EMAGICEmagic has announced the ES1 ($99), a plug-in that performs subtractive synthesis within Emagic Logic Audio Silver, Gold, or Platinum or MicroLogic AV. The software simulates the function and sound of analog synths, and you can use up to eight ES1 instruments simultaneously, each with up to 16 voices, dependent only on your computer's performance. Its integration into Logic Audio gives ES1 sample-accurate timing.
ES1 provides numerous oscillators, including square, sawtooth, and random waveform generators. You can also route an external oscillator into the plug-in. An LFO includes six wave shapes and lets you use an external waveform, and you can set the rate of the LFO at any time. A lowpass filter with a continuously variable cutoff frequency and a choice of four filter slopes is included. There is also an ADSR envelope generator.
You can switch the ES1's display between the graphic interface and a simple numeric display. Every parameter found within the plug-in can be automated. ES1 can use real-time plug-ins within Logic Audio, and when you're using Logic Audio Gold and Platinum, audio can be routed into ES1 and used as modulation sources.
ES1 requires Logic Audio version 4.0 or higher. To run the plug-in on a PC, you'll need at least a Pentium 200 with 64 MB RAM running Windows 98. For a Mac, a 604e processor, Mac OS 8.5, and 64 MB RAM are required. Emagic USA; tel. (530) 477-1051; fax (530) 477-1052; e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org; Web www.emagic.de.
SOFTWARE TECHNOLOGYIf you think your music sounds best in a live club atmosphere, Software Technology's RoomVerb plug-in (Win; $97) offers you a way to re-create the natural reverberations of the club space of your choice. RoomVerb enables you to simulate an acoustic space in detail by letting you control the room dimensions and separately pan the direct room sound along with the early and late reflections, while maintaining the stereo image of the original input signal.
Also new from Software Technology, SpinDelay (Win; $83) is a tap-delay plug-in that supports 3-D imaging. It gives you two stereo taps that can be linked at a predefined ratio, so they can change simultaneously at the same rate, producing effects like cross-feedback delays. Controls adjust delay times, feedback, volume, 3-D panning position, a lowpass cutoff filter, phase reversal, and conversional output pan. SpinDelay's delay calculator lets you set a tempo for each tap in bpm.
Both plug-ins are available in VST and DirectX formats, and they provide 32-bit processing with a 96 kHz sample rate. They support VST automation, so you can save and play back midtrack changes to parameters. Onscreen knobs are designed for easy fine-tuning: they move in smaller increments the farther away you drag your mouse. You can right-click on a knob to read its exact value.
Both SpinDelay and RoomVerb will run under Windows 95, 98, or NT with the appropriate host software and 32 MB of RAM; SpinDelay requires a Pentium 100 or faster, and RoomVerb requires at least a Pentium 200. Software Technology; fax (530) 658-6224; e-mail email@example.com; Web www.software-technology.com.
NATIVE INSTRUMENTSThose who crave the sounds of yesteryear can find another modeled adaptation of a sought-after analog synth: Pro-Five (Mac/Win; $199) from Native Instruments is fashioned after the Sequential Circuits Prophet 5. Pro-Five can be run as a stand-alone application or as a VST plug-in; it can play up to 32 multitimbral voices simultaneously.
There are two oscillators and one noise generator per voice. Pro-Five also provides a low-frequency oscillator; for the LFO and Oscillator B, you can choose square, triangle, and sawtooth waveforms. Oscillator A has triangle and square waveshapes. A resonant lowpass filter is also present. You can set ADSR envelopes on both the amplifier and the filter. The plug-in, unlike the original, has MIDI automation of all parameters, the ability to run multiple Pro-Five synths together in parallel, and optional Velocity sensitivity. Also differing from the Prophet 5 is the plug-in's 512 presets, 120 of which are original factory presets from the Prophet 5. Pro-Five can be run in two modes: Analog Warmth or Digital Accuracy.
The program requires at least a PowerPC 604/120 running Mac OS 8.51 or a Pentium 133 running Windows 95, 98, or NT, each with 32 MB RAM. Native Instruments/Steinberg North America (distributor); tel. (818) 678-5100; fax (818) 678-5199; e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org; Web www.us.steinberg.net.
PEAVEY CEL 2 AND TMP 1Peavey has released two new single-rackspace studio modules: the TMP 1 ($289.99) Class A tube mic preamp and CEL 2 ($279.99) dual compressor/expander/limiter.
