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Ample Sound updates AGL, AGM & AGT to v1.5 + Winter Sale

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Ample Sound has released version 1.5 of AGL, AGM and AGT, featurinng a new built-in Tablature Player Panel.

Ample Sound plugins with Tablature Player

The Tab Player can load and play several prevalent guitar tablature file formats. Users can load, display and playback any specific track inside a tablature file. When used in DAWs, the Tab Player also allows users to export the tablature as an audio file.

The Tab Player supports all the fingering, looping, chords, techniques and other markers in the loaded tablature. Supported techniques include: Strum, Natural Harmonic, Artificial Harmonic, Hammer On/Pull Off, Trill, Bend, Tremolo Bar, Legato Slide, Slide In, Slide Out, Vibrato, Tremolo Picking, Palm Mute, Popping, Tapping, Let Ring, Staccato, Dead Note, Grace Note, Ghost Note, Accentuated Note, Fade In, etc.

As a built-in function, the Tab Player works seamlessly with the Ample Guitar instrument engine, which has extremely customized guitar playing logic so as to model a real world guitar being played. The Tab Player can even judge on its own to automatically add some refining techniques when it thinks it is appropriate, such as slapping on strings or body, or other realistic and indispensable noises.

Strumming is an important factor of guitar playing. By taking advantage of the Ample Guitar Strummer engine, the Tab Player can not only mingle different techniques into strumming, but can also alternate between strumming several strings (i.e. multiple notes) simultaneously and strum at a particular string (i.e. one note).

The Tab Player currently supports GP3, GP4 and GP5. More tablature formats will be supported in the future. The Tab Player is now available in the latest version of AGM, AGT and AGL (i.e. the acoustic Ample Guitars). The electric Ample Guitars (AGF, AGG and AGP) will include this function in near future.

Other changes in AGL AGM AGT v1.5.0 / AGF AGG AGP v1.3.8

  • Fixed a bug when MIDI events are not properly handled according to their timestamps, which could cause some malfunctions on MIDI event timing, especially when used at large buffer size.
  • Updated the tuning presets for AGF and AGG.
  • Fixed a bug that AGF, AGG and AGP could crash on a particular sample on Mac.
  • Updated the Ample Sound Standalone to use the last-time-used audio device on every start; added a keyboard (space key) control to turn on/off the Tab Player.

The updates are free of charge for existing Ample Guitar users.

Ample Sound has also announced a Winter Sale promotion, offering a 20% discount on all its products until January 1st, 2014.

More information: Ample Sound

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Make Music releases Finale 2014 notation software

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Make Music Finale 2014

Make Music has launched Finale 2014, the 25th Anniversary Edition of the music notation software for Windows and Mac.

To notate music is to look forward – to the performance, and beyond. Whether you’re creating a simple lead sheet, making worksheets for your students, or composing your magnum opus, Finale helps you easily capture your musical ideas, produce beautiful notation, and quickly share the results.

For 25 years, Finale’s unique ability to create anything on the printed page has remained undisputed while other music notation software has come and gone. Finale 2014 is the forward-looking choice with new innovations, making Finale’s trademark freedom and flexibility easy for everyone to use.

