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20-May-22 - IK Multimedia Releases T-RackS Joe Chiccarelli Vocal Strip

IK Multimedia announces Joe Chiccarelli Vocal Strip for T-RackS, reproducing in a single plug-in the GRAMMY-winning producer's unique vision and formula for crafting attention-grabbing, engaging vocals. Having produced and mixed countless hit songs for artists ranging from Elton John to the White Stripes, Joe has perfected his parallel processing technique to enhance the emotional impact of each vocal performance.

Joe Chiccarelli Vocal Strip models Joe's go-to chain of high-end analog outboard gear, custom signal flow and unique know-how to deliver an incredible level of control and character to any style of vocal tracks.


 


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GRAMMY-winning vocal sound
Based at Sunset Sound Studios in Hollywood, California, world-class engineer/producer Joe Chiccarelli has developed a reputation for crafting impactful, emotional vocals that helped him earn 10 GRAMMY and Latin GRAMMY awards.

It's also made him sought after by such artists as U2, Beck, The Strokes, Juanes, The Killers, Morrissey, Tori Amos, The Shins, Alanis Morissette, The White Stripes, Jason Mraz, Cage The Elephant, Vance Joy, Spoon, The Raconteurs, Café Tacvba, and My Morning Jacket.

A formula for sonic success
IK worked hand-in-hand with Joe to ensure T-RackS Joe Chiccarelli Vocal Strip offers an exact recreation of the signal chain used by top artists. Users will find 3 distinctive compressors modeled after a UREI 1176, a Fairchild 670 and a hybrid UA 176/ Tube-Tech CL 1B for bringing out the subtleties in every vocal.

This signature chain offers the ultimate parallel compression tool with the convenience of an all-in-one channel strip configuration. Between the 3 compressors, users can add focus, grit, warmth, weight, clarity - whatever vintage or modern sound best suits the mood and vibe of the music.

Parallel compression for radio-ready emotion
Using a single compressor for vocal compression risks crushing its soul. That's why Joe uses multiple compressors - by blending the uncompressed signal with each compressor in parallel, he's able to maintain the dynamics and passion of each vocal, while still achieving higher levels of compression and character. It's a delicate balance, but when done right the possibilities are endless.

All Joe's tools in one plug-in
In addition to this advanced 3-compressor parallel processing chain, T-RackS Joe Chiccarelli Vocal Strip includes essential tools for further sculpting vocal tracks to perfection.



  • The De-esser section provides optimized settings for male and female vocalists with a single control to tame and remove sibilance.

  • An analog-modeled EQ section works independently or in tandem with the 3 compressors with a versatile Pre/Post switch.

  • The Effects section includes 2 each of Reverb, Delay and Modulation effects selected by Joe from IK's latest algorithms.

  • The Output section offers a global Wet/Dry control, Drive to help vocals cut through a mix and Color to adjust the Drive's harmonic tone.



Take it from the master
T-RackS Joe Chiccarelli Vocal Strip includes a wide variety of presets from Joe himself, saving precious time and making it easy to get amazing results. Users can mix with them right out of the box or use them as springboards to develop their own custom presets. Along the way, they'll gain valuable insight into the mind of a mixing master and learn how he uses his signature signal chain to achieve engaging, radio-ready vocal sounds.

The power of T-RackS
Like all T-RackS plug-ins, T-RackS Joe Chiccarelli Vocal Strip offers two ways to work: as a single plug-in, or within the T-RackS 5 shell.

Pricing and availability
T-RackS Joe Chiccarelli Vocal Strip is available now from the IK Multimedia online store and from IK authorized dealers worldwide at a special limited-time introductory price of $/€129.99* (reg. $/€159.99) through May 31, 2022.

*All pricing excluding taxes.

For more information about Joe Chiccarelli Vocal Strip or to see it in action, please visit the links below.



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29-Apr-22 - Spitfire LABS Cello Moods free plugin!

Gee this free plugin from Spitfire Audio suitable for everything from score work to contemporary songs in various genres from pop to RnB & Neo-Soul. Cello Moods is a collection of emotive performances from celebrated folk cellist Alice Allen. Select from one of four 'moods' to effortlessly translate each feeling into music -  from spine-chilling tension to sweeping awe.

