iZotope Announces RX Loudness Control, a New Loudness Correction Plug-in

New automatic loudness correction tool delivers loudness-compliant mixes at the highest quality
Cambridge, MA (March 25, 2015) – iZotope, Inc., a leading audio technology company, today announced its new RX Loudness Control plug-in. RX Loudness Control will help audio post production and broadcast professionals automatically and reliably create high-quality, industry-compliant mixes. RX Loudness Control will be unveiled and available for pre-order at NAB 2015 in booth SL4330.

 

With the widespread adoption of loudness standards worldwide, the responsibility often remains with content creators to ensure that programs are delivered within the appropriate tolerance of the required loudness standard. With RX Loudness Control, video and audio editors can easily choose the broadcast standard they wish to adhere to from a set of global templates. In faster than real time, RX Loudness Control automatically analyzes the audio and renders out a compliant file and an accompanying .CSV-formatted loudness report in just two clicks.

 

While there are several loudness monitoring and measurement tools on the market, the task of actually bringing the levels into compliance has remained until now a largely manual, time-consuming process. With quick turnaround becoming more and more an accepted norm, the possibility of having a show rejected due to loudness issues has been an ongoing concern. RX Loudness Control takes the guesswork out of conforming to loudness standards regardless of region and editor expertise.

 

“We’re thrilled to offer post and broadcast professionals an automatic loudness correction solution that meets their needs for quality and accuracy,” said Matt Hines, Product Manager at iZotope. “RX Loudness Control will give users absolute confidence in their work, while being easy to use and compatible with most major audio- and video-editing platforms.”

 

The intelligent DSP processing inside RX Loudness Control is brand new and was developed specifically to guarantee transparent loudness correction, and to offer loudness tolerance metering across a range of program types. RX Loudness Control supports mono, stereo, and surround channel counts, up to 5.1, for seamless integration into any workflow.

 

Compatibility

RX Loudness Control supports the Audiosuite DPM and AAX plug-in standard for Avid Media Composer and Pro Tools. RX Loudness Control is also integrated into Adobe Premiere Pro’s open extension API, bringing offline loudness-compliant processing to the Adobe platform for the first time ever.

 

Pricing & Availability

RX Loudness Control is available for pre-order at NAB 2015 for $299 (£205 / €279) (MSRP $349 / €325 / £239), with an expected release in Spring 2015.

 

iZotope at NAB 2015

NAB attendees will be able to see the first public presentation of RX Loudness Control, as well as RX 4 audio repair and enhancement, on the show floor and at the CPUG Las Vegas SuperMeet at the Riviera Hotel Royale Ballroom on Tuesday, April 14 at 7 pm.  Come early and meet the iZotope team from 4:30 pm onwards at the SuperMeet Digital Showcase.

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Introducing SampleTank 3 sound collections, Custom Shop integration and more

March 26, 2015 - IK Multimedia is proud to announce that SampleTank® 3, its industry-standard sample workstation has just received a major update in the form of version 3.5. The update consists of 11 brand new sound collections, which are now also available in IK’s new SampleTank “Custom Shop”. Also introduced – by popular demand – are a spread of new features that make browsing SampleTank 3’s thousands of sounds and patterns even faster and easier than ever before.

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Released in 2014, SampleTank 3 has become an indispensable tool for professional musicians due to its jaw-droppingly large 33GB library of bread-and-butter sounds (with over 4,000 instruments from every category), 55 high-quality effects, MIDI patterns, advanced groove tools and a powerfully enhanced sample engine. Now that functionality is being pushed further via the introduction of a range of downloadable sound libraries that will expand and grow alongside SampleTank 3, allowing its world of sounds to be customized to suit the needs of any creative workflow.

An expanding world of sounds
Version 3.5 marks the beginning of a massive expansion of SampleTank 3’s sound content, with new instruments, patterns and loops designed and programmed exclusively for the most powerful sound and groove workstation on the market.

