Positive Grid Launches ‘Pro Series’ Plugins: Tube, Optical and Fet Compressors

Positive Grid today announced the launch of the Pro Series Studio Plug-ins – a series of revolutionary FET, Tube, and Optical compressors. Company officials say the Pro Series introduces profiling and component-based compression “for the first time ever” in a plug-in, allowing the user to accurately reproduce the many subtle nuances of classic and modern analog studio gear right down to the component level.

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Celemony Melodyne 4 Released Today

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Today, Celemony releases the latest version of its Melodyne audio software. The company says that Celemony Melodyne 4 “constitutes the most extensive update to the entire product family in the company’s history,” with the emphasis on Melodyne 4 studio.

Highlights of the updated Melodyne include the Polyphonic Spectrum Shaper, a sound editor with new sound design possibilities; DNA (Direct Note Access), on an unlimited number of tracks; along with “ultra-accurate” tempo detection. In addition, the smaller Melodyne editions, editor, assistant and essential, have also been enhanced.

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The Best New Mobile Music Apps Of 2015

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Best of 2015
: We asked and you voted on the Best New Mobile Music Apps of 2015.

Synthtopia readers picked Olympia Noise Co’s Patterning Drum Machine as the best new mobile music app of 2015. Patterning could be the poster child using mobile devices for music, pairing polyrhythmic + polymetric power with a great UI and an surprisingly modest price tag (US $7.99).

The granular synth app Borderlands 2.0 took the second spot in our reader’s poll, followed by Ableton Link – which is not a conventional app, per se, but a new technology that makes it easier to jam with multiple mobile and desktop devices.

Check out the full list below and let us know what you think of the best new mobile music making apps of 2015!   Continue reading

u-he Intros Free ‘Experimental Reverb’, Protoverb

protoverb-free-reverbu-he has released Protoverb – an ‘experimental reverb’, based on the idea of a “room simulator”.

Most algorithmic reverbs try to avoid resonances or model the reflections of sound from a rooms walls. Protoverb does the opposite. It builds up as many room resonances as possible, modeling the body of air in the room. It therefore does not need to modulate or colour the signal.

The result is a very natural sounding reverbration with some interesting features: Long standing frequencies resonate louder, as if the air takes some time to get excited. Multiple instruments don’t mash into a diffuse mud, they stay distinct. If you play a short melody, the room seems to repeat a ghost echo of that melody. Those properties are indeed found in churches and large halls, but they’re rarely found in conventional algorithmic reverbs. Continue reading

Sinevibes Inertia 2.0 Envelope Sequencer For OS X

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Sinevibes has introduced Inertia 2.0 – an effect for advanced audio level shaping.

It is based on a sequencer that runs in precise sync with the host transport, triggering up to 32 envelope generators one after another. With multiple envelope types to choose from, as well as variable timing and shape parameters, Inertia can create a plethora of level modulation effects: from rhythmic tremolo, pumping and gating to intricate riffs, chopping and stuttering. Continue reading

IRCAM Intros IRCAMAX – 12 Devices For Max For Live

ircamax-max-for-liveFrench electronic music center IRCAM (Institut de Recherche et Coordination Acoustique/Musique) has intrroduced IRCAMAX 2, their second collection of Max For Live devices.

Audio effects, instruments and a MIDI effect make up this collection of tools for advanced audio processing, sound design and creative experimentation.

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