Turn Your LaunchPad Into A Step Sequencer WIth Lauflicht

Developer Thilo Geertzen let us know about version 2 of the step sequencer Lauflicht plugin for the Novation Launchpad:

The plugin for Renoise is a moving light, multitrack and multitimbral step sequencer with 8, 16 or 32 steps, turning your Launchpad into a Hardware Step Sequencer. It was especially designed for playing live and to be capable of editing beats and patterns without the mouse.

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Sonic Charge Permut8 Sound Mangling

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Sonic Charge has introduced Permut8, a new VST / AudioUnit that lets you modulate, manipulate and mangle your audio in countless ways.

Here’s what Sonic Charge has to say about Permut8:

Permut8 is an effect plug-in that embraces the sounds of primitive signal processing hardware. At its core is a 12-bit digital delay with variable sample rate from 0 to 352 khz. The delay is controlled by a programmable processor that allows you to change and modulate the delay time with various “operators”. The input and output stages offers virtual analog components for saturation, limiting and filtering. The sound of Permut8 is raw and complex but noisy and warm at the same time.

Permut8 is available now, for Mac & Windows, for $66. A trial version is also available.

FabFilter Saturn Distortion + Saturation Plug-in (Sneak Preview)

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FabFilter has introduced a new distortion/saturation plugin for Mac & Windows, Saturn.

To be released on March 8, 2012, FabFilter Saturn is a multi-band distortion and saturation plug-in. According to FabFilter, it delivers ‘subtle, clean and warm tube or tape saturation to the wildest multi-band guitar amp effects’.

In this tutorial, Dan Worrall explains the basics of FabFilter Saturn. He starts with a simple single-band saturation example explaining the available algorithms and most important controls of the plug-in. Finally, he explains some more complex setups, using multiple bands and making use of the extensive modulation section.

Pricing is TBA.

Plugin Alliance Promises New Über-Standard For Audio Plugins

Plugin Alliance is a new pro-audio plugin-company that wants to change the way that you buy audio plugins.

Founded by Brainworx CEO Dirk Ulrich, the goal of Plugin Alliance is to “establish a new, user friendly native plugin Über-Standard, supporting all major plugin formats and uniting some of the best-known international audio companies under one virtual home.”

Members of the new Plugin Alliance will include:

  • Brainworx
  • SPL
  • Elysia
  • Vertigo
  • Millennia
  • Charter Oak
  • Mäag Audio
  • Neve Custom Series 75
  • Chandler Limited

The Plugin Alliance website is currently just a place holder, but is expected to go live on January 2nd, 2012 on. At the site, you’ll be able to get downloads, tech support, sales, news, etc. for all the plugins of Alliance members. They also plan to offer multi-brand bundles for specific needs, for example Mastering Bundles, Mix Bundles, Heavy Metal Bundles, etc. with mixed plugins.

Details below.

What do you think of the idea of a centralized source for buying and managing your plugin licenses? And what about an Über-Standard for plugins?

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New Tool For Making Mashups – MashTactic (Sneak Preview)

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QuikQuak Audio has announced a new tool for making mashups – MashTactic.

MashTactic is a plug-in that is designed to separate various parts of a full audio mix. WIth MashTactic, many sounds, including vocals, can be cut or isolated from a track.

Highlights:

  • A great tool for mashup music makers.
  • Can be used as a sharp cut-off filter, as demonstrated in the video above.
  • MashTactic works on transients, allow the user to emphasize and cut percussive sounds allow control over punch of drum tracks.
  • Also useful for analysing stereo spread and mix of a track you’re composing.

Pricing and release date are TBA.