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v5.3.1 Soundtoys Microshift

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Soundtoys Microshift
  
Soundtoys Microshift

Blow Your Mix Wide Open

Go Even Wider. MicroShift makes it wide. Be it vocals, synths, guitars, backing vocals or whatever you choose to run through it, MicroShift uses this classic studio trick to spread out, thicken up, or give a new space to any track you hit with it.


Highlights

Of course, the SoundToys spin takes it beyond the original with the new FOCUS knob that lets you push and widen specific ranges without affecting the rest of the track. Amazing for adding “shimmer” to a vocal, or “air” to a guitar. Control of the detune amount, delay, and a mix knob let you tweak the effect to fit just right in the track. MicroShift combines the classic sound of the hardware with new advanced features, and an intuitive interface. Simply huge.

A Bit of Micro-Shifting History
The technique has been around since the early days of pitch-shifting, using devices like the Eventide H910(x2), H3000, the AMS DMX 15-80, and all the way to plug-ins like our own SoundBlender and PurePitch. The idea is fairly simple, small amounts of delay and or pitch-shift panned hard left and right. The formulas are all a bit different on all the devices, but the effect is essentially the same. It adds a width, space, depth, and thickness to vocal and background vocals. Of course it's been used on lots of other things but that's kind of where it started. It's also still a vital part of most mix engineers “bag of tricks”. Oh, and let’s not forget the guitars. It was also used by guitarist to get crazy huge walls of sound, and bring solos out front (where they should be).

A Little Taste is All You Need
You also get Little MicroShift. Of course, it's anything but little. It adds width, space, and spread to any track, just like it's big brother, but with a simple, straight forward interface. Still giving you those three sought after micro pitch-shifting sounds from the classic gear that made the technique famous (including one our designers created “wink”), Little MicroShift puts them right at your fingertips. 

New Authorization Options
MicroShift and Little MicroShift now allow what is known as machine-based licenses. This means that you do not need an iLok USB key to hold your authorization and that the authorization itself can reside on your computer or on your iLok. In addition to that, you do not need to use the iLok License Manager to authorize your plug-in if you purchased MicroShift. We have added an 'Activation Experience' which allows you activate the plug-in when it is loaded in your DAW for the first time (however, you will still need to have the iLok License Manager installed on your system for MicroShift to remain activated). The 'Activation Experience' does not apply to upgrades to MicroShift. Upgrades require you to surrender your Little MicroShift license and must be completed using the iLok License Manager.

Plug-in formats (both 32 and 64-bit):

  • AAX Native
  • AAX AudioSuite
  • VST
  • Audio Units (AU)


Supported sample rates:

  • Minimum: 44.1 kHz
  • Maximum: 192 kHz

System requirements:

  • Operating system: Mac OS X 10.8 or later, Windows 7 or later
  • An internet connection is required at the time of activation.

All version 5 Soundtoys products come with 32-bit and 64-bit VST, AU, and AAX Native plug-in formats.

Here is a list of all of the DAWs (Digital Audio Workstations) that we currently support:

  • Pro Tools 10.3.5 - 2018 (Mac & PC: AAX Native and AudioSuite)*
  • Logic Pro 9 & X (​Mac: AudioUnits)
  • Digital Performer 8 - 9 (​Mac: AudioUnits & VST; Windows: VST)
  • Cubase 7 - 9  (Mac & PC: VST)
  • ​Nuendo 6 - 7 (​Mac & PC: VST)
  • Sonar X3 & Platinum (​PC: VST)
  • Ableton Live 9.2.2 - 10 (Mac: AudioUnits & VST; Windows: VST)**

*Our 32-bit AAX Native plug-ins will only load properly in Pro Tools 10.3.5 or later. If you are using Pro Tools 10.0.0 - 10.3.4 and wish to use Soundtoys 5 on your system, you will need to upgrade to Pro Tools 10.3.5 or later in order to do so. Our Native V4 products include RTAS, which will work in any version of Pro Tools 10.

**Using Live 9.2.1 or earlier can result in a nasty audio glitch when switching sampling rates during playback, or during offline bounce. We recommend using the latest version of Ableton Live.

Click here to view our full list of compatible host applications.

Other requirements:

iLok.com account (An iLok USB dongle is not required. Create a free account here)

Updates

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-only:

  • 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 5.2.3.13619 (Mac) and 5.2.3.13636 (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

Features:

  • 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

Fixes:

  • 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
  • New authorization options
  • Workflow enhancements

Getting Rhythmic with SoundToys Plug-ins

SoundToys guru Mitch Thomas demonstrates the basics of using SoundToys plug-ins to create rhythmic effects, and then dives deeper with the powerful Rhythm Editor in part 2.

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