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Monoplugs updates B-Step Sequencer to v1.2

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Monoplugs has released version 1.2 of B-Step Sequencer, a melodic, chord based step sequencer, now also available as a standalone app for Windows, Mac and Linux.

Monoplugs B-Step Sequencer
The standalone version of B-Step you can sync via MIDI Clock to your DAW or MIDI hardware. Also you can run the sequencer as MIDI Clock master and sync your devices to B-Step.

In B-Step Sequencer 1.2 Monoplugs have improved the chord editor, added some new features to the sequencer and cleaned up a lot of things to make it much more usable than before.

Now you can import/export your projects, MIDI controller maps, chord sets and presets from/to file and share them between the standalone and VST version or with your friends.

Changes in B-Step Sequencer v1.2

  • Fixes:
    • Stop playing notes if playback stops.
    • Add Error messages if a MIDI port is not able to open (have a look in our forum to fix issues on Windows).
    • MIDI learn map will not loaded correctly.
    • MIDI Thru bug.
    • Restore MIDI ports on reopen B-Step.
  • Sequencer Settings:
    • Add clock thru option in standalone.
  • Presets:
    • Add export/import project files.
    • Add export/import chord presets.
    • Add export/import MIDI maps.
    • Add some project presets & chord presets.
  • Sequencer Features:
    • Add mute-chain | you can now play empty bars or mute a bar in the chain.
    • Add master track octave offset rotaries.
    • Add what’s the next bar in the chain marker.
    • Add panic button.
  • MIDI learn (new design):
    • Add Feedback.
    • Change the editor layout and MIDI learn handling.
  • User Interface:
    • Clean up settings editor.
    • Clean up main interface.
    • Add tree different colour setups.
    • Remove step was enabled marker.
  • Launchpad:
    • Add bar copy support (hold down one bar button (source) and click a other bar button (target)).
    • Change default MIDI channel to 1.

B-Step Sequencer is available for purchase for 19.99 EUR.

More information: Monoplugs

Native Instruments updates Maschine to v2.1

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Native Instruments has launched version 2.1 of Maschine, the groove production studio for Windows and Mac.

The new Grit kick engine is a modern, versatile electronic kick drum – great for IDM and electro styles. The new Shaker Performer creates tweakable, natural-sounding shaker patterns automatically. And the sample recording screen now lets you sample directly to different pads.

Maschine 2.1 Grit Kick & Percussion performer mode
New Kick Grit engine and Shaker Performer mode in Maschine 2.1.

Changes in Maschine v2.1

  • Grit engine in Kick Drum Synth – The Grit kick is a modern, versatile electronic kick drum. Tuned loose, it’s deep, open, boomy, and airy. Tightened up, it adds punch and heft. At high tunings, it can become gritty and bitcrushed – great for IDM and electro styles.
  • New shaker Performer mode in Percussion Drum Synth – Hold down a note, and the highly innovative Performer creates natural-sounding shaker patterns automatically. Tweak the feel of the groove in real time, and add fills and syncopated riffs, with adjustable swing, shuffle, and groove. Incredibly powerful for live performances.
  • Sounds accessible on pads on sample recording screen.
  • A batch function to set all sounds in a group to the same MIDI channel. MIDI export available on the Group and Sound levels.
  • Undocked NI plug-in windows can be pinned to remain active when not in focus.
  • Scenes can be selected/triggered via MIDI input when MASCHINE is running standalone.
  • Mix page on MASCHINE and MASCHINE MK2 controllers has been expanded and now provides access to level and pan settings for groups and sounds.
  • A setting that only turns the metronome on when the Record button is enabled.
  • Real time group erase function.
  • Shift functions allow fast scroll browsing.
  • Play quantize option –notes played live on the pads are quantized in real time.
  • Control software views from the navigate page on MASCHINE and MASCHINE STUDIO controllers.
  • Instantiating the first plug-in on an empty sound updates the name of that sound to the plug-in name.
  • Sound, group volume & pan knobs are only displayed on hover.
  • ALT+Drag for copy-pasting single elements (patterns, scenes, plug-ins) in the Groups / Sounds lists and the plug-in chain.
  • Browser performance improvements.
  • Numerous bug fixes, as well as performance and stability improvements.

