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Molot denormalization problems: solved (and also Mac OS X 10.5 support)

Q: What  is denormalization?
A: In short, when the sound doesn’t play, the plugin starts to use  several times more CPU power. It’s related with processing of very small numbers very very close to zero (less than -600 dBFS).

Q: Molot 0.3 didn’t have such problems, so why they were added to version 0.3.1?
A: This bug is related with combination of new limiter code and auto-off feature.

Q: What is auto-off feature?
A: When there’s no input signal, the signal processing code is bypassed. If it happens, version string on GUI becomes gray.

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Windows version is updated under the same download link:

http://dl.dropbox.com/u/18475891/Molot031.zip

EDIT: Mac version is updated too (and also support for Mac OS X 10.5 restored):

http://dl.dropbox.com/u/18475891/Molot031.dmg

PS. Reaper performance meter is a good tool to detect such problems!

Reaper performance meter window

And also thanks to Theo Niessink! EDIT: And Marc Abram too.

PPS. Also I found the same problem in Proximity plugin. Update shall come soon!

Limiter №6 1.0.2 and Molot 0.3.1 new versions preview (Windows only)

http://dl.dropbox.com/u/18475891/Limiter6-v102_preview.zip

What’s new? Stereo-linking in peak limiter module now works OK (check this out! it sounds pretty good). Also modes I-III in peak limiter module were slightly changed. Less CPU intensive GUI animation. Numeric parameter values are editable.

http://dl.dropbox.com/u/18475891/Molot031_preview.zip

What’s new? New output limiter based on Limiter №6. Numeric parameter values are editable. A lot of bug fixes.

I’m making AU and Mac ports for these versions. They’re expected very soon!

PS. Also I’m trying to write small notes about development process on my Twitter. Nothing serious but you can check: 

Hit Mix Engineer Chris ‘Von Pimpenstein’ Carter Embraces Freeware Plug-in Developers on Hit Single: Variety of Sound, Vladg Sound

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
 
Hit Mix Engineer Chris ‘Von Pimpenstein’ Carter Embraces Freeware Plug-in Developers on Hit Single: Variety of Sound, Vladg Sound.
 
By Mark Cutlass
 
“Vladg” and “Variety of Sound” are not names one commonly hears bandy-hood around professional recording studios where “Waves” and “UAD” are the standards. But that may be changing soon. Chris ‘Von Pimpenstein’ Carter, a hit mix engineer with multiple #1 hit records under his belt, is one of many prominent engineers embracing young plug-in developers who offer up their wares for free.

On the recent number one hit single “We Can’t” for Latvian based rockers Mr. Rally, Carter heavily employed freeware plugins, including Molot, Ferric TDS and Nasty DLA. Molot is a dual-mode freeware compressor offered up by Vladg/Sound that features a Neve 33609 style compressor and a Fairchild 670 style compressor housed in a retro Russian military GUI. “This has become like my go-to compressor,” says Carter, who employed Molot on vocals and distorted guitars. He continues, “I’m starting to even use it instead of hardware. It sounds killer almost every time on just about anything.” 

Nasty DLA, a freeware plugin by one of the more popular underground programmers, Variety of Sound, was used by Carter for delay throws on the lead vocal. The plugin emulates classic delays which employs chorus in the feedback loop. “You can get some great character from Nasty DLA, just like in the old days; it’s a plug I use frequently,” says Chris. Also by Variety of Sound, Ferric TDS, a KVR award winning plugin, emulates tape saturation – only without the wow and flutter. Carter employed Ferric TDS after mixbuss compression, “for a little extra oomph and glue which takes it to the next level for a rock mix,” he says.

In the post-DAW mixing world, many mix engineers get caught up in the large selection of plug-ins available, trying to find the one plug-in that will fit exactly what they are trying to do. That’s a mistake, according to Carter, who employs a much more organic approach to mixing. “Find things that are just plain ‘good’ and use them,” he says, “and don’t get so caught up in the technical.” He views himself not so much as a technical mixer, but as a creative and emotional mixer. This makes sense, as anyone can really learn the technical ins and outs of mixing a record, but breathing life into a record is what, according to Carter, makes a hit record. Bear in mind that while he doesn’t view himself as a technical mixer, he has a wealth of technical knowledge that can make anyone’s head spin. “The goal,” he says, “is to know the technical inside and out so well that you don’t have to think about it; it’s just intuitive and you can reserve all your brain power for generating emotion.” 

