The evil analog level destroyers are here. Devil-Loc and Devil-Loc Deluxe are a SoundToys twist inspired by the classic Shure Level-Loc mic limiter. These plug-ins add huge sucking compression, grit, dirt, distortion, and take drums (but try it anywhere) to a wonderful hellish nightmare. It’s not for the faint of heart.
Essentially a distorting compressor but so much more, it’s really quite simple but also a bit supernatural. Because the release time of the compression is affected by the input level (like the Level-Loc) it’s a bit hard to predict exactly what will happen the first time you work with it. Luckily, with just two knobs, you can find the magic spot for your track fairly quickly and you’ll be going for that sound more and more. Don’t be fooled by its simple front panel, this plug-in has a lot more cool sounds than you’d expect out of two knobs. Get crushing kick drums, to almost rhythmic level sweeps with the crazing sucking compression, to blitzed out blasting beat loops. Drive it hard and you get straight hardware sounding break-up and drive. It’s a devil in disguise, and the devil’s in the details, and the devil made us do it and all those other devil references.
To take things beyond the hardware that inspired it and give you even more creative flexibility, we’ve created a second plug-in, Devil-Loc Deluxe. The Deluxe version adds a “Darkness” control for tone, switchable slow or fast release times and the ability to mix the original back in right on the front panel. The addition of these controls opens up the sonic palette immensely. Dark thundering drums, to driven lo-fi loops, and more, and the mix control saves all that tedious routing and lets you automate mix to keep the Devil from taking over the soul of your tracks. This time, evil is good. But it isn’t free.
A Bit of History
The original Shure Level-Loc from the 1960s was a brick wall limiter designed to be used in public address systems. Its extreme compression and gritty sound eventually became a secret weapon of some well-known and very creative engineers and producers. It’s an extreme effect and can create huge sounds with drums and room mics, and in small amounts can add sizzle to things like vocals or acoustic guitar. The controls were very simple, with only a switch for three “distance” settings based on how far from the mic you were. The M62V upped the control a bit by adding an input level knob. The reason it became famous was largely thanks to SoundToys user Tchad Blake and his desire to push, abuse, and do deliciously evil things to his tracks. He discovered that the Level-Loc was gritty, dirty, and unusual. The kind of compression that made drums gigantic and nasty – which is a good thing.
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If your DAW is not on the list above, it doesn’t necessarily mean that our plug-ins won’t work. It just means that it has not been tested. If something goes wrong with an unsupported DAW, you are welcome to write into support, but we cannot guarantee a solution. We currently recommend using our free trial with the hosts listed below to confirm compatibility on your computer.
32-Bit Plug-in Support
With the release of 5.3.2, we have officially discontinued support for 32-bit plug-ins. With macOS Catalina requiring all applications to be 64-bit, and with the vast majority of our PC customers using 64-bit plug-ins, we decided it was the right time to end 32-bit support. Our most recent 32-bit installers are available to download below.
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What’s new in V5.3.7
Adds native Apple silicon support for Audio Units and VST2.
Fixes issue where installers may fail to install for certain users.
Known issues and notes:
The minimum recommended version of Logic for native Apple silicon is 10.7.3
Switching presets in Logic’s built-in preset manager may cause instability with Effect Rack. Using our internal preset manager should be fine.
VST3 support is not included in this release and will come at a later time.
October, 20, 2021
Fixed an issue where Effect Rack could crash when doing an offline render to a new sample rate with VST.
Fixed an issue where Effect Rack could produce an incorrect “out of automation slots” alert during an offline render.
September 30, 2021
Fixed issues with offline rendering in certain hosts, where the effect might have a delayed onset or undesirable fade in.
Fixed audio artifacts that could happen when editing modulation patterns during playback.
Fixed issue where events could be edited to 0 level and then no longer modified.
Effect Rack now resets delay buffers on preset changes.
Fixed an issue with PhaseMistress sound for certain 2-stage phaser styles.
Fixed an issue where Effect Rack could crash on load in Reaper on Windows.
Pattern editor stability improvements.
March 30, 2021
Fixed CPU Spiking in Bitwig when certain plug-ins were on an instrument channel.
Fixed incorrect license expiration warning that would appear in certain circumstances.
