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IRCAM Tools Trax Transformer, series of tutorial videos kicks off

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IRCAM Tools Trax Transformer

Flux has announced a series of tutorial videos for IRCAM Tools Trax Transformer, a real-time voice and sonic modeling processor for Windows and Mac.

Starting today, a series of tutorial videos for IRCAM Tools Trax Transformer, First out today

  • Lesson One, How to start using the built in Learn feature in the IRCAM Tools TRAX Transformer
  • Lesson Two, How to Transform a Male spoken voice to a Female one, using the Voice Forger

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Flux IRCAM Tools, software audio plug-in suite now available

Flux IRCAM Tools

Flux has announced the release of IRCAM Tools, a software plug-in suite developed in partnership with IRCAM.

In March 2010 Flux:: announced a partnership with IRCAM (Institute for Research and Coordination in Acoustics and Music) in Paris, France. IRCAM is one of the world’s leading public research institutes within the fields of musical expression, musical research, sound, and acoustics.

The first result of this partnership collaboration is the software audio plug-in suite, IRCAM Tools.

IRCAM Tools includes

  • IRCAM SPATThe complete Room Acoustics Simulation and Localisation Solution
    With more than a decade of research performed by the Acoustic and Cognitive Spaces Team at IRCAM, being at the forefront of scientific and technological innovations, the SPAT is the most advanced and sophisticated tool for room acoustics simulation and localisation ever designed, managing both spatialisation (source localisation) and room acoustic simulation in a truly consistent and visually logical way.
    Designed for surround and multi-channel use, SPAT presents the option to setup the output arrangements providing a variety of stereo and surround configurations, including subwoofer configuration. With eight input and output channels available in SPAT, configurations up to 7.1 and 8.0 are feasible.
    SPAT introduce state of the art techniques for room acoustics simulation utilizing advanced perceptive models, concealing the complexity behind the actual algorithms, allowing for intuitive and accommodating user interaction capabilities.
  • IRCAM VERBRoom Acoustics and Reverberation
    VERB is an algorithmic room acoustics and reverberation processor. It has a modular construction, employing a recursive filtering reverb engine, reproducing and synthesizing the specific acoustical characteristics of any spatial sound environment.
    Following a decade of intense research by the Acoustic and Cognitive Spaces Team at IRCAM, the IRCAM VERB introduce state of the art techniques for room acoustics simulation utilising advanced perceptive models, concealing the complexity behind the actual reverb algorithms and allowing for a flexible and intuitive experience for the user.
    The IRCAM VERB provides eight input and output channels, presenting the option for reverberation processing in multi-channel and surround formats. A built in Input/Output (I/O) routing matrix provides instant flexibility when setting up the I/O in relation to the physical audio monitoring in the control room.
  • TRAX – The Next Generation Voice and Sonic Processing Tools
    A suite of three ingenious processors using advanced technology, developed during many years, by the sound analysis/synthesis team at IRCAM. These precision tools provide truly innovative signal transformation algorithms allowing the user to alter sound characteristics such as; pitch, timbre and duration, using a highly intuitive user interface.

    • TransformerReal-time Voice and Sonic Modelling Processor
      TRAX Transformer is based on an augmented phase vocoder technology and a cutting edge transformation algorithm, allowing for manipulating characteristic properties of a voice such as gender, age and breath, and on any other sound; expression, formant and pitch.
    • Cross SynthesisSpectral Envelope Morphing Processor
      TRAX Cross Synthesis utilizes a phase vocoder (the amplitude and the frequency/phase spectra), to morph the spectral characteristics of two sounds. The amplitude and frequency/phase spectra can be blended continuously and since the features that are used here are strongly nonlinear, the sound morphing is nonlinear as well, offering a way to create a wide range of new exciting and unusual sound effects.
    • Source FilterEnhanced Sound Filtering Processor
      TRAX Source Filter is based on a signal model decomposing the signal into a time envelope describing the energy/loudness contour of the sound, and a spectral envelope describing the spectral colour of the sound timbre. The energy contour and the spectral colour of the source sound, can be continuously blended with the spectral colour and energy contour of an arbitrary filtrating sound, allowing transformation that extend well beyond the more common source filter morphing effect.
  • All IRCAM Tools plug-ins provide:
    • Up to 8 channels Input/Output (Due to the nature of TRAX CS/SF, they only support 2 channels).
    • 64-bits internal floating point processing.
    • Sampling rate up to 384 kHz DXD (Pyramix DSP based).
    • Sampling rate up to 384 kHz for native (AU/RTAS/VST).

