Rob Papen presents unmissable upgrade offers on eXplorer-III bundle

eXplorerIII_NGECHT, THE NETHERLANDS: virtual instrument and plug-in developer Rob Papen Soundware is proud to present particular time-limited upgrade offers on eXplorer-III, The Complete Rob Papen Synth & Effect Collection — combining all of its multi-award-winning Mac- and PC-compatible virtual instruments (including the recently- released RAW soft synth specialising in ‘distorted’ sounds specifically suited to electronic dance music production and beyond) and also all of its critically-acclaimed effects plug-ins into an attractively-priced performance and sound design dream bundle to die for — to owners of its paid-for products…

Within a year of release, eXplorer-III — the latest incarnation of Rob Papen’s powerful and all-encompassing software bundle — has expeditiously established itself as an all-important tool for many of today’s top music producers buying into namesake company founder Rob Papen’s superlative sound design skills, seeking to have his company exploits lend a helping hand to advancing their creative craft. Consequently, resulting music successes speak louder than words, despite the notable number of rave reviews that Rob Papen has evidently enjoyed with eXplorer-III. Either way, no complaints from Rob Papen — company founder or namesake company — here!
However, not everyone who has made a Rob Papen product purchase has yet to take musical advantage of the full eXplorer-III experience, something the company is fully aware of. Of course, customer loyalty is always an admirable attribute, so why not give something back to thank them for their patronage? Which is exactly why Rob Papen is determined to put a musical spring in their step this Spring by offering a number of generous discounts to qualifying customers until the end of May 2015.
 
Owners of Rob Papen’s EDM Synth Bundle (€299.00 EUR/$349.00 USD, including tax/VAT) or Urban Synth Bundle (€299.00 EUR/$349.00 USD, including tax/VAT) qualify to upgrade to eXplorer-III (€585.00 EUR/$699.00 USD, including tax/VAT) for €149.00 EUR/$149.00 USD (including tax/VAT), representing a substantial saving of €137.00 EUR/$201.00 USD (including tax/VAT). Owners of three of more Rob Papen products also qualify to upgrade to eXplorer-III for that same price, while owners of one Rob Papen product qualify to upgrade to eXplorer-III for €349.00 EUR/$349.00 USD (including tax/VAT). Note that only purchased plug-ins are eligible for these discounts and that any already- owned Rob Papen products automatically assume ‘Not For Resale’ status.
Similarly, owners of the original eXplorer bundle can upgrade to eXplorer-III for €119.00 EUR/$139.00 USD (including tax/VAT), while eXplorer-II owners qualify for a €44.00 EUR/$49.00 USD (including tax/VAT) upgrade — simply Login to the Rob Papen website (www.robpapen.com) and request the qualifying upgrade in the My Products section.
So what virtual instruments and effects plug-ins does eXplorer-III bring to the production table (or even desktop), then? 13 Rob Papen products are at hand to help you follow your musical muse, wherever it may take you, all adding a distinctly different flavouring to the mix. Choose from Blade (representing the cutting-edge of today’s synthesizers); BLUE-II (so-called ‘Crossfusion synthesis’ since it covers so much musical ground so effectively); Predator (‘phat’ analogue synth with killer presets and first-class features); PredatorFX (filter, modulation, and effects plug-in); Punch (speaker-busting, body-rattling drum machine); Punch-BD (based around the BD module of Punch to create the fattest-sounding bass drums); RAW (cutting-edge EDM synthesizer specialising in ‘distorted’ sounds specifically suited to electronic dance music production and beyond); RG (electric and acoustic guitar grooves with sequencer and synth effects); RP-AMOD (modulation effects to spice up vocal tracks, enliven instruments, or even beef up drums and loops); RP-Delay (with six delay lines, eight filters, four LFOs, reverser, and more); RP-Distort (for distorting and dramatically altering tracks); RP-Verb (advanced, transparent, and musical algorithm reverb); and SubBoomBass (ultra-deep bass synth with built-in step sequencer).
Surely there’s something in there to suit most musical tastes? One thing’s for sure. There’s never been a better time than now to upgrade to eXplorer-III… Inspiration Soundware at its very best, both value- and quality-wise! Wise up and expand your Rob Papen product collection today.

eXplorer-III can be purchased as a boxed version from authorised Rob Papen dealers worldwide for €585.00 EUR/$699.00 USD (including tax/VAT) or downloaded directly from Rob Papen here: http://www.robpapen.com/buy-explorer-3.html (Various unmissable upgrade options are also available to qualifying Rob Papen customers until the end of May 2015.)

