We're currently living in the age of digital audio. Utility is an incredibly powerful tool that is essential to any music producer.

But there are so many different Utility plugins in the music production landscape, so we decided to create the ultimate list of the top Utility plugins today that will help you find the perfect fit.


Fraunhofer Pro-Codec

Utility by Sonnox



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Description


We spend our professional lives making mixes sound as good as they can – and then hand them on for encoding and distribution. Later we often wish we could have made some improvements. 

What if there was a way to audition and compare up to five audio codecs in real-time? Enter the Fraunhofer Pro-Codec Plug-In. 

Its intuitive display helps you quickly focus on key issues such as codec effect on frequencies, audible artefacts and codec-induced overloads. Optimize your mix for specific formats, such as AAC or MP3, before encoding it using the Plug-In or the separate Manager application for background batch processing.




Features

  • Supported Codecs: MP3, Apple AAC iTunes+ (Mac only) AAC-LC, HE-AAC / MPEG Surround, AAC-LC & HE-AAC multichannel, HD-AAC 
  • Realtime auditioning & encoding with glitchless switching 
  • Select up to 5 codecs for simultaneous real-time encode 
  • Batch processing using dedicated Manager application
  • Comprehensive metadata editing
  • ABX mode for blind statistical testing
  • DIFF monitoring; listen to the effect of codec on the input signal

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Pro Tools (AAX/RTAS):

  • Pro Tools 10.3.8, 11.3.2, 12.4 – AAX Native
  • Pro Tools 9, 10 – RTAS
  • Approved Pro Tools CPU, OS and hardware configuration: www.avid.com
  • Legacy RTAS support for OS X 10.6.8 – 10.8.5 & Windows XP: Pro-Codec Manager not included
  • iLok USB device with latest drivers
  • iLok2 / iLok3 required for AAX plug-ins & Pro-Codec Manager

AU:

  • Audio Unit-compatible application (Logic, Digital Performer etc)
  • Mac OS X 10.7 or later (for 10.15 Catalina compatibility click here)
  • Legacy 32-bit support for OS X 10.6.8 – 10.8.5: Pro-Codec Manager not included
  • iLok USB device with latest drivers
  • iLok2 / iLok3 required for 64-bit plug-in & Pro-Codec Manager

VST2:

  • VST2-compatible host application (Cubase, Nuendo, Sequoia etc)
  • Mac OS X 10.7 or later (for 10.15 Catalina compatibility click here)
  • Windows 7 or later
  • Legacy 32-bit support for OS X 10.5.8 – 10.6.8 & Windows XP: Pro-Codec Manager not included
  • iLok USB device with latest drivers
  • iLok2 / iLok3 required for 64-bit plug-in & Pro-Codec Manager

Supported Hosts

Mac:

  • Pro Tools 10.3.8 – 12 (AAX Native)
  • Pro Tools 9 – 10 (RTAS)
  • Logic Pro X 10.2
  • Logic 8 & 9
  • Digital Performer
  • Nuendo
  • Cubase
  • Ableton
  • Studio One

Windows:

  • Pro Tools 10.3.8 – 12 (AAX Native)
  • Pro Tools 9 – 10 (RTAS)
  • Nuendo
  • Cubase
  • Ableton
  • Samplitude
  • Sequoia
  • Pyramix
  • Studio 1

Note: An iLok USB Key is required for authorisation - refunds will not be granted for customers who do not own an iLok and purchase this product.

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élastiqueAAX

Utility by zplane



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Time and Pitch Manipulation for Pro Tools

élastiqueAAX is zplane’s time and pitch manipulation plugin for Pro Tools. It uses the élastiquePro V3 time-stretching and pitch shifting engine which is integrated in numerous DAWs and satisfies millions of users around the world.  This ensures the highest, program independent time-stretching/pitch-shifting quality.

The plugin interface has been designed to allow quick and intuitive interaction with all parameters for maximum control. élastiqueAAX is an offline Audio Suite plugin, therefore allowing to apply time-stretching and pitch-shifting much faster than real-time.




Features

  • up to eight channels
  • time stretching 25% - 400%
  • pitch-shifting +/- 24 semitones or 25%-400%
  • optional formant preserving
  • presets for typical film pull-ups/pull-downs

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  • Audio format: 1-8 channels,  32-192kHz sample rate
  • Plugin format: AAX32 / AAX64, Audio Suite offline
  • OS: Mac OS min 10.7, Windows min. 7
  • Host: Pro Tools ≥ V12.8.1

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MAutoStereoFix

Utility by MeldaProduction



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MAutoStereoFix is a magical tool, that fixes problems in stereo recordings even if you didn't even know there are any! It has been designed for stereo microphone recordings such as overheads and rooms, but can be used on master tracks as well.

Extremely easy to use

MAutoStereoFix analyzes your audio material and automatically matches the volume, time, spectrum and phase of the right channel to the left channel. And if you like it can even match the volume envelope. Just put it on your track and let it do the magic. It's quick and simple and often the results will surprise you, as you would't even know there is a problem until it fixed it!

Stereo checking made easy

No computer can judge the stereo field better than your ears. With MAutoStereoFix you can easily put on your best headphones and listen to individual channels, swap left and right, check the mid... and create a perfect centered stereo field everyone will envy you.




Features

  • The most advanced user interface on the market - stylable, resizable, GPU accelerated
  • MIDI controllers with MIDI learn
  • 64-bit processing and an unlimited sampling rate
  • Extremely fast, optimized for newest AVX capable processors
  • Global preset management and online preset exchange
  • Supports VST, VST3, AU and AAX interfaces on Windows & Mac, both 32-bit and 64-bit
  • No dongle nor internet access is required for activation
  • Free-for-life updates

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Windows

  • Windows Vista / 7 / 8 / 10 (32-bit or 64-bit)
  • VST / VST3 / AAX compatible host (32-bit or 64-bit)
  • Intel/AMD processor with SSE2 support

Always use 32-bit plugins in 32-bit hosts, or 64-bit plugins in 64-bit hosts!
 
