Technology News - July 2013

Vonxengo Shinechilla► Voxengo announced the release of Shinechilla, an experimental creative sound effect plug-in for professional audio and sound production applications. Shinechilla allows you to generate and blend 2nd, 3rd and 4th harmonics with the original dry sound. The harmonic generation process offered by Shinechilla is unique on the plug-in market since it produces almost no intermodulation distortion. Shinechilla is mainly usable for solo instrument processing where it “shines” by producing full-bodied harmonic coloration. Shinechilla is also unique in that it is able to add harmonic coloration on top of the sound instead of distorting the whole sound. However, the option to saturate the whole sound is also available. The strength of harmonic coloration added by Shinechilla can be flexibly adjusted over the whole frequency range, for each harmonic. In overall, Shinechilla is a great tool for contemporary electronic music producers looking for impressive timbres. USD 59.95. www.voxengo.com.

SMPRO-pre-z hires1SM Pro Audio announced a new addition to their range of professional 500 Series products, the Pre-Z Variable Impedance Microphone Preamplifier. Featuring mic and instrument inputs and a full complement of essential controls, the Pre-Z allows users to greatly expand any given microphone’s tone palette simply by adjusting the preamp’s input impedance setting. “In addition to being a pristine, professional quality mic preamp, the Pre-Z allows you to use impedance to alter the sonic performance of virtually any microphone,” noted the Pre-Z’s designer and SM Pro Audio principal, Danny Olesh. “The results can be nuanced or fairly dramatic, with higher settings providing greater clarity and brightness, and lower settings bringing out subtle resonant frequencies in the microphone’s response.” The core benefit of variable input impedance is the ability to create a variety of tonal colors without introducing additional noise or degrading the signal---which can be the case when using traditional sound-sculpting methods, such as equalization. The Pre-Z’s high-pass and low-pass filters offer additional control and signal-shaping options, and its LME49720 op-amps ensure low noise, wide dynamic range, and up to 68dB of gain. The Pre-Z has a projected street price of $299.99. www.smproaudio.com.

iZotope, Inc. has licensed multiple audio processing technologies for inclusion in the new Adobe® Premiere® Pro CC, the video production component of Adobe Creative Cloud. The cross-platform video editor now features a suite of audio effects including convolution reverb, vocal enhancer, mastering tools, single and multiband compressors, and other audio technologies. “We’re happy to continue our long-standing relationship with Adobe by making this collection of iZotope tools, currently available within Adobe Audition®, available to Adobe Premiere Pro CC users as well, ” says Scott Simon, Business Development Manager for iZotope. “We’re excited to help even more members of the creative media community enhance their audio.” For more information about iZotope technologies for licensing, visit www.izotope.com/tech.  ► 

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