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Musikmesse 2014
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Sonimus has posted a teaser for a new product called Britson Console on its website. Release date is March 18, 2014; Price: $39.

Britson Console:

  • Inspired by the classic British 8014 console.
  • Warm, open, three-dimensional sound.
  • Modeled Stereo crosstalk for busses.
  • Carefully modeled and calibrated VU meter.
  • Careful optimization for low CPU usage.
  • Zero latency for real-time use.
  • And more...

Here's what they say:

One of the most difficult tasks, in my humble opinion, is to recreate the saturation characteristic of analog equipment.

Copying the harmonic content of a particular piece of equipment is not enough to generate a nice, convincing, analog-like saturation. Many other factors have a far more influential impact on the final sound.

We at Sonimus believe that the key is to analyze - analyze a thousand times - the behavior of the equipment to be modeled (for harmonic content at different levels; transfer function and dc offset, depending on amplitude and frequency; dynamic content; etc.). Finally, much listening is required -- which is definitely the most important factor.

Britson, besides being a subtle saturator, can be very aggressive if volume is increased from the input. Just like with a real unit, THD (total harmonic distortion) is low at normal levels, but can easily reach the clipping point without loss of dynamics at normal levels. Britson's sound can be very aggressive without the need for a specific switch dedicated to that purpose.

We truly believe we have accomplished our goal of creating a product that will not only improve the sound of your mixes, but will also optimize and expedite your workflow, thanks to the "suitable" volume-leveling of your tracks possible through Britson. For this purpose, Britson features a carefully modeled VU Meter which behaves like a real VU Meter (It is fairly well known that VU Metering is much more useful than Peak Metering for the mixing process, since VU Meters behave in a fashion more similar to human hearing).

Britson features:

  • Flexibility to be used subtly or aggressively (to overdrive virtual or real instruments, for example).
  • Two Saturation Modes: Normal (subtle distortion, high dynamic range) and Fat (hotter signal, lower dynamic range).
  • Optional Stereo Crosstalk which lends a sense of depth and three-dimensionality to your mixes.
  • Filters (both low and high pass). Britson's filters are tuned to sound sweet and pleasant to the ear.
  • Saturation which can be disabled (when using Britson for trim and metering purposes exclusively).
  • Three EQ Color Mode options (on Britson Buss instance) for use on your master track: Default (no color), Master Loudness, and Master Bright.
  • Zero latency and no group delay.
  • Carefully optimized algorithm for low CPU consumption. Britson allows for a remarkably high number of instances per session.
  • Internal 64-bit floating point double-precision.
  • Hassle-free installation. No activation or serial. Each buyer receives a personalized copy for use in the studio, on the laptop, etc.
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