64-bit plugins can't work in 32-bit hosts even if the operating system is 64-bit. Do NOT use 32-bit plugins in 64-bit hosts. They would have to be bridged and can become slow and unstable.
 
Mac OS X

  • Mac OS X 10.9 and newer (64-bit only)
  • VST / VST3 / AU / AAX compatible host (64-bit only)
  • Intel/AMD processor with SSE2 support or Apple Silicon processor

Note: Please check your product PDF documentation for more information and installation instructions.

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AKAI VIP 3.1

Utility by AKAI



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AKAI VIP 3.1

AKAI’s award-winning VIP is the first and only music software that enables you to control your entire VST instrument and FX library directly from any keyboard. Switch patches from all your VST's in one place, instantly access pre-mapped plugin parameters for hands-on knob tweaking, customise pre-set loading from multiple VST's using set lists, and much more.

VIP extends the capabilities beyond what any DAW offers by empowering you to quickly create and play “multis.” A multi allows you to combine up to 8 patches from 1 or more plugins, with the ability to layer, mix and pan these patches all at once.

VIP software users can also create set lists that provide on-demand access to your customised instruments for stage performance and studio work. By simply pressing a single button on any Keyboard, you can adapt to song changes as the live performance progresses without ever reaching for your computer. That's what you want!

VIP also brings you an intelligent patch browser that works across all your VST instruments to let you quickly find sounds based on instrument type, timbre, style or articulation, or simply explore patches you never knew you had!

You'll also love VIP's facilities for browsing, key zone splitting, layering of up to 8 instruments per VIP instance, expansive custom mapping capabilities, and support for any VSTi plugin. You can run as many instances of the Virtual Instrument Player as your computer allows.

VIP is ideal for live performance and a Standalone App with a built-in Digital Mixer.  It also runs as a VSTi, AU, or AAX plugin, allowing you access to VSTi's in virtually any DAW, such as Pro Tools, Logic Pro X and Ableton Live.

Need Content?  

VIP 3 Plus is also available, including a prebuilt Multi Library featuring popular songs, a 16GB download of over 10,000 sounds from industry-leading developers at AIR Music Technology and TOOLROOM RECORDS. This comprehensive collection of Instrument and FX plugins provides you with an instant palette of contemporary, sought-after sounds for both live performance and studio production at a $1000 value.

Key Features:

  • Plays virtually every VST-compatible plugin and effects unit.
  • Standalone virtual instrument and effects player for your computer
  • Organises user’s plugin collection with intuitive browsing by plugin, artist collection, instrument type, timbre and more.
  • Includes an Effects Browser allowing users to browse effects by type and audition across multiple plugins with a single click.
  • Access, edit and mix up to 8 virtual instruments at one time in a Multi.
  • Expanded Multi mixer includes insert effects, send effects, bus tracks and a master output channel strip for total routing control.
  • Effects Stacks combine multiple effects into re-usable patches, accessible in the patch list for easy selection and auditioning.
  • New | VIPMS - The VIP Native Plugin Map Standard allows 3rd party virtual instrument and effect developers to produce their own plugin maps for enhanced VIP integration and opening their plugins to the superior workflow offered by VIP – Will support the entire EastWest Creative cloud at launch.
  • New | MIDI Learn functionality seamlessly maps the controls of any VIP-compatible keyboard (knobs, encoders, faders, buttons) to VIP’s parameters with an ever-growing library of MIDI controller mappings for AKAI and M-Audio controller keyboards included.
  • New | Pad Chord Progressions - Play factory or user-defined chord progressions using a VIP-enabled keyboard controller’s pads.
  • New | Key Control Modes: Play scales, harmonised chords or chord progressions from a VIP keyboard or MIDI keyboard.



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  • 2 GB free disk space for basic installation
  • 4 GB RAM (8 GB recommended)
  • Multi-core CPU
  • 1280 x 768 pixel screen resolution
  • Mac OS X 10.8 - macOS (12x) Monterey
  • Windows 7 or later, w/ latest version of Microsoft .NET

Important note: VIP is compatible with VST3 hosts but it cannot run VST3 plugins. This software is not yet compatible with macOS 10.15 Catalina.

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cMixer

Utility by Digital Brain Instruments



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Broadcasting Digital Mixer

Handle All Your Audio Needs Inside-The-Box

cMixer is a standalone software conceived for events broadcasting purposes, including online radios, talk shows, dialogue recordings, speeches, conferences, meetings, podcasting and for small live concerts.

It can handle all your audio needs inside-the-box while using your favourite plugins to process the audio. Automix, Follow and Gate modes will help you to handle multi-microphone broadcasting sessions. This way you can use a computer and a soundcard instead of a hardware mixer to manage your audio broadcasting events.

  • 10 Mono Input + 3 Stereo Input Channels
  • 5-Band Parametric EQ & up to 4 Plugins Per Channel
  • AutoMix Engine Can Handle Multi-Microphone Sessions Automatically
  • Follow Mixing Mode
  • AutoGate Mode
  • 2 Stereo MixBus Sends
  • 2 Stereo Outputs
  • External Recording Output
  • Side-Chain Gain Control for Stereo Channels
  • Pink Noise Generator
  • WAV/AIFF Recording
  • Preset Manager
  • MIDI Matrix. Control cMixer Using Your MIDI Device.

