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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


Insert Piz Here releases Mr. Alias Pro for Linux

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Insert Piz Here Mr. Alias Pro

Insert Piz Here has released Mr. Alias Pro for Linux.

Mr. Alias Pro is a fully professional software synthesizer which exploits the properties of digital audio to achieve extremely bad sounds.

It is an essential instrument for the digital purist, building on Mr. Alias 2 and adding some professional features.

Mr. Alias Pro is now available as a 32-bit VST plugin for Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux, and as an Audio Unit for Mac OS X.

More information: Insert Piz Here / Mr. Alias Pro


Harrison Mixbus, console mixing software updated to v1.5

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Harrison Mixbus (on Linux)

Harrison Consoles has released version 1.5 of Harrison Mixbus, a console mixing software for Linux and Mac OSX.

Mixbus is an “analog console” that has been incorporated into a Digital Audio Workstation. The Mixbus engine was developed in-house at Harrison Consoles, where we have been designing high-end digital and analog consoles for over 30 years.

Changes in Harrison Mixbus v1.5

  • New Region-Gain-Range editing mode.
  • New “Join Playhead to Edit Range” transport/editing mode.
  • New key-mappable “play with pre-roll” in Transport menu.
  • Channel compressor controls are tweaked for easier setup with drums & percussion.
  • Dynamic automation is now “thinned” during recording. Thinning strength is configurable via ardour.rc file.
  • Fixed bug with automation editing associated with zooming in & out while editing.
  • Fixed bug where end marker moves to the end of last recorded region whenever you change the end trim of any region.

Harrison Mixbus is available to purchase for $79.99 USD. The update is free for current Mixbus users.

More information: Harrison Mixbus


Short links for February 7th, 2011

James Blake @ 3VOOR12

Some interesting things I found recently:

James Blake: James Blake

Stream of James Blake's new album is available from the Dutch 3VOOR12 website.

British dubstep-pop up-and-comer James Blake’s self-titled debut album is out digitally next Tuesday, February 8, via Universal Republic in the U.S. (it’ll drop a day before in the UK via Atlas/A&M). Right now, the whole album is streaming over at 3VOOR12; you can head here to take a listen.

Furthermore, Listen Before You Buy points out that a bonus track from the LP, the haunting, sparse “Tep and the Logic”, is making the rounds.

Listen to the album at 3VOOR12
via Pitchfork

Improved Reaktor voice panning and a little digital archaeology

Peter Dines:

I was reading through the Reaktor application manual which is greatly improved in recent times, and came across this structure to pan voices in the stereo field

More at the Reaktor Tips blog

din: create sound with Bezier curves in free instrument for Linux

Make music with just your mouse and keyboard. 143 drones are created in the video below.

Peter Kirn writes:

“din is noise” is a newly-updated “tone board,” making the rectangular plane of its screen into a field of sound you can transform. The video above just begins to show some of what it can do. Pixels can be tones, transformed onscreen. A resonator editor uses Bezier curves to edit sounds across octaves. Each resonator, in turn, can be edited with yet more Bezier curves. Put them together into the drone editor (the bit you see in the video), and you can create vast, sculpted soundscapes from series of rectangles dragged around between octaves.

It’s all free, and it’s all doable for your mouse – a Linux exclusive that might convince you to dual boot, or take a second look at that netbook.

Read more at Create Digital Music


Rosegarden v11.02 “Claire de Lune” released

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The Rosegarden team has announced the release of version 11.02 of Rosegarden, an audio and MIDI sequencer and musical notation editor for Linux.


This is a bug fix release that addresses a few of those annoying problems that hang around for the longest time, because they are rather complicated to fix. The most notable of these is that nine years after the first complaints, we have FINALLY found some sensible way to handle tied notes in the matrix and notation editors. We really painted ourselves into a corner with our design, and we scratched our heads for years just trying to come up with some plan of attack for this one. In the end, what we did was address the problem by modifying the behavior of selections to treat chains of tied notes as an unbreakable whole, instead of as separate links in an easily broken chain. This behavior is quite different, but it seems to be working rather well.

Changes in Rosegarden v11.02

  • Bug Fixes:
    • Track numbers are no longer cut off.
    • The notation and matrix editors now treat a series of tied notes as though it were a single unit, which fixes several problems that have been outstanding since as far back as 2002.
    • Resizing a segment via click and drag near the edge or with the resize tool now leaves that segment as the selected segment.
    • When attempting to select a note by clicking toward the extreme edges of the note head, it is less likely that you will move the note instead of merely selecting it.
    • Insertion / Playback pointer correctly advances in Notation editor when entered notes are split and tied.
    • Progress dialogs tweaked to fine tune their behavior.
    • Alt+PgUp and Alt+PgDown now highlight the events in a segment in Notation view consistently.
  • New Features:
    • The matrix editor represents tied notes with a different fill pattern.
    • The split-and-tie long notes option has been made the factory default once more, in light of the vastly improved handling of ties in the matrix and notation editors.

Rosegarden is available as source code, as well as installable binary packages for many major Linux distributions.

More information: Rosegarden


Foo releases YC-20 v1.3.0, free combo organ

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Foo has released the YC-20, a free combo organ for Linux, Windows and Mac.

YC-20 is a divide-down combo organ designed in the late 60′s. This emulation faithfully copies the features, sounds and flaws of the original organ.

This release brings forth Windows and OS X VSTi plugins with the proper GUI. There are no changes to the Linux release except for some gui code refactoring.

Foo YC-20
Foo YC-20 combo organ

YC-20 features

  • Physical modelling, no polyphony restrictions.
  • 61 keys.
  • Two main voice sections.
  • Switchable bass section.
  • A realism control to add flaws found in the real organ.

Note: YC-20 takes quite a bit of CPU power, it does not have touch vibrato.

YC-20 is available as a free download for Linux, Windows and Mac (Standalone & LV2/VST).

More information: Foo YC-20