Los Angeles, CA (July 6, 2006)–Having worked with some of the world’s most successful artists over nearly four decades in the record business, and picking up seven Grammy Awards in the process, Roger Nichols knows of what he speaks. And that proven hands-on experience is now available to all DAW users in the form of five Roger Nichols Digital (RND) plug-ins–the Dynam-izer, Uniquel-izer, Frequal-izer, Finis, and Inspector XL–plus a freebie, the Inspector.
The new plug-ins will be demonstrated at the upcoming Summer NAMM Show in Austin (Booth 419) and are available as evaluation copies from the website; users just need a registered iLok USB Smart Key.
Dynam-izerRND urges “Get Those Levels Under Control” with Dynam-izer, which includes RTAS, VST, AU for Mac OS & RTAS, VST for Windows, and has an MSRP of $249. Why always apply the same compression to all audio levels? Dynam-izer lets users break audio levels up into zones so they can be controlled exactly as required.
Billed as “The Swiss Army Knife of Equalizers,” Uniquel-izer also includes RTAS, VST, AU for Mac OSX & RTAS, VST for Windows, and is priced at $249. RND asks, “Why work within the confines of an EQ configuration?” This plug-in lets users determine their ideal EQ. And if they ever need more bands or filters, these are just a click away.
Frequal-izerFrequal-izer is termed the “Surgically-Accurate Mastering EQ,” includes RTAS, VST, AU for Mac OSX & RTAS, VST for Windows, and a $249 price-tag. Frequal-izer lets users build a complex FIR (Finite Impulse Response) filter to their own specifications. EQ curves can also be drawn and edited.
Finis is a peak limiter that controls dynamics, that’s also priced at $249 and also includes RTAS, VST, AU for Mac OSX & RTAS, VST for Windows. According to RND, Finis “employs the most advanced limiting algorithms we know of. There’s nothing else to do after Finis.”
Inspector XL is a collection of six individual audio analysis tools designed to fulfill a number of familiar analysis tasks with “professionalism, style and finesse.” Priced at $299, Inspector XL includes RTAS, VST, AU for Mac OSX & RTAS, VST for Windows.
Inspector is a free and “compact, but powerful” analysis tool that offers everything from spectral analysis to extensive peak/RMS metering and a balance meter. Includes RTAS, VST, AU for Mac OSX & RTAS, VST for Windows.
“With my name on the box, you know that you’re getting power, density and all of the signal-processing tricks that I have been employing as a successful session engineer and producer,” Nichols confided. “I want plug-ins that will bring sparkle and focus to my project, and now I can make them available to everyone else.”
After this initial offering of five DAW plug-ins, which will be available through an in-development distribution channel both in the U.S. and around the world, RND will be innovating other plug-ins for the world’s most popular digital audio workstations; RND is an accredited Digidesign plug-in and Apple Developer.
Roger Nichols has been designing DSP software for his personal use since 1981. These powerful devices have been used to great effect on countless albums and mastering projects with such artists as Steely Dan, Al DiMeola and Bela Fleck. “It is now time to make these plug-ins available to the ever-expanding universe of DAW-based mixing and mastering,” Nichols said. “RND is fully committed to plug-in development.”
RND says: Sure, there are a lot of plug-in companies out there, and a lot of good plug-ins. But has any other company Beta-tested its DSP algorithms for over 20 years before releasing them?
Roger Nichols built his first audio software application in 1978: a drum replacement plug-in named Wendel that debuted on Steely Dan’s Gaucho album. The second version was christened in 1981 on Donald Fagen’s Nightfly album. “And Wendel is the only machine ever nominated for a Grammy,” Nichols concluded.
The initial five DAW plug-ins have been co-developed by Roger Nichols Digital and Elemental Audio. Elemental Audio’s expertise in coding and DSP algorithms, along with Roger Nichols Digital’s responsibility for sonic performance and a series of session-derived presets, produces a winning combination. Both teams are developing new products and upgrades for existing plug-ins. RND handles all sales, marketing and support functions, yet remains financially independent from EA.
In essence, the new association combines EA’s audio software development expertise with Roger Nichols’ engineering and production experience. In-development: versions of all plug-ins for Digidesign Pro Tools TDM systems and also Apple Intel Duo Core Macs.
At press time, RND had just signed on with Sweetwater; the plug-ins are currently available via www.sweetwater.com.
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