Main Features:

Inputs

  • 10 mono input channles + 3 stereo input channels (stereo channels can also be used in mono configuration).
  • Phase invert. -20dB Pad. HPF. Input gain (+/- 15dB). 5-Band parametric EQ. 4 vst/au plugins. Panorama. Mute & Solo.
  • Automixing, Follow & Gate modes available only on mono input channels.
  • 3 group channels featuring 5-Band Parametric EQ & 4 vst/au pluings.
  • 2 Mix Bus sends pre/post. Dedicated mixing window for each Mix Bus.
  • Automixing engine handle the best possible audio performance when working with multiple microphones in real-time, by controlling the output gains automatically and reducing feedback, comb filtering from nearby microphones and any background noise. See how it works here.


Follow Mode

  • This mode allows following the main speaker within a broadcasting session automatically. When activated only the main speaker channel will be listened, the rest of the channels will be muted.  See how it works here.
  • This processing mode allows activating or deactivating automatically any channel output depending the output level. This way you can get a clear audio signal from the microphones in use by removing any background noise or feedback coming from other open microphones that are not in use.  See how it works here.


Side-Chain

  • A useful feature when playing some music through the stereo channels and want to lower its gain automatically each time that some one is speaking through a microphone.


Recording

  • Stereo/Mono recording. Multitrack recording mode allows recording only the selected input channels.


Outputs

  • 2 Stereo outputs. Out 2 can be also used for reference speakers and to monitor mix busses or recording.
  • 2 Stereo Mix Bus Outputs
  • 1 External recording output
  • Control cMixer using a midi device.


Audio IO

  • The amount of audio physical inputs & outputs for your session depends on your soundcard capabilities.
  • cMixer can work up to 192kHz and 24 Bits if your soundcard allows these settings (see your soundcard tech specs).


Presets Manager

  • Store and recall the whole session data.
  • For better & faster user experience.



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PC

  • Windows 7 or later
  • 64-bit
  • Minimum 2GB RAM
  • Minimum Screen Resolution: 1920x1080.

Mac:

  • OSX 10.7 or later
  • 64-bit
  • Minimum 2GB RAM
  • Minimum Screen Resolution: 1920x1080.

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DSP Manager

Utility by Digital Brain Instruments



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Description


Loudspeaker Management System

Control loudspeaker systems using your computer & soundcard.

DSP Manager is a 64Bit standalone software developed to manage loudspeaker systems for events such concerts, venues, conferences or any other kind of event that requires loudspeaker management or that requires routing different audio sources to different listening spaces. 

It allows managing complex loudspeakers systems (2-way & 3-way) using a computer, soundcard, midi controller and VST/AU plugins instead of a DSP hardware unit featuring crossover filters.

  • 4 Stereo Inputs / 4 Stereo Outputs.
  • Built-In Brickwall Limiter.
  • 2-Way & 3-Way Crossover Modes.
  • Matrix Mode.
  • 5-Band Parametric EQ.
  • Output Delay Compensation.
  • Up to 4 plugins on each output.
  • Recording.
  • Midi.
  • Preset Manager.



Features

  • Up to 4 stereo input channels. Each channel includes a -20dB Pad. 
  • Soundcard inputs are processed through a built-in brickwall limiter to avoid clipping and distortion. 
  • Processing Modes

  • 2-Way crossover / 3-Way crossover / Matrix
  • 3rd order Butterworth crossover filters.
  • Matrix mode allows routing a different audio input for each audio output, a useful mode when you need different audio source on different loudspeaker systems or venues.
  • Up to 4 stereo audio outputs channels. Each output channel includes a built-in brickwall limiter to avoid clipping and distortion.
  • Each output channel features a 5-Band Parametric EQ, LPF, HPF, delay compensation and 4 VST/AU plugins sections.
  • WAV or AIFF files. Up to 192kHz / 32 Bits (depending your soundcard). Recording source selection.
  • Preset Manager

  • Store and recall the whole session data.
  • Control DSP Manager volume faders via your midi device.
  • Keyboard Shortcuts

  • For better and faster user experience.

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PC

  • Windows 7 or later
  • 64-bit
  • Minimum 2GB RAM
  • Minimum Screen Resolution: 1920x1080

Mac

  • OSX 10.7 or later
  • 64-bit
  • Minimum 2GB RAM
  • Minimum Screen Resolution: 1920x1080

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Blue Cat's Plug'n Script

Utility by Blue Cat Audio



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Description


Blue Cat's Plug'n Script is an audio and MIDI scripting plug-in that can be programmed to build custom effects or virtual instruments, without quitting your favorite DAW software.

With this plug-in, you can write your own plug-in with very little knowledge about programming. If you do not care about programming, Blue Cat's Plug'n Script can also be used as a regular multi effects processor with existing scripts or to get someone else write this very particular utility you have been searching for years and cannot find anywhere.

If you are an experienced programmer, you will find in Plug'n Script a powerful development environment for audio plug-ins: prototype algorithms quickly, generate a state of the art graphical user interface (GUI) without a single line of code, and export a VST plug-in, right from within your favorite DAW! Creating a plug-in has never been so fast!

This plug-in has been in our lab for several years and has been used to prototype lots of our existing plug-ins. It supports both scripts distributed as source code and pre-compiled binary scripts.

For source scripts, it uses the high performance AngelScript scripting engine, originally developed for video games, with a JIT compiler that helps compiling scripts into machine code for optimal performance. Starting with version 2, the plug-in also supports native (compiled) code and can load binary scripts built from C or C++ (or any language that can export C functions, such as Delphi, Fortran, .Net...), using the same interface as the angelscript version.

The syntax of the AngelScript language is close to Java, C#, C++ or JavaScript, making it very easy to learn. It is also convenient to reuse your scripts into native code, or integrate code snippets found on the web into your script. Also, switching between angelscript and binary versions of the same script is very easy, requiring very few changes.