 

 


 

 

Get this free plugin via the link below.

 


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28-Apr-22 - More vintage retro + from Roland with the Juno-X

Meet the new synthesizer in the JUNO series: JUNO-X. This powerhouse synth combines the sounds of the classic JUNO-60 and JUNO-106 you know and love with the new modern JUNO-X sound engine. That’s right, you get three JUNO sound engines in one instrument.

 

Thus spake the PR blurb and what you get is a ballpark 1700 quid release price modelling & sample based synth which tugs at the legacy heart strings but offers much more if you stump up for a cloud account after which it becomes a much bigger studio centerpiece workstation beastie offering a vast array of sounds including of course emulations of the classic Juno-106 & Juno-60 delivered courtesy of Roland's current flagship ZEN-Core analog modelling.

 

But there's more... the Juno-x also serves up a smorgasboard of other classic sounds from the Roland archives,  from the JD-800 & Jupiter-8 to the JP supersaws, the entire sample based library of the XV-5080 as well as the RD-Piano and a Vocoder for the desert course!  The Juno-x also delivers drums, has built in fx and offers 4 parts multi-timbrelity plus a dedicated drum section.

 

The one thing you cannot find anywhere however is any mention of the actually polyphony of the Juno-x, which isn't even listed on Roland's Juno-x specifications page, a very strange omission for a polysynth, so it's clearly not something Roland want to shout to the world about. A quick walk through the user manual however soon reveals the specs:

 

 

What is the maximum simultaneous polyphony?

 

It differs depending on the type and combination of models. The JUNO-X model has a maximum polyphony of 16 notes. Note that the polyphony is reduced if you are using multiple parts at the same time. In the case of PCM sounds, up to 256 notes (for MONO) can be produced.

 

So as we suspected, the modelling engine itself has a lesser voice count sufficient to deliver the required authentic Juno-106, Juno-60 or other analog modelling emulation experiences, & that voice count dwindles per patch once you start to add more multi-parts, but as you can see it's voice count is augmented by pcm sample based sounds including sample drums to bump up the total voices to final much bigger voice count. 

 

 


 

 

In summary, the Juno-X is very much a centre-peice synth, carrying on Roland's software based sound engine configurability first seen with their plugout systems but dragged up to date with their latest core engine.

 

Will it take? Hmmm it's a tough market now for the legacy boys what with the likes of Behringer offering up ludicrously low priced REAL analog classic emulations and snapping at their heels like a determined terrier... but then unlike those Behringer emulations the Juno-X does many many many things in one box.

 

The Juno-X will no doubt sell very well to the world's professional keyboard & synth sessionista as well as pro studios alike we'd imagine, but quite how the proletariat takes to it might be another matter at a release price of around 1700 GBP, plus the cloud subscription cost required to really open up all it's potential.

 

Oh btw, did we mention it's also a USB audio interface with a an XLR mic/line pre-amp?.. yeah it is... in short it's a core studio workstation center-peice machine.

 

 



  • JUNO-X engine with Super Saw waveform, velocity sensitivity, Chorus III effect, and more

  • User slot for loading Model Expansions such as the JUPITER-8, JD-800, Vocal Designer, and others from Roland Cloud

  • Fast and intuitive workflow based on Scenes

  • Panel layout inspired by historic JUNO synths from the 1980s

  • High-resolution knobs and sliders for instant sound creation and precision control

  • JUNO-60 arpeggiator and advanced i-Arpeggio driven by artificial intelligence

  • Expressive 61-note keyboard with aftertouch

  • Onboard stereo speakers and Bluetooth audio support

  • USB audio/MIDI interface and USB Memory port for data backup to a flash drive


 


For more info check Roland's website on the link below .




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27-Apr-22 - This is my news test title changed again

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80s Retro Pop Vol 2 by Producer Loops is inspired by the recent return of the 80s vibe in today's charts, bringing the old school elements back, but with a modern twist. Drawing from influencers such as The Weeknd, Dua Lipa and Doja Cat - who have been at the forefront of this new wave nostalgia - this pack contains all the sounds you'll need to make your next Retro track pop.

