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.
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 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
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on Feb 11, 2011
Stanton has announced several new update developments to the SCS.1, the Stanton Control System1 mixer control surface.
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 Systems has announced the release of firmware and software updates for the class-leading 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
Novation has released version 3.7 of Automap, a piece of software designed to make the job of assigning your hardware controls to various software parameters quick and easy.
Automap enables knobs, faders and buttons to instantly control plug-in instruments and effects, as well as your sequencer’s mixer and transport controls. Its software interface shows you exactly what each control on your hardware is assigned to and, in combination with Novation’s controllers, is the clearest way of getting hands-on control of your DAW and plug-ins.
Automap technology has evolved since it emerged in 2006, with the latest incarnation promising even tighter integration with Logic 9′s mixer, giving you greater control over your Logic mix than ever before.
Changes in Automap v3.7
- Improved integration with Logic SDK mixer (this will support Logic 9.01 or later).
- Updated firmware for SL MkII and Zero SL MkII to version 1.2.09.
- Updated Mac Novation USB driver to 2.3 release version.
- Updated Windows Novation USB driver to 2.0 release version.
- Updated DAW Setup Guide.
- Added and improved further default mappings.
- UltraNova support.
- Added Nocturn, Nocturn Keyboard and UltraNova Ableton devices support.
Automap v3.7 is available as a free download from the Support pages of the Novation website.
More information: Novation / Automap
Arturia has announced firmware version 1.3 of Origin, a hardware DSP system that houses several synthesizers in one machine.
Loaded with modules extracted from the best synthesizers of all time, Origin lets you combine these modules and take advantage of the additional possibilities put onboard. The result: a new type of sound accessible through an extremely intuitive interface.
Changes in Origin v1.3
- Jupiter 8 template: The Origin 1.3 firmware embeds the new Jupiter 8 template which recreates the unique voice architecture and design of this legendary analog synthesizer.
- New play modes:
- POLY_UNISON: emulates the Jupiter8 “UNISON” mode, that shares up to 8 voices between the currently active notes. (Currently not available for MULTI presets.)
- UNISON parameter for MONO programs: allows the user to set the number of voices that will play simultaneously for the MONO program. UNISON “polyphony” can be set to a value between 2 and 8 in SINGLE mode, and is limited to 2 in MULTI mode.
- Sequencer switch automation: Actions on the Sequencer “LOOP” and “PATTERNS” switches can be recorded as MIDI CONTROL CHANGE messages and replayed.
- Compressor module: The Origin sounds can now be processed through a brand new compressor FX module. The compressor allows adding dynamics to the sound, from smooth attacks to huge pumping effects.
- Sample & Hold module: Derived from the ARP S&H. Takes any modulation (LFO, Env…) signal at its inputs and provides a sample and hold modulation signal at its outputs.
- User Interface enhancements:
- In a number of dialogs possibility to navigate between the controls and change their value without pre-selecting them.
- Possibility to select the slot preset to load using the keypad + the edit switch. Previously it was necessary to use the browser to load a slot preset.
- A new layout of the dialog makes configuration of the “live” macros easier.
- The user can now define a set of favorite presets and navigate thru them with the Preset Browser or with the +/- keys.
- A clear feedback – using speaker icons – of the mute state of a Voice output on the FxMixer page, of the slot output on the Multi page and on the program icon in the preset bar.
- Possibility to set 2 or more MULTI slots in the hold state in a single action by keeping their “Edit” switches pressed when “Hold” is set ON (or OFF).
- Portamento glide time: Adding of a second way to manage the portamento glide time: the user can now choose between a constant time for the whole glide, or a constant time per semitone.
- Switch pedal: It is now possible to configure the switch pedal action in the “Performance” page.
The Origin Firmware 1.3 will be available December 1, 2010, as a free update for all Origin customers, and comes embedded in the new Origin Keyboards and Origin Desktops.
More information: Arturia / Origin