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Liine releases Lemur 5 for iOS

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Liine has released version 5.0 of its Lemur controller app for iOS.

Liine Lemur
Version 5 of Liine’s Lemur app features new sequencing objects, and allows for creating custom objects with the new Canvas object.

Now easier to use than ever, more customisable and with more out-of-the-box functionality. Any software or hardware that receives MIDI or OSC can be controlled by Lemur.

Control DJ software, live electronic music performance software, studio production software (DAWs), VJ software, visual synthesis software, stage lighting and more.

Changes in Lemur v5.0

  • New Canvas object for creating custom objects
    • 2D drawing, animation and mono/multi-touch support.
    • Based on HTML5 Canvas specifications.
    • Implemented as standard Lemur scripting.
    • 50 new scripting functions.
  • New sequencing objects: StepNote, StepSwitch, StepSlider
    • Eight internal MIDI clocks, one for each MIDI Target.
    • Clocks can run as master or sync to an external source.
    • New type of script execution to trigger events based on musical subdivisions.
    • New scripting functions for getting/setting clock state and bpm.
  • New bundled templates.
  • Numerous tweaks and improvements.

Lemur for iOS is available to purchase for $24.99 USD. The update is free for existing Lemur users.

More information: Liine / Lemur

Native Instruments celebrates TRAKTOR DJ’s “App of the Year” with a limited time price drop

NI Traktor DJ

Native Instruments has announced it is celebrating the announcement of TRAKTOR DJ‘s “App of the Year” status among numerous year-end mentions in the App Store worldwide.

The world’s first pro DJ app was chosen as Apple’s App of the Year in many countries and was runner up in several others.

Initially released for the iPad in February, TRAKTOR DJ has won countless praise and introduced a tactile, on-the-go DJ solution aimed at DJs of all levels. Utilizing familiar iOS Multi-Touch gestures like pinch and swipe, TRAKTOR DJ has brought a professional quality mixing experience to iPad and iPhone. The revolutionary app allows DJs to intuitively interact with their music in a completely new way.

To celebrate TRAKTOR DJ’s success, Native Instruments has significantly dropped the price of both iPad and iPhone versions in the App Store for a limited time until January 31, 2014.

TRAKTOR DJ is available in the App Store for only $9.99 USD / 8.99 EUR for iPad and $1.99 USD / 1.79 EUR for iPhone until January 31, 2014.

More information: Native Instruments / TRAKTOR DJ

Konkreet Labs updates Performer to v2.1

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Konkreet Labs Performer

Konkreet Labs has released version 2.1 of the Konkreet Performer controller app for iOS.

KONKREET PERFORMER is a music control and performance instrument that was designed to use multi-touch technology to the full.

Instead of traditional faders and knobs, use multi-touch and gestures to manipulate PERFORMER’s beautiful shapes to dynamically control your computer’s software instruments in real-time.

Changes in Konkreet Performer v2.1

  • Resizeable Touch Areas — Especially useful for grabbing nodes quickly. The size of the touch areas can now be set, per bank, in the preferences screen.
  • Discontinuous Node Angles — The standard node angle output is a continuous 0 to 180 to 0 degrees. Now, with this update, the output can be set to the full 0 to 360 degrees.
  • Various bug fixes.

Konkreet Performer for iOS costs $24.99 USD.

More information: Konkreet Labs

Holderness Media updates Echo Pad for iOS to v1.4.7

Holderness Media has released version 1.4.7 of its Echo Pad multi-fx processor for iOS.


Echo Pad 1.4.7 adds two new delay effects, Oil Can Delay and Multi-tap.

Echo Pad is a realtime Multi-FX processor compatible with Audiobus including: Tape Echo, Oil Can Delay, Multi-Tap, Stereo Delay, Shimmer Delay, Smooth Filter, Decimator, Flanger, Distortion, Loopers and more. Effects are controlled by a large multi-touch pad on your iPad, iPhone and iPod touch device.

Changes in Echo Pad v1.4.7

  • New effect Multi-Tap Delay, a stereo multi-tap delay with cross-feedback.
  • New effect Oil Can Delay, inspired by vintage oil can reverb/echo units.
  • Adjustable buffer size from 64 to 1024 samples.
  • New input gain slider.
  • Option to enable/disable input light animation.
  • Global preferences now saved (background audio, audio buffer size setting, hardware input setting, input light animation on/off).
  • Minor bugfixes.

Echo Pad costs $3.99 USD.

More information: Holderness Media / Echo Pad

Andrew McPherson introduces TouchKeys multi-touch musical keyboard

Andrew McPherson has launched a Kickstarter project for his Touchkeys, a DIY touch sensor kit allowing capacitive multi-touch sensing on a physical keyboard.