Carter works almost exclusively out of the Feisty Chicken, his own private recording studio which comes fully loaded with an abundance of hardware and plug-in options for processing. But how much something costs isn’t a criterion he employs when selecting an effect. “I could care less;” he says, “it doesn’t matter what something costs and if some freebie plug-in beats the snot out of the competition to get the sound I want, then so be it.” 

More info:
Chris Carter at The Feisty Chicken Recording Studio: http://www.feistychicken.com
Vladg/Sound: https://vladgsound.wordpress.com/
Variety of Sound: http://varietyofsound.wordpress.com/
Mr. Rally: www.mrrally.lv
 
Mark Cutlass is a freelance journalist who contributes to numerous pro audio magazines. He can be contacted at markcutlass1@gmail.com

Molot 0.2.168c works in Pro Tools via VST to RTAS adapter!

Today I killed a half of day to make it works on Mac with Pro Tools (anyway it was raining). It worked! I was happy and decided to film it on mobile phone. But… then happen what in Russia calls “General’s effect” – it means in army when the general has come all military devices become unstable (e.g. don’t work).

See the video!

I tried next several hours to reproduce this crash but didn’t succeeded (let me remind you I don’t own Mac and can’t do this each day).  That’s means this version of plugin can’t be used in real Pro Tools projects. Let’s say it’s beta version.

But you can help me! Version 0.2.168c for Mac is available on Downloads page.

If you can reproduce this crash please press “Report” then “Information”, copy all text in the window and send me to vl-g AT yandex DOT ru. Let’s make it stable!

Thank you!

EDIT2: Jay, thanks for the dump!

EDIT3 (it’s february 2013 and Molot 0.3.1 now works with this wrapper)

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Molot GUI has become open-source!

I loose trying to make VSTGUI work with this damn written by left leg(*) wrapper. I decided to rewrite Molot GUI without using VSTGUI library.

I don’t want for another developers to step on the same pitchfork(**) I did. But I soon I don’t need old Molot GUI more I decided to make it open for developers as example of real GUI for VST plugin. I think it can be helpful and educational.

[Molot VST compressor GUI source code]

(*) “written by left leg” – I suppose in english it’s something like “did it sitting on the pants”

(**) “step on the same pitchfork” – Step on it and it hits your face. Do it twice actually. I think in english it’s something like “step into can of worms”

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Molot compressor VST for Mac OS X updated to 0.2.155

Check it in [downloads] section.

Tested on Mac Os X 10.5 and 10.6 for Intel and PowerPC on Reaper and Peak Bias as VST hosts.

Molot compressor updated to 0.2.155

First, we have new skin (see here):

Next, I added some new parameters.  Molot was initially designed for input levels of -12 dbFS so you have 12 dB of headroom. If you have your levels for 0 dbFS or even more than that Molot can distort your sound. It is sometimes pleasant sometimes not. Now we have input gain control and built-in saturation can be turned off. By the way the saturation was always the part of Molot sound and saturation control was linked with “Ratio” knob. So the more ratio you set the more your sound was saturated. Now the saturation can be independent from ratio value. And finally you can place limiter at the end of signal chain or turn it off if you dislike it.

[Check it here]

NOTE #1. Only Windows version was updated. Mac version will be updated soon.

NOTE #2. As the number of VST parameters was changed some DAWs I beleive don’t handle right the plugin upgrade in existing projects. So be careful! (I checked plugin upgrade in Cubase only and it works fine!)

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Happy Birthday Molot!

Yesterday I found that I started Molot development 2nd of may in 2010. It’s been a year ago! 😉

From this:

To that:

Now it’s time to do some new plugins!

Do you think Molot GUI is very dark?

If you think Molot GUI is very dark you can try this version with GUI modded by Mirolav Pajic.

Download Windows VST x86 & x64 0.2.145

Download Mac OSX VST 0.2.145

The question is: “Do you like it and should I replace GUI to this one in next release?”

“Official” version of Molot with old GUI is still on downloads page.

Molot Compressor AU version

Dmitry Baikov (c0ff) has developed AU version of Molot.

See details in these threads:

http://www.gearslutz.com/board/new-product-alert-software/595727-molot-au-compressor-freeware.html

http://www.kvraudio.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=314430

I’m (Vladislav Goncharov) is not developer of this port so please don’t ask qustions about AU version I just can’t help you 🙂