11 new sound collections that cover the entire spectrum of electronic music production needs are now available for SampleTank 3 and SampleTank 3 SE. The new sounds are split between 2 different series: The Elektronika Series contains construction kit loops suited for the most popular electronic dance music genres of today. The Beats Series contains drums, percussion, special effect sounds and MIDI patterns tailored to meet the needs of modern electronic music producers.

The new Elektronika titles feature 8 genre-specific sound libraries. Each of these libraries include over 250 high-quality combinable construction loops that cover every layer of electronic dance music production: drums, grooves, basslines, melodies, stabs, effects and more. Each of these collections have been designed to take full advantage of SampleTank 3’s loop manipulation features to give musicians a new way to interact with the music they love. Genres include:

  • Chillout: A laidback library of sun-drenched melodies and retro rhythms
  • Deep House: An essential mix of jackin’ beats and big-room bass for sweaty dancefloors
  • Drum’n’Bass: A subwoofer-rumbling assortment of bass tones and skittering breaks
  • Hardcore: A brute-force assembly of powerful percussion and distorted synthesizers
  • Indie Dance: A toolkit of neon synths and upbeat drums for alternative club cuts
  • Minimal: A blend of funky sounds and sparse basslines for infinite grooves
  • Techno: A futuristic blend of robotic riffs, industrial hits and shuffling loops
  • Trance: A kit of psychedelic chords, driving bass and pads that swell into transcendence

The Beats Series titles feature 3 new libraries comprised of one-shots and construction kits – with 20 sound kits and 120 MIDI patterns, for a total of 250 MB each – that are suited for everything from the head-nodding boom-bap of hip-hop to the hands-in-the-air euphoria of stadium EDM. Specifically designed for pad controller playing, these new choices include:

  • Nanotube: For avant-garde beatmakers who prefer glitches and noise to traditional percussion
  • NRG: An inspiring toolkit of powerful drums and uplifting melodies for aspiring EDM producers
  • Power Up: A remedy for rhythmic inspiration that provides Hip-Hop, Trap, Breaks and Electro Funk drum kits

These three new libraries join The Grid – a beatmaker-centric collection of electronic rhythms and loops released with iRig Pads – to give The Beats Series a total of 4 available titles. And, thanks to SampleTank 3’s powerful loop and pattern synchronization features, musicians can mix-and-match elements of all Beats and Elektronika libraries to create millions of different, unique and inspiring groove combinations.

With the addition of these new collections, SampleTank 3 now offers a total of 12 exciting sound libraries for electronic dance music producers and beatmakers. However, this only marks the beginning, as IK will be releasing a continuous monthly stream of new libraries, with collections geared to meet the needs of musicians and producers working in all fields of music from acoustic to electronic and beyond.

A-la-carte sounds
All the new sounds are available for purchase via the IK online store. Alternatively, they can also be directly purchased from within SampleTank 3 itself thanks to its new integration with the IK Custom Shop. First launched in 2011 for AmpliTube and then T-RackS, and with an active community of over 1,000,000 registered users, the IK Custom Shop is the most convenient way for musicians to purchase inspiring new IK Multimedia gear while using their favorite software or plug-ins.

This means that users can now browse, preview and download this world of new expansion content directly from within SampleTank 3. And since it’s a part of the Custom Shop, every new sound collection is also available for purchase via the same Gear Credits used for T-RackS and AmpliTube. And that means Gear Credits are even more convenient and valuable than ever before.

SampleTank 3’s Custom Shop sports an easy-to-use interface that makes finding new sounds a breeze. It has a visually rich categories menu that displays sound libraries as Instruments, Loops, Beats, MIDI patterns and Collections – with comprehensive audio demos for each library. Beyond this, SampleTank 3 Free users can now upgrade to SampleTank 3 SE or the full version, and SE users can upgrade to the full version seamlessly from within Custom Shop.

