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Avid updates Sibelius to v7.5.1

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Avid has announced version 7.5.1 of its Sibelius notation software for Windows and Mac.

Avid Sibelius

In today’s competitive industry, composers need cutting-edge creative tools that enable them to unleash their creativity and deliver professional scores more efficiently.

Today, we are pleased to announce an important update to the music notation tools in the Artist Suite—Sibelius 7.5.1. This milestone update allows you to turn your creative ideas into fully realized scores more quickly and easily with important fixes and improved performance and stability.

Changes in Sibelius v7.5.1

  • Highlights
    • Sibelius 7.5 Reference and What’s New Guide have been fully translated into all 9 languages.
    • Audio and video export now occurs faster than real-time.
    • It’s now possible to have both Sibelius 7 and Sibelius 7.5 activated on the same computer (within the terms of the license).
    • Better support for high resolution displays on Windows; specifically, the QuickStart now displays properly.
    • An old problem going back several versions of Sibelius has been fixed where Sibelius would crash after the computer was woken from sleep.
    • A problem where the breath mark “comma” produces staccato playback has been fixed.
    • Sibelius and the Sibelius License Server will now run correctly once more on Mac OS 10.6 and 10.7.
    • Resolved a crash that could happen if a score has more than 128 instruments.
    • We’ve fixed a problem where some Rhythmic feels may have been missing from the Performance dialog.
    • Sibelius 7.5 no longer crashes if using a ‘Jump to’ and ‘Marker’ repeat structure.
    • Mordents and Inverted Mordents now play back correctly.
    • Ties now play back correctly again when using Repeat Bars.
    • Preferences stored by plugins are now correctly saved.
    • Video export and sharing to Facebook and YouTube have been improved.
    • Playback line is no longer a beat behind (this accuracy varies depending on your playback device).
    • Problems posting to Facebook have been resolved.
    • The tempo in the score is correctly reflected in the video.
    • Further fixes to make the connection with Sibelius and Pro Tools more reliable when using ReWire.
    • It’s possible, once again, to install Sibelius silently on Windows.
  • Timeline
    • Long instrument names are now clipped to show more of the Timeline.
    • Focus on Staves is now reflected in the Timeline.
    • More musical symbols are displayed in the lanes (Repeats and Metric Modulations, for example).
    • Text and symbols are displayed on more appropriate lanes.
    • It’s now possible to click+drag around the Timeline to navigate the score, similar to how the Navigator works.
    • Hidden objects are now reflected in the Timeline and honor the option in View > Invisibles > Hidden Objects.
    • F# Minor now shows as F# Minor on the Key Signatures lane.
    • Comments are now shown in the Timeline with the same color they appear in the score.
    • Various performance optimizations.
  • Accessibility
    • Improved the way objects, menus and dialogs in Sibelius are read by screen readers, specifically when using NVDA on Windows.
    • Some brand new plug-ins for Sibelius 7.5.1 that aid navigation of staff and system objects in the score. These plug-ins and supporting documentation for the improvements will be published soon.

The latest version of Sibelius 7.5 is now available to download.

More information: Sibelius

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Avid announces enhancements to Avid S3L live sound system

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Avid has announced key performance enhancements to the Avid S3L live sound system, setting a new standard for flexible, efficient workflows in live sound and studio applications, and delivering significant cost savings.

The latest updates empower users to mix and capture performances more quickly and cost effectively, enabling them to meet the increasing scope, size and complexity of live sound requirements and the industry’s continuous drive for efficiency.

“The latest S3L system enhancements deliver faster, more flexible workflows and significant cost savings,” said Jeff Rosica, senior vice president of worldwide field operations, Avid. “When combined with Pro Tools for recording and mixing, the S3L helps us deliver on the Avid Everywhere™ vision for the media industry by giving customers powerful tools for creating, sharing, and monetizing media more effectively than ever before.”

The Avid S3L live sound system is more powerful than ever with a new performance update that provides customers with I/O sharing and gain tracking across multiple S3L systems, and greater flexibility to mix live shows with user-definable fader layouts and VCA and Group Spill. It also enables sound engineers to use the S3 control surface standalone to mix Pro Tools (and other DAW) sessions, and features an updated operating system with support for 64-bit AAX DSP plug-ins.

When used together, Pro Tools® and the S3L deliver tightly integrated recording and mixing control of live or in-studio productions. As they’re run on the Avid MediaCentral Platform, users have access to the Avid Marketplace where they can network, collaborate with other media professionals and even monetize their work.

