Introducing iZotope Ozone 6

iZotope releases Ozone 6 and Ozone 6 Advanced

Biggest ever update for the critically acclaimed creative mastering platform


Leading innovator in digital audio signal processing, iZotope, has announced the release of Ozone 6 and Ozone 6 Advanced. Ozone 6 is an update to iZotope’s critically acclaimed creative mastering platform. Ozone 6 Advanced is a professional mastering suite that expands Ozone’s feature set with individual component plug-ins, extended features, and a brand new interface.

The latest version of iZotope’s complete mastering system, has a workflow centered around creativity: A redesigned, modern interface guides and inspires users of all experience levels at every step, so you can freely experiment with ease. Reinvent timeless sounds by harnessing the sonic texture of classic analog gear, then tweak with the surgical precision of digital software. An intuitive display and robust visual feedback let you dial in your signature sound in just a few clicks. Whether you’re a professional engineer or a home studio producer, Ozone 6 gives you everything you need to effortlessly produce professional-sounding masters in one elegant package.
What’s New in Ozone 6? 

Ozone 6 highlights 

Surgical Mode
All digital linear-phase filters are now matched to analog shapes; however, Surgical Mode allows you to utilize the precision of digital shapes for extreme cuts with minimum slope.

Customizable Signal Chain
Host your third-party VST/AU plug-ins in the standalone application. Then build your mastering signal chain from scratch or load a preset and add, remove, and swap the order of modules.

Transient Emphasis
Preserve rhythmic detail while maximizing loudness with Transient Emphasis, which adds smart emphasis to transients by preserving sharp attacks.

Ozone 6 Advanced

Ozone 6 Advanced builds on iZotope’s reputation for superior sound quality and industry-standard audio mastering tools. Ozone 6 Advanced includes…Dynamic EQ Module
Ozone Advanced adds the new Dynamic EQ module, an EQ that lives and breathes with your music. Harness the precision of an equalizer with the musical ballistics of a compressor. Integrated with an intuitive workflow, these processors work in concert to create a valuable mastering tool that excels where traditional EQs and compressors fail.

Dynamic EQ Component Plug-in
Ozone 6 Advanced also includes a component Dynamic EQ plug-in for use throughout your audio editing software signal chain.

Introductory offer
Until 14th November, get Ozone 6 for just £139.00 and Ozone 6 Advanced for just £415!

Pricing after 14th November 2014
Ozone 6 RRP: £149.00
Ozone 6 Advanced RRP: £599.00
Already a registered Ozone user?
Upgrade paths to Ozone 6 and Ozone 6 Advanced start at just £67.95 see the Ozone product pages for full details!


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IK Multimedia’s GrooveMaker 2 & DJ Rig add support for iOS 8 and iRig Pads

irigpadsios8October 30, 2014 – IK Multimedia, the leader in mobile music creation apps and accessories, today announced the latest versions of GrooveMaker® 2, its popular loop-based groove making app for iPhone and iPad, and DJ Rig™ for iPad, its full-featured mobile DJ app. Both now feature iOS 8 compatibility and native plug-and-play support for iRig® Pads, IK’s new ultra-portable MIDI groove controller. In addition, GrooveMaker 2 now allows real time inter-app audio routing through Audiobus 2. The new versions of GrooveMaker 2 and DJ Rig for iPad are the most advanced released so far, and both will help DJs and digital musicians take their mobile performances to the next level.

Optimized for iOS 8
GrooveMaker 2 and DJ Rig for iPad are both now fully optimized for iOS 8 and Apple’s latest generations of mobile devices. iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus users will be able to take advantage of their device’s increased screen size while cueing loops and grooves with GrooveMaker 2. When it comes to the new iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3, GrooveMaker 2 and DJ Rig for iPad users will be able to enjoy the speed and power that their new devices allow. And all GrooveMaker 2 users will be able to take advantage of its new support for Audiobus 2 in iOS 8, which allows for inter-app audio routing between compatible music apps for wildly inventive sonic combinations.

