Waves announces CA1000 and CA2000 Commercial Audio DSP Engines

Waves Commercial Audio

Waves Audio has announced the first products of its new Waves Commercial Audio line: the Waves CA1000 and CA2000 Commercial Audio DSP Engines. Waves Commercial Audio DSP engines dramatically improve audio playback quality and speech intelligibility in any Dante-based A/V installation. Each product is a single-box software-plus-hardware turnkey solution, featuring over two dozen premium Waves […]

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Get 40% OFF Photosounder image-based audio editor/synthesizer

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Plugin Boutique has announced an exclusive sale on Photosounder, the software that offers lossless processing of sounds based on images. Photosounder features noise-based synthesis for synthesizing original sounds from nothing or resynthesizing wildly transformed sounds in a way that results in a continuous and smooth spectrum. Photosounder is the first audio editor/synthesizer to have an […]

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APB-8 Analog Processing Box by McDSP now shipping

McDSP APB8 Front

McDSP has announced the latest addition to the APB hardware product line, the APB-8 Analog Processing Box. The APB-8 is an eight (8) channel version of the APB-16, with identical functionality and capability. The McDSP Analog Processing Boxes (APB-16, APB-8) combine the flexibility of software with the fidelity of premium analog processing. Each channel can […]

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Arturia’s stay home plan: software 50% off and free, tons of tutorials

Sure, we’re inundated with stay-at-home music messages at the moment. But Arturia has one of the biggest menus of offerings – and crucially, they also teach us how to use their stuff. That’s worth an extra check-in.

Software deals

First, the deals –

Free: As I’ve mentioned before, iSpark is free on iPad and a nice little drum machine through April 30 – that’s Thursday, so act quick. Pigments (desktop plug-in) is an all-in-one synth with an unlimited trial through July, and Analog Lab is free in the same time period, for preset access and basic controls from the V Collection.

SYNTH ANATOMY has done an iSpark tutorial for you iPad users:

Pigments I think CDM readers will especially like, in that you get FM, wavetable, sampling, and virtual analog in a single instrument. There are a handful of plug-ins gunning for that territory at the moment, but it does have its own unique spin on the all-in-one notion, and all of the ingredients of Arturia’s software stable. You could do a lot of damage with it between now and July – and if you really decide you like it before May 7, it’s 50% off now.

50% off: There’s 50% off any individual software, effect, or sound pack lasts through May 7, so you’ve got about a week left:

https://www.arturia.com/make-music

Now, you might actually want to pass on these deals in certain circumstances, just because Arturia’s bundle pricing is so aggressive.

I’ve been using a lot of this stuff myself, so my own humble opinions (to take as you will):

On the synth side: V Collection 7 (that’s v the letter, as in virtual, so “vee collection seven”) will run you 499EUR but split payments are available, and you get 24 instruments. That’s a lab-sized museum full of instrument models.

If you wanted to focus on one historical synth model, I’d pay particular attention to the Buchla Easel V or the [Moog-inspired] Modular V. Either of those at 74EUR is a deep instrument and a solid investment. I’m also personally partial to the newer Synthi V and CZ V – especially that last one, as Casio’s synth history hasn’t gotten near enough love in general, and the modulation and effects options Arturia added make it a deep workstation.

Buchla’s Music Easel gets a powerful software recreation, now on sale.

On the effect side: The effect bundle is now pretty irresistible at 399EUR – I’ve been using it the last weeks, and it’s probably one of the best effects deals on the market, even when compared to subscription offerings. Happily this is no longer divided into the “XX You’ll Actually Use” line-ups, but rather one reasonable bundle that gives you anything.

That said, for 49EUR each, a little focus is not a bad thing, creatively or budget-wise. Any one of the filters offers some sequencing options, so it’s down to which flavor you like. Compressors, delays, too, are really a matter of preference in color and interface.

And reverb – well, I think a plate reverb is pretty indispensable, so out of this whole 50% sale, the Rev PLATE-140 is pretty much a must-buy if you don’t have an EMT in your collection. It’s impressed a few friends here who have some other recreations. And including this vintage plate in your arsenal is just one of those things – it can be hugely useful both for really short delay times and light application all the way up to cavernous, wet, long delays.

If you do have a go-to EMT, the next-best must-by may be Arturia’s unique Rev INTENSITY. The combination of a digital reverb with envelope follower, filter, and sequencing and modulation is something really special.

Rev INTENSITY is a different kind of reverb – a multi-effects reverb-based sound processor and instrument, effectively.

All of these have big skeuomorphic interfaces, which I know not everyone loves. But they increasingly do provide some useful visual feedback – especially on the INTENSITY, which uses that real estate with some purpose.

Learning

Okay, deals are one thing – but the main thing is, now is a great time to actually learn to use the stuff. Skill development is a good place to turn even on days when you might not feel as creatively inspired. (Plus, a couple hours in “school” mode, and if you’re the kind of person who doodled on the side of your homework, you may find that creativity returning!)

Arturia have been both hosting live workshops and posting tutorials. You’ll find all of that on their page, too, but I want to draw particular attention to a few items.

Tomorrow Thursday at 6PM Central European Time (that’s noon east coast USA, 9am west coast), you get a run-down of the DrumBrute Impact. That instrument has a really unique sound and tons of playable features, but a stupidly low price. Since it isn’t a clone of something else, you get something different in your tracks. And its user interface is from our generation, rather than the 1980s. Bryan at Arturia will show it off; I’ll be in my studio with mine tuning in to see what he demonstrates:

The Pigments workshop is also don’t-miss since the software is free through mid-summer. Or, well, I missed it, but – time delay, it’s a thing.

