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Cycling ’74 releases Max 6 + Gen Add-on

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Cycling '74 Max 6

Cycling ’74 has announced the release of Max 6, the latest version of the media development tools for Windows and Mac.

Enhancements to Max 6 include extensive user interface improvements, higher-quality audio, extended multi-processor support, organization tools for projects, and improved OpenGL animation and rendering tools.

Cycling ’74 also released Gen, a high-performance new patching domain that lets you create powerful audio, video, or Jitter matrix objects without leaving the comfort of Max.

“With Max 6,” explains Cycling ’74 CTO Joshua Kit Clayton, “we’ve made a concerted effort to re-imagine the beginning user’s experience, while at the same time making advanced user workflows more efficient. We’re excited by what’s come out of our development efforts for Max 6, and even more excited about what we have planned as Max continues to evolve.”

Max version 6 is now available to purchase for $399 USD. The Gen add-on is $100 USD. The Max 6 upgrade retail price is $199 USD, and is also available as a discounted bundle with Gen for $249 USD.

Customers who purchased Max on or after July 12, 2011 are eligible for a free upgrade. Academic discounts are available, and there is a new annual subscription plan available to educational institutions.

More information: Cycling ’74 / Max 6


Korg releases AudioGate, audio format conversion application now free

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Korg AudioGate

Korg has released version 2.1 of AudioGate, an audio format conversion application for Windows and Mac.

AudioGate has been the ideal partner for the KORG MR series of DSD recorders, allowing you to record in the ultra-high-resolution DSD format and then down- convert to the most suitable format for your needs. It was created to bring out the unlimited potential of a DSD master, and has become an indispensible DSD recording tool used by studios worldwide.

Now, everyone can experience the advantages of DSD audio with the new version of AudioGate, which can operate as a free standalone application. Go ahead — download a favorite song in DSD format, and enjoy ultimate audio quality and flexibility with AudioGate on nearly any computer.

AudioGate v2.1 can be freely downloaded and used by anyone, but either a KORG MR series product or a valid Twitter account is required in order to activate the software.

More information: Korg / AudioGate


Plan8 SoundController, lightweight Flash sound engine

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Plan8 SoundController

Plan8 has introduced SoundController, a new sound engine for Flash.

SoundController is just a fancy name for our proprietary sound engine. It is created for us as sound-and music makers so that we can be as creative and professional as when we deal with sound in linear media such as film or radio.

It lets us mix and control the audio of the site in real time, even if the site consists of mixture of different techniques such as video and 3D etc. It also enables us to create the musical soundtrack that adapts to the user in a musical way, the soundtrack develops as if the user were the bandleader.

And all this is done without sending files to busy developers, it’s all managed on our side.

SoundController features

  • Lightweight – The core engine weight is under 60 kB.
  • Remote management – You add the events, and we do all the other work.
  • Asset management – We can divide our sound assets in as many pieces as you want, and load them when they are needed.
  • Adaptive music – The system handles both vertical (mixing of layers) and horizontal (adding musical pieces after one and other) composition. All in time, and perfect synch with the beat..
  • Beat Event – The system can send an event for when the next beat will occur, to sync the visuals to the music.
  • Sound in Movies – Keep your films silent! The system supports audio in films, FLV’s or movies in time lines, it doesn’t matter..
  • Custom functions – We can adapt our system to handle specific functions for each need.

More information: Plan8 / SoundController


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Eigenharp Alpha - Geert Bevin

Some interesting things I found recently:

# Eigenharp Alpha review after three months

Geert Bevin wrote in to let us know about his experiences with the Eigenharp Alpha:

I've been playing the Pico since November and then moved on to the Alpha. After three months of playing the Eigenharp Alpha, I've now published an in-depth review about it from the perspective of a traditional musician.

From Geert’s EigenZone website:

For the past three months, Eigenlabs has loaned me an Eigenharp Alpha. I’ve been playing it every day, discovering the instrument and working on my technique. This has allowed me to write this review from the point of view of a musician that has already spent quite some effort on it. During this time I worked closely with Eigenlabs and related all my gripes and pain points so that they could be improved upon, and they have!

The instrument that I had at my disposal was the final prototype before the actual production models that are being sold now. Many things were different and now that I’ve actually bought my own personal Alpha and sent the review model back, I clearly see how much better the final version is, even though I already found the prototype amazing.

# Jeff Mills – The Occurrence

The Occurrence is a hybrid project of Science Fiction and Techno Music. It displays the innovations of our time and space, an era of change with minds that intensely stare forward to the future.

