beltpack Features Dante
Intended for use by on-air talent or production personnel, the Model 362 is a 2-channel user device that supports headphone monitoring of two audio channels. Features include configurable audio channel routing, dual level controls, 1/4-inch and 3.5mm output jacks, and Power-over-Ethernet powering. With only a PoE connection and a pair of headphones or an earpiece, a complete broadcast talent cue or audio monitoring location can be created. The Model 362 can be used with other Dante-enabled products such as party-line intercom and IFB interfaces, 2- and 4-channel intercom belt packs, and announcer’s consoles.
FXPANSION BLACK ALBUM DRUMS
Chocolate Audio BFD3 Expansion Pack
This new expansion pack for BFD3 ($125) is inspired by the drum sounds featured on Metallica’s Black Album. The production team used the same kit, studio, mics and recording techniques used on the original album. The collection features 17 kit pieces in total, sampling up to 286 times per articulation, and an array of mics including Neumann U87s, AKG C12s, Telefunken ELAM 251E tube mics, and more. BFD3 is the third generation of FXpansion’s software featuring a revamped interface, plus a new mixer and sound browser.
STEINBERG UR22MKII AUDIO INTERFACE BUNDLE
Looking for a year-end gift for an entry-level audio engineer? The UR22mkII Recording Pack ($299) features a premium audio interface, headphones, microphone, and music production and editing software. The UR22mkII Recording Pack comes with the UR22mkII mobile USB audio interface alongside the ST-M01 studio microphone, the ST-H01 studio headphones and an XLR cable. The package also includes the latest software versions of Cubase AI and WaveLab LE, plus Cubasis LE for easy music production and audio editing on computer and iPad. The interface features two TRS/XLR combo inputs, two TRS outputs, MIDI I/O, plus one separate headphone output.
CAD ASTATIC 901VP BOUNDARY MIC
Remote or Local Switching of Polar Patterns
CAD’s Variable Pattern technology makes the Astatic 901VP ($199) the only boundary mic that features a continuously variable polar pattern (cardioid, figure-eight and omnidirectional). The 901VP’s pattern can be changed locally by setting the onboard variable pattern control and remotely with CAD Audio’s Remote Variable Pattern Control Box (VPC-1) between the microphone and audio mixer. The pattern can also be electronically controlled using the 40-360 DSP cable and corresponding software with compatible digital signal platforms from Biamp and Nexia. The 901VP is primarily designed for speech and vocal pickup in governmental, institutional, house of worship and corporate applications (but who’s not going to try this on a kick drum?).
FOCUSRITE CONTROL DESKTOP APP
Remote Control of I/O over iOS
Taking the Focusrite Control desktop app to the next level, Focusrite iOS Control (free) offers control over cue mixes and preamp settings remotely from your iPad, iPhone or iPod Touch. Focusrite iOS Control works with the Focusrite Control desktop application that comes with all Focusrite audio interfaces from the Scarlett 6i6 (2nd Gen) up, including the Clarett and Red interface ranges. Other features include complete control of hardware inputs, software playback, panning, solo and mute, as well as the preamp settings on your interface (controllable features vary depending on the Focusrite interface model).
SESH PEER-TO-PEER APP
Musician/Studio/Artist Networking Tool
Sesh is a new free app that connects studios, engineers, musicians, songwriters and more. The iOS app features a profile page, chat window for connecting with collaborators, a calendar and more. The intention is to connect musicians to recording studios, rehearsal spaces, gear and talent for hire. You can conduct your transactions within the app, where it handles payments, scheduling, locations, ratings and reviews.