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Universal Audio announces UAD-2 Satellite DUO and QUAD Firewire DSP Accelerator Packages

Universal Audio has announced the impending release of UAD-2 Satellite DUO and QUAD Firewire DSP Accelerator Packages.

UAD-2 Satellite

As the newest members of UA’s UAD-2 Powered Plug-Ins platform, the UAD-2 Satellite family combines DSP acceleration with the plug-and-play simplicity of Firewire 800/400 – perfect for modern, Intel-based iMacs and MacBook Pros.

UAD-2 SatelliteThe UAD-2 Satellite puts the entire UAD Powered Plug-Ins library within easy reach of Firewire 800 and 400-equipped computers; no PCIe card installation required. In developing these UAD plug-ins, UA’s DSP engineers work with leading hardware manufacturers – including Roland, Neve, Studer, dbx, Solid State Logic, Lexicon, Manley, Empirical Labs, Trident, SPL, EMT and more – using their exact schematics, golden units, and experienced ears. This gives computer-based musicians and engineers the warmth and harmonics of classic analog recordings, wherever they mix.

Available in DUO or QUAD processor format (with either two or four Analog Devices SHARC processors, respectively), UAD-2 Satellite packages provide a processing “boost” for digital audio workstations, and include a selection of classic analog emulation plug-ins, right out of the box.

Notable UAD-2 Satellite features include:

  • Access the UAD Powered Plug-Ins library on select Firewire 800 and 400 equipped computers.
  • Compatible with a wide range of modern Intel-based iMacs and MacBook Pros.
  • Run larger mixes in Pro Tools, Logic, Cubase, Nuendo, Performer and more – without taxing host computer CPU.
  • 5 models to choose from:
    • DUO (Core).
    • DUO Flexi (w/ $500 Plug-In Voucher).
    • QUAD (Core).
    • QUAD Flexi (w/ $500 Plug-In Voucher).
    • QUAD Omni v5.7 (w/ 50 UAD plug-ins).

The complete line of UAD-2 Satellite DSP Accelerators is slated for a Q1 2011 release with prices starting at $899 MAP USD.

More information: Universal Audio

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Propellerhead Software updates Record to v1.5.1 and Reason to v5.0.1

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Propellerhead Software Record/Reason

Propellerhead Software has released updates for Record and Reason, its music production applications for Windows and Mac.

We are happy to announce the immediate release of Record 1.5.1 and Reason 5.0.1 — free maintenance updates that resolve several minor issues in Reason and Record.

