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VSTShell host updated to v3.76

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The free VSTShell host software has been updated to version 3.76.

An introduction to VSTShell v.3.76, showing the new arpeggiator features etc.

VSTShell is a host for VST & Audiounit instruments and FX (up to 4 instruments and FX), with a built in arpeggiator and sequencer, which can be used as a standalone host or to play/record into Pro Tools (or whatever) using Rewire.

VSTShell is currently available to download for Mac at no cost.

More information: VSTHell


Acoustica updates Mixcraft 6 to build 204

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Acoustica Mixcraft 6

Acoustica has updated its Mixcraft 6 music production software for Windows to v6.1 build 204.

Mixcraft enables you to record audio, arrange loops, remix tracks, compose with MIDI and virtual instruments, add effects, score and edit video, and mix and master your tracks to create polished, professional compositions. Mixcraft is your music production dream come true, instantly turning your computer into a fully-stocked professional recording studio.

Changes in Mixcraft 6.1 b204

  • New loops – 4 new loop kits.
  • Major Time Signature Marker Repairs.
  • Can no longer move track markers with time sigs via drag and drop.
  • Bullet proofing.
  • Japanese Language Support.
  • Mute button on clips working better.
  • Got rid of right click menu on control surface dialog.
  • Autoscroll was not working starting from Submix track.
  • Changing selected track with keyboard now skips hidden tracks.
  • Changing track color now works from main menu.
  • Now syncing drum map when an instrument changes.
  • Fix for auto track name customization garbage.
  • Fix for the ‘reverse’ checkbox not sticking on automation controllers.
  • Now hiding name edit box when scrolling horizontally.
  • Improvements & fixes in the logic for lanes.
  • Auto-rewind now goes back to the position of the last playback.
  • Fixes & improvements for merging clips.
  • Fixes to the recording count-in.
  • New preference for sending pedal-off messages at the end of clips.
  • Fix for Mixcraft playing clips beyond the Loop End marker.
  • Fix for Mixcraft not obeying MIDI input settings when loading a project.
  • Output track effect automation information now saved and loaded properly.
  • Fix for freezing submix child tracks.
  • Fix for solo button on duplicate track not working.
  • Can now control audio effects from a MIDI source on Virtual Instrument tracks.
  • Library now can sort numbers such as # of bars intelligently.
  • Fix for slow shutdown of Mixcraft.
  • Added loop to check for and remove NAN in Elastique output (rare).
  • Resizing message box for horizontal text.
  • Fix for some VSTs not getting key strokes.
  • Fix for recording while preview sound is playing.
  • Merging cross faded clips now produces clip with the crossfading included.

Mixcraft 6 for Windows is available to purchase for $74.95 USD.

More information: Acoustica / Mixcraft


Nektar introduces Panorama P6 – 61 note USB MIDI controller for Reason

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Nektar has announced Panorama P6, a 61 note USB MIDI controller keyboard with the same deep Reason integration as their acclaimed Panorama P4.

Panorama P6
Nektar Panorama: Keyboard and pads are dynamic, sensitive and balanced carefully with a solid feel that allows for complete expression.

Panorama P4 first shipped in June 2012 and has already become a favorite among Reason users who are looking for great integration with hardware and workflow that allows uninterrupted creative freedom

Like the P4, the Panorama P6 features 4 modes that allow the user to switch between Mixer, Instrument and Transport mode and a 4th Internal mode with 20 user presets each configurable for control of external MIDI hardware, ReWired DAW’s or other MIDI controllable software.

A motorized fader, solo and mute buttons give mix channel control in every mode as does the extended transport buttons with no less than 11 functions a button push away. 16 encoders, 9 faders and 9 LED buttons do most of the controlling with parameters and values displayed on the TFT display. All assignable buttons including the 11 function keys and 12 pads can be setup to send MIDI messages or QWERTY macros, a unique Panorama idea where up to 8 computer keyboard shortcuts can be sent with just one button press. In addition the Panorama P6 features a 61 note velocity sensitive semi-weighted keyboard with after touch, pitch bend, modulation wheel, MIDI out, foot switch and expression pedal sockets.

Panorama P6 is shipping in December 2012, at a MSRP of $659.99 USD / 529.99 EUR / £419.99 GBP (anticipated street price of $599.99 USD / 479.99 EUR / £369.99 GBP).

More information: Nektar / Panorama


Universal Audio updates UAD Powered Plug-Ins to v6.4 incl. 64-bit

Universal Audio has released version 6.4 of its UAD Powered Plug-Ins.

