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PreSonus introduces Add-ons for new Studio One 2.6.2

PreSonus has announced it is now shipping Studio One 2.6.2, the latest update to its award-winning DAW software.

The company is also shipping three new Add-ons for Studio One: Ampire XT Metal Pack Extension, Goldbaby Essentials Vintage Drum Machines, and Studio One Artist MP3 Converter.

Studio One 2.6.2 introduces support for Add-ons, which are program extensions, soundsets, plug-ins, and other assets exclusively for Studio One 2.6.2 and higher. Add-ons are available for purchase directly from the PreSonus online store. The update also fixes a few known issues.

Ampire XT Metal Pack
The Ampire XT Metal Pack Add-on includes 6 new amp models and 6 new speaker-cabinet emulations.

Studio One Add-ons

  • The Ampire XT Metal Pack is an extension for PreSonus’ Ampire XT Native Effects™ plug-in that includes six new amp models and six new speaker-cabinet emulations designed specifically for metal guitarists. It also includes a brand-new Metal Drumkit for the Impact virtual drum instrument.
  • Goldbaby Essentials is an exclusive soundset for PreSonus’ Impact virtual drum instrument that features a collection of 500 vintage analog and digital drum machine and beatbox samples. Designed by acclaimed producer and sound designer Goldbaby, the sounds in this set have been meticulously sampled, edited, and post-processed using analog tape machines and studio tools. Goldbaby Essentials comes with 32 ready-to-play Impact drum kit presets and 124 new Musicloops.
  • MP3 Converter is an extension that adds professional-quality (up to 320 kB/s) MP3 encoding and drag-and-drop MP3 decoding to Studio One Artist 2.6.2 and higher.

PreSonus Studio One Add-ons can be purchased directly online and are installed by dragging-and-dropping on the Studio One application icon or window.

Ampire XT Metal Pack and Goldbaby Essentials cost $29.99 USD each, and MP3 Converter is $9.99 USD. The Studio One 2.6.2 update is free to all registered users of Studio One 2.

More information: PreSonus / Studio One

Bitwig launches Bitwig Studio on March 26, 2014

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Bitwig Studio

Bitwig has announced that it will launch its Bitwig Studio software on March 26th, 2014.

BITWIG STUDIO is a new and innovative music creation, recording, and performance software that supports all three major computing platforms: Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux. Combining traditional arrangement sequencing with modern performance-oriented clip launching workflows, BITWIG STUDIO is the ultimate solution for realizing all your musical ideas across every stage of production.

BITWIG STUDIO offers a state-of-the-art audio engine under the hood, with full multi-processing support, a unified modulation system, 32/64-bit VST plugin bridging, and VST plugin crash protection.

BITWIG STUDIO comes with over 50 included devices. Conventional Instruments (Polysynth, FM-4, Organ, Sampler and analog-style Drum Modules) and FX (Delays, Equalizers, Compressors), as well as Container devices (to build parallel instrument or effect chains), Note FX, and Modulator devices (additional controllers like LFOs, envelope followers and step sequencers for modulating any other device). Extend this collection with your favorite VST effects and instruments, and use them side by side with BITWIG STUDIO internal devices.

Bitwig Studio
Main screen of the Bitwig Studio music creation, recording & performance software.

