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    SSL SubGen subharmonic synthesizer low end bass enhancement LFE generator plug-in

    SSL unveil SubGen plug-in

    Four bands of subharmonic synthesis

    SSL's latest plug-in claims to be the ultimate tool for bass generation and low-frequency enhancement, combining a four-band subharmonic synthesizer with overdrive and compression processors.

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    Locomotive Audio WT-Comp | Audio Examples

    Hear For Yourself

    The audio examples available on this page accompany my SOS April 2023 review of the Weight Tank compressor by Locomotive Audio. I’ve provided before and after examples along with the settings I used and a few thoughts on what I was trying to achieve with the compressor in each setting.

    01_Drum Room_RAW

    A mono drum room mic without any processing applied.

    02_Drum Room_WT-Comp

    This is an example of the WT-Comp being used to add character and excitement to the drum room mic. The attack was on the fastest setting, the release set at 11 o’clock and the drive setting was engaged. Around 7-8 dB of gain reduction was applied.

    03_Bass Guitar_RAW

    A bass guitar captured via direct input without any processing.

    04_Bass Guitar_WT-Comp

    An example of the WT-Comp used on a bass guitar DI to add more dynamic consistency. With upwards of 10 dB of gain reduction applied, you can hear how the compressor makes the part more solid but at the expense of a little low-end and a general change in tone. For this example, I had the drive setting engaged, the attack at 2 o'clock and the release at 3 o’clock.

    05_Acoustic Guitar_RAW

    An acoustic guitar recording with no processing.

    06_Acoustic Guitar_WT-Comp

    With the WT-Comp in its ‘round’ setting this is an example of I used the review unit to make a strummed acoustic guitar part sit more confidently in a mix. The attack was set at 2 o'clock and the release at its fastest setting.

    07_Electric Guitar_RAW

    An example of a slightly driven picked electric guitar recording.

    08_Electric Guitar_WT-Comp

    With the attack at 2 o’clock and release at its fastest setting, I used the WT-Comp to add more saturation and make the guitar part cut through the mix more easily. The drive setting was used and as much as 10dB of gain reduction.

    09_Female Vocals_RAW

    An example of a female vocal recorded without any processing.

    10_Female Vocals_WT-Comp

    In this example, you can hear how the WT-Comp adds more weight to a female vocal. I found I had to tread quite carefully on vocals and this has just 3-4 dB of gain reduction applied with both the attack and release set at around 12 o'clock. This is in the ‘round’ setting.

    11_Male Vocals_RAW

    An example of a Male vocal recorded without any processing.

    12_Male Vocals_WT-Comp

    For this example, I used the same settings as for the female vocal but with the drive setting engaged to add more harmonics to the vocal. I generally preferred the WT-Comp on male vocals that benefited from the extra low-end weight and a more coloured sound.

    Reviews Apr 2023
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    Locomotive Audio WT-Comp

    Vari‑mu Compressor

    This characterful valve processor offers vari‑mu compression at a very attractive price.

    Reviews Apr 2023
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    Eddie Bazil

    Compression And Expansion | SOS Podcast

    7 Practical Examples

    Eddie Bazil demystifies Compression and Expansion with a detailed explanation of their uses, which he demonstrates using plug-ins through seven practical examples.

    Techniques Apr 2023
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    Musik Hack Master Plan all-in-one mastering limiter multi-band compressor peak limiter analogue tape saturation loudness LUFS metering plug-in

    Master Plan plug-in from Musik Hack

    Promises professional-sounding masters within minutes

    The first plug-in from Musik Hack is an all-in-one mastering solution that combines loudness, saturation, EQ and stereo width processing. 

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    Softube Bus Processor compressor saturation stereo width spatialisation plug-in  SSL G-series

    Softube release new Bus Processor plug-in

    Compression, saturation & stereo width processing

    Softube's latest plug-in pairs a compressor with saturation and stereo width sections, aiming to provide users with an all-in-one bus processing solution. 

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    Waves plug-in subscription and perpetual licences remain

    Waves update: Perpetual licences to remain

    Available alongside new subscription service

    Waves have released a statement announcing that they will be bringing back the option for users to purchase and update perpetual versions of individual plug-ins and bundles.