Universal Audio UAD Software v6.4

Released in November 2012, UAD Powered Plug-Ins v6.4 delivers a host of long-requested features for PC-based audio engineers — including 64-bit UAD plug-in support for Windows 7, and Apollo Audio Interface/UAD-2 Satellite FireWire drivers for Windows 7 (a qualified PCIe-to-FireWire adapter card is required).

Note: This release does not include the UAD Oxford EQ plug-in (32-bit or 64-bit). If you are using UAD Oxford EQ, updating to UAD v6.4.0 is not recommended. 32-bit and 64-bit versions of UAD Oxford EQ will be included in a future release.

More information: Universal Audio


Notion Music releases Progression 2.0

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Notion Music Progression 2.0

Notion Music has introduced Progression 2.0, a composition software for guitar, bass and drums.

Progression, the most intuitive tab, notation, songwriting, and composition software for guitar, bass, and drums is back and more powerful than ever. With a brand new design you can now more easily enter tab or notation and hear your music play back with real instrument samples.

Progression makes it easy to create your own guitar tab, lead sheets, and standard sheet music complete with an audio track of you own.

Seamlessly integrated with real audio samples. Guitars samples by Neil Zaza, bass samples by Victor Wooten and drums by Roy “Futureman” Wooten, all recorded at top studios around the world.

Notion Music Progression
Enter notes into Progression with the interactive fretboard, keyboard, or drum pad.

Progression 2 features

  • Write guitar tab and notation.
  • Real-time updating between tab and notation.
  • Custom tab and alternate tunings.
  • Supports 7-string guitar and 5-string bass.
  • Interactive fretboard, keyboard and drum pad.
  • ReWire 64-bit (host and slave).
  • VST compatibility.
  • Drum patterns included.
  • SequencerStaff and Sequencer Overlay.
  • Native 64-bit support (Mac OS X and Windows).
  • Built-in amp simulator.
  • MIDI overdub.
  • Integrated audio mixer.
  • Export audio, MIDI, MusicXML.
  • Save directly to SoundCloud.
  • Compatibility with Notion 4, Notion and Progression iPad apps.
  • Save as PDF.
  • Import MIDI, MusicXML, and Guitar Pro files (version 3-5).

Progression 2.0 for Windows and Mac is available to purchase for the introductory price of $49 USD.

More information: Notion Music / Progression


Universal Audio announces new UAD-2 hardware and UAD Powered Plug-In software bundles

Universal Audio has announced a complete re-imagination of the popular UAD Powered Plug-Ins platform.

Highlighted by the new flagship UAD-2 OCTO DSP Accelerator card, featuring eight SHARC processors, the UAD-2 Series offers new Custom and Ultimate software bundles and more affordable pricing for all UAD-2 SOLO, DUO, and QUAD DSP Accelerator models.

UAD-2 OCTO Ultimate
Universal Audio UAD-2 OCTO Ultimate bundle.
  • New OCTO DSP Accelerators — Heavyweight Processing Power
    The new top-of-the-line UAD-2 OCTO DSP Accelerator ($1,499US) features eight SHARC processors on a single PCIe card and easily installs into a PCIe-equipped Mac or PC workstation or compatible expansion chassis — giving music producers and engineers twice the processing power of its UAD-2 QUAD DSP Accelerator counterpart. For UAD power users running large audio sessions with high UAD plug-in instances and/or high sample rates, the UAD-2 OCTO DSP Accelerator is the uncompromising professional solution.
  • New UAD-2 “Custom” Bundles — Pick Any 3 UAD Plug-Ins
    For just $400US more than a UAD-2 DUO, QUAD, or OCTO “Core” DSP Accelerator model, UAD users can now step up to UAD-2 Custom bundles, selecting any three individual UAD plug-ins within 45 days of their new UAD-2 hardware registration. With a world-renowned UAD plug-in library that includes Ampex®, Manley®, Lexicon®, Studer®, EMT®, Empirical Labs®, Neve®, SSL®, Roland®, and more, UAD-2 Custom bundles deliver a potential software value of more than $1,000US (depending on UAD plug-ins selected), at significant savings to new UAD-2 users.
  • New UAD-2 “Ultimate” Bundles — The Definitive Collection
    Combining the most powerful UAD-2 DSP Accelerator hardware with the most complete UAD plug-in bundle available, the new UAD-2 OCTO Ultimate (PCIe card format) and UAD-2 Satellite QUAD Ultimate (FireWire format) packages offer an extensive library of more than 55 UA-developed plug-ins, up to and including UAD Software v6.3*. These UAD-2 Ultimate packages represent the definitive collection of more than 10 years of UAD plug-in development.
  • More Affordable UAD-2 SOLO, DUO, and QUAD Core Models
    Alongside the new UAD-2 hardware and software introductions, UA is debuting new, more affordable pricing for the “Core” models of UAD-2 SOLO, DUO, and QUAD PCIe hardware and UAD-2 DUO and QUAD Satellite FireWire hardware. All UAD-2 Core models include the popular “Analog Classics” plug-in bundle, featuring the LA-2A Classic Audio Leveler, 1176LN/1176SE Classic Limiting Amplifiers, Pultec EQP-1A, and RealVerb Pro plug-ins. Additional UAD plug-ins can be purchased from UA’s Online Store.

