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Akai Professional releases EWI USB

Akai Professional EWI USB

Akai Professional has released the EWI USB, an electronic wind instrument for musicians looking for an easy-to-play, easy-to-use controller.

EWIs are the only choice for serious wind players looking to make music electronically. While EWI USB is easy and fun to use, it’s also powerful, flexible, and most importantly reliable enough for use on stage and in the studio by professional musicians.

EWI USB features

  • Sensors
    • Mouthpiece: air-pressure level sensor & bite sensor.
    • Note Keys: 13 touch sensors.
    • Octave Rollers: 2 mobile, 2 fixed touch sensors (5-octave range).
    • Bend Plates: 2 touch sensors.
    • Ground Plates: 2 touch sensors.
  • Custom Garritan Aria Player software, contains wind instrument sounds.
  • Multiple fingering modes: sax, traditional EWI, flute, oboe, and EVI brass.
  • Expandable sound palette.
  • Removable, dishwasher-safe mouthpiece.
  • Class-compliant, plug-and-play USB device.
  • MIDI Output Channels Over USB: 1.
  • Mac and PC compatible.
  • Includes: EWI USB wind instrument, neck strap, cleaning cloth, USB cable, software DVD, quick start guide and safety instructions.

The EWI USB is now shipping to musical instrument and pro audio retailers and will be available for an MSRP of $499 USD.

Visit Akai Professional for more information.

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Sony announces ACID Pro 7

Sony ACID Pro 7

Sony Creative Software has announced ACID Pro 7, a DAW powerhouse that combines full multitrack recording and mixing, MIDI sequencing, and legendary ACID looping functionality for a seamless music-creation and post-production environment.

More creative partner than production tool, ACID Pro 7 software inspires you like nothing else. With its Transparent Technology™ design, ACID Pro 7 software removes typical barriers to the creative workflow so you can effortlessly transform ideas into real results.

New in ACID Pro 7

  • Audio and MIDI mixing console
  • Audio, MIDI, and Bus Track Meters
  • Input busses
  • Real-time rendering
  • MIDI track freeze
  • Enhanced timestretch and pitch shifting with élastique Pro
  • Enhanced Beatmappeing for tracks with tempo changes
  • Tempo curves
  • Metronome countoff
  • Cross-track event drag and drop
  • Switches including Normalize, Invert Phase, and Lock
  • External control surface channel tracking
  • Custom labels for ASIO™ devices and ports
  • Enhanced plug-in management
  • Optimized plug-in scanning via the Plug-in Manager
  • Interactive Tutorials
  • FLAC, AAC, AC-3 Studio, and MPEG-2, format support
  • Includes over 3,000 loops in multiple genres

ACID Pro 7 includes software ($500 value) for professional music production and editing, including ACID Pro Effects Rack, powered by iZotope, Garritan Aria for ACID Pro Player, Submersible Music KitCore, and Native Instruments Guitar Combos.

ACID Pro 7 will be available in early November for a MSRP of $399.95 USD.

Visit Sony Creative Software for more information.

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MakeMusic announces Finale 2009

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MakeMusic Finale 2009

MakeMusic has announced Finale 2009, the latest version of the popular music notation software.

New in Finale 2009

  • Streamlined workflow – The creation, entry, moving, and editing of dynamics, tempo indications, and other text and markings has been reinvented and streamlined.
  • Expanded SmartMusic support – Finale 2009 makes it easier and faster to create assessable SmartMusic accompaniments with support for linked parts, repeats, and more.
  • Garritan sounds – Finale now includes more than 300 world-class instrument sounds from the makers of Garritan Personal Orchestra. Free new sounds include baritone saxophone, vintage electric piano, electric guitar, handbells, and more.
  • Tapspace Virtual Drumline™ sounds – Finale also includes more than 100 instrument sounds from Tapspace Virtual Drumline, the world’s most powerful marching and concert percussion software instrument featuring the world-champion Santa Clara Vanguard percussion section.
  • Aria Player: the next generation – The Garritan Aria Player is included FREE and is fully integrated into Finale 2009. The level of custom integration is unsurpassed and offers superior sound, more control, and a vastly improved user playback experience.
  • Multiple page editing – Now you can simultaneously view and edit as many pages as you choose to view on your monitor.
  • Full VST/AU instrument support – Finale is now compatible with all VST/AU instruments, providing users with unlimited sonic possibilities. Plus you can now specify which VST/AU plug-ins load, eliminating conflicts and assisting troubleshooting. Finale also checks plug-ins for compatibility before loading, and tracks which plug-ins were previously checked for better performance.
  • More Improvements to engraver slurs, Human Playback® enhancements, FinaleScript® 2.0 and updates to MusicXML. Windows users can also benefit from ASIO support which provides more accurate playback, reduced latency, and increased compatibility with a wider variety of sound cards. (ASIO support is not needed in Mac OS X).

Finale 2009 is expected to start shipping the week of July 21, 2008 and can be pre-ordered now for $600 USD. An upgrade can be pre-ordered for $99.95 USD.

Visit the Finale website for more information.

