[from the LVC-Audio newsletter]
Patch to fix PreAMPed version 1.0.2 …
PreAMPed has received another minor update to fix a specific problem. The problem was noticed by a user this morning. The issue relates to processing silent or “near-silent” sections of audio. PreAMPed, especially when using noise and/or the extra saturation controls, can produce a low-level ringing sound. The sound is not noticeable when the incoming signal is above -20 dB; however, when PreAMPed is used after a noisy-style plugin (e.g., certain reverbs, flangers, etc.), the ringing is more noticeable.
The fix should eliminate this problem. The files have been uploaded to the webpage, so if you have already downloaded version 1.0.2, you are encouraged to re-download and install the new files (version 1.0.2b).
To download the update, visit the PreAMPed webpage.
Thank you for your support, and please continue to use the Contact form for any questions or suggestions.
Both ClipShifter and PreAMPed have been updated. The updates are minor, but they are recommended. Version 2.2.3 of ClipShifter fixes and unfortunate issue that makes all of the factory presets mono (user presets are unaffected). Version 1.0.2 of PreAMPed fixes a problem when using oversampling and starting/stopping playback in your DAW. The problem is that the preamp model’s EQ frequencies were not being calculated correctly when restarting playback.
The updates also include minor enhancements. ClipShifter has a new peak clip reduction meter. This is a little more informative that the previous version’s meter. The new version of PreAMPed has three controls that were modified: input trim, output gain, and saturation. The modified controls now have a wider range. The result is that the plugin can be pushed a little more if more distortion is what you want.
I have found two bugs. When I say “I have found…”, that is really a lie. Actually, some very nice and observant users found the issues and emailed me.
The first issue is with PreAMPed. The bug happens when you have oversampling engaged and are using any of the preamp models. If you pause and restart playback, the internal EQ settings of the preamp models do not get set to the correct frequency. This can have the result of sounding thin. A remedy for this is to click another preamp model, and then click back to your original preamp model.
The other bug is in ClipShifter. The problem is that all of the presets have an incorrect setting that makes them mono. If you don’t use any of the built-in settings, or if you create and load your own presets, this is not a problem. For users that have the paid version, you can readjust the stereo width control to get the stereo signal back. Unfortunately for users of the free version, there is no way to access the stereo width control.
I am fixing these bugs as fast as I can, while trying to remain cautious to not break anything in the process. I will update them on the website ASAP. If you want to get an email alert, sign up for the Newsletter. After uploading the files to the server, creating a newsletter is the next thing I do.
Thanks for all your patience. If you find any other issues, please contact me using the Contact Form.
…and yes, PhreePhuzz will have a new big brother very soon.
I wasn’t expecting this, but PhreePhuzz has already been downloaded over 2000 times. Less than a week, but still over 2000.
Thank you for all of the positive comments and support. I really appreciate it.
Work still continues on PhreePhuzz’s big brother. More to come….
It has been a year since LVC-Audio’s first plugin, ClipShifter, was released as a full-featured plugin. It has come a long way from the submission to the KVR Developers Challenge in 2012.
In celebration, there is a new plugin. It is called PhreePhuzz, and it is phree (as in free)!
PhreePhuzz is an analog saturation simulator. It borrows some of the technologies from PreAMPed. Specifically, it targets a warm saturation sound instead of being a distortion monster. There are 4 distinct saturation settings that control many internal parameters. They were configured to give the user as many options as possible (well, as many as you can get with 4 options). The plugin uses 4x oversampling with linear-phase filtering to maintain a nice high-end response.
At this time, the plugin is released as a beta. If you have any suggestions or other feedback, please feel free to use the Contact Page and send a message.
ClipShifter, PreAMPed, and Transector have all been updated. PreAMPed has the most changes, with ClipShifter following in second place. Even though Transector only has minor changes, it is worth the upgrade. All of the plugins now share a common VU and waveform display, knob features (A->B comparison and fine scroll adjustment), and oversampling with linear phase filtering.
Each plugin will get its own news post in the coming days; however, if you want to download and/or read the changelogs, they can be viewed on each of the plugin pages.
Don’t forget, if you want to get immediate emails related to updates, new plugins, and sales, sign up on the Newsletter page.
I created a newsletter for everyone that wants to keep up to date with releases, updates, and sales. If you want to sign-up, just go here. I will always post updates on the site, but it might be easier for some with a newsletter.
It took me longer than I thought, but Transector version 1.1.0 is released. I have added some new features that will make their way into both ClipShifter and PreAMPed. Transector now uses linear phase filtering for oversampling (to prevent phase issues when using the mix control). There is also separate saturation and clipping controls on the Attack transient phase. The complete (albeit abbreviated) changelog is:
- New Saturation control added to Attack
- New Clip Level control added to Attack
- Revised transient detection process
- Added Width and Balance controls
- Knob controls revised to include A->B comparison feature, and fine scrolling/dragging by using the Control, Shift, or Alt keys
- Changed VU meters and waverform display to a logarithmic scale and revised zoom control
- Changed oversampling to include linear phase filtering with steeper roll-off
- Change meter ballistics on VU meters, and updated loudness meter
- Revised presets
- Fixed latency issues when using plugin bypass button
- Fixed controls not being recalled correctly when using the clipboard import feature
- General processing and graphical improvements
- Fixed plugin initialization issues when using VST3 format
Now…back to updating ClipShifter and PreAMPed…
And the winners are, Rich, Patrick, and Patryk. I will be sending emails to the winners with their registration information.
Thanks again for helping with PreAMPed. Most people that submitted an email had no problem on a PC or Mac. Those people that did have problems suggest that there are a few common issues that I need to fix. I have already fixed some of these bugs, and I will work on tracking down the last few before I release version 1.0.1.
I also am adding an additional feature. The extra saturation controls will now include a Saturation Type selector button. Version 1.0.0 and the current beta use the same saturation algorithm. I have added the option to select between the same algorithm (Type A), or a new algorithm (Type B). Both types are different than the algorithms used to simulate the amp models. Type A has a lot more even-order harmonics than Type B. Type B still has some even-order harmonics, but they are a lot less.
Thanks for everyone that has submitted feedback related to PreAMPed beta 1.0.1. There are a few bugs that I need to address. Overall, it appears that the beta version is pretty stable for most situations. If anyone still wants to enter to win a free copy of PreAMPed, please take a look at this page. I will wait until January 9th or 10th to announce the winners. I want to wait until the KVR forum gets back on its feet.
Thanks for everyone that has submitted comments, even if those comments were, “everything is working fine”. It has been extremely helpful. I also want to thank everyone that has given suggestions for overall improvements. There are some really great ideas about the future direction of PreAMPed, and I am grateful that people took the time to think about PreAMPed in this way.
For now, I am trying to update everything as quickly as I can. I have also started to work on some general improvements to Transector (including the addition of separate clipping and saturation controls). I hope to finish these quickly, because I am really excited to work more on my new plugin.