With 413 Tape Saturator, audio developer Mia Laboratories presents a plug-in for warming up and compressing your mix buses and audio/instrument tracks. As the name implies, this is a tape-style saturation tool. It includes three different types of analog tape emulations and three different types of distortion, which you can freely combine to create the sound that’s right for your production.
In this plug-in, you will find controls for the input and output volume, the distortion section (tube, transistor or soft-clipping), saturation control and the tape area with emulation selection. In the middle there are two VU meters for the left and right channels. The studio tape playback equalization is either the IEC – or NAB standard. Of course, you can also add the mandatory tape hiss and mechanical noise, specifying the amount manually.
Simple on the outside, 413 Tape Saturator looks like a powerful tape saturation and distortion processor in plug-in form.
Prices and dates
Mia Laboratories 413 Tape Saturator is currently available from the company’s website at an introductory price of EUR 49 down from EUR 99. The plug-in runs on Mac OSX 10.7 or higher and Windows 7 or higher in VST, VST3, AAX and AU 64-bit formats. For authorization, you need a free iLok account or a paid-for USB dongle. A 14-day unlimited demo version and a PDF user manual are also available for download.
Tape saturation plug-ins are plentiful in today’s audio technology landscape. This post, for example, contains no less than 9 tape saturators, all of which are completely free!
Developer Radu Varga has released UA Midi Control, a nifty app that lets you map a MIDI controller to the Universal Audio Apollo Console software. If you’ve been waiting for a way to control Apollo Console via MIDI, you’ll probably find this tool very useful. There’s even a free version!
UA Midi Control
Many owners of Universal AudioApollo interfaces have been waiting for a solution that enables them to control the Apollo Console software via MIDI. Radu Varga’s new app Apollo Midi Control acts as a link between Apollo Console and your MIDI controller(s). You can map parameters according to your needs and preference. The app is still in development and more features are yet to come, but UA Midi Control already looks like a very useful problem solver.
The free version of the app, which has now been released, allows you to control volume, pan, solo, mute, gain, PAD, phase, low cut, phantom power and send levels. It supports knobs, momentary buttons and toggle switches on your controller. You can also specify the parameter ranges by setting minimum and maximum values for each parameter. The developer says that UA Midi Control detects the connected MIDI controllers and supports using multiple controllers at once.
Radu Varga UA Midi Control
There will also be a full version with additional features. According to Radu Varga, this version will also let you control effects. Another benefit of the full version is support for synchronized feedback. This means that compatible MIDI controllers can provide visual feedback by changing the colour of their RGB pads, for example. The full version also lets you save and load mappings, which means that you’ll probably want it if you’re serious about setting up your own mappings.
Who doesn’t love the tactile experience of hardware controllers? By bringing it to UA Apollo Console, this app could become a huge workflow improvement for Apollo owners.
Price and compatibility
As of now, UA Midi Control is only available for macOS. The developer says that he’ll consider making a Windows version if he receives enough requests. If you’re on Windows and interested in the app, let him know!
The price of the full version hasn’t been announced yet.
The next step in BandLab’s plan to democratize music making (and make it as fair to artists as possible) is quite logical – a marketplace. Straight from the get-go, BandLab Albums wants to be what Bandcamp and other rivals are, for better or worse, not.
100% for the artist
BandLab Albums is mainly distinguished by giving artists complete ownership of their material while paying off every last penny. It’s all as transparent as it can be – publish an album, set a price (it can be free) and monetize it. No cut for the service and no third parties involved, payment processor aside.
Some sensible limitations are in place, of course. An album can contain up to 50 songs and up to 10 files can be uploaded as downloadable bonus materials following an album’s purchase.
BandLab Albums is available as a web service, iOS and Android App. It’s also ties in nicely with BandLab, which is a free and fully-featured DAW built out of what was left from Cakewalk SONAR when the BandLab people bought it.
With artist-first music recording and distribution systems in place, I think the BandLab project could become a leading digital music marketplace. Alas, the masses will happily keep streaming from greedy Spotify out of convenience. But truly caring fans will certainly appreciate the opportunity to directly support their favorite acts by buying their music.
It’s unbelievable that this has become an actual privilege for both fans and artists at this point, but it’s just how the tides have turned. Let’s hope BandLab Albums makes a strong impact and changes things for the better!
Music downloads are delivered in a somewhat dodgy 96Kbps / 44.1kHz format, which is at the low end of digital audio quality in 2020. With unlimited storage and no upload restrictions already offered to artists, let’s hope BandLab clears some room for higher quality files.
Additionally, BandLab Albums does some great jabs at competing services’s ho-hum practices. For example, it offers artists immediate payouts, requires no sign-up fees, and features no adverts.
It all sounds like utopia, but BandLab Albums is already live at www.bandlab.com/features/albums If you have some music already, you can be a founding member!
One Small Clue has re-released the Poise drum sampler plugin as freeware. The instrument is available as a 32-bit and 64-bit VST plugin for compatible DAW software on Windows. Poise was released back in 2011 with a $49 price tag. Marketed as a clutter-free drum sampler plugin, Poise was praised for its clean MPC-style control […]
SampleScience has released Cassette Roads, a freeware electric piano instrument featuring that was resampled from an audio cassette. Cassette Roads is a virtual electric piano available as a VST plugin, VST3 plugin, and AU plugin for digital audio workstation software on PC and Mac. It is a sample-based instrument developed with Maize Sampler. The sounds […]
This week’s best sample packs include a unique set of boutique strings, a number of high-quality Caribbean drum and percussion instruments, a robust sample pack of horror themed sound effects and ambiences, and two emulations of classic Italian instruments from the 1960s.
