Wavesfactory Quantum: smart transient shaper plug-in with 16 effects

The competent use of modern transient shaper plug-ins brought larger-than-ever beats to mankind. If you are like me, you’d think bigger is always better when it comes to drums. But transient shapers are excellent tools for reducing the impact of hits as well. It’s not all war drums and trap 808s – sometimes the song calls for sparse one-shots. Whatever the case, Wavesfactory’s new Quantum plug-in looks like one rude boy of a transient shaper. It combines smart transient detection and editing with a collection of 16 effects – a no-holds-barred affair that can make or break your beats. Wavesfactory Quantum transient shaper plug-in Quantum’s detection algorithms split audio signals into attack and sustain components. That’s two paths, and each can be processed independently. Unlike most transient shapers, this one supposedly doesn’t need a threshold parameter, which means a lot less work setting it up on multiple different tracks. Transient shaping is one thing, but mangling attack and release stages separately with creative effects is the stuff of audio occultism. Maybe think of Quantum as an effects processor that hits transients instead of dual- band frequency ranges. That ought to give you a hint at the possibilities. The built-in 16 effects basically mirror any modern DAW’s bundled suite of creative plug-ins. One’d expect simplified variants of the typical dynamics, frequency, time, space, pitch and modulation fodder we know – but the effects in Quantum are full-blooded. They could exist as separate effects plug-ins on their own. That’s near-limitless processing potential. Price and availability Quantum is on an introductory sale for EUR 99, down from the regular EUR 149. A free demo version can be downloaded from Wavesfactory. The plug-in works…

New from Plugin Alliance: The Suhr PT100, Pete Thorn’s Signature Plug-in

The new Plugin Alliance Suhr PT100 Pete Thorn Signature plug-in faithfully reproduces tubes and boutique circuits into ones and zeros for your convenience. Which means that if you wanted to get Pete Thorn’s amp setup within your DAW, it’s now as simple as downloading a plug-in. Suhr PT100 Pete Thorn Signature The world-famous guitarist and YouTuber Peter Thorn is not only known for his tour/session work with legendary artists such as Chris Cornell and Melissa Etheridge, but is also considered one of the leading authorities in terms of sound in the guitar community. The development, modification, and practical testing of the original Suhr PT100 signature amplifier took a whole 5 years. And you can now easily add this boutique amp sound to your favourite DAW. Plugin Alliance Suhr PT100 Plugin Alliance Suhr PT100 The Suhr PT-100 is an impressively spec’d version of the classic Plexi-style guitar amp head. It’s the sound we associate with icons like Jimi Hendrix, Yngwie Malmsteen, Slash, and Jimmy Page, among many many others. It’s the sound we all know and love, that classic Plexi-tone. Developed by Brainworx, this plug-in emulation offers a huge selection of tones, from unadulterated clean to wonderfully crisp to screamingly high gain. It has three distinct amp channels that make this possible. Plugin Alliance Suhr PT100, a neat virtual amp stack with three great channels on offer Three high-end guitar amplifiers in one Channel 1 has an American style voicing and delivers sparkling clean to slightly crisp sounds. The second channel replicates the approach of classic British vintage amplifiers, but with additional gain. Channel 3 pushes things even further, delivering an extreme high-gain tone that is thick and juicy, with rich harmonic overtones and a…

Superbooth 21: DOCtron IMC presents Martin Stimming’s Instant Mastering Chain

DOCtron IMC stands for “Martin Stimming’s Instant Mastering Chain” and is practically the “secret weapon” in the Hamburg artist’s arsenal. For the first time, the assembly is available in a complete package format for everyone in good financial standing. DOCtron IMC – Martin Stimming’s Instant Mastering Chain The mastering chain starts with a 2-band British EQ with low and high shelf filters. With one of the three red buttons on the side, you can switch it to bypass if necessary. Next up is a VCA bus compressor (SSL style) with an auto-release function and a switch for feed-backward and feed-forward compression style for the next section. Side-chain with return and send I/O is available as well. According to Stimming, the most important part in the chain are the Lundahl output transformers with adjustable drive and gain reduction. That’s the stuff that makes audio sound expensive, so feel free to indulge. All of the unit’s inputs and outputs are designed for 6.35mm jacks. The only exception is the headphone output on mini jack. Maintaining a completely analog signal path, the device weighs just 990 grams and measures 56 x 146 x 142.5mm. The housing is not beautiful, which – in the analog gear realm – usually indicates a robust and stage/tour-ready construction. In any case, the weight and dimensions are very convenient for touring artists. Martin Stimming’s Instant Mastering Chain should not only fare well in the studio, but also live. The compressor, filters, and transformers will surely add some ‘balls’ and sizzle to the signal. Predictably, it all comes at a cost. Price and availability You can now order DOCtron IMC for the cool price of EUR 2799. Currently only…

