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PreSonus updates Studio One to v2.6

PreSonus has announced the release of version 2.6 of Studio One, a significant upgrade to the company’s award-winning digital audio workstation software for Mac and Windows that adds groundbreaking integration with PreSonus StudioLive AI-series mixers, Nimbit, and SoundCloud and more than 50 other improvements and workflow enhancements.

When you launch Studio One 2.6, you’ll immediately notice that the Start page has been enhanced. A new Nimbit dashboard on the Start page provides access to up-to-date Nimbit® user account statistics (number of fans, number of active promotions, and sales) directly from Studio One.

PreSonus Studio One

In addition, the user receives help messages on how to engage with fans and customers and boost sales.

A new SoundCloud™ dashboard displays key statistics from a user’s SoundCloud account, as well as a scrolling display of the SoundCloud activity stream.

StudioLive AI-series mixer users will enjoy a special new connection with Studio One. When you record to the newly updated Capture™ 2.1, you can now save StudioLive AI mixer scenes along with your Capture audio. In Capture, this means you can play back audio through the mixer using the original scene that was in use during recording, even if it was recorded on a different StudioLive AI mixer. That’s pretty cool but it’s just the start.

When a Capture 2.1 session is opened in Studio One 2.6 Artist, Producer, or Professional, and a mix scene is present, all the fader, pan, mute, and Fat Channel settings for each track are automatically imported into Studio One. What makes this so great is the new Fat Channel Native Effects™ plug-in, which is a native version of the StudioLive 32.4.2AI mixer’s Fat Channel, including the gate, compressor, limiter, and four-band fully parametric EQ.

Studio One Fat Channel
The Fat Channel effect plug-in in Studio One 2.6.

With the plug-in and the saved mixer scene, you can play your tracks using the same processing and settings that were being used during recording-even when you don’t have a StudioLive mixer available. The Fat Channel presets are compatible with their StudioLive AI counterparts and can be exported from Studio One to a StudioLive AI mixer via Universal Control. The Fat Channel plug-in also is a regular Native Effects plug-in, so you can use its powerful processing on any of your Studio One tracks and mixes.

Studio One has long integrated with Mackie Control/HUI-compatible hardware controllers; in version 2.6 (all varieties, including Studio One Free), this support has been considerably enhanced. Mackie Control/HUI integration now includes Send slot navigation, Sends support, Control Link mapping, momentary Mute/Solo, Track Edit mode, FX Bypass mode (EQ Button), add insert/send/instrument, plug-in/instrument list and preset list navigation, and more.

The metronome features have been enhanced significantly, including accent and offbeat click, convenient click-track rendering, custom click samples with drag-and-drop and menu options, and even save all metronome settings, including click sounds, as a preset. You also get a visual numerical count-in when you hit the Record button.

Studio One Professional users will enjoy enhancements to the Project page. A new CD time display shows the current CD length of your project, and the Transport bar shows relative song position. The update also delivers improved ISRC text input.

Version 2.6 also adds a long list of workflow and editing improvements, enhancements to the MIDI engine, and more. In fact, the update has so many enhancements and new features that we can’t list most of them here. For a complete list, please see www.presonus.com/products/Studio-One/whats-new.

Studio One 2 is available to purchase for $399 USD (Prefessional) / $199 USD (Producer) / $99 USD (Artist). Prices ex. VAT.

More information: PreSonus / Studio One

Tracktion Software announces Linux Support (Public Beta)

Tracktion Software has announced that a public beta for its Tracktion 4 music production software is now available for Linux.

Tracktion 4 in Linux
Tracktion for Linux features 64-bit performance, compatible with all native Linux VST and LADSPA (no GUI) plug-ins.

Continuing the momentum that began with a brand re-launch and release of Tracktion 4 last January, followed by a recent bundling agreement with Behringer, Tracktion Software Corporation (TSC) is pleased to announced yet another milestone for their popular music creation software.

Beginning immediately, Tracktion 4 is available for 64-bit Linux systems. This release—along with the current 64 and 32-bit versions available for Mac and Windows—solidifies Tracktion’s position within a very small family of music creation applications to broadly support all three of the major operating systems.

