IK Multimedia releases new classic British EQ models in T-RackS Custom Shop

T-RackS Models EQ73 & EQ81 give engineers that “must have”
sound of classic British consoles with added functionality


April 17, 2014 - IK Multimedia, a world leader in software and hardware products for professional musicians, engineers and producers announced today the newest release of the widely popular T-RackS Custom Shop mixing and mastering plug-in and standalone tools that features two new must-have British EQ models that provide the warmth and tone heard on countless recordings around the globe: the EQ73 and the EQ81.

T-RackS Custom Shop is a Mac/PC audio plug-in and standalone mastering workstation that provides a revolutionary way for musicians, engineers and producers to purchase IK’s legendary T-RackS mixing and mastering audio processors right from their DAW or mastering station. T-RackS processors include a comprehensive collection of ultra-accurate models of some of the most famous analog audio processors used on virtually every recording in music history. T-RackS Custom Shop lets users purchase what they need via an à-la-carte purchasing system that is always available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

EQ73
The new T-RackS EQ73 model is based upon a classic British hardware unit that is universally acknowledged as the most used preamp in music recording history. The original “Class A” device has a sonic signature almost instantly recognizable to engineers and recording enthusiasts the world over. Thanks to its unique and innovative circuitry the signal passing through it becomes thick and bold making every instrument stand out with audible fullness. The T-RackS EQ73 model captures this nuance so that even in the DAW environment the tone stays intact.

The EQ 73 is an extraordinary EQ, and IK Multimedia engineers went the extra mile to make sure the part of the preamp circuitry functionality was captured as well — a feature no other emulation on the market has included. The interaction between the preamp and the EQ section is what makes this legendary EQ so desirable. The gain range is so wide that many color shades can be found. At lower settings it adds some harmonic coloration that will make kicks or snare fatter and punchier. Going up the gain hill moves it into downright distortion with an analog saturation rarely found in DAW plug-ins. This is a killer function that adds that elusive “analog” character to a sterile sounding track, or provides a new creative effect.

The EQ73 sounds great on virtually every audio source. Its combination of preamp circuitry and EQ interaction make it versatile enough to enhance any track, especially kicks, snares, overheads, bass, guitars and vocals.

EQ81
Following in the footsteps of its older sibling, the EQ81 takes the word versatility even further; the EQ section is composed of 4 independent frequency bands, rounded out by high and low pass filters to eliminate unwanted frequencies from the signal. This EQ powerhouse is at home in practically any mixing project where there is the need to sculpt the tone of a track with precision and musicality. Plus, adding to the versatility is the ability of the high and low shelving bands to become peaking type if needed.

Preamp and EQ Interaction: The Difference
As with the EQ73 model, IK Engineers made sure the preamp circuitry modeling was ultra-accurate and usable. Its Class A/B circuit design delivers another range of tonal coloration, and while the EQ section is so accurately modeled in the EQ81, its interaction with the preamp stage is what really sets the module apart providing identical sonic hardware performance not found in other digital models. Countless hours were spent not only in making sure the EQ curves are dead-on accurate, but that the preamp response and overall module interaction was faithful to the original hardware unit.

Both the EQ73 and the EQ81 models have the dual concentric knobs found on the original units “separated” for easier and faster shaping, and the unit offers improved readability of the knob positions for quick adjustment.

14-Day Demo
T-RackS Custom Shop allows users to demo any T-RackS processor for a full 14 days, allowing them time to completely evaluate the intricate workings, nuance and sonic characteristics of the unit. When ready to purchase, users simply click the “Custom Shop” button in the bottom right corner of the processor to launch the T-RackS Custom Shop purchase system and complete the process in just a few clicks. And T-RackS Custom Shop is always open at the moment of inspiration – 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

The world’s most comprehensive collection, and then some
T-RackS massive collection of mixing and mastering audio processors is unmatched in both “true to the original” sonic perfection and in choice of selection. IK Multimedia has chosen the “best of the best” available hardware samples on which to base T-RackS modules. Other processors in T-RackS Custom Shop include models of professional compressors, limiters, console channel strips, clippers, reverbs, de-esser, multi-band processors and a tape echo. For the complete detailed list of available processors, please visit www.t-racks.com

Pricing & Availability
The T-RackS Model EQ73 and Model EQ81 are now available from the IK Multimedia web store or the T-RackS Custom Shop for an introductory price of $124.99/€99.99 (excluding taxes) or 125 Custom Shop Credits. All T-RackS processors are also available for separate purchase from the IK Multimedia web store.