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    Waves Creative Access audio plug-in subscription only model announced

    Waves announce Creative Access subscriptions

    Plug-in makers launch two subscription packages

    Waves have announced the launch of Creative Access, a new service which offers Essential and Ultimate subscriptions containing 110 and 220 plug-ins respectively. 

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    Dave Hill Crane Song Dave Hill Designs

    Dave Hill (1954 - 2023)

    Audio engineer and designer passes away

    Dave Hill, the audio electronics designer and founder of Crane Song and Dave Hill Designs, has sadly passed away aged 68.

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    Antares Auto-Tune Vocal Compressor automatic machine learning compression plug-in

    Antares unveil Auto-Tune Vocal Compressor

    Uses Machine Learning to suggest settings

    Antares' latest processor promises to make finding the optimum vocal compression settings quicker and easier than ever. 

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    Massenburg MDWDRC2 Dynamic Range Controller peak RMS compressor limiter loudness normalisation filtering standard plug-in

    Massenburg update MDWDRC2-Native

    New presets and tutorial videos now available

    A number of fixes and improvements have been made to MDW's Dynamic Range Controller plug-in, along with the release of a new User Guide and presets created by George Massenburg. 

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    Arturia Winter Sale discount individual instruments effects sound banks

    Arturia Winter Sale

    Live now until 2 March 2023

    Arturia's Winter Sale is now live, with savings of 50% available across their range of individual software instruments, effects, and preset packs.

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    Universal Audio UAD native analogue emulation vintage hardware plug-in bundles

    New native UAD plug-ins & bundles

    New Leslie cabinet emulation also unveiled

    A selection of Universal Audio's renowned plug-ins are now available to purchase individually, or as part of three new bundles, without the need for any UA hardware. 

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    Black Lion Audio Bluey 500 Chris Lord-Alge Blue-Stripe 1176 500-series compressor module

    Black Lion unveil Bluey 500

    500-series FET compressor

    This 500-series module offers the same signal path as the Bluey rackmount compressor in a fraction of the space. 

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    Waves Magma Tube Channel Strip valve preamp drive eq compressor expander plug-in

    Waves launch Magma Tube Channel Strip

    Drive, EQ, compression & expansion plug-in

    Waves' latest channel strip promises to accurately recreate the circuit behaviour of carefully selected vintage valve-based hardware.

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    Softube Icons: The Compressor Collection Urie 1176 Teletronix LA-2A  DBX 160 vintage analogue outboard plug-in emulations

    Icons: The Compressor Collection from Softube

    Three new classic hardware emulations

    Softube's latest plug-in bundle offers authentic recreations of three legendary analogue compressors. 

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    Tegeler Audio Manufaktur Vari Tube Compressor analogue outboard compressor saturation distortion mode

    Tegeler Vari Tube Compressor upgraded

    New compressor bypass mode added

    The updated version of the VTC allows the device to be used as a saturation effect with the compressor section bypassed, and introduces some enhancements to the unit's circuitry. 

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    Sound Skulptor MU524 Vari-Mu Compressor DIY 500-series analogue outboard valve tube transformer vintage style compressor

    MU524 from Sound Skulptor

    DIY Vari-Mu compressor kit

    Sound Skulptor's MU524 500-series module promises to deliver the characterful sound of a vintage compressor at a surprisingly affordable price point.

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    DOCtron IMC

    Stereo EQ & VCA Compressor

    Billed as an instant mastering device for on‑stage use, the DOCtron IMC could well be an entirely new class of audio processor.

    Reviews Feb 2023
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    Heritage Audio Herchild 670

    Dual-channel Valve Compressor

    Part of their new American Heritage line, the Madrid‑based manufacturers’ latest offering is their take on the mighty Fairchild Model 670.

    Reviews Feb 2023
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    Soundevice Digital VoxDucker

    Ducking Plug-in

    VoxDucker aims to make the ducking process more intuitive, so that podcasters and the like can get consistently good results.

    Reviews Feb 2023


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