New in Finale 2014

  • New file format. Designed to improve compatibility, the new format for documents created in Finale helps you share your music more easily. Older Finale documents are automatically converted when you open them, and you will be prompted to save the file in the new format. You can also export your document to the older format for use in Finale 2012 (use MusicXML for earlier versions of Finale).
  • Keyless scores. Create scores or sections with no key signature. You can also easily hide key signatures and continue to automatically display accidentals using the Hide key signature/Show accidentals option.
  • Beat-attached Smart Shapes. Smart Shapes that previously attached to measures now attach to beats (in the same manner as expressions) with lines showing the attachment point. Beat attachment allows a Smart Shape start or end point to attach to a particular note, beat, or right barline. Affected Smart Shapes include hairpins, trills and trill extensions, 8va/8vb (ottava/ottava bassa), horizontal brackets, and lines.
  • Smart multi-layer accidental and rest handling. Rests of the same duration and accidentals on unison notes in multiple layers now are displayed only once. Accidentals in one layer are also carried through the measure for all other layers (these can optionally be displayed in Staff Attributes or Staff Styles).
  • Improved percussion functionality. There is now greater interaction between the Percussion Layout Designer and Percussion MIDI Maps, and Percussion MIDI Maps can now be removed.
  • Unlinkable Special Tools. Alterations made with any of the Special Tools are now unlinkable between a score and its parts.
  • MP4 support. Finale now supports loading MP4 videos.
  • Improved Scanning/SmartScore Lite Enhancements. Finale now includes SmartScore Lite version X2, offering improved notation recognition.
  • New ARIA Player. Finale includes the latest ARIA Player from Garritan, with more than 400 instruments including the additions of alto flute, bass flute, oboe d’amore, Eb clarinet, contrabass clarinet, piccolo trumpet, tubular bells, string harmonics, percussion “toys”, orchestral brass mutes, flugelhorn, basic African percussion, steel drums, banjo, fife, tablas, Celtic harp, and nine patches from Garritan Instant Orchestra.
  • Improvements to opening files. Finale displays all readable file types in the Open dialog box. Additionally, MusicXML files can now be dragged-and-dropped onto the Finale application.
  • New method for Finale updates. At launch, Finale automatically checks for updates. Instead of requiring you to download and install the updates manually from the Finale website, Finale now downloads and installs the updates automatically.

Finale 2014 is available to purchase for $600 USD.

More information: Make Music

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PreSonus acquires Notion music-notation software

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Notion 4

PreSonus has announced it has acquired the assets of Notion Music, a leading developer of music-notation software located in Greensboro, North Carolina.

Notion Music’s products include the award-winning Notion(TM) 4.0 composition software (Mac®/Windows®), Notion for iPad®, Progression 2.0 guitar-tab editing software (Mac/Windows), and Progression for iPad.

“We will, of course, continue to develop and sell all of Notion Music’s current products,” observes PreSonus CEO Jim Mack. “Notion is a strategic part of our increasedcommitment to the education market. And, at the same time, there are powerful naturalsynergies between Notion and our Studio One® DAW, so it’s reasonable to expect that all PreSonus customers will see additional benefits from this acquisition in the future.”

Education Market Manager John Mylnczak notes, “Music educators, students, and composers rely heavily on notation software, and Notion is much easier to use than most such programs. Furthermore, iPads and other mobile products are increasingly favored by students and teachers. So our ability to include Notion products for Mac, Windows, and iOS in our educational packages will be of great value to music teachers and students.”

Adds PreSonus Executive VP of Product Management John Bastianelli, “We already have demonstrated our iOS expertise with QMix-AI, SL Remote-AI, and SL Room Control. With Notion 4 and Progression for iPad, we’re clearly doubling down on our investment in mobile computing. We’ve also emphasized integrated solutions with all of our software, so it makes sense that we would incorporate Notion and Progression into new solutions for composers and educators.”

More information: Notion Music / PreSonus

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Wallander Instruments releases NotePerformer for Sibelius

NotePerformer

Wallander Instruments has announced the release of NotePerformer for Sibelius, an orchestral sound library that turns written score into an expressive musical performance, without user intervention.

NotePerformer replaces the built-in sounds in the world’s best selling music notation software, Avid’s Sibelius, with its own playback engine and sounds.

NotePerformer introduces a dramatic improvement on existing MIDI playback technologies, by reading ahead in the score during playback, analyzing the music, and rendering the music as an expressive musical performance instead of processing it note-by-note. This allows an accurate reproduction of the written music, with realistic musical phrasing for every single member of your virtual orchestra.

Composers, orchestrators, musicians and students of music can now enjoy the benefits of highly realistic orchestral playback in their notation program. NotePerformer playback is even accurate enough for producing a high-quality orchestral mock-up of a score, directly from notation program playback.

NotePerformer is available to purchase for $129 USD.

More information: NotePerformer

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Audiostry releases Arpærus arpeggiator for Reaktor

Audiostry has introduced Arpærus, an arp ensemble for Native Instruments Reaktor.

Audiostry Arpærus

Classic arpeggiator with classic 16 modulation step sequencer to control MIDI devices in Reaktor (contains no audio engine).