“Linux users, much like Tracktion users, have always been on the cutting edge of technology and willing to look beyond the status quo for alternative solutions,” explained Julian Storer, creator and chief developer of Tracktion software. “In that spirit, bringing Tracktion to Linux just makes sense. I’m extremely excited to open a whole new community to the joy of music creation in their preferred environment.”

With a powerful and elegant single-screen interface, Tracktion forgoes the complex, multi-screened designs that have been standard for conventional DAW’s since developers first digitized tape-based workflows over 20 years ago. Tracktion replaces this paradigm of the past with a modern, drag-and-drop interface that dramatically simplifies the recording, editing and mixing process. Truly unique, Tracktion has earned a loyal following of users who appreciate its power, simplicity and unique ability to unburden the creative process.

Tracktion 4 for Mac, Windows and Linux is available to purchase $59.99 USD. An upgrade from previous versions is $29.99 USD.

The Tracktion 4 Linux version is initially free to everyone during the current public beta phase at www.tracktion.com/linux (scroll to bottom of page). Tracktion 4 is also free with the purchase of select interfaces, mixers and control surfaces from Behringer and Mackie.

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Paul Davis releases Ardour 3.0

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Paul Davis has released version 3.0 of Ardour, the open source digital audio workstation application for Mac and Linux.

Ardour 3
Ardour 3: Record, Edit, and Mix on Linux and OS X.

Changes in Ardour v3.0

  • Major New Features
    • MIDI recording, playback and editing, including plugin instrument support for LV2, VST and AudioUnits.
    • Parallelization of DSP operations to use any number of processors.
    • Matrix-style patching/routing.
    • Overhauled export system (multiple formats at once, stem exports, multichannel exports).
  • New & Improved Audio Signal Handling
    • Monitor section.
    • Solo operation redesigned, includes Solo Isolate and correct AFL/PFL modes.
    • Per-channel visible phase invert buttons.
    • Internal aux sends and explicit aux busses.
    • Improved send control.
    • Stereo panning via width+position.
    • Track/Bus groups extended.
  • Audio Editing
    • Option for Automation moves with Regions.
    • Rhythm Ferret improvements.
    • Vertical stacking of overlapping regions in tracks.
    • Non-destructive, non-overlapping recording mode.
    • New region editing features.
    • Strip Silence.
    • Media search path.
  • New & Improved GUI details
    • Session overview pane.
    • Unified processor list (plugins, sends, returns etc).
    • Extended Region list.
    • Extended Track/Bus list.
    • Improved and expanded editor cursor set.
    • Dynamically resizable big clock window.
    • New and improved preferences dialog(s).
    • New editing implementation for clocks.
  • External Control
    • MIDI binding maps
    • Dramatically improved Mackie Control support.
    • Linear Timecode support.
    • Improved MTC chase.
    • MIDI Clock chase.
  • Miscellaneous
    • 64 bit timeline
    • Dynamically resizable disk buffers.
    • JACK Session support.
    • Undo system internals use less memory and improve speed.

Ardour 3.0 is now available for Mac, Linux and as source code.

More information: Ardour

Tracktion 4 – Popular, single-screen DAW gains Universal compatibility

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Tracktion Software Corporation has announced the release of Tracktion 4, the latest version of the digital audio workstation (DAW) platform the company purchased from LOUD Technologies in 2012.

Tracktion 4
The highly intuitive software program features a single-screen user interface and drag-and-drop functionality to simplify complex digital recording, editing and mixing tasks.

Originally created by developer Julian Storer, Tracktion debuted in 2002 to instant acclaim. It was acquired by Mackie Designs, later LOUD Technologies, in 2003 and updated twice prior to 2009. A lack of further updates or communication regarding Tracktion led many in the platform’s large and vocal user base to assume it had been discontinued. However, Storer teamed up with ex-Mackie employees (Mackoids) James ‘Woody’ Woodburn and Dave Christenson to form TSC with the specific goal of reviving and advancing the unique Tracktion brand.

