News - LVC-Audio

Updates to Everything!

LVC-Audio_finalClipShifter, HotPhuzz, PhreePhuzz, PreAMPed, Toned, TonedPLUS, and Transector have all been updated. The new versions include many common changes. Additionally, there are specific changes to the following plugins:

  • TonedPLUS*:
    • new 2x drive control for more saturation
    • new auto gain control to automatically adjust the output gain level
    • new wide range two-band parametric EQ – this is a lot of knobs, but they are worth it!
  • Toned: Increased the Drive control to +18 dB for a little more grit
  • Transector: finally, support for AAX and RTAS on OSX
  • PreAMPed: new frequency-variable noise algorithm as used on TonedPLUS

The common features for all of the plugins include:

  • improved HQ oversampling
  • update for compatibility with Pro Tools 11.2 (AAX)
  • text entry fix for controls with negative-only values (e.g., typing “5” will automatically be recognized as -5)
  • improve meter reset when clicking on the VU Text readout (on most plugins)
  • standardized meter ballistics across all plugins
  • signed OSX installers
  • fixed unnecessary fast fade-in when playback was stopped and started
  • revised preset loading and saving function to “future-proof” loading older presets in new version of plugin

*For anyone interested in TonedPLUS, please note that the introductory price will end at the end of September.

Thank you for your support, and please continue to use the Contact page or this forum for any questions, problems, or suggestions.

KVR DC 14 and more TonedPLUS

Toned finished 7th overall in the KVR DC 14.  Congratulations to all of the developers.

This is higher than I thought.  The only reason I say this is because there was hardly any chatter about Toned on KVR (or elsewhere for that matter).  I didn’t get any bug reports or suggestions (except for suggestions for TonedPLUS).  For the entries that finished higher than Toned, there were pages and pages of forum posts.

Overall, I think 7th is very encouraging.  If I had to guess why Toned finished where it did (and not lower), I would guess that it looks very boring on “paper”, but it is extremely useful and versatile in mixing and mastering.  It is also very easy to use.  As always, I am heavily biased. 

As for TonedPLUS, I am still working on the next version.  The interface is a little cramped, but I added the 2x saturation button, Auto output volume level button, and 12 knobs for the parametric EQ.

If you have any further suggestions for TonedPLUS, please feel free to post them on facebook, use the Contact page, or any other means necessary.


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I am working on the next version of TonedPLUS.  Right now, I have two feature requests.  The first is a “2x” button for saturation.  I have this working, and so far it is working really nice in most situations.  On a few of the dirtier models (e.g., Old Transformer coupled with the Passive Amp), the 2x mode really starts to get nasty when the Drive control is turned up.  When I say nasty, I mean it sounds like your woofers are bottoming-up.  Not nasty in a good way.  I am not sure if I will leave it like this, or come up with a more complicated solution.

The other request was for an auto-leveling/gain control.  I am testing this, and it works fairly well.  It will not level-match to 100%, but it gets you pretty close.  Of course, the output gain control can still be used to fine-tune the output.

Then there is my own feature request.  This is a little ambitious, but I am trying to squeeze in four parametric controls.  Well, two per each channel.  This might go against my initial plan of having a simple EQ for mastering; however, I am really trying to do my best at providing a plugin replacement for a $3000-ish hardware mastering EQ (I know, a ridiculously lofty goal).  When I am using TonedPLUS, I am finding myself wanting a little more control, especially in the midrange.  Without ruining the simplicity of the existing three bands, I think the two additional parametric controls work well.  

In the meantime, the $35.00 introductory price will remain until the end of August.

Toned and TonedPLUS

In case you missed it, two new LVC-Audio plugins have been released: Toned and TonedPLUS.

2014-07-28 08_17_24-TonedPLUS (x86 bridged)Toned is released as part of the KVR DC 14, and is a free plugin.  TonedPLUS expands on many of the features of Toned.  Both plugins are designed for two-track busses or mastering.  They feature a three-band tone matrix (switchable to two-bands), and a specially-designed high pass filter.

Both plugins also use the same analog modeling engine found in PreAMPed.  Toned contains a fixed analog model, while TonedPLUS allows users to select between 7 different input coupling types (e.g., IC, discrete, transformers, etc.) and 5 different amp types.

