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Abeem Live Technologies updates Rack Performer to 0.99-beta

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Abeem Live Technologies has updated the Rack Performer modular host software to version 0.99-beta.

Abeem Rack Performer

This new version includes several important new features, mostly centered around MIDI and connectivity.

External instruments and effects can be controlled by adding instances of the new “External MIDI Gear” special module to the patch. This module acts as a bridge between the application and the external gear. It can be mapped and automated like any standard module, and appropriate MIDI messages are automatically sent to the controlled gear.

The new “MIDI output turbo mode” option greatly improves MIDI output events timing and reduces jitter by dedicating one CPU core to the task. This option works especially well when coupled with the “aggressive scheduler timing” advanced option. Both options are enabled by default when available on the host machine.

Incoming MIDI events can be filtered by type at three levels (per MIDI input device, per input channel or per module) and all modules can have MIDI effects applied to their inputs. The simple included effects allow to easily create keyboard splits, layers and merges.

MIDI can be freely routed between modules (interlinks) and plugins operating in pure MIDI mode (ex: VST sequencers) are now supported.

A lot of other improvements are also included.

Changes in Rack Performer v0.99-beta

  • New modules:
    • External MIDI Gear (special module to control external instruments and effects via MIDI output).
    • Dual-Stereo Clear-Path Master Module (2×2 in + 2×2 out + clock).
    • Octo-Channel Clear-Path Master Module (8/8 + clock).
    • 16-Channel Clear-Path Master Module (16/16 + clock).
    • 32-Channel Clear-Path Master Module (32/32 + clock).
  • New features:
    • MIDI Output is now fully functionnal (up to 8 devices for a maximum of 128 output channels).
    • MIDI Output turbo mode option (allocate one core to greatly improve MIDI output timing precision and reduce jitter).
    • MIDI input messages can be filtered per type at different levels (global, per device or per channel, and also per module).
    • MIDI effects can be applied individually to all modules that can receive MIDI.
    • Notes transpose MIDI effect (transpose all notes inside configured range).
    • Notes range MIDI effect (excludes all notes outside of configured range).
    • Message filter MIDI effect (filter incoming messages by type).
    • VST plugins with MIDI output can send MIDI to other modules (interlinks).
    • Pure MIDI processing VST plugins are now supported (ex: sequencers with no audio I/O).
  • Minor modifications:
    • Optimized patch live-updating (faster and less ressource intensive).
    • Refactored advanced thread affinities configuration (now 3 possible choices: OS managed, balanced and strict).
    • Optimized multi-core load balancing (in strict and balanced affinity modes).
    • Holding a modifier key (shift or control) when creating audio patch links allow to connect multiple pins at once.
    • All modules having name labels on their GUIs now properly update when the module is renamed.
    • Added support for two new keyboard physical layouts (US 104 variants).
    • Module and control context menus now display ticks when mappings are active.
    • Improved presets XML loading to allow better forward compatibility.
    • Improved MME and DirectSound polling wave engines performance.
    • Selecting a hard drive root directory as VST plugins path is now prevented.
    • New hidden option to remove all document save confirmation prompts (some of you hate those, use at your own risk).
    • Added some integrated help and instructions to the monitor groups management dialog.
    • Thread priorities configuration is now hidden deeper in the advanced config tab (new dialog).
    • Optimized VST plugins MIDI input (more efficient handling code).
  • Bug fixes:
    • Fixed regression in Rapier DX and Trident DX (single) DirectSound wave engines.
    • A fix introduced in previous version led to a regression in the way VST GUIs dimensions are retrieved (some GUIs had wrong size in wrappers, ex: dblue Glitch).
    • SyncToPush and other events coming from the synch engine did not trigger clock location change flags.
    • Changing VST control rate in config without reloading document would crash.
    • Partially incorrect clock information was sent to VST plugins, leading to some sequence looping issues (ex: Superior Drummer).
    • Finally resolved the long lasting bug around MIDI input (falsely identified as a timing bug in previous release, now properly fixed).
    • Resolved a nasty bug leading to the “problem with the modules” error message.
    • Sometimes patch was not live-updated after using undo/redo history.
    • Fixed a bug that prevented disabling MIDI routings (driver-level thru-mode) after a config change with engine running.
    • Fixed some edge cases around presets management when operating on disabled or non-powered modules.
    • Too many VST plugins do not support a tempo value of zero, a tiny value is sent instead to avoid crashes.
    • Module popup context menu is no longer displayed for internal modules inside a PopUp Design GUI wrapper (led to bad things).
    • Fixed slight font display issue in two RMC modules as well as the RMC LFO.

