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Rane introduces MP25 Classic DJ Mixer with USB

Rane has announced the MP25, a USB club mixer with audio interface.

Rane MP25

The MP25 satisfies the audio and ergonomic demands of performing DJs, in a 19” rack format preferred by nightclubs, with a compact 4U design that drops easily into a mobile rig. Sporting two microphone inputs, four studio-grade phono preamps, four analog aux inputs, four low-latency stereo USB inputs, analog and USB effects insert loops, and a variety of analog and digital outputs; the MP25 remains rooted in analog tradition while reaching new heights of digital connectivity.

Integrating a twenty-two channel USB audio interface, the MP25 enables simultaneous playback of four stereo sources, recording five stereo channels, and inserting computer-based VST effects. Reliable, low-latency, multi-client ASIO and Core Audio drivers interface the MP25’s twenty-two USB audio channels directly to your favorite multi-track mixing, beat-making, looping, effects, and recording applications. Additionally, the MP25’s front panel controls are MIDI enabled, allowing manipulation of software parameters directly from the mixer’s control surface.

The MP25 also features Rane’s powerful FlexFX architecture, allowing DJs to apply a variety of effects to any combination of mic and program inputs. Insert effects into individual channels, a sub-mix of channels, or the entire main mix. Combine outboard effects processors with VST effects running on your computer. FlexFX makes it easy to create unique, compelling mixes in a variety of mixing styles.

Two microphone inputs put the DJ and entertainer in direct contact with the audience. Each microphone includes independent Talkover control. Engage a mic to put it into the mix, or engage Talkover to put the mic in the mix and duck all other sources. Talkover makes it easy to jump into the mix for quick, intelligible announcements.

The Rane MP25 ships March 2011.

More information: Rane Corporation / MP25

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Propellerhead Software updates Record to v1.5.1 and Reason to v5.0.1

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Propellerhead Software Record/Reason

Propellerhead Software has released updates for Record and Reason, its music production applications for Windows and Mac.

We are happy to announce the immediate release of Record 1.5.1 and Reason 5.0.1 — free maintenance updates that resolve several minor issues in Reason and Record.

Changes in Record v1.5.1 / Reason v5.0.1

  • Record
    • CodeMeter has been updated to version 4.20b. This version provides better handling of various installation issues.
    • The MClass Mastering Suite Combinator appeared on the Create menu when the Japanese language was selected in Record. It has been removed (the way to use mastering combi patches in Record is to load them as Master Insert FX).
    • The EQ, Filter and Input Gain settings in the main mixer were not chased properly. This could cause clicks or slight fades in the beginning of bounced or played back tracks.
    • There was an audible hiccup (a small pause in the audio) whenever an effect (Wah or Compressor) was switched on or off on a Line 6 Amp device. The Line 6 components have been updated to fix this.
    • An interpolation issue could cause a very slight loss of high frequency content when processing audio in Neptune.
    • The size of Kong devices in the Record rack navigator was slightly incorrect.
    • In rare cases users had to authenticate twice when starting Record.
    • Normalize Clip did not work on clips with extremely long audio recordings.
  • Reason & Record
    • The handling of bad sound drivers has been improved, lessening the risk of a crash due to faulty drivers.
    • Added Remote support for M-Audio Oxygen 88.
    • Added localized help and documentation in German, Japanese and French. Note: The localized help and documentation files are automatically included when Reason or Record are installed from the DVD. When downloading Reason or Record, you need to download and install localized help and documentation separately.
    • During certain circumstances, if a MIDI control surface was locked to a device and the user deleted any device from that song, the program could crash. This would happen if there was another song open and that song was playing back in the background.
    • The “Arpeggio Notes to Track” function on the RPG-8 could cause the program to crash if some of the RPG-8 parameters had been automated.
    • Saving a patch could in rare cases cause the program to crash. This happened if the user loaded a patch from a folder containing a huge number of patches, then moved the patch file to another folder and finally attempted to resave the patch by Alt-clicking the Save Patch button on the device.
    • In some cases, after copying and pasting a sample-based device from one song to another, the pasted device could refer to the wrong samples if the samples were self-contained.
    • Cable drawing has been slightly improved.
    • Thor’s step sequencer in random mode triggered two voices. This could happen when the “Step” run mode was selected and the direction was set to “Random”.
    • The program will occasionally check the available hard disk space. On some systems, these checks could make the user interface temporarily unresponsive.
    • Duplicating devices a large number of times could cause a graphical bug in the rack.
    • A number of localized (translated) text strings were cut off.
    • Voice handling for the NN-XT has been optimized slightly.
    • Dr. OctoRex slice numbers were not shown correctly in Edit mode when using the application in German.
    • If a song used SoundFonts under Windows Vista or Windows 7, the program could store the wrong path to the referenced samples. As a result, there would be missing sounds next time the song was opened.
    • Switching from MIDI sync to internal sync could result in an “Unknown Exception” alert.
    • The program could become very unresponsive when working with songs with a large number of self-contained samples.
    • Songs or combi patches could load with incorrect settings. This happened if a Combi rotary or button had been programmed to control a certain device parameter, and this parameter had been changed “manually” so that its state conflicted with the Combi rotary/button. After saving and loading, the setting of the device parameter was reset to match the Combi settings.
    • When stopping after recording in ReWire mode, the program could freeze for a few seconds.
    • Updated some Japanese translations.
    • The program could assert when changing to virtual MIDI input settings.
    • Kong’s Nurse Rex in Slice Trig mode within a Mute Group would not mute the voice when another pad was triggered.
    • A crash could be caused by dragging one or more half width devices and hovering over a Disk Channel device that doesn’t show inserts.
    • The function of bouncing several audio clips to new samples or to a new recording could take longer than expected.
    • The remote override mode was not completely blocked while the program tried to quit.
    • Muted audio clips in Blocks while adjusting the Block Clip offset could look a bit peculiar.
    • Sample Editor now handles samples with a sampling frequency below 8000 HZ correctly.
    • Names of Mix Channels could become blank in certain cases.
    • Bug in the Mix/Disk-channel, which could occur whenever a device was added or removed in the combi of a channel device (insert effects). This bug might show itself by some short clicking sound, artifact or short freeze when adding or removing devices in a channel device. The Combinator was not affected, and also not the master section.
    • There was a bug when the user tried to move the notes that were being recorded either by scaling the tempo in the tool window or nudging them with Ctrl-left/right.
    • Handling of ReGrooved blocks has been improved.
    • NN-Nano now uses High Quality Interpolation when pitching samples.
    • Converting pattern automation to notes disregarded pattern offsets incorrectly.
    • Automation of aftertouch, expression and breath are now smoothed in Thor.
  • ReFill Packer
    • ReFill Packer will now preserve tempo maps in AIFF and WAV files.
    • The previous version of ReFill Packer didn’t handle files with leading and trailing spaces in their names properly.
    • Better handling of how ReFill Packer works when invoked using non privileged accounts.
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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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