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Harrison introduces Mixbus v2.1 with Cloud Integration and Educational Pricing

Harrison has announced the release of version 2.1 of its Mixbus mixing console software, with special features and pricing that make it the preferred choice for educational facilities.

Mixbus is a virtual audio mixing console with an embedded DAW, making it an excellent tool for learning console mixing techniques as well as complex audio editing and processing. The key to Mixbus is that it is, first and foremost, a true audio mixer developed by a company that builds world-class audio consoles. Mixbus presents controls in a what-you-see-is-what-you-get format with knobs for EQ, Filter, Compression, Limiting, Saturation, and associated metering available directly on the screen without opening plugin windows.

Mixbus also provides full workstation features including industry-standard plugins, automation, nondestructive editing, crossfades, import/export, and bouncing. Windows runs on Windows, OSX, and even Linux.

Harrison Consoles Mixbus
Mixbus is a full-featured digital audio workstation with “True Analog Mixing” technology.

Mixbus 2.1 includes three new features that realize the benefits of “cloud computing”:

  • Importing directly from Freesound.org allows users to search a massive online database of royalty-free sounds, searchable by tags such as “drums”, or “car engine”, and import them directly into a session from the Mixbus import window.
  • Exporting final mixes to Soundcloud.org directly from the Mixbus export dialog allows users to securely share their mixes worldwide via the power of cloud computing.
  • New “Metadata” dialog allows users to store critical metadata inside the audio session, and also store critical global user metadata to speed up operations such as BWAV region-stamping, session copyright dates, and login details for included services such as Soundcloud. Metadata stays with the session and can be searched, sorted, stored and scripted using tools that recognize the industry-standard XML format.

What is different about Mixbus that makes it suitable for education?

  • Mixbus includes a real mixer console window; it acts as a bridge between analog signal flow and DAW technology. Students who are taught basic signal flow on analog mixer will find an easy transition to DAWs using Mixbus. Or Mixbus can be used in computer-only curriculums to introduce students to analog console operation.
  • Mixbus incorporates many best-in-class DAW concepts such as Playlists, Ripple Edit, Transient Detection and “Smart” tools. It also includes pre-configured keyboard shortcuts that match some popular DAWs. Mixbus was specially designed to incorporate the best practices that have evolved in other DAWs.
  • New “Freesound” import allows students to search a massive online database for royalty-free sounds which can be used in their sessions.
  • New “Metadata” window stores information about the user, session, and the course/instructor. This information is available in the XML session format and may be searched, sorted, and stored for future reference.
  • Portions of Mixbus are open-source. Advanced classes can view the source code of Mixbus, develop plugins, or otherwise take advantage of the open architecture. Session files use an open text-based format that can be operated on with scripts or versioning systems: perfect for streamlining the educational workflow.
  • Mixbus is cross-platform and has the widest compatibility of any DAW available. Because Mixbus runs on Windows, MacOS, and even Linux, your students can use Mixbus on any computer they have available. Mixbus uses industry-standard CoreAudio, ASIO, and JACK I/O; and it loads VST, AudioUnit, and LV2 plugins (depending on platform).
  • Mixbus sounds great! Engineers around the world agree that making a mix in Mixbus is faster and easier than other DAWs, because the most-needed tools are immediately at your disposal, just like a traditional analog recording studio with a console.

Facility administrators appreciate Harrison’s sterling reputation at worldwide facilities including Full Sail, Sony, Universal, ARRI, Mosfilm, Soundfirm, and more. Instructors who are interested in evaluating Mixbus should contact mixbus@harrisonconsoles.com.

To accommodate the tight budgets of schools and students, Harrison is providing 3 new payment methods for Mixbus:

  • Anyone may purchase a Mixbus Subscription for $49 + $9/month.
  • Facilities may purchase a recurring yearly site license for only $999 which provides 10 instructor/lab licenses.
  • Students may subscribe to Mixbus for only $9 per month, waiving the $49 initial payment! This makes it VERY cost-effective for students to install Mixbus on their own systems.

