Ableton releases Live 9.2 public beta

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Ableton Live has announced the release of a public beta of version 9.2 of its Live music production software for Windows and Mac.

Ableton Live 9.2

Live 9.2 is coming soon. This free update brings a number of significant improvements and additions to both Live and Push and is available for download as a public beta version.

Changes in Live 9.2

  • Improved warping — Live 9.2 introduces several refinements to Live’s audio warping engine. The Complex and Complex Pro modes now feature punchier transients, even at extreme settings. Auto-Warp and downbeat detection has been improved to better recognize when audio has a fixed tempo (as is often the case with electronic music) and warp it accurately.
  • Latency compensation — Live 9.2 also introduces a number of latency-related improvements. Sets that contain Max for Live devices or third-party plug-ins now have lower latency. And automation is now fully latency compensated.
  • Tuner included — Along with further under-the-hood improvements, Live 9.2 also comes with a new Tuner device – sure to come in handy for guitarists or anyone else who uses hardware instruments.
  • 64 pads for Push users — For users of Push, the Live 9.2 update introduces the ability to use all 64 pads to play drums and quickly flip back to 16 pads for step sequencing.
  • Further Push refinements — The Live 9.2 update also brings improved aftertouch implementation to Push’s pads and the addition of aftertouch to many of Live’s core library sounds. In addition, Push’s touchstrip can now be used for modulation wheel control as well for pitch bend.

The Live 9.2 public beta for Windows and Mac is now available for download. More details are available in the release notes.

More information: Ableton / Live 9 Beta

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Image-Line releases FL Studio 12 Beta 3

Image-Line has announced the release of FL Studio 12 Beta 3, the latest public beta version of the music production software for Windows.

Image-Line FL Studio 12

FL Studio 12 Beta 3 is now available with many bugfixes and changes as suggested by users.

Changes in FL Studio 12 Beta 3

  • New Fruity Convolver impulse library by Soundiron.
  • Hardcore new FX pedal (Tube drive).
  • Updated Elastique stretching engine.
  • UI updates for some plugins.
  • Control Surface: touch support.
  • Control Surface: controls are freely sizeable.
  • Plugins are found by ID as well as by filename.
  • FL Studio vectorial UI improvements.
  • Many bugfixes and enhancements as reported by users (too many to list).

The new beta version will expire April 15th, 2015.

FL Studio is available for purchase starting at $99 USD. FL Studio 12 will be free to FL Studio users as part of Image-Line’s Lifetime Free Updates policy. New Image-Line customers can save 10% off their first order here.

More information: Image-Line / FL Studio 12

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MuTools releases updates MuLab & MUX Modular to v6.3

MuTools has announced the release of version 6.3 of its MuLab music production software and MUX Modular synthesizer and effect plug-in.

MUX Modular 6

MuLab is an inspiring music production studio for Mac OSX and Windows featuring an integrated top quality modular synth and effect engine.

MUX Modular can be a vintage synthesizer or a hi-tec sample player, it can be a multi-band compressor or a stereo reverb, and it can be so much more… You can do almost anything with it!

Changes in MuLab & MUX Modular v6.3

  • New Audio Unipolarizer module.
  • New “Import MIDI File” and “Export MIDI File” functions for individual sequences.
  • Improved Floating Windows Bar.
  • Each VST now memorizes its last bank/program file path.
  • Support for setting exact parameter values via an input dialog.
  • More details in the changelog.

MuLab for Windows and Mac is available for purchase for 69 EUR; MUX Modular is 59 EUR. A bundle of both costs 99 EUR.

More information: MuTools

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Blue Cat Audio updates PatchWork to v1.63

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Blue Cat Audio has released version 1.63 of PatchWork, adding to its “universal plug-ins patch bay” the ability to use plug-ins with no user interface and select presets via MIDI.

Blue Cat's PatchWork

Blue Cat’s PatchWork 1.63 now includes a default user interface for Audio Unit and VST plug-ins that do not provide one. It is also possible to load instruments and effect chains from a MIDI controller, using program change and bank select messages. Additional compatibility improvements for Mac users have been also added.

Changes in PatchWork v1.63

  • GUI-less plug-ins support: a generic user interface is now provided for VST or AU plug-ins that do not include a graphical editor.
  • Presets can now be selected using MIDI Program change and bank select messages (can be activated with the presets menu/MIDI Program Change item).
  • Fixed issue with some Audio Unit instruments that did not produce any sound (IK Multimedia, Kontakt…)
  • Added log scale support for Audio Unit parameters.

Blue Cat’s PatchWork for Windows and Mac (VST/AU/RTAS/AAX/DX) is available for purchase for 59 EUR/$79 USD (VAT excluded).

More information: Blue Cat Audio / PatchWork

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Apple updates Logic Pro X to v10.1 & Mainstage 3 to v3.1

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Apple has releases version 10.1 of its Logic Pro X digital audio workstation and version 3.1 of the MainStage music application designed for live performance.

Logic Pro X

Logic Pro X is the most advanced version of Logic ever. Sophisticated tools for professional songwriting, editing and mixing are built around a modern interface that’s designed to get creative results quickly and also deliver more power whenever it’s needed. Logic Pro X includes a massive collection of instruments, effects and loops, providing a complete toolkit to create amazing-sounding music.

Changes in Logic Pro X v10.1

  • 10 new Drummers that produce beats in a variety of electronic and hip hop styles including Techno, House, Trap, Dubstep and more.
  • Drummer provides specialized sound and performance controls for dialing in electronic or hip hop drum grooves.
  • New Drum Machine Designer plug-in offers new sounds and features for customizing electronic drum kits in a variety of styles.
  • Create a sequence of notes with a single mouse gesture using the new Brush Tool in the Piano Roll Editor.
  • New view options in the Piano Roll Editor let you see more notes in less vertical space and help identify drum sounds by name.
  • Easily compress or expand the timing of selected notes with new time handles in the Piano Roll Editor.
  • Note Repeat and Spot Erase modes allow classic drum machine style techniques for creating beats in realtime.
  • Smart Quantize proportionally corrects the timing and length of notes to preserve the musicality of your original performance.
  • Redesigned Compressor plug-in features scalable, Retina-ready interface and 7 models including the new Classic VCA.
  • Retro Synth can now create wavetables from imported audio and is able to stack up to 8 voices.
  • Expanded sound library includes over 200 new synth patches and 10 classic Mellotron instruments.
  • Automation can now be part of a region, not just the track, which makes it easier to use effects creatively.
  • Manage large-scale mixes more easily with the addition of console-style VCA faders.
  • Relative and Trim Automation modes extend the options for fine-tuning existing automation.
  • Mixer now allows remote control of microphone and other input settings for compatible audio interfaces.
  • Realtime rendering of fades allow them to work with Flex Pitch and speeds up project load times.
  • The Plug-in Manager now allows you to customize the organization of your menu.
  • Support for Mail Drop and Air Drop in OS X Yosemite makes it even easier to share your Logic projects.

Changes in MainStage v3.1

  • Redesigned Compressor plug-in features scalable, Retina-ready interface and 7 models including the new Classic VCA.
  • Retro Synth can now create wavetables from imported audio and is able to stack up to 8 voices.
  • Expanded sound library includes over 200 new synth patches and 10 classic Mellotron instruments.
  • The Plug-in Manager now allows you to customize the organization of your menu.
  • Turn your favorite hardware synthesizers into sampled instruments using new Auto Sampler plug-in.
  • Assign and manage custom shortcuts using the new Key Command editor.

More information: Apple / Logic Pro X

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