Vinyl Reality: Virtual Reality Gets A Realistic Vinyl DJing Simulator

We've seen other companies take on DJing in virtual reality, but what about a straight-forward VR emulation of a real DJing setup? The new Vinyl Reality app, available now on Steam Early Access, aims to do exactly that. Strap on a VR headset and get ready to mix virtual vinyl!

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End User Focus: Live Plugins

End User Focus: Live Plugins

Choosing the right plugin or software for the job can prove to be a difficult decision, especially in a high-pressure live environment. Here, we speak to a number of live sound specialists about their top picks for when the going gets tough…

Waves Audio X-FDBK

Waves’ X-FDBK (main image, above) is the “first plugin ever” to provide a complete automatic feedback suppression solution. It dramatically improves the ‘ringing out’ process and shortens it to a matter of seconds, identifying feedback frequencies quickly and precisely, and cuts them with a narrow notch, preserving the fidelity of the wedge or PA and enabling users to maximise the gain without getting feedback.

Simply turn up the levels on the wedges and PA until they start to feedback, then activate the plugin and wait a few seconds until the feedback disappears. X-FDBK’s graphic frequency spectrum displays all feedback frequencies and the degree to which they were cut, letting users tweak them manually if they so wish.

FOH, studio engineer and producer Yamil Martínez (Alex Campos, Ana Gabriel, Ricky Martin, Tommy Torres) uses Waves X-FDBK on vocal microphones and acoustic guitar, “in order to generate presets of the usual bothering frequencies of specific microphones or instruments”.

“It is particularly useful for when acoustic guitars’ feedback frequencies change when a Capo is used or moved around,” explains Martínez. “X-FDBK solves this issue, and it can also adjust itself, when an unlisted song suddenly shows up and you were not prepared for it.”

Key Features

  • Automatically cuts the frequencies that cause feedback
  • Clearer, louder, feedback-free sound from monitors and PA
  • ‘Set it and forget it’ functionality
  • Dramatic improvement to live sound and workflow

 

www.waves.com

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Audioström LiveProfessor

While not actually a plugin, but a plugin host, the LiveProfessor platform from Norwegian firm Audioström is designed to let audio engineers use their favorite plugins for live performances. It uses the same technology as DAWs found in studios, but instead of focusing on a timeline, it has signal chains, designed to be used with a hardware mixer.

LiveProfessor has extensive snapshot automation and cue lists, enabling the user to programme changes during shows. Along with a host of features geared towards live performances, LiveProfessor offers extensive MIDI and OSC functionality to control the setup, all wrapped up in a fast and easy-to-employ user interface.

Live sound engineer Romain Tocanne has been using LP in live situations with an RME audio card connected in ADAT on several Yamaha digital consoles, with zero latency plugins. Very easy to configure and use on the go with a good MacBook Pro and a high end audio card, it is a must-have when using plugins, according to Tocanne.

“A lot of improvements have been made to the overall functions of the software because the developer is very close to the users, and he is always listening to our requests,” he says. “I work on an electronic music festival – Les Nuits Sonores in Lyon, France – it is 10 hours of live acts, and I use LiveProfessor from the start till the end, always connected as insert on the master of the console.

“I have never experienced any glitches or audio drops, DSP is stable and CPU usage is very low. I have used LP for years now and I’ve been involved with many other users in the development of new features.”

Key Features

  • Signal chains
  • Snapshot automation
  • Extensive hardware controllers
  • Cue lists/Midi modifiers

 

www.audiostrom.com

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Eventide H3000 Live

H3000 Live brings the sounds from the ‘legendary’ H3000 Harmonizer effects processor to Yamaha’s flagship RIVAGE PM10 digital mixing console.

Optimised for live sound applications, H3000 Live provides pitch shift, delay, reverb, modulation, filter and other modules that can be combined as required with an advanced algorithm, delivering organic overall sound. Carefully-crafted presets of the most-requested H3000 sounds make it easy to achieve “intricate, sonorous effects, adding rich harmonisation or chorus to vocals, or creating big guitar sounds with lush harmonics,” according to the developer.

“I’ve been doing a lot of work with string sections in large bands this summer, so I’m always looking for detailed, smooth, and transparent sounding plugins,” explains Steve Davies, managing director at production services firm Subfrantic. “The H3000 helped enormously to establish a strikingly dominant position in the mix for a comparatively small string section in an otherwise very loud band.

“Before we decided to take the plunge with PM10 I had spent quite a bit of time contemplating these sorts of toys for my own personal touring rack, but now it’s on the PM10 as a perfectly modeled plugin I don’t have to. What’s more as it’s a plugin, the number of them I can have is determined by the processing power of the PM10, not by what’s in a rack.

“The plugin just sounds amazing. It ticks all the boxes and I’m very excited to work more with it as we get to the end of the year.”