All three new plans provide free updates to Mixbus (including major and minor version updates) during the period of the subscription, as well as email support from Harrison. Subscribers may cancel their subscription after the initial 3 months, and continue to use Mixbus without the free updates or email support. Mixbus is also available for the one-time payment of $219.00 (MSRP)

More information: Harrison Consoles

MusE Open Source MIDI/Audio Sequencer for Linux updated to v2.0

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The open source multitrack virtual studio for Linux MusE has been updated to version 2.0.

Hello everybody! Finally it has happened, nearly two years from the last stable release we are ready to present to you the final MusE 2.0 version. A lot has happened and changed, still the migration from 1.1 to 2.0 should be quite easy and worth it.

MusE Sequencer
The MusE open source sequencer for Linux gets many improvements and fixes in version 2.

Main changes in MusE 2.0

  • Moved to qt4, this affects the visuals and potentially improved portability.
  • Graphical automation in the arranger.
  • A new score editor.
  • MusE now defaults to using MIDI through Jack, -A enables native alsa support.
  • New style MDI GUI with a bunch of configuration options to satisfy all tastes.
  • Redone MIDI editing tool dialogs with lots of new functionality.
  • Lots and lots and lots of internal small and big changes to improve stability, speed and functionality. Read the changelog for details.

MusE for Linux is available to download at no cost.

More information: MusE

Rosegarden 12.04 “Freedom” released

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The Rosegarden team has announced the release of version 12.04 (codename “Freedom”) of Rosegarden, the audio and MIDI sequencer, score editor, and general-purpose music composition and editing environment for Linux.

Rosegarden

The most notable change for this release is a feature we hope you will find to be completely transparent. Tom has labored for months to get through a gantlet of challenges and deliver automatic MIDI channel allocation. Instead of having a permanent, fixed relationship between, for example, instrument #1 and channel 1, instruments float by default, and grab channels on an as-needed basis. As control over a channel passes from one instrument to another, the controller state is preserved such that problems with sustain controllers, pitch bends and so on getting out of sync should be eliminated. Segments may be moved about freely with no concern about the pitch bend in this one conflicting with the pitch bend in that one, even though they both reside on the same track.

Changes in Rosegarden 12.04

  • Code cleanup, commenting, and simplification.
  • Extensive reworking of certain aspects of the track editor to enhance performance, improve reliability, and reduce bugs.
  • Fix for bug #3466912.
  • Fixed a crash when adding a track after going from record to stop.
  • Fixed a crash on add track, undo, redo, load RG sequence.
  • Fixed a track label clobbering bug.
  • Miscellaneous bug fixes.
  • Fixed a bug where icons were not appearing on the instrument popup menu.
  • Fixed a bug where two tracks with the same instrument could be armed at the same time.
  • Added some missing GPL license text.
  • Fixed a static init order bug that would cause playback to not work for some users.
  • Handle tempo ramps during MIDI export.
  • Handle ornaments during MIDI export.
  • Handle repeated segments during MIDI export.
  • New logical instruments that allocate channels on the fly.

Rosegarden 12.04 is now available to download as source code for Linux.

More information: Rosegarden

Rosegarden 11.11 “Edelweiss” released

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Rosegarden

The Rosegarden team has announced the release of version 11.11 of Rosegarden, an audio and MIDI sequencer and musical notation editor for Linux.

A long time in the making, this release combines a number of bug fixes with two major sub-projects that happened to come together right at the same time, and several completely new features as well. It is probably our most substantial offering since the landmark 10.02.