The plug-in includes dozens of audio and MIDI processing scripts as well as several virtual instruments and utilities to enhance your workflow. They can be used as is, or as examples to get started to write your own scripts. User scripts can be shared in the scripts repository, which also includes the factory scripts and native projects for reference.

Main Features

  • Audio and MIDI scripting plug-in.
  • Build your own Audio and MIDI effects or virtual instruments.
  • Export your effect or instrument as an independent VST plug-in.
  • Simple scripting syntax, using either the AngelScript language (similar to C++, Java or javascript) or C/C++ for native code.
  • Native binary scripts support (compiled C, C++ or Delphi, Fortran...).
  • Fully customizable user interface that adapts to scripts automatically. Build your own using Blue Cat's KUIML language.
  • Up to 48 input parameters and 32 outputs, with full MIDI and automation control.
  • Use your favorite Integrated Development Environment (IDE) for editing.
  • Integrated JIT (Just In Time) compiler for optimal performance (scripts are not interpreted but compiled).
  • Includes 56 scripts with source code and 136 presets for sound synthesis, MIDI FX, audio FX (comp, gate, tremolo echo, filters, looper...), waveform generation, file playback/recording and more.
  • Side chain input and auxiliary outputs support.
  • Surround support (up to 8 audio channels).

Blue Cat Audio Standards:

  • Available as: Mac-AAX, Mac-AU, Mac-RTAS, Mac-VST, Mac-VST3, Win-AAX, Win-DX, Win-RTAS, Win-VST, Win-VST3, Win x64-AAX, Win x64-DX, Win x64-VST, Win x64-VST3.
  • Native DSP code for optimal performance.
  • Full MIDI control and automation support with silent, zipper-free parameters update, advanced response control and MIDI Learn.
  • No CPU load on idle: when the plug-in is fed with silence, the processing smoothly shuts down, to optimize the CPU usage of your Digital Audio Workstation.
  • Customizable user interface with transparency management and zoom.
  • Automation and MIDI output: record output parameters as automation curves or send MIDI CC messages to other plug-ins for powerful side chain effects.
  • Smooth Bypass: activate/deactivate the plug-in with absolutely no noise.
  • Undo/Redo.
  • Full featured integrated presets manager.
  • Copy/paste the state of the plug-in between instances using the system clipboard.
  • Any sample rate supported.



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Windows

  • An SSE2-enabled processor (Pentium 4 or newer).
  • Microsoft Windows Vista, Windows 7, 8 or 10.
  • Any DirectX / VST / RTAS / AAX compatible host software (32 or 64 bit).

Mac OS X

  • An Intel processor.
  • Mac OS Sierra (10.12), Mac OS X El Capitan (10.11), Mac OS X Yosemite (10.10), Mavericks (10.9), Mountain Lion (10.8), Lion (10.7) .
  • Any VST / Audio Unit (32/64-bit) / RTAS / AAX compatible application.

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RecAll

Utility by Audified



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"Record it All"

Capture a live event without risking missing a part.

An awesome live show but no time for a slow DAW preparation? Do you risk missing an important part of the event?

Record it all. Simply. Quickly. RecAll.




Features

  • Easy setup and control
  • Maximum 256 stereo and mono tracks
  • Instant playback of the recorded tracks
  • Stereo mix recorded aside
  • Meters showing recorded history
  • Comfortable setup of multiple strips simultaneously
  • Recording Process

  • RecAll is aware of the real recording process, so it handles:

  • Projects, Sessions, Takes, Channels and Files

  • DAW Requires Configuration

  • When you are reinforcing live events, there is no extra time for auxiliary recording. Although most of the DAW's can be set up to record multichannel events, the configuration is not straightforward and the DAW is over-featured for simple recording task.

  • Recall is Fast and Simple

  • Open the application, select the setup from a template and press Record. It's that easy!

  • RecAll provides two types of meters, automatically toggling during the recording process. When the recording is off, you see the standard meters showing the signal level at the given time.

  • If you start recording, the meters show the signal history, so you don't need to check the meters all the time, especially if the RecAll window is hidden.


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  • Mac OS X 10.6 - Mac OS X 10.15

Important Note: Mac Only

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MDoubleTracker

Utility by MeldaProduction



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MDoubleTracker is a marvellous natural sounding artificial stereo expander. Need some wide vocals? Or some huge guitars? MDoubleTracker has been designed for just that!

Natural Big Sound, like the Real Thing

Double tracking is a simple old technique, but it's also hard to get it right and takes a very long time, after all, you need to record things multiple times, then you have the timing problems and so on. With MDoubleTracker it is as simple as inserting the effect into your DAW. It will do some magic by varying pitch and delays in both left and right channels to get you that big wide sound, with ease and perfect timing. It can be even used in surround environment.

Good Old Algorithms

MDoubleTracker is based on some pretty old techniques used for decades on some hardware modules such as Eventide H3000. These have been used by high end producers for decades. We just improved them a bit and got you some additional features, just in case you feel creative.

MeldaProduction Goodies

As always you'll find the standard MeldaProduction features: 16x upsampling, M/S, surround support as well as other channel modes, AGC, A-H presets for easy comparisons, and our easy to use integrated help system.




