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Flux intros AAX Native and 64-bit for IRCAM HEar & Verb Session + plug-ins updated to v3.1.1

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Flux IRCAM HEar & Verb Session updates

Flux has announced the release of the AAX Native and 64-bit compatible versions of IRCAM HEar – Binaural encoder and IRCAM Verb Session – Algorithmic session reverberation processor, built on its new Version 3 (v3) framework. Additionally, its other plug-ins have been updated to v3.1.1 Build 31018.

Version 3 Framework

The v3 framework improves the performance dramatically and for the graphic rendering it includes a GPU-efficient 2D/3D graphic engine, first introduced in the Pure Analyzer System, based on the OpenGL standard optimizing the audio-to-visual experience utilizing the GPU on the computer’s built in graphics card.

With the Flux:: v3 framework support for OSC (Open Sound Control) is introduced in order to allow for remote control of the plug-in parameters using OSC enabled devices and software applications such as TouchOSC for iPhone / iPod Touch / iPad.

IRCAM HEar v3 and IRCAM Verb Session v3 are available on 32- and 64-bit Mac OS X and Windows in AU, VST and AAX Native plug-in formats. The plugins are available to purchase at an introductory 50% discount for a limited time. The updates are free of charge to users of previous versions of the software (or a bundle containing it).

Changes in Flux plug-ins v3.1.1 Build 31018

  • New IRCAM Tools – HEar v3.
  • New IRCAM Tools – VerbSession v3.
  • Fix: Mac OS X: v3: Compatibility issue with last iLok drivers and wrapped product.
  • Fix: Epure v3 AAX: frequency displayed on user interface was not the good one.
  • Fix: Epure AAX 64-bit: Presets not loading correctly depending on the order in which they are selected (Avid: THP-2546).
  • Fix: Epure AAX 64-bit: Values change when activated for automation (Avid: THP-2547).
  • Fix: Epure AAX 64-bit: I/O Routing don’t go back to previous state when checking and unchecking Link I/O Routing (Avid: THP-2548).
  • Fix: Elixir V3 AAX 64: Automation not working for ‘Diff.’, ‘Make Up’ and ‘Stages’ (Avid: THP-2550).
  • Fix: VerbV3: Bug in Studio One.
  • Fix: Mac OS X: Audio Unit: v3: iLok authorisation issues.
  • Fix: Instantiation time (too long).
  • Fix: Windows: Bittersweet V3: does not install.
  • Fix: ElixirV3 and BitterSweetV3: don’t bypass in Pro Tools.
  • Fix: Mac OS X: Cannot load Ableton Live when these are installed.
  • Fix: lots of other minor things.
  • Known issue: Windows: SampleGrabber v3 AAX 32-bits: sometimes not working on some system with ProTools 10.3.6, 10.3.7; if so, please continue using the old RTAS version (PAS_SP2b).
  • Known issue: Mac OS X: Audio Unit: Verb v3: – Morphing not 100 % working.

Note: On Windows, due to deep change in the installer, it is recommended to uninstall previous versions before installing this new one.

More information: Flux

Win Flux plugins at Plugin Boutique

Loopmasters has announced a chance to win a Flux plugins bundle and an iLok from Sonic8 at Plugin Boutique.

Plugin Boutique Flux contest

Hey guys here’s a great chance to win free Flux plugins from Flux:: sound and picture development (IRCAM Verb Session + Elemental Pack – available for Mac & PC) + an iLOK from Sonic8 Limited. In addition to winning the free flux plugins and iLOK, 5 Runners up will get 1GB of Loopmasters Samples.

The winners will be announced on the Plugin Boutique Facebook page on November 9th, 2012.

More information: Loopmasters

UVI releases IRCAM Prepared Piano

IRCAM Prepared Piano

UVI has announced the release of IRCAM Prepared Piano, an experimental instrument library for UVI Workstation 2 and MachFive 3.

UVI joined forces with the world’s leading acoustic research center, IRCAM, to bring you this very special instrument. Recorded at the IRCAM labs in Paris on a Yamaha C7 Grand Piano, IRCAM Prepared Piano boasts 45 contemporary preparation techniques deeply multi-sampled with the finest equipment available by some of the world’s leading acoustic technicians.
Our powerful UVI technology gives you up to two simultaneous preparations per note and advanced parameter editing, providing nearly endless configuration possibilities. Utilize screws, erasers, coins, clothespins, sticks and more–excite the strings with a mallet, plectrum, bow or even an eBow.

