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Arturia Origin gets SEM filter module and more in firmware v1.4 update

Arturia Origin

Arturia has announced the availability of the latest V1.4 firmware update for both the keyboard and desktop versions of its Origin hardware synthesizer.

Origin uniquely houses several synth classics and associated components in one powerful, no-holds, barred DSP-based modular system. Now its V1.4 firmware allows users to ‘mix and match’ even more modules by introducing a True Analogue Emulation (TAE®) of the Oberheim SEM filter found on the legendary Oberheim Synthesizer Expander Module® (or SEM for short).

The new SEMFilter module considerably widens Origin’s sound palette thanks to its ability to continuously sweep from LP to Notch and HP modes — just like Oberheim’s original. (Upon its introduction in 1974, the SEM was originally conceived as a way of beefing up weaker-sounding compatible analogue synths, or performing simplistic sequenced parts, before becoming a sought-after sound in its own right.)

Arturia Origin modules
New modules and parameters available in Origin’s version 1.4 firmware.

Changes in Origin firmware v1.4

  • New Oberheim SEM Filter module.
  • New Voice Modulator module inspired by the classic Oberheim 8-Voice.
  • Multi FX Mode introducing a new FX routing with 2 Inserts per channel, 2 Auxiliaries, and 2 Master Bus.
  • New Tonewheel percussion parameter.
  • Trig inputs now accept any modulation.

New Origin synthesizers (including v1.4 firmware) are available to purchase for 2,990 EUR / $3,499 USD (Keyboard) 2,490 EUR/ $3,200 USD (Desktop). Registered Origin users can download the firmware upgrade free of charge.

More information: Arturia / Origin

PreSonus AudioBox gets AB1818VSL Remote for iPad support in v1.2 update

PreSonus has announced it is shipping AudioBox 1.2, a free update that significantly enhances the performance and versatility of their AudioBox 1818VSL interface and also provides a number of new features for its AudioBox™ USB, AudioBox 22VSL and AudioBox 44VSL audio/MIDI interfaces.

PreSonus AB1818VSL Remote for iPad
The AudioBox recording systems get support for the AB1818VSL Remote app for iPad.

One of the biggest enhancements for the AudioBox 1818VSL is that support has been added for AB1818VSL Remote for iPad®. With this free app, you can control virtually every parameter in Virtual StudioLive for AudioBox 1818VSL from an iPad, including volume, pan, aux sends, FX buses, and Fat Channel parameters.

As a result, users can use an AudioBox 1818VSL and USB-connected laptop as a full-featured mixer/recorder for small gigs, rehearsal spaces, and mobile churches, with the iPad serving as a touchscreen mixing surface. In the studio, manage the monitor mixes from your iPad while dedicating your computer screen to a DAW.

A firmware update rescales the preamp tapers on the AudioBox 1818VSL to add more headroom; Virtual StudioLive for 1818VSL now sends all channels to outputs 7/8 (headphones) by default.

With the AudioBox 1.2 update, all AudioBox-series interfaces become compatible with USB 3.0-a rarity among audio interfaces.

This update also provides enhancements for specific AudioBox-series models:

  • The AudioBox USB gains a new, optimized Windows driver for improved performance and a new Windows control panel to adjust buffer size and sample rate.
  • The meters in Virtual StudioLive for all AudioBox VSL-series interfaces have been recalibrated to match the RMS meters in PreSonus’ Studio One DAW.
  • All AudioBox VSL-series interfaces have been integrated into Studio One™ Cue Mix, providing volume and pan control over monitor mixes with the same near-zero latency that Virtual StudioLive software provides.

This free update is recommended for all AudioBox-series users. AB1818VSL Remote is a free download from the Apple App Store.

More information: PreSonus / AudioBox

PreSonus announces iPad Control for AudioBox 1818VSL

PreSonus has announced StudioLive Remote 1818VSL software, a free, dedicated wireless-control app for the PreSonus AudioBox™ 1818VSL audio/MIDI interface.

