Soundtoys Release MicroShift Plugin - And Some New Authorisation Options.
02-18-2014 07:09 PM
Some of you may remember “Little Microshift” Which was a limited availability Free Plugin Soundtoys released as part of their annual SXSW “Share and Win” competition (Check out My video from March 2013).
Much like what happened with the the Devil-Loc Plugin from the year before we have been expecting an upgraded “Big Brother” version….. Well Here it is, With added Focus Frequency, Detune and Delay Parameters for even more Control.
In Sound Toys own words:
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 it out, thicken up, or give a new space to any track you hit with it. 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 a super easy to use 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 formula’s 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).
You also get Little MicroShift and it’s anything but little. It adds massive width, enormous depth, and huge thickness to vocals, guitars, synths, whatever, just like it’s big brother, but with a simple, straight forward interface. Emulating three of the most sought after micro pitch-shifting sounds from two of the all time classic pieces of 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 instead of on your iLok. In addition to that, you do not need to use the iLok License Manager to authorize your plug-in. We have added an ‘Activation Experience’ which allows you activate the plug-in when it is loaded in your DAW for the first time. *You will still need an iLok.com account to utilize these new authorization options. Full details can be read in our FAQ, here.
TAS • AAX (Mac) • Audio Units • AudioSuite • VST (No Word of a Windows AAX version Yet)
Price $89 Native
Current Version: 1
Requires Mac OS X 10.6 or later, Windows XP/Vista/7 (Pro Tools users see Avid system requirements).
Compatible with Pro Tools Native, M-Powered, Digital Performer, Logic Pro, Cubase, Nuendo, Sonar and Live.
The installer includes the following platforms:
- Audio Units 32/64-bit
- AAX 32/64-bit (Mac Only)
- VST 32/64-bit
- RTAS 32-bit
Mac PPC is no longer supported for this product.
*MicroShift does not require an iLok USB Key. You will still need an iLok.com account but the authorization can be placed directly on your hard drive.
Check FAQ for current supported versions.
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