Tracktion 4 (T4) features the same operational characteristics as the original program but with an entirely new audio engine. This progression is intended not only to make T4 compatible with all the latest operating systems, plug-in and controller technology, but also to create a modern platform for further development. TSC is dedicated to the continued evolution of the product.

To be specific, T4 provides support for OSX Mountain Lion to take advantage of Apple’s very latest hardware and operating systems. It also provides support for Microsoft’s Windows 7 & 8. Apple Audio Unit (AU) is supported to open a new world of effects and instruments for Tracktion users and the latest generation audio codec from Microsoft, Windows Media Audio (WMA) is also supported.

Windows Audio Session API (WASAPI) is included for optimized audio data management between applications. There is also support for 64bit Mac and PC operating systems so Tracktion can squeeze the highest performance out of current computer resources.

Trackion 4 is available to purchase for $59.95 USD for new customers and $29.95 USD for upgrades. As of January 24th, customers purchasing a new Mackie product that includes Tracktion can download Tracktion 4 immediately.

More information: Tracktion

Mackie announces DL1608 live sound mixer with iPad control

Mackie has introduced the DL1608, a 16-channel digital live sound mixer with iPad control.

Mackie DL1608

The Mackie DL1608™ redefines live mixing by combining the proven power of a full-featured digital mixer with the unmatched ease and mobility of an iPad.®

With 16 boutique-quality Onyx mic preamps and the performance of 24bit Cirrus Logic® AD/DA converters, you have unparalleled sound quality. Seamless wired to wireless iPad control means you can mix from anywhere in the venue. This gives you the mobile freedom to control not only the mix, but also powerful plug-ins like EQ, dynamics, effects and more.

The sleek DL1608 even supports up to 10 iPads. Forget bulky consoles and racks of gear. The power is at your fingertips.

DL1608 features

  • Proven Hardware That Sounds Great
    • 16 Onyx mic preamps
    • High-end Cirrus Logic® converters
    • Ultra low-noise, high-headroom design
    • 6 aux sends for monitor mixes
    • Master L/R output for mains
  • Tons of Built-In Processing
    • Powerful, touch-sensitive plug-ins
    • 4-band EQ, gate and compression on inputs
    • 31-band GEQ and comp/limiter on outputs
    • Global reverb and delay
  • Wireless Mixing
    • Seamless wired to wireless mixing
    • Tune the room from anywhere
    • Get on stage to ring out monitors
    • Personal monitor mixing
    • Use up to 10 iPad devices simultaneously
  • Total Control from Your iPad
    • Intuitive Master Fader app
    • “Grow and Glow” visual feedback
    • Preset and snapshot recall
    • Record the mix to the iPad for instant sharing
    • Integrate music from any app into the mix
  • Install Friendly Features
    • PadLock™ feature locks down iPad for permanent installs
    • Industry standard Kensington lock secures mixer
    • Compact footprint saves precious workspace
      • 15.5″ x 11.5″ x 3.9″
      • 6.9 lbs / 3.2 kg

More information: Mackie / DL1608

Akai Professional intros MAX49 MIDI/CV controller

Akai Professional has introduced the MAX49, a new controller which places revolutionary MIDI and CV control at your fingertips.

With an intuitive layout and included AkaiConnect automatic-mapping software, MAX49 offers an instant, fully immersive experience with your favorite music software and virtually all VST plugins.

From its 49 semi-weighted keys and 12 real MPC pads, to its groundbreaking LED touch faders and vintage CV & Gate outputs, MAX49 combines cutting-edge Akai Pro technology with classic capability to give you an unprecedented music-making experience.

Akai MAX49

MAX49 features

  • 49 semi-weighted keys with Aftertouch for complete musical expression.
  • Built-in step sequencer for detailed track construction.
  • Expanded arpeggiator with latch and time division controls.
  • Included AkaiConnect software automatically maps to VST plugins.
  • 12 backlit, real MPC pads with MPC Note Repeat and MPC swing.
  • Eight backlit LED touch faders for gradual or instant parameter value changes.
  • Four pad banks & four fader banks provide a total of 80 assignable pads & faders.
  • CV & Gate outputs for use with vintage analog synths (1V/Oct).
  • Large, centrally-positioned transport controls & rubberized pitch and modulation wheels.
  • Mackie Control & HUI modes provide instant compatibility with many DAWs.

