eaReckon has released version 1.1.0 of BloXpander, a major update to the music application for Windows.
BloXpander is a music application originally designed to meet the requirements of musicians and engineers in “live” situations. BloXpander combines the power of a computer and the efficiency of a dedicated device. Its interface has been designed to match this basic specification. It is visually attractive and clear, the construction of projects and the access to prepared instruments and effects is very fast. The plugins manipulation is direct (especially when BloXpander is coupled to an external MIDI controller).
Changes in BloXpander v1.1.0
A left click on MIDI/Audio Inputs/Outputs and ASIO driver labels brings a panel to front. Even if these panels featuring big buttons are an easier way to select ports from a touch screen, they are mostly a place for some of the new features in version 1.1.0.
The MIDI Input Module provides advanced MIDI routing and processing options. Now you can quickly draw multiple links between MIDI channels and set how each of these links is going to be processed. The MIDI processor includes notes, velocity, CC filters and a global transposition parameter.
The Audio Input Module features a channel selector.
Mini Sysex Librarian: Receive, import, store and send Sysex messages the easy way.
Synchronize external MIDI devices.
Info Slot : High Contrast option (just click on the big slot)
Rearrange scenes in a set from drag and drop actions (as for libraries, press CTRL and start to move your scenes using mouse)
Plug-ins set in muted inserts are not processed anymore (CPU friendly)
BloXcanner (plug-ins scanner) does not need a restart anymore when detecting incompatible 64 bits plug-ins or non-VST DLLs.
Updating the state of a Mackie Control compatible device is now done after a 100ms delay when changing volume or pan settings from BloXpander. Motorized faders are less stressed this way.
Minor graphical bugs have been fixed.
BloXpander is available to purchase for Windows PC for 69 EUR.
Euphonix has announced the MC Control v2, the latest addition to its award-winning line of Artist Series media controllers.
MC Control v2 features the same ergonomic layout and slim line design as the award-winning MC Control, but offers enhanced graphics thanks to a new LED-backlit touch-screen and even better tactile control of parameters via eight new custom rotary encoders.
MC Control v2 is the new flagship of the Artist Series and provides a host of controls to speed up and enhance the workflow process with almost any audio or video application.
eaReckon has released version 1.0.2 of BloXpander, a music application originally designed to meet the requirements of musicians and engineers in “live” situations.
Changes in BloXpander v1.0.2
New: MIDI Scene Selection
Now you can open or change a scene from your MIDI controller instead of having to divert your attention to your computer whilst you are playing.
You can assign 2 MIDI switches or pedals to be used to load the next or previous scene and even navigate within the whole current set.
With the “PRG CHG” option activated, any “Program Change” message received from the assigned MIDI input port will make BloXpander load the scene corresponding to the invoked program number.
A delay (2 seconds) before loading the selected scene allows you to subsequently send multiple significant messages from your controller without loading consecutive scenes until you reach the desired one.
Drastically improved Audio engine (optimized for SSE and 3DNow! enhanced CPUs).
Improved handling of scenes files.
Improved synchronization of multiple “threads”.
Improved thumbnails generator.
Updated manuals (featuring a page dedicated to the new “MIDI Scene Selection” functionality).
A rare MIDI issue has been resolved (using specific MIDI interfaces, the incoming MIDI flow was corrupted after some minutes).
Various non-critical bugs have been fixed.
BloXpander is available to purchase for Windows PC for 69 EUR.
eaReckon has released BloXpander, a music application originally designed to meet the requirements of musicians and engineers in “live” situations.
BloXpander combines the power of a computer and the efficiency of a dedicated device.
Its interface has been designed to match this basic specification. It is visually attractive and clear, the construction of projects and the access to prepared instruments and effects is very fast. The plugins manipulation is direct (especially when BloXpander is coupled to an external MIDI controller).
ASIO Host for VST plugins (Windows only)
4 Auxiliary bus + 1 Master bus
6 inserts per channels (theoretical 174 Instrumetns / FX slots)
Advanced support for external MIDI controllers (lets you control the mixer and plugins)
Control up to 8 plugins (8 parameters each) with just 8 potentiometers + 8 buttons
Displays the controlled targets names on screen
Lightning fast configuration procedure
Mackie Control protocol supported
Global management of MIDI and Audio streams (MIDI VST Fx supported)
Assign the same MIDI input port to several channels (MIDI Split)
Assign the same Audio inputs to several channels (Audio Split)
Assign any available audio and/or MIDI output or the Master bus to any channel
Pre/Post fader selector (aux sends)
Specific routing solutions for “multi out” and “sidechain capable” plugins
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When you want to use Pro Tools software you need Pro Tools hardware, right? Well, it seems Mackie’s new Onyx-i mixer series is going to break with tradition.
Peter Kirn has some details:
Without the cooperation of Avid, Mackie says they have managed to get their Onyx-i mixer line working with Pro Tools, and they’ll even “certify” compatibility. At the end of July, a number of audio sites (including Mix and Sonic State, but not CDM) received a package with one of Mackie’s new mixers, a video, and a copy of Pro Tools M-Powered. The message: a “secret” driver provided compatibility between Mackie’s mixer-audio interface package and Pro Tools.