Audiffex have announced updates for their Invalve Effect 2 plug-in. Previous owners and new customers will be advised of upgrade paths and discounts in newsletter from Audiffex.
Main new features: -
AAX plug-in format added.
RTAS plug-in format dropped.
Windows XP and Vista support dropped.
Full support of Windows 10 and Mac OSX 10.10 and higher added.
DSP performance improved.
Several host compatibility improved.
VST and VST3 plug-ins naming and IDs changed due to some hosts compatibility. There could be a problem when loading a project containing inValve VST or VST3 plugins of version 1.8.0 after updating to 2.0.0.
Today our friends at Ircam Lab, have proudly announced the release of their revolutionary new software, The Snail. This modern looking Tuner/Analyser software offers a new and extremely accurate way of tuning and analyzing an instrument; displaying intonation and visualizing music and sounds in a way that can help anyone improve their listening and innotation.
The Institute for Research and Coordination in Acoustics and Music (IRCAM) today proudly announces the launch of their new Tuner/Analyser software called “The Snail” due to it’s cool spiral interface that represents every note of the scales rolled up from the highest to the lowest audible frequencies.
The Snail is a very high-precision frequency-domain analyzer that delivers an easy to understand representation of sounds based on the scales and notes aligned in spectrally active zones. Resulting from numerous years of research and development, this product is based on a recent patented technology, conceived at the laboratory of Science and Technology of Music and Sound IRCAM-CNRS-UPMC based in Paris france.
A REDEFINED HIGH PRECISION ANALYSIS
Compared to standard spectrum analysers based on Fourier-type analysis, the Snail’s frequency accuracy is enhanced by a process based on the demodulated phase.
Basically, the exploited principle is as follows : If a sound includes a sinusoidal component with frequency 440Hz, the demodulated phase, stemming from a Fourier analysis at frequency 440Hz, will remain exactly constant (as a synchronized stroboscope renders a rotating object immobile).
Think of a film camera turning at 24 frames per second filming a bicycle wheel turning at 24 revolutions a second, the spokes will appear to be standing still. That means, for a Fourier analysis of frequency at 439Hz compared to a tuning reference of 440Hz, the demodulated phase will turn at 1Hz (as a slightly desynchronized stroboscope makes a rotating object that has a slow movement). Think of audio signals ‘beating’ as there is a interference between two sounds at slightly different frequencies.
This principle is used to build a coherency index in the software, in such a way that a high value is associated with an acceptable deviation, typically adjustable from 1Hz to 10Hz.
A dedicated algorithm exploits this coherency index in several ways. It improves the frequency precision at an adjustable rate. It lets users fine-tune the accuracy of the tuner and therefore goes way beyond the global stroboscopic techniques used in some expensive tuners. The Snail analyses all the local spectral components of a sound and renders this information in a convenient visual form. Users can finally see ALL the surrounding frequencies and overtones as well as the basic fundamentals delivered by a sound.
A HIGHLY PRECISE MUSICAL VISUALISATION
The Snail delivers a new approach in “tuning” as it also analyses inharmonic sounds by representing all of it’s added harmonics. An old guitar string can be immediately identified as you see it’s resonance that is out of tune and can cause some notes to be more or less present (ringing) than others.
If you’ve ever had a guitar that never seems in tune as you change scale or move up the fretboard or found a resonance that you found was a problem? Well, now you will finally be able to see it!
The Snail shows the fundamental notes and all the associated resonances and harmonics of any instrument or sound in an easy to see graphic display. It will for example help users see all the notes and harmonics played during an audio playback along with their intensities, so they can figure out what key the song is played in. Isn’t that cool?
- It’s a Tuner, but one that will give a whole new insight into what tuning is all about.
- It will without doubt give your ears a training that will open them and educate them on how to tune for your own style of playing.
- You will be able to find out what pitch any instrument or percussion is set at and help you to ‘fine-tune’ it to your needs. Its incredible analysis engine can even show you the composition of the harmonics of your own voice.
- No song or instrument will be able to hide its chromatic makeup from you any longer. The Snail will give you a new insight into the personal secrets of every sound and musical composition that exists.
- So if you want a real accurate tuning, The Snail is the way to go… Absolute Tuning !