The new beta is now available to download for Windows.

More information: Abeem Live Technologies / Rack Performer

Loopmasters releases Sonic Mechanics Label Sampler 2 + Sonic Mechanics Sale

Sonic Mechanics Label Sampler 2

Loopmasters has announced Sonic Mechanics Label Sampler 2, a new collection of samples from five of the best selling Sonic Mechanics titles.

As an introduction to Sonic Mechanics signature sound the elements inside have been meticulously selected to provide an insight into the respective SM titles. Within this Sampler you will find samples suitable for all genres of electronic dance music and specific building blocks for production styles including Dubstep, Future Garage and Trap Music.

And don’t forget use the included coupon codes for a 20% discount off the price of each product.

Sonic Mechanics Label Sampler 2 features

  • 642 MB content, 24-bit quality.
  • 40 Loops & Samples from Future Dub.
  • 40 Loops & Samples from Future Dub 2.
  • 40 Loops & Samples from Destructive Dubstep.
  • 40 Samples from Dubstep Effects.
  • 40 Loops & Samples from Underground Trap ToolKit.

The sampler costs £9.95 GBP.

Loopmasters has also announced a limited time sale on all Sonic Mechanics sample packs.

Sonic Mechanics Sale

As Sonic Mechanics release their Label Sampler it’s a perfect opportunity to give everybody a 20% discount on all their products. Act now, the sale ends on Feb. 12, 2013!

More information: Loopmasters / Sonic Mechanics Label Sampler 2

Loopmasters intros FatLoud Dope808 sample pack

FatLoud Dope808

Loopmasters has introduced Dope808, a sample pack by FatLoud.

We’re happy to present you Dope808. Is it another stock 808 library? Yes and no, but mostly… no. Sure, it is inspired by modern 808 sound and yes, it has all those big & tuned in key kicks, crispy snares & hihats, wide cymbals, snappy toms, cowbells, congas & other misc samples achieved by torture of our tape machines – but it’s not a big allround library of stock sounds. In fact, we think that this little library is a perfect companion for all your 808 and non-808 samples. It’ll defenitely bring some ‘fresh air’ to your drum patterns.

Dope808 features

  • Completely royalty free material to use within your commercial compositions.
  • 354 drum samples divided in to 9 categories: kick, snare, clap, misc, hats, cymbal, tom kicks, toms & congas.
  • 4 formats: 16 bit WAV, 24 bit WAV, 24 bit AIFF, Maschine (tagged wav files, no kits).
  • 100% compatibility with all modern software & hardware samplers.

The sample pack costs £24.95 GBP.

More information: FatLoud / Dope808

A Tasty Pixel updates Audiobus to v1.0.2

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Audiobus buffer preferences

A Tasty Pixel has updated its Audiobus inter-app audio routing system for iOS to version 1.0.2.

With Audiobus, the revolutionary new inter-app audio routing system, you can connect your Audiobus-compatible music apps together, just like virtual cables.

With a simple and clean interface, easily connect the output of one Audiobus-compatible app into the input of another. Use Audiobus to play a synthesizer live into a looper or multi-track recorder, or use one app to manipulate the live output of another.