 

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All new AmpliTube 4 is now available for iPhone and iPad

May 21, 2015 IK Multimedia, the leader in mobile music creation technology, is pleased to announce the latest version of AmpliTube® for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. Version 4 of the ultimate mobile guitar and bass tone studio has been completely redesigned and re-engineered to provide the best possible sound and an even more intuitive, player-friendly experience.

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AmpliTube’s new digital signal processor (the same DSP found in AmpliTube 3 Custom Shop for Mac/PC) provides the same astounding sound quality as the acclaimed desktop version. Its new “Cab Room” lets users mic cabinets in 3D with up to 2 microphones – to complement this, IK has released 16 new microphone models that are now available for purchase. AmpliTube’s new Looper makes it easy to play great sounding loops while on the go. In addition, musicians can now expand their sonic creativity with more stompboxes in their rig (up to 6 total) via a drag and drop interface that provides 4 open slots before the amplifier and 2 open slots afterwards.

Along with these major updates, the latest version also includes a number of interface upgrades, organizational tweaks and other improvements to ensure that AmpliTube for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch is the most professional, cutting-edge and advanced mobile guitar and bass tone studio of all time, and the easiest to use.

The #1 mobile guitar and bass tone studio
In 2010, IK Multimedia sparked a mobile music revolution when it released iRig and AmpliTube for iPhone. And, quite frankly, things have never been the same – guitarists, bass players and other musicians finally had a way to rock out with great sounding tone anytime and everywhere. Now, with over 20 million downloads – and the support of heavy hitting brands like Fender™, Orange®, Soldano®, Ampeg® and more – AmpliTube is set to start an entirely new revolution with its biggest update yet. Completely re-engineered. Completely re-designed. It’s a whole new experience and revolution of tone.

Superior sound quality
The biggest change to AmpliTube for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch is something that can’t be seen but can be heard. That’s because the new AmpliTube features the same tone technology that can be found in AmpliTube 3 Custom Shop for OS X and PC. This means that IK has re-engineered every single amplifier, stompbox, cabinet and microphone so that they feature the same professional-grade sound that has appeared on countless records and has made the desktop version the standard for professional musicians, producers and recording studios around the world.

Upgraded sonic creativity
The latest version of AmpliTube allows for more creativity than ever before. Users can now create a guitar or bass rig comprised of 6 stompboxes, 1 amp, 1 cabinet and up to 2 freely positionable microphones. The process of making these rigs has been made even easier: now musicians can simply drag and drop their favorite effects into the provided slots. And, for added creativity, there are now 4 available spaces before the amplifier and 2 post-amplifier, which allows for an extreme amount of sonic tweaking.

This newly added premium sound quality is only enhanced by IK’s range of iRig instrument interfaces, like the new iRig 2, iRig HD and iRig PRO. These have been designed to complement AmpliTube and deliver the best possible sound anytime and everywhere. Plus, AmpliTube is Core MIDI compatible and features built-in integration with IK’s iRig BlueBoard Bluetooth MIDI controller.

Mic it in the 3D cab room
Another opening of creative possibilities comes in the form of AmpliTube’s new “Cab Room” feature. This gives musicians the keys to their very own virtual studio room that they can use to mic their cabinets in 3D with up to 2 different microphones. This makes it easy to find the sweet spot for any amp/cabinet combo. It also makes it easy to get wild and create an even wider spectrum of tonalities that aren’t possible in a flat world. To coincide with this new feature, AmpliTube also now sports 16 new microphones that are available for in-app purchase. These present a broad selection of condenser, dynamic and ribbon microphones that let musicians take advantage of the raw power of IK’s exclusive VRM™ (Volumetric Response Modeling) technology.

