VB-Cable audio routing tool is now available for the Mac

VB-Cable for MacThe VB-Cable audio routing tool is now also available for macOS. The nifty tool, which lets you send audio directly from one application to another, used to be a Windows exclusive. Now the developer has made it available on the Mac, as well. Sooner or later there’ll be a time when you need it.

VB-Cable for Mac

There are many cases in which you’d need to connect the audio output of one application to the input of another. Recording audio from your browser or a VOIP app in your DAW, for example. Or recording audio from your DAW or another source in a screen video.

VB-Cable certainly isn’t the first application to let you do this. Soundflower, which was initially developed by Cycling ’74, was the de-facto standard for this sort of thing on the Mac for a long time, but fell into disrepair. Newer alternatives are Blackhole by Existential Audio and Rogue Amoeba’s Loopback, for example. On Windows, VB-Cable became a popular solution, which has now been ported to the Mac.

Each VB-Cable is a virtual audio device with one stereo input and output. Whatever you send into the input, comes out of the output at the other end. Simple. This functions like a virtual cable that lets you send audio from one app to another.

Like the PC version, VB-Cable for Mac supports up to four stereo channels, labeled VB-Cable A+B and C+D. It can handle sample rates from 44.1 to 192 kHz. The developer says that the app works right out of the box, without the need for any additional configuration.

Price and compatibility

VB-Cable is donationware. You can download the simple VB-Cable with one stereo channel for free, although the developer would certainly appreciate a donation. If you’d like to upgrade to more channels, make one or two donations between 5 and 25 Euros, and you’ll receive personal download links for VB-Cable A+B and / or C+D.

The software runs on macOS 10.10 through 10.15 in 64 bit.

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Imaginando Releases FREE DLYM 2.0 VST/AU Plugin

DLYM 2.0 by Imaginando

Imaginando has released DLYM 2.0, an updated version of its popular delay modulator effect in VST, AU, and AAX plugin formats for digital audio workstation software on PC and Mac. The software is also available as an AUv3 plugin for compatible iOS apps. DLYM 2.0 is, for the most part, a cosmetic update of the […]

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Clockwork Orange: Kubrick inspired pulse generator, clock divider and phase sequencer

Error Instruments Clockwork OrangeMeanwhile over at Error Instruments for the love of Stanley Kubrick they have 10 A Clockwork Orange inspired Eurorack modules featuring a square pulse generator clock, clock divider and phase sequencer. And there’s 4 of each so you and 3 droogs can play together.

A Clockwork Orange

So, what new torture is this? Well, there are 4 square wave pulse outputs, one in each corner with their own coloured LED to show the speed of oscillation. Modes are set by the central switch oppressive control system. In Free mode they are independent and controlled via their own rate knob. Switching to Phase or Divide makes the top left pulse the main rate control.

In Phase mode each output is shifted by 90 degrees so they are fired in turn relative to the speed of the top left. In Divide mode it will clock divide which you can change via the individual knobs relative to the first one.

It’s a great module for bashing out rhythms and subverting clocks in interestingly related ways. It’s likely to give you a nice warm vibraty feeling all through your guttiwuts!

They’ve only made 10 and you can get one for €109.

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  • Error Instruments A Clockwork Orange page.
  • More from Error Instruments.

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Best free plug-ins this week: BANG!, EQ Curve Analyzer and Abandoned Synths

Best free plug-ins this weekSome interesting stuff in this weeks collection of the best free plug-ins! We’ve got a virtual drum synthesizer, an analyzer that shows you exactly what an EQ does, and two synths that deliver some great sounds despite not being quite finished. Here’s BANG!, EQ Curve Analyzer and Abandoned Synths.

Want more? Browse our huge archives for many more free plug-ins!

Uglyplugins BANG!

uglyplugins BANG!The developer calls BANG! a kick drum and percussion synthesizer “with many possibilities and ugly graphics”. It offers two oscillators with sine, triangle, square “and some other waveforms”. OSC2 offers frequency modulation by OSC1 for added sonic possibilities. The third sound source is a sample player. Each source features its own multimode filter and envelopes. Uglyplugins does have a point about the graphics. But we know not to judge a book by its cover!

