PreSonus launches Studio One 5.5 with new mastering tools and more

PreSonus Studio One 5.5PreSonus has released Studio One 5.5. The latest update brings new mastering tools to the popular DAW software, along with many other user requested features designed to enhance your production workflow. Studio One 5.5 is a free update for all registered users of Studio One 5.

PreSonus Studio One 5.5

PreSonus says that Studio One 5.5 includes “the number one user features request for the Project Page”. The update introduces full track volume, master volume and insert effect plug-in automation to the Project Page. You can write automation in real time or draw it using the Paint tool. The Project Page now also features Clip Gain Envelopes for precise control over gain issues while mastering without the need for any dynamic plug-ins.

There’s also a new Listen Bus on the Project Page, which lets you monitor through room correction plug-ins or headphone monitoring tools without affecting the master output.

PreSonus has also enhanced the DAW’s digital publishing features. You can now export multiple formats at once, so you can create different versions for high-res releases and streaming services in a single step. To make this even easier, Studio One 5.5 offers new Target Loudness options for popular streaming services, along with a new dithering algorithm that minimizes conversion artifacts.

The new version of the DAW also comes with many enhancements to the production and performance workflows. You can now drag any MIDI file directly to the Chord Track to extract its chords, and create custom strum patterns by dragging note events in a selected chord. And PreSonus says that the Ampire XT guitar amp/pedalboard plug-in now offers faster preset switching optimized for the Show Page, so you can switch presets from a MIDI pedalboard during a live performance.

Other improvements include an option to save automation data with mix scenes, which lets you experiment with multiple automation passes. And the Plug-in Nap feature that was introduced in Studio One 5.4 is now available on a per plug-in basis.

Price and compatibility

The Studio One 5.5 update is free for registered owners of Studio One 5. It’s also included in the PreSonus Sphere subscription.

Studio One 5 is available from Thomann*.

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The software requires Windows 10 (64 bit) or macOS 10.13 or higher (Apple Silicon supported).

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512 Audio: new Script & Tempest USB mics, audio interface for streamers

512 Audio rangeDuring CES 2022, Warm Audio spin-off 512 Audio unveiled a pair of new USB microphones and an audio interface meant to streamline audio production for content creators. The microphones in question are called Script and Tempest, and the sleek little box is the 512 Audio Interface. With Warm Audio resources and expertise to readily tap into, I figure these will be solid products for the money.

512 Audio Script USB microphone

512 Audio Script

512 Audio Script USB microphone

Script is a dual-capsule USB microphone with onboard gain and mute controls. Its sound profile is modelled after the Warm Audio WA-14, in itself a clone of the venerable AKG C414. The microphone features both cardioid and omni pickup patterns as well as a dedicated headphone jack. It’s supposedly optimised for voice and speech, which makes sense considering the C414’s vocal mic heritage.

The Script will be available in Spring 2022 at GBP 130. More information here.

512 Audio Tempest USB microphone

512 Audio Tempest

512 Audio Tempest USB microphone

Tempest is a large-diaphragm condenser that replicates the design and character of the Warm Audio WA-47Jr, a popular choice for a Neumann U47 clone. It supports a recording resolution of 24-bit / 48kHz which is quite adequate. Connecting over USB-C, the microphone features gain controls, a mute control and a headphone jack with dedicated volume knob. Modeled after the old U47 which sounds right on almost anything, the Tempest is capable of handling voice (for podcasts and livestreams), acoustic instruments, and vocals alike.

The Tempest will be available in March 2022 at GBP 155. More information here.

512 Audio Interface

512 Audio interface

512 Audio interface

The 512 audio interface is an uncomplicated means of digital recording. It features a pair of XLR mic/instrument inputs with studio quality preamps, as well as an input for stereo line devices (such as phones) to record external audio along with the incoming signals. I think the latter is something undeservedly rare that should be seen on more audio interfaces, because I’m sick of Y-cables. Anyway, the 512 interface also offers two headphone outputs with independent volume controls.

More information about the 512 interface (such as its price) will be revealed by Summer 2022. For the time being, feel free to pay 512audio.com a visit.

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Audified Linda IronVerb: algorithmic reverb plug-in with metallic nuances

IronVerbDeveloper Audified collaborated with producer Martin Linda once more to deliver a new plug-in. IronVerb is an algorithmic reverb with a distinct metallic character, 6 reverb modes, and a unique Ironize effect among all else. Let’s dig in…

Linda IronVerb

Above all, IronVerb is an algorithmic reverb like they always made ’em. It does nearly all sorts of ambiance, going from subtle all the way to blast-off into the ether. But there’s also a nifty trick called Ironize – a type of modulation contributing an ‘iron-like sound’ (smooth, glossy) to reverb tails. That’s one way of freshening up familiar reverb sounds.

The reverb itself offers 6 different modes – Flutter (periodic warbling), Plate (vintage plate), Slapback (echo-like), Dense (narrow, sharp), Steel 1 (steel barrel), Steel 2 (same, slower attack).

The available parameters include Predelay, Size, Feedback, Width, a Normal / Long switch, Dampening amount, Dampening frequency, Resonance, and Hi-pass. That’s lots of tweaking potential right there, and below is the Ironize section with the Ironize (Clean to Full Iron), Mod Amp (Clean to Wicked), and Mod Speed (Slow to Fast) parameters. The control set is complete by Dry and Wet mix faders.

IronVerb GUI

The IronVerb GUI

I’d say IronVerb offers a pleasant, satisfying amount of control over what’s likely a pretty complex reverb engine. I love it when you can dial in an interesting sound in a straightforward, but not limited fashion. I think this is what Audified set out to accomplish, and the result is an interesting reverb plug-in with a special twist.

Linda IronVerb – Price and availability

Linda IronVerb is priced USD 49 at the moment, down from the regular price of USD 99. You can download a free trial version before purchase. The plug-in is available in AAX, AU, and VST3 formats for Windows 7+ (32 & 64-bit) and macOS 10.11+ (64-bit).

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Analogue Solutions Fusebox X: More notes, more sockets, more orange

Analogue Solutions Fusebox XAnalogue Solutions updates the Fusebox monophonic synthesizer to the Fusebox X tri-phonic synthesizer with more patching ability and loads of other improvements.

Fusebox X

It’s deliciously orange and even brighter than the original Fusebox. It’s the sort of synth that dominates the space it sits in largely because it sits up in such a demanding fashion.

We don’t have the finer details yet and hopefully, more demo videos will be along in time, but we do know that the Fusebox X has 3 notes of polyphony. I’m not sure if that simply means that the three oscillators have been freed to play their own tunes or if the polyphony is fully articulated through a filter and VCA for each voice. However, as this is based on the core of the original then it’s likely to be paraphonic with the individual oscillators moving independently through the one filter and VCA section – that makes the most sense.

The basic structure remains the same with the 3 VCOs enjoying sync and cross-modulation, a noise generator, a SEM-like 12dB filter, 2 envelopes and an LFO.

Analogue Solutions Fusebox X

Analogue Solutions Fusebox X

Further enhancements include replacing some of the rocker switches that defined routing with patch sockets making it much more free-flowing. The Interval Generator and Patternator pots have had an upgrade and gains a clock input with automatic transposition. The arpeggiator has been replaced with a mini step sequencer. It also has a 440Hz tuner tone built-in for giving you a reference to tune the oscillators to.

Analogue Solutions are taking orders for £1,350 and there will be limited numbers available direct and via their international dealers.

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