15th January 2009
Winter NAMM 2009 sees the launch of Focusrite's first independent collection of VST/AU plug-ins; the aptly named 'Focusrite Plug-in Suite'.
The Focusrite Plug-in Suite provides a collection of EQ, Compression, Reverb and Gating VST/AU plug-ins for tracking and mixing. Each plug-in has a host of factory presets, delivering a suitable starting point for a number of popular sound sources. Having selected a preset, each parameter can then be finely tuned to perfectly suit requirements. Custom presets can then be saved and recalled as required.
The Compressor and Gate have been modeled on Focusrite's hardware devices, using the measurement of Focusrite's custom optos to achieve a vintage optical sound (All Focusrite optos are tuned by ear, just like in the old days of analogue design, ensuring a faithful recreation of those classic vintage 1960s optical compressors). The Gate also features multiple modes. It operates as a stereo gate and, in dual mono modes, one signal can be used to trigger the gate of another; ideal for a number of creative gating techniques, such as tightening up a bass line.
The EQ module delivers a similar signature to the original Focusrite ISA EQ curves. Focusrite's R&D team worked tirelessly to create an authentic response across the entire audible frequency spectrum. The control layout also mirrors that of the original ISA EQ section; a classic six band EQ, with shelving high and low bands, parametric low mid and high mid bands, and low and high pass filters.
The Reverb is based on classic algorithmic studio reverb designs and delivers a remarkable level of sonic quality for the price, according to Focusrite. Simple controls over room size, Pre-filter and 'Air' lead you to the ideal reverb sound in seconds.
The new Focusrite Plug-in Suite will be available worldwide in January 2009 from a selection of pro audio retailers worldwide. Contact your local distributor for further details.