Steinberg is elated to announce that Cubase 5 was awarded the m.i.p.a. for best recording software at the award show yesterday evening at the Frankfurt Musikmesse and which was attended by more than 300 representatives of manufacturers and distributors.

Cubase 5 was released last year with a host of sensational new features such as the meanwhile highly touted beat creation tools, its integrated vocal pitch editing toolset, extended composing features, the REVerence convolution reverb as well as many other workflow and technological enhancements.

Now on time for this year’s Musikmesse, Steinberg is presenting the Cubase 5.5 update next to  other exciting new products. Cubase 5.5 features performance, automation and video enhancements, as well as refined beat tools and workflow improvements. Cubase 5.5 will be released second quarter of 2010.

The m.i.p.a. (Musikmesse International Press Award) is an important award for the MI and pro-audio industry, where 111 magazines from all over the world vote for the best of last year’s products.

Visit www.mipa-award.de for more information.

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Mixing drums is surely one of the most difficult part of mixing music.  How to make a punchy kick that has big sound but not too big? How to make a great sounding snare track? Of course it is also question of how the tracks have been recorded. But you can still do a lot in the mix even if the recorded sound wasn´t perfect. Take a look at this initial of forthcoming Mixing Tutorial.

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This is a plug-in that gives you instant control on many things in your DAW´s  channelstrip. Voxformer is quite easy to use. It has built in spectrum analyzer which helps you to see quickly the possible problem frequencies on your track. It has two separate compressors and they both have independent controls. You can also use them as two band multiband compressor with adjustable cross over point.

What else do you get with Voxformer? There is five band equalizer with shelving lows and highs and the rest three bands are fully parametric. For vocal tracks there are de-esser and multiband gate. There are also precence control and saturation control to give some characteristics to the sound if desired. You can control dry/wet mix if you want, which is often a useful feature.

What about the sound then? I´d say it sounds ok. Of course there are better equlizers, compressors and de-essers out there, but still, this is a versatile and handy tool for many situations. I could use it on drum tracks, guitars and maybe for vocals too. I found it very useful tool for making a killer kick drum sound, which is another story…

+  versatile tool

+ quick to handle

[rating:8/10]

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Wave Arts claims that their Tube Saturator is the world’s most accurate real time tube amp plug-in. “Tube Saturator uses state of the art circuit simulation technology to capture every nuance of an analog circuit.” The circuit simulation technology is extremely CPU intensive they say, and I agree to that, because my Mac Book Pro didn´t manage to play a song with this plugin in Waveburner software. In Logic Pro 7 it worked fine but still, you can´t load so much plug-ins to your song if you use this plugin unless you use freeze function of your software.

Tube Saturator has Baxandall type three-band EQ feeding two 12AX7 triode preamp stages. It has same tonal  charasteristics as you can here from a tube pre amp in the real world. To my ears this plug-in sounded very good and I think it does well what it´s supposed to do. You really can add analog warmth to your tracks with this plugin if you are after it. Tube Saturator works both mono or stereo up to 192 kHz sampling rate.

+ Sounds convincing

– Heavy load on cpu

[rating:9/10]

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New instrument & voice processing software from BIAS delivers pro-quality pitch correction & popular effects at competitive price

New York, NY • AES Expo, Stand 140 • October 9, 2009 • Berkley Integrated Audio Software, Inc. (“BIAS”) today debuted PitchCraft EZ — a powerful alternative to the popular pitch correction and special effects tool popularized by many of today’s leading musical artists. As a plug-in for popular audio host applications on Mac and Windows computing platforms, PitchCraft EZ is both easy to use and highly effective. At a price point well below competing solutions, PitchCraft EZ delivers impressive results easily — without compromising sonic quality. Continue reading

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Scotts Valley, CA – October 7, 2009 — Universal Audio, a leading manufacturer of high-quality audio recording hardware and software plug-ins for digital audio workstations, today announced a refresh of its popular UAD-2 Neve Powered Plug-Ins line. The new UAD-2 SOLO, DUO or QUAD Neve packages, formerly known as the “Nevana” packages, are the perfect way to add the sound of genuine Neve analog audio equipment to music produced a Mac or PC — as well as providing access to the complete award-winning UAD Powered Plug-In library. Continue reading

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