T-RackS Custom Shop is a free application that can be downloaded after registration from IK Multimedia’s T-RackS web site,www.t-racks.com/customshop

For more information about T-RackS, please visit www.t-racks.com

History Comes Alive in World of Tanks Update 9.0: New Frontiers

Experience tank warfare like never before with reimagined battle arenas, HD vehicles, and new game mode

April 16, 2014 — Wargaming today announced that Update 9.0: New Frontiers for World of Tanks will release in North America on April 17, 2014.

This addition kicks off Wargaming’s plans for a massive visual overhaul for World of Tanks throughout 2014, featuring enhanced graphics for all battle arenas, tanks and in-game objects, high definition models for ten armored vehicles, and an all new Historical Battles game mode.

In New Frontiers, the American M4 Sherman, Soviet T-54, and German Tiger I are among the first ten iconic tanks to be revamped with high definition models and textures. New physics functions including blow-off turrets upon explosion of the ammo rack, and realistic suspension behavior in the HD models, create a more realistic environment allowing players to delve deeper into tank battles.

The new Historical Battles game mode pits enemies against each other in some of World War II’s most legendary tank encounters. Tankers will command historically-outfitted vehicles and relive three of history’s iconic battles: Operation Spring Awakening, the Battle of Kursk, and the Ardennes Breakthrough.

For more information about World of Tanks and to download the award-winning, free-to-play action MMO, visit:

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About World of Tanks

World of Tanks is the first and only team-based, massively multiplayer online action game dedicated to armored warfare. Throw yourself into the epic tank battles of World War II with other steel cowboys all over the world. Your arsenal includes over 300 armored vehicles from United States, Germany, the Soviet Union, France, Great Britain and China, carefully detailed with historical accuracy.

About Wargaming

Wargaming is an award-winning online game developer and publisher and one of the leaders in the free-to-play MMO market. Founded as a privately held company in 1998, Wargaming has shipped more than 15 titles. Currently, Wargaming is focused on its team-based MMO war series dedicated to the mid-20th century warfare that will include the armored World of Tanks, the flight combat World of Warplanes, and the naval World of Warships. The three intertwined titles will form a common gaming universe integrated within the portal www.wargaming.net.

EA AND POPCAP GAMES TURN WESTERN IN PLANTS VS. ZOMBIES GARDEN WARFARE WITH THE NEW ZOMBOSS DOWN DOWNLOADABLE GAME PACK

Starting today, the hilarious shooter Plants vs. Zombies™ Garden Warfareheads to the Wild West in Zomboss Down, the brand-new free* downloadable game pack. The new pack will feature even weirder shooter fun with the new Cactus Canyon Gardens and Graveyards Map, eight new playable characters, over 200 wild customization items, an increased Level cap from 20 to 30 for each character, and all-new challenges to accomplish on Xbox One, the all-in-one games and entertainment system from Microsoft, and Xbox 360® videogame and entertainment system.

In Zomboss Down the plants have blasted down Dr. Zomboss’s blimp and unleashed packs of zombies, who are now roaming the desert and battling their way through the wreckage to reach the local golf course. This golf course doubles as a super-secret facility housing a Cactus army on the unbelievable new Gardens and Graveyards Map, Cactus Canyon. Players will also enjoy increased character levels and eight fun new characters like the Archeologist Zombie, the Wrestling Star Zombie, the Law Pea and the Sun Pharaoh. In addition, players will discover weapon upgrades and skins for new characters, new accessories, tattoos and facial hair, and even more.

Plants vs. Zombies Garden Warfare combines a best-in-class multiplayer shooter experience with the fresh humor of the beloved Plants vs. Zombiesfranchise. Players are able to take on the roles of plants and zombies across a mine-blowing terrain. Powered by the Frostbite™ 3 engine, Plants vs. Zombies Garden Warfare features a stunning 3D world, blooming with vibrant colors and unique landscapes.

*Requires Plants vs. Zombies Garden Warfare on applicable platform.

