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Make Music releases Finale 2014 notation software

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Make Music Finale 2014

Make Music has launched Finale 2014, the 25th Anniversary Edition of the music notation software for Windows and Mac.

To notate music is to look forward – to the performance, and beyond. Whether you’re creating a simple lead sheet, making worksheets for your students, or composing your magnum opus, Finale helps you easily capture your musical ideas, produce beautiful notation, and quickly share the results.

For 25 years, Finale’s unique ability to create anything on the printed page has remained undisputed while other music notation software has come and gone. Finale 2014 is the forward-looking choice with new innovations, making Finale’s trademark freedom and flexibility easy for everyone to use.

New in Finale 2014

  • New file format. Designed to improve compatibility, the new format for documents created in Finale helps you share your music more easily. Older Finale documents are automatically converted when you open them, and you will be prompted to save the file in the new format. You can also export your document to the older format for use in Finale 2012 (use MusicXML for earlier versions of Finale).
  • Keyless scores. Create scores or sections with no key signature. You can also easily hide key signatures and continue to automatically display accidentals using the Hide key signature/Show accidentals option.
  • Beat-attached Smart Shapes. Smart Shapes that previously attached to measures now attach to beats (in the same manner as expressions) with lines showing the attachment point. Beat attachment allows a Smart Shape start or end point to attach to a particular note, beat, or right barline. Affected Smart Shapes include hairpins, trills and trill extensions, 8va/8vb (ottava/ottava bassa), horizontal brackets, and lines.
  • Smart multi-layer accidental and rest handling. Rests of the same duration and accidentals on unison notes in multiple layers now are displayed only once. Accidentals in one layer are also carried through the measure for all other layers (these can optionally be displayed in Staff Attributes or Staff Styles).
  • Improved percussion functionality. There is now greater interaction between the Percussion Layout Designer and Percussion MIDI Maps, and Percussion MIDI Maps can now be removed.
  • Unlinkable Special Tools. Alterations made with any of the Special Tools are now unlinkable between a score and its parts.
  • MP4 support. Finale now supports loading MP4 videos.
  • Improved Scanning/SmartScore Lite Enhancements. Finale now includes SmartScore Lite version X2, offering improved notation recognition.
  • New ARIA Player. Finale includes the latest ARIA Player from Garritan, with more than 400 instruments including the additions of alto flute, bass flute, oboe d’amore, Eb clarinet, contrabass clarinet, piccolo trumpet, tubular bells, string harmonics, percussion “toys”, orchestral brass mutes, flugelhorn, basic African percussion, steel drums, banjo, fife, tablas, Celtic harp, and nine patches from Garritan Instant Orchestra.
  • Improvements to opening files. Finale displays all readable file types in the Open dialog box. Additionally, MusicXML files can now be dragged-and-dropped onto the Finale application.
  • New method for Finale updates. At launch, Finale automatically checks for updates. Instead of requiring you to download and install the updates manually from the Finale website, Finale now downloads and installs the updates automatically.

Finale 2014 is available to purchase for $600 USD.

More information: Make Music

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Hal Leonard ships Power Tools for Cubase 7

Hal Leonard Power Tools for Cubase 7

Hal Leonard Books has announced it is shipping Power Tools for Cubase 7, a book by Matthew Loel T. Hepworth.

Cubase is a program that transforms your computer into a complete recording studio, providing every button, knob, switch, and fader found in a hardware-based studio, plus a few extra controls that don’t normally exist in that realm. Cubase 7 offers practically unlimited tracks for musicians, producers, and music enthusiasts alike, limited only by the power of the host computer. With so many options, the processes of composing, recording, editing, mixing, and mastering can be challenging, but Power Tools for Cubase 7 will help the reader easily and efficiently take advantage of all that creative power and flexibility.

Power Tools for Cubase 7 was written with the new user in mind. First, you’ll learn the process of installation and proper studio configuration. Then, you’ll learn the foundations of rudimentary Cubase operations; how to avoid common mistakes; how to properly record and edit MIDI instrument and audio tracks, and how to use techniques that produce smoothly polished and powerful results. Finally, you’ll learn how to add mastering treatments for a professional-sounding, competitive, punchy, shiny, and loud mix!

The included DVD-ROM contains valuable supporting material and actual Cubase session files that add to the in-depth learning experience provided by Power Tools for Cubase 7.

The book is available to purchase for $39.99 USD.

More information: Hal Leonard / Power Tools for Cubase 7

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WaveDNA updates Liquid Rhythm beat generation software

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WaveDNA Liquid Rhythm

WaveDNA has announced a significant update to the full version of its Liquid Rhythm beat generation software, including powerful new MIDI sequencing and editing tools to create and remix drum patterns.

This can now be achieved either directly in Ableton Live clips via Max4Live as a plug-in, or as a stand-alone application. Additionally, the company has released Liquid Rhythm Intro, a condensed version of Liquid Rhythm to increase accessibility for the electronic musician, music producer, DJ and film/television composer communities of music creators.

