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MOTU announces Pro Tools 9 compatibility for its audio interfaces

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MOTU Pro Tools 9

MOTU has announced that its audio interfaces are now compatible with Pro Tools 9.

Are you a Pro Tools user? Have you always wished you could use a MOTU audio interface with your Pro Tools software? Now you can. All current MOTU FireWire, USB, and PCI audio interfaces are compatible with Pro Tools 9, including the UltraLite-mk3 Hybrid, 828mk3, 896mk3, 8pre, Traveler-mk3, 2408mk3, and MicroBook. A whole new world of compatibility and interoperability has opened up between Pro Tools software and MOTU hardware. Getting them going together is easier than ever, too.

MOTU’s currently shipping Core Audio and ASIO drivers for Mac OS X and Windows 7 are already compatible with Pro Tools 9. So if you already have them installed, you are ready to go. If you are just getting started with a current MOTU audio interface product, simply install the latest MOTU FireWire/USB or PCI audio driver package and follow the instructions for operation with a standard Core Audio or ASIO host application.

As always, be sure to consult the Avid web site for Pro Tools 9 Mac and Windows system requirements. All MOTU audio interfaces are fully compatible with the systems recommended by Avid for Pro Tools 9.

Pro Tools 9 is offered in several different packages. As of this writing, every available Pro Tools 9 offering supports MOTU interfaces via Core Audio and ASIO driver support.

More information: MOTU

RME ships Fireface UFX, new flagship interface

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RME has announced it has started shipping its new flagship interface Fireface UFX, a highly integrated pro audio solution packed in a 19″ enclosure.

RME Audio Fireface UFX

60 channels of audio! Digitally controlled high-end preamps, reference class converters and full 192 kHz operation.

Ultra-low latency operation with USB and FireWire, combined with with the legendary RME driver stability and maintenance. Including active jitter suppression, professional reference level support, advanced stand-alone functionality, RME’s unique DIGICheck metering and analysis toolbox and identical operation on Windows PC and Mac.

On top of it: TotalMix FX, the new digital high-end mixer and signal router, driven by two powerful DSP, with integrated EQ, Dynamics and Reverb/Echo effects up to 192 kHz plus built-in monitoring control.

More information: RME Audio / Fireface UFX

Focusrite Saffire PRO 14, firewire audio interface

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Focusrite Saffire PRO 14

Focusrite has announced the Saffire PRO 14, a new firewire audio interface.

The Focusrite Saffire PRO 14 is an 8 in / 6 out FireWire audio interface designed for the modern home studio environment. An unparalleled preamp legacy forms the foundation, with two award-winning Focusrite preamps.

Legendary sonic performance and both digital and analogue I/O combine with Focusrite’s established MixControl software to deliver seamless integration, excellent routing flexibility and rock-solid driver stability.

Saffire PRO 14 key features

  • Two high-quality award-winning Focusrite preamps — The best sounding interface in its class. Focusrite’s 25-year legacy forms the foundation of this new interface, with two award-winning preamps.
  • High-quality 24-bit/96kHz FireWire interface — Features professional conversion and JetPLL™ jitter elimination technology, guaranteeing pristine audio quality and reliable synchronization.
  • Total I/O count of 8 inputs and 6 outputs — A host of I/O options are provided, including a unique Loopback facility for routing audio between software applications via Saffire MixControl.
  • Saffire MixControl ultra-low-latency DSP mixer/router — Provides an 18 x 6 DSP mixer with excellent routing flexibility, intuitive one-click configurations, and lower than 1.4ms latency (less than the time it takes sound to travel two feet through air!).
  • Focusrite VST/AU Plug-in Suite, for use in the mix — Upgrade your standard sequencer effects and bring a touch of class to your session with Focusrite Compression, Reverb, Gating and EQ VST/AU plug-ins.
  • Xcite+ Software Bundle — Featuring a host of royalty-free loops and samples, a full-fledged soft-synth and Ableton Live Lite 8, providing an affordable upgrade path to Ableton Live.

The Saffire PRO 14 is expected to ship in August 2010, priced at $299.99 MSRP ($249.99 street) / £199.99 inc. VAT (suggested street price) / €279.99 inc. Tax MSRP.

More information: Focusrite / Saffire PRO 14

Steinberg releases free 5.5 update for Cubase 5 and Cubase Studio 5

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Steinberg Cubase 5.5 - LoopMash

Steinberg has released version 5.5 of Cubase / Cubase Studio, a free update of its music production systems featuring new mixing features, new video engine, instrument updates, workflow improvements and optimized performance for multi-core processors.

The 5.5 update ensures an improved low-latency performance on systems with four or more CPU cores, while the included version increments of two Cubase 5 features, LoopMash and the REVerence convolution reverb, reduce CPU usage considerably. The native x64 version of Cubase and Cubase Studio features an enhanced VST Bridge to improve compatibility with the majority of bridged 32-bit VST2.4 plug-ins within a native 64-bit production environment.

