blogging VOS – 5th anniversary

Today – five years ago – I’ve started blogging about the Variety Of Sound venture. Your feedback was truly overwhelming: During 2013 this blog was viewed more than a million times and visitors were coming from over 200 countries in all. Lots came searching specific plug-ins but most traffic came from the vast number of reviews and top10/best-of lists around the net. Most attention this year went to the ThrillseekerVBL release around July 1st and most concern is about having 64bit versions available.

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quote of the day

I’ve always been very interested in the technical side. And I’ve always wanted to get to the source of sound. So coding plugins gets me quite close. It wasn’t really a decision, more of a smooth transition. PlugIn coding almost replaced writing songs for me. It’s an equally great way to express myself and to create something, that might be enjoyable for others too. – Tony from Klanghelm

I could not have said this better myself! Read the full interview with Tony here in a couple of days.

what next?

what I’m currently working on – Vol. 8

I’ve just finished a remix for Soehngenetic which kept me busy for quite some days and hopefully will be released by the end of the year. Now I’m back on track with my developments for the KVR Developer Challenge 2012 and – as of now – everything is on schedule: the overall concept is final, Patrick has already started the UI works and the final tweaking just begins. The (closed) beta already started two and a half month ago and will last until end of October aka deadline. It’s very much unlikely that I will find time to finish Tessla Pro mkII in parallel so expect to see that major update somewhere after that deadline.

the never ending “what comes next ” speculation

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what I’m currently working on – Vol. 4

working with the oscilloscope

I’ve just polished the Blog a little bit and aside from some layout changes you will find all my actual plug-ins properly listed on the VST effects page now – including screenshots, short descriptions and some brief tips&tricks. If you would like to contribute and to share some further more of your own tips related to that stuff then this is the place to chime in – just drop them here as a comment or via eMail (if you already have my address). Furthermore I’ve collected lots of additional user comments for the testimonial page which looks really impressive after just two years of blogging here – many thanks for all your appreciation. [Read more…]

looking for some recording engineers

While having your attention after the recent release maybe one or another recording geek chimes in here. If so and if you are interested in, please drop me a note (with your email address) concerning a future development. Please, no bedroom producers in this case …

NastyVCS – behind the scenes

NastyVCS tube Planning

When preparing the final bits of an upcoming plug-in release, other research and prototyping typically has already been done for other potentially upcoming projects. This usually is the time when the decision is made about the next project and the new plug-in gets outlined and planned in detail. In this case it was around 9 month ago in August 2009 when FerricTDS (our entry for the KVR DC ’09) finally went into the late beta testing stage. Since quite some time I had in my mind to improve the “Nasty” plug-in series package but to that time it had become finally clear that the next step would be to put it into one single and consistent “console strip” style plug-in. [Read more…]

NastyVCS – released today

NastyVCS

NastyVCS - Virtual Console Strip

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NastyVCS – I can has dynamics

NastyVCS - compression controlThe upcoming NastyVCS virtual console strip VST plug-in will feature three pristine and complementary tools to shape the audio dynamics. This allows a vast variety of different dynamic treatments and here is a very first and brief overview: [Read more…]