VST Effects For Mastering And Mixing

SK Note intrduces their Analog Line with the Q796 expander, compressor and limiter      08/05/09

VST Effects For Mastering And Mixing

SKnote has announced Q796, the first plug-in in a new Analog Line series of plug-ins modelled on classic hardware devices. It is a stereo expander, compressor and limiter with stereo sidechain. Here's what they have to say...
  • Expander: includes a pump-up mode (compresses LOW levels, makes sound full).
  • Compressor:
    • Feed-forward (the modern way) and feed-back (the vintage way) modes.
    • Sidechain.
    • Negative ratio.
    • Continuous Peak-RMS set.
    • Gain reduction limit (great for invisible squashing).
    • Distortion (static and dynamic; starts over the threshold and increases with gain).
    • Long time integration (an additional very slow time constant).
  • Limiter: a very fast limiter.
The "analog" interface, modeled on the hardware, is integrated in a "digital" frame, for a better control. Three separate graphs show in realtime:
  • Input waveform.
  • Output waveform.
  • Control signal (from Peak to RMS).
  • Gain reduction.
Pricing and Availability:
Q796 has an MSRP of €129 and is expected to be released by the end of May, 2009, as a VST effect plug-in for Windows. A demo version of the software will be available for download before May 10th (the only limitation will be a short, low level, noise burst every 20 seconds). A sound demo is already available.
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