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Time+Space announces Garritan contest, win one of three instruments bundles

Time+Space Garritan contest

Time+Space has announced a contest where you can win one of three Garritan instruments bundles worth £297 each.

Garritan is responsible for some of the world’s most affordable and authentic-sounding virtual instruments with titles such as Personal Orchestra, Jazz & Big Band and Concert & Marching Band all proving hugely popular amongst music producers of all levels.

November 2009 brought the release of Personal Orchestra 4 which saw Garritan move away from Kontakt and introduce ARIA – an intuitive, versatile and highly-optimized instrument engine which loads instruments quickly and places very low demand on the CPU.

Since then, Jazz & Big Band 3 has followed suit and the DVD version of Concert & Marching Band 2 has arrived at Time+Space this morning which will complete the updated line up.

But the new titles for 2010 don’t stop there as Garritan also promises the release of his brand new eagerly anticipated ‘World Instruments’ library before Christmas. This comprehensive collection of expressive and rare exotic instruments from around the world will add diversity and spice to your music.

Answer a simple question for a chance to win one of three Garritan bundles each containing Personal Orchestra 4, Jazz & Big Band 3 and Concert & Marching Band 2. The competition ends this Thursday, 30 September, 2010.

More information: Time+Space

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MakeMusic Finale 2011, music notation software updated

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MakeMusic Finale 2011

MakeMusic has released Finale 2011, the latest version of the worldwide standard in music notation software for Windows and Mac.

Finale has always offered you unlimited power to create any music you can imagine. Finale 2011 builds upon that power by transforming the creative process. Now, the way you create can be as flexible as what you create. Finale 2011 adapts to the way you work.

Changes in Finale 2011

  • Improved Lyric Entry and Spacing — Lyrics are more easily entered, instantly appear exactly as they’ll print out, and are automatically spaced with engraver precision.
  • Easier Staff Layout — New Staff Layout capabilities make it simple and intuitive to hide, move, and edit staves, groups, and brackets. Work in any order you wish, and never lose a note.
  • Garritan sounds — Finale now includes more than 375 world-class instrument sounds from the makers of Garritan Personal Orchestra. Free new sounds include bass trombone, brass section, children’s choir ahs, flute section, electronic drum kit and more.
  • Music Education Worksheets — Finale now includes more than 800 ready-made, customizable music education worksheets and flashcards. New this year are jazz improvisation worksheets and more than 100 titles of classroom repertoire.
  • New Fonts — Hundreds of new font characters are included for percussion, mallet and handbell graphics.
  • Finale AlphaNotes™ Font — Created for use with beginning music students, the Finale AlphaNotes font places note names or solfège syllables inside noteheads.
  • Expanded Percussion Playback — Last year we simplified the process of getting notes on percussion staves to look – and playback – exactly the way you want them to. This year Finale 2011 makes it easy to switch between pitched and non-pitched percussion anywhere in your score.
  • Updated Aria Player — The Garritan Aria Player simplifies the process of changing MIDI channel assignments. Updated for Finale 2011, the Garritan Aria Player has an integrated Ambience reverb and the ability to save Ensembles.
  • Instant Capo Chords — Automatically add capo chords to your music with the freedom to control whether they replace or appear in addition to non-capo chords.
  • Improved Pickup measures and more — Pick-up measures automatically insert the correct rests when you start your score, improved file support for multiple-user environments, and a new Quick Reference Guide that shows you how to complete common tasks quickly and easily in Finale.

Finale 2011 is available to purchase for $600 USD. Upgrades are available for $119.95 / $169.95 USD.

More information: Finale

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Garritan releases Jazz & Big Band 3

Garritan Jazz & Big Band 3

Garritan has announced the release of Jazz & Big Band 3, a virtual instrument powered by ARIA Instrument Engine.

Garritan Jazz & Big Band 3 is state-of-the-art software that reproduces the sounds of the musical instruments in a jazz and big band, right from your computer. This award-winning collection is the first library of its kind and set a new standard.

