Abeem Live Technologies has released version 0.99 beta 2 of its Rack Performer modular host for Windows.
This is the last version before 1.0 and it adds complete multi-channel audio recording support, as well as many usability improvements, mostly in the patching workflow and the audio monitor.
With the new any-point recording and record groups features it is possible to “plug” the audio recorder anywhere in the patch, and record simultaneously any number of sources and channels directly to the hard drive.
The audio recorder can be mapped to external controllers and with the follow-clock option and external synch on, the process can be fully remote-controlled and slaved to any external transport master device.
Several improvements have been made to the patcher, including the new “swap” and “disconnect” actions, as well as better multi-point patching and smoother overall operation when performing actions on multiple selections.
Amongst the notable additions, VST programs and banks (FXP/FXB) can now be imported and exported via the module context menu. The audio monitoring system has been improved too, and many reported bugs were fixed.
New in Rack Performer v0.99 beta 2
New Audio Recorder with associated floating window and global application control ports for external mapping (source/volume/enable/cut).
Any-point Recording allows to record audio from any patch location(s), pre or post processing level, and stream data to disk in real-time.
Monitor groups and associated groups management dialog (allow record source switching and complex source selections).
Follow-clock recorder option makes the audio recording start and stop with the master clock (sample accurate).
One file for all channels or one file per channel recording option.
Application can export audio to EBU RF64 file format (all bitdepths, including IEEE Float32).
Application can export audio to WAVE file format (all bitdepths, including IEEE Float32).
Audio recordings above 4GB in size are automatically converted to RF64 format.
Many minor modifications and bug fixes. See the changelog for details.
The new beta is available to download for Windows. The beta is fully functional, but document saving and audio recording are disabled in this demo version.
Subatomic Software has updated the Audulus modular music processing app for Mac and iPad to version 2.0.
With Audulus, you can build synthesizers, design new sounds, or process audio. All with low latency real-time processing suitable for live performance. Audulus’s user interface is clean, simple, and easy to learn, allowing you to focus on sound.
Changes in Audulus v2.0
The Audulus Store. To open the store, tap the Store button in the Patch Browser (left side).
Math Expression node (Math -> Expr). Enter textual math expressions, like “2*x + y +z”. Available as an in-app purchase, this node has a variety of uses, including: unit conversion, control-signal mapping, wave-shaping or building custom oscillators. It can also be used when doing math with individual nodes is too cumbersome.
Timing mode (the little stopwatch button below the lock mode button). This shows timings for all the nodes so you can optimize your patch. This is available as an in-app purchase.
The Oscillator node now has an amplitude input. If the amplitude is zero, the oscillator takes up much less CPU. Synth patches will see a big performance improvement from driving the Osc amplitude with the ADSR.
Significant improvement in loading times. Indicate progress while loading.
No waiting to close a patch. Patches are saved in the background.
Audio engine optimizations. The audio engine now takes various shortcuts when values aren’t changing.
Improved responsiveness of the on-screen keyboard.
Audulus is available to purchase for Mac and iPad for $29.99 USD and $14.99 USD respectively.
Inear Display has released version 1.2 of Eurydice, a semi-modular sound mangling plugin focused on sound design.
The original Eurydice was based on two sound buffers, two multimode filters and two crushers. Starting with version 1.2, these blocks can now be combined in multiple ways thanks to the introduction of a patch panel that allows you to bend the signal path to your will.
Tronsonic and Synthmagic have announced the release of System1000M, a modular style synthesizer for Native Instruments Kontakt.
This is based on a famous Japanese modular, with a few alternative features. Plenty of modulation possibilities, its great fun to use. Steve and I have streamlined the instrument to make it as cpu efficient as possible – it handles very well in fact.
There’s an arpeggiator, with 2 ‘interval’ sections, allowing some very interesting patterns to be made. Most of the tracks in the video were made with pressing one or two keys of a multi-mode preset.
There is a dual polarity Keytrack function assigned to the mod-wheel. This acts as a great alternative to filter cutoff, as it is pitch specific.
Over 275 presets.
From raucous laboratory experiments, acid house and techno to serene radiophonic bliss-scapes.
Optional new ‘add-on’ banks and presets (coming soon).
Sampled with vintage valve equipment to quarter inch tape for maximum analogue texture.
The sample library is available to purchase for the introductory price of £14.99 GBP until May 20th, 2013. Requires Kontakt 5.1.0 full version.
Minimal System Instruments has announced that its Ableton Live Packs are available at a 50% discount for a limited time.
Minimal System are huge fans and avid users of Ableton Live. As such we designed a range of Live Packs to compliment this fantastic DAW. From instruments to effects and everything in-between you are sure to find what you are looking for with Minimal System’s Ableton Live Pack range.
Minimal System Ableton Packs
Analogue Ableton and Compressors Bundle – Get the Analogue Ableton Toolkit and the Analogue Compressors pack together as a bundle. Now £3.99.
Analogue Ableton Producer Toolkit – The pack contains 68 Instruments, presets, and racks designed to add analogue character to you mixes. Now £2.50.
Analogue Ableton Producer Toolkit 2 – Analogue Ableton Producer Toolkit 2 is the follow up to our extremely popular original Producer Toolkit Live Pack. Now £2.50.
Analogue Compressors – This pack consists of seven audio effect racks that accurately model real hardware comressors from the Minimal System studio. Now £2.50.
Analogue Filters – If you are looking for the sound of true analogue filtering from directly within Ableton Live then this pack is for you. Now £2.50.
Future Sounds of Operator – Our new range of Live preset packs starting with ‘Future Sounds of Operator’ aim to give you a powerful sonic arsenal that will enable you to concentrate on creating stunning music. Now £2.50.
Modular Toolkit – This pack contains ten audio effect racks designed to bring the sound of hardware modular synthesis in to Ableton. Now £2.50.
Studio Tools – Studio Tools focuses purely on high quality and innovative racks for mixing and mastering audio and adding effects to your tracks and live performances. Now £2.50