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NEWS JULY 31, 2000
DSound Releases Mac VST Version of Stomp'n FX
Demo version also available

by David Nagel
Executive Producer
[email protected]

Windows audio software developer DSound has brought over one of its effects sets to the Macintosh. Stomp'n FX Volume 1 is a collection of pedal emulators (with interfaces to match) consisting of Chorus, Flanger, Autowah, Compressor, Noise Gate and EQ.

The Graphic Equalizer DS-GE1 has seven bands ranging from 100 Hz to 6.4 KHz, with boost/cut of +/- 18 dB per band. It's designed to let users control their sound and eliminate unwanted feedback, particularly when connected after a distortion effect.

The Noise Gate DS-NG1 is a dynamics effects processor whose function is to remove unwanted audio material below a certain threshold. When the signal falls below a set threshold that the gain cell will reduce the audio level of the sound source. It's also possible to set several gates for a slower response time so the effect is not as sudden.

The Auto Wah DS-AW1 delivers a variety of wah effects, including a dynamics-sensitive picking wah that changes with the user's picking strength and a modulation wah for automatic wah over a cycle of modulation. There's also an extra-powerful wah that combines the two effects. With the manual control, users can set the frequency point of the wah effect. It has a hint of distortion designed to add some warmth to the effect. The sensitivity control can be adjusted to increase response to the user's playing. The DS-AW1 can also be a more subtle manipulator of attack and tone.

The Flanger DS-FL1 lets users select flanging that sweeps across all frequencies.

The Chorus DS-CH1 covers a wide frequency range and features high- and low-cut filters. The DS-CH1 features sharp sounds with clear highs and a stereo effect that varies depending on the spacing between the left and right speakers. The filter allows users to adjust the tonality from soft, mellow sounds to sharp, cutting sounds.

The Compressor DS-CM1 compresses high-input signals while boosting low-input signals. The DS-CM1 also provides EQ for sonic control.

Stomp'n FX is available now for the Mac for $149. It requires Mac OS 7.6.1 or higher, a VST 2.0-compatible host application, a 180 MHz 604e or better for use with Steinberg Cubase VST, a screen resolution of at least 800 x 600 and 32 MB RAM. A demo version is also available. For more information, visit http://www.dsound1.com.

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