Play well together
These new sounds have also been designed to be experienced with IK’s growing range of companion hardware controllers. The new Beats Series is perfect for IK’s iRig Pads groove production controller, thanks to its effortlessly deep integration with SampleTank 3’s workflow. Traditional keyboard players will also find that the portability and universality of IK’s iRig Keys or iRig Keys PRO can’t be matched when it comes to playing SampleTank 3 while on the go, anytime and everywhere.

We’re listening
IK Multimedia values the feedback of its community, which is why we’ve implemented a number of features requested by producers and musicians who use SampleTank 3 to empower their daily creative lives. There is now a new favorites system, which lets musicians star and store the sounds they use most. SampleTank 3 instruments can now also be browsed using the arrow keys on any conventional computer keyboard, which makes finding that perfect sound as easy as hitting a key. In addition to these requested updates, SampleTank 3 also amps up its already gorgeous aesthetics via a new organizational system that uses banners to graphically display its libraries. Now it’s even easier to find the right sound, right when it’s needed.

More features, same price, free update
The latest update to SampleTank 3 is complimentary for current users of all existing SampleTank 3 versions. SampleTank 3 and SampleTank 3 SE users can purchase the new Beats Series and Elektronika Series sound libraries from the IK online store for $39.99* each or 50 Gear Credits in the IK Custom Shop.

The full version of SampleTank 3 is available now via the IK online store and select music instrument retailers with upgrades starting at $199.99* and for $349.99* for new users. SampleTank 3 SE, a fully functional and expandable affordable special edition with 6.5GB of sounds, is available for just $99.99*.

* All prices excluding taxes

For more information, please visit:
www.sampletank.com

SampleTank 3’s new sound libraries can be explored here:
www.ikmultimedia.com/sampletank3sounds

To watch the latest version of SampleTank 3 in action and to learn from the comprehensive set of video tutorials, please visit:
www.sampletank.com/videos

 

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Vince Clarke keeps tuneful tracks tuned with namesake clever CV/Gate tuning system

group-with-master-in-centre copyBROOKLYN, NY, USA: synth-pop Svengali Vince Clarke is proud to announce that he will be releasing a series of creative and utilitarian modules for the ever-present Eurorack small-format modular system under the namesake Clarke company name, designed and built to exacting standards in close collaboration with British ‘boutique’ analogue synthesiser and accessory designer/manufacturer Analogue Solutions, starting with the now-available Auto Tune — a self-contained, expandable Eurorack-compatible MIDI-to-CV converter/calibration system offering an uncomplicated solution to the problems of tuning and scaling both vintage analogue synthesisers and modern Eurorack VCO (Voltage Controlled Oscillator) modules — as of March 18…

So why simultaneously sidestep into this creative and utilitarian synthesiser module manufacturing (ad)venture alongside superlative synth-pop music compositional creativity? Who better qualified to address this than the Ivor Novello Award-winning songwriter himself… hardly surprising, really, since Vince Clarke can, of course, comfortably find his way around a notable number of synthesisers, too, as attested to by the well-earned songwriting success-funded collection of analogue classics currently residing at his NYC studio, relatively recently relocated from a custom-built cabin in rural Maine to inner-city Brooklyn. But this is no millionaire’s museum piece, but rather a unique personal workspace, where each and every awe-inspiring analogue instrument included in his sizeable collection of vintage and modern synthesisers comfortably housed within regularly earns its keep on a variety of musical projects, be they synth-pop based or otherwise. “For those of you who work with synthesisers using CV and Gate, you will all be aware of the problems of calibration,” notes Vince Clarke, continuing: “Having tried many a cumbersome software-based package over the years, I wondered if there might be a neater solution — a kind of all-in-one MIDI-to-CV convertor with auto-calibration.”
And, as if by musical magic, the collaborative Clarke company concept was born. And with it the first of those creative and utilitarian modules for the ever-present Eurorack small-format modular system that is increasingly popularised (and heavily populated) by an ever-growing band of merry ‘boutique’ manufacturers now numbering hundreds worldwide… welcome into the world Clarke’s clever Auto Tune system! So, let’s learn a little more about what it is, what it does, and how, exactly, it does it…
 
