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Amek EQ 200 Plug-In Announced

The Amek EQ 200 Plug-In.
The Amek EQ 200 Plug-In.

Santa Cruz, CA (May 8, 2020) — Aiming to recreate the sound of legendary parametric equalizers of the 1970s and 80s, Plugin Alliance and Brainworx Audio have introduced the Amek EQ 200 plug-in.

Expected to be the first in a series of new plug-ins under the Amek brand name, the EQ 200, which is intended to provide the resolution, transparency, headroom and surgical precision of classic 70s and 80s mastering-grade EQs. Specifically, the Amek EQ 200 plug-in was inspired by the sound of Brainworx founder Dirk Ulrich’s own GML 8200 EQ, one of his all-time favorite pieces of analog outboard.

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The Amek EQ 200 is a seven-band EQ, featuring five wide, overlapping fully-parametric bands with 15 dB boost or cut for each band, additional high- and low-pass filters, and low and high shelving EQs.

While intended to evoke the original hardware, the plug-in also offers new features, including AUTO LISTEN, available on all five bands to audition each change in isolation; continuously-variable high-pass and low-pass filters with a 12 dB per octave slop; MID / SIDE processing to tweak the width and depth of the mix as a workflow enhancement; MONO MAKER, which sums low frequency content to mono; STEREO WIDTH, to expand the stereo width of tracks; and variable THD, for adding extra analog mojo and tone.

Other additions include TMT Inside, Brainworx’s patented Tolerance Modeling Technology that simulates channel-to-channel variances in electronic components, as well as correlation, balance, input and output meters, and more

The plug-in sports a scalable UI to adapt to the user’s screen size and workflow, and offers numerous presets to provide users with a starting point for finding their sound.

Set for release on May 19, 2020, it will be included in Plugin Alliance’s monthly Mega Bundle subscription and annual Mega Bundle subscription at no extra cost.

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Eventide Launches MicroPitch Plug-in

Eventide's MicroPitch dual-voice pitch shifter
Eventide’s MicroPitch dual-voice pitch shifter

Little Ferry, NJ (May 5, 2020)—An effect staple since Eventide introduced it in the 1970s, Eventide’s MicroPitch dual-voice pitch shifter has been introduced as a plug-in for use on a Mac or PC.

MicroPitch is a fine-resolution pitch shifter providing effects that range from subtle tone fattening to dramatic slap-back effects via longer delays. In addition to stereo spread effects, the plug-in also allows users to mix in detuned and delayed versions of a source, and expanded controls make possible deep pitch dives, echoes and chorus effects.

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MicroPitch features two voices of pitch shifting, one from unison to -50 cents, the other from unison to +50 cents, each with up to 2 seconds of delay. The plug-in can produce a classic stereo-spreading effect, a chorusing effect on each voice by means of Modulation Depth and Rate controls, and slapback effects by means of longer delay times, and it can create pitch dive or rise effects by Feedback adjustment. The Mix Lock toggle lets users maintain a wet-dry mix constant while scrolling through the rich complement of presets, while the Pitch Mix allows for layering the two voices by setting the balance between each shifted delay. The Tempo function allows for synchronized and unique delay effects.

The plug-in also provides a Ribbon control, letting users set sweeping movements between two completely different settings of any combination of controls, such as turning sweetening shifts into a delay-throw and back, or changing delays from dark to bright for transitional effects. Desktop users can plug in a MIDI keyboard and gain control of the Ribbon via the mod wheel for tactile control as well.

Enhanced for experimentation and live performance and with a UI designed for desktop, laptop or iPad, MicroPitch includes a host of presets based on iconic uses of the effect over the years. Tone, Modulation and Feedback controls cover the ground for many uses, while deeper parameters let users discover repeating delays, modulations and Tempo-sync’ed special effects.

Joining the iOS version of the app (which works as a standalone app, AudioUnit v3 plug-in, or Inter-App Audio effect), MicroPitch for Mac and PC supports VST, AAX, and AU plug-in protocols for compatibility with every DAW.

