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Acustica Audio Black: A gain staging suite with rare preamp emulations

Acustica Audio BlackPreamp emulations are a bit of an Acustica Audio specialty, playing an important role in its plug-in offerings. It was perhaps only a matter of time before the manufacturer caved in to its obsession and dedicated a whole plug-in suite to the matter. Black is exactly that. It has a bunch of emulated rare, expensive preamps bundled in two paid-for packages. In the meantime, Acustica Audio is giving away a free version with a single preamp model to get you a feel for it.

Acustica Audio Black

This suite focuses on gain staging, with tools to control the amount of signal going between your tracks. If you use Ableton Live, think of the Utility tool. Many producers prefer doing volume automations from the Utility tool and leaving the faders for mix balance. The Black plug-in is something like this, but with preamp emulations and options for saturation and filtering.

As the gain increases, Black introduces harmonic distortion – it’s most of what gives analog that warm, imperfect sound which our ears associate with recorded music. The filters help tame the bass and treble aspects of the saturation. As for the preamp emulations, simply select your preferred audio character. The more tracks you cook up like this, the more pronounced coloration you get. You likely won’t hear any, if much difference from a single instance.

Acustica Audio Black

Acustica Audio Black

Black Standard and Guru

The Black suite exists in two versions: standard and Black Guru, the latter geared towards advanced applications. The basic version is free and offers a single emulation. It can be expanded with the two paid extensions – Volume A and Volume B. They have 5 additional preamp emulations each. Acustica notes that none of these preamps have been emulated in software before. So if you want to reach beyond classic console preamp coloration, Black is one thing to try.

Price and availability

Acustica Audio Black is available for free in its basic version with one preamp model (Navy Geranium). The extensions “Volume A” and “Volume B” normally cost EUR 99 each but, until August 26 2021, you will pay EUR 69 for each.

The plug-in works under macOS 10.14 or later and Windows 10 in VST, AU and AAX formats. A demo version and a PDF user manual can be downloaded from the product page. The manufacturer’s Aquarius software handles installation and licensing.

More information about Acustica Audio’s Black

Acustica Audio Black – Video

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French Violin Is A FREE Orchestral Plugin By SampleScience

French Violin by SampleScience

SampleScience offers French Violin, a FREE instrument plugin for macOS and Windows. We have covered a few SampleScience instruments now, including Rusty Piano and Nu Guzheng. Rusty Piano is an old beat-up, upright with plenty of character, and Nu Guzheng is a Chinese plucked zither. If you haven’t checked those two out yet, do it, […]

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From: Bedroom Producers Blog | bedroomproducersblog.com/2021/07/28/samplescience-french-violin/

Proclethya Synthesizer Plugin Is FREE For A Limited Time ($39 Value)

Proclethya by Dymai Sound

Dymai Sound offers the Proclethya ($39 value) virtual synthesizer as a FREE download until July 31st, 2021. Proclethya is a virtual analog synthesizer for Windows. It usually costs $39 (currently on sale for $29.95), but you can get it for free by entering the coupon code JLYFR31 at checkout. According to the developer, doesn’t use […]

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From: Bedroom Producers Blog | bedroomproducersblog.com/2021/07/28/proclethya-free/

MAGIX Samplitude Music Studio 2022: What’s new in the beginner-friendly DAW

MAGIX Samplitude Music Studio 2022MAGIX has released Samplitude Music Studio 2022, a spin off from its flagship Samplitude Pro X DAW. This version is better suited towards novice to intermediate music producers, as reflected in the affordable price tag, streamlined user interface, and abundance of mix-ready content. The software does offer enough features to get stuck into, though, like plug-ins, automation and time/pitch correction.

MAGIX Samplitude Music Studio 2022

New features in Samplitude Music Studio 2022 include:

  • Central tempo controls, clean automation curves, enhanced performance, new sounds and instruments.
  • New modernEQ equalizer plug-in with filter options for each band and custom editing options for audio tracks.
  • Plug-in browser extension for searching the available instruments and effects using keywords and filters, saving favorites for quick access and so on.
  • Dockable track editor provides constant access to essential track functions – audio and AUX settings, plug-ins, mixer settings, and EQ.
  • ARA2 support for compatible plug-ins.
  • 8 new percussion instruments.
  • New soundpools in 8 different styles with hundreds of samples.
  • Quickstart Wizard with templates for playing and recording instruments.
  • MAGIX Audio Remote app for remote control from a mobile device.
  • Multitrack recording in 24-bit / 96kHz.