Also included is the latest UVI technology, SparkVerb™, a highly advanced synthetic reverb that focuses on sound quality and musicality. Add lush atmosphere to any of your configurations instantly!
Quickly explore new sound environments with the built in randomization features and listen as this massive instrument delights your ears with previously unheard timbre and texture combinations.
If you’re a musician or sound designer who likes to explore the cutting edge of avant garde, IRCAM Prepared Piano offers an experience like no other.


IRCAM Prepared Piano | Official trailer UVI.

IRCAM Prepared Piano features

  • Deep multi-sampling of 45 preparations on the IRCAM Yamaha C7 Grand Piano.
  • Over 12,000 samples in total.
  • Multiple mic positions.
  • Pristine recordings made with the finest mics, preamps and converters available including DPA, Schoeps and Prism.
  • Advanced algorithms by the leading UVI scripter, Arnaud Sicard of AcousticSamples.
  • UVI SparkVerb™; add lush atmosphere to any configuration instantly.

The IRCAM Prepared Piano library for Windows and Mac is available to purchase for $399 USD.

More information: UVI Sound Source / IRCAM Prepared Piano

Save big on IRCAM Tools at DontCrac[k]

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DontCrac[k] IRCAM Tools Sale

DontCrack has announced an exclusive offer on all IRCAM Tools products.

The award winning IRCAM TOOLS technology (powered by FLUX) is the result of over 20 years of high-end audio research. It is a POWERHOUSE toolset, full of creativity, available until now only to hi-end users who could afford the price for such amazing tools.

Effective immediately, the folks at DontCrack are making these incredible tools available to all via a time limited promotion that surely will be of huge interest to many producers, musicians and artists alike.

IRCAM Tools Sale

  • IRCAM TOOLS Bundle, including SPAT – $699 (MSRP $1599)
  • IRCAM SPAT, including VERB and TRAX – $599 (MSRP $1379)
  • IRCAM VERB – $349 (MSRP $779)
  • IRCAM TRAX – $199 (MSRP $419)
  • IRCAM VERB SESSION – $99 (MSRP $209)

The sale is available until June 17th, 2012.

More information: DontCrac[k]

UVI Mother’s Day special – save on 4 big collections

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UVI Mother's Day Special

UVI has announced a Mother’s Day special, offering savings on 4 products.

From May 11th to 21st, UVI is happy to offer you 4 coupons, respectively valid on 4 fantastic instruments collections.

For you to create plenty of music!

UVI Mother’s Day special

  • $50 off PlugSound Pro ($149) with coupon code: FDM_50_0dK#r
  • $60 off Grand Piano Collection ($249) with coupon code: FDM_60_a6H%a
  • $70 off IRCAM Solo Instruments ($399) with coupon code: FDM_70_L6M=t
  • $80 off Complete Toy Museum ($499) with coupon code: FDM_80_7+t1y

The promotion is valid for downloads only. Each coupon is available once per account.

More information: UVI Sound Source

IRCAMAX Max for Live devices from IRCAM

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Ircam has launched IRCAMAX, a collection of plugins created for Ableton users based on IRCAM technologies like SuperVP and created with Max 5 and Max for Live applications.

This collection features instruments, Audio FX, MIDI modifiers and controllers, all specially created by IRCAM developers giving you a new way to approach sound design, sequencing, and mixing. IRCAMAX is a unique toolbox for DJ’s, producers, composers and musicians.

IRCAMAX

IRCAMAX features

  • Collection: Based on IRCAM R&D technologies, each collection has 5 plugins. SuperVP is the first IRCAM technology you will discover in this category.
  • Instruments: Sound generator category. GeissEnveloper is the first instrument you will discover in this category.
  • Audio FX: MultiBandDelay and FXSequencer are innovative plugins.
  • Free: Special free editable patches like MultiFX or ChordSequencer!

The IRCAMAX plugins are now available for Mac (requires Ableton Live and Max for Live). Windows versions are expected in January, 2012.

