Effects Plug-Ins | Keeping It In the Box

Mar 1, 2011 9:00 AM, By George Petersen



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The $299 Nectar plug-in suite from iZotope provides 11 vocal effects, including breath control, compression, de-essing, doubler, EQ, noise gate, limiter, delay, reverb, saturation and pitch correction. A manual Note Editor lets users capture a segment of audio, with piano-roll-style editing of pitch and timing. Onboard presets offer quick access to 110 Style settings in 12 genres, such as ’60s Motown sound, early ’90s grunge rock, a radio-ready Podcasting template, jazz vocals or a modern pop sound, ranging from delicate improvements to robotic effects. It’s PC/Mac-compatible, supporting Pro Tools 7 or higher (RTAS/AudioSuite), VST, MAS, AU and DirectX hosts.

McDSP V. 5
Now shipping, V. 5 from McDSP includes the new 6030 Ultimate Compressor plug-in, Classic Pack V. 5 and Emerald Pack V. 5. In addition to Pro Tools, McDSP V. 5 plug-ins now support all AU-compatible DAWs. Supported formats include Mac OS 10.5.x (Leopard) and 10.6.x (Snow Leopard), Mac PowerPC (RTAS only) and Windows. The 6030 Ultimate Compressor offers 10 different compressors, some designed completely from the ground up by McDSP, mixed with unique twists on vintage emulations. Prices are $449 HD or $249 native, or as an upgrade to Emerald Pack V. 5 for $349 HD or $299 native.

Originally developed for MOTU Digital Performer, the MasterWorks Collection ($295) audio plug-in bundle runs on Mac 10.5 or higher hosts that support RTAS, AU and VST. The bundle includes MasterWorks EQ, MasterWorks Leveler and ProVerb, which are modeled after classic studio processors such as the Teletronix LA-2A, analog British console EQs and a convolution reverb with dozens of preset acoustic spaces from halls and stages to plates and cathedrals. All three plug-ins feature 32- and 64-bit internal floating-point processing, and CPU-efficient performance, and support mono, stereo and surround channel configurations.

Magnetic ($129) from Nomad Factory is a stereo warming effect created to emulate the sound of classic tube circuitry and analog tape saturation. It offers control of reel-to-reel tape “speeds,” tape/tube saturation and coloration, and a vintage-style EQ. Its interface is designed to appear modern and simple, and promises to be user-friendly for dialing in usable sounds. It supports AU, RTAS and VST on PC and Intel-Mac hosts.

This bundle ($365) from NuGen Audio puts some serious audio tools into one collection. It includes the SEQ 1/SEQ 2 linear phase equalizers; Monofilter (to add focus and definition); Stereoizer to create two chanels from mono sources or enhance stereo perspectives with space and width; Stereoplacer (with frequency-based panning, parametric EQ, stereo spectrum correction and more); and, as a bonus, the Visualizer plug, which provides precision audio analysis of phase, stereo, level, correlation and spectrum display. Each of the plug-ins is also offered separately.

Based on the concept of its popular Nitro, the new N20 ($129) from PSP Audioware is a semi-modular, multi-effect plug-in offering up to four sound-processing operators at a time, including morphing, resonant and formant filters, EQ, delay, reverb, pitch shifter, compressor/expander, bit-crusher, distortion, full-wave rectifier and more. It supports AU, RTAS and VST on Mac and PC hosts.

This AudioSuite time-stretching and pitch-shifting plug-in from Serato is designed for use with Pro Tools, and now offers Pro Tools 9 support. Time compression/expansion can range from eighth through 8x speed, independent of pitch and pitch shifting of up to 36 semitones. Price (box or download) is $799.

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