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ASK Video releases new tutorials for Reason 6, ReCycle and OSX Lion users

Time+Space has announced that tutorial experts ASK Video have released three new titles for Reason 6, ReCycle and OSX Lion users.

ASK Video video tutorials for Reason 6, ReCycle, and OXS Lion

Find your way around OSX Lion or get to grips with Propellerhead’s ReCycle or Reason 6 thanks to these new downloadable tutorials from ASK Video.

ReCycle: Featuring twenty high quality videos, this tutorial will guide you from the basics of installing Propellerhead’s ReCycle right up to the more advanced features of beat slicing and effects.

Reason 6: Reason and Record have been combined into one feature packed product aptly titled, Reason 6. The aim of this tutorial is to help those of you who are already using Reason to get up and running quickly with the new elements Propellerhead has added.

OSX Taming the Lion: Whether you’re new to the Mac OS X or a long-time Mac user considering updating to Lion, this tutorial will get you onboard with the world’s most advanced operating system with the help of 2 hours worth of professional videos.

These high quality tutorial videos all feature easy to use interfaces and are Mac OS X and PC compatible.

The tutorials are available to purchase from £12.95 GBP / 14.95 EUR.

More information: Time+Space

Steve Jobs 1955-2011

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Steve Jobs

“Apple has lost a visionary and creative genius, and the world has lost an amazing human being.

Those of us who have been fortunate enough to know and work with Steve have lost a dear friend and an inspiring mentor.

Steve leaves behind a company that only he could have built, and his spirit will forever be the foundation of Apple.”

Steve Jobs at Apple.

TC Electronic releases Mac OS X Lion compatible software for its audio interfaces

TC Electronic Konnekt family

TC Electronic has updated its TC NEAR software for compatibility with Apple’s Mac OS X Lion.

Recently, Apple released a major update to its Mac OS X operating system: OS X 10.7 Lion. Now, TC Electronic is releasing an updated version of its TC NEAR software that is compatible with this new version.

The new software package – TC NEAR v. 2.5.1 for Mac – is fully compatible with Mac OS X 10.7, and in addition, it offers a general improvement of stability and performance. The new software applies to all of TC Electronic’s audio interfaces, including: Impact Twin, Studio Konnekt 48, Desktop Konnekt 6, Digital Konnekt X32, Konnekt 24D, Konnekt 8 and Konnekt Live.

The software supports both 32bit and 64bit environments.

More information: TC Electronic / TC NEAR

Apple updates Logic Pro to v9.1.5

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Apple Logic Studio

Apple has released version 9.1.5 of Logic Pro, the music production software for Mac.

Changes in Logic Pro v9.1.5

  • Compatibility
    • Resolves an issue which could cause unexpected feedback in Logic after importing a song from GarageBand for iPad.
    • Selecting the “Open Apogee Control Panel” command will now launch Apogee’s Maestro 2 application if a Duet 2 is attached.
  • Performance and Stability
    • Resolves an issue in which Logic might quit unexpectedly when creating a new project.
    • Resolves an issue in which Logic might quit unexpectedly when moving audio regions in the Arrange window.
  • Plug-Ins
    • Resolves an issue introduced in Logic 9.1.4 in which LFO sync for some Logic plug-ins did not sound as expected.
    • Resolves an issue introduced in Logic 9.1.4 in which automating the Wet/Dry mix control in Delay Designer resulted in zipper noise.
    • The EVB3 plug-in now correctly responds to sustain off messages.
    • Direct text input of the pitch reference for the Tuner plug-in now works correctly.
  • General
    • Fixes an issue in which performing undo after recording a MIDI take sometimes caused the MIDI track to stop sounding.
    • The “Toggle Zoom to Fit Selection or All Contents” key command now correctly recalls the previous zoom view rather than zooming in on the entire project.
    • Resolves an issue introduced in Logic 9.1.4 in which some regions might shift out of position after using the Pack Take Folder command.
    • Fixes an issue in which Japanese key command sets were not available if Logic was updated to version 9.1.4 before launching Logic for the first time.
    • Resolves a rare take folder issue in which performing undo after deleting a comp section could cause regions in subsequent tracks to shift to the next adjacent track.
    • Fixes an issue in which take folders would not sound on soloed tracks if the Track Mute/Solo mode was set to CPU-saving (Slow Response).

The Logic Pro 9.1.5 update is a free download for registered users.

More information: Apple / Logic Pro

Majority of Steinberg products Lion compatible

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Steinberg / Apple Mac OS X 10.7 Lion

Steinberg has announced last week that most Steinberg products run flawlessly under Apple’s latest operating system, Mac OS X 10.7 Lion.

The majority of Steinberg products are Lion compatible; however, further development is required to ensure overall compatibility through the entire product range. While the testing phase was completed prior to the release of Lion, Steinberg will release patches and driver updates for current products with remaining issues.

