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UAD plugin : Manley Massive Passive EQ

March 14, 2010 Leave a comment
Manley Massive Passive EQ

Manley Massive Passive EQ

Universal Audio (UA) released the new plugin for UAD platform. Manley Massive Passive EQ is modeled after the 2-channels 4-band passive tube EQ from Manley Labs.

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Waves Post Production

November 13, 2009 5 comments

Waves has been a big-name for audio processing plugin for years. Their plugins are widely used in music production, and also in audio post-production. Waves has just released 2 new plugins designed for post production in the new series, Waves Post Production. Let’s have a look at these two plugins.

Waves Noise Suppressor and LoAir are interesting for Sound Design. Here’s what Waves said about their 2 new post-production weapons.

WNS Waves Noise Suppressor is a real-time multiband processor for fast and effective broadband noise suppression on dialog tracks.

For years, sound design and post production professionals have been waiting for a subharmonic synthesizer plug-in that delivers the earthshaking sound of hardware. The wait is over. [LoAir]

Waves Noise Suppressor

Waves Noise Suppressor

This is clear for what they can do. What WNS interests me the word “Real-Time”. Normally, noise reduction plugin needs high degree of calculation which comes latency. Waves said WNS use low CPU and zero latency. It must be a very useful plugin when working with on-location dialog.

Waves LoAir

Waves LoAir

For LoAir, as Waves said, we’ve been looked for a subharmonic synthesizer for long time. Low-end rumble is always needed in sound design. Personally, I really like the copy writing for LoAir, Get Ready to Rumble. Wil Waves release Michael Buffer Collections soon?

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Mackie officially announced ONYXi, Pro Tools compatible

September 10, 2009 Leave a comment
Mackie Onyx-i Series : FireWire Recording Mixers

Mackie Onyx-i Series : FireWire Recording Mixers

As promised, Mackie officially announced the new line of mixer on 09/09/09. They are ONYXi series, the analog mixer with built-in firewire audio interface which support upto 24bit/96kHz. By the way, that was not what the world was waiting to here from Mackie. The point is “what about Pro Tools compatibility”. Mackie clearly stated about this in their website.

Onyx-i FireWire mixers can be used with all major DAWs, and is qualified by Mackie for use with Pro Tools® M­-Powered 8*, offering those users a host of new hardware options.

I know that Pro Tools M-Powered 8 compatibility might not be that interesting since you have to buy the software separately, unlike the Pro Tools LE which is bundled with every Digidesign interface. But Mackie revealed the option, this is a beginning of hardware alternative for Pro Tools.

Anyway, according to what is written on Mackie website, we’ve to keep on waiting for a few more week to see the driver and full detail of how to use Mackie ONYXi with Pro Tools M-Powered 8.

Onyx-i Series Mixers are qualified by Mackie for use with Pro Tools® M-Powered 8. Mackie will release a driver (via together with full details of how to use the Onyx-i Series with Pro Tools® M-Powered 8 in the coming weeks.

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PS. seem like the word qualified by Mackie will be the crucial key for any legal issue coming afterward. There is no response from Avid/Digidesign so far about this announcement. Stay tuned 🙂

Working with Video in Pro Tools

August 24, 2009 Leave a comment
Working with Video in Pro Tools

Working with Video in Pro Tools

I found these articles while googling to find out which video format I should use with Pro Tools. “Working with Video in Pro Tools” is article in Sound on Sound magazine, comprised of 3 parts published in Jan-Feb-Mar 2006 issued.

The first part in Jan 2006 is about video format to use with Pro Tools and how to playback video file in Pro Tools session, together with briefly explanation about OMF. OMF was explained for more detail in the second part of these article in Feb 2006. To import OMF into Pro Tools was explained in this part as well. The last part in March 2006 talked about how to organize audio files in Pro Tools session after OMF importing. Some audio post-production basics were also explained, such as sound effect syncing, M&E tracks and Foley.

Working with Video in Pro Tools : Part 1Part 2 , Part 3

Too high expectation for NI Kontakt Player

August 19, 2009 Leave a comment
Native Instruments : Kontakt Player

Native Instruments : Kontakt Player

Once I’ve heard of Native Instruments’ new Kontakt Player, I went to NI website to get more info about this product. It explained that Kontakt Player can be used with Kontakt Library Selection, the 650MB library created for Kontakt Player. and it’s also able to be expanded with 3rd party Kontakt Player library.

I downloaded Kontakt Player immediately because I thought it could open my sample libraries which some of them were .nki. But, after installed Kontakt Player into my PC, I used it to open my Old Lady piano sample which I converted from Giga format to nki a few years ago. It could be opend, but it was in Demo mode. The same thing happened when I tried to open my beloved Rhodes samples, Scarbee RSP73, as EXS24 and Halion format.

Kontakt Player itself can’t open samples those are not “Powered by KONTAKT”. When it opens nki, exs24 or Halion samples, it works as demo version of Kontakt 3. So sad, that was my too high expectation for Kontakt Player.

I’ve to keep on searching for free sample player which can open my Rhodes sample. Scarbee RSP73 was and still is my favorite Rhodes sample so far.

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is The Eddie Kramer Collection by Waves worth $800?

August 18, 2009 Leave a comment
Waves Signature Series : The Eddie Kramer Collection

Waves Signature Series : The Eddie Kramer Collection

Waves has just released the new plugins in Signature Series, The Eddie Kramer Collection. There are 5 application-specific plugins in this collection. The sound (and the name) of Eddie Kramer is the main focus of this bundle. I’ve no idea how many people will spend $800 to make their recording to sound like Eddie Kramer’s.

For me, each plugin in Waves The Eddie Kramer Collection is a channel strip with effects which there are only some main parameters available to tweak. And the other parameters for fine-tuning were set by Eddie Kramer to replicate his sound. Of course, I can’t afford $800 plugin right now. But if I could, I wouldn’t buy it anyway. I think it’s too specific and overpriced. There are ways to make $800 worthwhile. Learning to replicate Eddie Kramer’s sound by ordinary plugin should be more useful in the long run.

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What is happening on 09/09/09

August 8, 2009 3 comments
Mackie Onyx 820i

Mackie Onyx 820i

On Aug 8, 2008 (08/08/08), there was such a great opening ceremony of Olympic games in Beijing, China. What about 09/09/09, what is happening? A few months ago Propellerhead announced Record and promised that Record will be available on 09/09/09. Today I’ve just read the news mention another “big thing” will happen on 09/09/09. It’s from Mackie. and Mixblog from Mix magazine mention Mackie Onyx 820i, the analog mixer with Firewire interface option. What make this mixer stand out is it’s compatible with Pro Tools M-Powered! Not much details about this so far. But, if this is real, it must be the next big thing to talk about for DAW market. Besides Digidesign’s hardware, there’s only M-Audio products which are compatible with Pro Tools, and it must be Pro Tools M-Powered. The news mentions that Onyx 820i comes with Mackie Universal Driver version 1, which make it able to use with Pro Tools M-Powered.

09/09/09 will be the day Mackie officially announce the new Onyx 820i and I expect to see more info about its compatibility with Pro Tools M-Powered. Maybe this will be the first step of Digidesign to “open” Pro Tools to use with other audio interfaces. Stay tuned.

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