The MicroPitch plug-in runs $99, but currently has an introductory price of $39 through May 31, 2020.

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Reason Rack Comes to Pro Tools

With the release of Reason 11.3, Reason Rack is now available as both an AAX plug-in and standalone DAW.
With the release of Reason 11.3, Reason Rack is now available as both an AAX plug-in and standalone DAW.

Stockholm, Sweden (May 5, 2020)—Reason Studios has launched Reason 11.3, bringing its Reason Rack to Avid Pro Tools as a native AAX plug-in. The long-running recording software also continues as a standalone digital audio workstation.

With the advent of the new plug-in, Pro Tools users can make use of Reason’s lineup of effects and MIDI processors (called Players). Reason’s free routing of devices through its cabling system enables unusual and sometimes physically impossible signal flows, and provides a sound bank of tens of thousands of patches, sounds, samples and loops.

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“It’s amazing to be back in Pro Tools,” said Reason product manager Mattias Häggström Gerdt. “With a vast rack of inspiring instruments and effects, Reason is a perfect fit for the industry standard recording software that is Pro Tools. I can’t wait to hear all the great music that will come out of this.”

“Avid is thrilled to see the seamless support for Reason Studios in Pro Tools offered through AAX,” said Ed Gray, Director, Partnering Programs at Avid. “Reason has always opened up new worlds for music creation for Pro Tools users, and with this tight integration, it deserves to be an automatic purchase.”

Reason 11.3 is available via Reason Studios website and authorized resellers worldwide. The software, which includes additional improvements and bug fixes, is also available for free download by registered Reason 11 users and at upgrade prices to owners of previous Reason versions.

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Sonnox Oxford Inflator v3 Plug-In—A Real-World Review

Sonnox Oxford Inflator v3 Plug-In
Sonnox Oxford Inflator v3 Plug-In

While I’ve had this plug-in for years, it has become such a valuable ally in my productions that I made sure to use it on this trip. The Sonnox Oxford Inflator is a multipurpose tool that I used to handle several different tasks. There are only a few controls on it. To begin with, I set the output level to just below 0 dB, which prevents clipping of the track. By engaging the Clip 0 dB button, the input level meter will not rise above 0 dB. From there, I literally assign an Inflator across every single track in the mix (minus the auxes). Think of it like a console strip. I then apply processing or input volume as needed. If I do need some gain on a track, I often turn to the Inflator first in my “console,” and it can provide up to 12 dB of gain.

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The magic sauce for me is inside the Effect slider. Since I tend to use a lot of strings and percussion in my work, I’ve found that by pushing up the Effect slider, there is a perceived increase in harmonic brightness and clarity without volume or EQ. I would note that the amount of effect seems to be program-dependent, and that strings and percussive hits benefit the most. Overall, the Inflator continues to be a go-to production tool for me and was quite valuable in the islands for its flexibility and sonic prowess.

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Waves Audio Ships MultiMod Rack

Knoxville, TN (March 19, 2020)—Waves Audio has shipped its new MultiMod Rack, a multiband modulation rack for its latest distortion plug-ins.

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MultiMod Rack has three plug-in slots, each of which can host Waves’ newest distortion and saturation plug-ins, such as the analog-modeled Abbey Road Saturator, the modern waveshaper-based Berzerk, and the MDMX Screamer, Overdrive and Fuzz modules.

MultiMod’s three slots divide a signal into three frequency bands — lows, mids and highs — with adjustable crossover controls, allowing users to take different approaches to their sound—for example, using Waves Berzerk on lows, MDMX on mids and Abbey Road saturation on highs. Users assign the different plug-ins to different frequency bands, and separately control the flavor of distortion in each. Reshuffling the chosen plug-ins between frequency bands will significantly change the sound, and each band also offers controls for level, stereo panning and harmonics, for control of the distortion in each frequency area.

MultiMod’s five modulators allow users to modulate nearly every individual parameter of the Abbey Road Saturator, MDMX and Berzerk plug-ins. LFO, sequencer and amplitude modulation options are also present, as is a post-processing EQ section, which can be modulated.

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