“We’re excited by the additional power and flexibility that this new UAD-2 lineup provides,” says CEO and Founder, Bill Putnam, Jr. “Not only has the processing power doubled with the UAD-2 OCTO model, but it’s now easier for users to customize their UAD-2 packages right out of the box. And with our new aggressive pricing for SOLO, DUO, and QUAD Core models, UAD-2 is now even more accessible to producers who want to add authentic analog tone in their recordings.

Estimated US Street Prices for UAD-2 Desktop (PCI-Express) and Satellite (FireWire) DSP Accelerators:

  • UAD-2 OCTO (PCIe): $1,499 (Core) / $1,899 (Custom) / $5,499 (Ultimate).
  • UAD-2 QUAD (PCIe): $999 (Core) / $1,399 (Custom).
  • UAD-2 DUO (PCIe): $699 (Core) / $1,099 (Custom).
  • UAD-2 SOLO (PCIe): $299 (Core).
  • UAD-2 QUAD Satellite (FireWire): $999 (Core) / $1,399 (Custom) / $4,999 (Ultimate).
  • UAD-2 DUO Satellite (FireWire): $699 (Core) / $1,099 (Custom).

More information: Universal Audio / UAD Powered Plug-Ins


MOTU ships Digital Performer 8—audio workstation software goes 64-bit + Windows support coming

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MOTU Digital Performer 8

MOTU has announced it is now shipping Digital Performer 8, a major upgrade to their flagship audio workstation software.

17 new plug-ins

Version 8 ships with 17 new plug-ins, including two new classic guitar amp models, a bass cabinet model, several classic guitar pedals, modeled analog delay, a multi-band dynamic equalizer, a precision delay, a de-esser, the Subkick™ kick drum enhancer, and Springamabob™, a modeled vintage spring reverb processor.

New video engine

DP8′s new video engine allows full-screen viewing of full 720 or 1080 HD video clips on a primary or secondary computer monitor, or on a conventional HDMI or SDI video monitor connected to a MOTU video interface such as the HD Express or HDX-SDI. The movie window can be easily popped in and out of the consolidated window, and the movie audio track can be routed to aux faders for mixing and processing, without the need to extract the audio.

15 new themes

Digital Performer’s Themes allow users to change the entire look of the software with one click. DP8 adds 15 new themes, including “Hi-Fi”, “Arctic”, and “None More Black”.

MOTU Digital Performer 8

Digital Performer 8 features

  • Cross platform — Supports Windows 7 and Mac OS X.
  • Native 64-bit operation — Takes full advantage of 64-bit operating systems.
  • VST / Rewire support — On both Mac and Windows for easy project exchange.
  • New video engine — Supports full-screen video, 720/1080 HD, and MOTU video hardware monitoring.
  • Punch Guard™ confidence recording — Captures extra time before and after punch points.
  • 17 new plug-ins — From meticulously modeled guitar tones to world-class mastering plug-ins…
  • 15 new themes — Artistically crafted UI designs including Hi-Fi, Arctic, and None More Black.
  • In-line control panel — Conserves precious screen real estate.
  • Multi-format plug-in management — Organize, manage, and quickly search for plug-ins in multiple formats.

Digital Performer 8 is now shipping for Mac OS X. The Windows version is in final testing and will be available soon to all registered DP8 users. Pricing remains the same, as follows:

  • Full version: $795
  • Competitive upgrade: $395
  • AudioDesk upgrade: $395
  • Upgrade from previous version: $195

Registered users can upgrade directly from the MOTU web site. Users of competing products can purchase the DP8 Competitive Upgrade at the link above or from any authorized MOTU reseller.

More information: MOTU / Digital Performer