These 5 Construction Kits capture this rejuvenated sound with pristine accuracy by using analog synth design, coupled with extensive tape and outboard gear processing emulators. The producers utilized the world's best tools that allow this old-school sound to be clean, punchy and clearly ready to compete with today's music.

MIDI Files Included:
Like so many other Producer Loops products, '80s Retro Pop Vol 2' includes MIDI files for each Kit, allowing you to seamlessly mix your favourite synths and samplers with the sounds contained in the pack.

One-Shot Samples:
Inside you'll find one-shot drum samples, allowing you to create new beats, fills and loops to compliment the existing material. Simply load them up into your sampler of choice and create an infinite number of new beats and phrases.

Dry/Wet Loops:
For users looking to simply drag and drop, the 'wet' files contain all of the effects processing heard in the audio demos. But for producers looking to create their own effects mix, 'dry' loops are also included. Don't like the wet loops? No problem, add your own effects.

Royalty-Free:
All of the loops in this product are 100% Royalty-Free, so once purchased, you can use these loops in your commercial releases without having to pay any hidden costs.



Product Details:



  • ACIDized WAV Files

  • Apple Loops/AIFF Files

  • Loops Synced To BPM

  • 44.1kHz/24-Bit

  • PC/Mac Compatible

  • Royalty-Free (No Exceptions)


 


For more details visit the Producerloops website via the link.



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17-Jul-20 - ProducerLoops releases 80s Retro Pop Vol 2

'80s Retro Pop Vol 2' by Producer Loops is inspired by the recent return of the 80s vibe in today's charts, bringing the old school elements back, but with a modern twist.
Drawing from influencers such as The Weeknd, Dua Lipa and Doja Cat - who have been at the forefront of this new wave nostalgia - this pack contains all the sounds you'll
need to make your next Retro track pop.

These 5 Construction Kits capture this rejuvenated sound with pristine accuracy by using analog synth design, coupled with extensive tape and outboard gear processing
emulators. The producers utilized the world's best tools that allow this old-school sound to be clean, punchy and clearly ready to compete with today's music.

MIDI Files Included:
Like so many other Producer Loops products, '80s Retro Pop Vol 2' includes MIDI files for each Kit, allowing you to seamlessly mix your favourite synths and samplers with the
sounds contained in the pack.

One-Shot Samples:
Inside you'll find one-shot drum samples, allowing you to create new beats, fills and loops to compliment the existing material. Simply load them up into your sampler of choice
and create an infinite number of new beats and phrases.

Dry/Wet Loops:
For users looking to simply drag and drop, the 'wet' files contain all of the effects processing heard in the audio demos. But for producers looking to create their own effects
mix, 'dry' loops are also included. Don't like the wet loops? No problem, add your own effects.

Royalty-Free:
All of the loops in this product are 100% Royalty-Free, so once purchased, you can use these loops in your commercial releases without having to pay any hidden costs.

Product Details:

  • ACIDized WAV Files
  • Apple Loops/AIFF Files
  • Loops Synced To BPM
  • 44.1kHz/24-Bit
  • PC/Mac Compatible
  • Royalty-Free (No Exceptions)


For more details visit the Producerloops website via the link.

Link:  www.producerloops.com/download-producer-loops-80s-retro-pop-vol-2.html

17-Jul-20 - Voxengo Polysquasher 3.2 mastering compressor plugin released

Voxengo is happy to release version 3.2 of its Polysquasher plugin. Polysquasher is a mastering compressor plugin for professional music and sound production
applications, available in AAX, AudioUnit, VST, and VST3 plugin formats, for macOS and Windows computers.

