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Majority of Steinberg products Lion compatible

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Steinberg / Apple Mac OS X 10.7 Lion

Steinberg has announced last week that most Steinberg products run flawlessly under Apple’s latest operating system, Mac OS X 10.7 Lion.

The majority of Steinberg products are Lion compatible; however, further development is required to ensure overall compatibility through the entire product range. While the testing phase was completed prior to the release of Lion, Steinberg will release patches and driver updates for current products with remaining issues.

The following provides information on the current status of product compatibility.

  • The current Cubase line of products supports Lion with the 6.0.2 and 6.0.3 maintenance updates. The LE and AI versions of Cubase have been tested and certified for Lion, with no further updates required. Due to changes in Lion, Cubase running in 64-bit mode cannot properly handle 32-bit VST plug-ins. This issue, however, is currently being addressed and will be resolved shortly.
  • The current WaveLab line of products including the LE version supports Lion with the 7.1 maintenance update.
  • By releasing Nuendo 5.5 today, Nuendo is fully compatible with Lion. Also compatible is the Nuendo SyncStation.
  • Sequel 2 is certified to be fully Lion compatible, with no further updates required.
  • The latest VST instruments support Lion, i.e., HALion 4, HALion Sonic and The Grand 3. Groove Agent 3 and HALion Symphonic Orchestra have not been certified as compatible with Lion.
  • The RND Portico plug-ins are certified to be fully Lion compatible.
  • Content sets and Steinberg’s license tool, eLicenser Control Center, are Lion compatible.
  • Hardware products CC121, MR816 CSX/X and the CI series are yet to be tested.

More information: Steinberg

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Elektron releases Octatrack DPS-1 OS v1.0

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Elektron Octatrack

Elektron has released OS version 1.0 of its Octatrack digital performance sampler.

This release includes the eight track MIDI step sequencer, reverse streaming sample playback, one-shot trig capabilities and lots of bug fixes.

For a full list of improvements, see the documentation included with the upgrade zip-file.

More information: Elektron / Octatrack DSP-1

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Native Instruments Mac OS X 10.7 “Lion” compatibility

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Native Instruments

Native Instruments has posted information about the compatibility of Native Instruments products with the upcoming Mac OS X 10.7 “Lion” operating system.

Native Instruments has conducted initial compatibility tests with pre-release versions of Mac OS X 10.7, and has found an issue that causes the 64-bit versions of NI applications to crash both when used stand-alone and as a plug-in.*

The cause of this issue has been successfully determined, and updates for the affected products are currently in development, with their respective release planned for September or earlier. In the meantime, users should utilize the 32-bit versions of the respective NI applications**, or consider to refrain from updating to Mac OS X 10.7 for the time being.

Native Instruments has observed no additional compatibility issues under Mac OS X 10.7 yet, but will conduct further systematic tests once it has access to the final release version of the operating system. Eventual new information will be provided on this page as it becomes available.

More information: Native Instruments

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Moog updates Little Phatty and Slim Phatty OS firmware to v3.1

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Moog Music has announced the release of Phatty OS v.3.1, a major firmware update to the very popular and portable Phatty family of analog synthesizers.

Moog Phatty OS 3.1

The update to the Phatty operating system coincides with an aesthetic update for the Little Phatty Stage 2 Edition, as Moog introduces new black sidepieces. Introduced in 2005, The Little Phatty is a true analog monosynth in every sense: it’s a monophonic, monotimbral, monaural subtractive synthesizer with analog circuitry throughout. It is ideal for beginners and pros alike, used by artists such as Jack White, Chick Corea and Ke$ha. Since its release last fall, the Slim Phatty has been acclaimed for its small size and big sound, based on the iconic Minimoog Model D sound engine and featuring the legendary Moog Ladder Filter. In addition to shaping the sound of its on-board oscillators, the Slim Phatty’s filter is a valuable production tool that can be used to process external audio, sweetening any audio source with everything from smooth analog warmth, to dripping wet resonant filter sweeps.

Changes in Phatty OS v3.1

  • Volume Velocity Sensitivity: The ability to map note velocity to output volume with fifteen adjustable levels of sensitivity saved per preset. [Tribute Edition hardware does not currently support this feature]
  • Legato Glide: Automatically engage the pitch glide between legato notes. Non-overlapping notes snap instantly to a new pitch. The user is able to play or sequence dynamic bends and slides mixed with cleanly-articulated notes.
  • LFO Reset: The ability to reset the LFO cycle at the start of each note. Two LFO trigger modes provide dynamic new modulation possibilities.
  • Sustain/Hold Mode: A sustain pedal or control voltage plugged into the CV GATE input jack can now be used to send MIDI Sustain on/off, and to polyphonically sustain MIDI notes from the Phatty keyboard.
  • 14-bit MIDI: All Phatty synths can now send and receive high-resolution 14-bit MIDI messages for critical voltage-controlled parameters.
  • MIDI Output Filtering: New options control which MIDI CC messages are sent from the Phatty, for maximum compatibility with external gear.
  • Expanded MIDI Clock sync options: 22 clock divisions including triplet values for both LFO and Arpeggiator MIDI sync. Clock divisions range from 32nd triplets up to 4 bars.
  • Improvements to Arpeggiator:
    • Global Arp Setup menu: Set important arpeggiator parameters at a global level. Arpeggiator also remains active when presets are changed.
    • Gate Length: Adjust the arpeggiator note length from 50% to greater than 100% (overlapping), for a range of new sonic textures.
    • Arp Clock Send: Arpeggiator can now send MIDI Clock, MIDI Start and Stop messages, allowing you to synchronize other gear to the Phatty internal clock.
  • Improvements to Polyphonic Mode:
    • New polyphonic note-allocation scheme: Uses a “round-robin” algorithm to share notes across multiple Phatty synths in a natural and very playable way.
    • Polyphonic arpeggiation: Multiple ways to use the Arpeggiator across a poly chain of Phatty synths, from tight integration to completely freeform.