Changes in Record v1.5.1 / Reason v5.0.1

  • Record
    • CodeMeter has been updated to version 4.20b. This version provides better handling of various installation issues.
    • The MClass Mastering Suite Combinator appeared on the Create menu when the Japanese language was selected in Record. It has been removed (the way to use mastering combi patches in Record is to load them as Master Insert FX).
    • The EQ, Filter and Input Gain settings in the main mixer were not chased properly. This could cause clicks or slight fades in the beginning of bounced or played back tracks.
    • There was an audible hiccup (a small pause in the audio) whenever an effect (Wah or Compressor) was switched on or off on a Line 6 Amp device. The Line 6 components have been updated to fix this.
    • An interpolation issue could cause a very slight loss of high frequency content when processing audio in Neptune.
    • The size of Kong devices in the Record rack navigator was slightly incorrect.
    • In rare cases users had to authenticate twice when starting Record.
    • Normalize Clip did not work on clips with extremely long audio recordings.
  • Reason & Record
    • The handling of bad sound drivers has been improved, lessening the risk of a crash due to faulty drivers.
    • Added Remote support for M-Audio Oxygen 88.
    • Added localized help and documentation in German, Japanese and French. Note: The localized help and documentation files are automatically included when Reason or Record are installed from the DVD. When downloading Reason or Record, you need to download and install localized help and documentation separately.
    • During certain circumstances, if a MIDI control surface was locked to a device and the user deleted any device from that song, the program could crash. This would happen if there was another song open and that song was playing back in the background.
    • The “Arpeggio Notes to Track” function on the RPG-8 could cause the program to crash if some of the RPG-8 parameters had been automated.
    • Saving a patch could in rare cases cause the program to crash. This happened if the user loaded a patch from a folder containing a huge number of patches, then moved the patch file to another folder and finally attempted to resave the patch by Alt-clicking the Save Patch button on the device.
    • In some cases, after copying and pasting a sample-based device from one song to another, the pasted device could refer to the wrong samples if the samples were self-contained.
    • Cable drawing has been slightly improved.
    • Thor’s step sequencer in random mode triggered two voices. This could happen when the “Step” run mode was selected and the direction was set to “Random”.
    • The program will occasionally check the available hard disk space. On some systems, these checks could make the user interface temporarily unresponsive.
    • Duplicating devices a large number of times could cause a graphical bug in the rack.
    • A number of localized (translated) text strings were cut off.
    • Voice handling for the NN-XT has been optimized slightly.
    • Dr. OctoRex slice numbers were not shown correctly in Edit mode when using the application in German.
    • If a song used SoundFonts under Windows Vista or Windows 7, the program could store the wrong path to the referenced samples. As a result, there would be missing sounds next time the song was opened.
    • Switching from MIDI sync to internal sync could result in an “Unknown Exception” alert.
    • The program could become very unresponsive when working with songs with a large number of self-contained samples.
    • Songs or combi patches could load with incorrect settings. This happened if a Combi rotary or button had been programmed to control a certain device parameter, and this parameter had been changed “manually” so that its state conflicted with the Combi rotary/button. After saving and loading, the setting of the device parameter was reset to match the Combi settings.
    • When stopping after recording in ReWire mode, the program could freeze for a few seconds.
    • Updated some Japanese translations.
    • The program could assert when changing to virtual MIDI input settings.
    • Kong’s Nurse Rex in Slice Trig mode within a Mute Group would not mute the voice when another pad was triggered.
    • A crash could be caused by dragging one or more half width devices and hovering over a Disk Channel device that doesn’t show inserts.
    • The function of bouncing several audio clips to new samples or to a new recording could take longer than expected.
    • The remote override mode was not completely blocked while the program tried to quit.
    • Muted audio clips in Blocks while adjusting the Block Clip offset could look a bit peculiar.
    • Sample Editor now handles samples with a sampling frequency below 8000 HZ correctly.
    • Names of Mix Channels could become blank in certain cases.
    • Bug in the Mix/Disk-channel, which could occur whenever a device was added or removed in the combi of a channel device (insert effects). This bug might show itself by some short clicking sound, artifact or short freeze when adding or removing devices in a channel device. The Combinator was not affected, and also not the master section.
    • There was a bug when the user tried to move the notes that were being recorded either by scaling the tempo in the tool window or nudging them with Ctrl-left/right.
    • Handling of ReGrooved blocks has been improved.
    • NN-Nano now uses High Quality Interpolation when pitching samples.
    • Converting pattern automation to notes disregarded pattern offsets incorrectly.
    • Automation of aftertouch, expression and breath are now smoothed in Thor.
  • ReFill Packer
    • ReFill Packer will now preserve tempo maps in AIFF and WAV files.
    • The previous version of ReFill Packer didn’t handle files with leading and trailing spaces in their names properly.
    • Better handling of how ReFill Packer works when invoked using non privileged accounts.
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Plogue updates Bidule to v0.9707, modular audio software

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Plogue Bidule

Plogue has released version 0.9707 of Bidule, a modular audio software for Windows and Mac.

Use Bidule’s DSP building blocks to create your own custom effects. Each of Bidule’s many math and DSP building blocks can be used to “program” your own custom instruments and effects.

Changes in Bidule v0.9707

  • Added support for 12 cores.
  • OS X: 64-bit test version of the standalone now available.
  • ReWire: added preference to enable the 64bit standalone to communicate with the ReWire device.
  • VST: added support for plugins changing the number of inputs/outputs through audioMasterIOChanged.
  • MIDI To Sync: fixed possible crash when loading an existing layout.
  • OS X: crash could possibly occur on certain edge cases of MIDI input. Fixed.
  • OS X: crash can occur in host after last instance of AU/VST is removed. Fixed.
  • OS X: crash could occur under some specific circumstances when plugging back a MIDI device. Fixed.
  • Patchbay: connect-insert doesn’t work with some signal types mismatch. Fixed.
  • Polyphonic Adapter: parameter links are not kept when using the Polyphonic Adapter. Fixed.
  • Sync Transport: uses more CPU when the UI is shown. Fixed.
  • + many more fixes.

Bidule for Windows and Mac (standalone/VST/AU) is available to purchase for 75 EUR / $95 USD. Prices excl. VAT.

More information: Plogue / Bidule

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DSPaudio Spectrum 2, MIDI sequencing software

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DSPaudio Spectrum 2

DSPaudio has released Spectrum 2, a performance sequencer (formerly Nortron) with instant control over every musical aspect of your track, providing a higher level of interaction that inspires new ways of writing and remixing your songs.

