Sono Elements’ RetroByts plug-in reproduces 80s chiptune music

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Sono Elements has released RetroByts, a plug-in instrument inspired by classic chiptune music from the 80s. RetroByts features basic waveforms sampled from two devices that shaped the budding chiptune scene: the NES video game console and Commodore 64 eight-bit computer. A total of 30 waveforms are available: five types from the NES, 10 from the […]

Craft unique sounds quickly with Loopcloud 5’s new plug-in instruments

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Back at Winter NAMM 2019, Loopmasters unveiled version 4 of Loopcloud, adding a new Loop editor to the popular cloud-based sample and loop distribution platform. The company has now released Loopcloud 5, an updated edition boasting two new plug-in instruments – Loopcloud Drum and Play – as well as a refreshed interface, sound tagging and […]

Tracktion Corporation brings SpaceCraft Granular Synth to desktop

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Tracktion Presents is an initiative by Tracktion Corporation that’s designed to help independent developers get their products out to a wider market. The DAW maker has now added the SpaceCraft Granular Synth to this initiative, offering the iOS app as a plug-in on both Mac and Windows. Designed by Delta-V Audio, the original app is […]

Review: Softube Monoment

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      Price £69.95/$99 (RRP) Contact Softube Despite many producers using more hardware instruments these days, the demand for good quality software instruments has never been greater, so companies like Softube are developing like crazy to meet that demand. The company has a pretty sizeable portfolio of plug-ins that embraces vintage hardware alongside more […]

Inphonik recreates Sega Mega Drive sounds with new synth plug-in

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Inphonik has released a plug-in version of the RYM2612 Iconic FM Synthesizer, which was previously only available as a rack extension for Reason. As its name suggests, the synth is a recreation of Yamaha’s YM2612 FM synthesizer chip, the sound engine used on the Sega Mega Drive/Genesis console. The brand describes the RYM2612 plug-in as […]

Universal Audio pays tribute to Bill Putnam Sr. with two compressor plug-ins

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Universal Audio has released a v9.10 software update, and with it, plug-in emulations of the 175B and 176 tube compressors. The original hardware units belonged to UA founder Bill Putnam Sr., and were used on recordings by The Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin, Aretha Franklin and more. Manufactured in the early 60s, the 175B and 176 […]

TBProAudio aims for tracking and mixing flexibility with the CS-5501 plug-in

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TBProAudio has introduced the CS-5501, a channel strip plug-in designed to make tracking and mixing more flexible. This new tool doubles the offerings of its predecessor, the CS-3301. It arms you with two seven-band EQs, two gate modules and two compressors with available compression types including VCA, FET and Optical. The aforementioned modules are joined […]

Intuitive Audio releases Echo Studio multi-tap delay

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Intuitive Audio, the developer responsible for Chord Composer, has released its first effects plug-in, Echo Studio.  Billed as a powerful and versatile multi-tap delay plug-in, Echo Studio provides you with an impressive 32 delay taps, each with its own FX processing chain.  For each tap, you get control over delay time, level, pan position, HPF, […]

denise.io’s The Sweeper is an envelope filter plug-in with sidechain input

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denise.io has debuted The Sweeper, an envelope filter plug-in designed for dynamic frequency sweeping. That might seem like a mouthful, but it makes for a natural-sounding alternative to conventional gating and sidechain compression. Where a regular sidechained compressor might duck the level of a bass synth across all frequencies, The Sweeper does not. For instance, […]

Review: Steinberg SpectraLayers Pro 6

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      Price £342/€399/$399 Contact Steinberg The audio waveforms that are drawn in our DAWs (and that we’re all familiar with reading, editing and generally messing around with) visualise the overall amplitude of the audio at any given point in time. In other words, the waveforms are showing the amplitude and time domains of […]