Apple updates Logic Pro X to v10.1 & Mainstage 3 to v3.1

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Apple has releases version 10.1 of its Logic Pro X digital audio workstation and version 3.1 of the MainStage music application designed for live performance.

Logic Pro X

Logic Pro X is the most advanced version of Logic ever. Sophisticated tools for professional songwriting, editing and mixing are built around a modern interface that’s designed to get creative results quickly and also deliver more power whenever it’s needed. Logic Pro X includes a massive collection of instruments, effects and loops, providing a complete toolkit to create amazing-sounding music.

Changes in Logic Pro X v10.1

  • 10 new Drummers that produce beats in a variety of electronic and hip hop styles including Techno, House, Trap, Dubstep and more.
  • Drummer provides specialized sound and performance controls for dialing in electronic or hip hop drum grooves.
  • New Drum Machine Designer plug-in offers new sounds and features for customizing electronic drum kits in a variety of styles.
  • Create a sequence of notes with a single mouse gesture using the new Brush Tool in the Piano Roll Editor.
  • New view options in the Piano Roll Editor let you see more notes in less vertical space and help identify drum sounds by name.
  • Easily compress or expand the timing of selected notes with new time handles in the Piano Roll Editor.
  • Note Repeat and Spot Erase modes allow classic drum machine style techniques for creating beats in realtime.
  • Smart Quantize proportionally corrects the timing and length of notes to preserve the musicality of your original performance.
  • Redesigned Compressor plug-in features scalable, Retina-ready interface and 7 models including the new Classic VCA.
  • Retro Synth can now create wavetables from imported audio and is able to stack up to 8 voices.
  • Expanded sound library includes over 200 new synth patches and 10 classic Mellotron instruments.
  • Automation can now be part of a region, not just the track, which makes it easier to use effects creatively.
  • Manage large-scale mixes more easily with the addition of console-style VCA faders.
  • Relative and Trim Automation modes extend the options for fine-tuning existing automation.
  • Mixer now allows remote control of microphone and other input settings for compatible audio interfaces.
  • Realtime rendering of fades allow them to work with Flex Pitch and speeds up project load times.
  • The Plug-in Manager now allows you to customize the organization of your menu.
  • Support for Mail Drop and Air Drop in OS X Yosemite makes it even easier to share your Logic projects.

Changes in MainStage v3.1

  • Redesigned Compressor plug-in features scalable, Retina-ready interface and 7 models including the new Classic VCA.
  • Retro Synth can now create wavetables from imported audio and is able to stack up to 8 voices.
  • Expanded sound library includes over 200 new synth patches and 10 classic Mellotron instruments.
  • The Plug-in Manager now allows you to customize the organization of your menu.
  • Turn your favorite hardware synthesizers into sampled instruments using new Auto Sampler plug-in.
  • Assign and manage custom shortcuts using the new Key Command editor.

More information: Apple / Logic Pro X

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Avid announces Flexible Licensing in Pro Tools, Avid Cloud Collaboration, and new services in the Avid Marketplace

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Avid has announced Pro Tools 12, the next generation of the industry-standard digital audio software.

Featuring new flexible licensing options, Pro Tools 12 delivers on Avid’s commitment to customer choice, a key element of Avid Everywhere™. The company also announced new innovations to support artist collaboration and content distribution with Avid Cloud Collaboration and new services in the Avid Marketplace.

“These new innovations demonstrate our commitment to providing audio customers with the choice, power, and flexibility they need to create the highest quality music and audio,” said Chris Gahagan, senior vice president of Products and Technology at Avid. “With Pro Tools 12, audio professionals can now access the software in more ways than ever. They can find new talent and plugins, and get wide exposure for their work via the Avid Marketplace. And with the upcoming Avid Cloud Collaboration, customers will be able to create, connect, and collaborate in unprecedented new ways.”

Flexible Licensing Options in Pro Tools 12

Pro Tools 12 delivers new flexible licensing options, allowing customers to subscribe by as little as $29.99 per month, or to buy it outright. With these new options, users can stay current with future software updates and innovations as soon as they are released via the cloud, at no additional charge. This flexible licensing now provides artists with access to the same tools used by the top industry pros, at a price point they can afford.

