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iZotope introduces Mastering Essentials

iZotope has announced Mastering Essentials, a new tool designed specifically for Acoustic Mixcraft Pro Studio 6.

By licensing elements from Ozone, iZotope’s flagship mastering suite, Acoustica is delivering a basic mastering solution approachable for musicians of any level.

Mastering Essentials Room Simulator

“Mastering Essentials is the perfect intro to mastering,” explains Alex Westner, iZotope’s Director of Business Development. “With over 80 presets to choose from, users can get going quickly with great results. We take it a step further, though, by letting musicians experiment with customizing their sound. The three additional EQ, Reverb, and Tube Amplifier modules allow users to grow and expand their capabilities as they become more comfortable with mastering their own music.”

iZotope Mastering Essentials will make its debut as part of Acoustica’s Mixcraft Pro Studio 6, the latest edition of their popular Windows-based DAW. “Everyone trusts the iZotope name when it comes to mastering,” says Dan Goldstein, Chief Technology Officer of Acoustica. “Mastering Essentials enhances our Pro Studio bundle with a top-notch tool for polishing any project.”

Mastering Essentials features

  • Valve EQ module: high-quality 4-band EQ.
  • Room Simulation (Reverb) module: controls for reverb and stereo widening, including a vectorscope for visualizing the stereo spread of the audio.
  • Tube amplifier module: Bass Compression, a Tube Limiter, and Tube Saturation components.
  • Over 80 presets, including presets for general use, special FX, audio enhancement, restoration, and over 40 different genre presets.

Mastering Essentials is available from iZotope for third-party and OEM licensing for Mac or Windows applications. Acoustica’s Mixcraft Pro Studio 6 is currently due to be released in March, 2012.

More information: iZotope / Acoustica

Acoustica releases Mixcreaft v5.2 build 150 public beta

Acoustica Mixcraft 5

Acoustica has released a public beta of Mixcraft version 5.2 build 150.

Mixcraft 5 is a powerful yet easy-to-use multi-track recording studio that enables you to record audio, arrange loops, remix tracks, compose with virtual instruments, score and edit video, and add effects to create stunningly professional compositions. Easy enough for everyone and powerful enough for the pros. Get a studio for a song with Mixcraft 5!

Changes in Mixcraft v5.2 build 150

  • Pressing stop at the end of low latency recording no longer pauses audio mixing, causing bad noises.
  • Fixed mixed sample rate drifting over time.
  • Added optimization for large amounts of minor automation changes.
  • Fixed problem with audio suddenly not looping in loop playback mode.
  • Fixed problem with bouncing tracks when one audio clip is entirely inside another audio clip.
  • Previewed audio clips now play back at the correct project time.
  • Frozen tracks no longer processing track automation.
  • Fix for missing files in ZIP archive.
  • Repaired saving & loading of audio files using relative file path.
  • Fixed serious crash when automation pane referenced wrong effect index.
  • Fix for sounds failing to change tempo properly when over-lapped.
  • Fix for positioning caret with snap to measure set in some time signatures.

Mixcraft 5 for Windows is available to purchase for $74.95 USD.

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Acoustica Mixcraft Pro Studio 5, multi-track recording studio

Acoustica Mixcraft Pro Studio 5

Acoustica has recently released Mixcraft Pro Studio 5, a multi-track recording studio software for Windows.

Mixcraft Pro Studio 5 improves on Mixcraft 5′s already impressive line-up by adding three incredible virtual instruments and four powerful new effects valued at $250.00, for a grand total of 26 included effects and 11 included virtual instruments.

New instruments and effects in Mixcraft 5 Pro Studio

  • ME80 Vintage Analog Synthesizer – Incredibly realistic recreation of the Yamaha CS80 analog synthesizer, among the most powerful and coveted analog synthesizers ever made. This amazing recreation supports polyphonic aftertouch (just like the original) and has the same rich creamy tone as the original.
  • Memorymoon Analog Synthesizer – No synthesizer in history has ever sounded more massive than the legendary Moog Memorymoog, and Memorymoon perfectly captures the enormous analog sound of the classic original. Loaded with presets and knobs, this 3-oscillator polyphonic powerhouse will blow you away.
  • Acoustica Pianissimo Virtual Grand Piano – High quality, award winning grand piano featuring 250MB of Steinway Model D piano samples combined with powerful piano modeling technology.
  • G-Sonique Twisthead VS-206 Vacuum Tube Preamp – Adds subtle analog warmth or fierce overdriven tube grit to your tracks. This vintage tube preamp adds 1960′s charm and character to vocals, guitars, drums, and more.
  • G-Sonique FSQ1964 Transient Vitaliser – This powerful mastering tool adds sweet high frequencies, analog colors, crystal and transparent transients, and boldness to any mix. FSQ1964 adds life and sparkle to even the most basic tracks, so they pop out of your speakers with the crisp modern sound heard on today’s chart-topping records.
  • G-Sonique XBass 4000L Analog Bass Enhancer – XBass 4000L adds the warm, fat bass tone found in vintage tube circuits to your projects. XBass 4000L combines two unique algorithms to enhance the bass spectrum of your tracks, adding emphasis to the audible bass content, enriching the bass and sub-bass spectrum, and boosting the higher harmonic frequencies.
  • G-Sonique Dubmaster Liquid Delay – This intense delay effect goes far beyond the limits of traditional delays. Dubmaster combines tempo-synced rhythmic liquid delay with powerful LFO-driven filtering and phase effects to add atmosphere and a unique sound to your tracks.