Changes in Rosegarden 11.11

  • New Features
    • Linked segments.
    • “Turn Links into Copies” entry is added to the segment menu.
    • Repeated segments may be may be displayed in the notation editor in several optional ways.
    • Redundant clefs and keys may be hidden automatically.
    • In the configuration dialog a new tab controls the preceding features.
    • Changed the behavior of SegmentSplitCommand to ensure that if a segment was selected before being split, the two new split segments would also be selected.
    • FitToBeatsCommand. In contrast to CreateTempoMapFromSegmentCommand which takes a beat track and adjusts tempo to puts the beats evenly in real time, FitToBeatsCommand takes a beat track and adjusts tempo to put real time and beats exactly on the given notes.
    • Made PasteConductorDataCommand an actual command, adding code to make it safe when there are existing tempos and time signatures.
    • EraseTempiInRangeCommand.
    • ExpandFigurationCommand, which lets you define a bar of figuration and expand it for every block chord in a segment.
    • Improved performance of VU meters.
    • Linked segments can be used to create repeats with 1..n alternate endings (with some caveats).
    • Segment ? Create Anacrusis automates a tedious sequence of steps, making it a snap to start pickup notes at precisely the right time, with all the following segments lining up properly.
  • Bug Fixes
    • Fixed B#/Cb octave export problem in MusicXML and Mup.
    • Fixed problem with segments repeating when they shouldn’t have been.
    • Fixed the solo buttons in the transport toolbars in the notation and matrix editors, and changed the behavior so that the solo button is in the same state everywhere, no matter what content is being displayed in a particular window.
    • Fixed the settings amnesia problem with the main window parameter area.
    • Fixed a bug where events beyond the end marker of the first segment in a join would appear in the joined segment.
    • After joining segments, the newly created segment is now selected.
    • Pitch tracker now tracks pitches when they are in octaves below notated with “ignore octave error” on.
    • Pitch tracker honors “ignore octave error” flag.
    • Default pitch tracker settings are no longer stupid.
    • Flats were not cancelled on a C-maj key change.
    • Rulers in notation were desynchronized when a segment was deleted while some zoom factor was in use.
    • The “anacrusis problem” which was giving a broken notation when a segment in contact with a preceding one was not starting at the beginning of a bar.

Rosegarden is available to download as source code and binary packages for many major Linux distributions.

More information: Rosegarden

Loomer releases Cumulus granular sampler (available with Computer Music 170)

Computer Magazine is featuring Cumulus by Loomer on the DVD of its latest edition.

Cumulus is a granular sampler which radically transforms sample content by breaking it into tiny slithers of audio called grains and reorganizing them to form new sounds.

Loomer Cumulus
Loomer Cumulus

Cumulus is capable of a wide ranges of timbres: from evolving atmospheric soundscapes; to organic physical textures.

Up to eight Scenes can be created; a Scene corresponding to a particular sample position and set of synthesis parameters. Scenes can be played in realtime via MIDI, or arranged internally using the built-in sequencer.

Cumulus for Windows, Mac and Linux (VST/AU/RTAS) is now available with Computer Music Magazine.

More information: Computer Music / Loomer

Loomer updates Manifold and Resound to v1.6.0

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Loomer Manifold / Resound

Loomer has released updates to Manifold and Resound, two cross-platform effect plugins.

Manifold is a software audio effect processor that enhances an audio signal, producing a fuller, livelier, bigger sound.

Resound is a software audio delay effect processor that emulates the sound and operation of vintage magnetic-tape echo units.

Changes in Manifold / Resound v1.6.0

  • Native 64-bit VST plug-in for Mac OS X (64-bit VST support requires Mac OS X 10.6 or greater; 64-bit Audio Unit requires Mac OS X 10.5 or greater; all other formats require Mac OS X 10.4 or greater. )
  • Integrated undo and redo, with unlimited history size.
  • [Resound] Split mechanical tape emulation controls into separate Noise and Flutter parameters.
  • Category support in preset browser.
  • MIDI Program Changes are now multi-threaded, and so will no longer potentially stall the audio synthesis.
  • Fix for GUI freeze that could occur in certain Mac OS X VST hosts.
  • Slightly reduced CPU usage and removed potential audio thread stall that could rarely occur when editing parameters.
  • Windows RTAS plug-in is now installed to the correct location on 64-bit Windows operating systems.
  • Fix for rare issue that stopped presets from loading in Linux Renoise when LADSPA plug-in support is enabled.
  • Fix for issue that could cause some presets to be instantly marked as changed after opening them in Pro Tools or Maschine on Mac OS X.
  • Factory presets now load significantly faster.
  • Fix for crash (on both Windows and Linux) that could occur when ‘space’ is pressed when confirming the overwrite preset dialog.
  • For Windows VST (32-bit and 64-bit), the preferences file can be placed alongside the DLL file to facilitate USB or portable installs.
  • Preset meta data (ie, author name, notes, tags) is now correctly displayed after loading an .FXP based preset or restoring a saved project.
  • VU meters now automatically reset their overload status after a few seconds.
  • Various host compatibility fixes.
  • PDF manual is now printer-friendly.