The changes version 3.2 implements:

  • Added the preset list sorting function to the preset manager.
  • Redesigned the knob image.
  • Extended the "Color Editor" with color modifiers.
  • Added the "Gray Blue" and "Navy" color schemes.
  • Reimplemented waveform graph display.
  • Fixed a minor output time shift at 8X oversampling in VST/VST3 version.
  • Windows: implemented a higher-precision user interface update timer, for smoother Graph display.
  • Improved readability of the condensed font.
  • Added macOS Catalina compatibility.
  • Voxengo Polysquasher 3.2 Screenshot


Polysquasher was designed with a main goal: to be transparent. Transparent compression action is a cornerstone for any mastering compressor. Transparency of
audio signal processing is necessary to preserve all existing elements in the mix, while compression itself is necessary to make the mix sound uniform to other
mixes (tracks) and to make it sound more solid and “glued”.

Polysquasher achieves its goal by using a unique compression algorithm which requires a small number of parameters – basically threshold and ratio only –
making this compressor a joy to use. More advanced settings are hidden in the “compressor mode editor” panel where you can create your own compressor
modes that can be easily recalled later.

Polysquasher is best used as a finishing compressor inserted in the chain before the final mastering limiter.

Polysquasher also features real-time gain reduction and waveform graphs. Full multi-channel operation is supported.

Polysquasher features:

  • Transparent compression sound
  • Real-time gain reduction graph
  • 6 built-in compressor modes
  • Compressor mode editor
  • Stereo and multi-channel processing
  • Internal channel routing
  • Channel grouping
  • Mid/side processing
  • Up to 8x oversampling
  • 64-bit floating point processing
  • Preset manager
  • Undo/redo history
  • A/B comparisons
  • Contextual hint messages
  • All sample rates support
  • 22 ms compensated processing latency
  • Retina and HighDPI support


Polysquasher is available for purchase on-line for USD 89.95. Demo version of Voxengo Polysquasher and other pro audio plugins can be downloaded at the
Voxengo web site via the link.

Link:  www.voxengo.com/product/psquasher/

10-Jul-20 - Producerloops releases Essence of Analogue Vol 3: Ambient Odyssey

'Essence of Analogue Vol 3: Ambient Odyssey' continues this new and expansive series that was recorded
and processed exclusively using analogue synths and outboard. This installment takes you on an ethereal
adventure through a retrospective 70s/80s landscape defined by otherwordly soundscapes, textures, pads
and more.

This pack is the third installment in our 'Essence of Analogue' series, which was recorded and processed
exclusively using analogue synths and outboard. It contains 40 minutes of beautiful music broken down into
its constituent elements.

Equipment Used (for Series):
Analogue Synthesizers: Moog Voyager, DSI Prophet 6, DSI Poly Evolver, Novation Peak and SH-101
Analogue Outboard: SSL G Series Stereo Compressor, Empirical Labs Distressor, Pultec EQ

The producer has laid it all on the line in this expertly crafted collection that's loyal to the essence of retro
ambient. Everything was recorded and sourced from the analogue domain to keep all of this content as
warm, silky and smooth as possible. Nestled inside you'll find the mosty gorgeous evolving analogue
synths, arps and pads.

MIDI Files Included:
Like so many other Producer Loops products, MIDI files are included for all musical parts, allowing you to
seamlessly mix your favourite synths and samplers with the sounds contained in the pack.

Advantages of MIDI:
While the supplied ACID/Apple Loops content is extremely flexible and powerful, MIDI has the added
benefit of allowing you to go to extremes of pitch and tempo beyond which the loops were originally
recorded, with no time stretching or pitch shifting artefacts. Furthermore, you can make tweaks to the riffs
so they fit perfectly into your existing mixes.

Royalty-Free:
All of the loops in this product are 100% Royalty-Free, so once purchased, you can use these loops in your
commercial releases without having to pay any hidden costs.

Product Details:

  • ACIDized WAV Files
  • Apple Loops/AIFF Files
  • MIDI Loops
  • REX2 Loops
  • Reason ReFill
  • Ableton Live Pack 8.1.3+
  • Loops Synced To BPM
  • 44.1kHz/24-Bit
  • PC/Mac Compatible
  • Royalty-Free (No Exceptions)


For more information please visit the Producerloops website via the link

Link:  www.producerloops.com/download-producer-loops-essence-of-analogue-vol-3-ambient-odyssey.html

10-Jul-20 - Producerloops releases Cinematic Underscore FX Vol 3

'Cinematic Underscore FX Vol 3' is the third part in a compelling collection of foley, impacts, risers,
soundbeds and subs. Featuring exquisite sound design, these samples are perfect for bringing tension and
a sense of the foreboding to your productions.

