Sunday, July 2, 2006
Wave Arts PowerSuite 5.20 Release Notes
TrackPlug 5.20 has several exciting new features, including a real time spectrum
analyzer, support for external sidechain input (AU, MAS, and RTAS only), and user
selectable EQ and dynamics meter ranges.
Real Time Analyzer (RTA)
TrackPlug now has a built-in real time spectrum analyzer which allows you to see how
the energy in the audio signal is distributed across frequencies. The RTA displays the
instantaneous energy in each of 31 frequency bands ranging from 20 Hz to 20 kHz. The
width of each band is 1/3 octave which corresponds roughly to the critical bands in the
human auditory system. For stereo signals, the RTA displays the peak value for left and
right channels in each band. The RTA will display a flat response with a pink noise
To enable the RTA, click on the RTA button below the EQ display. The RTA display
appears overlaid on the EQ display. Further customization of the RTA modes is
accomplished by SHIFT-clicking (or right-clicking for PC users) on the vertical dB axis at
the left of the EQ display. This creates a popup menu showing the various RTA options
below the options for selecting the EQ axis range. The RTA options include RTA range,
RTA pre/post, and show/hide RTA axis.
RTA range. Select the dB range you wish to view. The choices are -144 to 0 dB, -96 to
0 dB, and -48 to 0 dB. Note that when the 48 dB range is selected, and the EQ is set to
-24 to +24 dB, there is a one-to-one correspondence between the RTA levels and the
EQ display. Hence if you move the EQ up by 6 dB you should see the same 6 dB rise in
RTA levels, assuming the RTA is running post EQ.
RTA pre/post. Select “RTA Pre EQ” to run the RTA before the EQ, hence the RTA
levels you see are before the EQ processing is applied. Select “RTA Post EQ” to run the
RTA after the EQ processing is applied. Referring to the Trackplug routing diagram, the
EQ can run either before or after the compressors based on the EQ pre/post mode.
Because the RTA can run either just before or just after the EQ, there are four possible
insert points for the RTA. When the EQ display is set to one of the dynamics sidechains,
the RTA runs either just before or just after the corresponding sidechain EQ. In this
case, the Pre mode is useful for seeing what frequencies can be used to trigger the
dynamics processors, for example, to visualize the frequency range of a vocal “ess”
sounds before setting the sidechain EQ parameters.
Show/Hide RTA axis. Select “Show RTA Axis” to display the RTA vertical axis instead of
the EQ axis. The RTA axis is drawn in blue to distinguish it from the white EQ axis. In
this mode, when an EQ edit is made, the axis temporarily reverts to the EQ axis during
the edit, then changes back to the RTA axis when the edit is complete. Select “Hide
RTA Axis” to hide the RTA axis at all times; only the EQ axis will be displayed.
External sidechain (AU, MAS, RTAS only)
You can now route an external track/bus to TrackPlug's sidechain input. When using
TrackPlug AU or RTAS with Logic and Pro Tools, select the source of the sidechain
within Logic or ProTools. When using TrackPlug MAS with DP, select the bus you wish
to use in the Tools menu of TrackPlug.
In TrackPlug, select one of the "External" options for the sidechain type to use the
external sidechain source rather than the internal sidechain.
EQ and dynamics meter range
The vertical range of the EQ display and dynamics attenuation meters can now be
selected by the user, allowing more subtle editing/viewing of these processing units.
Simply SHIFT-click (or right-click for PC users) on the appropriate axis to see a popup
menu listing the ranges. For the EQ display, SHIFT-click on the vertical axis at the left of
the display. For the dynamics meters, SHIFT-click on the axis to the right of the
attenuation meters. TrackPlug will remember the last used setting for each display. The
ranges are listed below:
EQ display: -24 to 24 dB, -12 to 12 dB, -6 to 6 dB
Dynamics meters: -36 to 0 dB, -24 to 0 dB, -12 to 0 dB, -6 to 0 dB
An additional, shallower 6 dB crossover slope has been added.
This plug-in now properly supports 192K sampling rate.
Bug fixes and revision summary for 5.20
• Added external sidechain, real time analysis and adjustable dB views to
• Added 6 dB crossover slope to MultiDynamics
• Panorama now properly supports 192K sampling rate
• Fixed Panorama HRTF loading bug on Intel Macs
• Fixed occasional resource loading errors (TrackPlug Mac)
• Improved compatibility with OS X 10.3.9 (Mac versions)
• Improved stability of Machine ID on PC versions to prevent having to re-register
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FinalPlug 5 is a professional peak limiter and volume maximizer, featuring an improved limiting algorithm for greater sonic clarity.
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Panorama 5 is a specialized tool for creating stunningly realistic 3-D audio scenes using regular stereo sound, including environment modeling, reverb and the Doppler effect.
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