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Native Instruments launches “A Giant Beat for Mankind” sale

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Native Instruments has launched A Giant Beat for Mankind, a limited-time sales special to celebrate the 5th anniversary of Maschine.

A Giant Beat for Mankind
Until May 31, MASCHINE STUDIO, MASCHINE and MASCHINE MIKRO will each be available at a significant discount from their regular prices, both at retailers and at the NI Online Shop.

Launched in 2009, MASCHINE significantly changed computer based beat production by merging the playability and feel of hardware with the innovations and flexibility of software. In five years, MASCHINE has established itself as the premium groove production tool for producers across all genres. MASCHINE STUDIO, the latest addition to the product range, is NI’s new flagship groove production studio. It provides hardware controls for all key features in the latest MASCHINE 2 software, and these generous control options offer a particularly quick and intuitive workflow. Features include large, high-res color screens for viewing waveforms, patterns, scenes, and NI product visuals, plus a dedicated section for monitoring mixer and meter levels.

MASCHINE and MASCHINE MIKRO are now in their second hardware generation. MASCHINE features dedicated group buttons and a master push encoder. Most software functions are accessible directly from the hardware without any button shortcuts, offering users a fast way to capture ideas. Eight display knobs automatically map to key instrument parameters for on-the-fly tweaking and sound shaping. MASCHINE MIKRO is highly compact for use anywhere. MIKRO features the same responsive pads as MASCHINE STUDIO and MASCHINE. Intelligent keypad shortcuts mean users get full software access despite its small footprint.

All three hardware versions feature the same powerful software. Among the new features in MASCHINE 2 software are sidechaining, unlimited groups, a new library, and a set of sonically-outstanding drum synths that allow producers to quickly design their own drum sounds.

Until May 31st 2014 at 24:00 (CET), Maschine Studio is available for purchase for 799 USD/EUR (regular 999 USD/EUR), Maschine is 499 USD/EUR (regular 599 USD/EUR), and the Maschine Mikro is 299 USD/EUR (regular 349 USD/EUR).

More information: Native Instruments / A Giant Beat for Mankind

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Abeem Live Technologies updates Rack Performer to v1.01

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Abeem Rack Performer

Abeem Live Technologies has updated its Rack Performer software to version 1.01, adding many work-flow improvements and some corrections.

Multi-monitor support has been improved by making all dialogs positions more consistent (as there was quite a bit of wasteful back and forth movement required) The main menu can now be assigned to any monitor by just placing the application window at the correct location before entering “Edit” mode. A few other edge-cases were also solved.

Mapping presets and scene snapshots to standard (7bit CC) MIDI controllers is now straight-forward with a 1:1 mapping by default. But it is also possible to span the controller to a smaller range of values by lowering the presets port upper bound, making the control less sensitive. This can be useful when any module has only a few presets in use during the performance.

To align precisely the latencies of external MIDI gears controlled by the application, a new control port has been added to the special module to delay all MIDI events by a fixed time (i.e. output offset) By default all MIDI output events are sent slightly before the audio, to give the controlled gear enough time to process the commands and generate sound. Depending on the current application audio latency and the controlled MIDI gear(s) latencie(s) as well as the routing scheme in place (OTB or internal loopback mix etc) it might be necessary to set the output offsets (per MIDI gear) to get the phasing right.

Changes in Rack Performer v1.01

  • Minor modifications:
    • External MIDI Gear: added a special “Out Offset” control port (allows to delay sent MIDI messages in order to align the application audio output with the gear one).
    • Presets port max bound is now exposed (allows to span controllers to a smaller range).
    • Presets (and Scene Snaphots) control ports now have a more intuitive 1:1 mapping with 7bit MIDI controllers.
    • Floating windows positions and visibilities are now saved and restored.
    • Improved multi-monitor workflow by having modal windows always appear on the monitor closest to the mouse.
    • Main menu in “Edit” mode is now displayed on the monitor on which the main application window (Patcher) is located.
    • Adding label modules to the patch no longer restarts the wave engine.
    • Improved PolyShaper module performance.
    • Individual ASIO channel names are now displayed in the “audio devices” config tab.
    • MIDI input is now enabled even when there are incorrect device mappings (ex: unplugged controllers).
    • New hidden option to select ClearType (default) or Standard fonts anti-aliasing method (note: application does not attempt to change the method if AA is already enabled).
    • To display properly, application now automatically enables fonts anti-aliasing when it is running (plus hidden config option to disable this behavior).
    • Added new ticker events filter option to show/hide keyboard scene snapshots change events.
    • To make technical support easier, VST plugins black-listing reasons are now saved in the DB and included in the logs.
  • Bug fixes:
    • The “Turbo Charger ASIO” wave engine (used in NIMO and MIMO configs) reported incorrect latencies.
    • Fixed support of VST plugins reporting a negative number of programs (ex: MrRay73).
    • Regression in manual GUI dispatching cinematic on multi-screen setups.
    • Corrected a few edge cases around multi-monitor support.
    • Although it had no consequence, it was possible to select unpowered or deleted modules into record and/or monitor groups.
    • VST effects with MIDI out capabilities had a “mute” control port instead of the expected “bypass” type.
    • Following a regression in previous version, PDC was not systemically applied the first time patch was powered on after loading.
    • An incorrect value could be displayed sometimes in the parameter info dialog after applying changes.
    • Some VST plugins did not get Control Focus when interacting with their GUI controls.
    • On some setups (possibly XP only, infrequent), the screen ticker could appear to be stuck.
    • Recalling scene snapshots with the keyboard mapper did not work properly in some cases.
    • Using some scan settings, duplicated VST plugins could be incorrectly black-listed.
    • Even with “automatic plugin black-listing” option disabled, VST scan should now properly resume and skip the bad plugins.
    • Corrected one possible edge case when using the “clear cache” function of the VST scanner.

