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Waves updates StudioRack and SoundGrid Studio with many new features

Waves StudioRackWaves has introduced new and enhanced versions of its StudioRack plug-in and SoundGrid Studio software. The newly revamped StudioRack plug-in remains free and comes with many new features for added flexibility. The latest version of SoundGrid Studio introduces new monitoring options and some other improvements.

Waves StudioRack

The free Waves StudioRack plug-in lets you build effects chains out of Waves plug-ins. Besides taking up only one insert slot in your DAW, an added advantage is the ability to quickly move chains between DAWs. The new version introduces a number of new features, some which have the potential to make the utility plug-in quite a bit more useful.

Most importantly, the new version of StudioRack offers several new options for splitting up the signal path. You can set up parallel processing chains with mono, stereo and M/S split racks. There’s also an option to split the signal based on crossover frequencies using multi-band split racks. This essentially lets you turn any Waves plug-in into a multi-band processor, which is of course a fabulous idea. Or you can set up entirely different processing chains for various frequency ranges.

Other new features include eight customizable macro controls per chain, floating plug-in windows and many new presets for complete plug-in chains. The new version of StudioRack also adds Waves V11 compatibility.

Waves StudioRack

Multiband processing chains

Waves SoundGrid Studio

The SoundGrid Studio application for controlling a SoundGrid system has also been updated. There’s a new control room section for quick selection of monitoring sources and multiple monitors. The new headphone monitoring options allow you to set up up to 16 independent headphone mixes for musicians, Waves says. The new SoundGrid Studio also lets you stream audio between up to 14 audio interfaces, and share the same audio interface between multiple computers. Like StudioRack, SoundGrid Studio has been updated to support all V11 plug-ins, as well as the Waves Abbey Road Studio 3 and Nx plug-ins for spatial headphone monitoring.

Price and compatibility

Waves StudioRack remains free. The plug-in runs on Windows 10 (64 bit) and macOS 10.13.6 to 10.15.4 in VST, VST3, AU, AAX Native and AudioSuite formats.

Waves SoundGrid Studio comes in four sizes. The 8-channel version is free. If you need more, you can choose from 16 channels (USD 150), 32 channels (USD 240) or 64 channels (USD 300). All paid versions are currently on sale at 67% off.

For SoundGrid processing, SoundGrid Studio requires a SoundGrid DSP server and/or a SoundGrid audio interface. If you have a SoundGrid server, you can use any audio interface.

SoundGrid Studio runs on Windows 10 (64 bit) and macOS 10.13.6 to 10.15.4.

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HaNon B70 Is A FREE Hammond B3 Electric Organ VST Plugin

HaNon B70 Is A FREE Hammond B3 Electric Organ VST Plugin

French developer Lostin70’s released HANON B70, a free VST plugin emulating the famous Hammond B3 electric organ and the Leslie 122 rotating speaker cabinet. HANON B70 emulates 91 tonewheels from the original tonewheel organ instrument. These simulated tonewheels run continuously while maintaining a low CPU cost. The detailed emulation enables natural-sounding key clicks and relatively […]

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85 FREE Xfer Serum Presets Released By Tunecraft Sounds

85 FREE Xfer Serum Presets Released By Tunecraft Sounds

Tunecraft Sounds have announced the release of Cinematic Synths for Serum, a freely downloadable (for a limited time only) soundset for the Xfer Serum wavetable software synthesizer. The company describes Cinematic Synths for Serum as a preset library suitable for music production, cinematic composition, trailers, film scores, and sound design applications. It is a versatile […]

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Schroeder Is A FREE Modeled Reverb Plugin For Mac Computers

Schroeder Is A FREE Modeled Reverb Plugin For Mac Computers

Developer discoDSP released Schroeder Reverb, a freeware reverb plugin based on early Schroeder reverberators. Featuring only two controls – Decay and Mix – Schroeder is a plugin that is minimal, but also capable of exciting and unusual reverb sounds. The software is only available in the VST3 and AU plugin formats for digital audio workstations […]

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Talkback Limiter plug-in recreates the SSL SL4000 E’s punchy limiting

Korneff Audio Talkback LimiterThere is a wealth of plug-ins emulating the punchy, cohesive sound of SSL consoles. But I can’t recall one that’s specifically modeled after the SL4000 E series’s limiter section. Not that there aren’t SSL limiters out there, but developer Korneff Audio’s Talkback Limiter plug-in may be the most detailed of the bunch. In addition to emulating the circuit, it gives you the freedom to manipulate each individual modeled component!