“IRCAM Lab” is a company owned by IRCAM (Research and Coordination in Acoustics and Music) and managed by Plugivery.com. IRCAM Lab is dedicated to manufacturing powerful audio applications and plug-ins based on decades of research and technological innovation. IRCAM was founded by Pierre Boulez in 1977 under the aegis of the Centre Pompidou and the French Ministry of Culture. IRCAM is one of the world’s largest public research center dedicated to both musical expression and scientific research. It is a unique location where artistic sensibilities collide with scientific and technological innovation.
Audionamix is now available on the DontCrack store, adding another innovative and professional plug-in developer to the list of products that we have found to be producing revolutionary new tools to help you with your projects.
And, to celebrate this, we are having a very special Introductory Promo of 50% off until Sunday, February 21 !
Since 2003, Audionamix has established itself as the global leader in audio source separation. Based on years of audio research, the company developed the revolutionary, patented ADX Technology and continues to pioneer audio solutions for the film, broadcast and music industries.
Audionamix’s technical expertise in isolating and separating elements from a master recording empowers content owners, engineers, producers, and artists to create new musical arrangements, and unlock television and movie assets for expanded distribution.
Using state of the art audio analysis and separation techniques, this revolutionary software will automatically create separated tracks: a vocal track and a music track. It also provides access to an estimated pitch guide-line of the main melodic content.
Eventide has just announced the release of their brand new product, Octavox, with special introductory price of only $99 until the end of February (MSRP $199) !
Whether you are an electronic musician, singer/songwriter, or guitarist, Octavox has got you covered with more than 70 presets to boost your creativity with unheard melodies and rhythms.
Octavox controls have been designed in the most intuitive way, allowing you to quickly adjust parameters or type in values. Each of the eight voices can be independently manipulated by level, panning, delay time with feedback, and pitch, including the type of musical interval.
The effect can even be sync’d to your DAW tempo for killer, melodic, rhythmic delays. Octavox has also been updated with expanded MIDI functionality. Each voice interval can be set via MIDI note, voice shift amount by MIDI Pitch Bend, and “Randomize” by MIDI Modulation Wheel.
The Special introductory price for the Octavox is available HERE on the DontCrack store.
Following the loss of our good friend Bernie Torelli (founder and main developer at Nomad Factory), we at DontCrack are honoured to announce the release of a very special product, Bus Driver, that we are making available ‘FREE‘ of charge on the DontCrack store.
For a limited time, we will let everyone have a voucher, which lowers the retail price to zero enabling you to have it for FREE ! Please visit the Bus Driver product page for details of this excellent Optical Compressor, follow the purchase link and use the following ‘Voucher Code’, to receive a 100% discount on Bus Driver.
We have also decided to lower the prices on all Nomad Factory products until Monday February 29, 2016 to allow everyone to have a chance to pick up one or several of Bernie’s great products in order to appreciate his work.
It will have the added benefit of helping his family with the unpaid hospital bills and other expenses that have accrued during his illness. Another positive aspect will be the help it will give to the continuation of the Nomad Factory company that we are determined to keep running, to honor the life and commitment he had for producing high quality plug-ins for the audio community.
Nomad Factory Promo Until Monday February 29, 2016
Bus Driver is an optical compressor that provides a wide range of compression effects, reminiscent of the best vintage compressors made in the ‘60s.
Compression is one of those studio processes that is all too often taken for granted and not usually used to its full potential. Today’s producers think nothing of inserting compressors on every single channel of their DAW when mixing, but old school engineers had to learn to make the most of only a few units of compression and this made them learn them inside out to use them to their best advantage. Bus Driver is modelled on the classics from the ‘golden age’ of tube compressors.
Also included in Bus Driver is a Tube-Driver Saturation feature. It allows you to add the sound of a vintage tube amplifier giving you the differing electronic characteristics of triode, tetrode, and pentode vacuum tubes. So you can add the vintage warmth of the those models of the classic tubes (e.g. ECC83, 12AX7, etc..) to your tracks or on your mix bus.
Nomad Factory designed an Output Stage Soft-Clipping to eliminate digital clipping at any output level and produce a smoother distortion characteristic. This feature is in addition to the Tube-Driver Saturation Modeling included in Bus-Driver.
We know Bernie would have been really pleased to know you will be using it on your projects.
In closing. On behalf of Bernie, his family and the team here, we sincerely appreciate the support and expressions of kindness given during the lengthy period of Bernie’s illness. Your support added so much to his ability to cope with it. That touched us all. Thank you!
