Sensomusic has announced the release of Usine 5.50 poly, a new version of the universal audio software.
Usine 5.50 poly include a new technology called poly. All sub-patches can now be duplicated according a poly parameter. For example, you can build a single sample player and decide to duplicate it 8 times to obtain 8 independents sample players with their own interface. This version include many improvement of the interface, the audio engine and new modules.
Changes in Usine 5.50 poly
[patching] polyphony for sub-patches.
[module] new Draw Objects module more powerful and faster.
[module] mapper data up to 256 value.
[module] new X-1 module.
[module] new BLOC DURATION module.
[touch screen] contact surface informations now available in all interface modules.
[library] new grain engine FX.
[library] new Reverse FX.
[keylearn] allows now multiple keypressed at the same time.
[midi learn] soft take over implemented: option in the setup.
[interface] trace OSC out messages.
[interface] new color selector window.
all reported bugs fixed.
Usine Pro 5.50 poly is now available to purchase for a special promotional price of 90 EUR (regular 120 EUR). A license includes one year of free updates.
Sensomusic has also announced Easine, a simplified version of Usine, especially designed for installations and netbook computers. Details on Easine here.
CyberStep has introduced the KDJ-ONE, a first of its kind DAW touchscreen smartbook featuring an advanced synthesizer, sequencer, and multitrack audio editing with ACIDized WAV support.
Built-in speakers, mic, WLAN, and lithium battery make KDJ-ONE a completely portable and wireless handheld production environment. Additionally, a high precision vibration system adds unique force feedback to your music creating experience.
The KDJ-ONE features combination of multi-touch screen, keypad, and jog dial allows for a fluid and intuitive control system unlike that of any existing hardware or software. Its runs Intel MeeGo Handset Edition as its OS, and supports all of MeeGo’s features including web browser, Skype, media player, and more. This new digital audio workstation is built-in KDJ2 Synth features 10 synthesis algorithms, 20 effects, 7 filters, and 4 modulation units including step modulation, which delivers an indispensable tool when creating electronic/club style tracks.
Further features include ACID formatted samples may be loaded directly into KDJ-ONE’s audio tracks and time-stretched just as in ACID, creating a whole new world of possibilities; likewise, patterns created with the KDJ-ONE may be exported directly to ACIDized WAV format. The 6 track pattern sequencer includes automation/motion sequencing, loop recording, step recording, piano roll, and all other standard sequencer features.
The KDJ-ONE also features a Unique Song Mode allows DJ style mixing of two patterns in real time and may be used as a VST via built-in wireless LAN; internal settings and data are also editable from the computer. The high precision “QW” vibration system sends vibrations from your music directly to your fingertips, adding a whole new element of force feedback to your music production experience; the vibration system even works with KDJ’s built-in games.
CyberStep, Inc. will be exhibiting the KDJ-ONE at NAMM Show 2011 (January 13th – 16th, 2011 Anaheim Convention Center). Please feel free to come to CyberStep’s booth (E #1570) to try and play the new digital audio workstation. KDJ-ONE’s prototype will be available on the booth.
Liine has announced the Cliip module for Gridd, the only iPad controller that lets you seamlessly edit Ableton Live MIDI clips.
A world-first in controllers, Cliip allows you to create and edit MIDI clips with your fingertips using an elegant touch-enabled piano roll.
Cliip makes editing MIDI clips a truly live, musical experience. The piano roll is now an instrument too. Paint notes onto the smooth zoomable grid. Use intuitive multitouch gestures to edit note length and velocity – no need to LEARN it, just FEEL it. Snap/Fine and Percussive/Melodic modes and the powerful Duplicate function will help you unleash your creativity. Use in the studio to effortlessly create that killer hook or get personal with your audience and truly create music in front of them.
The Cliip module is initially available only when running on iPad. Cliip will run on iPhone and iPod Touch too in the next update.