In a nutshell, then, the Auto Tune system consists of a VCM20 master module, which can control up to 16 VCS20 slave modules, each of which provides one channel of CV (Control Voltage) and Gate. With 16-bit voltage resolution and a tune time of 10 seconds, this straightforward system can compensate for VCO alignment issues and environmental factors that cause tuning drift quite literally at the push of a button!
 
The VCM20 master module has an LED (Light Emitting Diode), an increment push button to select the MIDI (Musical Instrument Digital Interface) channel, and MIDI IN and MIDI THRU sockets; the VCS20 slave module has four 3.5mm jack sockets for communicating with the outside analogue synthesiser world, which is where the tuning action really gets going: CV1 connects to the synthesiser’s pitch control voltage and can be set to either V/oct (Volts per octave) or Hz/V (Hertz per Volt); CV2 is mapped to keyboard velocity — typically to control a VCF (Voltage Controlled Filter) or VCA (Voltage Controlled Amplifier); the 11 Volt GATE output can be set to either V-Trig (Voltage Triggers) or S-Trig (Switch Triggers), its use being indicated by the Gate LED; the VCO input connects to the synthesiser’s waveform or audio input and allows the VCS20 slave module to read audio frequencies during the calibration process — a square, sine, or sawtooth waveform without modulation is recommended for doing this. The oscillator output can either be split or an unused waveform connected in the case of modular system setups while with typical hardwired analogue synthesisers it’s a case of splitting the audio output or, in most cases, using the headphone output. Either way, the synthesiser needs to be set to output a single oscillator without filter or modulation with the VCA envelope set to zero attack, zero decay, full sustain, and zero release. For the most accurate calibration of the control voltage the synthesiser’s oscillator range should be set to 8’ or its initial oscillator frequency set midway.
Having correctly connected everything, pressing the VCS20 slave module’s Tune button automatically tunes the analogue synthesiser, compensating for calibration errors between 0.5 and 1.5 V/oct. (During the tuning process, the Gate opens and its associated LED lights up, going out once complete.) Calibration data is duly stored — solving the problem with a neat solution! Still better, the VCS20 slave module retains the calibration data on power down — no need, necessarily, to repeat the process.
Suffice to say, Vince Clarke’s canny vision of an all-in-one MIDI-to-CV convertor with auto-calibration has truly become reality with the Clarke Auto Tune system since it is possible to set the individual MIDI channel for each VCS20 slave module and see which MIDI channel a slave module is set to at any time by simply pressing its Show button. Beauty is in simple things, after all. Equally easy, the VCS20 slave module’s Oct. (octave) button transposes the incoming MIDI signal by one octave with each push, cycling around four octaves — useful if the synthesiser’s range circuit is detuned. Don’t forget, each VCS20 slave module connected can be individually set to work with V/oct or Hz/V synthesisers so a variety of older and newer analogue instruments can be calibrated and automatically tuned by the Clarke Auto Tune system. Start with a VCM20 master module and one VCS20 slave module, maybe? Then simply add more VCS20 slave modules as your analogue instrument collection grows… guaranteed to stay in tune, each and every one of them — just like Vince Clarke’s Brooklyn-based sizeable collection of vintage and modern synthesisers! Synth-pop songwriting success, sadly, cannot be guaranteed.
The Clarke Auto Tune system is priced at £189.00 GBP (plus tax and delivery) for the VCM20 master module and £189.00 GBP (plus tax and delivery) for the VCS20 slave module; all are available to order online from Analogue Solutions here: http://analoguesolutions.com/clarke/
For more detailed information, please visit the Clarke webpage here: http://www.vinceclarkemusic.com/circuits/

Watch Vince Clarke’s instructive introductory Clarke Auto Tune video here: https://vimeo.com/121670830

 

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IK Multimedia unveils UltraTuner™ for Android

March 25, 2015 - IK Multimedia, the leader in mobile music creation apps and accessories, is proud to announce the release of UltraTuner™ for Android. Firmly established as an essential tool in the kit of mobile musicians via its iOS counterpart, it brings ultra-precise instrument tuning to the Android platform for the first time. It works with the built-in mic input for acoustic instruments, and can also be used with all audio interfaces for Android, like IK’s new iRig 2 and iRig HD-A.