There’s a playlist of more tutorials, too:

The MicroFreak is one of the more interesting instruments on the market at the moment, packing a ton of sound and functionality into a small, economical package. So you’ll want to check in on this sound design tutorial:

(You might well find some even better deals on a MiniBrute, so there’s a tutorial on that, too.)

I am right now figuring out what to do with the KeyStep Pro that just arrived, but it offers a lot of power for us keyboardists – especially having waited for this functionality to migrate over from the BeatStep Pro to something with actual keys on it. There are a few short tutorial/demos on that, as well, which gets especially interesting for performance.

But wait – there are no audiences! Well, “performance” is just as relevant when jamming in the studio and improvising in tracks, even if I leave out that whole “streaming” thing.

Lastly, if you make stuff with any of these tools, or learn some specific techniques, we’d love to hear about it.

Hey manufacturers / users – I know a lot of you are doing this, too, especially while we’re all avoiding going out. So if you’re a gearmaker and want to make sure CDMers don’t miss your stuff, do get in touch. And users, if there’s anything you’re keen to see, let us know that, as well.

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Waves Audio announces more processing power for three SoundGrid DSP Servers

Waves X9 SoundGrid DSP Servers

Waves Audio has announced X9 versions with more processing power for three SoundGrid DSP Servers. With X9, users now get more processing power for the same price; these three units have been updated with 9th-generation Intel Core CPU, for processing audio through hundreds of plugins at ultra-low latency – with more real-time processing power than […]

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Waves Audio announces Native processing support for Waves SuperRack

Waves SR Native

Waves Audio has announced Native processing support for its Waves SuperRack next generation of plugin processing software for live sound and broadcast engineers. Native mode lets you run Waves plugins on the CPU power of your Windows/Mac computer, using any ASIO/Core Audio interface, without a SoundGrid server connected. Use SuperRack Native and Waves Dugan Automixer, […]

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Get 40% OFF Photosounder image-based audio editor/synthesizer

Photosounder 40 PluginBoutique

Plugin Boutique has announced an exclusive sale on Photosounder, the software that offers lossless processing of sounds based on images. Photosounder features noise-based synthesis for synthesizing original sounds from nothing or resynthesizing wildly transformed sounds in a way that results in a continuous and smooth spectrum. Photosounder is the first audio editor/synthesizer to have an […]

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Make Noise neues Komplettsystem für aktuelle Musik im Eurorack: Tape & Microsound Music Machine

Make Noise - Tape & Microsound Music MachineMake Noise - Tape & Microsound Music Machine

Make Noise zeigen viel Innovation und dieses Mal geht es um ein komplettes System, welches die aktuellen musikalischen Strömungen gut mit nimmt und dennoch das System nicht ausladend und überfrachtet: Make Noise – Tape & Microsound Music Machine.

Was ist eigentlich Kern der aktuellen Modularszene? Oder noch besser gefragt: Welche Art von Musik macht man, wenn man sich extra ein System zusammenstellt und wo möchte man Klangforschung betreiben? Gibt es da Trends? Ja, sicherlich gibt es dank der Microphonic Soundbox wieder mehr elektroakustische Experimente, mehr Federhall, Tapes und Band, Field Recording und Processing und andere Formen von Samples durch granulare Microbetrachtungen kleinster Segmente von Samples und deren Einsatz. Daraus wird feinster Ambient, Techno, Pop und Elektrosound hergestellt oder etwas, was zunächst gar nicht mal elektronisch klingen muss, denn organischer als die radikaler-elektronischen Sachen zählt heute auch das Erdige wieder mehr. Make Noise hilft allen, die Wahl nicht zu schwer zu machen, denn es gibt viel zu viele Module und wieso nicht einfach ein System kaufen, was dafür sinnvoll zusammen gestellt wurde?

Für die Bewegung und Modulation sogen Maths, der Dauerbrenner und Wogglebug für nicht immer zufällige menschliche KI-Elemente. Für den Sound sorgen Morphagene, QPAS und Mimeophon. Sie alle sind Experimentierstationen für Processing im Sinne der obigen Einordnung und filtern das Ergebnis vierfach. Dazu kommen noch zwei Hilfsmodule. Denkbar wäre noch ein LFO und eine Hüllkurve (oder zwei) extra, gedacht ist dieses System ohne Oszillatoren, weil man hier auf jeden Fall Audiozuspielungen und generell Processing mit macht, daher der Name Tape-Sound, denn die Module haben alle die Ästhetik von Bandmaschinen und Bearbeitung durch diese.

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Das System wird $2281 kosten und wird jetzt aktuell für den Einführungspreis von $2120 angeboten, um die Frühvögel zu belohnen.

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Percussa releases new quad-VCA/mixer, quad SVF, sampler scrubbing features for the SSP and more

Percussa SSP sampler scrubbing

Percussa has announced the release of new software updates for the Percussa SSP Eurorack module, containing new software modules and several new software features. Scrubbing code has been added to the sampler module. Scrubbing code has been added such that if the sampler is not looping and you change start, length or Xfade, there are […]

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Get 40% OFF Photosounder image-based audio editor/synthesizer

Photosounder

Plugin Boutique has announced an exclusive sale on Photosounder, the software that offers lossless processing of sounds based on images. Photosounder features noise-based synthesis for synthesizing original sounds from nothing or resynthesizing wildly transformed sounds in a way that results in a continuous and smooth spectrum. Photosounder is the first audio editor/synthesizer to have an […]

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