NAMM06: BIAS Launch ‘Master Perfection Suite’ Plug-In Bundle

US Suite of six powerful plug-ins at a breakthrough price      20/01/06

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BIAS, Inc. have announced that the Master Perfection Suite, a powerful ensemble of six professional audio processing plug-ins, will be shipping in March 2006 for AU, DirectX, RTAS, and VST host applications on Mac OS X and Win XP.
Initially introduced as part of the flagship Peak Pro XT 5 - an extended technology edition of the industry standard stereo waveform editor which also includes the popular SoundSoap and SoundSoap Pro audio restoration tools - the Master Perfection Suite is aimed at musicians, recording and mastering engineers, audio and video editors, sound designers and other audio professionals.
The suite includes: Repli-Q (spectral matching), PitchCraft (pitch correction/manipulation), Reveal (analysis), Sqweez-3 & -5 (multi-band dynamic processing), SuperFreq (parametric EQ), and GateEx (gate/expander).
Jason E. Davies, VP Sales & Marketing for BIAS, Inc said this of the bundle… "At under $100 US per plug-in, the Master Perfection Suite offers amazing power, sonic quality, and value - especially when compared to other professional plug-in bundles and many single plug-in packages on the market. Owners of other plug-in bundles or collections included with their favorite DAW will especially appreciate the Master Perfection Suite as a valuable addition to their arsenal of audio processing tools."
Here’s how Bias describe each of the plug-ins…
EQ Matching with Repli-Q
As its name implies, Repli-Q's primary function is to match the spectral characteristics of one source to another target signal, but the flexibility offered in the plug-in allows even more. By learning the spectral profiles of the source and target signal, Repli-Q allows the degree of matching and smoothing to be manipulated. In addition, EQ profiles may be easily edited, allowing greater customization and flexibility. Repli-Q not only provides a spectral matching function, but also the ability to improve an improperly equalized track. Users can also rely on Repli-Q to assist with mastering for different delivery targets. With a stereo mix equalized for delivery in a compressed file format such as MP4 (AAC), Repli-Q can help repurpose it for CD or DVD and can also help ensure equally optimized playback in multiple listening environments. Other applications include voice-over matching where an original take recorded in one environment and an overdub recorded in a different environment need to match. Repli-Q employs a linear phase equalization algorithm to ensure optimum results. A gain compensation feature compensates for loudness variations through equalization, and a soft clip button offers limiting to avoid signal clipping.
Multi-band Compression with Sqweez-3 and Sqweez-5
The Master Perfection Suite includes two powerful multi-band compressor/limiter/expander plug-ins - Sqweez-3 (3 band) and Sqweez-5 (5 band). Like Repli-Q, both Sqweez-3 and Sqweez-5 incorporate advanced new linear phase equalization algorithms from BIAS. Sqweez-3 and Sqweez-5 both offer graphic per-band viewing/editing of threshold and EQ. Each band may be soloed and/or bypassed individually, and a convenient 'auto gain' button compensates for loudness variations due to compression. Additionally, a variable ‘digital ceiling’ slider controls the clipping headroom of the integrated soft clip function.
Advanced Pitch Correction and More with PitchCraft
PitchCraft is a real-time pitch correction/transposition plug-in that also offers the ability to manipulate the signal to achieve creative effects. Professionals can rely on PitchCraft to fix out-of-tune vocals or other single voice instruments easily and with minimal artifacts, thanks to a powerful new pitch-shifting algorithm. The user interface offers intuitive controls with a useful graph that displays the original pitch over time against the corrected signal. Tuning, scale, and key can be tailored for specific needs. Custom scales may be entered directly or via a MIDI controller keyboard, and a handy tuning meter helps provide feedback during parameter adjustment. Transposition can be made independently of correction, and an independent formant shifting slider is also included. Using a combination of transposition and pitch correction by scale type, users can create harmony parts from a single melody line, and independent formant shifting is offered to transform voice genders with or without pitch shifting. Using other combinations of controls, humorous, eerie, and even supernatural effects can be obtained, making PitchCraft a great sound design tool as well.
Professional Audio Analysis with Reveal
BIAS has significantly advanced the paradigm of audio analysis tools with Reveal, another new plug-in included with the Master Perfection Suite. Reveal combines seven powerful tools in a single plug-in interface - Oscilloscope, Peak and RMS Power History, Spectrogram, Pan Power, Spectral Analysis, Lissajous Phase Scope and Peak and RMS Level Meters. An ‘all’ view displays every tool in a single window. Additionally, users can select any tool as desired via a tab style interface, or simply click on a tool to expand its view. Users can enable or disable individual tools as desired, and a global freeze display feature is also included.
Gate and Downward Expand with GateEx
There is no denying the plethora of power offered in the Master Perfection Suite, but the package wouldn't be complete without a dedicated noise gate. Enter GateEx, a new professional quality Gate/Expander plug-in. Featuring waveform and graph displays and a suite of advanced parameter controls, GateEx effectively removes signals below an assignable threshold while the integrated downward expander helps reduce residual unwanted content. For anything from gating snare drum hits, or areas of near silence between vocal or instrument passages, GateEx is an excellent compliment to the high-end Master Perfection Suite.
Pricing & Availability The Master Perfection Suite - currently bundled with the Peak Pro XT Edition ($1199 US SRP) - will be available separately in March 2006 for $599 US, and $399 US for the academic edition, through authorized BIAS resellers and distributors worldwide. Upgrades to the Master Perfection Suite with AU, DirectX, RTAS, and VST host compatibility will be free of charge for all Peak Pro XT customers. Visit the BIAS web site for additional details.
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