The most famous Tape-Echo Unit in Britain, and possibly in the World, the Copicat also happens to be the first repeat-echo machine manufactured as one compact unit. It was designed by Charlie Watkins in 1958, apparently after he heard a similar sound effect generated by two linked studio quality tape recorders for the Italian singer Marino Marini. Despite popular belief that the preceding Mk.1 and 2 Valve Copicats were the best performers, the facts are that this first departure from valves, the “CUSTOM COPICAT” was by far the more successful. This was mainly because of its early transistor state of the art design with its greater stability and greater recording bias control. It also had, by this time, developed far superior tape transport components. This model was sold by the 100′s of 1000′s all around the world. Most of them are still running nowadays. Incredibly reliable, with its superior dynamic range (of great importance when used for voice) and vastly improved erasing circuitry its only offset was the prevailing nostalgia and love of valve circuitry. But as an Echo Unit it outshone everything else the world had to offer. Although new digital technologies have made it possible for the unique and original Copicat sounds to be emulated and actually improved upon – nothing will ever be taken from the original pioneering 1958 Copicat – which climbed the mountain first! (Text from http://www.vintagehofner.co.uk/britamps/watkins/copicat.html and http://www.wemwatkins.co.uk/history.htm) Don’t miss to read the whole Watkins history on the above liked sites!
WatKat is a digital “clone” of a Wem Watkins “Custom” Copicat. It sounds very lo-fi, noisy, irregular. When you turn it off and leave the tape loaded, the tape bends in proximity of the capstan, and this turns into a periodic pitch fall during echo playback; plus, it gets hot and the background hum gets worse in time… you should turn it off every now and then; the tape is never completely erased, and the capstan motor flutters… and it gets worse if you touch it while it’s spinning; heads tend to get dirty very soon, infact you should clean them often. This is true for the actual hardware unit, and for the digital simulation as well!
– Swell: adjusts the volume of the repeats;
– Sustain: adjusts the number of repeats; be careful with this knob!
– Gain 1: volume of input 1 (left channel);
– Gain 2: volume of input 2 (right channel);
– Head 1, Head 2, Head 3: use these switches to select the playback head(s); each head gives a different delay time.
Don’t touch the capstan!
– Very easy to use
– Very light on CPU and memory
– Easy MIDI Learn feature
– Free for all, so the world may know how cool is a Watkins tape echo!
Looking for a ultra cheap drum vst?
Look no further, Cakewalks Session Drummer 2 is currently on offer at $9.99!
If you’re working on a budget and willing to tinker this is the ideal solution.
Session Drummer 2 was designed from the ground up to provide the fastest and most fun way to create realistic and vital drum tracks. Session Drummer 2 includes real multi-sampled drum kits paired with professionally recorded drum patterns. Build an accompaniment by simply loading a drum kit and dragging and dropping patterns into your project.
Session Drummer 2′s amazing sound quality is made possible by the included high-quality samples and MIDI patterns from Smart Loops, an industry leader in rhythm content. These samples are rendered using the unrivaled, non-aliasing Expression Engine™, found exclusively in the Cakewalk Instruments Line.
- Includes 4 kits with over 55 drum presets in varying styles: Rock, Swing, Shuffle, Reggae, more
- Build accompaniment by simply loading a drum kit and dragging and dropping patterns into your project
- Includes different patterns for verses, choruses, and fills, along with one-shots and 4-barloops
- Play patterns or individual drums using your mouse, keyboard, or any MIDI controller
- Create custom drum kits by loading individual components on pads (WAV, AIFF, or OGG format samples)
- Adjust volume, pan, width, and tuning on each drum
- Additional kits available from Cakewalk
Session Drummer 2 includes real multi-sampled drum kits paired with professionally recorded drum patterns. Build an accompaniment by simply loading a drum kit and dragging and dropping patterns into your project.