Manifold and Resound are available to purchase for £35 GBP + VAT each.

More information: Loomer

Harrison Consoles releases Mixbus 2.0

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Harrison Consoles Mixbus

Harrison Consoles has announced the release of Mixbus 2.0, a progressive workstation that combines open-source development with Harrison’s 30-year heritage of building world-class mixing systems.

Mixbus provides an integrated “analog-style” mixer along with a world-class editor in a very cost-effective package. Version 2.0 represents a dramatic leap forward for mixing and editing in the box.

Changes in Mixbus 2.0

  • New Mixer Features:
    • 8 Mix Bus Sends! We doubled the mixbuses so there are enough for groups as well as FX returns. Even more of what made Mixbus special!
    • Plugin Effect Control Sliders allow you to map plugin controls directly to controls on the mixer strip. Give your plugins the Mixbus treatment!
    • Input Trim, Makeup Gain, Sidechain, and Master Limiter controls are now available directly from the mixer window.
    • Improved Mixer navigation and display, including narrow mixer strip and the ability to show/hide Mix Buses as needed.
    • New Phase-Correlation meter on the Master Bus displays mono compatibility of the stereo mix.
    • Polarity (phase) buttons on the top of every mixer strip.
    • Plugins, sends, inserts and the fader now appear in a single redirect box at the top of the mixer strip. This allows easier signal reordering and allows more space for Mixbus controls.
  • Editor Improvements:
    • New, improved Crossfade, Layering, and Automation editing.
    • “Smart Object” Mode : Allows a combination of object and range mode.
    • Ripple Editing mode : Greatly speeds up the process of spoken-word and radio edits.
    • Regions are transparent while being dragged, but switch to opaque when you drop them in place. Line up transients on overdubs with ease!
  • Other Improvements:
    • New, better documentation and easier installation.
    • More keybindings such as mute/solo/record for selected tracks. Keyboard power-users never have to touch the mouse for recording & editing.
    • Taller, higher-contrast faders on the mixer strips.
    • Many user-suggested menu tweaks which make the most-used functions easier to find.
    • Range-selection behavior now allows you to drag down across multiple tracks at once – while also supporting edit groups.
    • Realtime automation recording is much more robust; you can even record automation while looping!
    • Automation and Region Gain Line editing is much faster. You can now grab a range of time and drag the automation line for quick level rides.

Mixbus 2.0 is available to purchase for Mac and Linux (Windows under development) for $219 USD.

More information: Harrison Mixbus

Martin Zuther updates K-Meter to v1.22

Martin Zuther K-Meter

Martin Zuther has released version 1.22 of K-Meter, a free software tool for metering and monitoring audio levels.

Implementation of a K-System meter according to Bob Katz’ specifications.

All meters and counters have been thoroughly validated. So far, K-Meter only supports mono and stereo signals, but I have added experimental support for surround sound. I’d love to get some feedback on this.

The K-System average meters register RMS only, but support of ITU BS.1770-1 loudness weighting is planned.

Changes in K-Meter v1.22

  • Windows: run-time dynamic linking to FFTW, releases include FFTW DLL.
  • Windows: stand-alone application (ASIO, DirectX).
  • Manual with full documentation.
  • Another complete re-validation of K-Meter.
  • Validation is now possible directly from within K-Meter.
  • Wave files and instructions for validation of peak meter, overflow counter, phase correlation meter and stereo meter; corresponding fixes.
  • Experimental support for 5.1 surround sound.
  • Changed overflow detection.
  • Notify host of plug-in latency.
  • Silenced output for unsupported sample rates.
  • Fixed a few memory leaks and some minor bugs.
  • Streamlined code and started commenting the code.
  • Beautified meters.

K-Meter is available as a freeware effect released under the GPL license. Linux and Windows VST plugin versions are available to download, as well as a standalone version for Linux and the source code.

More information: Martin Zuther