Jazz & Big Band 3 features trumpets, trombones, comprehensive 16 Saxophones collection, winds, keyboards, basses, rhythm section – over 50 individual instruments. Create realistic-sounding Jazz & Big Band arrangements quickly and easily.

New in Jazz & Big Band 3

  • New ARIA Advanced Instrument Engine — ARIA, a new and highly-optimized instrument engine, developed in collaboration with Plogue Art et Technologie Inc, goes beyond ordinary samplers. ARIA is intuitive, efficient and versatile, loads instruments quickly, and places very low demand on your computer’s processor. The ARIA engine has been rigorously tested and is widely used in products by Microsoft, SONY, AKAI, MakeMusic (Finale) and other industry leaders.
  • New Price — Instant Download! — JABB 3 is affordable, eco-friendly, and available on demand. Simply download and play. The entire JABB3 sample collection can be downloaded with a fast internet connection, dramatically reducing the product’s environmental impact and eliminating the waiting time associated with shipping.
  • Additional Sounds & Ensemble Presets — JABB 3 includes additional instruments such as organs, slap basses and harmonica. There are also extended ranges for select instruments and Ensemble Presets.
  • Auto Legato — JABB3′s new Auto Legato intelligently detects when you are playing a smooth line with overlapping notes and automatically applies correct legato transitions between notes. Creating realistic phrasing has never been easier. Auto Legato also makes playable trills extremely easy.
  • Integrated Ambience Reverb & Stereo Stage — JABB3 now integrates the high quality Ambience reverb with the ARIA Player with individual mixing sends for each instrument. Stereo Stage imparts spacious stereo imagery for JABB instruments.
  • MIDI Playback and Recording Features -The Standalone ARIA Player allows you to load and playback MIDI files. You can also produce audio recordings of the MIDI file or record yourself playing live.
  • Designed for Compatibility — JABB runs on both Macintosh and Windows and a variety of formats to fit your workstation and your workflow (VST, Pro Tools RTAS, and OSX Audio Units). It supports 64-bit platforms in Windows (works in Windows 7). JABB3 is further optimized for use with the AKAI EWI Wind Controllers and integrates with popular notation programs such as Finale 2010.
  • Graceful & Easy Authorization — ARIA authorization employs a personalized digital keycard. Simply drag and drop the personalized graphic card onto the ARIA Instrument Engine to authorize it and get playing in seconds.

Garritan Jazz & Big Band 3 is available to purchase for PC and Mac (VST/AU/RTAS), priced at $149.95 USD. Existing users can upgrade for $49.95 USD.

More information: Garritan / Jazz & Big Band 3

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Time+Space rolls out major new update for dealer Test Stations

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Time+Space Test Stations

Time+Space has announced a major update for its dealer Test Stations.

It was a little over 4 years ago when UK distributors Time+Space began rolling out their Test Stations into pro audio retailers in the UK and Ireland. There are now 20 kiosks located across the British Isles, giving the customer a unique opportunity to test drive the latest software and sample based products before they buy.

The Test Station is an ideal way to audition both sample libraries and software products and Time+Space have just completed a new software update which adds a series of brand new virtual instruments and sample products. This includes Trilian from Spectrasonics, Morphestra from Sample Logic and the 4th Edition of Garritan Personal Orchestra.

There are now more than 500 products loaded on the Test Station – the sample libraries can be listened to in full and many of the virtual instruments can be played using a 49 note MIDI keyboard.

More information: Time+Space

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Plogue releases Chipsounds

Plogue Chipsounds

Plogue has released Chipsounds, a virtual chipsounds synthesizer plug-in for Windows and Mac.

This new product allow any musician to faithfully reproduce the sound and style of vintage video game music and sound effects in a convenient plugin format, usable inside any sequencer or DAW, or as a standalone virtual instrument.

Powered by Plogue/Garritan’s ARIA virtual instrument engine, chipsounds reproduces the idiosyncrasies of the most sought-after classic sound chips, including their most well-known variations, as sonically accurate as possible without adding any non-authentic aliasing or DSP artifacts. Whether musicians are already versed into chiptune/chip music or just interested in those sounds, this is one unique instrument for them.

