IK Multimedia intros iRig UA, iRig Mic Studio & iRig PowerBridge

IK Multimedia has introduced three new products at the Winter NAMM 2015.

IK Multimedia iRig UA

iRig UA is the first universal guitar effects processor and interface for all Android devices.

IK is pleased to announce iRig UA, the first digital effects processor and interface to allow universal near-zero latency guitar processing with AmpliTube UA on all devices with Android 4.0 or higher and that support USB host mode/USB OTG.

iRig UA represents a paradigm shift for Android users, that for the first time, will now be able to experience high-quality real time effects processing on any Android device.

iRig UA will be available soon, priced at 79.99 EUR.

IK Multimedia iRig Mic Studio

The iRig Mic Studio is an ultra-portable large-diaphragm digital microphone for for iOS devices, Mac/PC and Android.

Offering superior sound and an extremely portable size, it packs a 1” diameter condenser capsule into an ultra-compact enclosure to capture professional recordings anywhere.

With iRig Mic Studio, creative hobbyists or pros of all types have a studio-quality large-diaphragm microphone that fits in the palm of their hand!

iRig Mic Studio will be available for purchase soon for 144.99 EUR.

IK Multimedia iRig PowerBridge

iRig PowerBridge is a universal charging solution for all iRig accessories using your iOS devices.

iRig PowerBridge is a new charging system for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch that allows for the continuous charge of the device while using iRig accessories.

Now mobile musicians can practice, perform and record with their favorite 30-pin or Lightning compatible digital IK gear — like iRig Mic HD, iRig HD, iRig Keys, iRig PRO or iRig MIDI 2 — for as long as they want, anytime and everywhere.

iRig PowerBridge is available for pre-order for 54.99 EUR.

More information: IK Multimedia

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Avid intros Pro Tools | First free version of music production software

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Avid has announced Pro Tools | First, a free version of the industry-standard Pro Tools that offers many of the same music creation capabilities used by top artists and recording studios worldwide.

Delivering on Avid EverywhereTM and built upon the Avid MediaCentral Platform, Pro Tools | First is simple enough for beginners to learn, yet sophisticated enough for the experienced musician. Pro Tools | First enables anyone to experience the industry’s most trusted digital audio workstation at no cost, so they can turn their musical ideas into fully realized, professional productions that stand out from the crowd.

“Pro Tools is the audio workstation that redefined the music and post-production industries, providing everything needed to create high-caliber audio mixes,” said Chris Gahagan, senior vice president of Products and Technology at Avid. “With Pro Tools | First, we’ve taken the most powerful, proven, and trusted DAW and streamlined it into a version that’s available to everyone for free, whether they dream of a career in music and are just starting out, or are more experienced and want to give Pro Tools a try. Now users of all levels can start off their musical journey on the right path.”

With Pro Tools | First, artists can quickly turn ideas into professional-sounding songs by recording, using software instruments, and applying audio effects. To expand their creative toolset further, the integrated Avid App Store provides a world of affordable AAX plug-ins and “First” bundles on the Avid Marketplace that make creating, shaping, and enhancing sounds quick and easy.
To accommodate the mobile lifestyle of artists and aspiring pros, Pro Tools | First saves and manages sessions securely in the cloud, enabled by the Avid MediaCentral Platform. This allows users to log into an Avid account and access and work on music from any Mac or PC with Pro Tools | First installed. Anytime changes are made, the project syncs with the cloud as soon as it’s saved. As a special introductory offer, artists can work on and store up to three Pro Tools | First projects in the cloud for free.
In addition, Pro Tools | First will be compatible with Avid Cloud Collaboration when it becomes available, helping artists collaborate together from wherever they are in the world.

Avid Pro Tools | First will be available in Q1 2015 as a free download through Avid.com.

More information: Avid / Pro Tools | First

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Cakewalk launches new SONAR

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Cakewalk has announced the availability of its new SONAR line of digital audio workstation products.

Cakewalk SONAR

There will be no more SONAR “version numbers”; the software at the time of purchase is always the latest version, thanks to Cakewalk’s new Membership model, which is included for 12 months upon purchase. Now updates including a mix of new program features, original content, tutorials, new presets, and more roll out approximately once a month to members. Members will have the option to choose either the traditional upfront payment, or make convenient monthly payments. After 12 months anything acquired during the Membership is fully authorized and never expires—regardless of whether Membership is renewed.

New users receive 12 months of Membership free, while for current SONAR users, Membership renewal—which is priced similarly to a traditional lower priced product upgrade—gives new updates every month instead of yearly.

The three new versions of SONAR are differentiated to focus on specific recording needs. All three offer the same core features—Touch control, unlimited tracks/FX/Sends/Busses, VST3/VST2/DirectX compatibility, video track, support for high-resolution audio via DSD compatibility and sample rates to 384 kHz, enhanced MIDI editing, Mix Recall for switching quickly among different mix options, advanced publishing options, innovative “one-stop solution” effects chains, amp simulations, advanced comping, and much more—while the award-winning Skylight User Interface contributes inspiring and efficient workflow.

New SONAR features

  • SONAR Artist ($99 USD), the most feature-packed recording software in its price range, adds to the sophisticated core feature set with 19 bundled effects and 11 virtual instruments that focus on music creation and songwriting.
  • SONAR Professional ($199 USD) folds in the analog-style, expandable ProChannel Console Strip that allows creating/customizing virtual console architectures, as well as Melodyne Essential pitch correction with ARA integration, and Addictive Drums 2 Solo Edition—50 effects and 18 virtual instruments in total, including the vintage sound of Blue Tubes effects, convolution reverb, and the surgical precision of linear phase EQ and dynamics. Its performance exceeds many of the “flagship” programs from other companies.
  • SONAR Platinum ($499 USD) features a spectacular array of tools, plug-in effects, and instruments to offer extreme flexibility to pros who need to handle any kind of recording or mixing production. With advanced tools like Console and Tape emulation, VocalSync for tightening vocals or matching dialog to picture, 21 virtual instruments, 57 effects for mixing and mastering (from vintage to cutting-edge), convolution reverb, step sequencer, and improved audio quantization/stretching, Platinum provides power tools that complement the superior workflow.