Mixcraft Pro Studio 5 for Windows is available to purchase for the introductory price of $149.99 USD (MSRP $199).

More information: Acoustica Mixcraft Pro Studio 5

Acoustica releases Mixcraft 5

Acoustica Mixcraft 5

Acoustica has released Mixcraft 5, a multi-track recording studio for Windows.

Mixcraft 5 is a powerful yet easy-to-use multi-track recording studio that enables you to record audio, arrange loops, remix tracks, compose with virtual instruments, score and edit video, and add effects to create stunningly professional compositions. Easy enough for everyone and powerful enough for the pros. Get a studio for a song with Mixcraft 5!

Mixcraft 5 features

  • Record and create an unlimited number of audio and MIDI tracks.
  • Arrange and score video files, adding music, sound effects, and voice-overs with ease.
  • Includes over 3000 professionally produced music loops and sound effects in dozens of popular styles.
  • Includes a large collection of virtual instruments, ranging from modelled vintage synths to high-quality sampled acoustic instruments.
  • Includes 20 high quality effects, ranging from studio standards such as reverb, chorus and EQ, to high-end guitar amp simulators, vintage tube EQs, and more.

Mixcraft 5 is available to purchase for Windows PC, priced at $74.95 USD.

More information: Mixcraft 5

Acoustica releases Pianissimo

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Acoustica Pianissimo

Acoustica has released Pianissimo, a virtual grand piano, delivering the rich, warm sound and expressiveness of a classic grand piano.

Pianissimo uses a combination of sample playback and advanced physical modeling to create a stunning acoustic grand piano sound. Starting with 250 MB of high quality samples of a Steinway(tm) Model D grand piano, Pianissimo uses complex signal processing and programming to recreate the warmth, response, and playability of a real grand piano. This warm, natural sound is then paired with a professional studio-quality reverb algorithm to add the depth and ambiance of a real acoustic space. Add in modeled sympathetic resonance, incidental mechanical hammer sounds, remarkable control over tone and velocity response, 256 voices of polyphony, and incredibly low CPU usage, and Pianissimo might just be the best sounding, most playable virtual piano ever.

Pianissimo features

  • Features 250MB of high-quality, quadruple-strike samples from a Steinway™ Model D grand piano, enhanced with acoustic modeling technology to produce a rich, warm, expressive, and highly realistic grand piano sound.
  • Ultra-professional integrated studio reverb creates a highly realistic ambience that places the piano within a true acoustic space.
  • Unparalleled sample programming creates a fluid, dynamic, expressive tone without identifiable velocity switching or other digital artifacts.
  • Advanced sympathetic resonance modeling recreates the subtle shimmer of piano strings when the damper pedal is depressed.
  • Adjustable incidental piano sounds, including mechanical noises from damper pedal and key release, for an unparalleled level of realism.
  • 256 voices of polyphony and low CPU usage make Pianissimo ideal for solo piano performance, studio compositions, and live performance.
  • Adjustable piano lid, velocity curve, tone controls, sympathetic resonance, reverb, and chorus effect allow you to tailor the piano’s tone and response to fit your playing style.
  • Works in all major digital audio recording software packages (including Mixcraft™) as a VSTi plug-in instrument.
  • Stand-alone version features metronome, two-track sequencer, and ability to mix down recordings to WAV, MP3, WMA, or OGG Vorbis audio files.

Pianissimo is available now for $68.95 USD. A demo version can be downloaded here.

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Acoustica releases Mixcraft v4.1 build 98

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Acoustica Mixcraft 4

Acoustica has released build 98 of Mixcraft v4.1, a multi-track audio recorder that enables you to record your band, create a podcast, create mash-ups or remix a song.

Changes in Mixcraft v4.1 build 98

  • Added support for Waves plugins (Required special initialization).
  • Fixed rendering issue related to track markers.
  • Fix for stuck or dropped MIDI notes during playback.
  • WaveRT latency improvement.
  • Bullet proofing for a rare detected crash.
  • Added ability to set sound engine to use a single CPU. This is mainly for compatibility with older VSTs.

Visit the Acoustica beta page for more information and a link to download the public beta.

Acoustica releases Mixcraft 4.1 build 81 (beta)

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Acoustica Mixcraft 4

Acoustica has released a new beta of Mixcraft 4, a multi-track audio recorder that enables you to record your band, create a podcast, create mash-ups or remix a song.

Changes in Mixcraft 4

  • Support for MIDI (recording & editing).
  • Mega preset builder. Combine various instruments, set ranges, volumes, and pan.
  • Bundled Virtual Instruments & Effects include:
    • Acoustica Instruments (General MIDI and more).
    • Monophonic synth (MiniMogue).
    • Polyphonic synth (Impulse).
    • VB3 ‘Hammond’ organ virtual instrument.
    • Classic effects, Guitar Amp simulator (Voxengo Amp Simulator).
    • Spectrum analyzer (Voxengo Spectrum Analyzer).
  • MIDI Clips can be recorded or edited and looped in the way that sound loops can be looped.
  • Popup modeless FX and instrument dialogs.

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