BANG! is available for Windows 7 or higher (VST, 64 bit) and macOS 10.9 or higher (VST, AU, 64 bit).

Get BANG! here

Bertom EQ Curve Analyzer (EQCA)

Bertom EQ Curve AnalyzerThis one’s a bit technical. According to the developer, EQ Curve Analyzer began as a developer tool for analyzing the characteristics of various EQs. It’s a combination of signal generator and analyzer plug-ins. Sandwich any equalizer or other plug-in between those two, and you’ll be able to see exactly how it affects the frequency response. Bertom says that it’s useful as a learning tool to study EQ characteristics. They’re planning to develop a full analysis suite – stay tuned for that one!

EQ Curve Analyzer is available for Windows and macOS in VST3 and AU formats.

Download EQCA here

MAEA Software Abandoned Synths

MAEA Software PolypadThese two synths had been lying around on the developer’s hard drive for more than a year, and were never finished. So MAEA Software decided to release them anyway for free. And don’t be fooled: despite not being finished, they’re capable of some great sounds. Polypad is a virtual analogue polyphonic synth with 2 oscillators and lots of modulation. Monochord 2 is an update to the developer’s older Monochord synth, which adds another oscillator “and some other wacky stuff”.

The Abandoned Synths are available for Windows 7 or higher and macOS 10.10 or higher in VST3 format (64 bit).

Get Polypad and Monochord 2 here

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OSL Side Effects: manipulate Mid and Side stereo audio independently

OSL Side Effects plug-inMid/Side processors offer a different approach and interesting possibilities to manipulating audio. As you may know, these work by separating the stereo signal into Mid and Side channels to let you process them independent of each other. In the case of OSL Side Effects, a new plug-in by developer Oblivion Sound Lab, the Mid and Side channels can be independently equalised, compressed, saturated, boosted, attenuated, and panned inside an integrated processing chain. Thus, possibilities for either subtle, balanced or extreme stereo effects are presented.

OSL Side Effects

Styled with a modern dark GUI, Side Effects contains a four-band mid/side EQ with an interactive graph and FFT spectrum analyzer. Likewise, the Mid/Side compressor is equipped with a transfer curve graph. Tape-style saturation, panning, oversampling, 17 factory presets and full DAW automation are among the additional possibilities. Finally, metering includes gain reduction, input/output gain, a stereo visualiser, and a phase meter. So you can use Side Effects as a competent metering plug-in of its own. The user interface is fairly simple to get around considering the plug-in’s processing power. The Mid and Side equalizers, as well as the compressor are separated into different tabs, while the rest of the effects are a single-knob operation – one knob for either mid or side.

Availability

Until July 18, Side Effects is priced USD 29 down from USD 39 – probably the most affordable Mid/Side processor of its kind. A free demo version is available, which silences the signal every 45 seconds. The plug-in itself runs in 64-bit VST3 and AU formats on Windows and Mac computers.

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The Kaluna is an all new tube overdrive from German brand Vahlbruch

Vahlbruch Kaluna tube overdriveThe new Kaluna pedal from German brand Vahlbruch is a tube-based circuit overdrive that’s wrapped up in a sparkling gold finish, and promises tonal nirvana. But do you really need a tube-drive overdrive? Read on to find out.

Vahlbruch Kaluna

Vahlbruch is a one-man operation based in Springe near Hanover, Germany, that makes boutique effects pedals by hand. As a result, they are made to a high standard, and with a lot of care and attention, especially when compared to the mass produced cookie-cutter drivel churned out on some factory assembly lines .

The Kaluna is the company’s newest tube-driven overdrive pedal and comes installed with a 12AX7 valve. It has controls for VOLUME and DRIVE, as well as an active 3-band EQ with 12 dB boost or cut. This simple and intuitive layout should make dialling-in this valve-based overdrive a breeze.