The TMP 1 is a single-channel mic and line preamp that uses a 12AX7 tube at the input stage and a 12AT7 at the output. Inputs include both balanced XLR and unbalanced 1/4-inch jacks. Output also includes a balanced XLR and an unbalanced 1/4-inch connector. The unit provides 24V phantom power and a switchable highpass filter with a cutoff frequency of 40 Hz.
The CEL 2 is a 2-channel compressor. The channels can be used independently or linked for stereo operation. Voltage-controlled amplifiers and RMS-rectifier integrated circuits are used to minimize distortion and noise. Peavey provides soft-knee compression as well as two 12-segment LED meters that show output level and gain reduction. The CEL 2's downward expander section has threshold and ratio controls that let you go from noise reduction to a full gate. The brickwall limiter has a threshold control and an LED that indicates when limiting occurs.
Inputs and outputs are on balanced XLR and unbalanced 1/4-inch jacks. There is also a 1/4-inch sidechain input for each channel and a switchable hardwired bypass.
Peavey rates the TMP 1's frequency response at 20 Hz to 20 kHz (+0/-3 dB), equivalent input noise at - 106 dBV, and total harmonic distortion at <0.2% (at maximum gain). The CEL 2's frequency response is rated at 20 Hz to 64 kHz (+0/-1 dB), signal-to-noise ratio at 97 dB, and total harmonic distortion at 0.01% (20 Hz to 20 kHz). Peavey Electronics Corporation; tel. (800) 821-2279 or (601) 483-5365; fax (601) 486-1278; e-mail email@example.com; Web www.peavey.com.
ZOOM GFX-8The GFX-8 ($499) guitar multi-effect console from Zoom offers a lot of good things in a small package. The 17.9 5 8 5 3.15-inch floor unit weighs eight pounds and is housed in a solid metal case that should withstand road wear.
Onboard are 69 effects, including distortion, reverbs, delays, and modulation effects, as well as digitally modeled classic guitar and amp sounds. There's even an acoustic guitar effect, so you can get the bright zing of an acoustic without having to put down your electric. The patch memory comes with 160 factory presets and space for 80 user settings. For on-the-fly live looping, a built-in sampler lets you store and replay as much as 25 seconds of music.
The GFX-8's control panel sports a large display for easy visibility, along with ten rotary controls, including three EQ knobs, a presence control, a gain knob, and controls for adjusting modulation and delay parameters. There is a pedal on top of the unit that can be used for wah-wah, volume level, and modulation parameter adjustment, as well as for other GFX-8 functions.
The GFX-8 has an unbalanced 1/4-inch input and two 1/4-inch connectors for stereo output on the rear panel. Next to these jacks is an output level knob. You'll also find MIDI In and Out connectors, 1/4-inch jacks for effects send and return, and a 1/4-inch aux input jack. Samson Technologies Corp. (distributor); tel. (800) 328-2882; fax (516) 932-3815; e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org; Web www.samsontech.com.
VOYETRA MUSIC WRITE 2000Music Write 2000 Professional Edition (Win; $179) from Voyetra combines standard notation features with MIDI sequencing. Music Write 2000 Professional Edition can mix imported audio tracks with your MIDI tracks and can sync to MIDI Clock, MIDI Time Code, and SMPTE, making it useful for many composition applications. The program lets you work with up to 48 tracks and 96 staves. The user interface is laid out in several editor views, including the Track Sheet, where you can assign track numbers and MIDI channels, select patch sounds and key signatures, and name each track.
Other editing windows include the Mixer, which emulates a hardware interface with sliders and buttons for each track; the graphical Song Editor, supporting cut/copy and drag-and-drop sequencing of song parts; a Controller Editor for tweaking MIDI data; the Piano Roll Editor; and an Event List. For notation editing, the Score Editor provides adjustable spacing and cross-staff beaming, as well as features such as transposition, automatic harmony, and chord generation. Drum notation is supported, as is customizable guitar tablature. You can add multiple verses of lyrics, synched to the melody's rhythm.
Music Write 2000 Professional Edition can run on a Pentium PC that is 75 MHz or higher, with Windows 95/98/NT, 16 MB of RAM, and any 16-bit sound card. Voyetra Turtle Beach; tel. (800) 233-9377 or (914) 966-0600; fax (914) 966-1102; e-mail email@example.com; Web www .voyetra.com.