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WaveDNA has released version 1.3.1 of Liquid Rhythm and Liquid Rhythm Intro, the MIDI sequencer and beat creation software for Windows and Mac.
We haven’t had an update to Liquid Rhythm in a while. Our release cycles are generally short, but the winter season has been very busy for us. Christmas was fun, NAMM was exciting, the snow… My goodness, so much snow. We’re finally releasing an update to our last major release.
It contains many bugfixes, a few enhancements to features, and most notably, the ability to control Liquid Rhythm using the Novation Launchpad S through the MaxForLive Clips Mode via Ableton Live.
We’ve had Launchpad support for standalone, and now we have support for Ableton Live users with the MaxForLive Clip mode for Liquid Rhythm. We’re also working on bringing MIDI scripting support to Ableton’s Push controller. This release features a beta version of that implementation – it’s a lot of fun! (Though we’re still ironing out the kinks.)
Details on what’s new in version 1.3.1 can be found here.
Liquid Rhythm is available to purchase for $129 USD/$49 USD (Intro).
More information: WaveDNA
Sonic Faction has announced Dope Matrix, a virtual synthesizer instrument for Ableton Live 9.
Dope Matrix brings the modular experience into a digital world by combining famous analog oscillators with custom made effects modules.
Create your own patches to explore vast new dimensions of sound and design evolving textures for experimental sonic science. The instrument also includes a new Max for Live step sequencer that features a realtime matrix for hands-on control of your patch.
Instantly access any oscillator or effects parameter with a touch of a button. Dope Matrix allows you to intuitively interface with your sounds like never before.
Dope Matrix features
- Virtual Modular Synthesizer for Live 9.
- 4 famous analog oscillators: A-110, Plan B, Cwejman & Piston Honda.
- 12 custom Effects Modules – vast new dimensions of sound.
- Design evolving textures for experimental sonic science.
- 100+ Presets included, optimized for Live’s browser.
- Includes Max for Live Step Sequencer that features a realtime control Matrix for hands on control of your patch.
Dope Matrix for Live 9.1 is available to purchase for $40 USD.
More information: Sonic Faction / Dope Matrix
Fairly Confusing Waveforms has announced Psychodrumma, a free sample library for Native Instruments Kontakt.
The Psychodrumma is a “machine for blinking lights and making noise”.
Psychodrumma is nonsensical drum machine for NI Kontakt 4, focused on creating random and randomly evolving rhythmic patterns. It is experimental sound device and although it could be used as a regular drum machine, it would be probably impractical.
It is build of nine modules, called pads, each can playback a sound from one of two banks of 100 samples each, each has separate sound control rack and its own simple sequencer. All sequencers are synchronized with host tempo, but can run at different relative speeds and their start points can be de-synchronized, so to say.
The fun feature of Psychodrumma is, that it can play by itself, all of pad’s settings can be randomized on user input, gradually or periodically. You can just tune settings, let it play and observe evolving waves of randomness.
The virtual instrument library for Kontakt includes 200 wav files (24bit/44kHz), and is available to download at no charge.
More information: Fairly Confusing Waveforms / Psychodrumma
Sinevibes has announced the release of Sequential 2.2, an update for its multi-effect sequencer AudioUnit plugin for Mac.
The new version includes multiple enhancements such as revised color scheme for better daylight visibility, round matrix switch shape, and support for sandboxed host apps. Sequential 2.2 is a free update to all existing users.
Also, Sinevibes is happy to announce that Sequential 3.0 is in development. The all-new plugin will add 8 slider/matrix setups per preset, new effects such as flanger and resonator, and a completely new interface taking cues from Sequential for iPad. It is expected to be out in April this year.
Until Sequential 3.0 is released, Sequential can be purchased for a special reduced price of $29 USD (regular $49 USD). All users will receive Sequential 3.0 for free as an update.
More information: Sinevibes / Sequential
Image-Line has announced version 1.3 of its FL Studio Mobile music app for Android.
FL Studio Mobile 1.3 for Android is now available from the Google Play Store. Version 1.3 is a free update for existing customers and introduces the online shop where you can download new instruments. There are two FREE instrument packs so you can try it out without spending a cent.