Grooves to go
The biggest leap forward with the two new versions comes in the form of native plug-and-play support for IK’s iRig Pads MIDI groove controller. Featuring 16 velocity-sensitive, backlit multicolor rubber pads, it gives users a new tactile way to get creative with their favorite apps while working “outside the box”. When GrooveMaker 2 is paired with iRig Pads, it automatically provides two separate modes, Groove Mode and Launch Mode. These customize the pads, knobs and sliders to let users control groove length, browse through loops, tweak effects, trigger Randomixes and a whole lot more without having to touch their device’s screen.

Digital decks
DJ Rig for iPad also natively supports iRig Pads, and when the two are paired together DJs can take control like never before. iRig pads can be used with each of DJ Rig for iPad’s different sections to allow for tactile hardware responsiveness while syncing and crossfading tracks, triggering samples, adding effects and more. With iRig Pads and DJ Rig for iPad, users now have a powerful portable DJ setup that can be taken anywhere.

Pricing and availability
The latest versions of GrooveMaker 2 for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch and DJ Rig for iPad are available now on the App StoreSM as free updates for existing users and as either free or paid apps for $9.99/€8.99 and $19.99/€17.99 for new users, respectively.

For more information, please visit:


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Rob Papen produces quick-fire QUAD as its first RE release built from the ground up for Reason

RobPapen_QuadECHT, THE NETHERLANDS: virtual instrument and effects plug-in developer Rob Papen Soundware is proud to announce availability of QUAD, its first Rack Extension synthesizer built from the ground up for Propellerhead Reason, as of October 28…
When Swedish music software application, interfaces, and technology standards specialist Propellerhead Software first unveiled its revolutionary Rack Extension — an ever-expandable, freely-routable rack of instruments, effects, and sounds — for its well-received Reason music-making and recording studio software solution, namesake company founder and synthesizer developer Rob Papen promptly pronounced it as being “…a brilliant concept.” Continuing, he then summarised its advantages as follows: “What we face as a developer is having to have a PC version and a Mac version, and if you run them in your regular host, you can crash your host. That’s a real big battle. People, if they use Reason, learn that things are connected. It’s cross-platform; everything works. It’s a major leap forward for Reason, and productions coming out of Reason will sound totally different. Reason remains Reason, but, now, it’s open.”
Open to the likes of Rob Papen to develop distinctive and desirable third-party Rack Extensions (RE) for Reason. Little wonder, then, that Rob Papen was amongst the first wave of developers to do just that, starting by porting over its popular ‘phat’-sounding soft synth Predator as Predator-RE, rapidly followed by its SubBoomBass-RE dedicated virtual bass synth, self-explanatory PR-Verb RE and PR-Distort RE virtual effects, plus PunchBD-RE, a versatile and easy-to-use bass drum synth.
Soft synths have always been at the core of Rob Papen’s productive business model, so it’s hardly surprising that they put some serious time and effort into porting some of their most popular products over to Propellerhead’s popular Reason platform. Yet what distinguishes QUAD from its aforementioned admired RE predecessors is that this time the company has chosen to build a Rack Extension synthesizer from the ground up. Why? Well, according to Rob Papen’s namesake founder, it “…offers a different and refreshing synthesis for your rack!”
Really? Really. “QUAD is still ‘subtractive synthesis’ like you know from Predator and so on, but the oscillator part has some interesting new features that vastly expands the sound options and makes QUAD very different from any other regular ‘subtractive synthesizer’,” reasons Rob Papen.
Put simply, QUAD has two oscillators (OSC 1 and OSC 2) at its sonic core, each endowed with a seemingly simple selection of classic waveforms (Sine, Triangle, Saw, White Noise, and Pink Noise), together with a SPREAD function (adding multiple oscillators with slightly higher and lower pitch to the main oscillators to fatten up the sound), and a SUB oscillator tuned one octave below with two selectable waveforms (Sinus and Square). Straightforward-sounding so far? Arguably yes. Yet those oscillators can be combined with many cross modulation functions, generating a wide range of harmonics. How so? “This is arranged inside OSC 1, where we also have several interesting modulation types. Also, OSC 1 can be shut down for going into the filter, so it can be exclusively used as a modulator for OSC 2.”
These already stunning sound sculpting tools are all brought to life by the four XY pads that dominate the main screen, giving OSC 1 and OSC 2 their distinctive PHASE DISTORTION and WAVE SHAPER capabilities — and also giving rise to the QUAD name. Notes Rob Papen: “For each we have several distortion or wave-shaping types. With the XY dials or XY field you can change this dynamic. The very cool thing is that with minimal effort you can quickly create a new sound and preset.”
Of course, Rob Papen himself is an internationally recognised sound designer of considerable standing, so it should come as little surprise to learn that QUAD is packed with wide-ranging Rob Papen-designed presets so you don’t have to (if you don’t want to). Those that do, of course, can delve deeper courtesy of an extensive MODULATION matrix; two effects processors (FX 1/2) that can be automated within the MODULATION matrix or via the ‘back panel’-positioned ‘external’ CV; LFO 1/2 and ENVELOPE 1/2 that can be tempo-synced; AMP section for controlling the volume contour; and more.
Moreover, QUAD offers no fewer than 28 filter types via two top-notch analogue-modelled filters (FILTER 1/2) with various routings, as well as an artistically-inspirational arpeggiator (ARP) with several playback modes. Maintains its co-creator: “It’s a big synth with many features!” For Reason users it really does offer a refreshing and different approach to synthesis, so why not extend your Rack right now?
QUAD can be purchased and directly downloaded for €99.00 EUR/$119.00 USD from the Propellerhead Shop here: (Propellerhead operates a try-before-you-buy service for those wishing to test Rack Extensions.)