Innovative enhancements to the S3L are powered by major software updates, VENUE 4.5 and EuControl 3.2, and include:

  • I/O tracking and gain sharing — Customers can now share audio source feeds from one or more Stage 16 remote I/O boxes between up to three S3L Systems over Ethernet AVB. This enables engineers to take multiple S3L systems on the road but only have to carry one set of I/O boxes, resulting in quicker set-up, less burden on rental inventories, simplified cable management, and reduced transport costs. Gain tracking intelligently manages gain levels across all networked systems to provide each user on the network with full independent control of input gain.
  • Improved surface navigation and mixing — Numerous enhancements improve surface operation, navigation and visual feedback, speeding up workflows by providing greater flexibility to mix live shows with user-definable fader layouts, VCA and Group Spill, and more.
  • Ability to mix Pro Tools and other DAW sessions using the S3 control surface — Customers can now use the S3 control surface as a standalone studio controller and audio interface with Pro Tools and any other EUCON™-enabled digital audio workstation. This enables an engineer to mix down a performance in Pro Tools after a gig using just the S3 control surface and a laptop. The EUCON protocol – the same protocol used by Avid S6 studio consoles – delivers superior functionality and integration.
  • Updated operating system with support for 64-bit AAX DSP plug-ins — S3L’s updated operating system includes support for 64-bit AAX DSP plug-ins, giving customers access to all the latest effects and sound processors available.

VENUE 4.5 and EuControl 3.2 software updates will be available in Q3 2014 to current and new S3L customers at no cost through their Avid customer accounts.

More information: Avid / Avid S3L

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Musicians Institute College of Contemporary Music expands partnership with Avid

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Avid has announced that world-class educational establishment and Avid Learning Partner Musicians Institute College of Contemporary Music, in Hollywood, California, has expanded its partnership with Avid to give the next generation of creative talent access to the industry’s leading audio technology.

Musicians Institute Studio

With the addition of the Avid System 5 digital audio mixing console, students can gain valuable hands-on experience with the tools and workflows used in the real-world production environments of today and tomorrow.

This implementation expands Musicians Institute’s existing Avid workflow, which includes the industry-leading Pro Tools®|HDX system. With Pro Tools|HDX integration, System 5 is now fully networked with the recently announced Avid MediaCentral Platform, giving the Musicians Institute access to an even wider range of tools and experts for collaboration, music production, and, eventually, monetization of their own content.

“Avid audio consoles and control surfaces are the industry standard in post-production and broadcast,” said Mehdi Hassine, music and post-production instructor at Musicians Institute. “As our students transition into the real world, it’s critical that they have solid practical experience on the leading audio systems to prepare them for the pressures of our highly demanding media production world.”

Avid systems are used in every lab, studio and main live performance room at Musicians Institute’s world-class facilities. It offers hands-on experience in a wide variety of consoles and control surfaces as part of its audio engineering program, including Avid ICON D-Control™, D-Show® and SC48. All of its studios are currently transitioning to Pro Tools|HDX.

“Proficiency in Pro Tools is an essential requirement for any music or post-production engineering position,” continued Hassine. “As an Avid Learning Partner, our students are able to distinguish themselves as they enter the profession by proving their dedication and excellence through the certification process. It also means we stay current and relevant with the latest hardware, software and curriculum. From training our instructors to providing technical support, Avid has been a key partner in our facility and curriculum.”

“By giving students hands-on experience on the industry-leading digital audio solutions, Musicians Institute is able to prepare students to meet the demands of real-world production environments and excel as audio professionals,” said Jeff Rosica, senior vice president of worldwide field operations at Avid. “Our Avid Everywhere vision extends to the entire ecosystem of artists, content creators, producers, and aspiring professionals – all of whom deserve access to the highest-quality, most innovative tools for their craft. We’re pleased to partner with Musicians Institute and to help set a new standard for professional audio education.”

More information: Avid / Musicians Institute

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McDSP announces Avid S3L support for its HD product line

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McDSP has announced that its entire McDSP HD product line now supports Avid S3L.

Take the power of McDSP plug-ins from the studio to the stage, and back again, with the release of Avid S3L support for all McDSP HD v5 plug-ins. McDSP has qualified all its AAX DSP plug-ins to operate on the S3L systems, and even added a few improvements to better support the S3 control surface. McDSP plug-ins like the new AE400 Active Equalizer, and bundles like Live Pack and even Everything Pack, now include support for this new modular, networked live sound system from Avid.

McDSP HD v5 plug-ins include support for AAX DSP, AAX Native, TDM, RTAS, and Audio Unit (AU) plug-in formats. S3L compatible installers are available now at the McDSP web site downloads section.

