Signal Processing Plug-Ins
BIAS MASTER PERFECTION SUITE
Previously available with Peak Pro XT 5, Master Perfection Suite is now a stand-alone product for use in AudioUnits (AU), DirectX, RTAS and VST host applications, and is Mac OS X and Windows XP–compatible. The six plug-ins include Repli-Q, a spectral/EQ matching tool; PitchCraft, a creative pitch correction and manipulation tool; Reveal, a seven-tools-in-one audio analysis collection; Sqweez-3 and Sqweez-5 linear phase multiband compressor/limiter/expanders; a new version of SuperFreq, a 4/6/8/10-band parametric EQ program; and GateEx, a gate/downward expander tool. NAMM booth: #6424.
CYCLING ’74 HIPNO 1
Offering more than 40 effects and instrument VST plug-ins in one package, Hipno 1 is compatible with VST, AudioUnits (Mac) and RTAS protocols, and many of the plug-ins use Cycling’s Hipnoscope user interface for endless morphing possibilities. The collection covers the gamut, from granular to spectral to filter and delay-based plug-ins, and the plug-ins sport unusual names such as Morphulescence, Shypht, Grain Bandit and Deluge. Also cool are VcolorTrack and Modulator Vmotion modulators for controlling Hipno, Mode or Pluggo plug-ins using video-color input or motion tracking. Price: $199. NAMM booth: #6310.
EVENTIDE ANTHOLOGY II
New at NAMM, Anthology II features all plug-ins from Anthology, plus the EQ65 Filter Set (high- and low-cut filters, and two band-reject or bandpass filters—all 48-bit); EQ45 Parametric Equalizer, with high- and low-cut filters, plus four bands of 48-bit EQ; the E-Channel™ configurable channel strip and the Ultra-Channel™ Deluxe channel strip with configurable gate, de-esser, Omnipressor® compressor/limiter, 5-band 48-bit parametric EQ, delays and micro-pitch shifting; Precision Time Align™ (precise positive or negative time alignment for tracks); and Quadravox™, a four-voice pitch shifter. MSRP: $1,195. NAMM booth: #6729.
IK MULTIMEDIA CLASSIK STUDIO REVERB
This four-reverb suite features both Easy and Advanced modes coupled with more than 100 editing parameters. Basic algorithms include hall, room, ambience and inverse. Features include a customizable 8x8 modulation matrix per unit, parameter morphing, four assignable macros per unit, adjustable input and output reverb width, two internal LFOs, two internal envelope generators and full automation of all parameters. Supported platforms include Windows XP and Mac OS X, including VST, RTAS, AudioUnits and DX; TDM is under development. Price: $399. NAMM booth: #6520.
IK MULTIMEDIA AMPLITUBE 2
In 2002, IK Multimedia was one of the first companies offering software that realistically simulated guitar amps, speakers and effects. Now with AmpliTube 2 (Mac/Win, $399), this new version presents five independent modules: an amp head, a miked cabinet, rack effects, stomp boxes and a tuner. It supplies more than 80 hardware emulations based on pedals from Boss and MXR; mics from Sennheiser and Neumann; and amps from Fender, Marshall and Vox, among others. NAMM booth: #6520.
MCDSP EMERALD PACK
Emerald Pack is nothing less than every high-end, full-version McDSP plug-in ever made in one amazing bundle. Comprising Analog Channel (preamp and tape reproducer); Revolver convolution reverb; CompressorBank, the complete compressor; Channel G, the ultimate channel strip; FilterBank (every EQ ever made); Chrome Tone performance effects; MC2000, the complete multiband compressor; and Synthesizer One sound synthesis, Emerald Pack is the most broad-based suite of professional audio tools ever assembled. Price: $2,795. NAMM booth: #6526.
Revolver is a high-powered convolution reverb that drives like no other, providing two synchable delay lines, total impulse response adjustment, routable EQ and unprecedented control. With hundreds of sounds from acoustic spaces and rare Holy Grail out-of-production reverbs, Revolver provides the most compelling impulse library to date. Also included is a complete tool set to shoot your own rooms and gear. Revolver is what convolution reverb was always meant to be. NAMM booth: #6526.
PSPAUDIOWARE PSP MASTERCOMP
PSP MasterComp is a stereo dynamics processor for mastering and tracking. It features 64-bit floating-point precision and Frequency Authentication Technique (FAT) algorithms for transparent operation, even at extreme settings. A precise level detector ensures low distortion and offers the option of automatically adjusting attack/release times. Features include a brick-wall output limiter with automatic release time, sidechain filtering, channel linking and a compression tilt control. PSP MasterComp runs in Windows XP or 2000, and requires a DirectX, RTAS or VST host. (A Mac version is forthcoming.) NAMM booth: #6903.
