MakeMusic and Abbey Road Studios have announced the upcoming release of Garritan Abbey Road CFX Concert Grand, a new virtual instrument featuring the Yamaha CFX Concert Grand piano recorded in Abbey Road Studios’ historic Studio One.
“In creating our new CFX Concert Grand virtual piano, we’ve partnered with the very best,” said Gary Garritan, MakeMusic director of instrumental sciences. “Abbey Road Studios is an undisputed world leader, where brilliant engineers blend the latest technology with legendary equipment and acoustics. This same ‘best of both worlds’ approach also drove the design of the Yamaha CFX Concert Grand Piano. The flagship concert grand of the Yamaha piano line, the CFX is a stunning instrument that has elevated the art of piano making.”
“We’re delighted to have captured the fine details of this remarkable piano in this spectacular studio. The result is an incredible new virtual piano with a power, richness and clarity that is unmatched.”
Garritan Abbey Road CFX Concert Grand provides users three discrete microphone perspectives:
Classic – captures the natural tonal character, clarity and nuance of the CFX.
Contemporary – produces a bright and brilliant sound with definitive attack from the hammers.
Player – delivers the unique experience of playing from the piano bench in Studio One.
The CFX Concert Grand includes the powerful ARIA player, and is designed to be a perfect addition to music notation-based programs, like Finale, as well as to all sequencers and digital audio workstations.
“It’s been an absolute pleasure working with Gary and the MakeMusic team on the CFX project,” said Mirek Stiles, head of audio products at Abbey Road Studios. “The ability to mix both close and ambient signals, as if you are in Studio One, is simply breathtaking. This beautifully sampled instrument is worthy of the Abbey Road Studios name.”
The CFX virtual instrument will be available to purchase for $259.95 USD (download) / $299.95 USD (boxed/USB flash drive).
Make Music has launched Finale 2014, the 25th Anniversary Edition of the music notation software for Windows and Mac.
To notate music is to look forward – to the performance, and beyond. Whether you’re creating a simple lead sheet, making worksheets for your students, or composing your magnum opus, Finale helps you easily capture your musical ideas, produce beautiful notation, and quickly share the results.
For 25 years, Finale’s unique ability to create anything on the printed page has remained undisputed while other music notation software has come and gone. Finale 2014 is the forward-looking choice with new innovations, making Finale’s trademark freedom and flexibility easy for everyone to use.
New in Finale 2014
New file format. Designed to improve compatibility, the new format for documents created in Finale helps you share your music more easily. Older Finale documents are automatically converted when you open them, and you will be prompted to save the file in the new format. You can also export your document to the older format for use in Finale 2012 (use MusicXML for earlier versions of Finale).
Keyless scores. Create scores or sections with no key signature. You can also easily hide key signatures and continue to automatically display accidentals using the Hide key signature/Show accidentals option.
Beat-attached Smart Shapes. Smart Shapes that previously attached to measures now attach to beats (in the same manner as expressions) with lines showing the attachment point. Beat attachment allows a Smart Shape start or end point to attach to a particular note, beat, or right barline. Affected Smart Shapes include hairpins, trills and trill extensions, 8va/8vb (ottava/ottava bassa), horizontal brackets, and lines.
Smart multi-layer accidental and rest handling. Rests of the same duration and accidentals on unison notes in multiple layers now are displayed only once. Accidentals in one layer are also carried through the measure for all other layers (these can optionally be displayed in Staff Attributes or Staff Styles).
Improved percussion functionality. There is now greater interaction between the Percussion Layout Designer and Percussion MIDI Maps, and Percussion MIDI Maps can now be removed.
Unlinkable Special Tools. Alterations made with any of the Special Tools are now unlinkable between a score and its parts.
MP4 support. Finale now supports loading MP4 videos.
Improved Scanning/SmartScore Lite Enhancements. Finale now includes SmartScore Lite version X2, offering improved notation recognition.
New ARIA Player. Finale includes the latest ARIA Player from Garritan, with more than 400 instruments including the additions of alto flute, bass flute, oboe d’amore, Eb clarinet, contrabass clarinet, piccolo trumpet, tubular bells, string harmonics, percussion “toys”, orchestral brass mutes, flugelhorn, basic African percussion, steel drums, banjo, fife, tablas, Celtic harp, and nine patches from Garritan Instant Orchestra.
Improvements to opening files. Finale displays all readable file types in the Open dialog box. Additionally, MusicXML files can now be dragged-and-dropped onto the Finale application.
New method for Finale updates. At launch, Finale automatically checks for updates. Instead of requiring you to download and install the updates manually from the Finale website, Finale now downloads and installs the updates automatically.
Finale 2014 is available to purchase for $600 USD.
Time+Space has announced August Extras, offering free products with a purchase of selected plugins and instruments.
Throughout August, Time+Space are giving customers one or two extras completely free with selected virtual instrument and effects plugin purchases.
From Groove 3 tutorials to free downloadable expansion packs, now’s a great time to expand your virtual studio and buy that longed for instrument or plugin.
Buy Spectrasonics Omnisphere and you’ll automatically receive the Groove 3 Omnisphere tutorial video plus Ilio´s EDM Fire expansion pack for free!
