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Plugin Alliance 100% AAX DSP Plugin Bundle By Ryan McCambridge W hen I owned my first Digidesign Pro Tools|24 MIX system, the idea of running software compres- sors, EQs, and reverbs was a near miracle. The term “plugin” was barely a part of our vernacular. That was over a decade-and- a-half ago, and in that time, the rise in native systems has well surpassed that of hardware DSP systems. This democratized plugins, al- lowing the formats to compete, given that computers could now power these plugins without the help of additional proprietary processing. In 2010, Avid, who’d bought Digidesign and the Pro Tools platform, introduced its AAX plugin format. Like its preceding TDM/RTAS, it had two versions: AAX DSP and AAX Native. AAX updated the TDM/RTAS 24-bit fixed- point processing to a 32-bit floating-point processing environment. This gave more fidelity and headroom and ensured that both the DSP and Native versions of a plugin were identical, which was long debated with TDM/ RTAS. A year-and-a-half later, Avid introduced Pro Tools 11, which was 64-bit and marked the end of the TDM/RTAS format. So, within a short span of time in development terms, plugin manufacturers were asked to service these new plugin formats, something that was unachievable by many. This only further decreased the supply and demand of AAX DSP plugins, even though HDX still remains the choice of most professionals – especially those operating in commercial facilities. With this as the backdrop, you can under- stand the elation over the release of Plugin Alliance’s 100% AAX DSP Bundle. It was like an oasis in a desert. Granted, there were al- ways great plugin manufacturers like McDSP, Sonnox, and Dave Hill Designs keeping us sustained, but the diminishing choice was a difficult adjustment for many. Some of Plugin Alliance’s members, like Brainworx, Elysia, and Softube, had been developing for the AAX DSP platform, but the 100% AAX DSP Bundle marks the culmination of all of their efforts i vVW&W26vRखW6PFR6W2FBRWVvƖ6PfRv26VVFVBV6FW"vVàFR&V66BFfW'6Gb'&v'FPfFb&VFE5FR6W&Fb6RfVFV6BfW'FvBFPVVF2b62&Gv&Rg&VǗ6rVF5B֖VFRPE5'VFRW6W2SVv2FF2Ц6fW"v6'VFRvWBg&6V@7W&v6FRvF6W&gVBw&GGFRVv2&fFRFRV6W76'F0F֗FW&v&fr7V6f6ǒFP'VFR26&6VBb6&W76'2Ɩ֗FW'22vFVr6V7G&2wVF"2@VF2fFW'2BU2FW&R&R&WfW&'0"FV2'WBFW'v6R6( BvRW6W'0fVVƖrVFW'6W'f6VBf"RFW&R&RfWrvƖvG2FVv'&v''FvFc22W6WFUBG2fVGW&W2&RV&VVBW7V6ǐƖ6F2vW&R6&G2'FBFW&2bfFFR&VFE5E4Хc"FW2FRVBBW6W2( deBǗ62F2Ц7W&FVǒ6GW&R&FFRg&WVV7FBWfV6&7FW&7F7>( b6vv66WFVǒ&WF2r6&W762Ч&6VBFR&W7VB2&V&&ǒG&7&VBFR5G&6VBFW6vW"W227GVFffW&FRFBf'7BFVfVBB7V'6WVVFǐ6WBFR&V6&f"G&6VB6rFVFW&^( 2FRWvǒ&VV6VB&6&pFW6vr"VVFbFR&Gv&P6W&F&fVB'6Ɨ7B֗ЦW'2FW&R&RFW"vƖvG2PE5'VFRBf"VFFf&&ЦGV6W'2B66VFW2FfRVFVBBe5BfW'62bbFRVv2v60VgVvV7vF6r77FV22f"2( 66W&VBFRǒFVF7G&Rv7BFRRE5'VFR2W2ЧFgrFR67CC2cSU4BF66VFVBg&ЧFRCS2FF67BbFRVv2BSrW 6VBF66VBN( 2w&VBfVRBVvƒЦ6RFW2&fFRVBFBvW@7W7FW'2BfbfW""F2FW&W7@g&VR66VBR&VGvbFP'VFVBVv2FR&6RbFR'VFRv&RgW'FW"F66VFVB'FR5%bV6RRv6VBVvƖ6Rf &Vr6f#vWfW"2vF'VFRRfRFfRVVvbFRVv2f BF&Rv'FBF22VFF&F@vVFV'FVFǒVW"&GV7F2@֗W2BB&VǒFW27FB2FR( &vW7@6V7FbE5&GV7FF2FR&WB( 2FV"&WFrFWG2'WBf F6Rv&R&W&VBF6VWBFB@bWV6RN( 26W'Fǒv'F6V6rW@6RbFRFVFFW&FfW2B&Vǐ6W2FvFVW7FbF7FRBFW6&V@ffW"f"W"v&66W6FRRE5'VFR2&Vg&W6rBЦFFFFRv&BbEW6W'2F2PW2BW6WF'F7V&ǒvfVFP7W'&VB6ƖFRbE5Vv22VЧFVBFW&^( 2BFfRW&R( 2BffW&FW0B6RWrFFF2bRvf@&F2E77FVBvBFfB&Pv2FfF6RVW6VBE562V6W"ЦvRRFG'WBF2'VFRW'6Vb'46'&FvR2g&VV6R&GV6W"w&FW"*BVvVW"v6R7&VFG26VFR'W6&&G2bFBv72FvW"R2FVvB6V@FW6vB&GV7FBv&62BVfW'6FW0B2FRg&Fb6W"6Ɨ6*f"&Pf&Ff6Bwwr'66'&FvR6ЦL*wwr6W&6Ɨ66$dU544TB#0