Vahlbruch Kaluna tube overdrive

Vahlbruch Kaluna tube overdrive

High voltage

The pedal uses an external 9 volt power supply that is boosted internally up to 250 volts which then floods the 12AX7 tube with enough juice to make it sing. In theory, this should help with playing dynamics and the overall feel of the pedal.

It also features a MagTraB switch, which is a noiseless and click-free footswitch that triggers a relay to switch with a magnet, thus eliminating any noise when engaging the effect.

Vahlbruch Kaluna tube overdrive with 12AX7 tube

Vahlbruch Kaluna tube overdrive with 12AX7 tube

Tube Tone

If you haven’t tried out a valve based overdrive yet, the Kaluna might be worth a punt. I would also suggest you check out the Friedman Motor City Drive. I own one and it does an excellent job of providing nice articulate drive tones, with plenty of warmth.

You can hear the Vahlbruch Kaluna in action in the demo videos below, or follow the link to order one directly form the company’s website.

RRP – EUR 339

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Get Beat Magazine For FREE! (Includes Free Software)

Get Beat Magazine For FREE! (Includes Free Software)

As mentioned in our recent article the Beat magazine is now also available in English. However, the news just got better because you can get the latest issue for free, including the bundled software and sounds. The latest issue of the Beat magazine includes a free copy of the Waves Element synthesizer and a whole […]

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Acustica Audio Erin mastering suite recreates luxury UK tube gear

Acustica Audio Erin mastering suiteAcustica Audio got their sampling-happy hands on yet another specimen of obscure, sought after audio gear. The new Erin mastering suite captures three all-tube hardware processors – a 5-band stereo EQ, a stereo compressor/limiter, and a mid-range EQ. The original hardware is the work of a revered equipment designer in the area of high-end hi-fi.

Interestingly, Erin also introduces a new Acustica Audio technology called Ultragain. It’s a method of mapping all gain values in all frequency bands “extremely” accurately, adding to the realism that the developer is known for.

Erin Stereo Tube EQ

The first module in the suite is an ‘esoteric’ 5-band parametric equalizer familiar to mastering facilities. It’s a costly unit that only high-tier studios can really afford. Both EQ channels have five bands, hi-shelf and low-shelf filters with gain and fixed Q controls. There are also three boost/cut filters with adjustable center frequency. The tube preamp and each band can be bypassed from the dedicated controls.

Erin Mid EQ

This three-band equalizer homes in on frequencies between 200Hz and 5kHz. The original unit is made in the UK and resembles the fine-aged Pultec tube EQ design. In addition to the bands, a preamp stage and Mid/Side – Left/Right controls offer additional frequency adjustment options.

Erin Comp

The final module is a stereo tube compressor/limiter based on a UK-made mono unit. As a matter of fact, none other than David Gilmour owns two of these units for his Astoria recording studio. The original equipment is designed to limit or compress the signal with minimal interference below the threshold. Standard Attack and Release controls aside, the compressor feature specially optimized knee behavior for the attack/decay envelope and a transparent dynamics processing section.

Price and availability

Between June 17 – 24, Erin is on sale for EUR 62, down from EUR 179. The plug-ins are available in all the usual formats for Windows and Mac computers. They are authorised and installed through Acustica’s custom Aquarius plug-in manager. A free registration is required.

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dSONIQ Realphones simulates a control room for better headphone mixing

Realphones by dSONIQ is a new plug-in designed to improve the mixing experience on headphones. Through various profiles, the software simulates the control room environment of a professional studio, including different sets of speakers. This can help to achieve a more balanced mix if you need to mix on headphones. It’s also useful if you’re on the road and don’t have access to your preferred monitors.

dSONIQ Realphones simulates control rooms and monitors

The idea to improve the mixing experience by simulating the acoustic characteristics of a control room isn’t new. We’ve already seen it in Waves Abbey Road Studio 3, for example. Using profiles to solve problems with the acoustics of a room or a set of headphones isn’t a new concept, either, as seen in Sonarworks Reference and similar solutions. What does Realphones have to offer that sets it apart?