PreSonus StudioLive Remote 1818VSL
PreSonus StudioLive Remote 1818VSL app for iPad

The AudioBox 1818VSL USB 2.0 interface’s 26 x 18 mixing and processing features are controlled by AudioBox VSL software for Mac® and Windows®. It provides a computer-based ultra-low-latency mixer with two stereo effects buses for reverb and delay plus theFat Channel processing from the StudioLive 16.0.2. The Fat Channel includes a compressor, limiter, downward expander, high-pass filter, and 3-band semi-parametric EQ that are available on every input, DAW return, and bus.

Now, with StudioLive Remote 1818VSL, you can control all features of AudioBox VSL software (except Solo and Channel Link) wirelessly from an iPad. The new app provides multiple views of the key AudioBox VSL mixer and processing controls. The Overview displays the most-used parameters, such as channel levels, mutes, panning, EQ curves, and more for multiple channels at once. Tap a microview to zoom in on the Fat Channel processing, then navigate between the processors with the flick of a fingertip.

“Because the AudioBox 1818VSL has a built-in 26 x 18 mixer, it can be seriously considered as a live mixer for small groups,” notes PreSonus CEO Jim Mack. “StudioLive Remote 1818VSL iPad control makes this even more convenient.”

An AudioBox 1818VSL firmware update will be required in order to use StudioLive Remote 1818VSL. Registered owners will be able to download this update at www.presonus.com/technical-support/downloads/drivers-software.

StudioLive Remote 1818VSL is expected to be available in the second quarter of 2012 and will be a free download from the Apple App Store.

More information: PreSonus

Oto Machines releases Der Oto for Biscuit

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Oto Machines Der Oto

Oto Machines has introduced Der Oto, a new firmware for its Biscuit sound effect processor for producers, djs, musicians and sound lovers.

Der OTO is the new Biscuit firmware (revision 2) and turns your Biscuit into a monophonic synth.

You can play Der OTO with a standard MIDI keyboard, a computer with a MIDI interface or the internal sequencer.

Der Oto features

  • 2 oscillators (Saw, Square, Sine, FM, Noise).
  • 1 LFO (Triangle, Square, S/H).
  • 1 envelope Generator (ADS).
  • 16 step sequencer (Note, Length, Glide, Accent).

The Der Oto firmware is a free download for Biscuit users.

More information: Oto Machines

Moog updates Little Phatty and Slim Phatty OS firmware to v3.1

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Moog Music has announced the release of Phatty OS v.3.1, a major firmware update to the very popular and portable Phatty family of analog synthesizers.

Moog Phatty OS 3.1

The update to the Phatty operating system coincides with an aesthetic update for the Little Phatty Stage 2 Edition, as Moog introduces new black sidepieces. Introduced in 2005, The Little Phatty is a true analog monosynth in every sense: it’s a monophonic, monotimbral, monaural subtractive synthesizer with analog circuitry throughout. It is ideal for beginners and pros alike, used by artists such as Jack White, Chick Corea and Ke$ha. Since its release last fall, the Slim Phatty has been acclaimed for its small size and big sound, based on the iconic Minimoog Model D sound engine and featuring the legendary Moog Ladder Filter. In addition to shaping the sound of its on-board oscillators, the Slim Phatty’s filter is a valuable production tool that can be used to process external audio, sweetening any audio source with everything from smooth analog warmth, to dripping wet resonant filter sweeps.