Prefer a more hands on approach? Play patterns or individual drums from any MIDI controller to perform your own drum tracks. You can even build a custom drum kit by choosing individual components (including WAV, AIFF, SFZ, or OGG format samples) and adjusting volume, pan, width, and tuning on each pad.
Session Drummer 2’s amazing sound quality is made possible by the included high-quality samples and MIDI patterns from Smart Loops, an industry leader in rhythm content. These samples are rendered using the unrivaled, non-aliasing Expression Engine™, found exclusively in the Cakewalk Instruments Line.
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NOTE: Session Drummer 2 is PC ONLY and included in SONAR 7, 8, & 8.5 Studio, also 7, 8 Producer Edition, and SONAR Home Studio 6 XL.
April 8th, 2012: Voxengo HarmoniEQ update version 2.2 is now
available for download. Voxengo HarmoniEQ, available in AudioUnit
and VST plug-in formats (including native 64-bit support), for Mac
OS X (v10.5 and later), and Windows computers, is a parametric,
harmonically-enhanced equalizer plug-in for professional music
Note that on Mac computers, HarmoniEQ now supports Mac OS X v10.5
and higher only, running on Intel processors. Mac PowerPC support is
Version 2.2 update includes the following changes:
* -6 dB/oct low-pass and high-pass filters added.
* Window resizing implemented.
* Native 64-bit AudioUnit and VST support on Mac OS X added.
Since the easiness of tuning was one of our goals when producing
this plug-in, HarmoniEQ features a single control surface to control
the equalizer curve. HarmoniEQ’s control surface workflow implements
our best findings in the area of “user-equalizer” interaction. Just
drag the filter control points to the right places. You can enable
up to 7 parametric filters, with the filter type freely-selectable
from peaking, low-shelf, high-shelf, low-pass, high-pass and notch
* Harmonically-enhanced equalizer
* Dynamic equalizing
* Real-time spectrum analysis
* 7 parametric filter bands
* Narrow-band sweeping
* User interface window resizing
* Stereo and multi-channel processing
* Internal channel routing
* Channel grouping
* Mid/side processing
* Up to 8x oversampling
* 64-bit floating point processing
* Preset manager
* Undo/redo history
* A/B comparisons
* Contextual hint messages
* All sample rates support
* 11 ms compensated processing latency
Voxengo HarmoniEQ is available for purchase on-line for USD 79.95.
Voxengo HarmoniEQ demo can be downloaded at the Voxengo web site:
Looking to monitor your mix in mono?
Throw one of these vst plugins on your master bus.
These VSTs will convert stereo to mono and more besides.
DFX – Monomaker
Monomaker is a simple mono-merging and stereo-recentering utility. You can use it to progressively mix down a stereo signal to mono and you can use it for equal power, center-shifting pans.
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BetaBugs – Moneo
Moneo - is a stereo plug-in which treats each channel as a separate monaural source. Each channel may then have its volume attenuated, its position in the stereo field panned, and its sonic character altered with a resonant lowor high-pass filter if you so choose. Moneo is equally comfortable with basic functionality (forcing mono) or inventive destruction of a source’s original spatial and spectral identity!
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Kelly Industries – Stereo Tools VST Plug-in
The Stereo Tools VST Plug-in is a simple to use utility plug-in that allows you to pan or position both the left and right channels independently of one another. This is a 2 input and 2 output plug-in. It works well for stereo files that you don’t want to have to convert to mono or if you want to fix a problem with the stereo file. For instance with the Stereo Tools plug-in you can MUTE one side of the file and then pan or position the other side to the center. You can then pan this file using the Nuendo or Cubase panner. You can also use the plug-in to remove the center information (voice remover), as well as sum both the left and right channels together. You can also work with files in the Mid/Side format.
Looking for a free Buss Compression VST plugin?
Look no further, awesome plugin made available by variety of sound
Density mkII – the smooth and versatile stereo bus dynamic processor is now available for Win32 / VST compatible systems.