iZotope RX 9 is coming! Buy RX 8 until October 12 and get a free upgrade

Things are moving over at the iZotope HQ! The Boston audio software maker is preparing its move in the chess game that is the Fall product season with nothing less than RX 9 – the next major release of its flagship audio restoration and spectral editing suite! To that, iZotope is discounting RX 8 Standard, Advanced, and Post Production Suite 5 to provide an upgrade path towards RX 9 for new users. Hint – it’s a free upgrade if you buy ahead of the launch! Of course, prior owners of RX 8 will be treated to upgrade discounts and loyalty pricing, so all is fair in the end. Note that upgrades and crossgrades to RX 8 are also discounted, but the RX 9 upgrade offer still stands. iZotope RX 8 (Standard, Advanced) deals at Thomann The following offers are available until October 12, 2021: iZotope RX 8 Standard – EUR 299, down from EUR 399 iZotope RX 8 Advanced – EUR 799, down from EUR 1200 RX Post Production Suite 5 – EUR 999, down from EUR 1999 There are additional offers here at Thomann.de (affiliate link) Alas, we know jack about what’s coming in RX 9. Otherwise, we’d be spilling the beans in typical Gearnews fashion, for we love iZotope products like mumble rappers love AutoTune. I can only presume that iZotope is doubling down on AI-driven features to keep its blade in the spectral game sharp. This year, Steinberg put in serious effort to turn its competing SpectraLayers 8 suite into an example of how AI technology can make production people’s lives easier. In this regard, iZotope has a fantastic foundation to build upon with the assistants integrated…

Superbooth 2021: 6m0d6 – TR-606 inspired drum module from Tubbutec and LPZW

6m0d6 is a relatively compact 5 channel percussion module that pulls heavily on the feel of the Roland TR-606 while taking it to completely new places. 6m0d6 This is quite a stunning collaboration between LPZW.modules and Tubbutec which brings the sounds of the TR-606 to life in Eurorack form and then opens them up for complete transformation. 6m0d6 replicates the original 606 circuits but then adds further parameters to massively widen the scope of the sound. If you want it to sound just like the original then you’ll find some very helpful markings on the front panel to set everything to. Otherwise, feel free to go to town on the knobs. 6m0d6 includes all seven TR-606 sounds including Bass Drum, Snare, Low and HighTom, Cymbal, Open and Closed Hi-hats. On the original, there was no scope for sound tweaking outside of level control and Accent. In the 6m0d6 everything is out on the table. You have Tuning and Decay on everything, Tone and Envelopes to play with, Noise sources to tweak, and other ideas like Metal Spread and Cymbal Pulse. Along with the white noise and Metal sound of the original you’ll find a third XOR ringmod source for the snare and cymbals. This is a regular adventure playground of a percussion module. You get 8 trigger inputs including the Accent feeding into 5 separate outputs for the channels plus a mix output. There’s also an additional 8 CV inputs to control parameters. The knobs are packed in quite tight but I definitely appreciate the compact size of such a fully-featured drum module. The 6m0d6 would match up perfectly with Tubbutec’s 6equencer module which is a drum machine also based…

Knobcon 2021: VCV previews VCV Rack 2 and includes VST plugin version

VCV was at Knobcon showing the latest version of VCV Rack which includes a fabulous UI redesign, lots of enhancements and the option to run it as a VST plugin. VCV Rack 2 VCV says it’s coming in November which is very exciting! We reported back in May about how the road to version 2 has not had the smoothest of development schedules but it looks like we’ve arrived. The new version has a nicely polished user interface with better depth, colour and definition. There’s now a Dark Room mode to help with patching into the early hours. The browser has been improved which is great news because with all the thousands of modules you end up downloading the browser gets a bit overwhelming. You also get the ability to import and export, duplicate and randomise module selections. VST Plugin The community has been very vocal in their desire for a version that will run inside a DAW. It makes sense but VCV Rack was originally designed to be a standalone environment and cramming that into a VST framework takes a fair bit of development. But we’re there now which is amazing! Structured Pricing However, VCV is no longer going to give everything away for free and for all the work that’s been put in why should it? There will be a free Community Edition which is open source and includes all the features of the current version along with the V2 updates. But there’s now a VCV Rack Studio Edition which costs $99 and includes the VST plugin version and proper technical support. That sounds absolutely worth it to me. VCV Drums VCV also announced a new bunch of…

Shure Aonic 215 Gen 2: Versatile Rugged Wireless Earphones

Shure Aonic 215 Gen 2 wireless earphones is a redesign of the 215 series with updated features. If you’re looking for earphones you can use in the gym or on-stage, then these could be an ideal choice! Shure Aonic 215 Gen 2 If you were strolling through Shure’s booth at CES 2020, you’d have noticed the introduction of a new product line. Shure’s AONIC line took the earphone and headphone design from their studio and stage transducers and adapted it to “on the go” wireless tech. The AONIC range is a great choice if you need one set of earphones that can serve double duty; both on stage, in the studio, on the go or in the gym. 18 months on, and Shure has updated the Aonic 215 earphones to Gen 2 specification. So what are the big updates? Well, as far as I can tell the big headline news is that the Aonic 215 Gen 2 are now IPX4 rated for water resistance. Undoubtedly, that could be super handy if you’re looking for a set of high-quality earphones for active and on the go use. Additionally, Shure appears to have enhanced the Aonic 215 Gen 2 with added functionality through the free ShurePlus PLAY app. For example, you can customize your hardware EQ, configure the touch button controls, customise environment mode and more! Versatile Connectivity Undoubtedly, many of the features that made the original Aonic 215 so appealing are still here. I particularly like the clever modular connectivity; the earphones connect to the wireless receivers via the same connector you’ll see on Shure’s professional IEM earphones. Importantly, that means you can also use them with a conventional wired connection.…