The IRCAM Tools suite is available to purchase for PC and Mac (VST/AU/RTAS), priced at:

  • IRCAM Tools (All) 1599 EUR / 1999 USD
  • SPAT (Including VERB) 1399 EUR / 1799 USD
  • VERB 699 EUR / 899 USD
  • TRAX (Three plug-ins suite) 399 EUR / 499 USD

More information: Flux / IRCAM Tools

Flux and IRCAM announce IRCAM Tools

Flux IRCAM Tools

Flux:: Sound and Picture Development has announced IRCAM Tools, a new product range developed in collaboration with IRCAM.

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.

Acoustic and Cognitive Spaces

The research and development activity carried out by the Acoustic and Cognitive Spaces Team (formerly Room Acoustics Team) concentrates on the analysis, reproduction and synthesis of spatially considered sound environments.
In other words, the localization of sound in space, and the specific acoustical characteristics of a room or of an environment.

The reproduction and synthesis of a sound environment depends on both techniques of signal processing, controlling the manner sound is diffusing from the speakers, and on physical/perceptive models of the spatial properties of the room’s sound sources.

Acoustic and Cognitive Spaces products

  • SPAT — Multi-format Room Acoustic Simulation & Localization Processor
  • VERB — Room Acoustic & Reverberation Processor

Sound Analysis and Synthesis

The analysis of sounds includes methods enabling the permanent extraction or automatic structuring of diverse sorts of information given off by a signal, such as the fundamental frequency or the spectral evolution determining the pitch and timbre of a perceived sound.

Information outside what is strictly musical is also taken into consideration, notably concerning industrial acoustics, sound design and multimedia as well as the automatic indexing of recorded sounds.

The methods used are based on signal processing, statistical analysis, information theory, machine learning and recognition techniques, but also on knowledge of auditory perception and acoustic system sound production.

Sound Analysis and Synthesis products

IRCAM Tools are estimated for release Q2-Q3 2010.

More information: IRCAM Tools

MOTU announces Ethno 2

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MOTU Ethno 2

MOTU has announced Ethno 2, a major upgrade to its popular world/ethnic virtual instrument software for Mac and Windows.

The Version 2 upgrade more than doubles the size of Ethno’s included sound library of instruments, loops and phrases. Significant new features have also been added, including preset searching, microtonal scales, state-of-the-art time stretching, and much more.

New in Ethno 2

  • New sounds abound in Version 2 from Asia, Africa, Europe, the Balkans, the British Isles, Latin America, Australia, and many other locations around the globe. Featured sounds include taiko drums, large African drums, thirty new instruments from India, hundreds of urban India loops (in they style of Slumdog Millionaire), Balkanish voices, Arabic voices, Persian voices, an extensive new collection of gongs and bells, extended cymbalum, and much more.
  • To help users quickly find sounds in this massive 21 GB library, Ethno 2 lets users browse presets by geographic region or instrument category, or by a new search feature: users type in an instrument name or other text phrase and all presets with that text in their name instantly appear in the browser list. Users then simply click to audition sounds, without having to close the browser, for fast previewing and loading of sounds into separate parts. Version 2 now supports unlimited parts, so users can quickly build ensembles of instrument sounds, loops and phrases, with no limits on the size of the ensemble.
  • Ethno 2 gives users access to the rich and exotic world of non-western tuning and scales. Users can browse dozens of microtuning presets from all over the world, organized by world region or by scale type, and then play authentic non-western tempered scales of any size (from five tones to 24 tones) via any standard MIDI controller. The supplied microtonal presets were developed by a world expert in micro-tuning and conform to the Scala open file standard (.scl) for microtuning. Users can visit the scala web site, http://www.huygens-fokker.org/scala/, browse thousands of microtuning files, download them for free, and simply drag and drop them into Ethno 2 to add them as user presets. Scales can be freely applied to any instrument presets, allowing users to mix and match microtuning scales with sounds from anywhere around the globe. For example, a microtuning scale from Thailand could be applied to a Celtic harp sound from Ireland.
  • Since its first release, Ethno has been recognized for its extensive tempo-matching features. Loops always play in time with each other and the host application, when running as a plug-in. Version 2 extends these time-stretching capabilities with enhanced, state-of-the-art audio processing technology licensed from the famed IRCAM institute for advanced research in Paris. Users can speed up, slow down, or match tempos of loops and phrases with unprecedented audio quality, even with extreme changes in speed, either faster or slower. Time stretching presets are provided for various types of material (vocals, percussive, etc.) to further maintain excellent sound quality at all tempos.
  • Enhanced effects processing — includes new modeled analog EQ, CPU-optimized convolution reverb and eight new analog modeled filters (rez, comb, analog and more).
  • Keyswitch presets — dozens of new, richly-layered keyswitch (KS) presets in all categories for ultra-expressive performance.
  • Version 1 compatibility — Ethno 2′s new sound library is compatible with Version 1, so music programmed with Version 1 presets can be loaded and played with Version 2.
  • Latest-generation UVI Engine — provides state-of-the-art virtual instrument performance, 64-bit native operation and robust compatibility with the latest Mac OS X and Windows operating systems, plus the latest DAW hosts.

