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.
Mackie has announced the launch of its Onyx-i Series FireWire Recording Mixers, delivering premium analog features, tremendous flexibility and built-in 24-bit/96kHz FireWire I/O.
Onyx-i FireWire mixers can be used with all major DAWs, and is qualified by Mackie for use with Pro Tools® M-Powered™ 8*, offering those users a host of new hardware options.
“There are real benefits when using an analog mixer as a front end to your favorite DAW,” said James Woodburn, Mackie product manager. “Those who have been intimidated by digital recording will love the familiar layout and feel of a mixer. Those who are already into it will enjoy increased flexibility and speed.” Woodburn concludes, “Onyx-i mixers are the ideal combination of interface and mixer for anybody who needs the best of both worlds…simply put, it’s a better way to record.”
Onyx-i Series features
8-channel premium analog mixer with integrated 24-bit/96kHz FireWire I/O
Qualified by Mackie for use will all major DAWs, including:
Pro Tools® M-Powered™ 8
3 Onyx boutique-quality mic preamps
3-band Perkins EQ with sweepable mids on mic/line channels
3-band Perkins EQ on stereo line channels
Hybrid mono/stereo channel with 4-band Perkins EQ with sweepable mids
Flexible FireWire routing, including aux sends and pre/post EQ assignment for all channels
Stereo playback from DAW, returned to control room or into channel for integration into mix
2 aux sends with pre/post assignment
Built-in DI on first two channels for direct connection of guitars, bass, etc.
Individual 48V phantom power switches on all mic inputs
Talkback section with built in mic and flexible routing
"Planet Earth" switching power supply for worldwide use
Optional rack kit available
The Mackie Onyx-i Series (820i, 1220i, 1620i and 1640i) will be available globally in September 2009.
* The Onyx-i Series Mixers are qualified by Mackie for use with Pro Tools® M-Powered™ 8. Mackie will release a driver (via www.mackie.com) together with full details of how to use the Onyx-i series with Pro Tools M-Powered 8 in the coming weeks.