Research and analysis for this project has been made in house on Plogue’s large collection of cartridges, modified consoles and classic computers and also on the chips themselves using custom made circuit boards and low level 8 bit software code.

Chipsounds simulates the following chips

  • TIA used in the 2600 & 7800
    • Accurate Multipulse/Polynomial bit pattern waveforms for those unique combat, engine drones and powerful mix piercing “fake-saw” sound.
  • 2A03 and its portable variant, used in the Big N consoles
    • Accurate pulse width settings (1/8, 1/4, 1/2, 3/4).
    • Drawable 4bit/32 step bandlimited Waveform.
    • Huge number custom and classic waveforms to choose from, including the unique triangle sound of the Big “N”.
    • Short (93/127bit) and Long (32767bit) noise patterns accurately modeled.
  • AY-3-8910 and its numerous clones 8912/8913/8914/2149F, used in Intv, ZX, ST, Arcades
    • Emulation of Sync Buzzer Envelope Looping tricks.
    • Accurate logarithmic 4Bit DAC.
  • POKEY used in 400/800 series computer and Arcades
    • Fat and accurate Multipulse/Polynomial bit pattern waveforms with clock desynchronization.
  • SN76489AN and its SN76496 SN94624N predecessor, used in the ColecoVision, SMS, BBC, TI99, PCjr, Tandy and Arcades
    • Basic and RAW, the purest chip there is.
    • Different NOISE patterns for all variants, all emulated.
  • UVI used in the Arcadia 2001
    • A rarity that can prove effective in the grinding department with its logical anding of pulse and noise patterns (As used in the Arcadia 2001 and MPT-03).
  • P824X used in the Odyssey 2
    • Obscure chip that oddly only plays the scale of E5 (slightly detuned).
    • And the subtle psychoacoustic sound of screaming at the start of its noise pattern.
  • SID including 6580 and 8580, used in the C64
    • The most important sound chip of the 80’s gaming era.
    • Variable Pulsewidth, SAW, Triangle, 8bit noise and even combined waveforms.
    • Most waveforms are actually SAMPLES of the real thing for 100% accuracy, especially for the combined waveforms.
  • VIC-I used in the VIC20
    • This chip is very underhestimated gem with tolally unique sounding waveforms.
    • Newly discovered “Robotic” waveforms are emulated.
    • Rough, nasty noise pattern too.

Chipsounds is available for PC and Mac (VST/AU/RTAS) for the introductory price of $75 USD until November 1, 2009.

More information: Plogue / Chipsounds

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Garritan releases Personal Orchestra 4

Garritan Personal Orchestra 4

Garritan has announced the release of Personal Orchestra 4, a state-of-the-art software that reproduces the sounds of the musical instruments in a symphony orchestra, right from your computer.

The world’s most popular orchestral library just got better!

Garritan Personal Orchestra 4 is now powered by the ARIA Instrument Engine and adds new features, new instrument sounds and updated programming at a lower price.