Features

  • The most advanced user interface on the market - stylable, resizable, GPU accelerated
  • Unique visualisation engine with classic meters and time graphs
  • Modulators
  • Multiparameters
  • M/S, single channel, up to 8 channels surround processing...
  • Automatic gain compensation (AGC)
  • Safety limiter
  • Adjustable up-sampling 1x-16x
  • MIDI controllers with MIDI learn
  • 64-bit processing and an unlimited sampling rate
  • Extremely fast, optimized for newest AVX2 and AVX512 capable processors
  • Global preset management and online preset exchange
  • Supports VST, VST3, AU and AAX interfaces on Windows & Mac, both 32-bit and 64-bit
  • No dongle nor internet access is required for activation
  • Free-for-life updates

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Windows

  • Windows Vista / 7 / 8 / 10 (32-bit or 64-bit)
  • VST / VST3 / AAX compatible host (32-bit or 64-bit)
  • Intel/AMD processor with SSE2 support

Always use 32-bit plugins in 32-bit hosts, or 64-bit plugins in 64-bit hosts!
 
64-bit plugins can't work in 32-bit hosts even if the operating system is 64-bit. Do NOT use 32-bit plugins in 64-bit hosts. They would have to be bridged and can become slow and unstable.
 
Mac OS X

  • Mac OS X 10.9 and newer (64-bit only)
  • VST / VST3 / AU / AAX compatible host (64-bit only)
  • Intel/AMD processor with SSE2 support or Apple Silicon processor

Note: Please check your product PDF documentation for more information and installation instructions.

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Transmutator

Utility by United Plugins



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A cross-fade effect can be useful but a simple blending of one material into another can be a bit boring. Fortunately, there's now Transmutator which brings transition between tracks, song parts or whole songs to another level of fun and creativity.

More than a Cross-Fade

Transmutator is a cutting-edge tool that crossfades between two inputs in a multitude of exciting ways. Simply place the plugin on your track and feed a second track into its sidechain input. Then use the Mix dial to transition from A to B using various unique modes.

16 (x2) Astonishing Blend Modes

Transmutator offers many creative ways to fade between inputs including Mid/Side, Multi-band, Dynamics, Filtering, Spectral freezing/blurring, Pitch/Frequency shifting and much more. Plus, the Invert parameter changes the behaviour of each of the modes.

Sound Designer's Swiss Army Knife

Blend and fuse 2 audio signals in many creative ways, from spectral morphing to Noise/Tone merging. You will find so many innovative uses for Transmutator, that it will become a powerful tool in your plugin arsenal.

From Classic to Creative

Use the Dry/Wet slider to blend between a traditional volume crossfader to full-on sonic mangling. Find the perfect balance that naturally fits your audio.

Transition Between Track Elements

Automate the mix control in your DAW to effortlessly progress from verse to chorus or build-up to drop. Transmutator will quickly create ingenious transitions to take your music productions to the next level.

Mixing Between Songs

DJs will fall in love with Transmutator for mixing between tracks. Say goodbye to boring song transitions using basic volume mixing and say hello to your new creative crossfader.

Video-makers' Lives Improved

Create effects that follow your video transitions or blend between types of music that normally do not go together well (but you simply have to use them because they fit the picture). Blend between characters voiceovers like never before.

Hassle-free Software Protection

No iLok, no dongle nor internet access is required for activation. This software uses licence files to activate. You can freely use the purchased software on all your computers as long as you are the user.

Realistic 3D yet Flexible GUI

Photorealistic graphic user interface of the plugin gives you the feeling you are touching the real hardware. But it easily adapts to your needs. You can always drag the arrow in the bottom right corner to change its size - make it smaller to save the valuable screen space, or enlarge it to make it easier to use.

64-bit Audio Quality at ANY Sample Rate

The plugin provides the maximum audio quality you can get. It uses internal 64-bit audio processing and can handle any sampling rate. 192 kHz or even higher.

Smart Bypass

The intelligent way this plugin manages bypassing ensures that you don't get any click or harmful noises when automating the parameter. It also compensates for latency ensuring that the bypass states are perfectly in sync with each other.



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Mac

  • macOS 10.10 and later (M1 Silicon Mac and macOS 11 Big Sur supported)
  • 64bit only
  • Intel/AMD processor with SSE2 support
  • VST2, VST3, AAX or AU compatible host

Windows

  • Windows 8 - 10
  • 32bit or 64bit
  • Intel/AMD processor with SSE2 support
  • VST2, VST3 or AAX compatible host

Compatibility Warning: This product only works with sidechain signals therefore applications that do not support this kind of routing (i.e. GarageBand) do not work well with it.

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Gaffel

Utility by Klevgrand



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Description


Synced Band Splitter

Create multiband effects with any plugin

Gaffel is a tool that splits audio into different frequency bands. Using it on multiple channels lets the user create multiband effects out of any other plugin installed.

Frequency parameters are globally synchronized between different instances of the plug-in if they’re set to the same group, which makes it really convenient to work with in any DAW.

Anatomy

1. Three crossover frequencies - Frequencies will be synchronised among all instances of the plugin that belongs to the selected group. Hold down option key while dragging for finetuning.

2. Four frequency bands - Click to toggle a specific band on/off.

3. Eight different groups - Frequencies will only sync within the selected group




Features

  • Linkwitz-Riley cross over filter algorithm
  • Frequency parameters are synchronised globally between instances
  • Supports up to 8 different groups

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  • macOS 10.10 or later (optimized for the M1-processor)
  • Windows 7 SP1 or later
  • AU, VST-2, VST-3, AAX

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Batch Pro 2

Utility by Digital Brain Instruments



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The Ultimate Batch Processing Tool

Real-Time Processing & Recording of Large Amounts of Files

Batch Pro 2 is a standalone software developed for processing a large number of files in one click.

It allows changing the file format, sampling rate, bit depth, pan, stereo/mono files, pitch shifting, frequency shifting, filter, volume and processing the files through up to 8 VST / AU plugins.

Batch Pro can save you a lot of time in the studio when you need to edit a large number of files.