EA SPORTS 2014 FIFA WORLD CUP BRAZIL™ ON SHELVES TODAY IN NORTH AMERICA

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Fans Can Now Experience All The Fun, Excitement, And Drama Of Football’s Greatest Event

 

REDWOOD CITY, Calif. – Apr. 15, 2014 – Electronic Arts Inc. (NASDAQ: EA) today unveiled their most immersive EA SPORTS™ tournament title ever, EA SPORTS™ 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil, now available in stores throughout North America. Complete with 11 Game Modes, 21 new stadiums, 7,469 players, 203 National Teams sanctioned by FIFA®, and one hundred new football animations, EA SPORTS 2014 FIFA World Cup is now available for Xbox 360® games and entertainmentsystem from Microsoft, and for PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system.

 

Gameplay innovations and new features make EA SPORTS 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil authentic to the tournament experience. All new in-mode training session, adidas® micoach Training allows fans to improve player attributes as the tournament progresses by competing in 18 different drills that can enhance everything from pace to shooting. New Penalty Kicks and Set Piece Tactics change the way the game is played from dead ball situations. Penalty Kicks feel dramatic and rewarding with new save animations, shot tuning, and Goalkeeper Antics, while Set Piece Tactics put fans in control of the runs their teammates take by using the directional pad and choosing one of four preset plays. Other innovations to the franchise’s award-winning* gameplay includes improvements made to passing, dribbling, and player movement that were implemented to showcase the world class talent that will be on display at the 2014 FIFA World Cup™.

 

“This summer’s tournament in Brazil promises to be one of the most colorful and exciting FIFA World Cups we’ve ever seen,” said Mat Prior, Lead Producer, EA SPORTS 2014 FIFA World Cup. “The game we’ve created will give fans a chance to feel the excitement, drama, and flare of the tournament whether they choose to play offline against friends or online against people from all over the world.”

 

A new design feature Patriotic Presentation implements newly-rendered 3D crowds, cut scenes from celebrations all over the world, and hundreds of flags and banners to bring the sights and sounds of Brazil directly to fans’ homes. Commentary in nine languages, a new soundtrack with 34 tracks, and EA SPORTS Talk Radio** highlight a fully featured audio package to help shape the theme and narrative of the tournament. EA SPORTS Talk Radio, featuring Ian Darke and Andy Goldstein, or Roger Bennett and Michael Davies (Men in Blazers), is available in Road to the FIFA World Cup™ and Captain your Country,contains over 50 hours of recorded content to stay up to date on all the action.

 

EA SPORTS Football Club will make it easy for fans of the franchise to continue their experience by making members’ existing XP and Football Club Credits available to use in the catalogue of EA SPORTS 2014 FIFA World Cup. The EA SPORTS Football Club Catalogue will be stocked with new and exciting tournament content like Historic FIFA World Cup™ Kits, new celebrations, adidas® footballs, an EA SPORTS FIFA Classic XI team, an adidas® All-Star team, and many other items. For more information and to buy the game, fans can visit http://www.easports.com/2014-fifa-world-cup/buy.

New Xbox One System Update Begins Rolling Out

By Major Nelson   

Tonight, we will begin rolling out the next Xbox One system update. Again, I have to thank all of the Xbox Live members who previewed features with us and shared some of their feedback. Their input helped shape this system update, and we look forward to expanding our list of previewing Xbox Live members in the coming months.

Here’s the final breakdown of the features rolling out to Xbox One systems starting tonight and over the next few days:

  • Game and app saves and updates. A game save progress bar will show you the status of your game saves. You will also be able to easily tell what games and apps are being updated or have been updated recently.
  • Friends improvements. Notifications will be added to see when favorites and friends sign in to Xbox Live. This was one of the most frequently requested features, so we made it a priority to include it in this update. Also, friends who are in multiplayer will be identified in the friends list.
  • Kinect voice and motion improvements will continue to be fine-tuned for quality and reliability of Xbox One commands. For example, we’ve updated some of the gesture functionality to reduce false positives on non-hand objects triggering gesture commands.
  • Improved GameDVR video quality through compression algorithm improvements.
    Blu-ray player supports 50 Hz video output for content recorded at 50 Hz. We’ll also be updating the Blu-ray Player app in the coming days to round out these improvements.
  • Controller and headset adapter firmware updates will reduce audio static and improve wireless connectivity.
  • Silent reboot after system updates and system update on demand now available. If your console is in Instant On mode, the update will happen automatically and return to standby upon completion. This means you won’t need to power on your console after an update moving forward. If you want to take future updates when available without waiting for your console to do it on its own, we’ve added this option under system settings and you’ll be able to use it next update. It will only show as available when there is an update to take.