More information: IRCAMAX

MOTU shipping MachFive 3.0 sampler

MOTU has announced it is now shipping MachFive 3.0, a major upgrade to their universal sampler for creative music production.

Rebuilt from the ground up, version 3.0 includes a new user interface design, an extensive 45 GB sound library, seven signature instruments based on new scripting technology, a new hybrid synthesis engine, licensed algorithms from the IRCAM research institute, and many other new features and enhancements.

“With exciting new features and unified, cutting-edge technologies, MachFive 3 achieves our goal: to deliver an inspiring creative sampler and sound design tool for musicians, producers, engineers, DJs, remixers, and sound designers,” said Jim Cooper, MOTU Director of Marketing.

MOTU MachFive 3.0

Design and features

The MachFive 3 window displays a tabbed list on the left-hand side, main controls across the top, and a tabbed main area in the rest of the window for access to all other features. Sections can be resized, shown, or hidden as needed, to streamline operation for any task or workflow. MachFive’s window is designed to operate at various sizes, from a compact plug-in running inside host software to a full screen application taking full advantage of cinema-sized displays.

To load sounds into MachFive’s unlimited parts, a multi-column preset browser fills the MachFive window and remains open while loading multiple parts to save time. “Favorite” locations are listed along with hard drive volumes, frequently accessed folders, sound banks, and 3rd-party sampler disc images. Type a word or phrase into the new search field to instantly list all matching presets from all sound banks and libraries.

Once sounds are loaded, users click any part to view basic settings in the Info tab, including a representative graphic of the sound currently loaded into the part, a virtual keyboard for playing the sound, several basic “macro” controls for tweaking the sound, and text hints for using the macro controls.

Most of MachFive’s thousands of factory-supplied presets provide macro controls for direct access to the sound’s most crucial and interesting parameters, from reverb time to filter cutoff frequency. This allows users to tweak sounds quickly, without having to dig through complicated screens full of controls. Some macros even adjust several parameters at once to completely transform the sound with a simple knob twist.

MOTU MachFive 3.0 Mixer

For deeper editing and sound design, additional tabs are available for the Oscillator Editor, Mapping Editor, Tree Editor, List Editor, Mixer view, Performance (multi) view, Effects Rack, Event Processor Rack, modulation settings panel, and other settings.

Sounds and Instruments

MachFive 3 includes 7 DVDs with 45 GB of multi-sampled instruments, synth patches, loops, phrases, sound design elements, and sound effects. The Universal Loops & Instruments sound bank is the most versatile, spanning a wide variety of acoustic and electric musical instruments, genres, eras, geographical regions, and cultural styles. The MachFive Biosphere™ sound bank provides hundreds of fresh, rich synth textures, including sweeping arpeggiations, enveloping atmospheres, soaring leads, anthem stacks, resonating pads and many other sounds developed by leading programmers. From car crashes to space storms, the 8 GB Xtreme FX bonus library developed by ultimatesoundbank.com provides 5000 creative sound effects, foley effects, and provocative sound textures that are ideal for music production and sound design alike.

MOTU MachFive discs

All of these multi-sampled sounds can be used side by side — or even combined — with MachFive 3′s new synth engine, which produces twelve milestone forms of synthesis developed over the past 40 years, from classic additive and subtractive, to frequency modulation (FM), wavetable, and even granular synthesis. MachFive’s granular synthesizer has been licensed from the IRCAM institute in Paris and represents one of the most advanced, yet easy-to-use forms of this technology currently available. Users can load any sound and quickly transform it into completely new material. Further dynamic sound morphing can be be easily applied by simply automating or modulating granular synth controls such as speed, direction, density and grain size.

MOTU MachFive FX Rack

MachFive’s effects architecture has been redesigned to facilitate the use of effects processing both in sound design and in MachFive’s conventional mixer. 47 different effects, including convolution reverb, can be applied to sound design objects such as individual oscillators/keygroups, keygroup layers, and programs (presets), where they essentially become part of the sound itself. Alternately, effects can be applied throughout MachFive’s mixer as channel inserts, aux bus inserts, and even as master effects on the master fader, limited only by CPU resources.

Rounding out MachFive’s included sound library are seven signature acoustic and electric multi-sample instruments, developed in partnership with acousticsamples.net, that showcase MachFive’s new scripting technology. Together, these instruments deliver a complete rhythm section to any computer desktop, including guitar, bass, keys, drums, and percussion.