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It features an advanced and astonishingly fast note-detection engine that delivers accuracy down to +/- 1/100 of a cent, making it ideal for precision tuning and calibration of all instruments from electric guitars to analog synthesizers and beyond. With UltraTuner for Android, users can perform with well-tuned confidence on stage, in the studio and everywhere they go.

Ultra precise
While mechanical strobe tuners may be the current gold standard for instrument tuning, they are bulky and not nearly as accurate as UltraTuner. It sports a patented note detection engine that utilizes a proprietary dual-analysis process to deliver frequency readings with accuracy down to an astounding +/- 1/100 of a cent, which, as it happens, is 10 times more accurate than conventional mechanical strobe tuners – and it’s able to do this in an app that can be easily carried around on a smartphone in a pocket.

What’s more, its engine is one of the fastest and most responsive ever designed. It delivers its readings almost quicker than the eye can detect and well before the note transient attack has leveled. To put it simply, it’s more effective, portable and convenient than a hardware tuner could ever possibly be.

Ultra visible
While its engine may sound complicated, it’s hidden under the hood of an aesthetically pleasing and easy-to-use interface. It offers two convenient modes of operation that let musicians choose the level of tuning complexity displayed.

In Stage Mode, UltraTuner provides a highly visible full-screen display that’s easy to view from a distance in both low light and bright light environments. Two large yellow LED-like wing arrays light up in progressive amounts according to whether the note played is flat or sharp. When the note is in tune, the display turns bright neon green. It’s perfect for performing musicians who use UltraTuner as a part of their live rig on stage.

In Studio Mode, UltraTuner reveals the nitty gritty note information, allowing users to monitor note and pitch accuracy over time. It takes full advantage of UltraTuner’s engine by offering real-time tracking of detailed information like subtle pitch changes in sustained notes and the shape and frequency of vibrato. This is an essential feature that is useful for ear training for vocalists and for musicians who play non-chromatic instruments like violin, fretless bass or brass instruments. It offers two visualization settings: One that features a waveform readout of the pitch as it’s played and another that shows a moving curve tracking the pitch of a note over time. Both visualization settings offer detailed information on frequency, cents and note octave.

Ultra calibration
Beyond its tuning capabilities, UltraTuner also has a few more handy tricks up its sleeve. Its settings menu lets musicians quickly and easily calibrate the “A” note to any custom value (between 430 to 530Hz), to ensure proper tuning when playing with others. It also has a setting feature that lets users change the temperament type to Equal, Pythagorean, Just Major, ¼ Comma Mean Tone and more – a professional feature not found in most tuners. A transposition option also lets users shift the root note up or down by 6 half steps.

Pricing and availability

UltraTuner for Android is available for devices with Android 4.1 or later and can be purchased on the Google Play store for $4.99.

For more information, please visit:
www.ikmultimedia.com/ultratunerandroid

To watch the official UltraTuner in action, please visit:
www.ikmultimedia.com/ultratunerandroid/videos

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iZotope and Berklee Online Partner to Offer Free Educational Materials

iZotope, Inc., Cambridge, MA (March 24, 2015) – iZotope, Inc., a leading audio technology company, has partnered with Berklee Online, the award-winning online school of Berklee College of Music, to educate audio production students around the world. Touching on topics such as commercial composition and audio repair for post production, Berklee Online and iZotope have worked together to deliver a series of webinars for students preparing for a career in audio production.