Changes in Phatty OS v3.1

  • Volume Velocity Sensitivity: The ability to map note velocity to output volume with fifteen adjustable levels of sensitivity saved per preset. [Tribute Edition hardware does not currently support this feature]
  • Legato Glide: Automatically engage the pitch glide between legato notes. Non-overlapping notes snap instantly to a new pitch. The user is able to play or sequence dynamic bends and slides mixed with cleanly-articulated notes.
  • LFO Reset: The ability to reset the LFO cycle at the start of each note. Two LFO trigger modes provide dynamic new modulation possibilities.
  • Sustain/Hold Mode: A sustain pedal or control voltage plugged into the CV GATE input jack can now be used to send MIDI Sustain on/off, and to polyphonically sustain MIDI notes from the Phatty keyboard.
  • 14-bit MIDI: All Phatty synths can now send and receive high-resolution 14-bit MIDI messages for critical voltage-controlled parameters.
  • MIDI Output Filtering: New options control which MIDI CC messages are sent from the Phatty, for maximum compatibility with external gear.
  • Expanded MIDI Clock sync options: 22 clock divisions including triplet values for both LFO and Arpeggiator MIDI sync. Clock divisions range from 32nd triplets up to 4 bars.
  • Improvements to Arpeggiator:
    • Global Arp Setup menu: Set important arpeggiator parameters at a global level. Arpeggiator also remains active when presets are changed.
    • Gate Length: Adjust the arpeggiator note length from 50% to greater than 100% (overlapping), for a range of new sonic textures.
    • Arp Clock Send: Arpeggiator can now send MIDI Clock, MIDI Start and Stop messages, allowing you to synchronize other gear to the Phatty internal clock.
  • Improvements to Polyphonic Mode:
    • New polyphonic note-allocation scheme: Uses a “round-robin” algorithm to share notes across multiple Phatty synths in a natural and very playable way.
    • Polyphonic arpeggiation: Multiple ways to use the Arpeggiator across a poly chain of Phatty synths, from tight integration to completely freeform.

The Phatty OS v.3.1 update is a free firmware update for all Phattys: Little Phatty Tribute, Stage 1, 2, and the Slim Phatty. It is also available as a Factory Update from Moog.

More information: Moog Music

Novation updates Automap to v3.7.4

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Novation Automap

Novation has released version 3.7.4 of Automap, the software for Novation controllers.

Automap is a piece of software that comes with all Novation controllers. It has been designed to make the job of assigning your hardware controls to various software parameters quick and easy.

Changes in Automap v3.7.4

  • Fixed crash with Plug-In Manager under certain conditions.
  • Fixed drumpad calibration issue with Nocturn Keyboard.
  • Updated firmware for Remote SL Compact to version 4.2.03.
  • Added partial native support for Waves 8 plug-ins (not fully implemented).
  • Added notification when trying to wrap Waves 8 plug-ins in Plug-In Manager.
  • Fixed some Waves VST3 mono plug-ins not able to be automapped.
  • Added and improved some default mappings.
  • Added 64 bit plug-in display in Plug-In Manager for Windows 7 64 systems.
  • Updated VST3 search paths on Windows 7 64 system in Plug-In Manager.
  • Updated Windows Novation USB Driver to 2.1 release version.
  • Fixed Digital Performer 7 crash on some systems.
  • Improved VST3 wrapper using the latest VST3 SDK.
  • Remote SL Compact 4.2.03 release notes: Fixed keyboard sensing on some units.

Notes: The Waves 8 features are not fully implemented, Waves 8 users are not advised to install this beta. Logic users who previously used ‘Automap Logic Mixer’ should go to Logic > Preferences > Control Surfaces > Rebuild Defaults, to update Logic’s mixer settings.

More information: Novation / Automap

Stanton SCS.1, major update for mixer control surface

Stanton has announced several new update developments to the SCS.1, the Stanton Control System1 mixer control surface.

Stanton SCS.1

The SCS.1, with its built-in FireWire® audio interface, assignable encoders, and tight, two-way software control is now better than ever, offering expanded presets, new ASIO drivers, updated firmware and DaRouter software.

