UAD 9.10.0 update brings rare UA 175B/176 tube comps & DSP pairing

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Universal Audio released version 9.10.0 of its UAD software & plug-ins. The update spans a pair of rare tube compressors, enhancements to Apollo functionality and a hefty number of bug fixes. Universal Audio 175B & 176 compressors hit the mix Masterminded by UA founder Bill Putnam Sr., the 175B and 176 all-tube compressors appeared in […]

Amp modelling vs Tube Amps: Has ‘digital’ won the guitar tone war?

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Recently, the “tube amps versus modelling” debate has heated up online. Products like Line 6’s Helix, Fractal Audio’s FM3, Hotone’s Ampera and, of course, the Kemper Profiler are getting closer and closer to the sounds of real classic valve amps. Recently, players like John Mayer and even Mark Knopfler have used guitar modellers live during concerts, instead […]

Antelope Audio debuts FPGA and DSP Synergy Core processing in upgraded Discrete 4

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European pro audio company Antelope Audio has decided to equip its Discrete 4 USB/Thunderbolt desktop interface with a new effects processing platform called Synergy Core. Fusing FPGA with DSP A long-time user of FPGA chips as an alternative to competing DSP processors, Antelope has surprisingly now embraced the latter in pursuit of synergy between the […]

Superbooth 2019: Sound Machines EuroTouch fingerable modules

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Sound Machines were showing a new project at Superbooth which takes their Lightstrip technology to another creative level. The EuroTouch line takes the touchable Lightstrip CV recorder and builds in 4 channels of functionality producing a range of 14 modules. EuroTouch I have an LS1 Lightstrip, it’s a great little module that you can use […]

Superbooth 2019: XAOC brings along 5 new Eurorack modules

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Working class heroes XAOC has 5 new shiny modules covering digital hacking, waveform processing, DSP effects, stereo mixing and delay. It’s always fabulously intriguing stuff. Samara II – Utility Waveform Processor 4 channels of attenuation with level and parity indicators. 2 offset channels, 4 inverters, a 4 channel or two 2 channel mixers with possible […]

Alto Professional introduces the TS318S and TS315S powered subwoofers

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Alto Professional has announced the introduction of the TS3 series powered subwoofers. The TS318S and TS315S are designed to complement the TS3 series full-range speakers and extend their bass response. At prices of around USD 500-600, the Alto Professional TS315S and TS318S are pretty affordable. In this price range, they compete with offerings like the […]

Echo Fix EF-X2: A real tape echo for the modern world?

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The Australian company Echo Fix has specialised in the repair and maintenance of tape recorders for more than 10 years. Now it’s producing its own tape echo unit, the Echo Fix EF-X2. Echo Fix says it’s been developing, testing and reworking the design of the EF-X2 for three years now. Since it is difficult in this digital […]

Dino Park digs up some old CreamWare DSP synths and puts them in a DIY kit

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CreamWare was a big thing back at the turn of the millennium. The Pulsar system gave you an unparalleled computer-based, but DSP driven, virtual studio with emulations of some classic synthesizers and effects. Well, MakeProAudio is bringing them back with the oddly named Dino Park DIY kit. Dino Park CreamWare made some great synthesizer emulations […]

PreSonus StudioLive Series III S: Four new DSP-powered digital mixers

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PreSonus has introduced the StudioLive Series III S digital mixers. The DSP-powered StudioLive 64S, 32S, 32SX and 32SC mixers are designed to bring the feel and workflow of a large production console to compact mixers for studio and live applications. Staying true to the concept of its StudioLive series, the company touts its new mixers […]

Positive Grid BIAS FX 2 with Guitar Match modelling and new DSP engine

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Positive Grid has just announced that BIAS FX 2 is available to pre-order on its website. Judging by a first look, v2 looks to have been significantly revamped and overhauled, bringing some interesting new features to the BIAS FX suite. The world of virtual guitar rigs is getting better and better, so the new Positive […]