Fixed bug where Effect Rack could lose signal after re-ordering effects in certain circumstances.
Fixed issue where EchoBoy could crash while changing presets during audio playback.
Added new transport indicator to Rhythm Editors to convey current location within a pattern.
Stability improvements for Windows versions.
December 10, 2020
Added support for macOS Big Sur (11).
Fixed minor graphics issues in macOS Big Sur.
Fixed issue where plug-ins would sometimes crash on instantiation in GarageBand or Maschine on macOS Catalina.
Improved handling of bad floating point values.
Fixed graphical issues with pattern editors.
Fixed tempo sync during offline render in certain plug-ins.
Fixed issue where delay of dry signal path in Little AlterBoy did not match host DAW delay compensation.
Fixed issue where Decapitator would flood undo history with AutoGain changes in Ableton.
Eliminated low level noise from MicroShift.
Adjusted levels of Decapitator’s “Dark Drive” preset.
Added numpad and arrow key support for string controls.
Improved mouse tracking behavior in preset menus.
Fixed Effect Rack crash that could happen during certain preset changes.
Fixed “Waveform and Rhythm Too Complicated” alert in certain rhythm presets.
Fixed Tremolator crashing on selection of “12 Bar Roller” rhythm preset.
Fixed Organize command disappearing from the preset menu in certain situations.
Fixed rare crash on recall with multiple Effect Rack instances in Ableton.
December 17, 2019
Added support for macOS Catalina (10.15).
Fixed issues on Windows where knobs could snap to minimum position and stop responding to mouse movements.
Double-clicking to reset controls has been fixed on Windows.
32-bit plug-ins have been discontinued.
Installer now includes the latest version of iLok License Manager, which solves an issue where plug-ins were blacklisted in Cubase on Windows.
October 30, 2019
Fixed a bug in Little AlterBoy that could cause left and right channels to move slightly out of sync when used on a mono track in DAWs like Ableton and Cubase that process mono tracks in stereo.**
Fixed a similar left/right sync bug that could affect PrimalTap in “Freeze” mode.**
Improved parameter mapping for Resonance parameter in FilterFreak and PhaseMistress. This may very slightly change the sound of sessions that use automation on this parameter. If no automation is used on this parameter then all sessions should recall perfectly.
Smoothed out choppy animation on certain Retina displays.
Repaired window scaling problems in Windows on high DPI monitors, especially in Ableton and Studio One
Added MIDI triggering to PhaseMistress and EffectRack AAX.
Installer icons on Mac and PC should now show up more easily on a black background.
Mac installer supports light and dark mode.
New Remove Soundtoys utility on Mac lets you uninstall individual plug-ins more easily.
** These changes will affect the sound of audio in some sessions. You may want to bounce or freeze tracks if you want to keep the out-of-sync or phasey sound that may have occurred in previous versions.
Soundtoys 5.3.1: Our Final 32-bit Release
We’re happy to announce that Soundtoys 5.3.1 is now available. This update includes an important improvement to Little AlterBoy and PrimalTap and a number of other bug fixes.
Soundtoys 5.3.1 will be our final patch before we add support for MacOS Catalina, which will require us to drop 32-bit plug-in support. This will be our final 32-bit compatible release for both MacOS and Windows. Visit our Download Page to get the latest installers.
Little AlterBoy and PrimalTap Sync Fix
When using Little AlterBoy on a mono track with a stereo output, sometimes it was possible for the left and right channels to shift out of sync. This could add an unwanted “phasey” sound to the vocal, or create a slight difference in the sound of the left and right channels. This bug could also affect PrimalTap’s Freeze mode. Soundtoys 5.3.1 fixes this issue.
NOTE: this fix may change the sound of some audio tracks that use Little AlterBoy and PrimalTap (in freeze mode). We think this change is for the better! However, if you think the out-of-sync sound is an important part of some of your tracks, we recommend you bounce or freeze those tracks to preserve the exact sound they have today.
MacOS Catalina Support Coming Soon
If you’re a MacOS user, you’ve probably gotten word that many DAWs and plug-ins, including Soundtoys, do not yet support MacOS Catalina. Unlike previous releases of MacOS, Catalina introduces new security safeguards and ends support for 32-bit applications and plug-ins, creating a significant challenge for plug-a developers. We’re hard at work updating and testing our products, and we will have an update soon.