Key Features

  • Most sought-after classic sounds from H3000 Harmonizer
  • Integrated seamlessly with Yamaha’s RIVAGE PM10 console

 

www.eventideaudio.com

www.yamahaproaudio.com

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Universal Audio Neve 1073

Universal Audio’s Neve 1073 plugin for Apollo and UAD-2 models the dual-stage ‘Red Knob’ pre-amp, three-band EQ, and post-fader output amplifier, accurately replicating the experience of the original 1970s hardware. Like the hardware, the new Neve 1073 plugin incorporates all 10 clipping points from the preamp and EQ circuitry, delivering “clarity, grit, and harmonically rich class?A saturation,” according to the developer.

Harnessing UA’s Unison technology, the Apollo pre-amp changes to the Neve 1073’s physical input impedance, allowing both “Lo” (300 Ω) and “Hi” (1200 Ω) impedance setting options. This provides the 1073’s full gain and tonal range to your favourite mics.

Universal Audio’s virtual devices have changed the game for TEC Award winning FOH engineer Michael ‘Coach’ Connor, who mixes FOH for Paul Simon and Sting.

“My setup is primarily based on inserts associated with a stand-alone console and I have a ton of mic pre’s, so using an outside pre clutters up the signal flow in these large systems,” Connor explains. “However, we do ‘fly dates’ or small appearances where I’m able to throw my Apollo Twin in my bag and have a Neve front end for Paul’s vocal and guitar.

“The unison modeling is great; the EQ section works just like you think it would; and for the final touch, I’ll add a TLA100 for dynamic control. The Neve 1073 Preamp and EQ provide that consistency I’m looking for and really help the day progress smoothly. Paul’s vocal and guitar require a less aggressive shaping of the sound and that’s what this EQ offers. It also offers repeatable results so you can move forward quickly even if you didn’t save any settings.”

Key Features

  • Neve Marinair transformers used on input and output stages
  • Mic input: Gain +80db to +20dB in 5dB steps
  • Inputs and output are transformer balanced and earth free
  • Freq response: ±0.5dB 20Hz to 20kHz, -3dB at 40kHz. EQ Out

 

www.ams-neve.com

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Universal Audio releases new plugins from Softube, Brainworx and Townsend Labs

Universal Audio releases new plugins from Softube, Brainworx and Townsend Labs

Universal Audio has announced the release of UAD Software v9.4.

Alongside the new UA-developed Empirical Labs EL8 Distressor plugin, this latest software release also offers three plugin titles from UA’s direct developer partners.

The three titles are: Dytronics Tri-Stereo Chorus, Gallien-Krueger 800RB Bass Amp, and the Ocean Way Microphone Collection for Townsend Labs’ Sphere microphone. All are available exclusively for UAD hardware and Apollo interfaces.

Dytronics Tri-Stereo Chorus — $199

($99 for owners of UAD Dytronics Cyclosonic Panner plug-in)

Developed by Softube, the Dytronics Tri-Stereo Chorus plugin is an exacting emulation of the three-channel ‘dream machine’ from the ‘80s, giving users all the expansive depth of the original’s three independent bucket-brigade delay lines, along with new ‘plugin-only’ features. Users can sculpt modulation sounds with Preset or Manual mode, each with its own LFO waveform output, or use both modes together to craft their own signature chorus tones.

Gallien-Krueger 800RB Bass Amp — $149

Developed by Brainworx, the Gallien-Krueger 800RB Bass Amp is an emulation of the legendary solid-state bass amp used by artists like Red Hot Chili Peppers, Radiohead, No Doubt, Guns n’ Roses, and more. The Gallien-Krueger 800RB plugin emulates the original hardware’s bi-amplified architecture, providing two different power amps, one for lows and one for highs. An adjustable crossover allows users to control which frequencies go to which power amp, and each has a master volume knob, making it easy to dial in just the right amount of bass or bite.

Ocean Way Microphone Collection — $249*

Developed by Townsend Labs for the Sphere L22 microphone, the Ocean Way Microphone Collection plugin captures the ‘best of the best’ from Allen Sides’ world-renowned mic locker at Ocean Way Studios.

Featuring 12 microphones from Neumann, Sony, RCA, AKG, and more, the Ocean Way Microphone Collection in conjunction with the Sphere L22 mic lets users change the proximity effect and polar pattern in realtime or at mixdown, as well as reduce bleed, room colouration, and feedback, before or after tracking. Users can also mix two different mic models together for recordings that capture the characteristics of both microphones.

*Users must own the Townsend Labs Sphere L22 microphone to use the Ocean Way Microphone Collection plugin.

www.uaudio.com

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Riedel Artist powers coms network for huge Zurich Street Parade

Riedel Artist powers coms network for huge Zurich Street Parade

Riedel Communications' Artist digital matrix intercom system provided a comprehensive radio communications infrastructure for the 26th annual Zurich Street Parade.

