Chow DSP offers Chow Centaur, a FREE digital emulation of the highly sought-after Klon Centaur overdrive pedal. You can download Chow Centaur v1.3.0 for Windows, macOS, and iOS devices. It’s available in VST, AU, and LV2 formats and can function as a standalone application. The original Klon Centaur Professional Overdrive pedal was first manufactured in […]
It’s been 21 years and Audacity remains a go-to when looking for free recording software. Downloaded in excess of 200 million times, the free audio editor and recorder is a launchpad for countless podcasters and producers getting into home recording. Although it remains under active development, updates are infrequent, but they are there. Roughly a year since the release of version 2.4.2, we now have Audacity 3.0.0.
Audacity 3.0.0 for Windows, macOS and Linux
Understandably, a lot has changed over the course of a year. But a great thing about Audacity is that the more it changes, the more it stays the same. First off, there’s a new project file format called .aup3. Formerly, Audacity used to save projects as an indefinite number of files coordinated by a single .aup file. The new .aup3 format contains everything in a single file. Cleaner project file structure aside, the new format makes audio editing speedier, but finalizing and closing projects may be slower. It sounds like the trade-off is worth it.
Note that opening older .aup projects in Audacity 3.0.0 will convert them to the new .aup3 format. You may want to keep backups, which you should be doing for important stuff anyway.
Other than that, the developers took the time to improve the built-in Noise Gate effect and add a new analyzer called ‘Label Sounds’ – it labels sounds and silences for more convenience when editing. Audacity also gains the ability to import and export macros, as well as new commands to quick recall the last used tool or analyzer.
Last but not least, version 3.0.0 crushes over 160 bugs, including several high-priority ones. Whatever mishaps you may have had with previous versions are hopefully a thing of the past now.
Audacity is a free download for Windows, macOS, and Linux computers. It might as well be around for another 21 years.
Noise Engineering ask the question: how many different types of distortion can we fit on a single module? Ruina Versio is the answer.
Fold, DOOM, Drive and Smoosh are the sorts of parameters that tell you everything you need to know about this distortion module. Ruina (from the Latin “Destruction”) Versio has wavefolding, multiband distortion, 128dB of drive, octavizing, phase shifting, notch filtering and DOOM. This is epic!
Ruina is part of the Versio DSP platform and you may notice that the layout is very similar to the other Versio modules such as Imitor and Desmodus, and that’s because they are identical. This is Noise Engineering’s multi-firmware DSP platform where the same module can run different firmware and become an entirely different module. Over time they’ve developed specific flavours and functionalities and these result in a new front panel, new name and a load more things to play with. So if you pick up a Ruina Version stereo distortion you can also transform it into the Desmodo reverb or the Imitor delay. Conversely, if you already have a Version module you can drop the Ruina firmware onto it for free. However, these are all so good that you’re likely to get one of each anyway.
Noise Engineering Ruina Versio
Getting into the details the Ruina is a stereo module but it can happily take a mono input. The Wavefolder is based upon the circuit from the Basimulus Iteritas Alter. The “Center” knob controls the centre of the multiband saturation while “Drive” pushes through the low, mid and high bands. “Phase” shifts the left and right signals to create phasing effects even if your input is mono. “8vise” controls a full-wave rectification distortion. “DOOM” is an evil sub-octave chorusing generator – of course it is! There are some switches to change the routing and to turn on the notch filter. “Smoosh” is a momentary button that blitzes the signal with 128dB of gain – can cause insanity.
Ruina Versio sounds like the most fun yet to come out of their DSP platform. The fact that it can also be other modules adds enormous value that’s only going to get better. Ultimately I think you’ll probably end up with at least two so you’ve always got a spare to try a new firmware out on. They should do a blank front panel where you can write labels on in chinagraph pencil.
The module is open for preorders in black or silver front panel for $345 and should ship on the 25th March.
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