McDSP support for the Avid S3L systems is available as a free update to v5 customers. Customers not already owning v5 McDSP plug-ins can purchase upgrades from the McDSP online store.

More information: McDSP

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Avid unveils groundbreaking solutions and technology inspired by its Avid Everywhere vision

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Avid Everywhere

Avid has made several key announcements around Avid Everywhere, the company’s strategic vision for the media and entertainment industry, centered on connecting creative professionals and media organizations with their audiences in more powerful, efficient, collaborative, and profitable ways.

The company introduced its new Avid MediaCentral Platform and set of modular application suites that together represent the most open, integrated, and flexible media production and distribution environment in the industry.

“The media industry is going through a period of unprecedented change and needs a leader to step forward with a clear vision for the future,” stated Avid President and CEO Louis Hernandez, Jr. “Our Avid Everywhere vision uniquely solves the key issues facing the industry. By getting on the Avid MediaCentral Platform today, broadcast, video, and audio customers can strategically address both their current and future needs, with complete choice over how, when, and where they deploy and scale their solutions.”

The new MediaCentral Platform is an open, extensible, and customizable foundation that enables customers to streamline their entire workflow—from media creation to distribution and monetization—with greater flexibility, choice, and security. By fostering an open approach, the MediaCentral Platform provides a standardized foundation that connects media creators and distributors together, regardless of who makes the tools they use. This fundamentally changes how media organizations and professionals operate, providing greater flexibility to choose solutions and easily customize and scale complete end-to-end workflows tailored to meet specific needs.

Building on the Avid Everywhere strategic vision, Avid has reorganized its existing hardware and software products and introduced new solutions in three suites, all built upon the MediaCentral Platform. With on-premises and cloud-enabled deployment options, as well as subscription, floating, and perpetual licensing, customers now have greater choice over how they use Avid solutions.

Avid Everywhere

  • Artist Suite encompasses all of the products and tools used to create content, including digital audio workstations (DAW), music notation software, control surfaces, live sound systems, video editing solutions, and graphics creation systems.
  • Media Suite includes all of the tools and services used to manage, protect, distribute, and monetize media, including solutions for newsroom management, asset management, and multiplatform distribution. Over time, the Media Suite will expand to include metadata tagging, protection and encryption, and analytics.
  • Storage Suite refers to all of the products and tools used to capture, store, and deliver media, including online storage, nearline storage, and ingest/playout servers.

Avid is developing the MediaCentral Platform and application suites to uniquely solve the needs of broadcast, pro video, and pro audio customers by offering a comprehensive ecosystem that encompasses every aspect of the digital media value chain—from media production, collaboration, and management, to distribution, monetization, and data analysis.

Avid Everywhere for Broadcast and Media

The Avid Everywhere vision enables broadcast and media customers to:

  • Streamline disparate workflows using the MediaCentral Platform.
  • Access media everywhere with powerful media asset management solutions.
  • Collaborate using cloud-enabled video production.
  • Effortlessly distribute content to a variety of web, mobile, and social channels.
  • Deploy and scale workgroups as needed using flexible subscription and floating licenses.

Avid Everywhere for Video

The Avid Everywhere vision enables post-production facilities and independent video editors to:

  • Expand their productions using the MediaCentral Platform.
  • Manage massive amounts of media using advanced media management solutions.
  • Leverage talent everywhere by collaborating via the cloud.
  • Accelerate high-resolution editorial workflows.
  • Deploy and scale workgroups as needed using flexible subscription and floating licenses.

Avid Everywhere for Audio

At NAB 2014, Avid will preview several key technological innovations that will enable artists, producers, engineers, sound designers, and remixers to:

  • Collaborate via the cloud.
  • Monetize their content through an interactive, online audio marketplace that facilitates connections, creation, and commerce.
  • Manage, track, and document assets using an open, universal metadata schema.
  • Store and archive work locally or in the cloud.

