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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Black Rooster Audio VLA-FET: More 1176-style compression for your DAW

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Black Rooster Audio has released the VLA-FET compressor plug-in, giving you another option for 1176-style FET compression. According to the developers, the emulation uses “real-time component based circuit simulation”, thereby “capturing the sound and feel of the analog unit as close as possible”.  Black Rooster Audio has been making a name for itself with releases […]

The UK Sound 276 dual channel FET compressor is now shipping

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It’s been a while since we got a first glimpse of the UK Sound 276 compressor at NAMM 2018, along with its single-channel sibling 176. The company has announced that it is now shipping the 276. As always when the two magic digits “76” are involved, it’s clear where this is going. The UK Sound […]

Signum Audio releases a BUTE of a limiter plug-in

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Signum Audio has released the BUTE Limiter plug-in, a new addition to its BUTE Loudness Suite. The company says the new plug-in delivers smooth and transparent audio limiting, while being very easy to use. The BUTE Limiter is available in stereo and surround versions and is touted as being suitable for a wide variety of […]

Softube Dyna-mite limiter/expander: three plug-ins for the price of one

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Not only has Softube recreated a very interesting vintage unit, it’s also come up with what I think is a really good offer – three plug-ins for the price of one! The hardware in question is the venerable Valley People Dyna-mite, an old limiter/expander which covers a great deal of sonic territory – dynamics, in […]

NAMM 2019: Little Labs LL2A, a 60s opto compressor for modern times

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There are plenty of options for those after a reliable hardware replica of the old Teletronix LA2A opto compressor. For example, California-based Little Labs is showcasing its own – the LL2A compressor and limiter – at NAMM 2019. Made in partnership with AnaMod co-founder Dave Amels, the LL2A capitalizes on AnaMod’s experience in analog modeling […]

Maag and Brainworx team up for MAGNUM-K compressor & mastering processor

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Manufacturer Mäag Audio has teamed up with the gear modeling ninjas at Brainworx for a digital reincarnation of the former’s coveted MAGNUM-K channel strip. The original single-channel unit houses two compression circuits (Magnum Comp and K Comp), a bespoke parallel equalizer, and a soft limiting function. Luckily, Brainworx didn’t stop at replicating the hardware. It […]

NAMM 2019: PSP Audioware releases Twin-L vintage limiter plug-in

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In time for NAMM, developer PSP Audioware released a brand new plug-in, the Twin-L dual algorithm classic limiter. Twin-L can sound like vintage VCA and Opto limiters, according to your preference. Changing the character is accomplished via a switch. The limiter has the traditional Attack, Release, Input, Ceiling, and Output controls, as well as a […]