What’s new in v5.3
macOS and PC:
Plug-in activation window now includes support for Activation Codes, which will be distributed to customers who purchase a new product (not an upgrade) from our web store, and will allow those licenses to be activated without an iLok account (optional).
Little Plate is now included in the 5.3 license group for new Soundtoys 5 customers.
macOS Mojave is now officially supported.
Graphics issue that was causing several components of the Soundtoys graphical user interfaces to display incorrectly on macOS Mojave has been resolved.
What’s New in v5.2.3
All Soundtoys Plugins updated June 4, 2018 (Maintenance Update 18.104.22.16819 (Mac) and 22.214.171.12436 (PC))
Little Plate now included in the Soundtoys 5 installer
Fixed rare audio dropout/glitches under certain circumstances
Fixed crash that could happen sometimes on session recall
Fixed sluggish animation of tweak drawers on high DPI monitors on Mac
Fixed rhythm editor to allow for creation of multi-bar rhythms
Fixed “update nesting too deep” alert
Added support for MIDI triggering to AAX versions of FilterFreak and PrimalTap
Fixed CPU spiking in certain instances
Fixed AudioSuite support for different stem formats (mono-mono, mono-stereo, stereo-stereo) for Tremolator, Decapitator, Devil-Loc Deluxe, FilterFreak 1 & 2, Little Radiator, Radiator, and Sie-Q
Fixed occasional crash when rendering in Reaper on Windows
Fixed preset sorting in macOS High Sierra
Audio Units plug-ins will now scan correctly without requiring a restart in macOS High Sierra
Locked knob titles will remain red when GUI is closed and reopened
Fixed Pro Tools automation hotkey support for Effect Rack, as well as compound parameters like Delay Notes/Time in EchoBoy
Fixed Pro Tools automation hotkey support for all plug-ins on Windows
Fixed session recall in AU Lab
Fixed balance offset in in PanMan Random & Triggered modes
Updated VST plug-in names to make them consistent with AU and AAX versions when displayed in DAWs. *This included Little Plate, Little AlterBoy, Little Radiator, Little PrimalTap, Little MicroShift, EchoBoy Jr., and Sie-Q.
What’s new in 5.2:
EchoBoy Jr. is now available in Soundtoys 5 and Effect Rack
EchoBoy Jr. is now included with individual EchoBoy 5 licenses and installers
Some Effect Rack presets now include EchoBoy Jr.
Fixed an issue where certain AAX plug-ins did not support multi-mono operation
The LFO rate parameter can now be automated in PhaseMistress and FilterFreak 1 & 2
What’s new in 5.1
Sie-Q was added to the lineup.
What’s new in 5.02
Plug-ins with the Analog Mode option now have a new “Op Amp” style to replace the Version 4 “Digital” style that was removed. In the previous version 5 release sessions using “Digital” defaulted to “Clean”. They now default to “Op Amp”. This will address the sound differences that some customers heard when recalling old sessions.
PrimalTap has a new Auto Gain switch added to the Tweak menu. When enabled, the output will automatically be lowered proportionally as the input gain is raised. This is the new default behavior for PrimalTap. Old sessions and user presets will open with Auto Gain set to “Off.”
Preset names, when edited, now display in italics to indicate an edited state
Preset names are now displayed correctly when sessions that were last saved with V4 are recalled (instead of reading “Default”).
Fixed an issue in PrimalTap where the Rolloff feature was not filtering the feedback loop as intended. (Note: this update will change the sound of some presets and sessions but is the correct and intended sound and behavior of PrimalTap).
Fixed an issue where Devil-Loc and Devil-Loc Deluxe knobs could jump to minimum or maximum when clicked in a certain area.
Fixed a problem where the delayed signal in EchoBoy might drop out under certain conditions.
PhaseMistress default settings will now sound identical to the default preset.
Preset names are now pre-populated when using the Save As… option.
Resolved a Windows problem where alerts could be hidden behind other windows.
Fixed issues that would cause the compare light to come on unnecessarily with certain plugins and presets.
New in Soundtoys 5:
Effect Rack, PrimalTap, and Little AlterBoy plug-ins
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