Samplitude Music Studio 2022
Samplitude Music Studio 2022
Samplitude Music Studio 2022

MAGIX Samplitude Music Studio 2022 – Price and availability

The software is available now for Windows computers. You can purchase it from MAGIX or our partner Thomann, using the affiliate links below. New purchases cost USD 129 and upgrades cost USD 60. A free trial version is available for download. Music Studio 2022’s system requirements are notably modest. A dual-core 1.5GHz processor, 2GB to 4GB of RAM, and 2GB of storage space for basic install are needed. Your computer must run 32 or 64-bit Windows 8 or later. An internet connection is required for registering and validating the program, as well as for some program features. The software requires one-time registration.

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New Gear Drop update from Positive Grid for its Spark desktop amp

Positive Grid Gear Drop firmware updateThe Gear Drop firmware update from Positive Grid adds¬†three¬†more amps and three effects pedals to the popular Spark desktop amp. And it’s free for all Spark users!

Positive Grid Spark Gear Drop

Positive Grid has just announced a firmware and app update for its Spark desktop amp. Called Gear Drop, it adds three new amp models and three new virtual stompboxes to the already well catered for system.

The Amps

You get the ODS 50, inspired by the highly sought after boutique Dumble ODS 50 HRM ampllifier. The Blues Boy is based on the popular Fender Blues Junior tube combo and, finally, the new Insane 6508, a high-gain amp based on the Peavey 6505.

Positive Grid ODS 50
Positive Grid Blues Boy
Positive Grid Insane 6508

The Effects

The three new effects pedals include the Clone Drive, based on a boutique ’90s Klon Centaur Overdrive pedal, and the Guitar EQ and Bass EQ,¬†both of which are based on granular-level frequency spectrum controllers.

Update

The Gear Drop firmware update is available now for free from Positive Grid’s support page. You can hear the new amps and effects in the official demo video below, along with details on how to update your Spark amp.

It’s always nice to get new amps and effects to play with, especially when they come for free! Just make sure you back up any of your favourite presets before you undertake this firmware update. I would suggest you also watch the ‘how to’ at the end of this video, as it covers everything you need to do.

More Information on Positive Grid

Gear Drop Demo Video

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New Gear Drop update from Positive Grid for its Spark desktop amp

Positive Grid Gear Drop firmware updateThe Gear Drop firmware update from Positive Grid adds¬†three¬†more amps and three effects pedals to the popular Spark desktop amp. And it’s free for all Spark users!

Positive Grid Spark Gear Drop

Positive Grid has just announced a firmware and app update for its Spark desktop amp. Called Gear Drop, it adds three new amp models and three new virtual stompboxes to the already well catered for system.

The Amps

You get the ODS 50, inspired by the highly sought after boutique Dumble ODS 50 HRM ampllifier. The Blues Boy is based on the popular Fender Blues Junior tube combo and, finally, the new Insane 6508, a high-gain amp based on the Peavey 6505.

Positive Grid ODS 50
Positive Grid Blues Boy
Positive Grid Insane 6508

The Effects

The three new effects pedals include the Clone Drive, based on a boutique ’90s Klon Centaur Overdrive pedal, and the Guitar EQ and Bass EQ,¬†both of which are based on granular-level frequency spectrum controllers.

Update

The Gear Drop firmware update is available now for free from Positive Grid’s support page. You can hear the new amps and effects in the official demo video below, along with details on how to update your Spark amp.

It’s always nice to get new amps and effects to play with, especially when they come for free! Just make sure you back up any of your favourite presets before you undertake this firmware update. I would suggest you also watch the ‘how to’ at the end of this video, as it covers everything you need to do.

More Information on Positive Grid

Gear Drop Demo Video

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New Gear Drop update from Positive Grid for its Spark desktop amp

Positive Grid Gear Drop firmware updateThe Gear Drop firmware update from Positive Grid adds¬†three¬†more amps and three effects pedals to the popular Spark desktop amp. And it’s free for all Spark users!

Positive Grid Spark Gear Drop

Positive Grid has just announced a firmware and app update for its Spark desktop amp. Called Gear Drop, it adds three new amp models and three new virtual stompboxes to the already well catered for system.

The Amps

You get the ODS 50, inspired by the highly sought after boutique Dumble ODS 50 HRM ampllifier. The Blues Boy is based on the popular Fender Blues Junior tube combo and, finally, the new Insane 6508, a high-gain amp based on the Peavey 6505.

Positive Grid ODS 50
Positive Grid Blues Boy
Positive Grid Insane 6508

The Effects

The three new effects pedals include the Clone Drive, based on a boutique ’90s Klon Centaur Overdrive pedal, and the Guitar EQ and Bass EQ,¬†both of which are based on granular-level frequency spectrum controllers.

