Blue Cat Audio Patchwork 2.1

Our friends at Blue Cat Audio have today announced the release of Patchwork 2.1, including a host of new effects and presets for use in their modular rack and VST/AU hosting standalone work-space and plug-in for DAWs.

What’s New :

  • Added 25 new built-in effects borrowed from from Blue Cat’s Late Replies: EQ, filters, pitch & frequency shifter, delays, modulation effects, compressor, gate, bit crusher, wave shaper and more.
  • 75 New presets using built-in effects.
  • The GUI can now be zoomed from 70% to 200%.
  • New option to keep plug-ins windows always on top.
  • Default preset now also saves the state of locks (when using “save as user default”).
  • Load PatchWork into itself as a built-in effect.
  • Fixed host keyboard shortcuts lost when a sub plug-in is opened (in several host applications).
  • Fixed wrong number of channels used when hosted plug-in input set to manual and output to auto.
  • Fixed sub-plug-ins automation overwritten when using touch mode in some hosts.
  • VST2: fixed a crash in Wavelab.
  • Mac: new installer.
  • Mac: fixed minor compatibility issues with Mac OS High Sierra.
  • Windows: fixed plug-in windows not showing on displays on the left or above the main display.


Blue Cat Audio Patchwork, available at the DontCrack Store.

Blue Cat Audio Patchwork

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Mastering the Mix release EXPOSE

Mastering the Mix is one of our favorite new developers, they have brought out some very innovative products that are incredibly useful for making sure your tracks sound the best they can on all the different playback formats available today, such as REFERENCE and LEVELS.

Today they have added EXPOSE to their product line; bringing you a quick and easy tool to see if your tracks have any problems in them that will keep them from sounding the best they can.

Too often music is released with technical issues that degrade the quality. With EXPOSE, it only takes a few seconds to make sure you “deliver the best listening experience every time”.

Open the application and drag your audio onto the dashboard. EXPOSE will examine your track in detail, in order to discover if there are any issues that will result in your audio being degraded.

In the bottom left corner you’ll see the presets for all the popular playback formats you will need to test for. If EXPOSE detects that issues would arise, the section icon and problematic readout will turn red. The waveform will also show you the exact location of the issues.

Once you’ve identified what and where the technical issues are you will be able to efficiently solve them in your DAW.

EXPOSE will give the information you need to get the perfect product for the playback format you are releasing your production to.

Until November 31st, EXPOSE is available at the special introductory price highlighted below, a huge saving off the $39.99 list price.

Features :

  • Audio (drag/drop) file player
  • Identify and isolate problematic areas/issues in your music
  • Loudness, Peak, Stereo/Phase, and Dynamic range detection
  • Mixing, Mastering, Broadcast and User presets for Apple Music, iTunes, Spotify, CD, Youtube, Soundcloud, and more…



EXPOSE is available at the special introductory price of only $11.99, at the DontCrack Store.

EXPOSE

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MeldaProduction updates all effects and MPowerSynth to 11.08 and releases MSpectralPan

MeldaProduction has updated all their effect plug-ins and MPowerSynth to version 11.08, providing several new features, optimizations, improvements and fixes.

Additionally MSpectralPan, unique plug-in which lets a user apply panorama to each frequency individually, has been released for free as a gift for their customers’ continued support through all these years.

Changes for effects in 11.08:

  • Released MSpectralPan, completely free.
  • Spectrum analyzer has been added to MTransformer.
  • Analyzer settings now let you specify colors for both the left/right or input/output combinations. The defaults have also been updated for better workflow with various styles.
  • All graphs now have up to 32 points available for modulation in MXXX.
  • Fix: Online preset exchange didn’t work.
  • Fix: MCompare displayed that the plug-in was creating a source even if it was listening on the “Generate source” page.

Changes for MPowerSynth in 11.08:

  • Analyzer settings now let you specify colors for both the left/right or input/output combinations. The defaults have also been updated for better workflow with various styles.
  • Fix: Online preset exchange didn’t work.


All MeldaProduction products are available at the DontCrack Store.

MeldaProduction

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Toontrack announce the ‘Thrash Metal’ MIDI Pack

Continuing 2017′s Metal Month, Toontrack proudly announce the release of the ‘Thrash Metal’ MIDI Pack for the EZdrummer and Superior line.

A Rampant Thrash Attack !

