IK Multimedia unveils T-Racks 4.2

New effects processors for mixing and mastering including a famous compressor/limiter

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IK Multimedia has just announced a new version (4.2) of its popular T-RackS mastering/mixing tools suite. Arriving just 6 months after version 4, the update adds a compressor/limiter tool based around a classic, powerful British hardware unit - which is a must-have tool for mastering, mixing and general post-production tasks.

The Precision Compressor/Limiter is clearly set to become one of the highlights of the software. It bares a noticeable resemblance to the Neve 33609 stereo and, just like that unit - which is one of the most famous compressor/limiters of the '70s - the plug-in is a simple and efficient workhorse.

The compressor section has a classic fixed attack time, whilst the release time can be set to one of six values (two of which are automatic, with settings depending on your audio material). The limiter section features a switchable slow/fast attack setting, again with a fixed time ratio, but the release time is adjustable.

T-RackS runs in AU, VST and RTAS formats, or as a standalone app, and now also runs via 64 and 32 bit AAX (Avid Audio Extension) too, for a better implementation with Pro Tools.

The Precision Compressor/Limiter is available à-la-carte via IK Multimedia's Custom Shop, using Custom Shop gear credits. Gear Credit Packs start as low as $19.99/€15.99 (for 20 credits) and go up incrementally to $499.99/€399.99 (for 1,000 credits). The Precision Compressor/Limiter is currently priced a 100 credits. The plugin can be tried for free for a period of 2 days. Check out the press release below for full details.


IK Multimedia, a pioneer and global leader in music-creation software, mobile apps and music-making hardware for musicians, engineers and producers, announced a new version of T-RackS® (version 4.2) for Mac/PC, the full-featured mixing-and-mastering-effects standalone app and plug-in, which adds one of the most revered British compressor/limiters, one that's been used by studios around the globe for over 40 years. This new model is available à-la-carte in the new version of T-RackS through its built-in online Custom Shop - a free download from the IK web site, and the only music-gear shop open 24/7 and providing models of high-end effects gear for mixing and mastering.

The new version also adds 64- and 32-bit AAX (Avid Audio Extension) compatibility. As a result, T-RackS now integrates seamlessly with the latest versions of Avid Pro Tools®. Other supported plug-in formats include AU (Audio Units), VST and RTAS. On 64-bit systems, the plug-in also works in 32-bit compatibility mode.

New Precision Compressor/Limiter

T-RackS Custom Shop 4.2 adds a longtime studio favourite piece of gear: the Precision Compressor/Limiter. This gear model is based on a classic 1970s solid-state compressor/limiter unit that's been the "must-have" compressor/limiter in studios worldwide for over 40 years. The Precision model imparts a warm "fat and thick" sonic character, but isn't overly aggressive, even at higher compression ratios. The result is a very transparent yet musical sound that doesn't lose focus or detail, and is perfectly suited for virtually any mastering, post-production or broadcast application.

The Precision Compressor/Limiter features two main sections, the Compressor and the Limiter. The Compressor section has a fixed attack time (which is influenced in part by the selected ratio) and the release time can be selected from 6 values, two of which are automatic and dependent upon the audio material. The Limiter features a switchable slow/fast attack setting, a fixed ratio and adjustable recovery time. The limited control is extremely easy to use, and makes it possible for users to achieve high-quality results in a short amount of time.

About the T-RackS Custom Shop

IK Multimedia pioneered analogue modelling in 1999 with the original version of T-RackS, the first desktop-mastering-software suite, and has been at the forefront of developing mixing-and-mastering software ever since. The T-RackS Custom Shop features a growing array of vintage and modern processing effects and modules that add the perfect touch to virtually every style of music. Its flexible module-based architecture lets users configure the chain of mastering effects quickly and easily, and save configurations as presets for instant recall. T-RackS processors can be used on individual channel strips for mixing applications in a DAW, on the master fader or AUX faders, or as a standalone mastering station for final polish.

T-RackS Custom Shop is IK's innovative shopping platform that allows users to try and buy individual processors any time from the comfort of their own studio. All T-RackS processors can be demoed for a period of 2 days, and purchased one at a time right from the Custom Shop. T-RackS Custom Shop software is free, and can be downloaded from the IK Multimedia web site.

Pricing and availability

The new Precision Compressor/Limiter is available for purchase now in the T-RackS Custom Shop, using Custom Shop gear credits. Gear Credit Packs start as low as $19.99/€15.99 (for 20 credits) and go up incrementally to $499.99/€399.99* (for 1,000 credits). *All prices exclude taxes

With Gear Credit Packs, users can purchase the Precision Compressor/Limiter for 100 credits. To commemorate the new module, two popular channel strips, British Channel and White Channel, plus Bus Compressor, which is modeled after a classic British mix-bus processor, are now being sold for 100 credits each, a 17% markdown.

To access the new processors, existing T-RackS users should download the free upgrade to T-RackS from their user area before launching the Custom Shop.

New users can download T-Racks Custom Shop for Free here.

For more information about T-RackS and T-RackS Custom Shop plesa visit: www.T-RackS.com