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    Ampeg SVT Suite

    Bass Amp Modelling Plug-in

    Ampeg’s first official plug‑in offers a range of classic heads, cabs and effects.

    Reviews . Apr 2023
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    G-Sonique Resonant Techno Reverb RRTX24

    VST3 Reverb Plug-in For Windows

    Seeking creative inspiration? This reverb might be up your street if you are a Windows user...

    Reviews Apr 2023
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    Hit’n’Mix RipX DeepCreate

    Source Separation & Audio Processing Software

    Hit’n’Mix add recording features to RipX with the new DeepCreate module.

    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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    Wave Alchemy Glow

    Reverb Plug-in

    Based on the pioneering AMS RMX16 reverb, we put Wave Alchemy's affordable native plug‑in alternative through its paces.

    Reviews Apr 2023
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    Q. For parallel compression, should I use different tracks or a compressor’s wet/dry control?

    When doing parallel compression, are there advantages to using the compressor fully wet on another channel, and feeding it with an aux send from the first track?

    Sound Advice Apr 2023
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    Strymon Cloudburst

    Digital Reverb Pedal

    There are many reverb pedals around, but this box has a few tricks up its sleeve.

    Reviews . Apr 2023
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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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    AIR Music Technology Vocal Effects Collection Doubler Harmonizer Tuner Distortion plug-in bundle

    AIR release Vocal Effects Collection

    Vocal tuning, distortion & harmony/unison generators

    The latest plug-in bundle from AIR focuses on vocal processing, offering pitch-correction and distortion effects along with tools that allow users to generate harmonies and unison parts from a single vocal track.

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    Hush App Mac noise reduction vocal dialogue noise reverb clean up restoration Apple Silicon Neural Engine

    Hush noise reduction Mac app released

    Runs on Apple’s Neural Engine

    Hush is a new Mac application capable of reducing background noise and reverb from spoken word recordings. 

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    HeadRush Prime guitar vocal multi-effects modelling cloning pedalboard harmony Antares Auto-Tune live studio system

    HeadRush Prime modelling processor

    New flagship pedalboard system announced

    HeadRush's new flagship pedalboard system greatly expands on the capabilities of its predecessor, boasting built-in amp cloning, new effects and amp models and onboard Auto-Tune processing courtesy of Antares.  

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    SynchroArts RePitch 1.1 vocal editing pitch-correction plug-in update ARA2 VST3 AU AAX

    Synchro Arts RePitch 1.2 update

    New Multi-Region editing mode added

    The latest version of RePitch introduces some new editing functionality and performance improvements along with a range of enhancements and user interface tweaks.

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    Blue Cat Audio PatchWork VST VST3 AAX AU plug-in host multi-effects serial parallel routing Pro Tools Logic

    Blue Cat Audio update PatchWork

    Introduces oversampling and custom colouring options

    The latest version of Blue Cat Audio's multi-effects processor and plug-in host introduces a range of new visual and operational features, as well as resolving some known bugs. 

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    Techivation M-Loudener loudness dynamic range stereo width enhancement plug-in

    Techivation unveil new M-Loudener plug-in

    Increase loudness whilst preserving dynamic range

    M-Loudener aims to provide users with control over their track's perceived loudness and stereo width without sacrificing clarity and dynamic range. 

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    Acustica Cloud Lava microphone modelling emulation online remote processing public beta

    Acustica Cloud public beta

    Company’s Lava mic modelling goes cloud-based

    Users are being invited to test out a new service which allows batches of audio files to be processed remotely with Acustica's Lava microphone modelling technology.

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    Boz Digital Labs ReCoil algorithmic impulse response modelled vintage spring reverb plug-in effect

    Boz Digital Labs launch ReCoil plug-in

    Features both algorithmic and impulse-based reverbs

    ReCoil offers a wide range of vintage-inspired spring reverb effects, and allows users to choose between a variety of different models that range from traditional tanks to rather more unusual offerings.

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    DDMF GrandEQ minimum linear phase equaliser plug-in

    DDMF introduce GrandEQ plug-in

    Minimum and linear phase operation modes

    DDMF's latest EQ plug-in focuses on delivering a clean and neutral sound whilst aiming to achieve the lowest possible amount of digital distortion.

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    Akai Flex Beat rhythmic chopped beat dj scratch pitch-shift reverse effects plug-in

    Akai Pro release Flex Beat plug-in

    Quickly create rhythmic pitch-based effects

    Described as the ultimate rhythmic tool, Akai Pro's new plug-in provides a simple way to chop beats, create DJ-style scratches, and trigger a range of tempo-synced pitch-shifting effects.

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    Delta Sound Labs Fold 1.2 wavefolding distortion plug-in update

    Delta Sound Labs update Fold

    Distortion plug-in adds Tape Delay section

    This latest free update for Fold introduces a new Tape Delay module, along with support for newer Mac and Windows operating systems. 

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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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    GPU Audio Space & Time bundle graphics card powered audio processing plug-ins delay convolution reverb

    Space & Time bundle by GPU Audio

    Latest graphics card-powered PC plug-ins announced

    GPU Audio have released new delay and reverb effects in their free Beta Suite series of GPU-powered PC audio plug-ins.



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