Boasting a redesigned user interface and a host of new features, Liquid Rhythm enables increased workflow efficiency by shortening the time users spend composing and searching for the right rhythm. It analyzes MIDI data and suggests complementary beats. This allows users to quickly complete their productions or go in new directions without having to change the entire structure and notation of the piece.

“When our users tell us that Liquid Rhythm is helping them translate their creative ideas to finished compositions,” states Doug Mummenhoff, WaveDNA co-founder and CEO, “We know we are doing our job. But, we aren’t stopping there. Our company and team of developers are aligned with the vision of revolutionizing electronic music composition, one software app at a time.”

Liquid Rhythm’s newest software update allows users the ability to quickly access literally ten quadrillion rhythmic patterns, import pre-existing MIDI tracks created using their DAW of choice, and mine their huge library of loops and kits to quickly and easily create rhythmic compositions.

Liquid Rhythm features

  • New: Ableton Live users can use Liquid Rhythm’s MIDI sequencing and editing tools directly in Ableton Live clips via a Max4Live patch. Seamless integration between the software applications improves production workflows.
  • The Music Molecule is a new way to represent MIDI. It uses color-coded patterns to group together and show relationships between notes. This provides the power to access and edit multiple notes simultaneously.
  • New: Intelligent Randomizer: Create drum tracks and fills by generating combinations of rhythm patterns from a library of presets.
  • New: BeatBuilder: In a single click, populate multiple bars with the beat of your choosing from palettes of rhythm patterns. Easily experiment with variations using a sequencer that swaps individual notes with clusters of notes. Instantly switch to a shuffle, double-time, or half-time feel.
  • Molecule Maps allow users to build beats in one or two clicks.
  • Updated: Accent Modifiers allows users to adjust the velocity and groove of multiple notes simultaneously according to the Music Molecule’s color-coded accent patterns.
  • BeatSeeker gives users the ability to find and use rhythm patterns that are common in specific genres.
  • New: ReGroover instantly rearranges groups of notes by switching underlying accent patterns to discover and explore new musical ideas.
  • BeatWeaver Rhythm Synthesizer creates and remixes drum tracks by exploring an extensive list of pattern variations across a bar of music.
  • Updated: In-Line Molecule Editing gives users the power to edit MIDI notes directly in the arranger. Music Molecules are updated in real-time around all note edits.

Liquid Rhythm for Windows and Mac (VST/AU/RTAS/standalon) is available to purchase for $129 USD. Liquid Rhythm Intro (does not include BeatWeaver Rhythm Synthesizer, ReGroover, and Randomizer) is $49 USD. A 30-day Free Trail Version is available from the site.

More information: WaveDNA

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Best Service announces Liquid Notes distribution

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Re-Compose Liquid Notes

Best Service has announced that it is now distributing Liquid Notes, the first software assistant for composers, produced by the Vienna company Re-Compose.

Without difficulty, Liquid Notes, the music production tool that assists you with chords, scales, and harmonic movement makes the theory of harmony accessible, pretty much without restriction.

Just import a MIDI file into Liquid Notes and hit play. Liquid Notes routes the MIDI data back to your sequencer, using all software instruments of your original arrangement. The software will not interfere with your style, handwriting, or emotional message. It simply lets you try out new ideas for your compositions within the vast framework of chords and scales. Liquid Notes delivers suggestions, the final outcome is completely up to you.

Re-Compose Liquid Notes
Re-Compose Liquid Notes is now distributed worldwide by Best Service.

Liquid Notes features

  • Multi-track control over chord types, functions, and tensions.
  • Intelligent harmony progression management.
  • LN Live corrects wrong notes as you are playing them.
  • Growing selection of music templates in various styles.
  • Plays through the software instruments of your preferred sequencer.
  • Built-in synthesizers for sequencer-independent operation.
  • Standalone application (stay independent from operating system and sequencer type): No VST, AU or RTAS required *.
  • Works on Windows and Mac OS X.
  • Connects to any sequencer (Cubase, Logic, Live **, Pro Tools, Sonar, etc.).
  • Supports live performance.

Liquid Notes is available from Best Service for MSRP 159 EUR/£139 GBP/$175 USD.

More information: Best Service / Liquid Notes

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Steinberg launches Cubase 7 Trial

Steinberg Cubase 7 Trial

Steinberg has announced the immediate availability of a trial version of its acclaimed Cubase 7 advanced music production system.

Cubase 7 Trial is a 30-day trial version, available as download from the Steinberg website and comprises all the features available in Cubase 7, the award-winning digital audio workstation released in December 2012.