Talkback Limiter plug-in

In the original SL4000 E console, the limiter had the important duty of protecting the control room monitors and other listening equipment from loud peaks. More often than not, they originated from the talkback system. This, the plug-in is named Talkback Limiter. But here, the limiter is used as a mix and mastering effect.

Talkback Limiter features the following controls: Input volume, line/mic signal selector, dry/wet mix knob, and make-up gain. The analog switch lets you switch non-linear behavior on and off. There’s also a gain reduction meter, and under the hood, the plug-in lets you adjust Distortion, FET bias, low-pass filter, oversampling, and GUI zoom. This way, you can customize the limiter’s sonic character to obtain a smoother or more aggressive kind of sound. As far as I know, this is the only SSL-modeling plug-in that lets you toy with the components, not unlike some tube guitar amp modelers.

The compression ratio is set to 100:1 by default, while the Attack is very fast but not too fast. The resulting sound is aggressive and in your face, so if gentle or transparent limiting is the preferred application, you ought to look at a different plug-in.

Price and availability

Priced USD 40, Talkback Limiter is available in VST3, AAX, and AU formats for 64-bit Windows and Mac computers. A demo version is available for free download. A free iLok account is required for authorization of the full version.

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BeatSkillz SampleX: vintage sampler plug-in that’s yours to shape and tweak

BeatSkillz SampleX plug-inEmulating the sonic character of old samplers is essential for dialing in a nostalgic mood or imparting the crunch and vibe of old AD/DA converters and filters. Throughout the late 80s and early 90s, the sampler was basically your DAW. Computers could only sequence MIDI and maybe do basic audio recording and arranging.

Even if you had Studio Vision, a very capable audio and MIDI sequencer at the time, the sampler – likely an AKAI S series – had most of your sounds and all your sample instruments mapped in its memory. Therefore, it is crucial to the sound quality of 90s electronic and hip-hop records.

Beatskillz SampleX

Thankfully, you don’t have to wrestle with vintage samplers’ obtuse operating systems, maintenance costs and exorbitant prices (sometimes) to enjoy their sonic goodness. Modern computers are perfectly capable of emulating the sought-after grit and character of these coveted machines. SampleX, developer BeatSkillz’s newest plug-in, makes a case for this. Rather than emulating a specific unit in entirety, though, SampleX models the classic AKAI s900’s input section and the famous Moog ladder filter, then lets you run free with the controls to shape an old-school sound all of your own.

With SampleX, you are able to add as much “drive” as you want, explore the Moog filter’s resonance, create aliasing by reducing bit rate and sampling rate down to 2kHz/4-bit, and blend the processed audio with the dry signal. Having the fundamentals of the old sampler sound locked in, BeatSkillz went on to create presets that are ear-matched to various vintage samplers. You can use these as starting points for tweaking, or any other way you like.

All in all, I like the concept of giving users complete control over a sampler-like audio engine. It sounds more fun than delivering preset models with minimal tweaking potential.

Price and availability

SampleX is available in AU, VST, and AAX formats for Windows and Mac computers. The plug-in is on an introductory sale, priced USD 39 down from the USD 69 regular price. A free trial version is available for both operating systems.

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Overloud TH-U iOS: Pipped to the post by Mooer’s GE Labs?

Overloud TH-U IOSOverloud’s new TH-U iOS gives you a suite of guitar amp and effects for your Apple iPad or iPhone. The company is even offering a free version of the app to get you started. But how does it stack ups against the recent launch of Mooer’s GE Labs?


The free version of the new TH-U iOS comprises of a handful of amps, cabs and various effect pedals. More models can be purchased for EUR 5.49 via in-app purchase. A total of 239 models are available (for sale). That encompasses 89 guitar amps, 4 bass amps, 50 guitar cabs, 2 bass cabs , 77 pedal and rack effects, 18 microphones.

That’s plenty of choice to get you going. There are 1000 presets as well, if you aren’t into making your own virtual guitar rigs. You can create your virtual setups with the Rig Player. Or you can just go with a preset and tweak to taste.

Overloud TH-U IOS

Overloud TH-U IOS with in-app purchases


According to my colleague over at our German sister site, the app isn’t very intuitive, so you may need some help to get up and running. That said, he reports that the TH-U iOS app itself sounds very good. Be sure to check the video and website links below.

A slight niggle: there is currently no compatibility with Inter App Audio (IAA). If I want to record the amp in a DAW like Garage Band, then you’d have to do it via a third-party app like Audiobus. That makes it a bit unwieldy and I’d have preferred a seamless experience there.