Thanks again for everyone’s feedback on particular features previewed these past few months and keep the feedback coming. 

Soda Drinker Pro, the world’s most advanced FPS (First Person Soda) drinking simulation, is coming to Xbox One!

Players will soon be able to experience Soda on levels never before humanly possible with Soda Drinker Pro for Xbox One, the all-in-one games and entertainment system from Microsoft! Soda Drinker Pro will be available through ID@Xbox, the self-publishing program for independent developers on Xbox One.

This new version includes more than 100 simulations plus 10 never-before-seen game exclusives for Xbox One. It will also feature Kinect for Xbox One support, giving players the option to truly feel the cup in their hands as they grasp their Soda and drink it into infinity.

This version also features new gameplay modes that include the hyper-realistic simulation mode as well as achievements and other surprises that will be announced closer to the launch date.

“We are truly excited to have the opportunity to release Soda Drinker Pro for the Xbox One. We have been working hard to fine-tune the fluid dynamics, from the condensation on the cup to the carbonated bubbles that float up the straw, this is something we are so proud to release for the Xbox One!”
-Will Brierly Soda Drinker Pro Developer

The wonders of standing next to a rock while drinking Soda
It’s a well known fact that when you stand next to the right rock while inside a Soda drinking simulation you are transported into a wonderful world of many dimensions. This has been known in the Soda simulation world as “Vivian Clark.”

The Xbox One Vivian Clark experience is built directly into Soda Drinker Pro and features a brand new game engine built from the ground up with 500% more content than the original version, drastically improved graphics and gameplay, and thousands of possible options for the player to experience. The world of Vivian Clark will continue to grow over time, always giving players new and wonderful experiences.

About Soda Drinker Pro - 
Soda Drinker Pro is the premier in software in the first person Soda drinking genre. Experience what it’s truly like to drink a Soda at the beach, in the park, and even…in space! Soda Drinker Pro gives players over 100 intense Soda Drinking simulations across a wide array of landscapes.

With Soda Drinker Pro, you don’t need to have a Soda in hand to experience a Soda in your mind.

Increase your Soda-drinking abilities with Soda Drinker Pro! Many Soda-drinking simulations only give you the can, but in Soda Drinker Pro you get the real deal slurps and all. Imagine the feeling knowing at any moment you could take a Soda and place it to your lips. And then YOU decide when to sip it! Soda Drinker Pro gives you this ability and so much more.

PRESS PLAY ANNOUNCES NEW GAME CODENAMED PROJECT TOTEM

COPENHAGEN, DENMARK – April 11, 2014 – Danish development studio Press Play, creators of the critically acclaimed Max: The Curse of Brotherhood, is pleased to announce its brand new title, currently called Project Totem, coming to Xbox One, the all-in-one games and entertainment system and Xbox 360 games and entertainment system from Microsoft later this year.

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Project Totem is a playful yet precise platforming  game where players control two totem pole pieces with one controller. The initial idea came from brothers Asger Strandby (Game Director) and Bo Strandby (Lead Designer) who wanted to put a distinctive spin on the platform genre. On top of the single player campaign, the game offers a local couch multiplayer mode where players must work closely together to succeed – just the way the two brothers played games in their childhood.

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“It is one of those games, where the basic premise is hard to describe, but once you have the controller in your hand, it is so obviously fun that you immediately get it.” says Rune Dittmer, Studio Director at Press Play. “So when Asger and Bo showed us the prototype at a party, it was a no-brainer to give them some time to elaborate on the core concept. And now a year later we are proud to announce Press Play’s second game for Xbox One.”

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Project Totem is set for release this fall and will be available for the Microsoft Xbox One and Xbox 360. For more information on Project Totem, follow Press Play on Twitter and Facebook.

 

ABOUT PRESS PLAY

Press Play is a multi-award winning game development studio located in Copenhagen, Denmark. Founded in 2006 by Rune Dittmer, Ole Teglbjærg, and Mikkel Thorsted, Press Play has created numerous games but is best known for its original IP: Tentacles, Max and the Magic Marker, and Max: The Curse of Brotherhood. The Studio currently has several unannounced original IP in development. In 2012, Press Play joined Microsoft Studios in a light-touch acquisition, allowing Press Play to retain full creative control of its projects. As always, Press Play creates original mechanics-driven game experiences for geeks, moms, and other extraordinary people.

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