A super Looper
It’s well known that AmpliTube’s built-in multi-track recorder, DAW-style editor and Loop Drummer are all best in class. To augment these functions, IK has included a new Looper feature that gives users a convenient way to make and play up to 4 loops at a time. The Looper also features MIDI assignable controls, so it can be activated from the floor with any Core MIDI compatible controller like IK’s wirelessiRig BlueBoard. This is perfect for musicians who want to create their own accompaniment on the fly and also experiment with different melodies, leads and chord progressions.

And a whole lot more
Beyond these major sonic updates, AmpliTube has also been given a complete intuitive GUI facelift. This makes it even easier for musicians to create fantastically rich and varied guitar tones on their iPhone, iPad or iPod touch. Navigation has been streamlined across the board and players will find the enhanced graphic interface natural and easy to use. This is most obviously seen in the “drag & drop” pedalboard section. But it’s also obvious in the gear browsing process, which now utilizes an easy to navigate carousel system that displays each piece of available gear just like they’re in a real physical gear shop. It makes picking out that perfect stompbox, amplifier, speaker cabinet or microphone a breeze.

Pricing and availability
The new versions of AmpliTube for iPhone/iPod touch and AmpliTube for iPad are available now as a complimentary update for existing users or as a paid app for new users for just $19.99. Expandable demo and LE “Light Edition” versions are available for iPhone and iPod touch. An expandable demo version is also available for iPad.

AmpliTube is highly expandable via in-app purchase. New available expansion features include the 3D Dual Mic Positioning Cab Room ($9.99), 16 Mic Bundle ($9.99, also available individually for $0.99 each), Looper ($9.99) and the All New Features bundle ($19.99), which includes the Dual Mic Positioning “Cab Room”, 16 Mic Bundle and the Looper. All other new enhancements to AmpliTube are included at no additional charge.

As with previous versions of AmpliTube, all purchased gear can be freely transferred between all versions and between iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.

Download the new AmpliTube 4 for iPad from the App Store:Download the new AmpliTube 4 for iPhone & iPod touch from the App Store:
www.appstore.com/amplitube

www.appstore.com/amplitubeforipad

For more information, please visit:
www.amplitube.com
www.amplitube.com/irig

To see the official video of AmpliTube in action, go to:
www.amplitube.com/iosvideos

AmpliTube is part of IK Multimedia’s growing family of app, hardware and accessory products for mobile musicians. For the complete current lineup of interfaces, controllers, DJ products, microphones, stands and device holders, please visit:
www.ikmultimedia.com

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Native Instruments releases KOMPLETE SELECT

NI_Komplete_SelectBerlin, May 20, 2015 – Native Instrument today released KOMPLETE SELECT – a premium selection of 10 KOMPLETE Instruments and Effects carefully chosen to give producers working in all genres a wide-ranging toolset for music creation. The release of KOMPLETE SELECT comes in tandem with the KOMPLETE KONTROL 1.1 software update, which opens the KOMPLETE KONTROL platform to all single KOMPLETE Instruments and provides a powerful new set of performance features. KOMPLETE SELECT is free for all registered KOMPLETE KONTROL S-Series keyboard owners, as well as all registered owners of the MASCHINE 2 software.

KOMPLETE SELECT includes 10 carefully selected KOMPLETE Instruments and Effects. Included in this suite are NI’s best-selling synth MASSIVE, the new sampled piano instrument THE GENTLEMAN, the true-to-life analog synth emulation MONARK, and the first-of-its-kind acoustic/electronic drum hybrid DRUMLAB. RETRO MACHINES MK2 comprises over 20 pristinely sampled legendary vintage instruments from the 70s and 80s. VINTAGE ORGANS delivers high-quality recordings of classic organs. WEST AFRICA provides the sound traditional West African percussion, playable solo or as polyrhythmic ensembles from an intuitive pattern sequencer. KOMPLETE SELECT also features REAKTOR PRISM, SCARBEE MARK I, and SOLID BUS COMP. Together with a KOMPLETE KONTROL S-Series keyboard, this bundle provides a production-ready system out of the box. Furthermore, the KOMPLETE KONTROL software is also part of KOMPLETE SELECT. This means that all single KOMPLETE Instruments can now be controlled from an S-Series keyboard. S-Series keyboard owners also now qualify for special crossgrade pricing to NI’s award-winning KOMPLETE 10 and KOMPLETE 10 ULTIMATE instrument and effect suites.

