Mix up to 8 IRs at once with LIBRA IR mixer by STL Tones and Ignite Amps

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STL Tones and Ignite Amps have collaborated on the new LIBRA IR mixer, a new tool that lets its users blend up to eight Impulse Responses running simultaneously. Is this the ultimate cab IR tool? LIBRA IR The new LIBRA software from STL Tones and Ignite Amps supports mono and stereo as well as automatic resampling. […]

Top 5 Free Compressors: The best freeware plug-ins that sound as good as hardware

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The sound quality of free plug-ins has come a very long way in the past decade. Freeware used to be somewhat synonymous with effects that sounded inferior, forcing you to shell out precious budget on paid plug-ins and preventing you from investing in other areas of your recording setup – but this is no longer […]

SketchCassette recreates the glorious sound of 4-track cassette recorders

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The sound of magnetic tape isn’t just about the warmth, saturation and subtlety of professional reel-to-reel machines. Rather, there’s also the lo-fi and nostalgic side of it, where defects of the medium become effects. This is the concept of SketchCassette, a charming lo-fi plug-in that emulates a 4-track cassette recorder. The sloppily sketched user interface […]

Audified ToneSpot Drum Express: Fat drums made simple

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Only a few weeks after launching the Pro version, Audified has released ToneSpot Drum Express. The plug-in does many of the same things as its Pro cousin, but with a much simpler, streamlined interface. If you’re looking for smashing drums but don’t feel like twiddling knobs, here you go. It was to be expected: All […]

Plugin Alliance Mega Bundle subscription goes live with full yearly access for $250

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Noted plug-in dealer Plugin Alliance dropped what may be the Tzar Bomba of plug-in subscriptions. For USD 250 a year, the Mega Bundle gives you full and unrestricted access to every current and future product on Plugin Alliance. Numbering over 100 plug-ins by the likes of SSL, Focusrite, Brainworx, SPL, Unfiltered Audio and others, the […]

Acustica Audio Coral2 mastering suite: vintage circuits meet modern algorithms

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Once more, Acustica Audio presents a suite of analog-modeled gear to aid against that ‘sterile’ sound. Designed primarily for the purposes of mastering, Coral2 includes colored recreations of an equalizer, compressor, eliptical filter, preamp and an M/S Baxandall-type EQ. Acustica describes Coral2 as “extremely transparent”, with broad EQ curves and a gentle dynamics section which […]

Dynamic Spectrum Mapper v3: a forward-looking dynamics processor

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Masterminded by Paul Frindle who had a hand in developing the legendary SSL E / G series consoles, the Dynamic Spectrum Mapper (DSM) plug-in has reached version 3. DSM has the ability to capture, modify and re-apply the spectral characteristics of different tracks. With this, it gives you options such as matching tracks’ EQ and […]

Waves offers you a seat in the control room of Abbey Road Studio 3

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Waves has released the Abbey Road Studio 3 plug-in. They say that it offers a new kind of immersive mixing experience, giving the illusion in your headphones that you’re sitting in the control room of one of the world’s most famous studios. Will this make your mixes sound better?  It’s remarkable how plug-ins have leveled […]

Brainworx / Plugin Alliance brings the Purple Audio MC77 to your DAW

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Brainworx seems unstoppable these days. The Purple Audio MC77 is the fourth plug-in the company has released in quick succession, after the Shadow Hills Mastering Compressor, Focusrite SC and Ampeg V-4B. The plug-in’s hardware counterpart is an evolution of the legendary 1176 limiting amplifier with extended functionality. With the Plugin Alliance Purple Audio MC77, you […]

brainworx intros officially endorsed emulation of the rare Focusrite Studio Console

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Acclaimed developer brainworx has reincarnated another interesting and rare piece of analog equipment in the digital realm. Focusrite SC is a Focusrite-endorsed emulation of the manufacturer’s coveted 72-channel Studio Console, of which only 10 were ever made. It originated from a pair of modules designed by Rupert Neve on behalf of Beatles producer George Martin. […]