Acoustica releases Mixcraft 7 & Mixcraft Pro Studio 7

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Acoustica has announced the release of Mixcraft 7 and Mixcraft Pro Studio 7, major upgrades to the Mixcraft music production and multi-track recording workstation software.

Acoustica Mixcraft 7

The updated version offers new features, including 32-bit and 64-bit versions, a new interface, live loop and sample triggering, audio warping and quantizing, enhanced control surface support, plug-in management, hundreds of new loops and samples, new virtual instruments and effects, and dozens of other improvements.

The new Performance Panel is designed for composing and performing music both live and in the studio, allowing real-time triggering and automatic synchronization of audio loops, MIDI clips, and samples. The Performance Panel can be manipulated using Novation’s Launchpad controller, a MIDI controller, mouse, or computer keyboard. Mixcraft 7 features support for Mackie-compatible control surfaces, as well as Frontier Design Group’s Tranzport control surface, and can be configured to work with any MIDI controller. Mixcraft 7 can also be controlled using the free Mixcraft Remote app for iOS and Android devices. Mixcraft 7 also includes the Copula time-stretching and pitch-shifting technology.

Mixcraft 7 ($89.95) is designed for home and project studios. It is a complete recording studio, featuring unlimited MIDI and audio tracks, dozens of virtual instruments and effects, video editing, mixing and mastering, a streamlined interface, and over 7000 loops, sound effects, and drum samples. Version 7 includes two new samplers, the Alpha Sampler and Omni Sampler, and two new virtual instruments, G-Sonique’s Renegade Analog Monster and AAS’s new Journeys instrument. Also included are new film score loops from Dj Puzzle, as well as a library of acoustic and synthetic drum samples by Los Angeles artist and producer Shok.

Mixcraft Pro Studio 7 ($164.95) is aimed at advanced home and professional project studios. It includes over $1100 worth of plug-ins. Highlights include BeatRig’s Sidekick 6 sidechain compressor, Studio Devil’s Virtual Bass Amp, QuikQuak’s Glass Viper, and ME80 V2, plus a large suite of new mastering effects from G-Sonique. Mixcraft Pro Studio 7 retains all the virtual instruments and effects found in Mixcraft Pro Studio 6, including Memorymoon and ME80 vintage analog synthesizers, Pianissimo grand piano, and dozens of high-end effects including mastering tools from iZotope, G-Sonique, and ToneBoosters.

Mixcraft 7 and Mixcraft Pro Studio 7 are now available for purchase for Windows.

More information: Acoustica / Mixcraft

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Steinberg unveils Cubase Pro 8 and Cubase Artist 8

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Steinberg has introduced Cubase Pro 8 and Cubase Artist 8, the latest iterations of Steinberg’s music production systems, which combine best audio quality and smooth operation with a sheer endless number of advanced audio and MIDI tools for composition, recording, editing and mixing.

Steinberg Cubase 8

For the past quarter of a century Cubase has been the go-to DAW for many professionals around the world. Today, Cubase delivers a considerably higher performance, puts users more firmly in control, and incorporates more serious tools and innovative technologies than ever before. Adding “Pro” to the biggest version of the latest range represents the evolution of Steinberg’s award-winning music production system.

The new line-up of Cubase witnesses a performance boost owing to its entire audio engine rebuild, extending the buffering ASIO-Guard to improve the audio processing performance for multi-timbral and disk-streaming featured instrument tracks.

Exclusive features of Cubase Pro 8 are VCA faders and virgin territories. The all-new VCA faders emulate the control of channel gain with DC voltage, moving an entire fader group through a single master fader. Taking it a step further is the Combine VCA fader automation feature, which combines the VCA fader automation curve with that of a controlled fader or fader groups. Another addition to automation tools is virgin territories, omitting redundant automation data between automated events.

Both Pro and Artist versions now offer render in-place capability, allowing users to bounce MIDI and audio parts for a more flexible and efficient workflow, offering a wide range of bounce settings.

Cubase Pro 8 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.
  • 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 instruments with over 3,000 sounds, including HALion Sonic SE 2 workstation, Padshop granular synth, Retrologue virtual analog synth, LoopMash 2 and Groove Agent SE 4 drum machine.
  • Complete suite of 73 high-end audio and 18 MIDI VST effect processors, including Quadrafuzz v2, VST Amp Rack and VST Bass Amp guitar and bass tone suites, REVerence convolution reverb, Voxengo CurveEQ and many more.
  • VCA faders for complex mixing and automation workflows, TrackVersions for playlists-like editing, and render in-place for simplified editing tasks.
  • VariAudio for MIDI-style note editing of monophonic audio tracks and automatic voicing harmonization and auto-tuning effect.
  • Chord track and pads 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.

Cubase Artist 8 features

  • Complete music production system, offering a set of superb audio/MIDI recording, editing and mixing tools.
  • Award-winning 32-bit floating-point Steinberg audio engine with up to 192 kHz, flexible routing and full automatic delay compensation.
  • Supports 128 MIDI and 64 simultaneous audio tracks.
  • MixConsole provides the stellar mixing experience with full flexibility and integrated EQ/Dynamics channel strip modules for epic pro-console sound.
  • 8 outstanding instruments with over 2,600 sounds, including HALion Sonic SE 2 workstation, Padshop granular synth, Retrologue virtual analog synth, LoopMash 2 and the MPC-style Groove Agent SE 4 drum machine.
  • Includes a suite of 53 audio and 18 MIDI VST effect processors, including Pitch Correct for vocal intonation correction and VST Amp Rack and VST Bass Amp guitar and bass tone suites, Quadrafuzz v2 and more!
  • Chord track and chord pads for easy chord composing and management.
  • Thousands of MIDI construction loops as building blocks to create songs in only a few steps.
  • Streamlined score editing feature set.

