Big Tick has released version 1.7 of its Zen universal presets manager for Windows and Mac.
It loads in any host as a vsti, and acts as a loader for other vstis. So with Zen, you can search for “Rhodes piano” and get a list of all matching presets – regardless of the final vsti (Rhino, Zebra, Absynth… whatever). When you select one of the presets in Zen, the corresponding vsti is automatically loaded to play the requested preset.
Most popular vstis are supported, and new ones are added daily. Eventually Zen aims to categorize all available presets, for all vstis.
Changes in Zen
- Countless stability fixes and performance enhancements.
- 64-bit OS X version.
- Smooth transition between presets.
- New standalone host on Windows and Mac.
- Plug-in scan runs in a different process – no more crashes while scanning.
- Presets database can be shared across systems and architectures.
- Option to automatically scroll to the top of the list when search results change.
- Option to clear the plugins cache.
- Presets changes are now saved when saving from a host.
- Increased the number of user controls from 8 to 8*4.
Zen for Windows and Mac (VST/AU) is available to download at no cost.
More information: Big Tick Audio / Zen
DNR Collaborative has unveiled DesignDesk, a unique system which allows users to build workspaces out of a variety of design, document and development tools, as well as collect, edit and package all of your required files all in one place.
DesignDesk is a complete project repository, design toolkit and collaborative platform for just about anyone. The concept is simple – choose your tools, gather your files, edit and package your project into a neatly organized file system or database.
DesignDesk would be particularly useful to just about any type of multimedia designer who commonly creates and releases commercial products such as icon library designers or soundware developers. Even students and teachers could use it to research and gather information for projects or exams. With the ability for 3rd-party developers to create their own tools, DesignDesk becomes an extendable, flexible design platform and project creation system.
DNR have also launched a new crowdfunding campaign to raise the rest of the funds to get DesignDesk to market, and have decided to run the campaign independently instead of through a crowdfunding website such as Kickstarter, relying solely on the audio and media communities alone. A lot of effort went into preparing the documentation, graphics and other media that you can see on the DNR website, which will present a clear and concise explaination of what DesignDesk is, what is would be good for, and who it would be useful to.
Please share DesignDesk – we’re relying on our customers, friends and allies to spread the word!
DNR Collaborative is targeting a $5,000 USD pledge goal for DesignDesk, to be funded before May 15th, 2013.
More information: DesignDesk
CPU Productions has released Groove Detective, a search engine for Audio and MIDI drum/percussion loops based on patterns and ‘sounds like’.
Groove Detective is based on advanced DSP analysis of the audio in the loops (except MIDI files of course). It will find the exact location of the hits in three loosely defined categories: kick drum, snare drum and hihat as well as obtain a detailed descriptor of the sound characteristics of each hit. This information is placed in a database with a sophisticated indexing system allowing you to find what you’re looking for almost instantaneously.
Groove Detective features
- Analysis 100% automated.
- Maintains the database automatically.
- Searches very large collections in milliseconds.
- All commonly used file formats supported (all non-loss audio, REX, ACID, Apple Loops, MP3, WMA, MIDI).
Groove Detective for Windows is available to purchase for $65 USD.
More information: CPU Productions
Sample Magic has announced the release of DemoGod, an iPhone/iPad App which puts the world’s largest collection of dance music A&R contacts at your fingertips to make demo submission a breeze.
DemoGod contains over 700 labels with active A&R interests, including the biggest labels in House, Techno, Dubstep, Trance, Chillout and Drum & Bass, with details of how to submit your demos via SoundCloud, email and by post.
It lists the label’s main genres and key artists so you can check whether your demo will fit on their roster.
- The world’s most powerful demo submission tool: get your demo into the hands of the labels that matter.
- A huge databases of EDM A&R contacts: over 700 labels, with more added each month.
- A community resource: Add, amend and recommend entries.
DemoGod is available to purchase for £1.79 GBP / $2.99 USD.
More information: DemoGod