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Ableton updates Live to v9.1.2

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Ableton has released version 9.1.2 of its Live 9 music production software for Windows and Mac.

Ableton Live 9

Changes in Live 9.1.2

  • Improvements and feature changes:
    • Added control surface support for Akai APC40 MKII, APC Key 25, APC mini.
    • Updated control surface documentation.
    • Improved readability of text in clips, tracks, chains and macro controls. The text color is now automatically inverted, depending on the background color.
  • Bug fixes:
    • Live would show cryptic error messages in case it detects and repairs a corrupt database. Now it shows something more meaningful.
    • Looped clip envelopes could have an incorrect length after unlinking the envelope, linking it again and then moving the clip from Session View to the Arrangement View.
    • MIDI data from the computer MIDI keyboard or an external MIDI input could have a huge delay after plugging a cable into the computer’s headphone jack (Mac OS X only).
    • When overdubbing a MIDI clip in the Arrangement View, the resulting clip would not be cropped to the correct content, but would contain all other notes of the track.
    • A playing clip in the last scene would stop playing when deleting a scene above it.
    • Fixed a bug that could occur when recording automation over a loop jump in a Session View clip when the Arrangement View’s loop is active.
    • Plug-in parameters of certain VST plug-ins would not instantly update on the custom plug-in window after changing presets.
    • The AU versions of UAD powered plug-ins would not release their DSP resources when turning them off in Live, even if the option “Release all UAD DSP resources on AudioUnit bypass” was enabled in the UAD control panel.
    • Loading a set containing many disabled UAD AU plug-ins may have resulted in a “UAD bandwidth allocation exceeded” error while loading the set.
    • Fixed a crash which could occur when quitting Live via the Mac OS X App Switcher (CMD+TAB).
    • Fixed a crash that could occur on Mac OS X when quitting the application while Live is buffering samples.
    • Fixed a crash which could occur in the 64-bit version when triggering multiple voices in Sampler and having the Shrink/Expand Envelopes feature enabled.
    • Fixed a crash which could occur in the 32-bit version of Live when loading presets containing a very large amount of devices.
    • Fixed a crash that could occur under certain conditions when moving scenes and then using Undo.
    • Live 9 Intro or Lite would crash when importing an audio clip which uses the Complex or Complex Pro warp mode (Windows only).
  • Changes for Push:
    • It wasn’t possible to edit device parameters if a track’s input routing was set to “No Input”.
    • Live would record MIDI notes at the wrong position when using Push’s Note Repeat function and having the track’s monitoring switch set to “No Input”.
    • Audio clip recording could be interrupted when choosing another track with Push, even if Exclusive Arm is deactivated in Live’s preferences.
    • When selecting a track, the Melodic Step Sequencer would sometimes not select a page in the currently playing clip.

The update is available as a free download for all owners of Live 9 Suite, Standard, Intro and Lite.

More information: Ableton

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XT Software updates energyXT 2.7 to beta 3

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XT Software has released public beta 3 of energyXT 2.7, a music production software for Windows and Mac.

XT Software energyXT

Changes in energyXT 2.7 beta 3

  • Object bar didn’t display note length in last beat, now fixed.
  • Fixed crash when loading XTC clips with missing VST plugin.
  • Fixed crash when adding MIDI out device to a tack containing a VST.
  • Fixed issue with custom volume knob image and old skin. Skins made in 2.7 beta v2 may have to be fixed manually.
  • Added Trim control to sequencer mixer strip.
  • Minor fixes to light skin and added option to skin color of eq curve in mixer (FX > decoration color).
  • Resizing and transposing events with keyboard shortcuts didn’t update object bar, now fixed.

energyXT is currently available to purchase for 39 EUR (regular 59 EUR). The latest beta is available to download here.

More information: XT Software

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Steinberg updates Cubase to v7.5.20

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Steinberg Cubase update

Steinberg has released version 7.5.20 of its Cubase and Cubase Artist music production software.

The update adds several improvements and resolves more than 60 issues in different areas of the applications.

The update is now available for download from the Steinberg website. For detailed information please view the corresponding version history on the download page.

Changes in Cubase v7.5.20

  • TrackVersions: Delete Inactive TrackVersions.
  • Control Room Improvements.
  • Channel/track visibility: Key command for “Update configurations”.
  • Steinberg Hub: Remove recent projects from list.
  • Project window toolbar: Additional buttons.
  • New Preference: Record-Enable allows MIDI Thru.
  • New Preference: Colorize folder track controls only.
  • Many issues resolved, check the version history for details.