Update

The Gear Drop firmware update is available now for free from Positive Grid’s support page. You can hear the new amps and effects in the official demo video below, along with details on how to update your Spark amp.

It’s always nice to get new amps and effects to play with, especially when they come for free! Just make sure you back up any of your favourite presets before you undertake this firmware update. I would suggest you also watch the ‘how to’ at the end of this video, as it covers everything you need to do.

More Information on Positive Grid

Gear Drop Demo Video

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Mod Sound Velvetverb: A modern algorithmic reverb plug-in with 4 modes

Mod Sound VelvetverbDeveloper Mod Sound thinks there is always room for improvement in algorithmic reverbs, so here’s Velvetverb – it offers 4 different modes, intuitive controls, and a stereo image visualizer. The sonic results range from natural decays to otherworldly soundscapes. Is there anything else you need?

Mod Sound Velvetverb

Velvetverb’s choice of four different modes includes Velvet Room, Hall Effect, Plate Glass, and Dark Energy. While the first three are fresh spins on familiar ambiences, Dark Energy is the one geared towards experimental sounds. Think the tried and true Blackhole reverb by Eventide.

Tweakable as it is, Velvetverb keeps the parameters to a manageable number. The Reverb section provides standard controls for time, size, and modulation. The size parameter works differently according to the chosen algorithm. For Velvet Room and Plate Glass, the signals are processed using a “smooth” pitch shifter. In Dark Energy mode, the parameter controls the reverb tail instead. Further along, the mod control creates an increasing detune effect – great for those tape warbles.

The input section lets you adjust pre-delay and filters – a high-pass filter set at 6 dB / oct and a low-pass filter set at 12 dB / oct. The output section lets you change the stereo width, the amount of early reflections and the blend between dry / wet signals. There’s the feedback section where you can change the reverb sound with additional high and low pass filters. Finally, the Stereo Field Visualizer shows changes to the stereo image of the end effect looks. The overall feel is that of a calculated, modern reverb plug-in which provokes experimentation.

Velvetverb – Price and availability

Mod Sound Velvetverb runs in VST3 and AU plug-in formats under macOS (10.14 or later) and Windows (10 or later). The price is USD 60. You can get a free demo version from the manufacturer’s website.

More information about Mod Sound Velvetverb

Mod Sound Velvetverb – Video

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Deal: 50% off Arturia software effects, synths and sound banks

Arturia dealsHardware and software manufacturer Arturia is reducing the prices of its effects and synthesizer plug-ins for a short time. In cooperation with Plugin Boutique, the offers are valid until August 8, 2021. The V Collection Bundle is, unfortunately, not included in the sale. But if you already own previous versions or a bunch of Arturia softsynths, you can buy individual ones at 50% off. This includes all synths from V Collection 8, as well as Pigments 3. On the effects side, you will find each of the effects that make up the Arturia FX Bundle 2 at half price. You will also find preset packs and sound banks, which are also reduced by 50 percent.

Arturia software instruments and effects on sale

All individual Arturia plug-ins are available here at Plugin Boutique (affiliate link) at a 50% discount. The plug-ins work under macOS 10.13 or later and Windows 8.1 or later in VST, VST3, AAX, and AU 64-bit formats. The plug-ins are also compatible with the NKS standard.

You need the Arturia Software Center application for installation and authorization. With this software, you can also install demo versions for testing. PDF user manuals are also available from the Arturia website.

With this (or any other) purchase, you will also receive the iZotope PhoenixVerb Stereo Reverb from Plugin Boutique as a free gift until the end of July. Here’s hoping you still got some dinero left after all the beatings your wallet must have taken since the summer deals season began! Personally, I’m trying to keep my plug-in addiction in check and hold out for autumn/Black Friday opportunities for sacrificing money and storage space to the VST gods. It has been going swimmingly so far, but we all need some new plug-ins in our lives!

Links and more information

Videos from Arturia

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EXC!TE SNARE DRUM Is A FREE Ultra-Realistic Snare Plugin

EXC!TE SNARE DRUM

The Center for Haptic Audio Interaction Research released EXC!TE SNARE DRUM, a freeware virtual acoustic snare instrument based on physical modeling algorithms. EXC!TE SNARE DRUM uses physical modeling algorithms to emulate an acoustic snare drum. The software is available as a VST3 plugin for compatible digital audio workstations on Windows (10 or later), macOS (10.12 […]

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From: Bedroom Producers Blog | bedroomproducersblog.com/2021/07/25/excite-snare-drum/