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Vinyl is back

Vinyl, the free vinyl simulation plug-in, has returned with a new spin down feature and AAX/VST3 support

Vinyl, the free vinyl simulation plug-in, has returned with a new spin down feature and AAX/VST3 support. The plug-in for ProTools, Logic and other DAWs, can emulate the characteristics of vintage records and record players, to add the dirty, dusty feel of a different era to a sound. iZotope is celebrating its 15th birthday with the re-release which can be downloaded today.

The new version of Vinyl is now 64-bit compatible on both Mac and PC, with supported formats now including AAX and VST3. Vinyl also features a new ‘spin down’ button that simulates slowly stopping playback of a record, with results that can range from a dramatic record stop to a subtler nuance on an individual instrument. Vinyl’s features allow a user to simulate the dust, scratches, crackles, pops, and warping of a worn record as well as the mechanical noises of a turntable. In addition, the Warp features are now available for use in all supported plug-in formats.

The re-release harks back to iZotope’s beginnings in a dorm room at MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology). Back in 2001, Vinyl was iZotope’s first product. The experimental audio processing software was developed by a small group of like-minded engineers and music lovers who wanted to bring more high-quality creative tools to the audio community. The novelty of a free digital effect that offered such flexibility over nostalgic, analogue sounds made the plug-in an instant success. Before long, Vinyl’s touch could be heard on everything from songs to soundtracks to sound effects for film, television, and video games.

Mark Ethier, CEO and co-founder, iZotope, said: “When we look back on iZotope’s history, we’re so grateful to the early fans of Vinyl who championed our efforts. It’s their support that paved the way for Ozone, Trash, RX, and everything that we have created since. In this birthday year, we’re excited to bring Vinyl back as a thank you to our old friends, and to help us meet new friends, too.”