Studio Plug-Ins | Cool Software, Hot Sounds

Jun 24, 2010 5:43 PM, By George Petersen



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Designed for tweaking a signal’s overall sonic character, Niveau is the filter section of Elysia’s mpressor plug-in. It’s intended for applications where a shelving filter is too limited and a fully parametric EQ is too much, and simultaneously boosts a signal’s HF component while attenuating the low frequencies (or vice versa) around a user-specified center point. The plug-in is available in RTAS, VST and AU formats with installers for Mac OS and Windows. It’s a free download.


Mix Focusrite Scarlett Review

This pro software suite provides compression, gating, EQ and reverb plug-ins for tracking and mixing. Scarlett’s user interface features the red-anodized look of Focusrite’s famed Red Series processors. Each plug-in in the suite has fast and easy-to-use presets, providing a great starting point for tweaking everything from vocals and guitars to synth, bass and percussion. In addition, every plug-in parameter can be finely tuned to achieve the desired sound. Scarlett works under VST, AU and RTAS hosts, and runs on Macs and PCs.


Video Demo of AmpliTube 3

AmpliTube is a next-gen release offering more than 160 pieces of gear, including 51 stomp boxes and effects, 31 amplifier/preamp/power sections, 46 speaker cabinet models, 15 high-end stage and studio mics, and 17 post-amp rack effects. A slick GUI upgrade allows simple drag-and-drop changing of mic positions, while its open architecture lets users add more packages as needed, including AmpliTube Fender and Ampeg SVX. Other improvements include 70 reworked models within the AmpliTube Metal and AmpliTube Jimi Hendrix package, a new collection of bass gear models and an improved preset-management/keyword system.

This software version of the classic Time Modulator Model 5402 (designed by the late pro audio legend Stephen St. Croix) pushes modulation effects far beyond their original intent. The plug-in provides two separate delay lines with their own volume, phase, pan and a joint feedback control—all processed with analog-modeling algorithms to capture the sound of the original. Once modulation is added, the delays can be continuously swept from minimum to maximum time over the LFO rate and—unlike the mono original—can create complex stereo effects. It’s available in VST versions for Mac/PC; an AU version is in beta testing at press time.

Alloy is a completely configurable and self-contained plug-in suite with six essential sound-shaping effects: equalizer, exciter, transient, dynamics, de-esser and limiter. Alloy provides these useful dynamics and sound-shaping effects in a self-contained, completely configurable interface. More than 150 macro-presets handle specific mix situations, and a Multiband mode can apply processing independently in up to three frequency bands. An uncluttered GUI adds to the appeal of this cross-platform Mac/PC plug-in, available in AU, RTAS, AudioSuite, VST, MAS and DirectX formats.

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