Maschine 2.1 is now available to download from the NI Service Center.

More information: Native Instruments / Maschine

Image-Line launches FL Studio 12 Alpha Preview

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Image-Line has announced the release of an alpha preview version of FL Studio 12, the music production software for Windows.

Image-Line FL Studio 12 Alpha Preview

FL Studio customers you can now download the FL Studio 12 ALPHA-PREVIEW to give us feedback about the extensive workflow changes.

What’s this for?

We are looking for feedback about some of the major changes in workflow that have been made so far. Please try it out and let us know what you think of how it works. We’re not really looking for bug reports, at this time.

Changes in FL Studio 12 (alpha preview)

  • Browser – The Browser has changed (now with category tabs and the ability to delete content on right-click).
  • Channel Menu – The Channel Options Menu has moved from the Toolbar Menus to the Channel rack.
  • Channel settings – Have been integrated into the Plugin Wrapper.
  • Interface – Vectorial user interface. See Options > General Settings > GUI display.
  • Per Channel Swing – The Channel Settings now has a ‘swing multiplier’ amount.
  • Pattern Menu – The Pattern Menu has moved from the Channel rack to the Toolbar Menu and Pattern Selector.
  • Piano roll – Piano roll Auto-zoom can now we deselected from Settings > General > Auto zoom in piano roll.
  • Playlist – Multiple drag and drop for audio files onto Playlist (from a Windows file browser).
  • Stepsequencer – Stepsequences are now interchangable with Piano rolls.
  • VST Plugins – VST plugin installation has changed.

The alpha preview version (currently only 32-bit) is available to download to registered Image-Line users.

More information: Image-Line / FL Studio 12 alpha preview

Ableton updates Live to v9.1.2

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Ableton has released version 9.1.2 of its Live 9 music production software for Windows and Mac.

Ableton Live 9

Changes in Live 9.1.2

  • Improvements and feature changes:
    • Added control surface support for Akai APC40 MKII, APC Key 25, APC mini.
    • Updated control surface documentation.
    • Improved readability of text in clips, tracks, chains and macro controls. The text color is now automatically inverted, depending on the background color.
  • Bug fixes:
    • Live would show cryptic error messages in case it detects and repairs a corrupt database. Now it shows something more meaningful.
    • Looped clip envelopes could have an incorrect length after unlinking the envelope, linking it again and then moving the clip from Session View to the Arrangement View.
    • MIDI data from the computer MIDI keyboard or an external MIDI input could have a huge delay after plugging a cable into the computer’s headphone jack (Mac OS X only).
    • When overdubbing a MIDI clip in the Arrangement View, the resulting clip would not be cropped to the correct content, but would contain all other notes of the track.
    • A playing clip in the last scene would stop playing when deleting a scene above it.
    • Fixed a bug that could occur when recording automation over a loop jump in a Session View clip when the Arrangement View’s loop is active.
    • Plug-in parameters of certain VST plug-ins would not instantly update on the custom plug-in window after changing presets.
    • The AU versions of UAD powered plug-ins would not release their DSP resources when turning them off in Live, even if the option “Release all UAD DSP resources on AudioUnit bypass” was enabled in the UAD control panel.
    • Loading a set containing many disabled UAD AU plug-ins may have resulted in a “UAD bandwidth allocation exceeded” error while loading the set.
    • Fixed a crash which could occur when quitting Live via the Mac OS X App Switcher (CMD+TAB).
    • Fixed a crash that could occur on Mac OS X when quitting the application while Live is buffering samples.
    • Fixed a crash which could occur in the 64-bit version when triggering multiple voices in Sampler and having the Shrink/Expand Envelopes feature enabled.
    • Fixed a crash which could occur in the 32-bit version of Live when loading presets containing a very large amount of devices.
    • Fixed a crash that could occur under certain conditions when moving scenes and then using Undo.
    • Live 9 Intro or Lite would crash when importing an audio clip which uses the Complex or Complex Pro warp mode (Windows only).
  • Changes for Push:
    • It wasn’t possible to edit device parameters if a track’s input routing was set to “No Input”.
    • Live would record MIDI notes at the wrong position when using Push’s Note Repeat function and having the track’s monitoring switch set to “No Input”.
    • Audio clip recording could be interrupted when choosing another track with Push, even if Exclusive Arm is deactivated in Live’s preferences.
    • When selecting a track, the Melodic Step Sequencer would sometimes not select a page in the currently playing clip.

