VSTBuzz offers the Puncher 2 Lite ($29.90 value) multi-effect plugin by W.A. Production as a free download for a limited time. Puncher 2 Lite is a parallel compressor, multi-band compressor, and a transient shaper. By combining these three types of dynamic processing, Puncher Lite adds clarity and enhances the attack portion of the signal. The […]
Cableguys released DriveShaper (€39), a versatile distortion effect in VST and AU plugin formats for digital audio workstation software on PC and Mac. DriveShaper is the latest release from Cableguys, the company behind popular audio plugins like FilterShaper, HalfTime, and Nicky Romero Kickstart. Their plugins are focused on parameter modulation using custom curves and DriveShaper […]
Why, this OP-Z is photomatic, it’s systematic, it’s hydromatic – it’s….. an app update for images and video.
OP-Z Photomatic update
The OP-Z has promised to be many things; a synth, sequencer and multimedia producer but the graphics and video side has always seemed a bit basic – until now. A new update for the Android and iOS app brings in a lot of new features and improvements to the Photomatic mode.
Previously you could sequence a string of images. Now you can sequence and transform video and animated gifs in perfect sync with your music. I’m pretty sure that it was always supposed to do video but maybe I’m getting confused with the Unity engine and animation features, which is easy to do.
Anyway, you can add up to 24 videos in one of up to 10 “video rolls” and then sequence and transform them with all sorts of groovy effects. Set it to listen to one of the OP-Z tracks and it will trigger videos and effects in some rather fabulous generative ways. You’ll need to keep the app to hand in order to view and edit the visuals but that’s always been the deal with the OP-Z. Videos can be up to 10 seconds long and mixed with GIFs and images. There are a few parameters to play with such as zoom, scroll, movement, flip, colours, contrast and looping. You can drop in effects either individually or globally and it can all be controlled over MIDI.
YouTuber Emerging Patterns has released a very enlightening video showing us what it can do and it is looking pretty awesome.
The update is free so if you have one of these weird and creative grey slabs you can get right to it.
After a successful foray into delay and compression, Baby Audio has now targeted reverb in its series of well-regarded plug-ins. The developer has just released Spaced Out, which is shaping up to be a slick creative reverb/delay multi-effect with lots of potential for automating, modulating and sequencing its parameters. Let’s dive in!
Baby Audio Spaced Out
Spaced Out is an ambitious plug-in that presents a modern take on vintage “space echo” effects like the Roland RE-201 and the Binson Echorec.
The plug-in is laid out in three sections. The first is called Echoes and its centerpiece is a 16-step sequencer which resembles a Tic-Tac-Toe game. It’s used to sequence the echo/delay effects generated by Spaced Out. The sequencer has four modes – Straight, 2X, Dotted, and Triplet. An Intensity control lets you adjust the sequencer’s behavior via Sustain and Feedback controls. You’d expect these to be tied to the delay, but it is what it is.
Additional controls include Dimension (Off, Ultra-wide, Motion), Texture (clean, wonky, tape, lo-fi, hazy), Reverse (reverses delay feedback), and Filter (analog-modeled LP/HP filters). That’s an impressive amount of functionality for a dedicated delay plug-in, let alone a multi-effect.
Baby Audio Spaced Out GUI
Space, the second section, handles reverb. It features a circular X-Y pad to let you morph between reverb length and modulation parameters. The available reverb programs include vacuum, small space, medium space, and outer space. The controls are Pre-Delay, Stardust (adds a layer of shimmer to the reverb tail), Mellow (dual dampening filter), Clean-Up (cuts a bit of weight and density by feeding an altered dry signal), and Width (wide to mono).
Third comes the Mixer, which too gets an X-Y pad acting as the Wet/Dry blend control. A Generate button is present to randomize the plug-in parameters in ways that (may) make musical sense. The Lift-off control adds a pre-defined combination of compression, M/S processing and EQ to tie together the effected signals. There’s also a Ducker to automatically duck the wet signal while the dry signal is playing. This can be sync’d up to your project tempo for a quick pumping effect. The final control is for output volume.
The plug-in’s interface offers a choice between Light/Dark mode and is fully resizable. No small feat considering the graphics quality and busy animation!
Price and availability
Spaced Out is on an introductory sale, priced USD 39 down from USD 69 (44% off). Several bundle options and a free trial version are available. The plug-in includes 125 presets by credible producers, along with a user manual which you can download freely. The available formats are VST, VST3, AU, and AAX for Windows and Mac computers.
Plugin Boutique offers the Vocal Limiter ($19.90 value) plugin by W.A. Production as a free download for a limited time only. Vocal Limiter is a dynamic range processor designed for vocals. According to W.A. Production, the plugin specifically targets the frequencies within the human voice frequency range. As such, it is less sensitive to the […]
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