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Blue Cat Audio has released Blue Cat's Protector 2.0, a complete redesign of its brickwall limiter plug-in for Mac OS X and Windows.

This new version brings a brand new user interface with much more visual feedback (including RMS metering, attenuation history, loudness boost measurement, improved readability), as well as many new features and enhancements: a new presets manager, new MIDI and automation mapping capabilities, new presets, Windows AAX support, and much more (details below).

The plug-in is available alone or as part of several bundles. New customers can purchase the single plug-in with 25% off, or the "Blue Cat's Energy Pack" dynamics processing bundle with 15% off during three weeks, while existing customers 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).

What's new in Blue Cat's Protector 2.0

New Features:

  • Brand new fully customizable user interface.
  • New gain reduction history display.
  • New input and output RMS meters.
  • The meters can now be zoomed to improve their precision.
  • New average loudness boost meter.
  • New DC Filter to kill DC offset.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Improved the algorithms for increased precision of the limiter.
  • Side chaining made easy: the MIDI and automation side chaining capabilities can now be fully configured within the main user interface.

Improvements:

  • Plug-in name has been shortened for a clearer display in mixer view for most host applications.
  • The plug-in now appears in the "Dynamics" category in Pro Tools.
  • Changed the default VST install path on Windows.
  • License is now shared between plug-ins type (register only once for all formats).
  • Added new presets.
  • Improved value display in fine edit window.
  • Optimizations and Performance Improvements:
  • Reduced VST plug-in loading time.
  • 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:

  • Fixed presets-related crashes in Cubase on Mac.
  • Fixed user interface display issues in Wavelab on Mac.
  • Fixed MIDI output for 64-bit VST version.

System requirements:

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

Pricing:

  • Blue Cat's Protector: €59 or $74 (instead of €79 or $99).
  • Upgrade from Blue Cat's Protector 1: €15 or $19.
  • Blue Cat's Energy Pack: €296 or $390 (instead of €349 or $459).
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