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Cubase DAW Control Integration for Console 1

Console 1 is pushing a lot of buttons in studios around the world, from home/bedroom setups to top-level professional facilities. And now it’s even easier to use in Steinberg’s exquisite and progressive Cubase DAW, with deeper integration and more hands-on control than ever before.

Console 1 works with all major DAWs, but with Cubase 9.5 and the latest Console 1 software version there are now extra layers of integration, further refining your workflow, and allowing you to better focus on the job of making awesome sounds. Select a track, grab a few knobs and start mixing! It’s seriously that easy.

We’re always championing your workflow, and ultimately therefore the quality of your sound, and so, it seems, are the great minds of Steinberg. Cubase now allows you to control pan and fader settings for your tracks not just in the Console 1 plugin, but in the DAW itself. Likewise, in Cubase you can control track mute and solo settings directly in the DAW using the Console 1 hardware. You can even select and deselect DAW tracks from the hardware.

Perhaps coolest of all is that in Cubase holding the shift button on Console 1 now allows you to control up to 3 send levels per track directly with your hands.

So, Cubase users, visit your local Softube dealer and try a Console 1. Check it out today – it feels good to know Softube and Cubase have got your back.

SUPERIOR DRUMMER 3.1.1 UPDATE

mportant bug fixes and general updates.

We’re happy to announce two new updates to Superior Drummer 3. The Superior Drummer 3.1.1 update includes bug fixes and general updates to several program features while the 1.1.1 sound library update addresses a number of important fixes.

Grab both in the Toontrack Product Manager or from the ‘My Products’ area in your Toontrack account. Find full release notes for the 3.1.1 update at the Toontrack website.

VU Meter Added to Select Bundles

The Waves VU Meter plugin has been added to the bundles listed below. If you own one or more of these bundles with a current Waves Update Plan, you can now update your bundle’s license, and the VU Meter plugin will automatically be added free of charge. Once your license is updated, install the plugin software by following these steps.

UPDATE MY BUNDLE

Broadcast & ProductionBroadcast and Surround SuiteDiamondEssentialsGoldHorizonLiveMercuryPlatinumPro ShowSD7 Pro ShowSound Design Suite

Waves Powers the KN-DSP100 Kramer Network Server

Waves is pleased to announce that Waves plugins and the MultiRack plugin host are now integrated in the KN-DSP100 Kramer Network Server from pro AV leader Kramer Electronics, to power the server’s audio processing capabilities.

The Kramer Network Server, with Kramer Network, provides seamless processing capabilities for 64 of its input channels, and distribution to over 1000 outputs for large-scale audio deployments such as airports, hotels, courtrooms, and hospitals. The unit is fully compatible with any Dante™ audio signal and provides auto-detection of all Kramer devices and their functionality.

Waves Powered Kramer Network Server KN-DSP100 with Kramer Network and Integrated Waves Software

With Waves plugins and MultiRack integrated, the Kramer Network Server gives AV professionals the same powerful tools that world-renowned live sound engineers rely upon daily.

Bundled with top Waves plugins (Q10 Equalizer, C4 Multiband Compressor, MaxxVolume, L2 Ultramaximizer, Renaissance Compressor, Dorrough Stereo, MaxxBass, OneKnob Louder and OneKnob Phatter), the KN-DSP100 covers a vast array of processing needs.

KN-DSP100 Kramer Network Server features:

Over 1,000 inputs & outputs using DanteProcessing of 64 inputsPowered by Kramer NetworkProcessing power by Waves Audio

Learn more at the Kramer website.

SoundBytes on T-RackS 5: “The results are … ahem … sweet!”

“T-RackS rocks – check it out”
20 March 2018

SoundBytes’ David Baer has put IK’s new T-RackS 5 mixing and mastering suite through its paces. Furthermore, he has also cast his expert eye on IK’s room correction system, ARC 2.5, which perfectly integrates with T-RackS.

Read some of his key comments here:

“I particularly like the four VU meters that simultaneously display left, right, mid and side levels.”

“Four new modules include a superb mastering EQ, an excellent compressor, and two other processors that cannot be described with a simple designation like “compressor”. Finally, there is a metering plug-in that significantly improves on its T-RackS 3 predecessor.”

“[The new compressor] sounds wonderful… It makes a splendid addition to the existing T-RackS compressor family.”

“I found immediate comfort when just playing around with ONE… As the user manual recommends: Just turn its knobs, experiment and hear the mojo.”

“Master Match does something the others don’t. It also learns and matches dynamic levels. Furthermore, it allows one to specify the extent to which both spectral (EQ) and dynamic matching is to be individually applied.”

“Enter ARC. It does not eliminate the benefits of acoustic room treatment, but it can definitely improve a less than ideal situation, sometimes to a substantial degree… Count me among the many ARC users who are firmly in the happy camper contingent (and there are more than just a few of us).”

“So, bottom line: consider using ARC, both for mixing and mastering. In fact, I would suggest that you consider it an essential part of a mastering rig in all but the most decked-out home-studio setups.”

“Can T-RackS get the job done? The answer is not only a resounding “yes”, but I think T-RackS can get the job done across a wide range of quality goals.”

“EQual, a part of the base T-RackS 5 package, is a great place to start for EQ and it might be all you need, but the lovely Master EQ 432 may be another great option to have at hand. Some experts will suggest that linear phase EQ is the way to go in mastering, and if you agree, you’ll need to have the T-RackS Linear Phase Equalizer at hand. Finally, for a sprinkling of vintage fairy dust, the EQP-1A Vintage Tube Program Equalizer is a great thing to have in your box of tools. The EQ-PB and EQ-81 might also be welcome additions. But for all of that, EQual by itself should get you a very long way down the EQ road.”