Changes in Audiobus v1.0.2

  • New preferences pane allowing users to choose between a 512 and 256 frame hardware buffer size:
    • Choose 512 if you’re experiencing stuttering audio.
    • Choose 256 if you want the fastest response time for live play.
    • Only iPad 3, 4 and iPhone 5 default to 256 now, all other devices to 512.
  • Apps are now sorted alphabetically in the input/output/effects pop-over windows.
  • New status bar in the Audiobus main screen, showing current hardware buffer size and battery status.
  • Some minor bug fixes.

Audiobus is now available from the App Store for $9.99 USD.

More information: Audiobus

Trance Euphoria intros Future Trance Anthems Vol 1 for Zebra 2

Future Euphoria Future Trance Anthems Vol 1

Trance Euphoria has announced the release Future Trance Anthems Vol 1 for Zebra 2, a soundset for the u-he Zebra 2 software synthesizer.

‘Future Trance Anthems Vol 1 For Zebra 2′ is Trance Euphoria’s long-awaited first sound set for the very popular UHE Zebra 2 synth. This pack features a total of 103 new patches for your Trance needs. Every patch has been sculptured for maximum impact in your next Trance masterpiece.

If you’re into artists such as Fast Distance, Stonevalley, Ferry Corsten, AVB, Matt Darey, Gareth Emery, Dash Berlin, Sash, Aly & Fila, Cosmic Gate, Markus Schulz, Push, Vincent De Moor, Sander Van Doorn, Alex MORPH, PVD, Sean Tyas, and many more, then you will love these patches.

Future Trance Anthems Vol 1 features

  • 103 patches for u-he Zebra 2.
  • Includes 39 Basses, 19 Pads, 14 Plucks, 13 Leads, 6 Chords, 5 FX, 4 Strings, 2 Acid, 1 Arp.

The soundset is available to purchase from Producer Loops for £19.95 GBP.

More information: Future Trance Anthems Vol 1 for Zebra 2

reFX releases Sound of the 90s Expansion for Nexus2

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reFX has announced the release of the Sound of the 90s Nexus2 Expansion.

The 90s were a great dance music decade. Sounds of the 90s for Nexus brings these wonderful sound creations back!

The new expansion consists of 150 authentic synths, arps and drums. These sounds were lovingly reconstructed in minute detail using real 90s hardware synths, by genre specialists Manuel Schleis and JayB.

The expansion is available to purchase for 55 EUR.

More information: reFX / Nexus2 Expansions

Inspire Audio releases Big Room Club soundset for Sylenth1

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Inspire Audio Sylenth Big Room Club

Inspire Audio has announced Sylenth Big Room Club, a new soundset for the LennarDigital software synthesizer.

The Inspire Audio Sylenth1 Big Room & Club Soundset features 64 fresh Sylenth1 presets including catchy arpeggios, deep basses, peak time leads, melodic keys, lovely pads and crazy fx for your Big Room & Club tracks.

Sylenth1 Big Room Club features

  • 64 fresh new sounds.
  • Modwheel and Pitchbend assignment.
  • FX set up for each sound.
  • Sorted in categories.

The soundset costs 14.98 EUR.

More information: Inspire Audio / Sylenth Big Room Club

GoldWave updated to v5.68

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The GoldWave audio editor for Windows has been updated to version 5.68.

GoldWave is a highly rated, professional digital audio editor. It’s fully loaded to do everything from the simplest recording and editing to the most sophisticated audio processing, restoration, enhancements, and conversions.

This version requires Windows XP or later and most likely will be the last 32 bit version of GoldWave. Future versions will be 64 bit and require Windows 7 or later.

VST support is still in beta testing. Feedback is required.

Changes in GoldWave v5.68

  • Loopback recording devices for easier stream recording.
  • Volume modulation in Flanger effect.
  • Improved quality for Similiary mode in Time Warp effect.
  • Improved volume in Pitch effect.
  • Grid/Snap-to-grid settings.
  • Opus file format support.
  • Improved playback and recording on multichannel devices.
  • Portable installation option.
  • Several other improvements.
  • Important fixes.

GoldWave for Windows is available to purchase for $19 USD (1 year license) / $49 USD (lifetime license).

More information: GoldWave