Apple updates Garageband (Mac & iOS)

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Apple GarageBand

Apple has released updates for its GarageBand music software for iOS and Mac.

GarageBand is a whole music creation studio right inside your Mac — with a complete sound library that includes software instruments, presets for guitar and voice, and virtual session drummers. An intuitive interface makes it easy to learn, play, record, create, and share your hits worldwide. It’s never been easier to make music like a pro.

Changes in GarageBand Mac v10.0.3

  • Adds support for OS X Yosemite.
  • Access audio effect plug-ins for more detailed control over the sound of your tracks.
  • Build your own bass rig with Bass Amp Designer using vintage and modern amps, cabinets, and mics.
  • New Voice Template for fast and easy vocal recordings.
  • Share GarageBand projects with Mail Drop.
  • Vertical zoom automatically adjusts the height of your tracks.
  • Contains multiple enhancements to Accessibility.

Changes in GarageBand iOS v2.0.4

  • Stability improvements and bug fixes.

Garageband is available for purchase for $4.99 USD.

More information: Apple / GarageBand

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Bitwig updates Bitwig Studio to v1.0.15

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Bitwig Studio

Bitwig has released version 1.0.15 of Bitwig Studio, the music production software for Windows, Mac and Linux.

Bitwig Studio is a dynamic software solution for music creation and performance to realize all of your musical ideas in every stage of production.

Changes in Bitwig Studio v1.0.15

  • Improved: Show progress when auto-detecting controllers.
  • Improved: Made auto-detecting of MIDI controllers faster.
  • Improved: Add support for AKAI EWI controller.
  • Improved: Add keyboard shortcut for zoom to fit (Cmd/Ctrl+0).
  • Improved: When a disk-streaming buffer-underrun occurs (for instance when jumping to a location in a sample which could not be predicted), a fade.in is now applied when the streaming catches up to prevent clicks.
  • Improved: Updated scripts from Livid Instruments.
  • Fixed: Plugin’s window header is sometimes out of screen on Windows.
  • Fixed: Add SysEx probe command to control surface console.
  • Fixed: Parameter names not shown for UAD (and some other) plug-ins.
  • Fixed: Freeze when moving MOD device within another MOD device’s FX chain.
  • Fixed: EQs could blow-up when using extreme Q values with four-pole LP/HP filters.
  • Fixed: UAD plug-ins all get the title “UAD powered plugin” when added to the device chain.
  • Fixed: Improved Linux MIDI support – Virtual MIDI now works.
  • Fixed: Crash when undoing the deletion of an automation lane for an indexed value atom.
  • Fixed: Crash if using the bounce modifier and deleting the destination before the bounce completes.
  • Fixed: Hybrid audio/MIDI interface M-Audio Audiophile 24/96 not recognized as MIDI device in Linux.
  • Fixed: Overdubbing notes in the clip launcher does not end the undo operation when the user turns off the overdub button.
  • Fixed: Crash when dragging arranger clips with automation follow in some circumstances.
  • Fixed: Selecting automation points on the arranger using rectangular selection tool is extremely slow even when zoomed in on small part of the automation.
  • Fixed: OSX gatekeeper trouble introduced by OSX 10.9.5 and 10.10 Preview.
  • Fixed: Auditioning is too loud when changing velocity of notes.
  • Fixed: NI Maschine drag and drop from plugin into the host does not work.
  • Fixed: Crash on OSX when switching display profile while an audio interface is configured that is not available anymore.

Bitwig Studio is available for purchase for 299 EUR (full) 229 EUR (edu).

More information: Bitwig

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Bitwig launches Producer Packs with Arturia keyboard controllers

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Bitwig has announced The Producer Packs, a new collaboration between Bitwig and Arturia.

Bitwig The Producer Packs

The Producer Packs combine Bitwig Studio’s unprecedented workflow possibilities with Arturia’s premium hybrid keyboard conrtollers: the KeyLab 25, 49, and 61. Also included are the legendary Arturia Mini V and Analog Lab virtual synths. The Producer Packs are a complete solution offering maximum control for sound design and production.

Together, Arturia and Bitwig have combined their strengths to raise the bar in keyboard design quality alongside the deep integration of hands-on control and rich virtual content with the workflow of Bitwig Studio. Take control and allow your creative impulses to go along for the ride.