Tim Dorwart CEO of Stanton comments: “Our team is very pleased to be able to announce these updates. The new capabilities of the SCS.1d enhance the performance of both scratch and general platter control. This should certainly help those migrating from traditional DVS turntables, to controllers who require the additional features integrated into the platter, right next to the place their fingers are when manipulating the platter. The new presets for both SCS.1d and SCS.1m extend this functionality to a whole host of other applications for DJ’ing live, composing and mixing”

Development Updates features

  • NEW Presets – Stanton has released a new preset for Native Instruments Traktor Pro® application, updating it to match the new features. Additional new presets include new Generic presets (4 in all) that allow the SCS.1 to be mapped into most DJ software packages; an Ableton Live preset for the SCS.1m, which fully supports clip and scene launching, mixing control, sends/groups, and FX control; a HUI preset that allows the SCS.1m to be used as a DAW controller for many common software packages (ProTools®, Nuendo™, Cubase™, Logic™, Sonar™, etc). Because Stanton utilized the HUI protocol, there is little to no mapping needed on the user’s part.
  • NEW ASIO Driver – This new ASIO driver for Windows® fully supports not only Windows 7 (32- and 64-bit varieties), but also is backwards compatible with Vista64 and XP. They also separated this installer from the DaRouter installer to make it easier on the end user to update components.
  • NEW DaRouter Software – A new SCS.1 DaRouter has been developed, which implements a better scratching algorithm. In response to user requests, it also allows for multiple instances of DaRouter to run simultaneously, which allows for the use of (for instance) 4 SCS.1ds at once. Of course, this version of DaRouter will also bundle in all the new presets so users have instant access to the new features.
  • NEW SCS.1M Firmware – Stanton has also updated the SCS.1d firmware, which not only improves the scratching performance of the SCS.1d, but also makes it more compatible with current DJ software. Like the ASIO driver, they’ve also separated this from the DaRouter installer to make installation and updating straightforward and error-free.

More information: Stanton / SCS.1

KRK announces new firmware and software updates for ERGO roomcorrection / audio recording interface

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KRK Systems has announced the release of firmware and software updates for the class-leading ERGO.

KRK Systems ERGO

Released in 2008, the popular ERGO (Enhanced Room Geometry Optimization) is a stand-alone hardware room correction system that corrects recording studio acoustics and is compatible with all recording and monitoring systems. The state-of-the-art ERGO improves any studio mixing space by correcting for “real world” acoustic problems. In addition to firmware and software updates, KRK ERGO now offers support for Microsoft® Windows® 7 (64 and 32-bit) and Apple® Mac OSX Snow Leopard® operating systems, making it fully compatible with all major operating systems used in recording and production.

“We have been amazed at the response to ERGO, and in particular the RoomPerfect™ algorithm from Lyngdorf Audio. This method of room correction stand head and shoulders against anything else offered in the recording and broadcast sector. The new firmware ensures the compatibility with new and future revisions of operating systems and extends this fantastic solution to all.” says Timothy Dorwart, CEO for The Stanton Group.

As an audio interface ERGO not only provides room correction, but four monitor outputs, a headphones output, a pair of analog line inputs and an S/PDIF input. The new firmware/software updates also allow the recording source to be dynamically switched between the analog and digital inputs. ERGO’s documentation has been updated to highlight the possibilities of ERGO as both an audio interface with built in room correction, or a stand-alone system which can be integrated onto the back end of any existing audio hardware. ERGO is capable of correcting two sets of studio monitors or a full 2.1 system with discrete control of the subwoofer. The room correction can correct both the sweet spot and the entire room, and the user can dynamically switch between the two when others are in the room.”

ERGO utilizes the RoomPerfect algorithm licensed from what is considered to be the authority on room correction, Lyngdorf Audio. Developed in Denmark this state-of-the-art technology uses highly complex test tones, multiple measurements and over one thousand EQ points to control the audio environment. The system can derive data on room modes, power response, directivity and LF roll-off, which other modes of correction do not account for.

More information: KRK Systems / ERGO