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Blue Cat Audio has released Blue Cat's DP Meter Pro 4.0, a brand new version of their multi-purpose audio levels meter and envelope generation plug-in.

Blue Cat's DP Meter Pro (DPMP) is an audio analysis tool that combines customizable audio meters with envelope generation and side chaining control capabilities. This new version comes with a completely redesigned user interface and many new features and enhancements: fully customizable meters, crest factor display, levels histograms for precise dynamic range analysis, surround support, a new presets manager, Windows AAX support, multiple display sizes, new MIDI and automation mapping capabilities, and much more (full list below).

The plug-in is available alone or as part of Blue Cat's Analysis Pack, the company's flagship audio analysis solution. New customers can purchase both the metering plug-in and its associated bundle with up to 16% off until March 10th, 2013. Customers who recently purchased the software (in the past 6 months) will receive the upgrade for free, and others can upgrade to the new version for a small fee. Demo versions can be downloaded on www.bluecataudio.com, in VST, RTAS, AAX, Audio Unit and DirectX formats (32 and 64-bit).

New Features:

  • Instant and average crest factor measurement.
  • Peak, RMS and crest factor histograms.
  • Control the attack and release shape of the peak envelope.
  • Surround support (up to 8 channels).
  • Brand new fully customizable user interface:
    • New look and feel.
    • Show/hide what you need.
    • Fully customizable meters characteristics (range, headroom, color ranges).
    • Control the brightness of meters and graphs.
    • Meters and curves can now be frozen.
    • New colored statistics display.
    • Multiple display sizes.
    • Improved readability.
    • Animated transitions.
  • New integrated presets manager:
    • Load/save presets from the plug-in's user interface.
    • Organize presets with folders.
    • Customize the default preset.
    • Exchange presets easily.
  • Automation range and response curve can now be customized for each parameter (in and out).
  • Automation and MIDI settings (channel, MIDI learn etc.) are now accessible from the main user interface.
  • AAX plug-in format is now also supported on Windows (Pro Tools 10.2 required).
  • Audio Suite support for the AAX version for offline levels measurements in Pro Tools.

Improvements:

  • Increased levels range (120 dB).
  • Increased maximum levels value range for overshoot measurement (up to +10dB).
  • Peak average precision has been improved.
  • Use hold values and crest factor for transformed envelope generation.
  • Simplified transformed envelope generation.
  • New presets to get started faster.
  • Plug-in name has been shortened for a clearer display in mixer view for most host applications.
  • The windows installer now automatically detects the most appropriate VST install path.
  • License is now shared between plug-ins types (register only once for all formats).
  • Improved value display in fine edit window.
  • Improved parameters display on control surfaces.

Optimizations and Performance Improvements:

  • Improved parameters precision (now stored as 64-bit).
  • More compact presets format (uses less space and loads faster).
  • Smaller binaries on Mac (dropped PowerPC support).

Bug Fixes:

  • (RTAS) Fixed parameters control with EUCON control surfaces in Pro Tools.
  • Fixed user interface issues in Final Cut Pro X.
  • Fixed MIDI CC i/o issues with 64-bit VST.
  • Fixed user interface display issues in Wavelab on Mac.
  • Fixed keyboard stealing issue in Digital Performer 7 on Mac.
  • AAX/RTAS on Mac: Fixed audio engine freeze or error issue with Pro Tools on some Mac configurations.

System requirements:

  • Intel Mac running Mac OS X Mountain Lion (10.8), Lion (10.7), Snow Leopard (10.6), or Leopard (10.5).
  • PC running Windows 8, Windows 7, Vista or XP.

Price:

  • €49 or $66 (instead of €59 or $79).
  • Upgrade from Blue Cat's DP Meter Pro 3: €11 or $15.
  • Blue Cat's Analysis Pack: €206 or $269 (instead of €229 or $299).
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