The Producer Packs are available from Arturia while supplies last.

  • Producer Pack 25: 349 EUR / $349 USD.
  • Producer Pack 49: 399 EUR / $399 USD.
  • Producer Pack 61: 499 EUR / $499 USD.

EUR prices include 19% VAT.

In celebration of the collaboration, Bitwig is offering a chance to win 1 of 3 Producer Packs.

More information: Bitwig / The Producer Packs

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Propellerhead releases Reason 8 music production software

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Propellerhead Software has announced the release of Reason 8, a major new version of the award-winning Reason music production software which introduces a completely redesigned user interface and streamlined new workflow.

Propellerhead Reason 8

“Musicians and producers love Reason because it’s both fun and inspiring,” said Leo Nathorst-Böös, Propellerhead Product Marketing Manager. “For Reason 8, we’ve introduced a new creative flow that feels second nature to exploring sounds and developing songs. Whether you have lots of experience or just starting out, Reason is the fastest way to develop musical ideas and capture your inspiration.”

Reason 8 introduces a redesigned user interface, fresh new look and even smoother creative flow. Quickly and easily access your sounds, loops and patches whenever you need them using a new browser and search window—a one-stop-shop for creative inspiration. Dial-in incredible guitar and bass tones with a collection of new amps from legendary circuit modeler Softube—simply plug in your instrument, crank up the volume and experience the uncompromising tone, response and dynamics of the world’s finest classic amplifiers.

Reason 8 also features countless usability improvements that put the flow back in workflow. Drag-and-drop from anywhere to anything and work faster with fewer clicks. Edit your tracks quickly with more powerful sequence note editing. Reason 8 lets you flow seamlessly from initial idea to completed song. And, with an ever-expanding selection of Rack Extension plug-ins available in the Propellerhead shop, you can easily expand your rack to include everything your music needs—now and in the future.

Reason 8 is available for purchase for 405 EUR/$449 USD, Reason Essentials 8 is 120 EUR/$129 USD, and the Reason 8 Upgrade (from any previous Reason version) costs 129 EUR/$129 USD. Propellerhead is also offering a grace period for customers who purchased Reason 7 on or after July 1, 2014.

More information: Propellerhead / Reason 8

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Ableton updates Live to v9.1.5

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Ableton Live

Ableton has released version 9.1.5 of Live 9, its music production software for Windows and Mac.

If you’ve used music software before, you’re already familiar with one half of Ableton Live. Live’s Arrangement View is a familiar working space: time moves from left to right, while tracks are stacked vertically.

But Live also features the revolutionary Session View: a unique sketchpad for improvising, playing and performing with musical ideas, without the constraints of the timeline. Freely and independently start and stop any number of audio or MIDI loops – everything stays in sync. Almost everything in Live works in real-time – add, reorder or remove devices, play with Live’s flexible track routing and more – all without interrupting your creative flow.

Changes in Live v9.1.5

  • Improvements and feature changes:
    • Minor improvement to ensure compatibility with Mac OS X’ Gatekeeper for the forthcoming OS X updates 10.9.5 and 10.10.
    • Improved the threshold for inverting text colour of clip names, chains, macros, etc., depending on the background color, for better readability.
  • Bug fixes:
    • The [live.thisdevice] Max for Live object would no longer send a bang message out its first outlet when adding/removing control surface scripts in the Live preferences.
    • Under certain conditions, the MIDI level indicator would not show any activity inside the routing chooser of a MIDI track.
    • The Send button on the APC40 MKII would not work when pressed for the first time.
    • The Launchpad’s Mixer mode would stop working after using the Launchpad’s Session Zoom feature in Live sets containing more that 8 tracks.
  • Changes for Push:
    • When using a low audio buffer size or high sample rate, Push’s buttons would not be backlit after launching Live (Windows only).
    • When entering Scales mode on Push, the Selection and State Control buttons would not light up until one of them is pressed once.
    • Push’s Duplicate button would not work any more for clips, tracks and scenes if Clip workflow is selected.

Live 9 is available for purchase for 349 EUR (Standard) / 79 EUR (Intro) / 599 EUR (Suite). The version 9.1.5 update is available to download from Ableton.

More information: Ableton

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