Cubase Pro 8 and Cubase Artist 8 are available for pre-order from December 3rd, 2014. Shipping begins on December 8th, 2014. The suggested retail price for Cubase Pro 8 is 549 EUR; Cubase Artist 8 is 299 EUR. Prices including German VAT. Various downloadable updates and upgrades are exclusively available through the Steinberg Online Shop from December 3, 2014.

Customers who have activated Cubase 7.5 and Cubase Artist 7.5 since October 15, 2014, are eligible for a free, downloadable Grace Period update to the latest version.

More information: Steinberg / Cubase Pro 8 and Cubase Artist 8

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PreSonus announces 96 kHz support for StudioLive AI-series Mixers & Nimbit

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PreSonus StudioLive AI 96kHz

PreSonus has announced the availability of HD mode for StudioLive AI-series mixers. Once updated, any StudioLive AI-series mixer can record and play back audio streams at sample rates up to 96 kHz over the onboard FireWire 800 interface. The number of recording and playback streams is unaffected.

Designed with recording in mind, HD mode limits cascading and output processing while retaining bus mixing, Fat Channel processing on every input channel, and one reverb and one delay processor. Since included Capture™ and Studio One® Artist for Mac® and Windows® already record high-definition audio, no updates to these applications are required.

Registered StudioLive AI-series mixer owners can update their StudioLive AI-series mixer firmware free by downloading the firmware from their My PreSonus account or by connecting their mixer to an Internet-capable network and updating over the Web. Information on how to update the firmware is available from the online PreSonus Knowledgebase.

PreSonus also announced that its Nimbit® online, direct-to-fan music marketing, promotion, and sales service now supports high-definition (24-bit, 96 kHz) audio.

Only PreSonus offers a complete, “riff to release” music recording, production, and delivery solution for high-definition audio. Record, mix, and master in 24-bit, 96 kHz with a PreSonus StudioLive AI-series mixer and Capture or Studio One, then upload your HD files directly to Nimbit for promotion and delivery.

More information: PreSonus / StudioLive AI

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Positive Grid announces Black Friday sale

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Positive Grid has announced that starting on November 25th and culminating on Black Friday weekend, all JamUp, BIAS, and Final Touch will be available on sale to celebrate this Holiday Season.

Positive Grid Jamup

JAMUP and BIAS

Only for Holiday Season, JamUp Guitar Multi-Effects, BIAS Amp Designer, and Final Touch Audio Post Production apps are now just $4.99. Furthermore, users can get 50% OFF for all JamUp and BIAS Expansion Packs via in-app purchases, offering the best price of the year for more than 40 different JamUp vintage and modern amps plus 50 studio quality effects, as well as BIAS Expansion Packs (Glassy, Crunch, and Insane). The offer expires on Dec 1st.

BIAS Desktop

Also exclusively for one day only, the recently launched and already popular BIAS Desktop – Amp Matching Modeler Plug-in for Mac and PC will be at $25 OFF regular price ($74) on Friday 28th.
The Holiday Season Sales are immediately available on Positive Grid’s website, on the iTunes App Store and as in-app purchase on the JamUp and BIAS Store.

More information: Positive Grid

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Positive Grid releases Guitar Production Bundle for iPad

Positive Grid has announced the release of the Guitar Production Bundle for iPad, a bundle of its most successful guitar and audio post production apps – JamUp Pro, BIAS, and Final Touch, offering the ultimate solution for mobile recording guitarists and bassists.

Positive Grid Guitar Production Bundle for iPad

Users can now create and design their own dream amp with BIAS, add stunning vintage and modern effects with JamUp, and professionally polish their final mixes with Final Touch, all right in their iPad at a greatly reduced price.

Guitar Production Bundle for iPad features

  • JamUp — JamUp Pro is a complete powerhouse multi-effects processor for guitar and bass. It offers over 100 amps and effects, GarageBand integration, looper, iTunes player with tempo/pitch control, built-in tuner and metronome, live-view, preset manager, MIDI support, and more.
  • BIAS — BIAS is an amp designer, modeler and processor that includes 36 of the most sought-after vintage and modern amps in rock ‘n’ roll history as a starting point for user customization. Users can modify these amps and virtually build their custom amps by swapping out the tubes, preamp, transformer, tone stacks, cab and mic to create their own distinctive signature sound. Users can also upload their amp creations to ToneCloud, BIAS’ own amp-sharing platform, to share their custom presets with other users.
  • Final Touch — Final Touch combines seven essential mastering tools into one integrated system: Pre and Post Linear Phase EQ modules, a Dynamics module with a highly flexible stereo/mid-side multiband compressor/limiter, Stereo Imaging, Reverb, and a Maximizer with Comprehensive Dithering and noise-shaping options. The final mix can be exported and shared via email, Dropbox, iTunes and SoundCloud.

The Guitar Production Bundle for iPad is available for purchase for $29.99 USD.

More information: Positive Grid

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