Rack Performer is available for purchase for 139 EUR incl. VAT.

More information: Rack Performer

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Blue Cat updates PatchWork to v1.2 & MB-7 Mixer to v2.2

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Blue Cat Audio has released version 1.2 of PatchWork and version 2.2 of MB-7 Mixer, a new version of its audio plug-ins that can host third party VST plug-ins.

Blue Cat's PatchWork

With Blue Cat’s PatchWork 1.2, Blue Cat Audio has added flexible MIDI routing capabilities to its “universal plug-ins patchbay”: it is now possible to connect hosted plug-ins together or with the host application to send and receive MIDI messages.

For both plug-ins, this new version also brings the ability to rename plug-ins instances, as well as several performance and compatibility improvements (full list below).

Changes in PatchWork v1.2

  • MIDI Routing: custom MIDI routes can be created to connect plug-ins together and with the host application, to send and receive MIDI messages.
  • Mono to stereo processing: the plug-in can now be used as a mono to stereo plug-in and process mono tracks with stereo effects in hosts that support it.
  • The “Parameters Map” menu item is now checked when a parameter is mapped.

Changes in PatchWork v1.2 & MB-7 Mixer v2.2

  • Plug-in instance Renaming: it is now possible to give a name to each instance of a plug-in.
  • Improved performance of undo tracking when loading presets for plug-ins with many parameters.
  • Improved performance when changing the size of the plug-in user interface.
  • Fixed keyboard stealing issue in many host applications when sub plug-ins editors are opened (except 32-bit applications on Mac).
  • Fixed compatibility issue with Pro Tools 9 on Mac (random crashes).
  • Fixing crashes with some plug-ins requesting information while being opened.

Blue Cat’s PatchWork: 59 EUR/$79 USD, MB-7 Mixer is 99 EUR/$129 USD. The update is free for existing customers.

More information: Blue Cat Audio

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Image-Line launches FL Studio 12 Alpha Preview

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Image-Line has announced the release of an alpha preview version of FL Studio 12, the music production software for Windows.

Image-Line FL Studio 12 Alpha Preview

FL Studio customers you can now download the FL Studio 12 ALPHA-PREVIEW to give us feedback about the extensive workflow changes.

What’s this for?

We are looking for feedback about some of the major changes in workflow that have been made so far. Please try it out and let us know what you think of how it works. We’re not really looking for bug reports, at this time.

Changes in FL Studio 12 (alpha preview)

  • Browser – The Browser has changed (now with category tabs and the ability to delete content on right-click).
  • Channel Menu – The Channel Options Menu has moved from the Toolbar Menus to the Channel rack.
  • Channel settings – Have been integrated into the Plugin Wrapper.
  • Interface – Vectorial user interface. See Options > General Settings > GUI display.
  • Per Channel Swing – The Channel Settings now has a ‘swing multiplier’ amount.
  • Pattern Menu – The Pattern Menu has moved from the Channel rack to the Toolbar Menu and Pattern Selector.
  • Piano roll – Piano roll Auto-zoom can now we deselected from Settings > General > Auto zoom in piano roll.
  • Playlist – Multiple drag and drop for audio files onto Playlist (from a Windows file browser).
  • Stepsequencer – Stepsequences are now interchangable with Piano rolls.
  • VST Plugins – VST plugin installation has changed.

The alpha preview version (currently only 32-bit) is available to download to registered Image-Line users.

