MOTU is now shipping the MasterWorks
Collection, an advanced audio plug-in bundle for Pro Tools, Logic Pro, Cubase,
and other Mac OS X hosts that support RTAS, Audio Units, and VST3
bundle includes three masterfully crafted audio processors suitable for
even the most critical and demanding mixing situations. Originally developed
exclusively for Digital Performer, the MasterWorks series plug-ins have
developed a reputation for their incredibly authentic analog hardware modeling,
32- and 64-bit internal floating point processing, and
highly CPU-efficient performance. All three plug-ins support mono, stereo
and surround channel configurations (with supporting host software), and users
can share MasterWorks plug-in presets among different hosts.
EQ: modeled British analog EQ
by legendary British console EQs, the MasterWorks EQ™ delivers the look, feel
and sound of the most sought-after classic analog equalizers.
can apply up to five bands of EQ filtering, each with four EQ types that
provide popular modern EQ styles and vintage analog EQ styles alike. Each
filter type uniquely handles the dynamic interaction between Gain and Q. This
crucial relationship has been modeled to emulate the smooth and musical
character of classic analog EQ circuits, in which the gain/Q dependency was
dictated by the actual circuit design and electrical components used. The
resulting filter types exhibit astonishing versatility, from minor corrective
tasks to highly creative applications.
mid bands include shelf filtering, and two outside bands provide variable slope
low- and high-pass filtering. A full-width graphic display allows users to
click directly on the filter control points for total control and visual
feedback of the EQ curve being applied. Users can also view a real-time
FFT display of the audio material being EQ'd to immediately see the effects of
the filter on the frequency content of the audio.
MasterWorks EQ has been carefully crafted and meticulously engineered to
produce satisfying, musical results in a wide variety of applications.
MasterWorks Leveler™ is an accurate model of the legendary Teletronix™ LA-2A
optical leveling amplifier, known for its unique and highly sought-after
Automatic Gain Control (AGC) characteristics. Conventional compression and
limiting do not apply here: the heart of the LA-2A is the T4 opto-coupler, a
photoelectric device with almost magical (signal dependent) self- adjusting
behavior that has made the LA-2A the tool of choice for smoothing out just
about any audio material, from vocals to bass guitar to full-program mixes,
without destroying perceived dynamics.
to CPU-efficient performance, users can freely apply the Leveler as needed to
the elements of their mix.
ensure the accuracy of the modeling, the Leveler's software controls match the
front panel of the original LA-2A hardware: Gain Reduction, Makeup Gain, and
Response knobs, along with Limiter and Compressor buttons, plus an accurately
modeled VU meter that adheres to IEC standards. The MasterWorks Leveler
model is so accurate, users need to give the plug-in a minute or two to warm up
and "settle in" to its fully operational state, just like the real
hardware. A menu option lets users save the "warm" state, without
LA-2A hardware line evolved over the years, producing slightly different
characteristics in each generation, so the MasterWorks Leveler also provides
four different LA-2A models: Slow Vintage, Fast Vintage, Slow Modern, and Fast Modern.
stunningly realistic acoustic spaces
soaring cathedrals to primordial forests, ProVerb™ is a CPU-efficient
convolution reverb that delivers the sound of stunningly realistic acoustic
spaces to any track or mix. Convolution is a process where the characteristics
of a real acoustic space, such as a concert hall, sound stage or cathedral, are
“sampled” (captured) and then faithfully reproduced, down to the last detail
and nuance. Because it is sampled, not synthesized, convolution reverb is
known for its stunning realism, and it is widely considered to be the best type
of reverb that money can buy.
delivers convolution reverb with CPU-efficient performance and real-time
parameter adjustment. Dozens of preset acoustic spaces (impulse responses) are
included, from halls and stages, to plates and cathedrals. For many
presets, a sub-menu provides different locations within the space. For example,
the cathedral preset sub-menu lets users choose the alter, front pew, middle pew,
or back pew. Many presets also offer left, center, and right positions, so
users can spread different elements of their mix.
factory presets sound particularly rich and acoustically accurate because both
the impulse responses (sampled spaces) and the ProVerb convolution engine
process four separate channels for stereo processing: two channels (left and
right) for the left side and two channels for the right side.
can simply drag and drop any standard audio file into ProVerb's waveform
display to add their own presets. Many "impulse response" (IR) audio
files can be purchased or downloaded for free on the internet. Any audio
material can be used as an impulse response, often producing unpredictable and
interesting effects appropriate for sound design applications.
is heavily optimized so that all parameters can be adjusted in real time, even
when modifying the impulse response waveform. What might take 10-15 seconds in
other convolution products occurs almost immediately in ProVerb, as you adjust
a parameter. Users can quickly sculpt their sound with predelay, damping, four
bands of EQ, and wet/dry mix.
includes a unique Dynamic Mix feature that automatically "ducks" the
wet signal as the dry input signal rises, then raises the wet mix as the dry
signal level subsides. Properly tuned, this feature functions just like a mix
engineer expertly "riding" the wet/dry mix control during playback.
supports six different channel format variations, including mono-to-stereo,
stereo-to-stereo, and even stereo-to-surround and surround-to-surround.
Performer 6 and 7 users already own the MasterWorks plug-ins, which are
included with DP. However, they might choose to purchase the MasterWorks
Collection so they can use the plug-ins when collaborating with colleagues
using other hosts. AudioDesk users can either upgrade to Digital Performer or
purchase the MasterWorks Collection to obtain the plug-ins.
MasterWorks Collection is now shipping for Mac OS X (version 10.5 or 10.6).
Price is $295.
further information, visit the MasterWorks web pages: http://www.motu.com/products/software/mwc/body.html/.