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    The Sound Guy: SFX Machine RT

    Plug-In Folder

    This Adobe Premiere plug-in has now been ported to two different real-time plug-in formats: VST (for Mac OS 9, OS X and Windows) and Apple's new Audio Unit standard (for OS X).

    Reviews Jul 2003
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    Zarg Music Prophet & Prophet Plus 3.1

    Virtual Instrument Plug-in

    Formats: Creamware SFP

    Reviews Jun 2003
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    TC Works Native Bundle

    Dynamics, EQ, Reverb & Filter Plug-ins

    TC Works were in at the start of the software plug-in explosion back in 1998. We check out their latest update to the Native Bundle suite.

    Reviews May 2003
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    Plug-in Folder: April 2003

    Wave Arts Power Couple • Nomad Factory Liquid Bundle • Digitalfishphones Fish Fillets • Professional Sound Projects PSP84

    We check out Wave Arts Power Couple • Nomad Factory Liquid Bundle • Digitalfishphones Fish Fillets • Professional Sound Projects PSP84.

    Reviews Apr 2003
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    TC Works Assimilator

    Fingerprint Equaliser Plug-in

    The latest plug-in for the TC Powercore card allows you to extract frequency responses from commercial tracks and apply them to your own mixes.

    Reviews Apr 2003
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    BBE Sonic Maximiser plug-in

    BBE Sonic Maximizer Plug-in

    Formats: Mac OS 9, OS X & PC VST, PC Direct X

    This plug-in produces essentially the same results as its analogue rackmount counterparts, so if you already know and like the BBE process, you should take no convincing.

    Reviews Mar 2003
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    Voxengo Curve EQ plug-in.

    Voxengo Curve EQ

    Formats: PC VST

    Voxengo's Curve EQ is a 'linear phase spline equaliser' with a 2048-point filter kernel, which lets you draw highly complex responses using its graphic interface.

    Reviews Mar 2003
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    Wave Arts Masterverb & Trackplug

    Formats: Mac & PC VST, PC Direct X

    Although most major MIDI + Audio sequencing applications include bundled EQ, dynamics and reverb plug-ins, they don't always sound too great, so many users are on the lookout for alternatives, like these two from Wave Arts.

    Reviews Mar 2003
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    WaveMachine Labs Drumagog

    DirectX Drum Replacer Plug-in [PC]

    WaveMachine Labs' sophisticated DirectX plug-in allows you to replace the sounds of individual drums with samples, while keeping the human feel of a performance.

    Reviews Feb 2003
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    Sony Oxford R3 EQ

    Formats: Mac & PC TDM/HD and PowerCore (VST & Mac MAS)

    R3 comprises a five-band, fully parametric EQ design plus switchable-slope, variable-frequency high and low-pass filters.

    Reviews Dec 2002
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    DigitalFishPhones Dominion

    Formats: Mac & PC VST

    Dominion is a 'signal modelling device' similar in concept to SPL's highly regarded Transient Designer dynamics processor, embodying characteristics of both compressors and expanders, yet without being either a compressor or an expander in the normal sense.

    Reviews Dec 2002
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    IK Multimedia Amplitude

    IK Multimedia Amplitube

    Virtual Guitar Amp Plug-in [Mac/PC]

    Digital hardware that models classic guitar amps has been big business in recent years, but in the software field Line 6's Amp Farm has had the market to itself. Now, however, IK's Amplitube looks set to provide some serious competition.

    Reviews Oct 2002
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    AAS Lounge Lizard EP1

    Modelled Electric Piano Plug-in [PC/Mac]

    Applied Acoustic Systems, known best for their Tassman software synth, have now used their modelling technology to create an electric piano plug-in. But of course, theirs isn't the only one around...

    Reviews Oct 2002
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    TC Works PowerCore v1.5

    DSP Effects Card [Mac/PC]

    TC's DSP-powered effects board has been upgraded, and now includes a much more impressive plug-in bundle.

    Reviews Mar 2002
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    Native Instruments Absynth

    Stand-alone/Plug-in Software Synth For Mac

    Released last year as a web-only download from Rhizomatic, the ground-breaking Absynth is now part of Native Instruments' product line, and can be used as a VST instrument plug-in.

    Reviews Dec 2001
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    Steinberg HALion

    Software Sampler

    Software samplers are not new, but until now they have only existed as stand-alone applications or sequencer-specific plug-ins. Paul Sellars investigates Steinberg's HALion, which offers close integration with Cubase VST, but can also be used as a VST-format plug-in from other sequencers.

    Reviews Sep 2001
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    Native Instruments Spektral Delay

    Frequency-Based Delay Processor [Mac & PC]

    Paul White explores the dark side of effects processing with this innovative software from Native Instruments.

    Reviews Aug 2001
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    Steinberg SPL De-Esser

    Formats: PC DirectX, VST

    Reviewed: Mac version

    The SPL De‑Esser user...

    Reviews Feb 2000
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    Arboretum Hyperprism 1.5.5

    Muti-effects Plug-in

    Plug‑in pack: Mac/PC, all formats; TDM and Mac stand‑alone versions also available

    Reviewed: PC...

    Reviews Jul 1999
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    Cakewalk FX3 Soundstage

    Reverb / Virtual Room Simulator

    PC DirectX only

    Cakewalk's FX3 Soundstage is, in essence, a reverb, but that description...

    Reviews Jul 1999
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    Spectral Design Quadrafuzz

    Mac VST/PC VST & DirectX

    Originally designed by SOS author Craig Anderton as a DIY hardware circuit, Spectral Design have now turned this into a software plug‑in. Unlike most other distortion effects, it splits the signal into four frequency bands and distorts each one individually.

    Reviews Jul 1999

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