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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

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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

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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

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MOTU audio interfaces gain wireless iPad control of CueMix

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MOTU has released a driver update for all MOTU audio interfaces that enables wireless control of their on-board CueMix mixing features using an iPad.

Now available as a free download, the latest CueMix FX software includes TouchOSC templates for Apple’s iPad that give users complete control over the CueMix mixing and effects processing in their MOTU audio interface from anywhere in their home or studio Wi-Fi network.

All CueMix-equipped MOTU interfaces are supported, including current and legacy models.

MOTU CueMix
The CueMix mixer in MOTU audio interfaces can be controlled from an iPad using an app called TouchOSC. Users can perform all CueMix mixing functions using on-screen faders, knobs, and buttons in TouchOSC. Communication is bi-directional, so any changes made on the computer screen will also be reflected on the iPad.

iPad control of CueMix FX is supported on both Mac OS X and Windows 7/Vista.

The TouchOSC layouts, along with a required CueMix FX software update, are included in a new MOTU universal audio installer now available to all MOTU audio interface users as a free download.

More information: MOTU / TouchOSC for CueMix

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UVI releases The Beast virtual instrument

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UVI The Beast

UVI has released The Beast, a UVI instrument inspired by THE machine of luxury born in 1975 for the musical elite.

Using electronics developed for NASA, this revolutionary instrument was unprecedented for its time. Its emergence into the professional studio inspired many of the leading avant-garde artists and sonic visionaries to embrace its potential, including Frank Zappa, Chick Corea, Michael Jackson, Sting, Kraftwerk, Stevie Wonder, and Depeche Mode, among others.

“A diverse suite with a rich and expansive sonic range, The Beast embodies the timeless sound of vintage, luxury electronics”, said Alain J Etchart, UVI Creative Manager.

UVI The Beast - FMII
UVI The Beast – FMII synthesizer in UVI Workstation 2.

The Beast features

  • Beast FMII: An FM and additive synthesis monster: As a result of a combination of deep multi-sampling and integrated true FM synthesis module, this instrument offers a unique approach to reproducing these vintage sounds, allowing for subtle to extreme variation.
  • Beast Terminal: With careful attention to historical details, the presets and sonic character of Beast Terminal traverse a wide territory. Ranging from acoustic to electric, they encompass the full sonic spectrum: from lush strings to strikingly bright brass timbres and beyond.
  • Beast Box: Combining the best FM-synthesized percussion sounds with recordings of the deepest drum hits and percussion samples, Beast Box is a massive drum machine with an extensive library of over 1200 sounds.
  • The Beast is compatible with all Windows and Mac OS X DAWs via the free UVI Workstation (2.0.6+). It also loads in the full-featured MOTU MachFive 3 sampler.

The Beast is available to purchase for $199 USD.

More information: UVI Sound Source / The Beast

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UVI releases Emulation One sound library

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UVI Emultion One

UVI has announced the release of Emulation One, the prequel to the Emulation II, featuring the unbridled sonic imprint of this ‘nearly affordable and compact’ sampler from 1981.

Used by greats such as Vangelis, Herbie Hancock, David Bowie, Depeche Mode, Genesis, Kitaro, Jean-Michel Jarre, Stevie Wonder, Philip Glass, John Carpenter and more, this 8-bit classic will surely inspire you on new voyages of sound as you rediscover the magic character of this 80′s gem.

Featuring totally different but complementary sounds to its successor, Emulation One will add a piece of history to your musical arsenal. Paint the future with the magic of the past!

UVI Emultion One
UVI re-creates the E-MU Emulator with Emulation One for UVI Workstation 2 & Machfive.

Emulation One features

  • 200+ of the best sounds from a fully restored unit. Old-school drums, bass, choir-voices, fretted instruments, FX, keys, mallets, percussion, synths, strings, orchestral hits and more are all here.
  • Deep multi-sampling utilizing the very best analog and digital equipment is combined with industry-leading modeling tools to give you a hybrid instrument that’s both genuine to the original and thoroughly customizable.
  • Includes Drumulation One, a beatbox and step sequencer loaded to the brim with vintage 8-bit drum and percussion sounds.
  • Compatible with the free UVI Workstation 2.0.6 and MachFive 3.

The Emulation One library is available to purchase for $99 USD.

More information: UVI / Emulation One

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MOTU intros Track16 – Desktop audio interface with effects and mixing

MOTU has announced its new Track16 FireWire/USB audio interface.