Enhancements for both mixing and video work have been realized with additional automation functionality in the automation panel as well as expanding the Quick Control system to Group, FX, Input and Output channels. An entirely new video engine offers full HD support in Cubase 5.5 as well as scalable performance and video playback capability via FireWire for the PC platform.

Version 5.5 also introduces enhancements to the range of onboard beat production, witnessing refinements in hitpoint detection within the Sample Editor, the introduction of a local timeline for the AudioWarp definition mode plus extended Export/Import functionality for Groove Agent ONE including 19 exclusive new drum kits made up of over 800 finest vintage drum machine samples.

To further speed up workflow in the Cubase environment, the MediaBay interface has been redesigned to provide improved usability, with an integrated virtual keyboard and memo recorder. On top of the many small enhancements, the Channel Batch Export tool has been improved, and the Infoline and the toolbars of all editors have been consolidated for improved legibility and faster access.

Cubase 5.5 complements Cubase 5 and Cubase Studio 5 to the fullest, delivering performance optimization, additional features and useful enhancements throughout.

The 5.5 update is now available to download from the Steinberg website at www.steinberg.net.

More Information: Steinberg / Cubase

PreSonus ships StudioLive 24.4.2 Digital Mixer

PreSonus StudioLive 24.4.2

PreSonus has announced it is now shipping the StudioLive 24.4.2, a digital mixer.

Like the 16-channel StudioLive 16.4.2, the 24-channel StudioLive 24.4.2 is designed for both studio recording and live sound, without compromising the requirements for either.

StudioLive 24.4.2 sports the same friendly user interface, robust feature set, and extensive I/O configuration as the StudioLive 16.4.2 but with several significant additions and enhancements. The most obvious difference is that the new mixer provides 24 input channels, rather than 16. As with the 16.4.2, each input features a trim pot, XLR mic input with XMAX™ mic preamp, 1/4-inch TRS balanced line inputs and unbalanced insert points. Like the 16.4.2, the StudioLive 24.4.2 offers 4 subgroup outputs, but where the 16-channel model offers 6 aux buses, the 24.4.2 provides 10 aux buses.

StudioLive 24.4.2 features

  • 24-bit/48 kHz sampling rate.
  • 24 Class A XMAX microphone preamplifiers.
  • 24 line-level inputs.
  • 10 auxiliary buses.
  • 4 subgroups.
  • High-definition analog to digital converters (118 dB dynamic range).
  • Unlimited-headroom, 32-bit floating-point, digital mixing and effects processing.
  • 32×26 FireWire digital recording interface with two FireWire 400 (IEEE 1394) ports.
  • Scene automation with load/save/recall of all settings.
  • Fat Channel with: High-pass filter, Compressor, Limiter, Expander/Gate, 4-band fully parametric EQ, Pan, Load/save.
  • 2 master DSP effects (reverb and delay with Load and Save).
  • 100 mm long-throw faders.
  • Military-grade quick-touch buttons.
  • Fast-acting LED meters.
  • Talkback communication system.
  • Rugged steel chassis.
  • PreSonus Capture™ multitrack-recording software.
  • Compatible with Cubase, Digital Performer, Logic, Nuendo, Sonar, Studio One and others.
  • PC and Mac compatible.

The StudioLive 24.4.2 is available to purchase for a MSRP of $3,299 USD.

More information: PreSonus / http://www.presonus.com/products/StudioLive-24.4.2″ title=”link to StudioLive 24.4.2 product page”>StudioLive 24.4.2

Steinberg announces Cubase 5.5 Update

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Steinberg has announced the upcoming version 5.5 update to its Cubase and Cubase Studio music production systems for Windows and Mac.

Steinberg Cubase 5.5

The 5.5 update includes new enhancements for the Cubase audio engine that boosts performance in several areas, including improved resource handling for computers with multiple cores. Additionally, the included REVerence* convolution reverb and LoopMash* beat production tool have both been modified to offer better CPU efficiency, while the VST Bridge technology has also been updated to offer improved compatibility when using 32-bit VST plug-ins within a native 64-bit production environment.

Cubase 5.5 also sees a range of enhancements for both mixing and video work. Cubase users will note a new look to the Automation Panel, which also offers new automation commands such as useful new added Fill modes and improved Trim automation. The Quick Control system has now been extended to Group, FX, input and output channels, offering faster access to key parameters across a range of track classes. The new video engine offers full HD support, scalable performance and adds video playback capability via FireWire to the PC platform.

A range of new features have been included that are designed to speed up workflow and boost creativity in key areas. The MediaBay sound management system has seen an overhaul with new features such as the Memo Recorder and integrated Virtual Keyboard, while the scrubbing function has been reengineered to offer enhanced audio quality and smoothness when scrubbing through audio. The Infoline display and toolbars also see GUI improvements to aid visibility and quick editing, while the Channel Batch Export window now features added export options.

The update will be available in Q2 2010 for all registered customers of Cubase 5 and Cubase Studio 5.