Watch Rob Papen’s quintessential QUAD tutorial video here:

For more detailed info, please visit the QUAD product webpage here:
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Wave Alchemy Producer Contest 2014 Announced

UK based sample library and virtual instrument developers Wave Alchemy have officially announced the launch of their 2014 Producer Contest.

Entrants have a chance to win over £5,000 ($8000) of prizes; including Wave Alchemy’s entire back catalogue along with an exciting selection of prizes provided by some of the pro-audio industries’ leading companies/manufacturers!

Wave Alchemy has made a 1GB pack of free samples available to the world, which can be downloaded here (you are free to download and host the pack yourselves).

“We encourage entrants to be creative with the supplied free sounds; to process, re-arrange, cut and manipulate them to create an original piece of music. Along with the supplied sounds we very much encourage entrants to create original melodies, parts and patterns using synthesizers, drum machines, effects processors, and any of your own sounds/samples that you own a license for! Any genre or musical style is welcome…”

The competition runs for 30 days and track submissions are via Wave Alchemy’s Soundcloud Group Page.

Full information including how to enter and contest rules can be found here.

“We believe this will be a great opportunity for producers to showcase their talents and to be in with a chance of winning some game changing prizes so good luck everyone!”

Steve Heath & Dan Byers – Wave Alchemy

Posted in General | Tagged , | Leave a comment Releases ‘Tape To Dub Plate Vol 1

TAPE TO DUB PLATE VOL.1-masterTape to Dub Plate Vol 1 – Cymbal Hits’ is the first release in a unique new series of royalty-free drum hits and breaks from the indisputable heavyweight champion of the fat vintage drum sound, Mr Timmy Rickard (Monosole Music).

This first volume is filled with 50 of the finest Turkish handmade cymbals and hi hat hits, each one recorded directly onto analogue tape, mixed through using analogue outboard gear, mastered onto a 12″ dub plate, and finally sampled back off of the vinyl.