SONAR is available for purchase Windows 7/8. Registered Cakewalk customers can download their SONAR upgrades directly from the Cakewalk Store or select music retailers.

More information: Cakewalk

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MuTools updates MuLab & MUX modular synth to v6.2.7

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MuTools has released version 6.2.7 of the MuLab music production studio and MUX modular synth and effect plug-in for Windows and Mac.

Changes in MuLab / MUX v6.2.7

  • New:
    • New “Event Recorder” module. (MuLab only, not yet in the MUX Modular Plug-In version).
    • New: Each MUX module can have its own custom note key names. These key names can also be imported and exported to a text file.
    • Sequence parts: New “Consolidate” function which renders the loop into a new straightforward sequence and deletes any unplayed events.
    • New function: Sample -> Reload.
  • Improved:
    • Increased the number of events that a VST can send to the host in a single process slice.
    • Doing track -> “Choose Target Module” and dropping a module on a track to set its target are both undoable actions now.
    • Session’s Event Recording Setup: Grid editor field now also includes grid scrolling buttons. (more consistent UI).
    • Scrolling and zooming can now also be done using keyboard shortcuts.
    • New preference “Scrollbar Size”.
    • Event Monitor now also has an event output, events are simply bypassed, but this way the Event Monitor is more usable in a rack.
    • Event Monitor now also has a On/Off switch, and when switched off it pauses monitoring.
    • Audio Envelope Follower: Improved algorithm for converting the audio envelope into a modulation signal. Much more accurate now.
    • The level meter of a mixer strip (of a rack) now is draggable and represents the mixer strip module.
    • MultiSampla: Pitch and filter LFO & ENV Amplitude defaults to 100% instead of 0%.
    • Composer, note editor, multi-sample editor: Shift+click+drag upon a part/note/zone now starts a selection lasso.
    • Browsers: Clicking an object/file previewed it, but only once if it was not already highlighted. Now each click previews it again.
    • While moving markers in composer, audio- and sequence-editor, then the current marker position is displayed in the info box.
    • When saving a preset file using a file name that differs from the object name, the popup question alert now explicitly includes both these different names.
    • File browsers: More file browsers now memorize their last location.
    • Improved support for changing the samplerate or blocksize during a session.
    • MuLab: Finetuned behavior when doing Audio Setup.
    • Previously the whole session was reloaded, including all plug-ins, which also caused editors to close etc.
    • Now the session stays intact and only when the samplerate has changed or blocksize has increased then all plug-ins are updated.
    • MUX Modular Plug-In: Demo version now properly fades to soft noise instead of fading to silence (almost silent noise).
    • MUX Modular Plug-In: VST wrapper: More tight checks on the info given by the host. (eg avoiding negative tempo values from host).
  • Fixed:
    • Sample -> Replace function: Fixed an issue with the markers.
    • When moving rack slot modules, the process on/off tool tip could show an irrelevant “Num Voices”.
    • Pasting a module into a deep modular editor using a keyboard shortcut pasted the module at the far bottom-right of the editor, which was not intended. Now the pasted module is positioned at the mouse position.
    • Fixed an issue with the MUX Modular presets not showing the proper icon in the browser.
    • Fixed a broken link to the docs wrt “Couldn’t save user settings”.
    • Fixed a problem when inserting a new MUX meta-parameter map line.
    • Inactive audio recorders still created a little empty audio file.
    • Non-resizable windows had the “Edit Size” in their context menu, which was irrelevant.
    • Mixing desk open/close state setting was not saved.
    • Lists: When mouse was at top or bottom item, list could unexpectedly make big jumps.
    • Fixed a possible crash bug when inserting a mixer strip into a rack.
    • MUX Modular Plug-In: Fixed a bug that could cause a crash or a hang when clicking the keyboard in the multi-sample editor.

MuLab is available for purchase for 69 EUR; MUX Modular is 59 EUR. A bundle of both costs 99 EUR.

More information: MuTools

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Steinberg updates Cubase to v8.0.5

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Steinberg has released version 8.0.5 of Cubase Pro 8 and Cubase Artist 8.

Steinberg Cubase 8

This updates addresses various issues in regards to the new window handling on PC Windows systems, especially with plug-ins, which are set to “Always on Top”.

In addition, the following issues have been fixed.

Changes in Cubase v8.0.5

  • Fixed an issue where clicking on “Register now…” had no effect (Mac OS X only).
  • Fixed an issue where using “Start License Activation” had no effect (Mac OS X only).
  • Fixed an issue where changing tempo affected the volume of channels in a VCA Fader Link Group.
  • Fixed an issue that allowed VCA Faders to be included in their own Link Groups.
  • Fixed an issue where missing input ports caused a distorted sound.
  • Fixed an issue that rendered the application unresponsive when Lanes were used.
  • Fixed an issue where the automatic Hitpoint detection rendered the application unreliable when large audio files were used.
  • Fixed an issue where the song position pointer was left visible on screen when minimizing the application window.
  • Fixed an issue where the VST Bass Amp plug-in rendered the application unreliable.
  • Fixed a latency issue with monitoring when using VST Connect SE 3 in input buses.
  • Fixed an issue with wrong user interface scaling on PC Windows systems using high-resolution displays.

The updates are now available to download.

More information: Steinberg / Cubase

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