 

“iZotope is thrilled to partner with a leader in music education and excited to help develop the next generation of audio professionals,” says iZotope Business Development Manager, Scott Simon. “Together with Berklee, we aim to share inspiring solutions for common music production activities. Berklee Online is a fantastic partner to help teach these concepts.”

 

“There’s a natural cohesion between Berklee Online and iZotope that is founded in a passion for education,” says Mike King, Chief Marketing Officer at Berklee Online. “This shared focus extends to educating both aspiring and experienced music producers on the most forward-thinking approaches to production. We couldn’t be happier with our relationship with iZotope.”

 

Berklee Online and iZotope webinars are available free of charge now.

 

Webinar Availability

 

Berklee Assistant Professor and online instructor, Loudon Stearns, and  iZotope Product Specialist, Brandon Carroll, have co-presented two webinars, now available online for free:

 

Watch “Introduction to iZotope’s RX 4 Audio Repair and Enhancement Software”

 

Watch “Commercial Composition, Mixing and Production”

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EastWest Sounds adds Wolfgang Kundrus to Software Development Team

Audio software veteran brings vast expertise and experience to expanding software development team
Hollywood, CA (March 23, 2015) – EastWest, the industry leader in virtual instrument development, has appointed Wolfgang Kundrus as Software Architect and Senior Developer. The move bolsters an award-winning production team with new expertise and experience aimed at opening new opportunities for EastWest’s software division.

Wolfgang Kundrus
unnamedMr. Kundrus is a software developer of notable standing in the audio technology community. During his years at Steinberg Media Technologies, starting with Cubase version 1.0, Kundrus’ concepts and ideas later led to the development of Nuendo, which eventually became the platform for Cubase SX, replacing Cubase VST in the legendary DAW line. More recently, Kundrus led a development team that created Presonus Studio One, one of the most successful new DAWs of this decade. Based on his vision for software that is easy to learn and use, Kundrus is a natural fit to add to EastWest’s track record of creating innovative tools for composers in music, film, TV and gaming.

“EastWest is ensuring its market-leading position by employing the best talent in the industry,” says EastWest founder and producer Doug Rogers. “Wolfgang’s success in developing industry leading audio software such as Cubase, Nuendo and Studio One will be of great value in our ongoing mission to bring to market products that enable our customers to take their music to the next level. He brings to EastWest more than 28 years of proven experience. We are extremely excited to be working with him.”

“I’ve always been a big fan of EastWest products and I am thrilled to have the opportunity to shape future development with award-winning producers like Doug and his team,” said Kundrus, “EastWest provides professionals with the very best music creation tools and their clientele reads like a regular ‘who’s who’ of music, film, television, games, and multimedia. It’s an honor to bring my experience to EastWest’s vision for truly revolutionary products and help them become a reality.”

Kundrus has already contributed to new developments for EastWest to be announced soon.

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Best Service Releases KLANGHAUS 2

klanghaus2With KLANGHAUS 2 virtual instrument you have access to a collection of unique instruments, invented and constructed by Ferdinand Foersch.

We recorded these instruments with best care and attention and then spent hundreds of hours to map them according to Ferdinand Foersch´s ideas and visions..

Klanghaus 2 now expands this collection of tonal playable instruments by adding more than 900 Grooves, Loops and swells all together editable in almost unlimited creative ways.

Restructure or destruct loops with arpeggiators and step sequencers add super fast, preset based modulation and effects to take your creativity beyond sound design.

Whenever possible and useful we grouped instruments together, to allow you to “key-switch between different playing techniques. Be curious and play around, take your time and let the sounds evolve. Also don’t forget to check out the bonus section for our exemplary and inspiring construction kits.

KLANGHAUS 2     MSRP    € 259.-   $ 259.-   £ 199.-
available boxed or download

http://www.bestservice.de/en/klanghaus_2.html

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