Image-Line Releases Maximus & Edison

Image-Line has released two new audio tools, Maximus, a multiband maximizer, and Edison, a fully host-integrated VST audio editing and recording utensil.

Maximus combines a high quality Maximizer, Compressor, Limiter, Noise Gate, Expander, Ducker and De-esser into one package. It can be used either as a mastering plug-in or as a per-track effect. To enhance and improve the final track, Maximus applies level maximization via compression and or limiting across three frequency bands (High, Mid and Low). It takes the input signal, passes it through a variable high-pass filter and splits it into these three frequency bands.

Maximus comes with four independent compression envelopes – one for each of the three bands and Master envelope (applied to the combined output of the three sub-bands). Compressing key frequency bands independently allows Maximus to avoiding the pumping effects that can arise when compressing is applied to the whole frequency spectrum. In the end, this means more transparent compression or louder maximization depending on the users needs.

The fully editable compression curve for each of the four compressors allows Maximus to create any shaped knee or special compression effect.

• 3 independent user-definable High Mid Low (HML) frequency bands
• Custom look-ahead for the HML bands and Master compression envelopes
• 4 limiter/compressors: One per HML band plus a Master wide band limiter/compressor
• Each compressor has a multipoint compression curve. Create any shaped knee or special effects (limiting, compression, gating or expansion)
• Fully configurable. Any of the HML or Master compressors can be bypassed to configure Maximus to suit any limiting, compression or maximization task
• Two saturation types per HML & Master bands, with independent gain
• Phase-free mixing between the frequency dependent compressors and the master, perfect for parallel & NY-style compression
• 4 Independent stereo separation controls, one per band, for independent bass through to high-end separation shaping

Image-Line claims Edison “will change forever the way you think about working with audio.” (Well, that’s a pretty bold statement. —Ed.) It’s a fully host-integrated audio editing and recording tool that loads into any VST compatible effects location and will then record or play audio from that position. You may load as many instances of edison as you desire, in any number of mixer tracks or effects locations.

• Optimized for sampler use (sampler region, seamless looping)
• Drumloop slicing (auto-slicing, slice manipulation)
• Quick drag&drop support (between instances or to your sequencer/other plugins)
• Various recording modes (start/stop with host, on audio input, can also work as transparent audio logger)
• Time manipulation (time stretching/pitch shifting, scratching)
• Effects: convolution reverb, blur, linear-phase equalization,
• High-quality resampling
• The smoothest spectral analysis display
• Click-free editing
• Full undo history
• Intuitive editing with key feature tool-buttons
• (Pascal) scripted manipulation of waveforms
• Control surface support (FL Studio 8 version)

Image-Line’s Maximus is available now at an introductory price of $119 (Standard retail price $189). Edison will not be available as a seperate plug-in, but only part of the JUICE-pack. More information on Image-Line Maximus and Edison.

Author: FutureMusic

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