Klevgränd releases Esspresso de-esser for Mac and iPad

Continuing their Autumn Spree, Klevgränd Produktion has introduced Esspresso, a professional de-esser plug-in for both desktop DAWs and iPad. The uniqueness of Esspresso is that the detection frequencies aren’t coupled with the suppression frequencies, so you can listen to a specific range and compress a different one, which is often what you’ll want from a professional de-esser. As with all of their plug-ins, the user interface is deceptively simple. Esspresso makes it dead easy to get full control over annoying sibilant sounds that can otherwise ruin a mix. Klevgränd Esspresso is available now for $49.99 on the Mac, where it requires OS X 10.7 or later. The version for iPad is $7.99. It requires iOS 7.0 or later, and is compatible with both Inter App Audio (IAA) and Audiobus 2.


XLN Audio debuts Addictive Trigger & DS-10 Drum Shaper‏

XLN Audio has announced the release of two new plug-ins: Addictive Trigger for drum replacement, and DS-10 Drum Shaper‏ for transient shaping. “Audio Fingerprint” in Addictive Trigger uses FFT analysis to accurately identify drum sounds even if there is a lot of mic bleed or background noise in the source material. “SuperStart” listens to your source material and automatically provides suitable detection settings. Add in some of the best sounds and features from Addictive Drums 2, and you have a very interesting drum replacement tool. DS-10 is a transient shaper designed specifically for use with drums. XLN’s powerful MOJO processor lets you shape transients in specifically chosen frequency bands while leaving other bands unaffected, and their newly developed “Natural” algorithm provides artifact-free transient shaping, even when pushing your sound into extreme territories. Addictive Trigger is available now for $179.95, while DS-10 Drum Shaper‏ is $89.95. They require OS X 10.7 or later and an AU, VST, or AAX plug-in host.


Roland Boutique line recreates classic analog synthesizers

Roland today announced the Roland Boutique series, a limited-edition line of compact sound modules that recreate the renowned JUPITER-8, JUNO-106, and JX-3P analog synthesizers using Analog Circuit Behavior (ACB) modeling technology. Armed with a full complement of hands-on controls derived from the original synths, the JP-8, JU-06, and JX-03 modules can each be used as a tabletop MIDI device or mounted in the optional K-25m Keyboard Unit to create a standalone compact synth. They can be powered by four AA batteries or via the USB 2.0 connection, which is where things get interesting. The same USB connection can also feed high-quality 24bit, 44.1 kHz audio straight into your Mac’s DAW (presenting the module as an audio interface). You can also save your favorite patches with the USB data backup function, a simple drag-and-drop in the Finder. Availability and pricing for the Roland JP-8, JU-06, and JX-03 modules have not been announced, but they are rumored to start under $300 per module. Update: They are available for pre-order at retailers now. The K25m is $99, the JU-06 and JX-03 are indeed $299 each, and the JP-08 is $399.


Apple releases OS X El Capitan

Apple MacBook with OS X El Capitan

Apple has announced that OS X El Capitan will be available today as a free update for Mac users. El Capitan builds on the features and design of OS X Yosemite, refining the Mac experience with updates to window management, built-in apps, and Spotlight search. OS X El Capitan improves system performance across your Mac, making many of the things you do every day faster and more responsive. Metal, Apple’s new graphics technology, accelerates Core Animation and Core Graphics to boost system-level rendering by up to 50 percent, and efficiency by up to 40 percent, resulting in faster graphics performance for everyday apps.

Musicians, however, may not want to scale El Capitan immediately. Many developers are reporting issues with plug-in validation and hardware drivers. As always, we are maintaining a Mac OS X 10.11 El Capitan compatibility forum topic to keep track of what works and what doesn’t. Be sure to keep an eye on your favorite tools, watch for word from the devs, and if you get new information, please contribute to the thread so we can all upgrade safely, as soon as possible.


Goodhertz Midside strikes a powerful M/S balance

Goodhertz has released Midside, a plug-in designed to strike an elusive balance: Powerful enough to be used on any stereo source; gets to the point quickly without skimping on the details; accomplish with just a handful of controls what other M/S plug-ins fail to accomplish with dozens. Midside is the result of years of research on spatial audio and psychoacoustics, as well hundreds of hours in the mastering room. It features high resolution M/S gain faders, mid & side tilt EQ’s (borrowed from Tiltshift), M/S mute & solo, M/S panning, M/S encoding/decoding, built-in peak metering and goniometer, Mono Below section for stereo bass control, 6 different Stereo Width modes for flexible imaging, and it’s fully automatable. Goodhertz Midside is available now for $79. It requires OS X 10.7 or later and a 64-bit AU or AAX plug-in host.