Valhalla DSP Press and Accolades

ValhallaRoom was recently reviewed by Computer Music Magazine. A few choice quotes:

There’s a Lexicon influence evident and we were able to achieve similar results to both Lexicon’s PCM Native Reverb Plug-in Bundle and SSL’s classy X-Verb. This is especially impressive taking into account the enormous price difference.

The fact that ValhallaRoom contains four different algorithms and is so competitively priced makes it a steal for anyone after a versatile reverb or something to complement their convolution collection.

A review of both ValhallaRoom and ValhallaShimmer has been posted to the Motion Pictures Editors Guild website. Some quotes:

VahallaRoom uses an algorithmic, rather than convolution, reverb.  The reverb marketplace has many fine competitors both in software and hardware, and so many of them sound really great.  But I have not heard anything short of upper-tier plug-ins like Avid’s Revibe perform such excellent sounding room reverbs.

The impression one gets when hearing them is a sound very much like the Lexicon classic reverbs––specifically the 224X/XL, the 300 and the 480L.  If this plug-in is piped into an upmixer, it would hold its own against anything out there regardless of price.

Costello’s first plug-in, Vahalla Shimmer, is similarly noteworthy.  Its focus is more about surreal reverbs and spaces, and it has a good deal of fun capabilities that can get you creating David Lynch-ian soundscapes in quite literally seconds.

Finally, BT had some nice things to say about ValhallaRoom in a recent tweet:

All of the above is in the public discourse, and stands alongside all the positive forum posts and private emails that I have received from Valhalla DSP customers. I appreciate your support! I feel very lucky that I am able to get my algorithms in the hands of musicians, and I am very grateful for all of Valhalla DSP’s customers.

ValhallaShimmer used in cool PSA

Brian Trifon, one of the users of ValhallaShimmer, sent me a link to a PSA that uses Shimmer as part of the soundtrack:

The PSA is for the Mauli Ola Foundation, which exists to introduce surfing as a natural treatment to people with genetics disorders. The soundtrack was composed by Brian for Everstudio. Brian has his own blog that features electronic music production tips, so go check it out!

Some more ValhallaShimmer examples

A few people have posted examples of ValhallaShimmer in action on Soundcloud. The first example, by Paul Mimlitsch, uses a greatbass recorder through Shimmer, set to a long reverb with no pitch shifting:

The next example, from Simon Stockhausen, uses a solo euphonium, automating the sends to 5 differently tuned instances of Shimmer. The results are very Wagnerian:

The final example, from Bronto Scorpio, uses a Wavestation through 2 instances of ValhallaShimmer:

Happy New Year

Just a quick note of thanks to all of the readers of this blog, and all the people who supported Valhalla DSP during 2010. I love doing this work, and am thankful for everyone who bought ValhallaShimmer. I look forward to creating new tools for you in 2011. Have a safe and happy New Year!

As a token of my appreciation, I humbly submit my nomination for the Rick Roll of 2011. Thanks to some anonymous KVR poster for polluting my brain.

Giving the gift of ValhallaShimmer this holiday season

I’ve had a few requests, asking how to buy ValhallaShimmer for a friend, loved one, etc. It’s really easy:

  • Click on the PayPal button on the ValhallaShimmer page.
  • Click the “Add special instructions to the seller” button, and write the first and last name (or user name, or company, or whatever) of the person you want to send the plugin to, as well as an email address for that person.
  • Once I have that info, I can make out the keyfile to that person.

Hope y’all are having a happy holiday season. Here’s Drunk Orson Welles:

Rock Me Tonite

ValhallaShimmer just got a nice review from AudioNewsRoom:

http://www.audionewsroom.net/2010/12/valhalla-shimmer-review-thinking-of-eno.html

Not much more in terms of news or deep thoughts right now. I’m in coding mode, so I don’t have many interesting topics to write about. I could finish up that post I was working on back in June, that discussed how vuvuzelas and orchestras both share the characteristics that the individual partials are transformed into noise bands centered around the original partials, and that this relates to Mark Dolson’s Ph.D thesis on creating ensemble effects using the phase vocoder. However, I wouldn’t call vuvuzelas a “fresh” topic. So, here’s some videos.