“Stealth is one of the most transparent, musical and downright gorgeous sounding limiters I have ever heard. I would assert that it’s mandatory here and I wouldn’t bother with anything else.”

“Lastly, there’s sometimes the need for adding a little warmth. ONE does have a function that accomplishes this, but there’s no control over the saturation type other than how much to add. For this, Saturator X is what’s really needed.”

David’s final verdict:

“T-RackS 5 is a marvellous evolution of what was already a solid piece of computer audio technology. I look forward to working with the new modules in the future, and getting to know some of the classics a little better as well… T-RackS rocks – check it out.”

MusicRadar on iRig Keys I/O 49: “A great success”

“It’s small enough to find a space on even the most hectic studio desks”
6 March 2018

MusicRadar and Computer Music have been taking a close look at iRig Keys I/O 49 and its associated software bundle, and they were highly impressed by the combination.

Here are some of their key comments:

“The unweighted keys are light and responsive, with satisfying travel and minimal lateral movement.”

“What we do dig, is that the unit can be powered via USB or four AA batteries, so you don’t have to invest in a separate power adaptor for use with your iPad. The included one-piece tablet stand is another very nice touch.”

“Complementing the keys are eight backlit, velocity-sensitive drum pads.”

“The onboard audio interface operates at up to 24-bit/96kHz, and sounds good doing it.”

“Plenty of customisation is possible, including reassignment of the touchstrips to output MIDI CCs; setting individual pads to output MIDI notes, CCs or Program Change messages; adjustment of velocity sensitivity for pads
 and keys; and keyboard transposition.”

“The iRig Keys I/O 49 is a great success.”

“In terms of value for money, the iRig Keys I/O is a pretty good deal on its own, but IK has sweetened the pot big time by throwing in €750 worth of software.”

Their final verdict is:

“It’s small enough to find a space on even the most hectic of studio desks, equipped to handle basic recording duties and general purpose MIDI control on stage and in the studio, and comparatively good value, particularly if the excellent bundled software appeals.”

Key Plusses

+ For MIDI control and audio I/O in one
+ Mac, PC and iOS compatibility
+ Impressive bundled software
+ Tablet stand included

Final score: 4/5 stars

Read the full review on MusicRadar

PACER – Hands-free DAW and MIDI Control

PACER boosts your creativity by providing hands-free control of your DAW, MIDI guitar soft- or hardware as well as channel and FX switching on your trusted analog amp. All integrated into one rugged and stage-ready foot pedal with 10 programmable LED foot switches, 4 switching relays and connections for up to 4 external foot switches and 2 expression pedals. That’s a lot of switching power right at your feet: With just one press of a button, you can send up to 16 MIDI and relay messages to reconfigure a setup instantly. Step up your pace with this powerful MIDI DAW Footswitch Controller!

Pacer’s programming options are extensive. In the most basic state, a switch can send a MIDI message or change a relay state. But being able to send MIDI messages in a sequence of steps, takes the usefulness of a preset to another level. Use one switch to step through program change messages during your song and the other switches are free for FX on/off control. Or switch your amp channel, start playback in your DAW and change program on your effects rack, all by just pressing ONE button within the same preset. Another 16 MIDI messages/relay settings can be programmed for triggering when each of the 24 presets are selected.

Whether you are looking for a simple pre-configured solution to control products such as Line 6, Kemper Profiler, AxeFX and Avid Eleven, want to control your DAW without letting go of your instrument or plan to create your own advanced setups for controlling a live show, PACER does it all.

DAW CONTROL OPTIONS
Don’t stop the music: PACER is the only real hands-free option for controlling a DAW and features a complete set of dedicated track and transport controls. For MCU (Mackie Control Universal) compatible DAWs, a Transport preset provides control over Cycle/Loop, Rewind, Forward, Stop, Play and Record. Each switch has its own large icon illuminated by an RGB LED to show the current status. The Track preset controls Solo, Mute, Record Arm and Click. Almost every DAW is compatible with MCU including Ableton Live, FL Studio or Sonar.

Nektar DAW integration provides the highest level of integration with additional options for track and patch selection, customized RGB LED color feedback and in some cases additional functionality. Nektar DAW integration supports Bitwig, Cubase, GarageBand, Logic, Nuendo, Reason, Reaper and Studio One.

Nektar Integration update for Reason 9.5 and 10 with VST-instrument access and control

New features for all Panorama and Impact users: Our last Reason DAW Integration update brought you maps for virtually all Rack Extensions (details here), now we are adding VST-instrument control support!

New Maps for +100 VST-instruments included
We have pre-mapped over 100 popular VST-instruments from Arturia, Rob Papen, Korg, Kontakt, U-He and many more. The instant you open a pre-mapped Plug-In in Reason, the most important parameters such as filter cutoff, resonance and envelopes can be accessed immediately. Following a predefined layout, controls are mapped to the same parameters across VST–instruments and Rack Extensions, making it easy to control devices when changing tracks. Here’s a list of the currently pre-mapped VST-Instruments.

Access to any automatable instrument parameter with GRAB
GRAB is a temporary override for any control, with instant access to parameters on the active instrument. No need for complicated MIDI assignments and programming. Simply hold ‘shift’ on your Panorama or LX+, move the parameter you want to automate in the VST’s graphical user interface, move the hardware control – done. So in a matter of seconds you can change a map completely. And the best: If you switch to a track with a different VST or Rack Extension and come back, the assignment is still active until you shut down Reason. Upon reload, all assignments default back to the original map settings.

Reason 10 Ready: New devices supported!
Grain, Europa, Layers, Klang, Pangea and Humana are already supported and pre-mapped. The Nektar integration update works with version 9.5 and the brand-new version 10.

The Reason Integration update is available for free to registered owners of Panorama and Impact immediately.

Head over to your account on the Nektar site!