What about iOS vs Android feature-set convergence? We plan to add Audio Tracks and Wave Editor by April 2014 so stay tuned for further news on that in the FL Studio Mobile user forum. We will be calling for Beta Testers in the near future so to gain posting access to the forum use the SETUP tab and REGISTER button. Following that we will be moving to a completely new code-base merging FL Studio Mobile for iOS and Android, eliminating the feature-set differences. Of course, all these are free updates as usual. Thanks for your patience Android users.
FL Studio Mobile for Android is available to purchase for $19.55 USD.
More information: Image-Line / FL Studio Mobile
Steinberg has announced updates for its Cubase and Nuendo software products.
Steinberg is happy to announce the availability of new maintenance updates for Cubase 7, Cubase Artist 7, Cubase Elements 7, Cubase AI 7, Cubase LE 7 and Nuendo 6.
The 7.0.7 update for Cubase and the 6.0.7 update for Nuendo resolve several issues in areas such as MixConsole, project management and plug-ins.
Plus, the Nuendo 6.0.7 update includes an important rewrite of the AAF import filter, fixing issues occurring with AAF import of Pro Tools and Media Composer files.
All updates are now available for free download from the Steinberg website.
More information: Steinberg
Tracktion Software Corporation has announced the release of Tracktion Version 5 (T5).
This eagerly awaited update to the popular Tracktion recording application combines an intuitive workflow with a ground-breaking feature set at a remarkable price.
“Our intention from the start has been to enable rapid capture and manipulation of musical ideas,” explained Julian Storer, Tracktion creator and co-founder of TSC. “To that end, Tracktion 5 eliminates barriers to the creative flow as it solves a number of problems that have long plagued the multi-track recording process.”
For instance, the need to create sub-mixes in order to free-up resources for additional tracks is now eliminated by T5’s revolutionary ‘Edit Clip’ format (left). This allows users to embed multi-track material as if it were a single audio clip – while allowing the source material to be edited. This makes even complex song arrangement a breeze and greatly improves the use of system resources.
To make the best possible use of your computer’s capabilities and achieve professional results without dedicated, external DSP, T5 introduces a full blown System Resource Manager and unique ‘Freeze Point’ technology. This gives the user precise control over which session elements should be automatically pre-rendered, so that they can reduce CPU load while retaining mixing/editing flexibility. The result is surprisingly low latency playback regardless of session size.
While MIDI is not new to digital recording, T5 includes a greatly enhanced set of MIDI capabilities. Creating beats with any of your favorite plug-ins has never been easier with a new “In-line Step Sequencer” (right) that can be viewed and edited right in the timeline like any other clip. The piano-roll editor has also been overhauled to include a raft of new features such as “Per-note Automation” and rapid “MIDI Learn” for easy integration with hardware controllers. There is even support for next-generation instruments such as ROLI’s Seaboard with MDC (multi-dimensional control).
Tracktion 5 has hundreds of new features – including ARA integration for Celemony Software’s Melodyne, rapid audio comping, track presets and much more.
T5 for Windows, Mac and Linux is available to purchase for $59.99 USD; upgrades are $29.99 USD.
More information: Tracktion
Homegrown Sounds has announced version 1.5 of Kosmos the Kontakt engine that powers various Homegrown Sounds libraries.
The major new feature is the large screen editor which displays the Pitch editor and a second editor, which can be assigned to either Velocity or Seqs 1-5. This provides much finer control without having to use the mouse modifier key and is also less distracting not seeing all sequences at once. As with the standard view, the display will change to reflect the currently selected instance. It is enabled via the ‘E’ button in the top right master section.
- Maximum Steps increased from 32 to 64 on all sequencers.
- The script is much more efficient, a few days have been spent on just optimizing the code.
- Changed the names of the Duplicate function to Repeat which should be more intuitive now, not sure what I was thinking when I originally named them….
- Fixed a bug with Reverse Sequence.
The Kosmos 1.5 update is available to download for existing customers. All Kosmos products including the free Kosmonaut, Kosmos Infekted, Kosmos Classics and Starburst have been updated to v1.5.
More information: Homegrown Sounds