Superbooth 2021: Moog Model 15 app now available as a VST plugin

Moog has released a free VST wrapper for their amazing Model 15 modular synthesizer app. It’s free and sadly only available on macOS. Model 15 The Model 15 app is an amazing piece of synthesis software designed for iOS and macOS. It recreates the character and complexity of the legendary Moog Model 15 from Moog 921 series oscillators and 904A filters to the 907 filter bank. It can handle both monophonic and 4-voice polyphonic operation has an inbuilt keyboard, 8-step sequencing arpeggiator, 1150 Ribbon Controller and Animoog keyboard with 22 scales and polyphonic modulation capabilities. You also have modern enhancements such as MIDI integration, loop recording and effects. It really is a fantastic piece of work and functions brilliantly with touch on the iPad and on the desktop as an AU v3 plugin. However, since it got to the desktop last January many people have been asking for an AU v2 or VST version so it can run in DAWs that don’t support AUv3 – most prominently that’s Ableton Live. VST Wrapper Now Moog has introduced a free VST Wrapper that will take the app and let you run it on your desktop as if it was a VST or AUv2 Instrument within your DAW. You must have Big Sur version 11.0.1 installed and you must already have Model 15 installed on your system. Then via some shenanigans it all just works – sorry, I’m not a Mac user, maybe someone could fill in the details in the comments. It’s a shame this doesn’t extend to it becoming a VST Instrument on Windows as we would very much appreciate that. Moog Music will be at Superbooth so they might have…

Best free plug-ins this week: Blocks, SL473 and OS-251

This week’s collection of the best free plug-ins features Blocks and OS-251, two unique software synthesizers. We’ve also got an emulation of a vintage vinyl cutting compressor. You’ll find many more free plug-ins in our archives. Soonth Blocks Blocks by Soonth is a modular software synthesizer with a simple, but very effective working principle. It lets you arrange oscillators, filters, LFOs, envelopes and effects in a grid where audio flows vertically from top to bottom. Assign modulations by dragging and dropping and stretch out filters and effects across several columns to assign them to more than one oscillator. The properties of each module can be edited using a simple set of sliders. Very easy, very good. Blocks is available for Windows and macOS in VST and AU formats and as a stand-alone application. Get Blocks here SmackLabs SL473 The SmackLabs SL473 compressor plug-in is modeled after a VCA compressor designed for vinyl disc cutting. According to the developer, it offers transparent and clean compression and limiting for the mix bus, drum groups and vocals. In addition to the compressor/limiter section, which has a fixed threshold, the plug-in offers an expander with adjustable threshold and recovery parameters. There’s also a bass cut, which is a vital feature for vinyl mastering. SL473 is a VST plug-in for Windows (64 bit). Get SL473 here Onsen Audio OS-251 OS-251 by Onsen Audio, the second synth in this week’s collection, is a digital subtractive synth whose architecture is borrowed from the analog Roland Juno series. The developer says that the digital artifacts of the oscillator give the synth a lo-fi sound similar to classic samplers like the E-mu SP-12. In true Juno fashion, the GUI…

Reason Studios releases Reason 12 with new Mimic Creative Sampler

The day is finally here: Reason Studios has released Reason 12. The latest version of the popular DAW comes with many improvements, including the all-new Mimic Creative Sampler, an updated Combinator and new high-resolution graphics. Here’s what’s new. Reason Studios Reason 12 Ever since Reason Studios announced that Reason 12 would be released on September 1 back in May, fans of the Swedish DAW have been counting the days. And today is the day: Reason 12 is finally ready to download. The new sampling instrument in Reason 12 We already knew that Reason 12 would include a new sampler, and details about the new Mimic Creative Sampler emerged a few weeks ago. The developer says that Mimic was designed to make working with samples as creative and fun as it should be. For this, they’ve combined Reason’s time stretching and beat slicing capabilities with a granular engine. With four sampling modes (Pitch, Slice, Multi Slot and Multi Pitch), Mimic lends itself not only to beat slicing, but also makes it easy to create multisamples. It’s got a very “synthy” layout with direct access to the sample parameters, filter, envelopes and LFO, so it should be loads of fun to play with and get creative. Reason 12 Rack as a plug-in in another DAW Another important update in Reason 12 is the new high-resolution graphics engine. The entire Reason Rack, including all 3rd-party extensions, now automatically adapts to the screen resolution and lets you zoom around at will. That’s awesome news indeed! The new Mimic Creative Sampler and the high-res graphics alone would make this a very nice update. But there’s more: The Combinator has also been updated with macros and…