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MusicDevelopments releases RapidComposer LE, RapidComposer updated to v1.4

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MusicDevelopments RapidComposer

MusicDevelopments has announced the release of RapidComposer LE, a Light Edition of the rapid music prototyping software designed for composers, song-writers and musicians of all musical styles.

The new RapidComposer LE is aimed to serious hobbyist musicians and composers.

RapidComposer LE features

  • Core functionality: creating, editing, generating phrases, phrase and rhythm generators, variations…
  • VSTi 2.4 and soundfont (.SF2) support.
  • Sophisticated MIDI CC editing and recording.
  • Audio tracks.

MusicDevelopments has also released version 1.4 of RapidComposer.

The latest major update with fully customizable user interface, and rewritten VSTi plug-in handling that fixes all stability problems and made VSTi support rock solid! Other changes: improved loop playback and recording, tap tempo, fractional tempo can be specified for any structural unit, ASIO configuration improvements.

Changes in RapidComposer v1.4

  • New rhythm generator: Subdivision (great for percussion).
  • Customizable user interface (colors, button shapes, shading…) with preset themes.
  • Tempo can be overridden by any structural unit.
  • Fractional tempo allowed.
  • Tap Tempo.
  • Loop and range playback and recording improved.
  • Playback/recording tempo can be quarter/half/normal/twice/four times.
  • VSTi handling was rewritten, no plug-in crashes anymore.
  • ASIO driver settings (sample rate, latency) are not overridden by default.
  • ASIO configuration window can be opened.
  • Dozens of other small improvements and fixes.

RapidComposer LE for Windows PC is now available to purchase for $99 USD, RapidComposer is $295 USD.

More information: MusicDevelopments

MOTU announces Pro Tools 9 compatibility for its audio interfaces

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MOTU Pro Tools 9

MOTU has announced that its audio interfaces are now compatible with Pro Tools 9.

Are you a Pro Tools user? Have you always wished you could use a MOTU audio interface with your Pro Tools software? Now you can. All current MOTU FireWire, USB, and PCI audio interfaces are compatible with Pro Tools 9, including the UltraLite-mk3 Hybrid, 828mk3, 896mk3, 8pre, Traveler-mk3, 2408mk3, and MicroBook. A whole new world of compatibility and interoperability has opened up between Pro Tools software and MOTU hardware. Getting them going together is easier than ever, too.

MOTU’s currently shipping Core Audio and ASIO drivers for Mac OS X and Windows 7 are already compatible with Pro Tools 9. So if you already have them installed, you are ready to go. If you are just getting started with a current MOTU audio interface product, simply install the latest MOTU FireWire/USB or PCI audio driver package and follow the instructions for operation with a standard Core Audio or ASIO host application.

As always, be sure to consult the Avid web site for Pro Tools 9 Mac and Windows system requirements. All MOTU audio interfaces are fully compatible with the systems recommended by Avid for Pro Tools 9.

Pro Tools 9 is offered in several different packages. As of this writing, every available Pro Tools 9 offering supports MOTU interfaces via Core Audio and ASIO driver support.

More information: MOTU

Digitalmusician.net launches the Digitalmusician Plug-In

Digitalmusician.net

Digitalmusician.net has announced the release of the Digital Musician Plug-in (DMP), a plug-in that sits in any insert channel of any VST or AU Audio Sequencer/ DAW enabling real time, online connection of different music production applications with one audio and video stream.

“The DMP is a milestone in my vision for musicians to connect, collaborate and produce music together no matter where they are in the world,” states Charlie Steinberg, Chief Technical Officer and visionary behind Digitalmusician.net. “Using the DMP I can be running my Cubase on Windows in my Hamburg studio, collaborating with my guitarist in Los Angeles running her Logic system – all recording in real time in a simple smooth work-flow. It’s as though we are all in the same studio together.”

DMP features

  • ASIO and Core Audio support.
  • Sample accurate sync.
  • Drag and Drop of audio files.
  • Video feed.
  • Talkback.
  • Chat.
  • and a host of other features.

DMP 2.0 is a peer-to-peer solution requiring a host DAW that uses ASIO/Core Audio and a high-speed Internet connection. It is available now as a free download to all registered members of digitalmusician.net.

Besides the new DMP 2.0, the updated Digitalmusician Container (DMC 2.0) has also been released at the same time. The DMC is a standalone application providing the same feature-set as the new DMP Plug-in.

More information: Digitalmusician.net

eaReckon updates BloXpander to 1.2.2 and announces EAReverb

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eaReckon has released version 1.2.2 of BloXpander, a VST host designed for live situations.