Bitwig Studio features

  • Cross-platform DAW (Windows, Mac OS X, Linux).
  • Intuitive non-linear sequencing for the studio and beyond.
  • Full multi-core and multi-processor support.
  • VST 2.4 support with built-in 32/64-bit bridging and plug-in crash protection.
  • Proprietary time-stretching technology.
  • Multi-display support for up to 3 displays.
  • Tabbed document interface for multiple projects open at once with drag-and-drop between them.
  • Over 50 included devices, including conventional Instruments (Polysynth, FM-4, Organ, Sampler and analog-style Drum Modules) and FX (Delays, Equalizers, Compressors), as well as Container devices (to build parallel instrument or effect chains), Note FX, and Modulator devices (additional controllers like LFOs and step sequencers for modulating any other device)..
  • Unified Modulation System: Use Macro Controls, Note Expressions, LFOs, and Envelope Followers to modulate any device parameter, including nested internal devices and even VST plug-ins.
  • Advanced layered editing.
  • Note and Audio expressions, including per-note Micro-Pitch Control.
  • Dynamic Object Inspector: Select multiple notes or events and edit them together with the interactive parameter histogram, easily adding variations as you go.
  • Automatic sample slicing to both Sampler or Drum Machine.
  • Multiple audio events per clip: Automatically cut up samples and rearrange them on the fly in the Detail Editor.
  • Dedicated Device Panel Mappings with color-coded knobs and buttons for an overview at a glance.
  • Support for various MIDI controllers out of the box.
  • Sound Content: Over one thousand presets and sounds, 3 GB of factory content: Drum Machines (808, 909… Percussion), Acoustic Drums, multi-sampled instruments like Wurlitzer, Rhodes, Vibraphone, Marimba, Acoustic and Electric Bass, Sampled Drum and Instrument loops, Various Sound FX, and additional partner content.
  • Open Controller API: Create and customize functionality for virtually any MIDI controller, including scripting access to nearly every feature of BITWIG STUDIO.

Upon release, Bitwig Studio will be available to purchase for $449.99 USD (MSRP)/$399.99 USD (MAP)/329 EUR. The download version will cost $399 USD/299 EUR.

Bitwig will showcase its debut product during the Winter NAMM 2014 in Anaheim (Hall C, Booth 5000).

Bitwig staff will be available for product demonstrations, and to answer questions regarding BITWIG STUDIO. Attendees will get a first look at the possibilities using the Open Controller API included in BITWIG STUDIO, which allows for custom controller integration above and beyond standard static midi control templates.

Bitwig’s partners Nektar, Livid Instruments and Novation are among the first to offer products that not only work with standard note and controller input, but offer a deeper integration within BITWIG STUDIO. Dedicated mixer control, clip launching, step-sequencing, device navigation and dynamic device parameter mappings – Bitwig’s Open Controller scripting API offers unprecedented possibilities to integrate hardware and software. The API, documentation and the scripts are accessible to everyone, from the end user to third party companies.

More information: Bitwig

Audiffex releases inTone 2 effect host for Mac

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Audiffex inTone 2

Audiffex has announced the release of inTone 2 for Mac, a powerful and flexible effect processor/ mixing console.

Entirely rewritten and redesigned audio application for live performances broadens ways of its utilization in the world of music. Its structure and control options resemble a mixing console, offering a large scale of extra features at the same time.

InTone 2 comes in three 64bit compliant versions (Guitar/ Keys/ Playback), making your gig reach new limits.

inTone 2 features

  • Ability to open external effects and software instruments.
  • Compatible with 64bit Audio Unit plug-ins.
  • Integrated playback unit and recording modules.
  • Simple Preset list arrangements.
  • Control of all features by MIDI.
  • Independent configuration of separate channels/ chains.
  • Fine/ semi-tone pitch changes within the TrackPlayer.
  • ‘Speed up/ slow down’ function of the playback.

inTone 2 for Mac is available to purchase now at $7 for a strip. The PC version of inTone 2 is to be released in March, 2014.

More information: Audiffex / inTone 2

Sensomusic Usine Stage free for limited time

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Sensomusic Stage

Sensomusic has announced that its Usine Stage software will be free for a limited time.

We are glad to announce that Usine Stage 5.80 will be free for some weeks

Usine Stage is a perfect introduction to Usine Hollyhock world and will let you create complete sets for composition or live situation

Usine Stage features

  • 16 in/ 16 outs.
  • Unlimited midi devices.
  • 8 tracks.
  • 8 patches per tracks.
  • 2 auxiliary buses.
  • 2 master tracks.
  • Osc implementation.
  • Conductor to memorize scenes.
  • Windows 32.

More information: Sensomusic

Abeem Live Technologies releases Rack Performer 1.0 modular host

Abeem Live Technologies Rack Performer

Abeem Live Technologies has announced the release of Rack Performer 1.0, a pro-audio software for live performance, sound design and real-time audio processing.