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Garritan releases Authorized Steinway Virtual Concert Grand Piano

Garritan Steinway Concert Grand Piano

Garritan has released Authorized Steinway Virtual Concert Grand Piano, a sample-based software instrument developed in collaboration with Steinway & Sons, maker of the world’s finest pianos.

The Authorized Steinway Virtual Concert Grand piano accurately captures the distinctive sound of the hallmark Steinway & Sons concert grand piano – with unprecedented authenticity and musicality.

The library comes in three versions:

  1. Professional, offers the superb Steinway Model D piano with five different listening perspectives:
    • Player perspective from the bench
    • A classical recording perspective
    • An under-the-lid perspective
    • A stage perspective
    • A close audience perspective
  2. Standard, offers the under lid and classic perspectives.
  3. Basic, ideal for students, amateur musicians, and educators, is a light version that offers a single perspective (also available in downloadable format).

Authorized Steinway Virtual Concert Grand Piano features

  • Created in partnership with Steinway & Sons.
  • The very finest concert grand piano—the Steinway Model D Concert Grand hand-picked by Steinway & Sons.
  • Overseen by Steinway & Sons’ most accomplished master technician.
  • Sustain/Sostenuto/Soft pedal support.
  • Proportional sustain pedaling.
  • Multiple-stage tracking release triggers to provide the natural release of the hammer from the string.
  • Sustain resonance and sympathetic resonance using convolution-based DSP modules.
  • Adjustable mechanical noises.
  • Adjustable velocity curves.
  • Recorded soft pedal samples including releases.
  • Adjustable polyphony.
  • A variety of historical tunings and Scala file import.
  • Aria Sample Player by Plogue included.
  • MIDI playback and record in standalone.
  • Ambience reverb and 3 band EQ.
  • Graceful Copy Protection (no dongles or challenge response).
  • Many more compelling features.

Check this page for a complete comparison of the different versions.

The Professional version is $399 USD, $199 USD for the Standard, and $99 USD for the Basic version.

Visit Garritan for more information and audio demos.

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Cakewalk releases E-MU Proteus Pack

Cakewalk has released the E-MU Proteus Pack, a collection of original Proteus sample content reissued by Digital Sound Factory, for use with Cakewalk’s Dimension Pro and Dimension LE synthesizers.

E-MU Proteus Pack

E-MU Proteus Pack features

  • Proteus 2000: a vast array of instruments used in film, TV, and commercial scores.
  • Mo’ Phatt: the original Hip Hop sound generator.
  • Xtreme Lead 1: diverse set of cutting edge synthesizers and percussion.
  • Planet Earth: collection of authentic world instruments and percussion.
  • Virtuoso 2000: get string (section and solo), woodwind, brass, and percussion sounds at your fingertips that preserve the natural sound of these high quality acoustic instruments.
  • PX-7: multi-layered acoustic drum kits along with an in-depth percussion ensemble.
  • Over 3,500 different patches.

The packs have a list price of $99 ($79 for download version) each. They are compatible with Dimension Pro, Dimension LE, SONAR 7 Studio and Producer Edition, SONAR Home Studio 6 XL, Project5 Version 2.5, Dimension LE and Garritan Pocket Orchestra.

If you don’t own a compatible product but want to get access to these sounds, you can get Dimension LE and 500 patches free when you register the E-MU Proteus Pack or any of the individual sound modules (time-limited offer).

Visit Cakewalk for more information and sound examples.

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Garritan releases Personal Orchestra Reason Refill

Garritan Personal Orchestra (Refill)

Garritan has released Personal Orchestra Reason Refill, the first downloadable Garritan library for Reason.

The Garritan Personal Orchestra Refill is a lighter version of Garritan’s flagship product that takes special advantage of the capabilities of Reason and integrates seamlessly with Propellerhead’s NN-XT sample player. The Garritan Personal Orchestra Refill features high-quality orchestral instruments and is easy-to-use.

Reason’s Combinator is ideal for Personal Orchestra’s unique approach to ensemble building whereby you can create orchestrations of any size – from small chamber groups to large symphony orchestras.

Personal Orchestra Reason Refill costs $79.95 USD.

Visit Garritan for more information and audio demos.

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Garritan releases Marching Band

Garritan Marching Band

Garritan has released Marching Band, a complete marching, wind and concert band collection.

Marching Band features

  • Featuring Trumpets, Trombones, Marching winds, Euponiums, Baritones, Saxophones, Sousaphones, Tenor Horns, Mellophones, Marching percussion (including drumline sounds from Virtual Drumline 2 by Tapspace), and more…
  • Create Realistic-Sounding Marching Band, Concert Band, Wind Ensemble, Brass Band, Drum Corp and other Band Arrangements Quickly and Easily
  • Includes Native Instruments Kontakt 2 Sample Player
  • Great Sounding Instruments with Expressive Control. Build Your Own Bands with Ensemble Building
  • Works on a single computer or laptop, Mac or PC, Standalone, VST, DX, AU, RTAS, and Supported Notation Programs

Marching Band retails for $239 USD and is available for Mac and PC as Standalone, VST, DX, AU, RTAS.

Visit Garritan for more information and audio demos.

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