After 3000 years of hard work, the team is pleased to announce Spectrum 2! The innovative live sequencer from DSPAudio now sports a built-in synthesizer, up to 32 channels, animated envelopes, channel groups, DJ style tempo controls, new modulation targets, and more!

Spectrum 2 features

  • 32 channels of sequencing.
  • 128 patterns up to 16 steps long.
  • Elastic Envelopes that shrink and grow with note-length.
  • Animated Envelopes – a different waveform for each note.
  • Beat-match using DJ style tempo controls to push and pull the BPM.
  • Modulate MIDI CC, note-length, velocity, pitch, number of notes, tempo, cursor position.
  • Playback directions, groove templates, cross modulations, and more.
  • Pitch Quantize to 20 different scales.
  • 8 assignable Groups to control multiple channels at once.
  • Polygnomes physical modeling synthesizer.
  • Note input from computer keyboard, MIDI keyboard, or Realtime Audio->MIDI.
  • Navigate the entire interface by mapping MIDI CC’s to controls and keystrokes.
  • Performance modes for working live with DJs, Bands, or solo.
  • Channel and Global transposition controls.
  • Channel Delay from 0-750ms.
  • MIDI CC Maps/ MIDI Learn.
  • VST / VSTi Host.
  • Rewire, IAC, CoreMIDI, and CoreAUDIO are fully supported.
  • Full integration with Pro Tools, Logic, Cubase, Live, and other popular DAWs.

Spectrum 2 is available to purchase for Mac, priced at $199 USD. Norton 1.2 users can upgrade free of charge.

More information: DSPaudio

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Ableton updates Live and Suite to v8.2.1

Ableton Live 8

Ableton has released version 8.2.1 of Live (and Suite), the music production software for Windows and Mac.

Changes in Live/Suite 8.2.1

  • Improvements and feature changes
    • Improvements to Amp presets including better folder organization, additional guitar and bass amp presets and various other changes.
    • Improvements to sound quality in Drum Machines.
    • Performance optimizations on many Rack presets.
    • Many delay devices now use the “Fade” Delay Transition mode, to avoid clicks.
    • All Latin Percussion sounds are additionally available as chromatically tuned Simpler presets.
  • Bugfixes
    • Amp is now available in the trial version of Ableton Suite.
    • Removed duplicate Amp presets.
    • Fixed Hot-Swap behavior for a number of Session Drums and Drum Machines presets.
    • Fixed a bug that prevented the use of soundcards with only one input on OS X.
    • Fixed a crash that occurred when using a ReWire slave such as Reason and manipulating devices in the slave that were referred to by clips in Live.

More information: Ableton

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Plogue Bidule, modular audio software updated to v0.9705

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Plogue Bidule

Plogue has released version v0.9705 of Bidule, a modular audio software for Windows and Mac.

The brainchild of Plogue Art et Technologie, Bidule is a cross-platform application that is gaining recognition world-wide as the new standard in modular music software.

Changes in Bidule v0.9705

  • Added LFSR (Linear Feedback Shift Register).
  • Added Gate Clock.
  • Added Basic Audio File Player 2.
  • Added attempting to load an audio file using OS functions if libsndfile fails (OS X: ExtAudioFile, Windows: Windows Media Format).
  • Audio File Player: now behaves like audio and MIDI devices for MP Assign.
  • Added autosave mode.
  • Fixed: Groups: using spectral inputs/outputs could cause a crash.
  • Fixed: Groups: using relative modulation with group parameters could result in the modulation being applied twice.
  • Fixed: Group selected: some parameter links are not restored.
  • Fixed: Magnitude EQ: parameters are not loaded correctly.
  • Fixed: MIDI File Player: crash could possibly occur when using Follow Sync Source transport state.
  • Fixed: MIDI Splitter: could crash when set to split by Note.
  • Fixed: OSC : a crash could occur when removing a bidule from the layout and OSC Server is enabled.
  • Fixed: Plugin & ReWire mode: MIDI output events could end up be out of sequence.
  • Fixed: Plugin Mode: clearing the contents of Basic Audio Buffer and Multitap Delay doesn’t work if the UI is not shown.
  • Fixed: Presets: the current preset is not saved before it is changed to be read-only.
  • Fixed: ReWire Mode: under some specific circumstances the tempo taken from the host is using a wrong value.
  • Fixed: Windows: double-clicking on elements in both Lock Parameters and Exported Group Parameters dialog could cause a crash when running the 32-bit version on Windows 7 64-bit
  • + many more fixes.