The update is now available to download for Cubase and Cubase Artist users.

More information: Steinberg / Cubase

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Propellerhead releases Reason 7.1 update & Free Synchronous Rack Extension

Propellerhead has released an update to its award-winning Reason software and Synchronous, a modulation Rack Extension plug-in for Reason.

Propellerhead Reason 7.1
Reason 7.1 offers an enhanced workflow, performance improvements and new SDK2 technology for Propellerhead’s Rack Extension plug-in platform.

Since its release in 2012, Propellerhead’s Rack Extension platform has emerged as a powerful audio plug-in format currently with over 600 companies developing and over 200 instrument and effects devices available via Propellerhead’s online store.

Rack Extensions blend seamlessly in the Reason rack offering great sound, smooth workflow, rock-solid stability, intuitive routing, automation, deep-editing and flexibility Reason users expect.

Synchronous—Timed Effect Modulator

Highlighting new interactive graphic capabilities of the SDK2 technology, Synchronous is a Rack Extension plug-in for Reason that offers rhythmically synced effects that bring your music to life.

Propellerhead Synchronous

With a dynamic and intuitive graphic user interface and the ability to instantly recall over 100 patches, Synchronous is incredibly flexible.

With the built-in waveform tools, users can easily draw and dial in Distortion, Filter, Reverb, Delay and level for anything from side-chain pumping and tremolos to beat-repeating and tweaked out wobbles.

Reason 7.1 is a free downloadable update for all Reason 7 owners. Existing Reason upgrade pricing remain the same at $129 USD / 129 EUR. Synchronous is available for free for all Reason 7.1 customers up until June 30th, 2014.

More information: Propellerhead

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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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Image-Line updates FL Studio to v11.1

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Image-Line has released version 11.1 of its FL Studio music production software for Windows.

Image-Line FL Studio 11.1

FL Studio 11.1 includes support for the FREE and hugely popular Image-Line Remote Android and iOS MIDI remote controller application and a new FREE synthesizer MiniSynth, that also works as a crossover synth with FL Studio Mobile. We think we have the free thing covered :)

Changes in FL Studio v11.1

  • Most plugins updated (bugfixes).
  • Image-Line Remote for Android (Google Play) and iOS (iTunes Apps) updated.
  • MiniSynth free synth is included.
  • FL Studio Mobile import updated.
  • Launchpad support updated.
  • DirectWave import support updated.
  • Bugfixes as reported since the last version, FL Studio 11.0.5.

FL Studio 11.1 is free for existing customers under the Lifetime Free Update policy. New Image-Line customers can purchase FL Studio with a 10% discount here.

More information: Image-Line / FL Studio

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Tracktion Software Corporation updates Tracktion to v5.2.4

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Tracktion Software Corporation has released version 5.2.4 of its Tracktion music production software for Windows and Mac.

Tracktion 5

Changes in Tracktion v5.2.4

  • Archiving fix.
  • Fullscreen button for Windows.
  • Fix for stuck notes when using the MIDI patch bay plugin.
  • Fix for incorrect export formats being displayed in MIDI note and track renders.
  • Fix for some synth plugins not responding to MIDI.
  • [5.2.3] Made sure MIDI clips created from dropping files have a suitable length.
  • [5.2.3] Fix for copy/pasted clip lengths.
  • [5.2.3] Fix for importing MIDI files on the project screen.
  • [5.2.3] Fix for trimming empty regions at the start of dropped MIDI files.
  • [5.2.3] Fix for saving and copying shell-based plugins.
  • [5.2.3] Fix for MIDI SysEx timing.
  • [5.2.3] Fixes for editing really tiny MIDI notes.
  • [5.2.3] Fix for loading JACK.
  • [5.2.3] Fix for project list forgetting projects when their name is changed.
  • [5.2.3] Fix for groove templates in sequencer clips.
  • [5.2.3] Fix for importing archives with sub-directories.
  • [5.2.3] Fix for Automap Universal crashing.
  • [5.2.3] Fix for audio glitches if racks are used across multiple output devices.
  • [5.2.3] Added support for Automap to the 64-bit Mac version.
  • [5.2.3] Added prompt for dragging audio files onto separate tracks or a single track.
  • [5.2.3] Added selection of contiguous clips with shift.
  • [5.2.3] Added option for rendering a sequencer-clip to a MIDI clip.

Tracktion 5 is available to purchase for $59.99 USD.

More information: Tracktion

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