IK Multimedia has announced the release of T-RackS Custom Shop, the updated version 4.0 of its mixing and mastering suite for Mac and PC. They tell us that the new T-RackS CS offers five brand-new, must-have analog-modeled and digital processors, and it integrates the Custom Shop, IK's exclusive online gear shop, which allows users to purchase gear models à la carte from within the T-RackS software itself, and much more. Here's the full details in IK Multimedia's own words...
IK Multimedia pioneered analog modeling in 1999 with the original version of T-RackS, the first desktop-mastering-software suite, and has been at the forefront of developing mixing and mastering software ever since. The new T-RackS CS pushes the envelope even further, with features that can't be found elsewhere, and sonic accuracy and character that is unmatched.
5 New T-RackS Processors, CSR integration, Improved Sound
The new T-RackS CS includes five brand-new processing modules. Four belong to the new Quad Series of multi-band mastering processors, which includes a compressor, limiter, stereo imager and de-esser. These units allow for surgical mastering and mixing precision by splitting the signal into four adjustable frequency bands (three for the de-esser) that can be processed individually. Each Quad module is equipped with a set of high-precision filters and a solo function for auditioning individual bands.
The fifth new processor is British Channel, a meticulously analog-modeled emulation of the channel strip from the most popular British mixing desk of all time. It offers four bands of EQ, high- and low-pass filters, a compressor and an independent gate/expander section, with a sound that's been the centerpiece of countless tracks through the history of recorded music. IK used its cutting-edge DSM™ and SCC™ modeling technologies to nail down every nuance of this classic.
Additionally, T-RackS CS now integrates all of the CSR Classik Studio Reverb processors: Hall, Room, Plate and Inverse, which have been updated to offer 64-bit precision when running from the T-RackS shell.
Besides offering more processors, T-RackS CS also improves the sound of two of its most sought after compressors/limiters: White 2A and Black 76. Both have been updated with ultra-accurate modeling of their input/output stages that will please the most demanding vintage connoisseurs.
New Built-in Custom Shop
The new T-RackS CS now includes the IK Custom Shop, the extremely popular integrated online tool that allows users to expand T-RackS with à la carte processors, try them before they buy them, and tailor their studio to fit any level of personal budget.
The online Custom Shop lets users browse the gear collection – which will be expanded regularly – and make purchases with IK "Gear Credits," available in the Custom Shop. The "Try Before You Buy" feature allows for downloading a fully functional module for two days before deciding whether to purchase.
Over 100,000 users are already taking advantage of the Custom Shop inside AmpliTube, IK's flagship for guitar processing. Now those users can add superior outboard T-RackS compressors, EQs and reverbs to their DAWs by updating their Custom Shop to integrate both AmpliTube and T-RackS gear, giving them access to a staggering 285 pieces of equipment, all just one click away.
New T-RackS Custom Shop Free Version
T-RackS CS is also available for FREE! The free version, T-RackS Custom Shop, includes two fully functional modules (classic EQ and metering), making it an unprecedented value. It can be downloaded for free from the IK User Area upon registration.
The included modules are the renowned 6-band parametric T-RackS Classic Equalizer, and a comprehensive professional metering suite comprising Peak, Perceived Loudness, Phase and RMS meters, and a Spectrum analyzer. Both the EQ and meters are available in the T-RackS shell, but also open as separate plug-ins. With these two included plug-ins as a starting point, users can add gear as they see fit via the Custom Shop.
Users can download the free T-RackS Custom Shop here.
New T-RackS CS Bundle Collections
In addition to the free version, T-RackS CS is now available in three distinct collections:
As usual, all new and previous T-RackS processors can be opened in three forms: as separate single processor plug-ins, as modules available inside the T-RackS plug-in shell – which allows up to 12 to be chained – or inside the T-RackS standalone mastering suite.
Pricing and Availability:
The T-RackS Custom Shop is available now in both the free and paid versions of T-RackS. Updated versions of T-RackS Classic (formerly Standard) and Deluxe, featuring the Custom Shop, are available as free updates for previous owners of those products.
T-RackS CS Grand is available for $399.99/€319.99 (all prices excluding taxes), T-RackS CS Deluxe is priced at $199.99/€159.99 and T-RackS CS Classic at $79.99/€59.99. All are available as digital downloads from IK's Online Store and the T-RackS Custom Shop.
Through January 7, 2013, a special 50%-off introductory upgrade price for T-RackS Grand is offered to users who've purchased any previous T-RackS Deluxe or Standard bundle, or single plug-in. These special upgrade prices start as low as $99.99/€79.99 and go up to $149.99/€119.99, depending on the version.
Credit Packs for purchasing à la carte models in the Custom Shop start as low as $19.99/€15.99, for 20 credits, and go up incrementally to $499.99/€399.99 for 1,000 credits. The cost for T-RackS processors inside the Custom Shop ranges from 40 to 120 Gear Credits each.
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