Togu Audio Line (TAL) has released TAL-Sampler, a vintage character sample player plug-in. It’s a full featured analog modeled synthesizer with a sampler engine as sound source, including a powerful modulation matrix and a high quality self-oscillating 24/12/6 dB low pass filter. You can switch between vintage DAC modes and filers, including Emu II and AM6070. TAL-Sampler actually down-samples to the desired sampling frequency, processes the data depending on the chosen DAC, then up-samples it to the desired pitch. Built-in EQ, reverb, and delay round out the signal path with features we all wish we had on our hardware back in the day. TAL-Sampler is available now from TAL for $60, with a $45 intro price until August 1. It requires OS X 10.6 or later and an AU, VST or AAX plug-in host. The built-in TAL-Reverb-4 is also available separately for free.
Sonimus has released Burnley 73, an equalizer plug-in inspired by the classic Neve 1073 mic preamp and EQ, first launched in 1970. Burnley 73 carefully recreates the characteristic sound of the EQ, with one fixed high frequency band, two switchable bands with cut and boost, a high pass filter, gain, and dedicated output level control. The unique personality of both the 1073’s LINE and MIC inputs, including analog modeled saturation, is also emulated. Each of the EQ bands can be bypassed, and the plug-in is optimized for low CPU usage in general. Sonimus Burnley 73 is available now for $59. It requires OS X 10.6 or later and an AU, VST, RTAS, or AAX plug-in host.
Announced at this year’s Game Developers Conference and released today, Steinberg’s Nuendo 7 introduces Game Audio Connect that allows for direct transfer of audio assets to the Wwise audio middleware solution by Audiokinetic. The new Render Export feature exports selected audio files to a specified destination, while Render In Place bounces tracks conveniently within the project. Sound editors will appreciate ReConform, which follows changes in picture edits and automatically amends audio projects accordingly. The redesigned Track List and Inspector is easier to read at a glance while the new VST Rack Zone provides dedicated real estate for MediaBay and the VST Instrument Rack within the project window. Nuendo 7 is available now for $1800. Upgrades from previous versions start at $150. The optional $150 Nuendo Expansion Kit (NEK) 7 turns Nuendo into a full-fledged composing application. It requires OS X 10.9 or later, and an Internet connection and free USB port for Steinberg’s USB-eLicenser dongle.
XILS-lab is proud to announce availability of Syn’X 2, a new version of their polytimbral virtual analogue synthesizer plug-in that not only continues to pay homage to the legendary Elka Synthex, an Italian classic of the 1980s, but is inspired by similarly sophisticated hardware synths, like the Oberheim Matrix 12, to create a powerful and complex instrument. Syn’X 2 now breaks editing into Easy and Advanced modes. Easy mode is identical to XILS-lab’s popular miniSyn’X synthesizer, designed to be fast and intuitive. Advanced mode adds multi-layer editing to build huge sounds. Version 2 also borrows Smart Load from miniSyn’X and adds a new 0-delay PWM/Hard Sync Algorithm for improved punch and clarity on percussive sounds. XILS-lab Syn’X 2 is available now for €169, with an intro price of €119 (around $133) until July 21. It requires OS X 10.5 or later, and an AU, VST, RTAS or AAX plug-in host.
iZotope has released RX Final Mix, a plug-in that helps audio post-production and broadcast professionals create balanced mixes. The Dynamic EQ and True Peak Limiter guarantee dynamic and transparent mix output that meets True Peak specs. With support from mono to 7.1 surround, RX Final Mix enables editors and mixers to maintain the optimum balance between sonic elements when creating deliverables such as mix “stems” (for example, when a music and effects mix stem is required for foreign language dubbing). RX Final Mix also includes a comprehensive library of targeted presets, such as “video streaming” or “Laptop”, which provide instant mixes optimized for unique environments. RX Final Mix is available now for $299, with a $249 intro price through June 30. It requires OS X 10.7 or later and a VST, RTAS, AAX, AudioSuite or AU (mono and stereo only) host app.