, Pro Tools
Posted in news
on Sep 13, 2013
Avid has announced the S6 Control Surface, a major new addition to its industry leading family of control surfaces for sound recording, mixing and editing.
Avid S6 is designed for audio professionals in the most demanding production environments, delivering the performance needed to complete projects faster while producing the best sounding mixes. In addition, S6 provides mixing professionals with a state-of-the-art solution that easily scales to meet their current and future challenges.
“Working in ever more complex environments with fast project turnarounds, mixers need intuitive, tactile control of editing and mixing, and the ability to easily work with other artists, engineers, and facilities,” said Chris Gahagan, senior vice president of products and services at Avid. “Drawing on more than 20 years of leading edge innovation, the S6 delivers the game-changing modularity, superior ergonomics, and streamlined collaboration to meet mixers’ changing business requirements.”
Built on the same proven technology that is core to the industry-leading ICON and System 5 product families, the Avid S6 enables mixers to quickly turn around complex projects while swiftly handling last-minute changes. With its unparalleled ability to simultaneously control multiple Pro Tools® and other EUCON™-enabled DAWs over simple Ethernet, S6 also speeds workflows and enables network collaboration on a single integrated platform.
- Revolutionary modular design — Adapting to every stage of a user’s business, the S6 control surface can be customized with the addition of the modules needed to match current workflow. It can be horizontally and vertically scaled as the client base grows. Pre-configured S6 M10 or S6 M40 surfaces may be purchased with the required faders, knobs, etc. already provided or, with S6 M40, further personalized with different channel control combinations.
- Superior ergonomics — A traditional, familiar console layout allows easy transition from previous systems. The multipoint touchscreen quickly and easily accesses plug-ins, large track counts, surround panning and more, while top-lit status knobs and high resolution OLEDs add operational efficiency. Additional 12.1” displays on S6 M40 systems further enhance instant project overview by providing deep visual feedback on key items such as channel names, audio meters, routing, clip names, and scrolling waveforms. Ultimate recall enables quick location for last-minute mix changes.
- Intelligent studio control — Compatible with Pro Tools and other popular EUCON-enabled DAWs, S6 enables detailed work on up to eight audio workstations simultaneously, as well as the ability to switch sessions in seconds from a single control surface across the facility. High-speed Ethernet connectivity makes it easy to reconfigure operations as business requirements dictate.
The S6 control surface will be available worldwide in Q4 2013. As a modular system, S6 is available at a variety of prices, with M10 configurations starting at $21,995 USD and M40 configurations starting at $43,480 USD.
More information: Avid / S6 Control Surface
, Pulse Code
Posted in news
on Sep 13, 2013
Pulse Code has announced the release of Modular, a modular synthesizer app for iOS.
Modular, the ultimate synthesizer that will revolutionize your sound.
Modular looks, acts, and sounds like a hardware modular synthesizer to give you features that musicians want such as pulse width modulation, oscillator sync, 4 pole ladder filters, and 1v/oct filter tracking. Traditional modular systems are expensive and out of reach for the average artist. Modular is here to bridge that gap and allow everyone the opportunity to use these powerful synthesizers.
What makes modular special is the audio and visual experience you have with it. The beautifully minimal menu systems and interface, and the ultra-realistic synthesizer graphics are just the beginning. The real beauty is not what you see, but what you hear. Pristine and punchy oscillators that sound great, even at the extreme ends of the frequency spectrum. It starts with band-limited oscillators. Not just traditional methods of band-limiting, but band-limiting that enables each note you play to have the maximum number of harmonics without distorting.
- High fidelity, virtual analog synthesis, using bandlimited oscillators and oversampled filters.
- Audiobus and background audio modes.
- CoreMIDI control with external devices or internal sequencers.
- Beautifully rendered graphics.
- Dynamic workspace with intuitive navigation.
- Optional modules available individually or as a Module Bundle.
- 10-octave keyboard with classically styled arpeggiator.