Touchkeys
The TouchKeys are a new musical instrument transforming the piano-style keyboard into an expressive multi-touch control surface.

The TouchKeys feature native OSC and MIDI support, so they work with nearly every synthesizer or software instrument, with wind and string sounds working particularly well thanks to the ease of playing vibrato and pitch bends. Mappings between touch data and MIDI/OSC are fully customisable in the included open-source software.

A unique aspect of the TouchKeys project is that the sensors install on any existing keyboard, from portable 2-octave controllers to 88-key grands. This means that the TouchKeys retain the familiar keyboard action while adding many new expressive techniques. The Kickstarter project will offer DIY kits for musicians to hack their own keyboards, as well as a limited number of prebuilt instruments. The project seeks to raise £30k to fund the production of TouchKeys sets and get them into the hands of musicians.

About me: Andrew McPherson, creator of the TouchKeys, is a composer and engineer and a Lecturer (Assistant Professor) in the Centre for Digital Music at Queen Mary, University of London. His previous project, the magnetic resonator piano (electronically-augmented acoustic piano), has been used in dozens of performances worldwide over the past 4 years, most recently by the London Chamber Orchestra and the band These New Puritans.

This project is looking to raise £30,000 GBP by Monday Sep 2, 6:59pm EDT.

More information: Touchkeys

Apple releases Logic Pro X

Apple has announced the release of Logic Pro X, featuring a new interface designed for pros, powerful new creative tools for musicians, and an expanded collection of instruments and effects.

Apple Logic Pro X

Logic Pro X includes Drummer, a revolutionary new feature that provides a virtual session player that automatically plays along with your song in a wide variety of drumming styles and techniques, and Flex Pitch, which provides integrated pitch editing for audio recordings. Apple also introduced Logic Remote, an innovative new way to play and control Logic Pro X from your iPad®, giving musicians the flexibility to create and mix their music from anywhere in the room.

“Logic Pro X is our most powerful version yet, with advanced tools and a modern new interface designed to streamline the process of creating professional quality music,” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing. “Musicians are going to love creative new features like Drummer, Flex Pitch, Track Stacks and the Arpeggiator.”

“Logic Pro was critical to writing and recording our debut album Night Visions, so we couldn’t wait to get our hands on Logic Pro X,” said Wayne Sermon, guitarist of the Platinum-selling band Imagine Dragons. “We love the new design, and the creative features of Logic Pro X have already been inspiring us to write new material while we’re on tour.”

Logic Pro X has been designed with a modern new look while preserving and expanding the power and features that professional users rely on. The streamlined interface provides access to advanced tools and functionality for more technical tasks, or can be hidden to allow musicians to focus on being creative. Flex Pitch helps users fix out-of-tune vocals and even change the melodies of recorded audio by manipulating individual notes within an audio waveform. Track Stacks lets you organize and collapse multiple tracks into one, or can be used to create rich, layered instruments. Smart Controls allow you to manipulate multiple plug-ins and parameters with a single move for quick and powerful sound design. An improved Mixer helps manage mix sessions more efficiently, with increased visibility into signal flow and dynamics and faster ways to manipulate channel inserts.

Logic Pro X Drummer / Drum Kit Designer
Logic Pro X Drummer and Drum Kit Designer.

Logic Pro X provides a collection of new creative tools for songwriting and music production. Drummer delivers professionally produced, realistic drum tracks that respond to your direction and can perform millions of unique grooves in rock, alternative, songwriter and R&B genres. Drummer is powered by the performances and sounds of some of the industry’s top session players and recording engineers, including legendary mixer/producer Bob Clearmountain, who has worked with the Rolling Stones, Bruce Springsteen and David Bowie. Designed to work with Drummer, the new Drum Kit Designer plug-in lets you build your own custom kit using a diverse collection of professionally recorded snare drums, toms, hi-hats and cymbals that you can mix, match and fine tune to get the right drum sound for your song.

Logic Pro X expands Logic Pro’s rich collection of synthesizers and keyboards with more new instruments. The Arpeggiator is one of nine new MIDI plug-ins and can transform a simple keyboard chord into an elaborate performance. The new Retro Synth emulates some of the most popular classic synthesizer tones from the 70s and 80s, and Vintage Keyboards offer realistic models of electric pianos, B3 organs and clavs, with sophisticated tone-shaping controls. Bass Amp Designer allows bass players to play and record using vintage and modern bass amps, with cabinets and microphones that can be configured to build a custom bass rig. Logic Pro X also features an entirely new Sound Library with an updated loop collection and over 1,500 instrument and effect Patches that make creative use of Track Stacks, Smart Controls, the Arpeggiator and other new plug-ins.