ROGER NICHOLS DIGITAL BITCHIN-IZER
Bitchin-Izer is a mixdown/mastering plug-in for all platforms, developed by Grammy Award–winning, sound engineering legend Roger Nichols. Price: $999. NAMM booth: #1113.
THE SOUND GUY SFX MACHINE PRO
The latest member of the SFX Machine family offers hundreds of MIDI-controllable effects. SFX Machine Pro adds host tempo synchronization and allows users to create new effects from scratch. Price: $199.
Windows users can bring convolution reverb to their DAW with Tascam’s Gigapulse VST plug-in. The plug-in samples a room or acoustic space, allowing it to emulate any room, vintage EQ or microphone. Features let the user select the position of the sound source in the room with a 2-dimensional grid. GigaPulse also comes with a library of impulses taken at various locations, allowing the user to apply these spaces to any track on a VST-compatible DAW. Price: $249. NAMM booth: #6491.
With the Harmony4 plug-in, producers, engineers and songwriters can fatten existing harmony tracks, and add new one- to four-part harmonies after the singer has left the studio. Up to four virtual singers with individual gender, vibrato, levels and various humanization controls are created from a single vocal track. Several schemes of harmony are offered, from automatic scale-based harmony that intelligently follows melismatic singing to MIDI note control allowing any possible melody to complement the lead vocal. Price: $745. NAMM booth: #6840.
TC ELECTRONIC POWERCORE 2
The PowerCore 2 software upgrade includes an improved graphic interface and demo versions of plug-in licenses. The new interface design provides an overview of CPU power and RAM, as well as the status of plug-in licenses and all PowerCore devices running on the system. With PowerCore 2, users will also be able to transfer optional plug-ins between PowerCore units. NAMM booth: #6840.
UNIVERSAL AUDIO PRECISION MULTIBAND
The Precision Multiband provides five bands of dynamic range control. Compression, expansion or gate can be chosen separately for each of the five bands. The unparalleled flexibility and easy-to-follow graphical design of the Precision Multiband make it the ideal tool for the novice and the seasoned mastering engineer. Use the Precision Multiband for anything from complex dynamic control to simple de-essing. Two filterbank modes offer precise linear-phase or minimum-phase gain control. Price: $199. NAMM booth: #6909.
UNIVERSAL AUDIO ROLAND RE-201 SPACE ECHO
Universal Audio has been entrusted by Roland to re-create the highly beloved RE-201 Space Echo unit, which truly captures the physical behavior of this complex device, “warts and all,” down to the distortion, wow and flutter, pitch shifting and warmth that for which tape-based delays are famous. But our plug-in goes even further, capturing the complex self-oscillation that makes the Space Echo more than an effect, but a unique instrument unto itself. Price: $199. NAMM booth: #6909.
URS EVERYTHING EQ BUNDLE VERSION 5
Unique Recording Software announces Everything EQ Bundle Version 5. The upgraded popular EQ Bundle features two new EQ plug-ins and sonic enhancements to the eight existing EQs. The two new 7-band fully parametric equalizer plug-ins are the A-MIX and the N-MIX. All 10 EQs in the Everything EQ Bundle V. 5 now feature TDM 48 double-precision processing for increased clarity and headroom. The Everything EQ Bundle V. 5 upgrade is free for all registered Everything EQ Bundle V. 4. owners. Price: $2,299.
Waves’ goal wasn’t to offer another substitute for real amps and effects, but to create a first-choice tool engineers and producers could use with no excuses. The first step was developing a new, proprietary sampling method for guitar amps, cabs, mic placement and effects that produced tones of unmatched realism. The amp/effects plug-ins were optimized to meet pro requirements for mono and stereo recording (including dual-amp and dual-cabinet options), MIDI control and routing flexibility. Finally, Waves teamed with Paul Reed Smith Guitars to refine the system’s tonal options and improve user efficiency for the ultimate setup. Price: $600/$1,200. NAMM booth: #6620.
WAVES VOCAL BUNDLE
The new Waves Vocal Bundle is a comprehensive vocal toolkit comprising three Waves classics and two brand-new processors destined to become industry standards: Tune, which delivers a new level of sound quality and ease in pitch correction and melody transformation; and DeBreath, a Waves exclusive, which automatically removes unwanted breath sounds. In addition, Waves Vocal Bundle features Renaissance Channel, the acclaimed virtual channel strip that gives you EQ, compression, gating and limiting in one convenient plug-in; Renaissance DeEsser, perfect for removing excess sibilance; and Doubler, for superior double-tracked effects. Price: $1,000. NAMM booth: #6620.