KOMPLETE SELECT also marks the release of the first KOMPLETE KONTROL software update. The recently-released KOMPLETE KONTROL 1.1 update expands the software with a host of powerful features. Improvements include the ability to route and record MIDI sequences created with KOMPLETE KONTROL’s Smart Play functions freely within a DAW environment, as well as sending MIDI to outboard gear. An enhanced preset management system allows quick saving and recall of user presets from within the KOMPLETE KONTROL software. New Touch Kontrol functionality allows users to control more of the software directly from the keyboard, providing a more immersive hardware experience without the need to refer constantly to a computer screen.

KOMPLETE KONTROL S-Series keyboards are available at retailers worldwide and at the NI Online Shop.

KOMPLETE SELECT is free to all registered KOMPLETE KONTROL and MASCHINE 2 software users. A download code and serial number will be sent by email. New customers will receive a KOMPLETE SELECT serial number on successful hardware/software registration.

The KOMPLETE KONTROL 1.1 software update is available as a free download from Service Center.

Additional information on KOMPLETE KONTROL is available at:
www.native-instruments.com/kompletekontrol

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Softube sets pulses racing with innovative software drum synth in major musical move

heartbeat_screenshotLINKÖPING, SWEDEN: in a major musical move, Swedish high-end software developer Softube set pulses racing when showcasing Heartbeat — its innovative software drum synth with comfortably familiar, yet special sound characteristics — at Musikmesse 2015, April 15-18 in Frankfurt, Germany…
Come its scheduled summertime release date, however, Heartbeat is likely to cause severe palpitations! Why? Well, by bringing back classic drum synthesis with a vengeance, Heartbeat harkens back to yesteryear’s much-loved modeled analog synthesis approach, but brings a wealth of forward-thinking features and flexibility to bare on what could well be the ultimate dream drum synth software solution suited to satisfying (almost) anyone’s beat-making needs! Now if that still sounds like a tall order… read on!

So what makes Heartbeat so special? Well, while it draws its inspiration from the best Eighties-vintage analog drum machines, it does not emulate any existing drum machine. The superlative sound beating at its rhythmical heart mostly originates from Softube’s proprietary analog-modeled synthesis engines, engineered to drive the resulting rhythms to wherever the user wishes to take them.