The update is available as a free download for all owners of Live 9 Suite, Standard, Intro and Lite.

More information: Ableton

Steinberg updates Cubase to v7.5.20

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Steinberg Cubase update

Steinberg has released version 7.5.20 of its Cubase and Cubase Artist music production software.

The update adds several improvements and resolves more than 60 issues in different areas of the applications.

The update is now available for download from the Steinberg website. For detailed information please view the corresponding version history on the download page.

Changes in Cubase v7.5.20

  • TrackVersions: Delete Inactive TrackVersions.
  • Control Room Improvements.
  • Channel/track visibility: Key command for “Update configurations”.
  • Steinberg Hub: Remove recent projects from list.
  • Project window toolbar: Additional buttons.
  • New Preference: Record-Enable allows MIDI Thru.
  • New Preference: Colorize folder track controls only.
  • Many issues resolved, check the version history for details.

The update is now available to download for Cubase and Cubase Artist users.

More information: Steinberg / Cubase

Propellerhead releases Reason 7.1 update & Free Synchronous Rack Extension

Propellerhead has released an update to its award-winning Reason software and Synchronous, a modulation Rack Extension plug-in for Reason.

Propellerhead Reason 7.1
Reason 7.1 offers an enhanced workflow, performance improvements and new SDK2 technology for Propellerhead’s Rack Extension plug-in platform.

Since its release in 2012, Propellerhead’s Rack Extension platform has emerged as a powerful audio plug-in format currently with over 600 companies developing and over 200 instrument and effects devices available via Propellerhead’s online store.

Rack Extensions blend seamlessly in the Reason rack offering great sound, smooth workflow, rock-solid stability, intuitive routing, automation, deep-editing and flexibility Reason users expect.

Synchronous—Timed Effect Modulator

Highlighting new interactive graphic capabilities of the SDK2 technology, Synchronous is a Rack Extension plug-in for Reason that offers rhythmically synced effects that bring your music to life.

Propellerhead Synchronous

With a dynamic and intuitive graphic user interface and the ability to instantly recall over 100 patches, Synchronous is incredibly flexible.

With the built-in waveform tools, users can easily draw and dial in Distortion, Filter, Reverb, Delay and level for anything from side-chain pumping and tremolos to beat-repeating and tweaked out wobbles.

Reason 7.1 is a free downloadable update for all Reason 7 owners. Existing Reason upgrade pricing remain the same at $129 USD / 129 EUR. Synchronous is available for free for all Reason 7.1 customers up until June 30th, 2014.

More information: Propellerhead

XILS-lab updates XILS 3 synthesizer to v2.0

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XILS-lab has announced the release of XILS 3 v2.0, an updated version of its authentic-sounding software emulation of the vintage EMS VCS3 portable analogue synthesizer.

XILS 3 synthesizer

The XILS 3 V2.0 not only emulates the Synthi (VCS 3) modular synthesizer, it also adds an emulation of the 256 Analog Sequencer, the natural companion of the VCS 3.

Is that all? No, of course, we added a SECOND Matrix, with 2 additional envelopes, one LFO, a detailed Sample and Hold module, and a Voltage processor…

And some input modules : Gate, Transient, Envelope Follower and Pitch Tracker to transform the XILS 3 into an advanced Effect Processor! This means hundreds of additional connections. Add to the pile the analog chorus with its three modes, the analog delay and the phaser… the picture emerges.