Been meaning to dive into the world of Toontrack EZkeys? Buy Grand Piano, Upright Piano, Classic Electrics, Retro Electrics or Essential Pianos and not only will you get a free download of Groove 3′s EZkeys tutorial video you’ll also receive a code to download an EZkeys MIDI pack of your choice worth £19.95!
Plus, buy any of the following titles and you’ll get the related Groove 3 video tutorial for free…
Toontrack Superior Drummer
Garritan Instant Orchestra
Garritan Personal Orchestra 4
Rob Papen Predator
iZotope Ozone 5
iZotope Alloy 2
iZotope Trash 2
iZotope Stutter Edit
And finally, the Time+Space Loyalty scheme means you’ll receive an extra discount off your next purchase when you spend over £100.
Thanks to Garritan instruments you can finally fit that majestic towering pipe organ in your studio, not to mention a full marching band, a Jazz quartet and a collection of stunning Harps. Until 30th June, Time+Space are giving you the chance to buy them from just £55.27 / EUR64.36!
Garritan instruments are renowned for being effective, easy-to-use and affordable tools for scoring and making music. Whether you’re a composer sketching out an orchestral score or someone who is new to the world of virtual instruments, these ARIA-engine powered titles will easily find a place within your set-up.
Garritan instruments on sale
Personal Orchestra 4 – Create lush symphonic music from over 150 software orchestral instruments.
Jazz & Big Band 3 – Trumpets, trombones, saxes, winds, keyboards, basses and rhythm section.
Concert & Marching Band 2 – Band instruments including woodwinds, brass, drums and percussion.
World Instruments – Over 350 individually sampled instruments from around the world
Instant Orchestra – Produce striking orchestral music in no time with instruments, sections, orchestral effects and mood-based presets.
Classic Pipe Organ Collection – Six majestic pipe organs each unique and representative of a specific school of organ building.
Harps – Avariety of harps and special features includingadvanced glissando emulation and sampled acoustic spaces.
Time+Space has announced a contest in which participants can win Garritan products and Sound on Sound subscriptions.
When it comes to great sounds, ease of use and affordability, Garritan´s range of virtual instruments are among the best tools to turn to whether you are producing your next soundtrack or simply looking to mock-up an orchestral arrangement.
These award winning plugins mean you can experience the majesty of a pipe organ, the excitement of a marching band, or the drama of a full symphony orchestra – whatever the size of your studio.
This month, thanks to Make Music/Garritan and Sound on Sound, Time+Space are giving you the chance to win one of four prizes…
GRAND PRIZE – The Garritan Ultimate Collection – £789 worth of Garritan libraries on one limited edition USB drive.
RUNNERS UP PRIZES – 3 runners up will receive a Garritan instrument of their choice worth up to £155.
And there´s more! The guys at the world´s favourite audio production magazine Sound on Sound are kindly giving each winner a year’s free subscription worth £48.00!
Competition ends 31st May 2013 and is open to entrants worldwide.
Time+Space has announced the release of Garritan Harps, an innovative collection capturing the sweet, pure and powerful sound of this enchanting instrument.
Garritan kicked off the virtual harp revolution more than 12 years ago with GigaHarp and today Make Music has announced the release of Garritan Harps, which utilises the power of today’s technology to deliver a pristine sound and authentic playing experience.
This virtual instrument features a variety of harps including Salvi Pedal, Venus Concert Grand and Lyon & Healy as well as a host of special features that deliver an unprecedented level of realism. Encompassing advanced glissando emulation, sampled acoustic spaces, and much more, Garritan Harps gives musicians, composers and producers the tools to easily recreate the enchanting sound of the harp in their music.
Special features include full-ranged harp articulations – traditional angelic-sounding harp plucks, harmonics, Pres de la table, picked, dampened, and other types of playing techniques. Through a variety of options, Garritan Harps also makes playing glisses accessible to any musician.
Pure, pristine sounds
Each string was sampled for the entire life of its natural decay.
The sound of each string is sweet, pure, powerful, and dynamic with minimum crosstalk.
Full range of harp articulations
Traditional angelic-sounding harp plucks (gentle, soft, medium, and loud).
Special effects include harmonics, Pres de la table and damping.
You can also perform chords, arpeggios, trills, tremolos, and bisbigliando.
Unique built-in keymapping emulates the pedals of a harp so you can play realistic harp glissandi and arpeggios that can be performed in real time and customised to your music.
Glisses are easily played in Garritan Harps by running one’s fingers up and down the keyboard.
Compatible with both Mac and PC and all the major sequencers, Garritan Harps ships with the acclaimed ARIA player, which includes Ambience Reverb and Convolution Sampled Reverb. With this technology, the sound of specific performance spaces can be captured and shared – Garritan Harps offers more space perspectives and flexibility than any other professional harp instrument.
The standalone ARIA Player also allows anyone to load and play back MIDI files and produce audio recordings of the MIDI file or live performances, without additional software.
The Harps library is available from Time+Space, priced RRP £74.95 GBP / €86.95 EUR (Download), £89.95 GBP / €105 EUR (DVD).