Bidule is available to purchase for PC and Mac (standalone/VST/AU), priced at an “early bird” price of $75 USD excl. VAT.

More information: Plogue / Bidule

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Steinberg releases free 5.5 update for Cubase 5 and Cubase Studio 5

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Steinberg Cubase 5.5 - LoopMash

Steinberg has released version 5.5 of Cubase / Cubase Studio, a free update of its music production systems featuring new mixing features, new video engine, instrument updates, workflow improvements and optimized performance for multi-core processors.

The 5.5 update ensures an improved low-latency performance on systems with four or more CPU cores, while the included version increments of two Cubase 5 features, LoopMash and the REVerence convolution reverb, reduce CPU usage considerably. The native x64 version of Cubase and Cubase Studio features an enhanced VST Bridge to improve compatibility with the majority of bridged 32-bit VST2.4 plug-ins within a native 64-bit production environment.

Enhancements for both mixing and video work have been realized with additional automation functionality in the automation panel as well as expanding the Quick Control system to Group, FX, Input and Output channels. An entirely new video engine offers full HD support in Cubase 5.5 as well as scalable performance and video playback capability via FireWire for the PC platform.

Version 5.5 also introduces enhancements to the range of onboard beat production, witnessing refinements in hitpoint detection within the Sample Editor, the introduction of a local timeline for the AudioWarp definition mode plus extended Export/Import functionality for Groove Agent ONE including 19 exclusive new drum kits made up of over 800 finest vintage drum machine samples.

To further speed up workflow in the Cubase environment, the MediaBay interface has been redesigned to provide improved usability, with an integrated virtual keyboard and memo recorder. On top of the many small enhancements, the Channel Batch Export tool has been improved, and the Infoline and the toolbars of all editors have been consolidated for improved legibility and faster access.

Cubase 5.5 complements Cubase 5 and Cubase Studio 5 to the fullest, delivering performance optimization, additional features and useful enhancements throughout.

The 5.5 update is now available to download from the Steinberg website at www.steinberg.net.

More Information: Steinberg / Cubase

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PreSonus ships StudioLive 24.4.2 Digital Mixer

PreSonus StudioLive 24.4.2

PreSonus has announced it is now shipping the StudioLive 24.4.2, a digital mixer.

Like the 16-channel StudioLive 16.4.2, the 24-channel StudioLive 24.4.2 is designed for both studio recording and live sound, without compromising the requirements for either.

StudioLive 24.4.2 sports the same friendly user interface, robust feature set, and extensive I/O configuration as the StudioLive 16.4.2 but with several significant additions and enhancements. The most obvious difference is that the new mixer provides 24 input channels, rather than 16. As with the 16.4.2, each input features a trim pot, XLR mic input with XMAX™ mic preamp, 1/4-inch TRS balanced line inputs and unbalanced insert points. Like the 16.4.2, the StudioLive 24.4.2 offers 4 subgroup outputs, but where the 16-channel model offers 6 aux buses, the 24.4.2 provides 10 aux buses.

StudioLive 24.4.2 features

  • 24-bit/48 kHz sampling rate.
  • 24 Class A XMAX microphone preamplifiers.
  • 24 line-level inputs.
  • 10 auxiliary buses.
  • 4 subgroups.
  • High-definition analog to digital converters (118 dB dynamic range).
  • Unlimited-headroom, 32-bit floating-point, digital mixing and effects processing.
  • 32×26 FireWire digital recording interface with two FireWire 400 (IEEE 1394) ports.
  • Scene automation with load/save/recall of all settings.
  • Fat Channel with: High-pass filter, Compressor, Limiter, Expander/Gate, 4-band fully parametric EQ, Pan, Load/save.
  • 2 master DSP effects (reverb and delay with Load and Save).
  • 100 mm long-throw faders.
  • Military-grade quick-touch buttons.
  • Fast-acting LED meters.
  • Talkback communication system.
  • Rugged steel chassis.
  • PreSonus Capture™ multitrack-recording software.
  • Compatible with Cubase, Digital Performer, Logic, Nuendo, Sonar, Studio One and others.
  • PC and Mac compatible.

The StudioLive 24.4.2 is available to purchase for a MSRP of $3,299 USD.

More information: PreSonus / http://www.presonus.com/products/StudioLive-24.4.2″ title=”link to StudioLive 24.4.2 product page”>StudioLive 24.4.2

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