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.)
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
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on Jun 13, 2012
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.
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 has announced StudioLive Remote 1818VSL software, a free, dedicated wireless-control app for the PreSonus AudioBox™ 1818VSL audio/MIDI interface.
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 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 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