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Abeem Live Technologies updates Rack Performer to v1.01

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Abeem Rack Performer

Abeem Live Technologies has updated its Rack Performer software to version 1.01, adding many work-flow improvements and some corrections.

Multi-monitor support has been improved by making all dialogs positions more consistent (as there was quite a bit of wasteful back and forth movement required) The main menu can now be assigned to any monitor by just placing the application window at the correct location before entering “Edit” mode. A few other edge-cases were also solved.

Mapping presets and scene snapshots to standard (7bit CC) MIDI controllers is now straight-forward with a 1:1 mapping by default. But it is also possible to span the controller to a smaller range of values by lowering the presets port upper bound, making the control less sensitive. This can be useful when any module has only a few presets in use during the performance.

To align precisely the latencies of external MIDI gears controlled by the application, a new control port has been added to the special module to delay all MIDI events by a fixed time (i.e. output offset) By default all MIDI output events are sent slightly before the audio, to give the controlled gear enough time to process the commands and generate sound. Depending on the current application audio latency and the controlled MIDI gear(s) latencie(s) as well as the routing scheme in place (OTB or internal loopback mix etc) it might be necessary to set the output offsets (per MIDI gear) to get the phasing right.

Changes in Rack Performer v1.01

  • Minor modifications:
    • External MIDI Gear: added a special “Out Offset” control port (allows to delay sent MIDI messages in order to align the application audio output with the gear one).
    • Presets port max bound is now exposed (allows to span controllers to a smaller range).
    • Presets (and Scene Snaphots) control ports now have a more intuitive 1:1 mapping with 7bit MIDI controllers.
    • Floating windows positions and visibilities are now saved and restored.
    • Improved multi-monitor workflow by having modal windows always appear on the monitor closest to the mouse.
    • Main menu in “Edit” mode is now displayed on the monitor on which the main application window (Patcher) is located.
    • Adding label modules to the patch no longer restarts the wave engine.
    • Improved PolyShaper module performance.
    • Individual ASIO channel names are now displayed in the “audio devices” config tab.
    • MIDI input is now enabled even when there are incorrect device mappings (ex: unplugged controllers).
    • New hidden option to select ClearType (default) or Standard fonts anti-aliasing method (note: application does not attempt to change the method if AA is already enabled).
    • To display properly, application now automatically enables fonts anti-aliasing when it is running (plus hidden config option to disable this behavior).
    • Added new ticker events filter option to show/hide keyboard scene snapshots change events.
    • To make technical support easier, VST plugins black-listing reasons are now saved in the DB and included in the logs.
  • Bug fixes:
    • The “Turbo Charger ASIO” wave engine (used in NIMO and MIMO configs) reported incorrect latencies.
    • Fixed support of VST plugins reporting a negative number of programs (ex: MrRay73).
    • Regression in manual GUI dispatching cinematic on multi-screen setups.
    • Corrected a few edge cases around multi-monitor support.
    • Although it had no consequence, it was possible to select unpowered or deleted modules into record and/or monitor groups.
    • VST effects with MIDI out capabilities had a “mute” control port instead of the expected “bypass” type.
    • Following a regression in previous version, PDC was not systemically applied the first time patch was powered on after loading.
    • An incorrect value could be displayed sometimes in the parameter info dialog after applying changes.
    • Some VST plugins did not get Control Focus when interacting with their GUI controls.
    • On some setups (possibly XP only, infrequent), the screen ticker could appear to be stuck.
    • Recalling scene snapshots with the keyboard mapper did not work properly in some cases.
    • Using some scan settings, duplicated VST plugins could be incorrectly black-listed.
    • Even with “automatic plugin black-listing” option disabled, VST scan should now properly resume and skip the bad plugins.
    • Corrected one possible edge case when using the “clear cache” function of the VST scanner.

Rack Performer is available for purchase for 139 EUR incl. VAT.

More information: Rack Performer

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Introduction to ACE part 4 by Dan Worrall

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u-he has just posted part 4 of the “Introduction to ACE” series of tutorial videos by Dan Worrall on the ACE modular synthesizer instrument.

The last in Dan Worrall’s 4-part series about u-he’s ACE modular synthesizer.
Best viewed at 720p (HD) resolution

ACE for Windows and Mac (VST/AU) is available from u-he for 69 EUR.

More information: u-he / ACE

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Introduction to ACE part 3 by Dan Worrall

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u-he has recently posted the third part of Dan Worrall’s superb “Introduction to ACE” tutorial video series on the ACE modular synthesizer instrument for Windows and Mac.

The third in Dan Worrall’s 4-part series about u-he’s ACE modular synthesizer.
Best viewed at 720p (HD) resolution

ACE for Windows and Mac (VST/AU) is available from u-he for 69 EUR.