Arpærus features

  • Arpeggiator:
    • 6 patterns: >, < , <>, < <>>, random, trigger
    • Up to 4 octaves transpositions
  • Modulation Sequencer modulates:
    • 4 running modes: >, < , <>, < <>>.
    • Pitch (4 octaves – 2 up and 2 down). Musical Notation GUI.
    • Note length. Musical Notation GUI.
    • Velocity.
    • Gate.
    • Three assignable MIDI CC# lines.
  • Variable number of steps up to 16.

Arpærus costs $5 USD. Requires Reaktor 5 or higher full version. A demo version with stripped down features is available to download at no cost.

More information: Audiostry / Arpærus

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Steinberg launches Cubase 7 Trial

Steinberg Cubase 7 Trial

Steinberg has announced the immediate availability of a trial version of its acclaimed Cubase 7 advanced music production system.

Cubase 7 Trial is a 30-day trial version, available as download from the Steinberg website and comprises all the features available in Cubase 7, the award-winning digital audio workstation released in December 2012.

Cubase 7 features

  • State-of-the-art music production system used by thousands of professionals around the world.
  • Award-winning 32-bit floating-point Steinberg audio engine with up to 192 kHz, 5.1 surround, flexible routing and full automatic delay compensation.
  • Unlimited audio, instrument and MIDI tracks .
  • Superb composing, editing and mixing features with unparalleled multitrack editing and quantizing, take comping and automation tools.
  • All-new MixConsole provides the ultimate mixing experience with unmatched flexibility and integrated EQ/Dynamics channel strip modules for epic pro-console sound.
  • Comprehensive set of 8 outstanding virtual instruments with over 2,800 sounds, including HALion Sonic SE workstation, Padshop granular synth, Retrologue virtual analog synth, LoopMash 2 and the MPC-style Groove Agent ONE drum machine.
  • Complete suite of 66 high-end audio and 18 MIDI VST effect processors, including VST Amp Rack guitar tone suite, REVerence convolution reverb, Voxengo CurveEQ and many more.
  • VariAudio for MIDI-style note editing of monophonic audio tracks and automatic voicing harmonization and auto-tuning effect.
  • Chord Track for easy chord management and re-harmonizing plus intelligent composing assistance for generating beautiful chord sequences.
  • VST Expression 2 for unique instrument articulation management and expression control on single-note level .
  • Professional music notation and score printing.
  • MediaBay file and preset management system.
  • Cross-platform 32/64-bit for Windows and Mac OS X.

The Cubase 7 trial version is now available to download for Windows and Mac. It requires the USB-eLicenser dongle.

More information: Steinberg / Cubase

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MusicDevelopments releases RapidComposer v2.0 (for Mac OS X and Windows)

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MusicDevelopments RapidComposer

MusicDevelopments has announced version 2.0 of its RapidComposer, a rapid music prototyping software designed for composers, song-writers and musicians of all musical styles. The update features redesigned user interface and improved workflow.

RapidComposer is a rapid music prototyping software designed for composers, song-writers and musicians of all musical styles. Whether you are a seasoned professional or simply ready to take your music to the next level, RapidComposer is the complete solution you need for faster and more productive music composition.

Changes in RapidComposer v2.0

  • Rewritten user interface: better usability on small resolutions, still having everything at your fingertips.
  • Chords and progressions can be based on scale degrees, several chord notations offered.
  • Cut/copy/paste works for phrases.
  • Simpler structure editor.
  • MIDI drag and drop tracks or composition to DAWs.
  • Better reliability – the new recovery feature will recover your composition if the program or a plug-in crashes.

RapidComposer and RapidComposer LE are available at a discounted price of $224 USD/$89 USD until the end of March, 2013.

More information: RapidComposer

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wysiwyg* software design releases Chord Sheets app for iOS

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Chord Sheets

wysiwyg* software design has announced the release of Chord Sheets, an iOS app for pop sheets in easy-to-read sheet notation including all verses, bridges and refrains.

More than 300 of the most important pop songs of the 1970s up to the current charts in the form of accessible chord sheets – from Donna Summer to Alicia Keys, ideal for all band musicians and all harmony instruments to accompany singers.

Create your own set lists and transpose the songs in the key of your singer.

The songs are easy to edit and add to, then send to your fellow musicians by email or bluetooth.

You can listen to a sample of the song and make changes without deleting the original as Chord Sheets always keeps a copy.

The app is available to purchase for 4.49 EUR.

More information: Chord Sheets

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