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.
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 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.
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:
Neve Custom Series 75
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.
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?
H.G. Fortune has announced a new synth, Altair 4 – The SciFi Sounds Lab.
According to the company, the Altair 4 is for “spacey & wobbly stuff, drones and scapes i.e FX-sounds, and it is quite good at doing bell like sounds, too”. It’s inspired by the 1956 soundtrack to Forbidden Planet, by Louis and Bebe Barron. Continue reading →