Not only has a new version of
TC Works’ PowerCore
— the open DSP hardware platform for any VST and MAS recording application on the Mac and Wintel platforms — been announced, but
is introducing a VL2 multichannel value interface plug-in for PowerCore.
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The Vl2 Multichannel Valve Interface has been developed as a direct result of the phenomenal growth in popularity of affordable hard disk systems, according to DSound CEO Petr Krkavec. While these systems boast stunningly clean and quiet performance, most users recognize that final mix can sound cold and clinical, he added.
“The DSound VI2 Multichannel Valve Interface was very much inspired by classic valve interfaces like the legendary TLAudio VI1,” Krkavec said in announcing the product. “This is precisely our goal in making the VI2 Multichannel Valve Interface Plug-In for the TC PowerCore: we wanted a plug-in that gave the warmth and clarity of a classic tube interface, with the simplicity and quality of a truly sophisticated processing device.”
The DSound VI2 is a tool for both mixing and mastering. Inspired by an eight-channel valve interface, the DSound VI2 Multichannel Valve Interface adds warmth to any recording and breathes new life into otherwise clinical digital recordings and extends the functionality of other valve interfaces by allowing you to control the amount of saturation with a single, finely tuned control, Krkavec said. Each channel of the VI2 has unity gain, so levels are unaffected. However, as each channel incorporates a valve stage, the audio signal benefits from the warmth of the valve characteristic.
The VI2 Plug-In, due later this month, can be used as any VST or MAS Plug-In in a project. Or it can be placed on the master outputs on mix down. It supports 24bit/96 kHz resolution. Available for both the Mac and Windows platforms, the V12 Plug-in requires TC PowerCore and a VST or Mark of the Unicorn MAS compatible host application. Also note that eight channel operation is only available in Steinberg’s Nuendo; other applications use mono or stereo format of signal processing.