Changes in Garritan Personal Orchestra 4

  • New ARIA Advanced Instrument Engine – ARIA, a new and highly-optimized instrument engine, developed in collaboration with Plogue Art et Technologie Inc, goes beyond ordinary samplers. ARIA is intuitive, efficient and versatile, loads instruments quickly, and places very low demand on your computer’s processor.
  • New Price – Instant Download! – GPO4 is affordable, eco-friendly, and available on demand. Simply download and play. The entire GPO4 sample collection can be downloaded with a fast internet connection, dramatically reducing the product’s environmental impact and eliminating the waiting time associated with shipping.
  • Additional Sounds, Project SAM Brass & Ensemble Presets – GPO4 includes select brass samples from Project SAM that strengthen the brass section of Personal Orchestra by adding punch and excitement to your musical compositions. GPO4 also includes choir sounds, extended ranges for select instruments and Ensemble Presets.
  • Auto Legato – GPO4′s new Auto Legato intelligently detects when you are playing a smooth line with overlapping notes and automatically applies correct legato transitions between notes. Creating realistic phrasing has never been easier. Auto Legato also makes playable trills extremely easy.
  • Integrated Ambience Reverb & Stereo Stage - GPO4 now integrates the high quality Ambience reverb with the ARIA Player with individual mixing sends for each instrument. Stereo Stage imparts spacious stereo imagery for GPO4 instruments.
  • MIDI Playback and Recording Features -The Standalone ARIA Player allows you to load and playback MIDI files. You can also produce audio recordings of the MIDI file or record yourself playing live.
  • Designed for Compatibility - GPO4 runs on both Macintosh and Windows and a variety of formats to fit your workstation and your workflow (VST, Pro Tools RTAS, and OSX Audio Units). It natively supports 64-bit platforms, works in Windows 7, and is programmed for Steinberg’s new VST Expression, which simplifies the use of musical articulations. GPO4 is further optimized for use with the AKAI EWI Wind Controllers and integrates with popular notation programs such as Finale 2010.
  • Tunings and Scala File Support – Put GPO4 exactly in tune with your ideas. The ARIA Instrument Engine supports control over individual instrument tuning, the frequency serving as the overall pitch standard, and Scala definition files, a standardized format for scale degree tunings.
  • Graceful & Easy Authorization – ARIA authorization employs a personalized digital keycard. Simply drag and drop the personalized graphic card onto the ARIA Instrument Engine to authorize it and get playing in seconds.

Garritan Personal Orchestra 4 is available for Windows and Mac (VST/AU/RTAS) as a download for $149.95 USD. Existing users of previous versions of Personal Orchestra can download the upgrade for $49.95 USD.

More information: Garritan

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MakeMusic announces Finale 2010

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MakeMusic Finale 2010

MakeMusic has announced Finale 2010, a powerful music notation software which lets you compose, arrange, notate, and print engraver-quality sheet music.

From Percussion Notation and Chord Entry to Rehearsal Marks and Measure Numbering, vast areas of Finale have been automated and simplified to save you time. Plus hundreds of music education worksheets, scanning improvements, and more.

New in Finale 2010

  • Percussion Notation — We’ve simplified the process of getting notes on percussion staves to look – and playback – exactly the way you want them to.
  • Chords — Change or delete notes without changing your chords. Attach chords to measures – whether or not they contain notes or rests – and have the chords appear and playback correctly.
  • Garritan sounds — Finale now includes more than 350 world-class instrument sounds from the makers of Garritan Personal Orchestra. Free new sounds include organ, a variety of electric guitars, five octaves of handbells, and a brush drum kit.
  • Automatic Rehearsal Marks — Use a keystroke to enter rehearsal marks and Finale automatically sequences them correctly and dynamically updates them when you delete, insert, or move any rehearsal mark or measure.
  • Music Education Worksheets — Finale now includes hundreds of ready-made, customizable, music education worksheets designed for K-12 students.
  • Graphics Support — Export as .JPEG, and .PNG and import as .JPEG, .PNG, .BMP, and .GIF in addition to previously supported formats of .TIFF, .EPS.
  • Broadway Copyist — Inspired by the golden era of handwritten Broadway scores, the Broadway Copyist hand-written font offers a lighter, classic appearance.
  • VST/AU Support & Updated Aria Player — Finale now supports all third-party VST/AU Instruments and Effects, providing users with unlimited sonic possibilities. Updated for Finale 2010, the Garritan Aria Player simplifies the process of changing MIDI channel assignments.
  • Measure Numbers — Control measure number alignment, positioning, and fonts separately in your score and linked parts.
  • Scanning Improvements and More — New Smartscore Lite scanning interface enables you to specify the instrumentation so that your staves will automatically be properly transposed and configured for playback. Also new are transparent selection handles, exporting lyrics to a word-processing document, and improved help documentation.

Finale 2010 is available for pre-order for $600 USD for new customers and upgrades start at $99.95 USD (limited time pre-order pricing).

Visit MakeMusic for more information.

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