Highlights

  • Audio Preview - Preview audio files before and after the batch processing.
  • Audio Format - Export WAV and AIFF files. Stereo & Mono.
  • Sampling Rate - Export files at 44.1, 48, 88.2, 96 and 192 kHz.
  • Bit Depth - Export at 8, 16, 24 or 32-bits.
  • Pitch / Freq Shifting - Change pitch from -24 to +24 semitones (Apply frequency-shifting +/- 1000Hz).
  • Filters - Process files through HP or LP Filters.
  • Plugins - Process files through up to 8 VST / AU plugins.
  • Gain Stage - Change gain from -40dB to +40dB.



Features

  • Real-Time Audio Processing
  • Process a Large Number of Files in One-click
  • Process Wav, Aiff & MP3 Files
  • Stereo - Mono Conversion
  • LP / HP Filters
  • Pitch-Shifting
  • Frequency-Shifting
  • Process Files through up to 8 VST / AU Plugins
  • Dry / Wet Audio Preview
  • Presets Manager

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Mac

  • macOS 10.11.6 or later (Intel / M1 Apple Silicon supported) (64-bit only)
  • Minimum 2 GB RAM

PC

  • Windows 8 or later (64-bit only)
  • Minimum 2 GB RAM

Important Note: This software is delivered as a standalone application and will not function as a plugin inside a DAW.

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Blue Cat's Remote Control

Utility by Blue Cat Audio



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Description


Blue Cat's Remote Control is a plug-in that allows you to control and monitor in real time several MIDI controllable plug-ins or devices from a single customizable user interface.

Is the user interface of your favourite plug-in is not satisfying? Your favourite hardware device is too complicated to control? Your project contains hundreds of plug-ins and you would like to control them all from a single user interface? Do you need to undo/redo all of your modifications? Would you like to instantly recall all settings of your favourite MIDI devices from your DAW projects? If so, then this product was designed for you!

With Blue Cat's Remote Control, you can choose any type of control (switches, faders, joysticks, knobs) or meter, assign a MIDI channel and CC number to each control, customize its response curve. You can also choose a built-in skin that suits your needs for every instance of the plug-in, or create your own (see the Skins section): this is the best way to create your own user interface to control your entire Digital Audio Workstation (DAW) and external hardware the way you have chosen. Since the Remote Control can also be controlled via MIDI, you can also use it to remap and transform MIDI messages, from one MIDI CC to another, with different response curves or MIDI channels.

Typical applications: MIDI remote control, MIDI CC mapping, MIDI CC values monitoring, transform automation to MIDI and MIDI to automation, custom user interface.




Features

  • Virtual MIDI control surface and monitoring tool.
  • Control or monitor in real-time any MIDI-controllable plug-in or external MIDI device.
  • 30 built-in skins with various types of controls and meters (knobs, faders, switches, joysticks...).
  • Customize the controls response curve with advanced settings.
  • Create your own Digital Workstation controller thanks to the KUIML Language.
  • Transform automation lanes into MIDI CC messages.
  • Instant preset recall with MIDI CC messages.
  • Easy controls assignments with MIDI learn.
  • Undo/Redo.
  • Blue Cat Audio Standards

  • Full MIDI control and automation support, MIDI Learn.
  • No CPU load on idle: processing shuts down when fed with silence (optimal CPU usage).
  • Customizable user interface with transparency & zoom.
  • Automation and MIDI output: record output parameters as automation curves or send MIDI CC messages to other plug-ins for powerful side chain effects.
  • Smooth Bypass: noiseless plug-in activation / deactivation.
  • Full-featured integrated presets manager.
  • Copy/paste the state of the plug-in between instances.
  • Available as Mac-AAX / Mac-AU / Mac-VST / Mac-VST3 / Win-AAX / Win-VST / Win-VST3 / Win x64-AAX / Win x64-VST / Win x64-VST3
  • Any sample rate supported.

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macOS

  • Intel or Apple Silicon Processor
  • macOS 10.9 or newer
  • Any VST/AU/AAX compatible host applications
  • 64-bit only

Windows

  • SSE2-enabled processor (Pentium 4 or newer)
  • Windows Vista or newer
  • Any VST/AAX compatible host application
  • 32-bit or 64-bit

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SigMod

Utility by NUGEN Audio



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Description


Now with VST3 Hosting

Twelve single-process modules

Instantly enhance the functionality of your plug-ins and DAW with twelve different signal modification units. Explore new creative possibilities and quickly add missing features. Each module can easily be inserted, swapped and moved around making new options to correct, convert or tweak your audio.

Expand your system

SigMod contains many useful, creative functions which are otherwise difficult to engage. Combine these single-process modules in any order to design the precise routing you require. Auto-resizing keeps the signal flow and functionality clear at all times.

  • Master & channel strip features
  • Signal monitoring & routing options
  • Mid/side conversion
  • Output level protection
  • Frequency banded splits
  • 1000's of possibilities...

Use stereo plug-ins in mid/side mode

Add mid/side functionality to classic stereo compressor and EQ emulations, or get creative with mid/side delays, distortion and many other effects by inserting the mid/side encoder/decoder either side of any left/right plug-in instance.

Protect speakers, ears & sanity

Insert the Protect unit across your output bus and this safety module will automatically cut in to prevent bursts of noise or feedback howls due to system errors, saving both your nerves and your speakers. Manual or auto reset options give you the level of protection you need - a real gift when working with headphones!

Tap and crossover

Want to try some parallel processing? Drop in the Tap module and you are good to go. Use the Crossover module to split the highs from the lows to apply different effects to different frequency ranges - great for avoiding muddying up the low frequencies or getting creative with automation and sweep effects.

Host any VST3 plug-in anywhere within your signal chain

Enhance the functionality of your plug-ins and enable multiple new applications. A dual mono option allows for independent processing of two parallel channels, turbo-charging your existing plug-in collection with new creative possibility.

