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    Frap Audio Dynamics 2806 500-series compressor expander mono external side-chain

    Frap Audio launch Dynamics 2806

    500-series module offers precise dynamic control

    Frap Audio's first release offers a mono compressor and expander with some useful side-chain functionality in a double-width 500-series module.

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    Sonnox Focusrite Group acquisition audio plug-in developers

    Focusrite Group acquire Sonnox

    Company will retain developer team and HQ

    The Focusrite Group have announced that they have acquired Oxfordshire-based plug-in developers, Sonnox. 

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    CEntrance launch English Channel

    New device bundle from portable recording experts

    The English Channel combines CEntrance’s SoapBox, BlackCab, and Portcaster devices with a custom desktop enclosure, providing an all-in-one channel strip with a built-in SD Card recorder and audio interface.

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    Blue Cat Audio update MB-7 Mixer

    Plug-in gains macro control editor

    Blue Cat Audio have updated MB-7 Mixer, a plug-in which allows users to create their own multi-band processing chains from built-in effects and third-party plug-ins. 

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    McDSP Live Pack II update plug-in effects bundle Avid VENUE compatible compressor EQ dynamics processing

    McDSP release Live Pack II v7

    New presets and high-definition GUIs

    McDSP have released the latest version of their Live Pack II bundle, along with Avid VENUE compatible installers for their entire v7 plug-in range.

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    Focusrite Pro Tools Artist LANDR Studio free subscription offer discount

    Focusrite partnership offers

    Pro Tools Artist & LANDR Studio

    Focusrite have announced two exclusive software offers available to registered interface owners through new partnerships with Avid and LANDR.

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    MIA Laboratories 590 Dynamic EQ saturation valve tube Class-A compression expansion plug-in

    MIA Laboratories 590 Dynamic EQ plug-in

    Five-band EQ with compression or expansion modes

    The 590 Dynamic EQ from MIA Laboratories pairs dynamic equalisation with two different types of saturation that can be applied to each individual frequency band.

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    Process Audio Spicerack parallel distortion saturation linear-phase EQ plug-in

    Process Audio Spicerack saturation plug-in

    Features five harmonic distortion algorithms

    Spicerack from Process Audio is an intuitive disortion plug-in that aims to offer a wide range of sounds that will be useful to any engineer or producer.

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    Sonnox November Sale Claro Drum Gate Envolution Oxford Bundles discount

    Sonnox announce November Sale

    Up to 75% savings

    Sonnox have announced their November Sale, offering generous discounts across the majority of their plug-in range. 

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    Blue Cat Audio PatchWork VST AAX AU plug-in host Pro Tools Logic

    Blue Cat Audio release PatchWork 2.6

    Macro controls and addition I/O options

    PatchWork from Blue Cat Audio allows users to create custom processing chains from both built-in effects and third-party plug-ins. 

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    Devious Machines Infiltrator 2 multi effects modulation sequencer plug-in

    Devious Machines launch Infiltrator 2

    Latest version doubles the amount of effects and modulation options

    Infiltrator 2 is a multi-effects plug-in from Devious Machines loaded with modulation and sequencer-based capabilities. 

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    PSP InfiniStrip

    Channel-strip Plug-in

    Want to combine the freedom to choose EQs and compressors with the convenience of a single plug‑in? PSP may have the answer...

    Reviews Jun 2020
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    Sonnox Oxford Drum Gate

    Dynamics Plug-in For Drums

    Sonnox's innovative dynamics processor offers unprecedented ability to separate wanted from unwanted audio in drum recordings.

    Reviews Mar 2020
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    Production Techniques Using Gates & Expanders

    Golden Gates

    You can do so much more with noise gates and expanders than nix unwanted noise...

    Techniques Sep 2018
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    Using Your DAW's Gates & Expanders

    Software Gating Masterclass

    Following on from our discussion of compression and limiting last month, let's look at how you can use the related processes of gating and expansion within your DAW.

    Techniques Apr 2003
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    Alesis CLX440

    Compressor/Expander Limiter

    Although it features a familiar analogue-style control interface, the CLX440 has a digital interior that allows it to offer advantages such as a 'Look Ahead' facility more commonly found in plug-in processors.

    Reviews Sep 2002
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    Sintefex FX2000 & CX2000

    Stereo EQ/Compressor & Compressor/Gate

    What if you could access the sound and controllability of a range of the best-known classic analogue compressors and EQs, from a single rackmount box, in the digital domain? Two advanced processors from Sintefex aim to offer just this ability.

    Reviews Sep 2002
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    Behringer MDX2200 Composer Pro

    Multi-function Dynamics Processor

    The latest version of Behringer's Composer dynamics processor appears to provide all the facilities anyone could ask for, with a separate expander/gate, compressor and limiter for each of its two channels.

    Reviews May 1999
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    Dbx 266XL


    Does the new 266 compressor from dbx really excel?

    Reviews Sep 1998
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    Drawmer DS201 Dual Gate Tips

    Practical Gating Techniques

    There's more to gating than just getting rid of unwanted noise: the humble noise gate is capable of truly creative studio trickery. David Mellor reveals some of the unusual uses for your Drawmer DS201, but if you don't own a DS201, don't despair: these tips can be adapted for most good quality gates.

    Techniques Jan 1996


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