New Devious Machines plugin offers sidechain, duck, tremolo, trance-gate & more

Devious Machines Duck

Devious Machines has announced the release of Duck, a new volume LFO effect plugin for Windows and Mac. Duck joins other tools such as LFO Tool, VolumeShaper and Multiband Sidechain, offering a new take on the sidechain pumping technique. Get essential sidechain pumping, trance gating, tremolo, and many more effects with Duck, the creative volume […]

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Arturia’s 3 Compressors get creative, producer-friendly

Arturia have followed up their hit “3 Filters…” and “3 Preamps You’ll Actually Use” with the inevitable trio of compressors – but as with the other bundles, there are some twists (and lower intro prices on now).

Before they expanded into doing their own MIDI controllers and synth hardware, Arturia rose to prominence on their modeling chops. And they have tended to spin those modeling engines and competency in recreating vintage gear into spin-off products. The trick with the “3 [things] You’ll Actually Use” series has been rising above the crowd of vintage remakes now available to music producers. So that’s been about doing two things: one, picking three blockbusters to reproduce, and two, adding some functionality extras that lets producers get creative with the results.

And that’s to me what has made the series interesting – while lots of vendors will sell you reproductions of classic studio equipment, these have been ones you might well use in the production process. It’s not only about perfecting a recording or mix, but also about integrating into your creative process as you’re developing ideas.

The compressors trio go that route, too – so in addition to using these routinely in mixing or mastering, you can also use them for some inventive sidechain or saturation.

The three compressors getting the Arturia treatment – and the circuitry inside:

UREI 1176 [FET transistor]
DBX 165A [solid-state VCA]
Gates STA-Level [tube]

The 1176 is pretty ubiquitously desired at this point – and of course among other recreations you can keep it in the family of creator Bill Putnam Sr. and try Universal Audio’s own creation. It’s something you can use for subtle tonal shifts even at lower levels, in addition to cranking up compression if you want. So why add another reproduction to the pile? Arturia has added a “link” button for automatic volume leveling if you want – giving you the 1176 sound but more modern behavior on demand.

And you can use the 1176 as a sidechain. Oh – wait, that’s really huge. And there’s a creative “Time Warp” feature with pre-delay. So thanks to the fact that Arturia aren’t being quite as precious with the historical design as some of their rivals, you can choose either an “authentic” 1176 recreation, or something that’s 1176-ish but does things that were impossible on the original analog hardware.

It’s surprising enough for the 1176 to be new again, but the other models here have some similar ideas.

Next, you’ve got the “Over Easy” 165A, an essential compressor in a lot of studios, which has both some nice dirty, gritty timbral character of its own and punchy processing plus Mid/Side processing. For this model, Arturia have introduced a whole new panel of additional controls that fold out when you want them in the UI.

Don’t be fooled by the skeumorphic knobs; the original DBX didn’t have these options. That also includes their “Time Warp” pre-delay, convenient side-chaining (here with an easy “manual mode” trigger so you can preview what it’ll sound like), and now an integrated EQ. That EQ is modeled on SSL-style channels, so it’s a bit like having a pre-configured mixer rig to use with your sidechaining.

The STA-Level is maybe the most interesting of the three as far as rarity. It also gets (optional) modernization, with an input-output link for automatic leveling, a parallel compression mode that’s integrated with the software (plus an easy “mix” knob for adjusting how much parallel compression you want to hear), and sidechaining.

All in all, it’s an intriguing approach. On one hand, you get panels that look and operate and sound more like the original than a lot of software models at the low end of the price range. (For instance, the compressors added recently to Logic Pro X, while free, are more loose impressions than authentic recreations.)

But on the other, and here’s where Arturia clearly has an edge, you get new sidechaining and auto-leveling and other features that make these more fun to use in modern contexts and easier to drop into your creative flow.

Sidechaining these kinds of compressor models alone I think is a win; the convenience of the UIs and the fact that these are native on any platform to me makes them invaluable – maybe even compared to the existing filter and preamp offerings.

