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MOTU releases Digital Performer 8 for Windows

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MOTU DP8

MOTU has announced that the Windows version of its Digital Performer 8 digital audio workstation software is now shipping.

If you don’t own DP8 yet and would like to try it, simply download the Mac version or Windows version of DP8, install it, and click Start Demo to begin your 30-day demo period.

All features except MP3 exporting are available, including document saving. When your 30-day trial period ends, click Buy Now to purchase DP online, or you can purchase it from your favorite MOTU reseller. You can also purchase at any time from the motu.com/store.

Registered DP8 for Mac users can download the Windows version and use the same keycode you given at the time DP8 was purchased. The Mac install (if you have one) will remain activated, even after you activate the Windows install with the same keycode. Mac users should download the 8.02 Update for Mac.

More information: MOTU / Digital Performer

Acousticsamples releases GD-6 acoustic guitar library

Acousticsamples GD-6

Acousticsamples has released GD-6, an acoustic guitar sample library for the UVI Workstation, based on the Guild D-40 custom edition electro-acoustic guitar.

We recorded it with a pair of microphones and using the build in pickup. We sampled it very deeply, all frets of all strings with upstrokes, downstrokes, round robins, releases, staccatos, mutes, palm mutes, hand blocks, slides, hammer ons, pull offs, retriggers, fretnoises, percussions other articulations. All of these details allow us to reproduce the real playing of a guitar player, and easily.

There are basically 4 modes, the solo mode that allows to play melodies, the chord mode that helps playing strums or picking very easily, the patterns mode that does all of the strumming or picking for you and the MIDI mode that allows you to use your preferred midi guitar controller.

GD-6 Acoustic Guitar features

  • 4.43Gb, 7000 samples.
  • Strumming engine (features chord recognition and a smart strumming technique to produce guitar-like chords) and complete control of all its parameters.
  • 62 realistic patterns for easy strumming, picking and advanced playing styles.
  • Integrated song builder to create songs within minutes and very easily
  • Legato script to play natural hammer ons, pull offs and slides.
  • Natural hand placement simulation.
  • 39 different samples per fret and all 21 fret sampled for each string.
  • Multi velocity Hammer on, pull off, slides up, slides down, mutes, ghost notes, pre notes.
  • Included sparkVerb©.
  • Control over the microphones and pickup volumes.
  • Advanced bend control.
  • Advanced UVI scripting giving you access to a simple yet powerfull interface and advanced features.
  • and more…

The sound library is available to purchase for $149 USD. Requires UVI Workstation 2 (free) or MOTU MachFive 3.

More information: Acousticsamples / GD-6 Acoustic Guitar

VI Labs releases True Cowbells free sample library

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VI Labs True Cowbells

VI Labs has announced True Cowbells, a free sound library featuring the sounds of three cowbells.

What do you do after you create one of the most comprehensive and well received virtual piano plug-ins on the market? You get to work.

Introducing True Cowbells. The most comprehensive Cowbell plug-in ever developed. We sampled three of the most popular cowbells on the market using different microphones. Choose close-up hits, the perspective from the player, or really explore the studio space with the room sound. You can even choose a “mix” position just like in (True Keys Pianos) to get a blend of all three microphone positions we recorded.

True Cowbells for UVI Workstation & MachFive is available as a free download.

More information: VI Labs / True Cowbells

AskVideo releases Maschine Virtuosity, Diva Demystified & MachFive 3 Unleashed

AskVideo has released Maschine Virtuosity, Diva Demystified & MachFive 3 Unleashed, three new video courses.

Ask Video video courses
  • Maschine Virtuosity – Watching Jeremy Ellis demonstrate his legendary finger drumming techniques on Native Instruments’ amazing Maschine is like throwing gasoline on a fire… the result is very, very hot! Learn the secrets of drum pad performance in this exclusive course from the world’s foremost finger drumming virtuoso.
  • Diva Demystified – u-he Diva is a hungry synth! Hungry to produce the most retro synth sounds of the not-so-distant past. Dig into this deep, Dinosaur Impersonating Virtual Analog synthesizer with synthesist, Rishabh Rajan, and see how you can bring the sounds of the past rushing back to the present!
  • MachFive 3 Unleashed – MachFive 3 – MOTU’s massive, mothership of a sampler – is full-featured and very deep! But have no fear because MOTU software consultant Matt Vanacoro is here to demystify it! So get ready to learn MachFive 3 faster than the speed of sound in this inspiring 29-tutorial course!

The courses are available to AskVideo’s Full Library Pass members (starting at $25/month).

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Acousticsamples releases Petit Piano sound library

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Acousticsamples Petit Piano

Acousticsamples has introduced the Petit Piano 50 keys children’s piano sound library for UVI Workstation and MachFive.

This piano is manufactured by a french piano manufacturer called “Klein” and this is the only “Childrens” piano of this size. It features a real wooden keyboard and a 2 string system which makes it sound close to a full sized upright piano and not like a toy.

It is a small piano, but we still wanted to make it as realistic as possible, so we added our top piano features like sympathetic resonances, true pedal action, or really accurate release samples to get great sounding staccatos. We recorded 6 velocity layers as well as key noises, resonances, release samples, pedal noises, etc… and you can control every bit of it using the interface.

Petit Piano features

  • 1.29GB, 859 samples.
  • 6 Velocity layers for the sustain.
  • 6 Velocities for the release.
  • Pedal and key noises.
  • Pedal down resonances.
  • Sympathetic resonances.
  • True pedal action.
  • Access to impulse response list.
  • Tone control.
  • Advanced UVI scripting giving you access to a simple yet powerfull interface and advanced features.