Acousticsamples

Like a real player, MachFive’s scripted instruments add expressive nuance that faithfully reproduces not only the sound but the playing characteristics of the instrument, including finger picking techniques, string hammer-ons, note-bending, and chord strumming. The electric guitar and bass instruments play proper fingerings and inversions for guitar chords, regardless of how they are played on a keyboard or other MIDI controller. MachFive’s signature instruments set a new standard for virtual instrument realism and ease of use:

  • Telematic™ — a dynamic recreation of the Fender® Telecaster® electric guitar with 9500 samples, five velocity layers, four round robin samples per note, separate up and down strokes, hammer on, pull off, slides up and down, mutes, fret noises, chord recognition, strumming engine, chord sequencing, automatic hand position, and solo mode string detection.
  • Star Drums™ — a complete drum set in both acoustic and processed versions with multiple mics, mixing, adjustable sample cycling, and easy setup with support for General MIDI and other industry standard MIDI controller mappings.
  • J-Bass™ — a deeply sampled and scripted electric bass with a variety of playing techniques, including finger and pick (with or without muting from the right hand), legato, hammer, and slide.
  • The Upright™ — a world-class acoustic upright bass supplied with multiple miking positions and many playing techniques including hammer, slide, legato, slap, release volume, and sensitivity.
  • F Grand 278™ — expertly crafted Fazioli concert grand with release volume, pedal volume, key noises, resonance volume (the sound of the body of the piano), room ambiance (convolution), velocity sensitivity and velocity amplification.
  • Mark 79™ — richly-sampled classic Fender® Rhodes® Mark II suitcase piano from 1979, including 2500 samples across ten velocity layers with time-based release samples for accurate staccato, resonance, effects such as tremolo and spring reverb, and adjustable key and pedal noise.
  • Percussiv™ — a comprehensive latin/world percussion set with both General MIDI and default mappings.

Technology

Built on the 3rd-generation UVI Engine XT, MachFive provides a host of advanced features for high-end music production, such as on-the-fly upsampling and downsampling, so that users do not need to be concerned with the bit depth or sample rate of their sample material. Other advanced features include an enhanced, highly efficient disk streaming engine, support for HD audio, and full support for up to 7.1 multi-channel surround sound.

IRCAM

MachFive 3 excels at audio time-stretching and pitch-shifting with algorithms licensed from the renowned IRCAM research institute. Audio material can be stretched as much as four to five times slower or faster with no noticeable or harmful artifacts, while maintaining stereo phase coherence and rhythmic accuracy. For example, a guitar pick can be heard slowly scraping across each string in the strum of a chord that has been slowed down to 25% of its original speed, with audio clarity akin to the vivid visual clarity of slow-motion high-definition video. Several modes are provided to produce optimum results for various types of audio material. Time-stretching examples can be listened to here.

To fully support its advanced, flexible synthesis, sampling and sound design environment, almost every setting in MachFive can be automated, modulated, or both, with an unlimited number of internal sources (syncable LFOs, unlimited multi-point envelopes, rhythmic step envelopes, user-programmable macros, etc.) and external assignments via straight-forward MIDI Learn. Advanced external sources include unipolar random, unipolar unison, organ pan, and poly aftertouch. Mappers provide additional shaping of automation control. The open-ended architecture allows for unlimited modulation connections, available at every stage in the synthesis engine. MachFive’s Tree Editor is an ideal place to view and manage modulation connections, as it shows everything in orderly hierarchical fashion.

For multi-sample instrument development, MachFive 3 provides a colorful, full-screen graphic Mapping Editor with many convenient tools for quickly building multi-sample, multi-layer presets. Performance View provides a straightforward graphic interface for programming key switches, key range crossfades, velocity crossfades, and other dynamic multi-layer behaviors. The Layer Rules Editor provides a hierarchical, rules-based system for more complex behaviors between sample layers, based on MIDI input characteristics such as note duration, playing speed, same-note cycling, and others.

For professional sound designers with programming chops, MachFive provides a scripting engine to support custom scripted instruments written in MachFiveScript™, a straightforward programming API based on an industry-standard programming language (www.lua.org) used heavily in the gaming industry. Script processors perform advanced, customized transformations and analysis of MIDI data streams, as demonstrated by MachFive’s included signature instruments. For example, MachFive’s Telematic script, developed by acousticsamples.net, can generate authentic chord strumming.