Riedel worked with Security & Safety AG Zurich to deploy a robust and reliable radio communications network and CCTV system that ensured a successful and safe event.

The Street Parade is a 2.4-kilometer celebration of peace, love, and techno music that drew more than 900,000 revelers to the city's streets on 12 August.

Just as it did with the Alpine Ski World Championships in St. Moritz earlier this year, Riedel Communications Switzerland AG deployed the "event cockpit" in the Street Parade command centre that enabled event monitoring and facilitated communications between first responders and other groups.

To further bolster safety and security, the event cockpit gave the Street Parade team access to situation and evacuation plans and also provided images from CCTV cameras placed throughout the parade route. The comms team was also able to access real-time weather information supplied by a Riedel weather station, and could view a dashboard for social media tweets and posts. Riedel and Security & Safety AG worked in close cooperation with the Zurich City Police, providing them access to both live and recorded CCTV feeds.

Using Riedel's RiFace radio interface, the team interfaced the Artist matrix intercom with 350 Motorola mobile radios located throughout the Street Parade course, providing 11 digital DMR channels and five analogue channels.

The Street Parade, one of Europe's largest and most colourful public events, kicked off at 1pm and wound through a course along the northern shore of Lake Zurich, ending around midnight. The fair attracted dance fans from every continent and featured 25 Love Mobiles, brightly decorated moving music stages with giant sound systems and DJs. In addition, nine fixed stages along the parade route featured DJs, live acts, and multimedia shows.

"Riedel has an impressive track record of providing fail-safe communications for some of the world's biggest and most high-profile events, with complex logistics spanning broad geographical areas. We faced exactly those kinds of logistical challenges with the Street Parade," said Marcel Hirschi, security engineer, Security & Safety AG Zurich. "We knew we could trust Riedel to help us execute a comprehensive communications strategy that would guarantee an outstanding and safe experience for close to a million people."

www.riedel.net

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Riedel Artist powers communications network for huge Zurich Street Parade

Riedel Artist powers communications network for huge Zurich Street Parade

Riedel Communications' Artist digital matrix intercom system provided a comprehensive radio communications infrastructure for the 26th annual Zurich Street Parade.

Riedel worked with Security & Safety AG Zurich to deploy a robust and reliable radio communications network and CCTV system that ensured a successful and safe event.

The Street Parade is a 2.4-kilometer celebration of peace, love, and techno music that drew more than 900,000 revelers to the city's streets on 12 August.

Just as it did with the Alpine Ski World Championships in St. Moritz earlier this year, Riedel Communications Switzerland AG deployed the "event cockpit" in the Street Parade command centre that enabled event monitoring and facilitated communications between first responders and other groups.

To further bolster safety and security, the event cockpit gave the Street Parade team access to situation and evacuation plans and also provided images from CCTV cameras placed throughout the parade route. The comms team was also able to access real-time weather information supplied by a Riedel weather station, and could view a dashboard for social media tweets and posts. Riedel and Security & Safety AG worked in close cooperation with the Zurich City Police, providing them access to both live and recorded CCTV feeds.

Using Riedel's RiFace radio interface, the team interfaced the Artist matrix intercom with 350 Motorola mobile radios located throughout the Street Parade course, providing 11 digital DMR channels and five analogue channels.

The Street Parade, one of Europe's largest and most colourful public events, kicked off at 1pm and wound through a course along the northern shore of Lake Zurich, ending around midnight. The fair attracted dance fans from every continent and featured 25 Love Mobiles, brightly decorated moving music stages with giant sound systems and DJs. In addition, nine fixed stages along the parade route featured DJs, live acts, and multimedia shows.

"Riedel has an impressive track record of providing fail-safe communications for some of the world's biggest and most high-profile events, with complex logistics spanning broad geographical areas. We faced exactly those kinds of logistical challenges with the Street Parade," said Marcel Hirschi, security engineer, Security & Safety AG Zurich. "We knew we could trust Riedel to help us execute a comprehensive communications strategy that would guarantee an outstanding and safe experience for close to a million people."

www.riedel.net

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R is a reactive, emotional robot speaker from Teenage Engineering

What if a portable speaker, the lamp from Pixar, an assembly line robot, and Wall-E had a love child that was also a toy and a synth accessory? That appears to be what Stockholm digital agency and electronic music instrument maker Teenage Engineering have done with their latest oddball design commission. While we wait on […]

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Accusonus explain how they’re using AI to make tools for musicians

First, there was DSP (digital signal processing). Now, there’s AI. But what does that mean? Let’s find out from the people developing it. We spoke to Accusonus, the developers of loop unmixer/remixer Regroover, to try to better understand what artificial intelligence will do for music making – beyond just the buzzwords. It’s a topic they […]

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