XILS 3 v2.0 features

  • 6 Oscillators grouped in 3 pairs, with WaveShaping (on sine wave, saw, triangle and square).
  • 1 Noise Oscillator (With Noise color).
  • 1 Analog Filter, Non Linear and zero delay Behaviors, with 3 Modes (12/18/24 dB LowPass).
  • 3 Trapezoidal Envelope Generators, Looping EG in the time of analog (Switchable to ADSR).
  • 2 Polyphonic LFOs (including 1 Oscillator acting as LFO at audiorate).
  • Polyphonic Ring Modulator.
  • 2 independent outputs feeding the Stereo Bus, each with one analog Lp/Hp filter.
  • Programmable Joystick Vector Controller (up to 32+32 modulation targets).
  • Polyphonic Sequencer with 3 independent lines, Slew rates, 3 recording modes.
  • Sequencer can behave as modulation source.
  • Pitch Tracker, Envelope Follower, Transient, Gate, Sample & Hold Modules.
  • Chorus, Delay, Spring Reverb.
  • 6 Play modes (including Unison 2/4/6), Polyphonic and mono Portamento/Glissando/Legato, 2 different Keyboard Scaling, Polyphonic Aftertouch and VCA handling.
  • Hundreds of presets made by worldwide famous Sound Designers.
  • Preset Database Engine (Find the right patch in a flash, create your own tags).
  • Comprehensive manual with a getting started and tutorial sections.
  • Instrument or Effect plug-in.

XILS 3 is available for purchase for the introductory price of 120 EUR until May 1st, 2014 (regular 149 EUR). The XILISTICS sound bank for XILS 3 with 160-plus presets (25 EUR value) is included with this offer. XILS 3 requires eLicenser or iLok.

More information: XILS-lab / XILS 3

Homegrown Sounds releases Kosmology Evolution & Kosmology updated to v1.1

Homegrown Sounds Kosmology Evolution

Homegrown Sounds has announced the release of Kosmology Evolution, a new sample library for Native Instruments Kontakt.

The Second Kosmology Installment has arrived, created exclusively for Kosmology, the advanced Sequencing system for Kontakt 5. In comparison to Awakenings it has a slightly harder edge, and also includes a few more FX type sounds with lots of movement which are inte resting when modulating the Sample Start Position. It was designed using a DSI Evolver and takes advantage of both the Analog and the Digital side of this amazing instrument. All sounds were created from scratch for this collection and definitely bring the Evolvers unique sound into Kosmology for Sequencing Fun.

All 200 instruments are multi-sampled, using 4 samples per instrument at 24-bit using pure synthesis with very few effects. For the most part they have the Filter Wide Open so they can be upfront and powerful, whilst they can be tamed easily using Kosmology itself. Whilst most sounds are chromatically useful, there are a few effect, detuned and drop instruments scattered throughout the collection to add some nice surprises and interests whilst Wave Sequencing. Fifty new Presets are added using Evolution which adds to the existing 70+ Kosmology presets (all Kosmology presets can be loaded into any Kosmology based Instrument)

Also included are Kosmology Instruments for both Kosmos Classics and Infekted if you own either of these collections!

Homegrown Sounds has also updated Kosmology to version 1.1, which is now available to download to Awakenings users.

Changes in Kosmology v1.1

  • Fixed a bug when randomizing the Synth Sections where the playing sequence would not update the filter type correctly until a new Sequence was triggered.
  • Added ‘Kosmology Lite’ Instruments – These use just synth A for a more spacious sound and use less CPU than the full Kosmology (better for intensive Polyphonic Sequencing). They can load the standard Kosmology Presets but anything relating to Synth B is either disabled or remapped.
  • Impulse response Type is no longer randomized when using the Global Randomizer for a single Instance.
  • Added 50 new presets for ‘Evolution’ – All Kosmology Presets can be used in any Kosmology Instrument, even though the samples will be different.
  • Added Load and Save buttons to the Browser panel to make Saving Presets easier without having to go into the Master Menu.

Kosmology Evolution is available for the introductory price of $40 USD (regular $65 USD).

More information: Homegrown Sounds / Kosmology Evolution