The following provides information on the current status of product compatibility.

  • The current Cubase line of products supports Lion with the 6.0.2 and 6.0.3 maintenance updates. The LE and AI versions of Cubase have been tested and certified for Lion, with no further updates required. Due to changes in Lion, Cubase running in 64-bit mode cannot properly handle 32-bit VST plug-ins. This issue, however, is currently being addressed and will be resolved shortly.
  • The current WaveLab line of products including the LE version supports Lion with the 7.1 maintenance update.
  • By releasing Nuendo 5.5 today, Nuendo is fully compatible with Lion. Also compatible is the Nuendo SyncStation.
  • Sequel 2 is certified to be fully Lion compatible, with no further updates required.
  • The latest VST instruments support Lion, i.e., HALion 4, HALion Sonic and The Grand 3. Groove Agent 3 and HALion Symphonic Orchestra have not been certified as compatible with Lion.
  • The RND Portico plug-ins are certified to be fully Lion compatible.
  • Content sets and Steinberg’s license tool, eLicenser Control Center, are Lion compatible.
  • Hardware products CC121, MR816 CSX/X and the CI series are yet to be tested.

More information: Steinberg

Apple updates Logic Pro to v9.1.4

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Apple Logic Studio

Apple has released version 9.1.4 of Logic Pro, the music production software for Mac.

You already know how to write great music. Logic Pro 9 streamlines the technical side of things, so you can record, edit, and mix it, too. Whether you work in a state-of-the-art studio or in your garage, now you can easily put the power of the most advanced tools to work for your projects. Tap into a huge collection of instruments, sounds, and loops for inspiration. Get set up and recording quickly. Perform complex edits in a fraction of the time. And mix down projects of any scale with full automation and surround capabilities. It’s a pro studio that’s not just for pros.

Changes in Logic Pro v9.1.4

  • Compatibility
    • Logic can now open songs created by GarageBand for iPad.
  • Performance and Stability
    • Logic now provides more specific messaging when playback is stopped because of hard drive performance issues.
    • Resolves an issue in which Logic sometimes performed very slowly after a project that was saved without assets was consolidated.
    • Logic no longer quits unexpectedly when copying, pasting, or swapping voices between slots in Ultrabeat.
  • 64-bit Mode
    • Resolves an issue in 64-bit mode in which a generic interface for some 32-bit plug-ins was displayed.
  • Automation
    • Resolves an issue in which moving a region to a different Arrange track assigned to the same channel strip could cause automation to be deleted.
    • Drag-copy of automation curves now works as expected on grouped tracks.
    • Moving an automation node that lies between two other nodes of the same value to the left or right no longer causes it to decrease by -0.1 db in value.
    • Resolves an issue introduced in Logic 9.1 in which performing Undo after using the “Move Visible Track Automation to Region” command would delete the automation.
  • Audio Editing
    • Resolves an issue in which performing Undo after creating an alias for a region would shorten the region in No Overlap mode.
    • Audio Regions that contain slashes in the name can now be successfully merged using the Glue Tool or Merge command.
    • Quantization of audio regions that have stretched or compressed and contain tempo information now works reliably.
    • Quantize and Q-Strength now work properly on regions created by exporting a Comp from a Take Folder.
    • Resolves an issue where lengthening an audio region could sometimes cause the audio to unexpectedly stretch.
    • Performing Undo after flattening Takes on a group of flexed tracks now works as expected.
    • Takes no longer sometimes display as soloed when their parent Take folder is disclosed but not selected.
    • Resolves an issue in which moving a take region with Quick Swipe Comping disabled sometimes did not move the corresponding take region(s) in tracks within the same Edit Group.
    • Fixes an issue in which dividing a take region that had been created by merging several take regions together could cause the area to the right of the edit to disappear.
    • Resolves an issue in which moving a take region with Quick Swipe Comping disabled sometimes did not move the corresponding take region(s) in tracks within the same Edit Group.
    • Fixes an issue in which dividing a take region that had been created by merging several take regions together could cause the area to the right of the edit to disappear.
    • Resolves an issue in which importing a Take folder into a project with a matching track could cause existing takes to be removed from Take folders in the original track.
  • Control Surface Support
    • Resolves an issue introduced in Logic 9.1.2 in which pickup mode for generic control surfaces did not work as expected.
  • General
    • Resolves an issue in which the key commands Next Screenset and Previous Screenset were reversed.
    • If the Startup Action preference is set to “Ask,” it is again possible to open a project by dragging it onto the Logic icon while the Startup window is open.
    • The default region quantize setting is now maintained after importing channel strips from another project.

Logic Pro is available to purchase as part of Logic Studio for $499 USD.

More information: Apple / Logic Pro

Mewshop presents the Art of the App: iOS Development Workshops

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Mewshop has announced new intensive and fundamental workshops for developing iOS Mac Apps.