The software starts by applying a calibration profile designed to flatten the frequency response of the headphones you’re using. According to the developer, Realphones currently supports over 90 headphone models by AKG, Beyerdynamic, Sennheiser, Shure and many others; the full list is available on the company’s website. In theory, this calibration takes the characteristics of the headphones out of the equation.

Realphones then applies additional profiles to simulate various control rooms and speakers. You can choose from several rooms and switch between different sets of near field, mid field and far field monitors and subwoofers. The distance and speaker response are adjustable, and the plug-in features psychoacoustic binaural speaker placement for a more accurate representation of the mix and better stereo imaging than what you normally get on headphones. While there’s nothing like the real thing, this is an easy way to quickly check your mix on a variety of monitors, from expensive high-end mains to consumer speakers. Realphones also offers buttons for testing mono compatibility, left-right symmetry and other aspects of a mix.

Mixing on headphones can be a frustrating experience. But things have improved in recent years, with solutions like Realphones that try to overcome the limitations of headphones. If you need to use headphones for mixing for whatever reason, this plug-in could be worth a try.

Price and compatibility

Realphones is available in three versions, which differ in the number of included headphone correction profiles. The Lite Pack, which only includes a generic headphone profile, costs USD 65. The Professional Pack for USD 89 adds three headphone calibration profiles, which can be activated individually. USD 165 gets you the Ultimate Pack, which comes with unlimited headphone profiles.

The plug-in is available for Windows and macOS in VST and AU formats. You can download a free trial version from the developer’s website.

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Best Sample Packs This Week: Magical guitar, ambient atmos, synth drums, EDM hits

The Best New Sample Packages This WeekThis week’s best sample packs include a magical acoustic guitar emulation based on one of the greatest Martin models of all time, a set of ambient/sci-fi sounds for creating ethereal, atmospheric productions, synthetic drums that with powerful sound-shaping capabilities that is totally free, and a fully-featured pack of loops that contains everything you need to create professional EDM productions. Let’s dive in.

Sound Magic Acoustic Guitar

Powered by the Neo Orchestra hybrid modeling engine, the sounds here are based upon one of the most magnificent acoustic guitars of all time – the Martin D-28. It features pick and finger styles in 2900 samples across 10 different guitar techniques. Modeling goes way beyond sampling, and provides an unparalleled realism that can only be had by playing the actual instrument itself. There are controls over harmonics, dynamics, and legato and the plug-in can be used seamlessly live using Sound Magic’s keyswitch system.

It also features some processing, including a 5-band parametric EQ and multi-faceted reverb. Acoustic Guitar comes in VST and AU 64/32-bit for Windows and Mac.

Sample Science Synthetic Vortices

Ambient and atmospheric are the vibes that Synthetic Vortices brings. This collection of 90 loops are presented in Sample Science’s easy-to-navigate interface and allow you to create productions that are very much otherworldly. There are a number of ways to shape the three voicing modes (monophonic, polyphonic, and legato) including depth, rate, and low and high-pass filtering. You can also control the ADSR of the envelope. The 188MB of samples come in VST, VST3, and AU formats in 16-bit, 44.1kHz WAVs.

Freemusicproduction.net Syn Tech Drums

Another set of drum samples for the HAlion ecosystem, Syn Tech Drums is a pack of over 30 electronic, synth, and lo-fi sounds. You can create everything within the player and on-board mixer and drop them into your DAW for easy arrangement. There are controls over the envelope and frequency range for each kit piece individually as well as reverb, delay, compression, and maximization.

IK Multimedia Hitmaker EDM

IK Multimedia is one of the best in the game, and Hitmaker EDM is a high energy pack of 100 instruments across 1.6GB of samples for creating polished, professional EDM tracks. It includes everything you need for creating productions within the genre – synths and pads, leads, drum and bass loops as well as over 400 vocal samples. All this runs within Sample Tank 4’s intuitive and robust interface.

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