The Public Beta for 64-bit support has begun. The first round is limited to EchoBoy and Decapitator for Audio Units (Mac) and currently only available for SoundToys Native Effects bundle owners. More plug-ins, more products, and more platforms will be added as they become available, and users will be notified via email when they are eligible to participate. Public Beta installers will be available through SoundToys accounts, so users can check their accounts periodically to see if access is available for their products.
Announcing Little MicroShift. Free for a limited time.
March 25, 2013
Announcing the all new Little MicroShift, with a limited time offer and contest (Offer and contest end March 29th, 2013). Little MicroShift is a recreation of classic micro pitch-shifting techniques from two of the hardware units that made this sound famous. It’s available free for a limited time and can be shared, free, with friends for a chance to win more prizes. For full details on Little MicroShift, the contest, and the prizes click here.
64-bit Progress Update & Public Beta
March 12, 2013
We’ve been putting in many long days over the past year to get 64-bit support working for all of our plug-ins, and for our customers! It’s been a huge amount of work, and we’re not done yet, but we have made great progress. Here’s where we are:
All native plug-ins are working as 64-bit Windows VSTs. These are currently in internal testing as we work to fix a couple of annoying little bugs.
EchoBoy, Decapitator, Crystallizer, PanMan, Tremolator, Radiator, Devil-Loc, and PhaseMistress are now working as 64-bit Audio Units, and are in various stages of internal and external beta testing. FilterFreak and Speed are in the process of being finished up, and should be in internal beta in a couple of weeks.
VST/64 for the Mac still needs some work. Most of the hard work has already been done as part of the 64-bit AU porting process. We expect this to take about a month of development time.
We have also been hard at work on porting our plug-ins to Avid’s new AAX native format for Pro Tools 10 and on. We have a little more work to do on this, but expect to get the full native line working on AAX native fairly soon.
We still have a fair amount of work to do here. This will come after Mac AAX.
Everyone here at SoundToys is working hard to get these updates out to our users as fast as reasonably possible. To do that, we will begin a phased public beta program starting next week. We are starting small, with a limited selection of plug-ins and customers, and will expand the program as our testing and development moves along.
The first public-beta phase will start with EchoBoy and Decapitator for AudioUnits, for SoundToys Native Effects bundle owners only. Windows VST public beta will be released as soon as we fix those pesky bugs. The beta installers will be accessible from users SoundToys account, and users will notified via e-mail when they are eligible for public beta.
We thank you for your patience and support.
SoundToys Native Effects wins SOS award
March 6, 2013
SoundToys Native Effects wins “Best Software Plug-in Effects” in the Sound On Sound 2013 awards, as voted by their readers.
SXSW 2013 – Party with SoundToys and TapeOp
February 21, 2013
SoundToys is proud to be the exclusive sponsor for the annual Tape Op party during SXSW. March 14th at the Lucky Lounge from 2-6pm. This is an invitation only event for Tape Op subscribers, held each year in Austin TX, during the gigantic music festival. SoundToys will have gifts for party goers, door prizes, and something special for all party goers to take home and share their excitement.
December 21, 2012
The hot box is here. The all new Radiator tube input channel with EQ plug-in is now available.
Radiator is based on the classic Altec 1567A tube mixer from the 1960s, and brings that classic Altec sound to desktop recording rigs by capturing the distinctive warmth and punch of the original hardware. Featuring the modeled bass and treble tone controls from the original unit, a mix control for easy parallel processing, and the saturation and harmonic effects of the original hardware’s input and output amplifiers. All of these different circuit elements interact, allowing a wide range of tones to be created with just a few simple knobs.
Radiator also includes Little Radiator, a simpler single-stage tube pre-amp model based on the Altec 1566A hardware, the little brother of the Altec 1567A. Little Radiator was originally offered for free as a promotion earlier this year. Users who currently have the free version of Little Radiator can upgrade to the full Radiator plug-in package for $49 for a limited time (regularly $89). Offer ends Jan 3rd 2013.
The original Altec 1567A hardware was a rack-mounted five-input tube mixer with removable transformers, a simple two-knob EQ, an unmistakable green faceplate, and a whopping 97 dB of gain. The sound, by today’s standards, is colored and gritty, with a heaping helping of noise thrown in for good measure. In its day, it was used on several early Motown hits, and found its way into the PA racks of countless churches and school auditoriums across the USA.
More recently, the Altec mixers were picked up by recording studios as an inexpensive way to bring analog color and character to computer based digital recording. It was only a matter of time before hits were being made – first producers like Matt Wallace of early Maroon 5 fame and now bands like the Black Keys, who had a custom console made from Altec 1567A’s, have driven up the demand, and price, for these funky little color boxes.
Computer recordists everywhere can now get the Altec tube sound – on every input channel, without the hassles of interfacing to esoteric analog gear, and at a much lower cost. Radiator is available now, for $129, at the SoundToys web store, www.soundtoys.com, or through any SoundToys dealer.
