Nektar has announced Panorama P6, a 61 note USB MIDI controller keyboard with the same deep Reason integration as their acclaimed Panorama P4.
Nektar Panorama: Keyboard and pads are dynamic, sensitive and balanced carefully with a solid feel that allows for complete expression.
Panorama P4 first shipped in June 2012 and has already become a favorite among Reason users who are looking for great integration with hardware and workflow that allows uninterrupted creative freedom
Like the P4, the Panorama P6 features 4 modes that allow the user to switch between Mixer, Instrument and Transport mode and a 4th Internal mode with 20 user presets each configurable for control of external MIDI hardware, ReWired DAW’s or other MIDI controllable software.
A motorized fader, solo and mute buttons give mix channel control in every mode as does the extended transport buttons with no less than 11 functions a button push away. 16 encoders, 9 faders and 9 LED buttons do most of the controlling with parameters and values displayed on the TFT display. All assignable buttons including the 11 function keys and 12 pads can be setup to send MIDI messages or QWERTY macros, a unique Panorama idea where up to 8 computer keyboard shortcuts can be sent with just one button press. In addition the Panorama P6 features a 61 note velocity sensitive semi-weighted keyboard with after touch, pitch bend, modulation wheel, MIDI out, foot switch and expression pedal sockets.
Panorama P6 is shipping in December 2012, at a MSRP of $659.99 USD / 529.99 EUR / £419.99 GBP (anticipated street price of $599.99 USD / 479.99 EUR / £369.99 GBP).
Best Service has announced the release of Engine 2.1, featuring full 64-bit cross-platform support.
Best Service is excited to announce the immediate release of Engine 184.108.40.206. This new version brings a couple of really great new features and a lot of minor bug fixes. One of the new exciting features being the AU and VST 64-bit OS X support.
From now Engines memory access is not limited any more to 4GB. Use a 64-bit sequencer to take full advantage of your computers RAM and load as many Best Service Engine instruments as you like (and your computer can handle).
Changes in Engine v220.127.116.11
Added 64 Bit Support for OS X 10.6, 10.7, 10.8.
Improved Memory Management.
VST Gui updated to 3.6 for better mouse handling [Mac 64bit only].
Enhanced directory/file structure management. It´s now possible to use UNC Path and special characters [PC].
Enhanced/Improved Convolution Reverb.
Enhanced/Improved Midi processing.
Fixed some bugs in the E-License Manager [Mac].
Fixed some minor bugs.
Fixed split keyboard function.
Fixed some bugs in the midi learn function.
Fixed virtual keyboard.
Engine 2.1 is now available to download at Best Service, free of charge.
Titled after the Guinness World Record for the shortest song ever recorded (“You Suffer” by Napalm Death), 1.316 Seconds by 9 Soundware is a collection of Sculpture-based Channel Strip setting files for Apple Logic Pro inspired by extreme music.
Combining the string/exciter paradigm of Sculpture with the signal-contorting resources of Logic Pro, the sound set is composed of simulations and abstractions of instrumentation associated with stupendously aggressive, challenging works.
1.316 Seconds is composed of 5 categories, “Down-tuned Guitar”, “Down-tuned Bass”, “Blast Beat”, “Death Growl”, and “Microsong”, each of which consists of 10 Channel Strip settings. Featuring .cst files designed to simulate machine gun-like mechanical riffs, as well as sustained chords, central to the sound set is “Down-tuned Guitar”. When sequenced with consecutive fifths and parallel octaves, using palm mute and sustaining sounds in conjunction, these Channel Strip settings allow for mockups of simple phrases. “Down-tuned Bass” is based on the timbres of grotesquely distorted, droning bass guitars. Similarly, parallel octaves allow for the balance between tonality and cacophony when using these .cst files. The “Blast Beat” Channel Strip settings are abstractions of the blistering noise associated with the drumming technique. While the sound design behind this category is largely conceptual (; not emblematic of drum kits), snare drums can be modeled by layering multiple Channel Strip settings (in particular Blast Beat 08.cst and Down-tuned Bass 09.cst). Comparably nonfigurative, the “Death Growl” noise instruments impressionistically portray guttural vocals. These .cst files are designed for performance in tandem with the modulation wheel. Finally, the “Microsong” Channel Strip settings produce bursts of rhythmic and randomly shifting timbres driven by LFO modulation.
1.316 Seconds is available to purchase for $14.99 USD.
Don’tCrac[k] has announced it has partnered with Puremix, producers video tutorials for mixing, recording, mastering, and producing music and audio.
We believe they produce the finest audio tutorials currently available. All of us at DontCrack have been very impressed by the quality of the content Puremix delivers though their well thought-out hi-resolution video/audio streams.
Professionals and audio enthusiasts can learn quickly how to add to their skills by observing real working professionals who talk in depth about their techniques of recording and mixing.
Please take a look at Puremix’s FREE tutorials available from our brand new video section. More Puremix content is also available at very reasonable cost from our store.
We also added other specially selected manufacturer’s videos to our new video section that we believe will be useful in further increasing your music and recording/mixing know-how.
Puremix products are available from the Don’tCrac[k] store now.
Native Instruments has updated its Reaktor modular studio software for Windows and Mac to version 5.8.
REAKTOR 5.8 opens a universe of sound. It’s a deep and powerful modular studio that sets no restrictions on creativity. More than 70 unique synthesizers, sound generators, grooveboxes, sequencers and effects are at your fingertips, with 3000+ more freely available in the Online User Library. Customize existing instruments, or create your own individual sound generator from scratch thanks to the fully modular architecture. REAKTOR is a true playground for the creative mind.
Changes in Reaktor v5.8
Updated OSC Settings window.
Improved handling of OSC and MIDI, enables fast and easy mapping of MIDI & OSC controllers to Reaktor ensembles in Play Mode.
New OSC Array modules, for sending and receiving OSC messages in array format.
OSC in plug-in mode.
OSC learn feature now also implemented in Play mode.
OSC activity indicator.
Limits on the total number of OSC connections have been removed.
Maximum numbers of ports for the OSC Send and Receive modules has been increased to 40.
Improved sample management, including the ability to manage samples when in Play Mode.
Various workflow improvements in the sample map editor.