Ethno 2 will ship in Q1 of 2010, priced at $395 USD. An upgrade path will be offered for Ethno Version 1 users.

More information: MOTU / Ethno

Arturia releases Brass v2.0 + Akai Pro EWI-USB Bundle

Arturia Brass 2

Arturia has released version 2.0 of Brass, a new kind of virtual instrument based on a physical modeling technology.

It emulates a Trumpet, a Trombone and a Saxophone. All the characteristics of the real instruments have been analyzed and modeled through extensive research at world-renowned IRCAM institute. Arturia has partnered with this highly skilled team of researchers to bring this groundbreaking technology to the musician, in the form of a software instrument. BRASS is an extremely expressive, flexible and controllable instrument, and thus a fantastic alternative to loops or music libraries.

Changes in Brass v2.0

  • New physical modelling of the saxophone.
  • Two new Saxophone mouthpieces.
  • Possibility to play four instruments at a time using a new Harmonization module.
  • Advanced spatialization possibilities.
  • Improved MIDI control.
  • Better integration into DAW software.
  • Entirely redesigned interface.

Brass is available to purchase for PC and Mac (VST/AU/RTAS/Standalone), priced at $229 USD / 229 EUR.

A new bundle of the Arturia Brass 2 software and has been releasedAkai Pro EWI-USB wind-controller is available as well in limited edition for the price of $449 USD / 399 EUR MSRP.

The Akai Professional EWI-USB enables wind players to enjoy the same expressive control as in an acoustic instrument. While EWI-USB is easy and fun to use, it is also powerful, flexible, and most importantly reliable enough for use on stage and in the studio by professional musicians.

Its USB interface means that all you need is nearly any computer (Mac / Win) and the included EWI-USB software, and you’re ready to practice, perform, create, and record with a full collection of wind instrument sounds.

The Brass 2 + EWI-USB Bundle will start shipping on January 25th, 2010.

More information: Arturia / Brass 2

Max for Live preview at AES New York

AES

The AES Workshop (W2) on Friday October 9, will preview Max for Live, a new product from Ableton and Cycling ’74 that puts the power and potential of Max/MSP/Jitter into Ableton Live, enhancing Live’s creative possibilities and allowing users to create new, custom instruments, effects and devices.

Hotly anticipated, Max for Live is the culmination of over two years of co-development by both companies. Max for Live looks set to provide the worldwide community of Max/MSP enthusiasts and Ableton Live users with creative capabilities they’ve never imagined.

The workshop will feature a discussion of Max for Live from the perspective of classically trained violinist and composer Mari Kimura in the context of her own ongoing work with interactive performance technology at the Juilliard School. Kimura will discuss and demonstrate Max/MSP as an interactive tool and show how she uses Ableton Live in production. She will also talk about Max for Live and its potential uses for musicians of the future.

Kimura will also demonstrate the “Gesture Follower” on her violin, a project being developed at IRCAM in Paris and implemented in Max for Live. In addition to Kimura’s artistic perspective, David Zicarelli, CEO of Cycling ’74, and Gerhard Behles, CEO of Ableton, will provide insight into the overall vision of this joint project.

More information: AES / Max for Live Workshop