Although the samples were originally designed for us in Cinematic music, they will work equally well in dark
electronic music such as Techno, Trance and Psytrance.

These samples are ready to simply drag and drop straight into your compositions, with minimal time
required to get that quintessential underscore sound. However, FX files are also provided, each providing a
twist to the original sample it is based upon, and offering users more variety and inspiration.

Royalty-Free:
Every loop in this product is 100% Royalty-Free, so once purchased, you can use this pack in your
commercial releases without having to pay any hidden costs. Please check the licence agreement for full
terms and conditions.

Specifications:

  • ACIDized WAV Files
  • AIFF Files
  • Loops sync to BPM
  • 44.1 kHz/24-Bit
  • PC/Mac Compatible
  • Royalty-Free (No Exceptions)


For more information follow the link to the Producerloops website.

Link:  www.producerloops.com/download-producer-loops-cinematic-underscore-fx-vol-3.html

23-Apr-20 - Producer Loops releases Dennyiah: Pop & Soul Vocals

'Dennyiah: Pop & Soul Vocals' by Producer Loops is an inspiring array of all the vocal samples you'll need to make your next Billboard 100 banger. These chart-
worthy vocal phrases from the powerful and dynamic Dennyiah, will polish off your next Pop or Soul track with professional grade quality.

Dennyiah (Denisa Gajarska) is a Slovak singer based in Kosice city. Her vocals resemble the modern breed of soul divas (Adele, Amy Winehouse, etc). The
ability to fuse musical cultures like pop, blues, jazz and soul with a trace of something very central European, is what makes Dennyiah so special.

Dry/Wet Loops:
For users looking to simply drag and drop, the 'wet' files contain all of the effects processing heard in the audio demos. But for producers looking to create their
own effects mix, 'dry' loops are also included. Don't like the wet loops? No problem; add your own effects.

Royalty-Free:
All of the samples in this product are 100% Royalty-Free (including the vocal loops), so once purchased, you can use these loops in your commercial releases
without having to pay any master costs.

Specifications:

  • ACIDized WAV Files
  • Apple Loops/AIFF Files
  • Loops sync to BPM
  • 44.1 kHz/24-Bit
  • PC/Mac Compatible


For more information checkout the Producer Loops website via the link

Link:  www.producerloops.com/download-producer-loops-dennyiah-pop-soul-vocals.html

23-Apr-20 - Voxengo OldSkoolVerb 2.6 free reverb plugin released

Voxengo OldSkoolVerb version 2.6 update is now available for download. OldSkoolVerb is a freeware algorithmic reverberation plugin for professional music production applications,
available in AAX, AudioUnit, VST, and VST3 plugin formats, for macOS and Windows computers.

List of changes in version 2.6:

  • Added the preset list sorting function to the preset manager.
  • Redesigned the knob image.
  • Extended the "Color Editor" with color modifiers.
  • Added the "Gray Blue" and "Navy" color schemes.
  • Improved visual quality at different visual interface scales.
  • Windows: implemented (switchable) higher-precision user interface update timer, for smoother display.
  • Added macOS Catalina compatibility.
  • Voxengo OldSkoolVerb 2.6 Screenshot


This plugin implements a kind of “classic” stereo reverb algorithm which is technically simple yet optimal. It also produces a very clear spatial image that blends well with the mix.

OldSkoolVerb features:


  • Plate, room and hall reverbs
  • 5 reverb modes
  • Reverb mode editor
  • Stereo processing
  • Preset manager
  • Undo/redo history
  • A/B comparisons
  • Contextual hint messages
  • All sample rates support
  • Zero processing latency
  • User interface color schemes
  • Resizable user interface
  • Retina and HighDPI support


Voxengo OldSkoolVerb and other pro audio plug-ins can be downloaded at the Voxengo web site via the link.

Link:  www.voxengo.com/product/oldskoolverb/