NS Newsletter 013: 27 September 2002

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      n a m e s u p p r e s s e d   n e w s l e t t e r   0 1 3

                         september 27th 2002

[this issue]

      *  special offer: 33% plugin discount
      *  autochromatic 2.00 & softener 1.13 released
      *  kenny translator updates
      *  token newsletter mp3 release
      *  gear review: psp audioware vintage warmer
      *  comments & feedback
      *  signing off

[special offer: 33% plugin discount]

just a quick reminder that the 33% discount on namesuppressed plugins
ends in just 4 days. the discount applies to the latest updates of
softener and the brand new autochromatic 2 plugin (see below for
autochromatic announcement). both are normally $14.95, but until
september 30 they're just $9.95. if you want to take advantage of the
offer, you'll need to be quick.

sorry for the upfront promotion, but i'd really hate for anyone on
this list to find they'd missed out on the offer :(

[autochromatic 2.00 & softener 1.13 released]

namesuppressed is very pleased to announce the release of
autochromatic 2.00, a complete rewrite of the autochromatic plugin.
the new version introduces a new midtone color control, contrast and
bias controls, plus a full preset managment system (and over 30 presets
to get you started).  the interface has been completely redesigned too.

softener has also been updated to version 1.13.  the latest update
improves support for high resolution displays and fixes some bugs in
the installer on windows 2k/nt systems.

if you like the plugins, please leave a quick review at download.com,
it would be really appreciated!

  download:      https://namesuppressed.com/design/downloads.shtml
  buy now:       https://namesuppressed.com/design/purchase.php
  review auto:   http://download.com.com/3000-2192-10147464.html
  review soft:   http://download.com.com/3000-2192-10147455.html

[kenny translator updates]

the kenny translator community has been extremely busy the past few
months, creating even more versions of kenny.  we're closer to
our goal of having kennyspeak available on every computer system....

* maxfusion released cf_kenny, a coldfusion tag to instantly add kenny
  translation to your website (almost no programming required)

* beretta constantino released the kenny php translator, a drop
  in script for adding kennyspeak to your webpage.

* arne schwabe has written a kenny translator for klient, an irc
  program for windows 9x and nt systems (with a focus on scripting)

* colin leroy released an lgpl version of the kenny translator coded
  in c, so kenny can now be incorporated into open source programs

* woode has updated his mirkenny script for mirc, which provides
  automatic encryption and decryption of kennyspeak over irc

  coldfusion:    http://www.maxfusion.co.uk/demos/kenny/
  c source code: http://www.geekounet.org/bin/index.html#kenny
  klient script: http://www.plaisthos.de/klient/kenny.ksf
  mirc script:   https://namesuppressed.com/software/mirkenny.zip
  php version:   http://www.thekey.it/kenny/

[token newsletter mp3 release]

each time i release a newsletter, i try to also release a new song on
the namesuppressed website.  but for the last few months, my
inspiration has been quiet, and i've been focusing more on my plugins.
that means i have a lot of unfinished songs.

so instead of a full release of a song, i thought i'd upload an early
version of a song i'm working on.  it has the working title of icnlu,
which might mean something to you if you've been reading the studio
diary. i have written lyrics for this song, but they're very personal
and i don't yet have the confidence to record them and release them
publicly. maybe sometime soon.

well, here it is, a track from the extremely-limited edition "alright
already" bootleg cd, exclusively for newsletter subscribers.  i hope
you enjoy it, and i'd love to hear what you think of it.  (and yes,
i'm aware that the hihats and high frequencies are way too loud....)

  icnlu:         https://www.namesuppressed.com/mp3s/nsicnlu.mp3
  criticise:     feedback@namesuppressed.com / or on the site

[gear review: psp audioware vintage warmer]

although i haven't been making much music lately, i did pick up some
fantastic music gear in the past months.  psp audioware have quickly
gained a reputation for great quality music software, with rave
reviews in future music, computer music and other top music magazines.
their latest plugin is even approved by lexicon.

my favourite of their plugins is without doubt the vintage warmer.
this is a multiband compressor/limiter modelled on old tube and valve
compressors.  it's great for giving an analog feel to digital
recordings and works very well on vocals, giving extra warmth. as a
compressor/limiter it's superb, you can hear the density of the mix
increase while you turn the knobs and apply more drive.  not only
does it sound great, it's extremely easy to use.  it's an essential
part of my music kit now.

psp have educational pricing for their products (50% off), so if
you're both a student and aspiring musician, or even a member of
academic staff with a musical ear, check out these plugins now.

  psp audioware: http://www.pspaudioware.com/

[comments & feedback]

softener has been getting some great feedback on the download sites:

* users on the graphics portal "graphics.com" rated softener 5 stars.
  one user said: "i like it that i can easily make the fluffy
  spotlight effect (marquee with feather) with softener, something the
  expensive scatterlight plugin offers in photoshop."

* the shareware download site "the file transit" rated softener 5 out
  of a maximum 5 stars.  (there haven't been any user ratings yet.)

* the top download site "webattack" reviewed softener and gave it a 4
  star "editor's pick" rating. 

* the russian software archive "softlist" rated softener 4 stars.

* users at the shareware and freeware site "afreego" also gave
  softener a 4 star rating.

  afreego:       http://www.afreego.com/
  webattack:     http://www.webattack.com/newapp.php?id=105311
  filetransit:   http://www.filetransit.com/view.php?id=7848
  softlist:      http://softlist.net/cgi-bin/program.cgi?id=10055
  criticise:     feedback@namesuppressed.com

[signing off]

hopefully i'll be getting back into the music very soon. i bought an
old (and cheap) electric guitar a couple of weeks ago, and i am
*finally* placing my order for a pair of akg k270s headphones. they're
supposedly the best you can get, no doubt i'll give you my review of
them in the near future.

meanwhile, keep yourself entertained with the sounds of jess mcavoy, a
fantastic singer/songwriter from perth (australia). she's just
released her third independent album "light wait", a collection of
acoustic guitar tracks (which normally isn't my thing, but this is
exceptional).  think tori amos' painfully personal songwriting talent,
mixed with ani difranco's indie attitude.  i saw her perform live
recently and i haven't been so impressed by a musician in a long time.
check it out - http://www.jessmcavoy.com/

ps - don't forget the special 33% plugin discount, just 4 days to go!

                .must you dictate to the other ones.

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