Acoustica releases Mixcraft 7 & Mixcraft Pro Studio 7

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Acoustica has announced the release of Mixcraft 7 and Mixcraft Pro Studio 7, major upgrades to the Mixcraft music production and multi-track recording workstation software.

Acoustica Mixcraft 7

The updated version offers new features, including 32-bit and 64-bit versions, a new interface, live loop and sample triggering, audio warping and quantizing, enhanced control surface support, plug-in management, hundreds of new loops and samples, new virtual instruments and effects, and dozens of other improvements.

The new Performance Panel is designed for composing and performing music both live and in the studio, allowing real-time triggering and automatic synchronization of audio loops, MIDI clips, and samples. The Performance Panel can be manipulated using Novation’s Launchpad controller, a MIDI controller, mouse, or computer keyboard. Mixcraft 7 features support for Mackie-compatible control surfaces, as well as Frontier Design Group’s Tranzport control surface, and can be configured to work with any MIDI controller. Mixcraft 7 can also be controlled using the free Mixcraft Remote app for iOS and Android devices. Mixcraft 7 also includes the Copula time-stretching and pitch-shifting technology.

Mixcraft 7 ($89.95) is designed for home and project studios. It is a complete recording studio, featuring unlimited MIDI and audio tracks, dozens of virtual instruments and effects, video editing, mixing and mastering, a streamlined interface, and over 7000 loops, sound effects, and drum samples. Version 7 includes two new samplers, the Alpha Sampler and Omni Sampler, and two new virtual instruments, G-Sonique’s Renegade Analog Monster and AAS’s new Journeys instrument. Also included are new film score loops from Dj Puzzle, as well as a library of acoustic and synthetic drum samples by Los Angeles artist and producer Shok.

Mixcraft Pro Studio 7 ($164.95) is aimed at advanced home and professional project studios. It includes over $1100 worth of plug-ins. Highlights include BeatRig’s Sidekick 6 sidechain compressor, Studio Devil’s Virtual Bass Amp, QuikQuak’s Glass Viper, and ME80 V2, plus a large suite of new mastering effects from G-Sonique. Mixcraft Pro Studio 7 retains all the virtual instruments and effects found in Mixcraft Pro Studio 6, including Memorymoon and ME80 vintage analog synthesizers, Pianissimo grand piano, and dozens of high-end effects including mastering tools from iZotope, G-Sonique, and ToneBoosters.

Mixcraft 7 and Mixcraft Pro Studio 7 are now available for purchase for Windows.

More information: Acoustica / Mixcraft

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Bitwig updates Bitwig Studio to v1.1.2

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Bitwig Studio

Bitwig has released version 1.1.2 of its Bitwig Studio cross-platform music production software.

Record and arrange, improvise and perform, or do it all at once. Choose between several display profiles. Design your own sounds with dedicated container devices. Combine built-in instruments, effects, and VST plug-ins. Bitwig Studio’s unified mapping system allows you to modulate any device or VST parameter using macro controls and modulator devices.

Explore a new world of creative possibilities, including audio and note expressions, histogram-based value editing, layered editing, extensive bounce-in-place functions, automatic slicing, smart controller integration, and the Open Controller Scripting API.