Changes in BloXpander v1.2.2

  • Far more stable authorization process. BloXpander should not need multiple authorizations anymore.
  • A new button has been added to easily clear the search box (Plugins Case).
  • Subscenes can now optionally store and call plugins’ state.
  • More anti-virus friendly loading procedures.
  • Checks for Scene Control Configuration validity on start-up.
  • Using the same MIDI input port for both “Scene Control” and “Main Controller”, it is now possible to assign Basic Control elements via MIDI learn (as prior 1.2.0).
  • Fixed Unicode typo issues (‘Rename Preset’ input box).

eaReckon has also announced EAReverb, a true stereo VST reverb for Windows.

eaReckon EAReverb
eaReckon EAReverb

EAReverb stands for “Earthy Algorithmic Reverb”. This reverb is 100% algorithmic and does not use any IR files. Early reflections are built “on-the-fly” depending on your own settings. The main “Size” parameter has an impact on both early reflections and late reverb… Switching from a size to another will immediately put your music and/or sounds in a place that matches your choice.

Then you can tweak early reflections using 5 easy parameters + 15 advanced but still comprehensive settings. Finally, you can set the late reverb so it matches your needs. “BNC” and “Warp” settings will add the extra randomness your late reverb deserves. For even more realism, you can inject some of the early reflections into the late reverb.

Most of all, EAReverb provides a natural sounding, “earthy” reverb effect. It is able to simulate the subtle reflections of a very small room as well as very large spaces. It is suitable for music and sound design.
EAReverb has been designed and “fine tuned by ear” to sound the most possible natural… Though, the plethora of parameters should be enough to place your music in a twisted environment if you really want it!

EAReverb will be available by end of 2010. A 3-part teaser is progressively uploaded to Youtube. Parts 1 and 2 are already available.

More information: eaReckon

Avid announces Pro Tools 9, more creative, flexible options for music and sound production

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Avid Pro Tools 9

Avid has announced Pro Tools 9, a groundbreaking evolution of the industry’s most popular music creation and audio production solution.

Leveraging a next-generation architecture, version 9 of Pro Tools offers customers the unprecedented choice to work with Avid audio interfaces, third-party audio interfaces, or no hardware at all when using the built-in audio capabilities of a Mac or PC. This first-ever software-only option for Pro Tools delivers customers the most open, flexible and feature rich version in history, while also providing top professional features customers have requested. Also, new support for the Avid EUCON™ open Ethernet protocol now enables customers to expand control surface options to include Avid’s Artist Series and Pro Series audio consoles and controllers (formerly known as Euphonix® consoles and controllers).

Pro Tools customers—from the aspiring enthusiast to the professional—can now create sophisticated, great sounding mixes, whether they’re at home, on the road, or working in a large facility using an open, flexible workflow for enhanced collaboration and creativity.

Open, flexible workflows to work the way you want

Customers can design their workflow of choice using the new Pro Tools software-only configuration with their favorite Avid or third-party audio interface—or standalone—and with Avid Artist and Pro Series controllers. The benefits to users include:

  • Versatile workflow design options—Enables customers to work the way they want using Pro Tools as a software only tool, or with hardware options that include either a variety of Avid audio interfaces for an Avid-advantaged workflow, or third-party audio interfaces as a result of new Core Audio and ASIO driver support.
  • EUCON support—Delivers more hands-on mixing options to customers using the new Pro Tools software offering or Pro Tools|HD systems with the ability to deeply control Pro Tools through EUCON integration using any Artist Series or Pro Series audio controller or console, in addition to Avid and third-party audio control surfaces.
Avid Pro Tools 9

More creative options with coveted, professional features now included as standard

As a result of customer requests, many high value features formerly available as add-ons are now available right out-of-the-box, including:

  • Automatic Delay Compensation—Equips customers using version 9 of Pro Tools with the ability to create better sounding mixes faster. Users can now mix and record with increased alignment and phase accuracy, without the need to manually compensate for latencies from hardware I/Os, internal and external routing, and plug-in algorithm processing—the number one request on the Pro Tools IdeaScale User Forum.
  • More audio tracks and busses—Allows customers to create more elaborate music and audio productions, with support for 96 mono or stereo voices in the new software-only version of Pro Tools (192 voices with Pro Tools HD systems), 256 internal busses, and 160 aux tracks.
  • Advanced production toolset—Gives customers access to standard professional tools in version 9 of Pro Tools to create more polished mixes out-of-the-box. Users can analyze and adjust timing across multiple tracks for tighter rhythm with the built-in multi-track Beat Detective™ module, improve organization and asset sharing with the DigiBase™ Pro file management tool, and save time with full Import Session Data dialog.

Collaborate with other audio and video software users more easily than ever

A series of audio for picture enhancements provides customers with the ability to easily collaborate with other audio and video software users, including:

  • OMF/AAF/MXF interchange and MP3 export—Provides customers with simplified session and file exchange between applications.
  • Built-in Time Code Ruler—Enables customers to achieve greater accuracy when syncing audio to video in post production (software only configuration of Pro Tools).
  • Updated 7.1 surround panner—Allows customers to more easily mix multichannel surround for full film sound production.
  • New variable stereo pan depths—Equips customers with authentic and precise track panning capabilities to achieve analog-console feel.