- Extensive in app help with detailed module descriptions and guides.
- Record and export live performance to Soundcloud, Audio Copy, email and iTunes file sharing.
The Modular app for iOS is a free download at the iTunes App Store. Modules are available as in-app purchases for $0.99 USD each or $4.99 USD for all modules currently available.
More information: Pulse Code / Modular
Point Blank Online has introduced a free Modular Synth plug-in for Max for Live by tutor Daniel Herbert.
The Point Blank modular synth is based on the legendary EMS VCS3. The VCS3 was built in London in the late ’60s and there were a number of subsequent models of varying sizes. It was a popular synth and used by the Radiophonic Workshop (the ring modulator was used to process the sound of the daleks) through to Pink Floyd.
It’s a great synth to generate sounds and jam around with and the interface was really well thought out, featuring an innovative matrix which is still a neat way to patch the different synth sections together. It features three oscillators, a noise generator, a ring modulator, a couple of filter sections, audio input, envelope generator, spring reverb and an assignable joystick control – if you really wanted you could even hook up a keyboard!
The Point Blank modular synth is a simpler interface, but still offers three oscillators and noise generator, a filter section, ring modulator and X/Y controller. Unlike the VCS3, it’s possible to store your settings, and trigger the sounds easily (and in tune!) from a MIDI source. We’ve also included a slide control to emulate the smooth sweeps you could sometimes achieve with the original synth.
The modular synth is a free download for Point Blank Facebook fans.
More information: Point Blank / Modular Synth
Sensomusic has released Update 6 of Usine Hollyhock, a software application dedicated to live music and real-time installations.
It’s not a traditional Digital Audio Workstation so, it has a very specific approach. Also it’s a modular environment, which means that, even if you can find many ready to use examples, the main goal is to create and customize your live set to fit it exactly to your needs.
Usine is different but finally you’ll realize that it is one of the most powerful audio software you can find.
Changes in Usine Hollyhock v1.02.010
- New multi-channel Reverb module.
- New List Manager module.
- New File Lister module.
- Scan for plug-ins (AU and VST) faster and more efficient.
- 32bits floating point Multi-Channel Recording in the Direct to disk panel and the Sample player recorder.
- OSC (open sound control) optimization.
- Filter (LP, HP, BC, NOTCH) optimization.
- A vertical scrollbar in the Grid panel allows no an unlimited number of lines.
- Addons automatically downloaded and available in the Browser Panel.
- Various GUI Grid panel improvements.
- Better zoom command in the Sample player.
- New Current Workspace Settings module.
- Devices panel reset more efficients.
- Most of reported issues fixed.
- Check the release notes for details.
Usine Hollyhock is available to purchase for the launch price of 159 EUR (20% off regular).
More information: Sensomusic
, Desert Sound Studios
, drum machine
, Max for Live
, samples and sound libraries
Posted in news
on Sep 10, 2013
Desert Sound Studios has announced the release of Mk-iii, a drum machine instrument for Max for Live, comprising a step-sequencer and drum sample playback module.
The MK-iii drum machine from Desert Sound Studios takes a new approach to traditional drum machine design. By splitting the drum machine into two, each Max for Live device can be used separately or combined into a single drum machine. This flexibility opens up new possibilities inside Live.
Highly influenced by the digital drum machines of the late 80′s, the MK-iii includes a full electronic drum sample kit from that era. Quickly load these sounds or your own and shape them with the on-board filter, bit crusher and delays. And for those with Lemur, a touch template covering nearly every parameter can be downloaded for free at desertsoundstudios.com.
The MK-iii combines the familiarity of a drum machine with the advantages of modern technology. For owners of Live 9 Suite, this combination makes a great gateway into the powerful world of Max for Live.
- Four independent 16-step sequencer tracks.
- Assignable note and accent velocity.
- Selectable midi note output and note duration.
- Independent pattern start and pattern length adjustments.
- Two trigger modes:Song Sync (Ableton) and MIDI Input (note trigger).