Avid Cloud Collaboration

Avid Cloud Collaboration, initially to be accessed by Pro Tools users with others to follow, is a groundbreaking set of collaboration capabilities that enable artists to compose, record, edit, and mix sessions working with other Pro Tools users in the cloud, as if they are all together in the same studio. They simply invite other artists to collaborate on a session using built-in chat, or find new collaborators through the new Avid Marketplace Artist Community. If the person they want to work with doesn’t already have Pro Tools, they can simply download Pro Tools | First to start working together immediately.

Key benefits and features of Avid Cloud Collaboration for Pro Tools include:

  • Secure and hassle-free setup: Post sessions to your own cloud storage space and invite others to collaborate.
  • Fully integrated collaboration: Work on the same session at the same time or create offline and share updates directly within Pro Tools.
  • Comprehensive workflows: Share audio and MIDI tracks, edits, mix changes, automation, and more.
  • Simplified project and media management: Keep track of all contributors and version changes with automatic and fully customizable metadata tagging.
  • Built-in communication tools: Engage with collaborators through text or video chat directly from within Pro Tools.

Avid Marketplace

The Avid Marketplace invites Pro Tools users to engage in a community of artists, acquire new plug-ins and apps as they need them, and easily store and share their work on a global platform.

The Avid Marketplace enables artists and professionals to:

  • Find new talent and start new collaborations: With the Artist Community, any media professional and organization can search for the skills and specialties they need on a project, and start a working relationship.
  • Get plug-ins and apps immediately: With the Avid App Store, artists can find and immediately download the latest plug-ins and applications directly from within their creative tools.
  • Store and share their work with the world: The Avid Content Marketplace provides a new channel for artists to monetize their work by sharing it with a wide network of potential purchasers – with all licensing and rights agreements worked out through automatic templates.

Avid also announced that 17 new plug-ins and nine new plug-in bundles are now available in the Avid Marketplace and as in-app purchases in Pro Tools. There are now over 60 Avid plug-ins and bundles available for in-app purchase for Pro Tools | First, Pro Tools, and Pro Tools | HD. The new bundles include:

  • Eleven Effects Bundle — A collection of 17 Avid AAX Native, DSP and AudioSuite 64-bit plug-in effects modeled after circuitry and design of many popular analog “stomp-box” guitar effects.
  • Pro Series Bundle — Includes all five of the popular Avid Pro Series processors in AAX Native, DSP and AudioSuite 64-bit format as a single bundle at over 50% savings.
  • First Distortion Bundle, First Reverb Delay Bundle, First Guitar Bass Bundle, First Modulation Bundle, First EQ Dynamics Bundle, First AIR Effects Bundle, and First Air Instruments Bundle — Include selections from the new Eleven Effects and other Avid plug-ins, allowing Pro Tools | First users to access the professional creative tools they need to create richer sounding, more complex mixes.

Pro Tools software subscription and licensing options will be available in February 2015.

  • Pro Tools software monthly subscription (one-month license subscription with updates and support) starts at $29.99/month.
  • Pro Tools software annual upgrade plan (12 months of updates and support) starts at $199.
  • Pro Tools software annual subscription (12-month license subscription with updates and support) starts at $299.
  • Perpetual licenses for Pro Tools software (includes 12 months of updates and support) start at $899.

The new plug-ins and bundles are now available as in-app purchases within Pro Tools via the Avid Marketplace.

More information: Avid / Pro Tools

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Avid intros Pro Tools | First free version of music production software

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Avid has announced Pro Tools | First, a free version of the industry-standard Pro Tools that offers many of the same music creation capabilities used by top artists and recording studios worldwide.

Delivering on Avid EverywhereTM and built upon the Avid MediaCentral Platform, Pro Tools | First is simple enough for beginners to learn, yet sophisticated enough for the experienced musician. Pro Tools | First enables anyone to experience the industry’s most trusted digital audio workstation at no cost, so they can turn their musical ideas into fully realized, professional productions that stand out from the crowd.

“Pro Tools is the audio workstation that redefined the music and post-production industries, providing everything needed to create high-caliber audio mixes,” said Chris Gahagan, senior vice president of Products and Technology at Avid. “With Pro Tools | First, we’ve taken the most powerful, proven, and trusted DAW and streamlined it into a version that’s available to everyone for free, whether they dream of a career in music and are just starting out, or are more experienced and want to give Pro Tools a try. Now users of all levels can start off their musical journey on the right path.”