Changes in Bitwig Studio v1.1.2

  • New: We now send out SysEx messages to VST instruments for transpose note expressions if the plug-in claims to support canDo(“midiSingleNoteTuningChange”) and the other note expressions if the plug-in supports canDo(“midiKeyBasedInstrumentControl”).
  • Improved: Controller API: add observer that reports if the device is nested inside another device.
  • Fixed: Pre-roll settings wasn’t saved in the preferences.
  • Fixed: PDC: Modulation routings from Audio MOD wasn’t correctly compensated in certain cases.
  • Fixed: First drag of a micro-pitch expression does not snap to semi-tones.
  • Fixed: Occassional crash when returning to arrangement or stopping a track via controller API.
  • Fixed: Engine crash when dragging audio files on clip launcher preview slots on non-preview tracks.
  • Fixed: Controller API: direct parameter observer does not report the latest value, it is always one step behind.
  • Fixed: Rare crash when popup windows are closed on OSX.
  • Fixed: Moving stretch markers in the detail editor does not snap correctly anymore.
  • Fixed: VST plugins that have a file creation date at the beginning of Unix time are not being scanned (e.g. Sonalksis OSX).
  • Fixed: Possible to create automation points on the arranger with negative arranger time for the very first point created by clicking in the margin before time 0.
  • Fixed: Bipolar macro values are only loaded correctly when loading preset twice.
  • Fixed: VSTs should never sleep if their GUI is open.
  • Fixed: Engine crash when switching preset for VST running in bit-bridge mode.
  • Fixed: Engine crash after changing buffer size after audio recording.
  • Fixed: Timing bug in E-CLAPand the noise section of E-SNARE.
  • Fixed: Moving a project file into a sub folder of the project folder would cause plugin states to be lost if the application was restarted and the file was opened.
  • Fixed: Bounce in place turns instrument track into an audio track instead of a hybrid track.
  • Fixed: “Insert Silence” doesn’t move Cue Markers.
  • Fixed: VST Device knobs don’t wake up from sleep when being assigning modulations.

Bitwig Studio is available for purchase for $299 USD / 259 EUR until January 15th, 2015 (regular $399 USD / 299 EUR).

More information: Bitwig

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Plugin Boutique offer Bitwig Studio with 4 free Loopmasters packs

Plugin Boutique has announced that the Bitwig Studio music production software for Windows, Mac and Linux is now available at its online shop.

Bitwig Studio

Bitwig Studio is now available at Plugin Boutique. When purchased, customers will also receive 4x free Loopmasters Pro Audio Sample Packs.

More information: Plugin Boutique / Bitwig Studio

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Image-Line announces development FL Studio for Mac (native)

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Image-Line has announced it is developing a native Mac version of its FL Studio music production software.

Image Line FL Studio OS X

A while back we started by testing a FL Studio Mac OS X BETA (Crossover Wrapped) version, with direct installation on Mac OS X. This was promising but it was still just a Windows program, wrapped by CrossOver, running on OS X. The interest in the wrapped beta, and the problems we faced supporting 3rd party VST plugins in it, lead the team to start work on porting our Windows-only VST plugins – Edison, Gross Beat, Harmless, Harmor, Maximus, Ogun, Slicex, Sytrus, Vocodex to OS X native VST format. You can get these plugins here.

The OS X VST plugin testing, was in fact, the stealthy beginnings of FL Studio native OS X compatibility development. These VST plugins use the exact same code-base as FL Studio itself, and if we could get these working to spec on OS X, then FL Studio would likely follow soon after.

Well, the plugin testing is progressing nicely, and so the team has turned their attention to FL Studio 12 itself. It’s a long and slow process and we can’t make any promises yet, since we may come across unexpected and or unsolvable technical problems. But work is indeed under way.

More information: Image-Line / FL Studio Mac

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Brainspawn releases Forte 4 VST host

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Brainspawn has announced the release of Forte 4, a performance oriented VST plugin host for Windows.

Brainspawn Forte 4

We are pleased to announce the next major version of Forte software. Forte 4 is now ready and contains dozens of usability and performance improvements.

Changes in Forte 4

  • Simplified and better looking SceneView.
  • Simplified and improved usability of tempo and transport features.
  • Scene/Set Browser.
  • Completely redesigned rack modules.
  • Dynamic Transpose: Transpose up or down in real time from SceneView.
  • Configure Transpose per scene, per song, per set.
  • Each Scene now has settings for MIDI Sync, BPM, play/start bar, rewind on stop, meter, and fade time.
  • Cue Images: assign SceneView images to songs or scenes within a set. Even assign different images to the same scene used in different songs.
  • Bus Adjustment Mix in SceneView.
  • Completely new rack/scene editor.
  • Completely new Global MIDI Automation editor.
  • …and many other things.

Forte 4 for Windows is available for an introductory price of $99 USD (Preformer) / $299 USD (Producer).

More information: Brainspawn

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