11 Jun 2017

Plugin updates June 2017

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New ToneBoosters Reverb released; other plugins updated

ToneBoosters Reverb v4

ToneBoosters has released Reverb v4, a silky smooth, warm, lush and dense all-purpose reverberation engine with a wide variety of controls to shape and morph its character; making it the reverb of choice for both creative effects as well as bread-and-butter reverberation needs. Its integrated LFO and dynamics algorithms make this reverb stand out compared to many competitors, and it is undoubtedly the best reverb ToneBoosters created so far.

  • Zero latency, low CPU load processing
  • Fully resizable and functional user interface supporting many color themes
  • New analog-modelled, state-space filter equalizer
  • Reverberation time can be sculpted as a function of frequency
  • Powerful compression, ducking, gating and limiting algorithms
  • Beat-synced LFO with a wide variety of waveforms and LFO destinations
  • Separate controls for reverberation mass and depth
  • High-quality early reflections model that adapts to the room size

TB Reverb v4 is available for only EUR 20,= with a 50% upgrade discount for licensees of the ToneBoosters TrackEssentials bundle.

Plugin Installers

ToneBoosters now provides installers for Microsoft Windows and Mac OS. Besides these installers, portable zip packages will remain to be available for manual installation purposes.

Barricade v4.1.4

  • The plugin has been renamed to TB_Barricade_v4 for improved consistency and host categorization
  • Improved oversampling algorithm and quality for input modeller
  • Added an internal preset browser
  • Improved GUI redraw performance
  • Various optimizations and stability improvements

Morphit v1.1.8

  • The plugin has been renamed to TB_Morphit_v1 for improved consistency and host categorization
  • Accuracy improvement in many headphone profiles
  • Added internal preset browser
  • Improved GUI redraw performance
  • Added new info display for custom EQ sections
  • Added ‘Loudspeaker in studio room’ target profile
  • Reduction in CPU load for most headphone profiles
  • Various optimizations and stability improvements

 

10 Jun 2017

Headphone correction

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You might be perfectly happy with your current cans. Prior to purchase you studied reviews, evaluated the headphones by careful listening, got suggestions from friends, and you’ve paid a decent amount of money for high-quality, studio-grade headphones.

Does that mean you can trust them? Do they provide a reliable, honest representation of the audio content you are listening to? How consistent is the sound with other headphones? Does your mix translate correctly between headphones and loudspeakers? Read on to gain a better insight on headphone frequency responses and what we think constitutes good headphones.

The questions above led us at ToneBoosters to study this topic more rigorously. How much variation exists in headphone frequency responses? Are expensive cans more reliable than cheap ones? What is a good frequency response for headphones? Is it flat, or perhaps something else?

To better understand how we can quantify the quality of headphones, we started out with a thorough literature survey. In perfect agreement with our measurements of tons of headphones (see below), we found that the frequency response of acclaimed headphones when measured on a professional dummy head is typically not flat. Think about it. Why not flat? Aren’t we taught that flat is the ideal response? Yes… For loudspeakers! The golden reference for audio production and playback has always been a loudspeaker with a flat on-axis response. If such spectrally flat loudspeaker has the ideal response, it is easy to understand that for reproducibility and consistency of levels, EQ, and timbre, a headphone should provide a response that is equivalent to such an ideal, spectrally flat loudspeaker. Now, it turns out that if we measure the response of a perfect loudspeaker on a dummy head, with an actual head, ears, shoulders, etcetera, the resulting response at the ear drums is in fact far from flat. The change from a spectrally flat loudspeaker in an anechoic environment to a response measured at a dummy head is often referred to as a ‘head related transfer function’, or HRTF in short. These HRTFs have very specific spectral features; one of the most prominent ones is a strong peak at around 3.5 kHz that is in part the result of resonances in our ear canal.

Next we measured tons of headphones with scientific accuracy and in accordance with international ITU standards that describe how these measurements should be done. We quantified the variation across the measured responses, and correlated this with headphone type (circum-aural, supra-aural and in-ear type), and retail price. We basically wanted to understand if more expensive models would provide a more consistent, accurate and truthful reproduction than cheaper models.

Variance in frequency response across headphones

Mean and variance of headphone response curves as a function of frequency. Top panels: lower, middle, and upper price quantiles. Bottom panels: CA, IE, and SA headphones. RMSD denotes the root-mean-square deviation across frequency (full frequency axis and below 100 Hz only).

What do you think the outcome was? Read it in our latest publication in the acclaimed and peer-reviewed Journal of the Acoustical Society of America (link below). We’ll give you a hint on the conclusions here…. Our study indicates that basically all headphone categories (from cheap to very expensive) will benefit from headphone correction tools such as Toneboosters Morphit!

Link to our scientific paper: http://asa.scitation.org/doi/10.1121/1.4984044

10 Jun 2017

TB Reverb v4 upgrade

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Introduction

Customers may qualify for a discounted upgrade from TrackEssentials v3 to Reverb v4. Please read below on qualification, limitations, and the process involved.

Qualification for purchases after January 1st, 2015

You qualify for a discounted TB Reverb v4 upgrade through Avangate if:

  • You have acquired a full license of TrackEssentials v3 through our authorized Reseller Avangate; and
  • You have purchased TrackEssentials v3 after January 1st, 2015; and
  • You have not transferred the aforementioned license.

NFR, EDU, beta or demo licenses do not qualify for any upgrade. Licenses obtained through a third party other than Avangate (for example through a license transfer) do not qualify. To purchase the upgrade, please follow these steps:

  • Log in to the Avangate your account section to obtain an overview of purchased products. If you did not create an account previously, create one now using your TrackEssentials v3 order number, or the email address used for that purchase.
  • Navigate to the ‘My products’ tab.
  • Find your purchase of TB TrackEssentials v3.
  • The ‘Upgrade now’ button should appear next to your TrackEssentials purchase listing.
  • Click the ‘Upgrade now’ button and follow the instructions to purchase the discounted upgrade.

Qualification for purchases before January 1st, 2015

You qualify for a discounted TB Reverb v4 upgrade if:

  • You have acquired a full license of TrackEssentials v3 from Toneboosters directly prior to Jan 1st, 2015
  • You have not transferred the aforementioned license.

NFR, EDU, beta or demo licenses do not qualify for any upgrade. Licenses obtained through a third party other than Toneboosters (for example through a license transfer) do not qualify.

If you qualify for this upgrade, please follow these steps:

  • Find the email sent to you by Toneboosters with the TrackEssentials v3 purchase information
  • Send that email back to us (the email address it came from), and add a sentence at the top of that email that you request the discount for Reverb v4
  • We’ll send you information by email on how to upgrade with the discount for licensees of v3.

Limitations

As outlined in the Toneboosters end-user license agreement, upgrading a plugin has consequences for license transfers. When a plugin is upgraded from version A to version B, you cannot transfer the license of version A without transferring the license of version B simultaneously or vice versa.

10 Jun 2017

TB Reverb v4

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Silky smooth, warm, lush and dense all-purpose reverberation engine with a wide variety of controls to shape and morph its character
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