More information: Steinberg / Cubase 5.5 update

*Feature only available as part of Cubase 5.5

Symbolic Sound announces Open Sound Control (OSC) for Kyma

Symbolic Sound Corporation has expanded the list of real-time controllers and software that can communicate with its Kyma sound design environment by adding support for Open Sound Control (OSC) to its Paca(rana) sound engine.

By connecting a Paca or Pacarana to the Ethernet, sound designers, musicians, and researchers using Kyma on Windows or Macintosh computers can establish bi-directional communication with OSC-enabled devices and software on the network to control parameters of Kyma sound synthesis and processing algorithms. Open Sound Control (http://opensoundcontrol.org/introduction-osc) is an open communications protocol that delivers higher speeds, greater resolution, and more flexibility than is afforded by the standard MIDI protocol. (For a partial list of software and hardware currently supporting the OSC protocol, please see http://opensoundcontrol.org/implementations).

Doug Kraul, CEO of Harmony Systems, Inc. is enthusiastic about Kyma’s new OSC technology. “OSC is a brilliant addition to the already stellar Kyma sound design workstation”, said Kraul. “It immediately enables exciting new ways to use Kyma on stage or in the studio. But the true impact of this forward looking technology is the new, innovative controllers and applications that OSC makes possible for the Kyma platform”.

Symbolic Sound Paca(rana)
Symbolic Sound Paca(rana) with ethernet port on the back panel

Bidirectional MIDI streams over OSC is available for those who don’t have any OSC-enabled devices or software yet.

Symbolic Sound has announce that several third-party development partners are concurrently announcing new software that supports bi-directional communication with Kyma over OSC:

  • OSCulator: Known as the Rosetta Stone of music controllers, Camille Troillard’s Mac OS X application OSCulator (http://osculator.net) is already familiar to Kyma users who utilize it for sending individual MIDI controls, OSC, and HID control data over FireWire to Kyma. Now, in OSCulator 2.9.2, you can also send OSC messages directly to the Paca(rana) over the network. OSCulator 2.9.2 also implements Symbolic Sound’s Bi-Directional-MIDI-streams-over-OSC protocol, enabling you to send streams of MIDI events from your software directly to Kyma without need for a MIDI interface on your computer and without having to map each controller individually in OSCulator.
  • vM2 and PacaMidi: Harmony Systems, Inc. is offering two new Mac OS X applications in its Delora product line, vM2 and PacaMidi, that incorporate Kyma’s new “MIDI-over-OSC” technology to further enhance and facilitate real-time interaction with Kyma. vM2, a “virtual MotorMix”, enables JazzMutant Lemur owners to enjoy automatic, fully integrated tactile control over Kyma’s Virtual Control Surface. Recently updated to include several exciting new features, vM2 2.0 employs “MIDI-over-OSC” to eliminate the complication of physical MIDI cables and interfaces. PacaMidi, Harmony’s newest product, uses “MIDI-over-OSC” to create a “virtual MIDI interface and patchbay” that adds three merged MIDI inputs and one MIDI output to a Paca(rana). This expands Kyma’s connectivity options, while saving you the expense and complexity of using physical MIDI interfaces, hardware mergers, and numerous cables. For more information see http://www.delora.com.
  • Max & M4L: If you are one of the many artists using Kyma in conjunction with Ableton’s Live and/or Cycling74′s Max, you’ll be happy to hear that Andrew Capon has written a Max external for bidirectional MIDI communication over OSC that works with both Max and Max For Live. For more details, please see: http://www.symbolicsound.com/Learn/AndyCaponMaxExternalOSC

OSC-enabled Kyma X.74 is a free software update for registered Kyma X owners. OSC communication requires the Paca or Pacarana sound engine.

Kyma X.74 also comes with additional features, including an 11-times speedup in the Virtual Control Surface, support for the MOTU UltraLite Hybrid mk3, TC Electronic Impact Twin, and Prism Audio Orpheus converters, track-pad compatible menus, refinements to the Tau resynthesis, and more.

More information: Symbolic Sound

PreSonus introduces StudioLive 24.4.2 Digital Mixer

PreSonus StudioLive 24.4.2

PreSonus has introduced the StudioLive 24.4.2, a digital mixer designed for both studio recording and live sound, without compromising the requirements for either.

Here, in one portable device, are high-headroom XMAX™ microphone preamplifiers, a built-in FireWire recording and playback interface, more than 90 signal processors, a big library of DSP effects, 6 (16.4.2) or 10 (24.4.2) aux buses, 4 subgroups, extensive LED metering, mixer save and recall, channel-strip save/recall/copy/paste, talkback, and more.

Create live mixes that glisten with clarity and detail—then record and enhance the performance with the power of StudioLive.

Get creative in the studio. Build mixes, loops, sound effects, and more, then bring them out to your show and mix them with the live performance. Process channels using your favorite plug-ins and completely automate your entire performance. StudioLive revolutionizes music production, opening endless creative possibilities.

The StudioLive 24.4.2 has an expected street price of $2,999 USD.

More information: PreSonus / StudioLive