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Elemental Audio Announces Next Generation Compressor

Dynamics processor achieves results not possible with existing products (September 14, 2004)

Elemental Audio Systems ( is pleased to announce the release of the newest product in its expanding line of audio plug-ins, Neodynium. An innovative compressor and dynamics processing plug-in, Neodynium employs sophisticated processing techniques to provide greater control of audio levels than existing products while delivering the topnotch sound quality audio professionals demand. Additionally, Neodynium introduces a cutting edge, visual approach to compression that supplies invaluable information for optimizing and directing compression efforts and ensuring effective compressor use. Neodynium has a retail price of $159 (US), but is available for a limited time at an introductory price of $139 (US). Neodynium may also be purchased bundled with Elemental Audio Systems' award winning EQ plug-ins Firium and Eqium.

Neodynium is Mac OS X and Windows compatible and is available in RTAS, Audio Unit, and VST plug-in formats for use in hosts including Digidesign Pro Tools, Emagic Logic, Steinberg Cubase, BIAS Peak, and more.

Instead of the more typical knobs, Neodynium is controlled by interacting with a graphical depiction of its compression settings. Unlike the transfer curves and displays found on other compressors, Neodynium's Input/Output (I/O) Map provides a complete visual picture of the amount of compression being applied and the audio levels being affected. For the first time, compressor users are able to truly see how they are affecting their audio dynamics.

"We designed Neodynium to be flexible - accommodating the varying needs of audio professionals, home studio enthusiasts, instructors, and students a like," said Elemental Audio Systems' Vice President, Brandon Ware. "But, we also wanted Neodynium to be exceedingly powerful. To meet these requirements, we had to break the mold of the typical compressor."

Further separating it from other products, Neodynium has the ability to affect distinct, user specified level ranges. Not to be confused with multi-band compression, this flexibility means users can hone in on sounds and audio at different levels and expand and/or compress each separately. Because Neodynium treats each targeted range of levels as a virtually independent compression region, compression effects can range from muted to the complete alteration of the sonic character. With this diversity, Neodynium is suited to a wide range of audio professionals, from those looking for more traditional compression results to sound designers and professionals looking to differentiate their productions.

Neodynium includes a host of features to address common and not-so-common compression tasks and make it easier to achieve the desired compression effect: selectable side-chain/key input, up to three key filters (seven filter types available), target and processed key meters, "cloud" meters, Auto-Limiter, automatic gain compensation, look-ahead, and more.

A non time-limited demo may be downloaded from:

Neodynium is available directly from Elemental Audio Systems:

Key Product Features:
- Graphic compressor
- User configurable compression regions
- Side-chain/selectable key input
- Peak or RMS key analysis
- Look-ahead
- Auto-Limiter
- Key Meters
- Input and Output "Cloud" Meters
- Input and Output Peak Hold Meters
- Two workspaces to create/compare settings
- Support for higher sample rates

Minimum System Requirements:
Mac: PowerPC G3; MacOS X (10.2 or higher); AU/VST compatible host application; Digidesign Pro Tools 6.1 or newer and Digidesign-approved system
Win: Pentium 3 or higher; Windows 98/ME/2000/XP; VST compatible host application; Digidesign Pro Tools 6.4 or newer and Digidesign-approved system

Introductory $139 (US) / Regular $159 (US)

About Elemental Audio Systems
Headquartered in Research Triangle Park, NC, Elemental Audio Systems develops innovative, award winning software tools for today's audio professionals. Elemental Audio Systems is a privately held company founded in 2001.

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Related Keywords:Elemental Audio, Compressor, Elemental Audio Systems, Neodynium, dynamics processing, Firium, Eqium, Digidesign Pro Tools, Emagic Logic, Steinberg Cubase, BIAS Peak, RTAS, Audio Unit, VST, Brandon Ware,


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