Blue Cat Audio has released Parametr'EQ series v. 3.0 (Windows; $69), which can be purchased separately, in a bundle, or as part of the company's new Master Pack ($199). The updated Parametr'EQ plug-in offers significant improvements to its audio engine and user interface, including non-linear behavior, an output brickwall limiter, oversampling, new low cut and high cut filters, smooth bypass, window opacity management, zooming, and frequency response measurement.
Kong Audio's ChineeKong is a sample-based Chinese percussion VSTi that includes over 500 MB of sampled gongs, cymbals, drum sets, wood percussion, bells, and other percussion instruments. Version 2.8, which was just released, allows you to arrange keyswitching sequences.
MXL Microphones is shipping the MXL.008 (Mac/Win; $199) USB/cardioid condenser microphone. The large-diaphragm mic features support for USB 1.1 and 2.0, a 20 Hz to 20 kHz frequency response, and gain adjustment settings via a three-position attenuation switch. MORE.
Alpine Concert Zither ($39 download, $50 on CD) is the latest sample collection from PrecisionSound. Featuring the sounds of the zither (a European stringed instrument), the sample set offers more than 250 24-bit stereo and mono WAV files divided into 3 programs for Halion, Kontakt, and SoundFont (16-bit). All formats are included with your purchase.
Poseidon 1.2 (Mac/Win) is now available from VirSyn. The updated version of the software synth has an inverse filter, bitmap import function to convert images into sound, a harmonic/wavetable analyzer, an output limiter, 64 new presets, and more. Learn more about Poseidon 1.2 and try a fully-functional demo version at VirSyn's Web site.