“These green tube mixers are one of our favorite pieces around the studio, and I loved having it in my rack.” says Ken Bogdanowicz of SoundToys, “But I like it even better when it’s on every channel of my Pro Tools rig. Plus, now I get to fill those three rack spaces with another fun analog toy.”
December 21, 2012
All of us here at SoundToys are excited to be releasing the new Radiator plug-in today. It’s been a long time in the making and it feels good to finally get it out into the world! Another project that’s been a long time in coming is the 64-bit version of our plug-ins. Most of our team has been working constantly on this for quite a while. We’re not done yet, but we do have some great progress to report. Here’s where we’re at:
We currently have fully functioning versions of Radiator and Devil-Loc running as native 64-bit AUs on the Mac, and 64-bit VSTs on Windows. We expect to release these to our beta team in the coming days. This is a huge milestone for us because it is based on a complete rewrite of our graphics and file system on the mac and a completely new iLok licensing system. All of these pieces were very complex development projects, and we are happy to have most of that difficult work behind us. The porting of the rest of our plug-ins is now a much simpler process, and should happen fairly quickly.
Because the needed changes to support a 64-bit host are so extensive, we expect that we will need a fairly long beta testing cycle to work out any bugs and kinks in our new software. In order to get 64-bit native plug-ins out to you, our users, as quickly as possible, we will begin a public beta program as soon as our software stabilizes and our internal beta team has had some time for basic testing in a real-world environment.
Thank you so much for your support and patience.
SOUNDTOYS STORM RELIEF DONATION
November 8, 2012
On Thursday November 8th 2012, SoundToys delivered a very large check to Team Rubicon’s Super Storm Sandy Relief effort. The total raised by SoundToys customers was $38,384. That’s $37,439 in sales plus $945.00 in direct donations to Team Rubicon. This shows that people can pull together, and they can make a difference. To the great crew at Tape Op, Sonic Scoop, and each and every person who made a purchase or donation SoundToys proudly and humbly issues a sincere “thank you”.
“This is by far our largest sales day ever. And the biggest before that was the benefit we did for Gulf Coast Relief.” says Mitch Thomas, of SoundToys,“We are so proud of the music community for making this happen. This is something to believe in.”
“We are so grateful to SoundToys and everyone who purchased for such a generous donation. This will bolster Team Rubicon’s current mission of helping those affected by Hurricane Sandy and allowing veterans to put their unique set of skills to work in responding to this natural disaster,” said Jake Wood, Team Rubicon president and co-founder.
About Team Rubicon
Team Rubicon (TR) unites the skills and experience of military veterans with first responders to rapidly deploy emergency response teams into crisis situations. TR offers veterans a chance to continue their service by helping and empowering those afflicted by disasters, and also themselves. For more about Team Rubicon, visit www.teamrubiconusa.org.
SoundToys Storm Relief
November 4, 2012
On Monday November 5th 2012, SoundToys will donate one hundred percent of its online sales to help the storm victims of New York and New Jersey. As former residents of New Jersey, and with a great number of friends in both New York and New Jersey, as well as the large music community affected, SoundToys feels a deep responsibility to assist as much as possible. All proceeds on this day will be donated to Team Rubicon (http://teamrubiconusa.org/), a rapid relief organization already working in both areas to aid the needy. The organization employs skilled veterans to assist in all areas of relief and aid.
“It’s hard to watch the people of New Jersey and New York, the communities we grew up in, the seaside towns we played in, and the city we love, suffer so badly. We feel that it’s the least we can do – to give one day of our work to help with this monumental relief effort.” said Ken Bogdanowicz, CEO of SoundToys.
Tragedies like these require everyone to come together to help, so SoundToys ask their customers and friends to help those in need. Simply place your order for any SoundToys product or upgrade on the SoundToys webpage (www.soundtoys.com) on Monday Nov 5th, and the combined total of sales for the entire day will be donated to help the victims of this tragic storm.
SoundToys also asks, if you don’t happen to need any more plug-ins, please consider making a direct donation to Team Rubicon using the SoundToys Storm Relief page here
Here’s more on the effort from Mike Lee with Team Rubicon:
“Team Rubicon, a veteran service organization that re-purposes the ready-made organizational and operational skills of military veterans for disaster relief has mobilized 1,000 veteran volunteers to lead Superstorm Sandy relief efforts for post disaster damage assessments, debris management, flood recovery operations, and emergency coordination support to local governments.
By re-purposing the skills (teamwork, decisive leadership, risk mitigation and management, logistics,emergency medicine) of returning military veterans, the Team Rubicon model is one that addresses two challenges by using them to solve each other – disaster response and veteran reintegration. Veterans are an untapped resource, and have the skills and experiences necessary to be effective in disaster response.”
Team Rubicon Clean-up Crew In Action
Future Music Test Drives Devil-Loc
November 2, 2012
Future Music takes Devil-Loc for a drive and finds it can take the heat and dish it out too. “Whether utilizing it on beats or experimenting on a wide variety of sources, Sound Toys Devil-Loc provides the perfect amount of evil to make your tracks come alive. ”