Jeff Mills - The Occurrence
The Occurrence on hybrid CD, refugar CD on one side, 5&inch; vinyl on the other

The playable format and Technology of this album is also a hybrid. The parallel mix of vinyl and digital formats are brought forward in a unique way that gives the listeners and programmers more options in which to enjoy. (see product photos). The Occurrence. The next installment of Sleeper Wakes. Explored and produced by Jeff Mills.

Sold out already…

# Diego Stocco’s Bassoforte, an Incredible Instrument Made from a Dismantled Piano

Diego writes:

Few days ago I started thinking about how I could re-purpose the keyboard of the dismantled piano I keep in the garden, so I thought to build a new instrument by combining it with some other parts I had laying around. I ended up with this mechanical hybrid thing I thought to call "Bassoforte" (bass + pianoforte).

The neck is from a broken electric bass, as a bridge I used a cabinet handle, the pickups are from a guitar, and the part
at the top where the strings are attached is a chimney cap, which works as resonator as well as percussive sound.

The track I created is a tribute to my Dad who is a big fan of Western comic books and “spaghetti western” films, and because of him I am too.


MachineCodex updates Neutrino to v1.86

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MachineCodex Neutrino

MachineCodex has released version 1.86 of Neutrino (formerly AudioCodex), the core player for the Mac with advanced playback features you won’t find in any other player.

Add effects, reverb, loops, time, pitch, Audio Units plug-ins, and more, all in real time. Enhance your music with equalizers and space correcting audio units. Explore stunning Music Visualizer representations of your music as it plays.

Changes in Neutrino v1.86

  • Master & Mix volume controls now operate independently in QuickTime mode.
  • Mix Volume control In QuickTime mode uses a modified response-curve for a closer match to CoreAudio volume ramping.
  • Watched Folder item Album, Artist & Genre fields are auto-filled using file-system folder-names if no matching iTunes track can be found.
  • Genre tags discovered via metadata scanning as Indexed ID3v1 & heaxadecimal strings are now converted to their Id3V1 equivalent English names.
  • ‘Add to playlist’ contextual menu item allows easy adding of selected tracks to different Workspace playlists.
  • Fix for crash at launch that could occur if Neutrino was parsing an iTunes XML file and encountered a track with no ‘Location’ key.
  • Fix for using ‘Return’ key to start playback of a selected Workgroup playlist item also opening the ‘Name’ table cell for editing.
  • Fix for Table column names & contents occasionally overflowing their drawing bounds.
  • Fix for System alert sounding if Space, Return or Esc keys were used while the MediaView was the active view.
  • Fix for Space, Return or Esc keys failing to consistently responding as ‘global’ controls.
  • Fix for floating AV controller play button state not being synchronised with keyboard-initiated playback state changes.
  • Fix for crash that could occur when attempting to create the Settings interface after loading certain (non-bundled) Quartz Compositions created on OSX 10.4.x.
  • Fix for markers failing to be deleted when dragged ‘off’ the transport view.

Neutrino 1.86 is a recommended update for all users, and is available immediately via the built-in Software update facility, or by direct download.

More information: MachineCodex


Sony Creative Software updates Vegas Pro to v9.0b

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Sony Creative Software Vegas Pro

Sony Creative Software has released version 9.0b of Vegas Pro, a professional video & audio production software for Windows.

The Vegas Pro 9 collection integrates two powerful applications that work seamlessly together to provide an efficient and intuitive environment for video and broadcast professionals. This comprehensive suite offers the most robust and progressive platform available for content creation and production. With broad format support, superior effects processing, unparalleled audio support, and a full complement of editorial tools, the Vegas Pro 9 collection streamlines your workflow. From acquisition to delivery, from camera to Blu-ray Disc™, the Vegas Pro 9 collection delivers exactly what you need to produce outstanding results.

Changes in Vegas v9.0b

  • Resolved an issue that could cause the contents of media generators (most often text generators) to change when the Undo command was used.
  • Fixed a bug that could cause Vegas to crash during startup on some computers running Windows XP.
  • Fixed a bug that could cause still images to appear out of focus when rotated via Event Pan/Crop.
  • Fixed a bug that could cause audio dropouts in XDCAM SD (DVCAM) MXF files.
  • Fixed a bug that could cause an error when conforming trimmed XDCAM clips on the PDW-U1 deck.
  • Fixed a bug that prevented some QuickTime files from reading audio properly.
  • Fixed a bug that prevented metadata from being imported with 720-50p XDCAM clips.