The Phatty OS v.3.1 update is a free firmware update for all Phattys: Little Phatty Tribute, Stage 1, 2, and the Slim Phatty. It is also available as a Factory Update from Moog.

More information: Moog Music

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Feeltune announces Rhizome OS 1.5

Feeltune Rhizome

Feeltune has announced OS version 1.5 for Rhizome, a VST Groove Station.

Compose and mix your projects with ease, through a friendly software and hardware interface. Rhizome is an unusual hybrid.

A French touch groove machine, which offers: a stand-alone VST host SEQUENCER a real time SAMPLER, a MIXER 64/8/2 & 15 pre-installed VSTi / VSTfx

Changes in Rhizome OS 1.5

  • Undo / Redo on sequences.
  • Automation on all mixing parameters, MIDI tracks, VSTi and VSTfx.
  • MIDI controller assignation to control all mixing parameters, MIDI tracks, VSTi and VSTfx.
  • New MIDI controller environment to control your applications and hardware.
  • Multitrack bounce.
  • VSTi Track to sample.
  • Pattern to sample.
  • MIDI Synchronization.
  • Drum sampler which allows you to load and edit 16 samples.
  • MIDI file import.

Rhizome OS v1.5 is currently in testing phase and will be available for download on March 29th for registered users.

Feeltune will be present at the Musikmesse from 6th to 9th April, Hall 5.1 stand B90. This event will be the opportunity to show the Rhizome and a new line model which release is scheduled for September 2011.

More information: Feeltune

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Access Music announces Virus TI OS4.5

Access Music

Access Music has announced OS4.5 for the Virus TI series of synthesizers.

OS4.5 focuses on new vintage effect emulations and additions to the modulation matrix

New in Virus TI OS4.5

  • Vintage Chorus – The new chorus was modeled after one of the nicest and most famous choruses built in the late ’70s. The flexible subset of parameters allows seamless “morphing” from one emulation to another without having to change the algorithm and therefore stop the sound. It’s a great addition to the TI’s sound engine making it really easy to emulate the famous chorus ensemble sound found in many productions back from ’70s and ’80s.
  • Air Chorus – The air chorus is based on creating the Chorus effect in the air, right in between the speakers. In difference to many other chorus effects, it works more subtly and opens the stereo panorama up in a more natural and less intrusive way.
  • Vibrato – Especially when you don’t want to waste an LFO to create a vibrato effect, the new algorithm comes in handy.
  • Rotary speaker emulation – Emulating a classic Leslie effect, the new rotary speaker emulation offers the usual controls such as a fast/slow setting in combination with creative controls such as microphone distance to add air and space to sounds as well as a crossover setting which allows you to limit the effect to a certain frequency range. You can animate the top end of a pad sound and leave the bottom end untouched.
  • New sources have been added to the modulation matrix allowing to add further “analog” feeling to pretty much any parameter available within the over 100 modulation destinations. Access claims that this intelligent and pattern-based unsteadiness enables the Virus TI to cover a wide range of those beloved analog side effects known from slightly damaged or simply poorly engineered vintage synths.

OS4.5 is compatible with the entire Virus TI line including the first versions back from 2005.

More information: Access Music

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Roland updates system software V-Studio products

Roland V-Studio 100

Roland has announced the release of new system software for its V-STUDIO 700 and V-STUDIO 100 computer recording products.

This revision adds support for Roland’s newly developed VS Streaming driver technology, and also the ability to use the OCTA-CAPTURE USB 2.0 Audio Interface to expand the units’ I/O capabilities.

VS Streaming represents a breakthrough in driver technology for digital audio workstations, providing ultra-low latency performance and unprecedented stability. With VS Streaming, V-STUDIO 700 and 100 users can enjoy rock-solid operation at latencies as low as one millisecond at 44.1kHz and 48kHz. The cross-platform VS Streaming driver is available for Windows 7, Windows Vista, and Windows XP operating systems, as well as Mac OS X.

With the new system software, V-STUDIO 700 and 100 users can now use the new OCTA-CAPTURE USB 2.0 Audio Interface to add an additional 10 inputs and eight outputs to their computer recording setups. When a V-STUDIO and an OCTA-CAPTURE are both connected to a computer via USB, the new VS Streaming driver treats them both as one integrated device, making it seamless for users to access their newly expanded I/O within their DAW software.

Designed to provide superb sound quality that will satisfy even the most demanding audio professionals, OCTA-CAPTURE features 10 inputs and 10 outputs, including eight premium-grade microphone preamps. These VS Preamps the same high-end mic preamps found in Roland’s V-Mixer series of commercial digital mixing consoles, as well as the acclaimed V-STUDIO 700.

To take advantage of these new features, V-STUDIO 700 users should upgrade to System Version 1.3 or higher, while V-STUDIO 100 users should upgrade to System Version 1.5 or higher. In addition, users should install the latest V-Studio driver for their computer operating system.

The system updates and VS Streaming drivers are free downloads for all V-STUDIO 700 and 100 owners.

More information: Roland

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