Cubase 7 features

  • State-of-the-art music production system used by thousands of professionals around the world.
  • Award-winning 32-bit floating-point Steinberg audio engine with up to 192 kHz, 5.1 surround, flexible routing and full automatic delay compensation.
  • Unlimited audio, instrument and MIDI tracks .
  • Superb composing, editing and mixing features with unparalleled multitrack editing and quantizing, take comping and automation tools.
  • All-new MixConsole provides the ultimate mixing experience with unmatched flexibility and integrated EQ/Dynamics channel strip modules for epic pro-console sound.
  • Comprehensive set of 8 outstanding virtual instruments with over 2,800 sounds, including HALion Sonic SE workstation, Padshop granular synth, Retrologue virtual analog synth, LoopMash 2 and the MPC-style Groove Agent ONE drum machine.
  • Complete suite of 66 high-end audio and 18 MIDI VST effect processors, including VST Amp Rack guitar tone suite, REVerence convolution reverb, Voxengo CurveEQ and many more.
  • VariAudio for MIDI-style note editing of monophonic audio tracks and automatic voicing harmonization and auto-tuning effect.
  • Chord Track for easy chord management and re-harmonizing plus intelligent composing assistance for generating beautiful chord sequences.
  • VST Expression 2 for unique instrument articulation management and expression control on single-note level .
  • Professional music notation and score printing.
  • MediaBay file and preset management system.
  • Cross-platform 32/64-bit for Windows and Mac OS X.

The Cubase 7 trial version is now available to download for Windows and Mac. It requires the USB-eLicenser dongle.

More information: Steinberg / Cubase

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Ross Bencina updates AudioMulch to v2.2.3

AudioMulch

Ross Bencina has updated the AudioMulch software for live performance, audio processing, sound design and music composition to version 2.2.3.

This is a stability update. It fixes several crashes, bugs with LiveLooper, PulseComb and SDelay contraption behavior, and a number of plugin hosting issues (mostly on Mac). It is recommended that users of version 2.2.0 thru 2.2.2 upgrade now.

Changes in AudioMulch v2.2.3

  • Fixed bug where clicking the LiveLooper Start button would sometimes not start recording, especially with high CPU load or when the audio driver buffer size was not set to a multiple of 64 samples.
  • Fixed crash: assertion failure “length >= fadeLengthSamples_” if you changed the sample rate in AudioMulch’s Audio General settings while LiveLooper was recording.
  • Fixed bug where PulseComb hold would get permanently stuck on if you set the Hold Quantize Divisions multiplier to zero with Quantize Amount set to non-zero.
  • Fixed bug in PulseComb hold quantize behavior (present since version 2.1): Hold Quantize was taking priority over the Hold Period causing rapid holds when the hold duration should have been at least as long as Hold Period. To get the previous “buggy” behavior use a very short Hold Period.
  • Fixed bug in SDelay where delay times would not be displayed correctly (clamped to a maximum value of 32) when recalling presets that switched delay units from rhythmic units to milliseconds.
  • Display preset names in preset automation hover tooltips.
  • Fixed crash when recalling AudioMulch presets with DFX Transverb VST Plugin.
  • Mac: fixed crash when selecting the contraption editor “Close All” menu item when the mouse cursor was positioned over a sub-control of the editor.
  • Mac: fixed bug where using the “Refresh Plugins List” context menu would cause subsequent documents to load the wrong VST plugins until AudioMulch was restarted.
  • Mac: increased limit on concurrently open file handles to improve compatibility with some streaming sampler plugins (e.g. NI Kontakt). Fixes crashes when selecting File > Open… or File > Save As… after using a Kontakt sample set that streams many files from disk.
  • Mac: fixed VST plugin unloading logic that could cause crashes when mixing VST and AU versions of some plugins (e.g. Korg Legacy).
  • Mac: fixed white flashes when closing some Audio Unit plugin custom editor windows.
  • Mac (OS X 10.7 Lion only): fixed intermittent crash when switching Metasurface to full screen.

AudioMulch for Windows and Mac is available to purchase for $189 USD.

More information: AudioMulch

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Comelody intros Melodo—Community-driven browser for musical phrases

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Comelody has announced the release of Melodo, the first platform for instantly browsing short musical phrases.

Comelody Melodo
Each musical phrase can be used to create new and exciting music by applying the musical creativity of other composers.

Available as a VST / Audio Unit, Melodo enables composers to rapidly explore countless musical phrases (such as bass-line, lead, and percussion loops) contributed by other users.

Since the composing process is derivative in its nature, Melodo seeks to expose the composer to as many musical phrases as possible in order to build a bank of ideas from which to draw inspiration for new and innovative music.

Each musical phrase in Melodo can be played by itself or together with an existing composition. It can also be altered using Melodo’s fully functional sequencer. Melodo has its own internal synthesizer as well as the ability to use external plug-ins for the creation of new musical phrases.

Composers can comment on a musical phrase, create variations of a musical phrase or share a completely new one.

Melodo aims to create the largest dynamic collection of musical phrases that will contribute to the creation of new and exciting music.


Demonstration of Melodo in Ableton Live.

Melodo features

  • DAW synchronization.
  • Internal synthesizer .
  • Full Featured sequencer.
  • Can host other VST / Audio Unit plug-ins.
  • Advanced search filtering.

Melodo (beta) is available to download for Windows and Mac.

More information: Comelody / Melodo

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