- Swing function and Step Divider.
- Drum module
- Four independent dual-sample sound engines.
- Optimized audio playback engine and voice allocation system.
- Independent coarse tune, fine tune and volume per sample.
- Pan and Decay setting per sound.
- Multi-effects per sound (Filter, Bit Crush, and Delay+Filter).
- Unique modular design; connect the sequencer or the sample playback module Max for Live devices through track-based MIDI and audio routing.
- Includes full drum sample kit based on the Dr-550 drum machine.
- Optional Lemur template provides touch control over nearly every parameter of the Mk-iii.
The Mk-iii drum machine costs $23.99 USD. Requires Ableton Live 9 Suite or Ableton Live 8/9 with Max for Live Add-on.
More information: Desert Sound Studios / Mk-iii
, samples and sound libraries
, VST Buzz
Posted in news
on Aug 21, 2013
VST Buzz has launched a sale on the Modular Piano sample library for Native Instruments Kontakt by Audiority.
The Modular Piano is a synthesized acoustic piano that is capable of creating a cinematic piano sound as well as intimate and unusual soundscapes. Its an incredibly flexible instrument that is small in size (877MB) and provides a very unique piano sound, perfect for a wide range of styles.
The Modular Piano comes with 27 Kontakt Instruments and 4 Kontakt Multis (requires Kontakt 4.2.4 or higher).This is a great piano to add to your creative arsenal and at $20 its a complete no-brainer. Listen to the demos to hear just how versatile this instrument really is!
Modular Piano is available to purchase for $20 USD until August 27th, 2013 (regular $33 USD).
More information: VST Buzz
macProVideo.com has launched a video course for u-he ACE “Any Cable Everywhere”, the virtual semi-modular synthesizer instrument for Windows and Mac.
If an analog modular had sex with a synth plugin, u-he ACE would be the offspring. Learn how to virtually patch this cool plugin with our ever-cool trainer and synth expert, Rishabh Rajan.
Every once in a while, a synth plugin comes along that we feel compelled to bring to your attention – even if it’s a bit obscure: That’s u-he ACE! This unique synth – whose acronym ACE stands for Any Cable Everywhere – is the sonic tweaker’s dream come true.
In this course (which assumes a bit of synth knowledge), you explore every inch of this plugin. You learn all about patching and the multitude of possibilities that this kind of open-ended synth architecture provides for the creative sound designer.
With a patch cable-based synth you ARE the circuit designer AND the sound designer rolled into one. So get ready to learn and dig into u-he ACE with the amazing Rishabh Rajan. Soon, you’ll be making sonic landscapes that every synth and synthesist only hear in their electronic dreams!
The course is now available to macProVideo subscribers. A HD Download costs $19.50 USD.
More information: macProVideo / u-he ACE course
Binary Music has announced the release of Electrophonics, a sample library for Native Instruments Kontakt, Ableton Live and Apple Logic Pro.
The main panel in Kontakt has controls for volume envelope and modulation, pitch mod and filter controls (only a couple of patches use the Kontakt filter, but it is here as a convenient method of quickly changing timbre).
It is an eclectic collection of sounds, which have been created by or processed through a modular synthesizer system. This library is great for soundtrack work and for adding texture or organic elements to all types of electronic music.
There are 138 patches (plus an additional 32 Time Machine versions of patches with rhythmic content in the Kontakt version). These have been made from over 730 samples, recorded at 44.1 kHz with a 24 bit resolution. The patches are arranged into 8 categories: Coolicon, Drones, Filter Sweeps, Modular Tones, Odyssey FX, Percussion, Space Atmospheres and Zither. The Coolicon is a light shade famously used by Delia Derbyshire whilst recording at the BBC Radiophonic Workshop.
The Electrophonics library is available to purchase for £18 GBP / 21 EUR /$23 USD for Kontakt and £15 GBP / 17 EUR / $19 USD for Live and EXS24, including VAT in EU.
More information: Binary Music