It is with a heavy heart that we announce the passing of our friend and partner Bernie Torelli, founder of Nomad Factory, after a courageous 3 year battle with cancer. Bernie passed away peacefully at home with his family at his side on January 18th 2016, at the age of 60.
We all knew Bernie as an exceptional musician, producer, and audio plug-in developer who inspired the entire audio community with his work. He was a pioneer in his field, creating his first plug-in over 20 years ago when DAWs really started to replace hardware recording gear in professional recording studios. At the time, Bernie was recording major artists in France, Canada and the USA, while also working as a respected sound engineer with renowned musicians such as Stanley Clark. Bunny Brunel, Tony MacAlpine and Brian Auger just to name a few.
Bernie was also an amazing guitarist who recorded and toured with renown artists including legendary French singer/songwriter Michel Polnareff
Nomad Factory plug-ins have been used on numerous Grammy Award albums over the years due particularly to the warmth and richness in sound they provide and their realistic analog feel. Nomad Factory plug-ins include “Liquid Bundle”, Essential Series”, “Analog Signature” and the famous “BlueTubes” series that received incredible success in the late 90’s, and still are today amongst their best selling software.
Emulating hardware products was never an option for our partner who felt such software offers very little comparison with the original products. When asked about emulating famous audio hardware, Bernie used to say laughing, “It’s ONLY marketing BS! The designs look like the original, but that’s it!”
Nevertheless, our friend was incredible at emulating the physical sound characteristics offered by tubes, transistors and other physical components delivered by analog gear. He totally mastered the art of fine tuning his software so that they met/meet the highest levels of sound quality required by the most demanding artists and sound engineers of the industry. Some of Nomad Factory’s products do refer to legendary audio hardware that he owned and loved using, but he always refused to emulate these for marketing purposes.
In early 2010, Nomad Factory launched it’s incredibly successful “Magnetics Bundle” which is a fantastic collection that includes 3 innovative sub products (Magnetic, Echoes and Cosmos), acclaimed by all audio professionals. Magma is also an incredible product that contains no less than 65 credible plug-ins, but it was perhaps launched ahead of time as it didn’t meet the expected success.
Our friend Bernie also largely contributed in the development of our Plug and Mix brand which received incredible success with the “V.I.P. Bundle” and more recently the “Pro Series” plug-ins reflecting his vision of modern software.
Over the past few years, new and talented developers joined Nomad Factory to assist Bernie in the development of new products planned by him while he was under heavy treatments fighting his cancer. Up until his last few days, our friend and partner remained a present figure to support the team and fine tune the latest Nomad innovations.
As part of his legacy, Bernie left tons of ideas and concepts for the future of the Nomad Factory company. He made sure the developers are well trained to keep-up with the brand’s development; assuring the continuing quality and integrity of upcoming products. We are proud to announce that our partner has left us with many new Nomad products that are almost ready to launch!
It is with great sadness that we at DontCrack join Bernie’s family in mourning the loss of a great musician and a pioneer in the audio plug-in world. May they be blessed, with our condolences, and find peace in these difficult times.
I bet you have completely forgotten about Christmas.
Well, Audiffex is giving you another chance for a nice Christmas present.
Save up to 82% from the January 18th until the 26th. It is not easy to find the best gifts for Xmas, especially when trying to delight audio enthusiasts who prefer digital technologies to a pair of slippers. So that is why Audiffex created Audiffexmas. Give presents to yourselves and extend your effect collection..
Take a closer look at what you can recently get and how much you can save:
Waves has brought out a plug-in to put a finishing touch on your mix. It was developed with producer, songwriter and mixer Greg Wells (Adele, Katy Perry, OneRepublic).
What separates a mix from a master? No need to think about it when you’ve got the Waves Greg Wells MixCentric plugin, created in collaboration with multiple GRAMMY-nominated producer, musician and mixing engineer Greg Wells, who has songs on over 85 million units sold.
This intuitive plugin is a quick solution for finalizing your mix. Using EQ, compression and harmonic distortion to process your master buss or groups, Greg Wells MixCentric enhances and balances the tonality of your mix. Combined with your limiter of choice, it brings your mix up to par with fully mastered and released material.
This new plugin is part of Greg Wells’ Signature Sound Series that includes the Mix Centric, Piano Centric and VoiceCentric plug-ins which will improve your mixes with the turn of just one knob.
The Greg Wells MixCentric is available at DontCrack at a special introductory price of $149 instead of the regular $199 HERE.