New Product Innovations

Underscoring the company’s ongoing innovation and leadership, Avid is also showcasing several market-leading product innovations and new technology previews at NAB 2014:

  • Avid MediaCentral Platform
    • Avid MediaCentral Connectivity toolkit—Avid is working with third-party developers and technology partners to integrate their tools and services into the MediaCentral Platform, providing customers with a wealth of product and service choices that all work and communicate with each other seamlessly.
    • Avid MediaCentral | UX—Enables customers to easily access the MediaCentral Platform through a web-based, front-end interface, which provides a unified experience. With MediaCentral | UX, customers can access media and work on projects across the platform, with the choice of using a laptop, desktop computer, or mobile device.
  • Artist Suite
    • Media Composer® | Cloud—Extends real-time production everywhere by enabling Media Composer editors to connect to Interplay | Production systems remotely and access, edit, and collaborate with others as if they were in the same location.
    • Media Composer subscription and floating licensing—Customers now have greater choice in how they use Media Composer, with subscription and floating licensing options that enable greater flexibility and value.
  • Media Suite
    • Media | Director—Timesaving media ingest module that automates the process of ingesting media into production and nearline storage, enabling users to start editing immediately and accelerate project turnaround.
    • Media | Distribute—Enables organizations to create content once and deliver it to multiple destination platforms, with extended integration to even more third-party online video, social media, video transcoding, and web content management systems.
    • Media | Index—Streamlines workflows and enhances collaboration by enabling customers to search for, audition, and move media across multiple Interplay | Production databases, both local and remote, regardless of where the assets are stored.
  • Storage Suite
    • 4K support—The entire ISIS storage family now supports collaborative 4K and Ultra HD workflows.
    • ISIS® | 2500—Avid’s latest nearline shared storage system offers higher storage capacity, making it easier to store large volumes of high-res assets and repurpose content. Featuring an easily scalable architecture, ISIS | 2500 offers post-production, broadcast, education, and corporate facilities greater cost savings per terabyte.

More information: Avid / Avid Everywhere

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Avid updates VENUE software to V4.1.3

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Avid VENUE

Avid has released VENUE Version 4.1.3 software, a free download for the Avid S3L live sound system that doubles the system’s on-board plug-in slots—from 20 to 40—to provide engineers with even more processing options than before.

VENUE 4.1.3 also offers support for the latest qualified AAX live sound plug-ins. Avid S3L users can now choose from a superior range of Avid and third-party plug-ins from some of the world’s most respected developers such as Crane Song, McDSP and Sonnox. As part of the update, current and new S3L customers can download additional free AAX plug-ins for their system through their Avid customer account.

To meet the growing demand for more powerful, flexible processing, Avid S3L runs AAX plug-ins directly on an HDX-powered processing engine. It delivers the tightest integration and lowest latency of any live plug-in system, without the expense and complexity of outboard solutions. By supporting industry-standard Pro Tools® plug-ins, Avid live systems enable engineers to select the best plug-ins to suit their needs.

The VENUE v4.1.3 software upgrade is available to download for Avid S3L customers now, free of charge.

More information: Avid

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Avid ships Sibelius 7.5 music notation software

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Sibelius 7.5

Avid has announced that its Sibelius 7.5 music notation software is now shipping.

Sibelius® 7.5, the new version of the world’s best-selling music composition and notation software from Avid®, is now shipping.

Sibelius 7.5 provides innovative new features that accelerate workflows, allowing composers to focus on the creative process and produce more compelling scores, more efficiently.

Changes in Sibelius 7.5

  • Accelerated navigation—The new Timeline window allows for a quick view of the entire structure of a score for faster editing and playback, no matter how large or complex the score; composers can jump immediately to any section by clicking on any bar in the timecode ruler or on any landmark.
  • More expressive playback—The fully redesigned Espressivo 2.0 feature delivers complete control over the customization of the rhythmic feel of any individual part of the score, plus improved notation interpretation adds more expressive and realistic feel, and can be customized for swing rhythms.
  • Improved notation interpretation—Sibelius playback has been greatly enhanced, providing better interpretation of notation distinctions such as tempo markings, metric emphasis, grace notes, mordents, caesuras, and breath marks; composers can now hear every nuance of their score played back in realistic detail, without having to hire an expensive orchestra.
  • Easy collaboration and sharing—Sibelius 7.5 enables enhanced collaboration and distribution of compositions through innovative score sharing and social media features; scores can be shared through email, uploaded and published as sheet music on ScoreExchange.com, or shared as video or audio files on YouTube, Facebook, and SoundCloud.
  • Full Scorch app integration—Sibelius scores can be exported directly to Avid Scorch® for iPad for fully interactive playback, practice, performance, and publishing; Sibelius automatically optimizes the score for iPad display, paying special consideration to page orientation, number of staves, margin sizes, and more.
  • Localized for Brazil and Russia—Sibelius 7.5 includes local language support for Russian and Brazilian Portuguese in addition to English, French, German, Italian, Spanish, Japanese, and Simplified Chinese.

Sibelius 7.5 is now worldwide, priced at $599.95 USD / 486.56 EUR exc. VAT / £479.95 GBP inc. VAT. Various upgrade options are also available.

More information: Avid / Sibelius

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