All the conservative traits of the genre – and then some!

This collection of MIDI grooves and fills takes a headfirst plunge into the deep realms of thrash metal music from the late ’80s through to today. Delivering a battery of piercing brutality that encapsulates all the conservative traits of the genre, but also adding elements and ideas that upend the sometimes narrow confines of the style, this pack is the perfect choice for anyone looking for a solid yet versatile foundation of beats for use in any thrash or broad-scope metal context.

Get the classic rampant two-beats and all the pummeling mid-temp grooves to go with them, but at the same time a creative take on intros, tom grooves and fills. Force, ingenuity and sheer brutality – this collection comes up short on none.

Features :

  • Drum grooves and fills inspired by thrash metal music
  • Performed by professional drummer
  • Approx. 460 individually played files
  • 4/4 in straight and/or swing feel
  • Tempos ranging from 120 BPM to 240 BPM
  • Song structure categorization (intro, verse, chorus, bridge, fills, etc.)
  • Optimized for 1 kick, 1 snare, 3 rack toms, 1 floor tom, 4 crash cymbals, 1 ride cymbal

Compatibility :

  • EZdrummer
  • EZdrummer 2
  • Superior Drummer 2 and Superior Drummer 3

Toontrack’s Thrash Metal MIDI Pack, available at the DontCrack Store.

Toontrack Thrash Metal MIDI Pack

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DS Audio Software Thorn updated to version 1.0.3

DS Audio Software ‘Thorn’ from Dmitry Sches has been updated, to version 1.0.3. See the details from the changelog below for update information.

Downloads are available from the Thorn product page on our site, under “demo” heading, and are activated/authorized with full license purchase.

Version 1.0.3 :

  • Fixed a crash that might occur on Windows when editing harmonics
  • Significantly reduced installers size
  • Added support for preset switching with Up(Left) and Down(Right) arrow keys (Disabled in the main menu settings by default!)
  • Added popup value editors for controls, SHIFT+click to open
  • Added OSC KeyTrack control
  • Added “Constant” to the list of available modulation sources
  • Draw proper curve instead of bars in Harmonic Filter editor
  • GUI layout adjustments
  • Fixed minor stability issues
  • Manual adjustments


Thorn is now available at a special introductory price of $69 ($119 List) at the DontCrack Store.

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Sonnox 10th Anniversary Autumn Sale

Staring tomorrow (Nov. 1st, 2017), Sonnox product’s prices are falling like the leaves on the trees (on almost the entire catalogue), for their 10th anniversary 50% off Autumn sale.

Terms and Conditions :

  • Sale discount of 50% applies to purchases of single Plug-in’s and any Sonnox bundle of two or more Plug-in’s
  • Codec Toolbox and GML Option are not included in this sale
  • Sale discount only applies to full products and not to upgrades, cross-grades or exchanges
  • Sale discount cannot be combined with any other discount such as Education pricing
  • An iLok2/3 is required for authorization
  • Qualifying plug-ins must be registered to a single iLok account
  • Sonnox retains the right to withdraw this offer or amend these Terms & Conditions at any time

View all Sonnox products available for purchase, at the DontCrack Store

Sonnox Autumn Sales

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Toontrack announce the ‘Death Metal’ MIDI pack

Toontrack’s Metal Month is in full flow, and to start they have announced the release of “Death Metal”, a MIDI pack for the EZdrummer and Superior line.

With extreme finesse and razor-sharp execution, drummer Dave McGraw steamrolls his way through this collection of MIDI like a battering ram. Handling drumming duties in the death metal band Cattle Decapitation, he’s obliged to master anything from the heaviest and most basic of backbeats to the utmost in technical prowess – something that goes to show in this pack.

Expect the entire range, from bombastic and ultra-heavy to savage tempos, hammering bass drums and blistering fills. This is death metal drumming in its most raw and stark form, executed by a drummer at the vanguard of the international scene.

Works with EZdrummer, EZdrummer 2, Superior Drummer 2 and Superior Drummer 3 (optimized for 1 kick, 1 snare, 3 rack toms, 1 floor tom, 4 crash cymbals, 1 ride cymbal).

Features :

  • Drum grooves and fills inspired by extreme death metal music
  • Performed by Dave McGraw (Cattle Decapitation)
  • Approx. 400 individually played files
  • 4/4 in straight and/or swing feel
  • Tempos ranging from 88 BPM to 260 BPM
  • Song structure categorization (intro, verse, chorus, bridge, fills, etc.)