Script processors and event processors are managed in MachFive’s Event Processor Rack, which looks and works just like the Effects Rack: users choose a part and then load processors into the rack. Preset event processors include an advanced arpeggiator with dozens of presents, a user-editable micro tuner that supports the open-standard Scala microtonal scale standard, a chord recognition module, a chord generator, a unison generator, and an ensemble generator.

MOTU MachFive 3.0 Loop Edit

Additional MachFive 3 Feature Highlights

  • LoopLab™ — An advanced slice loop editor that supports REX, ACID, UFS, Apple Loops, and custom loops.
  • Universal 3rd-party sample library support – Directly reads all major 3rd-party hardware/software sample formats and sample discs (Kontakt, Giga, EXS24, HALion, Kurzweil, Akai, Roland, Ensoniq, Sample Cell, and many others) with no conversion, for consolidated sound library management.
  • Complete mixing – Graphic mixer with faders, FX inserts, and unlimited channels.
  • New Xpander filter — Based on the venerable Oberheim Xpander, this new filter provides 37 modes, each a separate filter in its own right.
  • IR Verb™ — A CPU-efficient convolution reverb processor that provides hundreds of presets for acoustic spaces, classic high-end studio reverbs, vintage plates and spring reverbs, plus eclectic impulse responses for sound design. Drag and drop your own IRs, and you can even edit IR waveforms directly.
  • Drag and drop operation — Supports easy drag and drop importing of audio files, loops, and samples to and from the computer desktop or a host software application.
  • Multi-sample import — Drag and drop multiple samples in one operation to map them intelligently into layers or splits. With straightforward sample-naming conventions, hundreds of samples can be precisely mapped in seconds with a single drag and drop operation.
  • Multiple outputs – Submix to 17 stereo output pairs.
  • Unlimited polyphony – Includes ultra-low software latency.

System specs, availability, and pricing
MachFive 3.0 supports Mac OS X (10.5 or later) and Windows 7/Vista. It operates stand-alone or as a plug-in (AU, VST and RTAS). 64-bit operation is available for supporting systems and hosts.

MachFive 3.0 is now shipping. Price remains the same at $495. Registered version 1 and 2 users can upgrade to version 3 for $179. A competitive upgrade is also available, with proof of ownership, for $295.

More information: MOTU / MachFive 3.0

Flux updates Ircam Tools to v1.1 + Flux plugins updated to v2.2

Ircam Tools / Flux

Flux released version 1.1 of Ircam Tools, a plug-in bundle of next generation audio processors. All other Flux plug-ins have been updated to version 2.2.

The IRCAM Tools products express the result of over twenty years of fundamental research within the realms of music related digital signal processing.

First out, we present a series of products evolved from two major fields of technology, Acoustic & Cognitive Spaces, and Sound Analysis & Synthesis.

Changes in Flux plugins v2.2 / Ircam Tools 1.1

  • Fix crash under Ableton Live, while reloading session containing at least one Flux:: plug-in.
  • Fix Ableton Live CPU overload issue, force to 2/5 at max, to reduce CPU load.
  • Fix Mac OS 10.4 Tiger compatibility issue with iLok driver.
  • Fix Avid Protools Audiosuite latency incorrectly handled.
  • Fix Verb reset issue upon Play/Stop.
  • Generic: Fixed preset manager edit dialog issue.
  • Generic: Fixed preset manager gui issue.
  • Added the option “Report zero latency” to the VST version for Wavelab clip effects.
  • Avira antivirus : Fixed virus detection.
  • WARNING: Change spat source presence to source presence offset. Option is available to go back to the former mode. A reload of the complete host software is mandatory to take this change in account. Projects done with the former mode must be re-loaded with the Absolute mode enabled. (Ircam Tools only).
  • Add pref for cartesian automation of coordinates in Spat, for a better handling with external controllers. Option is available to go back to the standard mode. A reload of the complete host software is mandatory to take this change in account. You should force the host to rescan the plug-in in order to take in account the new parameters. (Ircam Tools only).

More information: Flux / Ircam Tools