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Image-Line updates FL Studio to v11.1

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Image-Line has released version 11.1 of its FL Studio music production software for Windows.

Image-Line FL Studio 11.1

FL Studio 11.1 includes support for the FREE and hugely popular Image-Line Remote Android and iOS MIDI remote controller application and a new FREE synthesizer MiniSynth, that also works as a crossover synth with FL Studio Mobile. We think we have the free thing covered :)

Changes in FL Studio v11.1

  • Most plugins updated (bugfixes).
  • Image-Line Remote for Android (Google Play) and iOS (iTunes Apps) updated.
  • MiniSynth free synth is included.
  • FL Studio Mobile import updated.
  • Launchpad support updated.
  • DirectWave import support updated.
  • Bugfixes as reported since the last version, FL Studio 11.0.5.

FL Studio 11.1 is free for existing customers under the Lifetime Free Update policy. New Image-Line customers can purchase FL Studio with a 10% discount here.

More information: Image-Line / FL Studio

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Tracktion Software Corporation updates Tracktion to v5.2.4

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Tracktion Software Corporation has released version 5.2.4 of its Tracktion music production software for Windows and Mac.

Tracktion 5

Changes in Tracktion v5.2.4

  • Archiving fix.
  • Fullscreen button for Windows.
  • Fix for stuck notes when using the MIDI patch bay plugin.
  • Fix for incorrect export formats being displayed in MIDI note and track renders.
  • Fix for some synth plugins not responding to MIDI.
  • [5.2.3] Made sure MIDI clips created from dropping files have a suitable length.
  • [5.2.3] Fix for copy/pasted clip lengths.
  • [5.2.3] Fix for importing MIDI files on the project screen.
  • [5.2.3] Fix for trimming empty regions at the start of dropped MIDI files.
  • [5.2.3] Fix for saving and copying shell-based plugins.
  • [5.2.3] Fix for MIDI SysEx timing.
  • [5.2.3] Fixes for editing really tiny MIDI notes.
  • [5.2.3] Fix for loading JACK.
  • [5.2.3] Fix for project list forgetting projects when their name is changed.
  • [5.2.3] Fix for groove templates in sequencer clips.
  • [5.2.3] Fix for importing archives with sub-directories.
  • [5.2.3] Fix for Automap Universal crashing.
  • [5.2.3] Fix for audio glitches if racks are used across multiple output devices.
  • [5.2.3] Added support for Automap to the 64-bit Mac version.
  • [5.2.3] Added prompt for dragging audio files onto separate tracks or a single track.
  • [5.2.3] Added selection of contiguous clips with shift.
  • [5.2.3] Added option for rendering a sequencer-clip to a MIDI clip.

Tracktion 5 is available to purchase for $59.99 USD.

More information: Tracktion

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Bitwig releases Bitwig Studio

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Bitwig Studio

Bitwig has announced the release of Bitwig Studio, a multi-platform music-creation system for production, performance and DJing, with a focus on flexible editing tools and a super-fast workflow.

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.

Every feature in Bitwig Studio was developed by musicians, for musicians. Welcome to the next generation of music creation and performance software for Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux.

Bitwig Studio features

  • Cross-platform DAW (Windows, OS X, Linux).
  • Intuitive non-linear sequencing for the studio world 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.
  • Unlimited Audio Tracks.
  • Unlimited Effect Tracks.
  • Multi-display support for up to 3 displays.
  • Unlimited Note Tracks.
  • 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.
  • Note and Audio expressions, including per-note Micro-Pitch Control.
  • Automatic sample slicing to both Sampler or Drum Machine.
  • Record and edit both track and clip automation in absolute and relative modes.
  • Support for numerous MIDI controllers out of the box.
  • Multiple tools for specific tasks and editing workflows.
  • Macro Controls per device, as well as dedicated Device Panel Mappings with color-coded knobs and buttons for an overview at a glance.
  • Advanced layered editing.
  • Open Controller API: Lets you create and customize functionality for virtually any MIDI controller, including scripting access to nearly every feature of Bitwig Studio.
  • File import: WAV, MP3, AAC, WMA, FLAC, and Ogg Vorbis.
  • A PDF Manual is included with the Bitwig Studio application in English and Japanese.

Bitwig Studio for Windows, Mac, and Linux is available as a download, priced at $399 USD / 299 EUR. A boxed version is available from distributors for MSRP $449.99 USD / 329 EUR / £279 GBP.

More information: Bitwig

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XT Software updates energyXT to v2.7 beta 2

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XT Software has released version 2.7 beta 2 for Windows and Mac of its energyXT music production software.