For your DAW

Several of SigMod's modules offer easy access to functionality which is either missing from certain DAWs, or at least complicated to access natively. Solo/mute or trim the left and right sides of a stereo signal independently, or easily flip the stereo image in one click. Quickly detect and correct DC offset to retain valuable headroom.

How does your mix sound in mono? Think about how many listeners will be using a phone or a DAB radio with one speaker - the Mono module switches your signal from stereo to mono in one click. You can also check the phase relationship between your left and right channels with the Phase module.

Your imagination is the limit

With SigMod's creative signal routing - particularly the Mid/side, Tap and Crossover modules - the possibilities are virtually endless, not to mention easy and tweakable.

Ever wondered how your go-to tape emulator would sound in mid/side mode?

Splitting your vocals into 6 different frequency bands and sending each of them to a different compressor?

How about 600 to 800Hz through your favourite guitar amp sim, and the side channels above 13kHz sent to a giant hall reverb? Unusual, but very easy.




Features

  • Insert VST3

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  • Mac OSX 10.7.x / 512 MB RAM
  • Windows XP or above / 512 MB RAM

Formats

  • AAX
  • VST2
  • VST3
  • AU
  • AudioSuite
  • 64-bit and 32-bit

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Pan Knob

Utility by Boz Digital Labs



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Why do I need a plugin for a tool that every daw has?

Yes, this plugin is a pan knob in plugin format. But the truth is, the way traditional pan knobs work kind of sucks for headphone listeners, and according to polls, about 87% of people listen to their music on headphones. Have you ever listened to a mix that had one instrument panned hard to one side? It sounds ok on monitors, but sounds awful on headphones. That’s because traditional panning don’t take headphone listeners into consideration.

Have you ever heard a mix where you have two distinct guitar tones panned to opposite sides, but one dominates the low end and makes the entire mix feel lopsided? That’s because traditional panning treats all frequencies equally, even though our ears don’t.

Pan Knob overcomes this by having a smarter panning algorithm. One that keeps your low frequencies unpanned so that it sounds natural in headphones. It doesn’t do any room simulation, so it isn’t going to mess up your mono mixdown.

Convenient options

Aside from just sounding better, it has a few options to make it more convenient to use. It has a quick “Pan Swap” that will give you the opposite panning position with the click of a button. It has quick one button settings for the most used pan positions. You can choose which pan law is used, and choose between Balance and Pan for your stereo tracks.

Beyond 100%

Sometimes you need to pan a little wider than 100% to either side. Pan Knob lets you go to 120%, to give extra width when you need it.

More Panning Opportunities

When panning with Pan Knob, a whole new world of panning is opened up to you as a mixer. Because it sounds natural wherever you pan your tracks, you aren’t limited by the traditional panning rules that have become standard. You can pan any tracks wherever you want while keeping it sounding good and natural.




Features

  • Better Panning algorithm for all listening formats
  • Choose pan law
  • Switch between Balance/Pan
  • Pan anywhere in your signal chain

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Mac

Formats:

  • AAX
  • AU (Audio Units)
  • RTAS
  • VST
  • VST3

Windows

Formats:

  • AAX
  • RTAS
  • VST
  • VST3

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Blue Cat's Connector

Utility by Blue Cat Audio



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Description


The Virtual Cable For Your Virtual Studio

Blue Cat's Connector is an audio & MIDI streaming plug-in that can be used to transmit audio and MIDI signals in real time between several computers or applications, or create your own routings within a single application, with minimal latency.

Have you ever dreamt to overcome the limitations of your favorite DAW and draw virtual audio and MIDI cables between any places that accept plug-ins?

Have you ever been frustrated not to be able to create feedback loops with plug-ins?

What about connecting multiple applications together, on different computers?

The wait is over! Blue Cat's Connector lets you do all of this, and more! It can stream audio and MIDI data in real time, between any locations that accepts plug-ins: one or several applications, on one or several machines connected to a network.

With precise buffering control, you can achieve the lowest possible latencies: down to 0 samples, when used in a single application.

Its built-in resampling and drift compensation algorithms let you create seamless connections between locations with different sample rates and unsynchronized master clocks: it just works!




Features

  • Universal connection plug-in available in VST, VST3, AAX or Audio Unit format.
  • Create your own audio/MIDI routings inside your DAW (feedback loops allowed).
  • Create connections between any audio software on multiple computers.
  • Minimal latency, with full control over buffering.
  • Supports multiple sampling rates on a single connection (built-in resampling).
  • Built-in drift compensation.
  • Send and receive back audio/MIDI with a single instance.

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Windows

  • An SSE2-enabled processor (Pentium 4 or newer).
  • Microsoft Windows Vista, Windows 7, 8 or 10.
  • Any VST / AAX compatible host software (32 or 64 bit).

Mac OS X

  • An Intel or Apple Silicon processor.
  • Mac OS 10.9 or newer.
  • Any VST / Audio Unit / AAX compatible application (64-bit) .

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ATA Auto Time Adjuster

Utility by Mellowmuse



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Important Note: This product is only available as an AAX and is only compatible with newer versions of ProTools (9 and above)

Auto time adjuster is a plugin delay compensation (PDC) plugin, originally designed for use in Pro Tools LE 7 & 8 (RTAS), as they lacked built-in PDC. ATA continues to be a useful tool with newer versions of ProTools (9+/AAX) that include PDC, as users can benefit from the large latency limit (50,000 samples), and the increased accuracy of measuring plugin latency directly (including outboard), rather than relying on the values reported by plugins.