Piano roll with zoomable keyboard and timeline.
iPercussive mode for short notes and Melodic mode with two finger note length gesture.
Snap and fine modes. Snap note position (or note end) to the grid, or use fine mode to add some groove.
Drag up the velocity lane and add dynamics to your music.
Copy and paste functions allow you to copy the contents of one clip to another.
Duplicate function allows you to duplicate and extend the current loop (e.g. to copy a loop 4 times so that you can add a variation on the 4th loop).
Remotely create new MIDI clip.
Cliip is included in Griid Pro, currently priced at $16.99 USD / 13.99 EUR until February 28, 2011 (regular $24.99 USD / 19.99 EUR). Cliip is available for Griid users as an “In App Purchase” (requires Griid v1.10).
Neyrinck has released the V-Control and V-Control Pro, two multi-touch control surface apps for iPad.
V-Control and V-Control Pro are iPad apps that provide a virtual multi-touch control surface for Pro Tools®.
V-Control uses the HUI control surface protocol to let you access transport, editing and mixing functions with any Pro Tools system. In tandem with your iPad, V-Controlʼs portability, small footprint, and ease-of-use provide a powerful addition for any Pro Tools user.
V-Control / V-Control Pro features
Large, touch-sensitive moving faders.
Solo, mute, record, and pan controls (pan on Pro only).
Flip mode send editing (Pro only).
Scrub / shuttle control (Pro only).
Automation mode controls and display (Pro only).
Automation and group suspend buttons (Pro only).
Automation and group status display (Pro only).
Automation write enable controls (Pro only).
Plug-in editing (Pro only).
Input monitoring switch.
Big counter display.
Save and Undo buttons.
Pre-roll / Post-roll buttons.
I/O assignment (Pro only).
Zoom presets (Pro only).
Window display controls (Pro only).
Keypad popover provides access to many Pro Tools features.
V-Control and V-Control Pro are available to purchase from the iTunes App Store for $19.99 and $49.99 USD respectively.
JazzMutant has announced that it will stop selling the multi-touch Lemur controller by the end of the year.
During five years and despite the new fever surrounding touch technologies, the Lemur remained the only Multi-touch device capable to meet the needs of creative people. From now on, this ecosystem is evolving quickly : powerful consumer tablet devices are becoming mainstream, bringing the power of multi-touch to everyone. In the meantime, JazzMutant, renamed Stantum in 2007, has become a technology-centric company and developed partnerships with tier-one industrial partners to speed up this democratization. As a result, the need for a high-end dedicated hardware is doomed to vanish in the near future. This is why Stantum is announcing today that it will close its JazzMutant activity unit and stop selling its legendary Lemur Multi-touch hardware controller at the end of December while the stock lasts!
The last batch of Lemurs just came out of the factory. These very last units are now available at a special discounted price from JazzMutant’s webstore and from its authorized distributors and retailers. These very last units are now available with 25% discount! Moreover, the Dexter App and an original Lemur T-shirt will come along for free. Don’t miss this last opportunity and grab the legendary Lemur from authorized retailers while the stock last! The Technical support and after sale service will be handled until December 31, 2011. The jazzmutant website will stay online in order to let the user community access support resources and share their projects.
Over 25 years later, portions of MIDI introduced early on in the spec remain relevant. And if you want to connect your MIDI-equipped gear to Apple’s iPod touch, iPhone, and iPad mobiles, you will soon have an array of choices.
In iOS 4.2, best known for leveling the playing field between Apple’s handhelds and tablet, you’ll get full-blown MIDI support. It was clear in leaked details from earlier releases that Apple’s Core MIDI framework was finding new life on the mobile OS, but not directly what that would mean for hardware. Now, the hardware picture is clear.
Korg has published a reference schematic for their excellent Monotron analog synth. Folks in the circuit bending community have been hacking this thing since it came out, but now we have a schemo to follow. Yet another tool in the neverending quest for a fat, tasty bassline. r0ck!
