Octave is an audio hosting service for professionals


Chris and Elle Randall (Audio Damage) have joined forces with web technologist Mark Beeson (Heluna Antispam) to bring us Octave, a new audio hosting service “by music professionals for music professionals.” Octave promises to succeed where SoundCloud fails, boasting instant encoding during upload, no false-positive copyright detections, no advertising, and no social component. They figure social networks already exist, and Octave provides a good embedded player for those networks, without the local comments or message spam. The service also allows you to share songs privately to clients, from reviews to radio.

Listen to “dawn” by chris randall.

Octave for Artists is $20 per month or $200 per year for unlimited storage and plays. Octave for Labels will be priced based on usage. A free two-week test drive is available.


Boz Digital Labs launches swift parallel Manic Compressor

Boz Digital Labs has released Manic Compressor, a dynamics plug-in that makes parallel compression quick and easy. In addition to a wet/dry mix knob at the output, Manic Compressor gives you full access to what makes parallel compression really awesome: Combining distortion, compression and EQ with extreme settings in parallel with your dry signal. Manic Compressor also provides 6 different compressor modes. Some of these modes were designed with parallel compression in mind, so not only do you get an advanced parallel chain, you get algorithms that were designed specifically to be used in parallel. It does all this while remaining light on your CPU. Manic Compressor is available now for $149, with a special intro price of $99 until November 30. Get $20 off the launch price when with coupon code MANICLAUNCH, for a total price of $79 (47% off). It requires OS X 10.5 or later and an AU, VST, AAX, or RTAS plug-in host.


Klevgränd Kuvert draws on effects for Mac and iPad

Klevgränd has delivered its third and final “release-per-month” plug-in for both desktop and iPad. It’s called Kuvert, which means “envelope” in Swedish. Kuvert allows you to draw five different envelopes. These envelopes control different effects, including volume, hi-cut and low-cut filters with resonance, delay with feedback and filter controls, and a timing tweak called Glitch. The envelopes are looped with a length adjustment, while the incoming audio is not (unless you’re doing that intentionally). Of course, it’s great for cleaning up looped material, but the repetitions can also bring musicality to something as simple as plain white noise. Klevgränd Kuvert is available now as an AU and VST plug-in for OS X 10.7 or later at a 20% off intro price of $9.99. Kuvert for iPad is $7.99 with a $4.99 intro price, and requires iOS 7.0 or later.


Slate Digital FG-Bomber goes deep to punch up your tracks

Slate Digital has launched FG-Bomber, an analog modeled dynamics plug-in. It promises to increase the impact, front to back depth, and width of your tracks, as well as make your music sound more alive.

“Well, about a year or so ago, Fabrice and I began working on a process that could accomplish all of these amazing sonic attributes. We used all of our analog modeling expertise, creating an extremely complex process that mixes harmonics, saturation, compression, filters, and more. The result is called FG-Bomber, and it’s been one of the most praised plug-ins we’ve ever had by our internal beta team.”
—Steven Slate, Slate Digital

If you are a member of Slate’s Mix/Master or Mix/Master/FX Bundles, you can download FG-Bomber now from the Gobbler app. If you’re on OS X 10.7.5 or below, manual installers are availableFG-Bomber is also available via direct purchase for $129, with an intro price of $99. It requires OS X 10.7 or later, an AU, VST, AAX, or RTAS plug-in host, and an iLok 2.


Let Wolfgang Palm’s new PPG Phonem plug-in sing to you

Wolfgang Palm, the originator of wavetable synthesis and founder/owner of PPG, today released PPG Phonem, a vocal synthesis plug-in that’s also capable of producing a wide range of synthesizer sounds. Every aspect of the voice can be controlled and modulated in many ways, from a quiet whisper to a scream. A text-to-speech tool strings phonemes together to say or sing whatever you want, coming from 12 individual resonators which can produce vocal sounds as well as filter sweeps and effects. The “excitation” source simulates the human glottis while wavetables and time-corrected-samples (TCS) drive the filter. PPG Phonem is available today for €119 (around $127). It requires OS X 10.6 or later (10.7 for 64-bit) and an AU or VST plug-in host.