More information: Image-Line / FL Studio 12 alpha preview

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Ableton updates Live to v9.1.2

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Ableton has released version 9.1.2 of its Live 9 music production software for Windows and Mac.

Ableton Live 9

Changes in Live 9.1.2

  • Improvements and feature changes:
    • Added control surface support for Akai APC40 MKII, APC Key 25, APC mini.
    • Updated control surface documentation.
    • Improved readability of text in clips, tracks, chains and macro controls. The text color is now automatically inverted, depending on the background color.
  • Bug fixes:
    • Live would show cryptic error messages in case it detects and repairs a corrupt database. Now it shows something more meaningful.
    • Looped clip envelopes could have an incorrect length after unlinking the envelope, linking it again and then moving the clip from Session View to the Arrangement View.
    • MIDI data from the computer MIDI keyboard or an external MIDI input could have a huge delay after plugging a cable into the computer’s headphone jack (Mac OS X only).
    • When overdubbing a MIDI clip in the Arrangement View, the resulting clip would not be cropped to the correct content, but would contain all other notes of the track.
    • A playing clip in the last scene would stop playing when deleting a scene above it.
    • Fixed a bug that could occur when recording automation over a loop jump in a Session View clip when the Arrangement View’s loop is active.
    • Plug-in parameters of certain VST plug-ins would not instantly update on the custom plug-in window after changing presets.
    • The AU versions of UAD powered plug-ins would not release their DSP resources when turning them off in Live, even if the option “Release all UAD DSP resources on AudioUnit bypass” was enabled in the UAD control panel.
    • Loading a set containing many disabled UAD AU plug-ins may have resulted in a “UAD bandwidth allocation exceeded” error while loading the set.
    • Fixed a crash which could occur when quitting Live via the Mac OS X App Switcher (CMD+TAB).
    • Fixed a crash that could occur on Mac OS X when quitting the application while Live is buffering samples.
    • Fixed a crash which could occur in the 64-bit version when triggering multiple voices in Sampler and having the Shrink/Expand Envelopes feature enabled.
    • Fixed a crash which could occur in the 32-bit version of Live when loading presets containing a very large amount of devices.
    • Fixed a crash that could occur under certain conditions when moving scenes and then using Undo.
    • Live 9 Intro or Lite would crash when importing an audio clip which uses the Complex or Complex Pro warp mode (Windows only).
  • Changes for Push:
    • It wasn’t possible to edit device parameters if a track’s input routing was set to “No Input”.
    • Live would record MIDI notes at the wrong position when using Push’s Note Repeat function and having the track’s monitoring switch set to “No Input”.
    • Audio clip recording could be interrupted when choosing another track with Push, even if Exclusive Arm is deactivated in Live’s preferences.
    • When selecting a track, the Melodic Step Sequencer would sometimes not select a page in the currently playing clip.

The update is available as a free download for all owners of Live 9 Suite, Standard, Intro and Lite.

More information: Ableton

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XT Software updates energyXT 2.7 to beta 3

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XT Software has released public beta 3 of energyXT 2.7, a music production software for Windows and Mac.

XT Software energyXT

Changes in energyXT 2.7 beta 3

  • Object bar didn’t display note length in last beat, now fixed.
  • Fixed crash when loading XTC clips with missing VST plugin.
  • Fixed crash when adding MIDI out device to a tack containing a VST.
  • Fixed issue with custom volume knob image and old skin. Skins made in 2.7 beta v2 may have to be fixed manually.
  • Added Trim control to sequencer mixer strip.
  • Minor fixes to light skin and added option to skin color of eq curve in mixer (FX > decoration color).
  • Resizing and transposing events with keyboard shortcuts didn’t update object bar, now fixed.

energyXT is currently available to purchase for 39 EUR (regular 59 EUR). The latest beta is available to download here.

More information: XT Software

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Steinberg updates Cubase to v7.5.20

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Steinberg Cubase update

Steinberg has released version 7.5.20 of its Cubase and Cubase Artist music production software.

The update adds several improvements and resolves more than 60 issues in different areas of the applications.

The update is now available for download from the Steinberg website. For detailed information please view the corresponding version history on the download page.

Changes in Cubase v7.5.20

  • TrackVersions: Delete Inactive TrackVersions.
  • Control Room Improvements.
  • Channel/track visibility: Key command for “Update configurations”.
  • Steinberg Hub: Remove recent projects from list.
  • Project window toolbar: Additional buttons.
  • New Preference: Record-Enable allows MIDI Thru.
  • New Preference: Colorize folder track controls only.
  • Many issues resolved, check the version history for details.

The update is now available to download for Cubase and Cubase Artist users.

More information: Steinberg / Cubase

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