With Pro Tools | First, artists can quickly turn ideas into professional-sounding songs by recording, using software instruments, and applying audio effects. To expand their creative toolset further, the integrated Avid App Store provides a world of affordable AAX plug-ins and “First” bundles on the Avid Marketplace that make creating, shaping, and enhancing sounds quick and easy.
To accommodate the mobile lifestyle of artists and aspiring pros, Pro Tools | First saves and manages sessions securely in the cloud, enabled by the Avid MediaCentral Platform. This allows users to log into an Avid account and access and work on music from any Mac or PC with Pro Tools | First installed. Anytime changes are made, the project syncs with the cloud as soon as it’s saved. As a special introductory offer, artists can work on and store up to three Pro Tools | First projects in the cloud for free.
In addition, Pro Tools | First will be compatible with Avid Cloud Collaboration when it becomes available, helping artists collaborate together from wherever they are in the world.

Avid Pro Tools | First will be available in Q1 2015 as a free download through Avid.com.

More information: Avid / Pro Tools | First

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Bitwig announces Bitwig Studio 1.2

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Bitwig has announced it will present the forthcoming Bitwig Studio 1.2 update at NAMM 2015 from January 22nd – 25th (Booth 4901 in Hall C).

Bitwig Studio 1.2 sneak preview

Following the announcement, Bitwig will offer a sneak preview detailing the all-new features scheduled for the next major update, free for all Bitwig Studio license holders. Additional surprises can be expected on the actual release date of Bitwig Studio 1.2

Highlight of Bitwig Studio 1.2

  • Group Tracks — Consolidate and simplify your mix.
    In our next major update you can dramatically improve the navigation of numerous tracks in every view of your project while consolidating the signal flow of multiple sources through a single Group Track. The feature introduces a new style of editing in the Arrange View called “Meta Clips.” Meta Clips allow easy editing of clips from multiple tracks in group track timelines. Group Tracks also expand upon Bitwig Studio’s Multi-out VST functionality, providing a convenient way to setup tracks for multi-timbral VST instruments, and useful functions to organize and consolidate your entire mix.
  • Audition Browser — Browse, Audition, Insert, Swap
    You created the part and now you need the proper sound, groove, or melody. To accelerate the browsing workflow, all devices in Bitwig Studio 1.2 feature an Audition icon. By clicking Audition, your entire catalog of sound becomes available. Browse, audition, swap and insert anything from presets and samples to full clips of sounds during playback. Whether or not in use, the Audition Browser can be hidden completely from view to save on precious screen real estate. Bitwig Studio’s advanced browsing eliminates the boundaries between devices to offer a meta view of all available sounds in one category. Searching for the right bass? It doesn’t matter if it’s a Polysynth preset or a sample, you now have the freedom to audition all your content in place, on the fly, to find sounds quickly and to get back to what is most important, making music.
  • Factory Content Update — Demo songs, amazing presets, and all new sounds.
    The launch of Bitwig Studio introduced us to artists and producers around the world making the most of the devices included with Bitwig Studio. Since then, our Sound Team has been hard at work creating new standards that provide a fluid experience when navigating from one preset to the next. These standards were presented to several new partners to develop an extraordinary new addition of content and workflow to the Bitwig Studio Factory Library, sure to inspire music makers and sound designers everywhere. We are proud to introduce three new demo songs, over 500 fully-functional presets, and optimization of every preset in our Library with the help of Detunized, Mode Audio, Sample Magic, and Overclock Inc. as part of the Bitwig Studio 1.2 update.
  • Support for High-DPI and Retina Displays — Experience our next generation user interface in brilliant detail.
    Bitwig Studio 1.2 is optimized for Macbook Retina and Windows High-DPI displays for a graphical user interface that is sharper than ever before.

Bitwig Studio 1.2 is a free update for all Bitwig Studio license holders. The Bitwig Studio 1.2 Beta will be available in February to select license holders.

More information: Bitwig

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XT Software releases energyXT v3.0 beta 1

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XT Software has launched a first public beta of version 3.0 of energyXT, a music production application for Windows, Mac and Linux.

energyXT enables you to record, edit and mix your music with powerful, yet easy to use features. Designed from the ground up with songwriters and musicians in mind, creating music on your computer has never been easier, faster and more fun.

Changes in energyXT 3.0 beta 1

  • Multi-core support.
  • You can now enter chord names in object-bar to transpose selected notes (chord) to that chord.
  • Added option for velocity pattern in the Arp.
  • Added option to Append part (shift + ctrl + d), will double the content.

energyXT 2.7 is currently on sale for 39 EUR (regular 59 EUR). The public beta is available for download here.

More information: energyXT

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