Rast Sound Strings Boutique
Create a variety of moods with this sophisticated pack that features nine different types of strings. There are a variety of presets including solo, ensemble, orchestral, and even ethnic sounds. They are named by the type of mood they provide instead of by instrument. This lets you choose settings based on feel rather than specific instrumentation. There are full envelope controls, and the onboard effects suite lets you further shape your sound with controls over reverb, compression, colour, widening, and saturation.
A dual layer engine allows you to shape tonalities in interesting ways for additional control, including keyboard splitting. The set comes in 1.7GB over 726 samples for Kontakt 5.8 and higher, but also comes in standalone WAVs in VST and AU. For only $79 you get these great sounding samples in an easy to use interface.
This rompler contains 88 high quality percussion samples with a distinctive Caribbean flair sampled via top quality recording hardware. Included instruments are things like pan snare, shakers, djembe, castanets, Jamaican drums, and more. The sounds have a modern twist to them for use in producing genres like hip-hop, reggaeton, and island music. The samples come in 24-bit, 48k stereo files in VST, AU, and WAV formats, and it is compatible with PC and Mac systems. The full pack costs only $11.99.
Explore the darkest depths of sound with this royalty-free sample pack from Ghosthack. Included in the 502 WAV files are nightarish sounds that add tension, ambience, and atmosphere to foley and sound design. This includes noises, drones, pads, glitches, synths, and abstracts all labeled by key for easy reference. Also included are 16 bonus loops in the same horror theme. This massive set comes in at just 2.65GB and is available for only $34.
These two selections are a part of Martinic’s Retro Pack, and they have been carefully modeled after their namesake vintage instruments. The Elka Panther is a classic Italian combo organ from the 1960s. It has freely adjustable stops and voicing levels, including separate volume control for the bass octaves. You can also add in some modulation via the on-board vibrato. For the cost of $165 you get a great digital emulation of a unique Italian instrument.
Kee Bass is their take on the Rheem Kee Bass monophonic string bass. It includes on-board fuzz, bright/mellow, and sustain/percussive modes. There is also a bass booster slider to increase the low end. It’s an esoteric instrument, but it is free and definitely worth checking out if you’re feeling experimental.
Also included in the full bundle is a vintage Italian tape delay and a lush analog-modeled vibrato. Both are a perfect complement to the Panther and Kee Bass. All plug-ins can be installed separately and are available for Windows and Mac 64/32-bit in VST and AU formats.
This week’s roundup of the best free plug-ins brings us TwoRuleFilter, an awesome resonant filter with lots of modulation and rhythmic glitching. We’ve also got a FetDrive, a FET-based saturator, and the wonderful Valhalla Space Modulator is now free for everyone.
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TwoRuleFilter is an updated version of the older 2RuleFilter. The plug-in is a self-resonating Moog-style filter with low pass, band pass and high pass modes, which can be modulated by an LFO with tempo sync and an envelope follower. Its best feature, however, is the “scrambler”, which plays filtered bits of audio at random with selectable time divisions. That’s a great way to turn any signal into a glitchy, filtered, rhythmic mess. To round things off, TwoRuleFilter also includes a bit crusher.
TwoRuleFilter is a VST and VST3 plug-in for macOS. The older version (2RuleFilter) is also available for Windows.
After FetSnap, Analog Obsession has derived yet another free plug-in from their emulation of a classic FET Compressor. FetDrive leaves out the compressor part and delivers a saturation effect based on the same circuit. The Drive knob raises the input level (with gain compensation) to drive the circuit into saturation. There’s also a Tone control before the saturation stage. The plug-in also offers a Mix knob for blending the dry and wet signals, as well as an output level control.
FetDrive is available for Windows and macOS in VST, VST3 and AU formats.
ValhallaSpaceModulator used to be a freebie for owners of a paid plug-in by Valhalla DSP. Developer Sean Costello seems to be in a generous mood lately: After giving us the awesome Valhalla Supermassive a few weeks ago, he has now made Space Modulator free for everyone. It’s a flanger, but coming from Valhalla, it’s got a few tricks up its sleeve. With 11 algorithms including through-zero flanging, detuning and doubling, Valhalla Space Modulator takes flanging to a whole new level.
ValhallaSpaceModulator is available for Windows and macOS in VST, VST3, AU and AAX formats.
Spitfire Audio has released LABS Mandolin, a free mandolin sound library for the freeware LABS sound module plugin. LABS Mandolin captures the full tonal range of a classic mandolin. The samples were recorded at Spitfire HQ studios, including a variety of articulations. The library features picked and fingered playing styles, along with tremolo and ensemble. […]
Waves is offering the Berzerk distortion effect as a freebie for all registered users until July 3rd, 2020. Berzerk is a creative distortion effect with ten distortion algorithms that provide a wide choice of audio degradation flavors. The plugin is regularly priced at $99 one the Waves website (currently on sale for $49), but it […]
ValhallaDSP has is now offering the Valhalla Space Modulator modulation effect as a completely free download from its website. Valhalla Space Modulator is a versatile modulation effect. It works as a through-zero flanger, a detuner, a chorus effect, a weird pitch shifter, a doubler, a stereo modulator, a reverb, and more. Despite its seemingly simple […]
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