Logic Remote

Logic Remote is an innovative new way to extend the creative power of Logic by using your iPad. Designed to take full advantage of the iPad Multi-Touch™ display, Logic Remote gives users new ways to record, mix and even perform instruments in Logic Pro X from anywhere in the room, turning their iPad into a keyboard, drum pad, guitar fretboard, mixing board or transport control.

MainStage® 3, a major update to MainStage, is the live performance companion app for Logic Pro X, turning the Mac® into a live rig that makes it easy to bring sounds from the studio to the concert stage. MainStage 3 features a new user interface and maintains compatibility with the new Logic Pro X plug-ins, Patches and Smart Controls.

Logic Pro X and MainStage 3 are available to purchase for $199.99 USD and $29.99 USD, respectively. Logic Remote is available as a free download from the App Store.

More information: Apple / Logic Pro X

Keith McMillen Instruments announces QuNeo integration for FL Studio, Reason, VirtualDJ & Spark

Keith McMillen Instruments QuNeo

Keith McMillen Instruments has announced that its QuNeo 3D multi-touch pad controller is now supported by over 30 popular music applications, including new integration for FL Studio, Reason, VirtualDJ and Spark.

QuNeo, the most expressive pad controller on the market, is now the most widely supported. QuNeo works out of the box with over 30 music applications, yet allows for easy tweaking to suit every player’s needs.

New QuNeo integration

  • FL Studio 11 — FL Studio is one of the most widely used music production software applications. The recent release FL Studio 11 by Image-Line Software includes native support for QuNeo and a new Performance mode for clip-launching. “Image-Line is happy to include QuNeo as a supported MIDI controller in FL Studio,” said Image-Line Communications Manager, Scott Fisher. “FL Studio 11′s new Performance mode allows QuNeo users to do live triggering of their playlist clips.”
  • Reason 7 — Reason is a popular and powerful music production studio from Propellerhead Software. Released in April, Reason 7 includes built in control surface support for QuNeo. “Controlling Reason with QuNeo gives you a different way to approach your music making, and the unique controller offers some really exciting features for interacting with your Reason rack,” said Propellerhead Product Specialist, Mattias Häggström Gerdt. It’s now easier than ever to use QuNeo’s X-Y location and pressure sensitive pads to bring expressive levels of performance control to Reason. Each of QuNeo’s pads can act as both a keyboard key and a 3-D effects joystick. QuNeo’s additional sliders, rotaries and buttons provide even more ways to interact with Reason.
  • VirtualDJ — VirtualDJ is a popular DJ software application with a large, world-wide user base. In partnership with KMI, Atomix Productions has developed a QuNeo preset and control surface mapping for VirtualDJ which provides a wide range of performance options. “It was a real pleasure working with QuNeo and the KMI staff to bring such a versatile product to VirtualDJ users, and we look forward to working with other products from Keith McMillen,” said Atomix Hardware Development Engineer, Chris Stoll. Users can scratch, crossfade between decks, alter the tempo of tracks, control loops, filters, effects and key changes, access cue points, and trigger samples. When scratching with QuNeo’s rotaries, looping or hot cue triggering, users can leverage Virtual DJ’s “Slip Mode” which automatically returns the track to the point where it would be if none of these actions had occurred.
  • Arturia Spark — Arturia’s innovative software instruments are a natural fit with QuNeo. In partnership with Arturia, KMI has developed QuNeo control surface mappings and a custom QuNeo preset for Spark, Spark Vintage Drum Machines, Spark DubStep and Spark EDM. Using QuNeo factory presets, users can play individual pads or drum patterns, perform drum loop manipulation, and control effects. The custom Spark QuNeo preset provides more advanced features like additional effects control, the use of QuNeo’s rotaries, and the ability to activate transport controls from QuNeo.

The QuNeo is available to purchase for $249.95 USD.

More information: Keith McMillen Instruments / QuNeo

Sensomusic launches Usine Hollyhock Release Candidate

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Sensomusic has announced the release of a release candidate version of the Usine Hollyhock digital audio workstation for Windows and Mac.

Sensomusic Usine Hollyhock

After years of development the Sensomusic team is proud to announce that Usine Hollyhock is available for download.

Usine Hollyhock is a new generation of Digital Audio Workstation dedicated to live music and real-time installations which introduces several innovative concepts.

Usine is different but finally you’ll realize that it is one of the most powerful audio software you can find.

Usine Hollyhock features

  • Simple & powerful interface.
  • A new Grid approach.
  • Native Surround 64 channels.
  • Native multi-touch.
  • Highly muti-core optimized.
  • Integrated physical engine.
  • Fully customizable interface.
  • VST & Audio-Units support.
  • Integrated network support.
  • For MacOSX & Windows.

Usine Hollyhock is available for the introductory price of 159 EUR (regular 199 EUR). It includes one year of free updates and Usine 5 Pro.

More information: Sensomusic