Version 9 of the new Pro Tools and Pro Tools HD software will be available worldwide on November 12, 2010 starting at $599 USD. For regions outside of the U.S., please see your local retailer for pricing.

More information: Avid / Pro Tools

eaReckon updates BloXpander to 1.2.1

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eaReckon BloXpander

eaReckon has released version 1.2.1 of BloXpander, a music application for Windows.

This VST host has been designed to meet the requirements of musicians and sound engineers in live situations. As a serious musician, you surely need a complete DAW to record your music, but when you are in front of your audience, it may be easier to use something dedicated to live situations.

Changes in BloXpander v1.2.1

  • Subscenes are now callable via MIDI Program Change.
  • Important optimization of the whole audio engine (for both MultiCore and SingleCore modes).
  • More descriptive labels under MIDI learn buttons.
  • Calling a subscene via MIDI with the “MIDI filter/links window” visible could have make BloXpander crash in some situations.
  • In “MultiCore Support” mode, some plugins could have been bypassed in some situations.

BloXpander for Windows is available to purchase for 69 EUR.

More information: eaReckon / BloXpander

eaReckon updates BloXpander to 1.2.0 (MultiCore support and Subscenes)

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eaReckon BloXpander

eaReckon has released version 1.2.0 of BloXpander, a music application originally designed to meet the requirements of musicians and engineers in “live” situations.

BloXpander combines the power of a computer and the efficiency of a dedicated device. Its interface has been designed to match this basic specification. It is visually attractive and clear, the construction of projects and the access to prepared instruments and effects is very fast.

Changes in BloXpander v1.2.0

  • MultiCore processors support. BloXpander is now optimized for MultiCore CPUs and provide a “per plugin” MultiCore option. If one of your plugin does not work correctly with the global MultiCore support option activated, other plugins can still be processed in parallel. The global MultiCore support option is deactivated by default. It is accessible from the “System” panel.
  • “Subscenes”. 16 subscenes per scene are available to backup console states to be instantly called. The audio/MIDI engine is not stopped when switching from a subscene to another. You can then call a subscene during a same song. You can store and call Subscene from BloXpander’s interface or via MIDI messages.
  • “MIDI Sync In”: BloXpander now understands MIDI synchronization messages coming from an external device/software (MIDI Clock, Start/Stop, Song position, …). If needed, you can activate Sync In and Sync Out concurrently to synchronize all your MIDI hardware from a master unit.
  • OnScreen MIDI Panic.
  • New Plugins case ‘info panel’ replacing Tooltips.
  • The Input/Output MIDI/Audio ports menu could have appeared when right clicking somewhere on the plugins case.
  • Some input ports could have been closed when combining specific actions (in “Basic Control + All MIDI Inputs” mode only).
  • Improved accuracy of the “Hysteria Meter”.
  • Waves plugins should not be accidentally removed from the plugins case anymore.
  • An extra check has been added to the scene loading procedure. It should avoid potential problems if DLLs are missing.
  • All “learnable” MIDI values can now be erased. Just right click on a value (labels under gray “learn” buttons) to bring a dedicated popup menu. This ‘erase’ option is also available from the Main Controller’s “Basic Control mode” grid.
  • Visual feedback of the Scene loading procedure has been modified. Plugins interfaces are not directly shown when loading a scene. During this loading procedure, inserts that need to be filled/updated are colored in blue.
  • Updated Manuals.

Both the demo and full versions of BloXpander have been updated. BloXpander is available to purchase for Windows PC for 69 EUR.

More information: eaReckon / BloXpander

Bram Bos Monostudio, digital effects suite for Korg Monotron

Bram Bos Monostudio

Bram Bos has released Monostudio, a realtime effects processor with built-in vintage drumcomputer.

Monostudio enriches the sonic palette of the already extremely versatile Korg Monotron analogue ribbon synthesizer. It allows you to easily record your jamming to wave-files, adds a classic drumcomputer (inspired by the vintage Korg Minipops) and spices up the sound with tempo-synced digital effects.

Monostudio uses ASIO and highly optimized signal processing to give you realtime, ultra low-latency effects processing.

Whether you’re sound designing or just noodling around, Monostudio adds to the funfactor of your Korg Monotron.

Monostudio features

  • Works with any microphone or audio input port.
  • Adds distortion, stereo delay and tempo-sync gatemasking.
  • Includes drumcomputer based on the vintage Korg Minipops drum machines.
  • Records your jams to WAV.
  • Uses ASIO for ultra-low latency audio processing.
  • Compatible with Windows XP, Vista, Windows 7.

Monostudio is available as a free download for Windows PC, donations are much appreciated.

More information: Bram Bos / Monostudio