Konkreet Performer is a control instrument for live music performance. Its unique and intuitive multi-touch interface reconnects the musician’s actions directly with the music.
Taking full advantage of the possibilities created by the latest multi-touch technology, Konkreet Performer delivers a revolutionary new way to control your DAWs, synthesizers, samplers (anything that receives MIDI/OSC). More than a studio controller, Konkreet Performer has been designed from the ground up to be a superior live performance instrument, bringing the dynamic audio and visual connection between the musician and the audience to the stage.
Konkreet Performer is scheduled for release as an iOS App at the beginning of 2011.
Adobe Audition for Mac, coming in a future release, will bring modern audio post-production to the platform of your choice. Familiar tools for audio editing, multitrack mixing and recording will meet expanded device support, greater workflow flexibility, and optimized performance. Plus, best-of-breed audio restoration tools make it easy to clean up production audio. With the essential tools you rely on for fast-turn projects, Audition for the Mac brings a fresh face to audio post-production.
A public beta of Audition for the Mac is expected for Winter 2010.
Check out this awesomely practical little guitar pick punch. You could buy a huge pile of picks for what it retails for, but then you wouldn't get the satisfaction of creating your own custom picks out of flat pieces of plastic and other pick-worthy scraps you've got laying around.
This past Friday, I posted some samples of a resonant, metallic synth sound I made in Native Instruments FM8. A reader asked if I would post the actual FM8 patch, and I thought, "hey, why not?" As you can hear, the actual patch is a lot more lively and fun to play than the sample. 2 variations are included.
There’s really nothing about this video that isn’t brilliant. Be sure to keep watching for the final line; it’s what I think is a transformative quote about the nature of music production. From Pork Magazine‘s Dick Flash – that outlet is of course better known in the UK than here Stateside. I could say more, but — really, just watch.
Free synth bass Saturday! Just add water! Ok maybe not water, but here are 8 synth bass grooves just waiting for you to add drums, melodies, other parts, etc. Give them a shot, you might find they'll fit into your mix nicely. Or build up something brand new around them! If you make something cool with it, share it with me if possible. No rights reserved on these samples. The number in the track title indicates the BPM.
Amazing collection of live sets collected by +dB. Includes Boards of Canada, Radiohead, DJ Shadow, Flying Lotus, Squarepusher, Jeff Mills, Goldie, Aphex Twin, Autechre, Orb, Amon Tobin… just to name a few!
Peter Kirn takes a more serious look at the Rock Band’s Keytar.
What if a gaping product hole for musicians were filled by a game company instead of a musical instruments company? There’s no need to imagine: pick up the new Rock Band 3 keyboard, and you’ll see what I mean.
Keith McMillen Instruments is now shipping the SoftStep, a multi-touch USB foot controller.
SoftStep is an extremely flexible controller allowing you to use it in a variety of ways. You can use it with software on your computer to control effects, looping, sample triggering, etc.. Use it with DAWs to control punch-in, panning, levels, and transport functions. In standalone mode you can use the SoftStep without a computer to control your MIDI synth and/or rack with the SoftStep MIDI Expander (sold separately). In addition to controlling sound, the SoftStep can be used with anything that will accept MIDI or OSC data: lighting effects, video, robotics, pyrotechnics, and more.
USB-powered – connects to a computer or works standalone with MIDI Expander.
Ten multi-touch keys control up to 6 unique notes, Continuous Controllers, Program Changes, or OSC.
Each key picks up pressure, X and Y motion, and rotation.
Weighs in at just over a pound, making it ultra-portable and airline-friendly.
Super rugged design made with elastomeric and graphite composite… “and it’s beer-proof!”
Four-character alphanumeric LED displays and 10 dual-color key LEDs.
SoftStep is available to purchase for $289.95 USD. The optional MIDI Expander is $49.95 USD.