Waves V13 update brings support for Apple M1 CPUs and Windows 11

Waves V13Waves has updated all of its plug-ins to V13. The update improves CPU and DAW compatibility with full native support for Apple Silicon processors and Windows 11. Waves has also taken the opportunity to include many bug fixes and other improvements.

Waves V13

If you’re running an Apple M1 processor and an M1-compatible DAW, the Waves V13 update is great news for you. All Waves plug-ins now offer native support for Mac computers with M1 processors and compatible DAWs. Similarly, if you’re an early adopter of Windows 11, Waves says that its plug-ins are now fully supported on the new Microsoft OS.

The developer has also made a number of other improvements, although most of them probably won’t turn many heads. A few plug-ins (namely Abbey Road RS124, Scheps Omni Channel and Kaleidoscopes) receive hi-res HiDPI graphics. The SSL G-EQ gets a new smoothing algorithm and plug-ins opened within Scheps Omni Channel now open in a separate floating Window. There’s also a new auto-launch option for the Waves Head Tracker in all Waves Nx plug-ins.

What’s more important is the long list of bug fixes. Waves has addressed all sorts of bugs, from mouse pointer issues on Windows to Logic crashes to glitchy Maschine knobs to port conflicts in UA Luna. Several plug-ins also receive specific fixes for various issues like incorrect sync values, undo/redo and automation. If you find yourself running into any issues with your Waves plug-ins, check the list on the developer’s website to find out if the problem has been fixed.

Update and compatibility

If your Waves Update Plan is current, you can update to V13 for free. If you don’t have a current plan, you’ll need to renew your coverage before updating. Renewing also gets you up to $20 off your next purchase.

On the Mac, the Waves V13 plug-ins run on macOS 10.14.6, 10.15.7 or 11.5.2. You also need a graphics card that supports Mega. On Windows, you need Windows 10 (64 bit) or Windows 11 (Build 22000.194).

The plug-ins are available in AAX Native, Audiosuite, VST, VST3 and AU formats.

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Noise Engineering new modules, firmware and plugins

Noise Engineering modules and pluginsA new Versio firmware offers twisted auto-wah while the Melotus Versio brings grain delay and transformation. Vice Virga is out and the plugins are officially released.

Vice Virga

We saw this module presented over Superbooth and for a sequential switch, it’s remarkably interesting. It has 8 inputs and 8 outputs with manual, trigger and CV control and the ability to be split into groups. It has multiple switching directions and randomisation built it. It can do the regular 8-channel switching but it can also be two 4-channel switches or four 2-channel ones. It lets you chain sequences, swap oscillator outputs, remix triggers and can patch all sorts of things for you.

It’s shipping this week for $199.

Melotus Versio

Noise Engineering is calling this a Stereo Texturizer that uses granular processing to transform and reshape sound. Designed to be part of your performance it likes to freeze grains, filter and shimmer things into transformed sounds. It’s difficult to explain so check out the video.

Melotus Versio is also shipping this week for $350.

Lacrima Versio

This one is a firmware for the Versio range and hasn’t been made into a module of its own. It’s an auto-wah but in typical Noise Engineering style, it’s been turned into a monster. It has an envelope follower patched into a resonance filter that can be morphed between modes. Distortion is available pre or post the filter or both for some unexpected crunch. It has width and motion control with audio rate modulation and many possibilities.

Lacrima Versio is a free download for any Versio owner.

Plugins

Meanwhile the Freequel bundle of beta plugins they released back in July are now officially released and are still officially free. So go and pick up Ruina, Sinc Vereor and Virt Vereor right now.

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SoloRack 2.0: Virtual Eurorack expands with more modules and polyphony

SoloStuff SoloRack 2.0SoloStuff has released version 2.0 of the Doepfer inspired SoloRack virtual Eurorack modular VST plugin with 20 new modules and a new polyphony system.

SoloRack 2.0

Originally released in 2017 SoloRack gave us a modular playground of 37 modules within a VST plugin that behaved and worked exactly how Eurorack should. Since then numerous modules have been added and with version 2 we get a bumper pack of 20 swelling the total number to nearly 100.

Amongst the new ones, we have modules such as a Mini Sampler VCO, Fixed Filter Bank, Triple Wave Folder, Distortions, MIDI Arpeggiator and Tracker Mod Player. The overall range is quite mind-boggling and developer Ammar Muqaddas is not messing around; this is all very serious stuff. By which I mean these are proper modules that deal with control voltage and audio signals in the sort of engineering-focused way that Doepfer do.

There’s no limit to the number of modules or the size of rack you can generate. SoloRack can also function as a VST effects plugin with multiple inputs and outputs. You can build a polyphonic patch by patching together enough modules just like you would in hardware but SoloRack can make this less cumbersome with the handy SD05 MIDI Poly Chainer.

SoloStuff SoloRack 2.0

SoloStuff SoloRack 2.0 Polyphonic patch

If you create a single synth voice you can generate duplicates that sit invisibly behind the Poly Chainer giving you instant polyphony without the mess – very neat. Audio rate modulation is available throughout as are MIDI patch points that can pull modulation out to other instruments in your DAW or pull MIDI control in. If you have a suitable DC Coupled audio interface you can route CV signals directly into a hardware modular system from SoloRack.

Authenticity

The Doepfer influence is very clear in the look and naming convention and without a doubt what you get is an authentic-looking rack of modular. I mentioned in my article about the original release that I hoped SoloStuff would find a bit of design flair and colour but Ammar has stuck to the silver and so all the modules tend to look a bit similar. There’s no emphasis given to any control over another, everything is correct and ordered. While that’s wonderfully authentic I can’t help see it as a missed opportunity. This is software, it can look like anything you want, and colour and visual clues can really help a new user grasp modular synthesis and find their way.

SoloStuff SoloRack 2.0

SoloStuff SoloRack 2.0

However, my desire for an easier and more colourful modular experience shouldn’t detract from what is an immensely comprehensive and powerful modular synthesizer experience. This is genuinely as intriguing, difficult and fascinating as a real rack of Doepfer modules and you can build immensely complex patches right within your DAW. For the advanced user it’s a modular paradise, for a new user it might be quite baffling but there are plenty of presets to give you a flavour of what’s possible.

Version 2

Other improvements in this version include the ability to copy/paste modules, adjust the cable thickness and the case in which the modules sit has a couple of different skins and can be resized.

There’s a free demo available if you’d like to try it out. Otherwise, you get nearly everything in the “System B” bundle option in the store for $80 and you can add further modules individually for a few dollars each.

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