Mewshop Art of the App workshops

Exploring the fastest growing development trend in the industry, the new Mewshop Art of the App Workshops delve into the power of programming and development on the iOS platform.

The Art of the App Intensive and The Art of the App Fundamentals walk students through the basics of iOS development, from Objective-C, to the Xcode Integrated Development Environment (IDE), Cocoa Touch, the core framework for rapid App development, and the iPhone® Software Development Kit (SDK).

“At 400,000+ Apps and growing, the world of iOS App development has completely changed both the creative and commercial landscape as we know it,” says Josh Apter, founder, Manhattan Edit Workshop. “We are thrilled to be able to offer our students these two unique workshops in such an important and thriving niche. Attendees will walk away with the knowledge and skills needed to create their own amazing Apps, and profit from this immense development platform.”

iOS Development Workshops

  • The Art of the App One-Week Intensive will run from Monday, May 16 – Friday, May 20, 2011 from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm. Students can receive US $200 off the US $1,995 cost of the workshop by indicating on the comments section of the registration page that they will provide their own laptop workstation for the week.
  • The Art of the App Three-Day Fundamentals will run from Thursday, June 9 – Saturday, June 11, 2011 from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm. Students can receive US $100 off the US $1,495 cost of the workshop by indicating on the comments section of the registration page that they will provide their own Apple® laptop workstation (Students are required to download and install “Xcode 3.2.5 and iOS SDK 4.2″ before the start of class on June 9, 2011. Software is free and available by logging into the Apple Developer site at http://developer.apple.com/technologies/xcode).

More information: Mewshop

Apple announces GarageBand for iPad, multi-touch recording studio

Apple GarageBand for iPad

Apple has announced GarageBand for iPad, a new music app for the iPad 2.

Built from the ground up to take advantage of the large Multi-Touch screen on iPad, GarageBand turns your iPad into a collection of musical instruments and a full-featured recording studio, making it fun and easy to create music wherever you go.

Play a collection of Touch Instruments and Smart Instruments using Multi-Touch gestures. Or create a song whenever the inspiration strikes using a powerful eight-track recording studio.

GarageBand for iPad features

Touch Instruments – Play a collection of highly expressive musical instruments designed for Multi-Touch that sound and play just like their real counterparts, but let you do things you could never do on a real instrument.

  • Drums – Tap out beats on three acoustic drum kits. The snare, kick, toms, hi-hat, and cymbals each produce different tones depending on where and how hard you tap them.
  • Drum Machines – Play electronic drum kits by tapping “drum pads” inspired by a classic drum machine interface.
  • Keyboards – Select from several keyboards — a grand piano, an organ, a synthesizer — each with a unique sound, distinctive look, and customizable performance characteristics. Hard taps are louder and soft taps quieter, just like on a real keyboard.
  • Synthesizers – Play over 70 modern and vintage synthesizer sounds — including synth strings, leads, basses, and more. And use the Arpeggiator to create rich melodies and soundscapes with a single finger.

Smart Instruments – Enjoy a full range of Smart Instruments that make you sound like an expert musician. Even if you’ve never played a note before.

  • Smart Guitars – Strum chords on acoustic and electric guitars, trigger fingerpicking and strumming patterns, or tap out your own riffs and melodies.
  • Smart Keyboards – Play a range of keyboard instruments by tapping on preselected chords that sound great together, no matter what you play.
  • Smart Bass – Perform bass lines and grooves simply by tapping on strings, or switch to Notes view to play individual notes on a virtual bass neck.
  • Smart Drums – Drag and drop snares, kicks, and hi-hats to create your own beats, and effortlessly move them around to try out different patterns.

Recording Studio – Arrange and mix your songs anywhere inspiration strikes using a powerful eight-track recording studio that can handle any combination of audio recordings, Touch Instruments, and loops.

  • Tracks – Create a song by trimming and arranging musical regions exactly where you want them to play. Swipe to reveal the mixer to fine-tune each track for the perfect mix.
  • Guitar Amps – Just plug a guitar into your iPad to access nine classic and modern virtual guitar amps. Touch gestures let you operate tone controls and a swipe switches you from one amp to the next.
  • Stompbox Effects – Choose from ten stompbox effects to create your favorite sounds. And add and reorder stompboxes on your own pedalboard.
  • Audio Recorder – Record your voice or any acoustic sound using the built-in microphone on iPad. Then apply any one of eight fun sound effects like Chipmunk, Robot, Telephone, Monster, and more.

Sharing – GarageBand for iPad makes it easy to email your song from your iPad, or export and add your song to your iTunes library. You can even send a project to your Mac and open it in GarageBand to keep refining your song.

GarageBand for iPad will be available to purchase March 11, 2011, priced at $4.99 USD.

More information: Apple / GarageBand for iPad