More information: u-he / ACE

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Audio Damage releases Æverb Eurorack reverb

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Audio Damage has announced the release of its Æverb Eurorack reverb module.

Audio Damage Æverb

Audio Damage Æverb is a digital reverb running a feedback delay network algorithm (commonly called “FDN”). The algorithm consists of eight short delays running through eight low-pass filters, with the feedback paths summed in to a single source that provides both the output to the mix and the input to the delays themselves.

This type of reverb algorithm is generally considered “vintage” sounding, and is useful in electronic music for its thick, non-realistic behavior.

The Æverb module is available from Audio Damage’s preferred retail partners, priced at $189 USD / 179 EUR.

More information: Audio Damage / Æverb

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Spektro Audio releases DRG – Dual Rhythm Generator

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Spektro Audio has released DRG – Dual Rhythm Generator, a Max for Live device capable of generating clocks and rhythms that can be used with analog synthesizers and drum machines via control voltage.

Spektro Audio DRG

By using a combination of two clock generators and an optional boolean logic operator, DRG can generate anything from simple clock divisions to complex rhythms.
DRG is great for clocking analog sequencers, triggering envelopes, sequencing drum modules and etc.

DRG can be used in different situations. The workflow was thought out to work great both in the studio and in live concerts. Everything on the front panel, from the simple layout to the LEDs colors, was design to give you instant feedback of whats going on. Features such as the MIDI Controlled Presets let’s you add variation to your track and change the settings using either MIDI clips or any MIDI controller.

DRG requires an audio interface with DC-Coupled outputs or an Expert Sleepers ES-3 / ES-4 / ES-40 module.

DRG is available for purchase for $9.99 USD.

More information: Spektro Audio / DRG – Dual Rhythm Generator

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Plugin Boutique launches AAS Tassman 4 Flash Sale – 50% off

Plugin Boutique has announced a flash sale on the Tassman 4 modular synthesizer by Applied Acoustics Systems, offering a 50% discount for a limited time.

AAS Tassman 4

Tassman is an extremly rich modular sound synthesis environment based on physical modeling. It is both an impressive collection of unique synths and effect processors, and a tightly integrated synthesis studio which lets you customize instruments in any way you wish or even create your own from scratch.

Tassman 4 features

  • Audio bit-depth and sample rates up to 24-bit/192?kHz.
  • MIDI and host automation support.
  • MIDI Program Change support.
  • Host tempo synchronization.
  • Standalone operation—no host application required.

Tassman 4 for Windows and Mac is available at a 50% discount from Plugin Boutique until April 14th, 2014.

More information: Plugin Boutique / Tassman 4

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Glitchmachines launches Quadrant modular sound generator plugin & sample library

Glitchmachines Quadrant

Glitchmachines has announced the release of Quadrant, a modular sound generator and effects processing plugin geared toward experimental sound design and electronic music production, bundled with a Eurorack modular synthesizer sample library comprised of over 1500 samples.

Quadrant’s open-ended graphical patching system and diverse set of modules give you access to a new customizable processing environment capable of a very broad range of effects.

Quadrant’s tactile workflow and vast sonic potential will inspire you to push the envelope, while its flexible architecture invites you to try imaginative new routing scenarios to explore endless possibilities. Use it to generate vivid electronic tones and textures or to process your drum loops, soft synths, sound effects and external hardware.

At the heart of Quadrant, you will find a selection of modules you can freely configure by populating up to 8 slots. Once populated with a module, a slot will give you access to up to 4 input and output nodes, which you can freely connect via Quadrant’s virtual patch cables. Inputs and Outputs are configured to have the ability to send and receive multiple signals at once, making very complex modulation scenarios possible. Quadrant ships with 26 modules ranging from effects to utility, with additional modules already planned for future updates.

Quadrant’s unique workflow and interface will change the way you think about modulation and signal processing. The plugin makes it possible to set up completely self generating patches, making it equally capable as a sound generator and effects processor. Our designers have included a variety of external and internally generated effects patches to show what the plugin is capable of. To get you started, we’ve included 160 patches by Subjex, Balkansky, Thomas Hennebert, Apparition, Daed, John Black, Shiro Fujioka and Blush Response.

Quadrant features

  • Fully patchable modular sound generator and signal processor.
  • Sample library with 1500+ modular SFX in 24bit/96khz .wav.
  • 26 Modules ranging from Oscillators & Delays to LFOs & Mixers.
  • Freely configurable module slots and signal flow.
  • Tactile graphical patching system with virtual patch cables.
  • Real-time animated audio analyzers and visualizers.
  • 160 patches from 8 cutting-edge sound designers and artists.
  • Cross-platform compatibility (PC/Mac – VST/AU 32bit & 64bit).

Quadrant is available for purchase for $49 USD.

More information: Glitchmachines / Quadrant

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