Wednesday, September 15, 2010

SPL MixDream XP Analog Summing

The MixDreamXP design plan provides for stereo mixdown at the
analog level. This concept offers high-grade analog summing
without panorama and fader controls, in turn allowing an engineer
to retain the entire scope of his computer automation. In
use, the MixDreamXP requires almost no departures from an
engineer‘s usual working mode, so that all his trusted DAW
features and familiar working routines remain available while
the MixDreamXP seamlessly expands his aural mixing palette.
One MixDreamXP can sum up to 16 audio tracks to a stereo
signal, and should the need arise for more than 16 tracks,
several MixDreamXP may be linked together. Owners of a
MixDream, model 2384, can expand this unit with the cost effective
MIxDreamXP at an identical quality level and by the way,
that‘s where the suffix “XP“ comes from (=Expansion).
The MixDreamXP discrete class A technology is based on the
same 60-volt rails (+/- 30V) of the MixDream model 2384.
Newly developed circuitry, based on the most modern analog
components, guarantees an extremely high slew rate, a very
low noise level of -97 dBu and a dynamic range of 125 dB. Thus
the MixDreamXP easily reaches the technical level of the best
analog consoles.

Analog vs. Digital Summing

Nowadays, many are asking whether analog summing is better
than digital summing. But perhaps the real question is whether
digital summing better than analog summing? We at SPL don‘t
know of anyone who says so. We do know that summing with
the MixDreamXP creates an amazing signal depth, precise localization
and a wonderful stereo imaging. Moreover, the addition
of individual instruments results in soft and pleasant transitions.
These are analog summing results that we appreciate from
past decades of the best analog technology. The MixDreamXP
now allows DAW users to exploit this potential with maximum
comfort and uncompromising quality, ensuring that nothing can
stand in the way of the engineer‘s having the best of both analog
and digital worlds.

MixDreamXP Advantages—An Overview

• High-grade analog summing on just 1U rack space for amazing
signal depth, precise localization and a wonderful stereo
• No analog mixing console necessary
• No loss of computer automation
• Lower DAW processor utilization rates
• Latency free monitoring
• Surround capable (from up to 3 MixDream XP units)
• Channel capacity expandable through linked units
• Cost-effective expansion for the MixDream model 2384

Connection of Sampler, Keyboards etc.

Along with DAW audio tracks and effects machines or processors
in the insert loops, samplers, keyboards and expanders
may also be connected directly to the MixDreamXP. Then the
Midi tracks need only be added in the DAW project, the outputs
(for example, from a keyboard) are then routed directly to the

download manual (pdf)

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Har-Bal Mastering Tool

Har-Bal is essentially composed of two parts : a spectrum analysis engine and a high-resolution linear phase digital filter. We handle the problem by first analyzing the entire recording. This gives us a measure of the average and peak spectrum content (displayed graphically) from which we can quickly and easily judge the spectral balance of a given recording. Then through a novel user interface, our software allows you to design a matching digital filter that produces the spectral balance that you want and without question. The designed filter can be tested by listening to the effect it has on the recording and comparing it with the un-balanced version in real time.

Click here to download tutorial
Click here to download Har-Bal v2.3


Hi guys this plugin acts as a sidechain emulator. ’Sidechaining’ is useing one audio stream to influence the amplitude of another audio stream. For instance a basskick track/channel that pushes the amplitude down of another channel/track every time the basskick sounds. Named ’ducking’. Cheers...

Sidekick (download)

Cytomic The Glue Vst

Cytomic The Glue is a high quality analog modeled plug-in based on The classic 80's British big console buss compressor with some additional features. It uses the same high quality algorithms used in circuit simulation packages but optimised for real time use. It's quick and easy to use and has an uncluttered interface.

Additions over the original circuit include an ultra-fast attack time of up to 0.01mS and a Range knob which backs off the compression to give incredibly natural sounding attacks and limits the maximum amount of compression applied. Also included are external sidechain support and an adjustable sidechain highpass filter. Enjoy..

The Glue Vst (download)

Freeware Vst Plug-ins downloads

G-Clip vst-Wave-shaping signal clipper (download)
G-Snap-Pitch-correction (download)
Antress Modern plug-in V 4.95 (download)
Voxengo Analog flux (download)
Bootsy Epicverb (download)
Bootsy Nasty VCS (download)