PreSonus Debuts Studio Magic Plug-In


Baton Rouge, LA (February 20, 2017)—PreSonus has unveiled its Studio Magic Plug-in Suite for use with its Studio One DAW, including Studio One Artist, for Mac and Windows, or with any DAW that supports in VST, AU, and AAX formats. It is now available and free to registered owners of any currently available PreSonus audio interface or mixer, including AudioBox USB, AudioBox i-series, and Studio-series interfaces and StudioLive Series III, StudioLive AR USB, and StudioLive RML-series mixers. The software bundle includes seven popular plug-ins in Studio One Native Effects format from the likes of Arturia, Brainworx, Eventide, Lexicon, Mäag Audio and SPL.

According to PreSonus, the software will be automatically added to registered users’ online MyPreSonus accounts and can be downloaded at any time—even if users bought the eligible PreSonus interface or mixer years ago.

Arturia’s Analog Lab Lite is a collection of physically-modeled classic analog synths, organs, string machines, and pianos from Arturia’s V-Collection of virtual instruments. These include instruments from Oberheim, Roland, Sequential Circuits, ARP, Hammond, Fender, Wurlitzer, Moog, and Vox.

Brainworx’s character-rich bx_opto compressor blends the aural tendencies of several light-dependent compressor circuits. Unlike hardware compressors, users may adjust the speed at which the simulated photo cell reacts, providing control over release times to shape transients unlike hardware units. A sweepable sidechain filter (20 Hz - 20 kHz) is included.

Two Eventide plug-ins are included in the Studio Magic suite—the H910 and 2016. With its pitch shifting, modulation, and delay effects, the Eventide H910 Harmonizer plug-in is a faithful re-creation of the original hardware no longer in production. It allows pitch changing to create specific musical intervals, harmonies and aural expansions. Applied at extreme settings, user may create mechanical sounds, drone effects, etc., via self-oscillation, delay and anti-feedback. Meanwhile, the 2016 Stereo Room delivers “natural-sounding” reverb, according to PreSonus. Derived from Eventide’s SP2016 hardware processor, it is reportedly intuitive and usefully applicable on a wide range of sound sources.

Lexicon’s MPX-i Reverb includes seven classic Lexicon plate, hall, chamber and room reverbs and features a streamlined interface with 100 presets. Input and output metering is included.

The Mäag Audio EQ2 delivers the sound of the original Mäag Audio EQ2 two-band hardware equalizer. By design, Mäag Audio’s EQ provides notably low phase shift across all EQ adjustments; in application, this should maintain mix integrity while enhancing “air,” or very high, frequencies. The Air Band is controlled via six frequency settings, and the low-mid frequency band offers six wide and five narrow bell settings for detailed equalization work. Usefully, an input attenuator allows users to normalize levels before applying EQ.

Finally, the SPL Attacker is a micro-plug-in that employs the same Differential Envelope processing technique as the legendary Transient Designer. With SPL Attacker, all attack events can be amplified, regardless of their signal level. This effectively allows instruments to be mixed at lower levels, thus opening space in the mix while the relationship between tracks is preserved.