Monday, May 16, 2011

McDSP - 6030 Ultimate Compressor

The 6030 Ultimate Compressor is one of the latest creations from McDSP (makers of the plugin classics: Analog Channel, CompressorBank, FilterBank). 
The website states:
"The 6030 Ultimate Compressor offers no less than 10 unique compressors from the company that has been doing analog modeling longer than anyone. Built from the ground up, the 6030 adds new sonic capabilities, stunning new interfaces, and quality only McDSP can deliver."
"Whatever your style, from smooth tube emulations to aggressive solid-state designs, the 6030 Ultimate Compressor has a custom-made dynamic range control module that is just right for you."

  • Unique twists to classic designs in addition to several completely new designs
  • Multiple compression algorithms in a single compressor
  • Side chain support
  • Analog Saturation modeling
  • Double precision processing
  • Ultra low latency
  • Mono and stereo versions
Check out Colin's Corner article for in-depth info on the McDSP 6030 and request a 14 day demo. I can almost guarantee that once you use it you will purchase it.

Cost $429 HD/ $229 Native

ICON Digital's QCon - USB/MIDI DAW Controller

The QCon is a DAW controller with support for Cubase/Nuendo, Logic Pro, Ableton Live and Samplitude. ProTools support will be implemented via a firmware update. It uses the Mackie Control protocol.

- Large backlit LCD to display channel name, control values etc. for each channel
- Illuminated buttons for each channel including Rec-enable, Solo, Mute, Select and Monitor
- 6 illuminated transport buttons including Play, Stop, Rec, Rewind,  Fast forward and Loop
- Expansion slot for ICON's “Umix” series USB audio interface card
- User A & User B RCA connectors for connecting with pedals
- Class-compliant with Windows XP, Vista (32-bit), Windows 7 (32-bit & 64-bit), and Mac OS X (IntelMac)
- USB 2.0 high speed connectivity
- Mackie control build-in for Cubase, Nuendo, Samplitude, Logic Pro and Abelton Live.
- Robust aluminum and metal casing with Kensington lock port

Cost:  $799
iCon Digital website
Here's an extensive review of the QCon on eSpace-Cubase:
iCon QCon review

Pensado's Place: #17 - Joe Barresi (Tool, Bad Religion, QOTSA, Wolfmother)