Soundtoys MicroShift Offers To Blow Your Mix Wide Open
Stereo widening plug-in launched for Mac and Windows 19/02/14
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Soundtoys tells us that MicroShift is now available and, for a limited time, both new purchases and upgrades are at special pricing. They say that you can upgrade from Little MicroShift for only $49 (regularly $89) or purchase MicroShift (which includes Little MicroShift) for only $89 (regularly $129).
MicroShift is also the first SoundToys plug-in to not require an iLok USB key. The authorization can be installed to your computer hard drive so no key is needed. The authorization can still be placed on an iLok if you desire, or moved from computer to iLok. If this new system works out, we will look into adding the rest of the line.
In Addition, MicroShift is the first of the SoundToys line to support AAX Native 64 for Windows, and VST 64 for Mac. These platforms will be added soon to the full product line with a future release.
Here's the details in Soundtoys 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 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 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.