XT Software energyXT

With energyXT you will be creating tracks faster than with any other music application

Changes in energyXT v2.7 beta 2

  • Added level per audio clip.
  • New mixer panel in sequencer (like in v1.4).
  • Track presets.
  • Duplicate track will now also copy arp data.
  • Drag & drop plugins on to MIDI tracks will now replace current plugin(s), unless shift or alt is pressed.
  • Enter values for velocity and controller data manually in object bar.
  • Added speedbuttons for transposing by octave in objectbar.
  • Copy/paste controller data.
  • Render audio to drum pad.
  • Add up to 8 favorite VST params for each track (using VST plugin) in the mixer with MIDI controller support.
  • Rewind will now restart current marker in marker-track mode.
  • Width of track panel now saved with project.
  • Added mute/solo highlight state in GUI editor.
  • Record VST automation with MIDI controllers (using favorite params mapping on track).

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

More information: XT Software

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Image-Line & Novation launch contest – Win Launchpad S and FL Studio Producer Edition bundles

Image-Line has announced a contest in collaboration with Novation, giving away 10 bundles of the Launchpad S and FL Studio Producer Edition.

We’re teaming up with our friends at Novation to give away TEN bundles of a Launchpad S and FL Studio Producer Edition (or IL VCash equivalent to be used in the Image-Line shop if you already own FL Studio). Don’t forget FL Studio also includes Lifetime Free Updates.

To enter the contest you need to name one track used in the performance above. The contest ends March 28th, 2014, at 16:00 GMT.

More information: FL Studio / Launchpad S contest

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Cakewalk announces free SONAR X3e update

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Cakewalk Sonar X3

Cakewalk has announced its upcoming free SONAR X3e update, which will be available later this month.

Suitable for all three versions of the SONAR family (X3, X3 Studio, and X3 Producer), this update continues to focus on direct “wish list” feedback from Cakewalk customers.

SONAR X3e is the fifth free update since the X3 launch in September 2013, and features nearly 100 enhancements including improvements to the audio engine, loop recording, ARA (Audio Random Access), comping, and much more. SONAR X3e once again reinforces Cakewalk’s commitment to supporting the ever-growing number of users who have embraced SONAR X3’s superior workflow, functionality, and exceptional versatility.

“The continuing success of SONAR X3 is the result of what has essentially become a partnership with our user base. Their suggestions for enhancements have not only provided detailed, intelligent feedback, but inspired us to continue building on SONAR X3’s stability and functionality” said Cakewalk Product Manager Bill Jackson. “We are happy to release such a comprehensive list of enhancements to our loyal user base.”

The SONAR X3 family comprises SONAR X3 ($99), which delivers extraordinary value; SONAR X3 Studio ($199), targeted to advanced home and project studios; and SONAR X3 Producer ($499), designed to meet the demands of professionals who require a program with the versatility to handle any kind of project.

More information: Cakewalk / SONAR X3

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Zynewave updates Podium Free to v3.2.1

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Zynewave Podium

Zynewave has released version 3.2.1 of Podium Free, a free music production software for Windows.

Podium is a modern digital audio workstation (DAW) for Windows. It supports recording and editing of audio and MIDI, and hosts VST instrument and effect plugins.

Podium Free is a freeware edition of Podium. It is fully functional with only a few feature limitations. Download and installation does not require registration.

Changes in Podium Free v3.2.1

  • Podium Free is available as both 64-bit (x64) and 32-bit (x86) builds.
  • Support for Unicode file names and text input.
  • New “Control Surfaces” page in the Audio/MIDI setup dialog. Up to eight Mackie Control compatible devices can be configured.
  • Support for jBridge x86/x64 VST plugin wrapper.
  • The installer allows specifying separate installation paths for Podium Free and the bundled Zynewave plugins.
  • The installer includes an updated Podium Guide html document. Selecting context help in Podium will open this document instead of opening the online guide on the Zynewave website.
  • Included a new Podium Release History html document that can be opened from the Podium Help menu.
  • Reorganized the edit menu. Inactive menu commands that were previously hidden are now shown as grayed out, to make the appearance of the edit menu more consistent.
  • Added several new edit menu commands to the note, curve and arrangement editors. Some of the commands open dialogs for adjusting velocities, transposition, curve points and sound events.
  • Added several new mouse edit shortcuts to the velocity region. The shortcuts are listed in the popup help for the note velocity mode buttons.
  • Support for mice with 4-way scroll wheel.
  • Various bug fixes and minor improvements.

Podium Free is available to download for Windows.

More information: Zynewave / Podium Free

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