More information: Akai Pro / MAX49

Mackie announces Thump TH-12A, ultra-compact loudspeaker

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Mackie TH-12A

Mackie has announced the Thump TH-12A, an ultra-compact new addition to its bestselling Thump Series portable, powered loudspeakers.

Delivering the perfect balance of power, portability and price, the new 400-watt, 2-way 12˝ Thump Series loudspeaker is perfect for any application that demands high-output and professional sound without breaking the budget.

Thump TH-12A features

  • 400W of ultra-efficient Fast Recovery™ amplification
    • LF 300W peak power (Class-D)
    • HF 100W peak power (Class A/B)
  • High-output transducers
    • 12″ or 15″ high-precision woofer
    • 1” compression driver
  • Mackie Active electronics provide total system optimization
    • Precision 2-way crossover.
    • Transducer time-alignment.
  • User-adjustable 3-band contour EQ with sweepable mid-frequency.
  • Mic/Line input for direct connection of single microphone.
  • Tough, impact-resistant polypropylene enclosure.
  • Pole-mountable and floor wedge-able.
  • Extremely lightweight and portable.

The TH-12A will be available worldwide in Q1, 2011, priced at a U.S. MSRP of $389.99 USD.

More information: Mackie / TH-12A

Korg announces nanoSERIES2, Slim-line USB-MIDI Controllers

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Korg has announced the nanoSERIES2, the next generation of slim-line USB-MIDI controllers.

Compact and convenient, with serious functionality and features, nanoSERIES2 incorporates many user-requested enhancements and offers them up in the same ultra-slim casing as the original nanoSERIES. The size and color of the entire series nicely matches a laptop computer. Available in both white and black, the new units – the nanoKEY2, nanoPAD2 and nanoKONTROL2 – are an ideal choice in portable control for laptop musicians, DJs, remixers and anyone who wants to make music with their Mac or PC. All three units are also a perfect addition to Korg’s 37-note microKEY USB MIDI keyboard.

Korg nanoKEY2

The nanoKEY2 is a 25-note keyboard controller for creating songs, featuring a separate-type keybed (modeled after that of a Macbook®) to ensure precise, reliable recording, as well as a damper button offering sustain on the fly. It is designed with ample key width for maximum playability. Control buttons allow simple yet versatile control. Included are octave shift buttons, which, when used in conjunction with the key transpose function, cover the entire range of notes in the MIDI specification. Also featured are pitch bend buttons and an assignable modulation button.

Korg nanoPAD2

The nanoPAD2 is an ideal choice for inputting drum parts; it also boasts new functionality that lets users record using the X-Y pad, just as on Korg’s Kaossilator Pro. Enhancements include four more pads (16 to the original nanoPAD’s 12) and Kaossilator gate arpeggio patterns built into the X/Y control pad, letting users play MIDI arpeggios. The velocity-sensitive pads provide excellent response to users’ fingertips, and also realistically convey the playing feel to a sequencer or DAW software, ensuring that drum parts will be full of life. Chords can also be assigned to the trigger pads to use them to perform a chord track.

Korg nanoKONTROL2

The nanoKONTROL2 is perfect for controlling a wide variety software titles including the most popular DAW programs. Perfectly-sized to place in front of a notebook computer, the nanoKONTROL2 provides eight channels of the controllers needed to control music software, plus a set of transport buttons. A knob, fader, and three switches are provided for each of the eight channels, respectively assigned to pan, volume, and solo/mute/record (or whatever the user specifies). Also featured is improved transport control with Mackie® HUI protocol built in (a feature previously only offered on controllers of a higher price point, bringing this protocol to the most accessible price point ever).

All three nanoSERIES2 products can be further customized using the included Korg Kontrol Editor software, featuring single-cable USB bus-powered operation– Power and USB-MIDI data travels down the same wire for a clean, efficient workspace.

More information: Korg / nanoSERIES2