Rack Performer is a high-level modular environment hosting VST plugins and internal modules (over 100 and counting), with MIDI support, multi-channel audio I/O and internal processing, complete automatic patch-delay compensation, sample accurate sequencing, low jitter and latency.

As a platform dedicated to stage performance, Rack Performer helps the live musician at every step from the rehearsal to the concert.

Rack Performer features

  • High-level modular host.
  • Over 100 internal modules.
  • VST plugins support.
  • Scene Snapshots.
  • Virtual Screens.
  • Low jitter sample-accurate sequencing engine.
  • Multichannel audio processing.
  • Multichannel HD recording.
  • Dedicated audio monitoring.
  • Audio: up to to 32 inputs and up to 32 outputs, full-duplex.
  • MIDI: up to 128 inputs and up to 128 outputs + routing.
  • MIDI Clock / MTC / MMC / MSC external sync.

Rack Performer for Windows is available to purchase for 139 EUR (single user license).

More information: Live Factory / Rack Performer

Mutools updates MuLab & MUX Vst to v5.3

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MuTools has announced version 5.3 of its MuLab music production system and MUX Vst flexible modular synth and effect plug-in.

Mutools MuLab
The MuLab sound and music production system transforms a computer into an inspiring modular studio.

Changes in MuLab / MUX Vst v5.3

  • Composer:
    • Improved support for multi-track audio recording.
    • Automation parts can now also do MIDI controllers, Aftertouch and Pitch Bend.
    • Support for looped automation parts.
    • Easier handling of automation & modulation envelopes.
    • REX file support.
    • Improved Auto Scroll behavior.
    • New sequence function: Quantize Notes 50%.
    • Mixdown dialog: Added a button to quickly set the From-To to the composition loop.
  • MUX:
    • New “Modular Feedback Delay” module which can have any module in the feedback path, even a MUX, even a VST, even any combi of those.
    • New “TF Lowpass Filter” module.
    • Wobble Modulator: New “Curve” and “Alternating Offset” controls resulting in more control over the resulting wobble.
    • Modular editor now supports lasso select to move, copy and delete multiple modules at once.
    • Improved editing of oscillator super layers.
    • Samples: Added a “Create New Sample From Selection” function.
    • Further enhanced VST compatibility.
  • Common:
    • Floating Window Bar gives more control over the floating windows.
    • Preferences can now be edited in a user friendly way from within the app. See MULAB menu -> Edit Preferences.
    • Almost 50 other little improvements in looks & functionality.

MuLab is available to purchase for 29 EUR (XL) / 69 EUR (UL), MUX Vst is 49 EUR (UL).

More information: Mutools

Plugin Boutique launches 24-Hour Sale – 40% off Sonar X3

Plugin Boutique has launched a sale for the Sonar X3 music production software for Windows by Cakewalk.

Cakewalk SONAR X3 Sale

Create music in any style with cutting-edge instruments, effects, and creative tools. Thanks to the award-winning Skylight user interface, SONAR X3 lets you move seamlessly in your production workspace, instantly going from recording to editing to mixing and back again.

Produce flawless tracks with the 64-Bit Double Precision audio engine and upload polished mixes directly to YouTube and SoundCloud. Plus, SONAR X3 lets you do it all without limiting the number of tracks and plugins; all while supporting the latest technologies like VST3, multi-touch, and Gobbler cloud save.

Cakewalk Sonar X3 is available at a 50% discount at Plugin Boutique on December 31st, 2013.

More information: Plugin Boutique / Sonar X3

Renoise 3 beta released

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A first beta of the Renoise 3 tracker-based digital audio workstation for Windows, Mac, and Linux has been released.

Renoise 3 beta

We are happy to announce that the first beta of Renoise 3.0 has arrived! The download is available for all users with a Renoise 3.0 license from our backstage.

New in Renoise 3

  • Supercharged instruments with per-sample modulation, effects and more.
  • New real-time performance options.
  • Instrument phrases.
  • New DSP effects and pattern commands.
  • Reworked GUI.
  • More details in the release notes.

Renoise is available to purchase for 58 EUR (excl. VAT) until the release of Renoise 3, after which the price will go up to 65 EUR. Renoise 3 beta builds are available for registered users in the Renoise Backstage.

More information: Renoise