Toontrack’s Death Metal MIDI Pack, available at the DontCrack Store.

Toontrack Death Metal MIDI Pack

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Iced Audio ‘AudioFinder’ updated to version 5.9.10

Iced Audio has updated AudioFinder, the “audio library and production base station” application for macOS, to v5.9.10.

Changes :

  • Added a Remove All Duplicates feature to the Metadata Database Manager.
  • Improved adding tags in the tags Metadata View for multi-selections. The Append button is no longer needed. A smart union of selected tags is created and only tags of the relevant files are updated.
  • Fixed a Device browser bug where it would not update the path.
  • Moved project to support ARC and preparation for using Swift.
  • Bug fixes.

AudioFinder is the OS X standard in audio asset management systems, & music production hub

AudioFinder can build a catalog of every sound on your system, save it, and search it instantly to find the sounds you need when you need them. Use AudioFinder to create custom sets for sound categories and specific projects, with fast file browsing to audition, analyze, process, convert, and move or copy the samples in your library. AudioFinder features the ability to add Metadata to your library of sounds, making it simple and easy to find the sounds you’re looking for when you need it.

AudioFinder can visualize sounds instantly with the waveform overview and preview them at any pitch via MIDI or the built in keyboard, all in real-time. Sounds can even be previewed through your favorite AudioUnits. Speaking of Plug-Ins, AudioFinder features an advanced Plug-In manager and slew of other studio necessities that will make your workflow flow. Necessities like audio editing with built-in beat detection and tools for fast trimming, fading, slicing and dicing your sounds. You can even convert your audio sample CDs into individual files with just a few clicks of the mouse.

Key Features :

  • Organize your sounds in a non-destructive way that gives you maximum control.
  • Browser, bookmarks, history, favorites, navigation tools & file management tools. Batch processing, build in DSP routines, AudioUnit support, pitch detection, power renaming and more.
  • Integrated Sample Tool (Audio Editor) Trim, Loop, Fade, Gain, Beat Slice and much more.
  • All the features needed to manage a massive sample library.
  • Used in top studios by well known pros, video game creators, film and sound design experts around the world.

Iced Audio AudioFinder, available for purchase at the DontCrack Store.

Iced Audio AudioFinder

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BeatSkillz announce the ‘Dark KZ’ Rompler

BeatSkillz have today announced the release of Dark KZ, the 80s’ Sci-Fi & Horror Sounds Rompler.

With sounds inspired from the works of John Carpenter, Jerry Goldsmith, Jan Hammer, Harold Faltermeyer and others, Dark KZ is meticulously sampled and designed from the ground up using Oberheim, Sequential, EMU, Akai Moog and other synths and samplers. Treated with legendary Outboard Effects, EQ, Compression and Saturation to inspire you instantly. Just Load & Play!


Features :

  • 50 Professionally crafted Presets to get you the amazing soundtrack sounds inspired from the 80s. Includes Pads, Choir, Leads, Drums, Fx , Basses, Atmospheres and otherworldly sounds!
  • Attack
  • Release
  • LP/HP Filters
  • Reverb


Dark KZ, available at an introductory promo $29 until Nov. 30th 2017, at the DontCrack Store.

BeatSkillz Dark KZ

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Applied Acoustics Systems Tassman 4 – Depreciated

Our friends at Applied Acoustics Systems have today announced Tassman 4 has been depreciated and is no longer available for sale.

To cut a long story short, AAS have endeavored to evolve Tassman over almost “20 years”, but the old code archive is proving too difficult and constraining to modify. Instead, they are investing efforts into something new… so, stay tuned! :-)

Tassman 4 should continue to work without problem on future versions of Windows. On Mac OS, it will start producing warnings in the next version of Mac OS (post High Sierra) and most likely will not work in the following one. This is why, plus the fact that bugs will no longer be addressed nor product updated, AAS have decided to depreciate.

In the long term AAS will be able to provide a better customer experience by focusing efforts on something modern.

For more information and final release version downloads, please see the Tassman 4 FAQ here.

As of today, Objec Delay replaces Tassman 4 in the Modeling collection.


The Modeling Collection and other AAS products are available here at the DontCrack Store.

Applied Acoustics Systems

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