A demo version of TonedPLUS is available for download.  The sound of the plugin is bypassed every 60 seconds or so.  Other than that, the plugin is fully functional.  TonedPLUS currently has an introductory price of $35.00 for the month of August.  You can purchase a license from the Purchase page. 

How ‘bout this tease?

A new plugin is coming soon.  Actually, two new plugins.  This first will be released on August 1st as part of KVR DC 14.  This will be a totally free plugin.  The second plugin will be a more fuller-featured version released around the same time.  It is sort of like PhreePhuzz and HotPhuzz, in terms of the “free/paid” arrangement.

The screenshot below is ridiculous.  Everything is obfuscated.  Sorry to say, but that is purposeful.  The rules of the KVR DC state that everything needs to be private before the release date.  Even though the paid plugin will not be part of the KVR DC 14, it is closely related.

I will say that the plugin is nearly complete and in final beta testing.  Without giving away much of the functionality, I will mention that I am very excited about this plugin. 

Now, it is time to work on writing a user manual…

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Computer Music Interview

Computer Music Magazine has posted the full interview from their CM206 issue.  If you want to read the article, check it out here.

The complete review of HotPhuzz is also available here.

Quick update for PhreePhuzz OSX

There was a problem in the OSX version of PhreePhuzz version 1.0.2.  I just uploaded the new files that should correct the issue.  If you downloaded version 1.0.2 and are using a Mac, please download the files again.  The Windows version is fine.

Computer Music 206

The latest issue of Computer Music Magazine features a review of HotPhuzz, and an interview with me.  CM 206 is the July issue, but it is available now in many places (including online, through Google Play, the Apple Newsstand, and Zinio). 

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It is very humbling to see my face in a magazine, as well as seeing a very positive review of HotPhuzz.  The plugin was awarded a Computer Music Performance Award, and a Computer Music Value Award.  To celebrate, you can use the discount code CM206 to get a 15% discount on any plugins until July 15.


What’s happening?

Well, the finishing touches are being put on HotPhuzz and PhreePhuzz.  They should be released very soon.  There is a new oversampling engine that greatly reduces aliasing, as well as lightens the CPU load.  All of the LVC-Audio plugins are getting the new update.  HotPhuzz and PhreePhuzz will be first.  Additionally, HotPhuzz has a new timing control that is extremely more flexible than the previous release.

PreAMPed is going to take a little more time.  There are some differences in the sound that I do not like when oversampling is engaged.  I have been working on minimizing these differences, so that everything sounds the same between 2x, 4x, and 8x oversampling.

There is also a new free plugin on the way.  It will be released at the end of July as part of the KVR DC 2014.  I have sent it to the beta testers, and I am working on addressing some of the final issues.

Transector CM

Issue 204 of Computer Music Magazine features a special version of Transector, entitled Transector CM.  Definitely check it out.  I am really honored that they approached me to make a special plugin for the magazine.

There is a video here  the goes over the basics of Transector CM.  It is a great video, and it hits on a lot of features of Transector CM, as well as showing how the transient detector can be tuned to more accurately detect certain transients.  The nice thing about the video is that all of the features they discuss about Transector CM also apply to Transector.

There have been a few questions about the differences between Transector CM and the full version.  The differences are:

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  – Transector adds the ability to split the signal into Mid and Side, instead of left and right. The M/S controls let you choose how much transient shaping to apply to the mid and side channels.  This is really useful when you want to tweak a stereo track, like drums, and add more punch just to the center channel.  The M/S controls also include a width and balance control.  Width and balance can be used in M/S mode, or in stereo L/R mode.


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- Transector also includes specific controls for adjusting the side chain signal.  The side chain signal is what is used to detect the transients.  The Low and High controls are high pass and low pass filters, that can be used to filter out sounds that shouldn’t be used to detect the transients.  A solo button lets you hear the side chain, and is helpful in adjusting the filters.  Another feature is the Transect can accept an external side chain input.  So, another track could be used entirely. 

- Transector also includes a Noise Floor control.  In Transector CM, this is a fixed level.  Transector lets you adjust this, which is used to fine-tune the transient detector process.

- Transector has an AVG Mode button.  This changes how the Attack, Release, and Sustain values are calculated.  In AVG Mode, the volume changes are smoother, albeit, not as drastic as when the button is disengaged.

- Finally, Transector is getting an update that will include AAX and RTAS plugin support.

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