The sound library costs 49 EUR / $60 USD.

More information: Acousticsamples / Petit Piano

Hal Leonard publishes The Power in Digital Performer

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Hal Leonard The Power in Digital Performer

Hal Leonard Books has announced it is shipping The Power In Digital Performer, a guide to help those who are new to Digital Performer get up to speed quickly.

Author David E. Roberts has been directly involved with the development of this incredibly powerful and innovative DAW software since 1993 – he is also responsible for artist/VIP support at MOTU and has been training new users for the past 20 years. Considering Roberts’ depth of understanding and insightful experience, this Quick Pro Guide offers a uniquely succinct path to understanding and eventually mastering Digital Performer.

This is the first book to look under the hood of Digital Performer 8 – the first version of the program manufactured for both Mac and Windows OS. In fact, this is arguably the most up-to-date and insightful guide available focused specifically on Digital Performer.The Power in Digital Performer provides concise, easy-to-understand, and practical text combined with instructive screenshots. An accompanying DVD-ROM provides extremely powerful and supportive video tutorials featuring Magic Dave Roberts doing what he does best: revealing the insider tips and tricks that have kept Digital Performer at the forefront of DAW technology since its inception.

The book is available to purchase for $16.99 USD.

More information: Hal Leonard / The Power In Digital Performer

Gospel Musicians releases Pure Sine Synthesizer

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Gospel Musicians has announced the release of the Pure Sine Synthesizer sound library for UVI Player Workstation and MachFive 3.

Gospel Musicians Pure Sine Synthesizer

Capitalizing on UVI/MachFive’s built in wavetable and analog synthesis, Pure Sine focuses on bringing pure sines, pulses, saws, square, and triangle waves used in today’s modern hip-hop, R&B, trance, dub-step, and urban genres. Pure Sine’s interface focuses on the most important synthesis controls in order to quickly program leads, basses, kicks, 808s, pads, effects, blips and a new urban stacked sine pad used in live gigs and on many pop albums. The only samples used for the sound creation are the EP’s and strings to produce the sine pad, but the rest of the waveforms are produced using MachFive’s extensive wavetable and analog synthesis algorithms.

Pure Sine takes advantage of UVI’s advanced scripting engine to provide an extensive GUI and built-in scripts to take advantage of the classic analog sounding legato, portamento, and glide functions needed to produce the classic slide/glide sound for synth basses and leads that do not re-trigger if played in a legato fashion.

Pure Sine Synth features

  • ASDR Envelope.
  • Mono/Poly Mode.
  • Legato Mode.
  • Glide Time slider.
  • Sub Oscillator switch and level.
  • Able to adjust the pitch bend up/down amount.
  • Mod Wheel LFO for classic “Wobble” bass sound.
  • LFO able to sync to host DAW.
  • MIDI Learn function for all controls.
  • Octo switch for instant octave bass and lead sounds.
  • New Advanced portamento function to produces glide between notes,?even when they are played in a non-overlapping fashion.
  • 4-Band EQ.
  • Tape Delay effect.
  • Dedicated Octave Buttons for high leads and low basses.
  • Works with UVI Free Player.

The sample library is available to purchase for $79.99 USD.

More information: Gospel Musicians / Pure Sine Synthesizer

MOTU ships Digital Performer 8—audio workstation software goes 64-bit + Windows support coming

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MOTU Digital Performer 8

MOTU has announced it is now shipping Digital Performer 8, a major upgrade to their flagship audio workstation software.

17 new plug-ins

Version 8 ships with 17 new plug-ins, including two new classic guitar amp models, a bass cabinet model, several classic guitar pedals, modeled analog delay, a multi-band dynamic equalizer, a precision delay, a de-esser, the Subkick™ kick drum enhancer, and Springamabob™, a modeled vintage spring reverb processor.

New video engine

DP8′s new video engine allows full-screen viewing of full 720 or 1080 HD video clips on a primary or secondary computer monitor, or on a conventional HDMI or SDI video monitor connected to a MOTU video interface such as the HD Express or HDX-SDI. The movie window can be easily popped in and out of the consolidated window, and the movie audio track can be routed to aux faders for mixing and processing, without the need to extract the audio.

15 new themes

Digital Performer’s Themes allow users to change the entire look of the software with one click. DP8 adds 15 new themes, including “Hi-Fi”, “Arctic”, and “None More Black”.

MOTU Digital Performer 8

Digital Performer 8 features

  • Cross platform — Supports Windows 7 and Mac OS X.
  • Native 64-bit operation — Takes full advantage of 64-bit operating systems.
  • VST / Rewire support — On both Mac and Windows for easy project exchange.
  • New video engine — Supports full-screen video, 720/1080 HD, and MOTU video hardware monitoring.
  • Punch Guard™ confidence recording — Captures extra time before and after punch points.
  • 17 new plug-ins — From meticulously modeled guitar tones to world-class mastering plug-ins…
  • 15 new themes — Artistically crafted UI designs including Hi-Fi, Arctic, and None More Black.
  • In-line control panel — Conserves precious screen real estate.
  • Multi-format plug-in management — Organize, manage, and quickly search for plug-ins in multiple formats.

Digital Performer 8 is now shipping for Mac OS X. The Windows version is in final testing and will be available soon to all registered DP8 users. Pricing remains the same, as follows:

  • Full version: $795
  • Competitive upgrade: $395
  • AudioDesk upgrade: $395
  • Upgrade from previous version: $195

Registered users can upgrade directly from the MOTU web site. Users of competing products can purchase the DP8 Competitive Upgrade at the link above or from any authorized MOTU reseller.

More information: MOTU / Digital Performer