Mooer GE Labs

Has Overloud been pipped to the post here by Mooer and its GE Labs, released in mid-April? That product is also free to download and uses in-app purchases. GE Labs is getting great reviews from users online in guitar forums. If you already have GE Labs, would you pay extra for this new virtual guitar rig setup? Perhaps not. However, if THU iOS sounds amazing, it could take off.


If you want to enjoy the full variety of tones available without limits, TH-U Full for iOS costs USD 49.99 – if you already own TH-U Desktop. Otherwise you pay EUR 5.49 and up.

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Mooer R7 Reverb: A feature-packed, wallet-friendly reverb pedal for any guitar rig

Mooer R7 ReverbReverb is one of those guitar effects that every player will need at some point in their playing careers. Mooer has managed to squeeze seven reverb algorithms into its new mini-format R7 Reverb. Priced attractively, this dinky but effective pedal leaves you with no excuses not to add one to your board.

Mooer R7 Reverb

The new R7 Reverb mini-pedal has seven digital reverb effects in its compact enclosure: Room, Hall, Church, Cave, Plate, Spring and Mod. Each of the available reverbs is linked to its own LED on the side of the R7 pedal, so it is fairly simple to see what you are doing on a darkened stage. No menus, no fuss.

The selected reverb algorithm can be tailored to your own taste using the high and low cut controls. You can then go into deeper tweaking of each effect with Decay and Pre-Delay controls. You also have the option to let the reverb end naturally after switching off the effect, using the handy trail-on feature.

Mooer R7 Reverb

Mooer R7 Reverb with handy user presets

Simple User Presets

Once you have edited your reverb the way you want, you can save it to one of the free memory slots. Only one memory space is available per selected reverb effect. Sounds limiting, but it gives you quick access to seven different reverb modes. This pedal is designed for players that hate menus and just want to get on and make some music. For me, simplicity rules! When I want to create and play, the last thing I want to do is read a manual.

Reverb Quality

Quality is always subjective. But it often correlates to the price point of a new product. Having listened to the demo sounds, I think that for under a hundred quid, this diminutive digital reverb has an awful lot to offer. Especially when you take into account that you can store your tweaked user presets.

Take a listen to the two demo videos below and see what you think. I think this pedal can handle more than enough of the types of reverb I need when gigging or songwriting. If you need something to help give your guitar’s voice some depth and character, then a touch of reverb is often just the thing.

This pedal uses an external power supply, so no batteries here. It has a buffered bypass and it’s mono, enough for most players that only use the one amp when gigging.

A touch of reverb has helped some of the most famous guitar riffs ever seem even bigger. If you don’t already have a reverb pedal in your set.up, for this price you can’t go wrong.

RRP – EUR 99

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Best free plug-ins this week: Schroeder, Hanon B70 and Lattice Reverb

Best free plug-ins 05/24An iconic tonewheel organ and not one, but two unusual reverbs: That’s this week’s collection of the best free plug-ins. Download Schroeder, Hanon B70 and Lattice Reverb, and spend your Sunday checking out these great freeware plug-ins.

For even more free plug-ins, head over to our archives.

discoDSP Schroeder

discoDSP SchroederThis plug-in models the Schroeder reverb, an early concept for artificial reverberation developed by Manfred Schroeder in the early 1960s. A Schroeder reverb is based on a series of all-pass filters, a parallel bank of comb filters and a mixing matrix (you can read more about it here). Its distinct character is delightfully different from all the spring and plate reverbs out there. The only controls are decay and mix sliders.

Schroeder is a VST3 and AU plug-in for macOS.

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Lostin70s Hanon B70

Lostin70s Hanon B70Hanon B70 by Lostin70s is an emulation of the legendary Hammond B3 tonewheel organ and a Leslie 122 rotary speaker cabinet. It’s all there: two drawbar sets, percussion, chorus/vibrato and of course the Leslie speaker simulation. You can adjust the balance between the bass and horn rotors, and there’s an overdrive for the Leslie effect. Lostin70s has even thrown in a reverb. Now that’s the kind of free plug-in we don’t see every day!

Hanon B70 is available for Windows and macOS in VST, VST3 and AU formats (64 bit only).

Download Hanon B70 here

Uhhyou Lattice Reverb

Uhhyou Lattice ReverbI promised you two unusual reverbs – here’s the other one. Uhhyou has released Lattice Reverb, a reverb based on a lattice structure. According to the developer, it features 16 delays per channel, each of which can be modulated by an LFO and passed through a low pass filter. Like all plug-ins by Uhhyou, this isn’t a plug-in that you just throw on a track and load up a preset. But if you like experimenting, Lattice Reverb seems to be capable of some great and unique sounds.

Lattice Reverb is a VST3 plug-in for Windows, Linux and macOS (64 bit only).

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