 
The core consists of eight individual instrument channels. Here Heartbeat users will find two different bass drum channels (BASS DRUM 1 and BASS DRUM 2) — perfect for producing punchy, deep kicks, but also perfectly capable of creating snappy and hard-hitting woody textures. Tonal adjustments abound, with several dedicated controls for both BASS DRUM 1 (DECAY, ATTACK, ATTACK TYPE, PITCH, BEND, and HARMONICS) and BASS DRUM 2 (DECAY, ATTACK, PITCH, and HARMONICS) positioned directly above their associated channels. The two dedicated snare drum channels (SNARE/RIM SHOT and SNARE/CLAP) have several identical parameters associated with each of them — WAVE SYNTH sliders, plus two TYPE, PITCH, and DECAY controls — to achieve anything from edgy rimshots, soft and whispery snare rolls, to machine-like claps. Correspondingly, those same flexible parameters are also available for the adjacent HIHATS channel. Time to applaud those proprietary analog-modeled synthesis engines, perhaps? Feel free to rev them to your beat-making heart’s content! Continuing our eastward instrument channel journey, the two percussion channels (PERC 1 and PERC 2) are identical, and can be used to model Eighties-style toms to cowbells and (almost) anything in- between, thanks to their flexible controls — simply select the MODE (from SINGLE, DUAL, FM, FM•N, and NOISE), then adjust DECAY, PITCH, TONE, TIME, RANGE, and UP/DOWN parameters accordingly. At the end of the instrument channel row, the CYMBAL channel has its own flexible synthesis engine with dedicated DECAY, RING, and PITCH parameters. Take care not to crash!
Seriously, Softube has really put its collective pedal to the metal to make Heartbeat a driving force to be reckoned with. By adding a fully- featured effects section, it truly is a one-stop shop for beat programming par excellence. Excellent effects include slightly adapted versions of Dyna-mite, the much-admired model of Valley People’s Dyna-mite — dynamic Swiss army knife processing, proffering limiting, compression, gating, and side-chained ducking with serious attitude — and TSAR-1, one of Softube’s all-time top-sellers — simply one of the most gorgeous reverb plug-ins ever created, in fact! Furthermore, the all-new FILTER ECHO takes things to another level as a filtered delay effect with adjustable CUTOFF and RESONANCE parameters. Moreover, MASTER OUT channel SATURATION control goes from juicy to gritty and is not taken from any existing Softube product.
Pushing further onwards and upwards, each and every instrument channel has a dedicated mixer channel with PAN, PING (ping-pong/ auto-panning), EQ (adapted specifically for each instrument), and volume controls, together with FX sends to the REV (reverb) and ECHO (delay) effects. Excellence all round, then. Though there’s more to Heartbeat than might first meet the eye (and ear)!
Heartbeat, however, is not only about sound. It’s also about inspiration and interaction. Indeed, this is where its innovative AUTO LAYER MACHINE comes in. Its four channels can each be used to layer sounds or let the output of any of the eight instrument channels trigger a chain of events. Examples include creating new sound textures or automatic fill patterns in up to four steps. Should things get too predictable then moving the CHAOS sliders to the right adds an element of surprise randomness for each trigger, ranging from subtle variations to massive trigger-riot mayhem! Meanwhile, flexible global velocity parameter knobs TO PITCH, TO ATTACK, and TO DECAY help Heartbeat become responsive to VELOCITY changes while TIME GATE shortens the overall decay time to create a stuttering, stiffer, machine-like sound, so sounding like a ‘Man-Machine’ (or ‘Woman-Machine’) is both a breeze and a blast. But Heartbeat is much more than a machine, but rather a living thing with a mind of its own, thanks to AUTO LAYER MACHINE’s magical mystery touring tools. Why not take a ride?
Back with a vengeance, never has classic drum synthesis sounded so good or been so musically flexible. For soon it will be time to set pulses racing closer to home when Heartbeat hits its scheduled summertime release date. So remember: must make a date with the ultimate dream drum synth software solution!
Heartbeat is scheduled to ship in summer 2015 as a Mac- and PC-compatible plug-in, priced at $199.00 USD. (Hardware USB dongle copy-protection is optional as Heartbeat can also be used with iLok’s new machine-based license.)
For more in-depth information about Heartbeat, including some seriously ear-opening sound examples, please visit Softube’s dedicated webpage here: http://www.softube.com/index.php?id=heartbeat
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TITAN 2 – new release at best service

titan2Experience the most extensive and diversified synthesizer in a completely new version!

TITAN 2 outshines its predecessor by doubling its sound-library, adding countless new presets, a fully redesigned user-interface as well as sound shaping potential exceeding even the originals!

TITAN 2 emulates no less than 266 synthesizers

The content covers the full spectrum of this instrument’s glorious history. Here, you will find everything of distinction, ranging from the 70’s until today, covering every kind of sound synthesis. This plug-in includes the latest virtual instruments, analogue classics, legendary modular systems, prominent digital synthesizers, powerful workstation as well as unheard rarities.

The sonic spectrum of 45 years synthesizer-history makes TITAN 2 an instrument that is unmatched and unique in diversity.

 

Grace Period: All registered user from Titan first version (registrations after 21th January) will receive a Free Upgrade as Download soon!

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IK Multimedia releases iRig Pads Editor software for Mac and PC

Now musicians can customize their favorite iRig Pads setups and tailor
the ultimate ultra-portable, universal MIDI groove controller
to suit any production style or performance workflow

May 14, 2015 – IK Multimedia is pleased to announce iRig® Pads Editor for Mac and PC. It’s the companion application for iRig® Pads that allows musicians to completely edit and customize IK’s popular ultra-portable, universal MIDI groove controller to suit all music production styles and live performance workflows. iRig Pads Editor is available now as a free download on the IK Multimedia web site, under the User Area, for all current iRig Pads owners.

iRig Pads Editor

iRig Pads is IK Multimedia’s 4×4 MIDI pad groove controller for iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Mac and PC. Its ultra-compact footprint makes it an essential instrument for traveling beat makers and other musicians who want to unlock their creativity and make music while on the go. iRig Pads comes pre-loaded with multiple setups that make it easy to control the popular groove making software programs of today. And now users can customize these setups more and even create totally new configurations in a flash to suit their own unique workflow. With total customization, iRig Pads Editor gives iRig Pads the power to be the ultimate mobile pad-based groove controller.

iRig Pads features seamless integration with IK Multimedia’s SampleTank sound and groove workstation for iPhone, iPad, Mac & PC, and IK’s GooveMaker and DJ Rig apps for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. iRig Pads is also MIDI class compliant which means that it can be used with virtually any MIDI-compatible app — like FL Studio Mobile, iMPC Pro or GarageBand — or computer software — like MPC Software, Ableton Live, Maschine and more.