The result is the sound and vibe of the open hits and breaks that crate diggers spend so much of their time searching for.

The whole collection contains several types of cymbal hit; edge, bell, center,
rolls and hi hat, and for those who prefer a cleaner drum sound, every sample
is also provided in its original pre-dub-plate mix.

Sounds are provided in both 16 bit and 24 bit WAV versions, and in
an exclusive for customers we’ve also included MPC
program files for quick loading across your pads, with legacy MPC
SND versions of all samples included, making this fully compatible with all
MPC models straight out of the box!

Mixed using analogue compressors and eq’s stuffed with valves and
transformers, before being sent to a Neumann cutting lathe. Performed and
engineered with love by Timmy Rickard.

For more information including audio demos, go to http://www.mpcsamples.

Technical Specifications
• Samples: 50 unique cymbal samples, each with vinyl and pre-vinyl
mastered versions
• Format: 16 bit/44.1 kHz WAV, 24 Bit/96 kHz WAV, Legacy MPC SND
• Compatibility: Compatible with all MPCs, all versions of JJOS,
Maschine & all DAWS & audio software
• Publisher/Sound Design: Timmy Rickard (Monosole Music)
• License: Royalty Free
• Delivery: Download instantly after purchase.
• Price: $16.99

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M-Track_homepage_ref02Improved M-Track and M-Track Plus feature rugged all-metal chassis and studio–quality audio performance; M-Track Eight has expanded software suite

Cumberland, RI (October 22, 2014)— M-Audio (, synonymous with innovative music production technology, today announced the introduction of improved versions of the company’s best-selling M-Track and M-Track Plus audio interface products and an expanded software suite for the M-Track Eight.

These new products give songwriters the ability to participate in the world of computer-based recording with an intuitive, easy-to-use interface that boasts 24-bit studio-quality audio performance, along with a new rugged all-metal chassis, greatly improved pre-amps, and class-leading audio performance on the inputs.

M-Track Plus:

  • 24-bit, 96 kHz resolution
  • Metal chassis and low-profile design
  • (2) XLR+1/4” combo inputs with phantom power
  • Switchable input on both channels for recording of guitars, bass, and other instrument level sources
  • Zero-latency monitoring with USB/Analog Direct Balance control
  • (2) Balanced 1/4” main outputs with dedicated level control
  • LED metering
  • Headphone out with independent level control
  • USB-powered connectivity
  • Ableton Live Lite & Cubase LE included


  • 24-bit, 48kHz resolution
  • Metal chassis and low-profile design
  • (2) XLR+1/4” combo inputs with phantom power
  • Switchable input on channel two for recording of guitars, bass, and other instrument level sources
  • Zero-latency monitoring with USB/Analog Direct Balance control
  • (2) Balanced 1/4” main outputs with dedicated level control
  • LED metering
  • Headphone out with independent level control
  • USB-powered connectivity
  • Ableton Live Lite included

With these new products, M-Audio also announces a partnership with Waves Audio, Ltd. “The new M-Tracks are designed to provide professional recording quality to musicians and producers, and we could think of nobody better to partner with for professional effects than Waves Audio,” said J.C. Sutherland, M-Audio Product Manager. “For more than 20 years, their effects plug-ins have set the standard for digital signal processing, and we’re thrilled to be able to offer their world-class effects to M-Track customers.”

Included with the M-Tracks are AudioTrack, Eddie Kramer Effect Channel, and TrueVerb plugins, which add a professional touch to any production. These plugins, along with the included Ableton Live Lite, provide a solid foundation to start a home/portable recording studio.

M-Audio’s currently available M-Track Eight also benefits from the Waves plugin treatment. In addition to AudioTrack, Eddie Kramer Effect Channel, and TrueVerb, M-Track Eight adds the L1 Ultramaximizer and Manny Marroquin Delay as part of its included software suite.