I’ve been playing around with them a bit already; I’m especially curious if I can run a couple in a live context – will report back on that. But I’m already impressed on sound and functionality.

Everything is on sale, so if you own existing Arturia stuff, you could get these for as little as $/EUR 49 (or half off if you’re new to the series), or in discounted bundles. You can also buy the compressors individually, if there’s one that really catches your fancy.

Plus, there are some new tutorials to get you started:

https://www.arturia.com/products/software-effects/comps-bundle/resources#tutorials

Honestly, just one wish – this is such a useful bundle of effects in the nine Arturia has built, I’d love to see it on Linux. It might be the only bundle you really need.

3 Compressors You’ll Actually Need [Arturia]

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Sidechain pumping tutorial with VPS Avenger synthesizer

PIB TMT VPS Avenger sidechain pumping

Plugin Boutique’s latest tutorial video in the Two Minute Tuesday series features the VPS Avenger synthesizer instrument by Vengeance. In this episode Joshua Casper shows you how to get that artistic sidechain style pumping for literally any patch, preset or OSC in Avenger. This is accomplished by routing any OSC to a Step Sequencer and […]

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Cableguys essential ShaperBox Bundle on sale for only $79 USD!

Cableguys ShaperBox Bundle sale

Plugin Boutique has launched a sale on the ShaperBox Bundle by Cableguys, offering 20% off on the value bundle that comprises FilterShaper Core, PanShaper 2, TimeShaper, VolumeShaper 5 and WidthShaper. An essential modern mixing utility and an insane creative tool, ShaperBox lets you perform tight volume modulations and hyper‑accurate sidechaining with VolumeShaper, warp time and […]

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New Producer Pack bundles 8 hand-picked Waves Audio plugins by Dave Audé

Waves Audio Dave Aude Producer Pack

Waves Audio has launched the Dave Audé Producer Pack, a collection of 8 plugins hand-picked by Grammy-winning music producer Dave Audé. The bundle features a versatile selection of virtual instruments, effects and mixing tools for your music production needs. With more #1 dance club hits than any other producer on the Billboard charts, Dave Audé […]

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Wavesfactory improves Trackspacer mixing plugin in v2.5 update

Wavesfactory TrackSpacer 25Wavesfactory has announced the release of Trackspacer 2.5, the latest version of the plugin that creates space in a mix by carving the frequencies that the main track needs into another track in real time. TrackSpacer was ported to a new framework and coded from the ground up. It now uses less CPU and features […]

Wavesfactory Trackspacer mixing plugin 43% OFF at Plugin Boutique

WavesFactory TrackSpacer SalePlugin Boutique has launched an exclusive sale on Wavesfactory Trackspacer, an audio effect plugin that is similar to a sidechain compressor, but much more powerful and transparent. Trackspacer creates space in a mix by carving the frequencies that the main track needs into another track in real time. Similar to a sidechain compressor, but a […]

Track Spark March 2018 Goody Bag includes XCTR by Audio-Assault

Track Spark March 2018Track Spark has launched the goody bag for this month, which includes a harmonic exciter plugin, samples from Elektron, a tutorial on sidechaining and more. XCTR is a multi-band saturation unit by Audio Assault. Phatten up the bass, smooth out the midrange, add air, it’s all possible from one interface! XCTR is equally at home […]

Track Spark February Good Bag: FM8 Power Pack, Podolski MixBag & more

Track Spark Feb 2018Track Spark has launched its February Good Bag, featuring sounds for Native Instruments FM8 and u-he Podolski, samples from Touch Loops, and more. As well as recording high quality live recorded loops & samples at Track Spark HQ every month, third party developers making plugins, sample packs, VST instruments & tutorials include products of theirs […]

Track Spark February Good Bag: FM8 Power Pack, Podolski MixBag & more

Track Spark Feb 2018Track Spark has launched its February Good Bag, featuring sounds for Native Instruments FM8 and u-he Podolski, samples from Touch Loops, and more. As well as recording high quality live recorded loops & samples at Track Spark HQ every month, third party developers making plugins, sample packs, VST instruments & tutorials include products of theirs […]