u-he has announced Diva version 1.3 public beta, featuring a new digital oscillator and Uhbie filter.
Diva’s new (preliminary) interface shows the digital oscillator and Uhbie filter panels.
You might have heard it in the grape vine. We’re looking for detailed feedback on the Digital Osc:
Diva 1.3.0b2 Mac
Diva 1.3.0b2 Win
This version of Diva has a preliminary GUI for the Digital Osc and Uhbie filter. Please do not post screenshots without that disclaimer!
major changes from V1.2.1:
- added Arpeggiator and Clock module
- added Digital Osc (inspired by JP80x0)
- added Uhbie filter (modeled after famous SVF, with exaggerated character)
- ultra fast, multi threaded UI loading
- AAX 32/64 support (PT 10.3.5+ or 11.0.2+)
- tidied up trimmers page
- documentation still 1.2
- ReadMes and some version numbers still 1.2
Check out the video by Sadowick Production, comparing the Diva’s new digital oscillator with Roland’s JP-8080 SuperSaw.
Make sure to report bugs and comments at the u-he forum.
More information: u-he / Diva
LinPLug has announced the release of a public beta of its new Spectral synthesizer instrument plug-in.
Spectral features four unique 121 band filters, one for each 256 harmonics additive oscillator.
If you are familiar with subtractive synthesis, you will feel right at home with the Spectral, because you can choose a waveform, choose a filter and go on. But Spectral delivers far more options than you would expect from the well sorted user interface. The unique audio engine under the hood is capable of delivering many sounds never heard before.
Right now we work with our sound designers on the factory library and finalize the product.
The public beta is currently available to download for Windows, Mac will follow shortly. The beta will expire December 31st, 2013.
More information: LinPlug / Spectral
u-he has released a public beta AAX for Mac version of the Podolski freeware synthesizer instrument.
Podolski is a simple, CPU-efficient virtual analogue synthesizer.
Here’s the normal Podolski 1.2 installer plus our first incarnation of an AAX plug-in:
We believe this to work, and while we’re adding AAX development into our development workflow, we hope that the brave among you out there will give this a spin. Please report any crashes with a crash.log here, and – if possible – compare whether or not this version behaves and sounds the same as its VST/AU counterpart.
If all goes well we’ll need only a few days to port it to Windows, we’ll have to buy 3 more iLoks to add to our build and testing servers and we might get to release AAX betas for everything shortly therafter.
Make sure to give some feedback at the KVR forum if you get a chance to check the AAX beta.
More information: u-he / Podolski
Ohm Force has announced that it will release Ohm Studio, the real-time collaborative digital audio workstation currently in public beta, on October 15th, 2013.
It is always an arbitrary decision when a beta turns into a release. While some decisive updates (like a much asked for offline mode) are on their way to Ohm Studio, Ohm Force has observed that its DAW is undoubtedly able to deliver its promise: collaborative musical joy. With 30K users, 80K projects, and 58 collaborative events made during beta testing, there is no more time to postpone the inevitable: taking the big leap and telling the world “here is Ohm Studio”.
The release will happen on October 15th, along with substantial updates to www.ohmstudio.com and the Ohm Studio app. There will also be a full product presentation including pricing, current and future features as well as special collab events. Expect to see a giant sheep eating a castle too.
Of course, there will be no project or account reset. Preorder buyers will be able to go on as usual. Others (or newcomers) while keeping their accounts with associated projects will become free subscribers. They will have a limit of 10 projects and won’t be able to export lossless audio. If they have more than that at the time of release, all projects will be locked until they subscribe or leave enough projects. Note that leaving a project doesn’t imply cancelling your copyrights on the track, only your access to it. Alternatively they will be able to do local backups when offline mode is implemented.
Finally, note that this is the last chance to purchase a lifetime subscription. The lifetime subscription will end along with beta on October 15th. At 224€ (~$250 outside of eurozone) this offer includes the largest Ohm Studio content pack along with permanent subscription to the Ohm cloud (more details here).
More information: Ohm Studio
Ableton has announced that its upcoming version 9.1 of Live is now available as a public beta.
This update will be free for all owners of Live 9, and provides several significant improvements for users of Live 9 and Push.
Ableton Live 9.1 features dual monitor support, Push step sequencer, and more.
Live 9.1 introduces support for two windows, including the option to place the windows on different monitors. Want to use the Session View mixer while keeping an eye on the Arrangement? How about using one monitor for tweaking effects parameters and another monitor for editing a MIDI clip? We hope this feature will please those users who told us how keen they are on dual monitor support, and it certainly promises to be a workflow booster for many music-making scenarios.
For Push owners, Live 9.1 introduces a brand new melodic step sequencer. Enter notes manually, or play them in, then edit each note in the sequence precisely – all via the hands-on interface of Push. Plus, you can now edit automation with step-by-step accuracy – maybe open up a filter for single notes, or add a splash of reverb to the last notes of a sequence.
Finally, there are a couple of under the hood changes that we’d like to draw your attention to. Sample rate conversion during rendering is done using an extremely high-quality algorithm. If you’re working at a high sample rate (such as 96 kHz), you can now downsample to lower sample rates (such as 44.1 kHz) with no loss in quality. Also, rendering now uses multiple cores, which can result in much faster exports. Ultra high-quality rendering and faster renders – now in Live 9.1.
Live 9.1 is currently available as a public beta.
More information: Ableton
Cableguys has announced new versions of its Curve software synthesizer and VolumeShaper effect plug-in for Windows and Mac.
Help us test the latest Curve and VolumeShaper!
We’ve fixed some small bugs, made the UI behave smoother on parameter changes and slightly reduced CPU usage. This required heavy changes under the hood, so although we’ve tested as much as we could, we can well need your help! So please download the latest beta versions and help us find any remaining bugs!
The Curve and VolumeShaper betas correspond to demo versions and are available for Win/Mac, VST/AU/RTAS in 32/64bit. If you find any issues, get in touch!
More information: Cableguys
Cytomic has updated The Glue and The Drop, two effect plug-ins for Windows and Mac.
The Glue is an analog modeled compressor plug-in based on The classic 80′s British big console buss compressor with some additional features. It uses the same high quality algorithms used in circuit simulation packages but optimised for real time use. It’s quick and easy to use and has an uncluttered interface.
The Drop is an analog modeled resonant filter plug-in that is currently in an open beta testing stage. It uses the same high quality algorithms used in circuit simulation packages but optimised for real time use. There is a huge level of detail in the models, which gives them amazing drive and tone, but also takes a large chunk of your CPU.
Changes in Glue v1.2.9 / Drop v0.9.18
- New: popup menus to pick circuit type (The Drop).
- New: can now click to reset the state of the I/O checking indicator.
- Fixed: random crashes in re-sampler, mostly on 32-bit version.
- Fixed: sometimes reporting incorrect oversampling latency when base sample rate higher than 48 khz.
The Glue and The Drop are available to purchase for $99 USD.
More information: Cytomic
Image-Line has announced the release of a Mac OSX Beta of its FL Studio music production software.
We are pleased to announce the FL Studio Mac Public Beta is now available. This is a custom Crossover wrapped version of FL Studio for Mac OSX and so is bit-identical to the Windows installer.
NOTE: This is an experimental project and the response from testers will decide if and how we proceed with it.
The public beta is a free download. New Image-Line customers can purchase FL Studio at a 10% discount and unlock the beta to a full version.
More information: Image-Line / Mac OSX Beta