Simple operation. Clean design. Studio-grade sound quality. Track16 exhibits these design principles through and through. And don’t let its compact size deceive you. There’s plenty of I/O available for a well-equipped personal studio, ready for multi-player recording sessions. Track16′s pristine mic preamps, balanced line-level audio connections, and renowned MOTU engineering deliver world-class audio quality.

MOTU Track16Track16 – MOTU’s new compact FireWire 400 (and USB2) powered desktop audio interface.

Track16 features

  • 16 x 14 audio interface for Mac and Windows – All channels are available simultaneously and operate independently.
  • Hybrid FireWire/USB 2.0 connectivity – Connects to your Mac or PC via either bus-powered Firewire or hi-speed USB2.
  • One-touch operation – Simply tap the input or output you wish to control with the main knob.
  • Compact desktop form factor – Sits neatly next to your computer keyboard or laptop.
  • 16-bus digital mixer – Routes and mixes all sixteen inputs to any output pair.
  • Eight separate stereo mixes – Each output pair (main outs, line outs, phones, 4x optical, and a return bus) can have a completely different mix of all eight inputs, with or without computer tracks.
  • Two mic inputs – 2x pre-amp equipped mic inputs with individual 48V phantom power, -20 dB pad, Precision Digital Trim™, and plenty of gain.
  • Two guitar inputs – 2x hi-Z guitar inputs with Precision Digital Trim.
  • Stereo line inputs – On balanced TRS quarter-inch jacks. Connect a keyboard, synth, drum machine or other analog source.
  • Stereo main outs – On balanced TRS quarter-inch jacks. Connect directly to powered speakers (or other line-level analog destination).
  • Stereo line outs – Separate line-level outputs for secondary studio monitors or other destination.
  • Two headphone outputs – Can’t find your headphone adapter? No problem. Both a quarter-inch and eighth-inch jack are provided. Or connect two pairs of phones simultaneously.
  • Support for HD audio – Supports standard sample rates up to 192 kHz.
  • Precision Digital Trim™ – Digitally controlled analog trim on all inputs provides adjustments in approximately 1 dB increments. Fine-tune the balance of your inputs and then save/recall trim configurations.
  • CueMix™ FX cross-platform mixing software – Attractive on-screen graphic mixing with an instrument tuner and audio analysis tools including real-time FFT display, spectrogram “waterfall” display, oscilloscope, X-Y plot and linear or polar phase analysis.
  • Stand-alone operation – Bring the Track16 to your gig, with or without a computer. Just plug in the included power adapter and you are ready to go.
  • Expandable – Add additional interfaces for more I/O as your needs grow.
  • Time code support – Directly resolves to (or generates) time code via any quarter-inch input or output, without the need for an extra synchronizer.
  • Direct Digital Synthesis™ (DDS) – DSP-driven phase lock engine and internal clock source produces imperceptibly low jitter characteristics (below the noise floor), even when the Track16 is resolved to an external clock source via SMPTE time code.
  • DC-coupled TRS outputs – Can be used with Volta™ (sold separately) to manipulate and sequence voltage-controlled modular synthesizers from a host DAW.
  • Plug-and-play operation with your Mac or PC via FireWire or USB2 – Compatible with all current and recent generation Macs and PCs.
  • Native 32- and 64-bit drivers for Mac OS X and Windows 7/Vista – Includes ASIO, WDM, Wave, Core Audio, and Core MIDI drivers. Supports all popular Mac and Windows audio software.
  • Fully compatible with 3rd-party software – 100% compatible with all host-based effects processing in today’s popular audio programs.
  • Includes audio workstation software – Includes AudioDesk full-featured sample-accurate workstation software for the Mac with recording, editing, mixing, real-time 32-bit effects processing & sample-accurate sync.
  • Bus-powered FireWire operation – No need for external power when operating as a FireWire interface connected to a computer. A power supply is included for stand-alone or USB2 operation.
  • Compact form factor – Chassis dimensions: 5 (W) × 8.375 (L) × 1.125 (H) inches (12.7 × 21.27 × 2.86 cm). Knob height adds approximately 0.5 inch (1.27 cm) from the top surface.
  • Included breakout cable – Included DB25 breakout cable with audio connectors is approximately 44 inches (111.76 cm) long.
  • Track16 breakout box (sold separately) – Connects to Track16 via a custom-designed DB25-to-DB25 cable (included with the breakout box) and provides all the same connectors as the Track16 cable.

The Track16 interface will ship in Q3, 2012, priced MSRP $595 USD.

More information: MOTU / Track16

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