“We’re very excited about the new M-Track family of interfaces. They are solidly built, and with the added Waves plugin bundle users can produce impressive results that far exceed what the price points suggest.” – J.C. Sutherland, M-Audio Product Manager.

The upgraded M-Track and M-Track Plus will be available at the end of October and be sold through consumer and professional music retailers worldwide.  The M-Track Eight is available now.

Street pricing in USD for the M-Track family is as follows:

  • M-Track–$99
  • M-Track Plus–$149
  • M-Track Eight–$399
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Positive Grid Releases BIAS Desktop Amp Matching Modeler

BIAS DesktopSan Diego, CA (Oct 21, 2014) — Positive Grid ( proudly announces the launch of BIAS Desktop, a groundbreaking guitar amp modeler with Amp Matching™ technology that offers an entirely new concept of putting any tube amplifier tone and feel into a plug-in (AAX/RTAS/AU/VST) for Mac and PC.  BIAS Desktop features the most accurate, thorough and versatile guitar-amp modeler and designer engine, and it can accurately capture the tone of any tube amplifier, users can then share or download amp models from BIAS’s built-in ToneCloud® amp-sharing platform.

“Instead of providing a fixed number of amp models, BIAS Desktop represents an entire new concept on guitar sound: guitar players can now virtually design their own amps, using Amp Matching Technology to capture their golden tube amplifiers,” says BIAS Product Manager Calvin Abel, “and finally they can share or download thousands of amp models on ToneCloud, also we are currently working with worldwide artists and studios to expand this platform.”

The Amp Matching™ in BIAS Desktop utilizes a collection of underlying technologies that analyze and compare a currently designed BIAS amp model with the sound of any tube amp, the corresponding cabinet and microphone. It then executes the tonal compensation and enhancement needed to make this current amp model accurately match the target amplifier. For the first time in history, guitar players are free to design, modify and capture the most unique and individual soul of tone, into the digital domain and keep it ready for studio recording applications.

Built-in with BIAS, ToneCloud allows guitar players to share their custom amp models and download over thousands custom BIAS amps created by other users — including signature recording artists. Guitar players can share and download not just customized amp models only, using Amp Matching, every possible amp tone ever created becomes available. Positive Grid is currently working with worldwide artists and engineers to create professional custom amp models and studio amp matched models to expand this platform.

BIAS comes in two versions: BIAS Desktop ($99.00) includes all amp design modules and access to ToneCloud to download thousands of amp models. BIAS Professional ($199.00) adds Amp Matching Technology, Exclusive Amp Matching Models on ToneCloud, and three Amp Design Expansion Packs (Glassy Pack, Crunch Pack and Insane Pack).

Key Features

●      The most complete, accurate, and versatile amp modeling software available in the world

●      36 HD amp models included with the introductory release

●      Amp Matching captures any miced amp or recorded track and creates a matched model

●      Share and download thousands of artist- and user-created and matched amp models on ToneCloud

●      Fully customizable preamps, tone stacks, power amps, transformers, cabinets and mic selection and placement—mix and match!

●      Customize the look and feel of your own amp panel; change the name, tolex, panel and knobs.

●      Works the way guitarists think: tweak gain and overdrive, swap out tubes and transformers, change the cabinet and mic position, and shape the tone with different tone stacks and two 8-band equalizers

●      Included noise gate and room simulator

●      Create a virtually unlimited number of custom amps

●      Quick preset facility recalls each of your 8 favorite settings in turn with just one tap



●      Mac OS X 10.7 or later.

●      Supported Plug-in formats: Audio Units, VST, RTAS, AAX (32- and 64-bit).


●      Windows® 7 (SP1), Windows® 8.

●      Supported Plug-in formats: VST, RTAS, AAX (32- and 64-bit).

Related videos

BIAS Desktop – Introducing BIAS Desktop:

BIAS Desktop – Features overview:

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