Custom control
iRig Pads Editor features an intuitive single-screen interface that lets musicians quickly reassign controls and features. Musicians can easily edit and save global configurations and individual scenes on their computer, and then transfer them to iRig Pads at will. All of iRig Pads’ surfaces and controllers can be assigned to send specific MIDI messages. iRig Pads Editor lets users assign MIDI messages to any knob, button, pad, slider or attached external controller (like an expression pedal or footswitch).

Deep dive
Users can edit the parameters of a control by simply clicking on it in the iRig Pads Editor interface. They can then assign the desired MIDI control message to the pad, knob, button, slider or external controller plugged into iRig Pads (such as an expression pedal or footswitch). iRig Pads Editor supports Note, Program Change, Control Change, MIDI System Real Time and MIDI Machine Control messages.

Multiple modes
A part of what makes iRig Pads Editor so powerful are its easy-to-use modes:

Note mode lets users assign the MIDI channel and the actual note to transmit. iRig Pads Editor also provides a choice between Temporary and Toggle mode. These modes determine whether note data will sound only while the pad is held down or whether it will “latch” onto the Note On message of the first press and the Note Off message of the second press. Temporary mode is best used when playing single-note instruments, like a drum or bass.

Toggle mode is useful for triggering loops: Musicians just have to tap the pad once to start a chosen loop. iRig Pads will then continue to play until the pad is pressed again. Toggle mode can also be used to send 2 different messages from a single button or pad. This makes it easy for a musician to switch between two different presets: These presets can be instruments — like 2 different bass, lead or pad sounds — but they can also be 2 different loop sets or effects settings. On the fly beat making has never been easier.

Big changes
iRig Pads Editor’s Program Change mode lets musicians set up iRig Pads’ knobs, buttons and pads (or slider) to change and transmit fixed or dynamic MIDI Program Change messages — it also lets users employ toggle mode to switch between 2 Program Change numbers with a single control.

Similarly, in Control Change mode, the user can assign handy MIDI Continuous Controller messages like volume, pan or expression. This mode can also be used to assign CC numbers to a parameter on a device that iRig Pads is controlling, such as a synthesizer, loop player, effects processor or even a full-featured virtual instrument like SampleTank 3. The values transmitted can be variable. For example, users can set it up so that when they tap a pad it sets the MIDI volume to maximum or pans the receiving instrument to a specific point in the stereo field.

iRig Pads Editor can also program iRig Pads to send MIDI System Real Time and MIDI Machine Control messages. This means users can conveniently start, stop, rewind or scan through a track without taking their fingers off iRig Pads.

Pricing and availability
iRig Pads Editor is available now as a complementary download for registered iRig Pads users. Mac and PC compatible versions are available.

iRig Pads is available from music and electronics retailers worldwide for $/€149.99 (excluding taxes) as well as on the IK online store.

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

To watch a video of iRig Pads Editor in action, please visit:
www.irigpads.com/videos

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Audified announces availability of old German broadcast compressor/limiter-emulating plug-in

U73BOSKOVICE, CZECH REPUBLIC: multimedia software and hardware development specialist Audified is proud to announce availability of the U73b Compressor effect plug-in for Mac (AAX, AudioUnit, VST2, VST3) and PC (AAX, VST2, VST3) — an authentic emulation of the unique-sounding Sixties-vintage German broadcast compressor/limiter hardware predecessor with which its shares its name (and which, despite its origins, found
favour in European mastering circles) — as of May 12…

But before delving deeper into Audified’s authentic-sounding U73b Compressor effect plug-in, perhaps a little history lesson is in order here? After all, only by gaining an appreciation of its namesake hardware predecessor can U73b Compressor be truly appreciated in its own right.