More information: Sony Creative Software


MachineCodex releases Neutrino v1.70

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MachineCodex Neutrino

MachineCodex has released version 1.70 of Neutrino (formerly AudioCodex), the core player for the Mac with advanced playback features you won’t find in any other player.

Add effects, reverb, loops, time, pitch, Audio Units plug-ins, and more, all in real time. Enhance your music with equalizers and space correcting audio units. Explore stunning Music Visualizer representations of your music as it plays.

Changes in Neutrino v1.70

  • New Features
    • Multiple marker support, allowing users to add as many markers as they choose.
      • Popup Marker properties inspector
      • Lockable markers
      • Editable names & Notes per marker
      • Instant cue at any marker
      • Quicktime Chapter-track support
    • MediaView:
      • View iTunes cover art for iTunes items
      • Drag & drop importing of png, pict, jpeg, or gif files for use as cover art
      • Movie art, auto-art-grab on first-view
      • View Visualizer previews as art
      • Fast art loading & scrolling, even with thousands of items
  • Other Changes & additions
    • Apple Remote & KeySpan FrontRow support
    • Floating transport controller for video window
    • Audio Output device control for QuickTime playback
    • Hue, Saturation, Brightness & Contrast controls for video playback
    • Increased responsiveness for Bass, Treble & Boost controls for QuickTime playback
    • Metadata scanning now discovers ID3V1 & ID3V2 tags, QuickTime & iTunes Metadata
    • FLAC playback via CoreAudio — requires the free CAFlacComponents & Flac library from:
    • OGG playback via QuickTime — requires the free XiphQT QuickTime components from:
    • Transport control Changes:
      • Mousedown events within the transport slider bounds cause the playback-time to snap to the clicked position
      • In & Out marker poisitons are respected when monitoring playback progress and during mousedown & dragging operations
      • Marker & / or time postions can be changed while paused without playback being force recued
      • Mouseclicks within the transport slider bounds now preserve the current marker selection
    • Restored & extended the functionality of the 'Device' popup button on the 'Output' group of the 'Adjust' tab in the Inspector.
    • New 'Default Output' item now appears at the top of the Output Device popup button menu; when 'Default Output' is selected, AudioCodex will use whatever output device is set as the Default Output in Audio Midi Setup or System Preferences: Sound, and will switch devices automatically during playback if the Default Output device is changed at the system level. The choice of output device persists between sessions, and falls back to the Default Output device if the specified device cannot be found.
    • New 'Locate' option for tracks whose source file has been moved, renamed, or cannot otherwise be found.
    • New 'Show Current Track' item added to the 'View' menu, which instantly reveals & selects the currently loaded / playing track and playlist in the Tracks and Sources lists.
    • New 'Help' group added to the Source list, which allows the built-in Help to be viewed within the main application window.
    • Inspector GUI overhaul & freshen-up
    • FxChain Insert Effect / change menu's now group AU effects by manufacturer
    • FxChain Insert Effect button now shows an Effects browser sheet which groups AU effects by manufacturer
    • Improved support for AU's that provide custom Carbon views
    • Warp Inspector now provides Time controls to alter BPM & Duration as well as Time factor; adjust BPM by 1 unit increments, duration by 1, 10, 100 or 1000 millisecond steps. Transpose Pitch by coarse slider, finetune with the new 'single-cent-incrementing' jog-shuttle slider, with adjustment by semitone & cent increments provided by dedicated stepper buttons
  • Bugfixes
    • Fixed an issue where floating utility windows could open 'offscreen' if the screen configuration changed between successive launches; all floating windows now open on the main screen if their saved location is not contained within any of the currently attached displays.
    • Fixed an issue where intermittent crashes could occur when initiating playback of QuickTime files that use the Perian-codec for decoding.
    • Fixed an issue where In & Out marker positions set by using 'Punch In' or 'Punch Out' would only be saved if a subsequent mouse-drag marker editing operation was performed on that track.
    • Fixed an issue where once sorted, playlists could be unsorted temporarily, but would revert back to the last sorted state when re-loaded.
    • Fixed an issue where playback position would be tracked incorrectly when playing audio files encoded at a different sample-rate than that of the current Output device
    • Fixed an error of omission which prevented AudioCodex from adding FLAC-encoded files to playlists.

Neutrino is available for Mac (OS X 10.4.7+) for $29.95 USD.
A 30-day shareware version is available for download from the product page.

More information: MachineCodex