ATA is inserted on each track in your mix. The actual latency of all plugin and outboard inserts is then measured using a short burst of audio, or 'ping' triggered from the ATA inserted on the master fader. ATA then calculates and sets appropriate delays for each ATA on each track or bus, bringing all tracks into alignment and providing the tightest timing possible.




Features

  • Ping based delay compensation.
  • Works with software and hardware inserts.
  • Lock individual ATAs.
  • Manual latency entry.
  • Group delay preview in PT mixer.
  • Large latency limit of (50,000 samples).
  • Increased timing accuracy by measuring latency directly.
  • Outboard insert support.

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  • Windows 10 or above
  • Mac OSX 10.9 or above
  • 64-bit only
  • AAX only

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RP-Reverse

Utility by Rob Papen



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Thinking out of the box is part of what the Rob Papen brand ethos is, however, we do not want to lose the fact that plugins should be there for creating music. Well, here we present RP-Reverse which is an FX plugin for the creative minded artist that loves to add different sonic ingredients into their tracks!

RP-Reverse reverses the incoming audio in a creative way, the resulting audio can be tempo-synced to make it easily fit the reversed sound right into your track. With RP-Reverse it is also possible to trigger the recording of the audio (which is reversed) in various ways.

In true Rob Papen style, it’s not just about the main feature! On the reversed signal you can also add distortion, two analog modelled Filters or a Comb Filter.
On top of this, you will also find a handy LFO to modulate the reversed audio and the Filters.

Whilst using RP-Reverse in the creative process we kept in mind that you might like to fade in/out the reversed sound or use a mute button. The top section, therefore, has a separate volume dial for the reversed audio and a separate mute button to make it easy to automate these functions in your music host program.

RP-Reverse is a cool plugin to be used on your drum-loops, vocals or instruments, and for adding ‘thinking out of the box’ type FX to your tracks!



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PC

  • Windows 7/ Windows 8/ Windows 10 (32 & 64 bits)

Formats:

  • VST
  • AAX (Note: PC AAX for PT 12 or higher)

Mac

  • OS-X 10.9 - 10.15 (64 bits only)

Formats:

  • AU
  • VST
  • AAX

Notes:

  • Serial/licence system with activation whilst registering the product
  • 2nd serial for a secondary computer/laptop is available after you have registered the product’s original serial/license.

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LaunchCraft

Utility by Stagecraft



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The LaunchCraft plugin extends the native functionality of the Novation Launchpad MK2 and Launchpad Pro. When using the Launchpad in Notes mode, instead of being locked into a single note layout, this plugin allows you to choose from a variety of scales and modes, trigger samples from pads similar to a drum machine, and synthesizes sounds using any synth or other VST/AU instrument.

Note Quantization

The LaunchCraft plugin can quantize the pads to a large variety of scales and modes, allowing for easy and intuitive melodic exploration.

Session Mode

In session mode, you can trigger samples much like you would with a drum machine, or the session view of ableton or other DAWs.

Instrument Support

Features:

  • Extends the functionality of the launchpad in DAWs without sacrificing
  • Maintains existing DAW integrations
  • Allows for a variety of sales / modes / layouts on the Launchpad
  • Support aftertouch / channel pressure
  • MIDI is sent out, allowing you to route the quantized MIDI stream to any DAW native synths
  • Can host VST/AU instruments
  • Effects Chaining
  • One button Record / stack / delete on sampler grid
  • LaunchCraft can host any AU/VST/VST3 software formats, even though it is a plugin itself



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Mac

  • Mac OS X 10.11 or newer

Formats:

  • AAX
  • AU
  • VST
  • VST3
  • Standalone

Windows

  • ­Windows 7 or newer 

Formats:

  • AAX
  • VST
  • VST3
  • Standalone

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Radio

Utility by Plugin Boutique



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Description


Air.Play

Radio lets you stream and sample from a diverse list of internet radio stations, both inside and outside of your DAW. Use Radio as a plugin within your DAW when you are feeling creative, and use it as a standalone application when you simply want to listen to the radio.

Once you launch Radio, you can select from a carefully curated list of online stations. The station presets are diverse and include a balance of comedy, sci-fi, police scanners, ambient, spoken word, paranormal and many more, so it’s easy to find something unexpected!

Simple to Use

Radio records the last 30 seconds of any streamed material. Once you hear something you like, select it, save it and drag it into your DAW. Finding new samples to inspire your music has never been done like this before!

The onboard FX section lends Radio the authentic air of real consumer equipment, with 24 processors to make your feed sound like it’s coming through a genuine tube radio speaker, car stereo, phone or another device.

Radio stations focus on diversity, which will keep you coming back for new inspirational material.




Features

  • Buffer audio within Radio for sampling, or record everything in your DAW
  • Simply select clips from Radio’s display to save them permanently for later use
  • Drag and drop sampled clips from the plugin to your DAW
  • 24 FX emulations including vintage radios, car and portable stereos, small speakers and phones
  • Online Radio Features:

  • Station categories include Blues, World, Comedy, Chillout, Religious…
  • Curated station lists are maintained as web addresses change
  • Add your own station using a URL
  • Random button for radio station roulette
  • Featured station updated daily

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Mac

  • OS X 10.7 and later (32-bit and 64-bit compatible)

Formats: 

  • Audio Units (AU)
  • VST
  • Standalone Application

Windows

  • Windows 7 and later (32-bit and 64-bit compatible)

Formats: 

  • AAX
  • VST
  • Standalone Application

Important Notes: 

  • Radio is designed for listening to the radio while you work or for inspirational purposes.  
  • The copyright of all sources remains with the creator, publisher or other rights holder.   
  • If you want to use any sound material recorded from Radio you will need permission from the rights holder. 
  • You should ensure that you comply with any legal restrictions for recording streamed audio that may exist in your country.

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