Working with the NWDR (Nordwestdeutscher Rundfunk) — responsible for public broadcasting in the German states of Hamburg, Lower-Saxony, Schleswig-Holstein, and North Rhine-Westphalia from September 22, 1945 to December 31, 1955, Telefunken developed the U73, an all-tube, three-stage push/push variable mu design (with a theoretical compression ratio of 100:1), during a three-year period, born out of a need to
conform to the high standards set by the IRT (Institut für Rundfunktechnik) — the primary research institute for German-speaking public broadcasting organisations — while seeking a suitable solution for handling full-frequency response FM (Frequency Modulation) radio broadcasts.  By building the U73 into a Danner double-cassette module chassis like its U76 sibling, the two Telefunken designs shared significant circuitry and
components, though the U73 went on to become the fastest tube compressor ever built, thanks to its forward-triggered side-chain feature. Fully finalised, the design was licensed to TAB (Tonographie Apparatebau) in Wuppertal-Elberfeld, West Germany (as was), who manufactured this, the last tube compressor in the Telefunken/IRT grey series for almost 30 years, finally discontinuing it in 1980. Nevertheless, its premier price and fixed setup effectively ensured that U73s only made it outside of Germany for one specific (non-broadcast) application — as a final mastering compressor for vinyl-cutting lathes, mostly with an automatic release trigger. TAB even ended up making several versions of the U73 for Telefunken, the most well known being the U73b, used for producing audio recordings mostly, thanks to an added ability to change compression level, as well as external release time control and internal attack time control. Consequently, almost all records recorded and cut in Europe between 1960 and 1980 were mastered through a stereo pair — proof positive that things are not always what they seem!

So there you have it. Yet what was once seen as a must-have mastering tool fell out of favour. Fortunately, times change — as does technology. Thanks to Audified’s supreme software talent, today the unique sound of the U73b has been authentically captured for any modern-day DAW (Digital Audio Workstation) owner to hear and, of course, make much use of as an easy-to-use effect plug-in. Please welcome, U73b Compressor!

Other than transformation from hardy hardware to supreme software, what else does U73b Compressor offer the discerning DAW owner? Well, while modelling the U73b circuitry as it was originally designed, Audified — as evidenced by U73b Compressor’s gorgeous GUI — has helpfully seen fit to add an IN(put) and OUT(put) gain, both before and after the modelled compression circuit to aid adjusting compression in a more modern manner fit for truly 21st Century workflow. Which is why the U73b Compressor plug-in has helpfully also been boosted with a VU (Volume Unit) meter and selectable side-chaining. Can’t say fairer than that, surely?

So while U73b Compressor’s compression controls are always easy to understand, the effect of this unique plug-in is audible from the moment it is ‘switched on’ — just like its namesake hardware predecessor. Its upper-positioned knob acts as a compressor/limiter switch, switching between Kompr (compressor), Durchschalt (bypass), and Begr (limiter) modes. The compressor mode has a lower threshold setting and a gently rising ratio; reversely, the limiter mode provides a higher threshold setting with higher ratio, but still with smoothsounding, soft-knee compression. The lower-positioned knob sets the release time; the first three positions provide fixed release times, while the three red-coloured positions provide adjustable program content-dependent release time options. Outside the authentic-looking onscreen reproduction of the original U73b front panel, SIDECHAIN selects the signal source for controlling gain reduction.

Ready to rock? U73b Compressor is — predictably, perhaps — perfect for mastering purposes, but also lends itself beautifully to mixing drums, bass, guitar, vocals, and voiceovers. Vintage-sounding compressed/limited recordings are perfectly possible in this day and age with U73b Compressor, that’s for sure! So why not give your recordings a unique-sounding (virtual) vintage makeover, making them sound just like they have been processed by an original U73b? Only in the comfort of your favourite DAW, thanks to Audified’s supreme software talent! Try before you buy with a downloadable demo. We’re sure you’ll like what you hear!

U73b Compressor is available to purchase (as an iLok dongle-protected plug-in) for $149.00 USD directly from Audified’s online shop here: http://superaudio.myshopify.com/products/u73b-compressor
Watch well-known Czech Republic producer and musician Boris Carloff’s informative introductory U73b Compressor video here:

 

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