PreSonus has released the Studio Magic Plug-in Suite, a free bonus to existing registered owners of any currently available PreSonus audio interface or mixer. The software bundle includes seven plug-ins in VST, AU, and AAX formats. Currently eligible interfaces and mixers include the AudioBox USB, AudioBox i-series and Studio-series interfaces, and StudioLive Series III, StudioLive AR USB and StudioLive RML-series mixers. The software will be automatically added to registered users’ online MyPreSonus accounts, and can be downloaded at any time – even if the purchases are years old.
SPL Attacker is a micro-plug-in that employs the same Differential Envelope processing technique as SPL’s Transient Designer. Using SPL Attacker, all attack events can be amplified, regardless of their signal level. By focusing on the initial transient instead of specific frequencies, SPL Attacker amplifies the attack curves of a sound event, allowing instruments to be mixed at lower levels.
Mäag Audio EQ2 delivers the sound of the Mäag Audio EQ2 two-band hardware equaliser, with exceptionally low phase shift across all EQ adjustments. The high-frequency excitement of its Air Band can be controlled with six frequency settings, including a 15kHz setting, while the low-mid frequency band offers six wide and five narrow bell settings. The Air Band interacts with the LMF band to sculpt tracks with transparency and top-end presence. An input attenuator normalises levels before applying EQ.
Lexicon’s MPX-i Reverb delivers seven classic Lexicon plate, hall, chamber and room reverbs in100 versatile presets, while the combinations of pitch shifting, modulation and delay in the H910 plug-in are a faithful re-creation of the classic Eventide H910 Harmonizer.
Also from Eventide comes the 2016 Stereo Room, which delivers a natural, yet distinctive-sounding reverb derived from the SP2016 hardware processor. Its simple, intuitive controls allow fine tuning of virtual space, from a dark hallway to a bright studio vocal room. Multiple instances can be used to treat different parts of a track.
Rather than re-creating a specific hardware compressor, the Brainworx bx_opto compressor claims the best aspects and anomalies from several legendary, light-dependent compressor circuits. The result is a powerful dynamics processor, teeming with character and delivering sounds that can’t be achieved with analogue optical compressors. Unlike hardware compressors, you can adjust the speed at which the simulated photo cell reacts, providing control over release times to shape transients in ways no hardware optical compressor can. Combine that with the sweepable sidechain filter (20Hz-20kHz), and you have a unique compressor that can perform seamless dynamics management or create dramatic compression effects.
Completing the Studio Magic bundle is Arturia’s Analog Lab Lite, a Greatest Hits collection of physically modelled (not sampled) analogue synths, organs, string machines and pianos from Arturia’s V-Collection of virtual instruments – including models from Oberheim, Roland, Sequential Circuits, ARP, Hammond, Fender, Wurlitzer, Moog and Vox.